About Town: Week of March 28
Wednesday, April 3
A Yiddish culture course, “Larger Than Life: Two Giants in the World of Jewish philanthropy -– Sir Moses Montefiore (1884-1885) and Baron Maurice de Hirsch (1831-1896,” runs 7-9 p.m. (and on April 10), the Jewish Public Library, taught in English by Janie Respitz, Details and registration, Letitia Cuenza, 514-345-2627, ext. 3006.
Today is the deadline to register for the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Westmount branch’s April 8, 3 p.m. souper léger and interactive lecture by Jonathan Patterson at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom on Verdi’s opera Rigoletto, followed by a 6:30 p.m. screening of Michael Mayer’s edgy HD film version of the work at the Cinéma Banque Scotia Montreal. Register, Michelle Lander, 514-342-1234, ext. 7216.
Thursday, April 4
Sasson Khazzam’s photo exhibit ‘The Jews of Iraq – From Yesterday to Today,” will be displayed by the Jewish Public Library 6-8 p.m. in the Cummings House lobby. Caroline Goulding, email@example.com.
Since few community events take place over Passover, here are some taking place after April 4:
Temple Emanu-El Beth Shalom holds its family-friendly “first Friday” Shabbat service, April 5, 5:45 p.m., with plenty of singing and dancing at the Oneg Shabbat. Call 514-937-9575.
80S FLASHBACK PARTY
The Segal Centre stages its fourth hugely popular “Flashback to the 80s” party, a fundraiser supporting “accessibility to the arts,” April 6-7, 8:30 p.m. The event, co-chaired by Ann Fleming and Joanne Cutler, showcases performers” from across Montreal, as well as Andy Nulman, Mikaela Alloune, Alice Lehrer, Lorne and daughter Farrah Beckler, Gail Marchand, Carrie and Peter Mazoff, Sephanie and Clifford Naimer, and Alyssa Yufe. Visit www.youbethestar.segalcentre.org. Tickets, 514-739-7944.
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal stages its Family Tree Workshop April 7, 10 a.m.-noon. More at www.jgs-montreal.org, or call the JGS Hotline, 514-484-0969.
JEWS OF EGYPT
The Association of Jews of Egypt presents Rafik Balada, an Egyptian writer in Canada, reflecting on Egypt’s cultural communities, including Jews, April 7, 2:30 p.m. at YM-YWHA Ben Weider JCC’s Sinai Hall. Florelle Del Burgo, 514-733-4998, ext. 8230.
On April 8, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, former Tel Aviv University social historian Paul Liptz, director of Jerusalem’s Anita Saltz International Education Centre, speaks on Israel’s new governing coalition. 514-937-3575.
THE WINTER PALACE
Author Eva Stachniak reads from her latest book, The Winter Palace, April 8, 5:30 p.m. as part of Jewish Public Library’s Canadian Council for the Arts Literary Reading. Register, 514-345-6416.
Jenny Spinelli’s Stargirl is the focus of the Jewish Public Library’s Mother-Daughter Book Discussion Group, April 8, 7 p.m., led by Penny Fransblow. Registration, 514-345-2627, exts. 3028, 3012.
A Ticket in the Heart, the first of three “talkumentaries” with musical themes, will be shown April 9, 7 p.m., Segal Centre CinemaSpace, organized by the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Stefani Novick, 514-342-1234, ext. 7201.
April 9 through April 11, award-winning dancer and choreographer Marie-Josée Chartier and her Chartier Danse team make the Segal Centre Studio the only Quebec stop in the national tour of her solo show, Stria. Call 514-739-7944.
PALLIATIVE CARE SERIES
The Council on Palliative Care begins a three-part series, April 9, 6-8 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, on “Changing Lanes: Transitions in a Life-Threatening Illness,” with Joan Foster and Zelda Freitas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HALBMAN STEALS HOME
Author Glen Rotchin discusses his book Halbman Steals Home with Beth Ora Seniors, April 9, 1:30 p.m. Call 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.
Filmmaker Heidi Berger presents a video and lecture about her Holocaust survivor mother, the late Ann Kazinirski, April 10, 7:30 p.m., Beth Zion Congregation. Details, 514-489-8411.
On April 11, 8 p.m. Juno award-winning composer/performer Connie Kaldor plays the Segal Centre. Tickets, 514-739-7944.
YOM HA’ATZMAUT BASH
On April 12, 6:30 p.m.,Congregation Dorshei Emet holds a Yom Ha’atzmaut “Mangal”-style barbecue potluck supper, followed by an Israeli carnival. RSVP with email@example.com, or call 514-804-0920.
Karen Lee Bar Sinai, a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, speaks April 12, 11:30 a..m., at 1590 Docteur Penfield, sponsored by the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies. 514-848-2424, ext. 8721.
The Empty Bowls fundraiser against hunger and poverty takes place April 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montreal, 5035 de Maisonneuve W., and April 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Congregation Dorshei Emet. Visit www.emptybowls.ca, or call 514-486-9400.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Canadian Hadassah-WIZO Montreal hosts a health and wellness evening, April 24 at The Living Room, 5687 Paré St., with guests Joe Schwarcz, Dr. Michael Malus, and Dr. Tami Karni. 514-933-8461.
SIX IN THE CITY
Get ready for Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation’s third annual “Six in the City” discount shopping event, with the Rockland shopping mall, April 25, 6-10 p.m. Visit www.sinaisite.org, or call 515-369-2222, ext. 1305.
JGH MINI-MED SCHOOL
Sign up now for the always-popular Jewish General Hospital Mini-Med School program running May-22-June 12 and learn from physicians and health-care professionals. For details or to register, call 514-340-8222, ext. 3337.
Canadian Hadassah-WIZO recently earned a 2012 All Star Award from marketing adviser Constant Contact Inc. for its deft use of online marketing tools to engage its supporter base.
Jewish General Hospital Lady David Institute’s Dr. Sammy Suissa reports in a study published in Thrombosis and Haemostasis that combinations of anti-clotting drugs, particularly with warfarin, raise the risk of serious internal bleeding. The study involved a “large population-based cohort” newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.
Chabad Lifeline has a 12-step speakers meeting every Tuesday, noon-1 p.m. Benyamin Bresinger, 514-738-7700.