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Toronto hospital's 'Dogs on the Catwalk' fundraiser supports pet therapy program

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Last year's 'Dogs on the Catwalk' event. BAYCREST PHOTO

Baycrest’s second annual Dogs on the Catwalk fundraiser, a free community-wide event in support of Baycrest’s volunteer services and its pet therapy program, will be held Oct. 20 at the Winter Garden Court and will again be hosted by TV personality Jeanne Beker and her beloved dog Gus. 

JCC Maccabi girls bring home the hardware

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The Toronto Blue girls 16U soccer team won gold and bronze medals.

There was a time, perhaps, when girls just wanted to have fun. Now, they want to win – and then have some fun.

Girls teams were a big part of Toronto’s contingent at last month’s JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the girls did their share of winning, bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals.

Award-winning book is worth a second look

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'Basic Black With Pearls' by Helen Weinzweig

One century after her birth, Toronto author Helen Weinzweig’s award-winning novel Basic Black With Pearls has just been reissued by House of Anansi, the Toronto-based publisher that first released the book in 1980.

In the novel, which won a City of Toronto book award, a somewhat deranged, unhappily married female narrator tells her story of a series of liaisons with a mysterious lover who is a foreign spy.

Memories and reflections on the Polish synagogue recreated in Toronto

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Rabbi Dow Marmur

The recreation on Spadina Road in Toronto’s Forest Hill of the façade of the synagogue in Jaslo, Poland, that was destroyed during the Holocaust is touching. 

Though I don’t remember the synagogue, perhaps because my parents didn’t go there or didn’t take me, I’ve memories of other places in the town: our apartment, the main street with an ice cream stand where I’d be taken for treats, my father’s office in the local glassworks, and friends.

When Jews helped win Sunday streetcars for Toronto

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Vintage TTC streetcar. TREKEARTH PHOTO

Jewish voters in Toronto were instrumental in overturning the local ban on Sunday streetcars in the spring of 1897. It was the first time that Canadian Jews united to influence a popular vote, and it marked their earliest ballot victory.

Holocaust diary details rabbi’s struggle to survive

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Rabbi Chaim Yitzchok Wolgelernter, his wife Chayele and their first-born daughter Alte’le in the fall of 1940.

It was on his wedding day in 1964 when Feivel Wolgelernter’s uncle Dovid gifted him with the unnumbered pages, yellowed with age, handwritten in cramped, nearly undecipherable Yiddish that detailed, in real time, the anguish, fear and unimaginable loss suffered by his father who recorded his desperate struggle to survive the horrors of the Holocaust. 

Rally held in support of Yazidis under attack by ISIS

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Renanah Goldhar, left, dressed as a Yazidi slave, stands with other demonstrators at a Toronto rally in solidarity with Yazidi victims of ISIS genocide.

More than 5,000 killed and over 7,400 young people have been abducted, forced to convert to Islam and sold as sex slaves

TORONTO — In a display of street theatre designed to grab the attention of passersby, Renanah Goldhar donned the chador-like garb forced on Yazidi slave women and lamented the fate such women have endured at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS).

Delaware's Madison Brengle continues her rise at Rogers Cup

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Madison Brengle at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament VIDAL KESLASSY PHOTO

Jewish-American tennis player Madison Brengle has shown that you don’t need to be 21 or younger to develop a career in pro tennis. At the Rogers Cup at Aviva Centre, Brengle, 25, of Delaware finished in the second round to continue her rise in the tennis rankings over the current season.

Idina Menzel idolizes Streisand

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Idina Menzel

When she was a teen singing at bar mitzvahs and weddings, singer Idina Menzel only dreamed of starring in concert like her idol Barbra Streisand. 

More than 25 years later, Menzel, who has arrived as a bona fide concert star, is performing in concert at two Canadian stops in Toronto and Montreal on the heels of her recent hit Let It Go from the movie Frozen.

Annual Yiddish concert pays tribute to Theodore Bikel

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Shura Lipovsky with Theodore Bikel at the Annual Summer Yiddish Concert in 2011, which was the last time Bikel played in Toronto. Morris Miller photo

TORONTO — Theodore Bikel’s widow said her late husband had every intention of performing at the Annual Summer Yiddish Concert at Toronto’s Temple Sinai next week. 

“Theo never missed a gig and he was planning to be there,” Aimee Ginsburg Bikel said on the telephone from Los Angeles. “I am full of sorrow that we couldn’t make it. He was really looking forward to it.” 

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