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Monday, June 27

In its third annual collaboration with the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the student-run Ghetto Shul synagogue/musical venue at 3458 Ave. du Parc – just a couple of blocks from the heart of the fest – has an impressive lineup of artists playing there June, 27, June 30, July 2, and July 3. Over those dates, they include Juno-award-winning reggae artist Mikey Dangerous; New York world-rock sensation Soulfarm, local veteran jazz fusion band Nozen, klezmer jazz duo Siach HaSadeh, Balkan jazz trio Massapan, and the Ghetto Shul House Band. Call 514-288-5283. Advance tickets at www.nightsatghettoshul.com.

Tuesday, June 28


Members of Federation CJA’s Young Leadership Campaign meet for a YLC outreach event: a cooking class with Liane Wiener, 521 Glengarry Ave. in TMR. Contact Fabienne Salem at 514-345-2645, ext. 6402, or e-mail fabienne.salem@federationcja.org.

Retired prof Larry Weller speaks to Beth Ora Seniors on “The Jewish Presence in American Cinema,” 1:30 p.m. at the synagogue. Details at 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.

Wednesday, June 29


Rabbi Tuvia Hoffman concludes a three-part series of Hebrew reading classes using, “The Most Popular Book of Kabbalah Ever Written,” and the siddur as the text, 7:30 p.m. at Beth Zion Congregation. Contact Rhona Samsonovitch at 514-489-8411, ext. 35, or visit www.bethzion.com.
Thursday, June 30

Paintings of nature and Montreal street scenes by local artist Birdie Hyatt-Akerman are showcased in a month-long exhibit from today to July 30 at the Eleanor London Library, 5800 Cavendish Blvd. Hyatt-Akerman studied art in Montreal and Florida and her works have won several awards.

As part of Canada Day celebration, Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors stages its annual Anne Kazimirski Memorial Concert, 1 p.m. Call 514-342-1234, ext. 7365, or e-mail info@cummingscentre.org.

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Montreal B’nai Brith Food Baskets Inc. will stage its 27th annual fundraising golf tournament Aug. 11 at the Islesmere Golf Club. The tourney helps cover the cost of the volunteer group delivering 4,000 food baskets each year to the poor. Registration includes golf, golf cart, brunch, snacks, beer, drinks, barbecue lunch, sit-down prime rib dinner, prizes and an auction. Register at www.bnaibrithfoodbaskets.com.

Na’amat Montreal heads to Theatre Lac Brome on July 7 to see Henri Meilhac’s and Ludovic Halevy’s salon comedy, The Brazilian. The bus leaves 9 a.m. from the Cavendish Mall food court entrance and returns at 6 p.m. Reserve at 514-484-0252.

Set aside Aug. 21. That’s the date for this year’s highly popular Sinai Rally Charity Drive fundraiser for the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. The Sinai Rally is its signature event, raising money for the hospital’s respiratory programs, and involves drivers teamed with navigators testing their skills as they drive from the hospital to various Montreal checkpoints before reaching the finish line and enjoying a closing dinner at Bice restaurant. The event also got some worthwhile advance publicity by being the guest charity booth at the recent LG Crescent Grand Prix Street Festival.


The Jewish Chamber of Commerce recently held the official launch of a new initiative called Presidents’ Exchange, in which business owners meet to trade expertise and discuss common issues and concerns “in an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust.” The first event last month was a lunch chaired by Marc Kimmel and Lorne Novolker. It focused on “The Art of Trust – The Intricacies of Business Fraud,” with guest speakers Tyna Jallet and Randy Greenstone. For details on the program, call Elise Abecassis at 514-345-2645, ext. 2639, or e-mail elise.abecassis@federationcja.org.

Susan Bercovitch recently coached the Solomon Schechter Academy math team to a first place finish in the province for the third straight year. Sponsored by the Quebec Association of Teachers of Mathematics, students competed in teams to amass a cumulative score. About 300 students from 40 Quebec schools competed.

More than 300 Camp B’nai Brith (CBB) alumni and friends gathered at a comedy club in the West Island recently for a Laughing Out Loud evening in conjunction with Combined Jewish Appeal’s West Island Division to support the camp and showcase CBB alumnus and comedian Robby Hoffman.

Cote St. Luc City Hall was the site for a CD launch earlier this month hosted by city councillor Mike Cohen. The CD features Israeli-born Rafi Zeira, his wife Fay, and friends Michael Tordjman and Larry Hughes. Titled Rafi’s Accordion, it’s a medley of Jewish songs. E-mail rafisaccordion@gmail.com.

Herzliah High School students Ryan Pinchuk, Jack Rudski, David Lasry, and Daniel Goldman, along with rabbi/teacher Emanuel White and volunteers Linda Fishman and Gigi Bitton, recently learned much about the history of Jewish Montreal and they pored over archives of the defunct Chevra Shas synagogue that have been in storage since its closure five years ago in a small room at the adjacent Spanish & Portuguese synagogue. When it closed, the Chevra Shas was the amalgamation of five shuls, and its archives contained a wealth of information about the city’s Jewish history.

Sgt. Benjamin Anthony, a reservist in the Israeli Defense Forces, spoke last month to a local gathering of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) at its second annual Steak & Scotch Dinner. Canadian NCSY CEO Rabbi Glenn Beck also addressed the gathering. As well, local NCSY director Rabbi Binyamin Pinkus arranged for Anthony to speak to teens at a number of homes and shuls, and in a hastily arranged parlour meeting to raise funds for NCSY clubs in public schools.


Beginning in July, Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors has a new after-work fitness exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease, combining cardiovascular exercises and others to improve balance, 6-7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. There’s also a program of the same type geared specifically to women, called Women in Motion, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Call 514-342-1234, ext. 7201.
Last month, JPPS-Bialik announced that veteran Yiddish teacher Lorna Smith has been named recipient of the Elaine Wisenthal Milech Award for Professional Excellence and Leadership in Education. Smith has taught Yiddish at the school for 30 years and is also director of Bialik’s choir, which performs in the school’s four languages: English, French, Yiddish, and Hebrew.

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