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Deadline reminder: Deadlines will change because of Passover.  March 11 is the deadline for the issue of March 21. March 15 is the deadline for the issue of March 28. March 19 is the deadline for the issue of April 4. March 28 is the deadline for the issue of April 11. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ex. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email whatsnewcjn@gmail.com.


Thursday, March 7



Prof. Irving Abella discusses “The Untold Story of None Is Too Many,” 7:30 p.m., Temple Har Zion. $5/$10.



Na’amat Canada presents Marina Nehmat, author of After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed, in an International Woman’s Day celebration, 7:30 p.m., Borochov Centre, $20/$25. 416-636-5425 or www.naametevents.com.



Dr. Peter Byers discusses “Our Genes, Our Past, Our Destinies,” 8 p.m. Shaarei Shomayim Congregation.



Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School hosts an open house at 10 a.m. Call Sheri Rapp, 416-928-3537, sheri@djds.ca.



Prof. Rebecca Kobrin discusses “Bialystok and Beyond: Rethinking the Jewish Diaspora in the Age of Mass Migration,” 7:30 p.m., Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George St., Room 100.



Aaron Nussbaum discusses “The Rabbi of Ruzhin: Regal and Royal Chassidism,” Beth Emeth Synagogue, 7:30 p.m.


Friday, March 8



Fred Lazin discusses changes in Israel’s identity, 8 p.m. tonight and 10 a.m. Saturday, Temple Sinai.



Lorna Blumen discusses “Bullying in Our Adult Lives,” at Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, 18 Wynford Dr., 7:30 p.m. 416-385-3910.


Saturday, March 9



Judge Alan Cooper discusses the Torah portion at Beth Tikvah Synagogue.



B’nai Shalom Conservative congregation meets in Oakville at 10 a.m. www.bnaishalom.ca or 905-901-9889.


Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto offers a 3-week class on “Making Sense of the Shabbat Service,” today, March 16, 23, at 10 a.m.


Sunday, March 10



Howard English discusses “Implications of the Recent Israeli Election,” 10 a.m., Temple Har Zion.



A book signing for DANI Dairy Delights Cookbook will be held 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Israel’s bookstore, Sobey’s Plaza, and Hermes Bakery, 2885 Bathurst St. www.dani-toronto.com.


Prof. Adam Fuerstenberg discusses “Wayne and Shuster: Brilliant Pioneers of North American TV Comedy,” 2 p.m. at Beth Tikvah Synagogue. The lecture is mostly in Yiddish and sponsored by Friends of Yiddish. $5. 416-458-1440.



Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto is holding a fashion sale, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Proceeds go to youth programming.



Alvin Abram discusses his book, Why Zaida? A Holocaust Survivor Answers His Grandson’s Questions, Shaar Shalom Synagogue, 7:30 p.m.



A film and discussion about the Lodz Ghetto will be held at 2 p.m., Osgoode Hall Law School, Room 1001, York University.


Monday, March 11



Yitzchak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Helfgot perform at a fundraising concert for Chai Lifeline, 7:30 p.m., Roy Thomson Hall. For tickets, www.chaiconcert.com.



A lecture on “Is It Possible to be a Modern-Day Jew?” will be given at 8:30 p.m., Chai Centre, 1098 Spadina Rd. $18. info@thechaicentre.com.



Mitzvah knitters at Shaar Shalom meet at 1 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Call Arna Cappe 905-881-8631 or mitzvah_knitters@live.ca.


Tuesday, March 12



The Amernet String Quartet performs music from three periods of Jewish history, 8 p.m. Temple Sinai. 416-487-3281 or education@templesinai.net.



Sholem Aleichem:Laughing in the Darkness at 2 p.m., Beth Tikvah Synagogue. $5.



Beth Tzedec Synagogue presents an evening of pre-Pesach workshops, 7:30-9:30 p.m.


Wednesday, March 13



Rabbi Yirmiya Milevsky discusses “Another Look at Hilchot Pesach,” 8 p.m., B’nai Torah Congregation.



Shlomo Schwartzberg discusses “Remarkable Movies, Part II,” Beth Tzedec Synagogue. Dessert 1:30; lecture at 2 p.m.



Pamela Weisberger discusses “Searching the All-Galicia Database,”8 p.m., Temple Sinai.



Noah Wayne on “Exercise Is Good for You (Sorry, Were You Hoping for Something Else?)” at Jewish diabetes chapter meeting, 8 p.m., Pride of Israel Synagogue. 416-363-0177, ext. 7403; jewishdiabeteschapter@rogers.com.



Dr. Morris Freedman discusses “Cognitive Impairment: Causes, Risk Factors and Effects of Spirituality and Bilingualism,” 8 p.m., Workmen’s Circle Centre, 471 Lawrence Ave. W.


Thursday, March 14



Dr. Joseph Minkowitz discusses “Making Sense of Scientific Literature,” Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, 8 p.m.



An information night about Beth Emeth’s trip to Israel (Oct. 23-Nov. 4) will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the synagogue.



Aaron Nussbaum discusses “The Vilna Gaon” Beth David Synagogue, 7:30 p.m.


 Other News



Beth Emeth Synagogue holds a musical pre-Pesach “Nash and Drash” with Cantor David Edwards, March 18, noon. Deadline to register, March 13. Call 416-633-3838.

Beth Tikvah Synagogue holds a Pre-Passover Shabbat dinner March 22. Deadline for tickets March 15. Call 416-221-3433.

Temple Har Zion holds a seder, March 26. Deadline to register, March 12. Call 905-889-2252, ext. 232, or thzpassoverseder@gmail.com.

Chabad of Markham holds a seder, March 25. Discount before March 14. Call 905-886-0420, ext. 221, or info@chabadmarkham.org.


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

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

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

All programs require 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.

When You’re About to Separate – What To Tell the Kids: A workshop for parents in the early stages of separation, March 19, 9:30 a.m.

Effective Parenting: A 4-session group for parents of children ages 2-12. Starts March 21, 7 p.m.



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

Association of Jewish Seniors holds a seder, March 26, Bernard Betel Centre. Tickets on sale at the Betel Centre.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casino Rama, March 13. Tuesdays, fitness, 10 a.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m.; social bridge, 12:30 p.m.

Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112. March 12, Rouhama Danto on “The History and Mystery of the Haggadah,” 10 a.m.; March 14, “Healthy Eating, Part I,” 1:30 p.m.

 New Horizons for Seniors is a discussion group meeting at Beth Tzedec, March 11, 1:30 p.m.

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.  Osnat Lipa discusses “Impressionist Art and Artists,” March 14, 1:30 p.m. Series on “Influential Jewish Artists & Their Art,” starts April 16.

Day Centre for Seniors provides a secure Jewish environment for seniors with dementia. Transportation provided. Call 905-738-1128.

A Support Group for Russian-Speaking Seniors. Call 416-635-2900, ext. 498 or ext. 477.

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

Tickets for theatre day trips now on sale.

Sarah’s Key will be shown March 18, 1 p.m. Book review of Foreign Bodies, March 19, 1 p.m.

 Film lectures on “Produced and Abandoned Films,” 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.

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

Adam Nayman discusses the films of the Coen brothers. March 11, screwball comedies, 7 p.m.

Register for the MNJCC Theatre Lab, March 7-May 30. Develop voice, movement and character skills. Ext. 606.

The MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. The Women’s Chorus meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Daytime choir meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

Jewish Chanting Circle meets March 13, 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Miriam Margles.

60X60 Dance Toronto, presented by Tova Kardonne and Vox Novus, March 10, 8 p.m., at the Al Green Theatre. $20.

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

 Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst St., Vaughan. 905-303-1821. Call ext. 3037 to register. www.srcentre.ca.

Pizza party and animal show for grandparents and grandchildren, March 24, 10 a.m. Call ext. 3025.

Seniors bagel breakfast, March 15, 9 a.m.

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