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Tuesday, January 4 | 2 Shevat 5782
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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.
Food for the Soul – Tu B'Shevat Edition
Sunday, January 16 
12:00 - 1:30pm | Zoom
Join Cantor Russell Jayne and Kesher for a Tu B'Shevat seder and a wonderful lunch from Karen's Café. This event is free of charge for our Kesher members and their families. Email registration is required by January 11. Join us on Zoom here. Generously sponsored by The Lenny and Faigel Shapiro and Family Fund.

Virtual Kesher – The Power of Connection
Bi-weekly on Thursday
3:30pm | Zoom
Kesher means connection. We may be in physical isolation, but we can stay connected. You're invited to join a sing-along, or presentation by your favourite rabbi, cantor, or Calgary talent.
Email Karina Szulc for the Zoom link or for more information.
Tu B'Shevat Art Party
Sunday, January 16
1:00 - 3:00pm | Zoom
Celebrate Tu B'Shevat with Beth Tzedec and PJ Library®. Sarah Bing of Bing Art Studio will be leading families with elementary school-aged children in a nature-inspired, multi-media art project from the comfort and safety of home. This event is free but registration is required by Wednesday, January 12. Register by email or by calling 403-255-8688. Zoom link and other details will be provided with registration confirmation.
History of Jew Hate – The Never Ending Story
Thursday, January 27
7:00pm | Online
In honour of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, please join internationally renowned Jewish author and educator Ben M. Freeman as he discusses Jewish identity, combating antisemitism, and raising awareness of the Holocaust. The Holocaust may have ended years ago but the story that led to it is still being written today. Register online for this free event.
Israel-ly Amazing Book Club
Weekly, starting on January 10
Back by popular demand, Hillel's Israel Book Club focuses on the contemporary issues and viewpoints available to provide extended Israel education and understanding. This session, we will be reading Letters to my Palestinian Neighbour by Yossi Klein Halevi, and will meet virtually every week to discuss themes and impressions. Details and registration here.

Monthly Bagel Lunch
Monday, January 31
11:00am - 1:00pm | U of C Faith and Spirituality Center
Pick-up your pre-ordered, free kosher lunch at the Faith and Spirituality Centre, 4th floor of MacEwan Student Centre. Order online, one of our four menu options prior to Tuesday midnight on January 25 – no exceptions. For info email Danielle Braitman.
Rosh Chodesh Shabbat Concierge
Friday, February 4
Start the month off right with family and friends! Register to receive a Shabbat box complete with candles, kippot, wine, challah, and a Shabbat Guide. Show off your Shabbat – snap a photo of your Shabbat supper and email it to be entered to win a prize. Order from a pre-set Karen's Café menu by Tuesday, January 25 at midnight. Email for more information.
Shalom Baby
Each new life in the Jewish community is welcomed and celebrated with a free Shalom Baby gift bag filled with our valuable information, community resources, and gifts for the baby and parents. If you have not already received a Shalom Baby gift bag, please email Danielle Braitman.
A "Shmeck" (Taste) of Yiddish
Monday, January 10
7:30 - 9:30pm | Zoom
Join us as we warmly welcome "Rocky Mountain Rabbi" Ilana Krygier Lapides for a "Shmeck" of Yiddish. Email us for more information or to register for this program.
Virtual Golden Age Luncheon
Tuesday, January 11
12:00pm | Zoom
We will deliver a boxed lunch to your home or you can pick-up at the JCC between 11:00 and 11:30am. Log on to Zoom at noon and take in musical entertainment with Karina Szulc. RSVP before January 5 at the Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0. Generously sponsored by Lenny and Faigel Shapiro.

Yiddish Classes Level 2
Wednesdays, February 2 - March 9
11:00am - 12:00pm | Zoom
Join us for a continuation of Beginners Yiddish – expanding vocabulary, speaking in rudimentary full sentences, and exploring past and future tenses through songs, jokes, stories, and games. Facilitated by Rabbi Ilana Krygier Lapides. $50/Member & Public. Register online or call Customer Service at 403-253-8600, ext.0 or Nessie at 403-690-2449.

Apple iPad Intermediate
Mondays, February 7 - March 7
11:00am - 12:00pm | Zoom
This intermediate class will teach how to benefit from the use of the amazing Apple iPad. Facilitated by Saul Prince. $50/Member & Public. Register online or call Customer Service at 403-253-8600, ext.0 or Nessie at 403-690-2449.
Caring Together Education and Support Group
Winter/Spring Session
Every second Thursday starting January 13
5:30 - 7:00pm
For caregivers of individuals impacted by memory loss or dementia, this is a space to come together for education and support based on the shared experience of caring for someone living with memory loss or dementia. This program is free but an ongoing commitment to attend five of the eight sessions is required. Click here for more information or call 403-287-3510.
Stories of Music
Thursday evenings, January 13 - February 3
6:30 - 8:30pm | Zoom
Join Cantor Russ this January as he presents four new units in the Stories of Music series. This adult education project was developed in partnership with the Cantors Assembly, the American Conference of Cantors, and the Milken Archive of Jewish Music. RSVP by email.
Art and Scroll Studio features Judaic metal artist Aimee Golant, in Conversation and Presentation
Wednesday, January 19
7:00pm | Virtual
Presented by Temple B'nai Tikvah. Aimee's art, powerful in artistic vision and purpose, is imbued with remembrance and Mussar themes. Her craftsmanship blends the strength of metal with curving contours and elegant lines. Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis, Aimee Golant, a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, is an interfaith advocate. Details and registration here.
BTZ Hazak and JHSSA Present: More Stories from Reinach Avenue – Calgary's Forgotten Jewish Street 
Wednesday, January 19
7:00pm | Zoom
Join Harry Sanders for part two of his well-received Historic Calgary Week 2021 talk. He will continue exploring the history of 4th Avenue South, known as Reinach Avenue from 1884 to 1904, likely the only road in Calgary's history with a Jewish namesake. RSVP by email.
HIGH Fitness with Amber Zenith
This event is postponed due to Omicron and will be rescheduled at a later date.
Join CHW Calgary Centre for: HIGH Fitness (HIGH Low & HIGH Yo) with Amber Zenith, co-founder of HIGH Fitness. This event is in support of the new Institute of Pulmonary Functions and Diseases at Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh), Israel. For more information, email Irena Karshenbaum or call 403-253-4612.

Save the Date – Children's Book Event: A Queen to the Rescue: The Story of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah
Sunday, March 13
10:30am - 12:00pm | Zoom
A fun event for children and the entire family! Join CHW Calgary Centre for the Canadian Premier of A Queen to the Rescue read by author, Nancy Churnin. Please wear your Purim costume. This event is in support of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Unit at Hadassah Hospital, the hospital Henrietta Szold founded. For more information, email Irena Karshenbaum or call 403-253-4612.
Casino Volunteers Needed
Calgary Jewish Federation is in need of volunteers for our casino on February 6 and 7 at Deerfoot Inn and Casino. Please consider volunteering for a shift on Sunday or Monday from 6:45pm to 3:30am. Email Lori Wolf or call 403-444-3157 to lend your time to this important fundraising cause.
Did You Know?
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