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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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Tot Shabbat 

Friday, November 17

10:00 - 10:30am | Paperny Family JCC

Celebrate Shabbat 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. For more information email Sydney Truax or call 403-537-8592.

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So You've Got a Diagnosis - Now What? 

Tuesday, November 7

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

We are hosting a free gathering for parents and caregivers of children with a new diagnosis. Find out more about resources, ask questions, and connect with others. Join our guest speakers:

Yasmin Mohamed, Caring Connector and Family Liaison at Children's Link, Katie Dodd, Co-Executive Director, Partnerships and Community Engagement at Children's Link and Jana Zalmanowitz, parent of young neurodivergent children, and speech-language pathologist. Refreshments and childcare are provided. To register email Karina Szulc.

Shalom Baby 

Wednesday, November 8 and 22

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.


Thursday, November 9

7:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Please join us for our annual Kristallnacht commemoration followed by the screening of Four Winters: A Story of Jewish Partisan Resistance and Bravery in WWII. Julia Mintz, director, writer, and producer of the film will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. This free event is proudly co-sponsored by Holocaust and Human Rights: Remembrance and Education and the Beth Tzedec Calgary Jewish Film Festival. No registration is required. Visit our website for more information.

JAC Goes to the Movies

Saturday, November 11

7:00 - 11:00pm| Beth Tzedec Congregation

Join JAC for a night at the movies at the Jewish Film Festival! We will be watching Perfect Strangers and March '68. Snacks and refreshments are available during the intermission, which are included in the cost of the ticket. $20 per person. Register online.

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Film & Fun: A Movie Event for the Whole Family 

Sunday, November 12

11:00am | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Join PJ Library® and Calgary Jewish Film Festival to view the film Something from Nothing and then stay after the film to dive into the world of storytelling and craft our own unique creations, making something from nothing! Register online for this free event.

Email Sydney Truax or call 403-537-8592 for more information.

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Chanukah Mini Family Photo Sessions

Sunday, November 19

10:00am | Paperny Family JCC

Celebrate Chanukah with a fun, family photo session and help raise money for PJ Library. Register for your time slot here. Email Sydney Truax or call 403-537-8592 for more information.


Kesher Lunch Club

Wednesday, November 22

12:30 - 2:30pm | Paperny Family JCC

A social and recreational, nosh and schmooze for adults with all abilities. Registration is required so please email Karina Szulc.

Kesher Club - Taste of Chanukah

Sunday, November 26

1:00 - 2:30pm | Paperny Family JCC

All are invited to join Kesher for a tasty, hands-on cooking experience making latkes and other Chanukah recipes. Enjoy stories and songs facilitated by Akiva Charikar. For more information and to register for free, email Karina Szulc or call 403-444-3158. This event is generously sponsored by Lenny and Faigel Shapiro.

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PJOW Mystery Maccabee Chanukah Party

Sunday, November 26

4:00pm | Paperny Family JCC

If you're in grade 4, 5 or 6, join us for the PJ Our Way® Chanukah party! We will be doing a Mystery Maccabee white elephant gift exchange so bring a gift worth $15 and you'll go home with one too! Latke snack will be provided. Register onlineEmail Sydney Truax or call 403-537-8592 for more information.

Shabbat Together Grant 

JAC wants you to get together for Shabbat! Apply online for a grant to host a Shabbat dinner for young professionals! For more information email Hannah Giesinger

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.


Marketing and Communications Coordinator - Join our Team

Calgary Jewish Federation (CJF) is seeking a Marketing and Communications Coordinator who would be responsible for all information and promotional materials produced by CJF, including electronic and print newsletters, United Jewish Appeal (UJA) campaign materials, brochures, and press releases. Click here for more information. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Diana Kalef by November 30, 2023.

Beth Tzedec Calgary Jewish Film Festival

November 4 - 19 | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Beth Tzedec's 23rd Annual Jewish Film Festival continues with two more exciting weekends still to come. From stirring dramas to illuminating documentaries, the festival features a diverse selection of award-winning and critically acclaimed films from Israel and around the world. For full details about this year's line-up of outstanding films and special guests, visit the Festival's website. Festival passes are available for purchase online or by calling 403-255-8688.


Monthly Drop-in Caregiver Discussions Groups

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

Tuesday, November 21 | 10:30-11:30am | Parkdale Nifty Fifties

Thursday, November 30 | 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.

Temple Talks - Religious Freedom in Canadian Law Today

Saturday, November 11

12:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah

Join us for a lecture by Howard Kislowicz. Visit our website for more information.

TBT Gallery Featuring the Works of Sandy Blass and Sarabeth Carnat

Untill January 2, 2024 | Temple B'nai Tikvah

Visit our website for more information.

Adult Education with Rabbi Glickman

Tuesdays, January 9 through March 12

8:00 - 9:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah

Topic: Zionism: The amazing story of the Jewish idea. Register on the Temple website.

Seudah Shelishit & Study Session: Sermons of the Sacred Fire

Saturdays, beginning November 11

4:30 - 6:30pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Join Rabbi Russ weekly as we explore the sermons of Rabbi Kalonymos Kalmish Shapira, the last Hasidic Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto. His words offer insight into one of the darkest chapters of our people's history, and how one intensely devout Rabbi helped his congregation remain connected to the source of all being. Register on the Beth Tzedec website.

Hazak Lunch and Learn: My Jewish Journey in Poland

Wednesday, November 15

12:00 - 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 from the incredible story of Joanne Monica Kanarek and her journey to rediscover her own Jewish heritage. Register on the Beth Tzedec website.

Family Shabbat Morning

Saturday, November 18

11:00am - 12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

If you've ever worried about your kids sitting through a service, this is the perfect opportunity for your family to get comfortable in the synagogue. Parents and children are welcome to join us in singing, moving, sharing, and reflecting while we celebrate Shabbat together. Register on the Beth Tzedec website.

CHW – Annual General Meeting

Sunday, November 12

8:00 - 10:00am | Online

Join us online for an up-to-the-minute update on what's happening in Israel, from special guest, Anita Friedman, WIZO Chairperson. Hear about our projects on the ground and how they are

making an impact in this turbulent time. Register online.

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Beach Bash

Sunday, November 12

2:30 - 5:30 pm | Paperny Family JCC

Come to the Steven Blitz Aquatics Centre for a blast of a time. Nothing but fun as the entire pool will be open for family swimming. Bring your family and friends! You are welcome to bring your own water guns and blow-up tubes. Free for JCC members. Visit our website for drop-in fees for the public.

Golden Age Luncheon

Tuesday, November 14

12:00 - 2:00pm | Paperny Family JCC

A lovely and fun way to spend a Tuesday afternoon with friends in a warm and friendly atmosphere at the JCC. Enjoy a home-cooked meal and wonderful entertainment by Karina Szulc. $7 for members and $10 for the public. Register at the Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600 x0 by November 8. For more information email Nessie Hollander or call 403-690-2449.

Book Festival & Chanukah Market - Mark Your Calendars

November 26 - December 3 | Paperny Family JCC

Join us for our annual Book Festival, including an amazing Chanukah Market! Everyone is welcome to find that perfect gift or must-haves

for the holidays. Shop handmade goods from independent artists –

from holiday cards to jewelry, and pick-up your Chanukah staples. For more information email Yanina Rabinovich or call 403-537-8596.

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Erev Shel Shoshanim – Love Stories and Songs

Saturday, November 25

5:30 - 8:00pm | Paperny Family JCC

Bring light to the dark and experience the magic of a family-friendly Havdalah led by BBYO, followed by a kosher dinner, and entertainment with Laura Shuler. So that parents can enjoy the show, babysitting is provided for children 12 years and under ($5 per child). JCC & JHSSA Members: $25, Public: $35. Register by November 20 at the JCC Customer Service Desk or call 403-253-8600 x0.

Shawl-om: Needing 50 to 100 Handmade Shawls and Blankets to Comfort Those in Need

Goal for Chanukah and then on-going need

Shawl-om is a Jewish community program welcoming all to contribute hand-made shawls and blankets to be distributed to those in the Jewish community in need of comfort. For more information visit our website or email Michele Doctoroff.

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