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Darchei Noam Congregation celebrates its 40th anniversary and 10-year tribute to Rabbi Tina Grimberg with From Jaffa to Broadway, a gala concert with jazz cabaret diva Theresa Tova, singer Aviva Chernick, pianist Matt Herskowitz and musicians Daniel Barnes, Artie Roth and Brian Katz. The tribute fundraiser features hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a silent auction. $136 per person; partly tax-deductible. 864 Sheppard Ave. W., Sunday June 9, 6:45 to 10 p.m. 416-638-4783, www.DarcheiNoamat40.ca 

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Dark Lullabies: First released in 1985, the award-winning Canadian documentary Dark Lullabies by filmmakers Irene Lilienheim Angelico and Abbey Jack Neidik explores the impact of the Holocaust on Jews and Germans born after the war. The Stratford Festival is screening the acclaimed film with at least one of the filmmakers in attendance. University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus, 125 St. Patrick St. June 14, 5:30 p.m. $20. www.stratfordfestival.ca /forum

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North by Northeast Festival: This year’s NXNE Festival, June 10 to 16, features three films directed or produced by Jewish talent; all are being shown at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

A.K.A. Doc Pomus follows the story of unlikely rock and roll icon Jerome Felder of Brooklyn, who was paralyzed with polio as a child, reinvented himself as blues singer Doc Pomus, then became a songwriter with such hits as Save the Last Dance for Me, This Magic Moment and Teenager in Love to his credit. Directed by Will Hechter. June 16, 1 p.m.

 A Universal Language documents Yuk Yuk’s founder Mark Breslin and six Canadian comedians as they bring together Arabs and Jews in comedy onstage; directed by Igal Hecht. June 15, 6:30 p.m.  Also dealing with comedians, No Joke focuses on three hopelessly unfunny Canadian standup comedians who flee to America for a comic tour with unexpected results; produced by Shawn Bordoff. June 15, 6:30 p.m.

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Toronto Jewish Literary Festival: Montreal historian and author Pierre Anctil launches his new book Jacob-Isaac Segal 1896-1954 -- Un poete yiddish de Montreal et son milieu (A Montreal poet and his milieu), winner of a 2013 Canadian Book Award in Yiddish Literature. Anctil will speak in English about the notable Yiddish poet. Beth David Synagogue, 55 Yeomans Rd. Sunday June 9, 4 p.m.

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Names in the News: African-American by birth and Jewish by choice, Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell has been described by the Huffington Post as “the new voice of Yiddish song.” Russell, whose rich basso cantante evokes Paul Robeson, has immersed himself in the repertoire of Sidor Belarsky (1898-1975), a celebrated performer of cantorial music, Chassidic nigunim and Yiddish folk and art songs. Sponsored by Ashkenaz and the Committee for Yiddish, Russell performs a Summer Yiddish Concert with Toronto singer Kyra Folk-Farber and pianist Nina Shapilsky. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St. (south of Bloor), Wednesday June 19, 8 p.m. $15, $10. 416-915-6747, www.ticketwise.ca

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Arts in Brief

 • Writing and Publishing Jewish Fiction in Canada is a panel discussion featuring Dr. Nora Gold, Martin Levin, Cary Fagan and Beverley Slopen. Part of the Toronto Jewish Literary Festival; admission free. Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St. Wednesday June 5, 7:30 p.m.

• MNjcc Community Choir performs two concerts. Miles Nadal JCC, Al Green Theatre. $10. June 5 and 6, 8 p.m. 416-924-6211, ext. 0. 

• The 25th annual Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards takes place at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Thursday June 6, 8 p.m. Admission is free, everyone welcome.

• The award-winning MegaCity Chorus is an all-male vocal group that sings four-part acapella harmony. Besides traditional barbershop favourites, their repertoire includes contemporary pop, jazz, hymns and show tunes. An Evening of A Cappella Song, Beth David B'nai Israel Beth Am Synagogue, 55 Yeomans Rd. Tuesday, June 18, 8 p.m. $10. 416-633-5500.

• Submission deadline is July 2 for the 2013 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition. Prizes are a Between Stages professional play reading and national publicity. Information and submission guidelines, www.mnjcc.org/CJPC.

• Israeli-born multi-instrumentalist Koby Israelite mixes his Balkan background with roots, rock and Eastern European blues on his latest album, Blues from Elsewhere. His cover of Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues is available for viewing on YouTube. 

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At the Galleries

• Miles Nadal JCC Gallery presents TorontoTIME, an exhibition of photo-based collages by Harry Enchin that digitally combine City of Toronto archival photographs with modern-day images. June 5 to July 1. Reception, Wednesday June 12, 7 to 9 p.m.

 • The Circle of Art – Portraits of Famous Canadians is an exhibition of portraits in various style and media. Arta Gallery, 14 Distillery Lane in the Distillery District. June 12 to July 1.

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