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Week of March 6


Deadline reminder: The deadline for the issue of March 20 is  March 10. The deadline for the issue of March 27 is March 17. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; email


Thursday, March 6



Tomorrow’s Eve Theatre presents A Life Beyond Doubt, Sterling Theatre, 163 Sterling Rd., Unit 5. March 6-15. For tickets, call 1-800-838-3006, ext. 1.



Debby Feldman of JF&CS discusses “Domestic violence and abuse in the Jewish community,” 8 p.m. Temple Har Zion.



Dr. Melvyn Grovit and psychotherapist Stacey Dombrowsky discuss how to live better with IBD and other autoimmune diseases, 7 p.m., 48 Yonge St., suite 1200. Sponsored by Aaron’s Apple. $50. For tickets, call 647-430-5933, ext. 9.


Saturday, March 8



Rabbi Chaim Kramer discusses “The Mystical and Cosmic Essence of Joy,” 8:30 p.m., Shaarei Tefillah Congregation.

March 9, Rabbi Kramer discusses “The Power and Prayer of Gratitude,” 7:30 p.m., 949 Clark Ave. W., Thornhill. Sponsored by the Canadian Friends of Chasidei Breslov. Free. 416-346-5055.


Sunday, March 9



Janie Respitz performs a one-woman show Itzik Manger and his Megilleh, 2 p.m., Beth Tikvah Synagogue. Friends of Yiddish members free, guests $10. Call 416-458-1440 or email



Activist Hamutal Gouri speaks to the New Israel Fund of Canada, 7:30 p.m., The Wolfond Centre, 36 Harbord St. RSVP at



Professional Israeli genealogist Rose Lerer Cohen discusses “International Search Strategies and Integrating Resources,” 1 p.m., Temple Sinai.



Aviva Klompas, speechwriter for Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, discusses “Israel on the Global Stage,” 7:30 p.m., Kehillat Shaarei Torah. 416-633-5770 or



Camp Solelim invites its rookie campers to play laser tag, 2-4 p.m. 416-781-5156, ext. 221.


Monday, March 10



Jack Lipinsky discusses “The History of Jewish Toronto,” in 3 sessions, 7:15 p.m., Beth Tzedec Congregation. March 10, “Immigrant Life in Toronto, 1860-1950.”



Mordechai Ben-Dat discusses “Reflections on the News Culture prior to World War II,” 7:30 p.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue.


Tuesday, March 11



Beth David Synagogue hosts a wine-and-cheese reception,  7:30 p.m. Sample kosher wines for Passover and visit gift and craft boutiques. Tickets $15. Call 416-633-5500, ext. 28, or visit


Bracha Feder leads three study sessions on Purim and Passover, starting March 11, 7:30 p.m., Beth Tikvah Synagogue. $10 for non-members.

Also at Beth Tikvah, Tuesdays with Larry, watches the film Fill the Void, 2 p.m., $5.


Wednesday, March 12



Rabbis Aaron Flanzraich and John Moscowitz discuss “Can non-Orthodox Jews be religious?” 7:30 p.m., Beth Sholom Synagogue.



The Polish Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada presents Rite of Return: Canadian-Jewish Artists and Contemporary Poland, Beth Tzedec Congregation, 7-9 p.m. The evening begins with tours at 7 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. of an exhibition of photos by David Kaufman and is followed by a roundtable discussion with Kaufman, Francine Zuckerman, Michael Rubenfeld and Evelyn Tauben on their recent experiences in Poland.



Upcoming Events



The legal information service of Act to End Violence Against Women offers free legal support and guidance to Jewish women who have experienced abuse. Call 905-695-5374, or email



Yehudit Shier Weisberg  teaches a 5-week course on “Jewish Prayer: A Gift for Living,” 10 a.m., starting March 26.

Jerry Fink teaches a 5-week course on “Western Art Music from a Jewish Perspective,” 11:15 a.m., starting March 26. To register, call, 416-789-7400.



Pride of Israel Synagogue is offering a 6-week bereavement group for men and women who have lost a spouse, starting April 24. Call 416-226-0111, ext. 10 for more information.



Beth Avraham Yoseph Toronto Congregation is seeking clothing and accessory vendors for its pre-Pesach fashion sale on March 23. Call Rich Winkler 905-886-3810, ext. 135, or email



Harmonia, a Jewish youth choir, is now accepting registrations. Rehearsals start March 30, 4 p.m. at the Miles Nadal JCC. Email



Pride of Israel Synagogue is offering conversational Hebrew ulpan with Yael Lev.  Intermediates meet Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Advanced Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Call 416-226-0111, ext. 10.



Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism holds an adult Purim party, March 8, 7:30 p.m., 18 Wynford Dr. 416-385-3910.

The Toronto Partnership Minyan will hold a Megillah reading with both men and women reading, followed by a festive celebration, 8:45 p.m., March 15, Toronto Heschel School, 819 Sheppard Ave. W. Email

Beth Emeth Synagogue presents The Megillah According to Disney, March 15, after Megillah reading at 8:15 p.m.; March 16 at 1:30 p.m. Purim carnival March 16 at 2:30 p.m. Call 416-633-3838 for tickets.

Temple Sinai holds a Purim party, March 15, 7 p.m. For tickets, call 416-487-3281. March 16, Temple Sinai and Leo Baeck Day School celebrate Purim at the Toronto Zoo, 9:30 a.m.-noon.

Temple Har Zion’s Purim shpiel and Megillah reading start March 15, 7 p.m.

Temple Kol Ami’s Purim spiel and Megillah reading begin at 6 p.m., March 15. 905-709-2620.

Shaar Shalom Synagogue’s Purim parade starts at 8:15 p.m., followed by Megillah reading, March 15. March 16, Megillah at 8 a.m., carnival starts 11:30 a.m.

Danforth Jewish Circle holds its “Purim Learning and Celebration,” March 16, 2-4 p.m., 310 Danforth Ave. Email

Morris Winchevsky School holds a Purim celebration March 16, 11 a.m. at 918 Bathurst St., featuring entertainer Sarah Sheps.

Rabbi Shaanan Scherer discusses “Megillat Esther and Archeology,” at Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation, March 17, 7:30 p.m.



Beth Tikvah Synagogue holds a Passover seder, April 14. Register by March 17, 416-221-3433.

Temple Har Zion is holding a seder April 15. Register by March 28. Call, 905-889-2252, ext. 232.





Registration is required for all programs. Classes are open to all members of the community, and fee reductions are available. Call Shawna Sidney, 416-638-7800, ext. 6215 or visit All classes at the Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst St., unless otherwise noted.

Beyond the Chupah: Becoming A Couple: A 5-session marriage preparation group, starts March 12, 7 p.m., Beth Tzedec Congregation.

Effective Parenting: A 4-session group for parents of children aged 2-10. Starts March 18, 7 p.m.

High-Conflict Divorce: A workshop for parents in a high-conflict situation, not for individuals in an abusive situation. March 20, 6:30 p.m.



Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario regularly provides 8-week self-help groups to bereaved parents. Call Beth Feffer at 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or email




Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub, 12:30 p.m. Call Sheila, 416-665-3333, or Marcia, 416-932-1229.

Shaar Shalom. Play duplicate 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. 416-633-3838.

Temple Har Zion. Play mahjong Wednesday afternoons. Email

Adult 55+ Miles Nadal JCC. Opera Appreciation: Viva Puccini with Iain Scott, 3-part series starts March 18, 1:30 p.m.

Judaica through the ages with silversmith Zahava Lambert,  March 20. Doors open at 1:30, program begins at 2 p.m. 416-924-6211, ext. 155, or email

Active 55+ Miles Nadal JCC. Chiropractor Bryan Sher discusses how to keep your back healthy and strong, March 12, 2 p.m. Email or 416-924-6211, ext. 526.

Bernard Betel Centre for Seniors 416-225-2112. March 11, Mordechai Ben-Dat discusses “Thinking of Israel-An Update,” 10 a.m.; March 13, Laughter Yoga, 12:15 p.m.; March 13, Dr. Lilian Schwartz discusses “Keeping Your Skin Healthy,” 1:30 p.m.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casino Woodbine March 26 (register in advance). Tuesdays, seniors chair exercise, 10 a.m. (first class free); Tuesdays and Thursdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m.

New Horizons is a Jewish Hungarian seniors club that offers kosher food and is looking for new members. Call George, 416-256-1892.




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

Purim Tea Party with princesses and superheros, March 16, 4-5:30 p.m. $12.

Spring and summer programs for children are open for registration. Call ext. 4235 to register.

Women’s only fitness classes:  cycling, zumba, yoga and core conditioning are offered. Email

Join the Prosserman JCC and be part of the studio audience for the CBC show Steven and Chris, April 2.

Registration for the 2014-2015 school year for the daycare and preschool has begun. Call Kailah Rubin, ext. 4250.




750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

Sisters in Resistance, paintings by Harry Tiefenbach of women resistance fighters from World War II is at the gallery until March 24. A reception will be held March 13, 6 p.m. Sara Ginaite-Rubinson, the subject of one of the paintings, will attend.

Sharoni Sibony discusses the relationship between keva (fixed prayer) and kavanah (intention) March 9, 2:30 p.m. ext. 154.

Habonim Dror-Camp Gesher and the downtown shinshinim present a program for children in grades 7-8, March 9, 1:30 p.m.   416-633-2511, or email

Shlomo Schwartzberg discusses the work of director Steven Spielberg, 7 p.m. March 10, “Influences.”

Sign up for the Summer Institute Adult Vocal/Choral Edition July 14-18; Theatre Edition Aug. 18-22. ext. 250.

The women’s chorus meets Mondays 7:30 p.m.; daytime choir meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Email

Health and fitness: MELT Method-full body, Wednesdays to March 26, 11 a.m.

Healthy breast yoga, Wednesdays to March 12, 12:15 p.m.; Introduction to healthy breast yoga, April 6, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Beyond addiction yoga, Fridays to March 14, 6:30 p.m. To register for all fitness programs, email, or call 416-898-1818, ext. 574.

Michael Bernstein Chapel holds services Thursdays at 7:15 a.m.; Sundays at 8 a.m. Call Coleman Bernstein, 416-968-0200.



Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst St. 905-303-1821.

Social club for singles 35-50 meets March 8, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a movie and social time. Tickets $10-$18. To register, call Andrea, ext. 3006, or email

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