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Monday, October 18 | 12 Cheshvan 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 will be teaming up to fundraise for our community through the UJA Choose Your Own Adventure campaign. From October 4 until November 15, 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.
Ability Arts Community Mural Exhibit
Exhibit: October 17 to November 10
Open House: Wednesday, November 10, 2:00 - 6:00pm, JCC
All are welcome to view our wonderful mural exhibit at the Paperny Family JCC. Please mark your calendars to attend the open house on November 10. Join us to celebrate resilience, hope, and community!
Municipal Election
Monday, October 18
We provided an opportunity to Calgary's mayoral candidates to address a few questions provided by our community. We are grateful that Jan Damery shared a video response, and we acknowledge that it is unfortunate we did not receive responses from other candidates. Calgary Jewish Federation encourages all community members to do their research and exercise their vote in line with issues that are important to them and their families. Visit Elections Calgary to view the candidates list and where you can vote.
Nice Jewish Pets Calendar
Tuesday, October 19
The Nice Jewish Pets Calendars will be available for sale in the Paperny Family JCC lobby on Tuesday, October 19. For only $25 (includes an $18 tax receipt) you can admire the good girls and boys of Calgary's Jewish community while supporting Jewish infrastructure and programming. Orders can also be placed online. Thank you to our corporate sponsors Jonathan Ashkin Realty and Bow River Meat Market. Because of their generosity, 100% of calendar sales will be donated to the 2021 UJA campaign.

Rosh Chodesh Shabbat Concierge
Friday, November 5
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, October 26 at midnight. Email for more information.
Monthly Bagel Lunch
Monday, October 25
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 the MacEwan Student Centre. Order online, one of our four menu options prior to Tuesday midnight on October 19 – no exceptions. For info email Danielle Braitman.
Virtual PJ Library® Tot Shabbat
October 29
November 5, 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.
Israeli Consulate General in Toronto to Visit Calgary
November 17 - 19 | Paperny Family JCC
If you would like to book an appointment to meet with a representative from the Israeli Consulate General in Toronto during their visit to Calgary, complete the registration form. The consulate will contact you to schedule an appointment and let you know what documents you will need to bring. For further questions regarding the form or the consul's visit, please email us. For more information, or to see this message in Hebrew, click here. Please note, the Restrictions Exemption Program has been implemented at the JCC.
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.
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.
Line Dancing Pop-Up Class
Wednesday, October 20
11:00am | In-person and on Zoom
Join us in person at the JCC or on Zoom for a Line Dancing class with instructor Paula Bickford. Free for JCC members and $10 for the public. Email Cathy Bjorndalen for more information.

Qi Gong Meditation Pop-Up Class
Wednesday, October 27
11:00am | In-person and on Zoom
Come practice Qi Gong Meditation with Erica Welsh in person at the JCC or on Zoom. Free for JCC members and $10 for the public. Email Cathy Bjorndalen for more information.

The Shmita Project
Application deadline: Monday, November 29
The Paperny Family JCC is proud to partner with The Shmita Project. The Shmita Prizes will award artists and creatives – from all levels of experience and age groups – for works of art that bring into focus the relevancy and application of shmita values in our contemporary world. For more information email Shula Banchik
Hazak 55+ Presents: Emerging Jewish Communities in Africa
Wednesday, October 20
1:00pm | via Zoom
BTZ welcomes back our former spiritual leader, Rabbi Moshe Saks, who will speak about emerging Jewish communities in Africa, focusing on his recent participation in the conversions of close to 100 individuals in Nigeria. Don't miss the story of this ingathering and a love story like no other! RSVP by email or at 403-255-8688.

Brunch & Learn: International Day for Halakhic Study
Sunday, October 31
11:00am - 1:00pm | via Zoom
$15 Brunch and session and $5 for session only
International Day for Halakhic Study is to show how our halakhic decisions develop from our spiritual values and our ethical ideals, as well as to emphasize the importance of halakhah and the its study among Conservative / Masorti Jews worldwide. Cantor Russ will discuss the Conservative Movement's Teshuvah on adoption. RSVP by email or at 403-255-8688.

Family Programming in 2021-2022
Shabbat dinners, challah braiding, holiday spirit, and more! Beth Tzedec has many opportunities for your family to connect with tradition and community this year. Find out more and register for various programs here.
Generation: Student Leaders Program
Application deadline: Friday, October 22
Jewish high school students looking for an amazing opportunity to learn in-depth about Canada's political landscape and also hear from some of the foremost experts in the field have until October 22 to apply. Visit the website to apply and for more information.
An Open Discussion of the Film: Steal a Pencil for Me
Sunday, October 24
7:30pm | Zoom
A moving documentary that is readily available and can be viewed on Netflix. This film deals with the unshakeable romance between a Dutch couple who met and fell in love while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Interested in joining the open discussion?
Contact us for the link.
Preliminary Notice: Annual General Board Meeting
Tuesday, October 26
7:30pm | Zoom
The annual general board meeting for Kehilat Shalom is scheduled to take place virtually via Zoom. Further information regarding access information, and agenda of the meeting will be forthcoming closer to the meeting date. If you have any questions please contact us via email or by telephone at 403-613-1848.
The Calgary Jewish Academy Virtual Open House
Thursday, October 28
6:00 PM | Online
Are you looking for an innovative preschool program or kindergarten? Join us for our annual open house where you can learn how your child can find community and engage in purposeful learning. Click here to register. If you have any questions please feel free to email us.
Beth Tzedec Calgary Jewish Film Festival
November 6 - 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.
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, November 3
7:00pm | Zoom
The Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting. Register here to attend the JCFC AGM.
Montesorri Toddler Program
Application deadline: Thursday, November 25
New program starting in January 2022 from 8:15am to 3:30pm. Open to non-toilet-trained children from 19 months to three years old. Email us for more information.
JFSC Volunteer Opportunity
We need you! Volunteering in our Memory Care program provides opportunities for meaningful connections with memory care clients and offers respite for their caregivers. We provide specialized training through the Alzheimer Society of Calgary’s Best Friends Approach™. For more information call 403-287-3510 or email us.
Did You Know?
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