Everything That's Happening in Jewish Calgary
Next ePom: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Celebrating Tu B’Shvat - Today
Monday February 6
7:00 - 8:30pm  |  Calgary JCC
Join us in celebrating Tu B'Shvat, The New Year of the Trees, the most ancient environmental festival. Our special guest, the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Alberta Minister for the Environment and Parks, will give us the highlights of Alberta's New Climate Leadership Plan and the opportunities for our province. Traditional Tu B'Shvat Seder foods and refreshments will be served. Free admission. Please rsvp to Shula Banchik by email.
The Dilemma: Taking the Law into Your Own Hands
Tuesday February 7
Wednesday February 8
9:30am | Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta
Join us at our new location as we discuss if we should be permitted to take the law into our own hands and is the use of force ever justified if law enforcement is not on the scene.Visit our website, call 403.281.3770 or email for more information.
JDAIM Movie: “Alive Inside – a Story of Music and Memory"
Wednesday February 8  
3:00pm  |  Calgary JCC
Participate in JDAIM by watching this fascinating film with post-screening discussion, to increase awareness of and education about Dementia. RSVP to Karina by email or 403-389-6994. Co-sponsored by Calgary Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Service Calgary and the Calgary JCC.
Teen Time: Where Fun, Food & Great Discussions Meet
Wednesday February 8
7:00pm |  at the home of Rabbi Zalmy & Brochie.
A CTeen Calgary program.  RSVP by calling Brochie at 587.718.4770 or email.
In G-d We Trust: The Importance and the Power of Thinking Positive
Thursday February 9
7:30pm  |  Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta
Join us at our new location.  Part of Torah Studies 5777 Season Two
Visit our website, call 403.281.3770 or email for more information.
Tot Shabbat
Friday February 10  
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 Feb.24. For more information please contact Kathie Wainer at 403-537-8592 or by email.
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Lil Faider Scholar-in-Residence Lecture Series with Sensei Ken Madden 
Thursday February 9 and 16
7:00pm – 9:00pm  | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Join us as we explore Buddhism in depth.
February 9th – Basic Buddhist Beliefs and Practices
February 16th – Buddhism as a Way of Life
Free of Charge and open to the community.  For more information, contact Beth Tzedec Congregation at 403-255-8688.
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Welcome Shabbat - Tu B'Shevat Special 
Friday February 10
11:00 am  |  Calgary JCC
Join us in the JCC lobby  for candle lighting, Kiddush, hamotzi and a Special Tu B'Shevat celebration. 
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Tu B'Shevat Seder 
Shabbat February 11
11:00am  | Beth Tzedec Congregation
What can fruit trees teach us about ourselves and our spirits? Join Rabbi Corber and the Minyan Katan for a magical Tu B'Shevat Seder. Celebrate the New Year of the Trees with fruits and wines, and learn the inner meaning of the foods we eat.  RSVP so we can have enough for everyone by contacting Rabbi Corber by email or 403-255-8688 ext 8.
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Building Sacred Bridges Musical Concert 
Saturday February 11
7:00pm  |  Knox United Church
Sunday February 12
7:00pm  |  Beth Tzedec Synagogue
This interfaith musical experience is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity's Interfaith Build Project. Suggested donation of $20 per seat with 100% of proceeds going to fund Habitat homes for 12 working families in Southern Alberta. For more information, contact Cantor Jayne by  email  or 403-255-8688 ext. 4. Purchase tickets at  this website .
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Jewish Parenting Series: "How to Raise a Mensch
Sunday February 12
10:00am  | Beth Tzedec Congregation
A Brunch and series of conversations focusing on the important Jewish values necessary to raise our children as mensches and to make a warm and loving Jewish home. Babysitting provided. For more information please contact Rabbi Osadchey by email or 403-255-8688 ext. 2.
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Tu B'Shvat - New Year for Trees
Sunday February 12
2:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah, 900 47 Avenue SW
Join us for our unique, child-friendly, interactive Tu B'Shvat program. We'll sing, eat and celebrate the miracle of trees and nature.  Create a new family tradition with us and take home a special gift.  There is no charge, but registration is required by February 8th 2017.  Please email Kathie  or phone  403-537-8592  to register or for more information.
JDAIM - Synagogue Programs
Sunday February 12
1:00 pm  |  Calgary JCC
Kehilat Shalom and Kesher program Inclusive Tu B’shvat  

Shabbat February 18
9:00am  |  Beth Tzedec Congregation
Shabbat Shalem

Friday February 24
8:00pm  |  Temple B'nai Tikvah
Erev Shabbat Sermon on Disability Awareness & Inclusion, guest speaker Karina Szulc   

Shabbat February 25   |  Temple B'nai Tikvah
“Praying with Lior” -  Movie and discussion at Shabbat school   

Shabbat February 25  |  Chabad  Lubavich Shabbat Shalem
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Laugh Yourself Silly
Monday February 13
6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show  |  The Comedy Cave
Join JNF Future for "Laugh Yourself Silly" at our Tu Bi'Shevat event featuring Jewish comedian Dylan Mandlsohn from Toronto and vote for your favorite funny person in the "Last Comic Standing" contest featuring: Danielle Braitman, Joy Feldman, Alana Fischer, Linda Gutman & Joel Zimmerman. Master of Ceremonies Norm Schachar. Tickets on sale  online  or at 403-255-0295. Limited seating. Help JNF fill Miriam's Well by bringing lots of non-perishable food items.
Watch What You Think: The Clean Mind Test
Monday February 13
7:30pm  |  Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta
Join us at our new location.  Part of Torah Studies 5777 Season Two
Visit our website, call 403.281.3770 or email for more information.
Artability Exhibition
February 13- 27  | Calgary JCC
As part of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, please enjoy an art exhibition of mixed media creations by Jewish artists with disabilities.
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All in the Family
Tuesday February 14
10:00 am - 1:00 pm  |  Calgary JCC
Drop by the Calgary JCC lobby where genealogy guru, Ken Drabinsky (Chair Genealogy, JHSSA), will be on hand to answer questions and give guidance in family history research, just in time for family day!
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Seniors Lunch 
Tuesday February 14
11:45am  |  Calgary JCC
for our monthly seniors lunch, our entertainment will be Steven Klevsky. Please RSVP by Thursday, February 9 to customer service at 403-253-8600, ext.0. Cost: $5. 
The Dilemma: The Found Object
Tuesday February 14
Wednesday  February 15
9:30am  |  Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta
Join us at our new location as we discuss what happens when someone sets out to commit a crime, but due to circumstances beyond his control, the criminal action produces positive results. Visit our website, email, or call 403.281.3770 for more information.
Shalom Baby Playgroup
Thursday February 16
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 March 2nd. For more information, contact Kathie Wainer at 403-537-8592 or  email .
JACfit Nordic
Sunday February 19  |   Sunshine Village
Embrace Winter with JACfit Nordic.  Don't hide from the cold - get out there and enjoy the long months of this season. JAC is meeting this time to do downhill skiing/snowboarding at Sunshine Village. Rental equipment available. Questions or carpool info? Contact Jordan by email.
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Heart Information
Wednesday February 22
10:00am - 12:00pm  | Calgary JCC
Are you having heart problems? Come to JCC on to speak to an advisor who will tell you the do's and don'ts of maintaining a healthy heart. In partnership with Sobeys and Safeway Pharmacy.
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HAZAK 55+ Presents - The Privacy Promise 
Thursday February 23
12:00 - 2:00pm  |  Beth Tzedec Congregation
"We respect your privacy" is the promise that companies and governments make on every website and in every breach notice. Who sees the details of our life, what can they do with it, and why should we care?  Sharon Polsky is a data protection and privacy specialist with insight gained through more than 30 years of firsthand experience advising corporations, governments and organizations. Lunch will be served at 12noon and costs $5 per person.   RSVP to the Synagogue office at 403-255-8688 by Tuesday, February 21st. For more information, please contact Donna Caplan at 403-271-3066.  Everyone is welcome.
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Summer Camp Kick Off
Sunday February 26
10:00am – 12:00pm  |  Calgary JCC
This is a family event that you to pre-register your kids and plan your summer while we keep your children busy with a variety of fun activities. Summer Camp staff will be available to answer questions and assist you with your registration forms. Receive your 5% early bird discount and be among the first to register! For more information contact Ryan Pratt at 403-537-8598 or email.
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Teen Connect - Glow Bowlarama 
Sunday February 26
12:00 – 2:00pm  |  Mountain View Bowling: 3919 Richmond Rd SW
JCC and BBYO Teen Connect invite all students grade 7 and 8 for an afternoon of glow bowling. For more information, visit our website RSVP by February 22 to Joel Zimmerman by email or 403-444-3155. Cost: $10.
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Come and Climb
Sunday February 26
3:00pm | Calgary Climbing Centre, 6 - 7130 Fisher Rd. SE 
For grades 1-5.  Cost: $22.05/person – 1.5 Hours of climbing
Equipment is included. Everyone needs clean indoor shoes.
Please RSVP by Monday, February 20th, by email or 403-255-8688.  Coffee for parents is on us.
JDAIM One Time Bookclub
Sunday February 26
2:00 pm  |  Calgary JCC
Read Arthur Fleischman's book "Carly's Voice - Breaking Through Autism" then come meet the author for coffee, book-signing and schmoozing. Please register with Karina by email or 403-389-6994.
JDAIM Speaker Arthur Fleischman
Sunday February 26
7:00 pm  |  Temple B'nai Tikvah
Come hear Arthur Fleischman, author of "Carly's Voice - Breaking Through Autism." He will share the story of his family and particularly his daughter Carly, one of the few people with Autism who is able to communicate clearly what it's like to live with Autism.  Please register  online , no tickets will be issued for this free event.
PJ Goes to Preschool - CJA
Friday March 3
8:45am arrival for 9:00- 10:30am  |  The Calgary Jewish Academy
This is the perfect opportunity for you to experience a morning at
preschool with your children and join in Kabbalat Shabbat celebrations.  There is no charge, but registration is required (no exceptions)  by Wednesday, March 1. Contact Kathie by email or
403-537-8592 to register or for more information.
Hillel's Avi Shabbat
Friday March 3
6:00pm  | Carriage House Inn
Time for Calgary Hillel's annual interfaith Avi Shabbat! Tickets are $25, please register here. Candle lighting and dinner will start at 6:30 pm. Co-sponsored by the 
Avi Shaefer Foundation.
PJ Library Chag Sameach - Purim
Sunday March 5
10:30am  |  Calgary JCC
Purim is one of the most joyful  Jewish holidays and educator Amy  Goldberg will delight us with Purim  stories, songs, crafts, special treats.  Register today online Contact Kathie by email or  403-537-8592 for more information.
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Yom Haisha - International Women's Day
Sunday March 5
11:00am - 3:00pm  |  Calgary JCC
Come and enjoy a fashion show by Estil and Naot and performances by songstress Orit Shimoni and the Lipshtick Comedy Chicks Joy Feldman and Linda Gutman. We will also have a designer marketplace, music, a cash bar and great door prizes.  Purchase tickets and more information here.  Early bird: $10 | At the door: $15. 
The Art of Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain
Thursday March 9
7:00pm  |  Calgary JCC
Art historians have looked to the study of history to help us understand art, to interpret it in its own time. But an art historian is equally interested in studying art to help us understand history. Professor Rachel Schmidt and Art Historian Tony Luppino will help explore this period from different perspectives to see what we can learn.Fee: $10 Please RSVP:  Rochelle 403-246-0382 or email Members and Students: Free        
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PJ Library - Akiva Academy Purim Carnival
Sunday March 12
11:30am - 1:00pm |  Akiva Academy
PJ Library and Akiva Academy open the doors to a world of Purim fun and games. Make sure to wear your costume. There is no charge and no need to register. For more information, contact Kathie by email or 403-537-8592 for more information.
CJA Grade 9 Bottle Drive
Tuesday March 14
Wednesday March 15 |  CJA parking lots
Please bring your returnable beverage containers to the CJA to help support the Grade 9 trip to Israel this spring. Collection in front and back of the school at 8:00am and 3:30.
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Quirky. Indie. Jazzy... and Jewish! Andrea Superstein
Tuesday March 14
7:00pm  |  Calgary JCC
Enjoy a jazz night with Montreal-born, Vancouver-based artist Andrea Superstein, with a repertoire including her own songs, jazz standards and the Jewish classics "jazzed up" for an unforgettable night! Tickets are: $18 for JCC members  |  $23 for the general public  |  $30 at the door. Purchase your tickets here

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Thursday March 16
Calgary B'nai Brith Lodge #816 will be holding its annual gala dinner, the 66th in its history, with honouree and guest speaker former Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper.  Also featuring an auction of an autographed limited edition self-portrait by the late Leonard Cohen, of blessed memory. For tickets call 403-255-6554.  
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The Sacred Treasures: The Cairo Genizah
Wednesday  March 29
7:00pm  |  Calgary JCC
The Genizah held long-lost books from biblical times, early copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the world's oldest known page of Jewish sheet music, and much, much more. These documents painted a picture of the way in which medieval Jews and Muslims lived together in relative peace - an inspiration for their descendants today. Rabbi Mark Glickman's multimedia presentation will tell a story of adventure and discovery mixed with religious passion and technological wizardry.  All are welcome. Free Admission. Reception to follow.  For more information, please contact the JHSSA 403-444-3171 or email.
PJ Goes to Preschool - Akiva
Friday March 31
8:45am arrival for 9:00- 10:30am  |  Akiva Academy
This is the perfect opportunity for you to experience a morning at
preschool with your children and join in Kabbalat Shabbat celebrations.  There is no charge, but registration is required (no exceptions)  by Wednesday, March 29. Contact Kathie by email or
403-537-8592 to register or for more information.
Hanna'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. For information or to purchase tickets, please contact Ilana Krygier Lapides at 403-444-3162 or  email .
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
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Judaism 201B:  Music and Mysticism 
Tuesdays February 7 - February 21
10:30am - 12:00pm  | Beth Tzedec Congregation
In Partnership with Calgary Association for Lifelong Learning, this lecture series is for Jews and non-Jews and will include three classes on Jewish music from ancient to modern times taught by Cantor Jayne and three classes about Jewish mysticism taught by Rabbi Corber. Space is limited. To register or for more information please contact Tom Kerwin or Deborah Shnay by email or at 403-271-4310. Free of charge.
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.
The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions
Six-week course begins January 31/February 1. Apply mind-bending, brain-twisting, hair-splitting Talmudic reasoning to solve real-life modern dilemmas—situations that actually happened yet seem impossible to solve.  Presented by the Calgary JLI. Visit our website, email, or call 403.281.3770 for more information.
Calgary Yachad Hebrew School
It's not too late to join our current school season!
Offering a unique program designed using multi-sensory, hands-on activities, creative art projects, and more! Aleph Champ Hebrew Reading Program - Hebrew writing & Language - Jewish Holidays, History, & Values - Individualized Attention from caring staff - & more!
website, email | 403.281.3770

CTeen International NYC Shabbaton
February 24 - 26 2017
8 teens from Calgary have already signed up to join over 2000 Jewish Teens at the CTeen International NYC Shabbaton. It's not too late to join the group!  Contact Rabbi Zalmy (587-500-4770) or Brochie (587-718-4770) for more details on the amazing discounted price arranged for the Calgary Teens & for any other questions.  For more information on the program visit this website.
2017 Dov & Arlein Chetner Chai Essay Contest
This year's topic is "Religion and State Affairs in Israel - Can Israel function as both a Jewish state and a modern, democratic state?" There are 3 awards, valued at $5400.  Open to all Canadian post-secondary students.  Closes March 10, 2017. For more details visit  our website .
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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. Kesher Club provides wonderful opportunities for adults who are cognitively challenged to explore and grow through a variety of fun and stimulating 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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