Cultural harvest at the Jewish Public Library
Jewish Book Month begins October 21.
In conjunction with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal, Mel Solman speaks on The Internet, PowerPoint and Novel Ways of Presenting Your Family History or: How I Found my Goldbergs, Vinebergs and Salmanovitzs , Sunday, October 15, 2 pm. Free. Info: 514-484-0969.
“Conversations” – A Jewish Women’s Literary Circle, features discussions with authors. The lineup includes Wedding Song, with Farideh Goldin, October 15, Ten Green Bottles, with Vivian Kaplan, April 28, and Leaving Leningrad, with Ludmila Shtern, June 2. Discussions will be intimate gatherings held at local homes, 1-3 pm or 7-9 pm. Each will provide an opportunity for participants to explore who they are as Jewish women. Admission for all three sessions is $150, open to JPL members only. Info: 514-345-2627 x 3042.
As part of the Canada Council Readings with Wine and Cheese, Susan Glickman reads from her novel, The Violin Lover, Wednesday, October 17, 5:30 pm. Set in 1930s London, it depicts a secret love affair and its disastrous consequences. Books/autographs available. Free. Info: 514-345-2627 x 3017.
Mira Jedwbnik Van Doren presents her film The World Was Ours: The Jewish Legacy of Vilna, Sunday, October 21, 2 pm. $5 members, $10 non-members. Info: 514-345-2627 x 3006
A staged reading in Hebrew of Apples from the Desert by Savyon Lebrecht will be performed Sunday, October 21 at 7:30 pm. The play focuses on the 18-year-old daughter of an abusive father. $10/members,$15/non-members. Refreshments. Info: 514-345-2627 x 3017.
Author Nancy Huston launches Fault Lines, Monday, October 22 at 6:30 pm. The novel tells a family history in reverse, from present-day California to Haifa at the end of WWII, through the eyes of four six-year-olds. Admission for lecture and reception: $10 members, $15 non-members. For two lectures and reception: $15/members, $20/ non-members. Info: 514-345-2627 x 3017
A Historian in the Ghetto: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, a lecture in Yiddish with Trinity College History professor Samuel Kassow, covers Ringelblum ’s clandestine efforts to hide and preserve thousands of Jewish documents in Nazi-occupied Poland. Sunday, October 28, 2 pm. $5 members, $10 non-members. Refreshments.
Info: 514-345-2627 x 3006.
Travel the world of Jewish stories and music with Stories from the Jewish Diaspora, Sunday, October 28 at 7:30 pm. Performers include storytellers, actors, and singers such as Dan Yashinsky, Diane Wolkstein, Oro Anahory-Librowicz and Hélène Engel. $5 members, $10 non-members. Info: 514-345-2627 x 3017.
Nathan Englander reads from his first novel, The Ministry of Special Cases, Wednesday, October 31, 8 pm. Set in Argentina, the novel tells of fathers and sons in a world determined by a corrupt government ’. $12 members and $18 non-members. Books/autographs. Info: 514-345-2617 x 3017.
Hillel Halkin reads from and speaks on his book, A Strange Death, Sunday, November 4, 7:30 pm. Set in Zichron Ya’akov, the book a murder mystery and a lyrical meditation on history. $10 members, $15 non-members. Books /autographs available. Info: 514-345-2627 x 3017.
Being Jewish in Germany Today, a lecture by Jeffrey Peck shows that “Yes, Jewish life does exist in Germany, and it is thriving, diverse, but not always easy. ” Wednesday, November 7, 7:30 pm. $5 members, $10 non-members.
Info: 514-345-2627 x 3017.
All events, unless otherwise indicated, are at the JPL, 5151 Côte-Ste-Catherine Rd.