Federation CJA 360 - June 11, 2021

Our 360 this week includes the Government of Quebec's announcement of its adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. Plus, French parliament launches an investigation into the Sarah Halimi verdict; an op-ed on the indifference of some anti-racist activists in the face of skyrocketing anti-Jewish racism; David Dushman, last surviving liberator of Auschwitz, dies at 98; adapted enterprises JEM Workshop and Promo 21 team up to create work opportunities; JCF celebrates 50 years of philanthropy; a look at a journey to set Israeli Ethiopians up for sustained success and equity in Israeli society; and a recipe for sweet summer corn—with an Israeli makeover. Shabbat Shalom!

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June 11 | 8:25 PM

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Legault government adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

On Wednesday, the Government of Quebec announced its adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. This announcement is a major milestone in the fight against Jew-hatred and states in unambiguous terms that there is no room for antisemitism in any form in Quebec.

Source: The Suburban

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French parliament launches investigation into Halimi verdict

Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old French Jewish woman, was murdered in 2017 by Kobili Traore, who threw her out of her Paris home window.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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Antisémitisme: un racisme acceptable? [article in French]

A thought-provoking opinion piece on the indifference of some anti-racist activists in the face of skyrocketing anti-Jewish racism.

Source: Le Journal de Montréal

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David Dushman, last surviving liberator of Auschwitz, dies at 98

Dushman helped free prisoners from the notorious Nazi concentration camp as a soldier for the Soviet Red Army in the Second World War. The president of the local Jewish community, Charlotte Knobloch, called Dushman the "Hero of Auschwitz" and said in a statement that he saved "countless lives."

Source: CTV News

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JEM Workshop, Promo 21 team up, create work opportunities

As part of a program supported by Federation CJA's Mental Health and Isolation Reduction Grant, JEM Workshop, an adapted enterprise that provides packaging and fulfilment services, created branded T-shirts for their more than 75 workers as a token of appreciation for their hard work in collaboration with Promo 21, a custom printing company that employs 35 adults with special needs.

Source: Inspirations News

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JCF marking 50 years of smart philanthropy

The Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal (JCF) has announced that it will be kicking off its 50th anniversary celebrations with an Annual General Meeting on Sept. 14 honoring Robert (Bobby) Kleinman, who for more than 25 years has been a key architect of its success.

Source: The Suburban

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Walking the Path From Ethiopia to Israel

Wexner Heritage Program alum Jonathan Ross Goodman embarks on a journey to set Israeli Ethiopians up for sustained success, which he hopes over time will create more equity in Israeli society.

Source: The Wexner Foundation

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This Israeli-inspired corn is everything

Sweet summer corn gets an Israeli makeover.

Source: The Nosher

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