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Deadline reminder: Feb. 25 is the deadline for the issue of March 7 and March 4 is the deadline for the issue of March 14. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ex. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email whatsnewcjn@gmail.com.


Thursday, Feb. 21



JVS Toronto presents a workshop on using social media for the job search, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bathurst-Finch Hub, 540 Finch Ave. W. 416-649-1696 or 416-649-3406.

JVS presents a panel with leaders in the business and media world on the job market, Jonathan Kay, the National Post, Mike Van Doorn, Scotiabank, Greg George, Monster.ca, 6 p.m., 540 Finch Ave. W.


Saturday, Feb. 23



B’nai Shalom Congregation, a Conservative egalitarian congregation serving Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington, meets 10 a.m. in Oakville. A guest speaker from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Hamilton will speak after services. 905-901-9889 or www.bnaishalom.ca.


Monday, Feb. 25



Join Mekorot for “Peace or Justice: Falsehood in the Torah,” taught by Shayna Kravetz, Feb. 25-March 11, 8 p.m., Shaarei Shomayim Congregation. 416-877-2050.


Rabbi Micah Streiffer leads a discussion of Pirkei Avot, noon, Temple Kol Ami, 36 Atkinson Ave., Thornhill.


A discussion/study session based on the writings of Jewish queer scholars, sponsored by Kulanu Toronto, will be held at Congregation Darchei Noam, 864 Sheppard Ave. W., 7 p.m. RSVP kulanoto.education@gmail.com


“What Does It Mean To Live a Jewish Life,” is the topic of a lecture at the Chai Centre, 8:30 p.m., 1089 Spadina Ave. info@thechaicentre.com. $18.


 Tuesday, Feb. 26



Debbie Rose presents more than 1,000 letters and postcards belonging to her great-great-uncle, Leon Malmed, who was a lover of activist Emma Goldman, 7 p.m., Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St.



Beth Jacob Synagogue, Toronto holds a pre-Pesach wine tasting, 7:30 p.m. RSVP by Feb. 22. Call 416-638-5955 or events@bethjacob.org.



Jordan Klapman presents and performs “Hollywood’s Oscar-Winning Jewish Songs, from 1960 to the Present,” Shaar Shalom Synagogue, 8 p.m.



Beth Tikvah Synagogue shows the film The Boys-The Sherman Boys Story, 2 p.m. $5.


 Wednesday, Feb. 27



Dr. Audrey Huberman discusses “The 10 Commandments of Raising a Mensch,” 7 p.m., Beth David Synagogue. $15/$20.



Beth Sholom Chai Society is going to see Jacob and Jack. $30 for ticket and bus. RSVP Rivy 416-783-6103, ext. 228.



Shlomo Shwartzberg discusses “The Image of Jews in Film: Remarkable Movies, Part 1,” Beth Tzedec synagogue. Dessert 1:30; lecture at 2 p.m.



Rabbi Michael Skobac discusses “Missionary Proof Texts- Daniel’s 70 Weeks,” 8 p.m., Beth Torah Congregation. 416-789-0020 or toronto@jewsforjudaism.ca.


 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.


 Other News



Am Shalom Synagogue of Barrie hosts a Shabbat Across Canada dinner, March 1. RSVP 705-792-3949 by Feb. 21.

Beth Emeth Synagogue hosts a Shabbat dinner with Israeli university students. March 1. RSVP by Feb. 26, 416-633-3838.



Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to seniors. Call Karen Sacke at Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112, ext. 127.

Volunteers are needed by  Jewish hospice program to visit and support individuals with a life-threatening illness and their families. Volunteers receive a 30-hour training program that starts Feb. 25. Call Lysa, 416-635-2900, ext. 496, or lspringer@circleofcare.com.



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.



Pride of Israel Synagogue holds a Purim Extravaganza with children’s entertainer Lenny Graf. Feb. 23, 6:45 p.m. Pre-register at 416-226-0111, ext. 10.

Beth Emeth Synagogue Players present Motown Megilla Feb. 23, 8 p.m., and Feb. 24, 2 p.m. Tickets $5. 416-633-3838.

Beth Jacob Synagogue holds a Purim party Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m. Call 416-638-5955 to reserve.

 Shaar Shalom Synagogue holds an adult Purim party at the shul, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. A youth carnival will be held Feb. 24, 1:30 p.m. $10/$20.

Chabad of Markham presents Cirque de Purim, Feb. 24, 2:30 p.m., with acrobatic group Zero Gravity. Megillah at  2 p.m. $13/$9. 905-886-0420, ext. 221.

City Shul holds a family Megillah reading and party, Feb. 23, 6 p.m., Wolfond Centre, 36 Harbord St.

Morris Winchevsky School holds a family Purim celebration, Feb. 24, 11 a.m., 918 Bathurst St. $10/$5.

Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, holds  family Purim festival, Feb. 24, 10:15 a.m., St. Andrew’s Junior High School, 131 Fenn Ave.  Purim Showcase for Na’amat on Feb. 24, 5 p.m., Pilot Tavern, 22 Cumberland Ave. $25/$10. 416-385-3910 or roby@oraynu.org.

Danforth Jewish Circle holds Purim festival, Feb. 24, 2 p.m., Eastminster Hurndale Room, 310 Danforth Ave. RSVP info@djc.com.

Temple Sinai presents iPurim, an interactive Purim comedy, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Feb. 24, Family day at the Toronto Zoo, Purim in ZOOshan, 9:30 a.m. To reserve, call 416-487-3281.

Shaarei Shomayim Congregation holds a Megillat Esther reading by women for women, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.

Or Hadash holds a Megillah reading and hamantashen bake-off Feb. 23, 7 p.m. 451 Botsford St. Newmarket. 905-898-2220.

Toronto Partnership Minyan holds a community-wide Purim service, Feb. 23, 7:45 p.m, Toronto Heschel School, 819 Sheppard Ave. W. (Bring your own Megillah.)

Beth Tzedec Congregation presents The Ultimate Purim Musical, Feb. 23, 8:15 p.m., Feb. 24, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. For tickets, call 416-781-3511.

Beth Tikvah Synagogue holds a Casino Royale evening Feb. 23, Megillah reading at 6:30 p.m., program to follow. Feb. 24,  carnival at 11 a.m. $7/$12. RSVP for all events, 416-221-3433.


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


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.

Temple Sinai Social Club 65+  Sylvia Goldenblatt reviews The Imposter Bride, Feb. 21, 1:30 p.m. $7/$9. 416-487-3281.

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. Feb. 26, Robert Shechter on “European Odyssey,” 10 a.m.; Feb. 27, Russian Samovar Day, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.;  Feb. 28, Barry Shainbaum on “Inspiration through Music,” 1:30 p.m.

New Horizons for Seniors is a discussion group meeting at Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 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.

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

Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst St., 416-638-1881, www.prossermanjcc.com.

Tickets for theatre day trips now on sale.

Purim Carnival and Circus Show, Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m. For tickets, call ext. 0.

Opera with Iain Scott runs Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 21, Eugene Onegin.

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 resumes Feb. 21, 10 a.m.; duplicate bridge, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.; current events, Thursdays, 12:45 p.m.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211, www.mnjcc.org.

Purim carnival Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. features games, musicians and Megillah reading. $10.

Jordan Swartz offers a vegetarian cooking class, with the food being shared with the hungry, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Ext. 0.

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.

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 till March 17. Opening reception Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

Jewish Chanting Circle meets Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Miriam Margles.

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

60X60 Dance Toronto, presented by Tova Kardonne and Vox Novus, March 10, 8 p.m., at the Al Green Theatre. It links 60 composition and dance works by 60 different composers and choreographers each 60 seconds long, in a 1-hour performance. $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. www.srcentre.ca.

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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