Federation CJA 360 - November 5 2021

Our 360 this week includes reports of Israeli and Jordanian officials meeting in Jordan on Tuesday to discuss strengthening economic ties between the two countries—the first such meeting in a decade. Plus, an invitation to tune in to the Montreal Holocaust Museum's Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration, taking place online next week; an opportunity to show your solidarity through the March of the Living's Kristallnacht initiative; the Azrieli Foundation announces a transformational $15.6 million donation to further autism research in Israel; why we should all celebrate the ancient Jewish holiday of Sigd; a look at a collection of 4,000 tiny dreidels that tells an important story about Jewish communities destroyed during the Holocaust; an easy baked pumpkin challah French toast recipe that's perfect for the season—and more. Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Candlelight
November 5 | 5:17 PM

We apologize for last week's 360 subject header. We should have been more explicit in our reporting that there is indeed a Jewish appointment to the federal cabinet, Karina Gould, as Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. We regret our unfortunate choice of language and for unintentionally presenting a false portrayal to the community.

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: Was Jacob Right to Take the Blessings? (Toldot)

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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Economy ministers of Israel, Jordan meet for first time in decade to boost ties

The two discussed "a variety of ways to strengthen economic ties between the two countries," including renewing the countries' trade agreement, tourism and more.

Source: The Times of Israel

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Azrieli Foundation's latest donation will greatly expand autism research in Israel

The Azrieli Foundation announced last Friday that it will donate $15.6 million to further autism research at the newly renamed Azrieli National Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopment Research in Israel. This breakthrough donation over a six-year period will vastly expand the centre and its reach.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Montreal Holocaust Museum's Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration

The Montreal Holocaust Museum's annual commemoration of Kristallnacht will take place online next Tuesday, November 9th at 7:00 PM in partnership with the Segal Centre for Performing Arts and the Cummings Centre. The event will include commemorative songs and prayers followed by dramatic readings from the book The Night of Broken Glass: Eyewitness Accounts of Kristallnacht.  All are invited to tune in on the Museum's Facebook and Youtube pages where the commemoration will be presented, and registration is not required.

Source: Montreal Holocaust Museum

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March of the Living: Kristallnacht #LetThereBeLight

On November 9th, come together in solidarity with Jewish people around the world and the March of the Living (@motlorg). Once again, the March of the Living will mark Kristallnacht with an international campaign message of unity and hope: #LetThereBeLight. Keep your lights on during the night of November 9th as a symbol of solidarity and mutual commitment in the shared battle against antisemitism, racism, hatred, and intolerance. Post your photos with the hashtag #LetThereBeLight. Click here for more information on this incredible initiative.

Source: March of the Living

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'Last Jew in Afghanistan' loses title to hidden Jewish family

Zebulon Simantov, the infamous 'last Jew of Afghanistan' may not have been the last after all. A distant relative, Tova Moradi, 83, and her family, fled Kabul last month in an escape orchestrated by humanitarian organization IsraAid.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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We should all celebrate the ancient Jewish holiday of Sigd

Until recently, Sigd was observed exclusively among Ethiopian Jews. However, in 2008, Sigd became an official Israeli national holiday, and it is now celebrated in the Jewish state as both a religious holiday and an exploration of Ethiopian Jewish culture.

Source: Kveller

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A prolific Jewish writer has collected 4,000 tiny dreidels found by Eastern European treasure hunters

Arthur Kurzweil first encountered amulets and dreidels excavated by treasure hunters during a trip to his father's hometown in Poland. Now he has collected thousands of them—a collection that tells an important story about Jewish communities that were destroyed during the Holocaust.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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Baked pumpkin challah French toast recipe

This make-ahead breakfast is perfect for feeding a crowd.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA

The RSJ Bnei Mitzvah Program is a one-year personalized family program that offers Russian-speaking parents and teenagers at the age of bar/bat mitzvah an exciting and multifaceted experience so that children and their parents can learn about the history, meaning, and rituals surrounding the bar/bat mitzvah. Since this program is in its first year, older teenagers are encouraged to participate as well.

The program consists of lectures, classes, volunteer opportunities, and family projects specifically designed to guide teens and their families on this Jewish journey. At the end of the program, a beautiful group ceremony is held for all the families involved. Click here for more information.

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

Paris-Barbès-Tel-Aviv – De Benjamin Elharrar
Festival Sefarad de Montréal
Time: Wednesday, November 17 | 8:00 PM

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

Soirée Andalouse
Festival Sefarad de Montréal
Time: Sunday, November 21 | 8:00 PM

The Ultimate Tween Cake Decorating Challenge
PJ Library & Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
Time: Thursday, November 26 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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


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