Everything That's Happening in Jewish Calgary
Next ePom: Monday February 19, 2018

Submission Deadline: 12pm SHARP, Friday February 16 . 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
JDAIM: Improving Life Quality of Adults with Intellectual Disability 
Monday February 5
7:30pm​ | Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta
JDAIM 2018 event with Hefziba Lifshitz Associate Professor, Head of ID Track, Special Education Department Bar-Ilan University, Israel
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Akiva Academy - Open House Week
Monday February 5 - Friday February 9
Come see what Akiva Academy is all about. For more information, contact Rabbi Chaim Greenwald by email or call 403-258-1312.
Esther, the Story of Purim
Monday February 5 and 12
7:30pm | HOJMI
A class with Rabbi Yisroel Miller, no fee everyone is welcome.
Interfaith Bible Study: The Journey of Abraham and Sarah and Their Families
Wednesday February 7 
1:00-2:30pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Facilitators: Rabbi Shaul Osadchey (Beth Tzedec), Rabbi Mark Glickman (Temple B'nai Tikvah), Rev. Tara Livingston (Holy Nativity Anglican), Rev. Anna Greenwood-Lee (St. Laurence Anglican and the Wisdom Centre). Free and Open to All. Please register by email.
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Argentine Tango Dancing for Seniors 
Wednesday February 7, 14 and 21
7:00 - 8:30pm (3 classes) | Calgary JCC
Instructed by Angela Rozenfield with Russian translation. Group classes designed specifically for seniors, for a simple, easy, and light way to learn to dance. An excellent way to enjoy life, make new friends, and dance away your worries. No partner required, but smile is mandatory. Please RSVP to Nessie at 403-537-8599 or 403-253-8600, ext 0. Free.
PJ Goes to Preschool
Friday February 9
8:45am | Akiva Academy
Friday February 23
8:45am | Calgary Jewish Academy
Join PJ Library as we explore preschool. This is an ideal opportunity for you to spend a morning at preschool with your child, meet the teachers and enjoy a Kabbalat Shabbat Program. Registration is required by Wednesday February 7 (Akiva) and Wednesday February 21 (CJA). Email Kathie to register or for more information.
The Battle for the Jewish Mind: The Debate Over Philosophy in the Middle Ages
Shabbat February 10
8:15am | HOJMI
A class with Dr. Eliezer Segal.
Temple B'nai Tivkah Pyjama Havdalah with PJ Library
Saturday February 10
6:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
Join Temple B'nai Tikvah and PJ Library for a Pyjama Havdalah Service with Rabbi Mark Glickman. Enjoy an evening of traditional songs, crafts and bedtime snacks. Come in your pyjamas. There is no charge, but registration is required by Thursday February 8 by emailing Kathie.
Building Sacred Bridges Musical Concert
Saturday February 10
7:00pm | Knox United Church
Sunday February 11
7:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
An interfaith musical experience featuring a variety of performances by local congregations. Each concert is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity's Interfaith Build Project. There is no charge for tickets, but all attendees are invited to make a generous donation, with 100% going to the Interfaith Project to fund Habitat homes for 10 working families in Southern Alberta. To reserve seats, visit this website . Some rush seating will be available. For more information, please contact Cantor Russ by email or 403-255-8688 ext 4. Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build Project
Insights into Parsha Terumah
Sunday February 11
9:00am | HOJMI
A class with Rabbi Chayim Safren.
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Teen Connect - Get Ready to Rock Climb
Sunday February 11
10:30am - 12:30pm | Calgary Climbing Center Chinook
Looking for teens in grade 7 and 8 to push themselves to the upper limits with an afternoon of climbing at one of Calgary's larger indoor climbing centres. RSVP before February 7 to Joel Zimmerman at 403-444-3155 or email . Cost: $20.
JACfit Nordic: Snowshoeing
Sunday February 11
11:00am |  Watridge Lake/Karst Springs
Rescheduled from February 4.
Lil Faider Scholar-in-Residence : Visit to The Hindu Society of Calgary’s Hindu Mandir
Sunday February 11
12:00pm | Meet at Beth Tzedec, destination: 2225 24 Ave NE
We will be welcomed by the Hindu clergy and lay leaders who will provide a tour and explanation of the Temple. Bus transportation will be provided. Meet at Beth Tzedec at noon. RSVP to 403-255-8688.
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Seniors Luncheon
Tuesday February 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 Karina Szulc. 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 
Sharing Our Memories: A Project in Storytelling
Wednesday February 14
10:00-11:00am | McDougal United Church, 8516 Athabasca St. SE
Friday March 9
2:00-3:30pm | Crowfoot Library, 8665 Nose Hill Dr. NW
Friday March 16
1:00-2:30pm | Village Square Library, 2623 56 St NE
Join us for an exciting series of presentations to learn about
Holocaust Survivors’ lived experiences as they share their stories in person. Hear first hand the importance of inclusion and the dangers of remaining silent. A Holocaust educator will be present to provide background to the atrocities and history of the Holocaust. Refreshments will be served. Contact Diana by email or 403-287-3510 to RSVP, or for information.
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Foot and Eye Care 
Wednesday February 14
10:00am - 12:00pm 
Speak with a specialist who can give you advice on diabetes and the effects on your eyes. We will also provide tips on foot care for older adults. In partnership with Sobeys and Safeway Pharmacy. Free.
Hazak 55+ Presents
No One View: Anekantavada as a Method of Wisdom and Teaching
Wednesday February 14
12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
The doctrine of anekantavada, or "no one view” gets its fullest development in Jain teaching, but can be said to permeate South Asian thought more broadly. It is understood not only as a humble limit on the scope of human understanding, but also as a theological, moral and pedagogical principle. Please join us for lunch at 12 noon, $5 per person, followed by a presentation by Dr. Tinu Ruparell, Lil Faider Interfaith Scholar in Residence. RSVP to the synagogue office at 403-255-8688 by Monday, February 12th. For more information, please contact Donna Caplan at 403-271-3066.  
Shalom Baby Playgroup
Thursday February 15
10:30am - 12:30pm | Calgary JCC
All moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers are invited to join our free informal Baby Group where the emphasis is on meeting and connecting with others. The group is geared to under two years old. There is no charge, but please email Kathie if you are planning to join us.
Torah on Tap
Thursday February 15
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: email or 403-255-8688 ext 8.
The Wind, the River, and the Slumberer
Thursday February 15
7:30pm | HOJMI
Gemara class with Rabbi Binyomin Halpern. No fee, everyone is welcome.
Beth Tzedec Tot Shabbat Eve
Friday February 16
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: email or 403-255-8688 ext 8. 
JACfit Nordic: Cross-Country Skiing
Sunday February 18
1:00pm |  Canmore Nordic Centre
Get out and enjoy winter at this year's JACfit Nordic events. Keep your calendars open for:
Mar. 11 - snowshoe at Rummel Lake
Mar. 25 - cross country ski at the Canmore Nordic Centre
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.
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.
Purim Circus Party
Sunday February 25
10:00am - 12:00pm | Calgary JCC
PJ Library Calgary for Russian-speaking Families invites you to a Purim Circus Party. The event is free but registration is required:
Veronika Havkin: 587-707- 2077 or email.
Цирк цирк цирк! 
Дорогие друзья, приглашаем вас на веселое цирковое представление в честь празднования Пурима! Не упустите возможность не только увидеть удивительные цирковые номера, но и самим попробовать себя в роли артиста цирка! И это всё абсолютно бесплатно!
 Спешите! Места ограничены! 
Наше цирковое представление состоится 25 февраля в 10 утра в Jcc!
Просьба зарегистрироваться по телефону 587-7072077 (Вероника) или по электронной почте: email
Ждём вас! Будет весело! 
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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 .
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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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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
10:30 - 11:30am | Calgary JCC
Bring your children in costume. Dress up yourself and celebrate Purim and Shabbat with PJ Library. Join us for our regular,popular PJ Tot Shabbat program - a free half hour to forty five minute class celebrating the joy of Shabbat with song, dance, brachot (blessings) and of course challah. Everyone is welcome - but the program is geared to ages 3 and under.
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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Yom Haisha – International Women’s Day
Sunday March 4
10:00am – 3:00pm | Calgary JCC
Celebrate women’s wellness, empowerment, and leadership with vendors, speakers, and lunch. More details to come soon on our website . Buy your tickets at JCC Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext. 0. Early bird: Member: $36 | Public: $42. After February 16: Member and Public: $48
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.
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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.
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 (Cochav 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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Teacher's Convention Camp 2018
February 15 and 16
Registration is now open. Space is limited so register early by contacting the JCC Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0. For more details, visit our  website .
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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 .
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.
Fund Development and Event Coordinator
JNF Calgary is seeking to fill a newly created immediate part-time office admin/fundraising role. The candidate should have the flexibility of moving in and out of full time when required. For more information go to jnfcalgary.ca and respond in confidence to Sandra Fayerman, Executive Director email or 403-255-0297.
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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