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Deadline reminder: May 27 is the deadline for the issue of June 6. June 3 is the deadline for the issue of June 13. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ex. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email whatsnewcjn@gmail.com.


Thursday, May 23


Tara Abrams discusses Jewish music tonight and May 30, 7:30 p.m., Temple Har Zion. 905-889-2252, ext. 5



Thornhill Study and Zion Branch of National Council of Jewish Women hold a mah-jong afternoon, noon-4 p.m., Council House, 4700 Bathurst St. $25. RSVP 416-633-5100.



Simon Spiro with the Broadway Singers and a 30-piece orchestra celebrate Jewish American songwriters, 7:30 p.m., Toronto Centre for the Arts. For tickets, 1-855-985-5000.


Rabbi Wayne Allen discusses the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah, tonight and May 30, 7:30 p.m., Beth David Synagogue.


Saturday, May 25


Judge Allan Cooper leads the Torah discussion at Beth Tikvah Synagogue.


Beit Rayim Synagogue dedicates its new Aron Kodesh and bimah, 9 a.m. Lebovic JCC, 9600 Bathurst St. RSVP admin@beitrayim.org or 905-303-5471.


Sunday, May 26



Joseph E. Tenenbaum discusses his life and his memoirs, Legacy and Redemption: A Life Renewed, 11 a.m., Bathurst Clark Resource Library, 900 Clark Ave. W., Vaughan.



UJA’s Walk with Israel is held today. Sign up at www.walkwithisrael.com or 416-631-5700.


Monday, May 27



Rina Deutsch provides makeup tips for women aged 20 to 30, Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation, 8 p.m. Tickets at www.bayt.ca.



Rabbi Michael Skobac discusses “Dreams: A Jewish Perspective,” 8:35 p.m., Shaarei Tefillah Congregation. 416-789-0020 or toronto@jewsforjudaism.ca


Tuesday, May 28



Idan Amedi and Roni Daloomi (Israeli Idol winners) perform for Peace of Mind’s Benefit concert for Israeli soldiers, Beth Tzedec, 8 p.m. For tickets, call 416-804-0144 or 416-500-0924.



Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue shows the films The Jazz Singer and The Al Jolson Story, 1 p.m.



Frank Dimant discusses “The Relationship Between Jews and Evangelical Christians,” at Beth Tikvah’s lunch and learn, 12:15 p.m. $20. RSVP 416-221-3433, ext. 352.





Jewish Information Service is looking for a volunteer for the information desk at the Lipa Green Centre. Shift is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, until October and then Mondays. Call Barbara 416-631-5843 or bbarak@ujafed.org.

Baycrest welcomes youths between the ages of 13 and 24 to join the summer volunteer program. Provide companionship and assist with creative arts, fitness, outings and administrative work. 416-785-2500, ext. 2572; www.baycrest.org/volunteer.

Volunteers needed to deliver kosher meals on wheels. Pick up from Baycrest or Pride of Israel Synagogue. Mileage reimbursed. Call Circle of Care 416-373-4100.



The Ailsa Craig Community Quilt Festival presents Quilts of Israel, Ailsa Craig Recreation Centre, 155 Annie Ada Shipley St., Ailsa Craig, Ont. There will be over 100 quilts from Israel and Israeli quilters teaching workshops. May 20-25. Visit: www.ailsacraigquiltfestival.ca.



List your spare room or basement apartment with the Accommodation Registry at Jewish Information Service of Greater Toronto. Help is available for renters as well. 416-635-5600 or email jinfo@ujafed.org.



Beth Tikvah presents “The Reel Jewish Experience: Songs from Jewish Cinema” as the synagogue says goodbye to Rabbi Howard Markose, June 2, 8 p.m. For tickets, 416-221-3433.



Jake’s Lemonade Stand raises funds for Ewing’s sarcoma research, June 1 (rain date June 2), 102 Mountbatten Rd., Thornhill, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information see jakescollection.tumblr.com.



A book launch for The Exile Book of Yiddish Women Writers will be held at Beth David Synagogue, June 2, 2 p.m. The afternoon features editor Frieda Forman, Yiddish expert Gloria Brumer and singer Theresa Tova. www.kofflerarts.org or 416-638-1881, ext. 4198.



Evan Malach, winner of Israel’s 2012 International Hallelujah Contest, runner-up Courtney Simmons and the Varsity Jews perform at a benefit for Na’amat, June 6, 7:30 p.m. at Bialik Hebrew Day School. For tickets, call 416-636-5425 or www.naamattoronto.ca.



The annual conference of the Jewish Cemetery Association of North America will be held in Toronto, June 2-4. To register and take part in tours, visit www.jcana.org/conference.asp or call Howard Mammon 416-635-5595.



Na’amat Canada is looking for vendors for its Israel festival, June 2, York Hill Park, Thornhill. Call 416-636-5425 or www.israeldayfestival.com.



Exhibits marking Jewish Heritage Month will be on display at Dufferin Clark Library, 1441 Clark Ave. W., Vaughan and Bathurst Clark Resource Library, 900 Clark Ave. W., Vaughan.



Beth Emeth’s golf tournament, which supports the Out of the Cold Program and the  Kadima Educational Centre, will be held June 18 at the Mandarin Golf and Country Club. The day features kosher lunch and dinner, prizes and more. For tickets, call 416-633-3838 or www.beby.org/golf-tournament.html.

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.

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.


Association of Jewish Seniors. Judith Wahl, executive director of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, speaks. Registration at 9:30 a.m., Shaarei Shomayim synagogue. RSVP 416-635-2900, ext. 458.

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.

New Horizons is a Jewish Hungarian Seniors Club. Kosher food, card games. 416-256-1892.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casino Rama, June 19; Dance with live music, May 26 and June 23, 7 p.m.; Bingo, June 5, 12:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, fitness, 10 a.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m., social bridge; 12:30 p.m.

Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112. May 28, Corey Keeble  discusses “A Golden Age of American Synagogues,” 10 a.m. May 30, Monita Persaud discusses “Protecting Against Elder Abuse,” 1:30 p.m.

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

Celebrate Jewish Music Week with jazz musician Jordan Klapman. May 23, 2 p.m. Free.  June 13, Corey Keeble discusses “Architecture of Canadian Synagogues,” 1:30 p.m.

New Horizons for Seniors. A discussion group led by a social worker meets May 27 and June 17, 1:30 p.m., Beth Tzedec.


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

The film Beaufort is shown May 27, 12:45 p.m.

Mah-jong games, Monday afternoons; Yiddish conversation, Mondays, 1:30 p.m.; Analyze This with Kevin Courrier starts May 22; Four Great Operas with Iain Scott starts June 4; Provocative Female Artists with Osnat Lippa starts June 13; Folk dance, Wednesdays 10 a.m.; Duplicate bridge, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.; Shalom Singers are looking for new members, Thursdays, 10 a.m.

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

Adam Nayman discusses Four Controversial Directors. May 27, Paul Verhoeven, 7 p.m.

Toronto Jewish Film Society shows Laughter Through Tears, with live piano accompaniment by Jordan Klapman. Guest speaker, Kalman Weiser, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets, ext. 0

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.; MNJCC Community Choir performs June 5 and June 6, 8 p.m. For tickets, ext. 0.

Art by students in honour of  Jewish Music Week is in the gallery until June 2.

Tickets on sale now for MNJCC 60th anniversary dance, June 13, 7:30 p.m. $36. Ext. 0

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: June 4, Dr. Rana Singh provides an introduction to naturopathic medicine, 7:30 p.m.

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