Federation CJA 360 - December 4, 2020

Our 360 this week includes Saudi Arabia's official approval of Israeli flights over its airspace. Plus, a list of Federation CJA's Chanukah volunteer opportunities, a look at Birthright's effect on Jewish marriage and connection to Israel, and the reasons why fried Gribenes may be the perfect Chanukah food—and more. Shabbat Shalom!

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Shabbat Candlelight
December 4 | 3:53 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: Be Thyself" (Vayishlach 5781).

Donate now to Federation CJA's Community Recovery and Resilience Campaign
Our community is in crisis and the stakes could not be higher. To make your gift, click here – we need you!

Source: Federation CJA

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Saudi Arabia officially approves Israeli flights over its airspace
With flights already full, Israeli airline companies Israir, Arkia and El Al are prepared to fly thousands of Israelis to Dubai during the month of December.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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One Community, Eight Nights: Chanukah Volunteer Opportunities with Federation CJA
Let's reignite the holiday lights for families in our community with 8 nights of mitzvoth. Click here for a full list of volunteer opportunities.

Source: Federation CJA

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Montreal-born UAE Chief Rabbi Expects Jewish Influx to Gulf State
After the pandemic, Rabbi Sarna expects that hundreds of thousands of Israelis will annually flock to the UAE.

Source: Canadian Jewish Record

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Spread the light to our community this Chanukah
Order Federation CJA's Chanukah cards today and help our community's most vulnerable.

Source: Federation CJA

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Six weeks ago, Facebook announced a ban on Holocaust denial. It's still easy to find.
More than a month after it pledged to remove content that denies or distorts the Holocaust, Facebook has yet to do so.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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New data suggest Birthright effect on Jewish marriage, connection to Israel lasts up to 2 decades
Study suggests that participants in Birthright, a program run by Federation CJA's GenMTL, continue to be more likely to marry other Jews, raise their children Jewish, and have a stronger attachment to Israel than their peers.

Source: Forward

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Jewish astronaut Jessica Meir wants to be the first woman on the moon
While many of us have spent our confinement dreaming of future trips, Meir is working on her own travel plans to a singular destination: She wants to walk on the moon.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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The Israel Philharmonic is streaming a Hans Zimmer-themed Hanukkah event [article in French]
The free event, which streams Sunday, will feature music from "The Prince of Egypt," "The Lion King," and the thriller "Inception."

Source: Times of Israel

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Gribenes is the Perfect Chanukah Food
This mix of sweet fried onions and chicken skin crisped up in its own rendered fat (aka schmaltz) is the ideal Chanukah food for so many reasons.

Source: The Nosher

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This Hilarious Israeli Parody of The Queen's Gambit is a Winner
Watch the short trailer "The Queen of Shesh Besh," created by Israeli comedian Lea Lev that spoofs the drama, intrigue, and style of The Queen's Gambit (turn on closed captioning for English subtitles).

Source: Kveller

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Source: Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

Re-Opening of Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA Pool and Sports and Recreation Programming

Exciting news - For the benefit of the mental and physical health of the community, Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA is happy to announce that their sports and recreation programs have re-opened this week for limited activities following Montreal's COVID-19 regulations. Activities include badminton, pickleball, racquetball, and free play, in addition to open swim and lap swim. Registration is required to secure your time slot for both the pool and sports/recreation activities.


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

Engineer a Dreidel with PJ Our Way and the MIT Museum
PJ Our Way Powered by GenMTL
Time: Sunday, December 6 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Ages 9-12

Federation CJA - PJ Library & Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA present: A Virtual Chanukah Bedtime Sing-along with Gloria Stermer
PJ Library & Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
Time: Sunday, December 6 | 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

JIY Jew It Yourself: Chanukah: Deep Fried in Tradition
GenMTL & the Jewish Learning Lab
Time: Tuesday, December 8 | 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Time to Make the Doughnuts
Women's Philanthropy
Time: Wednesday, December 9 | 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Backgammon for Community
Federation CJA
Time: Sunday, December 13

Ride for Community Recovery with Spinner Girl, Lauren Kaplan
Time: Sunday, December 13 | 10 :00 AM

The Chanukah Fun Box
Time: Sunday, December 13 | 4:30 PM

Hillel Montreal, powered by GenMTL presents: Community Candle-Lighting
Hillel Montreal, powered by GenMTL
Time: Sunday, December 13 | 6:00 PM

Lights and Laughter: Federation CJA's Chanukah Spectacular!
Federation CJA
Time: Sunday, December 13 | 7:30 PM

'Yehi Or' ('Let there be light')
Federation CJA
Time: Thursday, December 17 | 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

RSJ presents: Jews & Cards (Event in Russian)
Time: Thursday, December 17 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Federation CJA

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Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs

Educational Consultant (BJEC)

Projects Coordinator, Jewish Identity Montreal (JIM)

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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