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What's New: Week of August 16


Deadline reminder: Aug. 20 is the deadline for the issue of Aug. 30. Aug. 27 is the deadline for the issue of Sept. 6. Please note all deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email


Thursday, Aug. 16



Try Frumba, a cardio dance class for women set to Jewish, Israeli music, 7:15, Pride of Israel Synagogue, 55 Lissom Cres. Call 416-226-0111 for tickets.


Saturday, Aug. 18



Orillia Country Shul, 151 Creighton St. S., Atherly, near Orillia, resumes its summer services at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18, Rabbi Micah Streiffer. Aug. 25, Rabbi Arthur Bielfeld. All are welcome. 705-327-7069.



Henry Wellisch discusses his personal exodus after the Holocaust to Mauritius, Shaarei Beth El Synagogue, 186 Morrison Rd., Oakville, 416-573-9440. Services begin at 10:30 a.m.



Rabbi Jennifer Gorman discusses the Torah portion at 9:45 a.m. After Shabbat morning services, Rabbi Sean Gorman discusses “Dressing for Shul.” Pride of Israel Synagogue. 416-226-0111.



Michael Bernstein discusses the Torah portion, Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 9:45 a.m., 3080 Bayview Ave.


Sunday, Aug. 19



Simcha Simchovitch shows a DVD of his recent trip to Poland, where he received an award for his Yiddish poetry, The Lodzer Synagogue, 12 Heaton St. Minyan at 9 a.m., brunch at 9:30 a.m., program at 10 a.m. $5. 416-636-6665.


PJ Library holds a story-time event, 10 a.m. at Wood Valley Park, 2 Marc Santi Blvd., Vaughan. A tour of the Kavanah garden follows the story. Another story time will be held Aug. 26. In case of rain, the story time will move into the Schwartz/Reisman Centre. Free but registration required at the following website:


Tuesday, Aug. 21



Oscar winner Jon Voight is the guest speaker at UJA Campaign’s 2013 launch, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 7:30 p.m. $45. 416-631-5705 or


The Casablanca Orchestra  performs tonight at the Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre, in Earl Bales Park, 7 p.m. Aug. 28, Shul of Rock performs. In case of rain, the performance moves to the Earl Bales Community Centre.


Other News



Rabbi Michal Shekel presents a workshop on the shofar, Aug. 26, 11 a.m.,with a brunch following, Or Hadash Synagogue, 451 Botsford St., Newmarket. 905-898-2220.



Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation is holding a youth fair to highlight its own youth programming and businesses catering to youth, Sept. 9. For both applications, contact Rich Winkler, 905-886-3810, ext. 135 or



The Cutting Veg, a community-supported agriculture program, delivers organic produce to Toronto-area synagogues throughout the summer and fall. For more information, visit or call 647-388-7444.



The Shira Singers, who perform for seniors in the GTA, are looking for new choir members. Call Yair, 905-886-1755.



Beth Emeth Theatre Tours is going to Stratford Sept. 12 to see  42nd Street. Bus and matinée, $100. Call Tema Wasserman, 905-770-0355.



An all-day workshop featuring yoga, meditation, drumming, Pilates, movement and drama will be held Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Shoresh’s Kavanah Garden, 18 Lebovic Campus Dr., Vaughan. $100 (financial assistance available). To register: For more info, send an email to:



Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America for Jewish outdoor enthusiasts is holding a Labour Day retreat in Colorado, Aug. 30-Sept. 3. For more info, visit or call 1-888-MOSAICS (667-2427) to register.



JumpStart Hebrew is a program for children entering JK to Grade 2, Aug. 27-31 at Beth Sholom Synagogue. Children will be introduced to Hebrew through art, music and play. Email Karen Goodis, or



Melton Adult Mini School offers core courses Wednesday evenings: Dramas of Jewish Living (history) and Ethics of Jewish Living. Text-based and interactive, the curriculum is developed by Hebrew University. Call 416-789-7400 or


Torah Tots at Chabad Lubavitch of Markham is open for fall registration.905-886-0420, ext. 227.

Temple Sinai Nursery School is holding an open house Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m., with bouncy castle, pizza dinner and games. RSVP 416-487-3291 or



High Holiday tickets for services at Shaar Shalom Synagogue are now available to the public. Call 905-889-4975.

Chabad of Markham is offering tickets for non-members. Call 905-886-0420, ext. 221.


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


Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. The clubhouse is closed for renovations; all activities in the Earl Bales Community Centre. Hairdresser/barber,  Aug. 16, 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays, gentle exercise, 10 a.m. first class free.; Wednesdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m.; social bridge, 12:30 p.m. Non-members welcome.

Earl Bales Seniors Woodworkers has state-of-the-art equipment and is open to seniors interested in woodworking and crafts. Call Morty, 416-783-6078; 416-630-6487.

The Bridge Club at Forest Hill Library is seeking new members. Call Lea (evenings), 416-487-7630.

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 Marcia, 416-932-1229.

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

Active Seniors & Boomers, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155. Sept. 6, Iain Scott discusses the Metropolitan Opera,  1:30 p.m.

Active 55 Plus Fitness 416-924-6211, ext. 526, Colin Blayney. Join Josh Matlow Sept. 5 at 8 a.m. for the launch of a month of free events: walking tours, fitness classes and speakers.

Bernard Betel Centre 416-225-2112. Aug. 21, Warren Green discusses “Jewish Survival By Way of the World’s Second-Oldest Profession,” 10 a.m.; Aug. 23, Judi Weiss discusses “Fighting Age-Related Stereotypes,”  1:30 p.m.

The Sunday Nighters, a social group for seniors begins Sept. 9. Couples and singles welcome. Call Al Federman, 416-635-0563 or Hanita Chencinski, 416-922-1400.

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

Kevin Courrier teaches a course on “Love and Hisses: Debating the Movies,” Aug. 22, 29.

Iain Scott discusses opera.  Aug. 22 Joan Sutherland, 1 p.m.

Drop-in duplicate bridge, Thursdays 12:30-3:30 p.m. Current events discussion, Thursdays, 12:45 p.m.

The movie Arranged  will be shown Aug. 20, 1 p.m.

Treasures in Jewish literature, books are available for loan for the next series. First review Sept. 11.

A new club is being formed for people over 55, featuring outings, exercise and speakers. First meeting Aug. 21, 1:30 p.m. Call Bernice, 416-633-7034, or Terrie, 905-709-1090.

The best of Hebrew University’s thinkers, keynote speaker  Elie Podeh discusses “The Arab Revolutions: Between Spring and Winter,” Sept. 6.

 750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

 The adult daytime choir runs all summer, Tuesdays 1 p.m. No experience needed.

Kids Who Can, photos by 13 photographers from Easter Seals summer camps is at the gallery until Sept. 9.

Miles Nadal JCC holds an open house Sept. 5, 12-8 p.m. Free fitness demos, activities for kids and tours.

Ongoing group and private swim lessons, ext. 530;

Personal training for youth and adults, ext. 506;

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

9600 Bathurst St., Vaughan. 905-303-1821.

NCSY hosts Shabbat parties, Aug. 17, Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m. with songs and crafts for all.

The daycare is still accepting registrations.

Save the date: Sept. 9, the best of Hebrew University’s thinkers speak at the centre.

Open house, Sept. 10-12.

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