About Town: Week of February 28
Friday, March 1
Former Montreal Symphony Orchestra violinist Sherry Steinberg explains how music enhances film, 10 a.m., Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Call Joyce for details, 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.
EARLY BIRD SHABBAT
It’s the first Friday of the month, so Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom is holding its family-oriented and casual early Shabbat service, 5:45 p.m., with its focus on singing and which is followed by a special oneg Shabbat. Call 514-937-3575.
Saturday, March 2
Host Leslie Lutsky chats with Hélène Martinez, founder of the local band ESEM (l’Ensemble de musique sépharade et méditerranéen), on Jewish Digest, 8:30 a.m. on Radio Centre-Ville, 102.3 FM.
Sunday, March 3
The Mahalia Jackson Musical, dedicated to the legendary “Queen of Gospel” and civil rights activist, begins its run through March 24 with 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows at the Segal Centre. The musical, the perfect vehicle for star Ranee Lee, is written and directed by Roger Pierce and presented by the centre and Copa de Oro Productions. Earlier at the 11 a.m. Sunday@the-Segal event, MP Tyrone Benskin, former artistic director of the Black Theatre Workshop, discusses the arts’ role in the civil rights movement. Tickets for the musical are at 514-739-7944 or segalcentre.org.
The eighth edition of the Communauté sépharade unifiée du Québec’s Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Israélien de Montréal, a film festival featuring the best of Israeli cinema and documentaries in their original languages with French subtitles, runs through March 13 with 28 screenings at the Cinéma du Parc and Segal Centre CinemaSpace. Today’s offerings are Les Voisins de Dieu, 7 p.m., and Hannah Arendt, 9 p.m., both at the Cinéma du Parc. Tickets at 514-733-4998 or visit www.fcim.ca.
FABULOUS FABLE FACTORS
The Jewish Public Library and PJ Library present Teen Tour Theatre’s play Fabulous Fable Factory (about Aesop), 11 a.m., the JPL. It’s for kids three to 10, but those under seven must be with an adult. Details, tickets at 514-345-2627, exts. 3012, 3016 and 3398.
The Forgotten Refugees, a film on the exodus of Jews from Arab lands and Iran, will be screened 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Ora, with speaker Sylvain Abitbol, co-sponsored by Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa. 514-748-6559.
ECLECTICISM & DIVERSITY
Musica Cameratera chamber music ensemble performs works of Hétu, Boccherini, Schubert, and Kokkonen, 2 p.m., the Segal Centre. Tickets, 514-738-7944.
Tuesday, March 4
All aspects of aliyah are addressed at Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Montreal Aliyah Fair, 6:30-9:45 p.m., Ruby Foo’s Hotel, 7655 Decarie Blvd. Contact Sarah Kantor at 1-866-4-ALIYAH (254924) or email@example.com.
Correcting “false trails” is discussed by Jeff Miller at a Jewish Genealogical Society event, 7 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library. Call the JGS Hotline, 514-484-0969, or visit www.jgs-montreal.org.
Films being screened at Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Israélien (see March 3 item) are The Ballad of the Weeping Spring, 7 p.m., and Le Fils de l’Autre, 9 p.m., both at Cinéma du Parc.
Tuesday, March 5
How to promote yourself and your business and find your next job using social media are the topic of a panel discussion with recruiter Jessica Glazer, Global News personality Paola Samuel and Agence Ometz “employability trainer” Sharon Bishin, 7:30 p.m., Hampton Inn Dorval, 1900 Trans-Canada Hwy. Contact Brenda Rodier at 514-342-0000, ext. 3423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being screened at Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Israéalien (see March 3 item) are Single Plus (Celibataires), 7 p.m., and Le Cochon de Gaza, 9 p.m., at Cinéma du Parc.
Beth Ora Seniors celebrates Purim, 1:30 p.m. at the shul with violinist David Litvack. More at 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.
Wednesday, March 6
B’NAI BRITH FOOD BASKETS
Montreal B’nai Brith Food Baskets Inc. packs its annual baskets today, 5-8 p.m. The project packs, distributes and delivers more than 4,000 food baskets each year and helps organizations such as the Generations Foundation, Sun Youth and MADA. Packing and deliveries take place March 7-20 (5-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays). The warehouse is open March 11-12, 1-5 p.m. for pick-up only and 5-8 p.m. for pick-up and delivery. Call 514-744-6457, email email@example.com or visit www.bnaibrithfoodbaskets.com.
Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Israélien (see March 3 item) screens Le Vagabond, 7 p.m., and Chambre 514, 9 p.m., at Cinéma du Parc.
Thursday, March 7
P.M. BOOK REVIEW
Ami Sands Brodoff reviews Ayana Mathis’ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, 2 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library. Tickets, 514-345-2627.
Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Israélien (see March 3 item) screens L’Appartement (The Flat), 7 p.m., and Les Gardiens (The Gatekeepers), 9 p.m. at Cinéma du Parc.
$21 MILLION FOR CANCER
Quebec is giving $10 million over four years and the private sector $11.1 million for a project called Personalized Medicine Partnership for Cancer (PMPC). Its goal is to develop an integrated individual patient-based approach to cancer treatment to improve outcomes. The project’s “clinical driver” is the Quebec Clinical Research Organization of Canada, co-founded by the Jewish General Hospital’s Segal Cancer Centre and co-directed by Segal Centre director and oncologist Gerald Batist. Montreal biotech firm Caprion Proteome is leading the project in partnership with Onozyme Pharma, Pfizer Canada, Sanofio Canada and Telus Health GP.
Works of artist Michael Litvack are on display at the Cote St. Luc Eleanor London Library through March 31. Much of his work has Jewish themes and been described as “magical.” His email address is, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue has a musical play group Mondays 10-11 a.m. with Meira Orenstein; Torah yoga, Wednesdays 9:30-11 a.m. with Kate Hudson; and Hebrew chanting, Wednesdays 10:45 a.m. with Orenstein, 514-737-3695.
The Creative Social Centre has aerobics and yoga Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. onward, 5237 Clanranald Ave. 514-488-0907.
Congregation Dorshei Emet holds a Mindful Meditation Minyan, Wednesdays, 7:30-8:15 a.m. Call 514-733-1874.