Federation CJA 360 - September 10, 2021

Our 360 this week includes reports that Afghanistan's last remaining Jew has left the country in recent days. Plus, the US and Israel set up a joint team on containing Iran; a podcast with a rabbi who got stranded in Newfoundland on 9/11; a look at what happened to the art that Nazis looted; a report on the rise of the world Jewish population; and a recipe for Persian apple-rosewater—a refreshing treat to break your Yom Kippur fast. Shabbat Shalom and G'mar Chatima Tova!

Shabbat Candlelight
September 10 | 6:56 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: "Consensus vs. Command?" (Vayelech 5782).

Ceremony & Celebration: Family Edition
In this family edition for Yom Kippur, you'll find key ideas and insights from the teachings of Rabbi Sacks throughout the Jewish calendar year, in downloadable resources for families, educators, and young students around the world.

Download the free educational resource here: https://rabbisacks.org/yom-kippur-cc-family-edition/

SEE IT. REPORT IT. During the High Holidays, Federation CJA's Community Security Network is taking this opportunity to remind you of some important security tips to keep in mind:

  • Remain attentive and report anything suspicious. Emergencies should be reported immediately to 911. After reporting, call Federation CJA's Emergency Hotline at 514-343-4343.
  • If you are attending services online, be mindful of sharing links.

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Afghanistan's last Jew has left the country

Zebulon Simantov, the last remaining Jew in Afghanistan and former keeper of Kabul's lone remaining synagogue, has finally left the country in recent days for fear of persecution by the Taliban.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Naftali Bennett says the US and Israel have set up joint team on containing Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told US Jewish leaders in a Rosh Hashanah call that Israel and the United States have set up a joint team at the national security adviser level to contain Iran.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Meet the rabbi who got stranded in Newfoundland on 9/11

Listen to a podcast as Rabbi Sudak remembers that life-changing day and recalls his role in the story that changed the world.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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What happened to the art that Nazis looted?

At a new Jewish Museum exhibit, art from the likes of Chagall and Picasso tells the story of a high-risk recovery process.

Source: Hey Alma

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World Jewish population rises slightly to 15.2 million

The world population of those who self-identify as Jews increased by 100,000 over last year.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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This Persian apple-rosewater treat is the most refreshing way to break your Yom Kippur fast

The fruity, floral treat is somewhere between a beverage and a dessert.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA


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In preparation for the High Holidays, Federation CJA West Island collaborated with seven community organizations (six West Island spiritual institutions: Chabad Dollard, Congregation Beth Tikvah, Communauté Or Shalom, Gutnick Mazal Jewish Center, Shulounge, and The Rocking Rabbi of Chai West Island) and MADA Community Centre West Island.

In partnership with Chabad Dollard, who organized the logistics for delivery, 2,500 honey cakes were delivered to every home in DDO with a mezuzah. The goal was to create collaboration and unity amongst the West Island synagogues as we enter the new year. More than 75 volunteers of all ages and stages (from teens to families and seniors) helped with packaging resource material, honey cakes, and deliveries. Shana Tova!

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.

Cummings Centre Fall 2021 Virtual Programs
Cummings Centre

Tween Pizza in The Hut Party
PJ Our Way & The Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
Time: Thursday, September 23 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM


Federation CJA

Administrative Coordinator, Immersive Experiencest

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Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Regional Director (BBYO - Montreal)

Senior Development Officer

Young Adult Community Engagement Associate

Agence Ometz

Program Coordinator

Sr. Communications and Stewardship Officer

Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors (CJCS)

Human Resources Generalist (Cummings Center)

Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal (JCF)

Philanthropic Advisor

Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

Manager Employee Experience

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The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)

Associate Director, Communications & Marketing

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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