Everything that's Happening in Jewish Calgary

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Next ePom: Monday, September 16, 2019

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Children | Family
Shalom Baby  
Friday, September 6 and Friday, September 20
10:30am – noon, JCC | 1607 90 Avenue SW
New baby in your life? Looking for adult conversation? Come engage with other parents/grandparents/ caregivers in a relaxed environment. All children under 2 are welcome!! The group is free, but registration is required. Email Danielle to RSVP.
PJ Library ® Tot Shabbat
Friday, September 13
Friday, September 27 (Rosh Hashanah)
9:45am for 10:00am start | Calgary JCC
Join PJ Library® for our popular musical half-hour to forty five 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 class and no need to register. 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. Next Tot Shabbat dates: October 4 and October 18 (Sukkot), November 1 and 29, December 6 and December 20 (Chanukah) 
PJ Library® is offering books in Hebrew, Russian and Spanish 
A set of four PJ Library books (in a language of your choice) will be available to  purchase  directly from PJ Library. Go online to purchase. Orders must be placed before September 26, 2019 and will be shipped in October. Please  email Kathie  or phone
403-537-8529 for more information.
PJ Library® Celebrates Rosh Hashanah 
Sunday, September 22
10:30am - Noon|Chinook Honey Farm, Okotoks
$5 per child | $10 per adult | children under 2 free
Meet at Chinook Honey Farm and celebrate the new year learning about bees, honey and Rosh Hashanah. There are limited spaces available and online registration is on a first come first serve basis. Please Email Kathie  or phone 403-537-8592 for more information.

Save the date!
PJ Library ® invites you to A Fall Family Adventure
Sunday, October 6
10:30am - Noon | Calgary Corn Maze
Celebrate the fall, nature and Sukkot with an adventure filled morning! Meet at the Corn Maze and enjoy Sukkot stories, treats and a treasure hunt in the corn maze, and stay for the Pumpkin Festival (activities include face painting, pony rides and pumpkin decorating). Email Kathie for more information.

Attention PJ Library® Parents and Grandparents
PJ Grandparents can receive the gift of PJ Library books too!
Register at online and receive two PJ Library books in the mail and special grandparent resources.Grandparents must have grandchildren enrolled in PJ Library (anywhere in North America) and multiple grandparent households can sign up. Please email Kathie or phone 403-537-8592 for more information.   
PJ Our Way is  the next  chapter of PJ Library ®  for children ages 8 1/2 - 11 years old.
Register online   and receive the gift of exceptional books with Jewish themes and join our community of like minded readers.Books are chosen every month by the reader. Please Email Kathie  or phone 403-537-8592 for more information. Note: registration is not automatic for PJ Library subscribers.

PJ Library®and Beth Tzedec Congregation invite you to our 10th Annual Smoothies in the Sukkah
Sunday, October 20
Beth Tezedec Sukkah | 10:30am - Noon
Join us for stories, crafts, snacks and of course our famous fabulous smoothies. There is no charge for this program but  registration will open on September 16th.  Please let us know if you are planning to attend so we can prepare for you and your children.

JCC PD Day and Seasonal Camps Registration
PD Day camps are now open for JCC members and will open on September 4 for the public. Seasonal camp opens September 4 for JCC members, and September 11 for public. Calgary JCC offers a number of seasonal and PD day camps for children 4 to 11 years old including Winter Break, Teachers' Convention, Spring Break, and Passover... Visit our website for more details.

Shul School: A unique approach to Jewish education
(Ages 4-9)
Beginning Sunday, September 8
Sundays - 10:00am – NOON | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Shul's cool at Shul School where kids enjoy music, arts and crafts, and much more! Infuse your home and community with a love of Judaism. Your child will learn: Prayer and blessings, Bible stories, Holidays, mitzvot, Jewish ethics, Hebrew and more! For more information or to enroll, contact the Beth Tzedec office at 403-255-8688 or email us . Please find a registration form on our website  here .
B'nai Mitzvah Program (Ages 10-13)
Beginning Tuesday, September 10
Tuesdays - 4:00-5:30pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Each student receives personalized instruction and attention. We are committed to making your child's journey toward Jewish adulthood an exciting and memorable experience. Your child will learn to lead Shabbat Prayers, Hebrew reading/comprehension, observance of mitzvot, what it means to become a Jewish adult in 2019 and more! For more information or to enroll, contact the Beth Tzedec office at 403-255-8688 or  email us . Please find a registration form on our website  here .
Tot Shabbat
Friday, September 13
5:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Members: 0-4 Free, 5-12 $5.00, 13+ $10.00
Guests: 0-4 Free, 5-12 $10.00, 13+ $20.00
Introduce your little ones to the wonders of Kabbalat Shabbat in a relaxed kid-friendly environment. Light Shabbat Dinner provided. For more information please contact Cantor Russ  or 403-255-8688 ext 2. Email to RSVP  or call 403-255-8688 by Wednesday, September 11th.

Shabbat School Registration
School begins September 14, registration closes Wednesday, September 11. Please see the Temple website and follow the link .

Juniors (ages 10-12) & Parents Welcome and Open House Event
Sunday, September 15
12-1:30pm | 34 Hogarth Crescent SW
New and returning Juniors, ages 10-12, as well as parents, arrive together and then split ways as each group enjoys food, friends, student-run activities, and prizes! Parents will also have a Q&A session, student and parent testimonials, a “year at a glance” schedule and EARLY BIRD sign-up (exclusive for attendees)!  For more info and to RSVP,  email Miriam   or call  587-664-5613 .
Youth | Teens

Welcome BBQ for Teens & Info Party for Parents
Sunday, September 8
12-1:30pm | 34 Hogarth Crescent SW
Inviting teens (new and returning), as well as parents! Arrive together and then split ways as each group enjoys food, friends, student-run activities, and prizes! Parents will also have a Q&A session, student and parent testimonials, and a “Taste of NCSY” – the directors will be giving a short sampling of each of our programs, a “year at a glance” schedule and EARLY BIRD sign-up (exclusive for attendees)! For more info and to RSVP, email Miriam or call 587-664-5613.

Teen Shabbat Shebang
Friday Night September, 27 & Saturday Night, September, 28
Exact times TBA | 34 Hogarth Crescent SW
Chill with friends at NCSY’s first Shabbat Shebang of the year! Delicious Friday night dinner, as well as a social event on the town Saturday night...details TBA next ePom. For more info and to RSVP, email Miriam or call 587-664-5613.
Hillel | Young Professionals
Drinks After Work – Poker Edition  
Thursday, September 5
5:30 -7:30pm | Last Best Brewing, 607 11 Avenue SW
In preparation for JAC and Calgary Jewish Federation's Chai Stakes poker tournament, we are offering a special edition Drinks After Work where you can learn the poker basics with zero risk! Eat and drink your fill during Last Best's Happy Hour (until 6pm) and learn a new skill in the process! Come for the drinks, stay for the friends! Email Danielle to learn more.
Lamabati Improv Show  
Sunday, September 22
6:30pm | 922 9 Avenue SE
Hailing from Tel Aviv, Lamabati is one of Israel’s pre-eminent improv troupes. Bringing their signature style of unscripted theatre, these veterans will bring you a show unlike any you’ve seen before. *The show will be in English* Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Seating is limited, reserve your tickets early! Find tickets online or email Danielle for more information.
U of C Bagel Lunch
Wednesday, September 11
11:00am – 1:00pm| Faith and Spirituality Centre, MacEwan Student Centre.
Take a break from your studies to indulge in bagel with schmear and a side of Jewish student engagement! Email Danielle for more information.

MRU Brews and Jews: Hillel at the Hub 
Thursday, September 12
4:00 – 6:00pm, The Hub, Wyckahm House
Email Danielle for more information.

Welcome Week : MRU
 September 17
10:00am-2:00pm | Main Street, University of Calgary
September 19, 20
12:00-4:00pm | MacEwan Student Centre
Sign up for Hillel and snag some free swag! Email Danielle for more information.

Honey Cake Baking
Thursday, September 19
4:00pm | Trail Appliances, 6880 11 Street SE
Learn to make delicious honey cakes with renowned chef with Sara Shacter-Brodsky while helping Jewish Family Services Calgary provide to the less fortunate for Rosh Hashanah. Email Danielle for
more information.

U of C Brews and Jews: Drinks at the Den 
Wednesday, September 25
5:00– 7:00pm | The Den, MacEwan Student Centre
Come schmooze with other Jewish students in a relaxed atmosphere. First drink is on us. Email Danielle for more information.
Sunday Sundae Pool Party 
Sunday, October 6
3:00pm|Calgary JCC Seniors Lounge
Splash into the new school year with friends old and new! Take advantage of the JCC aquatic centre (don’t forget your swim suit), followed by crafting your own ice cream sundae masterpiece! Dairy and nut free options will be available.
Adult Education

סיפורי מוסיקה Stories of Music
First session September 17 or September 19.
Cantor Russ is proud to be bringing to Beth Tzedec a new 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. Two sets of classes will run once a month on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm and Thursday mornings from 10:30am to 12:00pm. For more information, or to sign up for our first session on September 17th or 19th, please contact the office at 403-255-8688 or email. Members: Free of charge Guests: $18.00 per class
What Parents Need to Know about Bullying
Wednesday, September 18
6:30pm | Calgary JCC
Sunday, September 22
11:00am | JFSC
Let us know which date you’ll be joining us. Registration (required) at 403-287-3510 or  email us . This is the first topic of this year’s Parent Series by JFSC. Facilitated by Tanya Muschanov, MC and Liam Sorrenti, MA. This workshop is free of charge. For more information and upcoming workshops, visit JFSC.
Golden Age Luncheon
Tuesday, September 10
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 Jay Golumbia. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Mitzvah Project Food Bank. In collaboration with  JFSC. Cost is $5 person. RSVP by  email to Nessie or call 403-537-8599.

Seniors BBQ
Thursday, September 17
11:45am - 2:00pm | Bertha Gold Senior Residence Apartments
Please join us for a free afternoon BBQ. This event is held in partnership with JFSC. To RSVP contact Nessie at 403-537-8599 or Albina at 403-285-3510. 
Healthy Heart Information
Wednesday, September 18
10:00am - 12:00pm | Calgary JCC
Are you exercising enough and eating healthy meals? Speak to a specialist and get advice on positive changes in your life. This is a free event in partnership with  Safeway/Sobeys Pharmacy. No appointment necessary.
Hazak 55+ Presents: A Klezmer Journey with Frank Rackow
Thursday September 12
12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation
Join musician and educator Frank Rackow for a musical talk about his journey of discovery in klezmer and Jewish music. Frank was a founding member of Calgary's KlezMerovitz and now leads his own group, The Black Sea. Lunch at 12 noon, $5 for members and $7 for guests. RSVP to the synagogue office at 403-255-8688 by Tuesday, September 10th. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please contact Donna Caplan at 403-271-3066.
Community Celebrations | Commemorations
Meet and Greet BBQ
Sunday, September 22
11:00am – 1:00pm|Calgary JCC Field, 1607 90 Avenue SW
Have you moved to Calgary in the last 3 years? Shalom YYC and Jewish Family Services Calgary would love to host you for a Newcomers Meet and Greet BBQ. Enjoy kosher hot dogs, vegetarian options, sides, and games for all ages! Event is free, but registration is required. Register online or by emailing Danielle.
Meet the Halpern's
Sunday September 8
2:00pm|2144 Paliswood Rd SW. Event Room, main level
Join us for an afternoon of conversation as we officially welcome Rabbi and Mrs. Halpern to the community as spiritual leaders of HOJMI. The Halpern's look forward to meeting members
of the Jewish community in a casual and relaxed setting. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Dinner with our National President, Doris Wexler-Charow
Monday, September 9
Members- $5.00/Non members- $10.00
Join us for a Mediterranean dinner and meet Doris and listen as she provides an update on Na’amat Canada and our work in Israel. For more information, please email us . New friends are always welcome at Na’amat.
Calgary JCC 40th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, October 24
Save the date! This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Calgary JCC and we hope that you will come celebrate with us. Stay tuned for more details.
Givol Gala: Honoring Stuart & Irene Ross
Sunday, November 3
2:00pm|Calgary Jewish Academy
Givol, the Hebrew word for “flower stem”, is an apt way to describe the impact the Ross family has made at the Calgary Jewish Academy. The event will celebrate the rich history that Dr. Stuart and Irene Ross share with both the CJA and the Friends of the CJA Trust. This event will also have a showcase of Literacy programming at the CJA. Students will be displaying a variety of projects surrounding Robotics, mathematics and reading, and will share some insight into the type of thought that goes into working on these types of assignments. Go online for more information.
Arts & Culture

Mahjongg Musings
September 5 – 15 | Calgary JCC
A playful and communal story of the game with events including: an exhibit, presentations, demos, lessons and mahjongg marketplace. In collaboration with Canadian Hadassah-WiZO and the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre. For more information visit our website.

Rosh HaShanah Sweetness Market
Friday, September 27
9:00am - 2:00pm  
Enjoy honey-dipped apple slices while exploring the world of bees with the  Calgary Beekeepers Association.

Welcome Shabbat - Rosh HaShanah Special
Friday, September 27
10:30 - 11:00am 
Join us in the JCC lobby for candle lighting, Kiddush, and Hamotzi. Enjoy songs and shofar blowing. 
New Beginnings Art Exhibit 
September 27 - October 11 
Works by seasoned artists and newcomers to the visual arts, sharing ideas of a fresh start in their own worlds.

Israeli Folk Dance
September 15-December 15 | Calgary JCC
Calgary JCC is offering Israeli Folk Dance for families and for adults ages 16+. Join us as we learn dances to the beautiful music of Israel with traditional and contemporary choreographies. For more information, visit our website.

JCC Community Klezmer Band
Explore the world of Jewish music with conductor Frank Rackow. Bi-monthly rehearsals. Open to all instruments and ages. Intermediate level musical ability require. To audition  email Shula.
Jewish Connections to 17 th  Avenue
Wednesday, September 18
7:00pm|Calgary JCC
The Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta is kicking off the programming year with a presentation by local historian and JHSSA director, Harry Sanders. This free program is open to all.
Fall Program Registration
Registration for Calgary JCC’s Fall programs is now open. Register online at  mycalgaryjcc.com or at Customer Service Desk at 403-253-8600, ext.0. Consult our program guide  here for all the details.

Challah for Shabbat
Challah baking will resume on September 6. Please note that there will be no challah on September 27 due to Rosh HaShanah. Challah sales start at 8:00am until sold out. Small loaf is $3.50, large is $6.50. Special orders can be placed for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and dinner rolls. Contact Nessie Hollander at 403-537-8599 or  email.
JFSC Annual General Meeting
Monday, September 16
7:00pm|Temple B’nai Tikvah, 900-47th Ave S
Board Members and Staff of JFSC would like to invite and welcome you to our AGM. Monday, September 16th 2019 - 7:00pm at Temple B’nai Tikvah 900-47th Ave S. Featuring a performance by the Voices Choir. Please join us for a “Meet and Greet” after the meeting and enjoy some refreshments.
Calgary Jewish Hockey League
Sunday evenings September through April
Interested in playing ice hockey with other members of the Jewish community? The CMJHL is now open for registration for the  2019-20 20 season with new earlier ice times! The non-contact league is open to adults of all skill levels looking to join a fun and serious ice hockey league with games once per week. Participants can expect all games to be played in the southwest at Oakridge Arena. For more information and/or to register please contact Rod Sztabzyb .
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