About Town: Week of April 12
Friday, April 13
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.