Everything That's Happening in Jewish Calgary
Next ePom: Monday March 5, 2018

Submission Deadline: 12pm SHARP, Friday March 2 . No submissions will be accepted after that time. Please note we can only list an event three times in a six-month period. Please scroll to the bottom to see other publication information.
See all the JDAIM events in our community HERE
Context Matters
Tuesday February 20
Wednesday February 21
9:30am | Chabad Calgary Campus
How do we ensure the listener’s takeaway is the same as the one we intended to communicate? Part of Communication - Its Art & Soul. our website, email, 403-281-3770.
JDAIM 2018 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephen Shore
Wednesday February 21
6:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. Free event, but please register here . For more information, contact Karina Szulc, email , 403-389-6994.
Personal Dignity vs. Family Name
Thursday February 22
7:30pm | HOJMI
Gemara class with Rabbi Binyomin Halpern, no fee everyone is welcome.
Bold, Brash... Braggadocious? Wear Your Judaism with Pride
Thursday February 22
7:30pm | Chabad Calgary Campus
Part of Torah Studies Season 2.  our website, email, 403-281-3770.
PJ Goes to Preschool
Friday February 23
8:45 - 10:30am | Calgary Jewish Academy
Join PJ Library at Calgary Jewish Academy for Shabbat. Let your children experience a morning at preschool, meet the teachers and enjoy a Preschool Shabbat program with their peers. Songs, stories, blessings and crafts. Registration is required by email .
Hillel Avi Shabbat
Friday February 23
6:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
The Avi Shabbat brings together people from a wide range of political, religious, and identity divides to share a communal Shabbat meal and conversation focused on fostering interfaith understanding and cross-cultural encounters. Register online . Sponsored by CJF, CIJA and the Avi Schaefer Fund.
The Battle for the Jewish Mind: The Debate Over Philosophy in the Middle Ages
Shabbat February 24 and March 3
8:15am | HOJMI
A class with Dr. Eliezer Segal
Saturday Night Social Program
Saturday February 24
8:00pm | HOJMI
A Brief History of Jewish Burial Practices, a presentation by Harold Lipton, for more information call the office at 403-259-3230.
Insights into Parsha Tetzaveh
Sunday February 25
9:00am | HOJMI
A class with Rabbi Chayim Safren.
BTz Kids’ Purim Party
Sunday February 25
10:00am | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Kids’ Purim Party featuring food, hamentaschen, games, costume contests, activities and more. Appropriate for ages 0-9. Event is free of charge. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Food Bank. For more information, contact Rabbi Corber: email or 403-255-8688 ext. 8.
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Camp JCC Summer Camp Kick-off
Sunday February 25
10:00am - 12:00pm | Calgary JCC
This is a family event that allows your children to be busy with a variety of fun, while you have some stress-free time to pre-register and plan your summer. We will have multiple activities for the kids, with Summer Camp staff available to answer any questions that you may have and assist you with your registration forms. Here's your chance to receive your 5% early bird discount and be among the first to register! Camp fills fast so don't delay. For more information contact Ryan Pratt at 403-537-8598 or email .
Why is Life Such a Struggle?
Sunday February 25
11:00am | Chabad Calgary Campus
A Tanya Class with Rabbi Matusof. Free to attend. Walk-ins welcome.
our website, email, 403-281-3770.
BTz Seniors’ Purim Luncheon
Sunday February 25
12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Celebrate the holiday with a delicious lunch prepared by Beth Tzedec Congregation members. Open to all Calgary seniors free of charge. For more information, contact the Beth Tzedec office: email or 403-255-8688.
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Wonder Purim  
Sunday February 25
4:00 - 5:30pm | Calgary JCC
A night of opera and art with Nofar Yacobi, Israeli soprano from Calgary Opera's Emerging Artist Program, and Betzalel Arts. Accompanied on piano by Mel Kirby of Calgary Opera. Join us for a local art exhibit followed by an opera program specially selected for Purim by Nofar and Mel, and finish off the afternoon by meeting the artists (vocal and visual) in our lobby with refreshments. This is a family friendly event. Purchase your tickets now at Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0. Cost: Member/Student: $10 | Public: $18 | Family (2 adults, 2 children): $30
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Hearing Screening Clinic
Monday February 26
10:00 - 11:30am | Calgary JCC 
Come receive a complimentary screening. In partnership with Connect Hearing. To book an appointment, contact JCC Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0. Free.
Esther, the Story of Purim
Monday February 26
7:30pm | HOJMI
A class with Rabbi Yisroel Miller, no fee everyone is welcome.
Woodstock: The Real Story
Monday February 26
7:30pm | Chabad Calgary Campus
What We Can Learn from the Hippy Movement. Part of Torah Studies Season 2.  our website, email, 403-281-3770.
JDAIM 2018 - Beyond Words: Movie and Discussion
Tuesday February 27
6:30pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Join us for the amazing award-winning film “ Life, Animated ”, followed by a discussion about communication beyond words with Jared Shore, who is a speech pathologist and occupational therapist. Free event, but registration is required by emailing Karina Szulc.
Influence: How do we know when to share, and when to keep to ourselves?
Tuesday February 27
Wednesday February 28
9:30am | Chabad Calgary Campus
Part of Communication - Its Art & Soul. our website, email, 403-281-3770.
Purim at Chabad
Wednesday February 28
6:45pm | Megillah Reading
Thursday March 1
5:30pm | Annual Purim Party at Chabad
Stay tuned for more details or contact Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta at 403-281-3770 or via email.
Purim Services and Megilla Reading
Wednesday February 28
6:55pm Evening service
7:05pm Megilla reading  
Thursday March 1
6:15am Morning service 
7:15am Megilla reading | HOJMI
Second Annual Teen Purim Glow Party
Wednesday February 28
7:00pm | Chabad Calgary Campus
Delicious Dinner. Glowing Mocktails. Games Night. Prizes & Raffles & more. For teens in grades 8-12. RSVP online , email , or call 403-281-3770.
BTz Megillah Reading and Party
Wednesday February 28
7:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Beth Tzedec warmly invites the whole community to enjoy a special Megillah reading geared toward children and families, followed by a festive party. Event is free of charge. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Food Bank. For more information, contact Rabbi Corber: email or 403-255-8688 ext. 8.
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Akiva Academy and PJ Library Purim Carnival
Thursday March 1
9:30am Megillah reading
10:15am Carnival | Akiva Academy
Celebrate Purim at this always popular annual event hosted by Akiva Academy and PJ Library® Calgary. Don't forget your costume!
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Shalom Baby Playgroup
Thursday March 1
10:15am - 12:30pm | Akiva Academy
Our Play Group is on the road. Come celebrate Purim with us at Akiva Academy. Bring your children in costume and join PJ Library® and Akiva Academy for a Purim Carnival. Megillah reading is at 9:30am and the carnival begins at 10:15am. There is no charge or need to register, but please email Kathie if you have any questions. And please remember that we have Purim Tot Shabbat on Friday March 2nd.
Glow in the Dark Purim
Thursday March 1
5:00pm | Chabad Calgary Campus
Delicious 3 Course Dinner. Multimedia Megilah Reading. Prizes. Glowing Desserts. Glow in the Dark Dancing & more. RSVP online , email , or call 403-281-3770.
Drinks After Work - Special Edition: Purim
Thursday March 1
5:30 - 7:30pm | Last Best Brewing and Distilling, 607 11 Ave SW 
Celebrate Purim with other under-40 adults. Bring 2 non-perishable food items to help make mishloach manot, and get your first drink on JAC. Costumes optional. Swag bags courtesy of sponsor Nice Jewish Boy.
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Welcome Shabbat - Purim Celebration
Friday March 2
10:30 - 11:30am | Calgary JCC
Dress up for Purim and join us in the JCC lobby for a special celebration including a parade, kiddush and some dancing. Free.
PJ Library ®  Tot Shabbat Purim
Friday March 2
10:00 - 11:30am | Calgary JCC
Celebrate Purim and Shabbat with PJ Library Tot Shabbat. Bring your children in costume and join us for our popular PJ Tot Shabbat program with a Purim twist. We will join the JCC Purim Parade at 10:30am followed by a Purim Party at 11am. Everyone is welcome for a morning of Purim fun.
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Temple B'nai Tikvah Tot Shabbat
Friday March 2
6:00pm Pizza
6.30pm Kids service
8:00pm Adult service | Temple B'nai Tikvah
For more information, call 403-252-1654.
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Shabbat School Purim Carnival
Saturday March 3
11:00am | Temple B'nai Tikvah
Dress up for our Youth led Shpiel.
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Fun Rockin Purim Shpiel & Soirée
Saturday March 3
7:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
A classic rock Purim Shpiel for adults.
Bat Mitzvah Club Meeting
Sunday March 4
Don't just celebrate a Bat Mitzvah, become one.
For more info: our website , email , or 403-281-3770.
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Yom Haisha – International Women’s Day
Sunday March 4 (Official Day: March 8) 
10:00am - 3:00pm | Calgary JCC
Vendors: 10am-3pm. Lunch/Speakers: 11am-2pm.
Enjoy a special lunch, hear inspirational speakers: Ruth Esau and Stefani Wilton (focusing on empowerment, wellness, and self-care), and shop diverse vendors with a little something for every taste. 
Cost: Member/Public $ 48 Event code: 11155 
Insights into Parsha Ki Tisa
Sunday March 4
9:00am | HOJMI
A class with Rabbi Chayim Safren
HOJMI Gala Dinner
Sunday March 4
Honouring Mel and Gail Ksienski, keynote speaker Judge Dan Butler. To order tickets call office at 403-259-3230.
Art and Soul: Creativity as a Means to Touch the Divine
Thursday March 8
7:30pm | Chabad Calgary Campus
Part of Torah Studies Season 2.  our website, email, 403-281-3770.
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Inclusion Shabbat
Friday March 9 | Temple B'nai Tikvah
Part of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Special guest speaker.
Lil Faider Interfaith Scholar-in-Residence Program - Taste of Judaism: Hindu Edition
Sunday March 11
10:00am | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Join us for a culinary adventure as our guest chef, Rika Ruparell (Dr. Tinu Ruparell’s mother), guides us through a typical menu in a Hindu home. Hear Rika’s story and participate in cooking her favourite Hindu dishes. Class is limited to 20 participants. RSVP to the synagogue office by email or phone 403-255-8688.
JACfit Nordic: Snowshoeing
Sunday March 11
11:00am |  Rummel Lake
Get out and enjoy winter at this year's JACfit Nordic events. Next event: Mar. 25 - cross country ski at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
L’Dor V’Dor - Sharing Our Memories
Sunday March 11
12:30pm | Calgary JCC
An inter-generational lunch honouring Holocaust Survivors. Purchase tickets online or at the Calgary JCC Customer Service Desk. For more information contact Ilana Krygier Lapides at 403-444-3162 or email . Appropriate for ages 12 and up. $9 / person. This program was made possible by HRDC - New Horizons for Seniors Program
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Seniors Luncheon
Tuesday March 13
11:45am - 1:45pm | Calgary JCC
A lovely way to spend a Tuesday afternoon with friends, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy a home cooked meal and wonderful entertainment by Joel Zimmerman. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Mitzvah Project Food Bank. Buy your tickets at the Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0. Cost: $5 
Calgary Interfaith Council Bible Study: The Suffering Servant
Tuesday March 13
12:00pm and
Wednesday March 14
7:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
One of the most contested sections of the Bible is the 53rd Chapter of Isaiah known as the “Suffering Servant.” Rev. Natasha Brubaker and Rabbi Shaul Osadchey will lead a joint two session study of this Biblical section for members of Beth Tzedec and St. Martin’s Anglican Church. Both are at Beth Tzedec. There is no charge and the public is invited. Please contact Rabbi Osadchey with any questions. Please Register here .
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Estate Planning
Wednesday March 14
6:30 - 8:30pm | Calgary JCC
Join us for a presentation on safeguarding your legacy/significance. Learn about what is needed to protect your family with a comprehensive estate plan. Coffee and snacks provided. RSVP to Nessie at 403-537-8599. Free. In partnership with MacMillan Estate Planning.
Teen Time
Wednesday March 14 
Where fun, food & great discussions meet. For teens grades 8-12. Visit our website , email , or call 403-281-3770 for more info.
Delheim Shabbat Dinner
Friday March 16
6:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Start your observance of Shabbat at Beth Tzedec with a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat. Then stay for Friday night dinner and help us welcome students from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. $35 - Members, $50 - Guests. Please contact Cantor Russ: email or 403-255-8688 ext. 4 if you have any questions. RSVP to the Beth Tzedec office at 403-255-8688 by Wednesday, March 7.
Delheim Concert: From Bimah to Broadway
Sunday March 18
7:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Join us for a lively concert featuring Cantor Russ and students from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America as they highlight the music of the Western Cantorial Tradition all the way from the Bimah to Broadway. Open to the community, free of charge. Please contact Cantor Russ: email or 403-255-8688 ext. 4 if you have any questions.
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Religious School Model Seder
Saturday March 17 | Temple B'nai Tikvah
For more information, call 403-252-1654.
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Women’s Seder
Sunday March 18 | Temple B'nai Tikvah
For more information, call 403-252-1654.
PJ Preschool Seder at the Calgary Jewish Academy
Wednesday March 21
10:30am | Calgary Jewish Academy
Join PJ Library at the Calgary Jewish Academy's Preschool Seder and celebrate Passover with students and families at their annual Preschool Passover Seder. There is no charge, but registration is required by Friday March 16. Email or phone 403-537-8592
PJ Chag Sameach Pesach
Sunday March 23
10:30am-12:00pm - First session
2:00-3:30pm - Second session | Calgary JCC
PJ Chag Sameach Pesach is fast becoming our most popular program. Come learn about this important holiday and sing with your children. MaNishtanah, hadgadya and other favourites.
Songs, stories, crafts and Pesach treats. There is no charge, but registration is required. PJ Library programs are geared to children under the age of 8.
20-40s Shabbat Dinner
Friday March 23
7:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Join us for a spirited and musical Kabbalat Shabbat (6:00pm) service followed by warm dinner, drinks, smiles and friends. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased by emailing or by calling 403-255-8688.
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Shabbat Shiraz
Friday March 23
7:15pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
Bring your favorite bottle of wine—we supply the cheese. followed by Kabbalat Shabbat service.
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Second Night Community Passover Seder 
Saturday March 31 
6:00 - 9:00pm | Carriage House Inn
Join us for our annual Seder, led by Rabbi Mark Glickman. 
Early Bird: Adult: $ 55; Child (4-12): $ 26; Child (0-3): Free 
After March 16: Adult: $ 62; Child (4-12): $ 31 Event code: 11154 
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Yom HaZikaron 
Tuesday April 17 
7:00 - 8:00pm | Temple B’nai Tikvah 
Come together in community for a traditional Yom HaZikaron event with prayer, poetry, music, and readings. Sponsored by Temple B’nai Tikvah and Calgary Jewish Federation. Free
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Yom HaAtzmaut 
Wednesday April 18 
6:00 - 8:00pm | Calgary JCC 
It’s Israel’s 70th year. Join us as we celebrate this milestone with festive music, food, and activities. Free.
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29th Annual Calgary JCC Sports Dinner presented by ATB Financial
Thursday May 24
6:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Join us for Calgary JCC’s 29th Annual Sports Dinner presented by ATB Financial featuring Doug Flutie, three-time Grey Cup champion and MVP. For more information visit our website . For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities email Lynne Preston.
7th Annual Holy One Golf Celebration and Casual Steak Dinner
Tuesday June 26 |  River Spirit Golf Club
Supporting the Friendship Circle of Calgary and programming for children with special needs. Stay tuned for more information. website, email , 403-281-3770.
Beth Tzedec Congregation National Minyan League
Sign ups for our National Minyan League teams are always welcome. If you have been to our services to observe shiva or to say Kaddish, please consider paying this forward by joining a team. Or perhaps you just want to perform a mitzvah. The commitment is only once a month and you can come in the morning or the evening or both, whichever works best for your schedule. Email Susan for more details or to sign up.
CKids Pre Pesach Program
Contact CKids Calgary: our website email , or call 403-281-3770 for more information.
JCFC Scholarships
Application are now open for the 2018 Post Secondary Scholarships.
For more information and deadline dates please go to our website or call the office at 403-640-2273.
Birthright Israel
Registration is open for Birthright Israel trips. See Israel for free if you're 18-26 years old. New this year: trips for 27-32 year olds. For more information, contact Jordan Waldman by email or 403-444-3146.
Dov z’l & Arlein Chetner Chai Essay Contest
Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary Presents the 2018 Dov z’l & Arlein Chetner Chai Essay Contest. Topic: International recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could help the prospects for peace in the Middle East. First Prize $2,700. Second Prize $1,800. Third Prize $900 All entries must be received prior to May 18, 2018 Rules and Registration form online or email . Phone 403-640-2273
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Yom HaAtzmaut - Call for Performers 
Calgary JCC is seeking singers who would like to participate in a Star Search style event for Yom HaAtzmaut (Kochav Nolad). Performers are asked to select Israeli songs (some sheet music available by request) in Hebrew or English and submit a video of themselves performing one or two songs by email to Tania Guerrero, Arts and Culture Coordinator by email . Please include the title and original artist as well as your full contact information in the email. Those selected will perform in the JCC's Yom HaAtzmaut celebration on April 18.
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CJA Spring Break /Passover Camp Registration
March 26-29, April 2-6
Registration opens February 21 for members and February 28 for public. To register contact the JCC Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0. For more information contact Doralynn Fiddler at 403-537-8593 or email .
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CBE Spring Break Camp Registration
March 23, 26-29, April 2 | Calgary JCC
Registration opens: February 21 for members and February 28 for public. To register contact the JCC Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0. For more information contact Doralynn Fiddler at 403-537-8593 or email .
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Spring Program Registration
Registration for our Spring Program will open on March 4 at 8:00am for JCC members and on March 7 at 8:00am for the public. For all the details, view our program guide on our website.
One Happy Camper
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.
Volunteer at JFSC
JFSC is in need of volunteers of all ages, stages and talents to touch the lives of those most in need in our community by working together with our staff to provide innovative and vitally needed services like our ESL program, food delivery, grocery shopping for clients, reception and more. Please visit our website for details or call our Volunteer Coordinator at 403-287-3510.
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JCC Arts and Culture
Calgary JCC is looking for volunteers who could assist with our Arts & Culture events. We are looking for individuals who would be willing to help with set up for food and vendors, greeters, coat check, and other general event support. Please contact Tania Guerrero by email if you are interested in helping us.
JFSC is looking for compassionate, gentle caregivers with a passion for the elderly to provide care to Holocaust Survivors so they are able to continue living comfortably and independently in their own home. Responsibility, compassion, time management, trustworthiness are the key traits we are looking for. Russian language an asset. Visit the careers page for details.
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® Calgary
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 for Russian-Speaking Families
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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