About Town: Week of January 19
Friday, Jan. 20
BRAIN AND EMOTIONS
Sherry Steinberg discusses the effect of music on the brain and emotions, 10 a.m., the Cummings Centre. Call Joyce for details, 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.
NEXT DOR POTLUCK
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom holds its fourth monthly Next Dor Potluck Shabbat dinner for young adults, 6-8 p.m., followed by optional services. Bring along friends and partners and a vegetarian dish that would feed four people (dairy and fish are also acceptable, but no shellfish). Contact Rabbi Julia Appel at 514-937-3575 or e-mail, email@example.com.
Today is the deadline to receive a 10 per cent discount on tickets for the Feb. 9, 8:30 p.m. appearance at the Théâtre Outremont of up-and-coming Israeli Ladino-Flamenco superstar Yasmin Levy. It’s Levy’s first performance in Montreal (in collaboration with Le Festival Sefarad) and part of a North American tour. Levy is winning acclaim as a future world music superstar, preserving the Sephardi/Ladino song legacy with flamenco style. Levy is also the daughter of renowned composer, cantor and musicologist Yitzhak Levy. To reserve, call 514-495-9944, and to receive the discount, enter code 2-0-0-1.
Saturday, Jan. 21
Host Leslie Lutsky interviews Israeli-Canadian author David Berlin about his provocative book, The Moral Lives of Israelis, on Jewish Digest, 8:30 a.m. on Radio Centre-Ville, 102.3 FM.
FILM FESTIVAL FINALE
Alon Zinman’s award-winning film Dusk caps off the Jewish Public Library’s 5th Israeli Film Festival, 8 p.m., F.C. Smith Auditorium, Concordia University Loyola campus, 7141 Sherbrooke St. W. The film, in Hebrew with Spanish and English subtitles, comprises four vignettes that come together at an Israeli hospital at dusk. For tickets, call 514-345-6416, or 514-345-2627, ext. 3017.
Sunday, Jan. 22
The struggle to revive Yiddish in Israel is depicted in the 2002 Israeli documentary Mame-Loshn, Kinder Loshn, in Hebrew with Yiddish and English subtitles, 3 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library. The film was directed by Tommy Schwartz, Avi Lehrer and Hirsh Perloff and the screening is sponsored by the Miriam Blacher Glasrot and Joseph Glasrot Endowment. Call Karen Biskin at 514-345-2627, ext. 3006.
Guitarist Michael Laucke performs with singers and dancers at the Segal Centre Studio, 2:30 p.m., as part of the centre’s Bravo series. Tickets at 514-739-7944 and www.segalcentre.org.
As part of the Segal Centre’s Power Jazz series, guitarist Carlos Jimenez and his quartet perform at the centre’s studio, 8 p.m. Tickets at 514-739-7944 and www.segalcentre.org.
Part 2 of the travelling tour of the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place at the Segal Centre’s CinemaSpace, 7:30 p.m. Tickets at 514-739-7944, and www.segalcentre.org.
Monday, Jan. 23
THE GLASS CASTLE
Jeannette Wall’s memoir The Glass Castle is reviewed at a Cummings Centre Prime Time event moderated by Maria Wexler and Pauline Grunberg, 7:30 p.m., 96 Roger Pilon in Dollard des Ormeaux. 514-624-5005, ext. 230.
Tuesday, Jan. 24
The Cummings Centre’s computer learning centre gives a primer on how to open, copy, forward and “deal with” e-mails, 1-3 p.m. Call 514-342-1234, ext. 7348.
How to “Jumpstart Your Energy at Any Age” is the topic at the second nutrition class with Myrite Rotstein, a holistic food and wellness coach. 7 p.m., Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, sponsored by its sisterhood. Reservations required. Call 514-937-9471, ext. 139.
Wednesday, Jan. 25
Robert Markow leads a session on appreciating the “magic of Mozart,” 1-3 p.m. at the Cummings Centre. 514-342-1234, ext. 7348.
WOMEN’S ROSH CHODESH
Women and children are welcome at Shaare Zedek Congregation’s Women’s Rosh Chodesh service for the month of Shvat, 9 a.m. Details, 514-484-1122, ext. 101.
JAZZ EVENT CANCELLED
The Segal Centre has cancelled the Big Band Series concert with the McGill University Jazz Orchestra scheduled for today.
An event marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day takes place 6:30-9 p.m. at the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Museum. Call Audrey Licop at 514-345-2605.
Chabad of Westmount is organizing a Winter Weekend Learning Retreat, Feb. 3-5, in the Laurentians with special guest lecturer Simon Jacobson. It promises to be full of “inspiration, learning, discussion, song and laughter” and “signature Chabad of Westmount cuisine.” Space is limited. Visit www.chabadwestmount.com to register, or call 514-927-4772.
Congregation Dorshei Emet’s continuing miniseries on “Jewish Heretics” continues Jan. 27-28 with Montreal native Rabbi Allan Nadler, director of Jewish studies at New Jersey’s Drew University, speaking three times: at 6 p.m. services Friday night (Jan. 27), at a subsequent potluck dinner, and at 10 a.m. services the next day. His talks will include, “Heresy and False Messianism in the 17th Century and in Our Times,” the issue of biblical and talmudic criticism as heresy, and, the next day, “Is it Heretical to Believe the Messiah has arrived?” Call 514-486-9400.
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom Rabbi Julia Appel and cantor Rachelle Shubert invite Reform-minded West Islanders to services followed by a catered Shabbat dinner, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. at Hampton Inn and Suites in Dorval. To reserve for dinner, call Rosie at 514-937-3575, ext. 213 by Jan. 25.
On Jan. 27, Shirley Gyles discusses “The Exodus of Fugitive Slaves and How they Sought their Freedom” in the context of the Underground Railroad, 10 a.m. at the Cummings Centre. Call Joyce for details at 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.
Last month, Rabbi Ronnie Fine of Chabad Queen Mary began reading chapter one of Tanya, the seminal teachings of the Chabad movement, as part of a daily, year-long course at the centre and available online at www.learntanya.org. Participants from 20 countries have taken the online course. For details, call 514-738-3434.
Accountant Richard Wise, a member of the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal’s professional advisory committee, has been elected chair of the business valuation standards committee of the 8,500-member American Society of Appraisers based in Washington, D.C.