This Week in Jewish London

Upcoming Jewish London Events and Programs
All new menu item ful mudummas will join all the other Israeli favourites we feature including Tunisian tuna, shakshuka, hummus, sabich, omelette bar, yogurts and cheeses, smoked fish, varieties of baked goods and breads, coffee and teas, and so much more!
Please RSVP for this event by calling (519) 673-3310 or emailing eric@jewishlondon.ca.
Israeli Dancing
Sunday, February 3, 2019

Put on your dancing shoes, wear something comfortable and learn Israeli dancing with Nicki Ishai.  This is an informal group that gets together most Sunday mornings in the lounge at the JCC at 10:30am.  There is no fee for this event.  Level 1 – 10:30am-11:15am, then stay for Level 2 -11:15am-12noon.
For further information, feel free to contact Debbie Rosenzweigat debbier289@gmail.com.

Around the Community
Monday, January 21, 7:30 p.m., at the JCC
Inventing Hollywood: The Moguls’ Ambivalent Jewish Identities and How They were Refracted in the Movies 
Speaker: Shlomo Schwartzberg
Sponsor: London Lodge of B’nai Brith Men in memory of Max Valinsky
It’s undisputable that Hollywood was founded by Eastern European Jewish immigrants who fled to Southern California to make new lives for themselves. In discovering the power and influence of the movies, however, these moguls rarely made films that reflected their religion. The Jazz Singer, for example, sent a not-so-subtle message of assimilation, and even shame, about being Jewish. The fact that those movies were primarily aimed at Protestant American audiences in a country rife with anti-Semitism also meant that the moguls, many of whom exchanged Jewish first wives for Christian second wives, were determined to minimize, even expunge their own Jewish identities. Our speaker will discuss how vestiges of Jewish attributes couldn’t be entirely eliminated despite the best efforts of the movies’ founders.

Shlomo Schwartzberg is a Toronto-based arts journalist, film programmer, film critic, and teacher.  He is the former Director of Programming of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival and the former Chair of the Toronto Jewish Film Society.  He is also the co-founder of and regular contributor to the noted online daily cultural website, Critics at Large (www.criticsatlarge.ca).  Shlomo has written for numerous publications, including The New York TimesThe Jerusalem ReportThe Toronto StarThe Globe and Mail, and theCanadian Jewish News.

Monday, January 28, 7:30 p.m., at the JCC
Finding Yourself: Genetic Genealogy and Internet Resources for Your Jewish Genealogy Research
Speaker: Steven Dain
Sponsors: Harold and Susan Merskey
To see the entire JEM schedule please click here.
Jewish National Fund Presents Tu Bi’Shevat Family Program 
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 1 pm – 4 pm at JHamilton, 1605 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON
For prices, organized bus transportation from London JCC, and more information click here or the image below.  To register please call (519) 432-2139 or email london@jnf.ca.