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Deadline reminder: April 2 is the deadline for the issue of April 12. April 9 is the deadline for the issue of April 19. Please note, all deadlines are now at NOON. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; e-mail, or fax 416-391-0829.


Thursday, March 29



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



The Alzheimer Society of Toronto presents a program on “Reducing Caregiver Stress,” Pride of Israel Synagogue, 7 p.m. Call to register, 416-226-0111, ext. 10.


Friday, March 30



Sev Perelman discusses his experiences as a Jew in the Soviet Union, following Erev Shabbat services, 8:30 p.m., Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Ave., Thornhill.



Chabad of Markham, 83 Green Lane, Thornhill, holds its monthly Friday night service, “Souls on Fire,” 6:45 p.m. Call 905-886-0420.



Frank Bialystock is the scholar-in-residence at Temple Kol Ami. He speaks tonight at 7:30 p.m. on “The Jews of Canada: Settlement, Adaptation and Diversity.” He will speak March 31 at 9:15 a.m. on “Forging an Identity: Postwar Canadian Jewry” and at 7:30 p.m. or 905-709-2620.


Saturday, March 31



Lionel Sharp teaches the Torah class today at Beth Tikvah Synagogue at 9:45 a.m.


 Sunday, April 1



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


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



Simcha Simchovitch discusses Yiddish folksinger Mordechai Gebirtig, 9 a.m., Lodzer Centre Congregation. 416-636-6665.


Monday, April 2



The Jewish Club for the Vision Impaired celebrates Passover at the Prosserman JCC, 7:30 p.m. Call Bess, 905-508-2892.



Rabbi Wayne Allen discusses “Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar in the 20th Century,” Beth David Synagogue, 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 4



Rabbi Michael Skobac discusses “Inside the Missionary Mind,” Shaarei Tefillah Congregation, 8:15 p.m. 416-789-0020.


Other News



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 416-385-3910 or

The City Shul holds a seder April 6, at Mideastro, led by  Rabbi Elyse Goldstein. Reserve in advance, 416-477-2427.

Chabad of Danforth- Beaches holds a seder April 6 led by Rabbi Sholom and Devora Lezell. RSVP 416-809-1365 or  visit

Temple Har Zion holds a  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



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



Beth Emeth Synagogue’s theatre group is offering transportation and tickets to summer theatre. First show is The Matchmaker at Stratford, May 23. Deadline for reservation April 16. Call 416-633-3838.



Yehudit Shier Weisberg teaches a nine-week class on Prayer: A Gift for Our Lives, starting April 18 at Beth Emeth Synagogue. Call 416-789-7400.



Spaces still available on the Tikkun Guatemala tour, teaching the Jewish community, building a school, April 20-29. 416-537-9459.



Chabad of Markham’s Torah Tots offers a drumming class for children aged 6-24 months, starting April 20, 9:15 a.m. $40 before March 30, $50 after. Call 905-886-0420, ext. 227.



Anyone who taught or attended Harbord Collegiate Institute is invited to a reunion April 26-27.



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 preschool 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.

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.

Parenting the Child with ADHD: A 4-week session for parents. Starts April 3, 7 p.m. Call for pre-group assessment.

Younger Widow/Widower Bereavement Group: A 6-session discussion series for people 60 and younger. Starts April 10, 7:30 p.m.

 Widows/Widowers 65+: A 6-session group for people over 65 who have recently lost a spouse. Starts April 18, 1 p.m.

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 April 25, 3 p.m. at 35 Madison Ave.

One Family, Two Homes: A 6-session series for families experiencing separation and divorce. Children and parents participate in separate groups. Starts April 25, 6:30 p.m.

The Challenge of Anger for Women: A 6-session group for women to learn how to express their anger in an assertive, non-aggressive way. Starts April 26, 7:30 p.m.

Beyond the Chupah, Becoming a Couple: A 6-session marriage preparation group for couples, offered with the Rabbinical Assembly of Ontario. Starts April 26, 7:30 p.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue.



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

750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211,

The winner of the 2011 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, Haunted by Daniel Karasik, will be performed April 10, 8 p.m. Ext. 606 .

Mimouna will be celebrated with henna, cooking and belly dancing workshops, Middle Eastern music and food, April 15, 7 p.m. Ext. 0 for tickets.

Film critic Adam Nayman analyzes Stanley Kubrick’s films in an 8-lecture program,  Mondays 7 p.m. starting April 16.

Classes in Hebrew literacy and conversation start the week of April 16. Ext. 154.

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

Reading Jewish, a class with Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, starts April 30, 8 p.m.

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


Association of Jewish Seniors. Tammy, 416-635-2900, ext. 458. April 7, Passover seder, Bernard Betel Centre, 6 p.m. $20. Reserve by April 2.

Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casino Rama, April 18.  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 29, lecture on seniors personal safety, 1:30 p.m. April 3, lecture on “Obama: Challenges for the Next Election,” 10 a.m.; April 5, Sarah Dunford discusses diabetes education, 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. Psychiatrist Lesley Wiesenfeld talks about “Positive Aging and Adaptation: Challenges, Opportunities and Transitions” April 19, 1:30 p.m.

Active 55 Plus Fitness Training, Colin Blayney 416-924-6211, ext. 526. Golf conditioning starts April 12, 6:30 p.m.; Functional mobility starts April 16, 6:30 p.m.  

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

 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.

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