The Class of 2016/17 at their first Oneg Shabbat Dinner

The Class of 2016/17 at their first Oneg Shabbat Dinner

For 2017/2018: We are recruiting families with young people who are at least age 13 in 2018 to early 2019. Our next b’nei mitzvah program will begin in the autumn of 2017, when we will welcome a small cohort of candidates.

You can expect: a learning enrichment program that will include a series of workshops and sessions with the youngsters, as well as their families; social opportunities for families at oneg Shabbat, a tour of Jewish Toronto and other excursions; a Tzedekah project, and more.

For the simcha (bar or bat mitzvah ceremony), Rabbi Goldberg guides each family through the process, personalizing the ritual to make it one truly meaningful, while ensuring that each candidate understands her or his role in the community as well as the ability to make a difference (Tikkun Olam). She leads each bar or bat mitzvah ceremony, usually with our chazzan, Daniela Gesundheit, or another in the chazzanut team, in front of the congregation at Shabbat services. There, family, friends and members of Shir Libeynu attend to celebrate this important milestone. By participating at monthly Shabbat services and other Shir Libeynu events, the cohort’s young people will be developing a bond with each other and the community, which in turn will be fulfilling the action of l’dor v’dor (from generation to generation).

It is not too early to make inquiries and commit to the program NOW, so you can be assured of a place and a time next year; as a community without a permanent site, our limited spaces fill up quickly. Planning for your child becoming a bar or bat mitzvah includes lots of steps, and we will walk you through them and inform you of costs, expectations and other details. Write our administrator, Natalie Wallach, at: admin@shirlibeynu.ca.

Also, look at our site page for more information.

And remember, if you have younger children who are more than a year away from becoming bar/bat mitzvah, it’s not too early to introduce them to our haymishe and inclusive community, and some Jewish learning, by bringing them to shul every month or by registering them in our new weekly Shir Libeynu School (for ages eight to 11). Our Shabbat services are very accessible. We are introducing a junior congregation for the older children (eight to 11 year olds). Even very young ones are welcome to participate in our children’s learning program in a nearby classroom and /or to join us in the chapel, too.  More information

Please let your friends and family members know about our program.