Everything That's Happening in Jewish Calgary
Next ePom: Monday, February 19, 2019

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Children | Family
Halpern Akiva Academy Open House Week
February 4-8
140 Haddon Road SW
Please contact the school at 403-258-1312 to schedule your tour.
PJ Library® Goes to Preschool
Thursday, February 7
9:30 - 11:00am | Halpern Akiva Academy 
This is a wonderful opportunity to explore this Jewish day school with your friends and meet the teachers. Please confirm your attendance with Akiva . For more information email Kathie

PJ Library Tot Shabbat
Fridays, February 8 and 22
9:45 for 10:00am start | Calgary JCC
Join our free half-hour class focusing on the festive feeling of Shabbat songs, dance, and brachot. There is no need to register. For more information email Kathie .

Shalom Baby Group
Thursdays, February 14 and 28
10:30am - Noon | Calgary JCC
Join our relaxed and informal baby group and share the joys and oys of parenthood. Email Tamara White or call 403-554-2024 to register or for more information. This program is suitable for babies under twelve months.

'PJ Our Way' - Now Available in Calgary
PJ Our Way is t he next chapter from PJ Library, for children between the ages of 9 and 11, offering the gift of exceptional books or graphic novels with Jewish themes. It is kid-driven: they choose their own books, creating a tailored experience based on their own interests and reading level. Our website has book ratings, reviews, and video trailers created by members themselves. Parents can join in the fun with their own Parent Blog. Sign up now or email Kathie for information.

PJ 'Get Together' Grant
Have you been meaning to get together with your friends, but haven't found the time or are not sure how to begin? Let PJ Library help you make it happen. Think of what you would like to do, include at least two or more other families raising Jewish children, and apply for a Get Together Grant. Once approved, host your get together and then submit a brief report. You will receive reimbursement via a no-fee debit card for up to  $100 USD . You can host up to three get togethers before April 30, 2019. Be creative! Have fun! For any questions or ideas, email Kathie . All applications, approvals, and reimbursements are done through pjlibrary.org .
Tot Shabbat
Friday, February 8
5:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Members: 0-4 Free, 5-12 $5, 13+ $10
Guests: 0-4 Free, 5-12 $10, 13+ $20
Introduce your little ones to the wonders of Kabbalat Shabbat in a relaxed kid-friendly environment. Light Shabbat Dinner provided. For more information email Rabbi Osadchey or call 403-255-8688, ext.2. RSVP to  info@bethtzedec.ca  or 403-255-8688 by Wednesday, February 6.
T eachers' Convention   Camp 
February 14-15 | Calgary JCC
Registration is now open for our two-day Teachers' Convention Camp. Limited spaces are available so register now at our Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0.

Summer Camp Kickoff
Sunday, February 17
10:00am - 12:00pm | Calgary JCC
Take advantage of the early bird discount and join us for fun and games for the kids while you register them for camp. For more information email Ryan Pratt .
Friendship Circle Calgary
Sunday, February 17
2:00pm | Chabad Calgary Campus
Join us for our Sunday Circle event. For more info contact Mrs. Rochel Matusof, Director at 403-714-9024 or email.  
An Afternoon of Winter Fun
Sunday February 24
2:00 - 3:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah, 900 47 Avenue SW
Join PJ Library and Temple B'nai Tikvah for an afternoon of skating and then come indoors and warm up with hot chocolate, snacks, and fun with Rabbi Glickman. There is no charge but registration is requested by email . Please bring a donation of something warm (gloves/toques/scarves) for those in need.
Purim at BTZ - Carnival with PJ Library
Sunday, March 17
10:00am | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Kids' Purim Party featuring food, hamentaschen, games, costume contests, activities, and more! Event is free of charge. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Food Bank. For more information call 403-255-8688 or email .
Halpern Akiva Academy Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 17
1:00 - 2:30pm | 140 Haddon Rd SW
For more info please email the school office or call 403-258-1312. 
No charge. Everyone welcome!
Megillah Reading and Party
Wednesday, March 20
7:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Beth Tzedec warmly invites the whole community to enjoy a special Megillah reading geared toward families, followed by a festive party. Event is free of charge. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Food Bank. For more information call 403-255-8688 or email .
Teen Connect - Escape Room
Sunday, February 24
1:00 - 3:00pm | Escape Room, 6012 3 Street SW
JCC and BBYO Teen Connect invite all teens grades 7 and 8 to a fun afternoon at the  Escape Room . Bring your friends! For more details or to register  email  Barry Pechet or call 403-444-3155. Cost: $15 per person.
NCSY Learn and Earn
Every Thursday 
7:30 - 8:30pm | 9803 24 Street SW, #1403
Teen discussion group, based on Ethics of Our Fathers (Pirkei Avot). Drop-ins and new teens welcome! Those who attend get a discount on the Spring Regional Shabbaton (May 2019). For more info email Rabbi Carr or call 587-664-9613.
Hillel | Young Professionals
Bagel Lunch @ 11:00am – 1:00pm
Tuesdays, February 5 and 19 | Mount Royal University, Rm Z306
Thursdays, February 7 and 21 | University of Calgary, Clubs Rm 7
For more information email Danielle .

Shabbat Hop Begins
Friday, February 8
5:00pm | Chabad Calgary Campus, 134 Forge Road SE
Discover which Jewish denomination works for you with this explorative Friday night program. Sign up here . F or more information email Danielle .
Avi Shabbat
Friday, February 22
5:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah, 900 47 Avenue SW
Our annual Interfaith Avi Shabbat dinner is an opportunity for students and young professionals from a wide range of political, religious, and identity divides to share a communal Shabbat meal and conversation focused on fostering interfaith understanding and cross cultural encounters. $10 per person. Register at this link .
Drinks After Work
Thursday, February 7
5:30 - 7:30pm | Greta Bar, 213 10 Avenue SW
JAC's monthly networking event invades Greta Bar. Try your hands at some arcade games while having a drink and getting to know your Jewish peers.  For more information email Danielle.

Ice Skating
Sunday, February 24
11:00am – 1:00pm | Bowness Lagoon, 8900 48 Avenue NW
JACFit invites you to join in this family friendly skate session, nestled in picturesque Bowness Park! Skate and helmet rental is available on site. Questions? Email Danielle or call 403-444-3146.
Challah Bake
Monday, February 11
7:00 - 8:30pm |  9803 24 Street SW, #1403
Learn to braid and bake homemade challah at our first event! All university students and young professionals invited. Bring friends and meet new ones!  Please RSVP . For more info contact Miriam Carr at 587-664-5613.
Adult Education
Kabballah: Classic Texts
Mondays, February 4, 11, 18
7:30pm | Congregation House of Jacob Mikveh Israel
Classes with Rabbi Yisroel Miller. Information: 403-259-3230.

Journey to Self-Improvement
Wednesdays, February 6, 13 and 20
1:00pm | Congregation House of Jacob Mikveh Israel
An in-depth study of the book: The Path of the Just
Classes with Rabbi Binyomin Halpern. Information: 587-917-6651.

Thursdays, February 7, 14 and 21
7:00pm | Congregation House of Jacob Mikveh Israel
Classes with Rabbi Binyomin Halpern. Information: 403-259-3230.
Dessert and Learn
Ancient Money of the Holy Land
Monday, February 4
7:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
Marina Fischer is Collection Specialist for Numismatics at Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary. This talk will explore the coinage of the Holy Land, its cultural interactions and political messages, and its unique art and design, beginning with the Persian Imperial coins – the only coins referenced in the Tanakh. Coins from the University of Calgary's Nickle Numismatic Collection will be available for viewing.  
Achieving Quality Inclusive Education
Information Session for Parents and Caregivers
Tuesday, February 5
6:30 - 9:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
Donna Barret has vast experience in leadership in inclusive education as a superintendent, school principal, teacher, and consultant. She will be addressing what a quality inclusive education looks like including adapting curriculum and instruction, facilitating friendships at school, knowing your rights, and how funding works. This event is free - please email Karina Szulc or call 403-444-3158 to register. In partnership with Inclusion Alberta and Temple B'nai Tikvah.
Crime and Consequence  
A Provocative Six-week Course
Evening option - Tuesday, February 5, 7:30pm
Morning option - Wednesday, February 6, 9:30am
Chabad of Alberta Campus 
Exploring Jewish wisdom concerning relevant matters regarding the criminal justice system and what we can do to break the cycle of crime. You will be surprised!  Register today for a somewhat devastating and infuriating but thoroughly astonishing experience! For more information and to register, go  online  or contact Rabbi Groner at 403-281-3770 or  email

Why You Should Never Give Up
Thursday, February 7  
7:30pm | Chabad of Alberta Campus 
For more information and to register, go  online  or contact Rabbi Groner at 403-281-3770 or  email .

Clothes Make the Person
Thursday, February 14
7:30pm | Chabad of Alberta Campus 
For more information and to register, go  online  or contact Rabbi Groner at 403-281-3770 or  email .
Interfaith Bible Study
Exodus: From Bondage to Liberation
Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27
1:00 - 2:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah, 900 47 Avenue SW
Facilitators: Rabbi Shaul Osadchey (Beth Tzedec), Rabbi Mark Glickman (Temple B'nai Tikvah), Rev. Anna Greenwood-Lee (St. Laurence Anglican and the Wisdom Centre). Free and open to all. For more information email or call 403-255-868.
Lil Faider Interfaith Scholar-in-Residence Brunch
Sundays, February 10 and 24
10:00am | Beth Tzedec Congregation
The Lil Faider Interfaith Scholar-in-Residence program is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Duggan will continue his lecture series on Christianity: From its Jewish Origins to its Diversity in the 21st Century with a focus on Christendom: The Imperial Church. Free of charge. Everyone welcome. RSVP by email or call 403-255-8688.

Taste of Judaism - Hamantaschen Gone Wild
Tuesday, February 12
10:00am | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Forget about the traditional hamantaschen fillings! How about: smoked salmon horseradish, pecan pie or nacho? Plus, hamantaschen jello shots! The class is limited to 12 participants. $10 members - $15 guests . RSVP by email before Friday, February 8 or call 403-255-8688.
ShabbaTTogether - A Global Shabbat of Disability Inclusion and Mental Health Awareness
February 8 | Chabad Calgary Campus, 134 Forge Road SE
Open to all. Gluten free and vegan options will be included in the menu of this delicious Shabbat dinner. Please RSVP. For more information email Mrs. Rochel Matusof or call 403-281-3770.

Feminine Conversations
Saturday, February 9
11:00am | Chabad Calgary Campus
Based on Kabbalah and Chassidic philosophy led by Mrs. Rochel Matusof. Refreshments served. Open to all. For more information email or call 403-714-9024.

Adult Education/Family Event
Sunday Morning Yeshiva Experience for the Whole Family
9:00am | Chabad Calgary Campus
Free to attend, walk-ins welcome! Delicious hot breakfast and round table discussions on contemporary topics followed by a Tanya class with Rabbi Matusof. RSVP or call 403-281-3770

Tanya Classes with Rabbi Matusof
11:00am - 12:15pm | Chabad Calgary Campus
Join Rabbi Matusof for weekly Tanya Classes. Free to attend, walk-ins welcome. Part of the Sunday Morning Yeshiva Experience. RSVP and information available  online  or call 403-281-3770. 

Save the Date
Behind Enemy Lines
Tuesday, March 26
Chabad Calgary Campus
Join us for an unforgettable evening with Holocaust Survivor, Marthe Cohn, a French Jewish spy in Nazi Germany. For more information contact Rabbi Groner at 403-281-3770 or email .  
Inclusion Event: Including Samuel Movie Screening
Thursday, February 28
6:30pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation, 1325 Glenmore Trail SW
Calgary Jewish Federation and Beth Tzedec Congregation invite you to the screening of Including Samuel. Dan Habib's award-winning documentary film examines the educational and social inclusion of youth with disabilities. Followed by a conversation with facilitator, Amy Goldberg. For info email Karina Szulc or call 4 03-389-6994.
Gala Dinner Honouring Dvora and Ronnie Kaplan
Keynote Speaker: Moishe Bane
Sunday, February 10
5:30pm | Carriage House
Information and tickets: email or call 403-259-3230.
68th Annual B'Nai Brith Dinner
Thursday, February 21
5:30pm Cocktails | Beth Tzedec Congregation
7:00pm Dinner
Honouring Nancy C. Southern, Chair and CEO of ATCO Ltd. and
Canadian Utilities Limited. In support of Kids Cancer Care.
Tickets: $300. For more information on reserved corporate tables and sponsorship call 403-255-6554.
Save the Date
Volunteer for Just One Shift at Our Upcoming Casino
Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13
Another Calgary casino fundraiser for Camp BB Riback is soon coming our way, and we're hoping we can count on your volunteer support. This is one of Camp's largest and most important fundraising events, in which we typically receive approximately $70,000 to help keep and improve our facilities. Please contact our Director Stacy Shaikin as soon as possible to lend your support to this important fundraising cause. It's also a fun time and great way to meet other dedicated volunteers, camp staff, alumni, and camp supporters.     
Save the Date
JFSC Annual Fundraiser
Sunday, May 5
Stay tuned for more information.
Save the Date
Calgary JCC 30th Annual Sports Dinner
Thursday, June 13
Mark you calendar for our annual Sports Dinner presented by ATB Financial, featuring Jarome Iginla. Get ahead of the game and reserve your table now by emailing Lynne Preston .
Seniors Luncheon
Tuesday, February 12
11:45am - 1:45pm | Calgary JCC
A lovely way to spend a Tuesday afternoon with friends in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy a home cooked meal and entertainment by Kim and Dave. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Mitzvah Project Food Bank. In collaboration with Jewish Family Service Calgary. $5 per person. RSVP by February 7 at 403-253-8600, ext.0.  Email Nessie or call 403-537-8599 for information.

Home Safety Checklist Seminar
Wednesday, February 13
10:00 - 11:30am | Calgary JCC
Learn the different features of every room in your home to make it safe and user friendly. In partnership with Home Instead. Free. For more information contact Nessie at 403-537-8599.

Argentine Tango  
Every Sunday until February 24
6:00 - 7:30pm
Join us on Sundays for a free and fun dance class! Instruction by Angela Rozenfield, with Russian translation. Group classes designed specially for seniors. For more information contact Nessie at 403-537-8599

Hearing Clinic     
Monday, February 25
10:00 - 11:30am | Calgary JCC        
We believe every sound connects us to our world. No appointment necessary. In partnership with Connect Hearing. Free.
Email Nessie  or call 403-537-8599 for more information.
Hazak 55+ Presents:
The Kaddish Symphony, Chichester Psalms, Hashkiveinu and Beyond with Cantor Russ
Thursday, February 28
12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Known as a world-class conductor, teacher, and composer of numerous works for musical theatre, Leonard Bernstein also penned many pieces of music with a distinctly Jewish focus. Join Cantor Russ as he takes us on a fascinating journey through Bernstein's Jewish oeuvre. Lunch at 12 noon, $5 for members, $7 for guests. RSVP to the synagogue office at 403-255-8688 by Tuesday, February 26. For more information contact Donna Caplan at 403-271-3066.

Save the Date
Hazak 55+ Presents:
Where's Waldo? Where's Waldman? Tracking Your Jewish Heritage and Leaving a Legacy, with Ken Drabinsky
Wednesday, March 13
12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Ken Drabinsky, Genealogy Chair of JHSSA, will discuss the value of genealogy research for tracking Jewish families by starting a family tree, searching for documents, and communicating to the family. Lunch at 12:00 noon, $5 for members and $7 for guests. RSVP to the synagogue office at 402-255-8688 by Monday, March 11. For more information contact Donna Caplan at 403-271-3066.

Save the Date
Seniors' Purim Luncheon
Sunday, March 24
12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Celebrate the holiday with a delicious lunch prepared by Beth Tzedec Congregation members. Open to all Calgary seniors free of charge. For more information call 403-255-8688 or email
Arts and Culture
"Created" Art Show and Sale
On now until February 24
Calgary JCC
A solo show by artist, Anna Pederson.
Betzalel Arts: Professional and emerging Jewish artists work together to support, encourage and develop artistic professionalism and growth.
Karaoke Night
Saturday, February 9
7:00 - 10:00pm | Haysboro Community Center, 1204 89 Ave SW
Hosted by Garth (he is amazing), who will have hundreds of song listings with a screen for singers to read lyrics while performing. Piano available, bring your own instrument. Refreshments served. This will be a fun-fun evening! $10 members or $15 non members as a donation at the door would be appreciated. Bring your friends; open to the community. Please contact Stanley Major to RSVP.
Shanghai: A Refuge During the Holocaust
February 11 - 24 | Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
February 26 - March 10 | Calgary JCC
Calgary Jewish Federation and the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre present this special cross-cultural event. The exhibit chronicles the little-known story of the thousands of Jews who sought and found refuge in wartime Shanghai. Based on the oral histories of Shanghai-landers, the exhibit tells their stories through the use of documents and photographs. You are invited to join us for this very special exhibit! Email Ilana for more information.  
Shabbat Canta
Friday, February 15
7:00 - 7:25pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
Join Katie Baker and warm up your singing voices. We will have a Span-ish theme including a raucous Ladino Ein Keloheinu.
Welcome Shabbat
Friday, February 22
10:30 - 11:00am | Calgary JCC
Join us for a family-friendly candle lighting, Kiddush , hamotzi , and to hear Mr. Violin play Shabbat songs.

Israeli Folk Dance
Sundays until March 3 
6:30 - 8:00pm | Calgary JCC
Enjoy a taste of Israel and join us for a traditional chug (circle dance) with Yael Guterman. Visit our website for more details. Email   Shula for more information.

Save the Date
Purim à la Klezmer
Monday, March 11
7:30 - 9:00pm | Calgary JCC
Have a fun musical evening, dance in costume, and savour hamentaschen! Admission by donation. For more information email Shula Banchik.

Mah-Jong Musings Exhibit - Call for Memorabilia
September 2019
The JCC Arts & Culture department is asking for treasured artefacts of the popular Chinese game, Mah-Jong to be displayed in an interactive exhibit. The display will depict the story of the Calgary Jewish community and its love for the game. If you have collected items, photos, game pieces, upcycled Mahjong objects or paraphernalia, these can be donated or loaned. For information and to volunteer for this exhibit, email Shula Banchik .

Community Klezmer Band
Every second Monday, September to June
Calgary JCC
Explore the musical world of Eastern Europe with band director, Frank Rackow. Musicians of any instrument welcome. Must be able to play and read music at an intermediate level. Visit our website for more details. Email Shula for pro-rated fees for the remainder of the year.
Film Screening: From Cairo to the Cloud
Sunday, March 3
7:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
Come see this fascinating documentary about the Cairo Genizah, featuring our own Rabbi Mark Glickman. Suggested donation $10.
Future Alberta Cup
February 23-24
West Edmonton Mall (WEM)
The 2nd annual JNF Future Alberta Cup will be held at WEM in Edmonton. Captains, start putting together your hockey teams to win the cup and bring it back to Calgary! 
Hamentaschen for Purim, Wednesday March 20
Place orders before Wednesday, February 28
It's time to order hamentaschen for the Purim holiday! Filling is a mixture of prunes, raisins, and apricots. Order forms available at the JCC Customer Service Desk. If you need large quantities, please contact Nessie at 403-537-8599. Pick up dates are Friday March 15, Monday March 18, Tuesday March 19 and Wednesday March 20. Price: $12 for a baker's dozen (13 pieces).
Save the Date
Israel National Trail (INT) Hike
March 3-8
National Geographic™ calls the INT one of "20 epic hikes" in the world. Each spring CFHU walks a different section of the 1,009 km long trail. This year's trek starts from the Dead Sea and finishes in Jerusalem. Join us and discover Israel differently! Click here for details, pricing, and registration forms or email us.
Casino Volunteers Needed
Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13
Federation is looking for volunteers to staff our upcoming casino. Please contact Jessica Miller Switzer at 403-444-3157 or email if you are available to take a shift.
Post Secondary Scholarships and Agency Grants
The Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary is pleased to announce that the application process is now open for Post Secondary Scholarships as well as Agency Grants. Both applications and information can be found online . Deadline is Friday, April 12. For more information email Brenda Sapoznikow or call 403-640-2273.
Volunteer in Israel
Ruach Tova (Good Spirit in Hebrew) is the leading organization in the field of volunteering in Israel, specializing in matching volunteers with organizations. We provide volunteer opportunities in a variety of languages and we match you to causes and organizations according to your preferences, skills and geographical location. Volunteers can email us and we will find you a suitable opportunity. In addition, we have a blog about volunteering in Israel.
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