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Deadline reminder: Because of Shavuot, May 25 is the deadline for the issue of June 7. June 4 is the deadline for the issue of June 14. Please note all deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or e-mail


Thursday, May 24



A charity bake sale benefiting Small Wonders, an organization that supports Jewish couples experiencing infertility, will be held, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 53 Alexandra Wood. Homemade and COR baked goods and floral centrepieces available. For info, e-mail to

Saturday, May 26



Learn and socialize with the Village Shul, 1072 Eglinton Ave. W., May 26, 10 p.m. till dawn. Multiple sessions available. For more details, visit

Meet biblical characters and enjoy a festive dairy lunch with Chabad of Markham, May 27, 9:30 a.m. 905-886-0420 or


Sunday, May 27



Paul Rosen, gold medallist sledge hockey player in 2003, 2004 and 2006 Paralympics speaks to Singles In The Park, 7 p.m., Earl Bales Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst St. $10. RSVP required 416-631-0005 or Singles In The Park is open to single, divorced and widowed Jewish men and women over 55.


Monday, May 28



Medina Theatre Ensemble is holding auditions for Opening Night, May 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Ave. RSVP required, Fran, 416-638-2716, or Morris, 416-785-0344.


Tuesday, May 29



A real estate agent, home inspector, lawyer and mortgage broker discuss what first-time home buyers need to know, 6:30 p.m., Miles Nadal JCC. RSVP


Lionel Sharpe discusses the Book of Zechariah, 8 p.m., Beth David Synagogue.



Karen Lasky and colleagues from the Jewish Genealogical Society discuss, “How to Find Your  Relatives,” Temple Har Zion. $3/$5. Bring a dairy lunch at noon, program begins at 12:30 p.m.



Moshe Hammer, award-winning violinist, talks about the non-profit music program he founded. Beth Tikvah Synagogue, noon. By reservation only, 416-221-3433, ext. 352, or



Rabbi Michael Skobac discusses “The Real Messiah: Cross-Examining Christian Missionary Claims,” 8 p.m., The Lodzer Congregation, 12 Heaton St.  Contact or 416-789-0020.


Wednesday, May 30



Marc Stevens, author of Escape, Evasion and Revenge, discusses uncovering his father’s secret past in Nazi Germany and discovering his Jewish roots, to the Jewish Genealogical Society,  8 p.m., Edithvale Community Center, 131 Finch Ave. W.



Prof. Derek Penslar discusses the new book from Facing History and Ourselves, A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism, 7:30 p.m., Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Ave. W. RSVP or 416-901-3831, ext. 3.


Thursday, May 31



Beth Emeth Synagogue shows the film Zamir:Jewish Voices Return to Poland, with an introduction by Yitzhak Argaman, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15/ $8 (youth). 416-633-3838.



National Council of Jewish Women, Shalom branch, presents David Cravit,author of  Age Rage: The Coming War of the Generations at 8 p.m., Council House, 4700 Bathurst St. RSVP or 416-633-5100.


Other News



The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir holds its 86th annual spring concert, June 3, at 3 p.m., Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Ave.   For tickets, call 905-669-5906 or



National Yiddish Theatre’s Soul to Soul: Yiddish and African-American Musical Celebration will be presented at Holy Blossom Temple, June 5, 8 p.m. $30. For tickets, 416-789-3291, ext. 24, or



Beit Halochem Canada, Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel, presents Celebration of Life,  concert, June 7, 7:30 p.m., Toronto Centre for the Arts. For tickets, 905-695-0611 or



May 31 is the early bird deadline to register for Torah in Motion’s conference on Jewish Medical Ethics, Aug. 16-19. or 416-633-5770.

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 All classes at Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst St., unless otherwise noted.

High Conflict Divorce: A workshop for parents in a high-conflict situation. Not for individuals in an abusive situation. May 24, 6:30 p.m., Promenade Mall, Suite 313.

Let’s Be Blunt: A Forum on Teen Drug Use, May 24, 7 p.m., William Lyon MacKenzie Collegiate, 20 Tillplain Rd.



Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario provides 8-week self-help groups. On June 10, the group is attending a fundraising performance of Lost in Yonkers, St. Lawrence Theatre for the Arts. Call Beth Feffer at JF&CS, 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Dance with live music, June 3, 7 p.m. $5. Casino Rama, June 13. Tuesdays, gentle exercise, 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m.; social bridge, 12:30 p.m. Non-members welcome.

Caregivers  Support Group. A group for caregivers burned out caring for loved ones with dementia or other illnesses will be held May 30, 7 p.m., L’chaim Retirement Home, 718 Sheppard Ave. W. 416-398-7898.

National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Aviva Branch, is looking for women over 70 for their group. They meet Tuesdays midday. Call 416-633-5100.


Earl Bales Seniors Woodworkers has state-of-the-art equipment and is open to seniors interested in woodworking and crafts.Call Morty, 416-783-6478.

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 Marcia, 416-932-1229.

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. May 29, Myriam Shechter discusses, “Great Russian Music: Tchaikovsky,” 10 a.m.; May 31, Dr. Sharon Cohen discusses Alzheimer’s disease, 1:30 p.m.

Active Seniors, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155. June 7, Opera educator Iain Scott presents “Nabucco: Verdi’s Jewish Opera,” 1:30 p.m. $5.

Active 55 Plus Fitness 416-924-6211, ext. 526, Colin Blayney. Ongoing yoga, dance fitness and aquafitness classes.

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

Kevin Courrier teaches a course on gangster films, 1 p.m., May 23-June 13.

Iain Scott teaches a course on Mozart’s opera, 7 p.m., May 23-June 20.

Bruria Cooperman discusses “Jewish Words: Weapons of Mass Destruction,” May 29, 1:30 p.m.

Hugh Innes teaches a course on Democracy in Our Time, June 5-26, 10:30 a.m.

Register now for bridge and mah-jong classes beginning in June.

Ongoing programs include current events, Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; duplicate bridge,  Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.; folkdance, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.


750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

Leil Tikkun Shavuot, all-night Torah study and more, May 26, 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Family tikkun and dinner (for a fee) at 5:30 p.m. Ext. 154.

When This War Ends, a chamber jazz opera with a Canadian perspective on world conflict, May 31, 8 p.m., Al Green Theatre. For tickets, visit

Toronto Jewish Film Society screens the film Daniel, June 3 at 4 and 7:30 p.m. with guest speaker Kevin Courrier. Ext. 606.

Adam Nayman discusses the films Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon, June 4, 7 p.m.

Tickets on sale now for MNJCC Community Choir in concert, June 6-7, 8 p.m. ext. 0.

The Annex Festival will be held June 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Bloor Street.

Rabbi Elyse Goldstein teaches a class on Thinking Jewish, June 11-25, 8 p.m. Ext. 154.

Summer Institute for Creative Adults offers classes for adult singers, July 16-20. Ext. 250.

Adult daytime choir meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m. No experience needed.

Shabbat party for children up to 4 years old, Fridays at 10 a.m. Ext. 277.

Call for submissions to the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition. Deadline July 3, 2012. For submission guidelines, or ext. 606.

Spark: Igniting with Photography, a collection of portraits by youths in the Jane-Finch community is in Al Green Gallery until May 29.

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

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