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Thursday, Sept. 2


HONEY TASTING

Gourmet honey and apple tasting takes place at Loblaws in Pierrefonds from noon to 4 p.m., under the West Island Jewish Community Centre’s outreach program. Robyn Krane, 624-6750.

CROHN’S DISEASE
Hebrew University microbiology professor Hillel Bercovier lectures on “Breakthrough Research in Crohn’s Disease” at McGill University’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre at 7:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada. Reservations, 932-2133.

STOP SMOKING
A free eight-session group for those who want to stop smoking begins at the Jewish General Hospital’s Cancer Prevention Centre, day or evening, English or French. Registration, 340-8222, ext. 3870.

HOT FLASH FITNESS
A nine-session “Hot Flash” fitness class starts at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors from 5:15-6:15 p.m. It includes an aerobic warm-up followed by weight resistance and core stabilization training. Registration, Annette, 342-1234, ext. 7305.

FILM ABOUT SUICIDE
The documentary, The Hidden Face of Suicide by Yehudit Silverman, has its North American theatrical premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival at the NFB Theatre, 1564 St. Denis St., at 7:30 p.m. with French subtitles. It’s shown again Sept. 4 at 9:30 p.m. Silverman is an associate professor of creative arts therapies at Concordia University. The film, which features interviews with those who have lost loved ones to suicide, seeks to end the silence surrounding this subject. Silverman and the survivors will be present at the screenings. The film has been selected at five international film festivals and won an award for Best North American Documentary Under 60 Minutes at the Heart of England International Film Festival. www.yehuditsilverman.com.

BOOK LOVERS’ CIRCLE
The new drop-in Book Lovers’ Circle begins at the Jewish Public Library at 3 p.m. and continues the first Thursday of every month, free of charge. The one-hour sessions, led by librarian Karen Biskin, are an opportunity to discuss books and suggest reading ideas. 345-2627, ext. 3006.

Friday, Sept. 3


JEWISH SURVIVAL

The film The Jewish People: A Story of Survival is screened at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors at 10 a.m. Joyce, 342-1234, ext. 7315.

HOLIDAY PARKING
The City of Côte St. Luc is permitting vehicles to park overnight  on the street from today at 5 p.m. until Oct. 4 at 8 a.m. in tolerance of the Jewish High Holidays and Labour Day. You still can’t park in front of fire hydrants and driveways or in fire lanes and no-stopping zones.

Saturday, Sept. 4


HOPEFUL NEW YEAR

Rabbi Boruch Perton offers reflections on how to start the new year off with optimism at Beth Zion Congregation at 10:30 p.m., followed by Slichot service at 11. www.bethzion.com.

SLICHOT AT THE MOVIES
The movie A Serious Man is shown at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom during an 8 p.m. Slichot program. Rabbi Leigh Lerner leads a discussion on “Do the Coen Brothers Need to Repent?” followed by a Slichot service at 10 p.m. 937-3575, ext. 201.

Tuesday, Sept. 7


FOR MOMS AND TOTS

Children under 3 and their parent or guardian are invited to the Moms & Tots program at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and continuing every Tuesday. Parents can relax with a cup of coffee while the kids play in the equipped rooms. No fees or membership required. Anita, 937-3575, ext. 212.

Thursday, Sept. 9


ROSH HASHANAH FOR FREE

Congregation Adath Israel offers an alternative service on the first day of Rosh Hashanah at 5:30 p.m. that is “free, fast and fun.” Aimed at those who might otherwise not go to synagogue, the one-hour service includes the opportunity to learn the meaning of the prayers and rituals and ask questions. Child care is provided and kiddush refreshments served. No tickets or reservations are needed. 482-4252.

...Et Cetera...

MAIMONIDES COOKBOOK
Cooking With Love, a collection of over 150 recipes of family favourites, has been published by Maimonides Geriatric Centre in honour of its 100th anniversary, The co-editors Tina Abbey, Cheryl Levy and Denise Zunenshine have selected recipes that have often been passed down through generations, and have infused them with a modern flair. Each recipe is accompanied by photos. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will benefit Maimonides residents.

FOR AFRICAN CHILDREN

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts hosted for the second year, a Free the Children concert, which is raising funds to build an arts school in Kenya. The show, presented by Unlimited Masterpeace, featured over 50 musicians, singers and dancers from popular musicals like Les Misérables and Un violon sur le toit. Founded in 1995 by Canadian child rights activist Craig Kielburger, Free the Children is described as the world’s largest network of children helping children through education.

MAKE IT A DATE
The award winning documentary Budrus, about a Palestinian village’s peaceful resistance to Israel’s security barrier is shown at Cinéma du Parc Sept. 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. This American/Israeli/ Palestinian film is co-produced by Montreal native Ronit Avni, who will be present at a question period after the screenings. Budrus has won eight international prizes, including audience awards at the Berlin and San Francisco International Film Festivals...The sixth annual Lila Sigal Marathon Hockey Tournament, benefiting the McGill Cancer Nutrition Rehabilitation Program at the Jewish General Hospital takes place Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to midnight at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena in Côte St. Luc. Four teams of 12 players, raising a minimum of $1,000 each, will play non-stop through the day. Co-chaired by Farrell Miller, owner of the Montreal Juniors, and David Sigal, the tournament honours the memory of Sigal’s mother who died from pancreatic cancer in 2004.

Boaz Davidoff, who was cantor for six years, until recently, at Shaare Zion Congregation, returns to Montreal to give a concert at Oscar Peterson Hall Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Now living in his native Israel, in Haifa, Davidoff is also launching Open Your Heart, a CD of songs of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, created with the assistance of Michael Ruben.
Davidoff will perform selections from the recording, as well as other Jewish, Israeli and world beat songs, backed by a full band. Joining him on stage will be the show’s producer Ian Cooney, as accompanist and back-up singer...
Sixteen-year-old singer Nikki Yanofsky made her Israeli debut in a concert at Eilat’s Red Sea Jazz Festival Aug. 23. She toured in Europe this summer, and is planning a 16-city U.S. tour this fall...Vehicule Press will publish an “updated and expanded” edition of Bill Brownstein’s Schwartz’s Hebrew Delicatessen: The Story in October. This history of the colourful characters associated with the smoked-meat emporium will have a new cover, more photos and a new chapter on Jean Béliveau, a loyal customer. The publication ties in with Schwartz’s: The Musical, based on Brownstein’s book and written by Bowser & Blue, which makes its world premiere at Centaur Theatre in March...
Local artist Carol Rabinovitch’s work is on display at the Eleanor London Côte St. Luc Public Library until Sept. 19 in an exhibit called Swirls and Whirls.

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