About Town: Week of September 6
Thursday, Sept. 6
A QUEBEC JEW
Former Bloc Québécois MP Richard Marceau discusses his memoir A Quebec Jew at the Côte St. Luc Aquatic and Community Centre at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Na’amat Canada Montreal. Reservations, 484-0252.
The Creative Social Centre at The Chevra synagogue begins classes in mah jongg and painting with Suzy Levy, at 10 a.m. Aerobics and yoga classes are ongoing this fall. 488-0907.
BUSY DAY AT CUMMINGS
The Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors has scheduled: a bus tour of “Montreal’s Hidden Jewish Treasures” with Barbara Weiser; an all-day workshop in painting with pastels or making polymer clay floral pendants; and an afternoon of learning how to paint with India ink or the basics of Internet surfing and emailing. 342-1234.
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom begins its first Friday of the month early Kabbalat Shabbat services at 5:45 p.m. It’s a family-friend casual atmosphere, focusing on singing and stories, followed by an oneg. 937-3575.
Saturday, Sept. 8
Rabbi Michael Whitman leads a halachic discussion on gay marriage and video presentation entitled “Trembling Before God”Slichot night at the Adath Israel Congregation at 10 p.m. Cantor Shmuel Levin leads services at midnight. www.adath.ca.
Rabbi Sherril Gilbert talks about the new Jewish Renewal community shul, based at the YM-YWHA, on The Jewish Digest on Radio Centre-Ville 102.3FM at 8:30 a.m. B’nai Or holds egalitarian services every second Friday evening.
Sunday, Sept. 9
CENTRE TURNS 30
The Creative SocialCentre at The Chevra synagogue celebrates its 30th anniversary from 1-4 p.m., which includes an exhibition of members’ artwork. 488-0907.
AT BETH ZION
The Suburban editor Beryl Wajsman discusses current events in Montreal at a Beth Zion Congregation breakfast at 9:30 a.m. 489-8411, ext. 24.
Monday, Sept. 10
Drummers and singers from the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal perform traditional music at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors at 10 a.m. At 1 p.m., there’s a workshop in making native beading. 342-1234.
BACKSTAGE AT THE ADATH
Cantor Shmuel Levin and choirmaster Jackie Hoziel teach some of the melodies of the High Holidays at Congregation Adath Israel at 7:30 p.m. www.adath.ca.
Sara Ferdman Tauben talks about her research on Montreal’s early shuls in a lecture “Tracking Synagogues, Uncovering a Community” at the Jewish Public Library at 7:30 p.m., sponsored with the Jewish Genealogical Society. www.jgs-montreal.org.
Tuesday, Sept. 11
An open house showcasing the opportunities for new volunteers is held at the Cumming s Jewish Centre for Seniors from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Lynn, 342-1234, ext. 7240.
Montreal author Nancy Richler discusses her work and latest novel The Impostor Bride at a Beth Ora Seniors meeting at 1:30 p.m. 342-1234, ext. 7318.
Wednesday, Sept. 12
BOOK LOVERS RETURNS
The Book Lovers’ Forum II of Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom launches its 55th season at 9:30 a..m. when Gina Roitman reviews The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, based on the romance between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley. The series was founded in 1945 by Sylvia Stern, wife of Rabbi Harry Stern, who ran it for 32 years, and then revived in 1989. The Forum, chaired today by Vivianne Silver, presents six monthly reviews per year, including one in the evening to attract working people. Heidi Reinblatt, 937-3575, ext. 217.
The TelHai Chapter of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO host its 28th bridge and mah jongg luncheon at the Elm Ridge Country Club at 11 a.m. Tickets, 933-8461.
Canadian author Wayne Johnston reads and discusses his recent novel A World Elsewhere at a wine reception at the Jewish Public Library at 5:30 p.m. He’s introduced by writer and critic David Homel. Tickets, 345-6416.
Thursday, Sept. 13
FOUNDATION IS 40
The Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal celebrates its 40th anniversary following its annual meeting at 6 p.m. at the Gelber Conference Centre. Arthur Pascal, the visionary behind the foundation’s creation, wanted to ensure the continued vitality of the community. Honorary president Sheila Zittreris chair of the event.
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