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Deadline reminder: Dec. 16 is the deadline for the issues of Dec. 26 and Jan. 9. The CJN is not publishing an issue on Jan. 2. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; email whatsnewcjn@gmail.com.

 

Thursday, Dec. 12

 

NETWORKING FORUM

Job seekers are invited to an employer panel and networking forum organized by JVS Toronto with representatives from Deloitte, Questrade, Royal Bank of Canada and CGA-Ontario, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Lebovic Jewish Community Campus. Pre-registration required, at hmartins@jvstoronto.org or 416-661-3010.

 

WHO WROTE THE TORAH?

Three rabbis from the Conservative movement discuss “Who wrote the Torah?”, 7:30 p.m., Beth David Synagogue.

 

GIRLS NIGHT OUT

Beth Emeth Synagogue invites women of all ages to an evening of board and card games, 8 p.m. $3/$5.

 

Saturday, Dec. 14

 

B’NAI SHALOM

B’nai Shalom Congregation, a Conservative egalitarian congregation in Peel Region, meets today. Call 905-901-9889 or www.bnaishalom.ca.

 

BOOK SIGNING

Dr. Sharon Baltman signs copies of her memoir, Escape From the Bedside, 9 a.m.- noon, Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St.

 

SEPHARDIC HALACHAH

Dr. Marc Shapiro discusses “Rav Ovadiah Yosef and the Revival of Sephardic Halachah,” Or Chaim Yeshiva, 7:30 p.m., www.torahinmotion.org.

 

Sunday, Dec. 15

 

A SURVIVOR’S STORY

Ella Burakowski, The CJN’s Ask Ella columnist, has written a novel based on her uncle David Gold’s experiences during the Holocaust. Ella is introducing David, who will speak at Ayin L’Tzion Congregation, Netivot HaTorah Day School, 18 Atkinson Ave., Thornhill, 7:30 p.m.

 

LEARNING TORAH

Dr. Marc Shapiro discusses “Learning Torah on Christmas Eve,” Bnai Torah Congregation, 465 Patricia Ave., 9:15 a.m. www.torahinmotion.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

 

VISIONS FOR CANADA

Chris Alexander, minister of citizenship and immigration, speaks at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 7 p.m. Advance registration required. Email RSVP@bethtikvahtoronto.org or 416-221-3433.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 18

 

ARAB LABOR: A COMEDY

Watch the Israeli TV show Arab Labor and enjoy drinks with New Israel Fund of Canada at Camera Bar, 1028 Queen St. W., 7 p.m. Free but RSVP to atarah@nifcan.org.

 

POMEGRANATE GUILD

The Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles shows a movie about the Israeli Quilters Association, 7:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai. New members welcome. www.pomegranateguild.ca.

 

Other News

 

GAMES NIGHT

Congregation Bnai Torah holds a games night with games, food, prizes and a silent auction, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. $20/$25. For tickets, call 416-226-3700, ext. 21.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Reena is looking for a female volunteer to assist during swim time at the Holland Bloorview Pool, Mondays, 6 p.m. The volunteer doesn’t need to be a strong swimmer, but must be comfortable in shallow water. Call Mille Chadwick, 905-889-2690, ext. 2112, or email mchadwick@reena.org.

 

NARAYEVER CENTENNIAL

First Narayever Synagogue celebrates its centennial next year and is looking for memorabilia (photos, documents, newsletters etc.), as well as memories and stories from people who were connected with the shul or surrounding neighbourhood. Call 416-927-0546, or email centennialcelebrations@narayever.ca.

 

MORASHA CLASSES

Barrie Wilson teaches a class on “Reading Paul’s Letters through Jewish Eyes,” 11:15 a.m., Jan. 8-Feb. 5, Beth Emeth Synagogue. Call Loretta to register, 416-789-7400.

 

TALLIT WORKSHOP

Temple Har Zion holds a one-day tallit-making workshop Jan. 19. Register before Dec. 20. Email lisarosefox@gmail.com.

 

YIDDISH SONGS

Singer Faye Kellerstein performs a program of Yiddish songs, accompanied by Jordan Klapman, Dec. 22 at 1:30 p.m., Kensington Place Retirement Home, 866 Sheppard Ave. W. 416-636-9555

 

HEBREW CLASSES

Temple Sinai offers Hebrew classes for adult beginners (starting Jan. 14) and intermediates starting Jan. 9. Call 416-487-3281.

Conversational Hebrew ulpan method with Yael Lev is offered at Pride of Israel Synagogue. Learn modern vocabulary and discuss current events, for intermediate students (Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.) and advanced students (Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.). Call 416-226-0111, ext. 10.

 

QUICK PICK SHABBAT

Choose from 4 different topics of learning at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. Classes include “The Roots of Jewish Prayer; Conservative Judaism and the Pew Study; Jewish Music in the Synagogue and Images of Women in Jewish Religious Life.”

 

SHABBAT SHIRAH

Cantors David Edwards, Tibor Kovari, David Rosen and Eyal Bitton, accompanied by a live band, perform Israeli and chassidic melodies for Shabbat Shirah, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. at Beth Emeth Synagogue.

 

BAT MITZVAH CLUB

Chabad of Markham’s bat mitzvah club begins Jan. 12. To register, call 905-886-0420, ext. 221.

 

SILK PAINTING WORKSHOPS

Paula Miller leads a 7-part series on painting on silk. Create something special for your home for Shabbat. Starts Jan. 14 at Beth Emeth Synagogue. $30/$35. Call 416-633-3838.

 

SHABBAT SHIRAH WORKSHOP

Adam David discusses “Middle Eastern and Afro-Latin Influences on Modern Jewish Music,” at a Shabbat Shirah brunch, Beth Emeth Synagogue, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.

 

JF&CS GROUPS

 

GROUPS AND WORKSHOPS

Registration is required for all programs. Classes are open to all members of the community, and fee reductions are available. Call Shawna Sidney, 416-638-7800, ext. 6215, or visit www.jfandcs.com. All classes at the Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst St., unless otherwise noted.

High-Conflict Divorce: A workshop for parents in a high-conflict situation. Not for individuals in an abusive situation. Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Dating in Mid-Life: A workshop for men and women over 40 who have been single for 2 or more years. Dec. 12.

 

BEREAVED JEWISH FAMILIES

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

 

FOR SENIORS

 

Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub.  Call Sheila, 416-665-3333 or Marcia, 416-932-1229.

Shaar Shalom. Play bridge Mondays, 1:30 p.m. Lessons, 12:30 p.m. 905-889-4975.

Beth Emeth. Experienced mah-jong and Rummikub players meet Mondays and Wednesdays. 416-633-3838.

Temple Har Zion. Play mahjong Wednesday afternoons. Email lisakatisa@yahoo.com.

Bridge Club at Forest Hill Library is looking for new members. Call Lea, 416-487-7630.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casino Woodbine, Dec. 18. Tuesdays, seniors chair exercise, 10 a.m. (first class free); Wednesdays mah-jong 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m.

Bernard Betel Centre, 1003 Steeles Ave. W. 416-225-2112.  Dec. 12, Allen Kula discusses “Medication Use and Ask a Pharmacist,” 1:30 p.m.; Dec. 17, Corey Keeble, curator emeritus of the ROM, discusses “The Titanic: The ‘Unsinkable’ Ship,” 10 a.m.; Dec. 19, Jackie Hickey  discusses “Roadmap to Healthy Aging,” 1:30 p.m.

New Horizons is a Jewish Hungarian seniors club that offers kosher food and is looking for new members. Call George  416-256-1892.

Senior Social Club Hadar is looking for new members for conversation, exercise and games. Monday and Wednesday afternoons, Garnet A. Williams Community Centre, 501 Clark Ave. W. Thornhill. Call Phyllis, 905-889-5722 or Etka 416-663-8270.

PROSSERMAN JCC

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

Registration for the Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp is now open. Call 416-636-2267.

Women-only fitness classes now offered. Cycling, yoga, Zumba, core conditioning. Email sandra@prossermanjcc.com. or ext. 4103.

Register now for winter programs: Beverlee Swayze discusses “The History of Symphony,” Jan. 21, 1 p.m.

Iain Scott discusses “Great Canadian Opera Singers,” starting Jan. 16.

Kevin Courrier discusses “Produced and Abandoned 111: Yet More Best Movies You Have Never Seen,” starting Jan. 15.

To register, call ext. 4235.

MILES NADAL JCC

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

Register now for winter fun and learning. Pottery classes start Jan. 8; Klezmer ensemble begins Jan. 14; Hebrew Institute begins Jan. 20; Media Mondays looking at the work of Steven Spielberg starts Jan. 20; fiction and poetry workshops start Jan. 20.

Subscribe now to the Toronto Jewish Film Society 2014 season. $100/$60. Call ext. 139, or email joellem@mnjcc.org.

Mapping Harbord Village: Stories of a Neighbourhood, developed by the Harbord Village Residents’ Association and the master of museum studies program in the University of Toronto’s faculty of information is on display in the gallery until Dec. 15.

Klezmer Music Ensemble conducted by Eric Stein meets Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. Call ext. 0 to register.

Got Shabbat? Shabbat program (songs, games and stories)  for children ages 0-4 with an adult starts Jan. 10. Ext. 388.

Aviva Chernick hosts a symposium and celebration in honour of Shabbat Shirah featuring local musicians and leaders of prayer, Jan. 12, 1-6 p.m. $15/$20. For tickets, call ext. 0.

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

 

SCHWARTZ/REISMAN CENTRE

Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst St. 905-303-1821.

Social club for singles 35-50, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. $16/$20. Pre-registration required. Call ext. 3006 or email Andrea, adaiam@srcentre.ca.

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