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Friday, Aug. 28


ABOUT FLORENCE

A film about Florence, Italy, is shown at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors at 10 a.m. Donna, 342-1234, ext. 7220

Saturday, Aug. 29


OPEN HOUSE

Congregation Dorshei Emet, the Reconstructionist synagogue, holds a special Shabbat service 10 a.m., followed by an open house for prospective members. A tour and information session start at 1:15 p.m. www.dorshei-emet.org

KLEZMER BAND
Jake Charkey of the local Friday Night All-Stars Klezmer Band is the guest on The Jewish Digest on Radio Centre-Ville 102.3FM at 8:30 a.m.

SCIENCE AND RELIGION
Dr. Michael Schleifer talks about “Science and Religion” at Shabbat  morning services at Shaare Zedek Congregation.

Monday, Aug. 31


FILM AND DISCUSSION

A film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein’s musical West Side Story is presented at the Creative Social Centre at Congregation Chevra Kadisha at 1 p.m. Kevin Segal leads the discussion afterward.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

CHOMEDEY SENIORS

Chomedey Cummings Centre 50+, a branch of the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, holds an open house 1-4 p.m. at the Young Israel of Chomedey Synagogue. Information on courses available. Entertainment by the CJCS Choir. Claire, 450- 978-7056

FILM ON ANGOLA
A multimedia presentation Angola: Dancing in Luanda is presented at the Segal Centre’s CinemaSpace at 7:30 p.m. by Andrew Princz of ontheglobe.com, who has travelled to more than 50 countries. He visited the sub-Saharan nation, which is emerging from a civil war of almost three decades. The evening includes the screening of the film Outras Frases by Angolan director Jorge Antonio, about a dance troupe from a slum in the capital Luanda as it prepares for an international tour. Ticket reservations, 739-7944.

HEBREW CLASSES
Free introductory Hebrew reading classes with Rabbi Ira Ebbin begin at 7:45 p.m. at Beth Zion Congregation. and continue for another four sessions. Registration, 489-8411, ext. 24

MUSICAL AFTERNOON
Sharon and Ilona offer musical entertainment at a Beth Ora Seniors meeting at 1:45 p.m. 342-1234, ext. 7220

...Et Cetera...

CLEANING THE SHORELINE
The Jewish environmental group Teva Quebec leads a clean-up at the Lachine shoreline Sept. 6, along with Quebec Jewish Congress, the Human Promise, the West Island JCC, and Congregation Beth Tikvah. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Lachine Visitor Services Centre at 6th Avenue and St. Joseph Boulevard This is part of the annual TD Bank Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up, in which thousands of Canadians volunteer. ­info@tevaquebec.ca

HOLD THE DATE
Former federal cabinet minister Don Johnston, who stepped down as secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2006, is the honoree at a Canadian Technion Society gala Nov. 29 at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim. Superior Court Justice Morris Fish is guest speaker.

YOUTH PROJECT
The Young Leadership Campaign of Federation CJA has undertaken a project to renovate and re-equip the interactive family play therapy facilities at Agence Ometz. YLC will hold silent and live auctions at its campaign events this fall, with all proceeds going to the project. The program uses play, drama and art therapy to help children and their parents cope with stressful situations, such as divorce, serious illness, death and other losses. About 60 families a year benefit from the program which is offered in English, French, Hebrew and Russian, and on a sliding fee scale. The waiting list is growing.

WOMEN HONOURED
Emunah Women of Montreal honoured three distinguished community women at its recent Family in Israel gala held at Congregation Adath Israel. Ariela Cotler, Brenda Gewurz and Doreen Green were cited for representing Emunah values: ensuring Jewish continuity and strengthening the State of Israel. Close to 200 people attending the dinner, which benefited a crisis centre for teenage girls at the Neve Michael Children’s Village in Pardes Chana, Israel. The keynote speaker was McGill University professor emeritus Blema Steinberg, author of Women in Power.

CHAI MONTREAL MOVES
The Sunday Jewish community show Chai Montreal on Radio CFMB 1280 AM moves to a new time slot from 5-6 p.m. as of Sept. 6. Executive producer Milton Winston hopes the new schedule will attract more listeners returning from the country or from downtown, while retaining its current audience. Hosted by Lisa Winston, Chai Montreal has been on CFMB for four years, offering interviews, music, news from Israel, and commentary.

BAR/BAT MITZVAH PREP
Congregation Beth-El offers a “family friendly” bar/bat mitzvah program led by Leonard Cohen and Karen Cahana-Knie. An information meeting with Rabbi Ronnie Cahana and Cantor Benny Moshaev is scheduled for Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Reservations, Jerry Spinak, 738-4766.
Congregation Dorshei Emet, the Reconstructionist synagogue, is publicizing a b’nei mitzvah program for children entering Grade 6. It is described as “a creative and meaningful program in which boys and girls can discover the relevance of their Jewish heritage,” while learning the liturgy and carrying out a mitzvah project. Financial subsidies available, as well as a shuttle service from the West Island. 486-9400

FREE JEWISH STUDIES
Free Hebrew for Juniors, a program now in its 36th year, offers a Judaic program for children age 3-13 years in public schools around the Montreal area. No background in Jewish education is required. New programs for adults are also available. www.freehebrew.com

BARNEY SHOOTING BEGINS
Shooting began this month in Rome for the film adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s last novel Barney’s Version. Produced by Canadian Robert Lantos, the cast includes Paul Giamatti (as  Barney Panofsky), Dustin Hoffman, Maury Chaykin, Mark Addy and Saul Rubinek, among others. Photography continues in Montreal and the Laurentians.

WELLNESS SAMPLERS
Sample wellness classes for free at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Sept. 2 and 3. Stretching, balance training, posture improvement, Pilates and Zumba dance are among the choices. Annette, 342-1234, ext. 7305.

Leonard Cohen is being feted on the occasion of his 75th birthday (Sept. 21) with the publication of an anthology of poetry inspired by Cohen’s songs or poems. Seventy-five submissions from about 200 that came in from around the world have been selected by the Foundation for Public Poetry for inclusion in the book titled Leonard Cohen: You’re Our Man.  Proceeds from the book will help launch a Leonard Cohen Poet-in-Residence program at Westmount High School, which Cohen attended. Among the local poets whose work has been chosen are: Jason Camlot, David Solway, and Ann Weinstein, as well as Max Layton of Ontario, whose father, Irving, was a good friend of Cohen’s… The Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR) is looking for a new assistant director. After nearly seven years as CIJR’s sole full-time staff member, Jacqueline Douek is leaving to pursue a PhD in Mediterranean studies – the Middle East in particular – at  King’s College of the University of London.

 

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