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Thursday, July 8


It started June 28 and the Jewish General Hospital’s 11th Jazz Fest continues through July 9 with patients, visitors and staff benefiting from performances by a dozen leading local jazz artists, noon-1:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Cote des Neiges picnic area (and indoors if it rains). JGH music therapist Bryan Highbloom chose the theme Hope Notes.

A solo exhibit by Cote St. Luc artist Carol Rabinovitch continues at the EM Café, 5718 Ave. du Parc, until July 15. Rabinovitch uses a variety of art media – acrylics, oil, and mixed media – for her works. Two of her works are also on view until Aug. 1 (except Mondays and Tuesdays) at the Arne-Art Gallery, 5345 Ave. du Parc. 514-488-0877.

Friday, July 9


The Chevra Shaas Adath Jeshurun Congregation holds a “Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat,” 6:30 p.m. at the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, with soulful melodies in the style of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and lots of singing and dancing promised. Call Rabbi Schachar Orenstein at 514-737-3695.

Saturday, July 10


Marc Stevens, author of Escape, Evasion and Revenge, which chronicles his German-Jewish father Peter’s  World War II exploits in the Royal Air Force – including bombing Berlin and being a PoW – is interviewed by host Leslie Lutsky on Jewish Digest, 8:30 a.m., Radio Centre-Ville, 102.3 FM.
Monday, July 12

The Friendship Circle, on behalf of special needs children stages its second annual golf tournament at Le Diamant Golf Club in St. Jerome, with special guest barbecue chefs Aaron Rand and Tasso of Q92 radio participating. Call 514-735-2255, or visit www.golf4friendship.com.


The Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation stages its ninth annual golf tournament at the Elm Ridge Country Club on Île Bizard, co-chaired by Michael Feil and Dr. Harry Baikowitz, with Ted Oberfeld as honorary chair. Registration/brunch is at 10:30 a.m., with tee-off at 12:30 p.m. Non-golfers are invited for cocktails and dinner at 5:45 p.m. Call Jennie at 450-688-9550, ext. 274, or e-mail jvolfson_hjr@ssss.gouv.qc.ca.

Women and children are welcome to take part in the Women’s Rosh Chodesh prayer service for the month of Av, 8:30 a.m., Congregation Shaar Hashomayim. For details, call Judy at 514-484-7862, Shelley at 514-489-9094 or Barbara at 514-683-4926.

Women and children are also invited to a Rosh Chodesh Av service organized by the Shaare Zedek Sisterhood, 9 a.m., Shaare Zedek Congregation. Call 514-484-1122.

Tuesday, July 13


Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors’ Prime Time West Island Flying Solo group for men and women 55+ who are single, divorced and widowed and looking to meet new friends, holds a trivia evening. 7:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 1900 Trans Canada Highway. For details or to reserve, call Ellen Tock, 514-624-5005, ext. 230.

Myra Siminovitch speaks on “Better Bladder Health” to Beth Ora Seniors, 1:30 p.m. at the synagogue. More at 514-342-1234, ext. 7348.

Wednesday, July 14

Today’s the deadline to reserve a place for the screening of Living Downstream, a documentary on the possible links between environmental toxins and bladder cancer and profiling 20-year-old patient Sandra Steingraber. The event takes place July 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hope & Cope Wellness Centre, 4635 Cote Ste. Catherine Rd., and is organized in conjunction with National Bladder Cancer Awareness Day. Reserve at 514-340-3616.

Maurice Perez leads the Israeli folk dancing, 6:45 p.m. until dusk at Beaver Lake. Contact Robyn Krane, 514-624-6750, ext. 35.

...Et Cetera...

The Chomedey chapter of Jewish Women International of Canada (JWIC) is preparing for an Aug. 4 fundraising trip to The Piggery in North Hatley to see a production of Boardwalk – The Doo Wop Musical, leaving at 10 a.m. by deluxe motor coach from the Young Israel of Chomedey synagogue. For details or to reserve, call Lili at 450-688-0026.

The YM-YWHA celebrates its centenary Aug. 16 with a golf tournament at the Elmridge Golf & Country Club benefiting the YM-YWHA scholarship fund to ensure that the Y is open to all regardless of ability to pay. Co-chairs are Ian Karper and Bruno Ciofi, and the day includes a lavish breakfast, challenges, prizes and after-game cocktail, dinner, and auction. Contact Elsa Beker at 514-737-6551, ext. 595, or e-mail ebeker@ymywha.com.

Book now for Na’amat Canada Montreal’s Aug. 5 theatre outing to Lac Brome to see Noel Coward’s A Duet in Two Keys, Shadows of the Evening and Come into the Garden Maude. Leaves from Cavendish Mall. Call 514-484-0252.

Registration has started for pre-school programs at the Jewish Public Library’s Norman Berman Children’s Library. They include Rhyme & Story Time for kids six to 24 months, Mondays, starting Sept. 13; Rhythm, Rhyme & Story Time for kids six to 24 months, Wednesdays starting Oct. 6; Mother Goose & Music, for ages six to 14 months, Tuesdays starting Sept. 14; Music & Movement with Linda Kravitz for ages six-36 months, Thursdays starting Oct. 7; and Shabbat and Me (with Kravitz) for ages 12 months and up, Fridays starting Oct. 8. To register, call 514-345-2627, ext. 3012.

Register now for Yiddish language classes that start in September at the Jewish Public library taught by Sheila Witt and Lorna Smith. For details, call 514-345-2627, ext. 3006, or visit www.jewishpubliclibrary.org.

The Quebec Community Group Network is seeking candidates for its second Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award honouring individuals who have contributed significantly to the vitality of the English-speaking community. The first winners last year were Marjorie Goodfellow, Jack Jedwab and Casper Boom, who will serve this year as the “blue ribbon panel” of judges. Deadline for nominations is July 30, and candidates “should have demonstrated leadership and commitment as a volunteer or as a professional in their chosen field of endeavor.” The award will be presented Oct. 22 in Montreal. For details, contact Rita Legault, 514-868-9044, ext. 223, e-mail rita.legault@qcgn.ca or visit www.qcgn.ca.
At its annual general meeting last month, Sar-El Canada (Canadian Volunteers for Israel) elected Jack Borden of Montreal as its new national president, succeeding Lenny Berk of Toronto, who retired for health reasons. Borden has served as Sar-El Canada’s vice-president and in other capacities for many years.

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