Federation CJA 360 - August 20, 2021

Our 360 this week includes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other party leaders denouncing antisemitic vandalism of election signs in Montreal. Plus, an opportunity to join CIJA to hear what the upcoming election issues are for our community and how you can make an impact; yellow stars worn by anti-vaccine passport protesters in Laval condemned by local Jewish groups; Ariela Cotler to assume duties as national president of CFTAU; the uncertain future for Afghanistan's Jewish heritage sites; a look at the Abraham Accords one year later; Mayim Bialik to host 'Jeopardy!' specials as the show's first-ever Jewish host and first permanent female host; and a sweet side shuffle from tradition with seven Rosh Hashanah desserts that aren't honey cake. Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Candlelight
August 20 | 7:35 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: "Against Hate" (Ki Teitse 5781).

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Swastikas scrawled on these two election signs in Montreal denounced by multiple leaders

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other party leaders condemned the vandalism of election signs for two Jewish candidates in Montreal.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Elections, the Jewish Community and You!

Join CIJA on Wednesday, August 25 at 7:00 PM MT to hear what the upcoming election issues are for our community and how you can make an impact. Click here to register.

Source: CIJA

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Yellow stars worn by anti-vaccine passport protesters 'hurtful,' says Montreal Holocaust Museum

Jewish groups are condemning the appropriation of the yellow stars worn by anti-vaccine passport protesters in Laval on Tuesday and say it points to a lack of awareness and education about the Holocaust.

Source: CTV News

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Ariela Cotler to assume duties as national president of CFTAU

The Board of Directors of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University (CFTAU) has announced that Ariela Cotler will be their next National President. She will become the first Israeli to lead CFTAU and will start her mandate on October 1, 2021.

Source: The Suburban

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As Taliban take charge, uncertain future for Afghanistan's Jewish heritage sites

"We all know that they were not fond of, mildly speaking, keeping heritage sites of other religions," said Rabbi Mendy Chitrik, chair of the Alliance of Rabbis in Islamic States, who had helped oversee some of the Jewish preservation efforts in Afghanistan.

Source: Forward

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The Abraham Accords just turned 1. Here's how the historic agreements are holding up

The United Arab Emirates signed a treaty to normalize its relations with Israel for the first time on Aug. 13, 2020, opening up collaboration on tourism, trade, technology sharing and more. Bahrain would soon follow suit, followed by Sudan and Morocco—all of whom never had formal relations with Israel.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Mayim Bialik to host 'Jeopardy!' specials as the game show reveals post-Trebek lineup

Bialik, who holds a doctorate in neuroscience and often writes about her observant Jewish practice, will also be the show's first permanent female host—and first-ever Jewish host.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Try these seven Rosh Hashanah desserts that aren't honey cake

Set your new year off on the sweetest of notes.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: PJ Library & Federation CJA

That's a wrap for Shabbat Mobile 2021! Thanks to all of you, the PJ Shabbat Mobile popped up in neighbourhoods all around the city—from CSL to the South Shore, to the West Island and Saint Lazare—and more! Over 350 kits were delivered to neighbourhoods all over the map, including to daycares, synagogues, and other local community organizations.

Even though we can't celebrate all together as a community just yet, we felt a sense of unity throughout the city because of you and your family's Shabbat ruach!  Thank you for celebrating with us and to the wonderful volunteers who delivered the Shabbat kits.

Click here to watch a video of some of the highlights of the summer!

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Shabbat in the 514
GenMTL & Federation CJA West Island
Time: Friday, August 27 | 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Montreal Success Stories from the 514
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