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Deadline reminder: Deadlines will change because of Passover.    March 28 is the deadline for the issue of April 11. April 8 is the deadline for the issue of April 18. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ex. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email


Thursday, March 28



A community choral concert featuring the voices of Beth Radom Congregation, Holy Blossom Temple Singers, Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir, Lachan Jewish Chamber Choir, Toronto Jewish Chorus, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Shaarei-Beth El, Toronto Jewish Male Choir and Kol Rina Women’s Choir, presented at 7:30 p.m., Beth Radom Congregation, 18 Reiner Rd. $20 suggested donation, proceeds to local Jewish charities.


JVS Toronto offers resumé coaching, 540 Finch Ave. W. By appointment only, 416-649-1700. Free.



Rabbi Cory Weiss leads a study of Pirkei Avot, Thursdays at noon, Temple Har Zion.



Doc Pomus Retrospective. Enjoy an evening of music and soul with Jordan Klapman and John Mays, 8 p.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue. For more information, visit


Oraynu Congregation’s young adult group discusses “Jews, Booze and Views: Circumcision,” Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor St. W., 7:30 p.m. RSVP Denise, 416-854-0133.



Rabbi Michael Dolgin discusses “Using Ancient Texts to Understand Modern Israeli Society,” 7:30 p.m., Temple Sinai.


Friday, March 29



Temple Har Zion hosts a “Matzah Ball,” with Israeli dancing after services, 8 p.m.


Tuesday, April 2



Rabbi Michael Stroh begins his series of lectures, tonight, April 9, 16, at Temple Har Zion, 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, April 4



George Gedeon discusses “Antisemitism in Greece during the Holocaust,” 7 p.m., Temple Sinai.


 Other News



Beth Emeth Synagogue is offering theatre trips to Stratford and Shaw festivals this summer. To book, call 416-633-3838 or



Registration is open for Temple Emanu-El’s lecture series on Mondays, 2 p.m., April 15- May 13. April 15, Mike Daley on “The Life and Music of Pete Seeger”; April 22, Elizabeth Legge on “Constable and Turner”; April 29, Jill Lazenby on “Science, Controversy and Social Justice”; May 6, James Lockyer on “Wrongful Convictions”; May 13, Sergei Plekanov on “The New North.” $45 for the series/$10 lecture. Call 416-449-3880. 



Register now for Lunch and Learn talks at Beth Tikvah Synagogue. April 9, Ellen Roseman on “Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud”; April 16, watch the film, I Was There in Color. Single tickets $20, series $119/$139. Call 416-221-3433, ext. 352.



A Yiddish conversation group starts April 8, 1:30 p.m. at the Prosserman JCC and April 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Ave. To register, call United Jewish People’s Order, 416-789-5502 or  the Prosserman JCC, 416-638-1881, ext. 4235.



Registration is now open for  Torah Tots, which is offering a full daycare program and Kindercamp, for children ages 2 to 6. Call 905-886-0420, ext. 227, for daycare or ext. 221 for camp or



Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver meals to seniors. Call Karen Sacke, 416-225-2112, ext. 127.



Mitch Parker teaches a course on “Loners and Outsiders in the Tanach,” 7:15 p.m., starting  April 18, Holy Blossom Temple. Sponsored by the Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Advance registration required, 416-789-7400.

Mitch Parker teaches a course on “A Psychologist Looks at the Book of Genesis,” starting April 9, 7:30 p.m., Pride of Israel Synagogue.



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 at 12:30 p.m., Mondays. 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.

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.

High Conflict Divorce: A workshop for parents to lessen the impact of divorce on their children. Not for individuals in an abusive situation. April 4, 6:30 p.m.

Beyond the Chupah, Becoming a Couple: A 5-session marriage preparation group for couples who are going to be married in the next year. Starts April 4, 7 p.m., Beth Tzedec Synagogue.

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


Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Bingo, April 9, 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. An archeology class, “The History of Ancient Israel,” taught by David Lipovitch, begins Thursdays, April 4, 1 p.m.

Baycrest offers a 5-part class on insights into aging, starting in May. Become a more informed patient, a better caregiver or a more competent guardian of your well-being. To register, call 416-785-2500, ext. 2363, or  visit

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

Hadar Senior Citizens Social Club is looking for new members. The club meets Monday and Wednesday afternoons at Garnet Williams Community Centre, 501 Clark Ave. W., Thornhill. 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 that offers kosher food, card games and casino trips. 416-256-1892.

Active Seniors/Boomers Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext. 155.  Corey Keeble speaks about synagogue architecture in North America, April 4 and 11, 1:30 p.m.

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

Circle of Care/Baycrest Day Centre for Seniors provides a secure Jewish environment for seniors with dementia. Transportation provided. Call 905-738-1128.

A Support Group for Russian-Speaking Seniors is offered by Circle of Care. Call 416-635-2900, ext. 498 or ext. 477.

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

Rabbi Jay Kelman discusses what Jewish texts have to say about contemporary ethical challenges, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for theatre day trips now on sale. Registration now open for spring courses.

Courses offered: Borsht Belt and Bubbameises starts April 8; Bridge levels 1-3 start April 8; Mah-jong evening class starts April 8, daytime class starts April 10; Advanced bridge starts April 11.

“Europe United and Divided,” taught by Hugh Innis, starts April 9; “What’s So Funny: The Complex World of Comedy,” taught by Kevin Courrier, starts April 10; “Influential Jewish Artists,” taught by Osnat Lippa starts April 11; Yoga with Dorry Korn starts April 11.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

Registration for spring classes is now open.

Rabbi Aaron Levy teaches “From Barley to Psychology: Evolving Approaches to the Omer,” April 3-24, 7:30 p.m. Ext. 154.

What Is Toronto? A performance curated by Toronto historians and civic thinkers will be presented April 5, Al Green Theatre. Pre-show chat 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Zuzana Sermer, author of Survival Kit, gives a Yom Hashoah lecture, April 7, 11 a.m.

The MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble led by Eric Stein meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.

The Women’s Chorus with conductor Gillian Steyck meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Daytime choir meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m. No auditions needed.

Jewish Chanting Circle meets April 10, 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Miriam Margles.

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

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

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

Call for submissions for the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition 2013. Deadline is July 2, 2013. For guidelines, see

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.

StrollerFit classes for mothers and babies start April 11. Call Tonya, ext. 3028.

Registration now open for the centre’s big band, starts April 10. Call Staci, ext. 3037.

PJ Library time with a Yiddish twist, May 5, 3:30 p.m.

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