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Monday, October 5 | 17 Tishrei 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!
Field & Playground Project
Chabad has launched a Field & Playground Project to help Children's programs during COVID-19! Huge thank you to Jeff and Brian Sander and their family, NSI Scapes and National Neon, for their generosity and spearheading this project! For more information and for ways to get involved in this incredible initiative please visit our website or email.

Corona Relief Website
Take a look at our corona relief website giving the community easy access to all you need. Our site is set up to service everyone whether you are looking for emotional support, practical help, Kosher food, care packages, inspiration, counselling or more! You can see upcoming classes and events for all ages, as well as check out recordings of past ones. It is a place for the community to lend a hand to one another by signing up as a volunteer, giving a donation, or simply referring a friend, front line worker or anyone else in need of support. Make sure to check out the special "Faigel Shapiro Kosher Food Pantry" section.

Faigel Shapiro Kosher Pantry 
The Faigel Shapiro Kosher Pantry at Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta has already distributed over 3,500 meals in our community, and continues to provide food and meals for individuals in need. For info, or if you know someone in need, visit our website or email.

Kosher Food Service and Challah
Ready delicious Kosher food and challah is available for order! Kids at home keeping your hands full? Elderly and don't want to go out? Busy with work from home? In our efforts in assisting all who need, Chabad has Kosher food available (delivery available). All proceeds will go towards the Faigel Shapiro Kosher Pantry outreach program. Visit our website.
Israel Bonds Office Closure
Although the Israel Bonds office at the JCC is now closed, you can contact us by email or phone 403-910-5575. Kindly schedule an appointment should you wish to meet in person. Visit our website for current rates and to buy Israel Bonds. Thank you, from Phyllis D'Aguiar.
Answer the Call Campaign
Canadian Magen David Adom Western Region honours the memory of long-time CMDA supporter, Sam Ousher Swizer, OBM. MDA urgently needs mobile intensive care units and ambulances. Your donation will help us maintain a strong and healthy Israel. 
Donate today or contact Sharon Fraiman at 587-435-5808 or email.
Israel2020: Continuing Care
JNF Calgary's events have stopped, but the need to raise funds has not. If you are able to donate, please consider supporting our State of Israel during these difficult times. JNF has picked three appropriate projects for you to choose from, or let us decide where to direct your gift. More information and donation available online, email, or call 403-255-0295.
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.
Kahoot! Movie Trivia
Wednesday, October 14
7:00pm | Zoom

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.
Challah at Home
Wednesday November 4 | Pick-up at JCC
Thursday, November 5 | Zoom Challah Bake with Nessie
This year we may be physically apart, but we will be closer than ever as we bring The International Shabbat Project Home! Please join PJ Library® and the JCC Golden Age Challah Program, and bake challah at home with your children. Order a free Challah at Home Kit online and pick it up at the JCC on Wednesday, November 4. Join our Zoom Challah Bake with Nessie on Thursday, November 5 at 5:30pm (optional). Challah at Home Kits are generously sponsored by Len and Faigel Shapiro. Donations to the JCC Golden Age Challah Baking Program are gratefully accepted. All details will be given at registration. Please contact Nessie Hollander 403-537-8599 or Kathie Wainer 403-537-8592 with any questions.
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. 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 Kesher - The Power of Connection
Every Friday
3:30pm | Join via 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.
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.
"How Art Thou?" Virtual Art Exhibition
September 8 - October 15, 2020 | Temple B’Nai Tikvah Website
Temple B’nai Tikvah is pleased to present "How Art Thou?", the Virtual Art Gallery's inaugural exhibition. Calgary Jewish Artists use the theme as a lighthearted way of approaching self-reflection, rumination and reconciliation that permeate the Days of Awe. This exhibition is open to all, click here to see the artwork.

Simchat Torah in the Park
Friday, October 9
6:00pm - Picnic | Temple B'nai Tikvah
6:30pm - Brief service and Torah parade around the park (weather permitting)
Social distancing, mask wearing, and all COVID precautions will be taken. The service will also be available on Zoom.

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.
Na'amat Calgary 2020-2021 Launch
Monday, October 5
7:30 - 9:30pm
We invite you to join us as we launch our 2020-2021 season with a Zoom get together. We will be making "Snuffle Mats" for the Calgary
Humane Society to benefit the animals. Stephanie Sacks will guide us through this crafty project, and we can have a fun and social visit at the same time! Interested? please let us know by email or phone 403-669-2908. Zoom link will be sent to participants prior to the program.
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!

Virtual Golden Age Luncheon
Thursday, October 22
12:00 - 1:00pm
We will deliver a boxed lunch to your home in the morning or you can drive-thru between 11:00 to 11:30am to pick-up. Live entertainment with Steven Klevsky will be offered on Zoom at noon. $5 per person. Register at the Customer Service Desk or call 403-253-8600, ext.0 by October 15. For more information email Nessie Hollander or call 403-537-8599. 
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

Calgary's Community Sukkah
To accommodate physical distancing this year, Chabad has expanded the community Sukkah to double the size for the annual "Community Open Sukkah" program. We invite you to stop by for a quick bite in the Sukkah and to do the Lulav shake from October 5 to 9. Email with the time you'd like to come. Once confirmed we will be there to greet you! All physical distancing and safety measures will be in place. A special thank you to Avi Amir and Homes by Avi for building the community Sukkah.

Simchat Torah Family Program
Simchat Torah this year is on Saturday night, October 10 and on Sunday, October 11. Stay tuned for more details on the annual family program, uniquely tailored for this year. Visit our website for updates as they become available, or email us for more information.

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.

Virtual Tanya Class with Rabbi Matusof
Sunday Mornings
Join Rabbi Matusof live on Facebook for a weekly Tanya class including Chassidic inspiration for these challenging times. To view the previous Tanya class and to access additional essays, videos, texts and more, visit our Facebook page or website.
Sukkah & Pizza Party
Wednesday, October 7
Graciously sponsored by Dovid and Chavah Reid and Family. For details and to order a boxed pizza email David Silver. Suggested donation: $10/pizza.

New! Learn Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi Halpern
Wednesdays starting October 14
8:00pm | Zoom
Join us every Wednesday as we study the weekly Torah portion
through the eyes of Rashi the author of a comprehensive Torah commentary. Email for more information.
Join on Zoom: meeting ID: 893 8703 1528, passcode: hojmi
Join by phone: +1 587-328-1099 Meeting ID: 893 8703 1528
passcode: 758339

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

8:00pm | 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.
Art and Scroll Studio features Judaica Artist Nina Bonos in Conversation and Presentation
Wednesday, October 7
7:00pm | Virtual
Temple B'nai Tikvah presents Art and Scroll Studio which celebrates makers and creators of Judaica art. Our presentation of Nina's work is part of a series of interviews that focus on the passion and inspiration of Judaica artists. Get your free tickets.
Week of Fun and Games
October 12 to 15
We may not be able to have our usual Games Day this year but we are planning a week of fun and games this month. Please call our office for further details at 403-253-4612 or visit our website.
Hazak 55+ Presents: Which Grandparent Are You?
With Kathie Wainer, PJ Library® and PJ Our Way® Manager
Thursday, October 15
1:00pm | Zoom
Grandparents can play a crucial role in the lives of their grandchildren, transmitting traditions, values and heritage during a time of tremendous change. Our grandchildren are more likely to live in multi-faith households. Many live in less financially stable circumstances than ours and at a geographical distance. Join us for an interactive discussion as we explore the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren and discuss the findings of the Jewish Grandparents Network's National Study of Jewish Grandparents. Which grandparent are you? And what does that mean for your grandchildren? 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 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, January 7, 14, 21, 28 and February 4
6:30pm-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 16, 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.
B'nai Mitzvah Program
Tuesdays beginning October 13
4:00 - 5:30pm
The B'nai Mitzvah program, for ages 10 to 13, is committed to making your child's journey toward Jewish adulthood an exciting and memorable experience. Each student receives personalized instruction and attention as they learn to lead Shabbat prayers, develop Hebrew reading/comprehension skills, explore the observance of mitzvot and discover what it means to become a Jewish adult in the 21st century. Meaningful connections with teachers and peers will help instill a sense of ownership and pride in the Jewish tradition they are inheriting. This year we are pleased to welcome Jonah Potasznik, our new Director of Youth Engagement, who will teach our grade 7s. Moshe Oren as well as Cantor Russ will continue to teach grades 5 and 6, respectively. Grades will be physically separated in the building and masks will be required at all times. For more information or to enroll, contact the Beth Tzedec office at 403-255-8688 or email. Please find a registration form on our website.

Shul School - Making Jewish Education Fun for the Whole Family
Sundays beginning October 18
10:00am - 12:00pm
Shul's cool at Shul School where kids (ages 4-9) enjoy music, arts and crafts, and much more! Infuse your home and community with a love of Judaism. Your child will learn: prayer and blessings, bible stories, holidays, mitzvot, Jewish ethics, Hebrew, and broaden their Jewish experience. This year we are pleased to welcome Lara Rodin to our Shul School team. Both she and our returning Morah Alexis will be providing programming and Hebrew instruction tailored to both our younger and older students so that our families can get the most out of the Shul School experience. Classes will be in-person and follow current AHS guidelines. For more information or to enroll, contact the Beth Tzedec office at 403-255-8688 or email. Please find a registration form on our website.

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

Daily Morning Minyan via Zoom
8:30am (service starts at 9:00am) | Join here 
Daily Afternoon Minyan via Zoom
5:30pm (service starts at 6:00pm) | Join here
Volunteer Opportunities at JFSC
Call 403-287-3510 or email.

Volunteerism is the heart and soul of many of our programs at JFSC! We have an on-going need for volunteers of all ages, stages and talents. JFSC's service delivery is always expanding which means there are new and exciting opportunities opening that offer a fun and meaningful way to impact your community. Do you enjoy making new relationships with others in your community, is cooking a special talent or passion of yours, do you dream about one day getting to play on a game show (or at least experience a similar environment), then have we got something for you! This includes our Friendly Visitor Program, Pantry Services, Memory Care, and Safta's Kitchen (please refer to our website's volunteer page for more details). As a JFSC volunteer, you can touch the lives of those most in need in our community by working together with our staff to provide innovative and vitally needed services to others.
Did You Know?
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