Deadline reminder: The CJN is not publishing an issue on Jan. 2. The deadline for the issue of Jan. 16 is Jan. 6. All deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Dec. 21
Congregation B’nai Torah, 465 Patricia Ave., holds a games night with games, food, prizes and a silent auction, at 8 p.m. $25. For tickets, call 416-226-3700, ext. 21.
QUICK PICK SHABBAT
Choose from 4 different topics of learning at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, at 11 a.m. Classes include “The Roots of Jewish Prayer; Conservative Judaism and the Pew Study; Jewish Music in the Synagogue and Images of Women in Jewish Religious Life.”
Sunday, Dec. 22
Singer Faye Kellerstein performs a program of Yiddish songs, accompanied by Jordan Klapman, at 1:30 p.m., Kensington Place Retirement Home, 866 Sheppard Ave. W. 416-636-9555.
Wednesday, Dec. 25
FAMILY FUN DAY
Enjoy crafts, sports, games, music by the Magen Boys, and tikkun olam projects at Beth Tzedec’s family fun day, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $10 per person, $40 per family. Lunch available at additional cost.
Reena is looking for a female volunteer to assist during swim time at the Holland Bloorview Pool, Mondays, 6 p.m. The volunteer doesn’t need to be a strong swimmer, but must be comfortable in shallow water. Call Mille Chadwick, 905-889-2690, ext. 2112, or email email@example.com.
First Narayever Synagogue celebrates its centennial next year and is looking for memorabilia (photos, documents, newsletters etc.), as well as memories and stories from people who were connected with the shul or surrounding neighbourhood. Call 416-927-0546, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barrie Wilson teaches a class on “Reading Paul’s Letters through Jewish Eyes,” 11:15 a.m., Jan. 8-Feb. 5, Beth Emeth Synagogue.
Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner teaches a class on “Giants of Sephardic Jewry,” 10 a.m., Jan.8-Feb. 5, Beth Emeth Synagogue. Call Loretta to register, 416-789-7400.
Temple Har Zion holds a one-day tallit-making workshop Jan. 19. Register before Dec. 20. Email email@example.com.
Learn how to cope with stress, and learn healthy habits, yoga and more. Tuesdays, 2-3:30 p.m., Jan. 14-Feb. 11, Circle of Care, 4211 Yonge St. To register, call Revital at 416-635-2900, ext. 463 or ext. 592.
Temple Sinai offers Hebrew classes for adult beginners (starting Jan. 14) and intermediates (starting Jan. 9). Call 416-487-3281.
Conversational Hebrew ulpan method with Yael Lev is offered at Pride of Israel Synagogue. Learn modern vocabulary and discuss current events, for intermediate students (Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.) and advanced students (Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.). Call 416-226-0111, ext. 10.
Cantors David Edwards, Tibor Kovari, David Rosen and Eyal Bitton, accompanied by a live band, perform Israeli and chassidic melodies for Shabbat Shirah, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. at Beth Emeth Synagogue. $10/$15. For tickets call 416-221-3433 or 416-633-3838.
BAT MITZVAH CLUB
Chabad of Markham’s bat mitzvah club begins Jan. 12. To register, call 905-886-0420, ext. 221.
SKATES FOR SINAI
Temple Sinai is collecting gently used skates and helmets to donate to the children of Flemingdon School. Drop off your donation at the temple or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SONGS OF THE SEPHARDIM
Musicologist Judith Cohen will perform traditional songs of Morocco and the former Ottoman lands. Her daughter, dancer and singer Tamar Ilana will add traditional flamenco vocal repertoire, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Temple Sinai.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Have you been through the mental health system? Would you like to be a peer support to others going through the system and soon to be discharged from the hospital? Baycrest is starting a new support program. For more information, contact Janis Sternhill at 416-785-2500, ext. 2575 or email email@example.com.
David Gale leads a Yiddish theatre workshop focusing on “Broadway Goes Yiddish,” 7-9 p.m., Jan. 23-March 27.
New beginners, and ongoing intermediate and advanced Yiddish classes to improve conversation, reading and writing skills begin Jan. 12. Yiddish culture for kids through arts and interactive activities, Sundays, 9:30 am.-noon. Classes held at Beth David Synagogue, 55 Yeomans Rd.
To register for programs, visit www.committeeforyiddish.com or call Barbara 416-631-5843.
SILK PAINTING WORKSHOPS
Paula Miller leads a 7-part series on painting on silk. Create something special for your home for Shabbat. Starts Jan. 14 at Beth Emeth Synagogue. $30/$35. Call 416-633-3838.
SHABBAT SHIRAH WORKSHOP
Adam David discusses “Middle Eastern and Afro-Latin Influences on Modern Jewish Music,” at a Shabbat Shirah brunch, Beth Emeth Synagogue, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.
BEREAVED JEWISH FAMILIES
Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario regularly provides 8-week self-help groups to bereaved parents. Call Beth Feffer at 416-638-7800, ext. 6244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub. 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.
Temple Har Zion. Play mahjong Wednesday afternoons. Email email@example.com.
Bridge Club at Forest Hill Library is looking for new members. Call Lea, 416-487-7630.
Beth Tzedec Haverim. Author Rona Arato discusses her book The Last Train, Jan. 6, 1:30 p.m. 416-781-3514, ext. 232.
Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casino Woodbine, Jan. 29. Tuesdays, seniors chair exercise, 10 a.m. (first class free); Tuesdays and Thursdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m.
Bernard Betel Centre, 1003 Steeles Ave. W. 416-225-2112. Dec. 19, Jackie Hickey discusses “Roadmap to Healthy Aging,” 1:30 p.m.
New Horizons is a Jewish Hungarian seniors club that offers kosher food and is looking for new members. Call George 416-256-1892.
Senior Social Club Hadar is looking for new members for conversation, exercise and games. Monday and Wednesday afternoons, Garnet A. Williams Community Centre, 501 Clark Ave. W. Thornhill. Call Phyllis, 905-889-5722 or Etka 416-663-8270.
Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst St., 416-638-1881, www.prossermanjcc.com.
Special classes: Dec. 25, family yoga 11 a.m.; Dec. 26, family Zumba 11 a.m.; Dec. 31, family yoga 11:30 a.m.; Jan. 1, family Zumba 10:30 a.m.
Registration for the Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp is now open. Call 416-636-2267 or register online at centrecamp.ca/register.
Women-only fitness classes now offered. Cycling, yoga, Zumba, core conditioning. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. or ext. 4103.
Register now for winter programs: Beverlee Swayze discusses “The History of Symphony,” Jan. 21, 1 p.m.
Osnat Lippa presents “Treasures of the Guggenheim,” Feb. 11 and Feb. 18.
Iain Scott discusses “Four Jewish Operas,” starting Jan. 16.
Kevin Courrier discusses “Produced and Abandoned 111: Yet More Best Movies You Have Never Seen,” starting Jan. 15.
To register, call ext. 4235.
MILES NADAL JCC
750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211, www.mnjcc.org.
Register now for winter fun and learning. Pottery classes start Jan. 8; Klezmer ensemble begins Jan. 14; Hebrew Institute begins Jan. 20; fiction and poetry workshops start Jan. 20.
Aviva Chernick hosts a symposium and celebration in honour of Shabbat Shirah featuring local musicians and leaders of prayer, Jan. 12, 1-6 p.m. $15/$20. For tickets, call ext. 0.
Subscribe now to the Toronto Jewish Film Society 2014 season. $100/$60. Call ext. 139, or email email@example.com.
Times and Toys, paintings by Rob Croxford, is on display in the gallery until Jan. 23.
Register now for film studies with critic Shlomo Schwartzberg focusing on the work of Steven Spielberg, Mondays 7-9 p.m., Jan. 20-March 17.
Klezmer Music Ensemble conducted by Eric Stein meets Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. Call ext. 0 to register.
Got Shabbat? Shabbat program (songs, games and stories) for children ages 0-4 with an adult starts Jan. 10. Ext. 388.
Register now for the Shoresh Food Conference, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Join rabbis, farmers, foodies and activists to explore the intersection of Jewish tradition and contemporary food ethics. www.shoresh.ca.
Michael Bernstein Chapel holds services Thursdays at 7:15 a.m.; Sundays at 8 a.m. Call Coleman Bernstein, 416-968-0200.
Lebovic Campus, 9600 Bathurst St. 905-303-1821.
Enjoy free fun zone, jungle gym and movies, Dec. 25. Pre-order food by Dec. 20. Visit srcentre.ca.
The Daring Independent Film Festival shows Israeli movies Dec. 29. Some of the films shown are Strangers No More, Welcome Home, Dolphin Boy, Red Nose, 804 Machal, and Out in the Dark. Register by Dec. 25 at firstname.lastname@example.org.