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What's New: Week of January 19


Deadline reminder: Jan. 23 is the deadline for the issue of Feb. 2. Jan. 30 is the deadline for the issue of Feb. 9. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; e-mail whatsnewcjn@gmail.com, or fax 416-391-0829.


Thursday, Jan. 19



Michael Chazan, of the Archaeological Centre, University of Toronto, discusses “The Birth of a Project: The 2011 Excavation at Huqoq, Israel,” 7:15 p.m., Carr Hall, Room 404, St. Michael’s College, 100 St. Joseph St.



Amy D’Aprix discusses “Making the Most of Life’s Transitions: Before and After Retirement,” 7:30 p.m. at Temple Har Zion. 905-889-2252.



A seminar for family caregivers in Russian on topics such as dementia and home safety will be held 6:30 p.m. at the Day Centre for Seniors, Steeles Avenue and Dufferin Street. RSVP Natalie, 416-635-2900, ext. 498.


Saturday, Jan. 21



Ballroom dance lessons will be offered at Beth Radom Synagogue, tonight, Feb. 11 and March 10, 8 p.m. No experience necessary. $12 per person. 416-636-3451.



The film Exodus Decoded will be shown and followed with a discussion with director Simcha Jacobovici and Rabbi Daniel Korobkin on “Exploring the Theological Limits to Scientific Explanations of Biblical Miracles,” 8 p.m. at Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. www.bayt.ca.


Sunday, Jan. 22



Kalman Weiser speaks about “Haskalah, Reform and Conservative Judaism, Modern and Ultra-Orthodoxy,” 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Darchei Noam as part of its series on Jewish history.


Monday, Jan. 23



Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner discusses “Taking Call on Shabbat,” as part of a series on practical medical Halachah, 8 p.m., Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue. 416-781-1777 or info@torontotorah.com.



The Mitzvah Knitters meet at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Shaar Shalom Synagogue to create blankets and shawls for people in need. Call 905-889-4975.


Tuesday, Jan. 24



A presentation on safety in the home for seniors will be given at 7 p.m. at Day Centre for Seniors, Steeles Avenue and Dufferin Street. Limited caregiver respite and transportation available. RSVP Vered, 905-738-1128, ext. 221.



Chabad of Markham will show the film God on Trial, 8 p.m., 83 Green Lane, Thornhill. RSVP 905-886-0420, ext. 221.



National Council of Jewish Women invites women to come and knit, 7-10 p.m., Council House, 4700 Bathurst St. 416-633-5100.


Wednesday, Jan. 25



Allen Halberstadt presents a workshop to the Jewish Genealogical Society on “Finding Your Ancestors in the Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry,” 8 p.m., Temple Sinai. Laptops invited, Wi-Fi available. Registration required at program@jgstoronto.ca.


Other News



Melton Mini School classes are open for registration. Bereshit II-Midrash and commentary will be taught by Loretta Tanenbaum Wednesday mornings, starting Feb. 15. Call 416-789-7400 or visit www.melton-toronto.org.



Anyone who ever attended or taught at Harbord Collegiate Institute is invited to its 120th birthday party, April 26-27, 2012. www.HarbordClub.com.



National Council of Jewish Women present a program on “Organ Donation: It’s a Mitzvah,” Feb. 2, noon, 4700 Bathurst St. Speakers include Joanne Schenker of Trillium Gift of Life Network and liver recipient Frank Bialystok. RSVP 416-633-5100.



North York’s Yorkminstrels Show Choir is looking for tenors, baritones and basses. Call Sandi Horwitz, 416-229-9313, or www.yorkmistrels.com.



Shoresh Food Conference on Jewish tradition and contemporary food issues, Feb. 5, Miles Nadal JCC. www.shoresh.ca or 416-805-8382.



Beit Rayim Synagogue holds its casino night fundraising evening Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m. at Pride of Israel Synagogue. For tickets, call 905-889-0276 or events@beitrayim.org.


Hana Werner teaches a Torah seminar Sundays, 10:30 a.m. at Adath Israel Synagogue, starting Jan. 29. 416-635-5340.

Werner discusses Jewish leaders who have made a difference, Mondays starting Jan. 30 at Beth David Synagogue, 7 p.m. To register, call 416-633-5500, ext. 32.



If you are looking to rent your  basement apartment or extra room, you can list it free with UJA’s Jewish Information Service of Greater Toronto in the Lipa Green Centre. People looking for a place to live can find help as well. 416-635-5600 or jinfo@ujafed.org.

Call Shawna Sidney, 416-638-7800, ext. 215, or www.jfandcs.com. All programs require pre-registration. All programs are held at the Lipa Green Centre, unless otherwise noted.

The Challenge of Anger for Women: A 6-session group for women, starting Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Living With Teens: A 6-session group for parents, starting Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Life Skills for Today’s Woman: A 6-session group for women, starting Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

Effective Parenting: A 4-session group for parents of children ages 2-11, starting Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

Beyond the Chupah, Becoming a Couple: A 5-session marriage preparation course, starting Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Beth Tzedec Congregation.

Dating in Midlife: A workshop for men and women over 40 who have been single for more than 2 years. Feb. 15.

You’re About to Separate, What to Tell The Kids: A workshop for parents, Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m., Promenade Mall, Suite 313.

High-Conflict Divorce: A workshop for parents, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.

Association of Jewish Seniors meets Jan. 19, registration 9:30 a.m., program 10 a.m., Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue. Susan Jackson discusses “The New Jewish Toronto: What Your Grandchildren Are In For.” RSVP Tammy, 416-635-2900, ext. 458.

National Council of Jewish Women, Aviva branch, is looking for women over 70 for their group, which meets mid-day every other Tuesday. Call 416-633-5100.


Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Hairdresser/barber, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. Casino Rama, Feb. 15.  Tuesdays, gentle exercise, 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, duplicate bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m.; social bridge, 12:30 p.m. Non-members welcome.

LZA Seniors Cultural Club meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Borochov Cultural Centre, 272 Codsell. 416-630-9444.

New Horizons is a Jewish Hungarian seniors club that offers kosher food, casino trips.  Romi and ulti card players welcome. 416-256-1892.

Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub. Refreshments $2. Call Pearl, 416-635-6317, or Sheila, 416-665-3333.

Bernard Betel Centre 416-225-2112. Jan. 19, “Diabetes Education,” 1:30 p.m.; Jan. 24, Lorne Miller discusses “Waiting for the Snow to Fall: A Guide to the Retirement Years,” 10 a.m.; Jan. 25, interactive animal show, 1:30 p.m.; Jan. 26, Jeff Brown discusses “What To Do in a Medical Emergency,” 1:30 p.m.

Active Seniors, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155. Iain Scott discusses “Great Opera Singers,” Jan. 19, 1:30 p.m.; ROM curator Corey Keeble presents “Jewish Textile Arts from Roman Times to Present,” Jan. 26, 1:30 p.m.

Senior Gentle Fitness Club offers tai chi classes at Edithvale Community Centre, Tuesdays, 10 a.m., or Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. Call Helen, 416-665-9050.

Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst St., 416-638-1881, www.prossermanjcc.com.

Daycare and preschool registration for the 2012-13 school year is open. Spaces available for preschool, nursery, junior and senior kindergarten. Call Kailah Rubin, ext. 4351.

A program about ovarian cancer and Jewish women will be held Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Call Karen, ext. 4255.

The senior program is looking for a volunteer to oversee students working on their painting projects, Mondays, 2-3 p.m. Call Janet, ext. 4259.

Spaces are still available in preschool Shabbat, music and sports programs. Call ext. 0.

Cyrel Troster reviews the film Three Mothers, Jan. 23, 12:45 p.m.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211, www.mnjcc.org.

Tickets for the Toronto Jewish Film Society’s 2012 season are on sale now. Call Joelle Malka, ext. 139.

Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner  teaches a course on “Icons of Spanish Jewry,” Thursdays 8 p.m., starting Feb. 9. Call ext. 154.

Textiles, an exhibit by Sheree Rasmussen, is at the gallery until Jan. 30.

The Michael Bernstein Chapel, on the 3rd floor, holds services every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. followed by breakfast. Call  Coleman Bernstein, 416-968-0200.

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