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Monday, October 4 | 28 Tishrei 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.
Virtual PJ Library® Tot Shabbat
October 15, 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.
Cooking is a Mitzvah with Chef Abby Flackman
Sunday October 17
2:00pm | Zoom
Join tweens from Rochester NY, Toronto, and Winnipeg for the first of two online workshops based on the wildly popular PJOW book How To Be A Mensch. Chef Abby Flackman from Winnipeg will lead our interactive online cooking class and discussion. This program is for tweens ages nine to 19. Register online. Limited copies of the book, How to Be A Mensch by Catherine Newman are available. Email Kathie Wainer or phone 403-537-8592 for more information.

Words Matter, Saying it Right with author, Catherine Newman
Sunday December 12
2:00pm | Zoom
Save the date for our second workshop based on the wildly popular PJOW book How To Be A Mensch. More details to come.
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.
Rosh Codesh 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.

Nice Jewish Pets Calendar – Order Yours Meow!
Get your Nice Jewish Pets Calendar before they sell out. 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. Order yours online or pick one up at the Paperny Family JCC! 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.
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.
Teen Learning Project with Beth Tzedec and Kehilat Shalom
First session is on Monday, October 4
Psychology. Philosophy. Pop culture. Join TLP for deep discussion, intense debate, and powerful insights on the biggest issues affecting our lives today. Find out more and register here.
Art and Scroll Studio features Judaica Artist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik, in Conversation and Presentation
Wednesday, October 6
7:00pm | Virtual, Free
Temple B'nai Tikvah presents Art and Scroll Studio- celebrating makers and creators of Judaica art. Isaac's work is a dynamic interplay of shapes that are cut away to reveal colour and complexity. Detailed and expressive, his work leads the viewer to a new understanding of Judaic tradition, intersecting it with modern motifs. Manipulating paper, he melds pop culture motifs with ancient themes. For further details and to register click here.
Caregiver Discussions – Group Sessions
Tuesday, October 12
10:00 - 11:30am: "Creating a Care Plan"
Complimentary drop-in caregiver discussions groups. Are you caring for a senior (55+) spouse, partner, parent, relative or friend? Facilitated by a registered social worker, receive support and exchange strategies based on the shared experience of caregiving through our Caregiver Support Program. Register at 403-287-3510.

JFSC Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, October 12
7:00pm | online
We want to share what we have been doing in the community over the last year! Join us for our virtual AGM. To register email Peta or call 403-692-6389.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Sunday, October 17
6:00pm | Online
Moderator: Dave Kelly
"Coping through challenging times: An evening with Dr. Ruth"
Join us for Dr. Ruth as she speaks about her lived experiences and provides strategies for coping through challenging times. This event is part of "Making a Difference": 2021 Online Speakers Series. For more information email Lisa Thomson.
Multi-Gen Challah Braiding
Monthly, Thursdays, starting on October 14
Prep your Shabbat challah in a fun environment with other families; leave with a ready-to-bake loaf for Friday night! Open to everyone: from challah mavens to novices, from toddlers to teens to great-grandparents. Register here.

Beth Tzedec Homework Club
Thursdays, starting on September 30
3:30 - 5:00pm
HW Club is open for third to fifth graders and is on opportunity for students to work on schoolwork in a relaxed, supportive space with the help of mentors. Games and activities will follow schoolwork; snacks provided. Register today.
Sarit Yishvai-Levi - Live from Israel
Sunday October 17
11:00am | Zoom
Join Na'amat Canada and Na'amat USA as we present Sarit Yishvai-Levi, a renowned Israeli journalist and author of the bestseller, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem. Also joining are cast members Israel Ogalbo and Ellie Stein from the TV adaptation. $36 general admission and $100 for sponsors. Email us for further info and to register.
Apple iPad 1 Essentials
Mondays, October 18 – November 8
11:00am - 12:00pm | Zoom
An introduction for seniors, highlighting the use and benefits of the amazing Apple iPad. Facilitated by Saul Prince. $50/Member & Public. Register here.

To Life! A Musical Theatre Class for Adults Who Still Got It

Thursdays, starting on October 21
7:00 - 8:30pm
Looking for a like-minded community of Jew-ish musical theatre lovers? Come be a part of this "troupe" of performers. We'll collaborate, share stories, and explore classic and contemporary musical theatre. We will develop a cabaret performance to share with the community in the spring. Visit our website for more info.

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 Pop Up class with instructor Paula Bickford. Free for JCC member and $10 for the public. Registration is required for in-person attendance. Email Cathy Bjorndalen for more information.
JHSSA AGM - "Jews of Silence": 50-year anniversary of the Calgary campaign supporting freedom for Soviet Jews
Monday, October 25
7:00pm | Zoom
1971 saw numerous Jewish events cancelled in order to shift focus to the international campaign to free Soviet Jews. Please join JHSSA 50 years later, for a retrospective of our community's engagement in this social justice movement. Register by October 18, 2021 to receive the Zoom link by email or call 403-444-3171.
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.
JCC Literary Week, December 6 to 11
Call for Authors and Volunteers
The Jewish Literary Week's mission is to entertain, educate, inspire, and unite readers of all ages and backgrounds. This is accomplished through showcasing authors in a celebration of books, ideas, and current conversations that make up the fabric of today's Jewish world. If you want to be part of this event, email Shula Banchik.
Did You Know?
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