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Monday, July 6 | 14 Tammuz 5780
For information on COVID-19 and community resources click here .
For the summer, this newsletter is being distributed to the community once per month. If you would like to contribute an event, resource, or announcement in the August issue, please email your submission by noon on July 30.
Calgary Holocaust Survivor Photography Exhibit
Calgary Jewish Federation  invites our community's Holocaust Survivors and their loved ones to be part of our newest initiative honouring Survivors,  Calgary Holocaust Survivor Photography Exhibit .   Both living Survivors and those who have passed, will be featured in this unique exhibit that our community can share for many generations. To learn more,  click here . If you or someone you know would like to take part in this project,  contact Dahlia and Marnie .

Contact Community Chaplain for Virtual Visits
With no visitors allowed in the hospitals and long-term care facilities, Community Chaplain Sari Shernofsky has been taking time to contact people by phone, and offering supportive visits for lonely and/or distressed members of the community. Phone calls to Jewish community members in the hospital are also taking place. Since there is no way to determine who is in the hospital at this point in time, please contact Sari directly at 403-251-6507 if you would like a virtual visit for yourself, a family member, and/or friend.
Calgary JCC Summer Fitness Membership
Calgary JCC is now open for pre-booked, weight room time and fitness classes only. In order to be able to reserve your spot, a Summer Fitness Membership must be purchased in advance for $60 per month by calling our Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0. For more details clic here .
Corona Relief Website
Take a look at our Corona Relief website , giving the community easy access to all you need. Our new site is set up to service everyone, whether you are looking for emotional support, practical help, Kosher food, care packages, inspiration, counselling, or more! You can see upcoming classes and events for all ages, as well as check out recordings of past ones. It is a place for the community to lend a hand to one another by signing up as a volunteer, giving a donation, or simply referring a friend, front line worker or anyone else in need of support. Make sure to check out the special "Faigel Shapiro Kosher Food Pantry" section. 

The Faigel Shapiro Kosher Pantry
This service at Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta has already distributed over 2,500 meals in our community, and continues to provide food and meals for individuals in need. For more info or if you know of someone in need, go online or call 403-281-3770.

Kosher Food Service and Challah
Ready, delicious, kosher food and challah is available for order!
Kids at home keeping your hands full? Elderly and don't want to go out? Busy with work from home? In our efforts of assisting all who need, Chabad has Kosher food available (delivery available too)! All proceeds will go towards the Faigel Shapiro Kosher Pantry outreach program. Go online to find out more.
Halpern Akiva Academy 2020 Online Fundraiser
Our online fundraising campaign will continue in place of our Gala Dinner. We are disappointed that we will not have a Gala Fundraiser this year, but you can still celebrate with us at home in three easy steps. Click here for more information.
During these Unprecedented Times, JCFC is Here to Support and Help our Community Members
Although we are not physically present at our office, we continue to function on a remote basis with all necessary capabilities. You are able to make a donation, order tribute cards online by visiting our  website emailing  or calling 403-640-2273. Please do not hesitate to be in contact if we can be of any assistance. We are here for you. Stay well everyone.
Seniors Mental Health and Addictions Response Team
JFSC is proud to announce the start of this initiative supported by the City of Calgary, to work with seniors in our community who are struggling with mental health and addiction. The team is comprised of a social worker and LPN who will be working in an outreach capacity. This initiative will bridge the gap for seniors accessing mental health or addiction services and will advocate on the needs and specialized resources required to best support this population. The Seniors Mental Health and Addiction Response Team aims to reduce barriers and make services inclusive for all so that every senior is able to get the help they need. We are open for new referrals, please call our main line at 403-287-3510 for information.

In-Home Memory Care
JFSC would like to recognize our donors, Len and Faigel Shapiro, who through their generosity and continued support of JFSC, have allowed us to go forward in building Memory Care, a program focused on supporting seniors with memory loss, Alzheimer’s and dementia. This program will be an in-home service where staff engage with the client to deliver brain boosting activities that support them with their diagnosis, while also providing respite opportunities for the caregiver to engage in self-care during what is otherwise a very isolating and difficult time. JFSC is working with the Alzheimer Society of Calgary to ensure that our In-Home Memory Care staff are equipped with dementia-specific training and tools to deliver quality, person-centered care to our clients in their homes. Please contact JFSC at 403-287-3510 for further information regarding program description and referral information.
Karen's Cafe is Open for Curbside Pickup and Takeout 
Monday to Wednesday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Email  or text 403-471-7098 (preference) to order.
Visit Karen's on  Facebook  or  Instagram  for menu and details.
Na'amat Canada Calgary Annual Fundraiser
Na'amat is currently holding our annual fundraiser in lieu of a phone-a-thon. The need, as always, is great. The pandemic continues to increase the need in our domestic violence shelter, 200 daycares, 16 technological high schools, two agricultural schools and our legal and counseling centres. Please donate now. Your help is always greatly appreciated. You can also email us or call Susan at 403 240-0830.
Special Virtual Kesher – Stampede Edition
"Horses" with the wonderful Allan Merovitz
Friday, July 10
3:30pm | Zoom
Wear your hat and join us for a very special virtual Stampede Kesher. Please email Karina Szulc, Inclusion Manager for the Zoom link.

Kesher means connection. We may be in physical isolation, but we can stay connected. Each Friday for the month of July, you're invited to join us at 3:30pm for a sing-along or presentation by your favourite rabbi, cantor, or Calgary talent.
Virtual PJ Library ® Tot Shabbat
Every Friday
10:00am | Your house via Zoom
Join us for our ever popular and growing Virtual PJ Library Tot Shabbat! Bring your dancing shoes, singing voices, noise makers, and get ready for half an hour of Tot Shabbat fun! Note: There will be  no PJ Tot Shabbat on Friday, July 31 . Email Kathie Wainer for the Zoom link or more information.
Shabbat Livestreaming at BTZ
Fridays
6:00pm |   Stream here , or use the alternate link  here  
Saturdays
9:00am and 6:00pm | Stream here , or use the alternate link here

Daily Morning Minyan via Zoom
8:30am (service starts at 9:00am) |   Join here  
 
Daily Afternoon Minyan via Zoom
5:30pm (service starts at 6:00pm) |   Join here
Summer Camp ish
Great news… we've been given the green light to increase our group sizes for Summer Camp ish! JCC's camp program is running for eight weeks of summer fun for kids ages three to 11. Be sure to register today as spots are filling up fast. Click here for more information or email Spencer Herman, JCC Camp Director.
Hear O Israel, Part of Judaism @ Home Series
Presented by the Calgary JLI
Tuesday, July 7
8:00pm |  Zoom
Whether deliberate or spontaneous, vocal or mental, we frequently find ourselves praying. Many find the concept of prayer distant and mysterious, and see the prayer book as a volume that’s closed to their intellection. We will discover the philosophy of prayer, build familiarity with the prayer book, and gain an implementable understanding of the elegant structure and sophisticated mechanics that underlie our daily prayers.

Camp Gan Israel This Summer
Camp Gan Israel registration has re-opened. Camp at the Chabad Campus will run for seven weeks: Monday to Friday from July 13 to August 28. Limited spots available. Lunch and snacks will be provided at no extra cost! Camp options will also be provided for children who are remaining at home. Check Facebook for announcements and pictures of major upgrades to our camp equipment and campgrounds at Chabad Calgary Campus. For more information visit the Gan Israel website , email Mrs. Matusof or call 403-714-9024.

Feminine Conversations
Thursdays
8:00pm | Zoom
Join together with other women for a discussion and class led by Mrs. Rochel Matusof, based on Kabbalah and Chassidic philosophy. All are welcome! For more information email or call 403-714-9024.

Judaism at Home presented by the Calgary JLI
Tuesdays
8:00pm | Zoom
A five-part Jewish literacy series about how Judaism is observed at home, which is particularly relevant at this time, when the only place Judaism can thrive is at home. This offering will touch on many areas, ranging from the things we do upon waking, to how we eat our meals, elements of prayer, and the basics of Shabbat. The content will include practical guidance, in the style of DIY, as well as deeper insights about why we do what we do.Click  here for more information and Zoom details.

Virtual Tanya Class with Rabbi Matusof
Sunday Mornings
11:30am
Join Rabbi Matusof live on  Facebook  for a weekly Tanya class including Chassidic inspiration for these challenging times. To view the previous Tanya class and to access additional essays, videos, texts and more, visit our Facebook page and go online .
Picnic Time
Sunday, July 19
10:00am | HOJMI
Please join us at HOJMI for Picnic Time. Bring your own food or order from HOJMI by email by July 14. Menu: bagel, cream cheese, salad, chips and soda. Price: $20 per person or $50 for a family of three or more.
 
Calgary Community Kollel Daily Halacha Class
Rabbi Safren's Morning Class
Daily, except for Shabbat
9:00 - 9:30am | Conference Call
To join, call: 587 326 0141 PIN: 5339528

Calgary Torah Whatsapp group
Please consider joining the Calgary Torah Whatsapp group for messages from Rabbi Halpern and Rabbi Safren throughout the week.

Gemara
Thursdays
6:45pm | Join Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 793 1047 4970, Password: hojmi
Dial by your location +1 438 809 7799
Canada +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 793 1047 4970 Password: 722062

New HOJMI Storytime!
Enjoy a Jewish children's book from the comfort of your screen! Readers needed! To volunteer to read a book, please contact Rabbi Halpern. Watch HOJMI Storytime on Vimeo.

New Tehilim WhatsApp Group!
Thank you to those who signed up and are continuing to say the daily Tehilim. Some of us are ready for a change and I would like to introduce at least another option. The WhatsApp group listed below is a continuous cycle of Tehilim. When you have a few minutes, check the group and see what we are up to, and let everyone know which perakim you are able to say. For example: If the last post to the group was "27-28," the next person would post 29-30 and say those chapters. In this way, as a shul we can complete Tehilim multiple times a week. Join the group here .
Online Erev Shabbat Services
Every Friday night
7:30pm |   Zoom
 
Online Chant Service with Betsy Jameson
Saturday morning Chant service
9:30am |   Zoom
 
Online Morning Shabbat Service and Torah Study
Saturday morning service and Torah study
10:30am |   Zoom
Help Israel's Only National Emergency Response Organization
Continue Protecting the People of Israel
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Israel, Magen David Adom (MDA) has been working around the clock to contain this deadly virus and to keep Israel safe. During this crisis, MDA has answered as many as 110,000 emergency calls in a single day, compared to an average 5,000 calls in normal times. MDA first responders have been working tirelessly 24/7, operating MDA's emergency call centres as well as testing stations throughout the country, and continuing to answer distress calls as they always do. As a result, MDA's resources are now at an alarming low, and we need you now more than ever to give generously, so that Israel's only National Emergency Response Organization may continue protecting the people of Israel. MDA is not a government organization and as a result, it relies heavily on funding from friends across the world to continue operating. Please give generously and share this message with your friends and family. Click here for more information.
Volunteers Needed!
We are looking for volunteers to help with food deliveries. Feeling good and have some time? Can't help with delivery but can help with something else? Help us help others! (PPE equipment will be provided). Go online or email.
Looking for Something Crafty to Do?
The Shawl-Om Project is an initiative by Jewish community members to create hand-crafted lap blankets and shawls to distribute to community members who would appreciate such a gift. Because of COVID-19, the project's launch has been delayed, but anyone interested in creating such a loving gift can get started now! We are looking for shawls and blankets that are quilted, knit, crocheted, etc. For further information on specifications for the items, please email Michele Doctoroff, call 403-238-2919, or go online.
Did You Know?
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For Your Information
Check out our Jewish Calgary Together page for live event updates, resources and more!
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