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 Friday, April 13

 

KABBALAT SHABBAT

The new B’nai Or Montreal Community renewal shul holds a Kabbalat Shabbat, 7 p.m. in the Kellert Hall of the YM-YWHA Ben Weider JCC. E-mail Rabbi Sherril Gilbert at, rabbi@bnai-or.org.

 

Saturday, April 14

 

SIN AND RETRIBUTION

Sin and retribution is the theme of a 10:30 a.m. talk at Congregation Beth-El by Adalbert Lallier, who was forcibly drafted into the Waffen SS at 19 and decided to reveal his past so he could testify against Julius Viel for Nazi crimes. Despite a distinguished career, Lallier resigned from Concordia University in 2001 because of the publicity. Call 514-738-4766.

 

FRANK TALK

McGill University professor Gershon Hundert talks about Jacob Frank, who claimed to be the reincarnation of false messiah Shabtai Tzvi, 10 a.m. at Congregation Dorshei Emet, during services. More at 514-486-9400.

 

YOM HASHOAH

All kids in Grade 4 and up are invited to a special Yom Hashoah service, 11:25 a.m.-noon at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom’s Torah School. Call 514-937-3575.

 

HALBMAN AUTHOR

Glen Rotchin, author of the recent humorous novel Halbman Steals Home, chats with host Leslie Lutsky on Jewish Digest, 8:30 a.m. on Radio Centre-Ville, 102.3 FM.

 

Sunday, April 15

 

TEMPLE WEST POTLUCK

Temple Emanu-E-Beth Sholom’s Rabbi Julia Appel heads to the Hampton Inn and Suites, 1900 Trans Canada Highway, for a 5-7 p.m. “Temple West” meat-free, potluck Shabbat dinner. RSVPs requested, 514-937-3575, ext. 212, or rabbiappel@templemontreal.ca.

 

ISRAEL DELEGITIMIZATION

The delegitimization of Israel and what campuses can do about it is discussed by Canadian Institute for Jewish Research founder Prof. Fred Krantz, as part of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim’s Sundays at the Shaar Lunch and Lecture series, at noon. Arlene Scher, 514-937-9471, ext. 169.

 

MIMOUNA

The Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors holds a traditional Mimouna, 10:30 a.m. at Residence Salomon, 5900 Decarie Blvd. Call 514-342-1234, ext. 7325.

 

Monday, April 16

 

PAST TEMPLE E MEMBERS

Temple Emanu-El-Beth  Sholom wants to hear from former members, families, and others wishing to contribute to a tribute book for Rabbi Leigh Lerner, who is retiring after 23 years and is being honoured June 13. If you want to contribute memories, photos, or a message, call 514-937-3575, ext. 215, or e-mail tebstribute@gmail.com by today.

 

A FAMILY HISTORY

Bill Laslow gives an audio-visual account of his family history in Ukraine at a meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society, 7:30 p.m., the Jewish Public Library. More at the JGS hotline, 514-484-0969, or visit www.jgs-montreal.org.

 

BOOK REVIEW

A meeting of Prime Time, Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors’ West Island division, features a book review of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, 7:30 p.m. at 96 Roger Pilon in Dollard des Ormeaux. Contact Ellen Tock, 514-624-5005.

 

BALANCING ACT

Starting today, the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors offers balance training classes, Mondays and Wednesdays, 11;40 a.m.-12:40 p.m. Call 514-342-1234, ext. 7305.

 

DRUM & DANCE, & PILATES

Try the “Drum and Dance” fitness craze 1:45-2:45 p.m. today at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors (514-342-1234, ext. 7305). Or try the centre’s Pilates course, also starting today.

 

Tuesday, April 17

 

HALBMAN STEALS HOME

The Jewish Public Library’s Canada Council Readings with Wine Reception event features Glen Rotchin speaking about his new novel, Halbman Steals Home, 5:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library. Tickets, 514-345-6416.

 

HIDDEN CHILDREN

Holocaust survivor Eva Kuper takes part in the screening of Hidden Children, Unknown Heroes, her story of survival as a hidden child in Poland, 7:30 p.m., Beth Zion Congregation. 514-489-8411.

 

A PARENT AND AUTISM

Writer-author Joel Yanofsky discusses the emotional vicissitudes of being the parent of an autistic child, 7:30 p.m. at the Cummings Centre’s West Island branch, 96 Roger Pilon in Dollard des Ormeaux. Ellen Tock, 514-624-5005, ext. 230.

 

MAIMONIDES ENTRY

Maimonides Geriatric Centre provides a public information session on its criteria for admittance, 5:30 p.m. at its synagogue. Lisa Blobstein, 483-2121, ext. 2287.

 

JEWELRY MAKING

The Creative Social Centre of “The Chevra” holds a primer on jewelry making, with Carole Stern, 1-3 p.m. Call 514-488-0907.

 

AT CJCS

At the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors today, try tai chi for balance, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; take advantage of an open house for volunteers, 10 a.m .-3 p.m., or check out the course starting today on jogging your memory, 1:45-3:45 p.m. Call 514-342-1234, ext. 7305.

 

CLOONEY FILM

The Descendants, starring George Clooney, will be screened for Beth Ora Seniors, 1:30 p.m. Call 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.

 

Wednesday, April 18

 

YOM HASHOAH

Then annual community-wide commemoration of Yom Hashoah takes place 7:30 p.m. at Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Congregation. Call 514-345-2605.

 

FATHER JOHN WALSH

Father John Walsh is special guest at Act to End Violence Against Women Chomedey chapter’s 7 p.m. meeting, Young Israel of Chomedey. 450-681-5335.

 

MEMOIR WRITING

Writer Joel Yanofsky describes how he wrote his memoir to the FAB group of Act to End Violence Against Women, 1:30 p.m. More at 514-487-2330.

 

PALLIATIVE CAREGIVING

The Council on Palliative Care gives a free 6-8 p.m. workshop on palliative caregiving, at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. 514-499-0345.

AVANT-GARDE DANCE

The Segal Centre-Danse Danse’s choreographer-in-residence program showcases the avant-garde flamenco dance company La Otra Orilla, 8 p.m. at the centre. Call 514-739-2301.

 

LITERARY BREAKFAST

The Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary’s Literary Breakfast Club features Kathleen Winter’s Annabel reviewed by Lisa Weil, 9:30 a.m. Call 514-369-2222, ext. 1337.

 

SABBATH SUPPORT

Canadian Hadassah-WIZO’s Golda Meir chapter hosts Father Peter Sabbath of Chomedey’s Holy Name of Jesus church (who was born Jewish). He gives a 1 p.m. talk on his life and on how his parish came to the aid of the Young Israel of Chomedey after it was severely damaged 18 months ago by vandalism, at 715 du Sablon. Call Evie Applebee, 450-681-0312.

 

...Et Cetera...

 

TREADMILL NEEDED

Maison Shalom, a residence for intellectually disabled children and adults, is seeking a donation of a  treadmill for use by residents. Call Sheila Superstein at 450-688-0157.

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