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Monday, November 15 | 11 Kislev 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.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Join us as we embark on one of the greatest adventures of all time – caring for our community! This year, our Jewish Calgary agencies are teaming up to fundraise for our community through the UJA Choose Your Own Adventure campaign. Until November 21, each agency will partake in a unique "adventure" in support of our community. Click here to learn more, participate, or donate. For more information, contact Amy Glassman-Boiko.
Virtual PJ Library® Tot Shabbat
November 19, 26 (Chanukah)
December 3 (Chanukah), 10, 17
10:00am | Zoom*
The most fun you can have on Zoom! Join Karina and Kathie on Friday morning for an interactive half hour of songs, stories, and brachot (blessings) celebrating the joy of Shabbat and holidays. Email Kathie Wainer for the virtual link and more information.
*We are hoping to be in-person and on Zoom in January 2022.
Oil-Vey, It's Chanukah!
Cooking Class and Israeli Market Tour 
Sunday, November 21
11:00am | Zoom
Back by popular demand, chef Shawna Goodman-Sone will be teaching an online cooking class on how to incorporate olive oil into your dishes. Tour guide Orit Levy will join her by providing you an inside look at Jerusalem's Machane Yehuda Market. Register online for this free event in collaboration with The Jewish Federation of Edmonton.
Mizrahi Move & Groove
Sunday, November 28
1:00 - 3:00pm | Paperny Family JCC
Enjoy a traditional Bukhari meal! Plus: Learn about Mizrahi culture from Angy Cohen, and take part in a Bukhari dance tutorial by Rita Babaganov. Register online for this free event by midnight on Thursday, November 25. For information email Danielle or call 403-444-3146.

Monthly Bagel Lunch
Monday, November 29
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 November 23 – no exceptions. For info email Danielle Braitman.

Chanukah on Campus
Wednesday, December 1
6:30 - 8:30pm | Vitruvian Centre, University of Calgary
Candle lighting, Karen's latkes, dreidel wars, and board games!
Register online for this free event by midnight on Monday, November 29. For information email Danielle or call 403-444-3146.
Celebrate Chanukah with PJ Library®, Kesher, and Beth Tzedec Congregation
Wednesday, December 1
6:00pm | Zoom
Join Karina, Kathie, Jonah – and our surprise celebrity chef – for a fun evening! Light your menorah, sing your favourite Chanukah songs, and bake Chanukah cookies together. Email Kathie Wainer or Karina Szulc to register.
Sfinge and Spirits!
Moroccan Doughnut Making with Angy Cohen
Thursday, December 2
7:00 - 9:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Join Jewish young professionals across Calgary for a night of delicious Chanukah revelry. Together we'll light the chanukiah, learn how to make sfinge, a traditional Moroccan Chanukah dessert, and share a l'chaim or two. Register online for this free event. This event is presented by JAC, Beth Tzedec Congregation, Kehilat Shalom, and Temple B'Nai Tikvah. For information email Danielle or call 403-444-3146.

Rosh Chodesh Shabbat Concierge
Friday, December 3
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, November 23 at midnight. Email for more information.
Food for the Soul - Chanukah Edition Latke Lunch and Learn
Sunday, December 5
12:00 to 1:30pm
Attend in person at the Paperny Family JCC or pick-up your food at the JCC and then join us on Zoom at noon. Delivery is also available. This event is free but donations are welcome. Email Karina Szulc to RSVP and include how many people will be attending. Generously sponsored by The Lenny and Faigel Shapiro and Family Fund.

Virtual Kesher – The Power of Connection
Every 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.
Words Matter, Saying it Right with author, Catherine Newman
Sunday, December 12
2:00pm | Zoom
Join PJ Our Way tweens in Rochester NY, Toronto and Winnipeg for an online workshop based on the wildly popular How to Be a Mensch. Catherine Newman, the book's author, will lead our discussion How Words Matter: Saying It Right. Meet the author and learn how to write the perfect thank you notes. Registration is required: email Kathie Wainer. Zoom link and additional information will be provided with registration confirmation.
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.
Multi-Gen Challah Braid
Thursday, November 18
5:00 - 7:00pm
This program is open to everyone, from challah mavens to novices. Prep your challah in a fun environment with the help of a facilitator. Leave with a loaf (or two!) ready to be popped in the oven for a delicious Shabbat experience at home. Please bring a donation for the CHW Toy Drive. Free for congregants and $18 for adult guests. Register online.
Hazak Presents: Hanukkah Music from the Classics to YouTube
Tuesday, November 30
1:00pm | Zoom
BTZ's own Cantor Russell Jayne will conduct a magical musical tour featuring everything from time-honoured Hanukkah favourites to the fresh and creative online hits engaging a whole new generation. RSVP by email or call 403-255-8688 by November 29.
Hanukkah at BTZ!
From latkes to Sfinge, come visit the BTZ website here to view all of our Hanukkah events and programs for all ages.
Breathing and Discover - The Real Saturday Night Live
Saturday, November 20
7:30pm | Online Havdalah and evening program 
Shula Banchik, community organizer extraordinaire, is a certified Breath Coach® and Yoga Trapeze® certified teacher. Her "Breathing & Discovery" session provides participants with techniques to relieve stress, regulate nervous system response, and heighten self-care and awareness. Admission is free, but registration is required for non-members of Kehilat Shalom. Register by email with the subject word "Breathing".

Kehilat Shalom Talmud Class
Sunday, November 21, 28
6:30pm | Online
Join us for our online Talmud study of Masechet Brachot. Classes are lively and informative, suitable for both beginning and advanced learners. Online texts in Hebrew and English provided. Admission is free. Email us for more information or to register.

Trinity Oneg Shabbat Service
Friday, November 26
3:00pm
Oneg Shabbat services at Trinity Lodge (1111 Glenmore Trail SW) will resume on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Celebration includes candle-lighting, songs, prayers, kiddush, and discussion. Trinity residents, their friends and family, and Kehilat members are welcome to join. Health and safety protocols observed. For info, email Rabbi Leonard Cohen.
Beth Tzedec Calgary Jewish Film Festival
Until November 21 | Virtual
Enjoy an exciting line-up of outstanding films from the safety, comfort, and convenience of your own home! From stirring dramas to illuminating documentaries, the festival will feature a diverse selection of award-winning and engaging films from Israel and around the world. For full details about this year's virtual festival, and to purchase tickets, visit the festival's website.
Celebration of Lights - An Interactive Art Workshop
Sunday, November 21
1:30 - 4:30pm | Online
With Chanukah approaching, join us for a series of original practice-based art exercises that offer a safe journey of creative expression, reflection, and meaningful exchange. Facilitated by Alan Briks, MA, ATR-BC, this program is geared to all artistic levels, for people 18 years and older. Members $40, public $50. Register online.

Member Appreciation Month
Until November 30
November is member appreciation month at the Paperny Family JCC. Current members who refer a friend for an annual (12 months) membership will receive two personal training sessions and dinner for two at Karen's Café. Please contact the JCC at 403-253-8600, ext.0 for more information.

Virtual Golden Age Chanukah Luncheon
Tuesday, December 14
12:00pm | Zoom
Join us for a festive lunch celebration! 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 Cantor David Edwards and pianist Reuven Grayner. $15 per person. RSVP before December 9 at the Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0.
Netflix "Maid": Fact or Fiction
Wednesday, November 24
6:00pm | Zoom
Unpack the issues with our panel in this cross Canada program. In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Email us to sign up or for more information, or visit our website.

Zoom in on Yoga and some Chanukah Fun
Monday, November 29
7:45 - 9:30pm | Zoom
Join us as we have a little Chanukah fun followed by a flow yoga class conducted by Elysa Morin. No yoga experience necessary. Email us to sign up or for more information, or visit our website.
Say Yes to Light!
Sunday, November 28
Time TBD 
New event this year. A 120-car menorah parade bringing the light to Calgary's streets. For more information visit our website or call our office at 403-281-3770.

33rd Annual Calgary Community Menorah Lighting
Sunday, November 28
Time TBD 
A community virtual program for the whole family! Lighting menorahs all together joined live from Heritage Park! For more information visit our website or call our office at 403-281-3770.

Outsmarting Antisemitism: No Apologies
Tuesday, November 9 at 7:30pm or
Wednesday, November 17 at 9:30am | Zoom
We look at some of the explanations for antisemitism that have been offered throughout the ages to emerge with an important principle: the problem with hating Jews lies not with the Jews but with the haters. Internalizing this hate is not a healthy response. For more information contact Rabbi Groner by email or call 403-281-3770.
Art and Scroll Studio features Multicultural Artist, Siona Benjamin, in Conversation and Presentation
Wednesday, December 1
7:00pm | Online
The art of Siona Benjamin defies categorization; at once there is the impact of images and patterns, as well as the perception of deep meaning as the characters come alive. Born out of her diverse background she uses colour and form to create powerful impact through beautiful forms and sinuous lines. Register here for this free event.
Looking to the Sun and Moon: the Story of the Jewish Calendar - A Talk with Rabbi Mark Glickman
Thursday, December 2
7:00pm | zoom
Included are the development of calendars from solar and lunar to the digitized ones. It will look at how Christopher Columbus turned to the Jewish calendar as a survival tool on his final voyage west, and how Jews in the death camps of Nazi Europe managed to continue measuring the Jewish year. Register by email.
BTZ Hazak and JHSSA Present: More Stories from Reinach Avenue - Calgary's Forgotten Jewish Street 
Thursday, December 9 and Wednesday, January 19
7:00pm | Zoom
Back by popular demand! Join Harry Sanders for two presentations expanding on 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.
How Judaism Shapes My Life
Friday, December 10
7:00pm
Join us for Erev Shabbat services and hear our guest speaker Dr. Michael Duggan.

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class
Thursday evenings
Are you an adult who did not celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah when you were 13? The program will begin in January on Thursday evenings with Rabbi Glickman and Katie Baker.
Save the Date - HIGH Fitness with Amber Zenith
Sunday, January 16
10:00 - 11:30am
HIGH Fitness (HIGH Low & HIGH Yo) with Amber Zenith, co-founder of HIGH Fitness, in support of the new Institute of Pulmonary Functions amd Diseases at Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh). For more information, email Irena Karshenbaum or call 403-253-4612.
Chanukah Candles
NWC BBYO is conducting its annual Chanukah candle fundraiser and we are asking for your support. Purchase a box of 45 quality Rite Light Chanukah candles for $18. All proceeds go directly to local BBYO programs. Order your candles online.
Volunteers needed
We are looking for volunteers to help prepare 2,500 special Chanukah kits (to be mailed out to homes throughout Alberta and Yukon), latke and sufganiyot frying, Chanukah cookie baking, and Faigel Shapiro's Kosher Pantry food delivery. Please email Mrs. Mushaka Matusof or call 587-664-4567.
Seeking Canadians Holocaust Survivors for Last Chance Collection Initiative
Liberation 75 and the USC Shoah Foundation want to record and archive stories of camp or ghetto Survivors, those who hid and fled, those born in a displaced persons camp, North African and Middle Eastern refugees, resistance fighters, liberators, and rescuers. Testimonies can be recorded in any language, in-person or remotely. Learn more and sign-up here.
Did You Know?
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