Federation CJA 360 - April 2, 2021

Our 360 this week includes the news from Statistics Canada that Jewish Canadians remain the most targeted religious group for hate crimes in Canada. Plus, amazing opportunities to commemorate Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron, and celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut with Federation CJA community-wide events; a free, virtual Mimouna celebration with musical performances; a glimpse into the White House virtual Passover seder; a beautiful Passover rendition of Yerushalayim Shel Zahav; and two delicious recipes to cap off your holiday—charoset ice cream and Sephardi mufleta. Shabbat Shalom and Happy Passover!

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Shabbat Candlelight
April 2 | 7:06 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: "Reticence vs. Impetuosity" (Shemini 5781).

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Source: Federation CJA

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Jewish Canadians Remain Most Targeted Religious Group for Hate Crime in Canada, Second Overall
Shimon Koffler Fogel, President and CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), responds to a new report from Statistics Canada, saying, "The numbers are particularly troubling since the Jewish community accounts for only 1% of the population and yet are the targets of 17% of police-reported hate crime."

Sources: CIJA

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Days of Memory and Meaning: Join Federation CJA and the Montreal Jewish community as we commemorate Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron, and celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut
In remembrance of the lives and heroism of those who died in the Holocaust, Israel's fallen soldiers, and victims of terror, and in celebration of Israel's independence, check out these incredible opportunities to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom Ha'atzmaut.

Source: Federation CJA

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Virtual Mimouna Celebration
The Jewish organizations of Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto are hosting a virtual Mimouna celebration on Sunday April 4. The free virtual event will feature musical performances and messages from dignitaries and mission representatives from Israel and Morocco.

Source: CSUQ

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Biden, Harris, Doug Emhoff speak at White House Passover celebration
The virtual event, held over Zoom and available live on Youtube, was hosted by Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, the first Jewish spouse of a United States president or vice president.

Image Source: Youtube
Article Source: Forward

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This beautiful Passover tribute to Jerusalem warms our hearts
Co-ed a cappella group Listen Up! decided to honor the phrase Next Year in Jerusalem with their Passover song this year, which is a moving rendition of Naomi Shemer's classic song Yerushalayim Shel Zahav. Click here to watch the video.

Source: Kveller

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A Passover surprise: Try this recipe for charoset ice cream
This ice cream is a warm-spring-day homage to charoset.

Source: The Wandering Chew

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Mufleta: The star of Mimouna
An easy recipe for this doughy crepe typically made by Sephardi Jews for Mimouna, which marks the end of Passover.

Source: Kosher.com

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Source: Liberation75

Liberation75 Virtual: Global gathering of Holocaust survivors, descendants, educators, and friends
Liberation75, the world's largest international event to mark the 75th anniversary of liberation from the Holocaust, will be held virtually this year from May 4-9. The event is entirely free and includes almost 100 programs including discussions, films, concerts, exhibits, discussion groups, Holocaust survivor lounges, reunions, and more. Click here for more info and to register.


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

The Key to the Perfect Shlissel Challah
Women's Philanthropy
Time: Thursday, April 8 | 8:00 PM

Chefs R Us – Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Day)
PJ Library
Time: Time: Sunday, April 11 | 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM [children ages 6 and under] | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM [children ages 7 and up]

Valley of Tears: A Conversation with Director Yaron Zilberman and the Segal Centre's Lisa Rubin
Federation CJA & Segal Centre
Time: Sunday, April 11 | 7:00 PM

Words of Wisdom from Martin Luther King III and Arndrea Waters King
Time: Wednesday, April 14 | 5:00 PM

Build Your Own Rocketship
PJ Library
Time: Sunday, April 25 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Light of Days with Judy Batalion
Jewish Public Library
Time: Monday, April 26 | 7:30 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.

About Federation CJA
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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