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What's New: Week of March 22


Deadline reminder: March 26 is the deadline for the issue of April 5. April 2 is the deadline for the issue of April 12. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; e-mail, or fax 416-391-0829.


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.


Miriam and ATID chapters of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO Toronto present a literary levee with author Liz Pearl, Reuben Cipin Healthy Living Community at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a book discussion, dinner and silent auction. Tickets $36. 416-630-8373 or www.


Saturday, March 24



Temple Har Zion holds its Havdalah on Ice, 7:30 p.m., Elvis Stojko Arena. RSVP, 905-889-2252, ext. 5, or



B’nai Shalom, a Conservative congregation in Halton-Peel meets at 10 a.m. in Oakville. or 905-901-9889.



Simcha Kadima Club of Na’amat Canada is holding a bingo night, Borochov Cultural Centre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets, 416-636-5425 or



Act to End Violence against Women (formerly JWIC), Golda Meir Chapter, is holding a contents sale, 16 Doncrest Dr., Thornhill today and tomorrow, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Sunday, March 25



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



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



Beit Rayim Synagogue presents  Carl Ehrlich discussing the science and art of Israeli archeology, TanenbaumCHAT, 9600 Bathurst St. $5 advance, $10 at the door. 905-889-0276, ext. 31.



The Israeli Dance Festival for Children will be held at TanenbaumCHAT, Wallenberg Campus, 200 Wilmington Ave. Performances at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets at  For details, call Teme Kernerman 416-638-1881, ext. 4364.



Brig.-Gen. Israela Oron discusses the impact of religious extremism on gender equality, democratic values and the Israeli military, Temple Sinai, 7:30 p.m. 416-781-4322 or



An international conference on Jewish Life and Death in the Soviet Union During World War II takes place today and tomorrow at Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle (Uof T). Today Ilya Altman discusses “The Holocaust in the Soviet Union: Unknown Pages,” 10:30 a.m., Hart House.

A photo exhibit of Soviet Jewish soldiers will be on display today and tomorrow at Hart House and March 27-April 4 at Darchei Noam Congregation.



Yehudit Shier Weisberg discusses “Jewish Communities Beyond the Green Line: Myths and Facts,” Congregation Darchei Noam, 7:30 p.m.



Toronto’s Workmen’s Circle screens the film Bundi’im, 2 p.m. at 471 Lawrence Ave. W. Film is in Hebrew and Yiddish with English and Hebrew subtitles.



Danforth Jewish Circle holds a Passover learning workshop, 2 p.m., Eastminster Church, 310 Danforth Ave. RSVP


Monday, March 26



Brig.-Gen. Israela Oron discusses how to build a more inclusive Israel, 8 p.m., Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. Registration required at or 416-781-4322.



Israeli artist David Moss presents his ketubot and haggadah and the collection of Cecil Roth, 7:30 p.m., Beth Tzedec Congregation. RSVP 416-781-3511.


Wednesday, March 28



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



Bill Gladstone discusses “Landsmanschaft (Mutual Benefit Society of Toronto),” North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St., 8 p.m. For more details,



Rabbi Michael Skobac discusses “Evangelicals and Israel: Knight in Shining Armour or Trojan Horse,” Shaarei Tefillah Congregation, 8:05 p.m. 416-789-0020.


Thursday, March 29



Rabbi Wayne Allan discusses“Persecution, Expulsion and Resurgence,” 7:30 p.m., Beth David Synagogue. $15.


Other News



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



Chabad of Markham holds a seder April 6, led by Rabbi Nachman and Aviva Forer. RSVP 905-886-0420, ext. 221, or

Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism holds a seder April 6, led by Barry Olshen and Sandi Horwitz.  RSVP 426-385-3910 or

Temple Har Zion holds a Passover seder April 7, led by Rabbi Cory Weiss. Reserve by  April 2. 905-889-2252 or e-mail:

Danforth Jewish Circle seder, April 10. RSVP

United Jewish People’s Order sponsors a third seder with musicians David Wall, Marilyn Lerner and the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir, April 15. RSVP by March 30, 416-789-5502 or



Sheva Zucker discusses “Secular Yiddish Schools: History and Heritage in English and Yiddish,” April 1, 2 p.m., Beth Tikvah Synagogue. RSVP by March 28. Call 416-736-8073,  416-458-1440 or e-mail



Temple Emanu-El’s spring lecture series featuring Adam Chapnick, Arne Kislenko, Iain Scott and others begins April 16. To register, 416-449-3880.



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.



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 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

Association of Jewish Seniors. Tammy, 416-635-2900, ext. 458. 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. 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 27, David Lipovitch discusses “Archeology of Ancient Israel from Ezra to Herod”; March 29, lecture on seniors personal safety, 1:30 p.m. Sign up now for trip to Europe, May 30-June 13.

Haverim at Beth Tzedec. Seymour Epstein discusses his book From Couscous to Kasha and his experiences working for the American Jewish Joint Committee, April 2, 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,

The movie The Syrian Bride will be shown March 26. Intro at 12:45 p.m., movie at 1 p.m.

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

The spring/summer program guide is available now, ext. 4235.

Save the date for community bingo, April 7; computer animation classes, April 17; Shalom Sesame Pesach, April 4.

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

The Diary of Anne Frank  by Shakespeare in Action runs until March 24, Al Green Theatre. Ext. 0.

Kevin Courrier discusses “Movies in the Obama era,” March 26, 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.

Tickets on sale now for Stars on Spadina Gala with Theresa Tova, Moshe Hammer, Hilario Duran and more, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

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