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What's New: Week of November 22


Deadline reminder: Nov. 26 is the deadline for the issue of Dec 6. Dec. 3 is the deadline for the issue of Dec. 13. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or send an email to: This week’s What’s New was done by Carolyn Blackman.


Thursday, Nov. 22



Canada’s largest Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Toronto Alumni Club, is having its 2nd annual reunion at Petroff Gallery, 1016 Eglinton Ave. W. For information and tickets, Dave Burden, 647-668-2846.


Sunday, Nov. 25



Who Do You Think You Are? Research your Jewish roots with Peter Jassem, chair of the Polish- Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada, 7:30 p.m. Lodzer Synagogue. $10.


Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism presents “Frida and Diego: Artists and Lovers.” Discussion complements current AGO exhibit. Appetizers 3:30 p.m., talk 4 p.m., $15 per person. 18 Wynford Dr. For information, Roby, 416-385-3910 or



Foreign Minister John Baird will receive an honorary doctorate from Jerusalem College of Technology at a fundraising dinner at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto. For more information, email,; 416-320-0659.


L’Chaim! Jubilate Singers and Toronto Jewish Folk Choir perform, 3:30 p.m., Grace Church on the Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd., Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 seniors, $10 students, 12 and under free. Book online at or call 416-485-1988 or 905-669-5906.


Monday, Nov. 26



Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto is honouring Mary Siklos and Rev. Damian MacPherson for their contribution to interfaith understanding and education, 7:30 p.m., Keynote speaker is Thomas Cardinal Collins. Adath Israel Congregation. Tickets, $40. For information, call 416-598-4242 or register online at


Act to End Violence Against Women presents “Turning the Page, Transforming Lives,” 7 p.m. Columbus Centre, featuring journalist and victim of violence Barbara Turnbull. Tickets $85, includes light dinner and dessert. For tickets and information,, 905-695-5372,


Tuesday, Nov. 27



Temple Har Zion’s daytime program committee presents Nelson Wiseman, who discusses “The Canadian Constitution: Why It Matters To Us.” Bring lunch at noon, program begins at 12:30. Members $3, non-members $6. For information, call 905-889-2252.



Beth Jacob Hamilton presents Musical Treasures – Great Songs of Our Tradition featuring Cantor Tibor Kovari of Beth Tikvah Synagogue and Cantor Eyal Bitton, of Beth Jacob, 7 p.m. Tickets $15 students and seniors, $20 general admission. Call 905-522-1351.



Beth Tikvah Synagogue’s Lunch & Learn series continues with Liz Pearl’s Living Legacies, $20 per session. Email or call 416-221-3433, ext. 352.


Wednesday, Nov. 28



Jewish Genealogical Society presents “The Ger Mandolin Orchestra: An Inspiring Tale of Genealogy, Remembrance and Musical Innovation” with musician Eric Stein. Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Ave., 8 p.m. For information,



Beth Tzedec Max and Beatrice Wolfe Library’s Extraordinary Characters in the Bible series continues with “Jezebel and Athaliah: The Notorious Queens of Israel and Judah,” 1:30 p.m. RSVP 416-781-3511 or 416-781-3514, ext. 225.



Open house at Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, 7:30 p.m. RSVP, or to arrange a private tour, call Sheri Rapp, 416-928-3537 or


Thursday, Nov. 29



Camp Northland B’nai Brith is holding its 7th annual movie night, featuring the film, Dorfman, at the City Playhouse, 1000 New Westminster Dr. 7 p.m. silent auction, 8:30 screening. Tickets $18. All proceeds go to Send a Kid to Camp Fund. 905-881-0018 or



Na’amat Canada Toronto presents a charity scrabble tournament, 7 p.m., Borochov Cultural Centre, $36. Tickets available at or 416-636-5425.


Other News



Al Green Theatre. Tickets now on sale for Judy and David Chanukah Live, 2012, Dec. 16, 3:30 p.m., Al Green Theatre. Benefits City Shul. Buy online at www.cityshul. com.

Join Beit Halochem Canada for its annual Chanukah party, Dec. 6., featuring dinner, dancing and  entertainment. La Primavera Banquet Hall, $154 per person, reserved seating. Kashrut observed. or 905-695-0611.

Beth Tikvah Synagogue. Friends of Yiddish Chanukah concert, Chanukah Hulyanke, featuring Mitch Smolkin and the Yiddish Swingtet, Dec. 2, 2 p.m., . Members. $8, guests, $15. RSVP, Sandy, 416-458-1440.

Temple Sinai family Chanukah party with Rob Joy and Dynamix features music, crafts, latkes. Reserve by Nov. 28 and bring a non-perishable food item, 11 a.m., lunch noon. Treasure hunt 1 p.m. Pre-registration cost for $15; non-members $18. Children under 10 free. At the door, $17, non-members $18, children under 10 free. Email or call 416-487-3281.

Chabad of Markham presents a Chanukah concert and festival featuring the Maccabeats, Dec. 9, 3 p.m. at the Thornhill Community Centre. Tickets, $25. For more information or to RSVP, or phone 905-886-0420.



Temple Har Zion holds weekly mah-jong drop-in, Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Enter building through doors at west side; for disabled access, use ramp at right of the main doors and ring for assistance. Contact Debbi, 905-881-8025,



Shaar Sholom Synagogue is collecting winter coats, gloves, hats and boots for people in need.  Drop off gently used items at the synagogue until Nov. 26.



Eden Village Camp, a Jewish non-profit, environmental sleep-away camp, 50 miles from New York City, is holding an open house, Dec. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 132 Cedric Ave. For information or to RSVP, 416-805-8382 or



A support group for caregivers takes place the last Wednesday of each month, at Dementia Support Seniors day centre, 1140 Sheppard Ave. W., Unit 12, 7 p.m. No Charge. Call 416-638-8600.


Join young adults from across the city for a day of service with Habitat for Humanity, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Scarborough Build Site. Visit Register by Dec. 5 to Hayley, 416-487-4161 or Each volunteer commits to a minimum donation of $25 to Habitat for Humanity.



The Apotex, Jewish Home for the Aged is looking for volunteers to help residents welcome Shabbat on Friday afternoons with music and song. If you are comfortable singing, playing musical instruments and/or leading prayers, contact Volunteer Services at Baycrest,, or 416-785-2500, ext. 2572.

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

High Conflict Divorce. A workshop for parents. Not for individuals in an abusive situation. Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m., Promenade Mall, #313.


Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casinorama, Dec. 19, complimentary buffet lunch. Tuesdays, seniors gentle fitness with personal trainer, 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, barber. Membership registration now open for 2013.

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.

Bridge club at Forest Hill Library has reopened and is looking for new members. Call Lea, evenings, 416-487-7630.

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

Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue welcomes new players for mah-jong and Rummikub Monday and Wednesday afternoons, 416-633-3838.

Active Seniors & Boomers, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155. Dec. 6, Guided Royal Ontario Museum visit with curator Corey Keeble.

Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112.

Lecture, “Treasures of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles, Toronto, Nov. 27, 10-11:30 a.m. Anna VanDelman, $3 members, $6 non-members.

Wellness lecture, “Consumer Education Workshop: Be a Smart Consumer,” Marcela Mayo, Ministry of Consumer Services, Nov. 29, 1:30-2:30 p.m. No charge.

New Horizons at Beth Tzedec,  in partnership with Bernard Betel Centre, is holding its next meeting Nov. 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m., no charge.

Call 416-781-3511 or Rachel Hindel,

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

Drop-in duplicate bridge, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.

 Seniors social art in the media of your choice, with discussions and information sessions, Mondays, 2 p.m.

Film lecture series with Kevin Courrier, The Hidden Art of Steven Spielberg, Wednesdays for five weeks, beginning Nov. 21, 1-3:30 p.m.

Folk dance with Teme, Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

Senior Social Art, Mondays, 2-4 p.m. Free for members.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

Toronto Jewish Film Society 2013 subscriptions available.

Adult daytime choir meets Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. Women’s Chorus meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m. email No experience needed. 

Hadar Noiberg Trio, presented  by Toronto Downtown Jazz and Al Green Theatre, Nov. 22, 8 p.m., 25 single tickets, $20 students, groups and seniors. For tickets,; 416-924-6211, ext. 0.

Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst St., Vaughan. 905-303-1821.

Red Cross babysitting course, for ages 11 and older. Nov. 23, 9 a.m.

Grandparents, grandchildren brunch with crafts and music, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. Ext. 3037.


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