Federation CJA 360 - October 1, 2021

Our 360 this week includes a parting message from Federation CJA Immediate Past President Gail Adelson-Marcovitz. Plus, a list of resources, events, and programs from CIJA to learn more about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; a podcast featuring a Jewish-Indigenous family discussing the importance of their cultures; Annamie Paul, the first Jewish woman and first Black woman to lead a federal party, resigns as leader of the Green Party; marking 80 years since the Babyn Yar massacre, the first massacre of the Jews in the Holocaust; a look at the Shira Choir's inspiring documentary Just As I Am; and creative uses for your etrog—long after the holiday of Sukkot. Shabbat Shalom!

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October 1 | 6:16 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: "The Genesis of Justice" (Bereishit).

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President's View: "It has been my greatest honour and privilege to serve as President of Federation CJA"

Click here to read Federation CJA Immediate Past President Gail Adelson Marcovitz's parting remarks.

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- A list of resources, programs, and events from CIJA

The discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of residential schools shocked our nation. Canadians across the country are reminded that, to realize the Canada that we aspire to create, we must have honest conversations about our history and how it informs today's public policy so that everyone who lives on this land can enjoy peace, justice, and security. Click here for CIJA's list of resources to mark this historic day.

Source: CIJA

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A Jewish-Indigenous family explains the importance of truth and reconciliation

Listen to a podcast here for a discussion about their lives, what they've learned about each other's cultures, and why they'll be wearing orange shirts for Orange Shirt Day.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Annamie Paul resigns; as a candidate for Green leader, she chose to convert hate to 'teaching moments'

The first Jewish woman and first Black woman to lead a federal party, resigned on Monday as leader of the Green Party, less than a year after winning the post.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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On this day: the Nazis massacre Jews at Babyn Yar

On September 29-30, 1941, the Nazis gunned down nearly 34,000 Jews in Babyn Yar in what would later be considered the first massacre of the Jews in the Holocaust.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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Music transcends all for Montreal special-needs choir

"The Shira Choir are people with all kinds of disabilities … like all of us. Every single person has a disability," choirmaster Daniel Benlolo says in the documentary Just As I Am.

Source: The Montreal Gazette

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Sukkot is over, but don't discard that etrog!

The citron, essential for Sukkot rituals, can be put to many wonderful uses after the holiday.

Source: Tablet

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Source: Federation CJA

PJ Library Laila Tov Storytime: Shinshinim Edition

As the days get shorter and the summer comes to an end, PJ Library, in collaboration with Federation CJA's Israel Engagement Initiative and the Jewish Public Library, is thrilled to re-introduce Laila Tov Story Time: Shishinim Edition!

For the fourth iteration of Laila Tov Story Time, Federation CJA's Shinshinim (Israel Teen Volunteers) want to give PJ Library's kids, parents, AND grandparents an opportunity to come together with our community, to read and listen to Hebrew books while learning about important Jewish themes and values. Our Shinshinim will read books in Hebrew and English, each week before bed!

October 12th, 19th, and 26th
November 2nd, 9th, and 16th
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Live on Zoom

This program is geared to children 8 and under and their parents and grandparents. Children of all Hebrew levels are welcome.

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