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What's New: Week of January 17


Deadline reminder: Jan. 21 is the deadline for Jan. 31 and Jan. 28 is the deadline for Feb. 7. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email whatsnewcjn@gmail.com.


Thursday, Jan. 17



Holy Blossom Temple Stagecraft Company presents Village of Idiots, Jan. 17 and 19, 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 20, 2 p.m. at Holy Blossom, 1950 Bathurst St. For tickets, 416-789-3291, ext. 511.


Saturday, Jan. 19



Families from Beth David Synagogue and the Lodzer Centre prepare for Tu b’Shvat by making bird feeders, followed by services and a meal, 4:45 p.m. at Beth David. Pre-register at www.bethdavid.com or Zack Portman, 416-633-5500.



Lionel Sharpe leads this week’s  Torah class at Beth Tikvah.


Sunday, Jan. 20



Beth Emeth Chai Shalom presents a movie matinée social, 2 p.m. 416-633-3838.



PJ Library celebrates Tu b’Shvat, 3:30-5 p.m., Shalom Centre, 361 Connie Cres., Thornhill. Free but pre-registration required at www.pjlibrary905.ca.



Shaar Shalom Youth hold a Tu b’Shvat seder. Call 905-889-4975 to register.



Arne Kislenko discusses “Guarding the Border: The Dilemmas and Realities of Law Enforcement and Intelligence in Canada’s Immigration System,” 7:30 p.m., Shaar Shalom Synagogue.


A gala dinner and siyum will be held to celebrate the completion of an English translation of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s Likutey Moharan, Shaarei Tefillah Congregation. For tickets,  Howard Oliver, 905-709-8582 or holiver@whatifwhatnext.com.


Monday, Jan. 21



Rabbi Elyse Goldstein discusses a China Jewish Adventure Tour, June 9-23. RSVP michelle@peerlesstravel.com or 416-485-9455, ext. 26.



Women and Wisdom bat mitzvah class taught by Goldie Plotkin begins at 8 p.m. Talmud class for women, taught by Rabbi Avraham Plotkin, starts at 8 p.m. Men and Wisdom class starts Jan. 22, 8 p.m. To register, 905-886-0420, ext. 221, or www.chabadmarkham.org.


Tuesday, Jan. 22



Political pundits and DJ Schneeweiss, Israel’s consul general, discuss the Israeli election results, 7 p.m., Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst St. RSVP lbrown@cija.ca or 416-634-3065.



Screening of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Beth Tikvah, 2 p.m. $5 at the door.


Wednesday, Jan. 23



Michael Brook discusses his program with Beit Rayim Synagogue, 7:30 p.m., VIVA Presentation Centre, 9700 Bathurst St. 905-889-0276, ext. 31.


Thursday, Jan. 24



The Melton School of Adult Learning holds a class at Beth Emeth taught by Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner: The Book Of Jonah, 10-11 a.m., Jan. 24-Feb 28. toronto@meltonschool.org to register. Space limited.



One Family holds an info night about their dragon boat trip (May 6-11), 88 Yonge Blvd., 7:30 p.m. RSVP Jennifer@onefamilyfund.ca.


Other News



Shaarei Shomayim hosts a gala concert with violinist Moshe Hammer Jan. 26 in honour of Shabbat Shirah. For tickets, call 416-789-3213.

 City Shul holds an adult Tu b’Shvat seder Jan. 26. By pre-registration only. www.cityshul.com or 647-799-3557.

Beth Emeth Sisterhood celebrates Shabbat Shirah with the Varsity Jews, brunch and performance Jan. 27. Call 416-633-3838.

Beth Tikvah, Beth Emeth, Beth Radom and Beth Jacob Hamilton synagogues host a Melava Malka Concert, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. at Beth Tikvah. Havdalah, sing-along and folkdancing. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 416-221-3433.

Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir and Band celebrates Shabbat Shirah Jan. 25, starting at 7: 15 p.m.



Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario offers self-help groups to bereaved parents. Beth Feffer, JF&CS, 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or bfeffer@jfandcs.com.

A spousal bereavement group for ages 55+ runs Jan. 29 through March 5, 2-4 p.m., Circle of Care, 4211 Yonge St. Call 416-635-2900, ext. 418 or 462.



Register for Chabad Markham’s Torah Tots before Jan. 21 to receive a discount. Daycare starts September. Goldie, 905-886-0420, ext. 227.

Registration is now open for Temple Sinai’s nursery school, 2013/2014. Call Bibi Golberg, 416-487-3281, or bibi@tem




JVS and Kerry’s Place Autism Services’ Asperger’s Job Readiness Program provides a workshop to develop job skills, one-on-one sessions and a placement for those between 18 and 30. Registration is open for Feb 11. 416-649-1619 or schong@jvstoronto.org. 



Reena is looking for a volunteer to serve as a marketing and outreach co-ordinator. Strong marketing background and communication skills required. Health and fitness facilitators to connect with individuals with developmental disabilities also required. Call Arlene Margolese, 905-889-6484, ext. 2111, or amargolese@reena.org.

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

Effective parenting: A 4-session group for parents of children ages 2 to 10. Topics include: how to nurture self-esteem, encourage problem solving, increase communication and setting limits. Begins Jan. 21, 7-9 p.m.

When You’re About to Separate: What to Tell the Kids: A workshop for parents about to separate or in the early stages of separation. How and when to tell the children, as well, ideas and strategies to best meet your child’s needs will be discussed. Jan. 24, Promenade Mall, Suite 313, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Barber, hairdresser, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, seniors gentle fitness with personal trainer, 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Membership registration now open for 2013.

Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112. Jan. 22, Myriam Shechter discusses “Love in Music and Other Kinds of Love,” 10 a.m.; Jan. 23, comedy festival- market, entertainment and movie  11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Jan. 24, Judy Weiss discusses “Friendships,” 1:30 p.m.

Wagman Centre Entertainers are in rehearsal for their new production and looking for men who love to sing, dance and entertain. Call J. Ross, 416-733-0580.

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 and casino trips. 416-256-1892.

Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub. Refreshments $2. Call Sheila, 416-665-3333, or Marcia, 416-932-1229.

Miles Nadal JCC, info/registration: 416-924-6211, ext 155, Michael Mandel discusses “Jewish Toronto as Reflected in the Yiddish Press 1935-1953,” Jan. 31, 1:30 p.m. Register now for Iain Scott’s Opera Appreciation series starting Jan. 22.

Association of Jewish Seniors is holding a general meeting and breakfast, Jan. 17, 9:30 a.m., Shaarei Shomayim. A consultant on aging will discuss “Financial Planning 101.” RSVP to Tammy, 416-635-2900, ext. 458.

Edithvale Seniors gentle fitness offers Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes on Mondays 10:30 a.m. $60. A group is forming for easy-to-learn Tai Chi Chih, Thursdays 10:30 a.m. $85 for 6 lessons. Beginner’s special: 2 students $150. Call Helen, 416-665-9050.

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

Tickets for theatre day trip, including Mary Poppins, on sale.

Health management with Gabby Cogan,  Thursdays 1:30-2:30 p.m. starts Jan. 17. Jan. 17- Osteoporosis.

Casino Rama, Jan. 17.

Opera with Iain Scott runs Thursdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 21, 1-3 p.m.

The Frisco Kid is shown Jan. 21, 12:45 p.m.

Film lectures with Kevin Courrier start Jan.16, 1-3 p.m.

Registration for daycare and nursery 2013-14 now open. Call Kailah Rubin, ext. 4351.

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

 Shabbat and the Holidays, with Baruch Sienna, Thursdays, Jan.17-March 7, 7:30-9 p.m. Co-presented with City Shul. Info: sharonis@mnjcc.org, or call ext. 154.

 Toronto Jewish Film Society presents two documentaries for the opening of the 35th season: Jan. 20, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Al Green Theatre, An Article of Hope and Cohen on the Bridge. Guest Speaker Shlomo Schwartzberg. Individual seats on sale 15 minutes before each screening. No advance ticket sales. Info:  ext. 606. Email esthera@mnjcc.org.

Awakening the Voice, Sounding the Soul: Jewish Chanting Circle with Rabbi Miriam Margles, Jan. 23-June 26, 7:30-9 p.m., twice monthly. $10 drop-in or $80 for the series. Info: music@mnjcc.org.

Kevin Courrier discusses the films of Woody Allen, Mondays until Feb.11, 7-9 p.m.

Register now for the Shoresh Food Conference, Jan. 27. www.shoresh.ca.

Songwriting workshop with Kobi Hass, Thursday, Jan. 31-April 4, 7-9 p.m. Some musical knowledge and basic ability to play an instrument required. Call ext. 0 or music@mnjcc.org.

The MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. The Women’s Chorus meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m.

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

 Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst St., Vaughan. 905-303-1821. www.srcentre.ca.

Family Israeli Folk Dance, free open house for the family, Jan. 20,  3.30-4:30 p.m. To register, call Andrea, ext. 3006.

Lecture on Judaism and addiction, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. To register call ext. 3025.

 Registration is now open for winter session. Visit Srcentre.ca, call 905-303-1821, ext. 3025.

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