About Town: Week of May 10
Thursday, May 10
FOR SHOLOM ALEICHEM
The Jewish Public Library’s Yiddish Café spends an evening honouring Sholom Aleichem, 8 p.m. Tickets, 514-345-6416.
Friday, May 11
ISRAEL LAND AND BRAND
Building Israel’s “land and brand” will be discussed, 10 a.m. at Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Joyce, 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.
LATE COMPOSER TRIBUTE
Fran Avni and Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom cantor Rachelle Shubert pay tribute to American composer Debbie Friedman, who died in January. 8:15 p.m at the shul. Call 514-937-3575.
Saturday, May 12
NEW WORLD SEARCH
Leslie Lutsky and Dr. Marvin Blauer talk about his book, Struggle: a Quest for Life, Love and a New World, on Jewish Digest, 8:30 a..m. on Radio Centre-Ville, 102.3 FM.
Sunday, May 13
BREAKFAST IS KING
Veteran writer and broadcaster Joe King shares anecdotes at Congregation Shomrim Laboker’s annual Mother’s Day breakfast, 10 a.m. RSVP, 514-731-6831.
Monday, May 14
Roberta Rich speaks about her novel, The Midwife of Venice, 5:30 p.m. at Jewish Public Library’s Canada Council Reading with wine reception. Tickets, 514-345-6416.
Neurologist Dr. Heather Palmer discusses “brain fog,” which affects three-quarters of cancer patients, 7-8:30 p.m. at Jewish General Hospital’s Hope & Cope Wellness Centre. Reserve, 514-340-3616.
Tuesday, May 15
PLURALISM, HUMAN RIGHTS
Rabbi Donniel Hartman speaks on religious pluralism and human rights, at Shaare Zion Congregation’s annual Annie and Nathan Steinberg Memorial Lecture, 7:30 p.m. Call 514-481-7727.
Judie Oron talks about her daughter’s rescue from Ethiopia as told in her novel Cry of the Giraffe, 7:30 p.m. at Cote St. Luc Community Centre, 5794 Parkhaven, part of a Canadian Hadassah-WIZO Montreal event. Call 514-933-8461.
LEA ROBACK READING
A translated excerpt from the Jewish Public Library archives’ Lea Roback collection will be read by actors at Archives à voix haute – Un siècle de vies à Montréal, 1900-2000, 7:30 p.m., Bibliothèque et Archives nationale du Québec, 465 de Maisonneuve E. Visit, banq.qc.ca.
Mindy Shear advises on “radiant spring makeup,” at a Chabad Queen Mary Women’s Circle Event. Call 514-342-8195.
Rabbi Sidney Shoham examines if sibling rivalry means Cains and Abels still exist, 7:30 p.m., Beth Zion Congregation. 514-489-8411.
The Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors starts a three-part series on the Alexander Technique for improving well-being, 2-3:30 p.m. Register, 514-342-1234, ext. 7305.
MOM’S AND DAD’S DAY
Beth Ora Seniors celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day at noon with Roz Malin, 514-342-1234.
Wednesday, May 16
HATE ISRAEL=HATE JEWS?
The “blurry red line” between antisemitism and anti-Zionism is discussed at an event sponsored by Canadian Institute for Jewish Research and Centre for Israel and Jewish Advocacy, 7 p.m. at the Gelber Centre, with the Institute for the Study of Antisemitism’s Catherine Chatterly; Goldsmith College’s David Hirsh, and McGill University’s Harold Waller. E-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELEGANT DINING ROOMS
Take a tour of prestigious, elegant dining rooms starting out at 10:30 a.m. from Congregation Shaar Hashomayim. More at 514-937-9474, ext. 145.
ISRAEL FAMILY FUNDRAISER
Emunah Montreal holds its annual Family-in-Israel fundraiser with Kosher by Design author Susie Fishbein, 6:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Ora. Tickets, 514-485-2397.
Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary’s Literary Breakfast Club presents Kathy Diamond reviewing Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone, 9:30 a.m. at Congregation Beth-El. Call 514-369-2222, ext. 1337.
Prospective employers and employees network at Agence Ometz’s Contact ProMontreal cocktail event, 5:30 p.m. Free admission. Call 514-342-0000, ext. 3029.
‘TORN’ JEWISH CATHOLIC
Ronit Kertzner’s film Torn, about an ordained Catholic priest who is also an observant Jew, will be screened 7:30 p.m. at the Segal Centre CinemaSpace as part of a Cummings Centre Talkumentaries event. Call 514-342-1234.
Couples considering intermarriage/conversion are invited to a meeting at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom at 5:30 p.m. to discuss its policies. Call 514-937-3575.
Thursday, May 17
SCOTCH & JAZZ
Friends of Auberge Shalom pour femmes hold an evening of scotch tasting and jazz with Dawn Tyler Watson as part of an important fundraising event for a new home, 7 p.m. at Beaver Lake chalet. Details and tickets at 514-731-0833.
The Israel Cancer Research Fund’s recent annual fundraising gala with the legendary Beach Boys at Place des Arts raised more than $700,000, co-chairs Paul Ostrov and Gloria Richman reported. An emotional climax took place when during the auction portion of the evening with Ross Paperman, guest Rhona Fainman used the occasion to reveal that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer that same day and to personally pledge $18,000. Others were so moved that they ending up pledging an additional $66,000 at the event.
L. B. PEARSON AND ELDERCARE
For the second year, the Lester B. Pearson School Board and Jewish Eldercare Centre (JEC) have spent the school year working together in an intergenerational and intercultural art program. Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School students and 12 JEC residents formed relationships through correspondence and reciprocal visits, sharing seniors’ stories while students created artworks, culminating with a vernissage displaying them at the JEC.
Simon Bitton, owner of Foot Solutions in Westmount, recently allowed his business to be used as a depot for boxes of gently used shoes being collected for Soles4Souls, a charity that collects them for distribution to people in need in 125 countries. More than 500 pairs were collected.
Chabad Lifeline offers ongoing non-sectarian programs, including an eight-week sex addiction and compulsivity program for men; a Tuesday noon 12-step speakers program; a Wednesday 1 p.m. 12-step co-dependency group; a Tuesday 1:30 p.m. family dynamics group; and a Wednesday 11 a.m. group for people with both addiction and mental health issues. Call 514-738-7700.