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Thursday, May 5


ROSH CHODESH SERVICE

A women’s Rosh Chodesh service to usher in the month of Iyar will be held at the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, 8:30 a.m. Barbara, 683-4926.

Friday, May 6


FOR SINGLES 50-PLUS

Jewish singles over 50 are invited to a Shabbat dinner at Beth Zion Congregation, 8:15 p.m., after services. Rabbi Tuvia Hoffman speaks on “Love Lessons from Adam and Eve.” Reservations, 489-8411, ext. 35.


Sunday, May 8


MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST

Roslyn Penn Malin gives a talk titled “Take the Driver’s Seat –It’s Your Bus,” at a Mother’s Day breakfast , Congregation Shaare Zedek 9:30 a.m. mensclub@shaarezedek.ca.

YOM HAZIKARON
An observance of Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s memorial day for fallen soldiers, will be held at Federation CJA’s Gelber centre, with the Israeli consulate, 5 p.m.

Monday, May 9


HEALTH AND SPIRITUALITY

Natural health expert Jesse Anant leads a dinner talk on “Health and Spirituality,” Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, 5:45 p.m. Reserve, anita@templemontreal.ca.

Tuesday, May 10

ISRAEL RALLY
A downtown rally celebrating Israel’s 63rd Independence Day starts at Phillips Square, 11 a.m., and proceeds to Place du Canada for music and speeches. Free bus transportation available. www.israeldaycelebration.com.

HONOURING PARENTS
A combined Mother’s and Father’s Day event, with light lunch, is held by Beth Ora Seniors, 1 p.m. Musician Andy Antonacci entertains. 342-1234, ext. 7318.

Wednesday, May 11


BOOK REVIEW

The Music Room: A Memoir by Narita Devidayal, a book set in Mumbai, India, about the author’s early desire to be a classical singer, is reviewed by Cheryl Braganza, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, 9:30 a.m.

ALL ABOUT ARTHRITIS
“I Feel it in My Bones:What You  Can do About Arthritis” is Dr. David Zukor’s topic at a Mini-Med School lecture at the Jewish General Hospital’s Block amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m. First of a four-part series. Register at www.jgh.ca/minimed.

Thursday, May 12


FAITH VS. REASON

U.S. philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein  discusses her latest book, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, at the Jewish Public Library, 7:30 p.m. She’ll be introduced by Rabbi Asher Jacobson.


COMPASSIONATE LISTENING

The Montreal Dialogue Group offers a “Compassionate Listening Workshop,” May 22-23, led by Leah Green, designed to develop listening skills for dialogue between peoples. The founder of the Compassionate Listening Project has led dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, and Jews and Germans. Sessions will be at the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism. Register at clmontreal.eventbrite.com.

INTERCULTURALISM
An international public symposium on interculturalism, comparing the Quebec and European experiences, takes place May 25-27 in Montreal. It’s led by Prof. Gérard Bouchard of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, co-chair of the Bouchard-Taylor commission on reasonable accommodation. Speakers from around the world look at how minorities are integrated. www.symposium-interculturalisme.com.

THE DYBBUK
The classic Yiddish play The Dybbuk  by S. Ansky is presented in English by Uncatalogued Productions at Sala Rossa, May 22-25, directed by Avia Moore. Written in 1914, it’s the haunting story of a young bride possessed by a malicious spirit. Tickets, 463-6862.

GOOD DEEDS

Kindergarten children at Hebrew Academy exchanged holiday gifts with their counterparts in Israel. The Montreal kids received mishloach manot from Gan Arava kids in Modi’in. They reciprocated by sending Pesach items to Israel. The exchange was arranged by Moshe Mendelson, who is spending the year studying at Kollel Torah Mitzion, which is housed at Hebrew Academy, and whose sister, Mirit Doshinsky, is a teacher at Gan Arava… The Foundation School at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim has teamed with the Mada Community Centre to collect adult and children’s clothing for needy families. Last fall, the project, co-ordinated by Renee Baltuch, collected baby clothing.

HIKING CLUB

A hiking club at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors begins its series of six Friday outings May 13, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Transportation to places such as Mont Tremblant and Mont St. Bruno is by bus. Reservations, Annette Vezina, 342-1234, ext. 7305.

SEGAL GALA

An encore performance May 24 of the musical Lies My Father Told Me, with Theodore Bikel, is a fundraiser for the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. The evening starts at 7 p.m. and includes a post-show reception. Tickets, Shari Ann Fleming, 739-2301, ext. 8310. Proceeds to the Montreal International Yiddish Theatre Festival June 12-23.

SHORT TAKES
Former Israel defence minister Moshe Arens is guest speaker at a benefit dinner for the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research June 15 at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim… Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel hosts the LPGA-sanctioned Canadian Women’s Open Aug. 22-28. It’s  been almost a decade since the tourney was held in Quebec… Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company performs Hora by choreographer Ohad Naharin at Place des Arts March 1-3, 2012, as part of the Danse-Danse season… Vermont Public Television is working on a one-hour documentary on the history of Burlington’s Jewish community. Entitled Little Jerusalem, it will focus on the late 1800s to the 1940s, when the city was home to what one resident called “a piece of Jewish Lithuania that happened to be stranded in northern New England.” The community had close ties to Montreal.

 

On May 14, Montreal-born actor William Shatner, 80, receives a Governor General’s Performance Arts Award for lifetime achievement as “one of Canada’s most celebrated cultural icons”… Montrealer Lynne Cohen is one of three finalists for the new $50,000 Scotiabank Photography Award. The winner, to be named May 18, will also receive a publishing deal with art photography publisher Steidl and a curated exhibition at the 2012 Scotiabank  Contact Photography Festival…
Twelve artistically talented teens from Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School were paired with residents of the Jewish Eldercare Centre, all over 85, through a unique intergenerational and intercultural program, Art Links Lives (ALL). The teens and seniors formed ties through letters and visits to each other’s institution. The teens then created paintings and drawings based on their partner’s memories of favourite places. The works were shown at the school in March and last month at the JEC , where they will be permanently installed.

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