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Deadline for July 8 is June 28. Deadline for July 15 is July 5. Phone 416-391-1836. Fax 416-391-0829. E-mail cjnwhatsnew@gmail.com.

Thursday, June 24


GYPSY BAND

The Friendship Group presents Paul Mathew, bandleader and accordionist of the Gypsy (Roma) Flame Show Band. Featuring music from Russia, Hungary and Romania. 2-4 p.m. Beth Tikvah. $5 at the door. Refreshments served.

IS GOD IN OUR BRAINS?
Denyse O’Leary, co-author of The Spiritual Brain, discusses the latest scientific research showing religious feeling may be hard-wired. 8 p.m. $5 at the door. Beth Tikvah.

Sunday, June 27


MEDINA THEATRE

Medina Theatre Ensemble presents a staged reading performance of There Comes a Time. 2 p.m. Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Ave. $7. Includes refreshments. Roselle: 416-633-2057 or Morris: 416-785-0344.

SINGLES GAME NIGHT
Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, Scrabble, Rummicube, etc. Prizes and refreshments. $8. Beth Torah, 47 Glenbrook Ave. 7:30 p.m. Mollie: 416-733-3634, mollie_rothman@yahoo.ca.

Monday, June 28


LECTURE SERIES

Temple Sinai Congregation’s lecture series continues. “Kander and Ebb’s Contribution to Broadway,” with Michael Englebert. 1:30 p.m. Members $10, guests $12. RSVP Marcie, 416-487-3281.

YIDDISH SHOW
Committee for Yiddish of UJA Federation, Friends of Yiddish and Toronto Workmen’s Circle present Shane Baker in Vortkontsert. 7:30 p.m. 471 Lawrence Ave. W. Free for members of sponsoring organizations, guests $10. Reservations: Sandy, 416-736-8073.

Other News

MARCH WITH KULANU
Kulanu Toronto needs more feet on the street for Pride, July 4. If you would like to march with them to show your solidarity with queer Jews locally and in Israel, e-mail ­kulanutoronto@gmail.com.

SWING BAND
July 6, Megacity Swing Band performs big band classics from the 1930s and ’40s. 7 p.m. Barry Zuckerman Amphitheatre, Earl Bales Park.

CHRISTIE PITS RIOT
Cyril Levitt, sociology professor at McMaster University, speaks about the Christie Pits Riot. July 8, 12 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College St. $15. Includes lunch, tax, tip and program. RSVP: ­yiddishvinkl@yahoo.ca.

HOSPICE THORNHILL
Hospice Thornhill plants the first flowers and shrubs in its memorial garden on July 9. All who have had a relationship with the hospice over the years, including presently, are invited. 12 p.m. Those attending are invited to plant an annual or perennial plant.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Jewish Information Service of Greater Toronto needs volunteers during the day, four hours weekly for info desk. Computer skills and fluent in spoken and written English essential. Hebrew and Russian-language skills asset. For info: Barbara, bbarak@ujafed.org, 416-631-5843.

ORILLIA SHUL
Orillia Country Shul resumes its Shabbat services in July and August. 10:30 a.m. Cantor Tom Schwartz leads on July 3, Prof. Elliot Melamet on July 10. 151 Creighton St. S. 705-327-7069.

GOLF TOURNAMENT
Am Shalom Congregation in Barrie holds its 8th annual golf tournament fundraiser, in collaboration with Gilda’s Club, Barrie. July 23, Innisbrook Golf Course. 2957 Lockhart Rd. Shotgun start 8 a.m. $180, includes draw package, breakfast, lunch, golf cart, silent auction and prizes. Tax deductible sponsorship levels available. 705-792-3949.

YARCHEI KALLAH
Canadian Friends of Nishmat invites the public to their 16th annual Yarchei Kallah. Lecturer Simi Peters from Nishmat in Jerusalem speaks on “The Lure of Enchantment, Bi’lam and the Power of the Word.” July 13-15. Or Chaim Yeshiva, 159 Almore Ave. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. each morning. Afternoon session also. $30 per class, $5 for sourcebook. denise.cfn@gmail.com.

BBYO GOLF
The 16th Annual BBYO Friends and Alumni Memorial Golf  Tournament. July 27, Nobleton Lakes Golf Course. Includes lunch, dinner, auction, raffle and much more. Shotgun at 12:15 p.m. Portion of the proceeds will benefit Colon Cancer Canada and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Register online at www.bbyo.ca/fan or call 416-398-2004, ext. 221.

PROSTATE CANCER
PCCN Toronto and Side by Side support groups invite the public to a Prostate Cancer Awareness Night meeting at the Toronto Botanical Garden (Floral Hall). 777 Lawrence Ave. E. July 28, 7:30 -9:30 p.m. Dr. Gerard Morton speaks on “Clinical Trials.” Question period follows. Free parking. Doors open at 7. info@mantoman.ca.

THEATRE TRIPS
Beth Emeth goes to the theatre. Aug. 5, The Women – Shaw Festival Theatre. Fall trips to Stratford: Kiss Me, Kate, Oct. 6, and Evita, Oct. 28. Members $90 guests $95. Includes transportation. 416-633-3838, temaw@rogers.com.

ISRAEL HIKE
Join One Family Fund for a 5-day hike across Israel. From Oct. 17-21. $1,595 includes transportation from start of hike and back to Tel Aviv or airport, and accommodation and meals while on hike. Responsible for own airfare. Minimum $2,500 must be raised. 416-644-4955, ­louise@onefamilyfund.ca.

 

Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday social afternoons for men and women. Bridge, mah-jong, rummikub, refreshments. $2. Everyone welcome. Pearl, 416-635-6317, or Marcia, 416-932-1229.

Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. Casino Rama July 14, departs 10 a.m. Do you play chess or want to learn? Free lessons – $25 membership required. Walking group Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.  Social bridge Thursdays, 12:30-3 p.m. Bingo Tuesdays, 12:30-3 p.m. Valerie, 416-395-7881. Non-members welcome.

LZA Senior’s Cultural Club. Tuesdays 10 a.m. Discussion group at Borochov Cultural Centre, 272 Codsell Ave. 416-630-9444.

Bernard Betel Centre, 1003 Steeles Ave. W., 416-225-2112.
June 29, Lecture: “Who Is George Mantello?” With Rabbi Tessler. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $3 members, $6 guests.
June 30, Canada Day celebration. Free entertainment, vendors, market. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.
New polymer clay jewelry-making course. Starts July 8 for 8 weeks. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ruth, ext. 105.

Wagman Centre, 55 Ameer Ave., 416-785-2500, ext. 2267.
If you or a family member has had a stroke, live in the community and have completed stroke rehabilitation, you may qualify to participate in a Canadian Stroke Network study on the value of additional community, activity programs for people who have had a stroke. Participants will attend a stroke community program that includes education, exercise, leisure, social and wellness activities two times a week for nine months. Tina Wells-Rowsell, ext. 2120, or Dianne Cullen, ext. 2341.
Kosher lunch at the Chicken Nest Restaurant. June 30. Bus leaves at 11:30 a.m. and returns by 1:30 p.m. Please bring lunch money. Transportation is $2 for members, $5 for guests.
A variety of Creative Arts Studio programs are offered through June and July, including ceramics, wood shop and knitting and crocheting. Contact Meital, ext. 2939, for more information.


Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst St. 416-638-1881, ­www.prossermanjcc.com.
Registration continues for Kolel’s summer ulpan, Introduction to Conversational Hebrew. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. From July 6 to July 29. $170, $100 for students and seniors (plus $30 book fee). Ext. 4235.
Tickets are still available for a variety of day and overnight trips. Ext. 4235 or visit the website for details.
Reverence and Regard: The Many Faces of Women in Hollywood Movies. Wednesdays, July 7-Aug. 4. With Kevin Courrier. 1-3 p.m. $50 member, $60 guest.
Latin dance: Wednesdays, July 7-Aug. 25. 8:30-9:30 p.m. $60 members, $100 guests.
Tic Tac Summer Program, July and August at the Prosserman JCC daycare and preschool. For 2 years+. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. A stimulating program and lunch are included. Register with Kailah, ext. 4351.
Lunch ’n’ Learn will be held on July 9 with Rabbi Moshe Stern.
Social Painting Class Exhibit. Meet the artists and the instructor. June 28, 1-3 p.m. Room 123. Free.
Treasures in Jewish Literature, brochure for next series 2010-11 is available on the website or at the registration desk.


750 Spadina Ave., 416-924-6211, www. mnjcc.org.
Michael Bernstein Chapel services. Sunday 8 a.m. Thursday 7:15 a.m. Kosher breakfast included. Coleman Bernstein, 416-968-0200.
2010 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition. $1,000 awarded to winner. Deadline is June 30. Contact Esther at ­theatre@mnjcc.org, ext. 606, or check the MNjcc website for details.
Pride @ the J. “I Don’t Know from Funny: Tears and Laughter in Queer and Jewish Cultures.” June 30, 7:30 p.m. Al Green Theatre. Film: Sidney Turtlebaum. Discussion with noted speakers from the queer/Jewish community: Ronna Bloom (poet and psychotherapist), Aviva Goldberg (leader, Congregation Shir Libeynu), Scott Rayter (sexual diversity studies, University of Toronto) and Oscar Wolfman (sociologist and photographer). Free, all are welcome. Ext. 606, esthera@mnjcc.org.
Israel Dance Festival 2010: July 2-4. With choreographers Dudu Barzilay, Rafi Ziv, Ofer Alfasi, Victor Gabbay and Carina Saslavsky. Friday night Shabbat dinner, performances and more!  israelidancetoronto.com, Sofie at sofsof@sympatico.ca, 416-221-6280; Inbal at 647-271-1157, inbaldery@hotmail.com.


Koffler Centre of the Arts, 4588 Bathurst St., 416-638-1881, www.kofflerarts.org.
Koffler Fundraiser. Half Jewish, Half Very Jewish. Elon Gold’s Toronto première of his one-man show. July 6, 7 p.m. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St. $75. Tickets: 1-888-222-6608.
Create ceramic art pieces and engage in stimulating discussions about Judaism. For girls 12+ and their moms. Bubbies welcome, too! Mondays, 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 5-Aug. 30. E-mail ­registration@kofflerarts.org, call ext. 4269.
Register now for three fun-filled and creative classes for kids: craft and draw, ages 4 to 6; drawing and painting, ages 6 to 9; portraits and landscapes, ages 10 to 15. Thursdays, July 8-Aug. 26. E-mail registration@kofflerarts.org, call ext. 4269.

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