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Contact Community Chaplain for Virtual Visits
With no visitors allowed in the hospitals and long-term care facilities, Community Chaplain Sari Shernofsky has been taking time to contact people by phone, offering supportive visits for lonely and/or distressed members of the community. Phone calls to Jewish community members in the hospital are also taking place. Since there is no way to determine who is in the hospital at this point in time, please contact Sari directly at 403-251-6507 if you would like a virtual visit for yourself or a family member or friend.
Halpern Akiva Academy 2020 Gala Dinner Postponed.
Our online fundraising campaign will continue in place of our Gala Dinner. Click here for more information.
 
No Gala? No Problem!
We are disappointed that we will not have a Gala Fundraiser this year, but you can still celebrate with us at home in three easy steps. Click here for more information.
Calgary Annual Event Postponed
New Date - Sunday, May 30, 2021
Click here for full details.
JFSC is Excited to Announce the Launch of In-Home Memory Care
a program designed for individuals diagnosed with memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s. This program is in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary and will be starting in May. The program will be an in-home service where staff engage with the client to deliver brain-boosting activities that support them with their diagnosis, while also providing respite opportunities for the caregiver to engage in self-care during what is otherwise a very isolating and difficult time. Please contact JFSC at 403-287-3510 or visit our website, for further information.
 
JFSC has Launched a Mental Health Support Line
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic JFSC has launched a Mental Health Support Line, a short term, brief-intervention therapy service delivered online or over the phone FREE of charge for up to three sessions. All services are delivered through trained, registered psychologists to support individuals who are struggling with their mental health during the pandemic. JFSC is virtually open and continues to offer a number of resources to the community including food and domestic violence support. Visit JFSC online to learn more, email, or call 403-287-3510
The Faigel Shapiro Kosher Pantry 
at Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta has already distributed hundreds of meals in our community, and continues to provide food and meals for individuals in need. For more info, or if you know someone in need, email or call 403-281-3770.
 
Kosher Food Service and Challah
Ready, delicious Shabbat food and challah is available for order!
Kids at home keeping your hands full? Elderly and don't want to go out? Busy with work from home? In our efforts to assist all who need it, Chabad has Kosher food available (delivery available!). All proceeds will go towards the Faigel Shapiro Kosher Pantry outreach program.
 
We Need Your Help!
Help Our Community Grow and Thrive
The closure of the JCC has meant a drastic reduction in revenue, specifically in program and membership fees. As a result, we have had to make very difficult decisions over the past several weeks, including the temporary layoff of the majority of our staff. Throughout the past eight weeks, we have worked diligently to maintain the basic needs of the facility by reducing operating costs, accessing government wage subsidies, and applying for a variety of community grants. But we still need your help… read more here.
 
Calgary JCC is Live – More Fitness Classes Available!
In addition to our current mix of cardio, strength, and stretch classes, the JCC is pleased to announce that we have added the following: Active Living, PWR! Moves, Chair Dancing, and Zumba® Gold. For our full schedule of free, virtual fitness classes and information about how to join, click here. To stay informed and connected with the JCC click here.

During these unprecedented times, the JCFC is here to support and help our community members.  Although we are not physically present at our office, we continue to function on a remote basis with all necessary capabilities. You are able to make a donation, order tribute cards online, by phone by visiting our websiteemailing or calling 403-640-2273. Please do not hesitate to be in contact if we can be of any assistance.  We are here for you.

Glenmore Landing Safeway is Providing Curbside Service for Seniors and Immune Compromised Individuals
Daily
9:30am to 5:00pm | 1600 90 Avenue SW
Email or call 403-255-2755 for more information.
 
Glenmore Landing Safeway is Providing Special Shopping Hours for Seniors
Daily
7:00 to 8:00am | 1600 90 Avenue SW
Regular store hours are between 8:00am to 10:00pm. Email or call
403-255-2755 for more information.
Virtual PJ Library ® Tot Shabbat
Every Friday
10:00am | Your house via Zoom
Join us for our ever-popular and growing Virtual PJ Library Tot Shabbat! Bring your dancing shoes, singing voices, noisemakers, and get ready for half an hour of Tot Shabbat fun! Email Kathie for the Zoom link or more information.
The Virtual Kesher - The Power of Connection
Every Friday
3:30pm | Via Zoom
Kesher means connection. We may be in physical isolation, but we can stay connected. You're invited to join a sing-along, or presentation by your favourite rabbi, cantor, or Calgary talent.
Email Karina for the Zoom link or for more information.

Farmers, Peddlers, Philanthropists and More:

The Jewish Experience in Southern Alberta

Monday, May 25

7:30pm | via Zoom. Contact for details. 

 

Some poignant, some hilarious; the stories of the Jews of southern Alberta tell a tale of resilience, determination, and contribution to the Jewish and general communities. In celebration of Jewish History Month, JHSSA presents personal memories brought to life by talented performers. For information on how to attend this presentation via Zoom or youtube, please contact us by May 24t at noon.

 

So-fer, So Good; A Scribe's View on the Writing of a Torah Scroll"

New Class - Monday, May 25 and June 1

8:00pm | Email for more information

With Shavuot fast approaching, join sofer Rabbi Binyomin Halpern with an insider's view on quills, ink, parchment and some of the halachot of Sifrei Torah! In anticipation of the upcoming dedication of the new 'Richler Torah', this class is dedicated in memory of Bernard and Bertha Richler שמחה יעקב בן ברוךand יעקב רפאל בת ברכהof blessed memory. More dedication opportunities in connection with the Torah are available! Please email rabbi.hojmi@gmail.com or mrbeerib@gmail.com for more information.

 

Flashes of Torah,  2020

Topic: "Accepting the Torah; Today as Then."

Wednesday, May 27

8:00pm | Join via Zoom . Meeting ID: 842 8905 3363
Password: hojmi. Dial by your location +1 647 374 4685 Canada.  +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 842 8905 3363. Password: 274053

Dynamic Torah Learning, in a relaxed settingFeaturing Rabbi Halpern, Rabbi Safren, Rabbi Greenwald.

 

Calgary Community Kollel Daily Halacha Class! Rabbi Safren’s Morning

Daily

9:00 - 9:30am | Conference call. To join Call 587 326 0141 PIN: 5339528

 

 

Calgary Torah Whatsapp group

Join here.

Please consider joining the Calgary Torah Whatsapp group for messages from Rabbi Halpern and Rabbi Safren throughout the week!  

 

HOJMI Tehillim group

Sign-up

Please continue or sign up for 5 Chapters of Psalms to help us continue to complete Sefer Tehillim each day! We have even begun a new round, so if you are signing up, please pick any space under the column “round 2” In lieu of our Mi Shebeirach in shul, please insert specific names of cholim (those with illness) on the right side of the spreadsheet

 

 

Gemillut Chasadim List

New! Gemillut Chasadim List! Please let us know if there is a service or an item that you can assist others with! We hope to post these to the shul’s website for the benefit of all. Tizku Lemitzvot!

Online Torah Study with Rabbi Glickman
Tuesday, May 19  
7:00pm | Join Via ZoomMeeting ID: 929 072 193 Password: Torah5780 
Please join us using the meeting number and password listed above.
 
Online Shabbat Services
Friday, May 22
7:30pm
Saturday, May 23
10:30am
We invite all congregants to join via Zoom. Zoom instructions: One-tap mobile :  +14388097799, 278747390# Canada. Find your local number: Meeting ID: 278 747 390. Password: Tikvah5780
This week, Shabbat Services will be conducted via Zoom. We invite all congregants to join us on Zoom, and look forward to worshiping and learning together this Shabbat.
 
Online Chant Service with Betsy Jameson
Saturday, May 23
9:30 - 10:25am | Join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 913 4847 7219. Find your local number.
The instructions on how to join services on Zoom are listed above. If you have never chanted, but want to try, please join the service at 9:15am for a brief introduction. Otherwise, please join by 9:30am. 

 

 

Stories of Music                                              סיפורי מוסיקה
Thursdays (May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18)
10:30am to 12:30pm | Zoom
Cantor Russ is proud to announce that Stories of Music is now back up and running on Zoom. This adult education project was developed in partnership with the Cantors Assembly, the American Conference of Cantors and the Milken Archive of Jewish Music. Given the new platform and the amount of time that has elapsed since the last class, the Cantor will be teaching this curriculum from the beginning. For more information or to sign up for a session, contact the office at 403-255-8688 or email us. Upon registration, you will be provided with the Zoom link and weekly password updates. BTZ Members: Free. Guests: $72 for the entire course or $10/class.
 
Navigating the Siddur
Fridays (May 15, 22, June 5, 12, 19, 26)
12:00 - 1:30pm | Zoom
As a result of Zoom, attending Minyan is easier than ever and we are spending more and more time with our Siddurim. Join Cantor Russ as he takes us on a Journey through Jewish prayer and helps us plumb the depths of what must be considered the second greatest book in all of Judaism, the Siddur. For more information or to sign up for a session, contact the office at 403-255-8688 or email us . Upon registration, you will be provided with the Zoom link and weekly password updates. BTZ Members: Free; Guests: $72 for the course or $10/class.
 
Daf HaShavua
Mondays (May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
10:30am - 12:00pm | Zoom
There is no one right way to study the Talmud. Join Cantor Russ as he helps us better understand this great repository of Jewish thought by helping us unpack a page of Talmud a week. There is no better time than the present to take a plunge into the sea of Talmud and deeper Jewish learning. For more information or to sign up for a session, contact the office at 403-255-8688 or email us . Upon registration, you will be provided with the Zoom link and weekly password updates. BTZ members: Free Guests: $72 for the course or $10/class.
 
Hazak 55+ with Cantor Russ
Ethical Wills - Defining your Spiritual Legacy
Thursday, May 21
1:00pm |   Join here via Zoom
What we will leave behind after our time on this earth is over is a question that we all will have to deal with. Legacy can be more than just material goods, it can also have a spiritual and moral dimension. We hope you will join Cantor Russ as he helps us answer that question by taking us through the history of Ethical Wills – how and why they were used in the past, and what significance they can have for us today.
 
Shabbat Livestreaming at BTZ
Fridays
6:00pm |  Stream here , or use the alternate link  here  
Saturdays
9:00am and 6:00pm | Stream here , or use the alternate link here
 
Daily Morning Minyan via Zoom
8:30am (service starts at 9:00am) |   Join here  
 
Daily Afternoon Minyan via Zoom
5:30pm (service starts at 6:00pm) |  Join here
Virtual Tanya Class with Rabbi Matusof
Sunday Mornings
Join Rabbi Matusof live on Facebook for a weekly Tanya class including Chassidic inspiration for these challenging times. To view the previous Tanya class and to access additional essays, videos, texts and more, visit our Facebook page or go online
 
Calgary Yachad Hebrew School
Every Sunday via Zoom
Hebrew School is being held every Sunday via Zoom, with children learning Hebrew, reading, and all about our heritage and holidays. A special highlight is the virtual lesson by CKids International including trivia games, crafts, raffles, and more! Email for more information.
 
Stay tuned to Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta 
Most of our programs and services are moving to an online platform with video conferences, live classes, and more. Previous programs can be seen on our Facebook page. More programs to come!

JAC is Looking for 10 or More Volunteers to Help Sew Cloth Face Masks!

Sewers of all skill levels are welcome to participate – whether you’re a master seamstress, new to sewing, or want to participate and not sew. Volunteers will be provided with fabric and instructions. Sewing machines are also available on a limited basis for those in need. This project is in partnership with Move Improve, whose goal is to provide over 10,000 face masks to essential service providers and not-for-profit organizations. Masks created through this initiative will be proudly donated to Alpha House CalgaryThe Brenda Strafford CentreThe Mustard SeedWomen's Centre of Calgary, and Wood's Homes. Contact Danielle Braitman register or to learn more. 

Looking for Something Crafty to Do?
The Shawl-Om Project is an initiative by Jewish community members to create hand-crafted lap blankets and shawls to distribute to community members who would appreciate such a gift. Because of COVID-19, the project's launch has been delayed, but anyone interested in creating such a loving gift can get started now! We are looking for shawls and blankets that are quilted, knit, crocheted, etc. For further information on specifications for the items, please email Michele Doctoroff or call 403-238-2919.
Volunteers Needed!
We are looking for volunteers to help with food deliveries. Feeling good and have some time? Can't help with delivery but can help with something else? Help us help others (PPE equipment will be provided)! Email or call 403-281-3770.

Help Israel's Only National Emergency Response Organization
Continue Protecting the People of Israel
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Israel, Magen David Adom (MDA) has been working around the clock to contain this deadly virus and to keep Israel safe. During this crisis, MDA has answered as many as 110,000 emergency calls in a single day, compared to an average 5,000 calls in normal times. MDA first responders have been working tirelessly 24/7, operating MDA's emergency call centres as well as testing stations throughout the country, and continuing to answer distress calls as they always do. As a result, MDA's resources are now at an alarming low, and we need you now more than ever to give generously, so that Israel's only National Emergency Response Organization may continue protecting the people of Israel. MDA is not a government organization and as a result, it relies heavily on funding from friends across the world to continue operating. Please give generously and share this message with your friends and family. Click here for more information

 

JFSC’s Annual Fundraiser to Honour the Memory of Sam Ousher Switzer z"l on June 11, 2020

JFSC is excited to host our First Annual Virtual Fundraiser that checks off a few essential items on our list: we keep everyone safe, come together to raise the funds required to meet the needs of our community's most vulnerable, and at the same time, honour the memory and legacy of Sam Ousher Switzer z”l. There will be a strong social media presence unfolding in the weeks leading up to the event so please follow us on Instagram and Facebook, add your email address to our newsletter list and get ready for the ride.

This page is continually being updated and shared out with the community on a regular basis. If you would like to learn more or contribute an event or program, please email us.