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Deadline reminder: Jan. 9 is the deadline for the issue of Jan. 19. Jan. 16 is the deadline for the issue of Jan. 26. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; e-mail whatsnewcjn@gmail.com, or fax 416-391-0829.

 

Sunday Jan. 8

 

HEBREW CLASSES

Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue is offering a free 5-session Hebrew reading crash course for  beginners, Sundays starting today  at 9:15 a.m. Call 416-633-3838.

 

FEMALE JEWISH FIREFIGHTER

Adina Kaufman speaks about “Being a Female, Jewish Firefighter,” Lodzer Synagogue. Breakfast at 9:30 a.m.; lecture at 10:15 a.m. 416-636-6665.

Monday, Jan. 9

 

PREVENTING FALLS

Baycrest is offering a fall-prevention program for seniors starting today. Call 416-785-2488.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 10

 

BARNEY’S VERSION

The movie Barney’s Version will be shown at Beth Tikvah Synagogue at 2 p.m. with commentary by Larry Anklewicz, programming co-ordinator of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

 

BIBLE COURSE

The Canadian Yeshiva & Rabinical School is offering a course on the Bible, in English, Tuesday evenings starting tonight at the University of Toronto. To register, e-mail ravtan@cdnyeshiva.org.

 

Thursday, Jan. 12

 

JEWISH HISTORY LECTURES

Martin Lockshin discusses “The Jewish Spanish Diaspora,” as part of Congregation Darchei Noam’s Jewish history series, 7:30 p.m.

 

SHLOMO CARLEBACH

Cantor Marshall Loomer presents the story of Shlomo Carlebach, the rabbi who revolutionized worship and prayer through music. Beth David Synagogue, 7:30 p.m. 416-633-5500.

 

Other News

 

BEREAVEMENT GROUPS

Support groups for people who have lost a child or a loved one begin in January at Hospice Thornhill. Call Bonnie Strand, 905-764-0656, ext. 227.

 

A TINY PIECE OF LAND

Teatron Toronto Jewish Theatre presents A Tiny Piece of Land, Jan. 4-15, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre. Call 416-781-5527 or www.teatrontheatre.com.

MINYAN RESUMES

Beth Radom Congregation is resuming its evening minyan, Monday to Thursday, 6 p.m., 18 Reiner Rd. 416-636-3451, ext. 24.

 

YIDDISH CLASSES FOR ALL

Yiddish classes for all levels are offered Sunday mornings starting Jan. 15 at Beth David Synagogue.

Yiddish classes for kids in junior kindergarten or older, with art, drama and music taught by Ruth Gerlock begin Jan. 15 at Beth David Synagogue. Call Ester Klimitz, 416-635-2883, ext. 5189, or send an e-mail to this address: committeeforyiddish@ujafed.org.

 

MELTON MINI SCHOOL

Melton Mini School classes are open for registration. Bereshit II -Midrash and commentary will be taught by Loretta Tanenbaum Wednesday mornings, starting Feb. 15. Call 416-789-7400 or visit www.melton-toronto.org.

 

MEKOROT CLASSES

Mekorot offers a class exploring biblical family relations, “Moshe, Aharon, Miriam: A Family Story,” taught by Shayna Kravetz, Monday evenings, starting Jan. 16, Or Chaim Yeshiva. Men and women welcome.

A class studying some of the best-known Psalms will be taught by Rebecca Rotenberg Nadler Thursday mornings, starting Jan. 12, 208 Coldstream Ave. Call 416-877-2050 or  www.mekorot.ca.

 

HARBORD CI REUNION

Anyone who ever attended or taught at Harbord Collegiate Institute is invited to its 120th birthday party, April 26-27, 2012. www.HarbordClub.com.

 

JEWISH MEDIATION

Howard Warren discusses “Mediation in Jewish Family Matters,” Jan. 15, 7 p.m., the Lodzer Synagogue.

Rabbi Moshe Meirovich, Daphna Grossman and Brian Goldman discuss “Jewish Medical Ethics,” Jan. 29, 7 p.m., Lodzer Synagogue. 416-636-6665.

 

MEDICAL HALACHAH

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner discusses “Taking Call on Shabbat,” Jan. 23, 8 p.m., Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue. 416-781-1777 or info@torontotorah.com.

 

JEWISH DIABETES MEETING

Pharmacist Tino Montopoli discusses “Prescription And Non-Prescription Drugs For People With Diabetes,” at the Jewish diabetes chapter meeting, Jan. 17, 8 p.m., Pride of Israel Synagogue. 416-363-0177, ext. 7403, or www.diabetes.ca.

 

BOOK REVIEW

Heather Kassel reviews the book The Free World by David Bezmozgis Jan. 17, 8 p.m. at Adath Israel Synagogue. Call 416-499-6920 or 416-493-3626.

 

EXERCISE AND LIFESTYLE

Cindy Mortimer discusses “Therapeutic Exercises and Ways to Have a Healthy Lifestyle,” Jan. 17, Temple Har Zion. Bring your lunch at noon, program begins at 12:30. 905-889-2252.

JEWISH-ITALIAN PROJECT

Michael Chazan, of the Archaeological Centre, University of Toronto, discusses “The Birth of a Project: The 2011 Excavation at Huqoq, Israel,” 7:15 p.m., Jan. 19, Carr Hall, Room 404, St. Michael’s College, 100 St. Joseph St.

 

APPROACHING RETIREMENT

Amy D’Aprix discusses “Making the Most of Life’s Transitions: Before and After Retirement,” Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. at Temple Har Zion. 905-889-2252.

 

BIBLICAL HEROINES

Chabad of Markham is offering a 6-week course for women on heroines of the Bible, starting Jan. 16, 83 Green Lane, Thornhill. Register by Jan. 6 at 905-886-0420, ext. 221, or www.chabadmarkham.org.

 

SHABBAT SHIRAH

Temple Har Zion’s 40th anniversary celebration continues  Feb. 3-4, Shabbat Shirah, when musician Alan Goodis participates in services and a concert. Call 905-889-2252.

 

FOOD CONFERENCE

Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs is holding a conference on Jewish tradition and contemporary food issues, Feb. 5, at the Miles Nadal JCC. To register, call 416-805-8382 or Sabrina@shoresh.ca.

 

EARLY-BIRD PRICES

Early-bird prices are now available for Beth Tikvah’s spring lunch and learn series. Call 416-221-3433, ext. 352, or helen@bethtikvahtoronto.org.

Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (55+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Hairdresser/barber Jan. 5,  9-11 a.m.; Line dancing Jan. 5,  10 a.m. Casino Rama Jan. 18.  Tuesdays, gentle exercise tailored to seniors 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, duplicate bridge 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, social bridge 12:30 p.m. Non-members welcome.

Beth Tzedec Congregation Haverim present the opera singer Renee Barda, Jan. 9, 1:30 p.m. 416-781-3511.

LZA 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, casino trips.  Romi and ulti card players welcome. Call 416-256-1892.

Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub. Refreshments $2. Call Pearl, 416-635-6317, or Sheila, 416-665-3333.

Bernard Betel Centre 416-225-2112. Jan. 13, Zumba class, 9 a.m. Jan. 17, Mark Freedman discusses “Substance Abuse,” 10 a.m.

SENIORS

Active Seniors, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155. Iain Scott discusses “Great Opera Singers: Placido Domingo at 70,”  Jan. 12, 1:30 p.m.

Computer beginners course starts Feb. 14 for 8 weeks. Small class with personal attention $70.

Active 55 Plus Speakers Series, Miles Nadal JCC 416-924-6211, ext. 526. George Torys discusses “Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and How to Reduce the Risk of Developing the Disease,” Jan. 18, 12:30 p.m.

Seniors Gentle Fitness Club offers tai chi classes at Edithvale Community Centre, 131 Finch Ave. W. , Tuesdays 10 a.m. or Wednesdays 7:15 p.m. Call Helen, 416-665-9050.

Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst St., 416-638-1881, www.prossermanjcc.com.

Daycare and preschool registration for the 2012-13 school year is open. Spaces available for preschool, nursery, junior kindergarten and senior kindergarten. Call Kailah Rubin, ext. 4351.

Duplicate bridge, Thursdays, 12-3:30 p.m.

Register now for all winter children’s programs. Call Monique Shapiro, ext. 4012. 

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211, www.mnjcc.org.

Tickets for the Toronto Jewish Film Society’s 2012 season are on sale now. Call Joelle Malka, ext. 139.

The adult daytime choir is looking for members, Tuesdays 1 p.m. No auditions needed.Winter session starts Jan. 10. gillians@mnjcc.org.

Shabbat programs for children begin Jan. 13. Call ext. 277 or sarahbn@mnjcc.org.

Kevin Courrier teaches a course on “American Movies and the Politics of Idealism,” Mondays starting Jan. 16. Call ext. 606 or e-mail film@mnjcc.org.

Adult Hebrew courses begin the week of Jan. 16. Call ext. 154 or sharonis@mnjcc.org.

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner  teaches a course on “Icons of Spanish Jewry,” Thursdays 8 p.m., starting Feb. 9. Call ext. 154.

Textiles, an exhibit by Sheree Rasmussen, is at the gallery until Jan. 30.

The Michael Bernstein Chapel, on the third floor, holds services every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. followed by breakfast. Call  Coleman Bernstein, 416-968-0200.

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