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200 years of Jewish costume on view

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Dress Codes – Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe, an exhibition opening March 11 at the Israel Museum, presents an array of traditional apparel from the 18th through the 20th centuries from the museum’s world-renowned collection of Jewish dress. More than 100 costumes from four continents will be on display. The exhibition presents clothing as representative of such universal human themes as identity and memory, and it examines how traditional clothing has stimulated fashion design. On view at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, until October 25.

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Yiddish Concert: Friends of Yiddish presents Itzik Manger and his Megilleh, a pre-Purim Freylekhs Concert. Montreal-based Yiddish folklorist Janie Respitz performs her lively and nostalgic interpretations of Manger’s traditional holiday songs and guitar melodies.

Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 3080 Bayview Ave. between Sheppard and Finch. Sunday, March 9, 2 p.m. Refreshments and door prizes. Everyone welcome. Admission $10, FOY members free. Please RSVP to

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Kazablan: The Mifgash Theatre, a program of the Schwartz-Reisman Centre, presents Kazablan, a play in Hebrew with English subtitles. Set in a run-down neighbourhood of Jaffa in the 1950s, the play features Kazablan, a young Moroccan immigrant who falls in love with Rachel, an Ashkenazi Jew whose father objects to this association. The hero turns from a leader of a street gang to the leader of a struggle for social justice.

Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave. at Bloor. Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 6, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25.

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Arts in Brief

• New York guitarist Gilad Hekselman and his trio, along with the Shai Maestro Trio and the David Buchbinder Ensemble perform a concert as part of the Spotlight on Israeli Culture, Toronto Downtown Jazz and the Consulate General of Israel. Cover $15. Rex Hotel, 194 Queen St. W. Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m. 

• Teatron Toronto Jewish Theatre has extended the run of Jason Odell Williams’s romantic comedy Handle With Care an additional week until Sunday, March 9. At the Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre, 5040 Yonge St.

• Film maven Shlomo Schwartzberg continues his series of lectures with film clips on the work of director Steven Spielberg, with a look at Influences: Super 8, Ace in the Hole, Lawrence of Arabia and Back to the Future. Miles Nadal JCC, Monday, March 10, 7 to 9 p.m. $11.25 drop-in, students $6. 416-924-6211, ext. 606.

• Opera educator Iain Scott presents “Opera Appreciation: Viva Puccini!” a three-part series hosted by Active 55+. Miles Nadal JCC, Tuesdays, March 18, March 25 and April 1, 1:30 p.m. Series $36, drop-in $14. 415-924-6211, ext. 0.

• Active 55+ presents Judaica Through the Ages with silversmith Zahava Lambert, a tour through the rich history of Jewish artifacts and ritual objects used in home and synagogue. Miles Nadal JCC, Thursday, March 20, 2 p.m. Drop-in $4. 416-924-6211, ext. 155.



At the Galleries

• Sisters in Resistance, an exhibition of oil paintings by Harry Tiefenbach celebrating women resistance fighters of World War II, is currently on view at the Miles Nadal JCC Gallery. Reception, March 13, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

• The remarkable shtetl paintings of artist Shoshana Eden depict the shtetl from a young girl’s point of view, offering a unique perspective of a world destroyed by the Holocaust. Born in Poland in 1917, Eden went to Palestine in 1935 and lost nearly all of her relatives during the war. She and her husband and family lived in Haifa, where she produced small-scale naive shtetl paintings based on her childhood memories. She died in 2002, but her canvases continue to inspire. View them at


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