Federation CJA 360 - June 19, 2020

In this week's 360 we cover Canada's failed bid to join the UN Security Council. Plus a virtual discussion with diversity advocate, writer and Jewish community builder Tema Smith; a celebration of our Jewish day schools' success during the pandemic and more. Shabbat Shalom!

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Canada loses its bid for seat on UN Security Council
"These contests are complex, and we are concerned with the inaccurate suggestion from anti-Israel groups that Canada's defeat was a result of its historical pro-Israel policies, a single and irrelevant issue. This distracts from reflection about the campaign and the actual obstacles that prevented a successful outcome," said Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Federation CJA's advocacy agent.

 

Source: CBC

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The Suburban's SJN covers "A Virtual Evening with Dr. Joe and Dr. Debbie Schwarcz"
During last week's fun and informative event, sponsored by Federation CJA's Maimonides Society and Young Maimonides Society of Montreal, the father-daughter duo discussed best practices for coming out of a quarantine and re-entering the public safely with almost 1,000 participants.

 

Source: Suburban

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Antisemitic insults heard during anti-racism protests in Paris on Saturday [article in French]
In a video shared widely on Twitter, individuals can be heard shouting "Dirty Jews" during a demonstration in Place de la République.

Source: Times of Israel

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev professor develops coronavirus test producing results in one minute
Clinical trials done in conjunction with the Defense Ministry on more than 120 Israelis showed better than a 90% success rate in comparison to the more common method.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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Watch a virtual discussion with Tema Smith
During this insightful conversation hosted by Hillel Montreal (powered by GenMTL), the diversity advocate, writer and Jewish community builder discusses the experiences of Black Jews, intersectional discrimination that Jews of color face, what solidarity looks like and how the non-Black Jewish community can be allies with the Black community, now and always.

Source: Federation CJA

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Portugal recognizes Bordeaux consul who saved lives of Jews during WWII
Aristides de Sousa Mendes issued transit visas for some 10,000 Jewish families to flee the country – defying the orders of then-dictator António de Oliveira Salazar.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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PJ Library to launch in German
The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Massachusetts-based nonprofit that oversees PJ Library, will be launching the popular program – which provides free Jewish children's books – in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in partnership with the local organizations in those countries.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Message from Beer Sheva's Mayor
Enjoy this uplifting video of solidarity from Mayor Ruvik Danilovitch.

Source: Federation CJA

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The chef who blends kosher and soul talks Juneteenth, food as a form of resistance
Michael W. Twitty on the culinary history of the Jewish and African diasporas and how he's celebrating Juneteenth today, which commemorates June 19, 1865 and the ending of slavery in the last state to abolish it, Texas.

Source: Forward

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Source: Federation CJA

Kol Hakavod to all the leadership, administrators, teachers and students for achieving academic excellence under extraordinary circumstances – thank you for rising to the challenge and showing us the power of Jewish community. Click here to read the entire message in appreciation of our Jewish day schools!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Our finances in times of crisis: 4 experts answer your questions
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Time: Thursday, June 25| 7:30 PM –8:30 PM

Backgammon for Community Relief
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Time: Sunday, June 28 | 1:00 PM

Disclaimer
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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