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Monday, October 19 | 1 Cheshvan 5781
For information on COVID-19 and community resources click here.
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.
JFNA's Virtual General Assembly 2020
October 25-27
We invite you to participate in JFNA's Virtual General Assembly 2020, an event like the Jewish world has never experienced. This gathering is a pivotal moment for each and every member of our community to connect, reflect, and celebrate being together. Check out the trailer and join us for the gathering of the decade!
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.
Interfaith Approaches: Judaism and Witchcraft
Wednesday October 21
3:00pm | Zoom

Saturday, October 24
7:00pm | Zoom

Israel 101 + Tie Dye Workshop
Sunday, October 25
Time TBD | Zoom

Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, October 30
6:00pm | Zoom

For more information about Hillel and our programming, contact Danielle Braitman at 403-444-3146 or email.
"Sit 'n' Dance" Virtual Kesher
Sunday, October 25
1:00pm | Zoom
The event will be facilitated by Jackie Mills. Email Karina for the Zoom link or for more information.

Virtual Kesher - The Power of Connection
Every Thursday
4:00pm | 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 for the Zoom link or for more information.
Monday, November 9
7:00pm | Zoom
Join Calgary Jewish Federation and the Beth Tzedec Calgary Jewish Film Festival in commemorating the 82nd Anniversary of Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass. Free featured film: The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfrid Israel. A commemoration video will precede the movie and a Zoom meet and greet with director, Yonatan Nir, will follow the film. This intriguing documentary brings to light the little-known story of Wilfrid Israel, a remarkable individual who has been largely forgotten by history despite his having been instrumental in saving the lives of thousands of Jews in Nazi Germany. Playing a key role, Israel initiated and organized the Kindertransport rescue operation that transported thousands of Jewish children to safety in Britain. Registration information for this free event is coming soon.
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! Email Kathie Wainer for the Zoom link or more information.
Mitzvah Day
Food Bank Drive for Wynne Thal Pantry
Sunday, October 25
11:00am - 3:00pm | Calgary JCC
Drop off your food donations at the JCC. For more information email Nessie Hollander or call 403-537-8599.
Art and Scroll Studio features Judaica Artist Pamela Feldman-Hill in Conversation and Presentation
Monday, October 26
7:00pm | Virtual
Temple B'nai Tikvah presents Art and Scroll Studio which celebrates makers and creators of Judaica art. Our presentation of Pamela's work is part of a series of interviews that focus on the passion and inspiration of Judaica artists. Register in advance for this free event.

Art and Scroll Studio features Judaica Artist Milt Fishbein in Conversation and Presentation
Tuesday, November 10
7:00pm | Virtual
Temple B'nai Tikvah presents Art and Scroll Studio featuring precious metal / filigree artist, Milt Fishbein and his Judaic jewelry and designs. Our presentation of Milt's work is part of a series of interviews that focus on the passion and inspiration of Judaica artists. Register in advance for this free event.
Jewish Community Foundation Calgary AGM
Wednesday, October 28
7:00pm | Zoom
The Board of Directors of JCFC invites you to attend our Annual General Meeting. Meeting documents and registration can be found on our website.
Beth Tzedec Calgary Jewish Festival
November 7 - 19
Don't miss Beth Tzedec's upcoming 20th Annual Jewish Film Festival - our first ever virtual festival! Enjoy an exciting line-up of outstanding films from the 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.

Hazak 55+ Presents: Dr. Angy Cohen, Post Doctoral Associate in Israel Studies, U of C
Thursday, November 19
1:00pm | Zoom
Meet Dr. Angy Cohen, Dr. Jenny, and Hy Belzberg, Postdoctoral Associate in Israel Studies, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary. Dr. Cohen will be speaking about Egyptian-Jewish writer and journalist, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff (1917-1979), who moved to Israel in her mid-thirties. Learn about Kahanoff's narrative essays, her youth in colonial Egypt, and her observations as an Egyptian immigrant in Israel in the 1950s who urged the Mediterranean country to embrace "Levantinism" as its cultural identity. Please RSVP to the office by email or by calling 403-255-8688 and the Zoom link will be provided to you.

An Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice
Thursdays: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, January 7, 14, 21, 28 and February 4
6:30 - 8:30pm | Zoom and in-person
From political and financial scandals to rapid progress in biomedical science and technology, the complex issues of modern society are, at their core, issues of ethical and moral concern. Now more than ever, we require a solid understanding of how Jewish ethics can inform our discussions and decisions about the critical questions of the day. Judaism has a long history of wrestling with moral questions, responding to them in a way that considers all sides of an issue. Please join Cantor Russ as he helps us navigate the complex world of Jewish ethics. Members: $18, guests: $36. RSVP to the office at 403-255-8688 or by email.
Jewish Theology with Cantor Russ
Fridays: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, and December: 4, 11
10:30am - 12:00pm | Zoom or in-person
From the very young to the very old, the idea and concept of God evolves and grows just like we do. Please join Cantor Russ as he helps us trace how humanity's concept of God has evolved and changed, and how that God is the answer to all of our thoughts, wants, and ideas from science to religion. Members: free, guests: $18. RSVP to the office at 403-255-8688 or by email.
Teen Hang and Torah Lab with BBYO at Beth Tzedec
First and third Wednesdays of each month
4:00 - 6:00pm | Beth Tzedec Lower Level Lounge
Grade 9 to 12 students are invited to come hang out, enjoy some refreshments, and work on homework or other projects alongside peers and adult mentors. Jonah Potasznik will also be offering an optional Torah Lab for interested teens. It will introduce participants to lesser known texts from the "Jewish bookshelf", have them interacting with Jewish history, theology and philosophy in an interactive and relevant way. All AHS protocols will be followed, and then some. Masks required for all who come. 
"Hebrew School but Better" Young Adult Wisdom Series 
First and third Thursdays of each month
5:30 - 7:00pm | Beth Tzedec Lower Level
Join Jonah Potasznik in uncovering the insights into modern life that are available to us through ancient and classical Jewish sources. We’ll provide the beer and spirits, you provide the curious spirit. Open to learners of any background. And don't expect a lecture - we'll discuss, converse, and if all goes well, even argue a little bit. Open to all 22 to 35 year olds. Email Jonah or call 514-561-7232 with questions.

Shabbat Livestreaming at BTZ
6:00pm | Stream or use the alternate link
9:00am and 6:00pm | Stream or use the alternate link

Daily Morning Minyan
8:30am (service starts at 9:00am) | Zoom 
Daily Afternoon Minyan
5:30pm (service starts at 6:00pm) | Zoom
Book Festival in Your Living Room
Ongoing until November 22 | Zoom
Calgary JCC has joined with the Marcus JCC in Atlanta to offer premium literary programming through this year's virtual Book Festival. Check out our amazing line-up and join the Zoom webinar author talks!
Anti-Racism Book Club
Fine more information on the Anti-Racism Book Club here. If you're interested in joining, please email Betsy Jameson and let her know times you're able to meet.

Erev Shabbat Services
7:30pm | Zoom
Contact the Temple's office for the link.
Chant Services with Betsy Jameson
9:30am | Zoom
Contact the Temple's office for the link.
Morning Shabbat Service and Torah Study
10:30am | Zoom
Contact the Temple's office for the link.
Calgary Yachad Hebrew School
We are offering a special, "Out-of-the-Box" Virtual Hebrew School Program this year! With materials delivered to your door, dynamic and caring teachers and innovative interactive curriculums, we look forward to giving our students a memorable learning experience. At Calgary Yachad Hebrew School, families of all affiliations and backgrounds feel comfortable and welcomed. We offer a warm and lively Jewish atmosphere where children attain an exciting awareness of their Jewish identity. Click here to register. For more information visit our website or email

Feminine Conversations
8:00pm | Zoom
Join together with other women for a discussion and class led by Rebbetzin Rochel Matusof, based on Kabbalah and Chassidic philosophy. All are welcome! For more information email or call 403-714-9024.
New! Learn Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi Halpern
Every Wednesday
8:00pm | Zoom
Join us on Wednesdays as we study the weekly Torah portion
through the eyes of Rashi the author of a comprehensive Torah commentary. Email more information. Join by Zoom. Meeting ID: 893 8703 1528 Passcode: hojmi To join by phone dial +1 587 328 1099.

Calgary Community Kollel Daily Halacha Class
Rabbi Safren's Morning Class
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.
Calgary Chevra Kadisha Needs Your Help
Call 403-244-4717 or email.

It is an old and revered mitzvah in our community to accompany a deceased person and participate in the ritual of a proper Jewish burial. Occasionally, a member of our community passes away and help is needed to safely carry the casket or to help fill a grave. Rick Pollick, executive director of Calgary Chevra Kadisha, says "There are a number of reasons for this. Perhaps the deceased was isolated, or the family is new to the community or not well connected in the community. Some families do not have anyone physically able to perform these tasks. Lately, the social distancing rules of COVID have restricted attendance at funerals. Regardless, we sometimes find ourselves scrambling to find enough pall bearers or people to complete a minyan or assist with the act of burial." If your schedule is flexible and you are able bodied, please consider volunteering to help with this essential practice in our community. With enough names, it will mean only occasional calls for assistance.
Volunteer Opportunities at JFSC
Call 403-287-3510 or email.

As a volunteer with JFSC, you can touch the lives of those most in need in our community by working in collaboration with our staff, to provide innovative and essential services to others. We are currently recruiting volunteers with the capacity to deliver food hampers to the homes of individuals in need across Calgary. Food insecurity has significantly increased during COVID-19 and as the winter festivities approach, JFSC is committed to ensuring that Calgarians have what they need. Be the difference in your community! For more information and volunteer application, visit our website.
Did You Know?
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