What’s New: Week of May 10

Deadline reminder: May 14 is the deadline for the issue of May  24. Because of the Victoria Day holiday, May 18 is the deadline for the issue of May 31. Please note all deadlines are at noon. Phone 416-391-1836, ext. 269; fax 416-391-0829 or e-mail [email protected]


Thursday, May 10



Join Temple Har Zion for “An Evening of Laughter with Elon Gold,” 7:30 p.m., 7360 Bayview Ave. Tickets $72. Call 905-889-2252 or [email protected]



Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism hosts a Meet and Greet, 7 p.m. at Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor St. W. 416-854-0133 or [email protected]


Friday, May 11



Temple Kol Ami holds family Shabbat services at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner. 905-709-2620 or www.templekolami.ca

Sunday, May 13



Sheldon Richmond discusses “Current Jewish Thinkers,” 9 a.m. at the Lodzer Synagogue, 12 Heaton St.



Beth Avraham Yoseph Congregation of Toronto holds a used-book sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 613 Clark Ave. W., Thornhill.


Monday, May 14



Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner discusses “The Obligation to Seek Medical Help,” 8 p.m., Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue. [email protected] or 416-781-1777.



Heather Kassel reviews the film Incendies, 12:30 p.m., Beth Tzedec Congregation. 416-781-3514, ext. 225.



Prof. Sergei Plekanov discusses “Between the U.S.S.R. and a Eurasion Union,” 2 p.m., Temple Emanu-El. 416-449-3880.


Tuesday, May 15



Rabbi Pinchas Brummer leads the study of the Book of Zachariah (in English), 8 p.m. at Beth David Synagogue.



Rosalie Moscoe discusses “Beyond Retirement: Pathways to Well-Being,” 12 p.m., Beth Tikvah Synagogue. By reservation only: 416-221-3433, ext. 352 or [email protected]



Rabbi Cory Weiss discusses “Who Wrote the Torah and Why Does It Matter?”, Temple Har Zion.  Bring a dairy lunch at noon, program starts at 12:30 p.m.



Rabbi Martin Berman leads a study of the Book of Ruth, 8 p.m., Shaar Shalom Synagogue, 2 Simonston Blvd., Thornhill.


Wednesday, May 16



Lily Chapnick, 2012 winner of the Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award, performs with her grandmother, flutist Atarah Ben Tovim and Stephen Tam, 8 p.m., Temple Sinai. 416-487-3281.



Ben Casnocha, author of The Start Up of You, speaks to Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, 7 p.m., MARS Discovery District, 101 College St. For tickets, 416-485-8000 or www.cfhu.org/casnocha.



Amanda McCavour discusses “Thread as Line, Sewing as Drawing” and shows work samples. 8 p.m., Shaarei Shomayim. Guests welcome, $5.


Thursday, May 17



The Toronto Jewish Chorus presents “Melodies and Mandelbroit,” 7:30 p.m., Temple Emanu-El, 120 Old Colony Rd. Tickets at  www.torontojewishchorus.org or at the door.



Barbara Kay discusses “Anti-Israel Propaganda,” 7:30 p.m., at the Lodzer Synagogue. 416-636-6665.



Thornhill Study Group and Zion Branch of the NCJW invites groups or single players to play mah-jong, 12 – 4 p.m., Council House, 4700 Bathurst St. Enjoy lunch, a raffle and door prizes. Call to reserve 416-633-5100.



Prof. Elliott Malamet discusses “God, Goodness and Greed: Does Religion Influence Ethics Any Longer,” 7:30 p.m., Beth David Synagogue, 55 Yeomans Rd. 416-633-5500.


Other News



Early-bird deadline for Temple Sinai’s charity golf day is May 15. The tournament will be held June 26 at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Call Marcie at 416-487-3281.



Chabad of Markham’s women’s trip to New York, June 8-10. To register, call 905-886-0420, ext. 221.



Are you looking to rent your basement apartment or an extra room in your house? List it free  with Jewish Information Service of Toronto. People looking for a place to live can also find help. Visit JIST in the Lipa Green Centre, www.jewishtoronto.com or call 416-635-5600.



This Mother’s Day honour a special woman by donating to Act to End Violence Against Women (formerly Jewish Women International of Canada). For a $25 donation, a woman in a shelter receives flowers, and a card will be sent to the donor. Call 905-695-5372.


All programs require pre-registration and are open to all members of the community. To register, call Shawna Sidney, 416-638-7800, ext. 6215, or www.jfandcs.com. All classes at Lipa Green Centre, 4600 Bathurst. St., unless otherwise noted.

When You’re About to Separate, What to Tell the Kids: A workshop for parents, May 10, 9:30 a.m.

Understanding ADHD at Home and School: A workshop for parents and professionals May 22, 7 p.m.

High-Conflict Divorce: A workshop for parents in a high-conflict situation. Not for individuals in an abusive situation. May 24, 6:30 p.m., Promenade Mall, Suite 313.

Let’s Be Blunt: A Forum on Teen Drug Use, May 24, 7 p.m., William Lyon MacKenzie Collegiate, 20 Tillplain Rd.



Bereaved Jewish Families of Ontario provides 8-week self-help groups. On June 10, the group is attending a fundraising performance of Lost in Yonkers, St. Lawrence Theatre for the Arts. Call Beth Feffer at JF & CS, 416-638-7800, ext. 6244, or [email protected]


The PEP Social Group meets May 10, 12:30 p.m., Earl Bales Community Centre. Singer Sandra Cohen provides the entertainment. Members $3, guests $5. Terri, 416-785-0335.

Association of Jewish Seniors meets May 17, Shaarei Shomayim, 9:30 a.m. Natalie Mehra, director of the Ontario Health Coalition, speaks. RSVP Tammy, 416-635-2900, ext. 458.

Charming Earl Bales Seniors Club in the Park. (60+). Valerie, 416-395-7881. Casino Rama, May 16. Kosher lunch, May 17, noon. Dance with live music, May 27, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, gentle exercise, 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, duplicate bridge, 12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, line dancing, 10 a.m.; social bridge, 12:30 p.m. Non-members welcome.

Spousal Support Group. A group for caregivers over 55 starts May 15 at Bernard Betel Centre. Call Circle of Care, 416-635-2860.

National Council of Jewish Women of Canada – Aviva Branch is looking for women over 70 for their group. They meet Tuesdays midday. Call 416-633-5100.

Seniors Cultural Club meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Borochov Cultural Centre, 272 Codsell. 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.

Bernard Betel Centre 416-225-2112. May 15, lecture on Royal Ontario Museum highlights, 10 a.m.; May 16, health fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; May 17, Judy Weiss discusses “Coping with Loneliness,” 1:30 p.m.

Active Seniors, Miles Nadal JCC, 416-924-6211, ext.155. The film Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom will be shown, followed by refreshments and discussion, May 10, 12:15 p.m.

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

Kevin Courrier teaches a class on the films of Woody Allen, Thursdays 1 p.m., starting May 3.

 The film Munich will be shown May 14, 12:45 p.m.

 Marilyn Herbert reviews the book Great House, May 15, 1 p.m.

 Bridge classes begin June 18. Mah-jong classes begin the week of June 4.

Current JCC members’ mothers are free in May. Free Fridays for all mothers. Call ext. 4000.

Space available for Sports with Jay (children aged 3-5) on Sundays. For information on summer programs, call Monique Shapiro, ext. 4012.

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

Dan Mendlesohn Aviv launches his book, End of the Jews: Radical Breaks, Remakes and What Comes Next, at a panel on “The Next Jew: Where Do We Go From Here,” May 10, 7 p.m.

Leil Tikkun Shavuot, all-night Torah study and more, May 26, 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Ext. 154.

Summer Institute for Creative Adults offers classes for adult singers, July 16-20. Ext. 250.

Adult daytime choir meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m. [email protected]

Spark: Igniting with Photography, a collection of portraits by youth in the Jane-Finch community is in the Al Green Gallery until May 29.

The Michael Bernstein Chapel holds services every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. Call Coleman Bernstein, 416-968-0200.