Federation CJA 360 - June 18, 2021

Our 360 this week includes Wednesday's motion passed by Montreal City Council condemning the recent wave of antisemitism. Plus, the announcement that the Government of Canada will convene an Emergency Summit to Combat Antisemitism; Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel's prime minister; a podcast featuring former Liberal MP and human rights lawyer Irwin Cotler on what Bennett's election could mean for Canada; the Green Party's Annamie Paul survives an emergency meeting over her leadership; incendiary balloons from Gaza spark fires in Israel's south; an exclusive interview with Quebecois Jewish intellectual David Ouellette, Director of Research and Public Affairs at CIJA; an uplifting look at the return to summer camp; and a recipe for a decadent weekend breakfast—Nutella stuffed challah French toast. Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Candlelight
June 18 | 8:28 PM

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Federation CJA and CIJA welcome Montreal City Council's condemnation of antisemitism

On Wednesday, Montreal's City Council passed a motion condemning the recent wave of antisemitism in the city. Yair Szlak, CEO of Federation CJA, states: "Antisemitism is a threat to every value we hold dearly and we applaud the City of Montreal for today's motion. Montreal can and must do better in the fight against antisemitism on our streets and online."

Source: Federation CJA, CIJA

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Government of Canada will convene an Emergency Summit to Combat Antisemitism

The summit will be led by the Honourable Irwin Cotler, Canada's Special Envoy on antisemitism.

Source: CIJA

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Bennett sworn in as Israel's prime minister

Israel's 36th government was sworn in at the Knesset on Sunday, installing Yamina chair Naftali Bennett as prime minister and ousting Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years of consecutive rule as premier.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Canadian Jewish News Podcast: What's the outlook for Naftali Bennett's new government?

Former Liberal MP and human rights lawyer Irwin Cotler describes Israel's current political climate, and what Bennett's election could mean for Canada.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Green Party's Annamie Paul survives emergency meeting over her leadership

The party is demanding that Paul, who last year became the first Black and Jewish leader of a Canadian political party, disavow a former adviser who accused Canadian politicians of antisemitism.

Source: CBC News

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Incendiary balloons from Gaza spark fires in Israel's south

The arson attacks and IDF counterstrikes were the first exchange between terror groups in Gaza and the army since last month's 11-day conflict in the Strip.

Source: The Times of Israel

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The journey of a Quebec Jewish intellectual: An exclusive interview with David Ouellette [article in French]

Fiercely Quebecois and proudly Jewish; the journey of an intellectual, and a lifelong advocate of Quebec, Israel, and the Quebec Jewish community. Click here to listen to Mathieu Bock-Côté's exclusive interview with David Ouellette, Director of Research and Public Affairs at CIJA.

Source: QUB Radio

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The Holiness of Returning to Summer Camp

A personal and uplifting story about the incredible optimism of this summer compared to the despair of last.

Source: Hey Alma

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Nutella stuffed French toast recipe

French toast just got even more decadent, and delicious.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: JFNA

After a series of four inconclusive elections over the last two years, Israel finally has a new government—one of the most diverse in history—but one that will face many challenges to its longevity.

Join the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) for an in-depth analysis by Times of Israel Editor David Horovitz of how Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his Cabinet will reshape the political landscape, and the impact of this newly formed government on policy toward Iran, issues of religion and state, relations with the Diaspora, and so much more.

Israel's New Government: What Can We Expect—and Can it Survive? A Webinar with David Horovitz, Editor, Times of Israel and moderated by Jeff Schoenfeld, JFNA's Chair of the Israel & Overseas Committee.

Monday, June 21 | 12:00 PM

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PJ Library Shabbat Mobile
PJ Library & GenMTL
Time: Friday, June 18, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: West Island/Saint Laurent

Combined Views on the New Antisemitism
Federation CJA
Time: Monday, June 21 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


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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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