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Deadline reminder: Due to upcoming holidays, deadlines will change. April 29 is the deadline for the issue of May 9. May 2 is the deadline for the issue of May 17. May 6 is the deadline for the issue of May 23. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ex. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email


Thursday, April 25



Harriet Morris reviews Suddenly a Knock on the Door, by Etgar Keret, Temple Emanu-El. Dessert, 1 p.m.; review, 1:30 p.m.



Emanuel Ottolenghi discusses “A Sea of Troubles: The Current Disarray in the Middle East,” Sheppard Grande Cineplex, 4861 Yonge St. 7:30 p.m. For tickets, 1-800-838-3006.


Lt.-Col. Jonathan Dahoah-Halevi discusses “The Changing Strategic Environment: Implications for Israel’s Security and Peace,” Beth David Synagogue, 7:30 p.m.



Saturday, April 27



Hana Werner is the guest speaker at Beth David Synagogue, 9 a.m. Luncheon following, $20. 416-635-8910.

Judge Irv Sherman discusses the parashah at Beth Tikvah.


Sunday, April 28



Ve’ahavta holds a contents sale, 8 a.m.-noon, 200 Bridgeland Ave., Unit D.



Moti Zeira discusses “Why Is It So challenging To Be Jewish in Israel?” Congregation Darchei Noam, 7:30 p.m.



Kavanah Garden invites Jews and Muslims aged 15-30 to an afternoon of indoor planting and text study, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., University of Toronto Multifaith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave. 416-805-8382.



MPP Mike Colle is the guest on Canadian Jewish Edition, on Rogers Cable, today at 8 a.m. and May 2 at 6:30 p.m.



Rita and Erik perform at Shaar Shalom Singles (50+), 7:30 p.m. $10. Call David 416-224-9494.



JF&CS holds a mah-jong afternoon with silent auction and raffle. $85. To reserve, email: or 416-638-7800, ext. 6999.



Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism holds a  school open house, 10 a.m. 131 Fenn Ave. 416-385-3910.



Lorrie Goldstein leads a discussion on the media industry, 10:15 a.m., Temple Sinai. $5 (includes breakfast).



Touch of Klez performs at Beth Jacob Synagogue, 375 Aberdeen Ave., Hamilton, 2 p.m. $15/$20. For tickets, call 905-522-1351.



Chabad Lubavitch celebrates Lag b’Omer at Earl Bales Park.  Eighth Day performs at noon. Rides and bonfire 2-6 p.m.



Latin/Ballroom dance lessons, 1:30 and 2:45 p.m., Stashover-Slipia Congregation, 11 Sultana Ave. Email: First class free.


Monday, April 29



Jill Lazenby discusses “Science, Controversy and Social Justice,” Temple Emanu-El, 2 p.m. 416-449-3880.



Rabbi Michael Skobac discusses “The Spirituality of Giving,” 8:35 p.m., Shaarei Tefillah. 416-789-0020;



Hana Werner discusses modern icons of Jewish thought and culture, Mondays, 7 p.m. Beth David Synagogue.



Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner  discusses “Treating Medical Depression,” Shaarei Shomayim, 8 p.m. Email or 647-234-7299.


 Tuesday, April 30 



Felice and Michael Friedson discusses “Media and the Middle East,” 7:30 p.m., Beth Tzedec Synagogue.



Yael Lev teaches conversational Hebrew, beginners level, 7:30 p.m. Pride of Israel Synagogue. Intermediate class, 1:30 p.m. Thursdays. Call 416-226-0111, ext. 10.



Laura Wiseman discusses the Book of Psalms, Chapter 45, Beth David Synagogue, 8 p.m.



Larry Anklewicz discusses “The Evolution of Jewish Films,”  Lunch at 12:15; program at 12:45, Beth Tikvah. Must RSVP 416-221-3433, ext. 352;


Wednesday, May 1



Henry and Pearl Silver discuss their Teddy Bear Project, 2 p.m., Shaar Shalom Synagogue.



Today is the deadline to register for Temple Har Zion’s golf  tourney on June 3. Email:



Rabbi Michael Skobac presents a counter-missionary survival seminar for deaf Jews, “Deconstructing Missionary Prooftexts,” 8 p.m., Toronto Zionist Council, 788 Marlee Ave. 416-789-0020;


Thursday, May 2



Samantha Stroh Bailey discusses her new novel, Finding Lucas, Temple Har Zion, 8:15 p.m.





Clanton Park Shul Youth Baseball League for boys and girls (separate leagues) from SK to Grade 6 begins May 5.



Free English classes (beginner and advanced) are offered at Lebovic JCC. Call 905-761-5116 or email



For a minimum of $25, you can send cards to honour the women in your life, while helping women in shelters on Mother’s Day. Funds raised will also support Act to End Violence Against Women. 905-695-5372 or

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.

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

The Challenge of Anger for Women: A 6-session group for women. Starts May 1, 7:30 p.m.

Living With Teens: A 6-session group for parents. Starts May 1, 7:30 p.m.

Life Skills for Today’s Woman: A 6-session group for women. Starts May 2, 7 p.m.

Parenting the Child with ADHD: A 4-week group for parents. Starts May 2, 7 p.m. Call for pre-group assessment.

Effective Parenting: A 4-session group for parents of children ages 2 to 11. Starts May 22.

When You’re About to Separate, What to tell the Kids: A workshop for parents in the early stages of separation. May 23, 6:30 p.m., Lebovic JCC.

Supporting Self-Reliance in Teens with ADHD: A workshop for parents. May 28, 7 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.

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.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Crawford Lake, May 14; Casino Rama, May 15;  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 30, Gerald Ziedenberg discusses “Assassination of Simon Petlurya,” 10 a.m.; May 2, Dr. Sean Eastman discusses “Stretching to Improve Quality of Life,” 1:30 p.m.

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

Active Seniors/Boomers Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext. 155. 

Jewish archives presents early Toronto collections. Bring photos/memorabilia. May 9, 1:30 p.m.

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

One Step Ahead offers a Nordic Pole Mobility program, May 14, 10:30 a.m.

April 25, Osnat Lippa discusses influential Jewish artists, 1 p.m. Yiddish conversation, Mondays, 1:30 p.m.; Duplicate bridge, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.; Shalom Singers are looking for new members, Thursdays, 10 a.m.

Mah-jong tournament, May 6. Call ext. 4235 to register.

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

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

YiddishTog. A day of Yiddish-language celebration April 28, starts at 11 a.m. Evening concert with Lenka Lichtenberg.

Adam Nayman discusses the films of the Coen brothers. April 29, “Twin Cities,” 7 p.m.

Toronto Jewish Film Society shows A Serious Man, May 5, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Ext. 0

Adam Nayman discusses four controversial film directors, Mondays 7-9 p.m. May 6, David Cronenberg.

Music at the MNJCC. Women’s Chorus, Mondays, 7:30 p.m.; Daytime choir, Tuesdays, 1 p.m.  Klezmer Ensemble, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Jewish chanting circle, May 8, 7:30 p.m.

Structure and Photo by David Trautrimas is in the gallery until May 21.

Downtown Tikkun Leil Shavuot, May 14, 8 p.m.-6 a.m. Ext. 154.

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.

Audiologists discuss hearing loss and hearing devices, May 7, 7:30 p.m.

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