Federation CJA 360 - March 20, 2020

Community Update: Federation CJA's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
In mere days, the impact of COVID-19 has escalated and our entire community, along with much of the world, has been affected. As events rapidly evolve, we, at Federation CJA, are doing our part to help our community navigate through this unprecedented crisis.

Click here to read more about our relief initiatives and impact.

The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 has disrupted lives on a local, national and global scale as our sense of order, routine and normalcy has come to a halt. We will continue to update you on this rapidly evolving situation and how it is affecting Jewish communities at home and around the world. Shabbat Shalom.

Shabbat Candlelight
March 20 | 6:49 PM


Click here to read this week's parsha from Rabbi Sacks: "Communities and Crowds" (Vayakhel-Pekudei 5780).

Quebec Orthodox synagogues close doors for first time in their history
The Council of Hasidic Jews of Quebec is taking the necessary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Hasidic communities.

Source: CTV News

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Coronavirus: Côte-St-Luc declares state of emergency
The borough enacted measures because it has a higher percentage of seniors within its population than any other city in Quebec.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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Montreal federation and agencies step up coronavirus safeguards
Federation CJA, it's agencies, and institutions across Montreal have taken extra precautionary measures to limit the spread of coronavirus in their facilities.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Survivors fear coronavirus has killed their last chance to march at Auschwitz
International March of the Living president Phyllis Greenberg Heideman says the decision to delay the annual event is particularly painful coming in the 75th year since Auschwitz liberation. 

Source: The Times of Israel

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Jewish schools turn to distance learning
Through technology, Montreal's Jewish day schools (including Federation CJA agency BJEC) are attempting to keep their students' learning apace, as well as provide a sense of connection while they are at home.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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MADA food bank offering take-out only
In an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus, the Montreal food bank and Federation CJA community partner, is modifying its operations while continuing to serve the Jewish community.

Source: CityNews

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Stuck at home, Jerusalem neighbors sing their hearts out from their balconies [article in French]
Watch this uplifting video of a Jerusalem neighbourhood singing Ehud Manor's song "Bashana Habaa" together during the coronavirus crisis.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Former head of Milan Jewish community dies from coronavirus
Passing of Michele Sciama, 79, mourned as 'great loss' for city at epicenter of largest COVID-19 outbreak outside of China.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Government offers assistance to tech developers fighting coronavirus
The Israeli government has promised financial support worth NIS 50 million to Israeli start-ups advancing solutions to combat the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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DID YOU KNOW?
DID YOU KNOW?

The Jewish Agency for Israel is hosting a live-stream performance with renowned Israeli artist Idan Raichel this coming Sunday, March 22 at 4 p.m. ET. Please join our community as we virtually come together for this special event. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

As per the recommendation of Canadian health experts, Federation CJA is advocating and practicing social distancing. Emerging research shows people can be contagious without showing symptoms, making it difficult to know who is spreading the disease. In order to "flatten the curve" on the pandemic and keep our community safe, we are postponing or cancelling all upcoming events until further notice. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

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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