About Town: Week of November 8
Thursday, Nov. 8
Kristallnacht, the pogrom organized by the Nazis on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938, will be commemorated at Congregation Beth Israel Beth Aaron at 7 p.m., with the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre. 345-2605
The Jocelyne Montpetit Danse company presents the Japanese-themed La Danseuse Malade in a free performance at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, 8 p.m. Warning: there is nudity. Passes, 739-7944.
Friday, Nov. 9
ALL THAT JAZZ
New York-based Israeli jazz guitarist Nir Felder and his trio perform at the Upstairs Jazz Bar tonight and tomorrow. www.upstairsjazz.com.
JEW TURNED PRIEST
Catholic priest Father Peter Sabbath talks about his growing up Jewish and conversion, at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors,10 a.m. Joyce, 342-1234, ext. 7318.
Saturday, Nov. 10
Singer and musician Samir Shukry inaugurates the 2012 Festival Sefarad in a cabaret-style evening at 5480 Westbury Ave. with a program of Arab and Oriental tunes. Tickets, http://sefarad.ca.
As part of the festival, modern Israeli art will be exhibited at Federation CJA’s Cummings House from Nov. 12-22.
YONI NETANYAHU FILM
Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story, an award-winning new documentary about the Entebbe commander, will be screened at Chabad of Westmount at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, 937-4772.
ORTHODOX IN ISRAEL
The president of the largest Reform synagogue in Jerusalem, CJN columnist Yair Lootsteen, speaks on “Hats Off: Can Israel Avoid Orthodox Jewish Majority Rule?” at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom from 12:15-3:15 p.m. He made aliyah from Toronto in 1979 and is a retired Israel Defence Forces colonel. He served in the IDF as legal adviser in Judea and Samaria. 937-3575.
An evening of Russian culture, “From the Seven Winds to the Seven Arts,” will be held at the Jewish Public Library at 8 p.m. Music, theatre, poetry and dance in Russian and English is scheduled. Tickets, 345-6416.
Sunday, Nov. 11
The Spanish movie All About My Mother by Pedro Almodovar will be screened with English subtitles at Shaare Zedek Congregation at 7:30 p.m. Peter Hechtman will lead a discussion. Reservations, 484-1122, ext. 101.
Cantor Shmuel Levin continues his lecture series “Make the Dream a Reality,” at Congregation Adath Israel at 7 p.m. on how to have a happy marriage. This week’s topic is “Share a Compliment, Share Your Feelings.” Based on the teachings of Rabbi Simcha Cohen of Bnei Brak, Israel, this series concludes Nov. 18 with “Say What You Mean, Get What You Want.” www.cantor-levin.com.
A holiday boutique fair will be held at Beth Zion Congregation from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Details at 489-8411, ext. 24.
WORLD JEWRY UPDATE
Rabbi Adam Scheier gives “A World Jewry Update” at a Congregation Shaar Hashomayim luncheon at noon. Reservations, 937-9471.
Monday, Nov. 12
Doctors Walter Gotlieb, Anne-Marie Mes-Masson and John Stagg present the latest developments in the treatment of cervical and ovarian cancer in a free public lecture at the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, McIntyre Medical Building, 1200 Pine Ave. W., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration, 398-4970.
NOAH RICHLER AT JPL
Noah Richler, a critic of the war in Afghanistan, discusses his new book What We Talk About When We Talk About War, at the Jewish Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, 345-6416.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
The lecture series on “Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective”at McGill University, organized by the New York-based Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, continues with its research fellow Stephanie Courouble Share addressing “The Rise and Fall of Holocaust Denial” at 5:30 p.m. in the Leacock building, room 738. Raphael Fischler, director of McGill’s School of Urban Planning, is convenor of the series.
Kathy Diamond reviews My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner by Meir Shalev at Beth Zion Congregation at 7:30 p.m. 489-8411, ext. 24.
Israeli academic and author Micah Goodman lectures on “The Collapse of Left and Right in Israel,” at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim at 8:25 p.m. He’ll be preceded at 7:30 by a literary discussion with Rabbi Adam Scheir and Rabbi Lisa Grushcow and professor Nitza Parry.
FOR BOOK LOVERS
Rabbi Leigh Lerner reviews Suddenly, A Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret, at the Book Lover’s Forum at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, 9:30 a.m.
At 7 p.m., the temple holds a speeding dating event for Jewish singles aged 30 to 50. Registration, Valerie@templemontreal.ca.
Singer-guitarist Janie Respitz gives a concert of Jewish folk songs at the Chevra Mishnais Jacob Joseph Synagogue in Chomedey at 7:15 p.m., sponsored by the Golda Meir Chapter of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO. Tickets, 450-681-9342.
A retrospective of the works of the late artist Enid Kaplan, who died 10 years ago at age 48, is on at the Musée des maitres et artisans du Québec in St. Laurent until Jan. 13. Organized by her husband Jordan Dietcher, the show highlights Kaplan’s talent in a variety of media, notably jewelry, as well as painting, sculpture, illuminated journals and theatrical installations. To be an Artist, to See the World also includes video footage of her travels…
Saul Polo, a product and business development specialist at Laurentian Bank Securities, was elected president of the Quebec Liberal Party. He is also co-president of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts’ Young Leaders, which encourages younger professionals and business people to be involved in philanthropic support of the arts…
Poet Julie Bruck, a former Montrealer living in San Francisco, has been nominated for a Governor General’s Award for her collection Monkey Ranch. Translators from French to English Sheila Fischman and Shelley Tepperman have also been shortlisted for, respectively, Ru and The List. Winners will be announced Nov. 13.