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Culture, Arts & Ideas Thursdays

Socialize over refreshments: 1:00 pm
Lecture, cultural program or workshop: 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Drop-In: $5.00 (Includes refreshments)

Socialize over refreshments in a café-style setting before enjoying a stimulating lecture, cultural program or workshop – we offer something for everyone!

For more information about our Active 55+ programs, please contact Lisa Roy at (416) 924-6211 x155 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jump & Jive @ the J

JumpAndJive webiconThursday December 7, 2017
Concert: 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Post-show reception: 2:30 - 3:30 pm

A Sock Hop in Celebration of Chanukah
Featuring The Rev-Tones
Dust off your poodle skirt, leather jacket and saddle shoes and get ready to shake, rattle and roll! Enjoy classic songs from the 1950s and early 1960s performed by the 5-piece rock & roll band The Rev-Tones and the 3-person backup singers group The Pistons.

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Changing the Politics of Television

A black man in a suit (Sammy Davis Jr) kisses a white man in a white shirt who looks shocked (Archie Bunker)January 11 & 18, 2018
Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Guest speaker: Jack Newman
Norman Lear. Mary Tyler Moore. Larry Gelbart. Their ‘social commentary sitcoms’ tackled controversial issues of the 1970s considered taboo by the networks. The creators collectively pushed the boundaries of what we thought was entertainment: breaking down cultural barriers, taking on bigotry, war and feminism, and forever changing the landscape of television.

Read more: Changing the Politics of Television

Hollywood’s Oscar-Winning Songs

and the oscar goes toJanuary 25, 2018
Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm

With pianist/musicologist Jordan Klapman
From 1934’s The Continental to 1969’s Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, popular songs written specifically for film by Jewish songwriters have won virtually half of all of the Oscars awarded for Best Song of The Year. Hooray for Hollywood!

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Tu B’Shvat Seder

A photo collage of various plantsThursday, February 1, 2018
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Celebrate the "New Year of the Trees in Israel" with a participatory community seder. Enjoy Hebrew songs, secular readings, ceremonial foods and a special musical performance by students from the Paul Penna DJDS. Fee: $8

Comes Love: A Valentine’s Concert

Piano keys with heart shaped glitter and a rose on topThursday, February 15, 2018
Doors open at 1:00 pm. Concert 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Post show reception 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Featuring The Adi Braun Trio at the Al Green Theatre
Celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day with one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists and enjoy a live performance of vintage torch songs, timeless standards and classic love songs. Jazz chanteuse Adi Braun draws us in with her smooth and sultry vocals and her ability to use a song to tell a story. Adi is joined by Tom King on piano and Pat Collins on bass. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Read more: Comes Love: A Valentine’s Concert

Purim Party: The Jewish View

Happy Purim graphicThursday March 1, 2018
Doors open: 1:00pm, Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Featuring Jack Newman, David Gale and Randy Vancourt
First there was Whoopi and Joy in The View. Now we are pleased to introduce David, Randy and Yitzchok in… The Jewish View! Join the hilarity as these comedians kibbitz, shpritz and talk narishkeit for your enjoyment. So put on a costume and join in the Purim fun!

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Sunday December 24
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday December 25
Tuesday December 26
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday December 31
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday January 1
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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