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This community resource is published every first and third Monday of each month (on the following Tuesday if Monday is a holiday). If you would like to contribute an event, resource, or announcement, please send your submission by 9am on the Thursday before publication date.

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Tot Shabbat

Friday, April 5 & 19

10:00am | Paperny Family JCC

Celebrate Shabbat with PJ Library® and join us for an interactive half-hour of songs, stories, and brachot (blessings). Registration is no longer required. We look forward to seeing you! For more information email Sydney Truax or call 403-537-8592.


A Night at the Speakeasy - A JAC Gala 

Saturday, April 6

8:00pm | The Commons - Hemingway Room

Hello Hillel students and JAC! The long-awaited JAC Gala is making a comeback and we can't wait for you to join us for a night at the speakeasy. Transport to the 1920s and dress to impress with flapper flair. Sharpen your skills in the gambling den (fun casino), indulge in craft cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and have a date with lady luck's fundraising raffle. This event is for 18+. Purchase tickets here. For more information email Hannah Giesinger.


In Their Own Words

Monday, April 8

7:00 - 9:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

To commemorate the six month anniversary since October 7, Calgary Jewish Federation in collaboration with the World Zionist Organization are privileged to host two survivors of the Hamas terrorist attack, who will share their personal stories of survival.

Hear first-hand testimony of a survivor from the Nova Music Festival, Eilat Tibi, and a survivor from Kibbutz Kissufim in the Gaza Envelope, Asaf Artel. They will share their stories of survival and heroism from their personal, community, and national points of view. Register here.

Good Deeds Day Food Drive

Sunday, April 14

10:00am - 2:00pm | Paperny Family JCC

Join us in spreading kindness and making a difference on Good Deeds Day! Participate with the food drive and help our Jewish community fill a truck with donations for the Food Bank and Miriam's Well, supporting food security in Calgary. Simply stop by the Paperny Family JCC with your donation, where a volunteer will be available to collect your items. Let's come together to support those in need and make a positive impact in our community. Please ensure that all donated food is within its best-before date and remains unopened. For more information, email Danielle Braitman or call 403-444-3146. Todah rabah!

Shalom Baby

Wednesday, April 10

12:30pm | Paperny Family JCC

Join us with your baby/infant (under two years) for coffee and nosh as we discuss the joys and oys of parenting. Registration is no longer required. We look forward to seeing you! For more information email Sydney Truax or call 403-537-8592.

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PJ Our Way® Matzah Mayhem

Sunday, April 14

5:00pm | Paperny Family JCC

Join PJ Our Way for Matzah Mayhem! Registered Dietician Melanie Ksienski will be leading us in making a matzah based dinner / dessert. After we create our delicious food, we will enjoy it all together! $15 per child – register here. For more information, email Sydney Traux or call 403-537-8592.

Inclusion Pesach 3rd Seder

Sunday, April 28

1:00 - 2:30pm | Paperny Family JCC

Join us for a Passover 3rd Seder led by Rabbi Ilana Krygier Lapides. Experience a Pesach Seder in a welcoming environment that will be a sensory-friendly and harmonious experience for all ages. Limited spots available, register here. For information, email Karina Szulc.

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Krav Maga

Tuesdays, April 2 - June 18

Sundays, April 7 - June 23

7:45 - 8:45pm | Paperny Family JCC

Krav Maga is a form of self-defense developed for the Israel Defense Forces. Incorporating techniques from a number of different martial arts, it focuses on situational awareness, de-escalating potentially volatile situations and ensuring personal safety. Gain confidence and strength in a supportive, safety-focused atmosphere - and have some fun! For ages 13 to adult. Find pricing information and registration here (and click on "search").

JCC Goes to Broadway

Sunday, April 7

3:30pm | Paperny Family JCC

Join us for an enchanting musical afternoon showcasing the talents of the JCC's Voices Choir, Sharim Children's Choir, and special guests: Paulo, Romel, Rebecca Sussman, Danielle Braitman, Rabbi Cantor Russ, Tracy Smith, Katie Baker, Shari Finkleman, Deb Finkleman, and more! Experience captivating performances as they present the finest songs from Broadway. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and free for children. Register online or at the JCC Customer Service Desk. Proceeds from this delightful event will go to support the JCC's music programs.

Chametz Drive

April 15 - 19

Paperny Family JCC

Clearing out your pantry for Passover? Bring your unopened chametz (items that are not kosher for Passover) or any other non-perishable food to the JCC. Food will be donated to the Calgary Food Bank and Miriam’s Well.

Explore & Connect: A Beth Tzedec Open House

Sunday, April 7

1:00 - 3:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Considering a Beth Tzedec membership? Join us for a very special open house for new and prospective members of our community. Meet our dedicated staff, explore our diverse range of programs and services, and learn how you can become a valued member of our vibrant community. More information here.

Calgary JLI - Passover Class 

A Slice of Perfection

Monday, April 8

7:30 - 8:30pm | Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta - Calgary Campus  

The first feather in your cap is already reason to celebrate. To a perfectionist, it's "all or nothing," right? But for the pragmatist whom Judaism champions, partial perfection is already a remarkable achievement. The matzah ball soup on the last day of Passover teaches us why. For more information, visit our website or email.

Decisions of Fate: Your Jewish Compass for Navigating Questions of Medical Ethics

Tuesdays, May 21 - June 11

Explore the guiding Jewish values that help inform choices on common medical questions. This four-week course will equip students with the tools to chart a path through four areas of medical ethics: experimental treatments, extending life, pregnancy questions, and caring for a body. Gain an enriching perspective on how the Jewish ethical tradition helps us confidently navigate fateful decisions. For more information, visit our website or email.

Camp Gan Israel Summer 2024

July 2 to August 9  

Ten days left for early bird pricing. Some age groups are closing registration soon. Time to register! Get $50 off tuition when you Refer a Friend. Register now or for more information, check out our website, call Mushka Matusof at 587-664-4567 or email.

B'nai Brith Calgary Lodge #816: 71st Annual Dinner

Tuesday, April 9

5:30 - 10:30pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

This event will honour Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch, and Dan Balaban, CEO & Executive Chair, Greengate Power. Also honoured is Rebbetzin Rochel L. and Rabbi Menachem M. Matusof, who will receive the 2024 Ben Docktor Award of Excellence for their outstanding contribution to the Calgary Jewish community. For tickets, sponsorships, and donations, go online, contact the B'nai Brith office at 403-255-6554, or email.


Monthly Drop-in Caregiver Discussions Groups

Ogden 50+ Activity Centre | Friday, April 12 | 10:30 - 11:30am

Parkdale Nifty Fifties | Tuesday, April 16 | 10:30 - 11:30am

Calgary JCC | Thursday, April 25| 1:00 - 2:00pm

Facilitated by a registered social worker from JFSC's Caregiver Support Program, this is a space for caregivers of seniors and/or persons living with dementia to exchange caregiving and coping strategies and resources. For more information, winter dates and locations, click here. There is no charge for these groups. Pre-registration is required – please call 403-287-3510.

Dueling Pianos – JFSC 2024 Annual Fundraiser

Thursday, May 2

6:30 - 10:30pm | Carriage House Hotel & Conference Centre

JFSC Presents: Dueling Pianos, a high-energy, interactive evening of music, suitable for all ages and stages. Support our 2024 annual fundraiser – proceeds raised go towards reducing food insecurity and providing basic needs supports across our programs. Your ticket includes light appetizers and a dessert buffet. Visit our website, email or call Lynn at 403-692-6395.

Women's Seder

Sunday, April 14

5:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah

Temple's 19th Annual Women's Seder. Please register by calling the Temple office at 403-252-1654.

Temple Talks

Thursday, April 18

7:00 - 8:30pm | Zoom

Join speakers Bonnie Kaplan and Michael Birnbaum. Putting your hands where your hearts are – is it safe to go to Israel right now. Please register by calling the Temple office at 403-252-1654.

Annual Community Seder

Tuesday, April 23

5:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah

Please register here.

Passover Community 1st Seder

Monday, April 22

6:30pm | Chabad of Alberta

All are welcome! Delicious Passover meal served on real china and silverware with handmade shmurah matzah, the four cups of wine, and more! Kosher Seder menu includes dry and semi-sweet wines, grape juice, handmade shmurah matzah, gefilte fish with chrain, assorted salads, chicken soup, roasted chicken, beef brisket, assorted sides, and dessert. RSVP online.

Kosher Passover Meals

Looking to order delicious kosher Passover meals? Chabad has kosher for Passover food available. New this year: larger menu selection! All proceeds will go towards the Faigel Shapiro Kosher Pantry. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds! Visit our website

Volunteers Needed

Looking for volunteers to help bring the joy of Passover to so many in the Calgary community with the Faigel Shapiro Kosher Pantry.

Please visit our website or call 587-664-2574. 

Inyan of a Minyan: Understanding Communal Prayer


7:30pm | HOJMI and Online

Immerse yourself in the wisdom of Rabbi Andrews as he delves into thought-provoking topics in his engaging series. Join us for the next instalment where Rabbi Andrews will lead insightful discussions and provide fresh perspectives. It's an opportunity to deepen your understanding and connect with others in the community. Don't miss out on this enriching experience!

Daf Yomi with Rabbi Andrews

Every Day

Mornings | HOJMI

Join us for Daf Yomi sessions led by Rabbi Andrews. Dive into the depths of Talmudic wisdom every weekday morning following Shacharit, and an hour before Mincha on Shabbat. Explore ancient texts and enrich your understanding of Jewish tradition with our vibrant community.

2024 JNF Calgary Negev Event

Thursday, May 9

6:30pm VIP Event, 7:30pm Program | Temple B’nai Tikvah

Help us raise funds to rebuild and renew Kibbutz Kissufim! Be inspired and uplifted by Israeli-American actor and activist Yuval David. Registration and donations online, email, or call 403-255-0295 x1. Contact Elliott Steinberg 403-255-0297 about advertising and sponsorships.

JNF Missions to Israel 2024

You can help Israelis at this difficult time by doing manual labour, packing food for those in need, and preparing kibbutzim for the return of residents. Come hear from security experts and meet the people impacted by the war. Contact Elliott Steinberg at 403-255-0297, email, or visit our website. More trips are being planned.

2024 Norman Ronald Silver Sports Leadership Award Nominations

Deadline for nominations: Friday, May 10

The Norman Ronald Silver Sports Leadership Award is presented to 'an athlete who exemplifies the true meaning of team spirit and sportsmanship by serving as a leader and role model for others'. The recipient will be presented with a personal plaque, a $100 honorarium, and an award plaque displayed at the Paperny Family JCC. For more information email Brenda Sapoznikow, Foundation Manager or call 403-640-2273.

Casino Volunteers needed for the JCFC Casino

July 23 and 24

Lots of positions available, sign up early to get your preferred choice. Please email Brenda Sapoznikow or call 403-640-2273. 

Now Accepting Applications for 2024

Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary is now accepting post-secondary scholarship applications and community grant applications. For more information and deadlines, please visit our website, email Brenda Sapoznikow, Foundation Manager or call 403-640-2273.


CMDA Annual Event - Save the Date

Sunday, June 2

6:00pm | Carriage House Hotel & Conference Center

Don't miss an opportunity to help us celebrate our donors, volunteers, supporters, and MDA workers with an Israeli Kosher dinner. Thank you for supporting the life saving efforts of MDA in Israel. Purchase tickets here. For more information email Sharon Fraiman, Western Region Director or call 587-435-5808.

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Chevra Kadisha of Calgary Job Listing

The Chevra Kadisha of Calgary is looking to fill the following position of Shomer Backup. This position entails attendance at the chapel when there is a deceased present. The successful candidate(s) will be backup to the primary Shomer when they are away or unable to provide service. This is an on call position with irregular hours. Further details of the position including remuneration will be provided upon receipt of a resume or expression of interest. Skill in reading Hebrew is preferred but not a requirement. Please apply by email.

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