Federation CJA 360 - October 15, 2021

Our 360 this week includes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement that Canada will make the special envoy to combat antisemitism a permanent role along with plans to further the fight against antisemitism and all forms of hate. Plus, tickets go on sale for Montreal's Festival Sefarad; William Shatner becomes the oldest person to go into space; a look at the world's first daily siddur app created by a 14-year-old Canadian high school student; a crowd-pleasing blintz souffle recipe—and more.Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Candlelight
October 15 | 5:50 PM

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: "How Perfect were the Matriarchs and Patriarchs?" (Lech Lecha).

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.

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Source: Federation CJA

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Special envoy on combatting antisemitism will be permanent role, Trudeau says

PM pledges to combat hate at forum on Holocaust remembrance and combatting antisemitism.

Source: CBC News

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Federation CJA Immediate Past President Gail Adelson-Marcovitz marvels at the work accomplished

Gail Adelson-Marcovitz recently concluded her two-year term as president of Federation CJA. "It has been my greatest honour and privilege," she stated.

Source: The Suburban

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Why invest in community visioning and support?

Over the last few years, Federation CJA, as well as Jewish organizations in Cincinnati and Southern Arizona, each separately engaged Rosov Consulting to gather data and knowledge about the Jews in our communities, our communities' current Jewish offerings, and what people really want out of local Jewish life.

Source: eJewish Philanthropy

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Festival Sefarad de Montréal: Toujours Unis, Enfins Réunis!

For over two weeks in Montreal, Festival Sefarad de Montréal will present diverse artists, comedians, singers, writers, philosophers, and entrepreneurs, each contributing unique content to this rich cultural event. This year's festival runs from November 6 - November 21 and will feature both in-person and virtual programming. Tickets go on sale as of today, October 15 at noon.

Source: CSUQ

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You can now take free online classes in 12 rare Jewish languages

Oxford courses in languages like Judeo-Greek and Karaim aim to keep Jewish heritages alive.

Source: Hey Alma

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Kirk crosses final frontier: Shatner hails 'most profound experience' in space

After flying on Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin rocket, becoming oldest man ever to leave Earth, Jewish actor who taught many to dream of the stars tears up over his 'unbelievable' trip.

Source: The Times of Israel

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At 13, he got an Apple Watch. At 14, he built a daily prayer app for it

The latest Apple Watch is being released worldwide this week. With it, you can monitor your blood oxygen levels, send emails, wear it while swimming—and, thanks to a Eitan Steinfeld, a 14-year-old high school student in Toronto, you can also use it to help recite your daily Jewish prayers. Click here to listen to a podcast with Steinfeld and what it took to build the world's first free daily siddur app.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Blintz souffle recipe

This classic Jewish dish is always a crowd-pleaser.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA

This week, Federation CJA was so proud to have brought Rudy Rochman to Montreal to help our community continue our fight to combat antisemitism. Along with BJEC, Rudy met with students from Bialik, Herzliah, Maimonides, our Hillel campus leaders, and those involved in our CHAI (CIJA-HILLEL-ADVOCACY-FELLOWSHIP) for both CEGEP and University students. He also met with leaders in the community to share his knowledge and connect with our local Montreal Jewish community members. Rudy had an amazing impact on our Montreal community, and we were so grateful for all the insight he shared.

Rudy is considered a social media influencer with over 300,000 followers and creates educational viral content aimed at shifting the global, ideological, and political conversations regarding the Jewish People and Israel. His work primarily focuses on empowering Jews and allies, uniting sectors of Israeli society, and generating innovative ways to combat antisemitism. Give him a follow: @rudy_israel.

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

PJ Laila Tov Storytime: Shinshinim Edition
PJ Library & GenMTL
Time: Tuesday, October 19 – Tuesday, November 16 | 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Yom Yocheved Clothing Giveaway - Volunteer Opportunity
Federation CJA & Federation CJA Women's Philanthropy
Time: Thursday, October 21 – Sunday, October 31 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tween Book Club Ice Breaker Meeting
PJ Library & Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA
Time: Tuesday, November 2 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM


Federation CJA

Administrative Coordinator, Immersive Experiences

Constituent Data and Information Specialist

Director, Leadership Development Institute

Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Philanthropic Advisor, Jewish Chamber of Commerce

Philanthropy Director (GenMTL)

Regional Director (BBYO - Montreal)

Senior Development Officer

Senior Prospect Researcher

Young Adult Community Engagement Associate

Agence Ometz

Program Coordinator

Sr. Communications and Stewardship Officer

Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors (CJCS)

Human Resources Generalist (Cummings Center)

Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal (JCF)

Philanthropic Advisor

Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

Manager Employee Experience

MIS Manager

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)

Associate Director, Communications & Marketing

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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