Federation CJA 360 - March 12, 2021

Our 360 this week includes the Quebec Jewish community commemorating the first National Day of Remembrance for Victims of COVID-19. Plus, an opportunity to purchase Federation CJA Passover cards and the Centennial Haggadah; a look at two social enterprises, Zera Café and DeLaMie Bakery; A reflection on Anne Frank's brief and tragic life; Jewish ways to make meaning of the pandemic's anniversary; and a recipe for apple matzah kugel that ups the ante with a cinnamon-streusel topping. 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
March 12 | 5:39 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: "Celebrate" (Vayakhel-Pekudei 5781).

Most senior citizens can make their COVID-19 vaccination appointments now by calling 1-877-644-4545 or by visiting www.quebec.ca/covidvaccine. If you are unable to make an appointment on your own, or if you need transportation to the designated vaccination sites, we are here to help. Call the Community Helpline at 514-734-1411 (Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM–6:00 PM | Friday 8:00 AM–3:00 PM). Click here to get your name on our volunteer list and be part of the light at the end of tunnel.

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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Quebec Jewish community honours COVID-19 victims
Federation CJA, CIJA Quebec, and the entire organized Jewish community join all Quebecers in commemorating the more than 10,000 victims of COVID-19.

Source: CIJA

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Spread joy to our community's most vulnerable this Passover
Purchase Federation CJA's Passover cards and send your loved ones a beautiful, personalized e-card or print card. The funds raised will ensure a joyful holiday for everyone in our community. 

Source: Federation CJA

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Marking a major milestone in Federation CJA's history, the Centennial Haggadah beautifully captures the diverse heritage of the Montreal Jewish community and celebrates our unity.
Order your copy today, and celebrate Passover as one unified community, with one Haggadah.

Source: Federation CJA

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The power of a job to transform a life: Inclusive hiring is an idea whose time has come
Local initiatives paving the way include social enterprises Zera Café and DeLaMie Bakery, whose employees are clients of Agence Ometz, a Jewish community organization that supports individuals and families through social, employment and other services.

Click here to listen to a podcast highlighting social enterprises that hire and train people with special needs, featuring DeLaMie Bakery.

Sources: Montreal Gazette, Inspirations News

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Anne Frank was a child murdered by Nazis, not a heroine of adolescent fiction
'Please remember, Anne is not your heroine. She is our anguish. She is my heartbreak.' An insightful and powerful reflection by CIJA's Jess Burke about Anne Frank and the dangers of romanticizing or trivializing the Holocaust.

Source: The Globe and Mail

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A Holocaust survivor received the COVID-19 vaccine from a very special doctor: her granddaughter
The impact of administering the vaccine to her own 98-year-old grandmother will stay with Toronto physician Jordana Sacks forever.

Source: The Toronto Star

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Deaf rabbi translates Torah into sign language [article in French]
Yehoshua Soudakoff says his project, which will see the entire Bible visually acted out, makes Judaism accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing who miss out on communal readings.

Source: Times of Israel

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Jewish ways to make meaning of the pandemic's anniversary
Marking time is especially important in Judaism. How do we commemorate this one-year anniversary in a way that gives us—and our children—strength to continue navigating through the ongoing pandemic?

Source: Kveller

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Apple Matzah Kugel Recipe
Up the kugel ante with a pecan-brown sugar streusel topping.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA

Throughout the month of February, hundreds of community members, including high school students, families, and dedicated volunteers came together to learn about the value and impact of inclusion in our community and to celebrate JDAIM 2021

Click here to watch a short, inspiring video highlighting the events from JDAIM 2021. To learn about our community's dedication to inclusion, visit: https://www.federationcja.org/en/inclusion/


Source: PJ Library

PJ Library is thrilled to announce that the PJ Library Family Haggadah is now available in French! Click here to download your free copy to help you tell the story of Passover during the seder. This year, the Haggadah can also be found in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian!


Source: Cummings Centre

In honour of International Women's Day, the Cummings Centre is offering FREE access to four videos from their Virtual Learning Program until March 31st.

For free access this month, click here!
Please type in the following:
Password: 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.

Matzah Mitzvah Volunteer Initiative
Federation CJA West Island
Time: Sunday, March 14 – Sunday, March 21 [multiple packing/delivery times available]

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 [children ages 6 and under] | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM [children ages 7 and up]

A Story of Survival, Resilience and Inspiration
Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
Time: Wednesday, March 24 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 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


Agence Ometz

Case Manager I, Immigration Services (Initiative France)

Federation CJA

Engagement and Outreach Specialist

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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