About Town: Week of April 26
Thursday, April 26
The annual community-wide Yom Ha’atzmaut-Israel Day Celebration kicks off 11 a.m. at Phillips Square, and ralliers proceed from there to Place du Canada for the big party for 12,000. Check out www.israelrallymontreal.com.
COTLER ON IRAN
The Canadian International Council’s Montreal branch presents Liberal MP Irwin Cotler speaking on “Iran: Convergence of Threat, Convergence of Remedy,” 7:15-9:30 p.m. at McGill University’s Leacock 232. E-mail, email@example.com.
Joel Yanofsky discusses his award-winning book, Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism, 2 p.m. at the Eleanor London Library. More at 514-485-6900.
IN NAZI GERMANY
Erik Larsen’s In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, is reviewed by ex-Jewish Public Library director Eva Raby, 2 p.m. at the JPL. Tickets at 514-345-6416.
Learn how to Skype (make free video calls over the Internet), 1:30-4 p.m., at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. RSVP, 514-342-1234.
Friday, April 27
Congregation B’nai Or holds a Shabbaton of Renewal with guest Rabbi Daniel Siegel, rabbinic director of ALEPH Canada, 7 p.m. in the YM-YWHA Ben Weider JCC’s Kellert Hall, and April 28, 10 a.m. with a potluck vegetarian kiddush lunch. Registration required. Contact Rabbi Sherril Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM THE TAJ TO THE TIP
Victor Breeson describes his cycling trip from the Taj Mahal to the southern tip of India, 10 a.m. at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Call Joyce, 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.
Saturday, April 28
Rabbi Michael Wolk is guest rabbi at Congregation Beth-El for Shabbat services. A native of Plainview, N.Y., Rabbi Wolk, a graduate of Jewish Theological Seminary, has for the last two years served as assistant rabbi at Temple Sinai in Middletown, N.Y. 514 738-4766.
Emunah Montreal holds a “Seudah Shlishit” for women, 5:15 p.m. at Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem synagogue, with guest speaker Ora Rubenstein, former Judaic studies director at United Talmud Torahs-Herzliah High School. Reserve at 514-485-2397.
FILM FEST FOUNDER
Eran Bester, founder of the Israeli Film Festival, chats with Leslie Lutsky on Jewish Digest, 8:30 a.m., Radio Centre-Ville, 102.3 FM.
Sunday, April 29
SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR
Bernard Slade’s venerable romantic comedy, Same Time Next Year, begins a run through May 20 at the Segal Centre in a production directed by Diana Leblanc and starring R.H. Thomson and Michelle Giroux. The production is presented by the centre and Delmar Freight Productions. The 1:30 p.m. performance is preceded by the free 11 a.m. Sunday-@-the-Segal event. Tickets at 514-739-7944 or visit, segalcentre.org.
Monday, April 30
Prominent gastroenterologist Dr. Ernest Seidman discusses inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), 7:30 p.m. at Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Congregation, as part of McGill University’s Berall Family IBD Lecture Series. Visit http:/mcgillibd.ca.
Author Alyson Richman speaks about her book The Lost Wife, 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library. Tickets at 514-345-6416.
The Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors has tips on using your iPad, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and is also holdings a craft department Demo Day, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 514-342-1234.
Tuesday, May 1
It’s Games Day for Beth Ora Seniors, at noon. Call 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.
Wednesday, May 2
CIJA HOSTS INBAR
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA) hosts Bar-Ilan University political studies Prof. Efraim Inbar, also director of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Centre for Strategic Studies, for a free lecture on “Israel’s Hot Summer: Confronting and Managing the Palestinians,” 7:30 p.m. at Beth Israel Beth Aaron Synagogue. Call 514-345-6411 or e-mail Fran Gutman, email@example.com.
TOO LATE FOR TWO STATES?
Peace Now director general Yariv Oppenheimer addresses the above topic, 7:30 p.m. at the Gelber Conference Centre. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chabad of Westmount’s Irwin Beutel Lecture Series presents author Neil Bascomb speaking about his book Hunting Eichmann,7 p.m. at 4444 St. Catherine St. W. Call 514-937-4772, or RSVP at www.chabadwestmount.com.
RABBI SHOHAM’S REVIEW
Rabbi Sidney Shoham reviews Julie Orringer’s The Invisible Bridge, 1 p.m. at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Call 514-342-1234.
OFF TO THE CASINO
Act to End Violence Against Women’s Chomedey chapter heads to Casino Mt. Tremblant on May 30. Book a spot at 450-681-5335.
JGH DVD DONATION
To raise awareness about glaucoma, “the silent thief of sight,” during the recent World Glaucoma Awareness Week, the Jewish General Hospital’s McGill Glaucoma Centre donated its I Have Glaucoma DVD to all Quebec public libraries as part of an agreement with the Quebec government and two public library bodies, Le Réseau BIBLIO du Québec and les Bibliothèques Publiques du Québec. The gesture was made possible through the Quebec Glaucoma Foundation. Call 514-340-8222, ext. 4954, or visit jgh.ca/glaucoma.
As part of a pilot project before Passover, using Learn Quebec’s Zenlive webinar software, United Talmud Torahs staged a historic model seder that allowed working parents and family members, no matter where they were, to watch the event live on the Internet, setting the stage for future school events that all can see.
AFIK, SOLOMON SCHECHTER
Last month, a group of 11 students from the Afik School in Be’er Sheva reciprocated for a February visit by 29 Solomon Schechter Academy (SSA) students, by coming to Montreal and immersing themselves in SSA activities. The kids bonded wonderfully and were billeted with SSA families. The Afik School and Solomon Schechter have been partnered for 14 years in a program spearheaded by head of school Shimshon Hamerman and Partnership 2000.
The Canadian Zionist Federation, eastern region’s Jerusalem Prize will be awarded this year to McGill University professor Harold Waller, CZF president Arlazar Eliashiv announced recently… accountant Richard Wise, a member of the Jewish Community Foundation’s professional advisory committee, was recently named a fellow by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in London, England.