Federation CJA 360 - February 19, 2021

Our 360 this week includes the Canadian Nationalist Party leader charged with willful promotion of hate on Wednesday. Plus, an incredible reunion of two Holocaust survivors after eighty-two years apart; remarkable stories of important Black Jews who made history; six kid-friendly Purim books; and a recipe for your Purim breakfast of champions—hamantaschen cereal. Shabbat Shalom!

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Shabbat Candlelight
February 19 | 5:10 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: "The Home We Build Together" (Terumah 5781).

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Canadian Nationalist Party leader charged with willful promotion of hate
The RCMP charged the leader of the Canadian Nationalist Party after posting an allegedly antisemitic video on YouTube.

Source: Regina Leader Post

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Combatting Professional Isolation: The Power of a Local Cohort
The Passport to Jewish Life Fellowship, led by Federation CJA and run by M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, continues to bring a diverse group of local Jewish professionals together even during the pandemic.

Source: eJewish Philanthropy

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COVID-19 is spreading another disease: income inequality
Federation CJA's 2018 Campaign Chair, Jonathan Goodman, shares his views on the effects of COVID-19 and income inequality.

Article Source: The Globe and Mail
Image Source: Federation CJA

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'Amazing detective work' reunites best friends thought murdered in the Holocaust [article in French]
Eighty-two years after the nine-year old girls said goodbye in a German schoolyard, Ana María Wahrenberg and Betty Grebenschikoff connected with each other again on Zoom.

Source: Times of Israel

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Remember the names of these Black Jews who made history
This Black History Month, remember their names and continue to share their remarkable stories.

Source: Hey Alma

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Jews from six Gulf States unite in Beth Din of Arabia
As Jewish life has become more public in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, Jews from across the Gulf countries are forming the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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The story of Purim isn't exactly kid-friendly—but these six books are
The story of this festival includes Jewish courage and triumph, but it also features explicit violence, which is difficult to separate from the exciting tale. Fortunately, there are many wonderful books out there that highlight the festive aspects of the holiday, such as dressing in costumes, and enjoying delicious hamantaschen.

Source: Kveller

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Hamantaschen Cereal: A fun and festive Purim breakfast delight
These little delicious triangles are the new breakfast of champions! 

Source: The Wandering Chew

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Source: GenMTL

GenMTL's Pay it Forward for Purim initiative sold out in just one week, with 200 mishloach manot baskets donated to help vulnerable families in our community celebrate Purim.

In celebration of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), GenMTL collaborated with social enterprise and Montreal-based kosher bakery Boulangerie DeLaMie to prepare delicious mishloach manot and educate the Montreal Jewish community on JDAIM.

DeLaMie, spearheaded by Friendship Circle Montreal and Jeffrey Finkelstein of Hof Kelsten, is creating vocational opportunities and empowering young people with disabilities to bake, package, and sell baked goods. Their goal is to inspire a ripple effect of inclusive employment.

Kol Hakavod!

Unfortunately the Pay it Forward for Purim mishloach manot are SOLD OUT.

You can still make a donation to help vulnerable families in our community celebrate Purim.


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

GenMTL Feel Good Do Good with FitFOMO
Time: Sunday, February 21 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

From Crisis to Opportunity: A Conversation with Roei Ben Tolila
Federation CJA & JDAIM Montreal
Time: Tuesday, February 23 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

JIY Jew It Yourself – Purim
PJ Library
Time: Tuesday, February 23 | 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

PJ Library Presents: Laila Tov ASL Storytime with Adi Varon: Mini Mensches Edition
PJ Library & JDAIM Montreal
Time: Wednesday, February 24 | 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

GenMTL Purimpalooza Paint Party
Time: Sunday, February 28 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM


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