About Town: Week of January 17
Thursday, Jan. 17
SOLO ART SHOW
The first solo art show in many years by veteran artist Miriam Lanail continues through Jan. 20 at Galerie Mile End, 5345 Park Ave. The 40 works on exhibit are inspired by her life growing up as an immigrant in the Plateau in the 1950s. More at 514-271-3383.
Friday, Jan. 18
Rabbi Stephen Wise speaks about Israel as a “start-up nation,” 7:45 p.m., and on teaching through technology in Israel, Jan. 19, 10:15 a.m., Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. RSVP, 514-934-3575.
Zhimei Zang, an immigrant who left China at age 50, calls retirement a “new page” in his life, 10 a.m., Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Joyce, 514-342-1234.
Saturday, Jan. 19
JPL FILM FEST
Arnold Goldfinger’s award-winning Israeli documentary The Flat, about his grandparents’ troubling past, will be screened 8 p.m. at Segal CinemaSpace as part of Jewish Public Library’s Israeli Film Festival. Tickets, 514-739-7944.
Gregory McCormick of the Blue Metropolis international literary festival is host Leslie Lutsky’s guest on Jewish Digest, 8:30 a.m. on Radio Centre-Ville, 102.3 FM.
Sunday, Jan. 20
As part of the family-oriented “Nostalgic Sundays” portion of the Israeli Cinematheque series at the Segal Centre CinemaSpace, two Boaz Davidson films will be screened: 1986’s Alex is Lovesick (Alex Choleh Ahava) at 10:30 a.m., and 1971’s Shablul at 1 p.m., each followed by a discussion. The films were selected by the Israeli consulate and Ha’bait Ha’Israeli. Call the box office, 514-739-7944, or go to www.segalcentre.org.
HEBRAIC SOUL CONCERT
Soprano Sharon Azrieli is among the performers at a Resonance of the Hebraic Soul concert featuring the Montreal Intercultural Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. at Concordia University Loyola Campus’ Oscar Peterson Hall, 7131 Sherbrooke St. W. The event is “dedicated to Jewish culture” and features the premiere of Alexander Pozdnymakov’s Rhapsody on Jewish Themes and of Boris Pigovat’s Requiem Holocaust. Details on Facebook.
Monday, Jan. 21
TU B’SHVAT SEDER
Lisa Steinmetz leads a Tu b’Shvat seder organized by Emunah Montreal and Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem, noon at the shul. Reservations, 514-485-2397.
Tel-Aide is looking for English-speaking volunteers, with a winter training session of “active listening”starting today. Bilingualism not required. Call 514-935-1105, or visit www.telaide.org.
Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors’ Westmount branch screens The Band’s Visit, about an Egyptian band visiting Israel, 7 p.m, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. 514-342-1234, ext. 7216.
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom starts a series of eight consecutive Monday Hebrew classes, 7:30-9 p.m. through March 11. RSVP at 514-937-3575, ext. 213, or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 22
An evening with English theatre pioneer Maurice Podbrey – in Yiddish! – is presented by the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, 8 p.m. at the Segal Centre Studio. The legendary Centaur Theatre founder will read the I.L. Peretz’s Yiddish classic Bontshe Shvayg after a lecture on Peretz by Anna Fishman Gonshor of McGill University’s Jewish studies department. Podbrey is producing the Segal Centre production Waiting for the Barbarians. Tickets, 514-739-7944.
The Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors holds a workshop on good balance, 3:30 p.m. Register, Annette, 514-342-1234, ext. 7305.
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom hosts a discussion on “How to Raise a Mensch,” 7-9 p.m. RSVP at 514-937-3575, ext. 213.
Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors’ Prime Time West Island branch answers queries on riverboat cruising, 7:30 p.m. at 96 Roger Pilon Blvd., Dollard des Ormeaux. Call 514-624-5005, ext. 230.
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Maimonides Geriatric Centre hosts a 5 p.m. information meeting about its 27-year-old MISSIVE (Maimonides Intensive Summer Session for Individual Volunteer Experience) program geared to CEGEP and university students planning a career in health care. Call Roz Friend, 514-483-2121, ext. 2204, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAMILY LITERACY DAY
To celebrate Family Literacy Day, Janice Cohen reads winter stories for kids 3-5, 10 a.m. at the Jewish Public Library’s Norman Berman Children’s Library. Bring a sock to use as a puppet. Call 514-35-2627, ext. 3012.
Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors’ West Island Prime Time branch teaches jewelry making, 1-4 p.m. at 96 Roger Pilon in Dollard des Ormeaux. Call 514-624-5005.
Thursday, Jan. 24
DIESEL CEO & JORANE
Jewish Chamber of Commerce and Segal Centre’s Young Leaders hold a cocktail reception and “intimate interview” with Diesel Canada CEO Joey Berdugo Adler, 6 p.m. at the centre, followed by an 8 p.m. performance by Quebec superstar Jorane as part of the centre’s Women of the World music series (tickets are also on sale for just the concert). 514-739-2301.
The “kosher gospel” music of Joshua Nelson will be featured at a Shabbat Shira event, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. Congregation Dorshei Emet. 514-486-9400, or get tickets online, www.dorsheiemet.myevent.com.
With support from Sanofi Canada, the Jewish General Hospital recently created a Centre for Excellence in Thrombosis and Anticoagulation Care (CETAC) with a mandate to support Quebec initiatives to prevent and treat thrombosis (blood clot). The centre’s financing is coming from the JGH Foundation and $1 million from Sanofi spread over three years. Complications of thrombosis include deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), and venous thromboembolism (VTE). “VTE is the third-most-common cadiovascular condition after heart attack and stroke,” said JGH thrombosis program director Dr. Susan Kahn
Starting in February, Hope & Cope offers a seven-week bereavement support group in English every other Tuesday. 2-3:30 p.m. Robin Wilkenfeld, 514-340-8222, ext. 8535, or 514-973-2254.
Winter course registration continues at Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays except Friday (until 12:30 p.m.). Call 514-342-1234, ext. 7209.