Federation CJA 360 - June 12, 2020

Our 360 includes details about the Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec's Israeli Film Festival, which started this week and runs through June 21. Plus the inspiring story of a 100-year-old COVID-19 survivor, 20 books from Black Jewish authors you should read, Federation CJA's new initiative to help keep vulnerable community members connected during the pandemic and more. Shabbat Shalom!

HELPLINE: If you, or anyone you know is struggling at this critical time, please call 514-734-1411 or email [email protected].

THE JEWISH COMMUNITY SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY LOAN PROGRAM: A joint initiative of The Jewish Community Foundation (JCF), Federation CJA and the Hebrew Free Loan Association, to help small business owners cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE.

Shabbat Candlelight
June 12 | 8:26 PM

Click here to read this week's parsha from Rabbi Sacks: "What is going on?" (Shelach Lecha 5780).

Message of solidarity from our partnership region of Bnei Shimon
Our Israeli brothers and sisters stand with Montreal during this challenging period and thank us for all the support we have given them over the years during their own times of crisis.


Source: Federation CJA

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Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec presents: Israeli Film Festival (June 10-21)
Click here to see the full lineup of Federation CJA affiliated agency the CSUQ's online festival and buy tickets now.


Source: Israeli Film Festival

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Jewish groups denounce Amherstburg man mowing swastika into his lawn
The Windsor Jewish Federation condemned "all forms of hatred and bigotry" on Monday and called for dialogue and progress instead of racism.

Source: Windsor Star

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Argentina adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism
The Argentine Foreign Ministry called the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition a guide to determining what behaviors can be considered antisemitic, so that they can be prevented, sanctioned and eliminated.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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Israeli researchers on road to new COVID-19 passive vaccine
The research shows that they could cover as much as 87% of the world population. 

Source: Jerusalem Post

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Bella beats COVID-19 in time to celebrate her 100th birthday
Read the inspiring account of how, after spending 32 days on oxygen at the Jewish General Hospital, Bernstein was released COVID-free last week, just in time to celebrate her 100th birthday on Tuesday.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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20 books by Black Jewish authors you should read
A great list of memoirs, novels, poetry and YA, from writers like Walter Mosley, Tiffany Haddish, Hannah Bronfman and Jamaica Kincaid.

Source: Hey Alma

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Meet the Jewish day school teacher who wagered $18 on 'Jeopardy!' and won $50,000
Kwait, a humanities teacher who trained as a musician and spent some time in rabbinical school before landing in the classroom, was one of 14 contestants during the trivia show's two-week tournament just for educators.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Locked down? Open up to…eclectic singer-songwriter Riff Cohen [videos in French]
With North African heritage and a Tel Aviv upbringing, this vocalist doesn't follow the typical female popstar formula.

Source: Times of Israel

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Federation CJA will be distributing close to 80 computers and tablets to help our community's most vulnerable stay connected during the pandemic. Some will be given to isolated and housebound seniors, so that they can continue to communicate with their loved ones. Others will be given to the children of Kehilla residents and Maison Shalom, Friendship Circle and Ometz clients to use for online distance learning as well as for virtual programming to combat social isolation and maintain ties with the community at large. The initiative is featured in The Suburban's SJN column this week's!

There is still so much to do! Click here if you would like to volunteer.


To see not only all Federation CJA events, but virtual events being run by our agencies and community partners, please visit our Community Calendar.

Virtual Mind Influencing with Mentalist Nevo Abutbul
Hillel Montreal powered by GenMTL
Time: Tuesday, June 16 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Backgammon for Community Relief
Federation CJA
Time: Sunday, June 28 | 1:00 PM

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.

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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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