Federation CJA 360 - January 29, 2021

Our 360 this week includes the announcement that Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce became the first borough in the City of Montreal to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. Plus, in case you missed it, links to the Montreal Holocaust Museum's and JRoots' International Holocaust Remembrance Day virtual events; remembering legendary Jewish TV host Larry King; an endearing story behind Jewish US Senator Bernie Sanders' inaugural mittens; and a cheesy recipe that combines two beloved carbs—challah and pizza. 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 29 | 4:39 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: "Looking Up" (Beshallach 5781).

CIJA: How to Report Online Hate: Social media users should flag antisemitic comments and any form of hatred to the platform itself, and then to CIJA here

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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In case you missed it: International Holocaust Remembrance Day virtual events
On Wednesday, January 27, the Montreal Holocaust Museum and JRoots, in partnership with Federation CJA, hosted virtual remembrance events for International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Click here to watch the Montreal Holocaust Museum's messages of resilience from survivors, and the thoughts of Canadians from different walks of life as they reflect on the legacy of the Holocaust.

Click here for JRoots' Passing on the Torch online ceremony uniting survivors, their descendants, and those dedicated to the legacy of the Holocaust.

Sources: Montreal Holocaust Museum,
JRoots, Federation CJA

A Jewish Concordia student on the Shaar Hashomayim synagogue vandalism
As a child, the same security guard who stopped the perpetrator used to help her carry her backpack inside the attached Akiva School every morning.

Source: The Concordian

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'The Family Store': Montreal's Vast Warehouse of Goodness During Pandemic
Together with significant partnership from Federation CJA and the Jewish Community Foundation, the efforts at the store serve as an important bridge that brings together Jews of all backgrounds across a community as large and diverse as Montreal.

Source: Chabad.org

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Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce becomes the first borough in the City of Montreal to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism
Fighting antisemitism with the IHRA definition is the consensus position of the Jewish community in Quebec, and Federation CJA and CIJA are pleased to support the adoption of the motion as a tangible tool to combat antisemitism. 

Source: Federation CJA & CIJA

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Part 1 of MAtv's new series Unis dans la diversité: The Jewish Community is now available to watch online [video in French]
Click here for the first episode in the series featuring a portrait of the Montreal Jewish community.

Source: MAtv

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Remembering Larry King
The Jewish TV host died this past weekend at age 87, after he was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this month.

Source: Kveller

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The Super Sweet Story Behind Jewish US Senator Bernie Sanders' Inaugural Mittens
A Vermont teacher named Jen Ellis made the mittens for the Jewish senator over two years ago, and is surprised to see that he still wears them.

Source: Hey Alma

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Recipe: Pull-Apart Challah with Pizza Dip
Throw this together as a fun appetizer or even an indulgent weeknight dinner.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA

February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month (JDAIM), a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions and those who love them.

Federation CJA is proud to offer exciting virtual events this year along with access to a wide variety of virtual programs and resources presented by our Community Without Walls partners. JDAIM 2021 will be observed by more organizations than ever before, uniting Jewish communities across North America.

Click here for more information on Federation CJA's Inclusion initiative, and to view the full JDAIM 2021 Montreal Community Calendar.


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

Feel Good Do Good: 90's Spin
Time: Sunday, January 31 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

All-Star Tu B'Shvat Celebration
PJ Library
Time: Sunday, January 31 | 4:30 PM

Bored? Let's Get "Board" Together!
Women's Philanthropy
Time: Wednesday, February 3 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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

Behind the scenes of the award-winning Netflix TV drama: Unorthodox
Federation CJA & Segal Centre
Time: Thursday, February 4 | 7:00 PM

LEV's Lock Down Laugh In
Federation CJA
Time: Saturday, February 6 | 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Inner Peace & Sound Healing with Shalom Mayberg
Hillel Montreal & JDAIM Montreal
Time: Thursday, February 11 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sock Guys, Social Enterprises & Social Innovation: Disabilities & Employment in a Pandemic
Federation CJA, Ometz, L'Annexe, Miles Nadal JCC, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto & JDAIM Montreal
Time: Tuesday, February 16 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

PJ Library Presents: Laila Tov ASL Storytime with Adi Varon: Mini Mensches Edition
PJ Library & JDAIM Montreal
Time: Wednesday, February 17 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

From Crisis to Opportunity: A Conversation with Roei Ben Tolila
Federation CJA & JDAIM Montreal
Time: Tuesday, February 23 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 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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