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City Shul Shabbat

Saturday morning at 10 am
Once-a-month Tot Shabbat for families with younger children: see below
Once-a-month Friday nights 6:30 pm

ALL services and events meet at 300 Bloor Street West.

Please check the schedule below as we DO NOT meet every week.

All City Shul Shabbat Services are free and all are welcome, whether you are a member or not. Visitors, guests, newcomers, those just visiting Toronto on business or vacation, those just curious, shul-shoppers and shul-hoppers and regulars all can join us at any and all of our Shabbat services, kiddush, and Friday night services and dinners. We never have "private" services or a "private" kiddush of "invited-only" folks - whether or not there is a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, babynaming, aufruf, or any other simcha. 

What about children? Children are always welcome at our Saturday.  If there's a time we need quiet-like the mourner's Kaddish, for example, or during the dvar Torah-we will ask them to wait outside for a moment. Family Friday nights are totally geared for children. Older children who can sit through an hour service without activities or childcare are welcome at Adult Kabbalat Shabbat. On Saturdays we always-even on Bar/Bat Mitzvah days-have Club Katan (ages 7-11, crafts, music, discussion, and Judaic-themed games) plus the "Prayground"-an area in the sanctuary where parents can sit with playing toddlers-for little ones. Children begin with us in the "main" service up until after the silent Amidah, then are welcome to stay or go off to their various activities. At the end of the service the children are invited to come up for a blessing, and to get a treat if they haven't already gathered the thrown candies at our Bar/Bat Mitzvah child! Throughout the year, about once a month, we add a Saturday Family "Mishpacha" service filled with music and family-friendly activities for all ages, Tot Shabbat, a 60 minute programme for ages 1-5 that focuses on song, movement, a fun and do-able craft, and Jewish time together with a parent; and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club, a special programme with our shins for grades 6 and 7. Dates fro these special programmes appear under "service dates."


New to our synagogue? Just checking us out? Haven't been to synagogue in who-knows-how-long? We will provide a "shul buddy" to sit with you and help you feel welcome and at home at our Shabbat services! Email the Rabbi to be matched up. (Please note we need 2-3 days lead notice for a buddy-match).

Saturday Shabbat Morning and Special Services


Dec 14 - Jeff Cipin and Jeff Bernstein, PLUS SHABBATOT

Dec 21 - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Cantor Cheryl Wunch

Dec 28 - NO SERVICE, Come study with us instead! Special Chanukah Torah study at a member's home, followed by breakfast. 10:30 am; address given upon registration. Members only. RSVP here.



Jan 11 - Lay-led with Jeff Bernstein - Kitchen Kiddush.

Jan 18 - Cantor Cheryl Wunch

Jan 25 - Lay-led with Yona Lunsky PLUS SHABBATOT

Feb 1 - Lay-led with Jeff Bernstein

Feb 8 - Shabbat Shira with Cantor Cheryl Wunch; Shira Harmony Group


Feb 22 - Lay-led with Yona Lunsky

Feb 29 - Cantor Cheryl Wunch PLUS SHABBATOT

Mar 7 - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Yona Lunsky. We celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Brandon Adler

Monday Mar 9 - Purim

Mar 14 - Lay-led with Jeff Bernstein

Mar 21 - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Jeff Bernstein PLUS SHABBATOT

Mar 28 - Lay-led with Jeff Bernstein. Rabbi Sits in the Pew Service! Kitchen Kiddush.

Apr 4 - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Cantor Cheryl Wunch. We celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Hannah Prokaziuk

Apr 11 - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Jeff Bernstein. Passover Shabbat with Kosher-for-Passover kiddush.

Thursday, Apr 16, 10 am - Passover Yizkor

Apr 18 - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Jeff Bernstein. We celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Charlie Rosenthal

Apr 25 - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Yona Lunsky. We welcome El Al pilots!

May 2 - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Cantor Cheryl Wunch. Israel Shabbat

May 9 - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Cantor Cheryl Wunch. We celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Ari de Lara


May 23 - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Yona Lunsky

May 30 - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Jeff Bernstein. We celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Milo Green; Shavout yizkor.

June 6 - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Cantor Cheryl Wunch. We celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Isaiah Steinman Gould

June 13 - Rabbi Goldstein and Yona Lunsky; Kitchen Kiddush

June 20 - Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Jeff Bernstein. We celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Laura Kirsch

June 27 - NO SERVICE

Friday Night Kabbalat Services 

Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 pm are always followed by dinner. There is no childcare or children's programming but children who can enjoy a service without that are welcome!

Nov 29 - RSVP for dinner here.

2020 dates

Jan. 24

Feb 28

Mar 27

April 24

May 22

June 26

Co-Sponsor a Kiddush!

We welcome you to co-sponsor our Saturday morning kiddush in honour of a simcha or special birthday/ anniversary, in memory of a loved one, in commemoration of a yartzeit, or just because! Sponsorships are tax receipted. Just choose your date (non Bar/ Bat Mitzvah) and email Rivka.

What and Who to expect at our Services

SATURDAY MORNING SERVICES are geared for all ages: Our Shabbat morning services include Torah reading and dvar Torah. We offer Club Katan every week for grades SK-4 with snack, story, crafts, and more.
SHABBAT-TOT with Bryna and friends (YOU!). Join us for songs, snack, story and crafts. A once a month 60 minute programme for parent and tot ages 1-5.
BAR/BAT MITZVAH CLUB for grades 6 and 7 only, is a special 45 minute programme during Shabbat morning service, with the shins, that will include snack, dynamic conversation on current topics, and a monthly prayer focus. No pre-registration needed!
KABBALAT SHABBAT Friday night once a month services are geared to adults and children who don't need childcare. There are no children's activities or childcare at these services but children are welcome to experience this quieter musical service. Followed by dinner.
FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY SERVICE is a story and songs service geared to people with younger children, followed by dinner.



Wed, 11 December 2019 13 Kislev 5780