Everything That's Happening in Jewish Calgary
Next ePom: Monday, January 21, 2019

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PJ Preschool
Children | Family
PJ Library® Tot Shabbat
Friday, January 11 and 25
9:45am 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 . Next dates: February 8 and 22.

PJ Library Goes to Preschool!
Thursday, January 17 | Calgary Jewish Academy
Thursday, February 7 | Akiva Academy  
9:30 - 11:00am
This is a wonderful opportunity to explore our Jewish Day Schools with your friends and meet the teachers. Please confirm your attendance with the schools directly via email: CJA and/or Akiva . For more information email Kathie .  

Shalom Baby Group
Thursday, January 17
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. Next dates: February 14 and 28.

PJ Our Way is Now Available in Calgary!
The next chapter from PJ Library for children between 9 and 11.
PJ Our Way offers 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 book ratings, reviews, and video trailers are 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  PJ Library 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. Be creative! Have fun! For any questions or ideas, email Kathie . All applications, approvals and reimbursements are done  online.
Friendship Circle Calgary
Sunday, January 20
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.  
Akiva Academy Open House Week
Februrary 4-8
Please contact the school at 403-258-1312 to schedule your tour.
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday February 24
An Afternoon of Winter Fun
2:00 - 3:30pm
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 requested by email. Please bring a donation of something warm (gloves/toques/scarves) for those in need.
CTeen Shabbat Dinner
Friday, January 11
5:30pm | Chabad Calgary Campus
For teens in grades 8 to 12! Enjoy a delicious four-course dinner, games, friends, and more! RSVP online or email or 403-281-3770. 
Teen Connect - Rock Climbing
Sunday, January 27
Time to be confirmed | Calgary Climbing Centre
JCC and BBYO Teen Connect invite all teens grade 7 and 8 to a fun afternoon at the Calgary Climbing Centre. Bring your friends! For more details or to register email Barry Pechet or call 403-444-3155.
Hillel | Young Professionals
Bagel Lunch @ 11:00am – 1:00pm
Tuesday, January 8 | Mount Royal University, Rm Z306
Thursday, January 10 | University of Calgary, Clubs Rm 7
For more information email Danielle.

Student and Faculty Wine and Cheese Mixer
Thursday, January 10
6:00 - 8:00pm | New Central Library 800 3 Street SE
Students and faculty get together to network, develop mentor/mentee relationships, and strengthen our Jewish bond on campus. Sponsored by Jewish Family Loan Association.  For more information email Danielle.
Clubs Week
January 15-16 | Mount Royal University
January 21-24 | University of Calgary
Stop by our booth to say hi, and grab some swag!

Tu B'Shevat Paint Nite
Wednesday, January 16
6:00 - 7:30pm | JCC Teen Lounge, 1607 90 Avenue SW
Artist extraordinaire Sandy Blass will be guiding us through painting beautiful trees in honour of Tu B'Shevat. $5/canvass, snacks provided. Please RSVP to Danielle .
Tu B'Shevat Plant Nite
Sunday, January 20
3:00 - 4:30pm | Schanks South, 9627 Macleod Trail
Escape winter with this event honouring Tu B'Shevat and our tradition of tree planting! Create your own tropical paradise in a container, using succulent plants that need minimum watering. Space is limited, so register today! $35 per person. Get tickets online Email Danielle Braitman for more information. 
Community Celebrations | Commemorations
Tu B'Shevat Seder
Sunday, January 20
6:00pm Services | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Please join us after Ma'ariv services as we explore the Birthday of the Trees with a lively and informative Seder. Come celebrate the promise of springtime and our intimate connection with the Land of Israel. For more information contact the Beth Tzedec office at 403-255-8688 or Cantor Russ at 403-255-8688, ext.4. RSVP to Beth Tzedec .
The Kabbalist's Tu B'Shevat Seder
Monday, January 21
7:30pm | Congregation House of Jacob Mikveh Israel
Presented by Rabbi Yisroel Miller and Rabbi Binyomin Halpern. 
Information: 403-259-3230; RSVP by January 16, 2019.
Halpern Akiva Academy Naming Ceremony
Sunday, January 27
2:00pm | Akiva Academy, 140 Haddon Rd SW
Click here for more information.
Shanghai: A Refuge During the Holocaust
Opening Sunday, February 10 | Chinese Cultural Centre
Tuesday, February 26 | Calgary JCC
This fascinating exhibit documents the experience of more than 18,000 Jews who escaped from Nazi-occupied Europe to Shanghai, China between 1939 and 1940. The exhibit will be open at the Chinese Cultural Centre until February 24 and then at the Calgary JCC until March 17. Contact Ilana for more information. 
Adult Education
Interfaith Bible Study
Exodus: From Bondage to Liberation
Wednesdays | 1:00 - 2:30pm
January 9, 16, 23, 30 - Beth Tzedec Congregation
February 6, 13, 20, 27 - 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 403-255-8688.
Lil Faider Scholar-in-Residence
Sunday, January 13
3:30pm Bus Departs Beth Tzedec Congregation
4:00pm at Knox United Church
Rev. David Holmes will offer an overview of the emergence of the United Church in Canada and how it contrasts with other Christian denominations. Round-trip transportation between Beth Tzedec and Knox United Church will be provided. RSVP by January 9 by email or call 403-255-8688. Lil Faider Scholar-in-Residence programs are complimentary. Everyone is welcome!
Journey to Self-Improvement
Wednesdays, January 9, 16 and 23
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, January 10, 17 and 24
7:00pm | Congregation House of Jacob Mikveh Israel
Classes with Rabbi Binyomin Halpern. Information: 403-259-3230.

Kabballah: Classic Texts
Mondays, January 14 and 28
7:30pm | Congregation House of Jacob Mikveh Israel
Classes with Rabbi Yisroel Miller. Information: 403-259-3230.
Torah & Coffee at Chabad
Begins Thursday, January 10
7:30pm | Chabad of Alberta Campus 
Under the influence of coffee (tea available as well), we gather every Thursday evening to learn, discuss and debate. For more information and to register, go online or contact Rabbi Groner at 403-281-3770 or email.

Crime and Consequence
A new six-week course from the Calgary JLI
Evening option - Tuesday, February 5, 7:30pm
Morning option - Wednesday, February 6, 9:30am
Chabad of Alberta Campus 
Exploring 3,000 years of Jewish wisdom concerning: criminal convictions, sentencing, crime prevention, and rehabilitation.  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.  
Feminine Conversations
Saturday, January 12
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
Sunday mornings
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. Follow the link to RSVP or call 403-281-3770.

Tanya Classes with Rabbi Matusof
Sunday mornings
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.
Visit website for RSVP and information or call 403-281-3770. 

Save the Date: Tuesday, March 26
at Chabad Calgary Campus
Behind Enemy Lines 
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 .  
How Technology, Life Experiences and Imagination
Shape the Human Brain
Monday, January 14
7:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Featuring Hebrew University's Professor Amir Amedi, an award-winning brain scientist whose research suggests new ways to look at brain organization and brain flexibility. His work with blind and normal sighted individuals suggests that the brain is actually a flexible sensory independent task machine, rather than a pure sensory machine. Free admission. RSVP or call 403-297-0605.
The Jewish Community of Lethbridge: A Documented History
Wednesday, January 16
1:00pm | Calgary JCC 
Open to all. Pick up lunch at Karen's Café and come enjoy this illustrated talk by Roberta Kerr, hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta.
Learn How to Make Gorgeous Cheese Platters
Tuesday, January 22
7:30pm | Location TBA
Come join us as Leora Hornstein shows us how to make gorgeous cheese platters. Perfect for your next get together. Cost: $5.
Please email for more information.
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. In partnership with Inclusion Alberta and Temple B'nai Tikvah. This event is FREE, but please email Karina Szulc or call 403-444-3158 to register.
Save the Date: March 3 - 8
National Geographic™ calls the Israel National Trail (INT) one of "20 epic hikes" in the world. Each spring CFHU walks a different section of the 1,009km 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.
Gala Dinner Honouring Dvora and Ronnie Kaplan
Keynote Speaker: Moishe Bane
Sunday, February 10
5:30pm | Carriage House
Information and tickets: email or 403-259-3230.
Save the Date: 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 please call 403-255-6554.
Please help our camp raise $70,00 0 by volunteering for just one shift at our upcoming casino!
Another casino fund raiser 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 fund raising events, in which typically receive approximately $70,000 to help keep and improve our facilities. Our Casino dates are set for Tuesday, March 12 and   Wednesday, March 13 in Calgary. 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.     
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, January 8
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 Greg Rumpel. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Mitzvah Project Food Bank. In collaboration with Jewish Family Service Calgary. $5 per person. Email Nessie or call 403-537-8599 for more information.

Hearing Clinic     
Monday, January 14
10:00 - 11:30am | Calgary JCC        
We believe every sound connects us to our world. Free, no appointment necessary. In partnership with Connect Hearing.
Email Nessie or call 403-537-8599 for more information.

Let's Talk About Driving  
Wednesday, January 16
10:00 - 11:45am | Calgary JCC
Are you able to drive? Should you be driving? Learn ways to approach this sensitive topic, and when it might be necessary for seniors to surrender their keys. In partnership with Home Instead. This event is free of charge. Email Nessie or call 403-537-8599 for more information.
Hazak 55+ Presents:
An Incredible Journey with Abraham Silverman
Wednesday, January 23
12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
A passionate advocate for Israel, Abe Silverman is B'nai Brith Canada's Manager of Public Affairs for Alberta. Abe will share his history of surviving the Holocaust, growing up in a Jewish farming colony in Saskatchewan, and becoming active in the Jewish community. Lunch is at noon, $5 for members, $7 for guests.
RSVP to the synagogue office at 403-255-8688 by Monday, January 21. For more information contact Donna Caplan at 403-271-3066.
Arts and Culture
"Created" Art Show and Sale
January 14 to February 24
Opening Reception: Monday, January 21 | 6:00 - 9:00pm
Artist Talk: 7:00pm with light refreshment
Created , a solo show by artist Anna Pederson through Betzalel Arts. Canadian artist, Pederson has devoted her life to studying painting. She loves to tell stories with her acrylic and watercolour paintings and often finds inspiration from her travels.
Tu B'Shevat Celebration 
January 16-18 and January 20-21 
Noon, 3:00 and 6:00pm | Calgary JCC
For the New Year of the Trees celebration taste the traditional seven species and watch the documentary film:  Sustainable Nation,  about how Israeli visionaries help tackle the world's water-energy crisis.  Email Shula for more information. Free admission.

Israeli Folk Dance
Sundays, January 13 to 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.

Welcome Shabbat - Tu B'Shevat
Friday, January 18
10:30 - 11:00am | Calgary JCC
Join us for a special Tu B'Shevat celebration: Let the Trees Dance!  With Yael Guterman, director of La Pointe Dance Studio. Email Shula for more information.

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.
Laugh Yourself Silly & Last Comic Standing Contest!
Monday, January 21
The Comedy Cave
Come and vote for your favorite 2019 Last Comic Standing!
Participants include Hayley Silberg, Joel Zimmerman, Susan Dvorkin, Linda Gutman and Marni Dichter! Master of Ceremonies is Los Angeles Comic, Will Katz, last year's winner! Headliner is Geoff Keith from Los Angeles returns by popular demand. Please remember to bring non-perishable food items for Miriam's Well and buy your tickets today here or call the JNF office at 403-255-0295. Don't be disappointed, tickets are going fast!
Challah for Shabbat
Please note that challah baking at the Calgary JCC will resume on January 11. A special thank you to our wonderful volunteers who come in every Friday to braid the Challah. Without their generous time and support this program would not be possible.

Monday, January 14 – Sunday, January 20 | Calgary JCC
During our annual FitWeek event, we will be offering 95 free classes including aquafit, group exercise, and fitness classes for people of all ages. Health and wellness experts will also be on hand to share information and answer questions. We will also be offering discounts on class registration and on new memberships. Visit our website for details.
Winter Program Registration
Calgary JCC
We are pleased to announce that online registration is now available for most of our winter programs. View our program guide and register at this link or contact our Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0.
Calgary Jewish Federation is looking for volunteers to staff our casino on Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13. Please contact Jessica Miller Switzer at 403-444-3157 or email if you are available to take a shift.
Volunteers needed...
For making calls at our annual Tu B'Shevat Telethon. Please do a mitzvah and help JNF Calgary! Contact Hila at 403-255-0295 for more information. 
Did You Know?
Calgary Jewish Federation proudly goes into schools to teach about Judaism and Chanukah as part of our outreach and Community Relations programming. If anyone is interested in volunteering to be an ambassador, please contact Ilana at 403-444-3162 or email .
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