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Deadline reminder: March 4 is the deadline for the issue of March 14. March 11 is the deadline for the issue of March 21. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ex. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email


Thursday, Feb. 28


JVS Toronto offers one-on-one resumé critique/coaching every other Thursday, 540 Finch Ave. W. By appointment only, 416-649-1700. Free.


Friday, March 1


Temple Kol Ami celebrates its 25th anniversary with singer-songwriter Alan Goodis at services, 7:30 p.m., 36 Atkinson Ave., Thornhill.


Temple Sinai hosts a Camp George Shabbat. Dinner at 6:30, services at 8 p.m. RSVP by Feb. 28, 416-487-3281.


Saturday, March 2



Beth Torah Synagogue hosts a jazz Havdalah service with the Steve Koven Trio, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20/$25. Call 416-782-4495, ext. 24 or


Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation shows Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story. Asaf Zohar, who served in Netanyahu’s IDF unit, speaks 8:30 p.m. $20.



Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Jeffrey S. Fox and Lila Kagedan from  Yeshivat Maharat are the guests at Shabbat services sponsored by the Toronto Partnership Minyan, Reena Centre, 927 Clark Ave. W. Thornhill. For lunch reservations, email



The First Narayever Congregation hosts a kosher wine tasting,7:30 p.m. $15. For tickets, call 416-927-0546.

Sunday, March 3


Director Philip Aiken discusses the play The Whipping Man, Temple Sinai, 10:15 a.m.

A special service, Applying the Passover Messages of Hope and Renewal, at 2 p.m.



An evening of Jewish music starring KLEZconnection, The Shul of Rock and Gord Lindsay, a fundraiser for Jews for Judaism,  at Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, 6:30 p.m. $25.



Joshua Nelson, Prince of Jewish Gospel, performs at Holy Blossom Temple, 7:30 p.m. $36/$18. 416-789-3291, ext. 224.



A concert featuring works of Osvaldo Golijov to benefit the Jerusalem Conservatory of Music, 7 p.m., Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. W. $90. 416-635-5491 or



A market with 50 vendors and silent auction benefiting Uptown Chabad and B’nai Brith, 15 Hove St., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.



Laya Crust presents her Jewish art, Shaar Shalom Synagogue, 7:30 p.m.



An exhibit of photos from the Lodz Ghetto runs until March 17, Osgoode Hall Law Library, York University. Opening reception and talk by Prof. Jan Gross, 4 p.m., Room 1005.



Amal Elsana Alh’jooj, Shuli Dichter and others discuss “Israel’s Arab Citizens: The Untapped Potential,” 1 p.m. Lipa Green Centre. To register,


Monday, March 4



A lecture on “What Is Jewish Happiness,” at 8:30 p.m., the Chai Centre, 1098 Spadina Rd. $18.



Frumba classes are running  at Beth Emeth Synagogue, Mondays at 7:30 p.m. frum


Tuesday, March 5



Rabbi Miriam Margles discusses “Feeling at Home in a Synagogue,” 7 p.m., Eastminster Boardroom, 310 Danforth Ave.



Salomon Benzimra, co-founder of Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights, speaks at the Israel Truth Week conference, Victory International Church, 2799 Barton St. E. Hamilton. Call Goldi Steiner, 416-782-7021, or



Temple Har Zion shows  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, 12:30 p.m.


Wednesday, March 6



Rabbi Yirmiya Milevsky discusses “Matzah and Sugar: Halachah Confronts Modernity,” 8 p.m., Bnai Torah Congregation.



Amy Kronish discusses “Contemporary Issues in Israeli Society,” Beth Tzedec synagogue. Dessert 1:30; lecture at 2 p.m.



Rabbi Michael Skobac discusses “Understanding the History of Christian Anti-Judaism,” 8 p.m., Beth Torah Congregation. 416-789-0020 or


Thursday, March 7



Prof. Irving Abella discusses “The Untold Story of None Is Too Many,” 7:30 p.m., Temple Har Zion. $5/$10.



Na’amat Canada presents Marina Nehmat, author of After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed, in an International Woman’s Day celebration, 7:30 p.m., Borochov Centre, $20/$25. 416-636-5425 or



Dr. Peter Byers discusses “Our Genes, Our Past, Our Destinies,” 8 p.m. Shaarei Shomayim Congregation.



Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School hosts an open house at 10 a.m. Call Sheri Rapp, 416-928-3537, or



Prof. Rebecca Kobrin discusses “Bialystok and Beyond: Rethinking the Jewish Diaspora in the Age of Mass Migration,” 7:30 p.m., Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George St., Room 100.


 Other News



Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub. Refreshments $2. Call Sheila, 416-665-3333, or Marcia, 416-932-1229.

Shaar Shalom. Play bridge Mondays 1:30 p.m. Lessons at 12:30 p.m., Mondays. 905-889-4975.

Beth Emeth. Experienced mah-jong and Rummikub players meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 416-633-3838.

All programs require registration and are open to all members of the community. To register, call Shawna Sidney, 416-638-7800, ext. 6215, or All classes at Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst St., unless otherwise noted.

When You’re About to Separate – What To Tell the Kids: A workshop for parents in the early stages of separation, March 19, 9:30 a.m.

Effective Parenting: A 4-session group for parents of children ages 2-12. Starts March 21, 7 p.m.



Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario offers self-help groups to bereaved parents. Beth Feffer, JF&CS, 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or


Association of Jewish Seniors Frank Simkevitz on “The Israel Nobody Talks About,” 9:30 a.m., Shaarei Shomayim, Feb. 28. RSVP Tammy, 416-635-2900, ext. 458.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casino Rama, March 13. Tuesdays, fitness, 10 a.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m.; social bridge, 12:30 p.m.

Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112. March 5, Sandra Whitely on “Haiti and Foreign Aid: What Helps, What Doesn’t,”  10 a.m.; March 6, Post-Purim Persian Party, 1-3 p.m.; March 7,  Judy Weiss on “Spring Is in the Air,” 1:30 p.m.

Beth Tzedec Haverim: Norene Gilletz presents “Healthy Passover Pleasures,” March 4, 1:30 p.m. $5.

 New Horizons for Seniors is a discussion group meeting at Beth Tzedec, March 11, 1:30 p.m.

Seniors Cultural Club meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Borochov Cultural Centre, 272 Codsell. 416-630-9444.

New Horizons is a Jewish Hungarian seniors club that offers kosher food, card games and casino trips. 416-256-1892.

Active Seniors/Boomers Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext. 155.  Register now. Social worker Phyllis Fien facilitates positive-aging group, 4 sessions, starts March 5.

Day Centre for Seniors provides a secure Jewish environment for seniors with dementia. Transportation provided. Call 905-738-1128.

A Support group for Russian-speaking seniors. Call 416-635-2900, ext. 498 or ext. 477.

Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst St., 416-638-1881,

Tickets for theatre day trips now on sale.

Centre Camp offers a March Break camp (March 11-15) at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre. Register at or 416-636- CAMP (2267).

Film lectures on “Produced and Abandoned Films,” with Kevin Courrier, Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.

Social art program, Mondays, 2 p.m.; folkdance, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; recorder, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.; Shalom Singers, Thursdays,   10 a.m.; duplicate bridge, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.; current events, Thursdays, 12:45 p.m.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

How-to Passover Seder with Noam Zion, author of A Different Night: The Family Participation Hagaddah, March 3, 9:30 a.m. Ext. 277.

Adam Nayman discusses the films of the Coen brothers, Feb. 25-April 29, 7 p.m.

Register now for the MNJCC Theatre Lab, March 7-May 30. Develop skills while rehearsing pieces from new Jewish theatre.

Night Without a Moon: Welcome the new month of Nisan with a celebration of women’s voices, stories and song, featuring Marni Levitt, Naomi Tessler,  March 9, 8 p.m. Ext. 154. $10.

The MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. The Women’s Chorus meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m.

Photos by Sheridan College graduates are in the gallery untill March 17.

Jewish Chanting Circle meets March 13, 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Miriam Margles.

60X60 Dance Toronto, presented by Tova Kardonne and Vox Novus, March 10, 8 p.m., at the Al Green Theatre. $20.

Michael Bernstein Chapel holds services Thursdays at 7:15 a.m., Sundays at 8 a.m. Coleman Bernstein, 416-968-0200.

 Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst St., Vaughan. 905-303-1821. Call ext. 3037 to register.

Jewish Parenting Class sponsored by Beit Rayim Synagogue,  Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Pizza party and animal show for grandparents and grandchildren, March 24, 10 a.m. Call ext. 3025.

Seniors bagel breakfast, March 15, 9 a.m. Seniors coffee hour, March 1, 1:30 p.m.

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