Three award-winning young musicians from Israel are performing here this month in aid of the Sharett Scholarship Program, a tuition-assistance program for Israel’s most promising musical artists.
Violinist Daniel Aizenshtadt, pianist Tomer Gewirtzman and viola player Shira Majoni perform a private concert hosted by the Canada Israel Cultural Foundation.
Itzhak Perlman received the scholarship at age 10, and an autographed photo of the now-famous violinist from that ceremony is being auctioned off at the event.
Four Seasons Private Residences Presentation Gallery, 50 Scollard St. Thursday, May 22, 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation $100. 416-932-2260, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stars of David: Harold Green Jewish Theatre and Angelwalk Theatre co-present the Canadian premiere of Stars of David, the off-Broadway musical that offers a snapshot of modern North American Jewish identity. Based on Abigail Pogrebin’s book Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish, this funny and captivating production features excerpts from conversations with Gloria Steinem, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dustin Hoffman, Leonard Nimoy, Joan Rivers, Aaron Sorkin and many others, as well as songs penned by notable Broadway composers and lyricists.
Conceived by Aaron Harnick, directed by Avery Saltzman, featuring Darrin Baker, Gabi Epstein, Lisa Horner and Will Lamond. Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre, 5040 Yonge St. May 10 to June 1 (opens May 14). $25 to $65. www.hgjewishtheatre.com, 1-855-985-2787.
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Molly Picon Classic: The Toronto Jewish Film Festival and Friends of Yiddish present a screening of the 1938 Yiddish film classic Mamele, starring Molly Picon, directed by Joseph Green and Konrad Tom. Filmed in Poland, Yiddish with English subtitles. Famous Players Canada Square Cinema, 2190 Yonge St. at Eglinton. Thursday, May 8, 3 p.m. $8, tjff.com, 416-324-9121.
The 22nd annual Toronto Jewish Film Festival runs May 1 to 11. It showcases movies from 23 countries including Argentina, France, China, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Philippines, Sweden, the U.K., U.S., Venezuela and, of course, Israel. For details, please visit www.tjff.com or phone 416-324-9121.
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Names in the News: Filmmaker Yael Reuveny has won the $5,000 David A. Stein Memorial Award for her documentary Farewell Herr Schwarz, which premieres at the upcoming Toronto Jewish Film Festival. The film focuses on a missed postwar reunion at the Lodz train station that haunted three generations of her family. It screens May 5 at 2:30 p.m. and May 8 at 6 p.m.; details at tjff.com.
Also, filmmaker Diane Kurys has won the $5,000 Micki Moore Award for her most recent film, For A Woman, which is a “lush and well-made melodrama” that offers a new perspective on Jewish life in postwar France. It screens May 4 and May 11.
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Names in the News II: The Association of Canadian Jewish Studies has named Adam Fuerstenberg, professor emeritus at Ryerson University, as the recipient of the 2014 Louis Rosenberg Award for distinguished service in the field of Canadian Jewish studies. Fuerstenberg is being honoured for his role as a “literary scholar of Yiddish Canadian literature” as well as his achievement in establishing both the Canadian Jewish Book Awards and the Parchment literary journal. The ceremony is May 25 at Brock University, St. Catharines.
Arts in Brief
• Toronto author Gerald Ziedenberg begins a series on Epic Trials in Jewish History with a discussion of “Bernie Madoff, His Life and Lies.” Beth Torah Congregation, 47 Glenbrook Ave. May 1. 416-782-4495.
• Film critic Adam Nayman continues his series on filmmaker David Lynch with an examination of the films The Elephant Man and Dune. Miles Nadal JCC, Monday, May 5, 7 p.m. $12 drop-in, students $6. 416-924-6211, ext. 606.
• Frieda Forman, editor of The Exile Book of Yiddish Writers, gives a talk on Yiddish women writers for the Yiddish Vinkl, Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. Thursday, May 1, noon. $18 cash includes buffet lunch. RSVP to email@example.com
• Fern Lindzon performs a CD release concert for her latest, Like a Circle In A Spiral. Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. Thursday, May 8, 8 p.m. Cover $15, students $10. 416-363-5299.
At the Galleries
• Adad Hannah – Three Generations (Kodiak Art Club, 1953) is the Vancouver-based artist’s exploration of a “frozen moment” of personal history from his mother’s life, long before he was born, caught in an ordinary family snapshot. Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. until June 8.
• Works by Toronto-based photographer Rafael Goldchain are on view at the Miles Nadal JCC Gallery until May 19.