About Town: Week of March 1
Thursday, March 1
ISRAEL PEACE WEEK
As part of Israel Peace Week at McGill University, a new feature-length documentary called Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, will be screened 7 p.m. at Leacock 216. Sponsored by McGill Friends of Israel.
MONTRÉAL BY NIGHT
Bodies and places unite in Montréal by Night, a dance choreographed and composed by Zab Maboungou, 8 p.m. at the Segal Centre Studio. 514-739-7944.
Tips and tricks on using an iPhone are demonstrated 1-4 p.m., the Cummings Centre. Bring your device. 514-342-1234, ext. 7348.
Established (but young) Quebec musical artist Florence K. – whose repertoire includes bossa nova, blues, jazz, and pop – performs 7:30 p.m., the Segal Centre, Call the box office at 514-739-7944.
THEATRE & DANGER
Prof. Paul Yachnin and actor Chip Chulpka discuss the hazards of the “Scottish Play,” 7:30 p.m., Segal Centre CinemaSpace. 514-739-2301.
Friday, March 2
McGill University’s Prof. Gershon Hundert talks about the roots of Chassidism, 10 a.m., Cummings Centre. 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.
TEMPLE E FIRST FRIDAY
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom hosts its monthly Kabbalat Shabbat for families, 5:45 p.m., followed by Shabbat dinner. Reserve at 514-937-3575. ext. 213.
Saturday, March 3
SUGAR PUSS DIES
Check out Holly Gauthier Frankel and Paul Van Dyck’s Miss Sugarpuss Must Die, 8:30 p.m. at the Segal Centre, followed at 10 p.m. by Gauthier singing at ArtLounge. Call 514-739-2301.
Congregation Beth Ora holds a Purim masquerade dance, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., with entertainment, finger food and dessert. 514-748-6559.
Quebec stage legend Albert Millaire appears for one night only at the Segal Centre, 8 p.m. Tickets 514-739-7944.
TORAH SCHOOL PURIM
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom holds a Kids First/Tweens First and Torah School Purim Party, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 514-937-3575.
Sunday, March 4
The Norman Berman Children’s Library hosts a Panadream Theatre Purim with Puppets “Yorgo and the World” puppet show for kids 2-10, 11 a.m.-noon at the Gelber Conference Centre. A donation of a new pair of pyjamas is requested as a Purim gesture for the needy. 514-345-2727, ext. 3179.
YAD FedNext Outreach holds a dodgeball tournament, 1-8 p.m., Le Rinque, 5832 Cote de Liesse Rd., with eight co-ed teams Elise Abecassis, 514-345-2625, ext. 2639.
LIBE IZ A YIDDISHE ZAKH
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre presents Libe iz a Yiddishe Zakh (Love is a Yiddish/Jewish Thing), 7 p.m. at the Segal Centre. Call 514-739-2301.
Calling all kids! Make your own hamantashen for Purim mishloach manot at Congregation Beth-El’s fun-filled Purim event, 10:30 a.m. RSVP, 514-738-4766.
Adath Israel-Poale Zedek synagogues hold a Purim carnival, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with prizes, music, inflatables, arts and crafts, face painting, Purim shpiel and more. 514-482-4252.
Al’s Broadway Café, 8 p.m. at the Segal Centre, lets musical theatre lovers sing their favourite Broadway tunes. Call 514-739-2301.
Tuesday, March 6
Beth Ora Seniors celebrate Purim with its own party, 1:30 p.m., with entertainment by Janie Respitz and prizes for best costumes. 514-341-1234, ext. 7318.
Wednesday, March 7
DORSHEI ‘BADA BING’ PURIM
Congregation Dorshei Emet holds a Purim party, 6-10 p.m., including a kids’ carnival, Megillah reading, “The Shushanos” Purim Shpiel by Rob Kutner, and costume parade. 514-486-9400.
Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom has festive plans for Purim, starting with a 6 p.m. Purim dinner, followed by a Purim service, then a Megillah reading and costume parade, 6:45 p.m., and a 7:30 p.m. Purim shpiel. 514-937-3575.
YIDDISH CULTURE COURSE
The Jewish Public Library offers a course on the rise of modern Jewish culture, taught by Janie Respitz, 7-9 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library. Register with Karen Biskin at 514-345-2627, ext. 3006.
STOP THE PRESSES!
Laval News co-publisher George Guzmas describes how to run a newspaper effectively, with the Golda Meir chapter of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO, 1 p.m. at the Chevra Mishnayis Jacob Josef synagogue, 715 du Sablon. Call Evie Applebee at 450-681-0342.
Thursday, March 8
A Megillah reading “by women, for women,” is on at noon at the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue. women and children welcome and costumes encouraged. Preceded by an 11:45 a.m. vigil for agunot. Call Shelley at 514-489-9094.
BAL DE PURIM
The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue and its sisterhood will showcase flamenco dancing at its March 10, 8 p.m. Bal de Purim, including dinner and dancing “all night.” RSVP at 514-737-3695, ext. 101, or call Rena at 514-342-0033.
BE’ER SHEVA SQUARE
A recent mission to Israel led by Federation CJA president David Cape climaxed with the dedication of a municipal square in Be’er Sheva, for years the local Jewish community’s Project Renewal “twin city.” The square, with prominent light and water features, is in the Ramot area, and at the dedication, Mayor Ruvik Danilovich spoke of the two cities’ special bond. Cape pledged to maintain Montreal’s commitment. A year ago, Be’er Sheva gave the Montreal Jewish community a lifetime achievement award.
The first digitized versions of Jewish Public Library audio tapes, from its “talking books” project being led by the Yiddish Book Centre in Amherst, Mass, are now available. The JPL’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/jpl.montreal.
Award-winning TV producer Jonathan Finkelstein, who has created six series and produced more than 500 half-hours of TV programming that have won him many awards, including a Peabody and nine Geminis, spoke recently at St. George’s School as part of its alumni speakers series (Finkelstein graduated in 1981). His latest production is Way Off Broadway, premiering March 2 on Bravo!