Federation CJA 360 - May 3, 2019

In this week’s 360 we honour Lori Gilbert-Kaye z”l, who died protecting her rabbi during last Saturday’s horrific antisemitic synagogue attack in California; as well as the three others who were injured. We also honour the bravery of those who confronted the attacker and shepherded the congregants to safety. On behalf of the Montreal Jewish community, we express our profound sorrow and stand in solidarity with our fellow Jews in Poway and the State of California. Shabbat Shalom.

Shabbat Candlelight
May 3 | 7:45 PM

Poway shooting leaves Montreal relatives shaken
Last Saturday’s deadly synagogue attack hit close to home for Rabbi Binyamin and Karen Bresinger, whose daughter is married to the son of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, the spiritual leader of Chabad of Poway who was shot during the attack.

Source: Canadian Jewish News


Daughter of Poway victim gives beautiful and heartbreaking eulogy
Kaye’s mother, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, was the only victim to lose her life after a gunman opened fired in the synagogue near San Diego, six months to the day after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.

Source: Hey Alma

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Community unites against antisemitism
Some 1,200 people came out on Monday for a night of “unity, prayer and inspiration” at the Montreal Torah Centre in Hampstead, organized by Federation CJA, Chabad Lubavitch of Montreal, and the Jewish Community Council of Montreal.

Source: The Suburban

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Is it safe to pray in a synagogue?
American Jews can no longer take synagogue safety for granted.

Source: Times of Israel

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New York Times says its controversial cartoon shows ‘numbness’ to anti-Semitism
The cartoon, which appeared Thursday in the opinion section of the newspaper’s international print edition, depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dachshund-breed guide dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading a yarmulke-clad President Donald Trump.


Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Open letter to March of the Living educators, leaders and chaperones
A former MOL participant writes about how going on the group trip to Poland and Israel with young adults and Holocaust Survivors as a teenager transformed his life.

Source: Times of Israel

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Celebrate Canadian Jewish Heritage Month with Juifs d’ici
May is Canadian Jewish Heritage Month, which recognizes the contributions of Jewish Canadians to the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of this country. Click here to read about our community’s deep roots in Quebec and to learn the incredible stories of over 100 prominent Jewish Quebecers on Juifs d’ici.


Source: Federation CJA

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Local premiere set for Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal
After nearly 20 screenings at Jewish film festivals across North America, as well as Bucharest, the YidLife Crisis duo of Eli Battalion and Jamie Elman will finally launch their feature-length documentary for a hometown audience this Sunday evening at The Rialto.


Source: The Suburban

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Source: Federation CJA

Federation CJA is proud to have its largest March of the Living (MOL) delegation in over 10 years traveling to Israel and Poland from April 29-May 13. The program’s goal is to help inspire participants to fight indifference, racism and injustice by witnessing the atrocities of the Holocaust. Click here to watch the livestream of yesterday’s International March of the Living at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland, which took place on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), and follow along on the rest of their life-changing journey with daily photos and trip participants’ personal vlogs on the MOL website.


Mamanet – Register now!
Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
Time: April 7-June 16 | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Montreal Premiere of Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal!
Federation CJA
Time: Sunday, May 5 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Erev Yom Hazikaron Ceremony and Nashir ve Nizkor (Memorial Day for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror)
Federation CJA
Time: Tuesday, May 7 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Israel Day Rally
Time: Thursday, May 9 | 11:00 AM

Yom Haatzmaut Celebration Lunch
Time: Thursday, May 9 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Yossi Klein Halevi Event
Federation CJA
Time: Tuesday, May 28 | 7:00 PM -

GenMTL-Israel Fest
Time: Sunday, June 2 | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Jewish Leadership Recognition Awards
Federation CJA
Time: Monday, June 17 | 5:30 PM - 10 PM


Federation CJA

Federation CJA’s Summer Internships are back!

Administrative Assistant

Director, Women’s Philanthropy

Engagement Associate, PJ Library & Community Collaborator

Senior Prospect Researcher

Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors (CJCS)

Program Manager – Case Management

Jewish Public Library

Director of Development

Montreal Holocaust Museum

Finance and Accounting Manager

Segal Centre

Assistant to the General Manager

Development Assistant


Federation CJA 360 is a news aggregate, offering readers a variety of articles and opinion pieces on topics of concern to the Jewish community and presented in a concise, convenient platform. The opinions expressed by contributors shared in Federation CJA 360 do not necessarily reflect the policies or the positions of Federation CJA, its staff or its Board of Directors.

About Federation CJA
For over one hundred years, Federation CJA has been at the heart of the organized Jewish community in Montreal. In partnership with a vast network of agencies and organizations locally, nationally and internationally, Federation CJA builds and sustains this community by providing leadership and by supporting the delivery of services and programs to care for the vulnerable and those in need, to ensure a bright Jewish future, to represent communal interests and to positively affect issues in the wider society.

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