Federation CJA 360 - February 5, 2021

Our 360 this week includes a conversation surrounding the antisemitic TikTok video that went viral this week. Plus, the Biden administration's embrace of the IHRA definition of antisemitism; a look at Montreal's Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) 2021 virtual events and programs; a tale of two Jewish Super Bowl linemen; and eight new recipes to elevate your challah baking game. Shabbat Shalom!

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Shabbat Candlelight
February 5 | 4:49 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: "A Nation of Leaders" (Yitro 5781).

CIJA: How to Report Online Hate: Social media users should flag antisemitic comments and any form of hatred to the platform itself, and then to CIJA here

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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In case you missed it: GenMTL and CIJA present: Disrupting Antisemitism on Social Media: Beyond TikTok with Lauren Lieberman (@laurliebz) and Jess Burke (@jessicaeburke)
Click here to watch GenMTL's Instagram Live discussion surrounding this week's viral antisemitic video posted on the popular social media platform TikTok..

Source: GenMTL, CIJA

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Biden administration vows to champion IHRA definition of antisemitism
The definition has been adopted by dozens of countries and a growing list of organizations and universities to help monitor, teach about, and combat antisemitism.

Source: Israel Hayom

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Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month – JDAIM 2021
For the third year in a row, Federation CJA is partnering with local organizations for Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) to offer exciting virtual events along with access to a wide variety of virtual programs and resources presented by our Community Without Walls. Click here to view the full JDAIM 2021 Montreal Community Calendar.

Source: The Suburban

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You've probably never heard about the world's first female rabbi—and author Sigal Samuel wants to change that
Author of the first-ever book about the first-ever female rabbi, "Osnat and Her Dove," Sigal Samuel stumbled on the story of the world's first female rabbi, and was astonished to learn that this sage lived and worked in the 16th-century.

Source: Forward

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Quebecers with Down syndrome are low on vaccine list despite high risk
Quebec pressured to follow the lead of France, the U.K., and Texas to bump up their vaccination priority now that international studies confirm they face greater COVID-19 threat.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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Ancient cloth with Bible's purple dye found in Israel, dated to King David's era [article in French]
Israeli researchers have found three textile scraps near the southern tip of Israel coloured with the biblically described "argaman" royal purple dye, and dated them to circa 1,000 BCE—the era of King David.

Source: Times of Israel

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A tale of two Jewish Super Bowl linemen: Buccaneers' Ali Marpet and Chiefs' Mitchell Schwartz
Here's a football bet you probably could've gotten long odds on before the season started: each Super Bowl team having a Jewish offensive lineman.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Dustin Diamond, Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' dies at 44
The Jewish actor who rose to fame playing a quirky, nerdy character on the hit '90s sitcom and three spinoffs, was recently diagnosed with aggressive form of cancer.

Source: Times of Israel

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It's time to start stuffing your challah
Eight recipes to elevate your challah baking game.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

The Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA is in the process of re-imagining itself, and wants to hear from you about what you want "the Y" to be when it is able to re-open. How can "the Y" become more relevant to you and the community, what programs and services do you want to see, and how can "the Y" help you build your Jewish identity and feel more connected to your community?

Please help the Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA be there for the community in a meaningful way by taking the time to participate in one of their virtual coffee chats, and encourage your friends and family members to do so as well. Click here to register.


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

LEV's Lock Down Laugh In
Federation CJA
Time: Saturday, February 6 | 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Inner Peace & Sound Healing with Shalom Mayberg
Hillel Montreal & JDAIM Montreal
Time: Thursday, February 11 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sock Guys, Social Enterprises & Social Innovation: Disabilities & Employment in a Pandemic
Federation CJA, Ometz, L'Annexe, Miles Nadal JCC, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto & JDAIM Montreal
Time: Tuesday, February 16 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

PJ Library Presents: Laila Tov ASL Storytime with Adi Varon: Mini Mensches Edition
PJ Library & JDAIM Montreal
Time: Wednesday, February 17 | 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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


Federation CJA

Director, Bronfman Jewish Education Center

Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs

Kehilla Montreal Residential Programs

Project Manager

Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

Facilities Manager

Vice-President, Programming and Community Engagement

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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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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