Shabbat & Festival Services
In-the-round and out of the box!
Note: Due to capacity limitations and the popularity of our services, pre-registration is required for entry to our special music-themed Shabbat services. We are unable to accommodate everyone who wishes to join us and priority is given to members. To guarantee a seat, become a member!
Join us for our musical services In-The-Round at Bialik Hebrew Day School. Come and experience what everyone is talking about, starting with the Shabbat Starbucks Coffee Lounge, continuing through the exciting musical davening, and ending with the amazing kiddush as part of our Community in Harmony!
Our services are conducted by Cantor Simon Spiro, with the exquisite and lively a cappella accompaniment of the Toronto Festival Singers. Our seating is in-the-round, providing an intimate, warm and welcoming atmosphere for singing along.
Children of all ages are welcome in the service at The Song Shul, and the Cantor and choir are regularly joined on the bimah by children and teens from our Be A H.I.T. (Hazzan-In-Training) Program. Whenever we march around with the Torah, children are invited to join in the world’s first Torah Bubble Parade! (We used to be the world’s “only” but other shuls are following our lead!) During the Torah reading, young children are invited to our special Music Mini-yan, a minyan just for kids and a chance for them to learn new songs.
In lieu of a sermon, our Shabbat and holiday services feature a 5-8 minute “Staccato Sermonette” given by select invited speakers. Special Shabbatot during the year feature additional speaking with Q&A during kiddush, as well as Sermons-In-Song by visiting musical scholars and artists.
Our service is “traditional egalitarian,” meaning that we use both Conservative and Orthodox prayer books. Because of the enormous crowds who flock to our service, it is not uncommon for us to run out of books. We currently have a Song Shul Siddur Drive to purchase the Koren Siddur so that we will have enough for all. There is mixed seating but for those who prefer separate seating, we reserve a davening space on Shabbat and festivals for separate seating. Women participate as equals with men. We do not use musical instruments on Shabbat and Yom Tov.
Beginning each year on Sukkot, The Song Shul’s festival services and twice-a-month Shabbat services are held at Bialik Hebrew Day School, followed by a full Kiddush to which everyone is invited. See side panel for dates.
On most Friday evenings, our services are at the home of the Spiros or another member. If you are visiting, please contact us to check the location and get directions.
Listen to Cantor Simon and the Toronto Festival Singers sing
Music: Simon Spiro
The Toronto Festival Singers
“The best synagogue choir in North America”
Neil Levin, artistic director
Milken Archive of American Jewish Music
“One of the finest choirs I’ve ever worked with”
Professor Josh Jacobson, founder and director
Boston Zamir Chorale
2018/2019 Shabbatot and Chagim at Bialik Hebrew Day School
2760 Bathurst St, Toronto
Service from 9:00 – 11:30
Kids’ Music Mini-yan 10:00 – 10:30
April 20, 2019
Pesach, first day (Shabbat)
April 21, 2019 (Sunday)
Pesach, second day
April 26, 2019 (Friday)
Pesach, seventh day
April 27, 2019
Pesach, eighth day (Shabbat)
May 11, 2019
Plus — Toronto’s Shabbat Itanu (Inclusion Shabbat)
The Song Shul features members of our “Special Voices” choir
May 25, 2019
Guest Speaker Novelist Joyce Wayne
Author of Last Night of the World
June 9, 2019 (Sunday)
Shavuot, first day
June 10, 2019 (Monday)
Shavuot, second day
Book of Ruth after kiddush
June 15, 2019
2019/2020 Shabbatot and Chagim
September 7, 2019
Try us out before Rosh Hashana!
September 21, 2019
The spellbinding Slichot service
High Holy Days
at the beautiful George Weston Recital Hall
Toronto Centre for the Arts
Monday, October 14, 2019
Sukkot Day 1
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Sukkot Day 2
October 19, 2019
Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot
Monday, October 21, 2019
Tuesday, October 22, 2019