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Thursday, May 31



Beth Emeth Synagogue screens 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.



Frank Dimant discusses “World Jewry Under Attack: New Sound Bites, New Strategies,” 7:30 p.m., Beth David Synagogue.


 Friday, June 1



Join Yids on Wheels as they ride to raise money for Holocaust programs, 8:30 a.m., Shaar Shalom Synagogue. Dave 416-224-9494.



The Schwartz Reisman Centre holds its grand opening today.   Visit or call 905-303-1821.


Saturday, June 2



Shir Libeynu holds its annual Pride service, 10:30 a.m., Miles Nadal JCC. Child care and kiddush lunch.


Sunday, June 3



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



Na’amat Canada and Canadian Zionist Federation hold an Israel Day Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at York Hill Park, Thornhill (Clark and Atkinson avenues.) 416-636-5425.



Oraynu Congregation presents Prof. Derek Penslar discussing “Israel: A State of Exception?” 6:45 p.m., Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst St. $20. 416-385-3910 or



Howard S. Dyment, Kevin Peires, Gary Peires discuss “Estate Planning for Women,” Shaarei Tefillah Congregation, 3600 Bathurst St. Breakfast, 10 a.m., lecture 10:30 a.m. $5/$7.RSVP 416-787-1631.



The film Shlemiel, about Menachem Feuer who mixes religious life with music and family, will be shown 8 p.m., at the Gladstone Hotel,1214 Queen St. W.



The Choralairs perform 1:30 p.m, Earl Bales Park Community Centre.



Ovadia Gulersen and Haldun Karabulut discuss “Thoughts About Israel From Inside Turkey,” 7:30 p.m., Shaar Shalom Synagogue, 2 Simonston Blvd, Thornhill.


Tuesday, June 5



As part of Jewish Music Week, Holy Blossom Temple presents National Yiddish Theatre’s Soul to Soul: Yiddish and African-American Musical Celebration featuring Zalmen Mlotek, Hazzan Magda Fishman, Elmore James and Tony Perry,  8 p.m. $30. For tickets, or 416-789-3291, ext. 224.



Marilyn Herbert reviews The Free World by David Bezmozgis, 7:30 p.m., Beth Tzedec Congregation. $5, donations to the Kosher Food Bank appreciated.



Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs holds a study session on the ethics of kosher animal slaughter, 7:30 p.m. RSVP to for location.



Aubrey Dan discusses “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” Beth Tikvah Synagogue, noon. By reservation only, 416-221-3433, ext. 352, or



As part of Jewish Music Week, Cantor Eyal Bitton discusses “Kosher Pop Music in Shul,” 10 a.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue.



The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies is holding a book launch for Nazi Germany: Canadian Responses at York Research Tower, Seventh floor, 7 p.m. Professors Doris Bergen, Richard Menkis, Harold Troper and Michael Brown will speak. 416-736-5823.


Rabbi Michael Skobac discusses “Deconstructing Missionary Prooftexts,” 8 p.m., The Lodzer Congregation, 12 Heaton St.  Contact 416-789-0020 or  toronto@jewsforjudaism.


Wednesday, June 6



Dr. Stephen Holzapfel discusses “Sex After 50: A Conversation for Men Among Men.” Beth David Synagogue, 8 p.m., 55 Yeomans Dr. 416-633-5500.



MP John Baird, Carlo Baldassarra and Mordechai Ronen will be honoured at the Spirit of Community dinner hosted by Israeli Chabad, 6 p.m., Terrace Banquet Centre, Vaughan. For tickets, 905-709-7770 or


Thursday, June 7



Beit Halochem Canada, Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel, presents Celebration of Life,  concert, 7:30 p.m., Toronto Centre for the Arts. For tickets, 905-695-061  or



The Jerusalem Foundation of Canada hosts an art exhibition and live auction, 6:30-9:30 p.m, PI Fine Art, 1180 Caledonia Rd. Tickets, $80. 416-635-5491.



Prof. Kalman Weiser speaks about his latest book, Jewish People, Yiddish Nation: Noah Prylucki and the Folkists in Poland, noon at the Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. RSVP:



Gerald Ziedenberg discusses Jewish refugees who were exiled to the island of Mauritius, Temple Har Zion, 7:30 p.m. 905-889-2252.



The Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims discusses a “Weekend of Twinning” between synagogues and mosques, 7 p.m., Darchei Noam Congregation, 864 Sheppard Ave. W. For more information, contact Barbara Landau,; Shahid Akhtar,, 905-712-2872.


Other News



The Cure for Courtney holds a fundraiser for the young woman’s cancer treatments, June 13, 7:30 p.m., The Avenue Banquets, 1600 Steeles Ave. W. For tickets: or Carey Rosenzweig, 416-818-2600; Jennie Dale, 416-809-7976.



Friends of Yiddish hold their closing concert June 10, 2 p.m., Beth Tikvah Synagogue. RSVP by June 6, Sandy 416-736-8073; 416-458-1440 or

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.

Raising Your Child/Teen in an Age of Overindulgence: A workshop for parents wanting to learn more about overindulgence and the consequences, June 13, 7:30 p.m.

Dating in Midlife: A workshop for men and women over 40 who have been single for 2 or more years, June 14, 7 p.m.

When You’re About to Separate, What to Tell the Kids: A workshop for parents in the early stages of separation. June 14, 6:30 p.m., Promenade Mall, Suite 313.



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. Kosher dairy lunch, June 14, $5.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.

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.

The Bridge Club at Forest Hill Library is seeking new members. Call Lea (evenings), 416-487-7630.

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. June 5, Myriam Shechter discusses “Great Russian Music,” 10 a.m.;  June 7, Riva Waldman discusses “Camouflage Makeup Techniques,” 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.

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

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

Register 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.; folk dance, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

When This War Ends is a chamber jazz opera. May 31, 8 p.m., Al Green Theatre. For tickets, visit

Toronto Jewish Film Society screens 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 for MNJCC Community Choir in concert, June 6-7, 8 p.m. ext. 0.

Annex Festival is on June 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 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 adult vocal/choir camp, July 16-20. Ext. 250.

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

Art by student winners of  Jewish Music Week Art Contest is on display in the gallery, June  1-10.

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