Solel Congregation, a Mississauga Reform synagogue, hosts an interfaith concert “celebrating our similarities and bridging the gap between our differences,” in honour of Rabbi Lawrence Englander, who has been a pillar of the Mississauga Jewish community for 40 years.
U.S.-based spiritual rocker Josh Nelson headlines the concert, which also features Canadian artists Neshama Carlebach – daughter of internationally renowned Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach – and Aviva Chernick, of the Juno-nominated Jaffa Road. Several Peel Region choirs and bands of various religions will also perform. International Centre, Orion Ballroom, 6900 Airport Rd. at Derry Road. Saturday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m. $36, $25 youth, $18 children under 13. www.solel.ca/tribute.
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New Koffler Gallery Opens: The Koffler Centre of the Arts hosts a fundraising sneak preview of the new Koffler Gallery at Artscape Youngplace with a party in the library, Monday, Nov. 18. A VIP Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $250. Tickets to the party – including food, a beer and wine bar and a DJ – begins at 8 p.m. and costs $125, with special price of $35 for guests under 35; partial tax receipts available. The opening exhibit, We’re In The Library, features the works of seven Toronto artists. On view Nov. 19 to Jan. 19, 2014. Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., just north of Queen. 647-961-3209, www.kofflerarts.org
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Oliver Twist: The Civic Light-Opera Company presents the classic Dickens favourite Oliver!, a stage musical directed by Joe Cascone featuring David Haines, Elizabeth Rose Morriss, Julie Lennick, Bob Deutsch, Judy Gans and Brian Hooper. $28. Fairview Library Theatre, 35 Fairview Mall Dr. Dec. 11 to 22. 416-755-1717, musictheatretoronto.com
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Aftermath: Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents the film Aftermath (Poklosie) by Wladyslaw Pasikowski with producer Dariusz Jablonski in attendance. The Polish-made “haunting thriller” deals with the reality of Polish-Jewish relations since World War II. It has been accused of being anti-Polish and banned by some theatres in Poland. Chai Tea & A Movie, $15. City Playhouse Theatre, 1000 New Westminster Dr. Sunday, Nov. 24, tea 4 p.m., film 5 p.m. www.tjff.com, 416-324-9121.
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Canadian Woman Composers: Jacques Israelievitch, the Koffler Chamber Orchestra and pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico perform Music She Wrote – A Tribute to Canadian Woman Composers, featuring the works of four composers. The Music Gallery, 197 John St. Sunday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m. $25, $20, $15. www.kofflerarts.org
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Names in the News: Toronto author Susan Glickman based her award-winning novel The Tale-Teller on the legend of Esther Brandeau, a Jewish girl born in France who came to Quebec disguised as a boy in the 1730s. Vaughan Public Library is promoting the book this month as part of its first annual Vaughan Reads program. Glickman speaks about her book at the Bathurst Clark Library, 900 Clark Ave. W., on Dec. 8, 1 to 2 p.m.
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Arts in Brief
• Teatron Toronto Jewish Theatre presents The Chosen, an award-winning stage adaptation of the bestselling novel by Chaim Potok. Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre, 5040 Yonge St. Nov. 13 to 24. $30 to $48. www.teatrontheatre.com
• When Jews Were Funny, Toronto filmmaker Alan Zweig’s award-winning documentary about Jewish comics, opens at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Nov. 15.
• Pride of Israel Synagogue presents a concert of music inspired by Jewish composers featuring the Robin Langdon Quartet. $25, $20, $15. 59 Lissom Cres., Saturday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. 416-226-0111.
• Kevin Courrier continues his series on the films of Robert Altman with The Grand Epic – Nashville. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina at Bloor. Monday, Nov. 18, 7 to 9 p.m. $11.25 drop-in; students $6.
• A book launch for Remembering Camp Kvutza, 1944-1965 by Tobi “Pidgy” Gordon, takes place at Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue, 100 Elder St., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Active Seniors/Boomers presents a Chanukah Musical Celebration with Aviva Chernick and musician Josh Engel with latkes and songs in Judeo-Spanish, Hebrew and Yiddish. Miles Nadal JCC, Thursday, Nov. 28, 1:30 p.m. $5.
• Mixed Company Theatre presents Old Age Ain’t for Sissies by Rex Deverell, about the perils and pleasures of post-retirement life. Tarragon Theatre Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Ave., Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. $20, $25. Previews Nov. 26, $10. 416-531-1827.
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At the Galleries: The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection 1910-1918 features works by Brancusi, Cezanne, Chagall, Duchamp, Kandinsky, Leger, Matisse, Modigliani, Mondrian and Picasso. Art Gallery of Ontario, Nov. 30 to March 2, 2014.