About Town: Week of Feb. 2
Friday, Feb. 3
FIVE BUCK SHABBAT
A complete Shabbat dinner for only $5 follows “family friendly” 5:45 p.m. services at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom that include a Shabbat Shira concert with the Torah School’s ShabbaTones. Reservations required. Call 514-937-3575, ext. 213.
Veteran former MNA Harry Blank talks about Quebec politics in the 1960s, 10 a.m. at the Cummings Centre. Call Joyce, 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.
Saturday, Feb. 4
Miss Sugarpuss Must Die, a one-woman show that won the 2010 Frankie Award for best Fringe Festival production, will be presented 8:30 p.m. at the Segal Centre’s ArtLounge. Call 514-739-2301.
Klezmer clarinetist Christian David of Berlin chats with host Leslie Lutsky on Jewish Digest, 8:30 a.m., Radio Centre-Ville, 102.3 FM.
Sunday, Feb. 5
SUPER BOWL PARTY
The Shaare Zion Men’s Club stages its annual Super Bowl Party, 5:30 p.m. at the shul, with a giant hi-def screen, a “good game grub buffet,” and more. Tickets, 514-481-7727, ext. 224.
POWER JAZZ DUO
The Segal Centre Studio is the venue for the jazz duo of pianist Marianna Trudel and Lévy Bourbonnais on harmonica as part of the Power Jazz series, 8 p.m. Tickets, 514-739-7944.
The ever-popular Sunday @ the Segal is on 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Segal Centre, followed by a 1:30 p.m. performance of Scientific Americans, written by John Mighton and directed by Andrew Shaver. Call the box office, 514-739-7944.
The Canadian premiere of Love’s Journey, a documentary filmed in Montreal and the United States examining the nature of love, takes place 2 p.m. at the Segal Centre, followed by a discussion with producer-director Rick Bechard. Call 514-739-7944.
Monday, Feb. 6
Couples considering intermarriage or conversion are invited to meet at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom at 5:30 p.m. to tour the facilities and learn about its policies and practices. Call 514-937-3575.
Learn Skype, the free visual phone-like Internet application, 1-3 p.m. at the Cummings Centre. Call 514-342-1234.
Tuesday, Feb. 7
A series of eight classes in “advanced beginner’s” Yiddish starts at the Jewish Public Library taught by Sheila Witt and Lorna Smith. Register at 514-345-2627, ext. 3006.
YOUNG ADULT TU B’SHVAT
The Young Adult Group of the Spanish & Portuguese synagogue holds a festive Tu b’Shvat seder, with proceeds to the Jewish National Fund. Register in advance at 514-737-3695, ext. 101.
Demystifying Diet Trends is the topic at the third nutrition class, 7 p.m., Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, led by holistic food and wellness coach Myrite Rotstein. Reserve, 514-937-9471, ext. 139.
Carole Stern leads a jewelry-making class, 1-3 p.m., Chevra Kadisha B’Nai Jacob Synagogue, 5237 Clanranald Ave. 514-388-0907.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Weizmann Canada hosts, “It’s in Our Blood! Claudia’s Hope for a Cure,” a cocktail dinatoire and show that ends a fundraising project for leukemia research at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, 5-10 p.m. at the Segal Centre. Details at 514-342-0777.
The Cummings Centre offers the four-session Yogalite, a new exercise workshop combining Yoga and Pilates, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call 514-342-1234, ext. 7305.
Thursday, Feb. 9
Rev. Majed El Shafie, a Christian minister arrested, tortured and sentenced to die in Egypt because of his faith before his release a year and a half later (he now lives in Canada), takes part in an evening that includes the screening of a documentary on the subject, 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth-El, in conjunction with One Free World International. Today, Rev. El Shafie fights for those who are persecuted as well as against antisemitism, travelling the world on missions to investigate and document human rights abuses against religious minorities, especially in Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and China. Reserve at 514-738-4766.
Scientific Americans, John Mighton’s play about the morality of helping to develop weapons of mass destruction, has its official opening night performance at the Segal Centre. Call 514-739-7944.
Chabad Queen Mary holds a 5:30-6:30 p.m. “Shabbat prep” for children 4 to 15, involving crafts, baking. skits, songs, and blessings, with the actual Shabbat program for the same age group taking place Feb. 11, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Call 514-738-3434.
Registration is on for preschool programs at the Norman Berman Children’s Library, including Rhythm, Rhyme & Story Time; Mother Goose & Music; Drop-In Storytime; Music & Movement; Shabbat and Me, and Sunday Children’s story time. Register at 514-345-2627, exts. 3012 and 3398.
Hope & Cope offers a free eight-session bereavement support group in English, meeting the first and third Tuesday of the month. Call Robyn Wilkenfeld at 514-340-8222, ext. 8535.
Janie Respitz explores the life and work of Sholem Aleichem, in three sessions starting Feb. 14, 7 p.m. at the Chomedey Cummings Centre. Call Claire, 450-978-7056.
The Cummings Centre has a broad selection of innovative fitness, art, and social programs for individuals affected by debilitating conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dystonia, fibromyalgia, arthritis or who have reduced mobility for other reasons. Contact Stefani at 514-342-1234, ext. 7201.
TIKKUN OLAM VOLUNTEERS
On Jan. 26, Tikkun Olam Volunteers (TOV) of West Island Federation CJA cooked and delivered Shabbat meals to seven needy families as part of a pilot project overseen by Rochelle Lerner Silverman. The project may expand to include monthly Shabbat deliveries and holiday meals. It’s estimated that 12 per cent of West Island Jews, who number 14,000, live below the poverty line. The West Island is one of the fastest growing Jewish communities in North America and the second largest in Montreal.