The Shir Libeynu School: (for ages 7-11)
Our supplemental program for 2018/2019 will start in September, 2018, weekly on Sunday mornings, at a central location.
This innovative program has two-10 week sessions (autumn and winter) that will focus on themes such as Jewish stories, rituals, holidays, language and the arts. Children who have had minimal or no formal Jewish education, or for whom this may be a first learning experience, are welcome.
The teacher for this school is Dana Rubinshtein. Dana is is an Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) certified teacher. She holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education degrees, and is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree at York University. Dana has been teaching at the Shir Libeynu School supplemental program since its inception, and developed the current Shir Libeynu High Holy Days’ children’s activities. She is fluent in Hebrew, Russian, and French, and has many years of experience as a teacher at after-school programs, a tutor, and camp counsellor. In addition to education, Dana is passionate about animals, and has been fostering with several animal-rescue organizations.
We are grateful to Shir Libeynu members Jon Novick and Denis Frawley for their generosity in donating venue space during our first year.
The Shabbat Morning Young Children’s Program: occurs on Saturday mornings, at the same time as our services, for those ages three through seven years old. Children (and their adults who wish to join them) enjoy crafts, stories, songs and other approaches to what is occurring at Shabbat that day in the chapel where, of course, children are also always welcome to join in..
As always, children are welcome to drop in to the monthly sessions of both of our Shabbat morning services, and there is no fee. But we hope that parents and grandparents will see their ways to making this a regular part of the shul experience every month.
The Bnei Mitzvah Learning Enrichment Program
For 2018/2019: We are recruiting families with young people who are at least age 13 in 2018 to early 2020. Our next b’nei mitzvah program will begin in the autumn of 2018, 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.
The classes run on Sundays at a downtown location. For specific details on fees and dates, please contact our administrator, Natalie Wallach, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to reserve a spot (subject to registration and payment by July 15), please email email@example.com and we will inform you when the registration form is available
Our B’nei Mitzvah learning enrichment teacher is Elise Eisenkraft Klein, who graduated from McGill with a degree in Jewish history and Women & Gender studies, and is now in the Master of Teaching program at OISE (U of T). She previously worked as a teacher at a progressive Jewish Sunday school, and one-on-one with children of many backgrounds and learning styles. Elise has been involved in Klezmer music scenes and Jewish cultural and artistic communities for many years, including at the annual Klezkanada retreat. As a member of the Jewstice League Klezmer Ensemble, she has performed at Shir Libeynu functions and other gigs in Toronto and Montreal. Elise has attended our shul with her family for more than 18 years, where she has volunteered with our children’s programs and as a violin accompanist to the choir and chazzan.
For more detailed information on our b’nei mitzvah learning enrichment classes and the program at Shir Libeynu, click here.
Rabbi Goldberg oversees the curriculum of the Bnei Mitzvah program, and is also the supervisor of the program’s teacher.