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Deadline reminder: Jan. 7 is the deadline for Jan. 17 and Jan. 14 is the deadline for Jan. 24. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email whatsnewcjn@gmail.com. This week’s What’s New was done by Carolyn Blackman.

 

Thursday, Jan. 3

 

FREE TIMES CAFE

Hear Gerry Kane, noon, “Shmooz the News,” Free Times Café, 320 College St.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 8

 

TUESDAYS WITH LARRY

The Brothers Who Sent The Rosenbergs to the Electric Chair,  Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 2 p.m., $5 at the door.

 

LODZER SYNAGOGUE

Rabbi Moshe Meirovich of the Lodzer Synagogue will offer a 4-week course on Jewish Ethics: Tonight: How To Die: A Responsa by 19th Century Rabbi Chaim Palaggi, Turkey. Each class is $5 or $15 for the series. Call 416-636-6665 to reserve.

 

Thursday, Jan. 10

 

YIDDISH MUSICAL THEATRE

“The Life, Legends and Music of Abraham Ellstein and Sholom Secunda,” with Cantor Marshall Loomer, 7:30 p.m., Beth David Synagogue. 416-633-5500 or bethdavid.com.

 

ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT

Author Salomon Benzimra will discuss the Palestinian narrative and its impact on the Arab-Israeli conflict, 7:30 p.m., Temple Har Zion.

Other News

 

PLAYERS WANTED

Temple Har Zion mah-jong drop-in, Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Debbi, 905-881-8025, debhave@gmail.com.

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

Shaar Shalom Synagogue welcomes people for a friendly game of bridge, Mondays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $2 members, $3 non-members. Call 905-889-4975.

 

YIDDISH LEBT

Yiddish classes for adults and kids Sunday mornings, sponsored by committee for Yiddish, UJA Federation, all levels. Yiddish culture for kids, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Begins Jan. 13, Beth David. Adults $150/10 sessions. Kids, one time, $20. www.committeeforyiddish. com Barbara, 416-631-5843.

 

MAIMONIDES

Delve into Maimonides’ (Rambam) Mishneh Torah, covering legal and philosophical topics that form the basis of Judaism. Open to everyone. Wednesdays, 8 p.m., The Chai Centre, 1089 Spadina Rd. No charge. RSVP 416-271-0659 or rabbi@thechaicentre.com.

 

BEREAVEMENT GROUPS

Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario provides support following the death of a child. It offers eight-week self-help groups for bereaved parents. For information, Beth Feffer at JF&CS, 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or bfeffer@jfandcs.com.

A spousal bereavement group for ages 55+ will examine topics related to death, dying, myths of bereavement and moving forward.

 

Runs Jan. 29 through March 5, 2-4 p.m., Circle of Care, 4211 Yonge St., 4th floor. For more information, call 416-635-2900 ext. 418 or 462.

 

MEKOROT

Join Mekorot and Yeshiva University Torah Mitzion Beit Midrash Zichrom Dov

to study “The Book of Daniel: Exile and Redemption,” with Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner, Tues­days, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Jan. 8-May 20, Shaarei Shomayim Congre­gation. Call 416-877-2050 or 647-234-7299.

 

NEW TO TWO

Shaar Shalom Sisterhood and Youth present New-to-Two, a program for babies and toddlers (up to 2 years of age) and their grown-ups. Program starts in January. $90 per family for non-members, $54 per family for members.  For details and to register, call 905-889-4975.

 

MOMS AND TOTS

Beth David Synagogue offers an interactive musical class with Deborah Maes that offers a way for mothers and babies ages 3 to 24 months to interact with each other within a Jewish setting. Session runs Friday mornings, Jan. 11-March 29, either 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Members $190, non-members $260. Limited spaces. Call Debbie,  416-633-5500, ext. 0, to register.

 

OPEN BEIT MIDRASH

Yeshiva University Torah Mitzion Beit Midrash and Congregation B’nai Torah present Monday nights Open Beit Midrash, 8-10 p.m. Open to everyone to come and learn. For information, call 647-234-7299 or info@torontotorah.com.

 

MELAVA MALKA CONCERT

A show under the auspices of Beth Tikvah, Beth Emeth, Beth Radom and Beth Jacob Hamilton synagogues with cantors Tibor Kovari, David Edwards, David Rosen and Eyal Bitton, accompanied by a band, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., Beth Tikvah Synagogue. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children 13 and under free. Beth Tikvah: 416-221-3433; Beth Emeth: 416-633-3838; Beth Radom: 416-636-3451; Beth Jacob (Hamilton): 905-522-1351.

 

JOB READINESS PROGRAM

JVS and Kerry’s Place Autism Services’ Asperger’s Job Readi­ness Program, provides an eight-week workshop to develop job readiness skills, weekly one-on-one sessions and a placement for up to 14 weeks with coaching for those between 18 and 30 with Asperger’s. Registration is open for Feb 11. Call 416-649-1619. Email: schong@jvstoronto.org.

 

CONVERSATIONAL HEBREW

Ulpan method with Yael Lev. Beginner’s level (Part 2), Tuesdays 7:30 pm. starting Jan. 8, Pride of Israel Synagogue, 10 lessons $150. Call 416-226-0111, ext 10, or 416-225-6151.

 

HONOUR MOTHERS

Act To End Violence Against Women is seeking volunteers to work on a committee to honour the important women in your life on Mother’s Day with flowers, while remembering women who are in shelters for abused women. Email joy.levy@rogers.com or call Joy at 416-520-9901.

 

B’NAI SHALOM

B’nai Shalom Congregation of Halton-Peel-Mississauga is a Conservative egalitarian congregation. Join us for a Shabbat service Jan. 12, 10 a.m. in Oakville. Kiddush and guest speaker follow service. www.bnaishalom.ca, info@bnaishalom.ca or 905-901-9889.

 

ADULT LEARNING

The Melton School of Adult Learning, holds a 6-week class at Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda given by Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner: “The Book Of Jonah,” 10-11 a.m. Jan. 24-Feb 28. Email toronto@meltonschool.org for more information and to register. Space is limited, register early.

 

CHABAD CLASSES

Bat mitzvah club begins Jan. 13, for bat mitzvah age girls to learn more about this unique time in their lives. To register, 905-886-0420, ext. 221.

 

MINI-PROGRAMS

Sign your child, age 12 months to five years, for one of Temple Sinai’s mini-programs, starting in January and running for eight weeks. Includes Mini-Chefs at Work, Super Scientist, Junior Circuit, puppetry and Sportball. Morning, lunchtime and afternoon programs. Call education office, 416-487-3281, email ­education@templesinai.net, or visit templesinai.net.

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 www.jfandcs.com.

Effective parenting: A four-session group to help parents learn what they can do to raise a happy, motivated and well-behaved child. For parents of children ages 2 to 10 years. Topics include: how to – nurture self esteem, encourage problem solving, increase communication and set limits. Monday, Jan. 21, 7- 9 p.m.

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

FOR SENIORS

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casino Rama, Jan. 16, includes buffet lunch; barber, hairdresser, Jan. 10, 9 a.m.; 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.

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.

Miles Nadal JCC, information/registration: 416-924 6211, ext 155. “United Bakers 100th Anniversary” with Ruthie Ladofsky, Jan. 17, 1:30 p.m. refreshments, 2 p.m. program. Cost: $4. Pre-pay by Jan. 10.

Beth Tzedec Haverim presents Yehudit Shier Weisberg, a ventriloquist who tells Jewish stories and gives advice, Jan. 7, 1:30 p.m. in the boardroom, $5.

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

Tickets for theatre day trip, including Mary Poppins on sale now.

Health management with Gabby Cogan, 8 Thursdays 1:30-2:30 p.m., starts Jan. 17.

Social yoga with Dorry Korn,Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Starts Jan 10.

Casino Rama, Thursday, Jan. 17.

For all programs, call 416-638-1881, ext. 4235.

“The Impressionists – Superstars of the Modern Western Art World,” Tuesdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 5 (Part 1), Feb. 12-Mar. 5 (Part 2), 1-3 p.m. Single sessions (4 weeks): member value fee: $40 + HST, regular fee: $50 + HST.

 

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

Registration now open for the following courses and more:

Toronto Jewish Film Society: eight movie nights, Al Green Theatre, January to December,   $100. esthera@mnjcc.org, www.mnjcc.org.

“The Singer’s Body,” a class with Orville Heyn, Jan. 13, 2:30-4:30 p.m., $25. Presented by MNjcc’s Institute for Lifelong Choral Wellness and SING! To register: www.torontovocalartsfestival.com. Information at music@mnjcc.org.

Play in the MNjcc Klezmer Ensemble led by Eric Stein of Beyond the Pale, Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Info: music@mnjcc.org.

Join the Women’s Chorus, Mondays 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. No audition. Email conductor Gillian Stecyk, gillians@mnjcc.org.

Join our adult daytime choir Tuesdays 1-2:30 p.m., with conductor Gillian Stecyk. $5 drop-in. No audition or experience required. Info: gillians@mnjcc.org

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

Free guest/fitness programs, Jan. 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Krav-Hagana, Karate, Hip-Hop for Teens, Belly Dance, Kangoo Fit, Prenatal Yoga and much more! To register for a free demo, call 905-303-1821, ext. 3025.

Family Israeli Folk Dance, free open house for the family, Jan. 13  2-3 p.m. and Jan. 20,  3.30-4:30 p.m. To register, call Andrea by Jan. 9, ext. 3006.

Registration is now open for winter session – please check at srcentre.ca, 905-303-1821, ext. 3025.

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