Federation CJA 360 - March 5, 2021

Our 360 this week includes Kentucky becoming the first US state to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Plus, Jewish groups raise antisemitism concerns ahead of NDP MP Niki Ashton’s chat with Former U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn; an expert analysis of the Israeli election; a Jewish tour of Northern Ontario; a touching memorial to Jews lost to COVID-19; a look at TV actress Shira Haas’ exciting new role; and an easy weeknight recipe for pastel (Sephardic meat pie). Shabbat Shalom!


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Shabbat Candlelight
March 5 | 5:29 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: “How Leaders Fail” (Ki Tissa 5781).

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Kentucky becomes first US state to adopt IHRA definition of antisemitism
In a historic moment, both bodies of the Kentucky Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a state resolution to condemn antisemitism as defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), calling on public officials to confront antisemitism and Jew-hatred.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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'Shock': Jewish groups react to NDP MP Niki Ashton event with ex-U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
A report found the Labour party had committed 'unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination' involving antisemitism during Corbyn's time as leader.

Source: National Post

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Four Elections in Two Years | An expert analysis of the Israeli election hosted by CIJA
Israel is holding an unprecedented fourth election in two years. How did this happen? What will change this time? How will this election be different from the last three? Watch a special briefing hosted by CIJA on the upcoming Israeli elections here.

Source: CIJA

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On a Jewish tour of northern Ontario, small spaces convey decades of history
“Here I was in the rugged barrenness of northern Ontario, six hours north of Toronto, saying Kaddish and reciting tehillim (psalms) knowing that but for a brief moment in time, there was Jewish life in this most isolated of locales.”

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Bonds of Life: Memorializing Jews lost to COVID-19
Among the millions of people worldwide who have died during the coronavirus pandemic—there have been countless Jews. In this space, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency is commemorating each of those lives lost. If you have a name you want to share, please use this link.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Shira Haas to play Golda Meir in a TV show produced by Barbra Streisand
Shira Haas, the beloved star of Unorthodox and Shtisel, is about to play Israel’s only female prime minister, Golda Meir, in an upcoming TV show named Lioness. And, if that’s not enough, the show will be executive produced by none other than Barbra Streisand.

Source: Kveller

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Pastel (Sephardic Meat Pie) Recipe
Try this recipe for an easy-to-prepare weeknight meal packed with flavor.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Auberge Shalom

As International Women’s Day approaches, Auberge Shalom wants to ensure that any woman who needs help, knows where to access it. With the one-year mark of the pandemic approaching—and a marked increase in domestic abuse—many women are suffering in silence. If you or someone you know needs help, call Auberge Shalom’s support line at 514-731-0833 for counselling, shelter, or a trained ear to hear your concerns and answer questions.


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

Supernormal with Dr. Meg Jay
Time: Tuesday, March 9 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Feel Good Do Good Full-Body Blast Boot Camp
Time: Sunday, March 14 | 10:00 AM

JIY Jew It Yourself – Passover
PJ Library
Time: Tuesday, March 16 | 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Chefs R Us Passover Workshop
PJ Library
Time: Sunday, March 21 | 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Solstice – Musique à la Maison
Solstice & Cummings Centre
Time: Thursday, March 25 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Meghan Herder Soprano – Musique à la Maison
Cummings Centre
Time: Thursday, April 8 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM


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