Everything That's Happening in Jewish Calgary
Next ePom: Monday December 18, 2017 

Submission Deadline: 12pm SHARP, Friday December 15 . No submissions will be accepted after that time. Please note we can only list an event three times in a six-month period.
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CHW 15th Annual Toy Drive
Until December 13
Every child deserves a toy, but not every parent can afford to buy one, especially with Calgary's unemployment rate. Canadian Hadassah-WIZO is helping make holiday dreams come true with every gift donated for its Annual Toy Drive. Bring a smile to the face of a baby, child or teen by dropping off an unwrapped gift, gift card or movie pass at the Calgary JCC. For more information please call 403-253-4612. Also from December 4-8 members of the public can bring a toy to any GroupX class at the JCC and attend the class for free.
Isaiah, Prophecies of Redemption
Mondays December 4 - 18
7:30pm | HOJMI
Rabbi Miller teaching. No charge, everyone welcome.
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Jewish Book Festival 
December 6-10 | Calgary JCC
This year's festival celebrates Canada's 150th anniversary and the Jewish contribution to the literary arts with reading circles, storytelling, discussion panel, music, and much more. Our line up will include Ellin Bessner and Deborah Willis. For all the details visit our website . For volunteer and sponsorship opportunities please contact Tania by email .  
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December Lunch and Learn Series
Wednesday December 6
12:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah library
Join us for Lunch and Learn for: “Worlds Apart” with Dr. Donald Smith. Author and Professor Emeritus of History, University of Calgary.
Tzed Talks Medical Lecture Series
Thursday December 7
7:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
The University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine and Beth Tzedec Congregation Present "DNA Testing: What’s in it for me?" Lecture discussion With Dr. Aneal Kahn, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, to include the pros and cons of genetic testing and genetic diseases such as Tay-Sachs and Gaucher Disease. Light refreshments following lecture. Free and open to the public. 
The Bigger Picture: Everything You Do Affects the Entire World
Thursday December 7
7:30pm | Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta
Part of Torah Studies Season One presented by the Calgary JLI. More information: website , 403-281-3770, email .
Lil Faider Scholar-in-Residence Brunch:The Ironies of/in Hinduism
Sunday December 10
10:00am | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Dr. Tinu Ruparell continues his exploration of Hinduism in this presentation which includes a question and answer session. Each brunch session’s topic focuses upon a specific facet of Hinduism and does not require previous attendance. Free and open to the public but RSVP by email or call 403-255-8688.
PJ Chag Sameach Chanukah
Sunday December 10
10:30am - 12:00pm| Calgary JCC
Join PJ Library® for another of our popular PJ Chag Sameach programs, generously sponsored by Sam and Ida Switzer. Come learn about the fun holiday of Chanukah and how to celebrate it at home. Songs, crafts and snacks included. Eight years old and under please. Registration required, contact Kathie Wainer: email , 403-537-8592.
Menorah Workshop at Home Depot
Sunday December 10
3:00pm | Home Depot 5125 126 Ave SE
Chabad Kids Club invites you to a Menorah Workshop at the Home Depot. Free Event. Space is limited. RSVP required. our website, phone: 403.281.3770
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Chanukah Lunch
Tuesday December 12
11:45am - 2:00pm | Calgary JCC
Join us for a festive lunch with music, door prizes and a 50/50 draw. Please RSVP by November 8 to the JCC Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0 or Nessie at 403-537-8599, or Albina at 403-692-6380. Book early as we sell out very quickly and space is limited. In partnership with Jewish Family Services. Cost: $12
29th Annual Calgary Community Menorah Lighting
Tuesday December 12
5:30pm | Calgary City Hall Atrium
A Calgary tradition featuring live music, chanukah gelt, Israel Bonds raffle, dignitaries & community leaders, latkes & more. Free Busing (by rsvp only) website , 403.281.3770, email .
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Miki Gavrielov Trio: The Music of Arik Einstein
Thursday December 14
7:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
Come join us for an incredible tribute to Israel's legendary singer/songrwriter, Arik Einstein, performed by his co-writer and contemporary Miki Gavrielov and his trio. This is an opportunity to experience the classic songs live, as they were meant to be heard, from a performer who helped sculpt them. Tickets $36 online , $42 at the door.
For G-d's Sake: Are We Capable of Altruism?
Thursday December 14
7:30pm | Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta
Part of Torah Studies Season One presented by the Calgary JLI
More information: website , 403-281-3770, email .
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Welcome Shabbat - Chanukah Special 
Friday December 15 
10:30 - 11:00am | Calgary JCC
Join us in the JCC lobby for candle lighting, a Chanukah story, and songs.
PJ Library ® Tot Shabbat Chanukah
Friday December 15
10:30am | Calgary JCC
Let's celebrate the Festival of Lights together. There is no need to register, but contact Kathie or phone 403-537-8592 for more information. Please note the different than usual start time.
Tot Shabbat Eve
Friday December 15
5:30pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Introduce your little ones to the magic of Kabbalat Shabbat in a relaxed kid-friendly environment. Followed by Shabbat Dinner. Members: 0-4 Free, 5-12 $5.00, 13+ $10.00 Guests: 0-4 Free, 5-12 $10.00, 13+ $20.00. To RSVP, please contact the office at 403-255-8688 or email . For more information, please contact Rabbi Corber by email or 403-255-8688 ext 8. 
Chanukah Family Dance Party for Russian-Speaking Families
Saturday December 16
5:45pm | Calgary JCC
PJ Library на русском языке приглашает вас на празднование Хануки!
В программе история и традиции празднования Хануки, много музыки,
танцев, интересных поделок и угощений! Приходите всей семьёй!
Ждем вас в JCC в субботу 16 декабря в 5.45 вечера!
Просьба зарегестрироваться по телефону: 587-707-2077 или по
электронной почте: email. After our program, we will join the Chanukah Family Dance Party (6:30-8:30pm) for a free fun family event.
Chanukah Family Dance Party
Saturday December 16
6:00 - 6:30pm | Calgary JCC
We welcome our PJ Library® participants for age-appropriate music and volume at this fun Chanukah dance, before the regular JCC event. Bring the entire family and join us in our annual celebration. Free to everyone.
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Chanukah Family Dance Party
Saturday December 16
6:30 - 8:30pm | Calgary JCC
This party is open to everyone. Bring the entire family and join us in our annual celebration. Free to everyone.
HOJMI Chanukah Party/Games Night
Motz’ai Shabbat December 16
6:30 -9:00pm | HOJMI
Come and enjoy some latkes, a D’var Torah from Rabbi Miller, and bring your favourite board games for added fun for the whole family. No charge, everyone welcome.
Latka Wars
Saturday December 16
Ain't no Chanukah party without some competition. Presented by CTeen Calgary for Jewish teens grades 8 and up. For more information please contact Rabbi Zalmy & Brochie Levin by email , visit our website , or call 403-281-3770.
JACfit Chanukah Edition: Spin and Brunch
Sunday December 17
11:00am | Calgary JCC
JAC invites you to celebrate the Festival of Lights with a festive spin class to sov, sov, sov your way to fitness, followed by a delicious brunch and gift exchange hosted by JAC in Room 1 (next to Karen's Cafe). Space is limited to 20. Register online . Don't forget to bring a gift to exchange, valued at under $15.
Beth Tzedec Hanukkah Party
Sunday December 17
12:00 - 3:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Please join us for an afternoon of fun, light and joy as we celebrate Hanukkah. Enjoy latkes, sufganiyot, bouncy castle, games and more. Free of charge. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please contact Rabbi Corber by email or 403-255-8688 ext 8.
Inclusive Pottery Painting for Chanukah
Sunday December 17
Express your Chanukah creativity. All ages and abilities welcome. We have a limited number of seats for this fun event so please register with Karina Szulc: 403-689-6994, email, by December 15.
Torah on Tap for 20-40s
Thursday December 21
7:00pm | Limericks Pub - 7304 Macleod Tr SE
Come socialize, ask, share, and learn Torah in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Don't forget to bring some Jewish questions for clergy, and, as always, the first round is on us. For more information or to register contact Rabbi Corber by email or at 403-255-8688 ext 8. 
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Blood Drive - Donors Needed
Sunday December 24 
9:00am - 1:00pm | Calgary JCC
Your donation gives someone more time to enjoy and spend time with family and friends, and nothing could be better than that. Book your appointment at blood.ca.
Jewdo - Festivus for the Rest of Us
Sunday December 24
8:00pm | Hudson's Downtown, 1201 5 St. SW
Hillel's annual non-Christmas party. Please contact Jordan Waldman for more information, 403-444-3146.
HAZAK 55+ Presents
Letters of a Fine Romance, Circa 1896-1902
Thursday December 28
12:00 – 2:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Betty Sherwood’s maternal grandparents were brought to Winnipeg as children in the 1880’s. Their correspondence is a charming and humourous documentation of their lives and the times. Betty will share excerpts from their letters, and present additional materials she has collected. Lunch will be served at 12 noon, $5 per person. RSVP to the office at 403-255-8688 by Friday, December 22nd. For more information, please contact Donna Caplan at 403-271-3066.
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The Origin of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases – Lessons for a Healthy Gut
Tuesday January 9
7:30- 9:30pm | Calgary JCC
Join us as Dr. Gil Kaplan speaks about the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD): Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. For more information, please contact Susan at 403-240-0830 or email her. 
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Hebrew Stand Up Comedy Night with Giora Zinger
Tuesday January 9
8:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
Giora, a comedian with an odd name, makes up for this with a lot of humor, sharpness and charisma, and proves that you do not have to go low to make fun, with a standup show that will make you laugh, look in the mirror and understand that no one is perfect. Performance is in Hebrew. Purchase tickets online .
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Voices Choir 10th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday January 14 | Calgary JCC
The Voices Seniors Choir will be celebrating 10 years of music and friendship with a special concert by the choir and special guests. This event is held in partnership with Jewish Family Service Calgary.
CIJA Grassroots Consultation
Tuesday January 16
7:00pm | Calgary JCC
Your priorities are our priorities – CIJA is looking for community input into strategic advocacy priorities. Contact Judy Shapiro to RSVP, 403-444-3153.
Surviving and Thriving: You've Got a Diagnosis, Now What?
Tuesday January 23
6:30pm | Calgary JCC
If your child was recently diagnosed with a visible or non-visible disability, come learn about funding and resources, and meet other parents. Join Cath Petrinack from Children's Link for this third education session in the Surviving and Thriving series.
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Winter Program Registration
Registration for our winter programs will open on Sunday, December 10 at 8:00am for our members and on Wednesday, December 13 at 8:00am for the public. Download our program guide online for all the details.
One Happy Camper
The perfect chanukah gift: A summer camp experience. Get up to $1000 towards a first-time camp experience. New this year: a $700 grant for 12-18 day sessions. Some restrictions apply. For more information, contact Judy Shapiro by email or 403-444-3153.
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Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
Join other adult learners in this in-depth study of Lech Lecha 
as you work with Rabbi Glickman and our Music Director, Katie Baker. Prepare to chant Torah, to lead the congregation, and to become an Adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Classes begin on January 20. Contact the office to register. A working knowledge of Hebrew is necessary for this class. If you are interested in the class, but not comfortable with Hebrew, contact Katie Baker by email.
Camp Gan Israel Winter Camp
December 25 - January 1
Two Full Weeks of Winter Camp Fun. Ages 4-12. Lunches & Snacks Included. Daily Outings & More. Early Bird Prices on until December 4th. Register your child today. our website, 403-281-3770, email.
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Calgary JCC Winter Camp
December 22 to January 5 | Calgary JCC
Calgary JCC is offering a Winter Camp for children ages 3-11 years old from December 22 to January 5 (no camp Dec. 25, 26 or Jan.1). We will have specialty instructors coming in throughout the camp to teach Taekwon-do, baking, dance, swimming, yoga, art, and water polo. For more information visit our website .
Claims Conference Homecare Program - Support Worker
JFSC is looking for compassionate, gentle caregivers with a passion for the elderly. We will be providing care to Holocaust Survivors so they are able to continue living comfortably and independently in their own home. Responsibility, Compassion, time management, trustworthiness, and Russian language fluency are the key traits we are looking for. For more information about the position and how to apply visit our website.
Part-time Education and Prevention Program Facilitator
JFSC is looking for a qualified Education and Prevention Program Facilitator to join their team. This is a temporary six-month term position. The role involves delivering educational and preventative programming in the areas of child sexual abuse, domestic violence, trauma, and child development. For more information about the position and how to apply visit our website .
ESL Teacher
We are looking for experienced ESL instructors to teach English as a Second Language in a class of approximately 17 Older Adult students. The classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 – 11:45 for the Advanced level, and 12:00 – 2:00 for the Intermediate level, with the exemption of Jewish and Statutory holidays. For more information visit our careers page or email us.
Bruchim Habayim
Need somewhere to go for Shabbat or a Holiday meal? Have room at your table for a guest? Karina Szulc, our Shalom Calgary Coordinator can make the connection through our Bruchim Habayim program. Call her at 403-389-6994 or email .
Get an NCSY Fridge Magnet with Candlelighting times
To receive a magnet, please contact the HOJMI office 403.259.3230 or email us. The magnet can be viewed on our website .
Calgary BBYO and JCC Membership
Buying a BBYO membership for your grade 9-12 student entitles your teen to a one year JCC membership for free.  Email  Joel Zimmerman for more details.
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.

PJ Library® Calgary and Calgary Jewish Federation are excited to invite you to join PJ Library Calgary® for Russian-Speaking Families a new program for families who speak Russian and would like their children to learn about Jewish culture and maintain their Russian and Hebrew language skills. For the first time, PJ Library will now offer quality educational programs, events and holiday celebrations in Russian as well. For information about this new program for Russian speakers and to register your children for PJ Library, contact Veronika Havkin at 587-707-2077 or email . See this ad in Russian here .
Kesher (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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