Everything that's Happening in Jewish Calgary
Next ePom: Monday, February 3, 2020

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Join Calgary Jewish Federation as we mark this historic event with a two-part commemoration program. At 12pm, come together with Survivors, dignitaries, and community members to honour the victims of the Holocaust, their loved ones, and family members at Calgary City Hall.

At 7pm, join professor, historian, and political scientist, Dr. Melanie Carina Schmoll at Calgary JCC for a dynamic lecture exploring the challenges of commemoration in a world of decreasing Survivors and witnesses, and the power of the lessons and stories of the Holocaust.

Click HERE to find a full schedule and details of the day. Round trip busing from the JCC to Calgary City Hall will be provided . Email Amy Glassman Boiko or call 403-444-3153 to reserve a seat on the bus or with inquiries. Limited seats still available. Hard deadline to register for busing, January 21 (tomorrow) at noon.
Children | Family
PJ Goes to Preschool - The Calgary Jewish Academy
Thursday, January 23
9:30 - 11:00am | The Calgary Jewish Academy
Join us at CJA's Open House. This is an opportunity for parents to explore the school, meet the teachers, staff, and parents. Registration is required . For more information and to register email Kathie or The Calgary Jewish Academy
PJ Library® Tot Shabbat
Friday, January 24 and February 7
9:45 - 10:00am start | Calgary JCC
Join PJ Library® for our popular musical 30- to 45-minute class focusing on the festive feeling of Shabbat and holidays through songs and movement with brachot and challah. There is no charge for this program and no need to register. Everyone is welcome but please note that this program is suitable for children who are not yet in preschool. Please email Kathie or phone 403-537-8592 for more information. Please note there is no Tot Shabbat on February 21. Next Tot Shabbat date: March 6 (Purim).
PJ Library presents Joanie Calem
Sing! Dance! Love!
Sunday, February 2
10:30am - Noon | Calgary JCC
Free children's concert. Join renowned musician, storyteller, and educator, Joanie Calem for a morning of original and traditional songs. This energetic and interactive concert is for children of all ages. Please register online if you are planning to join us. Bring your dancing shoes! PJ Library is proud to celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM).
PJ Goes to Preschool - Halpern Akiva Academy
Thursday, February 6
9:30 - 11:00am | Halpern Akiva Academy
Join us at Halpern Akiva's Open House. Experience a morning of preschool with your friends, meet the teachers, staff, and parents. Registration is required by February 3. For more information and to register email Kathie   or Halpern Akiva Academy .
PJ OUR WAY Celebrates Tu B'Shevat at the Apple Store
Sunday, February 9
11:15am - 12:30pm | Apple Store Chinook Mall
Free event! PJ Our Way invites children 9 to 12 years old to celebrate Tu B'Shevat and create your own environmentally sustainable treehouse using iPad and Apple Pencil. Limited spots available – please register online. For more information and to register for PJ Our Way (the next step of PJ Library) please contact Kathie Wainer .

Traditional Family Shabbat Dinner
Friday, January 24
6:00pm Services • 7:00pm Dinner | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Members: Adults $35, Kids $25; Guests: Adults $45, Kids $35
Beth Tzedec invites your family to be a part of a traditional Shabbat evening dinner. Experience the joy of prayer and the warmth of community as we bring in Shabbat together. We hope you all will be able to join us! RSVP TODAY to the Beth Tzedec office at 403-255-8688 or via email.
Tot Shabbat
Friday, February 7
5:30pm | 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 please email Cantor Russ or call 403-255-8688, ex.2 or email the Beth Tzedec office to RSVP or call 403-255-8688 by Wednesday, February 5.
Teachers' Convention Camp 
February 13-14 | Calgary JCC
Registration is now open for our two-day Teachers' Convention Camp. Register at our Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0.
Shabbat School
9:00am - 12:00pm | Temple B’nai Tikvah
For more information, please contact our Director of Education, Emma Faber.
Hillel | Young Professionals
UofC Bagel Lunch
Tuesday, January 21
11:00am - 1:00pm | UofC Faith & Spirituality Centre
Bummed about school starting again? Eat your feelings at Bagel Lunch! Contact Danielle Braitman for more information.
Israel VR Tour
Tuesday, January 21
11:00am - 3:00pm | UofC Science Theatres
Have you been to Israel? Hillel and Stand With Us Canada want to send you there, no passport required! Find us in Science Theatres at table 4 to take a virtual reality tour of Israel! Contact Danielle Braitman for more information.
Birthright Info Session
Wednesday, January 22
5:30 - 8:00pm | Calgary JCC
Questions about the Birthright process? Wondering if you are eligible? Want to send your kids? Concerned about safety? Need help with pre-registration? Join CIE Recruitment Manager Jesse Primerano as he answers all of your inquiries, and enjoy a kosher falafel dinner sponsored by Calgary Hillel. Contact Danielle Braitman for more information.
Birthright Brews and Jews 1600
Wednesday, January 22
8:00 - 10:00pm | 1600 World Bier Haus Restaurant & Lounge
Can't make it for the Birthright info session, or want to keep the party going? We will be heading to 1600 after for Brews and Jews with Jesse Primerano ! Contact Danielle Braitman for more information.
Lemonade Stand
Thursday, January 23
11:00am - 3:00pm | UofC Earth Sciences
Looming midterms got you down? Tuition hikes killing your vibe? Hillel and Stand With Us Canada have the solution! Head over to Earth Sciences to write your stressors down and then squeeze the juice right out of them! No previous lemonade making experience necessary. Contact Danielle Braitman for more information.
Adult Education

סיפורי מוסיקה Stories of Music
The Times They Are A’Changin – Part 2
Tuesday, January 21 - 6:30pm
Thursday, January 23 - 10:30am
Beth Tzedec Congregation
Cantor Russ is proud to bring to Beth Tzedec an adult education project developed in partnership with the Cantors Assembly, the American Conference of Cantors, and the Milken Archive of Jewish Music. This 10-session curriculum will engage you to think about the Jewish experience in North America in new and different ways as you explore stories of the evolving nature of Jewish music. We hope you will join Cantor Russ and be a part of this exciting new program. For more information or to sign up, please call 403-255-8688 or email . Members: Free of charge. Guests: $18 per class.
Beyond Dispute: Debates that Shape Jewish Life Led by Cantor Russell Jayne
February 4, 11, March 3, 24, May 5, 26, June 2, 9, July 14, 28, August 11
6:30 - 8:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Course Cost: Members: $10, Guests: $18
Philosophical, spiritual, ethical, and cultural debates are at the heart of Judaism and Jewish life. Beyond Dispute is a multi-month course (11 classes) featuring a substantive, text-based exploration of how these debates have been manifested over the course of Jewish history. Enjoy rich discussion about their continued resonance in contemporary Jewish life. To register, please contact the office at 403-255-8688 or email us . Limited to 15 participants.
Preparing for the End of Life: An Eight-Week Course based on Hassidic Literature, Talmudic Stories and Jewish Laws and Customs Led by Rabbi Rick Kline
Thursdays, beginning February 6
6:30 - 9:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Open to lay participants and clergy, all texts in Hebrew and English, no prerequisite. Participants are asked to commit to all eight sessions ending April 2. (Note: No class on February 27) Members and volunteers of Beth Tzedec and Chevra Kadisha: $50. Members of the community at large: $100. Students: $25. Includes a comprehensive 194 page text book. Registration limited to 12 participants. For more information, and to register, please go online or email the Beth Tzedec office or call 403-255-8688.
Journey to Self-Improvement – an In-depth Study of the Book The Path of the Just 
January 22 and February 5
1:30 - 2:30pm | Congregation House of Jacob Mikveh Israel
Class with Rabbi Binyomin Halpern. Information: 587-917-6651

January 23, 30 and February 6
7:30pm | Congregation House of Jacob Mikveh Israel
Classes with Rabbi Binyomin Halpern and Rabbi Chaim Safren. Information: 403-259-3230
Torah 'n' Java
9:45 - 10:30am | Temple B’nai Tikvah
Come have a cup of coffee and learn Torah.
Desert & Learn with Rabbi Glickman
Thursday, January 23
6:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah Library
Come and enjoy Rabbi Glickman's talk on the topic of: " Interfaith Weddings: Why I Never Used to Officiate at Them, and Why I Sometimes do Now .”
Lunch & Learn with Bonnie Kaplan
Wednesday, January 29
12:00pm | Temple B’nai Tikvah Library
Bonnie Kaplan will discuss the Life & Legacy program and sustaining our Calgary Jewish institutions for future generations .
Kehilat Shalom Melamed Mondays
1:30pm | Members' Homes
Join Rabbi Leonard Cohen facilitating a discussion on a variety of text/talmud study sessions, taking place at people's homes in the community. We examine traditional texts in both Hebrew and English, to analyze their meaning and explore their applicability to our world today. Classes are free. Call 403-850-0106 for more information.

Home Havdalah
Once a month, Kehilat Shalom holds a Saturday evening Havdalah celebration at members' homes, along with dessert and informal programming. Join us in bidding goodbye to Shabbat and ushering its spirit of joy into the coming week. Times and locations vary, and celebrations are free to attend. Next one will be taking place in February. Call 403-850-0106 for information.
Judaism's Gifts to the World:
How Major Jewish Ideas Evolved Into Universal Values   
A new six-week course from the Calgary JLI
Begins: Evening option - Tuesday, February 4 
Morning option - Wednesday. February 5 | Chabad Alberta
Go online for information and to register, or Email Rabbi Groner or call 403-281-3770.
Hazak 55+ Presents
Common Scams: How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
Wednesday, January 22
12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Beth Tzedec and Hazak 55+welcomes Sgt. Matt Frederickson who will discuss the ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones from telephone, telemarketing and online fraud and scams. Sgt. Frederickson serves on the Fraud Team of the Calgary Police Service’s Economic Crimes Unit. Lunch at 12 noon, $5 for members and $7 for guests. RSVP to the synagogue office at 403-255-8688 TODAY. Please pay at the office upon arrival, if you have not paid in advance. For more information, please contact Maxine Fischbein at 403-616-0320. Everyone is welcome.
Hearing Clinic - Free
Monday, January 27
10:00 - 11:30am | Calgary JCC
Every sound connects us to the world. Come to the JCC and receive a complimentary screening. No appointment necessary.

Hamentaschen for Purim
Orders must be placed by Wednesday, February 5
$12 per dozen. Mixtures include: prunes, apricot and raisins. 
Pick up dates: March 5, 6 or 9. Call 403-253-8600, ext.0.

Monthly Golden Age Luncheon
Tuesday, February 11
11:45am - 1:45pm | Calgary JCC
Come and enjoy an afternoon of lunch music, plus meet and make new friends. Entertainers: Dave and Dave. $5 per person. In partnership with Lenny and Faigel Shapiro and Family.
Services at Trinity and Chateau Renoir
1st, 3rd, and 5th Friday of each month - Trinity Lodge
2nd and 4th Friday of each month - Chateau Renoir
3:00 - 4:00pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Leonard Cohen are being held for residents of Trinity Lodge and Chateau Renoir. Contact us for more information.
Community Celebrations | Commemorations
We All Belong! Concert
Sunday, February 2
1:00pm | Calgary JCC
Join musician, storyteller, and songwriter Joanie Calem as we celebrate talent, diversity, and inclusion! This is a FREE concert followed by the 2020 Youth Inclusion Essay Contest Awards Ceremony. Register online or contact Karina Szulc with inquiries.
Shabbat Shiraz
Friday, January 24
7:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah Foyer
Join us for a cheese and wine social gathering before our musical Erev Shabbat service. Bring a bottle of your favourite wine to share; we provide the cheese and crackers.
One Shabbat One World & ShabbaTTogether
Promoting Inclusion Awareness 
Friday, January 31 & Saturday, February 1 
Community Shabbat Dinner with Guest Speaker Rabbi Yossi Groner of Charlotte, NC. For more information and registrati on. Please go online , call 403-281-3770, or email us .
Calgary B'nai Brith Lodge 816 - Menorah Foundation is Hosting its 69th Annual Dinner
Thursday, February 27
Beth Tzedec Congregation
Special guest this year is Brad Wall, former premier of Saskatchewan. Featured beneficiary is Project Cypress in support of the RCMP National Remembrance Fund & Heritage Centre. For tickets, sponsorships and donations, please email the BB office or call 403-255-6554.
Arts & Culture
Old Stock - A Refugee Love Story
Sunday, February 9
2:00pm | Martha Cohen Theatre
Join Calgary Jewish Federation for a special performance of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. Go online and enter the discount code CJF20 or call 403-294-7402 and mention the code. The matinee will feature members of Calgary's Jewish Community, including Harry Sanders and Sandra Weizman in a special post-show performance. Contact Amy Glassman Boiko with inquiries.
Welcome Shabbat – Tu B’Shevat
Friday, February 7
10:30am | Calgary JCC
Join us in the JCC lobby for a family-friendly candle lighting, Kiddush and hamotzi to celebrate Shabbat.

The Art of Expression: Public Speaking
Mondays: February 24 to March 30 (6 classes)
7:00 - 8:30pm | Calgary JCC
Learn to put together and deliver a short speech, using body language and eye contact to keep the audience's attention. These classes will help you build confidence while adding a touch of humour to engage your listeners. All material is included. Members: $70, Public $82 (Code: 6801)

Playful Expressions: Techniques for Well-Being
Wednesdays: January 29, February 26, March 25 (3 classes)
7:00 - 8:30pm | Calgary JCC
Use your voice, body, mind and spirit for greater clarity and joy! Celebrate each New Moon and receive daily inspiration from different art media, such as acrylics, music, movement and more. Your goal: to have fun and in the process discover your potential! All materials are included. Members $30, Public $40 (Code 6803)

Celebrate Tu B'Shevat, the most ancient and environmental holiday on earth!
Monday, February 10
Calgary JCC
4:00 - 5:00pm : Make a piece of beautiful tree wall art with upcycled materials. 6:30 - 7:30pm : Learn more sustainable techniques to reduce your footprint on our beloved planet. A workshop by local green experts. 

Save the Date!
Pesach in the Mountains – NEW
Experience a communal Second Seder surrounded by the beautiful Kananaskis vistas at the Wilderness Hostel in K-Country. Kosher-style catered dinner and breakfast. For more information please email Shula Banchik.  
Painting Party at Colour Me Mine
Sunday, February 9
10:00am | Colour Me Mine
Members: Free (except for cost of project piece)
Non-members: $10 (plus cost of project piece)
Join us for a fun morning of painting and some schmoozing. A light breakfast will be served. Participants are responsible for covering the cost of the piece that they will be creating. For more information and to RSVP, please email Na'amat Canada Calgary New friends are always welcome at Na'amat.
Laugh Yourself Silly
Monday, February 10
Doors – 6:30pm, Show – 7:30pm
Comedy Cave, 1020 8 Avenue SW
JNF Future invites you to our annual Tu B'Shvat comedy night. Cheer for the contestants in our Last Comic Standing contest (we still have a spot available), and enjoy our feature comedian Adam Hunter. Adam is a veteran funnyman who has appeared on The Late Show, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and many other shows. Go online to purchase tickets. Don’t delay – this event always sells out! More information: call 403-255-0295 or email   .
Fundraising Events
Clothing Donation Drive 
January 17 - 27
Calgary JCC
Calgary JCC will be hosting a clothing donation bin in our lobby in support of the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta. Bring in your gently-used clothing and accessories, shoes, linens, toys and books, small household items and recyclable beverage containers. Please bag and tie all donations.

Save the Date: 31st Annual Sports Dinner
with guest speaker: Pedro Martinez
8-Time MLB All Star Pitcher
Wednesday, June 10
Beth Tzedec Congregation
HOJMI Gala Dinner
Celebrating the Installation of Rabbi Binyomin and Malka Halpern, Honouring HOJMI’s Life & Legacy Donors
Sunday, February 9
5:30pm | Carriage House Inn
Information and tickets: 403-259-3230.
Yoga Shmoga with Tracey Rumig
9:00 - 9:45am | Temple B’nai Tikvah
All levels welcome. Tracey is also teaching noon-hour yoga at the new YW in Inglewood on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, all levels. She is volunteering and the money raised by these yoga classes will be invested back into the YW programs for women and children. More ways to get your yoga on with Tracey!
JNF Negev Gala
Thursday, May 7
Save the date for our annual major fundraising event, this year honouring Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart. Watch for more information soon.
Renowned Holocauset Writer Borys Mychajlowytsch Sabarko looking for support with translations services – You can help!
Sabarko is the author of around 200 books and articles, published in Israel, Austria, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine and Hungary. In Germany his multivolume series on which appeared Shoah in Ukraine and published by him memoirs: Only we survived the Dittrich Verlag and Surviving in the Shadow of Death . He is also the initiator of documentaries on anti-Semitic writings and violent crimes in Ukraine. In order to bring these important books to Canada, he is looking for support in funding translation services of two of his books. If you are interested in donating or would like to learn more please contact ukras3@gmail.com or bor1@voliacable.com , or call Maria Shtaif at 403-281-6663.
The Calgary Jewish Academy Annual Open House
Thursday, January 23
9:30am | The Calgary Jewish Academy
Hear perspectives from current CJA students and get to know faculty and staff. The event will also feature guided tours of the CJA.
RSVP via email   or call 403-253-3992
Na'amat Canada Calgary's New Young Women's Club invites you to Help Assemble Layettes for New Mothers in Need at Basically Babies
Monday, January 27
6:00 - 9:00pm | Basically Babies
RSVP: Stephanie's cell at 403-660-2780 or email her . Please Note: This new club is for women in their twenties and thirties.
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