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July 2021

Red Light Walking Tour

Thu July 29, 2021 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 4281 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2W 1Z$ Canada

Join us in welcoming back Professor Karen Herland for a special walking tour of Montreal’s historic Red Light District! Sex work, especially in its most visible forms, tends to be recognized as a problem, requiring intervention and eradication. As a major transportation hub and port city, many sectors of Montreal’s economy were intertwined with the sex trade, even as police and politicians manipulated social responses (positive and negative) to the presence of a thriving Red Light District. From Maimie Pinzer…

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August 2021

The Art of Gazoz: A Culinary Demonstration with Benny Briga & Adeena Sussman

Sun August 1, 2021 @ 12:00 - 13:00

Lovingly crafted from sparkling water, fresh fruits, herbs, spices and syrups, gazoz is a beverage unlike any other. These bouquet-like drinks are available in nearly every colour of the rainbow, with every fragrant flavour you could possibly imagine. With a history dating back many decades in Tel Aviv, gazoz has recently been reimagined with thanks to Benny Briga’s popular Café Levinsky 41, where these effervescent concoctions practically fly off the counter.  Celebrating the release of their new cookbook, Gazoz: The…

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Red Light Walking Tour

Thu August 26, 2021 @ 19:00 - 21:00

Join us in welcoming back Professor Karen Herland for a special walking tour of Montreal’s historic Red Light District!   Sex work, especially in its most visible forms, tends to be recognized as a problem, requiring intervention and eradication. As a major transportation hub and port city, many sectors of Montreal’s economy were intertwined with the sex trade, even as police and politicians manipulated social responses (positive and negative) to the presence of a thriving Red Light District. From Maimie…

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Moving Together: A Contemporary Dance Workshop with Naomi Gwynn

Tue August 31, 2021 @ 18:30 - 20:30

On August 31 from 6:30 – 8:30pm, Naomi Gwynn will be joined by Horizons Collectif (Lou Salem and Adele Ross) to host a 2-hour contemporary movement and creation workshop open to all levels! This workshop, hosted at Espace 215, will focus heavily on sensory-based movement research and utilize choreographic and improvisation tools to search for new pathways, opportunities, and avenues to bring movement into and through the body. Participants are not expected to have any background in dance or movement.…

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September 2021

Rosh Hashanah (closed for holidays)

Tue September 7, 2021 - Wed September 8, 2021
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Hidden Twins: A New Play Reading

Mon September 13, 2021 @ 19:30 - 21:00

Join us on September 13th at 7:30pm for Hidden Twins: A New Play Reading, inspired by the true story of Vera and Nadia Debnar, and the final instalment of our 2021 Independent Microgrants for Creative and Cultural Exploration, presented at the Segal Centre Identical twins, Vera and Nadia's love of play-acting helped to save their lives when they were forced to masquerade as Protestants to avoid detection by the Nazis. Performing new identities once offered salvation; but as the war…

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Yom Kippur (closed for holidays)

Thu September 16, 2021
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October 2021

Around Montreal’s Dining Table: A Discussion with Beautys Luncheonette and Restaurant Beba

Mon October 4, 2021 @ 19:30 - 20:30

Along Boulevard St-Laurent and across Montreal, many Jewish-owned restaurants have generously shared their creations with locals and visitors alike. How can restaurants old and new continue to tell the story of Jewish culture in the city? At Beautys Luncheonette in the heart of the Plateau, patrons are treated to breakfast favourites like the classic “Mish-Mash” omelette, bagels & lox sandwiches, or homemade pancakes. Since opening in 1942 in Montreal’s Jewish garment district, Beautys has become a beloved family-owned staple, now…

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November 2021

Moroccan Sfenj: A Hanukkah Cooking Demonstration with Sina Mizrahi

Mon November 8, 2021 @ 20:00 - 21:00

Are you looking for a new recipe to prepare for your friends and loved ones this Hanukkah? in partnership with Festival Sefarad de Montréal, join the Museum of Jewish Montreal with cookbook author Sina Mizrahi to learn how to prepare sfenj (sfinj), or Moroccan doughnuts. Coming off the release of her newly-published Good Food: Inspired by my Middle Eastern roots and the places I’ve called home, we will revisit this classic Moroccan dessert just in time to prepare for the…

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Samy Elmaghribi: “I Sing and I Pray” Podcast Launch Party

Sun November 21, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:00

In this special one-hour virtual event, the Museum of Jewish Montreal and theatre dybbuk team up to celebrate the release of a new episode of the podcast, The Dybbukast, which explores the life and music of Jewish Moroccan music star and Montreal-based cantor, Samy Elmaghribi (1922-2008). Born Salomon Amzallag, Samy's journey moves through a broad spectrum of time and space, giving us glimpses into moments in history that shaped generations. Aaron Henne, artistic director of theatre dybbuk, will be in conversation with Yolande Amzallag, one…

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Fun with Festive Favourites: A Hanukkah Cooking Demonstration with Bob Blumer

Wed November 24, 2021 @ 19:30 - 20:30

Click here to reserve your free ticket via JLive. In the days leading up to Hanukkah, TV personality, cookbook author, and artist Bob Blumer will show us how to prepare waffle latkes and gravlax, straight from his recent cookbook, Flavorbomb. Join us as we revisit this classic Hanukkah dish with Bob's whimsical spin! In his books, live demos and TV shows (Glutton for Punishment, Surreal Gourmet on the Food Network), Bob transforms ordinary ingredients into wow-inspiring dishes through simple cooking methods and unorthodox presentations that have…

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December 2021

Hanukkah Gelt Together: A Trivia Benefit Party

Thu December 2, 2021 @ 19:00 - 21:30
3961 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal QC H2W IY4, 3961 Boulevard St-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y4 Canada
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What better way to ring in the Festival of Lights than with testing your knowledge with some trivia? Join us for our first in-person party since 2020! On the fifth night of Hanukkah, come on down to the location of the iconic Moishe’s Steakhouse, a true heritage site within the history of Jewish Montreal. For those with a special place in their heart for Moishe’s, this will be your last opportunity to be within those walls – for friends new…

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January 2022

Chrismukkah Party: A Podcast Launch with Sarah Deshaies

Wed January 26 @ 19:30 - 20:30

Season’s Greetings! This is a tale about two holidays, celebrated by people of different faiths. But while Christmas and Chanukkah honour distinct events that happened thousands of years ago, their close arrival in the early, dark days of winter mean that many families end up twinning the two. With an increase in intermarriage in an ever-secular society, some Jews are adding trees to their menorahs and are finding themselves singing carols. Chrismukkah Party is a new, festive podcast that delves into…

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February 2022

Needlework, From Factory to Living Room: An Embroidery Workshop with Claire Sigal

Sun February 13 @ 12:00 - 13:00

Needlework is woven into the fabric of Jewish art and culture. It is the fertile land of mysticism and creativity – just looking and reading doesn’t let you know why. On Sunday, February 13, join us with Claire Sigal as we practice and ponder the histories of Jewish needlework. Coming from the ethos of Tikkun Olam (“mending the world”) and through a meditative approach to making, Claire will share the histories of Jewish garment work and how so much creativity came from it…

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Ladino Through Its Proverbs: A Workshop with Nesi Altaras

Wed February 23 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Ladino is a language that brings together Spanish grammar with vocabulary and ideas from Hebrew, Turkish, French and various other languages of the Eastern Mediterranean. The joy and wisdom of this language is stored within its numerous, colourful, funny, and often musical sayings and proverbs. There has recently been a wave of interest in this language and ways to engage in Sephardic culture in secular ways. On February 23, this interactive workshop will do just that! Join us with Montreal-based writer…

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March 2022

Pathways: A Book Launch + Shiva with Sonia Bazar

Wed March 23 @ 17:00 - 19:00
Violet Bakehouse, 2009 Boulevard Decarie
Montreal, Quebec H4A 1Z5 Canada
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Dearly Beloved: Important religious texts are often buried among people, and sometimes given headstones. This book is having a shiva. On March 23, we invite you with Sonia Bazar to come pay your respects to Pathways. Pathways is a short self-published book of art and poetry. Pathways explores the physical and emotional space of Montreal’s oldest Jewish cemetery, Back River. Over time, a neighbourhood has encompassed it. The Back River Cemetery exists in distinct contrast to the Metro station, gas…

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What does representation mean? A Script Reading for “Mazel” with Hannah Grover

Mon March 28 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Join the cast and crew members of an in-development web series, tentatively titled Mazel for a script reading of an episode, during which the community will be given the opportunity to provide feedback and insight into what they would like to see from sapphic media. Mazel follows two young women, Miriam and Lindsay, through graduate school as they navigate the development of their respective sexualities. It is an important exploration of various privileges and lived experiences as they pertain to sexuality, religious…

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April 2022

Playing Jewish Histories: Sounds of the Oud

Tue April 26 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Like the Jewish people, the oud found a home in a diverse range of countries. From North Africa, through the Middle East, and up into the Caucasus and Balkans. For this reason, it is a wonderful vessel by which to explore the life of many Jewish populations from around the world: investigating how they expressed themselves, and connected with their homes in diaspora. Join us with emerging scholar and musician Zack Youcha as we explore the histories and stories surrounding…

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May 2022

Red Light Walking Tour

Thu May 5 @ 18:30 - 20:30
1111 Boulevard Saint-Laurent Montreal, 1111 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec H2Z 1J6 Canada
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Join us in welcoming back Professor Karen Herland for a special walking tour of Montreal’s historic Red Light District! Sex work, especially in its most visible forms, tends to be recognized as a problem, requiring intervention and eradication. As a major transportation hub and port city, many sectors of Montreal’s economy were intertwined with the sex trade, even as police and politicians manipulated social responses (positive and negative) to the presence of a thriving Red Light District. From Maimie Pinzer…

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Eruv: Queer Installations in Jewish Space: A Book Launch and Walking Conversation

Tue May 17 @ 18:00 - 19:30
Parc Saint-Viateur, 530 avenue querbes
outremont, Quebec H2V 3W5 Canada
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Join us on May 17 for the launch of Eruv: Notes on Queer Installations of Jewish Space, by micrograntee and artist Iso E. Setel. The book examines the ways in which eruvin function as queer objects, dissolving distinctions between the public and the private, and reconditioning spatial relations. Eruv collages together text, photography, and paper-cut maps of ritual terrains to articulate how eruvin might be utilized as ritual technology in projects of queer liberation and community formation. Iso will be leading a walking conversation…

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