Federation CJA 360 - January 15, 2021

Our 360 this week includes the vile and antisemitic assault on Westmount's Shaar Hashomayim synagogue. Plus, a message from Federation CJA's President Gail Adelson-Marcovitz on our proactive and collaborative approach to preserving the community's mental health, CIJA's response to some of the myths about Israel's vaccination distribution, a look at the oldest living Olympic champion--a Holocaust survivor—who turns 100, and a recipe for the Israeli drink you need to warm up with this winter. Shabbat Shalom!

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

GESHER – THE BRIDGE: Have you been impacted by COVID-19? The goal of Gesher is to help families and individuals withstand this financial crisis, ensuring that the impact is temporary and that community members do not withdraw from participating in Jewish life. To initiate Gesher assistance, please click here to fill out a short online form.

Shabbat Candlelight
January 15 | 4:20 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: "Overcoming Setbacks" (Vaera 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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Arrest made after one of Montreal's largest synagogues vandalized with antisemitic graffiti
The security guard at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Westmount was able to apprehend the suspect until police arrived to make the arrest.

Source: CTV

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Click here for a message from Federation CJA's President Gail Adelson-Marcovitz addressing the mental health needs of the community.
Federation CJA has taken a proactive and collaborative network approach, working with our partners and service providers in the field, to address the immediate and critical mental health needs arising in the community due to social isolation.

Source: Federation CJA

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Four key points on Israel's vaccine distribution
With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Israel underway, false reports and accusations have been spreading online.

Source: CIJA

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Jewish groups mourn philanthropist Sheldon Adelson
Jewish groups issue statements of mourning and condolences over the passing of philanthropist Sheldon Adelson, who died Monday at his home in Malibu, California at the age of 87.

Article Source: Israel Hayom
Image Source: The Jewish Agency for Israel

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Oldest living Olympic champion, a Holocaust survivor, turns 100
Agnes Keleti, Holocaust survivor and winner of 10 Olympic medals in gymnastics—including five golds—says the fondest memory of her remarkable 100 years is simply that she has lived through it all.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Watch the trailer for the New MAtv series, Unis dans la diversité, highlighting the Montreal Jewish community, pioneered by CIJA and GenMTL's Richter Jewish Chamber of Commerce [trailer in French]
Financed by a grant from the City of Montreal, the series features episodes on the city's Jewish, Chinese, Latino, African, Iranian, and Haitian communities.

Source: MAtv

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This Israeli-Ethiopian activist should be on your radar
Ashager Araro is a fervent voice of change for Jewish people from all walks of life.

Source: Hey Alma

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Warm up with Israeli sachlav this winter
Try this recipe for sachlav, an aromatic, comforting drink made with warm milk that is thickened and sweetened.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Ometz

Ometz is offering 20-week online French language courses at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The two-hour courses are being held twice a week in the evenings, beginning at the end of January until early June.

For more information and to register, contact:
Kate Oursegova | 514-342-0000 poste 3457 | [email protected]


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

Behind the scenes of two award-winning Netflix TV dramas: Shtisel and Unorthodox
Federation CJA & Segal Centre
Time: Sunday, January 17 | 11:00 AM (Shtisel) and
Thursday, February 4 | 7:00 PM (Unorthodox)

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

PJ Our Way Book Club
PJ Library
Time: Thursday, February 4 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 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.

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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