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Deadline reminder: Deadlines will change because of Passover.   March 15 is the deadline for the issue of March 28. March 19 is the deadline for the issue of April 4. March 28 is the deadline for the issue of April 11. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ex. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email whatsnewcjn@gmail.com.


Thursday, March 14



Dr. Joseph Minkowitz discusses “Is There Any Room Left for Art in the Science of Medicine – Making Sense of Scientific Literature,” Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, 8 p.m.



An information night about Beth Emeth’s trip to Israel (Oct. 23-Nov. 4) will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the synagogue.


Aaron Nussbaum discusses the Vilna Gaon, Beth David Synagogue, 7:30 p.m.



Young Professionals at Beth Tzedec present the book launch of The Lion Seeker, by Kenneth Bonert, 7:30 p.m. 416-781-3514, ext. 234.


Sunday, March 17


Singles in the Park presents “The Fascinating Criminal Case of Conrad Black: An Insider’s Perspective,” presented by Steven Skurka, 7 p.m., Earl Bales Community Centre. RSVP required, 416-631-0005 or email debbygo@rogers.com. $12.



Cheryl Thornton tells stories for children age 2 to 5 at Beth David Synagogue, 10 a.m. Register at www.bethdavid.com. Adults $5, children free.



Rona Arato launches her new book, The Last Train, A Holocaust Story, 2 p.m. at Beth Tikvah Synagogue. The presentation includes photos taken by U.S. soldiers at the moment of liberation. Call 416-221-3433 to register. Free.


Monday, March 18



The Chai Centre presents a lecture on “Judaism: What’s Next?” 8:30 p.m., 1089 Spadina Rd. info@thechaicentre.com. $18.



Dr. Harriet Morris reviews  Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret, Beth Tzedec. Dessert 1 p.m., review 1:30 p.m. $20. RSVP 416-781-3514, ext. 225.



Tuesday, March 19



Heather Kassel reviews the film A Separation, 8 p.m., Adath Israel Synagogue. $10/$15.



Wednesday, March 20



Prof. Samuel Kassow discusses the three archives created by people who lived in the Warsaw Ghetto, 7:30 p.m., Beth Tzedec.



Kensington Market Historical Society presents authors Jean Cochrane and Rosemary Donegan discussing Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue, 6 p.m., Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St. www.kmhs.ca.



Shaar Shalom Synagogue offers a morning of games, songs and crafts for children up to age 2, 10-11:30 a.m. Call 905-889-4975 to register.


 Other News



Beth Tikvah Synagogue holds a pre-Passover Shabbat dinner March 22. Deadline for tickets March 15. Call 416-221-3433.

Beth Sholom Synagogue hosts a pre-Passover dinner March 22 with children’s entertainment. Call 647-873-1238 or naomi@bethsholom.net. The synagogue holds a chocolate seder March 23, 10:30 a.m. Reservations required.

Shaar Shalom Synagogue holds a chocolate seder, March 24, 1:30 p.m. 905-889-4975.

Temple Har Zion holds a seder, March 26. Deadline to register, March 19. Call 905-889-2252, ext. 232, or thzpassoverseder@gmail.com.

Chabad of Markham holds a seder, March 25. Call 905-886-0420, ext. 221, or info@chabadmarkham.org.

Am Shalom Congregation, Barrie, hosts a seder, March 26. Registration required. 705-792-3949.

Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism holds a seder for teens and adults, March 25. RSVP 416-385-3910 or roby@oraynu.org.

Chabad of Markham hosts a seder March 25. Call 905-886-0420, ext. 221, or info@chabadmarkham.org.

The Chai Centre is holding seders March 25 and 26. RSVP 416-271-0659 or email info@thechaicentre.com.

The Morris Winchevsky School and The United Jewish Poeple’s Order host a progressive third seder, March 30, in solidarity with the Idle No More movement. Deadline for tickets is March 15. Call 416-789-5502 or info@winchevskycentre.org.



Temple Har Zion hosts  Havdalah on Ice, March 23, Elvis Stojko Arena. RSVP by March 21, thzskates@gmail.com.



Beth Emeth Synagogue is offering theatre trips to Stratford and Shaw festivals this summer. To book, call 416-633-3838 or theatre@beby.org.


Registration is now open for  Torah Tots, which is offering a full daycare program and Kindercamp, for children ages 2 to 6. Call 905-886-0420, ext. 227 for daycare or ext. 221 for camp or www.kindercamp.ca.



Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver meals to seniors. Call Karen Sacke, 416-225-2112, ext. 127.



Mitch Parker teaches a course on Loners and Outsiders in the Tanach, Thursdays at 7:15 p.m., starting  April 18, Holy Blossom Temple. Sponsored by the Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Advance registration required, 416-789-7400.



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

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

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


All programs require 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.

When You’re About to Separate – What To Tell the Kids: A workshop for parents in the early stages of separation, March 19, 9:30 a.m.

Effective Parenting: A 4-session group for parents of children ages 2-12. Starts March 21, 7 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.


Association of Jewish Seniors holds a seder, March 26, Bernard Betel Centre, 1003 Steeles Ave. W. Tickets on sale at the Betel Centre.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Bingo, April 9, 12:30 p.m.; Casino Rama, April 17; Sunday Dance, April 21, 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, fitness, 10 a.m., bridge 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m.; social bridge, 12:30 p.m.

Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112. March 19, the film A Place to Save your Life, about Jews in Shanghai, will be shown at 10 a.m.; March 21, “Healthy Eating, Part II,” 1:30 p.m.; An archeology class, “The History of Ancient Israel,” taught by David Lipovitch  begins Thursdays, April 4, 1 p.m.

Baycrest offers a 5-part class on insights into aging, starting in May. Become a more informed patient, a better caregiver or a more competent guardian of your well-being. To register, call 416-785-2500, ext. 2363, or  visit www.baycrest.org/insights.

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.

Active Seniors/Boomers Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext. 155.  Osnat Lipa discusses “Impressionist Art and Artists,” March 14, 1:30 p.m. Series on influential Jewish artists and their art starts April 16.

Day Centre for Seniors provides a secure Jewish environment for seniors with dementia. Transportation provided. Call 905-738-1128.

A Support Group for Russian-Speaking Seniors. Call 416-635-2900, ext. 498 or ext. 477.

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

Tickets for theatre day trips now on sale. Registration now open for spring courses.

Sarah’s Key will be shown March 18, 1 p.m. Book review of Foreign Bodies, March 19, 1 p.m.

Film lectures on Produced and Abandoned Films, with Kevin Courrier, Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.

The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp will run a Passover camp, March 25, 28, 29 and April 3. Depot bus service, daily indoor swim and camp programming. Call Lauren Grundland, ext. 4039, or lauren@centrecamp.ca. Register directly at centrecamp.ca.

 Social art program with Kathy Chelin, Mondays, 2 p.m.; folkdance with Teme, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; recorder with Judy Miskin, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.; Shalom Singers with Esther Ghan Firestone, Thursdays, 10 a.m.; duplicate bridge with Samy, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.; current events with Sam Helfenbaum, Thursdays, 12:45 p.m.

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

Adam Nayman discusses the films of the Coen brothers. March 18, 7 p.m.

Registration for spring classes,  March 20 for MNJCC members and March 28 for non-members.

The MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble led by Eric Stein meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.

The Women’s Chorus with conductor Gillian Steyck meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Daytime choir meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m. No auditions needed.

Jewish Chanting Circle meets April 10, 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Miriam Margles.

3: New Visions from Applied Photography by Sheridan College graduates is in the gallery until March 17.

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

 Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst St., Vaughan. 905-303-1821. Call ext. 3037 to register. www.srcentre.ca.

Spring into fitness with a special group exercise schedule and guest instructors, March 17.

Pizza party and animal show for grandparents and grandchildren, March 24, 10 a.m. Call ext. 3037.

StrollerFit classes for mothers and babies start April 11. Call Tonya, ext. 3028.

Registration now open for the centre’s big band, starts April 10. Call Staci, ext. 3037.

PJ Library time with a Yiddish twist, May 5, 3:30 p.m.

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