Federation CJA 360 - August 13, 2021

Our 360 this week includes Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid's historic visit to Morocco this Wednesday. Plus, Israel's new Consul-General arrives in Montreal; Federation CJA awarded funding through the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program; CIJA exposes antisemitic extremist slated to speak at Canadian conference; Canada unveils first-ever sculpture of Anne Frank; a family's fascinating discovery of a Talmudic-era coin while visiting the Galilee; two Jewish seniors' residences first in Quebec to receive interactive 'magic tables'; a McGill University History and Jewish Studies student's attempt at re-creating a vegetarian version of Montreal's famed smoked meat; and a recipe for Israeli honey-sesame cake—a sweet head start for this year's High Holiday baking. Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Candlelight
August 13 | 7:46 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: "Learning and Leadership" (Shoftim 5781).

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Source: Federation CJA

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Lapid touches down in Morocco to kick off historic visit

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid landed in Rabat for a two-day visit to Morocco on Wednesday, the first official visit by Israel's top diplomat since 2003.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Ambassador Paul Hirschson Israel's new Consul-General arrives in Montreal

Montreal got an exciting new arrival last Thursday with Israel's new Consul-General Ambassador Paul Hirschson. The position's responsibilities also include all of Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.

Source: The Suburban

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Federation CJA awarded funding through the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program

Funding is available to private, not-for-profit organizations that are at risk of being victimized by hate-motivated crime. The program helps with the cost of security infrastructure improvements for places of worship, private educational institutions, and community centres.

Source: Federation CJA

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'Extremist' Muslim speaker wiped from a Canadian event after CIJA unveils antisemitic record

One moment, the man described as an extremist preacher seemed slated to speak at a conference of Muslim Canadian students. The next, he was gone.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Canada unveils new statue to Anne Frank on anniversary of her arrest and deportation

On Sunday, officials in Edmonton unveiled Canada's first-ever sculpture of Anne Frank.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Talmudic-era coin found in the Galilee by family on a trip

On Tuesday, a coin dating back to the Talmudic time was found by a family visiting the Korazim National Park in the Galilee.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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'Magic table' uses technology and active play to help people with dementia

The Maimonides Geriatric Centre and the Jewish Eldercare Centre will be the first two residences in Quebec to have the interactive device.

Source: The Montreal Gazette

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Trying to recreate this famous Jewish deli sandwich—minus the meat

Montreal is known for its smoked meat sandwich, but this McGill University History and Jewish Studies student was determined to find out if a vegetarian version could cut the mustard.

Source: Hey Alma

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Israeli honey-sesame cake is the perfect Rosh Hashanah dessert

A nutty, sweet treat perfect for the High Holidays or snacking year-round.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: PJ Library

We are excited to announce that Montreal-area families raising Jewish children will now have more opportunities to participate in Jewish life, thanks to a grant recently awarded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.  The project will enable PJ Our Way, powered by Federation CJA's GenMTL, to partner with the Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA to offer year-round programming for kids ages 9-12 and their families.  Keep an eye out for fun activities for your tween!

(Photo is taken at August launch meeting held at the Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA offices, from Right to Left: Judy Kremer (FCJA), Keren Ludvig (the Y), Jessica Meirovici (the Y), Keren Besner (the Y), Pascale Greenfield (FCJA), on Zoom: Tracy Newman (Harold Grinspoon Foundation))

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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: Westmount/NDG/Sud Ouest
Time: Friday, August 13 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

PJ Library Shabbat Mobile: Volunteers
PJ Library & GenMTL
Time: Friday, August 6 – Friday, August 13 - multiple locations


Agence Ometz

Case Manager I, Immigration Services (Initiative France)

Director, Information Technology

Federation CJA

Community and Content Coordinator

Director, Immersive Experiences

Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Regional Director (BBYO - Montreal)

Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors (CJCS)

Human Resources Generalist (Cummings Center)

JEM Workshop Inc.

Marketing Coordinator

Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal (JCF)

Philanthropic Advisor

Jewish Public Library

Development & Membership Associate

Kehilla Montreal Residential Programs

Project Coordinator

Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

Aquatics Manager

Customer Experience (CX) Representative

Supervisor, Jewish Life Programs

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