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Thursday, April 25

 

SIX IN THE CITY

The third annual Six in the City “fashion-filled fundraiser” for Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation runs 6-10 p.m. at Rockland Centre, with discounts for participants and many retailers staying open an extra hour. Ashley Levitt, 514-369-2222, ext. 1305.

 

ISRAELI FILMS

The Israel Film Festival winds down with Life in Stills, 6:30 p.m., and Dolphin Boy, 8:30 p.m., at the Guzzo Sphèretech, followed by Q & A’s with respective directors Barak Heymann and Dani Menkin. Tickets, 514-937-2332, or visit www.israelfilmfestival.ca.

 

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From 10 a. m. to 3 p.m., Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors hosts an open house for new volunteers… 1 p.m., nutrition educator Sharyn Katsof gives a monthly lecture, 514-342-1234, ext. 7305.

 

Friday, April 26

 

FENG SHUI

Ghanda Bagdache demonstrates the art of feng shui, 10 a.m., Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Joyce, 514-342-01234, ext. 7318.

 

Saturday, April 27

 

ONLINE DIGEST

Ingrid Bejerman, editor of the online Jewish arts digest Almenar of the Blue Metropolis Foundation, is interviewed by host Leslie Lutsky on Jewish Digest, 8:30 a.m. on Radio Centre-Ville, 102.3 FM.

 

Sunday, April 28

 

LAG B’OMER PARADE

The Great Lag b’Omer Parade starts off at 1 p.m. from the parking lot of Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation and the caravan heads to Pierre Elliott Trudeau park across the street for a carnival that lasts until 5 p.m. Rides are free with a $5 day pass for the event, sponsored by the Chabad Lubavitch Youth Organization. This is the earliest Lag b’Omer parade in Montreal since 1994, when the holiday fell on April 29. The last year it fell on April 28 was 1899, 114 years ago.

 

JNF & SCOTIA

Jewish National Fund Montreal is one many beneficiaries at this year’s 10th annual  ScotiaBank 21-km and 5-km Montreal Charity Challenge, with funds earmarked for a Jerusalem playground for special needs children and for rebuilding a walking-bike path at Canada-Ayalon Park. Register at www.canadarunningseries.com/monthalf, or call 514-934-0313.

 

Monday, April 29

 

HERO SEARCH

Influential Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet of the Mill Hill Synagogue in London, England, speaks on “Searching for the Hero Inside Yourself,” at Congregation Beth Ora’s Isaac and Mona Shustack Memorial Lecture. 7:30 p.m., part of its Tree of Life Speakers’ Forum and 60th-anniversary events. Call 514-738-6559 to reserve a free seat.

 

SOCIAL NETWORKING

Learn social networking and Facebook 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today and May 6 at Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Luni Bendayan, 514-342-1234, ext. 7348.

 

Tuesday, April 30

 

A CHANCE TO SHINE

Agence Ometz’s second annual fundraising event, A Chance to Shine, helping vulnerable children in the community, features illusionist dance troupe MOMIX, 8 p.m., Place de Arts’ Theâtre Maisonneuve. Tickets, 514-342-0000, ext. 3470, or saundra.diardchuk@ometz.ca.

 

WHITHER THE LEADERS?

Respected educator Erica Brown, author of Spiritual Boredom, asks, “Where Have all the Leaders Gone?” at a free lecture, 8 p.m., Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem, sponsored by Gen J. 514-345-2645, ext. 3375.

 

MY CUP RUNNETH OVER

Rabbi Andrea Myers speaks about the role of ceremonial cups in Judaism: “My Cups Runneth over,” 7:30 p.m., Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. Register, Valerie Roseman, 514-937-3575, ext. 212.

 

GAMES DAY

It’s games day for Beth Ora Seniors, 1:30 p.m.at the shul, 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.

 

Wednesday, May 1

 

YOM HASHOAH 3RD SEDER

Irene Lilienheim Angelico and Irwin Tauben host a “Third Seder” to mark Yom Hashoah, 5:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, using the recently published Haggadah of the same name and special CD produced by Yehudi Lindeman and Tom Mennier. A 5 p.m. book signing precedes the seder. RSVP at 514-574-8629, or Rosie at 514-937-3575, ext. 213.

 

SACRED SUICIDE?

Congregation Beth-El Rabbi Allan Nadler examines Jewish view on issues such as religious holy wars and martyrdom, 8 p.m., at the last of his four-part series. Registration a must, 514-738-4766.

 

Thursday, May 2

 

BELLOW’S BOY

Literary giant and Montreal native Saul Bellow’s son Greg discusses his memoir about his father, Saul Bellow’s Heart: A Son’s Memoir, 7:30 p.m., the Jewish Public Library. Tickets, 514-345-6416.

...Et Cetera...

 

3RD HIP-HOP 4 HOPE

The third annual Hip-Hop 4 Hope fundraising dance workshop for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation will be May 9 at Riverdale High School in Pierrefonds. The event was the brainchild of then-11-year-old West Island resident Alexa Nozetz, and this year’s version includes a workshop by professional dancers, as well as raffle, prizes, autograph-signings and photos. Call 514-944-3487, or email info@hip-hop.org.

 

UNIQUE YOM HASHOAH

Israeli consul-general Joël Lion and Polish counterpart Andrzej Szydlo marked Yom Hashoah together for the first time at a Quebec City ceremony at the Chateau Laurier Hotel with the Jewish community and its chief Rabbi Dovid Lewin in attendance, as well as MNAs Lawrence Bergman, Daniel Zatthe and Stephane Lebouyonne. The National Assembly has marked the day since 1999.

 

INNOVATIVE THROAT LASER

Jewish General Hospital otolaryngologist Dr. Jonathan Young is using his office to treat benign or pre-cancerous lesions in the larynx using delicate laser technology that is far less invasive and minimizes risk of vocal damage. It uses only topical anesthesia, takes much less time and allows the patient to resume activities as soon as they leave the office.

 

WATERCOLOURS

The watercolour exhibition of artist Sharon Smit, Fabulous Flowers, continues to April 30 at Cartes Etc., 5901 Sherbrooke St. W.

 

TOTS, YOGA

The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue has a Mom & Tots program Mondays 10-11 a.m. and women’s yoga on Wednesdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Aviva Shimon, 514-737-3695, ext. 101.

 

MAHJONG, JEWELRY, ART

The Creative Social Centre, 5237 Clanranald Ave., offers mahjong (Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.); jewelry-making (Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.); stone sculpture (Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.); and drawing (Mondays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.). Call 514-488-0907.

 

CHOMEDEY 50+

Registration is on for Chomedey Cummings Centre 50+, offering Zumba, gentle yoga, painting, computers, and much more, all at the Young Israel of Chomedey. Claire, 450-978-7056, or email claire.nudel@cummingscentre.org.

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