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About Town: Week of July 5


Thursday, July 5



Canadian Hadassah-WIZO’s 38th Pro-Am for Kids golf tournament goes from 9 a.m. welcome and registration to cocktails and supper – for the first time at Elm Ridge Country Club. Co-chaired by Joseph Balinsky, Gary Hutman and Danny Kaufer, the day includes 11 a.m. brunch, noon tee-off, prizes, and silent and live auctions. Call 514-933-8461.


Friday, July 6



The B’nai Or “Jewish renewal” congregation has a participatory, egalitarian Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. at the YM-YWHA Ben Weider JCC’s Kellert Hall. Contact Rabbi Sherril Gilbert at rabbi@bnai-or.org.



Musicologist Nadia Onsy presents an introduction to opera, 10-11 a.m. at Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. Contact Joyce Tobenstein at 514-342-1234, ext. 7318.


Saturday, July 7



Today and tomorrow, thousands are cycling to Quebec City and back in the fourth annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Jewish General Hospital’s Segal Cancer Centre. Call 1-866-996-8356, or visit ­conquercancer.ca.


Sunday, July 8



At the free, 11 a.m. Sunday@theSegal event that can be heard on radio station CJAD, talent agent Robert Malcolm holds forth on his good friend and client Theodore Bikel and the show he wrote and stars in today through July 22 at The Segal, Sholom Alei­chem: Laughter Through Tears, produced by the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre. Tickets for the show are at 514-739-7944.



“Dr. Joe” Schwarcz of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society speaks at the Sunday at the Shaar (Hashomayim) noon lunch and lecture event. Reservations a must. 514-937-9471, ext. 139.


Monday, July 9



The first public sneak peak of Harry, American-Israeli choreographer Barak Marshall’s dancework marking the 40th anniversary of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (BJM), is seen at 5 p.m. at the Segal Centre, followed by a talk with BJM artistic director Louis Robitaille and Marshall. Tickets at 514-7349-7944.


Tuesday, July 10



Adath Israel Congregation’s six-part series on the history of the State of Israel with cantor Shmuel Levin continues with “The Winds of War,” covering 1930-1939, 7 p.m. Call 514-482-4252.


Wednesday, July 11



Na’amat Canada Montreal heads to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa for the Van Gogh Up Close exhibit, leaving Cavendish Mall at 8:30 a.m. and stopping on the way at the Fairview Shopping Centre. Call 514-488-0252.


Thursday, July 12



YAD Outreach and the Jewish Chamber of Commerce have a “summer cocktail” evening of mingling and networking, 6 p.m. at the Macaroni Bar, 4448 Boul. St. Laurent. Contact Elise Abecassis, 514-345-2645, ext. 2639.


…Et Cetera…



The Segal Centre’s YAYA (Young Artists for Young Audiences) program is expanding, offering new performing arts courses for aspiring actors and performers and building on the vision of Dora and Bryna Wasserman, said CEO Manon Gauthier and artistic producer Paul Flicker. The programs include Baba YAYA (for toddlers); YAYA Kids (ages 8-12); YAYA teens (ages 13-17); Broadway Stars (ages 8-12) training in musical theatre; and Wandering Stars (ages 16-22), a high-level touring troupe. YAYA also includes a “goes to school” program and a variety of educational tools. Enrolment begins in August, Call 514-739-2301 or visit segalcentre.org.



From July 13-20, the Jewish Public Library Archives is displaying in the lobby of the Cummings House the work of the late Norman Epelbaum of Regent Photo Studio, which operated for 56 years on Park Avenue. Epelbaum’s family donated the collection, which includes photos from bar mitzvahs, weddings and sweet 16s, portraits and miscellaneous shots. The collection in also being added to the Family History section of the Canadian Jewish Heritage Network database (cjhn.ca).



JPPS-Bialik captured the accomplishments of its students with a “snappy, fun, and compelling” video that was due for release on July 1 and produced by alum Benjamin Burko. The video showcased all JPPS-Bialik grads’ lives and was likened to Facebook, but live, and with sound and video. To make it, grads had to submit a half-second clip, shot with any device, in which they identified themselves and which of the two schools they graduated from. Videos were entered at ­www.jppsbialikalumni.ca.


On Canada Day, July 1, a ceremony was held at Pierre Elliott Trudeau park in Cote St. Luc to dedicate the Gary Carter baseball field. Carter died of cancer last February. For years, Carter was a fixture at friend Johnny Elias’ Grand Slam Baseball School.



Every Tuesday 7-8:30 a.m., Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom hosts a Westmount Networkers’ Breakfast in which participants come with a stack of business cards and present a 60-second “infomercial” about their businesses and types of referrals being looked for. Call 514-937-3575.



British pop singer Stacy Jackson, JPPS-Bialik Class of ’86, contributes a Yiddish song to a new 12-track CD being launched by Bialik High School showcasing its choir directed by Lorna Smith, winner of the Elaine Wisenthal Milech Award for Professional Excellence and Leadership in Education. Bialik students have performed, often in Yiddish, at venues as diverse as Montreal city hall or a Bryna Wasserman production. Proceeds from the sale of the CDs, a project spearhead by parent Alana Shiveck, mother of choir member Michelle Shiveck, will support Yiddish music at Bialik.



Agence Ometz of Federation CJA drew 26 job seekers to its periodic Cocktails & Conversation recruiting event with potential employers. Candidates delivered personal one-minute pitches to the audience of some 200 professionals from various companies. For more details, call 514-342-0000.

The Cummings Centre recently announced two new additions to its senior management team: Keren Ludvig was appointed director of program services, and Rebecca Levy became director of social services. “I’m thrilled to have these two dynamic experts on board and I’m certain that their vision will move the agency in exciting directions,” president Barbara Solomon said.