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About Town: Week of November 7


Thursday, Nov. 7



Physician and Montreal native Mark Clarfield, director of Ben-Gurion University’s Medical School for International Health, speaks on “Creating Doctors With a Global Mindset,” Congregation Shaar Hashomayim at 7:30 p.m. Presented by the Men’s Association with the Canadian Associates of BGU. Registration, 514-937-8927, ext. 101.



The original play Kafka’s Ape, starring Howard Rosenstein, a hit last winter, will be reprised Nov. 7-24 by Infinitheatre at Bain St. Michel. Adapted from Franz Kafka’s short story A Report to an Academy by director Guy Sprung, the tale has been interpreted as expressing the writer’s sense of alienation as a Jew in an anti-Semitic society. Tickets, 514-987-1774, ext. 104.



Volunteers cook soups, pasta sauces and other nourishing dishes in the kitchen of Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom at 10 a.m. to donate to Share the Warmth, which provides meals to the poor. They’ll do it again Nov. 21. 514-937-3575, ext. 213.


Saturday, Nov. 9



A multicultural dinner and program featuring music and stories in French, English, Yiddish and Wolof, benefiting the Fondation Sénégal Santé Mobile, will be held at Ruby Foo’s Hotel at 6:30 p.m. The foundation, created three years ago by Shara Rosen, supports prenatal and postnatal care for women in Senegal. Tickets, info@senegalsantemobile.org.


Sunday, Nov. 10


Psychologist and author Gary Neuman, who appeared frequently on the Oprah Winfrey Show, speaks at Congregation Beth Ora at 7 p.m. on “What Men/Women Must Know About Each Other.” Tickets, 514-748-6559.



The Just Vision documentary My Neighbourhood, which focuses on the Jerusalem district of Sheikh Jarrah and the struggle for non-violence among its diverse people, will be screened at Concordia University’s J.A. de Sève Cinema at 3:30 p.m. Presented by the Canadian Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights, the Montreal Dialogue Group and Canadian Friends of Peace Now, the film is followed by a panel discussion on the Christian, Jewish and Muslim perspectives on Jerusalem. Reservations, friendsrhrmtl@gmail.com.


Monday, Nov. 11



Concordia University’s Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies presents a lecture by Ilan Troen, director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, at the Gelber Conference Centre at 7 p.m. His topic is “Israel Studies in Israel, North America and Beyond.” The following day, the institute holds its inaugural conference on “Israel at 65 Years: Dimensions of National Identity in a Divided Society” from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Concordia’s Hall building, Room H-767. http://azrieli-institute.concordia.ca/ The institute was founded two years ago with a $5-million donation from the Azrieli Foundation.


The second annual seminar series of the New York-based Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy begins at McGill University with its director Montreal native Charles Small as lecturer. Small, the Koret Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, speaks on “Global Anti-Semitism: A Crisis of Modernity,” at 5:30 p.m. in the Leacock building, room 738. Urban planning professor Raphaël Fischler is convener. www.isgap.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 12



A concert of music and dance performed by adults with developmental disabilities and professional and student musicians, including Cantor Adam Stotland, will be presented at Congregation Shaare Zion at 7:30 p.m. The event is in support of Concordia University’s Centre for the Arts in Human Development. Tickets, Debbie, 514-481-7727, ext. 224.



New Democratic Party and Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair speaks on “The NDP’s Approach to the Middle East Peace Talks” at the Gelber Conference Centre, 7 p.m., organized by the Canadian Friends of Peace Now, Montreal Chapter, and the Labour Zionist History Circle.


Wednesday, Nov. 13



Ometz West Island presents a workshop on “Helping Your Child Make a Career Choice: Whose Job Is It Anyway?” at Federation CJA, 96 Roger Pilon St., Dollard des Ormeaux, 7:30 p.m., led by Ometz career adviser Eva Sokol. Registration, www.ometz.ca/kidscareers.



Shaare Zedek Congregation, in association with Héma-Québec, holds a blood drive from 2 to 8 p.m. Age is no restriction. 514-484-1122, ext. 105.



An workshop on “Jogging Your Mind” with Nicole Thevenet is offered by Canadian Hadassah-WIZO, Golda Meir Chapter, at Chevra Mishnais Jacob Josef Synagogue in Chomedey at 1 p.m. Reservations, Phyllis Mazer, 514-481-9406.



Author Anne Michaels and artist Bernice Eisenstein will discuss their book Correspondences, at the Jewish Public Library at a 5:30 p.m. wine reception sponsored by the Canada Council. Correspondences is an illustrated book-length volume of poems celebrating 20th-century writers and thinkers. Reservations, 514-345-6416.



“Neuroscience Explosion: Brain Changes at Any Age” is the subject of Martha Burns, director of the Scientific Learning Corporation, at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors at 1 p.m. Tickets, 514-342-1234, ext. 7201.

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Tribute is paid to Franco-German director Marcel Ophuls at the 16th annual Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) from Nov. 13-24 with screenings of his complete documentary work from 35mm prints of classics such as the Holocaust-themed The Sorrow and the Pity and Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie to films never before shown in North America, such as the entertaining Yorktown and the autobiographical A la recherche de mon Amérique. Ophuls will be in town for the retrospective. The festival’s regular lineup includes Israeli Avi Mograbi’s Once I Entered a Garden, in which he imagines meeting his Arabic-speaking Syrian Jewish grandfather in a more peaceful Middle East, and Art/Violence, controversial Israeli Udi Aloni’s examination of Palestinians’ resistancethroughcreativity… Donald Winkler has been nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for his translation of Pierre Nepveu’s Les verbes majeurs in to The Major Verbs (Signal Editions).

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