About Town: Week of September 26
Thursday, Sept. 26
Hope & Cope sponsors a free “Skills for Healing” cancer seminar, 7-9 p.m. at the Jewish General Hospital’s Block Amphitheatre, meant to provide guidance on complete cancer care from both a physical and a psychological perspective. Participants include Dr. Rob Rutledge, a radiation oncologist at Dalhousie University, and psychotherapist Timothy Walker. Contact Lora Tombari at 514-340-8255, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit, www.healingcancer.org.
Saturday, Sept. 28
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom has a Tot Shabbat every Saturday starting today, 10-11:30 a.m. through Dec. 14 for little ones age 18 months to three years old, with storytelling, arts and crafts, music and other activities. Call 514-937-3575.
Sunday, Sept. 29
SAIL ON NOAH’S ARK
The Jewish Public Library and Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors West Island team up for “Sail on Noah’s Ark – Bubbie, Zaidy and Me: a Musical Craft Adventure,” 10:30-11:45 a.m. at Cummings West Prime Time, 96 Roger Pilon in Dollard des Ormeaux. The event includes musical fun and craft projects with Linda Kravitz and is specifically geared for grandparents and kids between 18 months and five years old. Contact Lisa Wiltzer 514-624-5005.
BABI YAR EVENING
The United Community of Russian-speaking Jews of Quebec commemorates the Sept. 29-30, 1941 massacre of 33,771 Jews in Babi Yar (near Kiev) and another 100,000 during World War II. 7 p.m. at the Jewish Russian Community Centre, 5380 Bourret St. RSVP at 514-573-7282, or email email@example.com.
The Fats Waller musical show Ain’t Misbehavin’ begins a run through Oct. 20 at the Segal Centre. Tickets at 514-739-7944.
Monday, Sept. 30
FEDERATION CJA HOLDS AGM
Federation CJA’s annual meeting takes place 7 p.m. at the Gelber Conference Centre. Susan Laxer is installed as new president. Call 514-735-3541.
Sedna: Goddess of the Sea, a multimedia piece exploring the relationship between a daughter, her father and the spirits of the sea, runs today through Oct. 6 at the Segal Centre Studio. A Tableau d’Hôte production adapted and directed by Jessica Abdallah. Tickets at 514-739-7944.
TOO YOUNG TO BE OLD
Learn which foods will help “heal” the digestive system at an event called “Too Young to Be Old,” 7-9 p.m. at Cummings Centre West Island, 96 Roger Pilon in Dollard des Ormeaux. Contact Ellen Tock at 514-624-5005, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 1
American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg discusses, “Israel’s Future in a Dangerous Middle East,” 8:30 p.m. as the featured guest lecturer at the first event of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim’s Tuesday Night Learning fall semester, which is free. Goldberg is the national correspondent for The Atlantic and is considered one of the most influential journalist/bloggers on matters related to Israel. From 7:30-8:20, Rabbi Adam Scheier, in the series’ Family Learning segment, speaks on “Communications in Marriage,” while Maharat Rachel Kohl Finegold, as part of the series’ Jewish biography and books program, speaks on “The Torah as Biography of Moses.” Call 514-037-9471.
The Campagne Sepharade of Combined Jewish Appeal has organized a telethon open to the public, 6-8 p.m. Contact Nina Assedo at 514-345-2645, ext. 2645.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Experts from AMI-Québec, MAB Mackay, Congregation Shaare Zion, Alzheimer’s Group, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, and the United Church hold a panel discussion for caregivers on their “tool kit,” 7-9 p.m. at Shaare Zion Congregation. Contact Lynn Harris at 514-862-9662, or email, email@example.com.
The Jewish Public Library screens Joe Balass’s La Longueur de l’Alphabet (The Length of the Alphabet), a documentary on the award-winning Canadian writer Naïm Kattan, 7:30 p.m. at the Gelber Conference Centre, followed by a discussion with Kattan, Balass and Sophie Jama. The film is the last of a trilogy by Balass on the Jews of Iraq. In French with English subtitles.Tickets at 514-345-6416.
David Bensoussan presents a French-language history of “Moroccan Judaism from Antiquity to the Present,” 7:30 p.m. at the Hékhal Shalom, 825 Gratton in St. Laurent. Co-sponsored by the synagogue, Rabbi Ronen Abitbol and the Communauté Sépharade du Québec. Call 514-747-4530.
MOUNT SINAI MAH JONG
The Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary holds a bridge and mah jong luncheon, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Barbara Schneider, 514-369-2222, ext. 1337, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Golda Meir chapter of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO holds its opening meeting, 1 p.m. at the Chevra Mishnais Jacob Josef synagogue, 715 du Sablon in Chomedey. Members should be there by 12:15 p.m. Contact Evie Applebee at 450-681-9342 or Phyllis Mazer at 514-481-9406.
Several years ago, the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) was the first in Quebec to join the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, an international program that compares surgical “outcomes” in hundreds of hospitals. Since joining, the hospital’s surgery department said it has gleaned a better understanding of how to improve itself and has seen a “substantial reduction” in surgical infection rates. About 500 North American hospitals are now part of the program. “It’s a very humbling process, because you may learn you’re not quite as good in some areas as you previously thought,” said JGH’s chief of surgical services, Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg. “This experience has been a very valuable step in making improvements that have direct benefits to patients’ safety and well-being.”
TANGIER IN TRIBUNE JUIVE
The North Moroccan city of Tanger (Tangier) “de tous mes Bonheurs” is the tantalizing theme of the September issue of Ghila Benesty Sroka’s venerable publication Tribune Juive. The issue’s highlights include interviews with Lotif Akalay, “l’âme de Tanger,” as well as Simon-Pierre Hamelin, “l’étoile de Tanger,” and Philippe Lorin, l’homme-orchestre de la planète TANJazz.
JNF NEGEV 2013
Jewish National Fund of Canada-Montreal reports that its 2013 Negev evening at the Montreal Science Centre extolling Israel’s high-tech industry was a resounding success. The event, with MC Inerjys’ Stephan Ouaknine, celebrated Israel’s 65 years as a ”start-up nation” and benefited JNF’s Southern Arava Research and Development Station. Other participants included Hydro-Québec’s Élie Saheb, Better Place’s Dan Cohen, JNF Montreal president Barbara Maldoff, and Israel’s Maccabeats musical group. It was also announced that the 2014 Negev Evening honoree will be the accounting firm Richter.