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This community resource is published every first and third Monday of each month (on the following Tuesday if Monday is a holiday). If you would like to contribute an event, resource, or announcement, please send your submission by noon on the Thursday before publication date.

All information contained herein has been provided directly from the presenting organizations. Publication does not equal endorsement by Calgary Jewish Federation. 

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Shalom Baby 

Wednesday, December 6 & 20

12:30 - 1:30pm | Paperny Family JCC

Join us with your baby/infant (under two years) for coffee and nosh as we discuss the joys and oys of parenting. Register online for this free program. For more information email Sydney Truax or call 403-537-8592.


Hillel Chanukah party 

Wednesday, December 6

6:00pm | TBA

Join Hillel for our annual Chanukah Party! We will have lots of latkes, dreidel painting, and a dreidel tournament with prizes for the winners. The location will be emailed prior to the event. Register online. If you have any questions please email Hannah Giesinger.

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PJ Library® & JCC Family Chanukah Circus Party

Saturday, December 9

5:30pm | Paperny Family JCC

Join us for a fun, family Chanukah Circus Party featuring a special circus performance, crafts, treats, and so much more! Register online for this free event. For more information email Sydney Truax or call 403-537-8592.

JAC Chanukah Brunch

Sunday, December 10

10:00am - 12:00pm | TBA

Join JAC for a Chanukah-themed brunch, Chanukah chocolate creations, and of course, a round of Mystery Maccabee (aka White Elephant gift exchange). Bring a wrapped gift (the limit is $25) to participate. The location will be emailed prior to the event. Register online. If you have any questions please email Hannah Giesinger.

Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 10

1:00 - 3:00pm | Paperny Family JCC

Join us for a holiday lunch catered by Karen's Café and a program facilitated by Rabbi Leonard Cohen. Limited spots available so please register early by emailing Karina Szulc.


Latke Lunch with BD&P

Monday, December 11

11:30am | BD&P: 2400, 525 8 Avenue SW

Continue your Chanukah Celebrations with Calgary Jewish Federation and BD&P. Join us for a latke (or two!), nosh, and schmooze.

Catered by Karen's Café. Register online.

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Tot Shabbat 

Friday, December 15

10:30am | Paperny Family JCC

Celebrate Shabbat and Chanukah with PJ Library® and enjoy an interactive half-hour of songs, stories, and brachot (blessings). This is a free program, but online registration is requested. Please note the special time as we will celebrate Chanukah with the Paperny Family JCC daycare. For more information email Sydney Truax or call 403-537-8592.

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PJ Library Family Ice Skating Party

Sunday, December 17

10:00am | CKE Outdoor Ice Rink

Join us for a fun family morning of ice skating! Register online. For more information email Sydney Truax or call 403-537-8592.

Host a Holocaust Survivor for Shabbat

Invite a Holocaust survivor to your home for Shabbat. Enjoy a meal together and spend time with one of our Calgary survivors. Families are responsible for providing transportation to and from their home, as well as for the meal itself. For more information about this on-going program contact Marnie Bondar and Dahlia Libin.

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Chanukah Cookies

Starting Monday, December 4

Purchase Chanukah cookies for $10 a dozen. Please contact the Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600 x0 or Nessie at 403-690-2449 to place your order.

8 Crazy Days – Bridge Challenge

December 8 - 15

Get ready for our second annual Chanukah Fitness Challenge! Come to the JCC and complete the eight challenges for your chance to win one of three prizes. Entry is free; no registration required. Visit our website for more details.

Winter Programs Registration Now Open

Register online or by calling the JCC Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600 x0. View our program guide to discover all the ways you can stay fit, celebrate holidays, learn something new, and stay connected and engaged!

Torah Classes: Spotlight on Chazal - Chanukah Edition

Wednesdays, December 6, 20 and 27

7:30pm | HOJMI and Zoom

Visit our website for more information.

Chanukah @ HOJMI: Trivia Night for Teens and Adults

Saturday, December 9

8:00pm | HOJMI

Visit our website for more information.

Children's Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 10

11:00am | HOJMI

Visit our website for more information.

35th Annual Calgary Community Menorah Lighting

and Car Parade

Menorah Lighting: Thursday, December 7

5:50pm | Calgary City Hall

Come together for unity, supporting Israel, and Jewish pride. Join us for a community celebration with greetings from Mayor Gondek and community leaders, special kids program, latkes, CJA and HAA school choirs, and more! Honouring Nelson and Debbie Halpern. Join us also for our Car Parade on Sunday, December 10. Visit our website for more details.

JLI Chanukah Class - It's Never Too Dark in Your Life

Monday, December 11

8:00 - 9:00pm | Chabad of Alberta

''Never despair!'' they told you; ''all is never lost!'' Really? Yes, really. For the Jew with a soul and a luminescent way of life, there really is no corner in life beyond recourse. This is the message calling out to us from the lights of the Chanukah menorah. For more information visit our website or email Rabbi Groner.

CTeen Chanukah Party

Tuesday, December 12

7:00 - 8:00pm

Inviting Jewish teens from grades 8 to 12 to come celebrate Chanukah with us as we enjoy art, games, food, fun, and friendship! For more information email us or message 587-500-4770.


Monthly Drop-in Caregiver Discussions Groups

Friday, December 8 | 10:30-11:30am | Ogden 50+ Activity Centre

Tuesday, December 19 | 10:30-11:30am | Parkdale Nifty Fifties

Thursday, December 28 | 1:00-2:00pm | Paperny Family JCC

Facilitated by a registered social worker from JFSC's Caregiver Support Program, this is a space for caregivers of seniors and/or persons living with dementia to exchange caregiving and coping strategies and resources. For more information, fall dates, and locations, click here. There is no charge for these groups. To register call 403-287-3510.

Caring Together Education and Support Group

Wednesdays, February 7 - March 27, 2024

10:00 - 11:30am | In-Person

An eight-week, no-cost program for caregivers to come together for education and support based on the shared experience of caring for someone living with memory loss or dementia. Sessions are facilitated by a JFSC social worker. Pre-registration and an ongoing commitment to attend a minimum of five sessions is required. For more information click here, register at 403-287-3510.

Solar Switch-On & Chanukah Celebration

Saturday, December 9

Services at 10:30am

Luncheon celebration at 11:30am

Join Temple and the Bow Valley Green Energy Cooperative as we inaugurate the Temple's new solar panel array.

TBT Gallery Featuring the Works of Sandy Blass and Sarabeth Carnat

Untill January 2, 2024 | Temple B'nai Tikvah Foyer

Visit our website for more information.

Family Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 10

12:00 - 2:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with our annual Family Chanukah Party! Gather your loved ones and join us for an unforgettable afternoon of joy, laughter, and community as we share the spirit of Chanukah. Register on the Beth Tzedec website.

Hazak Lunch and Learn: Tikkun Olam and the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good

Wednesday, December 13

12:00 to 2:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

We're inviting some of Calgary's great thinkers and writers to teach, inspire, and connect with us as we socialize and share a delicious lunch. This month, we'll be learning about "caring for the broken pieces" from Rev. Ryan Anderson of The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good. Register on the Beth Tzedec website.

Thursday Night Live

Thursday, December 21

6:30 to 9:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Whether you're a seasoned performer or just eager to break out of your comfort zone, "Thursday Night Live" welcomes all forms of artistic expression. From soul-stirring music to side-splitting comedy, heartfelt poetry to jaw-dropping magic tricks, our stage is your canvas to paint with your unique talents. Register on the Beth Tzedec website.

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Golden Age Chanukah Party

Tuesday, December 12

11:45 - 2:00pm | Paperny Family JCC

Celebrate Chanukah with a home-cooked meal and entertainment by Steven Klevsky. Enjoy music and dancing, as well as a 50/50 draw. Members: $20 and public: $30. Register by December 7 at the Customer Service Desk or call 403-253-8600 x0.

Camp Gan Israel Winter 2023-24 

December 25 - January 5 

9:00am - 4:00pm 

Registration open. Ten days of absolute fun. Lunch and snacks and daily trips are included at no extra charge. Half-day options and extended care available. Register now or for more information, visit our website or call/msg/email Mushka at 587-664-4567.

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Knit Hats for IDF Soldiers

Are you a knitter? Join our Calgary knitting community in knitting hats for IDF soldiers. Contact Jennifer Mackenzie or Kathie Wainer or Michele Doctoroff for further details. Wool and knitting needles can be supplied if needed. Deadline for the first shipment is December 31, and further need will be determined. This is part of an international initiative with more details here. Find the pattern here.

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