Federation CJA 360 - November 22, 2019

This week's 360 includes a special message from Federation CJA's CEO Yair Szlak celebrating the results of our 2019 Combined Jewish Appeal campaign. Plus the story of how Israel is facing the possibility of a third election, a spotlight on Passport to Jewish Life and more. Shabbat Shalom!

Learn more about which Montreal Jewish day school will best meet your children's needs – and when the school's open house dates are – by visiting www.ajdsmontreal.org.

Shabbat Candlelight
November 22 | 4:00 PM

From the Desk of CEO Yair Szlak: Celebrating CJA19
A special message from Federation CJA's CEO announcing the projected results of our annual campaign, which closes on November 30.

Source: Federation CJA

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Israel's president charges Knesset with forming a government coalition for the first time
Israeli lawmakers now have 21 days to identify another lawmaker to try and form a government before the third election in less than a year would need to be called.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Strengthening Jewish identity in Montreal
The CJN profiles Federation CJA's Passport to Jewish Life, a revolutionary initiative designed to create highly individualized Jewish experiences based on one's interests, by offering a variety of high-quality programs and a wide range of entry points into Jewish life.

Source: Canadian Jewish News

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UN: Canada supports resolution on Palestinian self-determination [article in French]
Federation CJA's advocacy arm, CIJA (the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs), is deeply disappointed with Tuesday's vote, which represents a dramatic departure from Canada's voting record over the past 10 years; click here to read full press release.

Article Source: Radio Canada
Press Release Source: CIJA

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CJA19: Secure our future.
This year, we are not only asking you to continue your steadfast support for Combined Jewish Appeal to help our community's most vulnerable, we are also asking that you make a gift to our Community Security Network, which will allow us to establish consistent security protocols for our local Jewish institutions and provide ongoing training and upgrades. Click here to donate now.

U of T student union apologizes to Jewish group for its comments on kosher food campaign request
As the advocacy agent of Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA, CIJA is proud to support their partners at Hillel and Hillel students who together valiantly lead the effort to ensure that the rights of Jewish students are protected.

Source: National Post


1,000 women bake challah together in Montreal
"Whether you're Sephardic or Ashkenazic, young or old, religious or secular, a recent immigrant or a fourth-generation Montrealer, the challah bake is a beautiful opportunity to strengthen our sense of community, connecting with each other and our shared traditions", says Ruth Bensimon Choueke, Chair of the 2019 Women's Philanthropy Campaign.

Source: Canadian Jewish News

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Lionel Messi arrives in Israel despite rockets and BDS threats
Canadian-Israeli philanthropist Sylvan Adams is responsible for staging the much-anticipated match between Argentina and Uruguay in Israel this week.

Article Source: Haaretz
Image Source: The Times of Israel

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Call for nominations: The Charles Bronfman Prize
The $100,000 prize honours individuals or teams representing all areas of humanitarian work across a broad spectrum of disciplines; nominations will be accepted until January 17, 2020.

Source: Charles Bronfman Prize

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Your favourite Jewish celeb was probably on Sesame Street
In honour of the beloved show's 50th anniversary, Kveller rounded up the most memorable appearances by Jewish celebrities, including Jack Black, Fran Drescher, Jeff Goldblum and Natalie Portman.

Source: Kveller

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Source: Liberation75

Liberation75: Register now to be part of a global gathering of Holocaust survivors, descendants, educators and friends

Liberation75 is the largest international event to mark the 75th anniversary of liberation from the Holocaust.

From May 31 - June 2, 2020, in downtown Toronto, Liberation75 will showcase the best-in-class work of innovative individuals and organizations. Liberation75 will explore the past, present, and future of Holocaust education and remembrance through captivating discussions and presentations, interactive workshops, survivor testimony, films, artistic and musical performances, unique exhibits, ground-breaking technology, community dine-around dinners and more.

Join thousands of others as we commit to fighting hatred and antisemitism and to keeping the Holocaust relevant into the future.
Click here to register (early bird price until December 31, 2019).


An evening with Johnnie Walker
Time: Monday, November 25 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

PJ Library Havdallah Pyjama Party
PJ Library, powered by GenMTL
Time: Saturday, December 7 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Federation CJA

Administrative Coordinator

Director, Finance

Director, Women's Philanthropy

Event Coordinator

Senior Prospect Researcher

Agence Ometz

Chief Executive Officer

Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors (CJCS)

Case Manager, Social Services

Full Stack Developer

Registration Associate

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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