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8-8-8. . . . Chanukah with The Song Shul
Eight nights. Eight minutes. Eight o’clock.

Join us for eight fabulous nights of music, magic and laughter!

Tune in to The Song Shul’s YouTube channel at 8 PM every night of Chanukah (4 PM on Friday) to light candles together with Cantor Simon and Aliza, followed by special Chanukah songs and surprise musical guests.

Each night, we’ll feature a different Chanukah song for you to sing with us. Many styles, something for everyone: Salsa, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and even doo wop. Plus, the traditional songs you’ve been singing your whole life and even some new future classics that the kids will love!

First candle is Thursday, Dec 10.
Check back for the daily link.

Contact info@songshul.com to become a sponsor for any night of 8-8-8.

Special Chanukah Speaker

Sunday, December 13th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Live from Israel


Flying Into History: Israel’s Air Force and The Miracle of the Jewish Nation
Lt. Colonel Danny Grossman, a legend of the IAF
Danny Grossman’s career includes strategic reconnaissance in Iraq, delivering US planes into Iran before the Shah was overthrown, 200 combat missions, teaching Ilan Ramon, the recent Beresheet Moon Launch, and more. In this riveting 1-hour program, exclusive to The Song Shul, Danny will be sharing stories of his firsthand experience in the IAF and what he’s doing today with Israel’s Olympics-bound baseball team. You’ll wonder why Hollywood hasn’t turned his story into a major motion picture!
Click here to register for “Flying Into History”

MUSIC-THEMED SHABBATOT at THE SONG SHUL!

Enjoy The Song Shul’s renowned Shabbat morning experience (pre-recorded) from the comfort and safety of your home!
Anyone can sing a prayer to another melody, but at The Song Shul it’s a whole new world! Cantor Simon leads us all while the vocal arrangements of the Toronto Festival Singers provide an incredible cushion of harmonies for our prayers. It’s like singing with a full orchestra — you’d never believe it’s a cappella.

Save the dates to join us on YouTube:

December 12 – Hanuka and Frank Sinatra Shabbat. Favourite Hanuka melodies, as well as tunes from Old Blue Eyes on his birthday!
December 26 – Broadway Shabbat. Our spiritual tribute to the Great White Way.
January 16 – Chassidic Shabbat. The joyful and lively musical trip to Eastern Europe.
January 30 – Shabbat Shira / Leonard Bernstein Shabbat. The music of a great Jewish American composer and songwriter.
February 13 – Sephardic Shabbat. Exotic melodies, hypnotic rhythms.
March 6 – Neil Sedaka Shabbat. The birthday of an American pop icon.
March 20 – Cantorial Shabbat. Enjoy the sounds and styles of Chazzanut, sung by a Master of Chazzanut.
March 28 & 29 – Pesach first days
April 3 & 4 – Pesach last days
(YIZKOR on the 4th)
April 17 – Israeli Shabbat. Most popular Israeli melodies.
May 8 – Mom Shabbat. Celebrate Mothers Day!
May 17 & 18 – Shavuot (YIZKOR on the 18th)
June 5 – Yiddish Theater Shabbat. The nostalgic, joyous, melodramatic, and most memorable sound of Second Avenue.
June 19 – Pop Shabbat. The Shabbat the kids wait for!

It’s a one-of-a-kind Shabbat experience, filled with musical prayer and inspiration. No two services are the same!

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Aaaaaand. . . .

The Song Shul in the News! Read about us in
The Toronto Star and
Niv, the newest contemporary Canadian Jewish magazine

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From 20 episodes of The Shalom Aleichem Series to the Love Letter to Jerusalem (35,000+ views) and the history-making High Holy Day Radio Broadcast, there is so much to hear as you enjoy the signature musical sound of The Song Shul!

Enjoy The Song Shul’s Music Videos!

Two in Love on Tu B’Av – an original song for the most romantic day of the Jewish calendar

Tatenyu – the beautiful song by Kenny Karen, presented by Cantor Simon for Father’s Day
 

Torah Torah – Cantor Simon and many of The Toronto Festival Singers get together virtually to sing one of the favourite signature songs from The Song Shul repertoire
 

Love Letter to Jerusalem – In honour of Jerusalem Day, Cantor Simon and Aliza perform this tribute. Over 35,000 views!

JOIN THE SONG SHUL TRAVEL CLUB
Musical Jewish Heritage Adventures with Cantor Simon & Aliza!

Cantors Assembly Historic Mission to Italy

This trip has been cancelled for 2020. Stay tuned for details about rescheduling for future.

Due to the current pandemic, the following trips have been put on hold. Please check back for news of the new dates of our musical journeys:
October 25-29, 2020 New York City
January 2021 (exact dates TBA) Cuba
July 26-August 5, 2021 England
October 23-November 8, 2022 China

Here’s why everyone is flocking to The Song Shul: A Community in Harmony

  • Cantor Simon Spiro and the fabulous Toronto Festival Singers
    You’ve never heard anything like it
  • Davening in-the-round
    So easy to sing with us
  • A compelling and to-the-point Staccato Sermonette
    If you don’t hit oil after 8 minutes, stop boring
  • The whimsical Torah Bubble Parade
    You saw it here first!
  • Music Mini-yan
    For little ones
  • The Shabbat Starbucks Coffee Lounge
    For not-so-little ones
  • Best kiddush in town!
    Seriously…everyone sticks around
And much more!
We meet two Shabbatot a month, plus all festivals.
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Get ready for Shabbat with
The Shalom Aleichem Series

Each week for 20 weeks during the shutdown, Cantor Simon and Aliza introduced a different melody for Shalom Aleichem followed by musical highlights from Kabbalat Shabbat. Perfect musical moments before Shabbat!

Click here to see all episodes of the Shalom Aleichem series.
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Exciting ongoing programs at The Song Shul!

Due to COVID-19, some of these programs are currently suspended, and others are taking place through Zoom. Contact info@songshul for more information.

Many Lives, One People:
Growing up Jewish Around the World
One Wednesday evening each month
7:00 – 8:00 PM

Lo Levad (“Not Alone”)
Support group for people with family members who suffer from mental illness.
Every other Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM

Ladies’ Rosh Chodesh Group
1st Monday of the Hebrew month.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Uptown Sound adult choir
Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Yad Squad Torah Reading
Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Special Voices choir for adults with disabilities
Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Downtown Sound children’s choir
Tuesdays 5:00 – 5:45 PM

Alef-Bet Challenge
Sunday mornings
11:00 AM – 12:00 noon

Brush Up Your Siddur
Sunday mornings
10 – 11:00 AM

Lively Learning with Cantor Spiro
Sunday mornings
11:00 AM – noon

Listen to some of our music

Mi She’asah Nissim (Blessing for the New Month)
Cantor Simon Spiro and the Toronto Festival Singers (in concert)
Yism’chu
Cantor Simon Spiro and the Toronto Festival Singers
Refa’eynu (Song for Healing)
Cantor Simon Spiro