Federation CJA 360 - June 25, 2021

Our 360 this week includes coverage of Thursday's deadly building collapse in Miami. Plus, an up-close look at the new era of Israeli politics; an opportunity to watch this week's Times of Israel Editor David Horovitz's informative webinar on the new government in Israel; a glimpse at the family behind the Azrieli Foundation--one of Canada's largest public foundations; Jewish Montrealer Cecile Klein—Canada's oldest person—turns 114; Jonathan Wise appointed as Executive Director of Baron de Hirsch-Back River Cemeteries; and the secret briny ingredient for the best schnitzel. Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Candlelight
June 25 | 8:29 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: "Leadership and Loyalty" (Balak 5781).

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American Jews mobilize in response to deadly building collapse in Surfside, Florida

The 12-story building in the heavily Orthodox enclave near Miami Beach collapsed just before 2 a.m. Thursday, as families slept in its 55 apartments just blocks from the beach.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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A changing of the guard, as Bennett's new government hits the ground running

Sunday's first working meeting of the new cabinet marked a generational change—a new era in Israeli politics.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Israel's new government: what can we expect and can it survive?

Click here to watch Times of Israel Editor David Horovitz's informative webinar on the new government in Israel.

Source: JFNA

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The Azrieli Foundation's ethos is abundance

One of Canada's largest public foundations is inspired, but not constrained by, its founder's big personality

Source: eJewish Philanthropy

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At 114, Jewish Montrealer Cecile Klein is Canada's oldest person

Born in Montreal in 1907, Cecile Klein is the oldest person in Canada and among the top 20 oldest people in the world. She has three children, seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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Jonathan Wise appointed to replace Howard Berger as Executive Director of Baron de Hirsch Back River Cemeteries

Following Howard Berger's upcoming retirement, Jonathan Wise takes on the new role after 17 years of devoted service as IT Manager at Agence Ometz.

Source: Baron de Hirsh- Back River Cemeteries

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The secret Ingredient for the best schnitzel

Add a little briny tang to traditional schnitzel.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: PJ Library

GenMTL's PJ Library is looking for parents in and around Montreal to become PJ Library Parent Connectors. 

The PJ Library Connectors program is a unique opportunity for parents of children 0-12 years old to:

  • Build authentic relationships with young Jewish families in their neighbourhoods.
  • Connect families to each other.
  • Develop programs that are responsive to the needs and interests in their neighbourhoods.
  • Refer families to a wide range of Jewish programming and opportunities.   

Connectors will be provided with a stipend for their time (5-8 hours/week over a 10-month period) and will receive training and support from PJ Library professional staff.

The program will run from August 2021 to June 2022.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021 – Click here to apply!

INFO: [email protected], 514.345.6472 

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.


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

PJ Library Shabbat Mobile
PJ Library & GenMTL
Location: Plateau/Snowdon/CDN/TMR
Time: Friday, July 9 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Vaudreuil
Time: Friday, July 16 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

PJ Library Shabbat Mobile: Volunteers
PJ Library & GenMTL
Time: Friday, July 9 – Friday, August 13 - multiple locations


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Director, Information Technology

Association of Jewish Day Schools (AJDS)

Assistant to the Director General

Federation CJA

Community and Content Coordinator

Community Engagement Officer - Hillel

Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Donor Services & Information Associate

Manager, Community Security Network (CSN)

Jewish Public Library

Development & Membership Associate

JEM Workshop Inc.

Marketing Coordinator

Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

General Manager, Fitness, Health & Wellness

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

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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