Federation CJA 360 - August 6, 2021

Our 360 this week includes a resounding call to action on antisemitism from former elected officials and civil society leaders from across the country. Plus, a compelling op-ed from Yaffa Tegegne, representative of Canada’s Ethiopian Jewish community and a member of the Canadian Delegation to the IHRA; a look at the Jewish athletes who have won medals at the Tokyo Olympics; first-time evidence of an ancient earthquake recorded by a biblical prophet; eight Jewish books worth reading this August; and the story behind pomegranate molasses—an easy-to-make Sephardic culinary staple. Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Candlelight
August 6 | 7:57 PM

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Resounding call for action on antisemitism in light of last month’s National Summit on Antisemitism

A full-page ad with signatories appeared in Le Devoir and the Montreal Gazette last week. Former elected officials and civil society leaders from across the country: “We believe in a society free from racism and hatred…hate towards Jews is of great concern to us. "

Source: CIJA

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When it comes to antisemitism, there is more than meets the eye

Montrealer Yaffa Tegegne, representative of Canada’s Ethiopian Jewish community and a member of the Canadian Delegation to IHRA, shares her experiences on encountering antisemitism and urges the Canadian government to continue to lead the international fight against antisemitism.

Source: The Toronto Star

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These Jewish athletes have won medals at the Tokyo Olympics

Dozens of Jewish athletes are competing in the Games this year, but the fierce competition means that only some will enter the record books as gold, silver, or bronze medalists.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Archaeologists unearth first Jerusalem evidence of quake from Bible’s Book of Amos

For the first time, archaeologists in Jerusalem’s City of David report that they have found evidence of an 8th century BCE earthquake recorded by biblical prophet.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Eight Jewish books you should read this August

Click here for a list of eight great new Jewish books to read this month. There’s something for everyone!

Source: Hey Alma

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What is pomegranate molasses and how do you use it?

This easy-to-make syrup plays a starring role in many Sephardic dishes.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA

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Over 1,500 kids from our community benefited from a summer experience they'll never forget, all thanks to YOUR donations! Read below from Michelle about how this impacted her daughter:

“I am so relieved that my daughter was able to go to camp this summer. After the school year we’ve all had, it’s such a welcome relief to know she’s able to be a kid without the worry of COVID. The best part? She’s connecting with other Jewish youth. I love that they do Shabbat every week! My daughter is building the foundation of her Jewish life right now, and I am so grateful.”


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PJ Library Shabbat Mobile
PJ Library & GenMTL
Location: CSL/Montreal Ouest/South Shore
Time: Friday, August 6 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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


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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.

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