About Town: Week of May 9
Thursday, May 9
Former prime minister Brian Mulroney will be honoured at the Canadian Jewish Public Affairs Committee’s (CJPAC) IMPACT Dinner, 5:30 p.m. at Starlink Aviation, 9025 Ryan Ave., in Dorval, followed by the ACTION Montreal 2013 Party. The dinner is co-chaired by former senator Leo Kolber and Jonathan Deitcher. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 10
CSL HONOURS B-BALL ICON
Cote St. Luc and the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) hold a special talk for students on how Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s colour barrier, 10 a.m., CSL City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. Guests include former Montreal Expo Warren Cromartie, Jack Jedwab, who wrote a book on Robinson, and Montrealer Kermit Kitman, part of the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. Call Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905, or email email@example.com.
WELCOME TO SIVAN
Women and children are welcome at Shaare Zedek Women’s Rosh Chodesh service for Sivan, 9 a.m. at Shaare Zedek Congregation. Call 514-484-1122, ext. 101.
Saturday, May 11
Blema Steinberg “Shaare’s” her story, during Shabbat services at Shaare Zion Congregation, 11 a.m. Visit www.shaarezedek.org, or call 514-484-1122.
Join the Chevra Sisterhood for Shabbat services followed by a luncheon. Iona, 514-482-3366.
PICK A CARD
The Israeli Cinemathèque film series continues at Segal Centre’s CinemaSpace with 1999’s Pick a Card (Afula Express), with English subtitles. Call 514-739-7944.
Sunday, May 12
MOZART, BACH, FAURÉ
Musica Camerata Montreal presents a 2 p.m. concert of works by Mozart, Bach and Chausson. Reserve at 514-739-7944.
Pianist Taurey Butler, who accompanied Ranee Lee in the recent Segal Centre hit The Mahalia Jackson Musical, and Kellylee Evans perform 8 p.m. in the Segal Studio as part of its Power Jazz series. Tickets, 514-739-7944.
Federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Yale University antisemitism scholar Charles Small speak at 2 p.m. in Cote St. Luc council chambers, part of the launch of three titles by veteran journalist-broadcaster Joe King. Call 514-4871-8801.
Rabbi Shachar Orenstein speaks on Pirkei Avot at a Spanish & Portuguese synagogue bagel breakfast, 9 a.m. Call 514-737-3695.
Monday, May 13
Poet-painter Deanne Shapiro, author of From Eastern Europe to Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the Bronx and Catskills: A Poet’s Memoir of the Genealogy and Customs of Her Family, speaks to the Jewish Genealogical Society, 7:30 p.m. at the Gelber Centre. 514-484-0969. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Public Library.
Tuesday, May 14
WOMEN’S CLERGY SHAVUOT
Female clergy Lisa Grushcow, Andrea Myers, Sherril Gilbert, Julia Appel, Heather Batchelor and Rachelle Shubert are part of a 10 p.m.-midnight late night Shavuot study session at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. Call 514-937-3575.
SHAVUOT NIGHT LEARNING
Rabbi Howard Joseph and Prof. Norma Joseph, as well as rabbis Barry Levy, Shalom Brodt, Shachar Orenstein and others, take part in Shavuot night learning, 10 p.m. Call 514-737-3695.
MOM & DAD’S DAY
Beth Ora Seniors celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with entertainment by Janie Peretz, noon. Call 514-342-124, ext. 7318.
Wednesday, May 15
THE HAPPINESS PROBLEM
Lecturer Rabbi Dov Greenberg of Stanford University’s Chabad speaks on “Happiness is a Serious Problem,” 10:30 a.m. at Chabad of Westmount. RSVP , 514-937-4772, or www.chabadwestmount.com.
HABS/Y STREET HOCKEY
The second edition of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation-YM-YWHA Hockey street hockey tournament is set for May 19-20. Five rinks next to the Y for the Sunday Youth Tournament will see play for three divisions for kids ages 13-20. On Monday, the adult (ages 21-34) and seniors (35+) tournaments take over. Confirmed participants include P.K. Subban, Francis Bouillon and Patrice Brisebois. Steve Stotland chairs again as does Robert Oringer as honorary chair. The hugely successful inaugural event last year raised more than $300,000 for both institutions. To register or for details, visit www.hockederue.com.
Book now for Act to End Violence Against Women’s overnight June 5-6 bus trip to Burlington, Vt. Call Lily, 450-688-0026.
Outremont High School alumni expect 150 former classmates from across North America for a May 18 50th anniversary reunion at the Sofitel Hotel. Visit outremonthigh1963.net. A separate 35th anniversary reunion is planned for October (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Congregation Shomrim Laboker and the Ethiopian Jewish community mark the 23rd anniversary of Operation Solomon, the airlift of 15,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel, May 25, 9 a.m. 514-731-6831.
The Jewish General Hospital’s head and neck oncology and McGill’s otolaryngology departments honour the Argento family at its annual fundraiser June 11 at Arsenal Montreal in Griffintown. Funds will go to develop the JGH’s Thyroid Cancer Centre. Carole Goldberg, 514-340-8222, ext. 5024, or email email@example.com.
Congregation Shaar Hashomayim’s Sisterhood Shabbat last month honoured Abby Brown Scheier, who is graduating from Yeshivat Maharat, the same institution as Rachel Kohl Finegold, hired recently as a new member of the shul’s clergy as director of education and spiritual enrichment. Brown Scheier delivered the sermon at the event.
POLISH REP VISITS JPL
Andrzej Szydlo, Poland’s consul general to Montreal, visited the Jewish Public Library last month for a Canada Council Reading by Eva Stachniak, author of The Winter Palace, a novel based on the Russian empress Catherine the Great. It was the first time a Polish consul visited the JPL and it was seen as a major step forward in local Jewish-Polish relations.
Dr, André Dascal was recently named Jewish General Hospital’s chief of infectious diseases. Dascal has served at JGH for 26 years. His current areas of research include C. difficile, diagnostic molecular biology, and readiness for infectious disease outbreaks… Veteran community leader Thomas Hecht and wife Riva were cited with congressional and municipal proclamations in Sarasota, Fla, for lifelong work in Israel advocacy and remembering the Holocaust.