Everything That's Happening in Jewish Calgary
Next ePom: Monday May 1, 2017

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Open Hearts Exhibit
April 2-30
Open Hearts is a Pesach exhibit focused on themes of softening the heart, as Bithiah (Pharaoh's daughter) did when she saved Moshe and as Pharaoh did when he finally let the Israelites go. Pesach offers many lessons on opening our hearts that are interpreted in artworks in diverse media. 
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Free Hearing Clinic  
Wednesday April 19
10:00am - 12:00pm
We believe every sound connects us to our world. Please call 403-253-8600, ext.0 to book your free screening. In partnership with Connect Hearing.
Shalom Baby Playgroup
Thursday April 20
10:30am - 12:00pm  |  Calgary JCC 
Our informal Shalom Baby Group is where everyone is welcome to join us to share the joys and oys of motherhood. Next session on May 4 . For more information, contact Kathie Wainer at 403-537-8592 or   email .
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Temple B'nai Tikvah Shabbat School Open House 
Saturday April 22
9:30 - 10:30am  |  Temple B'nai Tikvah
Weekly Jewish education for your 3-12 year old children from committed, professional educators and a welcoming and involved parent group and community that brings them through their school years knowing Temple is home, and feeling proud of their Judaism.  Register at the Temple office 403-252-1654
Rabbi Yisroel Miller teaches: Agaddata 
starting April 22
50 minutes before Mincha Shabbat afternoons  |  HOJMI
The Talmud’s stories, ethics, and theology, for men, women, and thoughtful teens.
Na’amat Canada Calgary Spring Phone-a-thon
April 23 - April 30
No event, no expense - more for us to send to our projects in Israel. 
Please continue your generous support of Na'amat.  Never been a donor? Please consider becoming one now. Check out our ad in the next Jewish Free Press to see what your generous gift could buy. To be a new donor or to donate now online go to our website or call our Montreal national office- 1-888-278-0792. You can also email us or call 403-240-0830 and ask for Susan. 
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Temple B’nai Tikvah Mega Mitzvah Day
Sunday April 23
11:00am - 2:00pm  |  Temple B'nai Tikvah
Temple will be fundraising for Social Action projects and conducting a bottle drive to support the Ghanam Family. We will also collect food items for Miriam’s Well (need not be kosher, distributed by Jewish Family Services) and collecting toiletries for Calgary’s homeless. Please bring your bottles and other donations, view the Social Action Showcase and participate in the Carnival and enjoy the Bake Sale. Bottle drive from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm other activities from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.
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Lil Faider Interfaith Scholar-in-Residence Project
Sunday April 23
4:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Topic: The Role of Women in Buddhism.  Guest speaker Tracy Pickup will address the role of Buddhist women in the religious life of their community and in the home and positions of communal responsibility. She will also share cultural customs that relate to women. This presentation is free and open to the public.  Please contact  Beth Tzedec at 403-255-8688 or email to RSVP.
Yom Hashoah Commemoration
Sunday  April 23
6:30pm  |  Holocaust Memorial, Calgary JCC 
7:30pm  |  Beth Tzedec
Please join our community's commemoration of the Shoah. Guest speaker Fanny Wedro. Special presentation by 2016 participants in March of the Living. For more information, please contact Ilana at 403-444-3162 or email.
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Free Immunization Information  
Wednesday April 26
10:00am - 12:00pm 
Speak to the facilitator who will advise you on the different immunizations needed to travel. In partnership with Sobeys/ Safeway pharmacy.
CTeen Calgary Presents Teen Time
Wednesday April 26
7:00 - 8:00pm at the home of Rabbi Zalmy & Brochie Levin
Where fun, food, & great discussions meet.  For Jewish teens grades 8 and up.  For more information please contact Rabbi Zalmy & Brochie Levin by email or 403-281-3770.  Our website.

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Rabbi Benjie Gruber, ARZA Canada Scholar in Residence
Wednesday April 26
7:00pm  |  Temple B'nai Tikvah
Rabbi Gruber will speak on "How Israel is Changing (Reform) Judaism: The Place of Israel in the Identity of Reform Jews." All are welcome. 
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HAZAK 55+ Presents Tikun Olam: Unraveling the Jewish Calendar with Cantor Russ
Thursday April 27
12:00 - 2:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Please join Cantor Russ as he helps us unlock the mysteries of our calendar and “Jewish” time. Where does our calendar originate, and, more importantly, what can it do to help us better understand what it means to live Jewish lives? Lunch is at 12 noon and costs $5 per person. RSVP to the Synagogue office at 403-255-8688 by April 25th. For more information, please contact Donna Caplan at 403-271-3066. 
Parent Support Group
Sunday April 30  |  at the home of Rabbi & Mrs. Matusof
Unwind, relax and socialize at monthly meetings that provide the opportunity for families with special needs individuals to share, explore, suggest and help each other based on their own experiences and knowledge. For more information, please contact Mrs. Rochel Matusof by email or 403-281-3770

Hana's Suitcase
Sunday April 30
2:00pm  |  Storybook Theatre, 375 Bermuda Dr NW
Join Calgary Jewish Federation and StorybookTheatre for a special presentation of Hana's Suitcase, an inventive, multi-media staging
of the true story of a search from Tokyo to Prague to Toronto to uncover the story of Hana Brady and her fate in the Holocaust. Recommended for ages 10+. This performance will be followed by a Q&A session about the play. $25 for adults and $18 for children - Tickets are limited and going quickly. For information or to purchase tickets, please contact Ilana Krygier Lapides at 403-444-3162 or  email . Or purchase admission online.
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Yom Hazikaron Commemoration
Sunday April 30  
7:00 - 8:00pm  |  Temple B'nai Tikvah, 900 47 Ave. SW
Join us to honour those who have fallen in defense of Israel and the victims of terror. 
Do you want to be involved in this meaningful commemoration? We are looking for people to do readings at the ceremony in Hebrew and English. We particularly encourage veterans of the IDF to share their story.  Please contact Shula Banchik by April 13 by email
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Yom HaAtzmaut - Celebrate Israel’s 69th birthday 
Monday May 1
6:00 - 8:00pm
  |  Calgary JCC
Join us for music, dance, food and games.
The CJA Annual Fundraising Dinner 2017
Thursday May 4
6:00 – 10:30pm  |   National Music Centre - 850 4 St SE
Tickets: $300/ person with a $200 tax receipt
Funds raised will support renovations, repairs and maintenance of our aging campus.
Inclusive Drum Circle
Sunday May 7
1:30 - 3:30pm  |  Calgary JCC
JAC and Kesher invite you to join them in experiencing the power of group drumming, facilitated by Circles of Rhythm. Children are welcome. Limited number of spots available - you must register to attend by contacting Jordan or Karina.
Hillel's End of the Year BBQ
Sunday May 7
3:00pm  |  Calgary JCC
Bubble Soccer. Other details TBD. Contact Jordan with questions.
The Debaters Live 
Sunday May 7
7:00pm  |  Jack Singer Concert Hall
Hosted by award winning comedian and CBC host, Steve Patterson, this special live event features Steve and two of his favorite comics performing stand-up followed by a comedic debate specially created for Jewish Family Service Calgary. 
Tickets: General Admission $48 / VIP $95 include admission, nosh, meet & greet after the show. To order email us or call 403-287-3510.  Sponsorship opportunities available.
Rabbi Miller’s Monday Classes
Monday May 8 - Classes resume
7:00-7:45 pm - new time  |  HOJMI
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Senior’s Lunch
Tuesday May 9 
11:45am - 2:00pm  |  Calgary JCC
Join us for our monthly seniors' lunch. Our entertainment will be Joel Zimmerman.  Please RSVP by Thursday May 4 to customer service at 403-253-8600 Ext 0 or contact Nessie Hollander at 403-537-8599 or email. Member and public: $5
JNF Calgary's Negev Dinner
Wednesday May 10 
5:30 pm Cocktails
6:30 pm Dinner | Beth Tzedec Synagogue

Honouring Mr. Al Osten.  Featuring an Evening of Music and Laughter with special entertainment by the Honourable Tommy Banks and Comedian Simon Rakoff. For more information please visit our website, email us or call the office at 403-255-0295.
PJ Library Tot Shabbat
Friday May 12
9:45 - 10:30am  |  Calgary JCC
Join our free, half-hour class focusing on the festive feeling of Shabbat and holidays through songs, stories, blessings and dance. Program begins at 10:00. Next class on May 26. For more information please contact Kathie Wainer at 403-537-8592 or by email.
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Community Shabbat Dinner 
Friday May 12
6:30 - 8:30pm  |  Calgary JCC

Celebrate Israel’s birthday with a Middle Eastern feast.
JCC Member: $25 • Public: $35 • event code: 9801 
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Hadassah Bazaar
Sunday May 14 
11:00am - 4:00pm  |   Paliser Community Centre
Hadassah Bazaar is back, in honour of CHW Calgary's 100th birthday. Lots of vendors, bazaar tables, food, photo booth, fun for all.  For more information please email us or call the office at 403-253-4612.
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The U of C Cummings School of Medicine and Beth Tzedec Congregation Present Medical Lecture Series
Wednesday May 17
7:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Be Good to Your Gut: What Science Says about Optimizing Your Digestive Health by Dr. Gil Kaplan
Free and open to the public. Please contact  Beth Tzedec at 403-255-8688 or info@bethtzedec.ca to RSVP.
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28th Annual Calgary JCC Sports Dinner presented by ATB Financial
Thursday May 25
6:00pm  |  Beth Tzedec Congregation
Join us for an evening featuring Brian Burke, President of Hockey Operations – Calgary Flames, and Board of Directors – Rugby Canada and Master of ceremonies Darren Dutchyshen, TSN Sportscaster.
Tickets are on sale now: individual $225  | Table of 8: $2,500 | VIP table of 8: $3,000.  Call 403-444-3177 to reserve you tickets.
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Shavuot Celebration of Torah
Tuesday May 30
5:30pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
This evening combines Jewish gastronomy with Jewish spirituality for an inspiring celebration of the Giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. Please join us in welcoming the Keruv Class graduates as our newest members of the Jewish community.
Blintz Dinner
5:30 – 7:00pm
$18 Adults $10 Children (ages 4-10) RSVP to 403-255-8688
Shavuot Service and Keruv Class Siyum
7:00 – 8:00pm
Our festive Shavuot Service will feature the Keruv (Conversion) Class Siyum (Graduation)
Cheesecake Party
8:00 – 9:00pm
Free of charge. Please join us. 
Popsicles in the Park
Sunday June 4
11:00am - 2:00pm  | Calgary JCC
PJ Library and JAC invite you to our 8th Annual Popsicles in the Park, a f ree family event.  No need to register. Come join in the fun with  Butterfield Acres Petting Zoo, face painting, jumpy house, obstacle course, free kosher popsicles, bubbles and other family fun.  Bring your own picnic and enjoy a day in the sun with family and friends.  For more information please contact Kathie or Jordan.
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Community Concert with Chazzan David Edwards and Friends
Sunday June 4  |   Calgary JCC
Save the date - Kehilat Shalom Congregation is having a Community Concert with Chazzan David Edwards and Friends, featuring a selection of Israeli and Broadway tunes, accompanied by pianist Helena Barker.
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Beit Halochem Canada 8th Annual “Celebration of Life” Concert
Sunday June 18
6:30pm  |  Beth Tzedec Synagogue
Directly from Israel, our stage will feature Israel’s best singing talent alongside 4 heroic veterans who will tell their story of triumph. All proceeds go to support the rehabilitation and care of 51,000 disabled and injured veterans in Israel. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 403-256-1012 or Beth Tzedec at 403-255-8688. For any information, please contact us by email.
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Kehilat Shalom - New Bar/Bat-Mitzvah rogram
Tuesdays,  April 25 – June 13
6:00-7:45pm  |   Calgary JCC
Open to all students in Grades 5, 6 and 7, celebrating a bar/bat-mitzvah in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.  The group program will take place on Tuesday evenings with instruction by Rabbi Leonard Cohen. Evenings will begin with pizza dinner for students followed by program classes.  The curriculum will focus on Jewish knowledge and skills development – e.g., Hebrew readings, songs and prayers – for synagogue participation and prayer service leadership, with a focus on the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.  To register or for more information, call Rabbi Leonard Cohen at 403-850-0106 or email.
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Calgary Catchball Training Camp
April 20-23  |  Calgary JCC
We welcome Coach Moodie from Israel for this special training camp, open to women aged 28+ who want to have fun, meet other women, and learn a great game. Register for course #9835 by calling the JCC at 403-253-8600 or going to our website.
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Lil Faider Interfaith Scholar-in-Residence 
Sensei Ken Madden,  Lecture Series #2
Thursdays May 4, 11, 18
7:00pm - 9:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
May 4 Buddhist Ceremonies
May 11 Buddhist Meditation Practices
May 18 Q & A: What We Haven’t Learned!
Please contact  Beth Tzedec at 403-255-8688 or email to RSVP.
Survival of a Nation
Evening Option Starting May 9
Morning Option Starting May 10
Exploring Israel 50 years from the Six Day War.  A new six session course brought to you by the Calgary JLI. website  phone: 403.281.3770, email.  
Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework International Convention
May 21-23  |  Atlanta, Georgia
The International convention "I Have a Dream" includes workshops taught by recognized teachers highlighting opportunities to learn a variety of needle art and design approaches, with 26 classes to choose from. Kosher meals. Non –member registration is welcome.For information about The Pomegranate Guild and Convention registration go this website. Our website. Contact the local chapter by email.
Jews, Schmooze and Canoes
May 26-28

Save the date for Hillel's annual ever-popular camping event. Register online. For more information, contact Jordan.
Israeli Consular Services
An Israeli consular official is coming to Calgary on June 4 and will see people who have consular issues requiring a personal appearance. To get on the list for an appointment, contact Judy Shapiro by email.
Calgary Jewish Slo-Pitch
Interested in playing slo-pitch with other members of the Jewish community? Calgary Jewish Slo-Pitch is currently recruiting new players to join for the 2017 season. We are a group of adults that play slo-pitch one night per week in Calgary from May through August. The group is open to adults of all skill levels looking to join a fun and serious slo-pitch league. For more information and/or to register please contact Tevie Lipton by email.
Teen Camp
Two awesome weeks for ages 13-16: July 10-14 & July 17-21. Come for one week or both. Special trips, amazing activities & more. Register online, or contact us at 403-281-3770 or email.
Camp Gan Israel Summer Camp
July 3 - August 4
Registration is now open for children ages 3 through 12, Kiddie, Junior, & Pioneer divisions. Fun educational programming, amazing field trips, sports, specialty options program, swimming, arts and crafts, theme days, late nights, and much more. Daily lunch and snacks are provided at no extra cost. Register today online. For more information please visit our website, or contact us at 403-281-3770 or by email.
PJ Library Russian Programmer
PJ Library Calgary and Calgary Jewish Federation are hiring a part-time Russian-speaking educator to plan and implement PJ Library programs for the Russian-speaking community.
The successful candidate will:
Work as part of the PJ Library team to further programs, services and engagement of Russian-speaking parents, grandparents and children.
Work with the PJ Library professional to plan and implement 4 to 6 PJ Library Programs over the course of a year.
Communicate with and reach out to Russian-speaking Jewish families.
Develop and maintain a Russian and Hebrew language PJ Library social media presence.
Job requirements:
Russian as a first-language
Fluent in English and Hebrew
Must have a teaching degree or diploma 
Experience working with pre-school and early elementary-aged children
Familiarity with Jewish traditions and culture
Familiarity with Jewish songs in Russian and Hebrew 
Must be available on weekends
Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills
Able to work collaboratively with a team

Salary commensurate with experience and hours. Send resumes and cover letter (in English and Russian) to: Paula Egelnick by email by April 28.
Program Consultant - Montefiore Institute
The Program Consultant will assist in the continued operations and further development of the interpretation program for the Montefiore Institute exhibit (or Little Synagogue) at Heritage Park. The exhibit provides a venue for the sharing of the history, culture and traditions of Jewish immigrants to western Canada. The contract runs from April1 – December 31, 2017.  Hours will vary weekly throughout that time, with more time required in spring, and an average of one day per week throughout summer and fall.  This is a fee for service contract, up to a maximum of 200 hours. Contact Bob Pearson at 403-268-8614 or email.
Paid and Volunteer Interpreters - Montefiore Institute
Heritage Park is looking for people, 15 years or older, who would be interested in volunteering or employment as paid Interpreters in the Little Synagogue. For paid work, please forward your resume by April 1, 2017 to Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Drive SW., Calgary, Alberta T2V 2X3, Attn: Human Resources Dept.; Fax 403-268-8554; email.  Please mention your interest in the Little Synagogue.  Application forms can be found at our website – in the “Join our Team” Section. To volunteer, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email.
Bruchim Habayim
Need somewhere to go for a Pesach Seder? Have room at your table for a guest? Karina Szulc, our Shalom Calgary Coordinator can make the connection through our Bruchim Habayim program, so no one is alone on Passover. Call her at 403-389-6994 or email.
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Calgary BBYO and JCC Membership
Calgary BBYO members are now entitled to a 1-year individual JCC membership with purchase of BBYO membership. Contact Joel Zimmerman by  email .
Miriam's Well
Food donations are gratefully accepted for Miriam's Well. You can drop off non-perishable items to the donation bin in the JCC. Making a habit of donating will benefit those in need.
Chevra Kadisha information
Listings of funerals and unveiling information are available on the Chevra Kadisha website. Click  HERE .
Kosher Food in the Hospital
You can order kosher food during a stay in the hospital, but you have to follow the correct procedure. Please call Jewish Community Chaplain Sari Shernofsky at 403-251-6507, for further information or if you or a family member would appreciate a hospital visit. Please click here for more information.
Shalom Baby
Has there been an addition to your family?
Shalom Baby welcomes new babies and their parents to the Calgary Jewish community by providing free Shalom Baby gift bags filled with information, resources and gifts from Jewish organizations in the city. We invite new parents and grandparents to share the joyful news of a new baby in our community with us and we will arrange for the delivery of a Shalom Baby gift bag. Please email Kathie Wainer or phone 403-537-8592.
PJ Library®
PJ Library® sends eligible children between the ages of six months and eight years a Jewish content book or CD every month directly to their homes at no cost. If you would like to register a child or get more information about this incredible free Jewish literacy program, please email Kathie Wainer or phone 403-537-8592.
Kesher Klub (Inclusion)
Our community prides itself on being inclusive. The Kesher program provides wonderful opportunities for Jewish adults with disabilities to explore and grow through a variety of Jewish recreational, social and inclusive activities. Please contact Karina Szulc for more information at 403-389-6994 or by email.
News from Israel and the Jewish World

For up to the minute news and insights on Israel and the Jewish world, please click here.

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