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Deadline reminder: April 8 is the deadline for the issue of April 18. April 15 is the deadline for the issue of April 25. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ex. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email


Thursday, April 4



George Gedeon discusses “Antisemitism in Greece During the Holocaust,” 7 p.m., Temple Sinai.


Friday, April 5



Rabbi Richard Sarason,  scholar-in-residence at Temple Kol Ami’s weekend, discusses “The Way We Pray.” Workshops will be held tonight at 7:30, tomorrow at 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. To register, 905-709-2620;


Saturday, April 6



Lou van Delman discusses the parashah at Beth Tikvah Synagogue.


Sunday, April 7



Paul Liptz discusses “The Jewish People: Forging New Links in an Ancient Chain,” 10 a.m., Temple Har Zion. $20. RSVP to



Na’amat Canada Toronto holds a pamper party, with pamper stations, guest speakers and prizes, 1-4 p.m., Borochov Centre. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 416-636-5425 or



Artistic directors David Eisner and Avery Saltzman discuss their play Falsettos, 7:30 p.m., Temple Sinai. RSVP 416-487-3281.



Oraynu Congregation holds a Holocaust remembrance service, 7 p.m., 18 Wynford Dr.

Vera Schiff, a survivor of Terezin, speaks at a Holocaust memorial service, hosted by Beth Zion Congregation and B’nai Shalom V’Tikvah, 7 p.m., 144 King St. E., Oshawa. 905-493-0167.


Monday, April 8



Ruby Newman discusses “My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner” by Meir Shalev, Beth Tzedec Synagogue. Dessert at 1 p.m., review at 1:30 p.m. $20. RSVP 416-781-3514, ext. 225.



Information night about City Shul’s trip to Italy (Nov. 3-11), Wolfond Centre, 36 Harbord St. RSVP; 647-799-3557.



A Yiddish conversation group starts today, 1:30 p.m. at the Prosserman JCC and April 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Ave. To register, call United Jewish People’s Order, 416-789-5502, or  the Prosserman JCC, 416-638-1881, ext. 4235.


 Tuesday, April 9 



Temple Sinai broadcasts a discussion in honour of the Anti-Defamation League’s centennial. Doors open 7:30, program starts at 8:15 p.m.



Ellen Roseman discusses “Identity Fraud and Credit Card Theft,” Beth Tikvah Synagogue. Lunch at 12:15; program at 12:45. 416-221-3433, ext. 352.



Mitch Parker teaches a 4-session course on “A Psychologist Looks at the Book of Genesis,”  7:30 p.m., Pride of Israel Synagogue.

Carl Ehrlich discusses the Book of Psalms, Beth David Synagogue, 8 p.m.


Wednesday, April 10 



StandWithUs Canada shows the film Orchestra of Exiles, 7 p.m. Varsity Cinemas, 55 Bloor St. W. For tickets, 416-966-0722 or


Thursday, April 11



Rose Reisman demonstrates recipes, Temple Sinai, 7 p.m. $25. 416-487-3281.



Israeli Consul General DJ Schneeweiss discusses current events in Israel, 7:30 p.m., Beth David Synagogue.


 Other News



Registration is open for Temple Emanu-El’s lecture series on Mondays, 2 p.m., April 15-May 13. $45 for the series/$10 lecture. Call 416-449-3880.



Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver meals to seniors. Call Karen Sacke, 416-225-2112, ext. 127.



Sylvia Warsh teaches creative writing at Bernard Betel Centre, Thursday mornings, starting April 12. Call 416-225-2112.



Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub. Refreshments $2. Call Sheila, 416-665-3333, or Marcia, 416-932-1229.

Shaar Shalom. Play bridge Mondays 1:30 p.m. Lessons at 12:30 p.m., Mondays. 905-889-4975.

Beth Emeth. Experienced mah-jong and Rummikub players meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 416-633-3838.

Bridge Club at Forest Hill Library is looking for new members. Call Lea, 416-487-7630.

All programs require registration and are open to all members of the community. To register, call Shawna Sidney, 416-638-7800, ext. 6215, or All classes at Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst St., unless otherwise noted.

High Conflict Divorce: A workshop for parents to lessen the impact of divorce on their children. Not for individuals in an abusive situation. April 4, 6:30 p.m.

Beyond the Chupah, Becoming a Couple: A 5-session marriage-preparation group for couples who are going to be married in the next year. Starts April 4, 7 p.m., Beth Tzedec synagogue.

Looking Ahead: A 6-session group for newly divorced or separated individuals. Starts April 16, 7 p.m.

Mind, Body Connection for Women: An 8-session group for women who want to learn mindfulness and meditation. Starts April 27, 35 Madison Ave, 3 p.m.; April 25, Lipa Green Centre, 7 p.m.

Widows/Widowers +65: A 6-session group for men and women over 65 who have recently lost a partner or spouse, starts April 18, 1 p.m.

Younger Widows/Widowers: A 6-session group for people under 60 who have recently lost a spouse, starts April 23, 7:30 p.m.

Understanding Executive Function in Children With ADHD and Learning Disabilities: A workshop for parents and professionals about higher-order thinking skills and children, April 24, 7 p.m.

Adult Children Losing a Parent: A 6-session group for adult children who have recently lost a parent. Starts April 30, 7:30 p.m.



Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario offers self-help groups to bereaved parents. Beth Feffer, JF&CS, 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or


Association for Jewish Seniors. “Tax Tips for Seniors,” with Jamie Golombek, April 18, Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue. RSVP 416-635-2860, ext. 458.

 Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Bingo, April 9, 12:30 p.m.; Casino Rama, April 17; Sunday dance, April 21, 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, fitness, 10 a.m., bridge 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m., social bridge, 12:30 p.m.

Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112. An archeology class, “The History of Ancient Israel,” taught by David Lipovitch, begins Thursdays, April 4, 1 p.m.

Baycrest offers a 5-part class on insights into aging, starting in May. Become a more informed patient, a better caregiver or a more competent guardian of your well-being. To register, call 416-785-2500, ext. 2363, or  visit

Baycrest is offering a falls-prevention course for older adults living in the community who have fallen or have a fear of falling. OHIP covered. Course starts April 15. Call 416-785-2500, ext. 2588.

Hadar Senior Citizens Social Club is looking for new members. The club meets Monday and Wednesday afternoons at Garnet A. Williams Community Centre, 501 Clark Ave. W., Thornhill. Call Phyllis, 905-889-5722.

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, card games and casino trips. 416-256-1892.

Active Seniors/Boomers Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext. 155.  Corey Keeble speaks about synagogue architecture in North America, April 4 and 11, 1:30 p.m.

Osnat Lippa presents “Influential Jewish Artists and Their Art,” April 16, 23, 30. $36.

Circle of Care/Baycrest Day Centre for Seniors provides a secure Jewish environment for seniors with dementia. Transportation provided. Call 905-738-1128.

A Support Group for Russian-Speaking Seniors is offered by Circle of Care. Call 416-635-2900, ext. 498 or ext. 477.

Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst St., 416-638-1881,

One Step Ahead Mobility offers a dance class for all abilities, starting April 4. Call ext. 4235

Tickets for theatre day trips now on sale. Registration now open for spring courses.

Courses offered: Bridge levels 1-3 start April 8; Mah-jong evening class starts April 8, daytime class starts April 10; Advanced bridge starts April 11.

“Europe United and Divided,” taught by Hugh Innis, starts April 9; “What’s So Funny: The Complex World of Comedy,” taught by Kevin Courrier, starts April 10; “Influential Jewish Artists,” taught by Osnat Lippa starts April 11; Yoga with Dorry Korn starts April 11.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

Registration for spring classes is now open.

What Is Toronto? A performance curated by Toronto historians and civic thinkers will be presented April 5, Al Green Theatre. Pre-show chat 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Zuzana Sermer, author of Survival Kit, gives a Yom Hashoah lecture, April 7, 11 a.m.

Adam Nayman discusses the films of the Coen brothers. April 8, “Adaptation/Americana,” 7 p.m.

MNJCC Hebrew Institute, Hebrew literacy and conversation  for adults, starts April 8.

Adult and children swim classes start April 20. Call ext. 530.

The MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble led by Eric Stein meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.

The Women’s Chorus with conductor Gillian Steyck meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Daytime choir meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m. No auditions needed.

Jewish Chanting Circle meets April 10, 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Miriam Margles.

Baruch Sienna teaches “Introduction to Judaism,” April 11- May 2, 7:30 p.m.

Nurture: Stories of New Midlife Mothers is in the gallery until April 21.

Young Frankenstein presented by the Alexander Showcase Theatre and the Al Green Theatre, April 11-21. 416-324-1259.

Call for submissions for the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition 2013. Deadline is July 2, 2013. For guidelines, see

Michael Bernstein Chapel holds services Thursdays at 7:15 a.m., Sundays at 8 a.m. Coleman Bernstein, 416-968-0200.

Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst St., Vaughan. 905-303-1821. Call ext. 3037 to register.

StrollerFit class for mothers and babies starts April 11. Call Tonya, ext. 3028.

Registration now open for the centre’s big band, starts April 10. Call Staci, ext. 3037.

PJ Library time with a Yiddish twist, May 5, 3:30 p.m.

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