Federation CJA 360 - January 22, 2021

Our 360 this week includes Morocco's recent agreement to allow an NGO to combat antisemitism and anti-Zionism. Plus, the launch of the community-wide mental health initiative, a Jewish who's who of US President Joe Biden's cabinet, an insider look at five orthodox female bloggers making a difference, and how a self-described Silent Jew re-discovered his hidden Sephardic roots by cooking his way through lockdown. Shabbat Shalom!

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Shabbat Candlelight
January 22 | 4:29 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 Far Horizon" (Bo 5781).

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Morocco becomes the second Arab country to allow an NGO to combat antisemitism and anti-Zionism
The sides "intend to work together to share and promote best practices for combating all forms of antisemitism, including anti-Zionism and the delegitimization of the State of Israel."

Article Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Image Source: The Times of Israel

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Federation CJA, Cummings Centre and Ometz launch community-wide mental health initiative
Those in need can call the community helpline at 514.734.1411 and connect with social service professionals who will help direct them to the appropriate resources that can offer emotional support.

Source: The Suburban

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Enough for a minyan: A Jewish who's who of US President Joe Biden's cabinet
Amid the rise in antisemitism and its role underpinning the Capitol siege on January 6, at least 10 prominent Jews have been nominated to key positions.

Source: Forward

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Complete Nuremberg Trials recordings online for the first time
This week, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum placed online more than 700 hours of audio recordings from the trials, as well as 37 reels of film introduced as evidence.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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These five orthodox women bloggers are very much heard
Five mothers in the NY area cast aside gossip and politics to focus on Jewish lifestyle. Though they don't reveal their faces, their thousands of followers prove the recipe is working.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Journey of the Soul: A fresh look at life, death and the rest—in peace.
Click here to watch an uplifting short video from Montreal's Chabad Zichron Kedoshim that tackles important questions and Jewish perspectives about what happens to the soul after life.

Source: Chabad Zichron Kedoshim

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Cooking Helped Me Discover My Family's Hidden Jewish History
Conquering lockdown and loneliness, one Sephardic delight at a time.

Source: The Nosher

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day is coming up on Wednesday, January 27. To commemorate the day, Federation CJA and its constituent agencies and partners are holding various virtual events.


Source: JRoots

JRoots, in partnership with Federation CJA, is inviting you and your family to Passing on the Torch – the world's largest online gathering of Holocaust survivors and their descendants. Click here for more information and to register.


Source: The Montreal Holocaust Museum

The Montreal Holocaust Museum is hosting a virtual remembrance event on Facebook. Join to hear messages of resilience from survivors, and the thoughts of Canadians from different walks of life as we reflect on the legacy of the Holocaust. Participate in real time by sharing your own thoughts in the comments section of the video. Click here for more details.


Source: CIJA

CIJA, as the proud Canadian affiliate of World Jewish Congress, is once again honoured to share the We Remember campaign, a global initiative led by the WJC in service of Holocaust remembrance. We Remember means never forget. For #WeRemember instructions and resources click here.


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

Feel Good Do Good: Come sweat with GenMTL
Time: Sunday, January 31 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

All-Star Tu B'Shvat Celebration
PJ Library
Time: Sunday, January 31 | 4:30 PM

PJ Our Way Book Club
PJ Library
Time: Thursday, February 4 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Behind the scenes of the award-winning Netflix TV drama: Unorthodox
Federation CJA & Segal Centre
Time: Thursday, February 4 | 7:00 PM


Federation CJA

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Project Manager

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Facilities Manager

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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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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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