Federation CJA 360 - May 7, 2021

Our 360 this week includes the tragic loss of two Jewish Montrealers at Mount Meron last week. Plus, an opportunity to provide emergency aid for the families of the Mount Meron tragedy; the upcoming celebration of Yom Yerushalayim, the newest holiday on the Jewish calendar; a look at Jewish Heritage Month and how the Canadian Jewish community has played a vital role in the shaping of Canada's culture; how the agenda-driven Human Rights Watch report undermines peace; a story of three Jewish brothers who carved a new life in Montreal after fighting the Nazis; a review of Prairie Sonata, a new novel about Canadian Jewish life; the grand-opening of Kosher Arabia, the UAE's first major kosher kitchen; and a recipe for chicken paprikash—a fail-safe flavourful Hungarian Jewish staple. Shabbat Shalom!

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

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.

Vaccination Registration for Snowbirds: The Government of Quebec has asked that snowbirds and others who have been vaccinated outside Quebec register the details of their vaccination in the records of our healthcare system. Residents of our CIUSSS who have received one or both doses should bring proof of vaccination to the vaccination site at the MIL campus of Université de Montréal, 1375 Thérèse-Lavoie-Roux Avenue. The site is open every day from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Shabbat Candlelight
May 7 | 7:51 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: "We the People" (Behar-Bechukotai 5781).

Make your gift 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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'A loss felt the world over': Montrealers among dead after stampede in Israel

Montreal's Jewish community is reeling after two young members were among at least 45 killed in a stampede during a Lag B'Omer celebration in Israel last Friday.

Source: Montreal Gazette
Image Source: Arutz Sheva

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Emergency Aid for the Families of the Mount Meron Tragedy

As we mourn the tragic loss of life at Mount Meron along with all Jews worldwide, Federation CJA, together with our partner The Jewish Agency for Israel, seeks to provide immediate assistance to each of the families of the victims of this unthinkable tragedy.

Click here to donate now and help provide an invaluable lifeline to bereaved families dealing with trauma at this difficult time. 

Source: Federation CJA

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Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day

The newest holiday on the Jewish calendar celebrates the reunification of Israel's capital.

Source: My Jewish Learning

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Canadian Jewish Heritage Month

May is Jewish Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of Canada's vibrant and diverse Jewish community to our great country over the past 250 years. At almost 400,000 people, it is one of the largest Jewish communities in the world. From law to politics to culture to sports, the Canadian Jewish community has played a vital role in the shaping of Canada's culture.

Click here to learn more about the history of Canada's Jewish community, its vibrancy and diversity, and its many contributions to Canada.

Source: CIJA

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Agenda-driven Human Rights Watch report undermines peace

Through its deliberate misapplication of international human rights principles, Human Rights Watch diminishes the severity of the most heinous crimes against humanity.

Source: The Times of Israel

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How three Jewish brothers carved a new life in Montreal after fighting the Nazis

During the German occupation, Hyman Itzkovitz, Jack Itkow and Sidney Itkowitz escaped from the Mir ghetto and joined the partisans fighting Nazi forces.

Source: The Globe and Mail

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Prairie Sonata: A new novel of Canadian Jewish life

Sandy Shefrin Rabin's new novel, Prairie Sonata, winner of the 2021 Independent Press Award for young adult fiction, tells the story of teenage Mira, living in Manitoba during the late 1940s and early 1950s, where the Holocaust in Europe seems to have had little impact on the quiet lives lived by Canadian Jews. Mira gradually comes to learn about the horrors of the Holocaust after she gets to know a new teacher, a Holocaust survivor.

Source: Forward

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Halva brownies and miso shakshuka: The UAE's first major kosher kitchen opens for business

Kosher Arabia at Dubai World Central (DWC) airport is the latest sign of the lifestyle and cultural changes resulting from the UAE's normalization with Israel in September 2020.

Source: Forward

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My Grandmother's Chicken Paprikash Recipe

A fail-safe, flavourful chicken dinner.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: CIJA

The 2021 Census is now arriving in the mail. Be Counted as Jewish!

This month, your invitation to participate in the online #2021Census will arrive 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 write "Jewish" in responding to Question 23, Question 30, or both! 

Click here for more information.


Source: TBDJ

Third Annual Jewish Community Mental Health Shabbat – Starts now!

In support of CMHA Mental Health Week, Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem, in partnership with Federation CJA, Agence Ometz, Ami Quebec, Rabbinical Council of America, and Yeshiva University, is hosting a series of special virtual events including a mental health symposium, a teen mental health workshop, and a mental health morning.

Click here to check it out.


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

PJ Library: Sleepy Storytime to Celebrate Mommy
PJ Library
Time: Sunday, May 9 | 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

PJ Library's JIY: Jew It Yourself Series – Shavuot, Exploring the Torah
PJ Library
Time: Tuesday, May 11 | 8:00 PM

Feel Good, Do Good Beyond Motivation
Time: Wednesday, May 12 | 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

Behind the Scenes with PJ Library Book Selection Committee
PJ Library
Time: Tuesday, May 25 | 12:00 PM


Agence Ometz

Case Manager I, Immigration Services (Initiative France)

Executive Assistant

Association of Jewish Day Schools (AJDS)

Assistant to the Director General

Baron de Hirsh Cemetery

Executive Director

Federation CJA

Donor Recognition and Stewardship Coordinator

Engagement and Outreach Specialist

Kehilla Montreal Residential Programs

Project Manager

Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

Assistant Manager, Fitness, Health and Wellness

Customer Experience (CX) Representative

Development Coordinator

Director of Programming and Community Engagement

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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