A new book titled Letters & Pictures from the Old Suitcase presents an anthology of writing by 32 Canadian contributors about precious handed-down family items such as old letters and photographs that help tell the story of Jewish history, migration and survival.
The anthology is edited by Ellen S. Jaffe and Lil Blume and offers pieces by Alvin Abram, Larry Anklewicz, Miriam Beckerman, Beth Kaplan, Seymour Mayne, Ken Sherman, J. J. Steinfeld and many others. The publisher is Pinking Shears Publication of Hamilton.
The book was launched in Hamilton earlier this month. A Toronto launch, hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto), takes place at Edithvale Community Centre, 131 Finch Ave. W., on Thursday, June 28, 7 to 9 p.m.
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Judea and Samaria: The Spring of Judea and Samaria is a feature documentary film by Ezra B. Ridgley about the rise of Jewish cultural life in the historic and deeply contested areas that were the “cradle of Jewish civilization.” The film tells the stories of the people who have struggled to build fine communities on the beautiful landscapes and hilltops of the so-called West Bank.
A screening takes place at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St. (north of Major Mackenzie, Richmond Hill). Monday, July 2, 7 p.m. All proceeds go to Bnei Chayil Yeshiva in Kedumim of the Shomron region and Tzvia Girls High School in Kochov Ya’akov of the Binyamin region. Tickets $18. firstname.lastname@example.org, 647-774-1038.
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TD Jazz Festival: This year’s festival presents a fantastic roster of performers around town. Performers include Jaffa Road, who give a free concert at the Shops at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Rd. on Monday, June 25, 7 p.m. Fern Lindzon and her quartet perform for free in the same venue on June 23, 2 p.m. The Lemon Bucket Orchestra, specializing in Balkan, Gypsy and klezmer, also perform for free in the same place on Sunday, July 1, 3 p.m. Sophia Perlman is at Pure Spirits Patio, 55 Mill St., on June 23, 3 p.m., while the George Grosman Trio are at the same same on June 30, 12 noon. For the full schedule, visit torontojazz.com
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Between Stages: Between Stages presents a reading of the play The Kalamazoo Diaries, a new comedy in development by Natalie Fingerhut. Set at a medieval studies conference, the play is an absurd comedy that asks a serious question: what can you really know about the past? The reading is directed by Esther Arbeid and features Gregory Atkins, Becky Bays, Darryl Dandrich, Natalie Fingerhut, Howard Pressburger, Shana Sandler and Caroline Toal. Suggested donation at the door: $10. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Tuesday, June 26, 7 p.m. 416-924-6211, ext. 606, email@example.com
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Arts in Brief
• Brian Katz (guitar), Martin van de Ven (clarinet) and Anne Lederman (fiddle) perform an evening of traditional klezmer. Mezzetta, 681 St. Clair Ave. W. Wednesday, June 13, 9 p.m. Katz also plays solo at Mezzetta as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival, June 25, 9 p.m. Reservations, 416-658-5687.
• Film critic Adam Nayman continues his series of talks with film clips on the films of Stanley Kubrick with a discussion of Full Metal Jacket. $12 drop-in, students $6. Miles Nadal JCC, Monday, June 18, 7 to 9 p.m. www.mnjcc.org, 416-924-6211, ext. 606.
• Active Seniors presents light classical music performed by string quartet. Miles Nadal JCC, Thursday, June 28, 1:30 p.m.
• Presented by Israeli Folk Dance Toronto with the MNJCC, the Toronto IsReal Dance Festival offers a weekend of Israel dancing with top international choreographers, the latest moves in Israeli folk dance, plus a mini Karmiel Dance Competition. Pre-registration required. Miles Nadal JCC, June 29 to July 1. www.israelidancetoronto.com, 416-221- 6280.
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At the Galleries: Aging Is Living, a photography exhibit by Irene Borins Ash, MSW, RSW, presents myth-breaking stories from long-term care and seeks to challenge or shatter our previous conceptions about life in long-term care homes. Miles Nadal JCC Gallery, June 13 to July 22. firstname.lastname@example.org.