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Thursday, Oct. 11



Hana Werner teaches an 8-session class on basic Hebrew reading and prayers, Beth David Synagogue, 9:30 a.m. 416-633-5500.


Friday, Oct. 12



Sylvia Warsh teaches a creative writing class at the Bernard Betel Centre, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Call 416-225-2112.

Sunday, Oct. 14



New Voices for Yiddish presents the musical Let There Be Light, 2 p.m., at the City Playhouse Theatre, Thornhill. For tickets, call 905-882-7469.



A 5k-walk, raising funds for the Molly and David Bloom Chair for Multiple Myeloma Research at Princess Margaret Hospital, will be held as part of the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon. Register or donate at 416-946-6584 or



Singles in the Park, open to Jewish men and women over 55, takes a guided walk through Edwards Gardens, 11 a.m. Call Debby, 416-631-0005, or or Deanna, 905-883-2963.



Hesh Troper discusses the Canadian Jewish community, 10:15 a.m., Temple Sinai. 416-487-3281.



Celebrate the official launch of City Shul and the installation of Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, Wolfond Centre, 36 Harbord St., 3 p.m.; 647-799-3557.



Harbord Collegiate Class of 1952 is holding a reunion at 11:30 a.m. Call Marilyn (Arons) Nefsky  416-444-9447 or



Hana Werner leads Torah seminars, Oct. 14-Dec. 2 at Adath Israel Synagogue, 10:30 a.m.



Richard Marceau, author of A Quebec Jew: From Bloc Québécois MP to Jewish Activist, speaks at Shaar Shalom Synagogue, 7:30 p.m. 905-889-4975.

Monday, Oct.15



Mitzvah knitters at Shaar Shalom Synagogue welcome anyone interested in  knitting and crocheting for non-profit groups. Call 905-889-4975.



Varda Hall Bernstein discusses Yiddish folk songs, 1:30 p.m. at Beth Tzedec synagogue. 416-781-3514, ext. 232.



Lorne Rubinstein discusses golf with Temple Sinai’s Brotherhood, 7:30 p.m. 416-487-3281.



Medina Theatre Ensemble is holding an audition for The Investigation, 7:30 p.m., Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Ave.  RSVP Fran, 416-638-2716, or Morris, 416-785-0344.



The Yiddish Theatre Workshop, directed by David Gale reads the play Fiddler on the Roof in a 10-week workshop. Call Barbara Barak, 416-635-2883, ext. 5189.



Temple Emanu-El’s fall lecture series begins 2 p.m. Iain Scott discusses Marilyn Horne. Call 416-449-3880.



Hana Werner discusses biblical personalities in 5 sessions, 7 p.m. at Beth David Synagogue. 416-633-5500.



Thornhill women interested in joining Na’amat Canada are invited to a lecture and desserts, 8 p.m. Send an email to Paula at:


Tuesday, Oct. 16



Yehudit Shnier-Weisberg discusses “Israel and Palestine: Hadrian’s Curse and the San Remo Conference,” Temple Har Zion. Bring your lunch at noon, program begins at 12:30 p.m. Call 905-889-2252.



Baycrest is holding an art sale, today, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and tomorrow, 9 a.m.-noon, Wortsman Hall.



Beth Tikvah Synagogue begins its lunch and learn program with  Karen Mock discussing “What’s a Nice Jewish Progressive Zionist Girl Doing in a Place Like This?” 416-221-3433, ext. 352, or



The Holocaust film In Darkness will be shown at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 8 p.m.



Nancy Weisbrod, COR’s director of culinary education, teaches an 8-session class on kosher cooking. Call 416-902-9995 or email


Wednesday, Oct. 17



Artist Julie An shares her experiences in Korean hand-stitching with the Pomegranate Guild, Temple Sinai, 7:30 p.m. $5. Guests welcome.



Hana Werner discusses Extraordinary Biblical Characters in a 4-part series, Beth Tzedec synagogue, 1:30 p.m. RSVP 416-781-3511.



Beit Halochem Canada honours Jeanne Beker, noon, Bayview Country Club. 905-695-0611.


Thursday, Oct. 18



Rabbi Jerry Steinberg discusses his book Rogue Rabbi: A Spiritual Quest: From Seminary to Ashram and Beyond, 7 p.m., Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Ave., Thornhill.



Dr. Neil Naftolin discusses prevention and care of foot problems, Temple Sinai Social Club, 7:30 p.m. Call Marcie, 416-487-3281.

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

Mind-Body Connection for Women. An 8-session group for women to learn stress-reduction techniques. Starts Oct. 17, 35 Madison Ave., 3 p.m., or Oct. 25, Lipa Green Centre, 7 p.m.

Younger Widow/Widower Bereavement Group. A 6-session discussion series for people under 60. Starts Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Understanding Anxieties and Learning Disabilities in Children. A workshop for parents and professionals, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.

When You’re About to Separate: What To Tell the Kids. A workshop for parents in the early stages of separation. Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.

Adult Children Losing a Parent. A 6-session group for adults who have recently lost a parent, starts Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Widow/Widowers over 65. A 6-session group, starts Oct. 31, 1 p.m.



Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario provides 8-week self-help groups. Nov. 14, a panel on “The Many Facets of Personal Tragedy and Grief” will be held at Beth Sholom Synagogue. 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. The clubhouse is temporarily closed for renovations. All activities are in the Earl Bales Community Centre. Casino Rama, Oct. 17. Lunch and leaves trip, Oct. 23. Sunday night dance, Oct. 21. Barber/hairdresser Oct. 11.

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 Sheila, 416-665-3333, 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.

Active Seniors & Boomers, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155. Iain Scott’s opera appreciation series begins Oct. 16. Oct. 18, psychiatrist Leslie Wiesenfeld discusses “Positive Aging: Resilience, Adaptation, Challenges and Opportunities,” 1:30 p.m.

Bernard Betel Centre,  416-225-2112. Oct. 16, Rouhama Danto discusses “Icon of Loss: The Art of Samuel Bak,” 10 a.m. Oct. 17, Fibromyalgia Support Group, 10 a.m.; the Toronto Accolades perform at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Polina Philips discusses “Managing Stress,” 1:30 p.m.

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

A new Learn and Share series starts the week of Oct. 15. A Meaningful Retirement, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Health Literacy, Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.; Philosophy Café, Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.

Sign up for fall and winter courses now, ext. 4235.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

Tied Together, a photo exhibit of prostate cancer survivors, is on display until Oct. 21.

The Long Run, a one-act play by Rachel Ganz about mental health disorders, inspired by her own experiences, and a panel discussion will be presented Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. Tickets, ext. 3828.

Shabbat party with songs and crafts for children under 6 begins Oct. 12. Ext. 277 or

Toronto Jewish Film Society and United Jewish People’s Order show At Home in Utopia and Triangle: Remembering the Fire, Oct. 14, 4 and 7:30 p.m., with guest speaker Ester Reiter. Ext. 606.

Adult daytime choir meets Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. Women’s Chorus meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m. email No experience needed. Play in the MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble directed by Eric Stein, Tuesday evenings.

Shlomo Schwartzberg discusses the films Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, Prince of the City, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. Call ext. 606.

A new theatre group, led by L.J. Nelles, starts Oct. 18. Actors rehearse pieces from new Canadian Jewish theatre. Call ext. 606.

Support for Adult Children of Holocaust Survivors, Oct. 15, 6 p.m. Shoshana Yaakobi, 416-785-2500, ext. 2271;

Learn how to do Shabbat,with Ricki Glickman, Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m.

Interfaith text study for Jewish and Muslim women with Shari Goldberg and Nevin Reda starts Oct. 18. Visit

Introduction to Judaism with Baruch Sienna starts Oct. 18. Ext. 154.

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

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

Grandparents, grandchildren brunch, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.

 Feldenkrais program starts Oct. 15; for seniors, Oct. 16. Prenatal fitness starts Oct. 18; prenatal aquafit Oct. 15. Martial arts programs begin this month. Call ext. 3084.

Rabbi Mendel Bernstein teaches a course on “The Kabbalah of You: Embracing a Positive Outlook on Life,” Oct. 15-Nov. 19, 8 p.m.

Rabbi Rafi Lipner teaches a course on “Three Keys to a Successful Relationship: After the Wedding,” Oct. 16-30.

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