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What's New: Week of November 15


Deadline reminder: Nov. 19 is the deadline for the issue of Nov. 29. Nov. 26 is the deadline for the issue of Dec. 6. 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.

Saturday, Nov. 17



Annual VIP Night features card games and prizes. Proceeds go to Reena’s Enrichment and Respite programs. Contact or 905-764-1081, ext. 31.


Sunday, Nov. 18



The social action advocacy committee of Darchei Noam Synagogue is holding an information meeting on “A Jewish Response to Roma Refugees: Why We Should Care,” 7 - 9:15 p.m., at the synagogue. There will also be a performance of klezmer and Roma music. For information, call Martin Klein, 416-961-3055, or or Nathan Gilbert, 416-653-3626, or



Enjoy the concert at bais yaakov elementary school, 15 saranac blvd. Performances at 11:30 a.M. And 3:30 p.M. Tickets online, www.Dani-canada.Com, or at the door. Call 905-731-6606.



Music of the Masters at Pride of Israel Synagogue includes a tribute to Fiddler on the Roof, as well as a silent auction for art, music, memorabilia and more, 3 p.m. at the synagogue. For tickets, call 416-226-0111.



Beth Tikvah is having a kosher food drive today at Pride of Israel Synagogue. Donate with non-perishable foods or by cheque. Call 416-221-3433.


Monday, Nov. 19



A panel discussion on “America, Iran, Israel and the Future of the World,” features Conrad Black, author, biographer and founder of the National Post, and Mark Dubowitz, executive director, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Washington. Beth Tzedec Congregation, 8 p.m.



A PowerPoint presentation focusing on Jewish communities beyond the Green Line, followed by discussion, with Yehudit Shier Weisberg, Narayever Synagogue,  187 Brunswick Ave., 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Nov. 20



Fran Saltzman, the first Jewish, female RCMP officer, talks about her nine-year career, as well as her civilian career as an RCMP investigator, 7 p.m. at the temple. Members $7, non-members , $9. For info, call the education office, 416-487-3281,  email, or visit



The book club, facilitated by Heather Kassel, features The Sister Brothers, 8 p.m. at the synagogue. Members $10, non-members $15 per review.



Seymour Epstein will teach chapters 27 and 30 of the Book of Psalms. Discussion in English. 8 p.m. Sisterhood Hall, Beth David Synagogue.



Shira Herzog, president and CEO of the Kahanoff Foundation, will discuss “Inside Israel: Why Women’s Voices Need to be Heard,” 7:30 p.m., Holy Blossom Temple. Dessert reception, tickets $25. Call 416-789-3291.


Wednesday, Nov. 21


Max and Beatrice Wolfe Library

Rabbi Benjamin Blech presents “The Holy Jewish Treasures in the Vatican,” 7:30 p.m., Beth Tzedec Congregation. Admission free.



Counter-missionary survival seminar with Rabbi Michael Skobac at Zichron Israel Congregation of Associated Hebrew Schools, 8 p.m., 300 Atkinson Ave. Admission free.  Register, call 416-789-0020 or



Beth Sholom music series, presents A Touch of Klez, a night of Jewish soul music featuring klezmer, Yiddish Gypsy, Arabic and Mediterranean music, followed by dessert reception, 8 p.m.  Tickets $18. 416-783-6103.



Dr. Martin Antony and Dr. Richard Swinson will discuss the nature of anxiety, current research and treatment, 7:15, Council House, 4700 Bathurst St., admission free. RSVP, 416-633-5100.



Chabad of Markham’s Torah Tots preschool for children 12 months to 5 years, open house, 9:30 a.m., 83 Green Lane. To register or for more information, 905-886-0420, ext. 227.



Taking a Risk: Journal Quilts – Design and Experimental Techniques with Jennie Wood, a fibre artist and designer who has received an award from Canadian Quilters Association. Temple Sinai, 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, Nov, 22



Janna Nadler will review What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, by Nathan Englander, Temple Emanuel. Coffee and dessert, 1 p.m., review 1:30. $10 at the door.


Other News



Renaissance Group and the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Nov. 16, 17 and 18, Temple Sinai. Temple members $95, non-members $115. Advance registration only. 416-487-328; email to: or.



Leo Book Day School south campus book fair, Nov. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Great selection of preschool to adult books. Proceeds go to  building the new school library.



Rabbi Steven Saltzman and guest speakers from the medical field present a bioethics seminar series, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Adath Israel Synagogue. Nov. 15, “Halachah and the Health Care Role,” with Dr. Michael Gordon; Nov. 22, “Transplantation” with Dr. Jeff Zaltzman.

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

Beyond the Chupah, Becoming a Couple, a multi-session marriage-preparation group starts Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Adath Israel Synagogue.

Effective Parenting. A 4-session group for parents of children 2-11. Starts Nov. 21, 7 p.m.

When You’re About to Separate: What to Tell the Kids. A workshop for parents in the early stages of separation. Nov. 22, 9:30 a.m., Promenade Mall, #313.

Understanding Social Skills in Children with Learning Disabilities and ADHD. A workshop for parents and professionals. Strategies on how to understand and support your child’s needs. Nov. 22, 7 p.m.

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


Association of Jewish Seniors. Susan Jackson, executive director of Women’s Philanthropy-  UJA, discusses “What’s Happening in Jewish Toronto,” Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m., Shaarei Shomayim synagogue. RSVP Tammy, 416-635-2900, ext. 458.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. The clubhouse is now open. Dance with live music, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.; Casinorama, Dec. 19. 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.

Beth Sholom Chai Society Seniors Group. Loretta Tanenbaum reviews the book UnOrthodox by Deborah Feldman, Nov. 21, noon. $12 per person. Call Rivy, 416-783-6103.

Shaarei Shomayim Congregation Friendship Club is having a light lunch and movie, The Chosen, moderated by Ralph Wintrob, Nov. 19, noon. Members free, guests $5. Reservations are a mst. Call Miriam, 416-789-3213.

Earl Bales Seniors Woodworkers has a full woodworking facility with state-of-the-art equipment. Call 416-630-6487; Morty, 416-783-6078; Loren, 905-764-6310.

Active Seniors & Boomers, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155. Nov. 15, “How To Not Outlive Your Savings,” with Jamie Golombek. Dec. 6, Guided Royal Ontario Museum visit with curator Corey Keeble. Pre-pay $15 by Nov. 19.

Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112. Nov. 15, Karen Thomson discusses “Understanding Arthritis,” 1:30 p.m.; Nov. 20 lecture, “The Trial of the Holocaust in London 2000 and Libel Trial of Deborah Lipstadt,” with Gerald Ziedenberg, 10-11:30 a.m., $3 members. $6 non-members; Nov. 22, wellness lecture, “Foot Care: Why Is It So Important?”1:30-2:30 p.m. Free.

Circle of Care is sponsoring a support group on dealing with stress. Starting Nov. 7, 6 p.m. at Bernard Betel Centre. 416-635-2900, ext 463, or 437.

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.

Kevin Courrier looks at the films of Steven Spielberg, Wednesdays starting Nov. 21, 1 p.m.

Who’s Got the Money? Who’s spending it? Who needs it? Public funds, the battle between health care and education. Will boomers retire and make way for millenials? Nov. 20, 7-9 p.m.

Movie Mondays, A Serious Man, Nov. 19, 1 p.m.

Treasures in Jewish Literature, To the End of the Land, reviewed by Marly Herbert, Nov. 20, 1:30 p.m.

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. Play in the MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble directed by Eric Stein, Tuesday evenings.

Sharon Abron Drache launches her book, Barbara Klein-Muskrat, Then and Now, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.

Tickets on sale now for Hadar Noiberg Trio, Nov. 22, 8 p.m. $25. To purchase, ext. 0.

Baruch Sienna teaches a course on Thinking Jewish, Nov. 15-Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Ext. 154.

Toronto Jewish Family Info Fun Fair, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m. Children’s author Andrew Larsen presents at 7 p.m.

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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