Everything That's Happening in Jewish Calgary
Next ePom: Monday January 15, 2018

Submission Deadline: 12pm SHARP, Friday January 12 . 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.
Chanukah, Cows and Ascending Holiness
Thursday January 4
7:30pm | HOJMI
Part II of the Gemara class with Rabbi Benyomin Halpern.
The Battle for the Jewish Mind
Shabbat January 6
8:15am | HOJMI
The battle for the Jewish mind: The debate over philosophy in the Middle Ages, class with Dr. Eliezer Segal. Second class on January 13.
Beth Tzedec Tot Shabbat
Shabbat January 6
10:45am | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Parents with young children are invited to a Shabbat service aimed at engaging young minds and turning them on to the magic and majesty of Shabbat. For more information, please contact Rabbi Corber by email or 403-255-8688 ext 8.
Adult and Child Learning
Shabbat January 6
immediately after Maariv, around 6:15pm | HOJMI
Bring your child/grandchild/niece/nephew along for a meaningful program facilitated by Rabbi Chayim Greenwald. Second class on January 13.
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Get Active for Alzheimer and FitWeek
January 7-13 | Calgary JCC
We will be offering 98 free classes during FitWeek and will kick-off the week on January 7 with a fundraiser for the Alzheimer Society of Calgary called “Get Active for Alzheimer's”. Everyone is invited to “Donate to Participate” in the special fitness classes that will be offered on that day: Yoga, High Fitness, and Burlesquercise. For more information, visit our website .
Insights into Parsha Va’era
Sunday January 7
9:00am | HOJMI
Insights into Parsha Va’era, class with Rabbi Chaim Safren.
Fruitful Blessings: A Tu Bishvat Exhibit
January 8 to February 11 | Calgary JCC
Come see the display of distinctive needle work creations celebrating the themes of Tu Bishvat by members of Rimon Calgary, a chapter of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework. A highlight is a Tree of Life Chuppah. This uniquely crafted wedding canopy will be on display and formally debuted in the last days of the exhibit. For more information, contact Tania , Arts and Culture Coordinator.
Standing on Earth, Traversing the Heavens: Insights Into Our Daily Prayers
Monday January 8
7:30 pm | HOJMI
Class with Rabbi Binyomin Halpern. Everyone welcome.
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Seniors Luncheon
Tuesday January 9
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 Greg Rumpel. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Mitzvah Project Food Bank. Buy your tickets at the Customer Service Desk. Cost is $5 for members and public.
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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 .
Torah Studies Season 2 
Thursday January 11 (begins)
7:30pm | Chabad of Alberta.
The Calgary JLI Presents Torah Studies Season 2. Your weekly dose of inspiration. For more info visit myJLI.ca or contact Rabbi Mordechai Groner by email or 403.281.3770
JAC Specialty Drinks After Work 
Thursday January 11
6:00pm | Simmons Building, 618 Confluence Way SE
JAC presents a Special Drinks After Work event for Young Professionals to ring in the New Year. Our special guests are two distinguished YYC entrepreneurs and community leaders, Sebastian Sztabzyb, from Phil & Sebastian Coffee Rosters, and Aviv Fried, from Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. Space is limited. First 15 early-bird tickets $18; Regular admission $20, both include Sidewalk Citizen appetizers and one alcoholic beverage. Register online .
PJ Library Tot Shabbat
Friday January 12
9:45am for 10am start | Calgary JCC
Join our free, fun half-hour class focusing on the festive feeling of Shabbat and holidays with songs, dance and brachot. Following date: January 26. There is no need to register but contact Kathie or phone 403-537-8592 for more information.
Shabbat Mevarchim
Shabbat January 13
Welcoming the new month of Shevat, ice cream will be served at Kiddush.
Insights into Parsha Bo
Sunday January 14
9:00am | HOJMI
Insights into Parsha Bo, class with Rabbi Chayim Safren
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Snow Tubing with Teen Connect 
Sunday January 14
10:30am - 1:00pm | Winsport
Hey grades 7 and 8 - Go for a ride down North America's longest and fastest dedicated snow tubing track. Meet at the JCC, bus to Winsport and return to JCC. Cost $20. Please bring a helmet. Hot chocolate provided. For more information contact Joel Zimmerman at 403-444-3155 or email .
Lil Faider Scholar-in-Residence: Sita Sings the Blues
Sunday January 14
12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
We will be viewing this acclaimed 2008 animated film produced American artist Nina Paley which incorporates events from the Ramayana with its history and meaning. A light lunch will precede the film which will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Ruparell. Free and open to the public but RSVP by email or 403-255-8688.
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Voices Jewish Seniors' Choir 10th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday January 14
6:30 - 8:30pm | Calgary JCC
The Voices Jewish Seniors' Choir will be celebrating 10 years of music and friendship with a concert by the choir and special guests. This event is held in partnership with Jewish Family Service Calgary and Calgary Jewish Federation.
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Eye Glasses Cleaning, Repairs, and Testing
Tuesday January 16
10:00am - 12:00pm | Calgary JCC
Bring in your reading glasses and have them cleaned and adjusted to fit more comfortably. A quick screening will also be done to see if you are in need of a new prescription. In partnership with Pearle Vision. Free.
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 or register online .
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Floral Design
Wednesday January 17
10:00am - 12:00pm | Calgary JCC
Join Susan Goldsmith as we learn the art form and style in floral arrangements and bow making. Free.
Hazak 55+ Presents: In The Spotlight - the Music of the Yiddish Theatre or "Second Avenue"
Wednesday January 17
12:00 - 2:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
American Yiddish theatre's songs captured the aura of an era, embodying the joy, sorrow, humor, and tragedy of a generation caught between two worlds. Cantor Russ will help us navigate this powerful force in the turn-of-the-century immigrant experience. Lunch is served at 12 noon,$5 per person. RSVP to the synagogue office at 403-255-8688 by January 15. For more information, please contact Donna Caplan at 403-271-3066.
Shalom Baby Playgroup
Thursday January 18
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. Next date: February 1. There is no charge, but please email Kathie if you are planning to join us.
Beth Tzedec Tot Shabbat Eve
Friday January 19
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. 
PJ Library ® and Beth Tzedec Congregation Havdalah
Saturday January 20
6:15pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Join Rabbi Corber and PJ Library Calgary for a beautiful Havdalah service at Beth Tzedec. We’ll have fun crafts and yummy snacks. There is no charge for this program, but registration is required by Thursday January 18 by email or phone 403-537-8592.
JACfit Nordic: Skating at Olympic Plaza
Sunday January 21
12:00 - 3:00pm | Olympic Plaza (downtown)
Get out and enjoy winter. This is the first of this year's JACfit Nordic events. Children welcome. Keep your calendars open for:
Feb. 4 - snowshoe at Watridge Lake/Karst Springs
Feb. 18 - cross country ski at the Canmore Nordic Centre
Mar. 11 - snowshoe at Rummel Lake
Mar. 25 - cross country ski at the Canmore Nordic Centre
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Hearing Screening Clinic
Monday January 22
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.
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. For more information, contact Karina by email or 403-389-6994.
Communication - It's Art & Soul
Tuesday January 23 (begins)
7:30pm | Chabad of Alberta
90% of all conflict is misunderstanding. Presented by the Calgary JLI. For more info visit our website or contact Rabbi Mordechai Groner: email or 403.281.3770
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Stop Smoking
Wednesday January 24
10:00am - 12:00pm | Calgary JCC
Want to quit the habit? Speak to the pharmacy specialist who can give you tips and advice on quitting smoking and leading a healthier life. In partnership with Sobeys and Safeway Pharmacy. Free.
20-40s Shabbat Dinner
Friday January 26
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.
Tu B’Shevat Kiddush and Discussion
Shabbat January 27
12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Please join us for a special Tu B’Shevat-themed Kiddush and exploration of the holiday with our clergy. For more information, please contact Cantor Russ by email or 403-255-8688 ext 4.
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PJ Library and Temple B'nai Tikvah Celebrate Tu B'Shevat
Sunday January 28
2:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
PJ Library and Temple B'nai Tikvah invite you to our annual
Tu B' Shevat Celebration. Come prepared for some hands-on learning and lots of fun as we celebrate trees and nature and our role as caretakers of the environment. There is no charge for this program, but registration is required by Thursday January 25. Email or phone 403-537-8592.
Laugh Yourself Silly
Monday January 29
7:30 pm | The Comedy Cave
Tickets now on sale for Laugh Yourself Silly at the new Comedy Cave. Featuring local comics: Danielle Braitman, Alana Fischer, Linda Gutman, William Katz and Hayley Silberg, all performing for your vote for The Last Comic Standing Contest. And, all the way from Toronto, featuring funny man himself: Simon Rakoff. Book early for this evening of laughter and celebration of Tu Bi'shevat as seating is limited. Purchase online or call 403-255-0295. 
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Tu B’Shevat Celebration
Tuesday January 30
6:30 - 8:00pm | Calgary JCC
Share in community and have a taste of Tu B’Shevat. Free admission but donations suggested.
HOJMI Gala Dinner
Sunday March 4
Honouring Mel and Gail Ksienski, keynote speaker Judge Dan Butler.
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Intermediate Bridge
Tuesdays January 16 - February 27
6:00 - 8:30pm | Calgary
Learn the fundamentals of bridge. Eight classes facilitated by Myron and Monique Ackman. Register by calling JCC Customer Service at 403-253-8600, ext.0. $40/member, $50/public.
Can You Express Yourself Effectively in 140 characters or Less? Should You?
Join the new Calgary JLI course Communication: Its Art and Soul,
beginning end of January 2018. For more info visit our website
or contact Rabbi Groner 403-281-3770, email .
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Winter Program Registration
Registration for our winter programs is now open. Download our program guide online for all the details.
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Teacher's Convention Camp 2018
February 15 and 16
Registration opens: January 10 for members and January 17 for public. For more information contact Doralynn Fiddler at 403-537-8593 or email . To register contact the JCC Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0.
Shabbat Shabang Unplugged
January 26 - 28 | Lakeview Hecla Resort, Hecla Island Manitoba
Students (18+) from across western Canada meet annually for this inspiring Shabbat weekend. Limited spaces available. Cost is $175. Registration closes Jan.8. For more info contact Jordan Waldman, Hillel Calgary Director by email or 403-444-3146.
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.
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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