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What's New: Week of January 31


Deadline reminder: Feb. 4 is the deadline for the issue of Feb. 14 and Feb. 11 is the deadline for the issue of Feb. 21. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ex. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email


Thursday, Jan. 31



Dr. Morris Moscovitch discusses “Memory, Aging and the Brain,” 8 p.m., Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue.



Learn about the One Family Fund’s Road to Jerusalem Hike (Oct. 13-17), tonight at Beth Torah Congregation, 7:30 p.m. or Feb. 6, Holy Blossom, 7:30 p.m. RSVP

Saturday, Feb. 2



City Shul offers a Shabbat program for children ages 1 to 5, with a parent. Services start at 10 a.m., tot Shabbat at 11 a.m., Wolfond Centre, 36 Harbord St.



Visiting scholar Rabbi Harvey Meirovich discusses “The Hertz Chumash: Fighting for Jewish Integrity,” at Beth Tzedec Synagogue, Shabbat morning. Feb. 4, “Etz Hayim: Defining Conservative Judaism for a New Century,” at 7:30 p.m.



Comedian David Kilimnick and the BAYT’s improv group, The Shtickmen perform at Beth Avraham Yosef of Toronto, 613 Clark Ave. W., Thornhill. Tickets $25 at the door.


Sunday, Feb. 3



The film Ebrei a Roma (Jewish in Rome) will be shown in celebration of the Italian-Jewish Friendship Garden at Canada House in Jerusalem. Brunch at noon, film screening at 1 p.m., Corus Entertainment Centre, 25 Dockside Dr. $90. RSVP Liana Shlien, 416-635-5491.


Beth Emeth Brotherhood celebrates World Wide Wrap at 8 a.m., breakfast and discussion following services. Call 416-633-3838 to register.


Monday, Feb. 4



Paul Godfrey speaks to Temple Sinai young adults about leadership and community, 7:30 p.m., 1450 Don Mills Rd. Suite 500. To register, call Hayley 416-487-4161 or



Rabbi Micah Streiffer discusses the history, beliefs and future of Reform Judaism, tonight, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Temple Kol Ami, 36 Atkinson Ave., Thornhill. 905-709-2620.



Henry Silver discusses visiting young cancer patients in Kenya, 1:30 p.m. 416-781-3514, ext. 232.


Tuesday, Feb. 5



Rabbi Yissocher Frand delivers a lecture on “Re-kindling the Spirit, Putting More Passion in our Yiddishkeit,” 8 p.m., Beth Avraham Yosef of Toronto Congregation.



Rabbi Miriam Margles discusses “Feeling at Home in the Synagogue,” tonight and March 5, 7 p.m., Eastminster Boardroom, 310 Danforth Ave. (Jackman entrance).



The movie A Mighty Heart is shown at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 2 p.m. $5.


Wednesday, Feb. 6



A program for babies and toddlers (up to age 2) and an adult is offered at Shaar Shalom, Wednesdays 10 a.m. Call 905-889-4975 to register.



Dr. Ellen Warner discusses hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and Dr. Steven Gallinger discusses hereditary gastrointestinal cancers, 8 p.m. Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue.



Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School holds an open house at 10 a.m. Call Sheri Rapp, 416-928-3537 or



Patricia Lovett-Reid discusses “Money Matters,” Beth Sholom Synagogue 7 p.m. $10. Call Naomi, 416-783-6103 or



Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich holds a lunch and learn at the offices of Torkin Manes, 151  Yonge St., noon. 416-783-6103 or email



Rabbi Michael Skobac discusses “The Eternal Torah vs. The New Testament,” 8 p.m., Beth Torah Congregation. 416-789-0020 or


Thursday, Feb. 7



Kulanu Toronto holds a LGBT speed-dating night, The Vic, 580 Church St. Registration at 7 p.m. RSVP by Jan. 31,



Modreck Zvakavapano Maeresera discusses Zimbabwe’s Lemba Jewish community, in a satellite broadcast from New York, 7:30 p.m., Temple Sinai. $10/$15.


Sheldon Glass discusses “Jewish Artists and Moguls from Broadway to Hollywood,” noon, Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. RSVP


Other News



Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario offers self-help groups to bereaved parents. Beth Feffer, JF&CS, 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or



Vendors wanted for a March 3 market, 15 Hove St. Proceeds to B’nai Brith programs and Uptown Chabad. Call Sandy 416-631-8261 or



Beth Emeth Synagogue offers a free Hebrew reading course starting Feb. 10, 9:15 a.m. Call 416-633-3838.



Mitch Parker teaches a course on “Loners and Outsiders in the Tanach,” Holy Blossom Temple, starting April 18. Call 416-789-7400.



Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub. Refreshments $2. Call Sheila, 416-665-3333, or Marcia, 416-932-1229.

Shaar Shalom. Play bridge Mondays 1:30 p.m. Lessons at 12:30 p.m., Mondays. 905-889-4975.

Beth Emeth. Experienced mah-jong and Rummikub players meet Mondays and Wednesdays at  416-633-3838.

Registration is required for all programs. Groups and workshops are open to all members of the community and fee reductions are available. All classes at Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst St., unless otherwise noted. Call Shawna Sidney, 416-638-7800, ext. 6215, or

Mind, Body Connection for Women: An 8-session group. Starts Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

Parenting the Child with ADHD: A 4-session group. Call for pre-group assessment. Starts Feb. 4, 7 p.m.

Living with Teens, A 6-session group for parents. Starts Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.

The Challenge of Anger for Women: A 6-session group. Starts Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. at 35 Madison Ave. or Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., Promenade Mall, Suite 313.

Life Skills for Today’s Woman: A 6-session group for women who want to make changes in their lives. Starts Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

Successful Step-parenting: A 6-session group for couples in blended families. Starts Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., Promenade Mall, Suite 313.

One Family, Two Homes: A 6-session series for families experiencing separation and divorce. Starts Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m., Promenade Mall, Suite 313.


Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Barber, hairdresser, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m. Casino Rama, Feb. 13. Membership registration now open for 2013.

Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112. Feb. 5., Judith Cohen   discusses “Music in the Lives of Crypto-Jews in Portugal,” 10 a.m.;  Feb. 7, Polina Phillips discusses “Falls Prevention in the Winter,” 1:30 p.m.

Wagman Centre Entertainers are in rehearsal for their new production and looking for men who love to sing, dance and entertain. Call J. Ross, 416-733-0580.

Seniors Cultural Club meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Borochov Cultural Centre, 272 Codsell. 416-630-9444.

New Horizons is a Jewish Hungarian seniors club that offers kosher food, card games and casino trips. 416-256-1892.

Active Seniors/Boomers Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext. 155, Michael Mandel discusses “Jewish Toronto as Reflected in the Yiddish Press 1935-1953,” Jan. 31, 1:30 p.m. Positive aging group discussion series with Phyllis Fien  starts March 5.

Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst St., 416-638-1881,

Concert with Judy and David on Family Day, Feb. 18. Call ext. 4235.

Tickets for theatre day trips now on sale.

Purim Carnival and Circus Show, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m. For tickets, call ext. 0.

Opera with Iain Scott runs Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Jan. 31, Don Giovanni. Feb. 7, Aida.

Red Cross babysitters course, Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., for children 11 and older.

Film lectures with Kevin Courrier, Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.

Art Appreciation with Osnat Lippa, “The Impressionists,” Feb. 12-March 5.

Social art program, Mondays, 2 p.m.; folkdance, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; recorder, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.; duplicate bridge, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.; current events, Thursdays, 12:45 p.m.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

Kevin Courrier discusses the films of Woody Allen, Mondays until Feb.11, 7-9 p.m.

Songwriting workshop with Kobi Hass, Jan. 31-April 4, 7-9 p.m. For relative beginners and experienced songwriters. Call ext. 0 or

Jewish Immigrant Writing in America, with Sharoni Sibony,  Feb. 7-28, 7 p.m., Ext. 154.

 How-to Purim. Learn blessings, stories and recipes for the holiday. Feb. 10, 9:30 a.m., Ext. 277.

Adam Nayman discusses the films of the Coen brothers, Feb. 25- April 29.

Register now for the MNJCC Theatre Lab, March 7-May 30. Develop skills while rehearsing pieces from new Jewish theatre.

The MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. The Women’s Chorus meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m.

Paintings by Irit Epstein on display in the gallery until Feb. 18.

 Awakening the Voice, Sounding the Soul: Jewish Chanting Circle with Rabbi Miriam Margles, Jan. 23-June 26, 7:30-9 p.m., twice monthly. $10 drop-in or $80 for the series. Info:

The Michael Bernstein Chapel holds services Thursdays at 7:15 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. Call Coleman Bernstein, 416-968-0200.

Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst St., Vaughan. 905-303-1821. Call ext. 3037 to register.

“Jewish Parenting” with Rabbi Chezi Zionce, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Book club with Nick Maes, Feb. 21, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Learn CPR and basic first aid, Feb. 3 or March 17, 1-3 p.m.

Bingo, Jan. 31, 1 p.m.;

Glee Club meets Jan. 28-April 15, 7:30 p.m.

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