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Deadline reminder: Due to upcoming holidays, deadlines will change. May 2 is the deadline for the issue of May 14. May 6 is the deadline for the issue of May 23. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ex. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email whatsnewcjn@gmail.com.


Thursday, May 2


Samantha Stroh Bailey discusses her new novel, Finding Lucas, Temple Har Zion, 8:15 p.m.


Friday, May 3


Robert Slater, columnist for the Jerusalem Report, speaks at Beth Tzedec tonight and tomorrow morning. To register for meals, call 416-781-3511.


Ambassador Yehuda Avner speaks at Shaarei Shomayim, tonight and tomorrow. 416-789-3213.


Saturday, May 4



Na’amat’s Club Simcha Kadima holds a bingo night, Borochov Cultural Centre, 7:30 p.m. For tickets, Naamattoronto.com  or 416-636-5425.

Sunday, May 5



Rosemary Cohen reviews The List, by Martin Fletcher 10:45 a.m.

The movie In Organic We Trust will be shown at 2 p.m., Beth Emeth Synagogue. RSVP 416-633-3838.



Mendy Cahan brings his program of Yiddish song to Temple Sinai, 7:30 p.m. Tickets, 416-487-3281 or www.templesinai.net.



Tinghir-Jerusalem, Echoes from the Mellah will be shown at Darchei Noam, 7:30 p.m. $10.



The Chai Centre, 1089 Spadina Rd., holds a Rosh Chodesh gathering for women, 8 p.m.



Sari Featherstone performs for Singles in the Park, 7 p.m., Earl Bales Community Centre, $10. RSVP debbygo@rogers.com or 416-631-0005.



Toronto Heschel School is holding an e-waste recycling event at 819 Sheppard Ave. W., 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Drop off old cellphones, printers, inkjet cartridges and computer monitors. 416-635-1876.



Shanghai Diary is reviewed at Temple Har Zion’s book club, 7:30 p.m.



Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner discusses “Kashrut and Medical Devices,” 8:45 p.m., Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation. 647-234-7299 or info@torontotorah.com.



Physicist Pekka Sinervo discusses “What Finding the ‘God Particle’ Means,” Temple Emanu-El, 10 a.m.



Na’amat Club Beersheba holds an art fair, 2-5 p.m. in Richmond Hill. 416-636-5425 or naamattoronto.com. $18.



DANI Centre has its grand opening, 2:30-4:30 p.m., 501 Clark Ave. W., Thornhill. www.dani-toronto.com.



Cantor Tibor Kovari and Klara Bagley hold a lecture/recital about the communities of eastern Europe, 10 a.m., Beth Tikvah Synagogue.



Downtown Jewish Community School honours Joan Schoenfeld, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 750 Spadina Ave. RSVP marketing@djcs.org.


Monday, May 6



James Lockyer discusses “The Criminal Justice System and Wrongful Convictions,” Temple Emanu-El, 2 p.m. 416-449-3880.



Rabbi Ken Spiro discusses “The Jewish Impact on Civilization,” 7:30 p.m., Shaarei Tefillah. 416-787-1631; office@shaareitefillah.com.



Chabad of Markham launches Holocaust Survivor Cookbook: A Celebration of Life, 7 p.m., 83 Green Lane, Thornhill. $20/$30. RSVP 905-886-0420, ext. 221.



The Chai Centre presents a 4-week course on “Moshiach: Myths and Misconceptions,” 8 p.m. 416-271-0659.


 Tuesday, May 7



Silverthorn Symphonic Winds perform at Temple Sinai, 7 p.m., 416-487-3281.



Jewish Genealogical Society presents Tracing Our Roots, a series of author readings for Jewish Heritage Month, Barbara Frum Library, 7 p.m. www.jgstoronto.ca.



National Council of Jewish Women presents a musical evening with the Montcrest Big Band and the Satin Dolls, Adath Israel Synagogue, 7:30 p.m. 416-633-5100.



Allison Pick discusses her novel Far to Go, 12:15 p.m., Beth Tikvah. $20. Must RSVP 416-221-3433, ext. 352; helen@bethtikvahtoronto.org.


Wednesday, May 8



Paul Penna Day School holds an open house, 10 a.m. RSVP Sherri Rapp, 416-928-3537 or sheri@djds.ca.



Rabbi Michael Skobac presents a counter-missionary survival seminar for deaf Jews, 8 p.m., Toronto Zionist Council, 788 Marlee Ave. 416-789-0020; toronto@jewsforjudaism.ca.


Thursday, May 9



Yossi Alpher discusses “The Changing Face of Israeli Security,” Holy Blossom Temple, 7:30 p.m. 416-322-5559; pea




Canadian Hadassah, Yasmin chapter, presents Girls Gone Glam, an evening of shopping, music, auctions. Tickets  at chw.ca/toronto or yasminchapter@gmail.com.



Toronto Workmen’s Circle hosts a book launch for Only Yesterday: Collected Pieces on the Jews of Toronto by Benjamin Kayfetz and Stephen Speisman, 7:30 p.m., 471 Lawrence Ave. W. www.nowandthenbookstoronto.com.



Beth Emeth screens the movie AKA Doc Pomus 8 p.m. $36. Pre-show reception, 6:30 p.m. For tickets, 416-633-3838.



Donny Zaldin and Barbara Rusch discuss “Titanic: From Myth to Memorial and the Jewish Connection,” Temple Har Zion, 8 p.m.





For a minimum of $25, you can send cards to honour the women in your life, while helping women in shelters on Mother’s Day. Funds raised will also support Act to End Violence Against Women. 905-695-5372 or www.canadahelps.org.

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.

Life Skills for Today’s Woman: A 6-session group for women. Starts May 2, 7 p.m.

Parenting the Child with ADHD: A 4-week group for parents. Starts May 2, 7 p.m. Call for pre-group assessment.

Effective Parenting: A 4-session group for parents of children ages 2 to 11. Starts May 22.

When You’re About to Separate, What to tell the Kids: A workshop for parents in the early stages of separation. May 23, 6:30 p.m., Lebovic JCC.

Supporting Self-Reliance in Teens with ADHD: A workshop for parents. May 28, 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.


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, 12:30 p.m. 905-889-4975.

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

Seniors Cultural Club meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Borochov Cultural Centre, 272 Codsell. 416-630-9444.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Crawford Lake, May 14; Casino Rama, May 22; Dance with live music, May 26.    Tuesdays, fitness, 10 a.m., bridge 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m., social bridge, 12:30 p.m.

Beth Tzedec Haverim. 416-781-3514, ext, 232. Barbara Rusch and Donny Zaldin discuss the Titanic Memorial Cruise. May 6, 1:30 p.m.

Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112. May 7, Kevin Courrier  discusses Woody Allen, 10 a.m.; May 8, health fair, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; May 9, Margaret Furman discusses exercise, 1:30 p.m.

Active Seniors/Boomers Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext. 155.

Jewish archives presents early Toronto collections. Bring photos/memorabilia. May 9, 1:30 p.m.

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

Information meeting for Spirituelle Divas, May 9, 7:30 p.m.

Yiddish conversation, Mondays, 1:30 p.m.; Folk dance, Wednesday,s 10 a.m., Duplicate bridge, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.; Shalom Singers are looking for new members, Thursdays, 10 a.m.

Mah-jong tournament, May 6. Call ext. 4235 to register.

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

Baruch Sienna teaches a course on “Reading Jewish,” Thursdays starting May 23, 7:30 p.m. Ext. 154.

Toronto Jewish Film Society shows A Serious Man, May 5, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Ext. 0.

Adam Nayman discusses four controversial film directors, Mondays 7-9 p.m. May 6, David Cronenberg.

Music at the MNJCC. Women’s Chorus, Mondays, 7:30 p.m.; Daytime choir, Tuesdays, 1 p.m.  Klezmer Ensemble, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Jewish chanting circle, May 8, 7:30 p.m. MNJCC Community Choir performs June 5 and June 6, 8 p.m.

Structure and Photo by David Trautrimas is in the gallery until May 21.

Downtown Tikkun Leil Shavuot, May 14, 8 p.m.-6 a.m. Ext. 154.

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.

Health Series: May 7, audiologists discuss hearing loss, 7:30 p.m.; May 21, heart disease, 7:30 p.m.; June 4, naturopathic medicine, 7:30 p.m.


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