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Deadline reminder: The deadline for the issue of Feb. 6 is Jan. 27. The deadline for the issue of Feb. 13 is Feb. 3. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; email whatsnewcjn@gmail.com.

 

Thursday, Jan. 23

 

BROADWAY GOES YIDDISH

David Gale leads a Yiddish theatre workshop focusing on “Broadway Goes Yiddish,” 7-9 p.m., Jan. 23-March 27. To register, visit www.committeeforyiddish.com, or call Barbara, 416-631-5843.

 

Saturday, Jan. 25

 

PARASHAH SPEAKER

Allen Cooper discusses the parashah of the week, 10 a.m., Beth Tikvah Synagogue.

ANCIENT JEWISH SOCIETY

Naftali Cohn, professor of Jewish history at Concordia University, discusses “Ancient Jewish History,” as Beth Tikvah Synagogue’s scholar in residence at morning services.

 

JEWISH REFUGEES

Mordechai Kedar discusses “The Untold Story of Almost a Million Refugees,” 7:30 p.m., Darchei Noam Congregation, part of a series on Jewish refugees from Arab lands.

 

IRISH AND JEWISH

Denis Taylor provides a light-hearted look at growing up Jewish in Belfast and Dublin, 7:30 p.m., Or Hadash Synagogue, 451 Botsford St., Newmarket.

 

Sunday, Jan. 26

 

CEMETERY RESTORATION

Howard Nightingale discusses the challenges of the Poland Siedlezcka Cemetery restoration, 7:30 p.m., Shaar Shalom Synagogue.

 

ISRAEL ADVOCACY

Join Israel advocacy trainers and learn how to defend Israel in the media and among colleagues and peers. Speakers include Mordechai Kedar, Jacques Gauthier, Mark Vandermaas, Solomon Benzimra, Yudit Shier-Weisberg, Village Shul, 1072 Eglinton Ave W. To register, visit bit.ly/israelday.

 

VE’AHAVTA DISCUSSION

Ve’ahavta is holding a volunteer appreciation party, 3 p.m., followed by a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. on “Should we give a homeless person a coin?” 200 Bridgeland Ave. Unit D. RSVP 416-964-7698 or volunteerinfo@veahavta.org.

 

JEWISH IDENTITY

Rabbi Karen Levy discusses “Jews on the Edge and Edgy Jews,” with Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, 7 p.m. $15. RSVP for location, Roby 416-385-3910 or roby@oraynu.org.

 

‘A MEXICAN CONTROVERSY’

Rabbi Yirmiya Milevsky discusses “A Gringo’s Guide to a Mexican Controversy: A discussion on halachic disasters in Jewish history,” 8:45 a.m., Congregation B’nai Torah. $5 (includes breakfast).

 

Monday, Jan. 27

 

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE

The film Gatehouse to Hell, the story of Auschwitz survivor Felix Opatowski will be shown to commemorate UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 7:30 p.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue. RSVP 416-633-3838.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 28

 

BOOKS AND MOVIES

Janna Nadler reviews the book What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, by Nathan Englander, 8 p.m.

The film Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story will be shown at 2 p.m.. Both at Beth Tikvah Synagogue.

 Wednesday, Jan. 29

JEWISH GENEALOGY

Simon Kreindler discusses “A Genealogist’s Journey: from Galicia, to Barbados, Guatemala, Montreal and Toronto,” with the Jewish Genealogical Society, 8 p.m., Temple Sinai. www.jgstoronto.ca.

 

JEWS FOR JUDAISM

Rabbi Michael Skobac discusses “The Real Messiah: Part Two,” third in a six-part counter-missionary series, 8 p.m., Holy Blossom Temple. Free. To register, call 416-789-0020, or email toronto@jewsforjudaism.ca.

 

Thursday, Jan. 30

NIA CLASS

Women and men are invited to enjoy a NIA class, Temple Har Zion, 8 p.m. $5.

 

Upcoming Events

SHORESH FOOD CONFERENCE

Register now for the Shoresh Food Conference, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m, Miles Nadal JCC.  Join rabbis, farmers, foodies and activists to explore the intersection of Jewish tradition and contemporary food ethics. www.shoresh.ca.

MAZON SKATING PARTY

Mazon Canada holds a skating party, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Upper Canada College.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Act to End Violence Against Women (formerly Jewish Women International of Canada) is seeking to expand its board of directors. The group, which works mainly in the Jewish community, is looking for women with knowledge of the issue of violence against women who have fundraising, legal and financial experience. Email resumes to penny@acttoendvaw.org, or call Penny Krowitz 905-695-5372.

 

OPEN HOUSE

Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School is holding an open house Feb. 4, 10 a.m. RSVP to Sheri Rapp, 416-928-3537 or sheri@djds.ca.

 

GIRLS NIGHT OUT

Women Fully Clothed, four female comedians, will perform at Hadassah’s Tamid Chapter’s Girls Night Out, 7 p.m., Feb. 27, St. Michael’s College School, 1515 Bathurst St. $40. For tickets, call 416-630-8373, or email info@toronto.chw.ca.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Russian, Hebrew, and English-speaking volunteers are needed to support clients or family members with life-threatening conditions. Next training session in February-March.

Volunteers are also needed to spend time with seniors in the Bathurst Street corridor. Call Lysa, 416-635-2900, ext. 496, or email lspringer@circleofcare.com.

 

SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE

Jonathan Spyer, Middle East analyst and author, is the scholar in residence at Beth Emeth Synagogue, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Call 416-633-3838 for details.

 

LOOKING FOR HOOPSTERS

Looking for three guys over 35 to play basketball in UJA’s charity basketball tournament. Call Michael, 416-300-9239.

 

FAMILY CAREGIVERS

A support group for people caring for parents with cognitive or physical impairments will meet Thursdays, 7 p.m. starting Feb. 20 at Day Centre for Seniors, 1600 Steeles Ave. W. To register, call 416-635-2900, ext. 499.

 

MORASHA CLASSSES

Shayna Kravetz teaches “Ten Tough Torah Questions – Part II,” Feb. 12-March 12, 9:45 a.m. , Beth Emeth Synagogue.

Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum teaches “When the Bible is Confusing: A Dynamic Solution,” Feb. 12-March 12, 11:15 a.m. To register, call Loretta, 416-789-7400.

 

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

Have you been through the mental health system? Would you like to be a peer support to others going through the system and soon to be discharged from the hospital? Baycrest is starting a new support program. For more information, call Janis Sternhill at 416-785-2500, ext. 2575, or email jsternhill@baycrest.org.

 

JF&CS GROUPS

 

GROUPS & WORKSHOPS

Registration is required for all programs. Classes are open to all members of the community and fee reductions are available. Call Shawna Sidney 416-638-7800, ext. 6215 or visit www.jfandcs.com. All classes at the Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst St., unless otherwise noted.

Effective Parenting: A 4-session group for parents of children ages 2 to 10. Starts Jan. 27, 7 p.m.

Mind-Body Connection for Women: An 8-session group for women to learn mindfulness and meditation. Starts Jan. 29 at 35 Madison Ave., 2 p.m. or Jan. 30, Lipa Green Centre, 7 p.m.

Beyond the Chupah, Becoming a Couple: A five-session marriage-preparation group for couples who are going to be married in the coming year. Starts Jan. 29, 7 p.m., Beth Tzedec Congregation.

 

BEREAVED JEWISH FAMILIES

Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario regularly provides 8-week self-help groups to bereaved parents. Call Beth Feffer at 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or email bfeffer@jfandcs.com.

 

FOR SENIORS

 

Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub.  Call Sheila, 416-665-3333 or Marcia, 416-932-1229.

Shaar Shalom. Play bridge Mondays, 1:30 p.m. Lessons, 12:30 p.m. 905-889-4975.

Beth Emeth. Experienced mah-jong and Rummikub players meet Mondays and Wednesdays. 416-633-3838.

Temple Har Zion. Play mahjong Wednesday afternoons. Email lisakatisa@yahoo.com.

Bridge Club at Forest Hill Library is looking for new members. Call Lea, 416-487-7630.

Adult 55+, Miles Nadal JCC Sing with Jordan Klapman when he presents “The Magic of Rodgers and Hammerstein,” Feb. 6., 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.). $4. 416-924-6211, ext. 155, or email lisar@mnjcc.org.

Bernard Betel Centre for Seniors 416-225-2112. Jan. 28, Miriam Shechter discusses “Masterpieces of Opera and Ballet: Pagliacci” 10 a.m.; Jan. 30, Afi Peykani discusses, “Frauds and Scams Targeting Seniors,” 1:30 p.m.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Barber/hairdresser Jan. 30, 10 a.m. Tuesdays, seniors chair exercise, 10 a.m. (first class free);  Tuesdays and Thursdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m.

New Horizons is a Jewish Hungarian seniors club that offers kosher food and is looking for new members. Call George  416-256-1892.

 

PROSSERMAN JCC

 

Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst St., 416-638-1881, www.prossermanjcc.com.

Parenting expert Nanny Robina discusses toddler and preschool shenanigans, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 28. Call Kailah, ext. 0 to register.

Women-only fitness classes now offered. Cycling, yoga, Zumba, core conditioning. Email sandra@prossermanjcc.com., or call ext. 4103.

Kevin Courrier presents “Produced and Abandoned,” films that Hollywood ignored or audiences never saw, Wednesdays starting Jan. 15, 1 p.m. To register, call ext. 4235.

 

MILES NADAL JCC

 

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211, www.mnjcc.org

Benjamin Hackman teaches “The Art and Craft of Poetry Writing,” Thursdays, starting Jan. 23, 7-9 p.m.

Shari Goldberg teaches about Beruriah, the Talmud scholar and Aisha, the Islamic female scholar, Jan. 26, 2:30 p.m.

Harissa, Honey and Hyssop,  photos by Nelli Sheffer, is on display in the gallery Jan. 28- Feb. 24.

Film critic Shlomo Schwartzberg discusses the work of Steven Spielberg, Mondays 7-9 p.m., until March 17. Jan. 27: The First Decade.

Klezmer Music Ensemble conducted by Eric Stein meets Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. Call ext. 0 to register.

The women’s chorus meets Mondays 7:30 p.m.; daytime choir meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

Health and fitness: MELT Method for hands and feet, helps alleviate arthritis, bunions, carpal tunnel and more. Mondays to March 17, 2:30 p.m.; MELT Method-full body. Meets Tuesdays 7 p.m. to March 18 or Wednesdays to March 26, 11a.m.

Healthy breast yoga, Wednesdays to March 12, 12:15 p.m.; Beyond addiction yoga, Fridays to March 14, 6:30 p.m. To register for all fitness programs, email joolip@mnjcc.org or 416-898-1818, ext. 574

Michael Bernstein Chapel holds services Thursdays at 7:15 a.m.; Sundays at 8 a.m. Call Coleman Bernstein, 416-968-0200.

 

SCHWARTZ/REISMAN CENTRE

Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst St. 905-303-1821.

The movie The Frisco Kid will be shown Feb. 24, 1 p.m., with a discussion following.

Book Club Fridays begin with the book An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir, by Phyliss Chesler, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.

Emergency First Aid and CPR taught Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Social Singles Night and movie for adults 35-50, March 8, 7:30 p.m.

Social Singles Night for adults over 50, with live music, March 1, 7:30 p.m.

To register for programs, call Andrea, ext. 3006 or email adaiam@srcentre.ca.

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