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About Town: Week of December 6


Thursday, Dec. 6



Waterfield’s Follies, a “cavalcade of talent” vaudeville revue showcasing eight acts is on at 8 p.m., the Segal Centre Studio. Tickets 514-739-7944.



An “intimate interview” of Just for Laughs head honcho Andy Nulman and comedian-actor-singer Mike Paterson is being held by Segal Centre’s Young Leaders, 6- 8 p.m. RSVP, Kayla Weigensberg, 514-739-2301, ext. 8302.



The Jews General Hospital Auxiliary stages a Holiday Boutique Day, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., main lobby, with everything from clothing to home decor. More at 514-340-8216.



A video by Israeli artist Yael Bartana is part of the Fault Lines exhibit and program, launching today at the SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, 372 St. Catherine St. W., Suite 507. 514-861-9992.


Friday, Dec. 7



Shirley Rind Cohen, former president of the Women’s Art Society of Montreal, will be given the Montreal Council of Women’s Woman of the Year Award at a gala luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  at the Omni Hotel, 1050 Sherbrooke St. W. Shirley Gyles, 450-672-7081.



The Kleinmann Family Foundation and Concordia University will hold a symposium on “anti-Gypsy” extremism, 11 a.m. at the Goethe Institute, 1626 Blvd. Saint Laurent, and continuing 1:30 p.m. at Concordia in room MB-2.130 at 1450 Guy St. Call 514-825-1632.



Jewish General Hospital executive director Dr. Hartley Stern speaks 10 a.m. at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Joyce, 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.



Enjoy a “soulful Shabbat,” with a potluck supper, 7:30 p.m. the B’nai Or “Jewish renewal” Community Shul at the YM-YWHA Ben Weider JCC. Email Rabbi Sherrill Gilbert at



A Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors workshop on sketching runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, based on the History of Impressionism exhibit. 514-342-1234, ext. 7250.


Sunday, Dec. 9



Founder Joseph Milo wields the baton over the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra (directed by his wife, Lucy Ravinsky) at its Fantasia winter holiday concert, 2:30 p.m. at the old Wagar High School, 5785 Parkhaven, Cote St. Luc. Reserve, 514-484-7428.



Three choirs perform at a Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Cercle Sépharade concert, 11 a.m. at the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue. Claude Elbaz, 514-342-1234, ext. 7325.



Flutists Carolyn Christie and Denis Bluteau perform classical and jazz works “from Bach to Bolling,” 2 p.m. at the Segal Centre Studio, part of its Bravo Series. Tickets, 514-739-7944.


Tuesday, Dec. 11



The Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec stages a French-language evening devoted to the legacy of Yiddish Montreal, 7 p.m. at the Grande Bibliothèque 475 Blvd. de Maisonneuve E. with participants Pierre Anctil, Rivka Augenfeld and Dominique Poirier. The event is free, but the public is advised to procure a ticket in advance. Call 514-875-1100.




The Jewish community has many Chanukah events to choose from, with chanukiyah-lighting and latkes at virtually all of them. The ones we heard about by deadline started with a Dec. 6, 1:30 p.m. annual Chanukah celebration by the Creative Social Centre, 5237 Clanranald Ave. (514-484-0907);

On Dec. 8, 7 p.m., the evening of the first candle, the Russian Jewish community celebrates Chanukah with an evening of classical music at École Vincent-d’Indy, 625 Cote Ste. Catherine Rd. (RSVP, 514-573-7282).

Also on Dec. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. the West Island JCC at 13101 Gouin Blvd. stages its first Chanukah Pyjama Party (RSVP, Shelley Fishko, 514-624-6750, ext. 21).

Also on Dec. 8: Beth Rivkah Academy holds a 6:30-8:30 p.m. Chanukah Spectacular, 5001 Vezina Ave. (514-731-3681, ext. 28).

On Dec. 9, 5-8:30 p.m., the B’nai Or community shul marks Chanukah with music and potluck vegetarian food at the YM-YWHA Ben Weider JCC’s Kellert Hall (Email

From 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Free Hebrew for Juniors stages a Chanukah Winter Wonderland event, DDO Civic Centre, 12001 Blvd. Salaberry (514-735-2559).

On Dec. 10, 7:15 p.m., Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom holds its Chanukah raffle with fantastic prizes  (514-937-3575).

On Dec. 11, 1 p.m., Beth Ora Seniors holds its Chanukah party (514-342-1234, ext. 7318).

Also on Dec. 11, the Chevra holds its annual Chanukah raffle (514-482-3366 for tickets).

On Dec. 12, 5 p.m. a Westmount Community Chanukah Celebration takes place at Westmount City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke St. W.. and at 7-8:30 p.m. the same day, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom’s JIFF group holds a Vodka and Latkes event (RSVP 514-937-3575).

Also on Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Act! to End Violence Against Women’s Chomedey Chapter has its annual Chanukah party, Shaar Shalom Synagogue, 4880 Blvd. Notre Dame. Rosalee, 450-681-5335.


...Et Cetera...



Chevra Singles 45+ holds a Chanukah dance, Dec. 15, 8 p.m.,  with a casual chic dress code. RSVP with Iona, 514-482-3366.



Several local Jewish schools and groups took part in relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy, including Solomon Schechter Academy, which has a namesake school in Long Island, N.Y., and took part in a recent conference call together; the Akiva School, which sent more than 70 boxes of books, educational games, toys, backpacks and school supplies, and Chabad-Lubavitch.


Last month’s seventh annual Evening of Russian Culture at the Jewish Public Library, sponsored by Barbara and Ronny Kay, was called a great success, drawing more than 420 people who enjoyed top-tier Russian-trained singers and dancers, and food.



Self-described “very senior” Montrealer and retired child psychologist Margie Golick recently published a new book, The Life and Rhymes of a Jewish Mother, a collection of more than 50 years of light verse first written for friends and family and now being well received by the public. The official launch took place Dec. 4 at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. She can be reached at 514-935-9340.

City councillor Lionel Perez became interim mayor by acclimation of Cote-de-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grace borough after Michael Applebaum shed that title earlier to become interim mayor of Montreal following the resignation of Gerald Tremblay. Perez. a former member of Union Montreal, had the borough title sewn up after Snowdon district councillor Marvin Rotrand declined to run.

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