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Thursday, March 15



The movie Against the Tide will be shown at Temple Har Zion, followed by discussion led by Rabbi Cory Weiss, 6:30 p.m.



Nathan Guttman, Washington bureau chief for the Jewish Daily Forward, discusses “Israel-U.S. Relations: The View From Washington,” Beth David Synagogue, 7:30 p.m.


JTS professor Robbie Harris  and local rabbis lead sessions on “Can You Answer the Four Questions,” Adath Israel Synagogue, 7:30 p.m. Register at 416-667-1717 or beroth@jtsa.edu.


Saturday, March 17



Allan Cooper teaches the Torah class at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 9:45 a.m.


Sunday, March 18



Esther Friedman, Channa Sargon and Devora Weisswasser speak at Kehillat Shaarei Torah’s annual women’s day of learning. Registration 9:30 a.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 416-229-2600, ext. 5, or womenslearning2012@gmail.com.



Margo Grosbein, Ran Goel and Abra Snider demonstrate healthy Pesach recipes, 10 a.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue. Register by March 15. 416-633-3838.



Na’amat Club Aviva is holding its pre-Passover wine-tasting brunch, Borochov Centre. Tickets $25 in advance, $36 at the door. 416-636-5425.



Klezkonnection Klezmer Band, Shul of Rock, Gord Lindsay and Yehezkel Lipinsky perform at Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, 6:30 p.m. at a benefit for Jews for Judaism. For information, e-mail  toronto@jewsforjudaism.ca.


Piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick, singer-songwriter Baruch Levine and Judge Dan Butler appear at DANI’s gala dinner, Terrace Banquet Centre. For tickets, gala@dani-toronto.com or 905-731-6606.



Uptown Chabad holds a vendors market and silent auction 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 15 Hove St. Sandy, 416-631-8261.


Monday, March 19



Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner  discusses “The Jewish Doctor: Minyan vs. Medicine,” 8 p.m., Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue.  info@torontotorah.com or 416-781-1777.



Harriet Morris reviews the book Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick, 1 p.m., Beth Tzedec Synagogue. 416-781-3514, ext. 225.


Tuesday, March 20



Heather Kassel reviews the film In a Better World, Adath Israel Synagogue, 8 p.m. Call 416-449-6920 or 416-493-3626.



Janet Nezon discusses “Eating for Vitality at Any Age,” Temple Har Zion. Bring your own dairy lunch at noon, program begins at 12:30 p.m.



Rabbi Moshe Stern analyzes the Pesach Haggadah tonight and March 27, Shaarei Tefilah Synagogue, 8 p.m. 416-787-1631.



Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon, Rabbi of Alon Shvut South, looks at the structure of the Haggadah, 8 p.m., Bnai Torah Congregation, 465 Patricia Ave. 416-633-5770 or www.torahinmotion.org.


Wednesday, March 21



Line Dufour discusses her woven tapestries, fabric and fibre at the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles, Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, 8 p.m. Visitors welcome. $5.



Rabbi Wayne Allan gives 4 illustrated lectures about the history of the Jews of the Iberian Peninsula. Tonight, “The Tarnished Golden Age,” 7:30 p.m., Beth David Synagogue. $15.


Thursday, March 22



Cantor David Edwards and Klara Bagley present a Pre-Pesach Nash and Drash Concert, Beth Emeth Synagogue, noon. Tickets $12, advance only. 416-633-3838.



Judith Cohen discusses Crypto-Jews, 7:30 p.m, Lodzer Synagogue. 416-636-6665.


Other News



Temple Har Zion holds its Havdalah on Ice, March 24, 7 :30 p.m., Elvis Stojko Arena. RSVP by March 19, 905-889-2252, ext. 5, or thzskates@gmail.com.



Club Beersheba, Na’amat Canada presents the annual Musicale with pianists, flutist and vocalist, March 25, 1:30 p.m., Bernard Betel Centre. Entrance, $18. Call 416-636-5425 or 416-225-2112, ext. 105.



The world’s greatest cantors perform March 28, 7:30 p.m., Toronto Centre for the Arts. Call Rivy, 416-783-6103, ext. 228, or www.greatestcantors.com.



Children are invited to learn how to bake matzah at 770 Chabad Gate, Thornhill, March 25, 3 p.m. Call Elyse Tytel, 416-621-5675, or etytel@ujafed.org.



The Israeli Dance Festival for Children will be held March 25, TanenbaumCHAT, Wallenberg Campus. Performances at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets at www.cjetoronto.com or Teme Kernerman 416-638-1881, ext. 4364.



Shaar Shalom Synagogue holds a chocolate seder, April 1, 1:30 p.m. RSVP by March 26, youth@shaarshalom.ca or 905-889-4975, ext. 62.



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



Melton Adult Mini School offers a 9-week class on Prayer: A Gift for Our Lives, taught by Yehudit Shier Weisberg. Starting April 18 at Beth Emeth Synagogue. Call 416-789-7400.



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.

Mind, Body Connection for Women: An 8-session group for women who want to learn mindfulness and meditation. Topics include stress and anxiety reduction, enhancing your self-esteem. Starts March 27, 7 p.m.

When You’re About to Separate, What to Tell the Kids: A workshop for parents in the early stages of separation, March 29, 6:30 p.m.



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

Volunteers Needed. Join the BRAVO study linking brain health and volunteering. Participants must be over 55 and not working or volunteering for more than 3 hours a month. Study includes 1 year of volunteering at Baycrest. Visit www.baycrest.org/bravo; call 416-785-2500, ext. 3435.

Association of Jewish Seniors. Tammy, 416-635-2900, ext. 458. March 15, Jamie Golombek discusses “Tax and Retirement Tips for Seniors,” Shaarei Shomayim, 9:30 a.m. April 7, Passover seder, Bernard Betel Centre, 6 p.m. $20. Reserve by March 26.

Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Barber/hairdresser March 22, 9 a.m. Casino Rama, April 18. Dance with live music, March 25. 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.

National Council of Jewish Women, Aviva branch, is looking for women over 70 for their group. Call 416-633-5100.

LZA 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.

The bridge club at Forest Hill library has reopened and is looking for new members. Call Lea (evenings), 416-487-7630.

Bernard Betel Centre 416-225-2112. March 15, Judy Weiss discusses “Family Expectations,” 1:30 p.m. March 20, David Lipovitch discusses “The Archeology of Iron Age Israel,” 10 a.m.; March 21, Self-Defence for Seniors, 1 p.m.; March 22, nurse  Angela Merett discusses “Safe Medication Use,” 1:30 p.m.

Seniors Gentle Fitness Club offers Tai Chi Chih classes, Wednesdays, 7 p.m. and Feldenkrais, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., Edithvale Community Centre. 416-665-9050.

Active Seniors, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155.  March 22, Jordan Klapman  presents “The Jewish-Black Music Connection: Louis Armstrong and Beyond,” with live piano, 1:30 p.m. Beginner’s computer course, 8-week session, starts April 17.

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

Enjoy an afternoon of illusion and socializing, March 21. Call ext. 4472.

Register for Shalom Sesame Pesach event, ages 1-5, April 4, 10 a.m. Monique Shapiro, ext. 4012.

Shalom Singers are looking for choir members, rehearsals Thursdays 10 a.m.

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

Tic Tac Two program will be extended into the summer. Call Kailah Rubin, ext. 4351.

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

The Diary of Anne Frank  by Shakespeare in Action runs March 15-31, Al Green Theatre. Ext. 0.

Kevin Courrier discusses “Movies in the George W. Bush era,” March 19, 7 p.m.

Night Without a Moon: Jewish Women’s Cabaret with Marcia Beck, Tova Kardonne, Marni Levitt and Ilana Newman 8 p.m., March 24. Ext. 154.

 Janusz Makuch, director of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, discusses “Jewish Culture in Contemporary Poland,” March 25, 2 p.m. Ext. 154.

Toronto Jewish Film Society presents Divan, March 25, 4 and 7:30 p.m. with guest filmmaker  Pearl Gluck.  Ext. 606.

The winner of the 2011 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition is Haunted by Daniel Karasik. The play will have a public reading April 10, 8 p.m.

The adult daytime choir meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m. gillians@mnjcc.org.

You Are an Animal, photography by Azriel Cohen, on display at the gallery until April 1.


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