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Deadline reminder: There is no issue on Dec. 27. Dec. 10 is the deadline for the issue of Dec 20, and any items that would have appeared on Dec. 27. 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.


Friday, Dec. 7



“I Cracked Myself Up and It Wasn’t Funny” is an account of struggling with and recovering from addiction. The talk, during Shabbat services, Temple Kol Ami, is sponsored by Jewish Addiction Community Service. Call the temple, 905-709-2620, for information.


Saturday, Dec. 8



Mishpachah minyan, 10:45 a.m. for families with young children, Shaar Sholom Synagogue. Kid-friendly service held once a month, followed by special kiddush and birthday celebration for children celebrating birthdays that month.



The Torah class will study Vayeshev.



Don Seeman, of Emory University, discusses the sermons of Rabbi Kalonymos Shapira, composed during his internment in the Warsaw Ghetto, 7:30 p.m., Yeshivat Or Chaim. For info,, 416-633-5770.


Tuesday, Dec. 11



Temple Har Zion’s daytime program committee presents Emil Sher, writer of the stage play based on Hana’s Suitcase, who will discuss “Hana’s Suitcase, An Insider’s View,” 12:30 p.m. Bring lunch, coffee, dessert provided. Members $3, guests $6. For info, call the office, 905-889-2252.


Wednesday, Dec. 12



Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto) presents international singer and educator Varda Hall Berenstein on growing up Jewish in Switzerland, 8 p.m., Temple Sinai. Details,


Other News



Na’amat Canada Toronto’s annual Chanukah celebration, Dec. 11, with donations going to Dollars for David campaign. For information, 416-636-5425.

Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism is holding a Chanukah Oneg Shabbat, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7. Topic is “The Chanukah Candles: What Do They Signify.” Non-members welcome. Orayanu’s family Chanukah celebration with music, crafts, folkdancing, latkes, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. Non-members welcome. Adults $8, children $4. Family maximum $20. RSVP both events, Roby, 416-385-3910, or

Al Green Theatre. Tickets 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. Dinner, dancing and entertainment. La Primavera Banquet Hall, $154 per person, reserved seating. Kashrut observed. or 905-695-0611.

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

The P.E.P. Group will meet at Earl Bales Community Centre for its monthly meeting and Chanukah party. Lively entertainment by Yitzak Argaman, special refreshments. Guests $5. Call Terri, 416-785-0335.

BAYT Youth presents its first annual Chanukah family skate party, Dec. 15, 7-9 p.m., Woodbridge Memorial Arena. Raffles, music, refreshments. $5 per person, $10 family, $15 family non-members. To register, or call Rich Winkler, 905-886-3810, ext. 135,

Congregation Shir Libeynu’s Chanukah party, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. with music, candlelighting, stories, latkes, 175 St. Clair Ave. W., First Unitarian Congregation building, Sunderland Hall. $20 per person ($5 for children younger than 13). All are welcome, register by Dec. 11. For more information, or call 416-465-5488.



Prof. Henry Fenichel shares his “Story of Survival and Hope,”  Dec. 8, following kiddush. On Dec. 9, 9:45 a.m., he will introduce two films about his life, Transport 222 and Article of Hope. Beth Tikvah Synagogue.



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,



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.


Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario, providing support following the death of a child, offers 8-week self-help groups to bereaved parents. For information, Beth Feffer at JF&CS, 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or bfeffer&



 Enjoy a friendly game of bridge at Shaar Shalom Synagogue, Mondays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $2 per member, $3 non-members. Call 905-889-4975 for more details.



Yeshiva University Torah Mitzion Beit Midrash and Congregation B’nai Torah present an open beit midrash, Mondays, 8-10 p.m. Open for everyone to come and learn. For information,; 647-234-7299.

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

Dating in Midlife: A 1-session workshop for men and women 40+ who have been single for 2 or more years. Topics include dating myths and facts, 5 stages of dating, difference in dating behaviours between men and women. Dec. 11, Lipa Green Centre.

Raising Your Child or Teen in an Age of Overindulgence: A 1-session workshop for parents want to learn more about what indulgence is, its consequences, and ways to avoid overindulgence, Dec. 13, 7:30-9 p.m., Lipa Green Centre.

When You’re About to Separate, What to Tell the Kids: A workshop for parents about to separate or in the early stages of separation. How and when to tell the children, how to handle moving day, as well as ideas and strategies to best meet your child’s needs will be discussed. Dec. 13, Lipa Green Centre, 6:30 -8:30 p.m.


Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Latkes and Laughter with live music, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. $5 at the door. Casinorama, Dec. 19, complimentary buffet lunch. Barber, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. Tuesdays, seniors gentle fitness with personal trainer, 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m. Membership registration now open for 2013.

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

Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112. Lecture, Dec. 6,

“Assisted Devices for the Home, and Walker Tune-up,” Richard Olwyn, 1:30-2:30 p.m., free.

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.

The Association of Jewish Seniors Chanukah lunch with entertainment, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m., Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue. Members $20, guests $25. Advance reservations required. RSVP Tammy, 416-635-2900, ext. 458

Baycrest’s Falls Prevention Program is accepting registrants for the next session starting Jan. 14. The 12-week, Monday- and Wednesday-morning program provides education, exercise and treatment for older adults living in the community who have had a fall or have a fear of falling. OHIP covered. 416-785-2500, ext. 2488.

Beth Tzedec Haverim programs presents ROM curator Corey Keeble, discu “European Masterpieces of Judaica,” Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m., board room, $5.

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- 4 p.m. Free for members.

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

Jack and Pat Kay Centre camp presents winter camp at the Schwartz-Reisman Centre, Dec. 24-Jan. 4 for ages 2-1/2 to 12 years. Features swimming, hot lunch program and bussing. Contact Lauren, 416-638-1881, ext. 4039.

Register now for art appreciation with Osnat Lippe, Dutch Paintings, Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m., starting Jan. 15.

Summer 2013 is on its way for the Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp. Early-bird savings are finally here. Register before Jan. 31 and save up to $240 per child.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

Toronto Jewish Film Society 2013 subscriptions available.

Registration for winter programs starts Dec. 12 for members. Aquatics, family programs, music, Hebrew Institute courses, movie lectures and more. or 416-924-6211, ext. 0

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

A week of Chanukah celebrations for all ages. Dec. 8-16, 6 p.m. join us for lighting of the candles.

Dec. 8, 6:30-9 p.m., candlelighting ceremony led by Kachol Lavan and J. roots choirs, Jordan Klapman band. Horahs and Israeli dancing for the whole family, arts and crafts, refreshments.

Saturday night pool party, Dec. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., with musical Havdalah, ice cream sundae bar and swimming in the indoor pool. Members $7.50 per family; non-members, $10 per family (up to 6 people per family). Call ext. 3017 to register.

Senior members bagel breakfast, third Friday of each month, 9-10 a.m. Call Staci Ulrich, ext. 3037.

Senior members Shabbat coffee hour, first Friday afternoon of each month, 1:30-2:30 p.m. for coffee, tea and desserts. Call Staci Ulrich, ext. 3037.

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