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Monday, April 15 | 7 Nisan 5784

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Memories from Auschwitz – Holocaust Education Series

Monday, April 15

7:00pm | Calgary Public Library - Central Library and Zoom

Join Francie Cyngiser, as she shares her father’s oral testimony of Holocaust survival in a live presentation of "Through Their Eyes", a film that weaves testimony of Sidney Cyngiser, with his grandchildren’s perspectives. Register here.

Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Heartstrings - The Music of the Holocaust

Sunday, May 5

6:30pm - Paperny Family JCC Holocaust Memorial Monument

7:30pm - Beth Tzedec Congregation

The sufferings of European Jewry under the Nazi regime were reflected in their music and musical life. Music offered Jews a way to express their humanity in inhuman conditions, to escape from reality and give voice to their yearning for freedom, and to find comfort and hope. Please join us for this community wide commemoration.

Violins of Hope Exhibition

May 3 - June 16

10:00am to 5:00pm Daily

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

Violins of Hope is an exhibition of historic instruments that survived World War II. Although the violins come from different backgrounds, they are tied through the singular history of the persecution of European Jews and the Holocaust. Each violin reminds us of the light, hope and peace that music brings even the darkest moments. Please register here.

Violins of Hope Concert with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Wednesday, May 15

7:30pm | Jack Singer Concert Hall

Join us for an unforgettable musical journey from Holocaust to hope, at a unique concert where restored instruments once belonging to Jewish victims of the Holocaust, come to life through stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival. Wherever there was music, there was hope. Please register here.

Violins of Hope - Socalled with Strings

Sunday, May 26

7:30pm | Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

Montreal based Socalled fuses hip hop with Klezmer with a collection of Yiddish songs. Joined by an all Jewish string quartet that hail from New York,Toronto and Ottawa. The project debuted in Hamburg and has presented in Venice, London, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Paris and now Calgary! Please register here.

Violins of Hope - Lenka Lichtenberg's "The Secret Poetress of Terezin"

Sunday, June 2

7:30pm | Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

Join Juno award winning singer-songwriter Lenka Lictenberg who is accompanied by Jewish husband and wife team, Drew Jurecka and Rebekah Wolkstein, on the violin and viola. The concert includes video and photographic footage, and is based on poems that Lenka unearthed that were written by her grandmother while she was imprisoned at Terezin. Please register here.

Tot Shabbat

Friday, April 19 & May 3

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.

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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Movie and Matzah

Sunday, April 28

2:00pm | Paperny Family JCC

Join PJ Library and the Paperny Family JCC for Movie and Matzah! Wear your coziest pyjamas for an enchanting afternoon as we screen The Prince of Egypt, and enjoy delightful Pesach-approved snacks. Fun for the entire family! Register online for this free event.

Shalom Baby

Wednesday, May 8

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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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 Wynne's Pantry (formerly Miriam's Well) at JFSC.

Israel Through Our Eyes

Until Saturday, April 20 - Call for Submissions

Showcase the Israel you know and love with this artistic exhibit. Submit photos, art, or printed word projects that represent Israel as seen through your individual lens to Yanina Rabinovich by Saturday, April 20. The exhibit will be presented at the Papery Family JCC from May 1 to 8. 

Yom HaAtzmaut: Israel's Independence Day

Tuesday, May 14

5:30pm | Paperny Family JCC

Join us as we celebrate Israel's 76th birthday with music, food, and fun activities for all ages! Israeli themed food will be available for purchase from Karen's Café. For more information about this free event, email Yanina Rabinovich or call 403-537-8596.


Monthly Drop-in Caregiver Discussions Groups

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

Paperny Family 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 Piano Kings" – JFSC 2024 Annual Fundraiser

Thursday May 2

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

Join JFSC for 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 Lynn or call Lynn, 403-692-6395

Thursday Night Live

Thursday, April 18

6:30 - 9:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Showcase your talents at the ultimate open mic experience at Beth Tzedec! Join us monthly for a dynamic showcase of local talent like you’ve never seen before. Click here for more information.

Passover Second Seder

Tuesday, April 23

5:30 - 8:30pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Join us at Beth Tzedec for a memorable Passover Seder on the second night of Pesach! Delight in a traditional buffet filled with symbolic and savory dishes, as we retell the timeless story of liberation and redemption. Click here for more information.

Matzah Brei

Sunday, April 28

10:15 - 11:00am | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Join us for a special breakfast following Morning Minyan as we celebrate Pesach as a community. We’ll schmooze and share a kosher-for-Passover meal together. Click here for more information.

Temple Talks

Thursday, April 18

7:00 - 8:30pm | Zoom or Temple B'nai Tikvah

Join speakers Bonnie Kaplan and Michael Birnbaum as the speak on the topic: "Putting Our Hands Where Our Hearts Are", after spending time volunteering in Israel. Zoom link: ID 829 6039 9641.

Annual Community Seder

Tuesday, April 23

5:30pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah

Please register here.

Boilermaker's Bash Honouring Al Osten

Saturday, May 4

The Boilermaker's Bash has officially sold out! If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email. You can still honour Al by making a donation today or bidding at the online auction starting April 26. For more information, please visit website

34th Annual Passover Community Seder

Monday, April 22 (1st Seder)

6:30pm | Chabad Alberta

Delicious Passover meal served on real china, handmade Shmurah Matzah, the four cups of wine, and more! Gluten-friendly and vegan menu options available. RSVP online or call us at 403-281-3770.

Handmade Shmura Matzah for your Seder

The ultimate matzah in quality, kashrut and tradition!

Limited quantities are still available!

To purchase, please visit our website or call us at 403-281-3770.

Sale of Chometz

Fill out our simple chometz sale form with your name and address and Rabbi Matusof will do the rest! By filling out the chometz form, the chometz you own will be transferred to the ownership of a non-Jew, thus fulfilling the commandment of not owning chometz on Passover. All forms should be submitted by April 17. Visit our website or call us at 403-281-3770.

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 at, email, 403-255-0295 x1. Contact Elliott Steinberg 403-255-0297 about advertising and sponsorships.

JNF Missions to Israel

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 people directly 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. 

Yuval David – Actor and Activist

Friday, May 10

7:30pm | Temple B’nai Tikvah

As part of Temple B’nai Tikvah’s Friday evening services, come hear Israeli-American Emmy Award-winning actor Yuval David talk about the intersection of his identities as an activist for both Jewish and LGBTQ issues on the global stage.

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Yom HaZikaron - Israel's Memorial Day

Sunday, May 12

7:00pm | Temple B'nai Tikvah

Come together as a community to commemorate and memorialize IDF soldiers who have perished in the line of duty and victims of terror. A heartfelt ceremony along with prayers, readings, and music, with a special commemoration for the victims of the October 7 attacks. Register online for this free event.

Lunch, Learn, and Love

Wednesday, May 15

12:00pm | Beth Tzedec Congregation

Join Laura Shuler and her JHSSA troubadours as they share songs and stories of love for this lunch-time presentation. Lunch is $15 for BT members and $20 for the public. There is no fee to register for the program if not attending the lunch (please arrive by 12:30pm).

Register by May 13 (scroll down to find registration form).

Rabbi Ginsburg

Thursday, May 16

6:30pm | Central Public Library

During his tenure in Calgary, Rabbi Lewis Ginsburg was not only a beloved religious figure for the local Jewish community, but also a much sought-after speaker, avid sportsman, and active volunteer. Join JHSSA and presenter Saundra Lipton, to explore the life and legacy of Rabbi Ginsburg. Hosted by Calgary Public Library.

Please register for this free program. If you don't have a library card, email JHSSA.

The Jewish History of Farming

Tuesday, May 21

6:30pm | Central Public Library

From the Canadian prairies to the Argentine Pampas, discover the history and wider context of the Jewish farming experience with presenter Irena Karshenbaum. Hosted by Calgary Public Library and JHSSA. Please register for this free program. If you don’t have a library card, email JHSSA.

The History of Zionism in Calgary

Wednesday, May 29

7:00pm | Temple B’nai Tikvah

Celebrate Canadian Jewish Heritage month with Temple B’nai Tikvah and JHSSA. Join Harry Sanders as he traces the long history of Calgary’s connections to the Zionist Movement. Registration not required.

Daf Yomi with Rabbi Andrews

Every Day

Mornings | HOJMI

Join us for Daf Yomi sessions led by Rabbi Andrews at HOJMI. 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.

Chovos Halevavos with the Kollel


8:00pm | Zoom

Delve into the depths of Jewish thought with Rabbi Safren in our weekly Kollel session focusing on Chovos Halevavos. Explore the teachings of this classic work and gain valuable insights into spiritual

growth and mindfulness. Join us for an enriching journey every Thursday evening on Zoom.


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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