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What's New: Week of January 22


Deadline reminder: Jan. 28 is the deadline for the issue of Feb. 7 and Feb. 4 is the deadline for the issue of Feb. 14. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email


Thursday, Jan. 24



The Melton School of Adult Learning holds a class at Beth Emeth taught by Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner: The Book Of Jonah, 10-11 a.m., Jan. 24-Feb 28. to register.



One Family Fund holds an info night about their dragon boat trip May 6-11. 88 Yonge Blvd., 7:30 p.m. RSVP


Friday, Jan. 25



Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism holds a young adult seder with Denise Handlarski, 7 p.m., Jones/Gerrard area. RSVP 416-385-3910 or



Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir and Band celebrates Shabbat Shirah, starting at 7: 15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26



 City Shul holds an adult Tu b’Shvat seder. By pre-registration only. or 647-799-3557.

Beth Sholom holds a Tu b’Shvat seder 10:30 a.m. Naomi 416-783-6103 or



Shaarei Shomayim hosts a gala concert with violinist Moshe Hammer. For tickets, call 416-789-3213.

Beth Tikvah, Beth Emeth, Beth Radom and Beth Jacob Hamilton synagogues host a Melaveh Malka Concert, 7:30 p.m. at Beth Tikvah. Havdalah, sing-along and folkdancing. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Children under 13 free. 416-221-3433.

Beth Tzedec celebrates Shabbat Shirah with a sermon in song, 8:45 a.m. Cantor Simon Spiro and the band Beyond the Pale perform at a community concert, 8 p.m. Tickets $20/$25,; 416-781-3511.


Sunday, Jan. 27



Beth Emeth Sisterhood celebrates Shabbat Shirah with the Varsity Jews, brunch and performance. Call 416-633-3838.



Oraynu Congregation hosts a Tu b’Shvat Seder, 5:30 p.m., 18 Wynford Dr. 416-385-3910.



The Kachol Lavan Choir and the Temple Sinai Youth Choir perform 11 a.m., Temple Sinai, 416-487-4161 or



Mordechai Kedar discusses “Israel and Her Struggle to Survive in the Middle East,”  10:30 a.m. at the Village Shul, 1072 Eglinton Ave. W.  Dr. Kedar speaks at Temple Sinai at 7:30 p.m.



Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs and the Miles Nadal JCC discuss the intersection between Jewish tradition and contemporary food issues, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Miles Nadal JCC. Email or visit; then click on Shoresh Food Conference.



Rabbi Stephen Wise, the Flying Rabbi, discusses “Israel- Repairing the World,” 7:30 p.m., Shaar Shalom Synagogue.


Tuesday, Jan. 29



One Family Fund holds a cocktail evening with silent auction and entertainment, 7 p.m.,  1 King St. W.; then click on Mix It Up.



Screening of The Debt, Beth Tikvah, 2 p.m. $5 at the door.



Temple Sinai presents former U.S. vice-president Al Gore speaking from New York by satellite, 7:30 p.m. $10/$15. 416-487-3281.


Wednesday, Jan. 30



Cantor Ron Graner speaks about the music of David Nowakowsky to the Jewish Genealogical Society, 8 p.m., Temple Sinai.



Annette Poizner discusses  “Using Handwriting and Kabbalah for Self-discovery,” 1:30 p.m., Shaar Shalom.


Thursday, Jan. 31



Dr. Morris Moscovitch discusses “Memory, Aging and the Brain,” 8 p.m., Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue.



Learn about the One Family Fund’s Road to Jerusalem Hike (Oct. 13-17), tonight at Beth Torah Congregation, 7:30 p.m. or Feb. 6, Holy Blossom, 7:30 p.m. RSVP


Other News



Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario offers self-help groups to bereaved parents. Beth Feffer, JF&CS, 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or

A spousal bereavement group for ages 55+ runs Jan. 29 through March 5, 2-4 p.m., Circle of Care, 4211 Yonge St. Call 416-635-2900, ext. 418 or 462.



Chabad Markham’s Torah Tots is now offering a full-day program. Goldie Plotkin, 905-886-0420, ext. 225.

Registration is now open for Temple Sinai’s nursery school, 2013/2014. Call Bibi Golberg, 416-487-3281, or



Hillel Academy of Ottawa,  class of 1963 is holding a reunion in Ottawa May 19. For more information, contact Murray Major



Reena is looking for a volunteer to serve as a marketing and outreach co-ordinator. Strong marketing background and communication skills required. Health and fitness facilitators to connect with individuals with developmental disabilities also required. Call Arlene Margolese, 905-889-6484, ext. 2111, or



Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub. Refreshments $2. Call Sheila, 416-665-3333, or Marcia, 416-932-1229.

Play bridge Mondays 1:30 p.m, Shaar Shalom. Lessons at 12:30 p.m., Mondays. 905-889-4975.

Experienced mah-jong and Rummikub players meet Mondays and Wednesdays at Beth Emeth. 416-633-3838.

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

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, as well as ideas and strategies to best meet your child’s needs will be discussed. Jan. 24, Promenade Mall, Suite 313, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Barber, hairdresser, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m. Casino Rama, Feb. 13. 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.

Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112. Jan. 29, Natasha Fatah  discusses “Reporting on Ethnic and Cultural Diversity,” 10 a.m.; Jan. 30, interactive animal show, 1:30 p.m.; Jan. 31, Elizabeth Stanton discusses “Bone Health and Osteoporosis,” 1:30 p.m.

Wagman Centre Entertainers are in rehearsal for their new production and looking for men who love to sing, dance and entertain. Call J. Ross, 416-733-0580.

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.

Active Seniors/Boomers Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext 155, Michael Mandel discusses “Jewish Toronto as Reflected in the Yiddish Press 1935-1953,” Jan. 31, 1:30 p.m. Opera appreciation with Iain Scott Jan. 29, Feb. 5., Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m.

Caregivers Support Group meets at Dementia Support Seniors Day Centre, Jan. 30, 7 p.m., 1140 Sheppard Ave. W., unit 12, 416-398-7898.

Edithvale Seniors gentle fitness offers Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes on Mondays 10:30 a.m. $60. A group is forming for easy-to-learn Tai Chi Chih, Thursdays 10:30 a.m. $85 for 6 lessons. Beginner’s special: 2 students $150. Call Helen, 416-665-9050.

 Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst St., 416-638-1881,

Tickets for theatre day trips now on sale.

Purim Carnival and Circus Show, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m. For circus tickets, call ext. 0.

Opera with Iain Scott runs Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Jan. 24, Tosca, Jan. 31, Don Giovanni.

Film lectures with Kevin Courrier, Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.

Social art program, Mondays, 2 p.m.; folkdance, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; recorder, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.; Shalom Singers, Thursdays, 10 a.m.; duplicate bridge, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.; current events, Thursdays, 12:45 p.m.

Registration for daycare and nursery 2013-14 now open. Call Kailah Rubin, ext. 4351.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

 Awakening the Voice, Sounding the Soul: Jewish Chanting Circle with Rabbi Miriam Margles, Jan. 23-June 26, 7:30-9 p.m., twice monthly. $10 drop-in or $80 for the series. Info:

Kevin Courrier discusses the films of Woody Allen, Mondays until Feb.11, 7-9 p.m.

Songwriting workshop with Kobi Hass, Jan. 31-April 4, 7-9 p.m. Hands-on course for both relative beginners and experienced songwriters. Call ext. 0 or

The MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. The Women’s Chorus meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m.

Photographs of Jewish Morocco by Aaron Vincent Elkaim on display in the gallery until Jan. 27.

The Michael Bernstein Chapel holds services Thursdays at 7:15 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. Call Coleman Bernstein, 416-968-0200.

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

“Love and Relationships through the Teenage Lens,” Rabbi Avi Levinson, Jan. 24, 8 p.m.

Living with Integrity, Rabbi Mendel Bernstein, Jan. 28-March 4.

“Jewish Parenting,” Rabbi Chezi Zionce, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Book club with Nick Maes, Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Bingo, Jan. 31, 1 p.m.; CPR and first aid, Feb. 3, 1 p.m.; Glee Club, Jan. 28-April 15, 7:30 p.m.

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