Federation CJA 360 - August 2, 2019

On Sunday, a Jewish man was assaulted by a taxi driver in Montreal, and another Jewish man was injured during a shooting outside a Miami synagogue. Our 360 covers both these developing stories, and includes an important message from Federation CJA's CEO, Yair Szlak, about the new Community Security Network. Plus stories about Jewish trailblazers in the beauty industry, a sneak peek of our CJA19 Launch musical guest, Koolulam, and more. Shabbat Shalom.

GenMTL is celebrating Pride with events throughout the month of August – all are welcome! Click here for more information.

Shabbat Candlelight
August 2 | 8:03 PM

Altercation between taxi driver and Jewish man concerns Jewish community
During Sunday's attack in a parking lot in the St-Laurent borough, the driver allegedly yelled "I won't move for any f***ing Jews", and got out of the car when the victim tried to take a photo of the taxi number.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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After shooting, Florida Jews say they 'no longer feel comfortable' in synagogue
People are scared: "Can I come to shul? Is it safe to come with my child?" say residents of North Miami Beach after congregant injured by gunfire outside services on Sunday.

Source: The Times of Israel

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An important message on community security from  our CEO, Yair Szlak
In response to rising antisemitism around the world, Federation CJA is spearheading efforts to increase security preparedness and confidence for Jewish institutions throughout Montreal.

Source: Federation CJA

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Federal Court orders 'Product of Israel' labels off West Bank wines
Federation CJA's advocacy agent, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), urged the government to appeal, calling the ruling — the latest twist in a three-year-old dispute over whether bottles from the Psagot Winery and Shiloh Winery in the West Bank can be characterized as coming from Israel —  "misguided".

Source: CBC

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Donate now to Kehilla Montreal's Mezuzah Project
Do a mitzvah and support Federation CJA's affiliated agency, Kehillah Montreal – the first affordable housing project for vulnerable members of the Jewish and broader Montreal community – by making a gift of a beautiful mezuzah to enhance and bless the residents' new home. Click here to donate now

Source: Kehilla Montreal

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Since 2015, Portugal has naturalized over 10,000 Sephardic Jews [article in French]
About 33,000 applications for citizenship have been filed so far by descendants of Jews who fled Portugal during the Inquisition, and now live in countries including Israel, Venezuela, Turkey and Brazil.

Source: LPH Info


7 Jewish trailblazers in the beauty industry
Learn about the people behind the famous brands like Estee Lauder, Burt's Bees and Bobbi Brown.

Source: Hey Alma

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"I'm so excited!" Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod land in Israel for concert, kids in tow
Despite pressure from pro-BDS groups, the pop diva and baseball legend traded the block and Yankee Stadium for the Holy Land on Wednesday — a first visit to Israel for both.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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Watch this fun video about our 2019 Campaign Launch with special guest Koolulam
Find out more about the Israeli singalong sensation and click here to RSVP to our celebration of community in three-part harmony.

Source: Federation CJA

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Source: Federation CJA

Pack it Up: Drop off new school supplies by Wednesday, August 7!

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.

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.


Pride Storytime
Time: Sunday, August 4 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ride with Pride
Time: Sunday, August 4 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Colour-Me-Challah Bake
Time: Thursday, August 8 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fierce Friday (Pride Shabbat)
Time: Friday, August 9 | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Rainbow Yoga on the Canal
Time: Thursday, August 15|7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

GenMTL @ the Pride Parade
Time: Sunday, August 18 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

CJA19 Campaign launch with Koolulam
Federation CJA
Time: Thursday, August 22 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Shabbat in the Park: Somerled Park
GenMTL's PJ Library, in collaboration with Chabad NDG 
Time: Friday, September 6 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Shabbat in the Park: Westmount Park
GenMTL's PJ Library, in collaboration with Congregation Shaar Hashomayim
Time: Friday, September 13 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Federation CJA

Administrative Assistant


Community Engagement and Advocacy Associate

Community Engagement Associate


Manager, Evaluation and Capacity Building

Senior Prospect Researcher

March of the Living Canada

March of the Living Canada, Manager

Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors (CJCS)

Full Stack Developer

Registration Associate

Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

Coordinator of Diller Teen Fellows

Director – Youth and Family Engagement

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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