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About Town: Week of January 26


Thursday, Jan. 26



The National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) is joining with the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre (MHMC) in a public event observing the International Day of Commemoration for Victims of the Holocaust. NTS graduate Francis Richard will present Memory at our Fingertips, guided tours starting at 6:30 p.m. during which visitors will be able to see and touch 10 selected artifacts from the MHMC’s 8,000-piece collection. They range from a Chanukah candle to a column from a destroyed Warsaw synagogue. The stories of the people behind these personal objects, which are not on exhibit, will also be told. Reservations, 345-2605.



Create your own mosaic piece at “Mosaic Madness,” which will be offered by the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, 7 p.m. at 96 Roger Pilon St., Dollard des Ormeaux. The second session is Feb. 2. Registration, Ellen Tock, 624-5005.



Rabbi Ronnie Fine begins a six-week course “Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethics” at noon at Chabad Queen Mary. It’s repeated Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. He’ll discuss such issues as fair trade and employers’ responsibility to workers. Registration, 342-8195.



Registration takes places from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors for its income tax clinic, which will be held March 22. This free service is open to CJCS members and clients who have annual incomes of under $20,000 for individuals or $26,000 for couples. The tax forms are prepared by trained volunteers who are supervised by an accountant. Karen Gerstein, 342-1234, ext. 7242.



A new lecture series on the political and social power of theatre starts at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, in collaboration with McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and  Ideas. At 7:30 p.m., a faculty member speaks on “Incendies on Stage and Screen.” Tickets,  739-7944.


Saturday, Jan. 28



Host Leslie Lutsky’s guest on the Jewish Digest, at 8:30 a.m. on Radio Centre-Ville 102.3FM, is Joel Fendelman, director of the movie David about the unlikely friendship between yeshiva students and a Muslim boy.


Sunday, Jan. 29



Would-be stars of the stage are invited to sing their favourite show tunes, accompanied by a professional pianist, at the Broadway Café at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts at 8 p.m. The centre’s resident composer Elan Kunin runs the informal evening, open to  non-singers as well. 739-7944.


Monday, Jan. 30



The Israeli film A Matter of Size, about four overweight friends who are fed up with dieting, will be screened at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, as part of the Movies and Munchies series sponsored by the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Tickets, 342-1234, ext. 7201.


Janie Respitz  presents “The Jewish Life Cycle through Song: From Cradle to Grave” at a Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors event at 96 Roger Pilon St., Dollard des Ormeaux at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, Ellen Tock 624-5005.


Tuesday, Jan. 31



A women’s self-defence course starts at Chabad Queen Mary at 7:30 p.m.



“Jog Your Mind,” a four-session workshop for seniors worried about normal age-related changes in memory, commences at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Registration, 342-1234, ext. 7305.


Wednesday,Feb. 1



Popular Israeli singer Kobi Peretz  brings his “Mizrachi” style music to Centre Pierre Peladeau at 8:30 p.m. Tickets, 941-4450.


Thursday, Feb. 2



Four local amateur bands will face off in Hillel Concordia’s first “Love-in of the Bands: Peace Edition,” at Club Lambi, 4465 St. Laurent Blvd., 12:30-4 p.m. It’s a fundraiser to buy building materials for an American Jewish World Service project in Ghana. Hillel is sending an envoy there during the school break to volunteer. Visit for details.


...Et Cetera...



Claudia Litvak Polachek has lost two relatives to leukemia, and a nephew thankfully survived a childhood diagnosis and is now a healthy 21-year-old. When she accepted the opportunity to chair Weizmann Canada’s Women and Science Committee, holding a benefit to help further leukemia research at the Israeli university was her first priority. “Claudia’s Hope for Cancer” is a private showing of the play Scientific Americans at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Feb. 8, preceded by a cocktail dînatoire at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, Jan, 342-0777. For details, visit



Canadian playwright John Mighton’s award-winning dark romantic comedy Scientific Americans runs at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts Feb. 5-26. Mighton, who is also a math professor at the University of Toronto, will speak about his play Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. It’s the story of a brilliant scientist who is torn between his secretive work for the U.S. Department of Defence on a new weapon and his fiancée, who fears his moral integrity is being compromised. The play is presented by the local troupe SideMart Theatrical Grocery, which makes its debut on the Segal main stage, and is directed by Andrew Shaver. Tickets, 739-7944.



Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Basya Schechter, who left behind her Borough Park chassidic upbringing to get an education at Barnard College and become a sought-after performer, headlines the Shabbat Shira concert at Congregation Dorshei Emet Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. Pharoah’s Daughter Unplugged brings together Schechter, Avi Fox-Rosen and Rich Stein of New York and KlezKanada musicians Jason Rosenblatt and Rachel Lemisch for an evening of rocking contemporary Jewish music. Tickets, 486-9400.



Israeli singer Yasmin Levy makes her Montreal debut Feb. 9 at Théatre Outremont at 8:30 p.m. She sings in Ladino, the ancient language of the Sephardi Jews of Spain, with her own world beat flair. Popular in Europe as well as Israel, she is the daughter of Yitzhak Levy, a cantor and  musicologist who devoted his life to the Judeo-Spanish cultural heritage. Tickets, 495-9944.

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