Federation CJA 360 - February 12, 2021

Our 360 this week includes CIJA's efforts, funded by the Government of Canada, to stop the spread of disinformation online. Plus, CIUSSS West-Central Montreal unveils the locations of future mass vaccination centres; Paris adopts the IHRA definition of antisemitism; Federation CJA celebrates Black History Month; and six recipes for cookies you need to try this Purim that aren't hamentaschen. 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
February 12 | 4:59 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: "Vision and Details" (Mispatim 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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Online disinformation and hate can–and does—translate into real-world violence. Learn how you can be part of the solution.
COVID-19 is not the only virus infecting our communities. Disinformation threatens everything we value. Truth. Peace. Democracy. You can help. Stop the Transmission!

Source: CIJA
Funded by the Government of Canada

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CIUSSS West-Central Montreal unveils future locations of COVID-19 mass vaccination centres
Preparations are well underway for the upcoming opening of the three COVID-19 mass vaccination centres, which will be located on CIUSSS West-Central Montreal territory.

Source: CIUSSS West-Central Montreal

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Paris adopts the IHRA definition of antisemitism [article in French]
Paris becomes the first European capital to adopt the definition.

Source: i24news
Image Source: Times of Israel

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Sock Guys, Social Enterprises & Social Innovation: Disabilities & Employment in a Pandemic
Celebrate Jewish Disability, Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), and learn more about the impact of disability social enterprise employment for neurodiverse young adults, families, and communities with a screening of Sock Guys, the award-winning documentary short about the father-son duo of John's Crazy Socks who built and operated a business with a mission to spread happiness—and then succeeded at so much more. A live panel discussion will follow the screening – click here to register. Watch the Sock Guys trailer here.

Sources: Federation CJA, Ometz, L'Annexe, Miles Nadal JCC, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, JDAIM Montreal, ReelAbilities Toronto

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I am Jewish: Honouring Black Jewish Experiences
In honour of our Black Jewish community members, Federation CJA wants to celebrate Black History Month together. The program will feature experiences and performances from here in Canada, and in connection to Israel.

Source: Federation CJA

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Making Systemic Change – During a Pandemic and Beyond
While Jewish federations and major foundations were struggling to represent the broad diversity of their communities and use collective-impact to respond to the pandemic, Federation CJA already had in place a group of professionals committed to this very mission.

Source: eJewish Philanthropy

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Federation CJA's Warm Hands Knitting Club is Back
Our group of over 150 community leaders managed to knit and distribute over 300 hats to community members in need.

Source: Federation CJA

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Six Purim cookies that aren't hamentaschen
Dip your hand into the global Jewish cookie jar this Purim!

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA & GenMTL

Great news—it's not too late to still make a gift for 2020 to our Community Recovery and Resilience Campaign. And, if you also pledge now for 2021, you can join the nearly 1,000 young adults in our community who, thanks to their generosity, are a part of GenMTL's Brick Project.

The Brick Project is an initiative spearheaded by GenMTL, aimed at encouraging the young Montreal Jewish community to give. When you commit to the Brick Project, you will be honoured with a personalized, coloured brick displayed in an art installation in the Jewish community. The brick colours reflect the causes that Federation CJA is committed to—the colour you pick will represent the cause that you are most passionate about!*

Click here to learn more.

*Please note that a commitment to a two-year pledge towards the Community Recovery and Resilience Campaign is required: a gift for 2020, and an additional pledge commitment for 2021.


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

Roman Lesniak: The Last Canadian Survivor from Schindler's List
Shaare Zedek Congregation
Time: Monday, February 15 | 7:00 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 | 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Pay it Forward for Purim
GenMTL & Boulangerie DeLaMie
Time: Order by February 22

From Crisis to Opportunity: A Conversation with Roei Ben Tolila
Federation CJA & JDAIM Montreal
Time: Tuesday, February 23 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

GenMTL Purimpalooza Paint Party
Time: Sunday, February 28 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM


Agence Ometz

Case Manager I, Immigration Services (Initiative France)

Federation CJA

Director, Bronfman Jewish Education Center

Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs

Kehilla Montreal Residential Programs

Project Manager

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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