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About Town: Week of August 9


Thursday, Aug. 9



The Auxiliary of the Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre goes on an outing to Ottawa. Contact Phyllis Sohmer at 514-483-2121, ext. 2239, or


Sunday, Aug. 12



Popular pianist and singer Vladimir Krassov performs, “Music for the Soul: Piano Classics and Songs,” at the noontime Sundays at the Shaar (Hashomayim) music event, which includes lunch. Reservations required. Call 514-937-9471, ext. 139.


Monday, Aug. 13



The Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital (JRH) in Laval stages its 11th annual fundraising golf tournament benefiting the JRH Foundation, starting 10 a.m. at the Elm Ridge Golf Club on Île Bizard. The tourney, co-chaired by Noreen Abrams, Enzo Monticciolo, and Sam Zentner, celebrates JRH’s “30 years of excellence.” The honorees are Dr. Rubin Becker, Dr. Henry Coopersmith and André Ibghy, with Senator Leo Kolber as honorary chair and JRH Foundation president Isaac Israël also taking part. For details, contact Jennie Volfson, at 450-688-9550, ext. 274,, or visit the JRH website,


Tuesday, Aug. 14



Registration gets underway for Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors and Beth Ora seniors courses, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Details, at 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.

Wednesday, Aug. 15



The third of four Meet Your Match dance lessons organized by the Chevra’s committee for singles aged 45 and more takes place 7:30-8:30 p.m. at 5237 Clanranald Ave. Participants will meet other singles and become proficient in such dances as the cha-cha and salsa, all taught by Rosario. Registration limited to 20. Contact Halina, 514-747-2949, or To register, contact Iona at 514-482-3366 or



The Auxiliary of Mount Sinai Hospital plays host to the award-winning Broadway musical Wicked, 8 p.m. at Place des Arts. Wicked is a different spin on The Wizard of Oz., focusing on the witches. For details, contact Aline Bank at 514-369-2222, ext. 1337,  or



The Norman Berman Children’s Library at the Jewish Public Library offers its final, free Summer Bedtime Stories & Crafts program for three- to seven-year-olds, 7:45 p.m. with Ruth Silva. No registration required. Call 514-345-2627,exts. 3012, 3016, or 3398.



Registration for Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors and Beth Ora Seniors courses continues, 10:30 a.,m.-2 p.m. Call 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.


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Aug. 25 and 26 are the dates set for the eighth annual Pharmaprix Weekend to End Women’s Cancers benefiting the Jewish General Hospital’s Segal Cancer Centre. Participants can walk all 60 km through the streets of Montreal over the two days, or just 32 km on the first day. One in seven Canadian women is diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer in her lifetime. More than $45 million has been raised since the walk’s inception. Call 514-393-walk (9255), or visit



Twenty-five volunteers from YAD TOV (Tikkun Olam Volunteers), part of Federation CJA’s Young Adult Division, “stepped into the kosher kitchen” recently and baked nearly 200 challahs, donating them to families in need, the federation reported. YAD TOV, co-chaired by Naomi Mechaly and Jessica Amar, was launched to give young adults a short-term volunteer experience and engage them with the community in a meaningful way, using the biblical principle of tikkun olam, or saving the world. More than 18 per cent of the Jewish community lives under the poverty line. The challah project was chaired by Danielle Dichter.



Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors has works from its art classes taught by Newsha Hamidi and Ivan Markovic on display until Sept. 13. For details, call 514-342-1234, ext. 7250.



André Sabbah, who as a boy some 25 years ago was a top-ranked diver in Quebec as well as for Maccabi Canada and whose diminutive size then led him to be dubbed “le petit plongeur,” was torch bearer No. 31 at Ramsgate near London prior to the start of the Olympic Games last month, his father, Albert, reports. Sabbah now works for the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne as legal counsel in its department of legal affairs.



Registration is underway for a number of the Jewish Public Library Norman Berman Children’s Library programs that begin about one week after Labour Day. On Mondays starting Sept. 10, 10-11 a.m., there’s Rhythm, Rhyme and Story Time with Linda Kravitz for little ones ages six to 24 months (it’s also on Tuesday afternoons, 3:30-4:45 p.m. starting Sept. 11). On Tuesday mornings starting Sept. 11 with Kravitz for six- to 14-month-olds, there’s Mother Goose and Music, 10:45-11:30 a.m. On Wednesday mornings starting Sept. 12, 10-10:30 a.m., try Drop-In Storytime with Janice Cohen for two- to four-year-olds (no registration required). On Wednesday afternoons starting Sept. 12, 3:30-4:15 p.m., offered up is  Mostly Music, again with Kravitz, for kids six to 24 months old. On Thursday mornings starting Sept. 13 at 10 a.m., Kravitz leads Music and Movement for babies 18 to 36 months, and 10:40 a.m. for babies six to 17 months. And on Friday morning starting Sept. 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Kravitz leads Shabbat and Me, for babies 15 months and up. To inquire about any of these programs, call 514-345-2627.



At press time, Rev. Asher Tannenbaum of Congregation Shaare Zion reports, the standings in the Synagogue Softball League had the Beth Ora Bashers and TBDJays tied for first place with eight points each, followed by the Beth Zion Running Rebbes and Share Zion Lions with four points each. The Shaar Kings of Kensington had two points, while the Temple Holey Socks, alas, had yet to win a game. Contrary to a league item that appeared July 26, The CJN erred in reporting that the Montreal Torah Centre also had a team in the league (Rev. Tannenbaum was not the source of the mistake).



The annual Chabad Lifeline Raffle takes place Aug. 29, at 4615 Cote Ste. Catherine Rd., with a grand prize of $15,000. For details, call 514-738-7700 or visit



The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently alerted the public that Montreal Kosher-brand knishes inadvertently omitted listing egg as an ingredient in some packaged knishes, which could conceivably cause an allergic reaction in individuals allergic to egg. Montreal Kosher voluntarily recalled the affected products. The allergy alert involved 283- and 454-gram packages, with the UPC numbers 068342006715 and 068342007019. There was only one reported reaction associated with eating the knishes, which were also distributed in Ontario.

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