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Deadline reminder: April 15 is the deadline for the issue of April 25. April 22 is the deadline for the issue of May 2. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ex. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email


Thursday, April 11



Rose Reisman demonstrates recipes, Temple Sinai, 7 p.m. $25. 416-487-3281.



Israeli consul general DJ Schneeweiss discusses current events in Israel, 7:30 p.m., Beth David Synagogue.


Friday, April 12


Sylvia Warsh teaches creative writing at Bernard Betel Centre. Call 416-225-2112.


Saturday, April 13



Rabbi Richard Yellin on “Pressure Cookers on Campus: From Students to the Next Generation of Israeli Leaders,” Beth Tzedec synagogue. After services and Sunday at 10 a.m., Pnina Gaday, Hillel director at Tel Aviv U, speaks.



Temple Anshe Sholom holds a tribute concert for Jonny Vaisberg, 215 Cline Ave. N., Hamilton, 7 p.m. For tickets, 905-528-011, ext. 21 or email



Rabbi Leonid Feldman discusses “The Miracle of Jewish History,” Congregation Darchei Noam. Services start at 10 a.m.


Sunday, April 14



Bill Gladstone on “The History of Jews in Toronto,” at a meeting of Jewish War Veterans, Toronto Post, Lipa Green Centre, Breakfast, 9:30 a.m.; meeting, 10:15.



Prof. Barry Levy on “Three Forgotten Books: Proverbs, Job and Chronicles,” today, April 21, Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation, 8 p.m. Email or call 416-877-2050.



Mystic Drumz performs at TannebaumCHAT, 9600 Bathurst St., a benefit for Grandmothers Partnering with Africa, 2:30 p.m. For tickets,



Lynda Fishman, author of Repairing Rainbows, speaks at Beth Emeth Synagogue, noon.



Author Pearl Goodman is the guest on Canadian Jewish Edition, Rogers Cable 10, April 14 at 8 a.m.; April 18 at 6:30 p.m.



Hesh Troper discusses hiking from Eilat to Jerusalem. Congregation Darchei Noam, 7:30 p.m.



Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation’s  Sisterhood holds a craft and gift sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Monday, April 15



Mike Daley discusses “The Life and Music of Pete Seeger,” Temple Emanu-El, 2 p.m. 416-449-3880.


 Tuesday, April 16 



City Shul School holds an open house, 4:15 p.m., 83 Christie St. By RSVP only, or 647-799-3557.



The film I Was There in Color  at Beth Tikvah Synagogue. Lunch at 11:45; program at 12:10. 416-221-3433, ext. 352.

At 8 p.m. It Is No Dream: The Life and Times of Theodor Herzl.


Wednesday, April 17 



Fabric artist Tracey Lawko speaks, 7:30 p.m., Temple Sinai. Guests $5.



Stephen Rich discusses beer and food pairing, 7 p.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue. $40. Tickets at Beth Emeth, Beth David, Adath Israel and Shaar Shalom synagogues. Reserve by April 15.



Rachel Chapter of CHW holds a reception for Mary Jo Haddad, CEO at SickKids, 7 p.m., 10 Tichester Rd. $50. RSVP 416-630-8373.



Songs, games and crafts for newborns to 2-year-olds, Wednesdays,  Shaar Shalom Synagogue. 905-889-4975.



A hands-on technology workshop for adults at Beth Tzedec synagogue, 1:30 p.m.



Ariela Di Castro-Bzhezinsky on “Did Spinoza Betray the Jews,” 7:30 p.m., Beth Tzedec.


Thursday, April 18 



Author and director Etgar Keret is celebrated all day by the Centre for Jewish Studies, U of T. or 416-978-1624.



Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary sponsors a workshop on caring for people with Alzheimer’s, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Edwards Gardens. $150. 416-586-4800, ext. 8282, or



Mitch Parker teaches “Loners and Outsiders in the Tanach,” starting tonight, 7:15 p.m., Holy Blossom Temple. Presented by Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. RSVP 416-789-7400.



Doctor of education Audrey Huberman discusses “The Ten Commandments of Raising a Mensch,” 7 p.m., Beth David Synagogue.

All programs require 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.

Looking Ahead: A 6-session group for newly divorced or separated individuals. Starts April 16, 7 p.m.

Mind, Body Connection for Women: An 8-session group for women who want to learn mindfulness and meditation. Starts April 27, 35 Madison Ave, 3 p.m.; April 25, Lipa Green Centre, 7 p.m.

Widows/Widowers +65: A 6-session group for men and women over 65 who have recently lost a partner or spouse, starts April 18, 1 p.m.

Younger Widows/Widowers: A 6-session group for people under 60 who have recently lost a spouse, starts April 23, 7:30 p.m.

Understanding Executive Function in Children With ADHD and Learning Disabilities: A workshop for parents and professionals about higher-order thinking skills and children, April 24, 7 p.m.

Adult Children Losing a Parent: A 6-session group for adult children who have recently lost a parent. Starts April 30, 7:30 p.m.



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


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, 12:30 p.m. 905-889-4975.

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

Bridge Club at Forest Hill Library is looking for new members. Call Lea, 416-487-7630.


Hadar Senior Citizens Social Club is looking for new members. The club meets Monday and Wednesday afternoons at Garnet A. Williams Community Centre. Call Phyllis, 905-889-5722.

Seniors Cultural Club meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Borochov Cultural Centre, 272 Codsell. 416-630-9444.

New Horizons is a Jewish Hungarian seniors club. 416-256-1892.

Circle of Care. Support group for caregivers over 55 caring for a spouse with dementia or disability, starts April 29, 540 Finch Ave. W. Call 905-738-1128, ext. 323, or 416-635-2900, ext. 499.

Association for Jewish Seniors. “Tax Tips for Seniors,” with Jamie Golombek, April 18, Shaarei Shomayim synagogue. RSVP 416-635-2860, ext. 458.

Beth Tzedec Haverim. Yehudit Shier Weisberg discusses “Israel and Palestine: Historical Perspectives on Current Issues,” 1:30 p.m.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Bingo, April 24, 12:30 p.m.; Casino Rama, April 17; Sunday dance, April 21, 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, fitness, 10 a.m., bridge 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m., social bridge, 12:30 p.m.

Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112. April 14, Ken Weber discusses “The Naughty Nineties,” 1:30 p.m.; April 16, Gerald Ziedenberg discusses “How the Mossad brought Eichmann to Trial,” 10 a.m.; April 17, Earth Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Baycrest offers a 5-part class on insights into aging, starts May. To register, call 416-785-2500, ext. 2363, or visit

Baycrest offers a falls-prevention course starting April 15 for older adults living in the community who have fallen or have a fear of falling. OHIP covered. Call 416-785-2500, ext. 2588.

Active Seniors/Boomers Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext. 155.  Corey Keeble speaks about synagogue architecture in North America, April 11, 1:30 p.m.

Osnat Lippa presents “Influential Jewish Artists and Their Art,” April 16, 23, 30. $36.

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

One Step Ahead Mobility offers a dance class for all abilities, starting April 4. Call ext. 4235

April 16, Anna Shternshis reviews The Free World. April 22, Little Jerusalem is shown.

Yiddish conversation Mondays 1:30 p.m.; Folk dance, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; Recorder class, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.; Current events, Thursdays, 12:45 p.m.; Duplicate bridge, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.; Shalom Singers, Thursdays, 10 a.m.

 Rabbi Wayne Allen holds a pre-Shavuot Torah Roll program, May 13, 10 a.m.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

Adam Nayman discusses the films of the Coen brothers. April 15, “Remake/Remodel,” 7 p.m.

Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with Israeli folkdancing, cooking, movies, April 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Adult and children swim classes start April 20. Call ext. 530.

Benjamin Hackman teaches “The Art and Craft of Poetry,” starting April 18 and “The Art and Craft of Short Fiction,” starting April 21. Ext. 154.

MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble led by Eric Stein, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Women’s Chorus with Gillian Steyck, Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Daytime choir, Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

Baruch Sienna teaches “Introduction to Judaism,” April 11- May 2, 7:30 p.m.

The exhibit Nurture: Stories of New Midlife Mothers is in the gallery until April 21.

Young Frankenstein is presented by the Alexander Showcase Theatre and the Al Green Theatre, April 11-21. 416-324-1259.

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.

Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. April 15, 11 a.m., flag lowering ceremony; 7:30 p.m., 65 years of Israeli Song; April 16, 7 p.m., Israeli dances and market; April 17, 6-10 p.m., Israeli artists in Toronto; April 18, 5-10 p.m., Israeli sports; April 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Israeli market.

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