Federation CJA 360 - June 28, 2019

Our 360 includes the story of the Canadian government adopting the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism this week as part of a new anti-racism strategy, a spotlight on 14 queer Jews who changed history forever, plus coverage of our Jewish Leadership Recognition Awards and more. Shabbat Shalom, and Happy Pride Month!

Shabbat Candlelight
June 28 | 8:29 PM

Following the unveiling of the federal government’s Anti-Racism Strategy, Anthony Housefather, MP for Mount-Royal and Rachel Bendayan, MP for Outremont, met with Montreal Jewish community leaders at Federation CJA.

Federation CJA: Jonathan Kuczer, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Natou Suissa, Chief Development Officer, Gail Adelson, Vice-President. Rachel Bendayan, MP for Outremont, Anthony Housefather, MP for Mount-Royal. CIJA: Brenda Gewurz, Chair, (Quebec), Eta Yudin, Vice-President, (Quebec).

Canada to adopt IHRA definition of ‘antisemitism’
CIJA, Federation CJA's advocacy arm, applauded the announcement on Tuesday that Canada will formally adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism as part of its new anti-racism strategy.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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Federation CJA honours community leaders
The Canadian Jewish News covers our 2019 Jewish Leadership Recognition Awards, which took place on June 17.

Source: Canadian Jewish News

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Canada adds Neo-Nazi, Iran-backed groups to terrorist watch list  
“We cannot be complacent about the presence in Canada of neo-Nazi groups like Blood & Honour and its armed branch, Combat 18,” said CIJA’s CEO, Shimon Koffler Fogel about far-right extremist groups being included on Canada’s terror list for the first time.

Source: Canadian Jewish News

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Israel’s next spacecraft will shoot higher than the moon
Two months after the Beresheet spacecraft crashed on the surface of the moon, the SpaceIL organization said it will not make a second attempt, but instead "seek out another, significant objective for Beresheet 2.0. More details to follow…”.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency


Mapping the Main: Exhibit traces creative process of 1987 book
Chambre Noire/Darkroom, an immersive art installation built around archival photographs by Edward Hillel depicting St-Laurent Blvd. — a.k.a. the Main — during the 1980s, opened Wednesday evening at the Museum of Jewish Montreal.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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This co-working space is a Jewish take on WeWork
Among other features, Sketchpad has a wellness room called “zay gezunt" (“to health” in Yiddish), a conference room called “minyan” and a beit midrash filled with Torah books and other religious texts.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Review: A Century Songbook is worth seeing, hearing again at Segal
This popular blend of music and local history, mounted by the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre in 2017, returns to the Segal Centre (an affiliated agency of Federation CJA).

Source: Montreal Gazette

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Apply by August 16 for the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) of Montreal’s Nova Grants
Thanks to the generous support of donors, the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal will be awarding annual grants for innovative programs which will have maximum impact on the local Montreal and/or other Quebec Jewish communities. Click here to learn more and apply!

Source: Jewish Community Foundation

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14 Jews who changed queer history forever
Celebrate pride month by learning more about queer Jews like Jazz Jennings and Harvey Milk who have made a lasting impact on the LGBTQ community and world at large.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Source: Federation CJA

Help Women’s Philanthropy TOV’s Pack It Up send hundreds of children from vulnerable families back to school with everything they need to succeed, by dropping off new school supplies by Wednesday, August 7!

Suggestions: binders, crayons, duo tangs, geometry sets, glue sticks, Hilroy notebooks, knapsacks, markers, packs of loose leaf paper, pencil cases, pencil sharpeners, scissors

Supplies can be dropped off at these two locations at the following times:

1 Cummings Square 96 Roger Pilon Blvd. DDO
  • Mon-Thurs 6 am – 9 pm
  • Friday 6 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday CLOSED
  • Sunday 9 am – 4 pm  
  • Mon-Thurs 9 am – 5 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am – 1 pm
  • Saturday CLOSED
  • Sunday CLOSED

For more information, please contact Sarah Attias at 514.345.2645 ext. 3202.


Shabbat in the Park: Applewood Park, Hampstead
GenMTL, in collaboration with the ADATH
Time: Friday, June 28 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

I ❤️ my Family Day
Time: Sunday, July 7 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Shabbat in the Park: Mackenzie King Park, Côte-des-Neiges
GenMTL, in collaboration with the Jewish Public Library and Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
Time: Friday, July 12 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Summer Cocktail
GenMTL's Richter Jewish Chamber of Commerce
Time: Tuesday, July 16 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbat in the Park: MacDonald Park, Côte-des-Neiges
GenMTL, in collaboration with Ometz
Time: Friday, July 26 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Hold the Date: Campaign launch with Koolulam
Federation CJA
Time: Thursday, August 22 |TBD


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