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Tuesday, September 8 | 19 Elul 5780
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.
Calgary Holocaust Survivor Photography Exhibit
Calgary Jewish Federation invites our community's Holocaust Survivors and their loved ones to be part of our newest initiative honouring Survivors, Calgary Holocaust Survivor Photography Exhibit. Both living Survivors and those who have passed, will be featured in this unique exhibit that our community can share for many generations. Closing date for submissions is Thursday, October 1. To learn more, click here. If you or someone you know would like to take part in this project, contact Dahlia and Marnie.

Community Chaplain Hospital Visits
Alberta Health Services is now allowing clergy members to visit patients in the hospitals. You can receive visits from Community Chaplain Sari Shernofsky (403-830-5920) and/or your rabbi. Visits must be initiated by the patient or a family member. The hospital unit managers will contact the requested individual and arrange the visit.
JFSC Annual General Meeting
Monday, September 21
7:00 - 8:30pm | Zoom
Board members and staff of JFSC would like to invite and welcome you to our AGM. Guest speaker: Walter Moscovitz will share his experience about JFSC's Home Support Program. Agenda includes: adoption of 2019 AGM minutes, approval of amended bylaws, adoption of the 2019/20 audited financial statements, appointment of the 2020/21 auditors, and election of the slate of directors for 2020/21. Registration is required by calling Peta at 403-692-6389 or by email. $18 membership required in order to vote. We look forward to seeing you.
Calgary JCC Fall Fitness
As we head into the cooler days of fall, we are all beginning to look for ways to stay active indoors. Here at the JCC, we provide a variety of options within a safe and small group environment. Classes are open for pre-booking 48 hours in advance. Follow the step-by-step guide to book yourself into any of our weekly GroupX, Aquafit, Lane/Family Swim, CrossFit, and Weight Room slots. For more information contact our Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0.
Shana Tova 5781 from Canadian Magen David Amon
A very healthy and happy new year to all our donors, families, and friends. From the Calgary Chapter Chair, Leonard Shapiro, and Western Region Director, Sharon Fraiman.

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.
JCFC is Here to Support and Help our Community Members
Although we are not physically present at our office, we continue to function on a remote basis with all necessary capabilities. You are able to make a donation, order tribute cards online by visiting our websiteemailing or calling 403-640-2273. Please do not hesitate to be in contact if we can be of any assistance. We are here for you. Stay well everyone.
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.
Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, September 11
6:00pm | Zoom
Usher in Shabbat with your peers, while getting to know one another virtually.

Kahoot! Jewish Trivia
Wednesday, September 16
7:00 - 8:00pm | Zoom
Test your knowledge against other students to compete for prizes and bragging rights.

Rosh HaShanah Challah Braiding with Alanna Weisberg
Thursday, September 17
7:00 - 8:00pm | Zoom
Learn to braid a traditional round Challah with baking expert, Alanna Weisberg. Note: Please make dough ahead of time.

Mental Health Coping Strategies and Stress Ball Making with Joel Zimmerman
Tuesday, September 22
7:00 - 8:00pm | Zoom
Learn effective coping strategies to improve your mental health.

Virtual Havdallah
Saturday, September 26
7:00pm | Zoom
Get all the warm fuzzy feelings while saying "goodbye" to Shabbat and "hello" to the week. 

For more information about Hillel and our programming, contact Danielle Braitman at 403-444-3146 or email.
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.
Pre-Selichot Sermon by Rabbi Halpern
Saturday, September 12
11:10 - 11:20pm | In person at HOJMI or Zoom
Meeting ID: 893 8703 1528, password: hojmi
Meeting ID: 893 8703 1528, passcode: 758339

Selichot with Soul
Saturday, September 12
11:30pm | In person at HOJMI
Inspirational prayers led by Rabbi Chaim Safren, head of the Calgary Community Kollel.

Pre-Rosh Hashana Class
Helpful Laws for Shabbat and Yom Tov
Monday, September 14
8:00pm | Zoom
Meeting ID: 893 7806 4652, password: hojmi
Meeting ID: 893 7806 4652, passcode: 800971

Shana Tova Get Together and Drasha
Friday, September 18
2:00 - 2:30pm | Zoom
Join your HOJMI friends for a chance to catch up, wish each other a year of health and blessing, and hear some words of inspiration from Rabbi Halpern! (apple and honey not included)
Meeting ID: 859 6258 1066, password: hojmi
Meeting ID: 859 6258 1066, passcode: 940729

Shofar and a Story
Sunday, September 20
Two convenient times and locations:
Join us outdoors on Rosh Hashanah afternoon for a High Holidays story with Rabbi Halpern and Shofar blowing by Rabbi Greenwald. Email for more information

Shabbat Shuva Drasha
Friday, September 25
2:00pm | Zoom
A text-based analysis of repentance and the High Holidays.
Meeting ID: 863 0642 8445, password: hojmi
By phone: dial by your location
    +1 438 809 7799 Canada
    +1 587 328 1099 Canada
    +1 647 374 4685 Canada
    +1 647 558 0588 Canada
    +1 778 907 2071 Canada
    +1 204 272 7920 Canada
Meeting ID: 863 0642 8445, passcode: 633926

Calgary Community Kollel Daily Halacha Class
Rabbi Safren's Morning Class
Daily, except for Shabbat, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur
9:00 - 9:30am | Conference call
To join call 587-326-0141 PIN: 5339528

Gemara
Thursdays
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.
Women and Justice Webinar Series
Wednesdays, September 23 to October 14
6:00pm | Zoom
Please join us for an important webinar series that empowers, is thought provoking, and provides an action focused approach to issues that impact women today. Our amazing speakers will share their wisdom as they educate and lead us to a call to action. Please share with members, family, and friends. Help make this event a success! Hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women Canada. Registration required in advance on Eventbrite.
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 October. Please call our office for further details at 403-253-4612 or visit our website.
Shabbat Livestreaming at BTZ
Fridays
6:00pm | Stream here, or use the alternate link here 
Saturdays
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
"How Art Thou?" Virtual Art Exhibition
September 8 to October 15
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.

Erev Shabbat Services
Fridays
7:30pm | Zoom
Contact the Temple's office for the link.
 
Chant Services with Betsy Jameson
Saturdays
9:30am | Zoom
Contact the Temple's office for the link.
 
Morning Shabbat Service and Torah Study
Saturdays
10:30am | Zoom
Contact the Temple's office for the link.
Volunteer Opportunities at JFSC
Call 403-287-3510 or email.

Friendly Visitor - Over the phone
Three to 20 hours per week.
Many seniors in our community experience isolation and loneliness. Friendly Visiting is a meaningful way for yourself, a friend, or a loved one to give back to the community and make a difference in the life of a senior by exploring common interests, sharing experiences, and building connections through a phone call. Become a trained volunteer with JFSC and be personally matched with a senior in our community!

Food Pantry Volunteer
Three to four hours per week. Minimum six months commitment. 
JFSC provides food hampers to individuals and families and is now an active participant of The SPINZ program which provides non-profit agencies with the opportunity to access non-perishable food items, fresh fruits, and vegetables for their clients. We need volunteers on Tuesdays from 9:00 to 10:00am. The volunteer will meet a JFSC staff member at the location by 8:30am to assist staff with picking out food items. The volunteer will then assist staff in transporting the food to JFSC and assist with unloading and sorting the food.

In-Home Memory Care Volunteers
Six to 20 hours per week. For September to December 31, 2020
Volunteers will engage with individuals experiencing memory loss (Alzheimers, Dementia) through a variety of activities to deliver brain boosting activities while providing respite opportunities for the caregiver. Volunteers are trained on the Best Friends Approach (Alzheimer Society) and are provided ongoing support, supervision, training and guidance.
Looking for Something Crafty to Do?
The Shawl-Om Project is an initiative by Jewish community members to create hand-crafted lap blankets and shawls to distribute to community members who would appreciate such a gift. Because of COVID-19, the project's launch has been delayed, but anyone interested in creating such a loving gift can get started now! We are looking for shawls and blankets that are quilted, knit, crocheted, etc. For further information on specifications for the items, please email Michele Doctoroff, call 403-238-2919, or go online.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Calgary Jewish Federation is on YouTube? Subscribe for even more ways to connect and engage with our community!
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