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Thursday, March 8



Leanne Matlow and Susie Levitsky present a workshop for anxious parents of anxious kids, Earl Bales Community Centre, 8 p.m. E-mail slevitsky@rogers.com; matlow@sympatico.ca.



The Pep Group meets at Earl Bales Community Centre at 12:30 p.m.  Jordan Klapman discusses “The Jewish-Black Music Connection from Louis Armstrong and Beyond” with live music.

 Friday, March 9



Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism holds an adult Oneg Shabbat. Peter Ginsberg discusses “The Alice in Wonderland Files-Part II; True Stories from the Middle East,” 18 Wynford Dr., 7:30 p.m. RSVP 416-385-3910 or roby@oraynu.org.


Sunday, March 11



Rabbi Michael Broyde discusses “Innovation in Jewish Law: When Can We, Should We, Must We?” Beth Avraham Yoseph Congregation, 7:30 p.m. 416-633-5770 or www.torahinmotion.org.



Yehudit Shier Weisberg discusses “The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel,” the Lodzer Synagogue, 7 p.m. 416-636-6665.



The movie The Disputation  will be shown at Shaar Shalom Synagogue and followed with  commentary by Rabbi Martin Berman, 7:30 p.m.



A fundraiser performance of Megillah Mia benefiting the Masorti Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program for Special Needs Children in Israel will be held at Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 7 p.m. Tickets 416-667-1717 or info@masorti.ca.


Monday, March 12



Janet Kerekes discusses “The Effects of the Holocaust and 50 Years of Communism on Central and Eastern European Jewish Institutions,” Beth Emeth Synagogue, 8 p.m.



Eric Lawee leads a 3-week discussion on “Rashi: The Biblical Commentary,” Mondays, starting tonight, 8 p.m., Or Chaim Yeshiva. 416-877-2050 or www.mekorot.ca.


Tuesday, March 13



Beth Tikvah Synagogue shows the film Then She Found Me, 2 p.m., as part of its Tuesdays with Larry movie series. $5 at the door.



Paul Stancer speaks about the life of Squadron Leader Edward (Teddy) Weymen Blenkinsop, a Canadian war hero, Temple Har Zion, 7:30 p.m. 905-889-2252.



Society of Israel Philatelists meets at Antibes Community Centre, 7 p.m. A slide presentation of Zionism as portrayed by the stamps of Israel will be shown. E-mail p.elias@rogers.com or call 416-226-2050.



Karen Letofsky discusses “Crisis Intervention by Prevention,” Beth David Synagogue, 8 p.m.


Wednesday, March 14



The Prime Ministers by Yehudah Avner will be discussed at Kehillat Shaarei Torah, 7:30 p.m. 416-229-2600.


Thursday, March 15



The movie Against The Tide will be shown at Temple Har Zion, followed by discussion led by Rabbi Cory Weiss, 6:30 p.m. RSVP by March 13, 905-889-2252.



Nathan Guttman, Washington bureau chief for the Jewish Daily Forward, discusses “Israel-U.S. Relations: The View From Washington,” Beth David Synagogue, 7:30 p.m.



JTS professor Robbie Harris  and local rabbis lead sessions on “Can You Answer the Four Questions,” Adath Israel Synagogue, 7:30 p.m. Register at 416-667-1717 or beroth@jtsa.edu.


Other News



David Edwards of Beth Emeth Synagogue is the guest cantor at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, March 16-17. Reserve for the Friday night dinner by March 12. Call 416-221-3433.


HELPING OTHER PARENTS HOPE (Helping Other Parents Everywhere) is a support group for parents of acting-out youth. The group meets Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. at Edithvale Community Centre, 131 Finch Ave. W. Call Bernice, 905-737-3403.



Melton Adult Mini School offers a 9-week class on Prayer: A Gift for Our Lives, taught by Yehudit Shier Weisberg. Starting April 18 at Beth Emeth Synagogue. Call 416-789-7400.


The centre is open for daily tours. Register now for pre-school and daycare. Call 905-303-1821.



Baycrest needs volunteers to help at the information desk, lead Russian discussion groups,  help with movie nights, provide assistance at meal times. Call 416-785-2500, ext. 2572.

Jewish Club for the Vision Impaired needs volunteer drivers the first Monday of the month. Sheila, 905-731-9667.

Reena needs volunteers for its March break program, March 12-16, 927 Clark Ave. W., Thornhill. Female volunteers are also needed for the swim program, Tuesday evenings, Garnet Williams Community Centre. Call Mille Chadwick, 905-889-2690, ext. 2112, or mchadwick@reena.org.



Women’s Megillah Reading at Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, March 8, 9:30 a.m.

Chabad of Markham presents Purim in the Jungle with a buffet and live animal show, March 8, 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets required. 905-886-0420; www.chabadmarkham.org.

Friends of Yiddish holds an afternoon of Purim fun with the Yenevelt Klezmer Band, March 11, 2 p.m. at Beth Tikvah Synagogue. RSVP by March 8 to Sandy, 416-458-1440, 416-736-8073 or yiddish18@yahoo.ca.

Schwartz Reisman Centre holds a Purim celebration featuring David Gershon and Bagel, March 11, 1 p.m. 905-303-1821

Prosserman JCC holds a Purim celebration with Mystic Drumz, March 11, 1:30 p.m.


All programs require pre-registration and are open to all members of the community. To register, call Shawna Sidney, 416-638-7800, ext. 6215, or www.jfandcs.com. All classes at Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst. St., unless otherwise noted.

Mind, Body Connection for Women: An 8-session group for women who want to learn mindfulness and meditation. Topics include stress and anxiety reduction, enhancing your self-esteem. Starts March 27, 7 p.m.

When You’re About to Separate, What to Tell the Kids: A workshop for parents in the early stages of separation, March 29, 6:30 p.m.



Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario provides 8-week self-help groups to bereaved parents. Call Beth Feffer at JF & CS, 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or bfeffer@jfandcs.com.


Volunteers Needed. Join the BRAVO study linking brain health and volunteering. Participants must be over 55 and not working or volunteering for more than 3 hours a month. Study includes 1 year of volunteering at Baycrest. Visit www.baycrest.org/bravo; call 416-785-2500, ext. 3435.

Seniors Social Club at Earl Bales Community Centre.  March 11, violinist Michael Ziskind performs, 7 p.m. Call Sandy, 416-736-8073; 416-458-1440.

Bridge club. The bridge club at Forest Hill library has reopened and is looking for new members. Call Lea (evenings), 416-487-7630.

Falls Prevention Program at Baycrest. An 8-week program provides education and exercise for older adults who have experienced 1 or more falls or who fear falling. Starts March 12. Call Maureen Smith, 416-785-2488.

Association of Jewish Seniors. Tammy, 416-635-2900, ext. 458. March 15, Jamie Golombek discusses “Tax and Retirement Tips for Seniors,” Shaarei Shomayim, 9:30 a.m.

Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casino Rama, March 14. Dance with live music, March 25. Tuesdays, gentle exercise, 10 a.m., first class free; Wednesdays, duplicate bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m.; social bridge, 12:30 p.m. Non-members welcome.

National Council of Jewish Women, Aviva branch, is looking for women over 70 for their group. Call 416-633-5100.

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, card games, casino trips. 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.

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

Bernard Betel Centre 416-225-2112. March 8, Janice Lisker discusses “7 Principles to Successful Aging,” 1:30 p.m.; March 12, David Lipovitch discusses “The Archeology of Bronze Age Canaan,” 10 a.m.; March 14, Post-Purim Persian Party with Middle Eastern salads, belly dancing, music; March 15, Judy Weiss discusses “Family Expectations,” 1:30 p.m.

Active Seniors, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155. March 8, artist Laya Crust  gives an illustrated talk describing her creation of a Purim Scroll of Esther, 1:30 p.m. March 22, Jordan Klapman  presents “The Jewish-Black Music Connection: Louis Armstrong and Beyond, with live piano,” 1:30 p.m. Beginner’s computer course, 8-week session, starts April 17.

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

The fitness centre is holding an open house, March 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call ext. 4000 to register for babysitting.

A panel of authors discuss “The Secrets of Self-Publishing,”  March 12, 7:30 p.m. Call Staci, ext. 4472.

Enjoy an afternoon of illusion and socializing, March 14 Call ext. 4472.

Register for Shalom Sesame Pesach event, ages 1-5, April 4, 10 a.m. Monique Shapiro, ext. 4012.

Shalom Singers are looking for choir members, rehearsals Thursdays 10 a.m.

Tickets for spring/summer theatre trips are on sale now.

Tic Tac Two program will be extended into the summer. Call Kailah Rubin, ext. 4351.

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

The Diary of Anne Frank  by Shakespeare in Action runs March 15-31, Al Green Theatre. Ext. 0.

Night Without a Moon: Jewish Women’s Cabaret with Marcia Beck, Tova Kardonne, Marni Levitt and Ilana Newman 8 p.m., March 24. Ext. 154.

 Janusz Makuch, director of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, discusses “Jewish Culture in Contemporary Poland,” March 25, 2 p.m. Ext. 154.

 The adult daytime choir meets Tuesdays 1 p.m. gillians@mnjcc.org.

Klezmer ensemble meets Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. music@mnjcc.org or ext. 0.

You Are an Animal, photography by Azriel Cohen on display at the gallery until April 1.


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