Federation CJA 360 - April 16, 2021

Our 360 this week includes local coverage of Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut events. Plus, CIJA's response to NDP delegates voting in favour of a one-sided resolution targeting Canada-Israel trade relations; some of the new technologies making Israel proud in 2021; a chance to purchase tickets for next month's 16th annual Montreal Israeli Film Festival; a look at language app Duolingo's newly launched Yiddish program; and the modern mandel bread that's popping up everywhere. Shabbat Shalom!

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Shabbat Candlelight
April 16 | 7:24 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 to Praise" (Tazria-Metzora 5781).

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Source: Federation CJA

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Federation CJA and the Montreal Jewish Community virtually remember Israel's fallen
In commemoration of Yom HaZikaron, during the virtual ceremony, Federation CJA's CEO Yair Szlak said, "Today, we remember and never forget the lives of men and women, young children, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who gave their lives in the ultimate sacrifice so that we, as a Jewish people, can call Israel our home and our State for eternity. Today, we commemorate heroes and we thank them for sacrificing their lives so we can live in peace."

Sources: Federation CJA

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Montreal Israel Day Rally: Video Celebration for Israel's 73rd Birthday
Watch a video of Montreal's Israel Day Rally celebrating the founding of Israel, including celebrity performances from around the world.

Sources: Israel Rally Montreal, The Suburban

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Yom Ha'atzmaut message from Justin Trudeau to Canada and Montreal's Jewish Community
Even though we can't be together in person to celebrate in the streets of downtown, we stand united in celebration of Israel, our homeland!

Source: Federation CJA

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NDP resolution highlights an ongoing toxic obsession with Israel
This week, at the 2021 Federal New Democratic Party Convention, delegates voted in favour of resolution "04-10-20 Justice and Peace in Israel-Palestine," a one-sided resolution targeting Canada-Israel trade relations.

Source: CIJA

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Independence Day: The technologies making Israel proud in 2021
A new Israeli rapid COVID test, artificial corneas, animated ancestors, drones, desalination and more!

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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16th edition of the Montreal Israeli Film Festival
Montreal's 16th annual Israeli Film Festival, a production of Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Quebec, is taking place online from May 2-12. This year's festival offers a selection of 20 films, including a variety of feature films, documentaries, short films, and classics.

Source: FCIM, CSUQ

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A bagel? Yoh bitteh! Language app Duolingo launches Yiddish program
Duolingo worked with a number of creators for several years to create the program that contains thousands of words, sentences, and exercises.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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You're going to start seeing this classic Jewish cookie everywhere
Modern mandel bread is nothing like your bubbe's.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA, BJEC

Mazel Tov! Chidon Hatanach – Montreal Herzliah High School student Yanek Widman places 6th in the world

Yesterday, in Israel, Yanek Widman, a student at Montreal's Herzliah High School, finished 6th in the world in the annual World Bible Contest (Chidon Hatanach l'Olami). Only the top 16 students in the world compete in the final round!

The preparation and organization of the Annual Regional and National Bible Contests are among the many special projects that Federation CJA's Bronfman Jewish Education Centre (BJEC) continues to provide for students in our day school system for the past 25 years.

Kol HaKavod!


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

Spring is in the Air: Renew and Refresh Your Home
Women's Philanthropy
Time: Wednesday, April 21 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Build Your Own Rocketship
PJ Library
Time: Sunday, April 25 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Light of Days with Judy Batalion
Jewish Public Library
Time: Monday, April 26 | 7:30 PM

Building an LGBTQ+ affirming community. Starting from the inside, out
Time: Monday, April 26 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Women in Business Series: Creating Purposeful Connections
Time: Tuesday, April 27 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Chefs R Us – Shavuot
PJ Library
Time: Sunday, May 2 | 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM [children ages 6 and under] | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM [children ages 7 and up]


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