About Town: Week of February 14
Friday, Feb. 15
Gerontologist-pharmacologist Louise Mallet gives a rundown on what seniors need to know about their medications, 10 a.m., Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Joyce, 514-342-1234, ext. 7208.
Quebec visual artist Pierre Laramée’s second exhibition at the Segal Centre ArtLounge continues through Feb. 17. Call 514-739-2701.
JPL FILM FEST
The Jewish Public Library’s Israeli Film Festival continues with Haim Bouzaglo’s 2010 suspense film related to Israel’s Gaza pullout, Blank Bullet, 8 p.m. at Segal Centre’s Le Studio. Introduced by Israeli consul-general Joël Lion. In Hebrew/Spanish/Arabic with English subtitles. Caroline Goulding, 514-345-2627, ext. 3038.
FROM BOOTS TO BENNY
Toronto author Pearl Goodman discusses her memoir, Peril: From Jackboots to Jack Benny, about life growing up the daughter of Holocaust survivors, with host Leslie Lutsky, Jewish Digest, 8:30 a.m. on Radio Centre-Ville, 102.3 FM.
Sunday, Feb. 17
Adath Israel Poale Zedek Anshei Ozeroff synagogue hosts a Community Purim Carnival, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with games, crafts, activities, inflatables, refreshments, prizes and more. Sponsored by the Town of Hampstead, with participation by the Adath, Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation, Beth Zion Congregation, B’nai Akiva, Ha’Bait Ha’Israeli, Kollel Torah Mitzion, Nahar Chalom, National Conference of Synagogue Youth and Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem synagogue. Details at 514-482-4252.
Young and old get together for a multi-generational hamantashen making program organized by Congregation Beth-El and Le Waldorf retirement residence, 10:30 a.m., Le Waldorf, 7400 Cote St. Luc Rd. Register, 514-369-1000.
Renowned jazz pianist Lorraine Desmarais, with bassist Frédéric Alarie and drummer Camil Bélisle, will play the intimate Segal Centre Studio as part of its Power Jazz Series, 8 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the centre and Power Corp. Last month, Desmarais won the Opus Prize as performer of the year.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
WHO ARE THE ISRAELIS?
Prof. Ilan Troen, director of Brandeis University’s Schusterman Centre for Israel Studies and former dean of humanities and social sciences at Ben-Gurion University (BGU), addresses the large question, “Who are the Israelis – to the World, to Palestinians, and to Themselves?” 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim as part of Canadian Associates of BGU’s Speakers Series and in conjunction with the shul’s men’s association. 514-937-8927.
Turkish-Jewish writer and author Erol Joseph Russo gives a free talk in French on “Turkey, Israel and the Jews: from Love to Rejection?” 7:30 p.m., Congrégation Or Hahayim, co-sponsored by the shul, Radio Shalom, and the Communauté sépharade unifiée du Québec. Call 514-489-1301.
Montreal shopping guru Sandra Phillips of Smart Shopping Montreal gives expert tips at a Shaare Zedek Sisterhood event, 7:30 p.m. More at 514-484-1122.
Thursday, Feb. 21
J.I. SEGAL BOOK LAUNCH
University of Ottawa academic Pierre Anctil, a Québécois devotee of Yiddish who speaks the language fluently and garnered the J.I. Segal Award in 2012, launches his book, Jacob-Isaac Segal 1896-1954: un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieu, 7 p.m., the Jewish Public Library. Introduction by Université de Montréal English studies prof Robert Schwartzwald. The event is presented by the JPL’s Yiddish committee and Concordia University’s Institute for Canadian-Jewish Studies. Tickets at 515-345-6416, or call 514-345-2627, ext. 3006 or visit www.jewishpubliclibrary.org.
SAVE THE DATE!
March 10 is the date set for JPPS-Bialik’s annual main fundraising 2013 gala event, Bialik Theatre’s production of the Broadway musical classic How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The honoree at the event, co-chaired by Mindy Goldberg and Stacie Wiener, is school alumnus/benefactor and Caesars Interactive Entertainment CEO Mitch Garber. For tickets, call Amy Finkelstein at 514-731-2944 or visit www.jppsbialik.ca/gala2013.
SAVE APRIL 14, TOO!
The hugely popular Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Foundation Sports Celebrity Breakfast takes place April 14 and will honour the legendary Roy Salomon for decades of work in harnessing Canadian and international support for, and participation in, the Maccabiah Games in Israel. The annual breakfast, which always draws a crowd of 600 and is co-chaired by Michael Wagen and Bram Naimer, also draws dozens from the local sports and sports media world and will honour National Hockey League Player’s Association executive director Donald Fehr, who will be present, as sports personality of the year. The event will also feature several “surprise” guests, present its first Larry Fredericks Media Award, and feature a silent auction. For details, call Susan Rozansky at 514-342-1234, ext. 7234.
Sharon B. Smith’s watercolour show, Flowers of Love, runs through March 3 at Salon de thé Gryphon D’Or, 5968 Monkland Ave.
JGH HEART HEALTH
As part of February Heart Health Month, the Jewish General Hospital is joining forces to raise awareness by encouraging a heart-healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity, healthy eating, keeping blood pressure in check, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol intake, reducing stress and maintaining a healthy weight. The JGH has a Cardiovascular Prevention Centre offering resources to those ends. A new study of about 400 patients by JGH Lady Davis Institute cardiologist Dr. Mark Eisenberg revealed that two-thirds of middle aged smokers who suffered heart attacks resumed smoking within a year after their infarctions.
The Shoshanim and Chaverot chapters of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO Montreal are already working on and taking orders for its Passover gift baskets, which always sell out. Order deadline is March 8 and deliveries begin March 17. Order at 514-933-8461, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMPUTER FOR 50+
Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors offers a wide range of computer courses for people over 50. For details, call Luni Bendayan, 514-342-1234, ext. 7348.
Montreal’s Silcoff Events Inc. last month garnered two Gala Awards at the Special Event 2013 event in Chicago. The categories were best event produced for a non-profit organization and best decor (for the 2012 Daffodil Ball, the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual gala). The Gala Awards are considered the “Oscars” for the global special events industry and featured entries from many countries, including Israel, the United Kingdom, China, the United States and Russia.