Federation CJA 360 - December 18, 2020

Our last 360 of 2020 includes another historic breakthrough with Israel establishing diplomatic relations with Morocco. Plus, a chance to hear basketball legend and Jewish activist Amar'e Stoudemire's inspirational story, a look at a new Israeli drama series Valley of Tears, and the surprising Jewish roots of mushroom barley soup. We will be taking a short break and will see you back here in 2021. Shabbat Shalom!

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Shabbat Candlelight
December 18 | 3:54 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: "Three Approaches to Dreams" (Mikketz 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!

Source: Federation CJA

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COVID-19 decision-making fact sheet from the Quebec Government
Let's continue to protect ourselves. The Quebec Government has provided an easy-to-follow decision-making fact sheet for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Click for versions in English, French, Hebrew and Yiddish.

Source: Quebec Government

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'Our whole community is in joy': Morocco's Jews toast normalization with Israel
Moroccan Jews and Muslims celebrate agreement that provides for full ties, including liaison offices and direct flights, as Morocco became the fourth Arab nation this year to agree to normalize relations with Israel.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Kehilla Montréal launches its first mixed income building in Cote Saint-Luc
Kehilla I officially opened its doors in Cote Saint-Luc this year, providing a beautiful, safe, and affordable home to 68 individuals and families in the community. And this is just the beginning—more projects are on the horizon to meet the growing need for quality, low-income housing. An affiliated agency of Federation CJA, Kehilla Montréal is a testament to the good we can do when we work together.

Want to be inspired? Watch this short video to see how this initiative has transformed the lives of its new tenants.

Source: Kehilla Montréal

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The table used to stop Monsey, N.Y. attacker last Chanukah is turned into a dreidel-shaped menorah stand [article in French]
The dreidel-shaped stand memorializes Monsey's own Chanukah miracle and emblazoned on its sides are the Hebrew words marked on dreidels typically in Israel — "A big miracle happened here."

Source: The Times of Israel

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The Canadian Jewish News Returns Next Month
The flagship weekly newspaper and its website, which folded in April, is planning a comeback beginning next month—but with a new direction.

Source: Canadian Jewish Record

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Amar'e Stoudemire: Basketball Legend & Jewish Activist
Offered as a free virtual event from UJA Federation New York, Amar'e Stoudemire will share his inspirational journey, which has taken him from the basketball courts of New York to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, from becoming an Israeli citizen in 2019 to the 2020 Israeli Basketball Premier League Finals MVP, and to his pioneering role in kosher wine production. His story is one that you will never forget.

Click here to register for the free virtual event on Monday, December 21 at 7:00 PM.

Source: UJA Federation New York

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All-new Israeli drama series Valley of Tears coming to Canada
The 10-part HBO Max Original war drama inspired by the true events of the 1973 Yom Kippur War premieres Saturday, December 19 at 9:00 PM. Click here to watch the trailer.

Source: YouTube

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The surprising Jewish history of mushroom barley soup
While chicken soup was traditionally served on Shabbat, mushroom barley soup (krupnik) was a much more prevalent and significant soup for the Jews of Eastern Europe.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: GenMTL & PJ Library

Over the last several weeks, more than 170 educators and children, ages 4 to 12, and 15 teens, ages 14-17, across the Jewish community learned the Jewish value of Chesed (loving kindness) by creating PJ Library Kindness Boards through a collaboration with participating schools, daycares, and organizations. The beautiful boards were delivered to three Caldwell Residences and two B'nai Brith House senior residences, touching the lives of 850 seniors during Chanukah and this period of isolation.

Thank you to CPE du Centre Communautaire Juif, CPE Sepharade de Montreal (VSL), Hebrew Academy Afternoon School at Beth Tikvah, Hebrew Foundation School, Hebrew Day Daycare, Yaldei School and Developmental Centre, and BBYO for your amazing work and devotion to this initiative.


Source: GenMTL

GenMTL's Chanukah Fun Box raised $3,820 for Federation CJA's Community Recovery and Resilience Campaign. Sold out in the first week of launching, 250 Chanukah Fun Boxes were purchased by members of our community, with 191 extra boxes donated as part of the #buyonegiveone initiative. Thank you and kol hakovod to all the participants, committee members and sponsors!


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

RSJ: Become a MasterChef
Time: Sunday, December 20 | 4:00 PM

A virtual talk with Yehonatan Indursky, the creator and writer of Shtisel
Federation CJA
Time: Sunday, January 17 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

JIY Jew It Yourself: Tu B'Shevat: Our planet, our responsibility
GenMTL & the Jewish Learning Lab
Time: Tuesday, January 19 | 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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


Federation CJA

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Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs

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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