Federation CJA 360 - May 22, 2020

Community Crisis Response Fund
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Federation CJA and the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) have launched an emergency fund to support our most at-risk community members, with all money raised going to the agencies and community partners who are on the frontlines of this crisis.

Click here to help our most vulnerable.

Source: Federation CJA

Our 360 includes an update from our advocacy agent, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, about how they are shifting resources to help our community cope with the pandemic. Plus coverage of Israel's new government being sworn in last Sunday, new technology being used to fight the spread of COVID-19, a cheesecake recipe for Shavuot, which starts Thursday night, and more. Please note that there will be no 360 next week due to the holiday. Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

HELPLINE: If you, or anyone you know is struggling at this critical time, please call 514-734-1411 or email [email protected].

COMMUNITY GRANTS: Are you a Montreal Jewish organization serving the needs of the Jewish community due to COVID-19? CLICK HERE.

THE JEWISH COMMUNITY SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY LOAN PROGRAM: A joint initiative of The Jewish Community Foundation (JCF), Federation CJA and the Hebrew Free Loan Association, to help small business owners cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE.

Shabbat Candlelight
May 22 | 8:09 PM

Click here to read this week's parsha from Rabbi Sacks: "Egalitarian Society, Jewish-Style" (Bamidbar 5780).

Federation CJA & CIJA joint statement regarding ongoing COVID-19 crisis
Since the outbreak of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Federation CJA's advocacy agent, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), has shifted the bulk of its resources and energy to supporting the new and developing  needs and efforts of Federation CJA and our federation stakeholders arising from COVID -19.

Source: Federation CJA

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After more than a year and 3 elections, Israel swears in a new government — its largest ever
Under the coalition deal for the so-called emergency unity government, Benjamin Netanyahu will remain in his position for the next year and a half and then be replaced for the same amount of time by Benny Gantz.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Israel gets first Ethiopia-born minister
Pnina Tamano-Shata, who belongs to Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White party, has been named as immigration minister.

Source: BBC

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Jewish General banks on technology to prevent second wave of COVID cases
The hospital is about to begin serological testing in addition to launching a vital-signs monitoring app.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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Corey Hart updates Never Surrender as pandemic-era salute to people's strength
The Juif d'ici singer will release Never Surrender (Angels) 2020 on May 29 via digital platforms.

Source: CBC

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"Blank" Dead Sea Scroll fragments reveal surprise [article in French]
The University of Manchester's Reed Collection was just a pile of 2,000-year-old leather scraps from Qumran — until Prof. Joan Taylor spotted one ghostly letter, then another…

Source: Times of Israel

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Holocaust survivor spreads joy during coronavirus pandemic
Watch 88-year-old Simon Gronowski play jazz from his apartment in Brussels.

Source: DW

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How to make cheesecake in your instant pot
An ideal dessert for Shavuot, which begins this coming Thursday, May 28, at sundown.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA

Federation CJA's Bake it Forward initiative has over 120 volunteers who have baked upwards of 200 dozen cookies and delivered them to 26 different institutions, providing delicious care packages to almost 2,800 frontline healthcare workers, as a thank you for their tremendous efforts combatting the pandemic.

But there is still so much to do! Click here if you would like to volunteer.


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

Virtual Shavuot Baking Workshop
Women's Philanthropy and GenMTL
Time: Sunday, May 24 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

W.I.N Presents Dani Aaron
Women's Philanthropy
Time: Wednesday, May 27 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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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