Federation CJA 360 - February 26, 2021

Our 360 this week includes Israel's first university-made nanosatellite launch into space. Plus, an announcement that the Genesis Foundation will produce a documentary about the life and impact of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z"l; Dollard-des-Ormeaux adopts the IHRA definition of antisemitism; the trailer for an upcoming film about the Montreal Shira Choir; a look at the Bonne Maman anti-Nazi jam story; and five Jewish Food Groups worth joining on Facebook. Purim Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!

Starting next week, the Quebec COVID-19 vaccination program begins for people aged 85 and over. If you are unable to make an appointment on your own, or if you need transportation to the designated vaccination sites, call the Community Helpline at 514-734-1411 as of Monday, March 1.

GESHER – THE BRIDGE: Have you been impacted by COVID-19? The goal of Gesher is to help families and individuals withstand this financial crisis, ensuring that the impact is temporary and that community members do not withdraw from participating in Jewish life. To initiate Gesher assistance, please click here to fill out a short online form.

Shabbat Candlelight
February 26 | 5:19 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 Counterpoint of Leadership" (Tetzaveh 5781).

Donate now to Federation CJA's Community Recovery and Resilience Campaign
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Source: Federation CJA

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Israel's first university-made nanosatellite launches into space
TAU-SAT1, Israel's first nanosatellite to be completely designed, developed, assembled and tested by an Israeli university launched into space on Saturday night from the NASA launch facility in Virginia. Watch it soar into space here.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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Genesis Prize Foundation will honour Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z"l
The Genesis Prize Foundation will recognize Rabbi Lord Sacks' legacy and will produce a documentary about his life's work.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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Creating a roadmap to more-collaborative Jewish communities
Participants in the Passport to Jewish Life Fellowship have created a guide outlining the steps for organizations/professionals to take when embarking on a collaborative project, with the ultimate goal of a more vibrant community through increased engagement.

Source: eJewish Philanthropy

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Watch the trailer for the documentary Just as I am about the Montreal Shira Choir during the pandemic
A powerful documentary is the works by Evan Beloff called Just as I am featuring the story of the Montreal Shira Choir and Cantor Daniel Benlolo who are breaking down barriers imposed by the pandemic and in the community for adults living with disabilities through music, friendship, and community. The film is coming to CBC Quebec in July 2021. Watch the trailer here.

Source: The Montreal Shira Choir

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Dollard-des-Ormeaux adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism
Dollard-des-Ormeaux Mayor Alex Bottausci encourages all West Island mayors to follow this initiative.

Source: The Suburban

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US deports 95-year-old concentration camp guard back to Germany
"Berger's removal demonstrates the Department of Justice's and its law enforcement partners' commitment to ensuring that the United States is not a safe haven for those who have participated in Nazi crimes against humanity and other human rights abuses," said Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson.

Article Source: Forward
Image Source: BBC

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Is Bonne Maman the anti-Nazi jam? [article in French]
In a story shared by at least tens of thousands on the Internet, a Holocaust survivor tells a fellow shopper it's the only jam she eats because the company's owners saved her family from the Nazis—but the secretive French family isn't commenting.

Source: Times of Israel

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Five Jewish food groups to join on Facebook
Come for the food, stay for the connections with people near and far.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: JCF Montreal

Thanks to the generous support of donors, the Jewish Community Foundation has a special envelope available to award annual grants for innovative programs, which will have maximum impact on the local Montreal Jewish community.

The JCF invites applications for a Nova Grant from any local non-profit Jewish communal organization and institution as well as Federation CJA and its affiliated organizations. Nova Grants are designated for programs that have a specific focus within the following three thematic areas:

  • Supporting the vulnerable
  • Jewish identity & culture
  • Institutional strengthening 

A limited number of JCF Nova Grants up to $50,000 per program will be made available and allocated on an annual basis for either one-time funding or funding for up to a maximum of three years, depending on the nature of the program.

Click here to apply.


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

Supernormal with Dr. Meg Jay
Time: Tuesday, March 9 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

JIY Jew It Yourself – Passover
PJ Library
Time: Tuesday, March 16 | 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM


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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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