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Monday, May 15 | 24 Iyar 5783

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. 

Please see revised dates for 'Taste of Judaism (Kesher and Beth Tzedec Congregation) and for all programs listed under Beth Tzedec Congregation.

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Kesher Lunch Club 

Wednesday, May 17

11:30am - 1:30pm 

For more information contact Karina Szulc.

JAC Gardening Workshop 

Tuesday, May 16

6:00 - 8:00pm | Paperny Family JCC 

Join JAC for a gardening workshop led by JAC board member Sam Begelfor. Sam will be teaching us how to grow herbs and lettuce in our own gardens. Register now or email Hannah Giesinger for info.

Drinks After Work

Wednesday, May 24

6:00pm | Greta YYC

This month we will be checking out Greta YYC; first round is on us! Register now. JAC is proud to serve the 25 to 40 years demographic. Email Hannah Giesinger for info.

JAC x Nosh with Micah – High Tea 

Sunday, May 28

4:00 - 7:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah 

Join JAC and Micah Siva from Nosh with Micah for a unique high tea experience! Micah will be guiding us through the magic of bagel making, and how to create delicious spreads to complement them. Of course, after we cook we will get to enjoy our freshly made treats! Check out Micah's Instagram before the event to see what else she's cooking! Register now or email Hannah Giesinger for info.

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Tot Shabbat

Friday, May 19

10:00am | Paperny Family JCC

Celebrate Shabbat with PJ Library® with an interactive half-hour of songs, stories, and brachot (blessings). Register online. For more information, email Sydney Truax or call her at 403-537-8592.

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Shalom Baby

Wednesday, May 24

12:30pm | 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 more information, email Sydney Truax or call her at 403-537-8592.

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Paint, Nosh, and Schmooze - Shavuot Edition 

Wednesday, May 24

6:30 - 8:30 pm | Paperny Family JCC

Join us for a Shavuot flowers-themed paint afternoon, facilitated by Sarah Bing. Enjoy a dessert dairy-fest (cheesecake, ice cream bar, and more). In partnership with Paperny Family JCC. Generously sponsored by Lenny Shapiro and Fanny Wedro. JCC member $25, public $35, child $15. Kesher members are free. For more information contact Karina Szulc.


Taste of Judaism - Taste of Shavuot 

Sunday, May 28 *Date corrected*

1:00 - 3:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Join us for an amazing cooking class with Sarah Brodsky! We will cook and eat traditional and novel Shavuot recipes! Please RSVP by May 22. In partnership with Beth Tzedec congregation. Generously sponsored by Lenny Shapiro, Fanny Wedro, and Evelyn Shapiro.

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Shavuot Ice Cream Sunday!

Sunday, May 28

10:00am - 12:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah

Join PJ Library and Temple B'nai Tikvah to celebrate Shavuot with songs, crafts, stories, and ice cream sundaes! Register online. For more information email Sydney Truax or call her at 403-537-8592.


Annual General Meeting and Shem Tov Awards

Wednesday, June 21

7:00pm | Paperny Family JCC

Join us for our Annual General Meeting and Shem Tov Awards honouring outstanding lay leaders and volunteers in our community. This event is free and open to everyone. Pre-registration not required. For more information, contact Adam Silver.

Pikei Avot - Ethics of the Fathers: A Study of Mishna Through Storytelling

Wednesdays, May 17 and 24

7:50pm | House of Jacob Mikveh Israel

Series of classes with Rabbi Andrews. More information online.

Prayer Workshop


7:50pm | HOJMI and on Zoom

Presenter: Rabbi Andrews. More information online.

Edmonton Jewish Film Festival

On now through to May 18

In-person and Online

Lights, camera, action! The Edmonton Jewish Film Festival is back for 2023 and better than ever! Join us for an unforgettable cinematic experience celebrating Jewish culture, history, and diversity. Get your free tickets now and don't miss out!

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Afternoon Bingo

Wednesday, May 17

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

Let's have some fun and play bingo! Meet new friends and bring a friend along. JCC Member: $5 and Public: $7. Call the Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600 x0 to register.


Uncovering my Métis Roots

A Jewish Woman's Journey by Lisa Raber

Wednesday, May 31

6:30 - 8:30pm | Paperny Family JCC

Please register at Customer Service Desk 403-253-8600, x0. This is a free event but for catering purposes, we need you to please register. Coffee and cake will be served. Any other questions please call Nessie Hollander at 403-690 -2449.

Sports Dinner Annual Fundraiser

Thursday, June 8

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Paperny Family JCC Sports Dinner presented by ATB Financial. We are pleased to have NBA icon, Bill Walton as our featured speaker and Vice-Chairman and President of the Calgary Surge, Jason Ribeiro as our master of ceremonies. Visit our website for more information about this exciting event, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities.

JNF Calgary Negev Gala

Thursday, May 18 

7:30pm | Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University

Negev Gala 2023 is a unique one-hour live show, hosted by comedian and author Joel Chasnoff. He will tell the story of Israel in a way you've never heard before, featuring live music by Israeli Artists Project. Help raise funds for the Or Yehuda Family Care Centre, supporting new immigrants to Israel. Dessert reception following. Registration online now, or contact us at 403-255-0295 or email.

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2023 Norman Ronald Silver Sports Leadership Award Nominations

Deadline for nominations: Friday, May 19

Do you know an athlete in a team sport who inspires others? Someone who motivates others through hard work and a positive attitude? The Norman Ronald Silver Sports Leadership Award is presented to 'an athlete who exemplifies the true meaning of team spirit and sportsmanship by serving as a leader and role model for others.' The award winner will be announced on Thursday, June 8 at the 32nd Annual Paperny Family JCC Sports Dinner. The recipient will be presented with a personal plaque, a $100 honorarium, and an award plaque displayed at the JCC. To nominate an individual, you feel exemplifies these characteristics email a nomination letter to Brenda Sapoznikow, Foundation Manager or call 403-640-2273. 

Hazak Lunch & Learn: Tikkun Olam & Human Trafficking 

Wednesday, May 17 *Date Corrected*.

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

Join Marni Besser for a discussion on the state of modern slavery – in Canada and here in Calgary – and our obligations as Jews to fight against this horror. Register on the Beth Tzedec website.

Shavuot Dinner & Torah After Dark

Thursday, May 25 *Date Corrected*

5:15 - 11:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Celebrate Shavuot with a delicious dairy dinner, learning for all ages, and some wild and crazy Torah! Don't miss our keynote speaker, Rabbi Matthew Ponak and his lesson on Embodied ShavuotRegister on the Beth Tzedec website.

Family Shabbat Dinner

Friday, June 2 *Date Corrected*

5:30 - 8:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Celebrate Shabbat with dinner at Beth Tzedec, filled with ruach (spirit) and kehilah (community). Join our interactive Shabbat-inspired program with singing, games, and stories, followed by a shul-cooked dinner together with all your friends at 6:00pm. Register on the Beth Tzedec website.

Vial – A Reading of David Sklar's Play

Monday, June 5

7:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah

Book on Eventbrite.

Kids Service and Pizza

Friday, June 19

5:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah

Please RSVP to the office at 403-252-1654 by 10:00am on Friday morning.

Shabbat School and B'nei Mitzvah Classes

Contact Emma for more information.


Aging and Thriving: Promoting Mental Wellness

Free seminar with Nadine, JFSC Psychologist

Thursday, June 8

2:00 - 3:00pm |Online

In celebration of Seniors Week, we are hosting a free, online mental wellness seminar for seniors. Explore strategies to promote mental wellbeing, learn about mental health identifiers for anxiety and depression, and find ways to comfortably talk about, and address, our mental health. To register email reception or call 403-287-3510.


Caring Together: Education and Support Group

Free Eight-Week Group for Carers of Persons Impacted by Memory Loss or Dementia

July/August 2023 | In-person

Are you caring for a spouse, parent, relative, or friend impacted by memory loss or dementia? Caregivers come together for education and support based on the shared experience of caring for someone living with memory loss or dementia. Access dementia education and resources, explore difficult emotions and strengthen coping and self-care strategies. To register or for information, call 403-287-3510.

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The Ben Docktor Memorial Golf Celebration

Monday, June 12

Sirocco Golf Club

A fundraising golf tournament honouring Ben's life and dedication to making Calgary a better place for everyone. Supporting the upgrades of the Chabad Calgary Campus and various charitable activities. Schedule available on the website or email. Sponsorships available!

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Registration and Hiring is Now Open for Summer 2023

Family Camp: June 22 - 26

Open House: June 25

First Session: July 9 - 30

Second Sesson: August 2 - 21

Wonder Week: August 2 - 10

Wonder Weekend: August 9 - 13

Activities include: Sports, waterskiing, high ropes, zip line, horseback riding, swimming pool, Jewish culture, leadership training, inclusion, filmmaking, and so much more! For full details visit us online or email us

Antisemitism: Face It, Fight It Conference

October 16 - 17

Shaw Centre, Ottawa ON

Registration is now open! This comprehensive conference includes two days of advocacy training for Jewish leaders, students, community advocates, advocacy professionals, and other faith and ethnic community leaders and partners on the critical issues facing the Jewish community. Click here to learn more and register.

Breathe Life Give Love – Annual Campaign

This year, when you support heart and lung health through our annual campaign, you can share a message of love on our virtual Give Love collage board. Your generous gift will support healing and help transform the lives of thousands of children, women, and families in Israel. More information online.  

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