REBBETZIN & BILLIONAIRE
Veteran author and journalist Joe King speaks on “The Greene Rebbetzin and the Billionaire,” the second of his five-part “Ramble through Two-and-a-Half Centuries of Jewish Life in Montreal,” 2 p.m. at the Eleanor London Public Library. More at 514-485-6911.
WHAT WORLD IS LEFT?
Author Monique Polak discusses her book, What World is Left?, with host Leslie Lutsky on Jewish Digest, 8:30 a.m. on Radio Centre-Ville, 102.3 FM.
SHAKIN’ UP SHABBAT
Rabbi Ira Ebbin “shakes up Shabbat” with a book review of The Book of Jonah during Shabbat services at Beth Zion Congregation. Call 514-489-8411.
Classes start today for Stepping Stones to a Jewish Me, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom’s program for interfaith couples seeking Jewish identification in their children. Call Ilana Kuska at 514-937-3575, ext. 210.
The significance of a cup of joe is the topic of The Perfect Cup, the third episode of a documentary series on coffee, Black Coffee, being screened 7 p.m. at the Segal Centre’s CinemaSpace and The Lounge. The evening, sponsored by Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, will also feature a 6:30 p.m. coffee-tasting. Director Irene Angelico will also be present. Reserve tickets with Stefani at 514-342-1234, ext. 7201.
BABI YAR REMEMBERED
The 68th anniversary of Babi Yar, which took place Sept. 29-30, 1941, and marked the destruction of Kiev Jewry, is commemorated at 7 p.m. in Grover Auditorium of the YM-YWHA. RSVP at 514-573-7282.
Coping with stress is the topic at the 2-4:30 p.m. Agence Ometz Networking Club Training Solutions workshop at 5151 Cote St. Catherine Rd., suite 300. Register at 514-342-0000, ext. 3029.
Yeshiva University Talmud professor Rabbi Benjamin Blech discusses his controversial bestselling book The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican, 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library. Rabbi Blech’s thesis is that Michelangelo incorporated many teachings of the midrash and Kabbalah into the Sistine Chapel. He will be introduced by artist Rita Briansky. Reserve at 514-345-6416.
JEWISH LIFE IN MONTREAL
Enjoy a light dinner at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom’s Dine & Discover Open Yale University adult education lecture, where author Joe King will talk about Jewish life in Montreal. Call 514-937-3575.
BOYS BECOMING MEN
The difficulties boys face in maturing into adulthood will be the topic addressed by educator, author and filmmaker Jackson Katz at the Betty and Bernard S. Shapiro Endowment Lecture, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. at Shaare Zion Congregation. The lecture is entitled “Men and Boys: In and Out of the Locker Room.” Sponsored by the synagogue, CSSS Cavendish, and Agence Ometz. For more details, contact Guylaine Wafer at 514-342-0000, ext. 3431.
HEALTH AND OUR WORLD
Dr. Phil Gold will be keynote speaker at an Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. talk on “Health and the World Around Us,” at the Jewish General Hospital Amphitheatre sponsored by Canadian Hadassah-WIZO’s Nurses Council Chapter. Gold is renowned for having discovered the CEA tumour marker for cancer diagnosis. Contact Alanna Elias, at 514-933-8461.
The French-Israeli comedy Hello Goodbye, with Gérard Dépardieu and Fanny Ardant, will be screened with English subtitles Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library followed by a discussion and debate on the difficulties of immigration, with Orly Nahmias. Co-sponsored by the Alliance Israélite Universelle. Tickets at 514-345-6416, and details at 514-345-2627, ext. 3017.
CSSS Cavendish seeks “tender-loving” volunteers for mom-baby workshops for babies up to six months old (Tuesdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Oct. 13-Dec. 15); or six to 12 months old (Thursdays, 9;30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Oct. 22-Dec. 17). Call Connie Yip, 514-488-3673, ext. 1354.
National Council of Jewish Women’s Montreal Section heads to Charlevoix for an Oct. 13-14 overnight stay at the Manoir Richelieu & Casino. Departures from Decarie Square and Cavendish Mall. Reserve at 514-733-7589.
Aaron David Miller, a top adviser to six U.S. secretaries of state, a CNN commentator and author of The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace, will host an evening on the subject Oct. 22 at a Na’amat Canada Montreal event at the Loews Vogue Hotel. For details, contact Sophie Katz-Milo at 514-484-0252.
More than 1,500 people are expected to take part in the Oct. 25 inaugural Walk4Friendship walkathon to raise public awareness and benefit the Friendship Circle, which helps special needs children. The 2.5-kilometre walk will start at 11 a.m. at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park and finish with a 12:45 p.m. pep rally. Entertainment will be the Pogo Dude, a pogo stick act featured at the Just for Laughs comedy festival. For details, visit www.montrealwalk4friendship.com.
Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. is the date and time for the Jewish Eldercare Centre Auxiliary’s fall gala at Beth Zion Congregation. The honoree will be Sun Youth Organization founder Sid Stevens, and also present will be Mayor Gerald Tremblay, Father John Walsh of St. Jean Brébeuf Parish, comedian Joey Elias, and the musical group Sam I Am. For details, call 514-738-4500, ext. 8108.
CHAYA MUSHKA & DUDU
Venerable singer & dancer Dudu Fisher will perform at Chaya Mushka Seminary’s 2009 fundraising Gala Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim. The Chai-Life Award recipients this year are Stan and Tina Leibner, and the seminary will establish a scholarship program in their name. For details, call 514-733-2221.
CLSC René-Cassin and CSSS Cavendish seek volunteers in several areas: the Info Abuse-Line (514-484-7878, exts. 1473 and 1436), their mid-October Flu Clinics and their medical clinics (514-488-2673).
EXPANDED PD PROGRAM
The Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors has announced expanded programs for people with Parkinson’s disease: new adapted courses to re-integrate participants into community life and improve mobility and balance. Call Stefani Novick at 514-3452-1234, ext. 7201.
PRIME TIME BOOMERS
Cummings Centre for Seniors’ Prime Time West Island has an array of programs for “boomers,” including bridge, fine arts, crafts, etc. Call 514-342-1234, ex.t. 7255.
Herzliah High School student Daniel Goldman recently got the highest score in the University of Waterloo 2009 Gauss Mathematics Contest. He thanked math teacher Valérie Bouhana for contributing to his success, saying she “was amazing.”