About Town: Week of October 15
Thursday, Oct. 18
REVEL IN RAVEL
A play reading performance of Aviva Ravel’s Always and Forever (also directed by her), a comedy about a rabbi helping a longtime married couple repair their worsening relationship, is on at 7 p.m. at the Eleanor London Library, 5851 Cavendish Blvd. With Nat Rabinowitz, Stanley Unger, and Linda Moss. More at 514-485-6900.
Friday, Oct. 19
Rabbi Lisa Grushcow is installed as spiritual leader at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom at an 8:15 p.m. service. Call 514-937-3575.
Saturday, Oct. 20
On six Saturdays, starting today through Nov. 24, 10-11:30 a..m., Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom has a Tot Shabbat program for kids 18 months to three years old with an adult. Call Melanie, 514-937-3575, ext. 210, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Oct. 21
Starting today, Chabad of Westmount offers a Sunday Hebrew school for kids four to eight to learn the Jewish basics, 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Call 514-937-4772.
Monday, Oct. 22
An “intimate interview” with high-profile lawyer Morden “Cookie” Lazarus followed by a performance of Guys and Dolls are the highlights of a Segal Centre Young Leaders’ Business, the Arts & Philanthropy event in collaboration with the Jewish Chamber of Commerce. Cocktails at 5 p.m., with the play at 8 p.m. RSVP by email, Kayla Weigensberg, email@example.com, or call 514-739-2301, ext. 8302.
Meet Quebec fashionista Mariouche Gagné and five designers at a 2:30 p.m. visit to Harricana, 3000 St. Antoine St. W., at an event organized by Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. Call 514-937-3575.
SPECIAL JGS EVENT
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal hosts a 90-minute presentation by the Quebec Family History Society’s Bill Sharon Callaghan and Gary Shroder, who oversee the Quebec Land Registration Database 1840-2012, considered a treasure trove for the Jewish genealogical community. Call the JGS hotline, 514-484-0969.
Tuesday, Oct. 23
Yiddish literature scholar Ruth Wisse, a Montreal native now teaching at Harvard University, speaks on “The Mixed Blessings of Jewish Humour,” 8:30-9:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim as part of its popular free Tuesday Night Learning series. From 7:30-8:20 p.m., the choice is between McGill University’s Rabbi Leibish Hundert speaking on the Ba’al Shem Tov, the Shaar’s Rabbi Adam Scheier speaking on the book Mekor Baruch, or Nitza Parry, in Hebrew, on Israeli author Shai Agnon. Call 514-937-9471.
TEN GREEN BOTTLES
Vivian Jeanette Kaplan, author of Ten Green Bottles, discusses her family’s journey from war-torn Austria to the ghettos of Shanghai, 7:30 p.m. at “The Chevra,” 5237 Clanranald Ave. Organized by the shul’s sisterhood, sponsored by the Sally and Norman Raicek Lecture Fund. Tickets, 514-482-3366.
The past, present, and future of Reform Judaism are discussed at 7 p.m. by Rabbi Lisa Grushcow in the first of a three-part series by Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom’s Centre for Culture and Learning. Call 514-937-3575.
FAMOUS JEWISH WOMEN
Janie Respitz leads a discussion on Famous Jewish Women, 7-9 p.m., Young Israel of Chomedey. Call Claire at 450-978-7056.
It’s Games Day for Beth Ora Seniors, noon. 514-345-1234, ext. 7318.
Wednesday, Oct. 24
The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre’s annual Holocaust Education Series, on until Nov. 4, begins with a film about Raoul Wallenberg, The Angel of Budapest, 7 p.m. at the Espace Reunion, 6600 Hutchison St., followed by a talk by MP Irwin Cotler. The series has 14 events this year on the theme of “the Righteous,” non-Jews who saved Jews in the Holocaust. Call 514-345-2605.
LIVE AND BECOME
Live and Become (Vas Vis et Deviens), a feature film about a Christian Ethiopian boy who pretends to be a Jew in order to be airlifted to Israel from a Sudanese refugee camp in 1984 during Operation Moses, is screened in Hebrew and French with English subtitles, 7:30 p.m., Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, sponsored by its sisterhood. 514-937-3575.
MIDDLE EAST CRISIS
Henri Habib examines the “Ongoing Crisis in the Middle East,” 7 p.m. at a Cummings Centre event at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. Register, Joyce Tobenstein, 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.
BOYS OF ESPLANADE
There are only 77 seats at the Segal Centre CinemaSpace for the Nov. 3, 8 p.m. screening of The Boys of Esplanade. The 53-minute documentary, produced in 1992 by Nick Pfefer and the late Martin Lubin for an academic conference, takes a nostalgic look back at a stretch of Esplanade Avenue between Mount Royal and Marie Anne, an area teeming with Jews that included onetime Superior Court Judge Herbert Marx and ex- B’nai Brith Canada president Gerry Weinstein, some of whom will take part in a discussion afterward. The film was first screened publicly at the same venue in 2008. Tickets, 514-739-7944.
WALK IN THE PARK
“Walk with Your Heart” at the Friendship Circle’s Oct. 28 “Walk for Friendship,” a 3-km stroll starting and finishing at Hampstead Park and benefiting special needs children. Registration at noon, with opening ceremony at 12:40 p.m. and walk at 1 p.m. From 1:45-4 p.m., there will be food and entertainment. 514-735-2255, ext. 221.
CANCER BAKE SALE
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chelsea Taiger, a Grade 6 student at Hebrew Foundation School, and friends recently held a bake sale of homemade treats for the Jodi Taiger Lazarus Fund for Hereditary Breast Cancer Research, named for Chelsea’s aunt.
Every Thursday at 10 a.m. on Mount Royal, Hope and Cope has a “Mourning Walk” for those who have lost a loved one to cancer. Call Robyn Wilkenfeld at 514-973-2254.
WOODY ALLEN’S OEUVRE
The Complete Woody Allen, a screening of all of his 44 films, continues at Cinéma du Parc through Nov. 22. Call 514-373-7728.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Mount Sinai Hospital’s Healing Garden was the site of a recent non-denominational Celebration of Life ceremony in memory of patients who died over the past year. The event, part of the Mount Sinai’s bereavement program, was attended by families, friends and hospital staff.
Maimonides Geriatric Centre continues to recruit for its Fall Paraprofessional Volunteer Program, which lets recent retirees and “empty nesters” work with staff in hospital activities and services. Participants must commit to one half hour each week. Call Roz Friend at 514-483-2121, ext. 2204, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.