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Deadline reminder: April 23 is the deadline for the issue of May 3. April 30 is the deadline for the issue of May 10 . Please note all deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or e-mail


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 Synagogue , 7:30 p.m. Call 905-787-8772.


Beth Tikvah Synagogue holds a commemoration service and screens 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.


Friday, April 20


Chabad of Markham offers a musical drumming program for children aged 6 to 24 months, starting today at 9:15 a.m. 905-886-0420, ext. 227.


Saturday, April 21



Shaar Shalom Synagogue has a young families service at 10:30 a.m.



Morley Goldberg speaks about the parashah at Beth Tikvah Synagogue at 9:45 a.m.



Rabbi Jennifer Gorman  speaks about the parashah at Pride of Israel Synagogue at 9:45 a.m. Light refreshments provided.



Cantor Sol Zim, composer of many favourite Jewish songs, is at Beth Sholom Synagogue, 8:45 a.m.



Or Hadash Synagogue, 451 Botsford St., Unit 5, Newmarket, shows the film Defiance at 7:30 p.m. RSVP or call 905-898-2220.


Sunday, April 22



Shaar Shalom Brotherhood invites everyone to be dazzled by “The Great Mysterion,” 7:30 p.m.



Holy Blossom Temple presents the Srul Irving Glick Memorial Concert with the Holy Blossom Choir, Lachan Jewish Chamber Choir and Cantor Benjamin Maissner, Cantor Tibor Kovari and Cantor Efraim Sapir, 8 p.m. For tickets call 416-789-3291, ext. 224.



Help prepare Shoresh’s Kavanah Garden, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 18 Lebovic Campus Dr. Open to b’nei mitzvah students and older because of the tools and materials being used. Call 416-805-8382 or



Jacob Sivak discusses his new book Chienke’s Motl and Motl’s Chienke: A Twentieth Century Story, 2 p.m. at Hashomer Hatzair, 4700 Bathurst St.



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



Poet Arnold Friedman is the guest speaker at Beth Zion Synagogue and B’nai Shalom V’Tikvah’s Holocaust memorial service, 7 p.m., 144 King St. E., Oshawa.



Sylwia Szymanska-Smolkin is the guest speaker at a memorial of the 69th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 2 p.m. Workmen’s Circle Centre, 471 Lawrence Ave. W.


Monday, April 23



Medina Theatre presents a staged reading performance of From Chelm to Chollyvood, 7:30 p.m., Temple Sinai. Fran 416-638-2716 or Morris, 416-785-0344.



Arne Kislenko discusses “Guarding the Borders: Immigration and National Security in Canada,” 2 p.m., Temple Emanu-El. To register, 416-449-3880.


Tuesday, April 24



Jerry Ziedenberg discusses “The Jews of Mauritius,” noon at Beth Tikvah Synagogue. By reservation only, 416-221-3433, ext. 352 or



Eva Stachniak discusses her novel The Winter Palace, 8 p.m.,Temple Sinai. Sponsored by the family of Sharon Cole and Club Dayan, Na’amat Canada.


Wednesday, April 25



Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada presents 5 authors from its Tracing Our Roots publication, Temple Sinai , 8 p.m.



Rabbi Shalom Hammer, former chaplain for the Israel Defence Forces, speaks at 8 p.m. tonight and April 26, Beth Tikvah Synagogue.



Rabbi Michael Skobac discusses “The Elephant in the Room of Judaism,” Shaarei Tefillah Congregation, 8:30 p.m., or 416-789-0020.


Thursday, April 26



Danforth Jewish Circle’s Children’s Jewish Studies program holds an open house 4:45-6 p.m., Ms. Miriam’s Stay and Play, 583A Danforth Ave. RSVP



Ward 10 Coun. James Pasternak is holding an Israeli flag raising, Toronto City Hall, 10 a.m., 100 Queen St. W. Meet at the information counter. RSVP 416-392-1371.



Harbord Collegiate Institute is holding its reunion April 26-27.


Other News



Temple Sinai Seniors Club is seeing Lost in Yonkers on June 6.  Deadline for reservations is May 1. 416-487-3281.



Chabad of Markham Women are having a high tea for mothers and daughters, May 6, 3 p.m. Tickets $36 before April 20, $45 after. RSVP 905-886-0420, ext. 227.

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 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

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. 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.

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.

Temple Sinai Senior Club. ROM curator Corey Keeble discusses “Jewish Rhode Island,” April 24, 1:30 p.m. RSVP 416-487-3281.

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 24, Gerald Ziedenberg discusses “The Jews of Mauritius,”10 a.m. April 25, Yom Ha’atzmaut party 6 p.m. April 26, Laura Arrizza discusses what the Toronto Public Library has available for seniors. 

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. Israeli Independence Day musical program and brunch with musician Eldan Cohen, April 26, 11:30 a.m.

Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst St., 416-638-1881,

 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,

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.

Brunch for Israel’s birthday, April 26, 11:30 a.m.

Toronto Jewish Film Society screens the 1922 film Hungry Hearts, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Ext. 606.

Summer Institute for Creative Adults offers classes for adult singers, July 16-20. $300 before May 1, $350 after May. Ext. 250.


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