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Thursday, June 20



Na’amat Club Aviva is showing the film The Mystery of San Nicandro, which tells the story of people discovering their Italian Jewish roots. Laura Cattari will discuss the film, 7:30 p.m., Borochov Cultural Centre, 272 Codsell Ave. $20/$25. www.naamatToronto.com or 416-636-5425.


Friday, June 21



The Annex String Quartet performs works by George Gershwin, Benny Goodman and Kurt Weill, Temple Sinai, 8 p.m.


Saturday, June 22



B’nai Shalom, a Conservative congregation, meets in Oakville at 10 a.m. www.bnaishalom.ca or 905-901-9889.


Sunday, June 23



Temple Har Zion book club discusses Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter, by Peter Manseau,  7:30 p.m., Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Ave. 905-889-2252 or cindy.mortimer@gmail.com.



A walk to raise funds for the Molly and David Bloom Chair for Multiple Myeloma Research  at Princess Margaret Hospital will be held as part of the Journey to Conquer Cancer Event. Register at  www.mm5kwalk.ca or 416-946-6584.



National Council of Jewish Women holds a garage sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 4700 Bathurst St. New and gently used items.


Monday, June 24



Katherine Barber discusses “Ballet Laughs: The Surprising Comic Side of a Classical Art,”  Temple Sinai, 1:30 p.m. $12/$15.



A tribute to the memory of Cantor Louis Danto will be held at the Lodzer Synagogue, 12 Heaton St., 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, June 25



An information session for Canadian American Active Retirees in Israel will be held 2-4 p.m., at Temple Emanu-El. Spend 2-7 weeks in Israel, touring and doing community service this winter. RSVP Annice Stark, 416-665-2482.


The Irritable Bowel Syndrome support group meets at Trinity Rec Centre, 155 Crawford St., 7 p.m. For more information, call 1-866-600-4875 or www.badgut.org.


Wednesday, June 26



The Jewish Genealogical Society presents members reporting on their breakthroughs and advice, Temple Sinai, 8 p.m. www.jgstoronto.ca.


Thursday, June 27



Modya Silver leads 4 sessions of Mussar practice, starting tonight, 8 p.m., at Beth Tikvah Synagogue. To see an outline of the course, visit YouTube and search under “NRKPG-33Wpk.” Registration required. 416-221-3433. 


Kenneth Green discusses “Why Maimonides Matters,” at a book launch for two new books he has written on the subject, 8 p.m., Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation.





Baycrest welcomes youths between the ages of 13 and 24 to join the summer volunteer program. Provide companionship and assist with creative arts, fitness, outings and administrative work. 416-785-2500, ext. 2572; www.baycrest.org/volunteer.

Reena is looking for teens and young adults to work as recreation buddy volunteers in the summer day program for children, teens and young adults. Volunteers need to commit one day a week for July and August or two days a week for one month. No experience needed. Call Mille Chadwick, 905-889-2690, ext. 2112, or email mchadwick@reena.org.

Volunteers needed to deliver kosher meals on wheels. Pick up from Baycrest or Pride of Israel Synagogue. Mileage reimbursed. Call Circle of Care, 416-373-4100.



Golfers are invited to register and raise funds for Autism Speaks Canada the week of June 20-27. Players can register and golf on any course they choose. More information at www.swingforetheanswers.com.



List your spare room or basement apartment with the accommodation registry at Jewish Information Service of Greater Toronto. Help is available for renters as well. 416-635-5600 or email jinfo@ujafed.org.



Orillia Country Shul resumes its services, starting July 6, with Rabbi Micah Streiffer. July 13, Rabbi Jay Kelman; July 20, Rabbi Ilyse Glickman; July 27, Rabbi Nir Barkin; Aug. 3, Lionel Sharp; Aug. 10, Rabbi Elyse Goldstein; Aug. 17, Rabbi Tina Grimberg; Aug. 24, Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg; Aug. 31, Rabbi Arthur Bielfeld. Services at 10:30 a.m., 151 Creighton St. South. 705-327-7069.



Shaar Shalom Synagogue, 2 Simonston Blvd., Thornhill, is looking for donations of gently used books for its book sale, Aug. 11. (No academic books, encyclopedias or religious books).


Bill Gladstone discusses his new book, Only Yesterday, July 3, 7:30 p.m., Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue.



Gerald Ziedenberg continues his series on famous trials and personalities, starting July 10, 7:30 p.m., Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue. The first lecture is “The Blood Libel Trial at Riszelar, Hungary.”



There are still spots available at Kindercamp of Chabad Markham. To apply, visit www.chabadmarkham.org or call 905-886-0420.



The Jeanie Schottenstein Centre for Advanced Torah Study for Women, with Simi Peters, senior faculty at Nishmat, offers beit midrash-style Torah study for women of all levels, July 9-11, Yeshivat Or Chaim, 159 Almore Ave. To register, visit www.nishmat.net/ykreg.php or call 416-783-9323.



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


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, 12:30 p.m. 905-889-4975.

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

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

New Horizons is a Jewish Hungarian Seniors Club. Kosher food, card games. 416-256-1892.

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

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Trip to Woodbine Casino, July 24; Dance with live music, June 23, 7 p.m.; Barber/hairdresser on site June 27, 10 a.m.-noon; Tuesdays, fitness, 10 a.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m.; social bridge; 12:30 p.m.

Active Seniors/Boomers Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext. 155.

July 4, String quartet plays light popular classical music selections, 1:30 p.m. $3.


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

Join the Centre for Dynamic Learning Book Club. The next  book to be discussed is 419 by Will Ferguson, June 24, 1-3 p.m. Ext. 4235.

Tickets still available to see Shout at Stage West, June 26.

Enjoy a morning of Yiddish songs, crafts and brunch for grandparents and grandchildren, June 23, 10 a.m. Ext. 4235.

Provocative Female Artists with Osnat Lippa starts June 13; Kevin Courrier discusses “New York: City of Dreams,” starting June 26, 1 p.m.

Mah-jong games, Monday afternoons; Yiddish conversation, Mondays, 1:30 p.m.; Folk dance, Wednesdays 10 a.m.; Recorder lessons (all levels), Wednesdays; Duplicate bridge, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m..

Spirituelle Divas meets monthly, Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., and welcomes new members.

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

Music at the MNJCC. Daytime choir, Tuesdays, 1 p.m.; Jewish chanting circle, June 26, 7:30 p.m. music@mnjcc.org.

Learn to cross-stitch Bible verses with Temma Gentles, June 20, 7 p.m.

TorontoTIME, photo-based collages of old and new Toronto, is in the gallery until July 1.

Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, submission deadline July 2. Prizes include a professional play reading and national publicity. For guidelines, visit www.mnjcc.org/CJPC.

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

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