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Thursday, Oct. 4

 

CMDA GUYS & DOLLS

Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel supporters come to the Segal Centre for a special fundraising performance of the Broadway musical classic Guys & Dolls, 8 p.m. Contact Susan Puritz at 514-731-4400, or email spuritz@cmdai.org.

 

BABI YAR CEREMONY

The murder of 33,771 Jews on Sept. 29-30, 1941, and another 100,000 during World War II at Babi Yar near Kiev is commemorated, 7 p.m. at the Russian-Jewish Community Centre, 5380 Bourret Ave. Call Mark Groysberg, 514-573-7282, or email voicecanada@videotron.ca.

 

MHMC AGM

The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre holds its annual general meeting, 7-9 p.m. at the Gelber Conference Centre. Contact Roselyn Blacker at 514-345-2605, ext. 3023, or email roselyn.blacker@mhmc.ca.

 

JEWISH TREASURES

Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors visits Montreal’s Hidden Jewish Treasures, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The day includes a lecture by Barbara Weiser and visits to three sites, a well as lunch and tea. Register at 514-342-1234, ext. 7365.

 

Y BRIDGE SPUNK LUNCHEON

The 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Bridge Spunk Charity Game and Luncheon is on at the YM-YWHA Ben Weider JCC. Contact Sara Miller, 514-737-6551, ext. 258, or email smiller@ymywha.com.

 

GROW A FAMILY TREE

Merle Kastner helps you find your roots and create a family tree, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Young Israel of Chomedey. Register with Claire at 450-978-7056.

 

Friday, Oct. 5

 

FIRST FRIDAY

Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom holds “First Friday” early Kabbalat Shabbat services, 5:45 p.m., with a more casual atmosphere and focus on singing. Call Heidi Reinblatt, 514-937-3575, ext. 217, or email heidi@templemontreal.ca.

 

Saturday, Oct. 6

 

HART FAMILY STORY

Denis Vaugeois, author of The Extraordinary Story of the Hart Family, is Leslie Lutsky’s guest on Jewish Digest, 8:30 a.m. on Radio Centre-Ville, 102.3 FM.

 

Monday, Oct. 8

 

GALA SIMCHAT TORAH

The Chevra (Kadisha Bnai Jacob) synagogue is the place for a gala Simchat Torah celebration, 6:15 p.m., with singing, dancing, and a full-course dinner. Reserve at 514-482-3366. Space is limited.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 9

 

DYING AT HOME

Readings from Neil Dunn’s play Home Death, followed by a lecture and panel discussion on “Dying at Home: A Choice,” are featured at the Council of Palliative Care’s free public David Bourke Memorial Lecture, 7-9 p.m., during the 19th International Congress on Palliative Care at the Palais des Congrès.The council is co-chaired by Kappy Flanders. 514-845-9929.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 10

 

FAMOUS JEWISH WOMEN

The Jewish Public Library offers a four-week course on Famous Jewish Women, in English with Janie Respitz, starting 7-9 p.m. today. Register with Leticia Cuenca at 514-345-2627, ext. 3006, or email leticia.cuenca@jplmontreal.org.

LE NOM DES GENS

Director Michel Leclerc’s critically acclaimed film, Le Nom des Gens, set in post-World War II to present-day France, will be screened with English subtitles at the Jewish Public Library, 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion led by novelist and film specialist Maurice Elia. Call Roxana Brauns at 514-345-2627, ext. 3017, email roxana.brauns@jplmontreal.org, or call 514-345-6416 for tickets.

 

SPEED NETWORKING

A face-to-face, fast-paced business speed-networking event takes place 6-8 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. Bring business cards! Call 514-937-3575.

 

...Et Cetera...

 

50+ PROGRAMS

Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom’s Centre for Culture and Learning in collaboration with Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors are having Wednesday morning sessions on the coming U.S. elections, with Marvin Hershorn, 10 a.m.-noon at the shul, through Nov. 7… the focus is current events with Stan Nachfolger on Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon through Nov. 8, and, also on Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, John Felvinci talks about European cultural elites desperately seeking safe harbour during World War II. Call Heidi, 514-937-3575, ext. 218.

 

TIME TO REGISTER!

The time to register is now, Chabad of Westmount advises, for its highly popular QJ Law Symposium, Oct. 18, which offers up to six hours of credits for legal professionals. The day at 4444 St. Catherine St. W. includes three sessions: 7:45-9:15 a.m., 9:15-10:45 a.m., and 5-8 p.m., and includes buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Register at chabadwestmount.com or call 514-937-4772. Space is limited.

RANEE LEE

Acclaimed jazz singer Ranee Lee performs Oct. 14, 8 p.m. at the Segal Centre’s Le Studio as the opening concert of its Power Jazz Series. Lee performs songs from her Juno Award-winning album The Musicals: Jazz on Broadway. Tickets at 514-739-7944.

ELDERCARE EVENT

The Jewish Eldercare Centre honours Generations Foundation’s Natalie and Adrian Bercovici, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. at Shaare Zion Congregation, hosted by CJAD’s Sharman Yarnel and featuring award-winning impressionist Tracey Bell. Proceeds from the event will help buy state-of-the-art beds for residents. For details and tickets, call Faigie, 514-738-4500, ext. 8108.

 

WALK-IN CENTRE HELP

The Jewish General Hospital’s two-year-old Herzl CRIU Walk-In Centre has successfully been easing pressure on the hospital’s emergency department through a program that uses emergency department referrals to the walk-in centre in specific cases, such as acute cases that might need monitoring but not through emergency. The program, called Transformational Change, is intended for those with chronic illnesses and also uses a system of triage to assess whether need would be better served though the emergency department or can be referred to the centre. “A principal goal of the [centre] is to treat severely ill patients referred from [emergency], for primary care follow-up,” said Herzl centre director Dr. Michael Malus. From March 2011 to March 2012, 565 patients were referred to the walk-in centre, with a lower number of return visits to the emergency department. “This low number of return visits to [emergency] is a testimony to the importance and the strength of this primary care follow-up initiative by the Herzl CRIU,” emergency chief Dr. Marc Afilalo said.

At its fall convocation Oct 30. at Place des Arts, Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business is bestowing an honorary doctorate on Aldo Bensadoun, founder and CEO of Aldo Group Inc., “for his entrepreneurial spirit in transforming a local shoe store into an internationally recognized brand.” Aldo Group operates 1,000 stores in North America, Britain and Ireland.

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