Federation CJA 360 - November 13, 2020

In this week's 360, we remember the influential Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who passed away on Saturday from cancer. Plus coverage of the US election, how European synagogues are using light to commemorate Kristallnacht, details on how you can join Federation CJA's new Warm Hands Knitting Club and more. Shabbat Shalom!

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Shabbat Candlelight
November 13 | 4:07 PM

Baruch Dayan Ha'Emet. It is with the deepest sadness that we regret to inform you that Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (HaRav Ya'akov Zvi ben David Arieh z''l) passed away early on Saturday morning 7th November 2020 (Shabbat Kodesh 20th MarCheshvan 5781). He was buried on Sunday 8th November 2020 (21st MarCheshvann 5781) in London. Click here for recordings of the hespeidim (eulogies) that were delivered.

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Source: Federation CJA

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Joe Biden, inspired to run in shadow of Charlottesville antisemitism, wins the US presidency
Biden's win also makes some Jewish history: Doug Emhoff, husband to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, will be the first male and the first Jew in a spousal supporting role for a vice president.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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European synagogues keep on their lights to mark 1938 Kristallnacht pogroms [article in French]
'Let There Be Light' initiative has houses of worship 'commemorate the ones that were extinguished on that fateful night' 82 years ago.

Source: Times of Israel

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Jonathan Sacks, the U.K.'s inclusive former Chief Rabbi, dies at 72
Remembering the towering figure, who took a universalist view of religion in a multicultural world.

Article Source: New York Times
Image Source: Cleveland Jewish News

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US Congress launches inter-parliamentary task force to combat online antisemitism
Federation CJA's advocacy agent, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), was proud to have made a presentation to the task force, joining other leading community organizations from Canada, Australia and the US in their efforts to hold social media sites accountable by establishing consistent policy.

Source: Times of Israel

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Federation CJA's Yitzhak Rabin tribute featured in Suburban Jewish News
Read a write-up of the moving tribute – organized by Federation CJA in collaboration with the Israeli Consulate – to the legendary peacemaker on the 25th anniversary of his assassination.

Article Source: The Suburban
Image Source: Federation CJA

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Festival Sefarad de Montréal: November 14-30 [website in French]
Check out the impressive lineup for this year's virtual edition of the annual festival, run by the Communauté sépharade unifiée du Québec (CSUQ), one of Federation CJA's affiliated agencies.

Source: Festival Sefarad

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7 especially Jewish 'Jeopardy!' moments from Alex Trebek's 36 years as host
The beloved baritone host died of pancreatic cancer Sunday at the age of 80.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Sewing the Seeds of Peace: Commemorating the Historic Visit of President Sadat to Jerusalem (Nov. 19)
A conversation with Professor Irwin Cotler, co-hosted by the Consul General of Egypt, Mr. Hossam Moharam, and the Consul General of Israel, Mr. David Levy. Click here to register now for the Zoom webinar.

Article Source: Israeli Consulate of Montreal
Image Source: Times of Israel

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Source: Federation CJA

Warm Hands Knitting Club: Call for Volunteers

Looking for a way to give back and feel good about doing it? Join our Warm Hands Knitting Club!

This fun program is open to all ages and genders and no experience is required. We will be offering Zoom tutorials focused on different techniques, as well as optional virtual knitting circles. All knitted items will be donated to help keep our vulnerable and isolated community members warm this winter.


We can't wait to knit together for a good cause!


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

Laila Tov Storytime with Adi Varon: Winter Edition
PJ Library powered by GenMTL
Time: Wednesday, November 18, 25 | 7:00 PM – 7:15 PM

JIY Jew It Yourself: Shabbat, Time to unwind
PJ Library powered by GenMTL
Time: Tuesday, November 17 | 8:00 PM


Federation CJA

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Projects Coordinator, Jewish Identity Montreal (JIM)

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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