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Deadline reminder: March 5 is the deadline for the issue of March 15. March 12 is the deadline for the issue of March 22. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; e-mail whatsnewcjn@gmail.com, or fax 416-391-0829.

 

 

Thursday, March 1

 

NEW REFORM SHUL

An information meeting for The City Shul, a new downtown Reform congregation led by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, will be held 7:30 p.m., at the Wolfond Centre, 36 Harbord St. www.cityshul.com; 647-799-3557.

 

TEEN DEPRESSION

Psychologist Sylvia Kemenoff discusses “Signs and Symptoms of Adolescent Anxiety and Depression: When To Worry? What To Do?” Adath Israel Congregation, 7 p.m. Tickets $20 per person/$36 for 2. E-mail  CBailie@youthdale.ca; call 416-368-4896, ext. 2804.

 

YIDDISH VINKL

Miriam Beckerman reads excerpts from the Haggadah in Yiddish, 12 p.m. at the Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. $16 (includes lunch). E-mail RSVP to yiddishvinkl@yahoo.ca.

 

Friday, March 2

 

SHABBAT ACROSS CANADA

Am Shalom Synagogue, 767 Huronia Rd., Barrie, holds services and dinner as part of Shabbat Across Canada. Call 705-792-3949.

Beth Emeth Synagogue’s Shabbat dinner features guest speaker Rabbi Leslie Lipson. 416-633-3838.

 

CUPCAKE SHABBAT

Temple Har Zion holds a cupcake Shabbat family service at 7 p.m. Following a musical family Shabbat, decorate your cupcake. 905-889-2252.

 

INCLUSION SHABBAT

Yehoshua and Elisheva Hoffman will be speaking as part of North American Inclusion Month, March 2, at the Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation at 9 p.m.; March 3 at Aish HaTorah, 949 Clark Ave., Thornhill, at 11:15 a.m. galya1@rogers.com.

 

DANFORTH JEWISH CIRCLE

Danforth Jewish Circle holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. at Eastminster Church, 310 Danforth Ave. www.djctoronto.com.

 

Sunday, March 4

 

JEWISH GENEALOGY

The Jewish Genealogy Society presents a workshop on writing ancestor biographies and memoirs led by Lil Blume, 1-4:30 p.m. at Edithvale Community Centre. Pre-register at program@jgstoronto.ca.

CLOSER LOOK AT TANACH

Torah in Motion sponsors a workshop on “A Closer Look at Tanach,” featuring Rabbi Hayyim Angel, Rabbi Nathanial Helfgot,  Tammy Jacobowitz, Rabbi David Silber, Rabbi Baruch Weintraub, 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m., Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue. 416-633-5770, www.torahinmotion.org.

 

Monday, March 5

 

JEWISH DIABETES CHAPTER

Bonnie Stern and Fran Berkoff  discuss “10 Super Foods and What to Do with Them,” at the Jewish diabetes chapter meeting, 8 p.m., Pride of Israel Synagogue. www.diabetes.ca or 416-363-0177, ext. 7403.

Tuesday, March 6

 

THE MATCHMAKER

Beth Tikvah Synagogue shows the film The Matchmaker, 2 p.m., as part of its Tuesdays with Larry movie series. $5 at the door.

 

CONNECTED PARENTING

Jennifer Kolari discusses Connected Parenting with the Lev Zahav chapter of CHW, Holy Blossom Temple, 7:30 p.m. For tickets, www.chw.ca/toronto or 416-630-8373.

 

UNITED CHESED EVENING

United Chesed of Toronto is having a special performance of Teatron Toronto Jewish Theatre’s Can I Really Date a Guy Who Wears a Yarmulke?, 8 p.m., Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts. E-mail: unitedchesed@sympatico.ca or 416-250-7373.

 

 Other News

 

 BRIDGE CLUB

The bridge club at Forest Hill library has reopened and is looking for new members. Call Lea (evenings), 416-487-7630.

 

HARBORD REUNION

Harbord Collegiate Institute is holding its 120th birthday party, April 26-27. Alumni and teachers invited. www.HarbordClub.com.

 

THE ART OF SAMUEL BAK

Icons of Loss: The Art of Samuel Bak, will be on display at the Columbus Centre’s Joseph Carrier Art Gallery, 901 Lawrence Ave. W., March 1-April 30. Bak, an internationally renowned artist, made the Holocaust the subject of his work.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Baycrest needs volunteers to help at the information desk, lead Russian discussion groups,  help with movie nights,  provide assistance at meal times. Call 416-785-2500, ext. 2572.

Jewish Club for the Vision Impaired needs volunteer drivers the first Monday of the month. Sheila, 905-731-9667.

Reena needs volunteers for its March break program, March 12-16, 927 Clark Ave. W., Thornhill. Female volunteers are also needed for the swim program, Tuesday evenings, Garnet Williams Community Centre.

Call Mille Chadwick, 905-889-2690, ext. 2112, or mchadwick@reena.org.

 PURIM FUN

The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir performs a Purim concert in Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and  English, Bernard Betel Centre, March 1, 7 p.m. Tickets $5/$10 at the door. Luba, 905-669-5906.

Miles Nadal JCC holds a Purim Carnival, March 4, 11 a.m. 416-924-6211, ext. 277.

Temple Har Zion holds a Purim Carnival, March 4, 10 a.m.- noon. 905-889-2252.

Toronto Heschel School holds a hands-on art and music Purim workshop for preschoolers and their parents, March 4, 10 a.m. Pre-registration required, 416-635-1876, ext. 334;  npfeffer@torontoheschel.org.

Temple Emanu-El holds a Purim carnival and Purim shpiel March 4, 11 a.m.

Morris Winchevsky School holds a Purim celebration with singer Mitch Smolkin, Purim shpiel Mama Megillah, crafts and games, March 4, 11 a.m., 918 Bathurst St.

Jewish Club for the Vision Impaired holds a Purim party March 5, 7:30 p.m., Prosserman JCC. Call Bess, 905-508-2892.

Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue presents The Megillah According to the Beatles, March 7. Megillah reading begins at 6:10 p.m.; Purim shpiel 8 p.m.

Temple Kol Ami’s Purim celebrations begin March 7 at 6 p.m. with Megillah reading, Purim shpiel and carnival.

Shaar Shalom Synagogue’s Purim celebrations, pizza at 6:15 p.m.; parade, Megillah reading at 7:10 p.m., March 7. RSVP by Feb. 29, 905-889-4975, ext. 62.

Temple Har Zion’s Purim shpiel Shmaltz, and Megillah reading, March 7, 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Megillah Reading at Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, March 8, 9:30 a.m.

Chabad of Markham presents Purim in the Jungle with a buffet and live animal show, March 8, 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets required. 905-886-0420; www.chabadmarkham.org.

Friends of Yiddish hold an afternoon of music, dancing and Purim fun with the Yenevelt Klezmer Band, March 11, 2 p.m. at Beth Tikvah Synagogue. RSVP by March 8 to Sandy, 416-458-1440, 416-736-8073 or yiddish18@yahoo.ca.

JF & CS GROUPS

  All programs require pre-registration and are open to all members of the community. To register, call Shawna Sidney, 416-638-7800, ext. 6215, or www.jfandcs.com. All classes at Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst. St., unless otherwise noted.

Mind, Body Connection for Women: An 8-session group for women who want to lean mindfulness and meditation. Topics include stress and anxiety reduction, enhancing your self-esteem. Starts March 27, 7 p.m.

When You’re About to Separate, What to Tell the Kids: A workshop for parents in the early stages of separation. March 29, 6:30 p.m.

 

BEREAVED PARENTS

Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario provides 8-week self-help groups to bereaved parents. Call Beth Feffer at JF & CS, 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or bfeffer@jfandcs.com.

SENIORS

Volunteers Needed. Join the BRAVO study linking brain health and volunteering. Participants must be over 55 and not working or volunteering for more than 3 hours a month. Study includes 1 year of volunteering at Baycrest. Visit www.baycrest.org/bravo; call 416-785-2500, ext. 3435.

Haverim program at Beth Tzedec. March 5, Barbara Rusch, founder of the Ephemera Society, shares her collection of Shanah Tovah cards and other items, 1:30 p.m. Call Dorion Liebgott, 416-781-3514, ext. 232, or museum@beth-tzedec.org.

Falls Prevention Program at Baycrest. An 8-week program provides education and exercise for older adults who have experienced 1 or more falls or who fear falling. Starts March 12. Call Maureen Smith, 416-785-2488.

Association of Jewish Seniors. Tammy, 416-635-2900, ext. 458. March 15, Jamie Golombek discusses “Tax and Retirement Tips for Seniors,” Shaarei Shomayim, 9:30 a.m.

Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casino Rama, March 14. Dance with live music, March 25. Tuesdays, gentle exercise, 10 a.m., first class free; Wednesdays, duplicate bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m.; social bridge, 12:30 p.m. Non-members welcome.

National Council of Jewish Women, Aviva branch, is looking for women over 70 for their group. Call 416-633-5100.

LZA Seniors Cultural Club meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Borochov Cultural Centre, 272 Codsell. 416-630-9444.

New Horizons is a Jewish Hungarian seniors club that offers kosher food, card games, casino trips. 416-256-1892.

Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub. Refreshments $2. Call Pearl, 416-635-6317, or Sheila, 416-665-3333.

Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue welcomes new players for mah-jong and Rummikub Monday and Wednesday afternoons. 416-633-3838.

Bernard Betel Centre 416-225-2112. March 1, Tanya Loor discusses “Credit and You,” 1:30 p.m. March 6, David Lipovitch  discusses “The Archeology of Ancient Israel,” 10 a.m. March 8, Janice Lisker discusses “7 Principles to Successful Aging,” 1:30 p.m.

Active Seniors, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155. March 8, artist Laya Crust  gives an illustrated talk describing her Purim Scroll of Esther, 1:30 p.m. Beginner’s computer course, 8-week session, starts April 17.

 Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst St., 416-638-1881, www.prossermanjcc.com.

Drop in and play at the Fun Zone Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

New Shabbat party class, Fridays 10 -11 a.m. Grandparents and caregivers welcome.

Tic Tac Two program will be extended into the summer. Call Kailah Rubin, ext. 4351.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211, www.mnjcc.org.

March 5, Kevin Courrier discusses “Movies During the Clinton Era,” 7 p.m. Ext. 606.

Israeli pianist Yitzhak Yedid performs March 1, 8 p.m.; Lenka Lichtenberg and Roula Said present Jewish and Arabic Music in Dialogue, March 5, 7:30 p.m.;  Night Without a Moon: Jewish Women’s Cabaret with Marcia Beck, Tova Kardonne, Marni Levitt and Ilana Newman 8 p.m., March 24. All shows at the Al Green Theatre, ext.0.

The Diary of Anne Frank  by Shakespeare in Action runs March 15-31, Al Green Theatre.

The adult daytime choir meets Tuesdays 1 p.m. gillians@mnjcc.org.

Klezmer ensemble meets Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. music@mnjcc.org or ext. 0.

The Michael Bernstein Chapel holds services Thursdays at 7:15 a.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m. Call Coleman Bernstein, 416-968-0200.

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