Federation CJA 360 - April 30, 2021

Our 360 this week includes yesterday's tragic stampede that killed dozens of people celebrating Lag B'Omer at Mount Meron in Israel. Plus, the importance of being counted as Jewish in the 2021 Census arriving soon in Canadian mailboxes; a look at how PJ Library Kindness Boards have given a boost to our community's seniors; the results of a demographic study by Hebrew University of Jerusalem finding that the global population of Jews has still not recovered from the Holocaust; Elie Wiesel honoured as the first modern Jew with a bust in the US National Cathedral; an opportunity to register for a series of virtual events for the third annual Jewish Community Mental Health Shabbat; a reminder to buy tickets for the 16th annual Montreal Israeli Film Festival beginning virtually this Sunday; and a recipe for strawberry rugelach—the perfect Jewish cookie to celebrate spring. Shabbat Shalom!

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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.

Vaccination Registration for Snowbirds: The Government of Quebec has asked that snowbirds and others who have been vaccinated outside Quebec register the details of their vaccination in the records of our healthcare system. Residents of our CIUSSS who have received one or both doses should bring proof of vaccination to the vaccination site at the MIL campus of Université de Montréal, 1375 Thérèse-Lavoie-Roux Avenue. The site is open every day from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Shabbat Candlelight
April 30 | 7:42 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: "On Not Being Afraid of Greatness" (Emor 5781).

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Source: Federation CJA

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45 crushed to death, over 150 hurt in stampede at mass Lag B'Omer event at Mount Meron, Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the incident "a terrible disaster," promised a thorough investigation, and said that Sunday would be declared a day of national mourning.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Are You Jewish? You Count. The 2021 Census is now arriving in the mail. Be Counted!

Your invitation to participate in the online #2021Census will arrive in the mail on May 3rd. So that the perspectives of Jewish Canadians are reflected in public policy, and to ensure we receive our share of programs and services, it is important for Jewish Canadians to be recognized by the Government of Canada as a thriving, growing, and engaged community. If it is important to you to be counted as Jewish, then write "Jewish" in responding to Question 23 (ethnicity), Question 30 (religion), or both!

Click here for more information.

Source: CIJA

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PJ Library Kindness Boards give a boost to seniors

Over a dozen PJ Library Kindness Boards were created in April in honour of Good Deeds Day 2021! Over 350 children of all abilities and backgrounds aged two to nine years from daycares and schools across Montreal created beautiful Kindness Boards for residents of assisted-living homes, senior homes, and organizations around Montreal that support persons living with disabilities and their families, as well as other vulnerable members of the community. These boards helped brighten the day of over 3,175 individuals who are isolated in these challenging times through messages of kindness, love and compassion.

Click here for a heartwarming video documenting the day!

Source: The Suburban

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Global population of Jews still not recovered from the Holocaust, demographic study finds

International data from countries of immigration revealed that Canada is one of the few countries where the Jewish population has been slowly increasing. The report found there are an estimated 400,000 Jews in Canada, the fourth highest concentration in the world.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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Elie Wiesel to be first modern Jew honoured with bust in US National Cathedral

Elie Wiesel's widow, Marion Wiesel, said the bust is a means of advancing Wiesel's teachings. "Not only does his presence in the National Cathedral memorialize his life and honor his commitment to human rights; it also ensures that new generations will learn from his teachings and carry the lessons of his life forward into the future," she said in the cathedral's release.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Third Annual Jewish Community Mental Health Shabbat

In support of CMHA Mental Health Week, Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem, in partnership with Federation CJA, Agence Ometz, Ami Quebec, Rabbinical Council of America, and Yeshiva University, is hosting a series of special virtual events including a mental health symposium, a teen mental health workshop, and a mental health morning.

Click here to register.

Source: TBDJ

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16th Annual Montreal Israeli Film Festival starts this Sunday, May 2

Presented by the Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec (CSUQ), the 16th Annual Montreal Israeli Film Festival, taking place from May 2 to May 12, will be an online-only event once more this year.

Click here for tickets.

Source: FCIM

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Strawberry and Cream Rugelach Recipe

The perfect Jewish cookie to celebrate spring.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA, CIJA, CSUQ

In the aftermath of an unfathomable decision made by France's Court of Cassation to let the brutal and antisemitic murder of Sarah Halimi go unpunished, this past Tuesday, April 27, CIJA, the CSUQ, and Federation CJA held a Virtual Solidarity Rally (following COVID-19 protocol) in support of Justice for the Halimi family.

Speaking in one unified voice, over 600 people from our community, along with Federation CJA's President Gail Adelson-Marcovitz, former MP and President of the CSUQ the Hon. Jacques Saada, Chief Rabbi of France Rabbi Haïm Korsia, and official elected representative of the Assembly of French Citizens Abroad Aurelia LeTareau, showed the French government and like-minded nations around the world that antisemitism will never be tolerated.


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: Spring Clean Your Body Zen Flow
Time: Sunday, May 2 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

PJ Library: Sleepy Storytime to Celebrate Mommy
PJ Library
Time: Sunday, May 9 | 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

PJ Library's JIY: Jew It Yourself Series – Shavuot, Exploring the Torah
PJ Library
Time: Tuesday, May 11 | 8:00 PM


Agence Ometz

Case Manager I, Immigration Services (Initiative France)

Executive Assistant

Association of Jewish Day Schools (AJDS)

Assistant to the Director General

Baron de Hirsh Cemetery

Executive Director

Federation CJA

Donor Recognition and Stewardship Coordinator

Engagement and Outreach Specialist

Kehilla Montreal Residential Programs

Project Manager

Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

Development Coordinator

Vice-President, Programming and Community Engagement

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.

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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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