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What's New: Week of April 12


Deadline reminder: April 16 is the deadline for the issue of April 26. April 23 is the deadline for the issue of May 3 . Please note all deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or e-mail whatsnewcjn@gmail.com.


Saturday, April 14



Temple Kol Ami’s annual coffee house is at 7 p.m. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Call 905-709-2620.



Temple Sinai is studying Norman Cohen’s book, Hineni in Our Lives: Learning How To Respond to Others, Saturdays starting today, 8:45 a.m. 416-487-3281.

Sunday, April 15



Vivian Felson discusses “Yiddishkeit in Japan,” at Shaar Shalom Synagogue’s Singles Program (ages 45+), 7:30 p.m. Call David 416-224-9494.



Jewish War Veterans of Canada, Toronto post, holds its general meeting at Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst St. Breakfast 9 a.m., meeting 10 a.m. Guest speaker is MP Mark Adler.



Cantor Katie Oringel with  composer Ben Steinberg and Harvey Atkin weaves a multimedia experience of art, music and narrative on the life of Marc Chagall. Presented with Friends of Yiddish at Temple Sinai, 4 p.m. 416-487-3281.



United Jewish People’s Order sponsors a third seder with  musicians David Wall, Marilyn Lerner and the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir, 4:30 p.m. Villa Colombo. Reserve in advance, 416-789-5502 or info@winchevskycentre.org.


Yehudit Shier Weisberg discusses “Never Again?: The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel,”  9:15 a.m. at Beth David Synagogue. 416-633-5500.


Monday, April 16



Cookbook author Rose Reisman demonstrates how to make fast, nutritious meals, 7:30 p.m., Temple Emanu-El. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Call 416-449-3883.



Adam Chapnick discusses “Canadian Foreign Policy,” 2 p.m., Temple Emanu-El. To register, 416-449-3880.

Tuesday, April 17



Fran Saltzman discusses “My Experience as the First Jewish Female RCMP Officer,” Temple Har Zion. Bring your lunch at noon, program starts at 12:30 p.m.



Hadassa and Benji Margolese – parents of 8-year-old Na’ama   who was harassed in Beit Shemesh – discuss “Tolerance Amid Tension: How Can We Do Better?” Beth David Synagogue, 7:30 p.m.




Bernie Farber discusses “The Shoah and the Courage To Be a Hero,” Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 12:15 p.m. By reservation only, 416-221-3433, ext. 352, or helen@bethtikvahtoronto.org.


Wednesday, April 18



Evann Frisque lectures about “Artistic Mixed Media Compositions,” to the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles, Shaarei Shomayim , 8 p.m. $5.



Yehudit Shier Weisberg teaches a nine-week class on Prayer: A Gift for Our Lives, starting today at Beth Emeth Synagogue, 10 a.m. Call 416-789-7400.



Judy Murray discusses “Living a Healthy Life: The Journey into Self-Management,” as part of Beth David Brotherhood’s series on Jewish men’s health and wellness, 55 Yeomans Dr.,8 p.m.



Rabbi Michael Skobac discusses “Catching the Spirit of Jewish Spirituality,” Shaarei Tefillah Congregation, 8:30 p.m., toronto@jewsforjudaism.ca or 416-789-0020.


Thursday, April 19



Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism holds a ceremony honouring Jewish Holocaust refugees in the Soviet Union, 7 p.m. at 18 Wynford Dr.

TanenbaumCHAT Kimel presents a Yom Hashoah program at Shaar Shalom, 7:30 p.m. Call 905-787-8772.

Beth Tikvah Synagogue holds a commemoration service and will show the film La Rafle (suitable for students over 16), 7:30 p.m.



ROM curator Corey Keeble discusses “Jewish Decorative Arts,” Congregation Darchei Noam. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., lecture at 8 p.m. Suggested donation, $5 for members, $10 for non-members.



Summit Heights community holds a spring shopping extravaganza, 4-9 p.m. Temple Sinai.


Other News



Dr. Brian Goldman discusses why seniors face ageism in health care, April 22, 10 a.m., Temple Emanu-El. RSVP by April 16. 416-449-3880.



Beth Emeth Synagogue theatre group is seeing The Matchmaker on May 23. Deadline for reservations is April 16. 416-633-3838.



HOPE (Helping Other Parents Everywhere), a support group for parents of acting-out youth, meets Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., at Edithvale Community Centre, 131 Finch Ave. W. Call Bernice, 905-737-3403.



The centre is open for daily tours. Register now for pre-school and daycare. Call 905-303-1821.


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.

Widows/Widowers 65+: A 6-session group for people over 65 who have recently lost a spouse. Starts April 18, 1 p.m.

Mind, Body Connection for Women: An 8-session group for women who want to learn mindfulness and meditation. Starts April 25, 3 p.m. at 35 Madison Ave.

One Family, Two Homes: A 6-session series for families experiencing separation and divorce. Children and parents participate in separate groups. Starts April 25, 6:30 p.m.

The Challenge of Anger for Women: A 6-session group to learn how to express anger in an assertive, non-aggressive way. Starts April 26, 7:30 p.m.

Beyond the Chupah, Becoming a Couple: A 6-session marriage preparation group for couples, offered with the Rabbinical Assembly of Ontario. Starts April 26, 7:30 p.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue.



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


Seniors Social Club presents singer Sari Featherstone, April 15, 7 p.m., Earl Bales Community Centre. RSVP Sandy, 416-736-8073 or 416-458-1440.

Association of Jewish Seniors. Tammy, 416-635-2900, ext. 458. April 19, program to commemorate the Shoah, Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue. Refreshments 9:30 a.m., program at 10 a.m.

Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casino Rama, April 18. Dance with live music, April 29. Tuesdays, gentle exercise, 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, duplicate bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m.; social bridge, 12:30 p.m. Non-members welcome.

Circle of Care is sponsoring Let’s Talk, an education group on topics such as home safety, mental and physical well-being and legal and financial planning. The 6-session group begins April 17. Call 416-635-2860.

PEP Group monthly meeting April 19, Earl Bales Community Centre ,with entertainment, socializing and refreshments. New members accepted this month only. Call Terri, 416-785-0335.

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. April 16, Documentary Children of War, Russian with English subtitles, 7 p.m. April 17, Gerald Ziedenberg discusses “The Struggle to Establish the Jewish State,” 10 a.m. April 19, Jeff Brown discusses “What to Do in a Medical Emergency,” 1:30 p.m. May 9, outing to West Side Story.

Active Seniors, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155. Psychiatrist Lesley Wiesenfeld talks about “Positive Aging and Adaptation,” April 19, 1:30 p.m.

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

 Tickets for spring/summer theatre trips are on sale now.

The spring/summer program guide is available now, ext. 4235.

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

Mimouna will be celebrated with henna, cooking and belly dancing workshops, Middle Eastern music and food, April 15, 7 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door, ext. 0.

Film critic Adam Nayman analyzes Stanley Kubrick’s films,  starting April 16 at 7 p.m. Ext. 0.

Classes in Hebrew literacy and conversation start the week of April 16. Ext. 154.

Felix Opatowski, author of Gatehouse to Hell, shares his experiences in Auschwitz, April 22, 11 a.m.

Tickets on sale for Stars on Spadina Gala with Theresa Tova, Moshe Hammer, Hilario Duran and more, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

Reading Jewish, a class with Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, starts April 30, 8 p.m.

How Beautiful We All Were, a photo exhibit of 16 Canadian poets, is at the gallery until April 30.


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