HIGH HOLY DAYS’ MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Summer is here, and with it the countdown to the High Holy Days, 5780, starting on September 29. As board president of our great shul, I welcome you.
This has been an amazing year at Shir Libeynu! Here are some of the highlights:
- Last fall’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and wonderful musical offerings with our Rabbi Aviva Goldberg and Chazzan Daniela Gesundheit guiding us.
- Many Shabbat services and smachot of our bnei mitzvah children, most led by Rabbi Goldberg with Paula Wolfson, our cantorial soloist.
- Inspiring speakers and learning opportunities including our own Carol Zemel during Holocaust Education Week, and a workshop led by Chazzan Gesundheit about Shabbat musical prayer.
- A vibrant choir which now holds monthly practices and will be joining our chazzan in leading us in several songs and prayers at the High Holy Days services.
- The second year of our excellently curated film series, providing opportunities for entertainment and socializing.
- Our annual Pride Havdallah service with guest speaker, imam El-Farouk Khaki.
All our services and programs have attracted record numbers of participants eager to experience the vibrancy and warmth of our diverse community.
The board and other volunteers are already hard at work planning for the coming year. In addition to our High Holy Days and Shabbat services and celebrations, here are some of the programs you can look forward to:
- We will launch the third year of our weekly supplemental Jewish learning program for children ages 7-11. This year our innovative program will focus on the roles of women in Jewish history and include Jewish music. An optional Hebrew-language component will also be available.
- Our bnei mitzvah program will continue with a new group of young people and include: a series of classes; social opportunities for families at Oneg Shabbat and beyond; a tour of Jewish Toronto and other excursions; a Tikkun Olam (social-action) project; and more. We are very grateful for and excited about the work that Rabbi Goldberg and the education committee have done to nurture these programs, including finding talented, young educators to teach them, and a central venue to hold them.
- Our new communications volunteers will send out a survey to gather your input and ideas on our newsletter and other communication vehicles.
- Knowledgeable speakers and other learning opportunities for adults. Stay tuned for details.
- The third year of our film series with a new roster of engaging films.
We encourage you to volunteer and facilitate additional events in the coming year.
Your Support Sustains Us
Join us this fall for the High Holy Days services at the mid-town First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto site. I know I speak for many congregants when I say that you will experience a sense of community and peace.
Like previous years, our fees and ticket prices will help us fund our services and events, and continue to meet our decades-old commitment to making our shul financially accessible to everyone.
As we are an unaffiliated congregation without any funding from foundations or major donors, our only sources of revenue are membership fees, ticket sales and donations. Please buy your memberships and tickets today to help us continue to offer so much-High Holy Day and Shabbat services, kiddushes and other refreshments, programs for children and adults, and subsidized tickets for people in our community who cannot afford membership fees. Tax receipts will be issued for all membership fees, ticket purchases and donations.
Please also consider making a donation to Shir Libeynu this year.
We count on your generosity to help the little shul that could (and did) keep running!
With respect and warm regards,
President, Congregation Shir Libeynu