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Week of December 12


Saturday, Dec. 14



A fundraiser is being held at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena in Cote St. Luc to help subsidize individuals who want to go on the March of the Living but can’t afford it. The event will include a silent auction, autographed National Hockey League merchandise, free disinfecting of hockey gear, and a hockey game featuring CSL youth and executive leagues. Call 514-892-1288 or email, amanda@sanisport.ca.


Tuesday, Dec. 17



From 6-9 p.m., the Campagne Sepharade holds a telethon at Federation CJA. Contact Nina Assedo at 514-345-2645, ext. 2660, or email nina.assedo@federationcja.org.


Wednesday, Dec. 18



Deborah Dunn’s latest dance creation, Orlando, is based on the world of Virginia Woolf and can be seen free, 8 p.m. at the Segal Centre. The work is described as an “eccentric group piece” in which “six interpreters construct and deconstruct the faux history surrounding the fascinating, androgynous figure of Orlando whose pursuit of love and poetry travels through epochs.” Reservations required, 514-872-6889, or 514-739-7944.



Henri Levy, a retired lieutenant-colonel in the Israeli army who was directly involved in Israel’s negotiations with the Palestinians and Jordan, delivers a French-language talk on, “L’insupportable Logique du Moyen-Orient,” 7 p.m. at the Hekhal Shalom synagogue, 825 rue Gratton in Ville St-Laurent. Call 514-747-4530.


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Ongoing courses at the Creative Social Centre, 5237 Clanranald Ave., include Drawing (Mondays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.); Aerobics and Yoga (Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon); Jewelry Making (Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.); Art-mixed media (Wednesdays, 10- a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-3 p.m.); Stone Sculpture (Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.); Folk and Line Dancing (Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon); Choir (Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.); Aerobics and Yoga (Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon); and Mah-jong (Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.). 514-488-0907.



Hope & Cope offers two bereavement courses for people who have lost loved ones to cancer: Mourning Walks (Thursdays, 10 a.m. on Mount Royal), and the seven-week Bereavement Support Group, held every second Tuesday starting in January. Robyn Wilkenfeld, 514-340-8222, ext. 8535, or 514-973-2254.



Registration continues for the vast range of Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors winter courses, with programs including bridge to global affairs, computers, film, etc., in Snowdon, Chomedey, Westmount, the West Island, St. Laurent, and even Florida. 514-342-1234, ext. 7209.



The Jewish Public Library has released limited edition 2014 calendars in honour of its 100th anniversary that include archival and current photos showing its vibrant history. Makes a great holiday gift. 514-345-2627.



Last month, students at Talmud Torah elementary school commemorated Romanian victims of the Holocaust at an event spearheaded by survivor Baruch Cohen and Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation’s Rabbi Reuben Poupko, in the effort to pass the torch to the future generations.


West Islander Bob Elkin, a one-time contributor to The CJN, has written and published an 11,000-word novelette as a Kindle Single, about a poet on a train riding to a death camp during the Holocaust. Elkin can be reached at 514-683-0347 or bobby.elkin@gmail.com.



The Yeh! Yogurt and Café at Quartier Cavendish, which has used kosher ingredients since it opened last summer, now is under actual MK (Vaad Ha’ir) certification.



Federation CJA Tikkun Olam Volunteers (TOV) in the West Island rolled up their sleeves last month for a Shabbat Cooking Program (launched in 2011) that provided Shabbat meals for underprivileged families in the area, said chair Dania Besnos. They used the Congregation Beth Tikvah kitchen to prepare the meals with a team led by Ruth Levitsky.



Loris Lesynski and Michael Martchenko, respective author and illustrator of Boy Soup, visited Akiva School last month to read and talk about their work to grade 1 and 2 students during their Canada-wide book tour and as part of the TD Grade 1 Book Giveaway, which distributes 100,000 free books to kids across Quebec to encourage children’s literacy.



Herzliah High School recently presented Chai Awards to 123 students who scored 85 per cent or higher in their Judaic and general studies during the 2012-13 school year. Guest speaker at the event was Jason Caron (class of ’88), vice-president of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs in Quebec.


The recent CJN article on raising funds for new incubators at the Jewish General Hospital misstated the names of the project’s co-chairs. They are actually Rhona Daitchman and Roz Rinzler.


The revived Hashomer Hatzair in Montreal began its activities this fall with two programs, including a memorial for former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin that drew 60 people. The group is also planning a Dec. 21-24 winter camp. Contact Carmi Daniel at 416-816-5437, or visit www.hashomerhatzair.ca.



A multi-centre clinical trial led by Dr. Susan Kahn at the Jewish General Hospital’s Lady Davis Institute found that patients who use elastic compression stockings for two years after a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) were no less likely to experience post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) than patients using a placebo stocking. PTS symptoms include pain, itching, swelling, varicose veins, discoloration, and ulcers. Pressure stockings were never previously subjected to a placebo-controlled clinical trial. The study’s findings were published in The Lancet.



Chabad Lifeline offers an eight-week, therapist-facilitated outpatient group for partners of sex addicts, offering education, awareness and support. Pre-registration required. Contact Jennifer Kotry at 514-738-7700.


On Dec. 7, CJN reporter Elias Levy was to be honoured with a plaque at Congregation Or Hahayim in recognition of the  high calibre of his articles covering the Sephardi world… Last month, Dollard des Ormeaux mayor Ed Janiszewski convened a special council meeting to extend a tribute to Rabbi Mordecai Zeitz and his wife, Charlotte, for his 49 years of service to Beth Tikvah synagogue. It was the first such proclamation since Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited DDO three years ago… Bialik High School vice-principal Marnie Stein has been named principal of Jewish People and Peretz School as of July 2014, succeeding Adina Matas.

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