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Thursday, Dec. 13

 

FAMILY CHANUKAH

Light the sixth candle at a Dorval Chanukah Family Celebration, 5 p.m., Sarto Desnoyers Community Centre, 1335 Lakeshore Dr., with latkes, kids activities, and more. Call 514-791-3770.

 

Friday, Dec. 14

 

DON’T MISS THIS!

Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom says you don’t want to miss its 7:45 p.m. Chanukah erev Shabbat service in the sanctuary “by menorah light” joined by the public bringing their own chanukiyot for the seventh candle, followed by the dedication of the temple’s new trilingual, transliterated Minhag Canada siddur, spearheaded by rabbi emeritus Leigh Lerner. Call 514-937-3575.

 

HOLOCAUST ART

Rita Briasnky speaks about the art of the Holocaust, 10 a.m., Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Call  Joyce, 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.

 

WOMEN’S ROSH CHODESH

Women and children are welcome at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim’s 8:30 a.m. (Judy, 514-484-7862) and the Shaare Zedek’s 9 a.m. Women’s Rosh Chodesh for Tevet (514-484-1122).

 

IMPRESSIONISM WORKSHOP

The second of a two-part hands-on workshop on impressionism, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors art studio, 514-342-1234, ext. 7250.

 

Saturday, Dec. 15

 

COMEDY & COCKTAILS

After the last Chanukah candle, Beth Zion Congregation hosts its first-ever Comedy & Cocktails event (for ages 18 and over) featuring David Acer, Dan Bingham, and DeAnne Smith, 8:30 p.m. Tickets include food and two drinks. 514-489-8411, www.comedybz.com.

 

FUNDRAISER VERNISSAGE

Artists Teri Covin, Nicole Dorion, Burney Leiberman, Bill Robertson, and Ina Verkala are featured 4-8p.m. at Galerie Quartz, 51 Westminster Ave. N. Fundraiser Vernissage, with partial proceeds to the Chomedey chapter of Act! to End Violence Against Women. The show runs to Dec. 22. Covin, 450-689-3056.

 

KIDS/TEENS CHANUKAH

Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom’s Kids First/Tweens First and Torah School Family Chanukah Party, 10 a.m.-noon. Melanie, 514-937-3575, ext. 210.

 

CLOSED SEASON

Franziska Schlotterer, director of the film Closed Season, is interview by host Leslie Lutsky on Jewish Digest, 8:30 a.m. on Radio Centre-Ville,. 102.3 FM.

 

Sunday, Dec. 16

 

GERSHWINS CELEBRATED

The music of George and Ira Gershwin is celebrated at a Canadian Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights concert for Human Rights Day, featuring pianist Matt Hershkowitz, mezzo-soprano Deborah Kraus and tenor Peter Margo, 3:30 p.m., L’Ermitage, 3510 Cote des Neiges Rd.. Reserve at 514-744-3995.

 

CHANUKAH CABARET

The I Love Yiddish series at the Segal Centre Studio continues with a Chanukah Sing Along/Cabaret with Itchka, Adam Stotland, and the Yiddish Theatre Singers in collaboration with KlezKanada. Call the box office at 514-739-7944.

 

TEMPLE WEST CHANUKAH

The Chanukah Party of Temple West takes place 2-4 p.m., Hampton Inn and Suites Conference Centre, 1900 Trans Canada Highway, Dorval. Reserve at 514-937-3575, ext. 213.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 19

 

TEMPLE & RABBIS BOOK

Naftali S. Cohn of Concordia University’s Religion Department launches her book, The Memory of the Temple and the Making of the Rabbis, 7:30 p.m., Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation. The book provides a novel interpretation of rituals performed in the Temple. Call 514-848-2424, ext. 5734.

 

...Et Cetera...

 

SAVE A BOOKSTORE

The venerable Snowdon bookstore Bibliophile at 5519 Queen Mary Rd., which has many Jewish books, recently urged the public to drop in and buy a book in light of  road work that has impeded business drastically, owner Sandra Climan said. Among those putting out the call to visit the store was veteran city councillor Marvin Rotrand. Climan said it would be a real blow to the community if it lost the bookstore due to such drastically reduced traffic. The Bibliophile’s number is 514-486-7369.

 

ON UNTIL DEC. 21…

Until Dec. 21, the YM-YWHA Ben Weider JCC’s Chanukah Wonderland program continues in conjunction with Living Legacy. 514-344-2424, ext. 27… Also until Dec. 21, in conjunction with the production of Red at the Segal Centre, “automiste and abstract” expressionist works are on display at the ArtLounge. Visit www.segalcentre.org, or call 514-739-2301.

 

SIMPLY SOUP

Simply Soup, a book featuring 52 soups for each week of the year, is on sale at Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors while quantities last. 514-342-1234, ext. 7373.

 

FREE BABY GYM

Tuesdays through Thursdays. 1-3 p.m. and Tuesdays 3-5 p.m., the West Island YM-YWHA  offers two hours of free time for babies and toddlers in the baby gym (must be with a parent or guardian). Call Heather Ingberg, 514-624-6750.

 

JGH ANTI-COAGULANTS

Researchers at the Jewish General Hospital’s Lady Davis Institute (LDI) recently published a “meta-analysis” on new anti-coagulants tested at nine clinical trials  involving 16,500 patients to treat blood clots in veins (thrombosis), with two drugs showing an improvement over the standard one used since 1954, warfarin, the British Medical Journal reported. The two drugs were rivaroxaban, approved during the summer by Health Canada, and dabigatran, whose approval is expected. The authors of the study were doctors Susan Kahn, David Langleben, Mark Eisenberg, and Avi Shimony.

 

CANCER CAREGIVERS

Jewish General Hospital Segal Cancer Centre social worker Naomi Kogan published a recent study in Palliative and Supportive Care suggesting that cancer patient denial increases the burden on family caregivers. Denial prevents patient and family from discussing illness-related issues and potentially blocks adequate care. While denial might help some patients cope with cancer, they might refuse to take their medicine. Denial also leads much anger, frustration and anxiety for caregivers.

Last month, the Quebec chapter of the Associates of Fundraising Professionals named Alvin Segal philanthropist of the year. The founder and CEO of Peerless Clothing and chair of the Segal Centre board was described as a “visionary” who has put “his experience, time, heart, and financial resources into championing health, arts, and cultural organizations in Montreal.” Segal Centre CEO Manon Gauthier called him a “living example of the tremendous impact of philanthropy on building stronger communities.”

 

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