Federation CJA 360 - June 4, 2021

Our 360 this week includes Federation CJA CEO Yair Szlak's address to the community on confronting the rise of antisemitism. Plus, Isaac Herzog elected as Israel's 11th President; everything you need to know about the Israeli government that will replace Benjamin Netanyahu; op-eds from CIJA's CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel and Vice President of External Affairs Richard Marceau; a look at some recent public statements from celebrities speaking out against antisemitism; and a recipe for Israeli salsa—a fresh and spicy condiment to enjoy all summer. Shabbat Shalom!

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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
June 4 | 8:20 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: "Confidence" (Shelach Lecha 5781).

Make your gift now to Federation CJA's Community Recovery and Resilience Campaign.

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Source: Federation CJA

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Fight Antisemitism: Tell the Government of Canada: Convene an emergency summit on antisemitism

We are experiencing an alarming spike in antisemitism in Canada. If you don't act, who will? Take concrete action here!

Source: CIJA

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Community Update: Confronting the Rise of Antisemitism

Watch Federation CJA CEO Yair Szlak's video address to learn more about how we are confronting the rise in antisemitism in our community.

Source: Federation CJA

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Isaac Herzog elected Israel's 11th president

Isaac Herzog, the chairman of the Jewish Agency and former head of the Labor party, was elected Wednesday as Israel's eleventh president with 87 votes--the most a presidential candidate has ever won.

Source: Times of Israel

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Everything you need to know about the Israeli government that will replace Benjamin Netanyahu

Naftali Bennett poised to become Israel's next prime minister, to be succeeded by Yair Lapid.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Anger toward Jewish people is misplaced and hateful – and we must all push back

Simon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) shares his thoughts on the spike in anti-Jewish hatred.

Source: The Globe and Mail
Image Source: CIJA

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Opinion: Montée de l'antisémitisme - où est la réaction ?

"Dans mes 16 ans de vie juive, le niveau d'antisémitisme n'a jamais été aussi élevé."

Source: La Presse

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These celebrities are speaking out against antisemitism

Despite the deafening silence from many activists and high-profile people, some Jewish public figures—as well as some non-Jewish celebrities—have made recent public statements on social media condemning antisemitism.

Source: Kveller

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Spicy Israeli salsa recipe

A fresh and spicy condiment to enjoy all summer.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Refuah V'Chesed Clinic, CoVivre

The Refuah V'Chesed Clinic has developed a brochure answering many questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, including an interview with Rabbi Hersh Meilech Feferkorn of Bonei Olam and a letter from Dr. Kadoch of Clinique OVO. Click for myths, facts, and information about the COVD-19 vaccine in English and Yiddish.


Source: CIJA

Don't forget to complete the 2021 Census. Be Counted as Jewish!

Last month, your invitation to participate in the online #2021Census arrived in the mail. So that the perspectives of Jewish Canadians are reflected in public policy, and to ensure we receive our share of programs and services, it is important for Jewish Canadians to be recognized by the Government of Canada as a thriving, growing, and engaged community. If it is important to you to be counted as Jewish, then it's not too late to write "Jewish" in responding to Question 23, Question 30, or both! 

Click here for more information.


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

Backgammon for Community Relief, Round 3
Federation CJA
Time: Sunday, June 6 | 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

PJ Library Shabbat Mobile
PJ Library & GenMTL
Hampstead/CSL: Friday, June 11 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
West Island /Saint Laurent: Friday, June 18 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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Association of Jewish Day Schools (AJDS)

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Federation CJA

Community and Content Coordinator

Community Engagement Officer - Hillel McGill

Development Officer, Community Campaign

Donor Services & Information Associate

Major and Mid-level Development Officer

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Development Coordinator

Director of Programming and Community Engagement

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

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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