About Town Week of June 21
Thursday, June 21
LET’S TAMMUZ OURSELVES
Women and children are welcome at the Women’s Rosh Chodesh service for Tammuz, 8:30 a.m. at the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue.Call Shelley, 514-489-9094, or Barbara, 514-683-4926.
Friday, June 22
Everyone’s invited as outgoing Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom Rabbi Leigh Lerner is honoured at a special service, 7:15 p.m., with clarinetist Mark Simons and the shul’s Kol HaNeshama Choir, led by cantor and musical director Rachelle Shubert. 514-937-3575.
Saturday, June 23
Host Leslie Lutsky interviews Ben Linden about Ghana’s Jewish community, Jewish Digest, 8:30 a.m., Radio Centre-Ville, 102.3 FM.
Sunday, June 24
TORAH! TORAH! TORAH!
Congregation Shomrim Laboker marks the arrival of a new Torah scroll starting with an 11:45 a.m. parade to the shul with the Torah from the Chai Centre, 5120 de Coutrai, dancing at 12:15 p.m., and a 1 p.m. luncheon. The Torah was written in memory of Joe Miller by his family as part of their desire to transmit the importance of Torah to children. Jewish day school students could buy Torah letters for a token $1 and watch a sofer at work. Kids at the luncheon will enjoy cotton candy and more. To reserve, call 514-731-6831.
Tuesday, June 26
FROM ASHES AT THE ADATH
From Ashes to Independence, a six-part weekly lecture series chronicling the fufilment of the Zionist dream and led by Adath Israel synagogue Cantor Shmuel Levin, begins at 7 p.m. with “All the Beginnings,” the period covering 1882 to 1918, the first aliyah to the start of the British mandate. Call 514-482-4252.
CANADA DAY@ CUMMINGS
The Cummings Centre Choir and Royal Canadian Legion celebrate Canada Day, 1 p.m. at the Gelber Conference Centre. Call Joyce, 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.
Wednesday, June 27
VAN GOGH OR BURGERS?
Take a Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors bus trip to Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada for the Vincent Van Gogh exhibit (leaves 9 a.m., back at 6 p.m.), or enjoy CJCS’s next barbecue, 5:30 p.m. Call 514-342-1234, to register.
REPORTING TO FAB
Honest Reporting-Quebec director Michelle Whitman speaks to Act to End Violence Against Women’s FAB Group, 1:30 p.m., Loblaw-Cavendish’s party room. Register at 514-487-2330.
HELP CONQUER CANCER
Save the date: thousands will take part July 7-8 in the fourth annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 250-km bike journey between Montreal and Quebec City benefiting the Jewish General Hospital’s Segal Centre Centre. Visit www.conquercancer.ca, or call 866-996-VELO (8356).
TRUCKING FOR CBBO
Donations from the corporate world, camp alumni, and parents in Montreal for Camp B’nai Brith Ottawa (CBBO) covered the entire $18,000 needed to purchase a new maintenance truck for the camp, report CBBO board members David Lisbona and Danny Chazenoff. The number of Montrealers attending the camp has risen from 61 in 2007 to at least 142 this year. The truck is to be brought June 27 to Fairview Centre Pointe Claire, then driven to CBBO.
NEW SHAARE ZEDEK TORAH
Shaare Zedek Congregation recently dedicated a new Torah donated by its Men’s Club, headed by Amiram Gelbart, Leon Penn, and Gordie Shore, in memory of Hagit Samet, the sister of Cantor Yosi Even-Hen. She died in 2011.
CLEANER AIR ZONE
Jewish General Hospital recently expanded its “clean air zone” for patients, visitors and staff. Except for a specific outdoor area, it now extends beyond the nine metres from the building and grounds required by law.
BARON BYNG APPEAL
The Baron Byng High School Museum and Hall of Honour, now incorporated as a charitable foundation, is seeking class photos (pre-1949), uniforms, trophies, and yearbooks. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 514-481-0075.
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom’s Committee Against Human Trafficking went to a national colloquium on the issue last month in Boston. They were among 250 from the United States and six other countries attending.
TURNING THE PAGE
Act to End Violence Against Women recently furnished and stocked its first children’s library at a women’s shelter. Called “Turning the Page,” the bilingual library was launched June 7 at the Auberge Transition shelter in NDG, with books, toys, puzzles and games. It’s the first of a number of libraries the group plans to set up across Canada.
Registration is on for Norman Berman Children’s Library summer programs at the Jewish Public Library: Rhythm, Rhyme & Reason with Linda Kravitz (starting July 10); free Summer Bedtime Stories (starts July 11). Call 514-345-2627.
McGill University superstar astronomer Victoria Kaspi was among the key team members in the June 13 launch of NASA’s NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) telescope, which will use “X-ray vision” to hunt for buried black holes. Kaspi is responsible for ensuring that it points to the most intriguing objects in the Milky Way.
HIP-HOP 4 HOPE
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom’s Heidi Reinblatt reports that her daughter, Alexa Nozetz, was involved in the second annual Hip-Hop 4 Hope event benefiting the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. It raised $1,300.
ART LINKS LIVES
Last month at the 37th annual Partners in Seniors Life Conference in West Hartford, Conn., the Jewish Eldercare Centre won the outstanding programming award for its Art Links Lives (ALL) program, an intergenerational and intercultural program bringing students and seniors together through art and correspondence.
Montrealers Mike Savatovsky, director of outreach and engagement at Federation CJA, and Tamara Kramer, founder and editor of the online Shtetl Magazine, were two of 150 Jewish social and business entrepreneurs and innovators “modelling” the Jewish future June 10-14 at the ROI (Return on Investment) Global Summit of Young Jewish Innovators in Jerusalem. More than 800 make up the ROI network in 40 countries… Veteran Cote St. Luc city councillor Dida Berku recently received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizing her community service… Jewish General Hospital’s physician-in-chief Dr. Ernesto Schiffrin is beginning a two-year term as president of the International Society of Hypertension, the field’s leading body… Edgar Bronfman, president of the Samuel Bronfman Foundation and former head of the World Jewish Congress, was recently awarded an honorary doctor of letters by McGill University for his many achievements, among them fighting antisemitism and promoting Middle East peace.