Federation CJA 360 - November 12 2021

Our 360 this week includes coverage of the worsening conflict in Ethiopia. Plus, The Foundation for Genocide Education releases a ground-breaking genocide education guide for Quebec high school teachers; The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue marks the annual commemoration of the displacement of Jews from Arab lands on November 30th; Paris court hands life sentence to murderer of French Holocaust survivor; Tel Aviv University builds model for carbon neutrality; a Jewish Canadian soldier reflects on her mission to Afghanistan; and a versatile recipe for the perfect fried holiday treat—and more. Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Candlelight
November 12 | 4:09 PM

Rabbi Sacks z''l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. Click here to read this week's essay: Time for Love, Time for Justice (Vayetse)

AJDS VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE DATES: The Association of Jewish Day Schools (AJDS) is holding virtual open house dates from October 13-November 29. Click here to see the full schedule and find out how to make an appointment for a virtual tour.

Festival Sefarad de Montréal 2021
The Communauté Sépharade Unifieé du Quebec is excited to invite you to come together and connect once again while discovering diverse artists, comedians, singers, writers, philosophers, and entrepreneurs at this unique cultural event. This year's festival runs from November 6 - November 21 and will feature both in-person and virtual programming. Click here for tickets.

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Source: Federation CJA

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Government of Israel decision to bring thousands of Jewish Ethiopians to Israel as conflict worsens

The conflict in Ethiopia, which began in November 2020, is currently intensifying. This escalation has come after months of fighting between Ethiopia's government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). In recent days, the TPLF have made advances into several new Ethiopian cities.

The Jewish Agency stands ready to bring over all olim approved by the Government of Israel in as expedited a manner as possible.

Source: The Jewish Agency for Israel

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Foundation for Genocide Education acting on fighting antisemitism

The Foundation for Genocide Education has collaborated with the Quebec Education Ministry and the University of Quebec in Sherbrooke and Trois Rivieres on a ground-breaking genocide education guide for high school teachers to incorporate into their curriculum. "At the root of hate is ignorance, and it's the responsibility of our country's leaders to educate the next generation on the dangers of intolerance and racism in order to prevent future atrocities," said Heidi Berger, founder of The Foundation for Genocide Education, based in Montreal.

Source: The Foundation for Genocide Education

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Register now for the November 30th Annual Commemoration of the Displacement of Jews from Arab Lands

On November 30th, attend this meaningful event in commemoration of the 850,000 Jewish refugees who were displaced from Arab countries and Iran in the 20th century. The program will include addresses from distinguished speakers, witness accounts, a short film clip, and a memorial prayer for those Jews buried in Arab lands. The event will be hosted at the synagogue and will also be available on Zoom. Click here to register.

Source: The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal

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Regards Croisés au Féminin: Come and meet inspiring women who will give you the keys to their success!

Part of the Festival Sefarad de Montréal, this bilingual event is your opportunity to hear about various experiences: successes, failures, difficulties, and triumphs. Come and listen to the sharing of ideas, the passion of knowledge, and how to find the balance between professional and personal life. On Tuesday, November 16, don't miss your chance to meet the women for cocktails at 6:30 PM followed by the conference at 7:30 PM. Click here for tickets.

Source: CSUQ

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On Kristallnacht anniversary, Austrian government unveils memorial wall with 64,440 names

The "Shoah Wall of Names" that city and central government officials unveiled Tuesday in Vienna lists 64,440 Holocaust victims on 160 granite slabs and is the result of years of lobbying by commemoration activists for a major monument that reflects both the scope of the Holocaust and its individual victims.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Paris court hands life sentence to murderer of French Holocaust survivor

Yacine Mihoub given no chance of parole for 22 years over 2018 killing of Mireille Knoll, which sparked an outcry about antisemitism in France.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Israeli bookstores remove Sally Rooney's books over boycott

Acclaimed author Sally Rooney refused to allow her new novel to be published, translated, and sold in Israel because of her support of BDS.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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Tel Aviv University to build model for carbon neutrality

The Green Campus Committee, led by TAU president Prof. Ariel Porat, will formulate a strategic plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on campus, as well as improve the efficiency of energy use and resources, amid its goal to achieve carbon neutrality.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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This Remembrance Day, one Canadian soldier reflects on her mission to Afghanistan

Listen to The CJN Daily podcast discussion with Tamar Freeman as she recalls her experiences as a Jewish soldier in Canada's last war, how she marked the Jewish holidays in Afghanistan, and why watching the Taliban retake the country has been so sad and frustrating.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Cranberry challah donuts recipe

Roll up some extra challah dough this Shabbat and get ready for Chanukah with the perfect fried holiday treat.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA

Over the last few weeks, our community outdid itself for our annual Yom Yocheved Clothing Giveaway! In all, we helped 200 children and 150 adult clients of Ometz, Anges d'Esther, JEM workshop, and Chai Lifeline who are going through a vulnerable time in their lives. These individuals and families received new winter wear at no cost to them. For many, this opportunity not only offers the assurance of warmth and comfort during our cold winter months, but also a sense of pride that comes from wearing something new. 

Over 100 volunteers helped set up the room, packed brand-new winter wear that was purchased and donated by generous companies according to the needs of these families, and hand-delivered the items. A huge thank you to all our volunteers, and to Sam and Louise Segal and Chaya and Lorne Lieberman, who co-chaired this event. Kol Hakavod!


Source: Federation CJA

As we witness certain aspects of our lives returning to a new normal, we remain cautiously optimistic about the 2022 March of the Living program. As we further our planning, we would like to gauge the interest of our families to get better insight into your comfort with international organized travel for the spring of 2022 for your child. Please take a few minutes to share your position with us by filling in this short survey by November 22. 

This information will help us in our planning moving forward. You will also receive updates about registration, dates, upcoming information sessions, COVID-19 guidelines, and more in the coming weeks and months. 

Please note that: 

  • Students will miss ten days of school from April 26 to May 6, 2022 (dates still being finalized). 
  • The trip cost will be commensurate to prior years. 
  • Appropriate Covid measures will apply. 
  • The trip is subject to cancellation. 

For more info, email: [email protected]

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.


Cummings Centre Fall 2021 Virtual Programs
Cummings Centre

B'Yachad Fellowship Program
Federation CJA
Time: Monday, October 25 – Friday, December 3

PJ Laila Tov Storytime: Shinshinim Edition
PJ Library & GenMTL
Time: Tuesday, October 26 – Tuesday, November 16 | 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Chefs R Us – Chanukah Edition
PJ Library & Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
Time: Sunday, November 21 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Chanukah Volunteer Opportunity
Women's Philanthropy TOV
Time: Monday, November 22 – Friday, November 26 | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Chanukah Gift Drive
Women's Philanthropy TOV

The Ultimate Tween Cake Decorating Challenge
PJ Library & Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
Time: Thursday, November 25 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Chanukah in the 514
Federation CJA West Island, GenMTL
Time: Sunday, November 28 – Monday, December 6

Winter Care Kits – Volunteer Opportunity
Federation CJA West Island
Time: Sunday, December 5 – Sunday, December 12 | 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tween Book Club 2
PJ Library & Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
Time: Tuesday, December 7 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM


Federation CJA

Administrative Coordinator, BJEC

Administrative Coordinator, Immersive Experiences

Communications Generalist

Constituent Data and Information Specialist

Customer Onboarding Lead (JLive)

Director, Leadership Development Institute

French Educational Consultant

Philanthropic Advisor, Jewish Chamber of Commerce

Philanthropy Director (GenMTL)

Senior Development Officer

Senior Manager, Evaluation and Community Impact (MEL)

Senior Prospect Researcher

Specialist, Community Inclusion and Belonging

Agence Ometz

Program Coordinator

Sr. Communications and Stewardship Officer

Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors (CJCS)

Homecare Associate

Human Resources Generalist (Cummings Center)

Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal (JCF)

Philanthropic Advisor

Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

Director of Athletics, Leisure & Community Programming

Manager Employee Experience

Membership Sales Specialist

Payroll Clerk (HR Generalist)

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)

Associate Director, Communications & Marketing

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.

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