About Town: Week of June 20
Thursday, June 20
JGH JAZZ FEST
Through tomorrow, June 21, Jewish General Hospital continues its two-week, 14th annual jazz festival, a series of “music as medicine” concerts showcasing the musical talent of JGH’s own staffers and local musicians, including the Nouveau Jazz Libre du Québec, rapper Young Mtl. and others. Visit www.jgh.ca/jazz.
TALES FROM ODESSA
Through July 7, Tales from Odessa, a new Yiddish musical based on the work of Isaak Babel, continues at the Segal Centre. The production links the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre and klezmer pop superstar Socalled. Yiddish with English subtitles. Tickets, 514-739-7944.
Friday, June 21
Sheldon Harvey discusses “Identifying Ducks” in Montreal, 10 a.m. at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Joyce, 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.
Wednesday, June 26
Federation CJA’s Young Adult Division and YM-YWHA members meet for cocktails and social networking, 6 p.m., Auberge St. Gabriel, 426 Rue St. Gabriel in Old Montreal. 514-345-2645, ext. 3053.
Thursday, June 27
Canadian Hadassah-WIZO Montreal screens The Well-Digger’s Daughter, with English subtitles, at the Cote St. Luc Aquatic Centre as part of its Theodor Herzl Movie Night. 514-933-8461.
A WORLD NOT OURS
The Montreal International Documentary Festival screens A World Not Ours, described as a “touching and funny” look at a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. 8 p.m. at Cinéma Excentris. Visit www.ridm.qc.ca.
CSUQ GOLF SWING
The Communauté Unifieé Sépharade du Québec (CSUQ) stages its Golf Swing tournament at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club. Benjamin Bitton, 514-733-3158.
Here’s a selection of events coming up over the summer:
At the Cinéma du Parc, the film Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, a fascinating documentary on the storied Bergdorf Goodman luxury store in New York, continues at Cinéma du Parc. Visit www.cinemaduparc.com. Montrealer Iris Wagner helped produce it.
PRO-AM FOR KIDS
Canadian Hadassah-WIZO stages its popular annual Pro-Am Golf For Kids tournament, July 4 at Hillsdale Golf & Country Club. Call Alanna, 514-933-8461.
On July 11, Na’amat Canada Montreal heads to Theatre Lac Brome to see Top Hats & Tales. Call 514-484-0252
FOOD BASKETS GOLF
Montreal Food Baskets Inc. stages its annual Golf Classic Aug. 8 at the Islesmere Golf Club. Call 514-744-6457.
Artist Sylvia Safdie has an exhibition of Amzrou synagogue interiors, Aug. 22-Oct. 5 at the Joyce Yahouda Gallery. 514-875-2323.
Canadian Hadassah-WIZO has since March been appealing to the public to help fund its projects supporting children, health care, and women in Canada and Israel in its annual campaign. The theme of the drive this year is “Creating better Tomorrows.” You can help by calling 514-937-9471.
The recent third annual Jewish medical ethics symposium at the Gelber Conference Centre drew physicians, nurses, social workers and other health-care professionals, as well as lawyers, clergy and the public, to discuss matters Jewish and ethical. Participants included Jewish General Hospital’s Rabbi Raphael Afilalo, Dr. Michael Bouhadana and clinical ethicist Lucie Wade, and topics for discussion included autopsies, abortion, endoscopic medical procedures, and withholding care to patients.
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom is looking for baseball players for a charity game for the Jewish General Hospital’s Memory Clinic. Email email@example.com.
JPL-TD SUMMER READING
The Jewish Public Library is joining TD Bank’s Canada-wide free TD Summer Reading Club, which allows kids from preschool through Grade 6 to come into the JPL, borrow books and pick up reading kits that include TD passports, stickers, and other free goodies. Register at 514-345-2627, ext. 3012 or 3016, or visit www.tdsummerreadinmgclub.ca.
The recent Jewish Eldercare Centre hockey tournament raised $65,000 toward refurbishing the centre’s 160 resident rooms. The tourney involved eight teams and 88 recreational hockey players competing for the Stanley Hyman Memorial Cup. The late Stanley conceived of the tourney, but died before its inaugural event. His widow, Guita, presented it to the winning Team Shapiro.
The Jewish Public Library and PJ Library recently hosted a Free Musical tea party at David’s Tea, where kids and parents were treated to kosher goodies and listened and danced to the music of the JPL’s Linda Kravitz.
CHANCE TO SHINE SHINES
Agence Ometz’s second annual fundraising event A Chance to Shine raised more than $340,000. More than 1,200 attended the event at Place des Arts showcasing the illusionist dance troupe Momix performing Botanica. Patron for the evening was philanthropist Herbert Black.
Lisa Rubin was recently named “interim administrator” of the Segal Centre following the departure of CEO Manon Gauthier, effective immediately, centre chair Alvin Segal and the board of directors announced. Rubin will work with artistic producer Paul Flicker in running the centre. Rubin has worked there in a number of capacities for 10 years… Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts recently presented Ottawa native Phoebe Greenberg and photographer Gabor Szilasi with awards of distinction for supporting arts and culture. Greenberg was described as a “visionary” for her original design of exhibition space, and Szilasi, a native of Hungary, for his body of work in advancing photography… Earlier this month, Premier Pauline Marois presented the Insignia of the Ordre national, the highest award the Quebec government bestows, to recipients that included several Jews, including Michael Hornstein, Frederick Andermann, Arnold Steinberg and Aldo Bensadoun… Canadian Zionist Federation, eastern region president Arlazar Eliashiv recently named lawyer Donald Davis as the recipient of its 2013 Jerusalem Prize. The award will be presented at a ceremony to be announced shortly.