Federation CJA 360 - November 20, 2020

Our 360 includes the historic announcement that Bahrain and Israel will open embassies by the end of the year. Plus delicious Ethiopian Jewish recipes in honour of the holiday of Sigd (which was celebrated on Monday), the trailer for the much-anticipated Yom Kippur War mini-series Valley of Tears and more. Shabbat Shalom!

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Shabbat Candlelight
November 20 | 4:01 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: "Communication Matters" (Toldot 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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Canadian Jews urge PM Trudeau to resume past policy of opposing raft of anti-Israel UN resolutions
Federation CJA's advocacy agent, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), was among the top Jewish organizations that wrote to the prime minister and foreign minister asking them to resume a two-decade long tradition of voting against an annual raft of anti-Israel United National General Assembly resolutions. Click here to read their statement: "Major Jewish Groups to PM: Return to Principled Voting at UN".

Source: The Algeimeiner, CIJA

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Bahrain and Israel announce the opening of embassies by the end of the year [article in French]
The Gulf Kingdom's Foreign Minister, Al-Zayani, compares his "historic" one-day trip to Jerusalem to Anwar Sadat's visit to Israel in 1977.

Source: Times of Israel

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Apply now for a Jewish summer camp grant
A summer of fun, games and friendship is just a click away – along with $1,000 grants from Federation CJA's Generations Fund! Spaces are filling up fast so click here to apply today.

Source: Federation CJA

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Morocco will teach Jewish history in public schools — and king approves
Jewish history and culture will now be included in the Arabic-language curriculum for Moroccan primary school students in an effort to "perpetuate the Judeo-Moroccan legacy as an integral part of the Moroccan identity".

Article Source: Forward
Image Source: Reuters

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Antisemitic hate crimes rose by 14% in 2019, according to the FBI
In 2019, hate crimes against Jews comprised 62% of all hate crimes based on religion, up from 58% in both of the previous two years.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Israeli teen Deni Avdija goes to Washington Wizards with 9th pick of NBA Draft, making history
The lanky 6-9 forward for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel's top professional league becomes the second player (after Omri Casspi) from the Jewish state to go in the first round.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Pascale's Kitchen: Wonders of Ethiopian cuisine
Try these delicious recipes in honour of Sigd, a traditional Ethiopian Jewish holiday marking the renewal of the covenant between the Jewish people, God, and the Torah that was celebrated this past Monday.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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This earth-shattering Israeli show is coming to HBO Max
Watch the trailer for the 10-part series Valley of Tears, a gripping historical epic about the Yom Kippur War.

Source: Kveller

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Source: Federation CJA

Exciting news – PJ Publishing books are now available on the Caribu app! Created by a PJ Library parent, Caribu integrates video calling with children's books and activities. Kids can log on with grandparents/grand-friends, relatives in other cities, or family members stationed in the military and flip book pages together for interactive virtual read-alongs.

Click here to download the app now!


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

An Informative Discussion with Chief Rabbi Sarna & Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer
Hillel Montreal, powered by GenMTL
Time: Sunday, November 22 | 7:00 PM

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

Hillel Marionopolis Presents: An Evening with Annamie Paul
Hillel Montreal, powered by GenMTL
Time: Sunday, November 29 | 7:00 PM

Backgammon for Community Relief: Round 2
Federation CJA
Time: Sunday, December 13 | 11:00 AM


Federation CJA

Communications Generalist

Educational Consultant (BJEC)

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.

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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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