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Top 10 Events of the Week ( February 3 – February 10)

1. The Love (Actually) Exhibition

February 2 – 26, 2017, 12-5pm Daily; Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb 9, 7-10pm

The Love (Actually) Exhibition is a group photo-show showcasing the power of love and happiness in real moments during weddings. Curated by Toronto photographer Scarlet O’Neill, the diverse images will be accompanied by a description of what made the photo meaningful along with a list of the incredible wedding vendors who contributed to making the day special.

Gladstone Hotel (3rd Floor Gallery), 1214 Queen St., W., Toronto

2. JDAIM – No-Shush Shabbat Family Dinner

Friday, February 3, 2017, 6:00-8:30pm

People of all abilities and their families (infant to adult) are invited to a “no-shush” Shabbat dinner. Communal kosher dinner plus Shabbat-friendly activities. People with disabilities, families, and allies all welcome. For more information contact Sharoni Sibony, 416-924-6211 x154, [email protected]

Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave., Toronto

3. Kuumba

Friday, February 3 to Saturday, February 11, 2017

Visual arts, spoken word, film, comedy, dance and more at this festival celebrating Black History Month. Artists include Esie Mensah, Trixx, d’bi.young anitafrika, Dr. Jay de Soca Prince, Raz Fresco and others. Most events are free. To visit the event website click HERE.

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto

4. The Ballet Cinderella

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 3pm

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs the enchanting story of wishes that really do come true. Set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev and inspired by the timeless fairy tale, Cinderella is one of the most magical and hopeful of the storybook ballets. This full-scale production is choreographed by Vladimir Vasiliev, former Principal Dancer with the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet and “The Best Male Dancer of the 20th Century”.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia has showcased the unparalleled art of Russian ballet to countries throughout the world, and now tours the United States with 55 of Russia’s finest dancers in Cinderella. For tickets ($55-$90) click HERE.

Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga

5. Tu B’shvat Groove

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 2:30-4:30pm

Free Groove party at Wychwood Barns to celebrate the birthday of the trees in Israel, for children ages 0-12. Hosted by Paul Penna, Shores, DJDS, MNjcc, Camp Gesher, Camp Shomria, Children’s Art Studio and PJ Library. RSVP to Sheri at (416) 928-3537 or [email protected].

Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. and Wychwood Theatre, 76 Wychwood Ave., Toronto

6. Jewish Couplehood with Yacov Fruchter

Monday, February 6, 2017, 8-9:30pm (every week until March 6, 2017)

This FREE four-week course for couples (dating, engaged or married) will create an inclusive framework to learn about, grapple with and begin to answer the most crucial Jewish questions that a couple needs to address while building a meaningful life together. Same sex and interfaith couples welcome. Traditional as well as modern approaches to core practices will be explored, and couples should expect to be left with choices rather than one direct path towards building a meaningful home.

No previous experience in Jewish learning is required, but past experiences will be built upon and a desire to learn with an open mind is a must. Contact Synagogue Office: 416-781-3511, [email protected]

Beth Tzedec Congregation, 1700 Bathurst St., Toronto

7. THZ Israel Culture Club Movie: Beneath the Helmet

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7:30- 9:30pm

Join the Temple Har Zion Shinhinim, Ayellet and Itamar, and watch the film Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front, followed by a discussion of the film. The film is a coming-of-age story which follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country. At the age of 18, away from their homes, families and friends, these young individuals undergo a demanding, inspiring journey, revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be.

No charge, all are welcome to attend.

Temple Har Zion, 7360 Bayview Ave., Thornhill

8. Israeli Culture Through the Arts

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 7- 9pm

Rabbi Benjie Gruber, a Reform Rabbi from Israel, and Rabbi Lawrence Englander lead this program which reviews Israeli culture through contemporary Israeli singers and songwriters, and Israeli poetry and literature. English translation will be provided. This course will be of special interest to those who wish to join the ARZA Canada trip in May 2017, “Israel Through the Arts”

Non-members: $5. To register, please call the Temple Office at 416-487-4161 or e-mail [email protected].

Temple Sinai Congregation, 210 Wilson Ave., Toronto

9. Biomechanics: The Machine Inside

Opens Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Shrimp that can break through glass? Spider webs that are stronger than steel? Sharks that use their snouts to sense the electrical impulses of their prey? This new exhibition reveals the incredible ingenuity behind evolution and adaptation through real specimens, lifelike models and interactive experiences. Find out why all living things —including humans— are machines built to survive, move and discover. Compare the similarities between muscles and motors, legs and springs, or claws and clamps to explore the ways marvels of natural engineering have inspired ingenious man-made inventions. Included with Ontario Science Centre admission.
Ontario Science Centre (Procter & Gamble Great Hall Level 2), Don Mills Rd., North York. Click HERE.

10. Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 8:30-11:30pm

Ashkenaz and Beth Tzedec Congregation present a one-of-a-kind community concert celebrating the life, work and words of the legendary Leonard Cohen. Performers will include the The Barrel Boys, Batsheva, Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers, Aviva Chernick, Lori Cullen, Aaron Davis, Cantor Sidney Ezer, Moses Znaimer, and more.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door (price includes HST)
(NOTE: Advance ticket sales price ends Friday, February 10 at 12 noon.)
Purchase tickets through Paypal click HERE.
Beth Tzedec members can purchase tickets through the website – click HERE.
Payment by telephone through the synagogue office: 416-781-3511

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