Everything that's Happening in Jewish Calgary
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Children | Family
Shalom Baby Playgroup
Tuesday, March 3 and March 31
10:00 - 11:30am
Join other parents and caregivers for this casual playgroup focused on children under two. Share the joys and  oys  of parenthood while enjoying coffee and a snack. This group is free, but registration is required by  contacting Shalom Baby .
PJ Library® Tot Shabbat Purim
Friday, March 6
9:45 - 10:00am start | Calgary JCC
Come in costume and celebrate Purim with your PJ Tot Shabbat friends! We will have a small, age appropriate Purim celebration with Karina - and then we will join the JCC's Purim festivities. 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. Email Kathie or phone 403-537-8592 for more information. Next Tot Shabbat dates: April 3 (Pesach) and April 17
PJ Purim Carnival at Akiva Academy
Sunday, March 8
1:00 - 2:30pm | Halpern Akiva Academy
PJ Library® and Halpern Akiva Academy open the doors to a world of Purim fun and games! Make sure to wear your costume and win a prize. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge. Contact Halpern Akiva Academy or Kathie Wainer for more information.
Juniors (Age 10-12) Social Event
Sunday, March 15
11:00am - 1:00pm | The REC Room
Get ready for the next Juniors social event! We will be gaming at the REC room - new and returning participants welcome! Cost is $25 and those who bring a student ID receive a 15% discount. For more information or to sign up, please   email Miriam .
Spring Break Camp
March 23 - 27 | Calgary JCC
Registration is now open for our five-day March Break Camp. Limited spaces are available so register now at our Customer Service Desk or call 403-253-8600, ext.0. 

Camp JCC Registration
Registration is now open for Camp JCC. The camp runs from
June 29 - August 28 and offers a diverse range of programming for children ages 3 to 11. Register  online or at our Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0.  Email for more details.
BBYO & CTEEN Flower Power Purim Party!
Monday, March 9
5:30pm | Chabad Calgary Campus, 134 Forge Road SE
Calgary teens unite for an awesome night of food, fun, laughter, and unity! Enjoy a HYPNOTIST show, delicious dinner, games, contests, prizes, raffles, and more! For teens in grades 8 to 12. RSVP online.
Hillel | Young Professionals
Purim Bagel Lunch
Wednesday, March 11
11:00am - 1:00pm | Faith and Spirituality Centre,
University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW
Say goodbye to starving student status with bagels and schmear , and hamantaschen ! Drop-in to chat with other Jewish students, and fill your belly.

Dr. David Breakstone X Brews and Jews
Wednesday, March 25
5:00 - 6:00pm | Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
From 5:00 -6:00pm, enjoy an exclusive seminar with Dr. David Breakstone, followed by drinks at the West Gate Social. L earn about Beta Israel, also known as Ethiopia's Jewish community, and the emerging Jewish communities of the Amazons and Latin America.
Dr. Breakstone is the deputy chairman of the executives of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the conceptual architect and founding director of the Herzl Museum and Educational Centre in Jerusalem. Contact Danielle Braitman for more information. *As always, the first drink is on Hillel.*
Soup Making with Soup Sisters
Thursday, March 5
6:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
JAC and Beth Tzedec 20s-40s group are banding together with the Soup Sisters to help Jewish Family Service Calgary (JFSC) provide soup to the less fortunate in our community.  Register online  or contact  Danielle Braitman  for more information. *Limited spaces available*.
Save the Date
Whisky and Gin Tasting with Milk Honey Distillery
Thursday, April 2
6:00pm | Milk and Honey Distillery, Pe troleum Club 319 5 Ave SW
$35 will cover samples from Tel Aviv's premier whiskey distillery, coupled with a light dinner. Registration details coming soon.  Contact Danielle Braitman for more information.
Adult Education
Journey to Self-Improvement – an In-depth Study of the Book The Path of the Just
March 4 and 18
2:00 - 3:00pm | Congregation House of Jacob Mikveh Israe l
Class with Rabbi Binyomin Halpern
Information: 587-917-6651.

March 5, 12, and 19
6:30pm | Congregation House of Jacob Mikveh Israel
Classes with Rabbi Binyomin Halpern and Rabbi Chaim Safren
Information: 403-259-3230.
Dessert & Learn
Thursday, March 12
7:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
Betsy Jameson on the topic: Jewish Chant . Email the Temple office or call 403-252-1654 for more information.

Torah 'n' Java
9:45am | Temple B'nai Tikvah
Come have a cup of coffee and learn Torah. Email the Temple office or call 403-252-1654 for more information.
Na'amat Canada Calgary Young Women's Club Program
A Second Chance
Monday, March 16
Reset Society and Avenue 15, recipients of our School Supplies for Kids, will address the issues of homelessness, exploitation and human trafficking in Calgary. For more information and to RSVP, please  email    or call 403-660-2780. New friends are always welcome at Na'amat.
סיפורי מוסיקה Stories of Music
Tuesday, March 17 - 6:30pm
Thursday, March 19 - 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 ten 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 contact 403-255-8688 or via email. Members: Free of charge. Guests: $18 per class.
Seniors' Purim Luncheon
Sunday, March 8
12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Celebrate the holiday with a delicious lunch prepared by Beth Tzedec Congregation members. Open to all Calgary Jewish community seniors free of charge. Please contact the office at via email or call 403-255-8688 for more information.

Hazak 55+ Presents
Jewish Pluralism in Israel: Reprogramming Israeli Minds with Dr. David Breakstone
Thursday, March 26
12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Please join us as for a discussion with Dr. David Breakstone on Jewish Pluralism in Israel: Reprogramming Israeli Minds. Dr. David Breakstone is deputy chairman of the executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel and the conceptual architect and founding director of the Herzl Museum and educational center in Jerusalem. He also serves as a member of the executives of the World Zionist Organization, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (JNF) and Keren Hayesod, and has served as chair of the Masorti Movement in Israel. Lunch at 12 noon, $5 for members and $7 for guests. RSVP to the synagogue office at 403-255-8688 by Tuesday, March 24. 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. 
Monthly Golden Age Luncheon
Tuesday, March 10
11:45am - 1:45pm | Calgary JCC
A fun and lovely way to spend time with friends in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy a home cooked meal and wonderful entertainment by Ilana and Deb. Please bring one food item each month for the Mitzvah Project Food Bank. $5 per person.

Ipad Classes
Mondays, March 16 - April 6
10:30am - 12:00pm | Calgary JCC
Learn how to use your iPad from experts – invaluable techniques and shortcuts that will make your screen time more enjoyable. Register at Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0. $40/member and $50/public.
Community Celebrations | Commemorations
Mad Hatter Tea Party and Hamentashen Bake-a-thon
Monday, March 2
Members: free, Non-members: $10
Dress up in your most outrageous hat and roll up your sleeves to bake hamentashen . Will this be the year you win the hat competition?  Please  email   for more information and to RSVP. New friends are always welcome at Na'amat.
Adult Purim Party
Saturday, March 7
7:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah.
Email the Temple office or call 403-252-1654 for more information.
Shabbat Services
10:30am | Temple B'nai Tikvah.
Email the Temple office or call 403-252-1654 for more information.
Passover 2nd Seder
Thursday, April 9
6:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah
All Welcome. Purchase tickets online .
Purim Carnival and Magillah Reading and Party
Monday, March 9 | Beth Tzedec Congregation
5:00pm - Children's Carnival
Come celebrate, share your happiness and let us handle the rest!
Special kid-friendly Megillah reading, Refreshments and hamentashen, Arts and crafts, Carnival games
Light Dinner: $5 ticket purchase
6:30pm - Megillah Reading and Party
Participate in a spirited service led by Cantor Russ. Let's all celebrate the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman (booooo!!!) in the days of Queen Esther (yaaaaay!!!). Come in costume! Dance, light refreshments and fun to follow Magillah Reading. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Food Bank. Please contact the office at 403-255-8688 or for more information.
Kehilat Shalom’s Annual Inter-Generational Purim Party
Monday, March 9
7:00pm | Chateau Renoir, 9229 16 Street SW
(Family room, 2nd floor)
Come join us at this holiday event for all ages, 0 to 110!
Dress up in your finest costumes, and get ready to make some noise as we celebrate Purim this year with Jewish residents at Chateau Renoir. Full Megillah reading is followed by dessert refreshments — including hamentaschen for all! The Intergenerational Purim Party is one of the funnest events on the Kehilat Shalom calendar — not to be missed! Our seniors know how to enjoy a celebration, so a great time is guaranteed for one and all. Admission is free, and all are welcome for this event. Email for more information.
Purim in the Jungle
Tuesday, March 10
5:00pm | Chabad Calgary Campus
African drum circle, safari reptile discovery, delicious African themed dinner, multimedia megillah reading, hamantashen, costumes, African hair braiding, and more! RSVP online or call 403-281-3770.
Purim Seuda – Lots of Fun for all Ages!
Tuesday, March 10
Dinner, game show, auction, children's program, music, and dancing. Tickets: individual - $12, family - $36. RSVP via email or call 403-259-3230.

Fast of Esther
Monday, March 9
  • Fast begins 6:50am
  • Shacharit: 6:45am
  • Mincha: 7:05pm
  • Maariv: 8:05pm. Followed by Megillah Reading
  • Fast ends: 8:33pm
  • Additional Megillah Reading at HOJMI: 9:30pm
Purim Day
Tuesday, March 10
  • Shacharit: 6:15am
  • Megillah: 6:45am
  • Additional Megillah Reading at Halpern Akiva Academy: 9:00-9:55am
  • Mincha: 4:50pm
  • Purim Seudah: 5:00pm
  • Followed by Auction, Maariv, and Purim dancing
Arts & Culture
Welcome Shabbat – Purim Special
Friday, March 6
10:30am | Calgary JCC
Join us in the JCC lobby for a family-friendly candle lighting, Kiddush, hamotzi, and a special Purim celebration.

A Tango Experience - The Jewish Connection
Sunday, March 22
3:00 - 9:00pm | Calgary JCC
In celebration of March – Jewish Music Month – join us to learn about the Jewish roots of this beautiful music and dance with a museum type exhibit, a screening of Tango - A Story with Jews (62min. documentary film), a catered buffet-style dinner of typical Argentinean foods, a tango class, and a traditional Milonga and Tango Show. Tickets are $50 for all activities (dinner not included), $18 for afternoon activities, $32 for evening activities, and $30 for the Argentinean dinner. Purchase your tickets  online or at the JCC Customer Service Desk, or call 403-253-8600, ext.0. 

Pesach in the Mountains
April 9 - 10 | HI Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel
Experience a communal-led Second Seder surrounded by beautiful Kananaskis vistas at the HI Kananaskis Wilderness Hostel. Package includes: One-night accommodation, catered Passover service Seder dinner, breakfast, wine, and outdoor activity. Meat not kosher. Vegetarian option available. No leavened food.
Individuals (16+ years): $125/person - dorm bed or $140/person - private room of three. Family (2 adults, 2 children 6-16 yrs, children under 6 are free): $325. Register by March 27 at our Customer Service Desk or call 403-253-8600, ext.0. For more information,  email Shula Banchik or call 403-537-8596.
Fundraising Events
Camp BB Riback Chebur Fundraiser
Saturday, March 14
The Beach YYC Calgary
Saturday, April 25
Jefferson Armoury Edmonton
We are excited to announce our third annual Camp BB Riback fundraiser events in Calgary and Edmonton. Come together to connect, celebrate, and support our amazing camp. The evenings will include music, great food, camp games, raffles, silent auctions, and a few drinks as well! Making it even better, all funds raised at these events will be used to support Camp BB Riback including facilities improvements and making it easier for more campers to be part of our sacred community. Contact Stacy Shaikin for more information.
Cowboys & Cocktails
Thursday, June 11
6:00pm | The Metropolitan Conference Centre
Jewish Family Service Calgary is proud to present our annual fundraiser. Save the date! Join us as we honour the memory of Sam Ousher Switzer z”l.  Email Peta  , call 403-692-6389, or  go online. Details coming soon.
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, for 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!
Passover is around the corner!
If you need a place to go for a seder, or are willing to host others, please contact Danielle Braitman.
Beth Tzedec's Tefillin Club
Wraps, Straps, and Brunch!
Sunday, March 22
8:30am | Beth Tzedec Congregation
When was the last time you put on Tefillin? Whether it was last week, the day of your B'nai Mitzvah, or you are a first-timer, Beth Tzedec's Tefillin Club is for you. On the fourth Sunday of the month ( March 22, May 24, and June 28) we will gather to learn why this mitzvah is so important, brush up on your technique, and explore different teachings as to how to make the practice speak to today’s Jewish soul. So come one, come all (men and women, boys and girls) and begin to recapture this ancient practice.  Tefillin are available at the shul if you do not have your own. Light brunch served. Please contact the office at 403-255-8688 or email for more information.
Calgary JCC Spring Program Registration Opening
Sunday, March 8, 8:00am - JCC Members
Wednesday, March 11, 8:00am - Public
View the  program guide and register  online or contact our Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0.
2020 Post Secondary Scholarships
Applications are now available. For more information and deadline dates, please  visit us online .
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