What’s New: Week of July 26

Deadline reminder: July 30 is the deadline for the issue of Aug. 9. Aug. 3 is the deadline for the issue of Aug. 16. Please note all deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or email [email protected]

Thursday, July 26



Dufflebag Theatre presents Robin Hood  for children at Earl Bales Park. Children’s activities begin at 5:30 p.m.; performance starts at 7 p.m. In case of rain, performances take place in Earl Bales Community Centre. Free


Saturday, July 28



Orillia Country Shul, 151 Creighton St. S., Atherly, near Orillia, resumes its summer services at 10:30 a.m. July 28, Rabbi Nir Barkin; Aug. 4, Rabbi Michael Dolgin. All are welcome. 705-327-7069.



Shaar Shalom Synagogue revisits its roots with a service led by its members, 8:45 a.m., 2 Simonston Blvd.



Vaughan Public Libraries is holding a meeting to discuss multilingual collections and services at Bathurst Clark Resource Library, 900 Clark Ave. W. 2 p.m. 905-653-READ (7323), ext. 4103.


Sunday, July 29



Tisha b’Av programs will be held at Yeshivat Or Chaim, 8:30 a.m. led by Rabbi Jay Kelman and Martin Lockshin. An afternoon program follows at Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, with the film Making Tisha b’Av Relevant to Us at 12:30 p.m. and Arieh King, Rabbi Chaim Strauchler, Rabbi Yakov Kerzner, Rabbi Yair Spitz and Elliott Malamet speaking from 3 – 8 p.m. 416-633-5770 or www.torahinmotion.org.

Monday, July 30



Bryna Jocheved Levy discusses “Leadership & Family: Challenges and Concessions.” Tonight, “Moshe Rabbenu Between Family and Flocks,” and Aug. 6, “Rabbi Akiva and his Children” 7:30 p.m., Or Chaim Yeshiva, 159 Almore Ave. Email [email protected] or [email protected]


Tuesday, July 31



Sweetie Pies and Baby Cakes, a hip-hop dance group, performs tonight at the Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre, in Earl Bales Park, 7 p.m. Aug. 7, the Toronto Saxophone Quartet performs. In case of rain, the performance moves to the Earl Bales Community Centre.



Gerald Ziedenberg discusses Jewish icons of the 20th century.  Tonight, Anne Frank; Aug. 7, Natan Sharansky; Aug. 14, Leo Frank. Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, Aug. 2



Derek Penslar discusses “Jews in the Russian Army: Unwilling Conscripts or Loyal Subjects,” noon at Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. $18, includes buffet lunch. RSVP [email protected]

Other News



The Cutting Veg, a community-supported agriculture program, delivers organic produce to Toronto-area synagogues throughout the summer and fall. For more information, visit www.thecuttingveg.com/CSA or call 647-388-7444.



The Shira Singers, who sing for seniors in the GTA, are looking for new choir members. Call Yair, 905-886-1755.



One Family Fund golf tournament is Aug. 9 at King Valley Golf Club, 15675 Dufferin St. www.onefamilyfund.ca/events-golf.



Jewish War Veterans of  Canada, Toronto post, meets  Aug. 12, breakfast 9:30 a.m.; meeting 10:30 a.m., Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst St.



The Temple Sinai Social Club is going to see The Merry Wives of Windsor, Theatre By The Bay, Barrie, Aug. 15. Bus and matinée, $55. Reserve with Marcie 416-487-3281.



An all-day workshop featuring yoga, meditation, drumming, Pilates, movement and drama will be held Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Shoresh’s Kavanah Garden, 18 Lebovic Campus Dr., Vaughan. $100 (financial assistance available). To register: http://tolifetolife.eventbrite.com. For more info, send an email to: [email protected]



Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America for Jewish outdoor enthusiasts is holding a Labour Day retreat in Colorado, Aug. 30-Sept. 3. For more info, visit www.mosaicoutdoor.org or call 1-888-MOSAICS (667-2427) to register.



JumpStart Hebrew is a program for children entering JK to Grade 2, Aug. 27-31 at Beth Sholom Synagogue. Children will be introduced to Hebrew through art, music and play. Email Karen Goodis, [email protected] or www.bethsholom.net.



Women of Chabad Markham hold their end-of-summer pool party Aug. 8 with guest speaker, Joanni Tansky, author of Girl Meets God, 10 a.m. 905-886-0420, ext. 221.



Oscar winner Jon Voight is the guest speaker at UJA Campaign’s 2013 launch, Aug. 21, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 7:30 p.m. $45. 416-631-5705 or www.ujaevents.com/registration/voight.



Melton Adult Mini School is open for registration for the fall term. “Purposes of Jewish Living” and “Rhythms of Jewish Living” will be offered Wednesday mornings at Beth Emeth Synagogue. Call Loretta, 416-789-7400 or visit the website: www.melton-toronto.org.


Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario provides 8-week self-help groups. Call Beth Feffer at JF&CS, 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or [email protected]

Falls Prevention Program will be held at Baycrest, starting July 30. The 8-week session provides exercise and education for older adults living in the community who have experienced one or more falls or have a fear of falling. OHIP covered. Call 416-785-2488.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. The Seniors Club will be closed until July 31 for construction. All activities will take place temporarily in Earl Bales Park Community Centre. Casino Rama, Aug. 15; lunch, Aug. 16, call to register; hairdresser/barber, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. Tuesdays, gentle exercise, 10 a.m. (first class free); Wednesdays, social bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m.; social bridge, 12:30 p.m. Non-members welcome.

Earl Bales Seniors Woodworkers has state-of-the-art equipment and is open to seniors interested in woodworking and crafts. Call Morty, 416-783-6078; 416-630-6487.

The Bridge Club at Forest Hill Library is seeking new members. Call Lea (evenings), 416-487-7630.

Seniors Cultural Club meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Borochov Cultural Centre, 272 Codsell Ave. 416-630-9444.

New Horizons is a Jewish Hungarian seniors club that offers kosher food, card games, casino trips. 416-256-1892.

Adath Israel Congregation. Wednesday afternoon socials. Bridge, mah-jong, Rummikub. Refreshments $2. Call Pearl, 416-635-6317, or Marcia, 416-932-1229.

Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue welcomes new players for mah-jong and Rummikub Monday and Wednesday afternoons. 416-633-3838.

Active Seniors &Zoomers, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155. Aug. 9, presentation about Picasso, 1:30 p.m.

Active 55 Plus Fitness 416-924-6211, ext. 526, Colin Blayney. Ongoing yoga, dance fitness and aquafitness classes.

Bernard Betel Centre 416-225-2112. July 31, lecture on “The Case Against the Alleged Jewish War Criminals in Lithuania,” 10 a.m.; Aug. 2, Iva Mandic discusses dietary supplements, 1:30 p.m.

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

Folk dance drop-in classes, July 25-Aug. 10, 10 a.m.

Kevin Courrier teaches a course on “Love and Hisses: Debating the Movies,” Aug. 1-29.

Iain Scott discusses opera. Aug. 15, Maria Callas; Aug. 22 Joan Sutherland, 1 p.m.

Beginner and intermediate mah-jong classes start July 25, 1-3 p.m., evening classes, July 16-Aug. 27, 7 p.m. Drop-in duplicate bridge, Thursdays 12:30- 3:30 p.m. Current events discussion, Thursdays, 12:45 p.m.

Tickets still available for the Grand River lunch and show cruise, Aug. 8.

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

Keith Friedlander teaches a course on People of the Comic Book: Jews and the Graphic Novel, 6:30 p.m. July 26, “Will Eisner’s Contract withGod”; Aug. 2, “Art Spiegelman’s Maus I.”

Curtains is presented by No Strings Theatre and Al Green Theatre, July 26-29, ext.0

 The adult daytime choir runs all summer, Tuesdays 1 p.m. No experience needed.  [email protected]

A summer evening choir is being offered, Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. Open to all, no auditions. [email protected]

Kids Who Can, photos by 13 photographers from Easter Seals summer camps is at the gallery until Sept. 9.

The Gallery is calling for submissions for fall exhibits (flat media only). Deadline is Aug. 1. Guidelines at www.mnjcc.org/in-the-gallery or ext. 250.

The Michael Bernstein Chapel holds services Thursdays at 7:15 a.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m. Call ColemanBernstein, 416-968-0200.

9600 Bathurst St., Vaughan. 905-303-1821. www.srcentre.ca.

Free Sunday programs all summer, ext. 3047. Daycare registration is now open. Storytelling program in the daycare Aug. 12, 10 a.m.

 Register now for programs. Call Monique for family and children’s programs, ext. 3047; Staci for adults/seniors, ext. 3037; Tonya for fitness and health, ext. 3016; Naama for daycare and preschool, ext. 3018, Alex for JCC Chai Sports, ext. 4465.

The outdoor pool is now open. For swimming lessons, call Yuri, ext. 3034.