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High Holy Days Registration Has Began

Congregation Shir Libeynu, the little shul that could, did, over the past remarkable year in our community's history!  We celebrated High Holy Day services, Shabbat mornings, Kabbalat evenings and many holidays together. Our bar/bat mitzvah program launched with a series of classes, social events and Tzedekah activities for our first cohort of keen students. Our adult education series and alternative contemplative chanting sessions proved popular with many in and outside the community.  As the longest-standing LGBTQ-inclusive Jewish congregation in Toronto, we led the way in World Pride last spring, with our involvement in a series of interfaith events and our advocacy for Queer rights, as well as our annual service.  We also supported several non-profit groups and charities in our social justice outreach.  Most notably, we rejoiced last November 22 at the ordination of our all-but-in-formal-title Rabbi Aviva Goldberg.


So it with delight that we look forward to the 2015/5776 High Holy Days (Sept. 13-15, 22-23). Please join us again this year for deep, joyous and participatory services with Rabbi Goldberg and 
Chazzan Daniela Gesundheit leading us.  All will take place at the congregational building of First Unitarian Toronto (St. Clair W. and Avenue Rd.).
Registration for memberships (which include tickets to all services) has begun.  Single service tickets will be on sale in mid-August, subject to availability. As in years past, there is no charge for children to the age of 13, who will once again benefit from a host of wonderful programs and special services.
***New this year is an early Rosh Hashanah morning family service, especially for those with young children, and led by Rabbi Goldberg.


As an unaffiliated congregation without support from major foundations or federations, your membership fees and donations pay for all that we offer at High Holy Days and during the year; staffing, rentals, administration, kiddishes and other free meals, children's programs and all other costs Being a member of Shir Libeynu places you within a haymishe, progressive community and gives you access to spiritual services, cultural and educational programs and a circle of caring, creative people dedicated to a meaningful Jewish life. 


High Holy Days 2015-5776 Schedule

2015-5776 Membership Fees and Ticket Prices

High Holy Days Membership and Ticket Order Form

Limited Income Guidelines and Criteria

Greetings From Our Liturgical Leaders



The congregation holds Shabbat services monthly, in the Michael Bernstein Chapel, on the 3rd floor of the Miles Nadal JCC, followed by a light Kiddush. A free Shabbat program is offered for children during services. We also offer adult education workshops and programs, the opportunity to participate in our choir and chanting events, as well as holiday celebrations and Oneg Shabbat dinners throughout the year.


Shir Libeynu is a liberal, egalitarian congregation, unaffiliated with any particular stream of Judaism. Our participatory services combine tradition and innovation. Shir Libeynu is Hebrew for "song of our hearts," and our services include prayers and music both ancient and modern. Our diverse community is a welcoming one.



High Holy Days 2015-5776 Schedule

2015-5776 Membership Fees and Ticket Prices

High Holy Days Membership and Ticket Order Form 

Limited Income Guidelines and Criteria

Greetings From Our Liturgical Leaders

Services and Events:

June 27
June 28: 
July 4:
 Annual Musical Shabbat Service


Shir Libeynu's New Website is Up and Running!


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Enjoy our new look, with more information, more photos, more of our story.



Shir Libeynu Fund


Proceeds from the fund will go towards ensuring that Shir Libeynu continues to thrive while ensuring access to everyone, regardless of their financial situation.


Click here to donate to the Shir Libeynu Fund (please note that we do not have credit card capability - just PayPal). 


Alternatively, you can make out a cheque to Congregation Shir Libeynu (please write "Shir Libeynu Fund" in the "Memo" or "Re" section on the cheque) and mail it to


Shir Libeynu, 

P.O Box 73509

Toronto, Ontario

M6C 4A7

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Newsletter Editor: Harriet Eisenkraft