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About Town Week of February 7


Friday, Feb. 8



Université du Québec à Montréal sociology professor Victor Armony talks about “Tracing My Grandparents’ Roots in Poland and Ukraine,” at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors at 10 a.m. Joyce, 514-342-1234, ext. 7208.


Saturday, Feb. 9



Rhonda Moskowitz of Boston discusses her film Teshuva Return on The Jewish Digest, Radio Centre-Ville 102.3FM at 8:30 a.m.



The Israeli film Metallic Blues, a tragi-comedy exploring the rift between Israeli and European culture, will be screened with English subtitles at Côte St. Luc city hall’s auditorium at 8 p.m. by Emunah Montreal, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel. Preceded by a reception at 7:30 p.m. Commentary by Consul General Joel Lion. Tickets, 514-485-2397.


Sunday, Feb. 10



A women’s Rosh Chodesh prayer service for the month of Adar takes place at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim’s chapel at 9:30 a.m. Children welcome. Judy, 514-484-7862.

A service ushering in the new month will also be held on Feb. 11 at Shaare Zedek Congregation at 9 a.m 514-484-1122.


Monday, Feb. 11



The Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors’ Westmount Mini-Centre, 395 Elm Ave., presents the award-winning Israeli movie Shiva, about a Moroccan/French family at 7 p.m. Tickets, 514-342-1234, ext. 7216.


Tuesday, Feb. 12



Carole Stern begins a weekly jewelry-making class at the Creative Social Centre, 5237 Clanranald Ave., from 1 to 3 p.m. 514-488-0907.



The seminar series “Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective” sponsored by the New York-based Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy resumes at McGill University at 5:30 p.m. in the Leacock building, Room 738. Winnipeg human rights lawyer David Matas speaks on “Antisemitism and the Peace Process.” www.isgap.org.


Thursday, Feb. 14



“Love is a Many Splendoured Thing” is the theme of a  cabaret-style Yiddish Café at the Jewish Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Appropriate songs and poems are scheduled. Tickets, 514-345-2627, ext. 3006.


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A commemorative plaque was unveiled recently at the Jewish General Hospital’s (JGH) newly expanded Breast Referral and Investigation Centre. The ceremony also launched a promotional campaign for this summer’s ninth Pharmaprix Weekend to End Women’s Cancers benefiting the JGH’s Segal Cancer Centre. In eight years, the two-day, 60-kilometre walk has raised more than $49.8 million for research, prevention and care, and has enabled the JGH to attract  and retain world-renowned doctors, said Segal centre director Gerald Batist. Speaking on behalf of breast cancer survivors was Alice Ribeiro, who was diagnosed and successfully treated in 2005 at the JGH. She has participated in the event for the past seven years. To learn more about the Aug. 24-25 walk visit www.endcancer.ca.



The Jewish General Hospital’s Hope & Cope offers two bereavement support programs for those who have lost a loved one to cancer. “Mourning Walk” takes place every Thursday at 10 a.m. on Mount Royal, rain or shine. A seven-week bereavement support group meets every second Tuesday from 2-3:30 p.m. To register for either of these free programs, call Robyn Wilkenfeld, 514-340-8222, ext. 8535.



Montreal-based filmmaker Helene Klodawsky, known for her advocacy for social justice, is embarking on a full-length documentary about the Montreal-based International Community Action Network (ICAN), formerly known as the McGill Middle East Peace Program. For close to 20 years, the program has run front-line community service agencies in disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories, and trained  – at McGill University – the local people to lead them. This past summer, North American interns for the first time worked at the centres in promoting its right-based goals. A co-production of InformAction and the National Film Board of Canada, the film will explore the challenge of bringing about social change at the grassroots level against the backdrop of conflict.



The Blue Metropolis Foundation, which sponsors the annual international literary festival, hosts a new online Jewish arts digest Almemar (the reading desk in a synagogue.) The monthly publication’s editor-in-chief is Brazilian emigrée Ingrid Bejerman, a journalist and professor who served on Blue Metropolis’ programming committee for 10 years. The mission is to “explore the diversity of young people’s Jewish identity and culture in Montreal.” Berjerman is the daughter of Argentine parents. Her mother is Sephardi, her father Ashkenazi. Recent issues have highlighted budding burlesque artist Yael Perez, indie impresario Noah Bick, and poet Julie Bruck.

In other Blue Metropolis news, Margaux Chetrit, director of cultural affairs at the Consulate General of Israel, and Ellayne Kaplan, president of Congregation Dorshei Emet, were named to the board of directors, while young adult novelist Monique Polak is an honorary patron of the Blue Metropolis Children’s Festival.

D’Arcy McGee MNA Lawrence Bergman is the new chair of the National Assembly’s committee on health and social services. He promises to listen to individuals and groups’ views on this topic. Bergman, who is in his sixth term, is also the official Opposition critic for legislation concerning the professions… Montreal-based photographer Lynne Cohen’s exhibition “False Clues” opens today at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and runs till April 28. These 40 works capture interior spaces in all their starkness… Sheryl Halpern launches her short story collection Surviving Love on Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. at Brutopia, 1219 Crescent St. These 19 stories “find the madness and dark humour in everyday domesticity and ordinary love…”

McGill University history professor Gil Troy’s latest book is Moynihan’s Moment: America’s Fight Against Zionism as Racism (Oxford University Press). The book examines U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s impassioned effort to block UN resolution 3379, passed on Nov. 10, 1975, which declared Zionism to be a form of racism. Troy argues this was a pivotal episode in a complex U.S-Israeli relationship.

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