An Open Conversation about Israel with DJ Schneeweiss, Israel's Consul General in Toronto, for Diverse Downtown Jewish Communities-Shir Libeynu Partnership Event @ 7:30 p.m.
October 28, 2014 –
A Shir Libeynu Community Partnership Event
An Open Conversation about Israel
with DJ Schneeweiss, Israel's Consul General in Toronto,
for Diverse Downtown Jewish Communities
Tuesday, October 28th
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
This summer's conflict in Israel and Gaza has left many of us with questions and concerns surrounding both that conflict and Israel's ongoing relationship with Palestinians. Our diverse downtown Jewish communities will come together for an evening of open, honest, and respectful questioning, listening, and learning from Israel's Consul General and from each other.
In order to facilitate a thoughtful, substantive program, please arrive on time.
Presented by Congregation Shir Libeynu, Annex Shul, City Shul, Danforth Jewish Circle, First Narayever Congregation and Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism
Shabbat Morning Service at 10:30 a.m.
November 1, 2014
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, November 1st @10:30 a.m.
@ Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue
Please join us for an innovative, participatory and egalitarian Shabbat service. It will include recognition of Holocaust Education Week.
A kiddush lunch willl follow the service.
Shabbat: The Junior Edition
Be Our Guest!
Learn all about hachnasat orchim: being welcoming to guests, making them feel at home and learning how to be a good guest yourself. There will be stories and activities with Rebecca as well as a healthy snack.
Jewish Learning Program @ 12:45 pm
November 1, 2014 –
OUR NEW JEWISH LEARNING PROGRAM:
No Shir Libeynite Left Behind
November 1. 2014 @ 12:45 p.m
Michael Bernstein Chapel
Topic: The Dreyfus Affair and Why it Still Matters
led by Shir Libeynu member Brian Smith
The court martial and conviction of Albert Dreyfus made clear the deep and pervasive nature anti-semitism in France. It prompted Theodore Herzl, among others, to conclude that there was no future for Jews in modern Europe. The modern Zionism which he promoted, based on secularism as well as religion, became a new and powerful ideology.
This is one of an informal series of Jewish learning workshops on various topics that our members say are important and relevant to them.
Click here for more information on our Jewish Learning Workshops.
If it is of interest to you, please join us whether or not you make it to the Shabbat service in the morning.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO FOOD OR DRINK (EXCEPT WATER) WILL BE ALLOWED INTO THE CHAPEL DURING THESE SESSION.
Holocaust Education Week Program - "Comfort Women" in Asia: Alone in Atrocity, Together for Justice @ 6:30 pm
November 3, 2014
In Commemoration of Holocaust Education Week
Monday, November 3rd, 2014, 6:30pm
Toronto ALPHA at New College, University of Toronto
William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Street
How do we preserve the individual memories and national narratives of survivors of sexual slavery? What is added to this effort when survivors collaborate across cultures and nations? What is threatened? During the years of the Asia-Pacific War, the Imperial Japanese Army mobilized more than 200,000 women from across Asia into a military sexual slavery system. The victims, euphemistically referred to as "Comfort Women," include women who were Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Fillipino, Indonesian and Dutch. Since 1991, survivors have come out publicly with their stories. While the "Comfort Women" system impacted women from over 20 nations and territories across East and Southeast Asia, each with a distinct culture, identity, heritage and memory, the ongoing struggle for justice has brought these diverse women together in solidarity. A plenary moderated by Dr. Joseph Wong, founder of Toronto ALPHA, with Executive Director of the Women's Human Rights Education Institute, Angela Lytle, author of Chinese Comfort Women, Peipei Qui, and filmmaker of Within Every Woman, Tiffany Hsuing, will explore both the tension and possibility that exists when they collaborate in solidarity for justice and peace. Short film screening followed by moderated panel discussion.
For more information and to RSVP, click here.
Co-sponsored by Congregation Shir Libeynu
and the Equity Studies Program
Contemplative Shabbat Morning Service @ 10:30 a.m.
November 15, 2014
Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, November 15th @10:30 a.m.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
Through music and chanting, with some grounding in silence, we catch our breaths, we pray, and find innovative ways to navigate our way to the pleasures of connecting to the here and now, to Shabbat and to community.
This service will be led by Lorne Blumer, with the participation of Justine Apple, Helen Bauer, Lorne Gould, Harvey Weisfeld and Penny Winestock.
Celebration of Aviva Goldberg’s Rabbinical Ordination @ 7:00 pm
November 22, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014/5775
Reception To Follow (8-9:00 pm)
First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto
175 St. Clair Avenue West
After 18 years as the spiritual leader of Congregation Shir Libeynu, Aviva Goldberg is going to be ordained as our rabbi. Smicha (ordination) will be bestowed upon Aviva by Rabbi Deborah Brin. Please join us at this very special celebration, which will begin with a Havdallah service. A most joyful reception with light refreshments will follow!
Free childcare is available.
Please rsvp by noon on Thursday, November 20th, so we know our numbers for seating and light refreshments. (Please note this is a yummy after-dinner snack.) If you have already rsvp'd, but your plans have changed, please let us know.
There is no parking on the First Unitarian site, but plenty of street spots at that time and, of course, public transportation is always available.
There is a lot of excitement about Aviva's ordination. If you want to donate to the new Rabbi's Program Development Fund in Aviva's honour, please click here.
To send a tribute message to Aviva, please click here.