Federation CJA 360 - March 26, 2021

Our 360 this week includes Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante's failure to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. Plus, Passover greetings from Federation CJA's President Gail Adelson-Marcovitz; the untold stories of Nazi-fighting women of the Jewish resistance; an opportunity to purchase Federation CJA's Passover cards just in time for the holiday; a new Passover medley to cap off your seder from The Maccabeats; and everything you need to know about fladla—Passover pancake noodles that rival matzah balls. Shabbat Shalom and Happy Passover!

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Shabbat Candlelight
March 26 | 6:57 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 Courage of Identity Crises" (Tzav 5781).

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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Montreal mayor again breaks promise to adopt IHRA antisemitism definition
Yair Szlak, CEO of Federation CJA, implores the city to join other jurisdictions worldwide, saying, "The Mayor's inaction on this front, on the eve of Yom HaShoah, the day of commemoration for victims of the Holocaust, is a blemish on our city's reputation and hurtful to the dwindling number of survivors who call Montreal home."

Click here for Federation CJA and CIJA's joint statement on Montreal City Council's failure to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Sources: Arutz Sheva & Federation CJA

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Happy Passover From Federation CJA
The story of Passover inspires our community to push forward, to overcome, and to survive. Click here for a message from Federation CJA President Gail Adelson-Marcovitz.

Source: Federation CJA

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The Nazi-Fighting Women of the Jewish Resistance
Judy Batalion, Author of The Light of Days, explores the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters—a group of unknown heroes whose exploits have never been chronicled in full, until now.

Source: The New York Times

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Beverlee Ashmele, a Federation CJA professional for close to 50 years, was a pioneer in developing women community leaders
Beverlee Ashmele, who devoted her long career to Jewish communal service, especially the development of women leaders, died from cancer on March 18. She was 84.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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William Shatner to be immortalized in AI video for 90th birthday [article in French]
The Montreal-native Jewish actor has created an artificial intelligence (AI) version of himself through StoryFile, an interactive storytelling app, so that he can speak to future generations.

Source: Times of Israel

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The Maccabeats' new Passover medley will help you finish your seder
This year, you can outsource the end of the seder to none other than The Maccabeats. Watch the video here.

Source: Kveller

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These Passover pancake noodles are better than matzah balls
Everything you need to know about fladla (including a recipe).

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA

There's still time to purchase Federation CJA's Passover cards and send your loved ones a beautiful, personalized e-card or print card. The funds raised will ensure a joyful holiday for everyone in our community. 


Source: The Canadian Jewish News

The Canadian Jewish News is back in print for Passover with a brand new magazine, featuring Barbara and Jonathan Kay, Judy Batalion, and articles in three different languages. Get your copy by entering your email address at https://thecjn.ca/ and get digital access absolutely free. 


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

The Key to the Perfect Shlissel Challah
Women's Philanthropy
Time: Thursday, April 8 | 8:00 PM

Chefs R Us – Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Day)
PJ Library
Time: Time: Sunday, April 11 | 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM [children ages 6 and under] | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM [children ages 7 and up]

Save the Date: Valley of Tears: a Conversation with Director Yaron Zilberman and the Segal Centre's Lisa Rubin
Federation CJA & Segal Centre
Time: Sunday, April 11 | 7:00 PM

The Light of Days with Judy Batalion
Jewish Public Library
Time: Monday, April 26 | 7:30 PM


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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.

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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