Federation CJA 360 - December 11, 2020

Our 360 this week includes Chanukah greetings from Federation CJA's CEO, Yair Szlak. Plus, details about the National Festival of Lights with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Light Across the Middle East - the first-ever simultaneous Chanukah candle-lighting in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Canada & Israel, Hamilton Star Daveed Diggs' catchy new Chanukah song—and more. Happy Chanukah and Shabbat Shalom!

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Shabbat Candlelight
December 11 | 3:53 PM

Rabbi Sacks z''l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. Click here to read this week's essay: "The Power of Praise" (Vayeshev 5781).

Donate now to Federation CJA's Community Recovery and Resilience Campaign
Our community is in crisis and the stakes could not be higher. To make your gift, click here – we need you!

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From the Desk of Yair Szlak: Happy Chanukah
Together, we can reignite the holiday lights for families in our community.

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National Festival of Lights with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Join Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather and York Centre MP Ya'ara Saks' National Festival of Lights online event with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with leaders of all other political parties and Jewish Canadians from across Canada on Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 PM.

Don't forget to keep your menorah nearby as the event will conclude with all attendees lighting their candles at the same time on Zoom for what should be an incredible moment of celebration.

Please RSVP to [email protected] to receive your Zoom link.

Register now for JEDx – a night of inspiration brought to you by Toronto's The House
Offered as a free virtual gift to Montreal Jewish community members, JEDx is a fun, relevant and relaxed Jewish experience, featuring more than 40 speakers and 10 unique experiences—all online. Click here to receive your exclusive link to attend the event on Thursday, December 17 (program begins at 6:30 PM).

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Light Across the Middle East: The first-ever simultaneous Chanukah candle-lighting in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Canada & Israel
Join CIJA and its partners around the world on Monday, December 14 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM for the first-ever simultaneous Chanukah candle lighting across the Middle East and Canada to celebrate the most significant diplomatic development in the Arab-Israeli conflict in decades. Click here to register for the free event.

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Cotler's 'Cameo Role' in Bringing Sadat and Begin Together Finally Told
Forty-three years later, former justice minister Irwin Cotler is revealing for the first time his "accidental cameo role" in helping to bring together the two Middle East leaders.

Source: Canadian Jewish Record

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Prince Charles calls former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks a "light unto this nation" at a tribute marking the end of Judaism's 30 days of mourning since Sacks' death
The Prince of Wales eulogized Sacks, who died at 72 on Nov. 7, on a prerecorded video broadcast Sunday that was viewed by thousands of spectators from around the world.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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I am Anne Frank demystifies hero to make Holocaust accessible to young readers [article in French]
In time for the pandemic's first Chanukah, a children's book about Anne Frank zooms in on resilience and optimism during tumultuous times.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Community mourns the passing of former Canadian Jewish Congress president Goldie Hershon
Goldie Hershon served in a wide array of important roles for CJC, recognized as the Parliament of Canadian Jewry.

Source: The Suburban

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Joined by MSO musicians, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Cantor Gideon Zelermyer sings a beautiful Chanukah melody, marking the first of eight evenings of celebrations
Click here to watch Cantor Zelermyer's Chanukah performance from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Source: YouTube

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Your new favourite Chanukah song from Hamilton star Daveed Diggs
The catchy music video "Puppy for Hanukkah," airs on the Disney Channel until December 18.

Source: Kveller

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The Hallmark Channel has a new Chanukah movie called Love, Lights, Hanukkah!
Hallmark has finally given us the cheesy Chanukah movie we all deserve—watch the trailer here.

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Source: PJ Library powered by GenMTL

Exciting news – PJ Library Montreal has a brand new bilingual Chanukah guide to help families with young kids celebrate the holidays at home.

You can now download a free digital version of the bilingual PJ Library "8 Activities for 8 Nights" Chanukah at Home Guide.

Some of the activities you can explore at home include: how to light the menorah, what songs to sing on Chanukah, how to make latkes with a healthy twist, and more! Click here to download your own guide.


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

Ride for Community Recovery with Spinner Girl, Lauren Kaplan
Time: Sunday, December 13 | 10:00 AM

The Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA and GenMTL's PJ Library Present: Chanukah Wonderland with Judah the Maccabee
Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
Time: Sunday, December 13 | 10:00 - 10:30 AM

Backgammon for Community Relief
Federation CJA
Time: Sunday, December 13 | 11:00 AM

Hillel Montreal, powered by GenMTL presents: Community Candle-Lighting
Hillel Montreal, powered by GenMTL
Time: Sunday, December 13 | 6:00 PM

Lights & Laughter: Federation CJA's Chanukah Spectacular!
Federation CJA
Time: Sunday, December 13 | 7:30 PM

'Yehi Or' ('Let there be light')
Federation CJA
Time: Thursday, December 17 | 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

RSJ presents: Jews & Cards (Event in Russian)
Time: Thursday, December 17 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Aging Well: Adapting to the New Reality
Cummings Centre
Time: Thursday, January 21 | 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM


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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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