Creating our Future: A Dialogue
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015: 4:15 p.m.

A long-time Congregation Shir Libeynu member was musing on his experience within the community recently, describing it as "spiritual life raft."  He had grown up in family that attended a Reform temple but eventually became more Orthodox as he matured.  This was part of his background when he first joined our shul, and around that time he also came out and then developed a relationship with his non-Jewish partner.  He says that throughout it all, the congregation has consistently offered him "somewhere to float" during whatever upheaval or periods of calm he goes through along the streams of his Jewish life. 

Many of us have similar stories about how the Shir Libeynu community has sustained us. But as we celebrate our 20th year of meaningful and inclusive engagement, we feel the need to look ahead too.  In that spirit, we invite all of you to be part of collectively envisioning that future.  On November 29, after our Annual General Meeting, please join us in a dialogue launching the start of a planning process: "Creating our Future."  At that time, we will all have an opportunity to speak about our vision for Shir Libeynu and how we may contribute to implementing and shaping it. Guiding us through will be Danny Nashman, a skilled professional who has worked with many other groups like ours on strategies for sustainable change

Date: Sunday, November 29, 2015

Time:  4:15 - 6 p.m., after the Annual General Meeting (3-4 p.m.)

Place:  Room 318, MNJCC, 750 Spadina Avenue (Bloor and Spadina, at Spadina subway)

Light refreshments will be served for 15 minutes between the two gatherings.

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Danny Nashman is the founder of The Potential Group, a consulting firm that helps leaders lead strategic change and innovation in healthcare and community organizations. He has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant, facilitator and coach orchestrating hundreds of strategy planning initiatives with organizations across Ontario, Canada and around the globe. Danny is a long-time member of Congregation Shir Libeynu.


Contemplative Chanting Service
Saturday, November 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the MNJCC

A new series of Contemplative Chanting services begins!  As always, we'll chant, settle into some quiet, chant and sing some more.  We all do so as voluntary castaways on the "island in time" known as Shabbat.  New to chanting?  Only vaguely familiar with quiet?  No problem!  Please join us.
Led by Lorne Blumer, with the participation of music volunteers Justine Apple, Helen Bauer, Lorne Gould, and Penny Winestock.
Please note that Torah will not be read at the service, however there will be opportunity to recite the Mourner's Kaddish.  Light refreshments will follow.  Child care will not be available.

Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Max Rosen
Saturday, November 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Unitarian Toronto venue
  • All Welcome
  • Street parking only
  • If you would like to send a greeting and mazel tov to Max, please write here
Annual General Meeting

Sunday, November 29th at the MNJCC: 3-4 p.m., to be followed by Creating our Future: A Dialogue.
All are welcome, but only members may vote at the AGM.  Look out for the official notice, with proxy for those who cannot make the meeting.

Save the Date

Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat: Family Service and Celebration for All
Friday evening, December 11th at the MNJCC: 6:30 p.m.
Stay tuned for more details about the activities planned for children and their parents before our service, including a pizza dinner.  Then,  ALL in the community are welcome to join us at the service and light kiddish of sweets and latkes that will follow.  We will light candles on this sixth night of Chanukah. This is for the young and the young at heart, because and who doesn't love Chanukah!
Remember, you don't have to be a member to attend our Shabbat services throughout the year.


With sadness, we announce the death of Etty Strul, loving mother of Bella Seiden and mother-in-law of Barbara Cooper, both long-time members of our shul.  Mrs. Strul passed away on October 28, 2015, in Richmond Hill.


The funeral was held on November 1, 2015, at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel with internment at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park.  


We wish the family our sincere condolences.  May Mrs. Strul's memory be a blessing and a comfort.



Honour our Jewish Vets on Remembrance Day

At the MNJCC (750 Spadina Ave)
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. exactly

Meet at the front steps of the MNJCC as the Jewish war veterans of the General Wingate Branch, Royal Canadian Legion, lead us in a commemoration of Canada's fallen soldiers. 

Info: or 416-924-6211 x 155

(Items listed in this section have been included at the request of Shir Libeynu participants and/or are considered to potentially be of interest to our congregation. Listed items are not necessarily endorsed by Congregation Shir Libeynu or its members. Listings appear at the discretion of the newsletter editor.)

Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools

Facing History and Ourselves is an international organization that works to instill intellectual vigour and curiosity in the world's secondary school students, by providing ideas and tools that support the needs of teachers.

The Toronto bureau was one of the co-sponsors of the recent HEW event on the intersections of Indigenous and Jewish experiences last week.  On November 26, they are presenting an evening with Drew Hayden Taylor to mark the launch of a new educator resource, Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools. 

Newsletter Editor: Harriet Eisenkraft
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