What's New: March 10


Deadline for March 24 is March 14. Deadline for March 31 is March 21. Phone 416-391-1836. Fax 416-391-0829. E-mail ­[email protected].

Thursday, March 10

University of Waterloo Prof. James Diamond speaks on the Ramban, part of a monthly Torah in Motion series. Yeshivat Or Chaim, 159 Almore Ave., 8 p.m. 416-633-5770 or ­www.torahinmotion.org.

Association of Jewish Seniors general meeting at Shaarei Shomayim. Breakfast 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. Judith Wahl discusses “What is Happening to Our Hospitals.” Members free, guests $2. Call Tammy, 416-635-2860.
Friday, March 11

Or Hadash Synagogue, Newmarket, holds an Oneg Shabbat, with a dairy potluck dinner. 6:15 p.m. Service led by Rabbi Michal Shekel follows. [email protected].

Saturday, March 12


B’nai Shalom Congregation of Halton-Peel, Mississauga, Oak­ville, Burlington and area monthly Shabbat service, 10 a.m. Conservative egalitarian congregation. For details and location, 905-901-9889 or [email protected].

Sunday, March 13


Leo Baeck Day School and URJ Camp George present preschool pre-Purim parties, featuring children’s musicians Mark Weinstock and Rabbi Noam Katz. North campus, 36 Atkinson Ave., 10 a.m.-noon, south campus, 1950 Bathurst St. 3-5 p.m. Free tickets with pre-registration. RSVP Robyn Buchman, 905-709-3636, ext. 224, or [email protected].

Shaar Shalom Singles present an evening of music of Broadway, cabaret and popular songs, followed by a casual mix ’n mingle. 7:30 p.m. $8 includes coffee and cake. Call David, 416-224-9494.

Pride of Israel Synagogue’s health and wellness series continues with Dr. Joseph Kellerstein, discussing “An Introduction to Naturopathy and Homeopathy.” 7 p.m. Series, $12, $5 per session. 416-226-0111, ext. 10.

A conversation between Elliott Malamet and Rabbi Avi Weiss, senior rabbi of Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, N.Y. Shaarei Shomayim, 7:30 p.m. Info: 416-633-5770 or ­www.torahinmotion.org.

Monday, March 14


Former prisoner of Zion Yosef Begun speaks at the Bernard Betel Centre. Lecture and movie. 12:30-2:30 p.m. No charge. Call 416-225-2112, ext. 124.

Tuesday, March 15


Temple Har Zion adult education committee presents Prof. Lorraine Weinrib, U of T Faculty of Law. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 16


Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles presents a workshop to  create whimsical wall hangings or Passover recipe book covers. Templates and fabrics supplied. Guests $5. Shaarei Shomayim, 8 p.m.

Baycrest presents Jazz for Juniors and Spirited Seniors, an intergenerational community event. Baycrest Winter Garden Court, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Laura Hogan, 416-785-2500, ext. 2209, or [email protected].

Other News


Mekorot Institute of Torah Study presents Rabbi Michael Skobac on “Perek Shirah: Meditations on the Songs of God’s Creations.’’ For men and women. Mondays, March 14-April 4, 9:45-11 a.m. Prosserman JCC. 416-877-2050.

Hospice Thornhill’s The Gathering Place offers a free, day respite program for those dealing with a life-threatening illness. Therapies, friendly environment, snacks and small meal. Bettina Bros, 905-764-0656, ext. 223.

Soups cooked by some of Toronto’s finest chefs help Israeli humanitarian organization Hazon Yeshaya feed hungry families in Israel. Chefs include Rose Reisman, Eran Marom, Daniel Schick, Arpi Magyar and Toben Kochman. March 28, 7-10 p.m., The Warehouse, 2-35 Carl Hall Rd., Downsview Park. $200. 416-207-9980 or ­www.soupwiththestars.com.

Beth Tzedec presents a Purim family musical, The Roaring 20s Megillah. Performances March 17, 7:30 p.m., March 20, 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. General admission $10, limited priority seating $36. Call 416-781-3511.

Anne and Louis Pritzker Wellness Library needs volunteers to help visitors check books in and out, sort and shelve materials, assist with special projects and help with accessing online health information. Good command of English and computer skills needed. Training in library procedures provided.
Circle of Care/Baycrest Day Centre needs volunteers for the Seniors Men’s Group, to facilitate conversation with the men attending. Must be available weekdays.
Stained glass instructor needed to work with beginner clients weekdays.
Call 416-785-2500, ext. 2572, to volunteer.

Circle of Care needs volunteer drivers to deliver Kosher Meals on Wheels. Call Lysa Springer, 416-635-2860 or e-mail ­[email protected].

JIFT (Jewish Infertility Friends of Toronto), an intimate peer-to-peer support group, discusses issues of infertility. 6 meetings in North York. Confidentiality assured. First meeting March 22, 7:30 p.m. For information and location, [email protected]. No fee.

Kehillat Shaarei Torah presents Models of Women’s Leadership, a Biblical Perspective. Speakers Rebbetzen Goldie Plotkin, Chana Sargon, Dr. Janna Nadler. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Lunch. March 27, registration 9:30 a.m. 416-229-2600, ext. 15, ­[email protected].

MNjcc Active Seniors, 416-924-6211, ext.155. Computer courses for seniors, 2 levels – beginners, and beyond the basics, small classes, 8 Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. Active Seniors Choir – everyone welcome – Tuesdays 1-2:30 p.m. until June, $50 for 16 weeks, $3 drop-in. Harriet, ext. 133, or [email protected].
Temple Sinai Seniors. Tickets on sale now for My Fair Lady, Shaw Festival, May 11, members $70, guests $75. Also Billy Elliot, June 22, members $80, guests $85. Marcie, 416-487-3281.
Bernard Betel Centre, 416-225-2112. March 15, Amiel Sabari speaks on “Beauty and Power in Megillat Esther: the story of Purim,” 10-11:30, mem­bers $3, non-members $6. March 16, mah-jong tournament, 1-4 p.m., members $3, non-members $5. March 17, Dr. A. Green “How to Get the Most from Your Visit to the Family Doctor.” 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park, 55+. Call Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casino Rama, March 16, departs 10 a.m. Lunch and Laughter, March 23, noon. Tuesdays, drop-in art classes, 10 a.m. Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m. Thursdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m. Sunday dances resume March 27, 7-9 p.m. Seniors woodworking, skilled craftsmen, repairs. Call 416-630-6487.
Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday social afternoons. Bridge, mah-jong, rummikub. Refreshments $2. Call Pearl, 416-635-6317, or Sheila, 416-665-3333.
Beth Tzedec Seniors. 416-781-3511. Haverim program continues through March, 1:30 p.m. New Horizons for Havurah, with Rabbi Miriam Margles, March 21, 1:30 p.m. $3.

Sherman campus, 4588 Bathurst St. 416-638-1881, www.prossermanjcc.com.
U of T Prof.  Zindel Segal discusses “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction,” for teens to seniors. March 31, 7-9:30 p.m. Lipa Green Centre. Afterward,  talk to experts on nutrition, fitness and smoking cessation.
The Feminist Seder, April 10, 7-10 p.m., the role of women in the Passover story, from a feminist and spiritual perspective, Rabbi Elyse Goldstein. Miles Nadal JCC, a co-presentation. $50 + HST, advance registration only.
Registration for spring family programs begins March 13. Classes for ages birth-12 years, including sports, dance, yoga. Call Monique Shapiro, ext. 4012.
Seen But Not Heard, pre-Purim evening of voice, movement, art and learning, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Gladstone Hotel. Kolel, with the Koffler Gallery exhibit Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women. Members $12, non-members $15.
Meditation and Spiritual Writing, with Barb Rosen. 8 weeks, starting March 14, 1-2:30 p.m. and March 15, 7:30-9 p.m. Members $48, regular $62 + HST.
Treasures in Jewish Literature – Janna Nadler reviews The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit. March 15, 1:30-3 p.m. Members $16, others $18. Pay at the door.
Jokers Club, March 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Purim hamantaschen drop-in party, March 17, 1-2 p.m. Entertainment. No charge.

750 Spadina Ave., 924-6211, mnjcc.org.
Toronto Jewish Film Society presents Green Fields (Grine Felder), March 20, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker actor Jack Newman. Yiddish with English subtitles. Admission $15; ages 18-35, $10, for 7:30 p.m. show only. Info at ext. 606.
Small business workshops, with coach Debbi Arnold, Friday mornings 9:30 a.m.-noon. $40 per workshop. 416-762-7171 or  www.daconsult.ca.
Harold Green Jewish Theatre presents Zero Hour, an animated portrait of comedian Zero Mostel. Al Green Theatre, March 26-April 16, 2 p.m. and/or 8 p.m. Stars Jim Brochu. $40-$65. 416-366-7723.
Vital Theatre presents Angelina Ballerina: The Musical. Al Green Theatre to March 19. New shows added for March break – March 14 and 15, 1 p.m. Fridays, 4:30 p.m. Some weekends, 1 p.m. $29.50. Information and tickets 416-642-8973.
In the Beginning: a Jewish Playwrights Festival – four plays by four Jewish playwrights presented on four nights, June 13-16. Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company accepting submissions. Deadline March 15, 5 p.m. [email protected].

Koffler Centre of the Arts, 4588 Bathurst St. www.kofflerarts.org.
March Break Kids Art Workshops, March 15-18. Includes Kid Inventors, cARTooning Jam, Mining Koffler, Pottery for Kids. For info, or to register, Alexandra Sipos-Kocsis, ­[email protected] or 416-638-1881, ext. 4269.