Federation CJA 360 - October 22, 2021

Our 360 this week includes a look at the controversial law passed in Texas that prompted a school administrator to order teachers to present 'opposing' views on the Holocaust. Plus, listen to a discussion with The Suburban's Mike Cohen and Federation CJA CEO Yair Szlak along with newly installed President Joel Segal about the challenges ahead and some great accomplishments; purchase tickets for Montreal's Festival Sefarad; watch a moving documentary examining the trial of Adolf Eichmann, sixty years later; discover a game-changing shakshuka recipe—and more. Shabbat Shalom!

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October 22 | 5:38 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: "The Binding of Isaac" (Vayera).

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Texas official orders teachers to present 'opposing' views on Holocaust

A school district official told teachers that state law requires them to teach 'other perspectives' on the Holocaust.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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Cohen in the City Episode 78: Federation CJA focuses its attention on Community Recovery

In partnership with a network of agencies and organizations, Federation CJA supports the delivery of services and programs to care for the vulnerable and those in need. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus has been on community recovery. CEO Yair Szlak and newly installed President Joel Segal talk about the challenges ahead and some great accomplishments. Click here to watch.

Source: The Suburban

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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.

Source: CSUQ

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60 years ago, we saw the face of evil

It has been 60 years since the trial of Adolf Eichmann, which was the first-ever televised trial and was watched by millions of people around the world. For many, this was the first time they learned of the true horrors of the Holocaust, and the atrocities of the Nazis made front-page news. This moving documentary from Elie Honig (the grandson of Holocaust survivors) examines the trial of Eichmann in 1961 and draws meaningful lessons on how the fight against antisemitism is just as important today as ever before. Click here to watch.

Source: CNN

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United Arab Emirates to join Israel in moon shot

United Arab Emirates and Israel plan to land Israel's un-crewed Beresheet craft on the moon in 2024 in a joint space exploration deal.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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The world's first female rabbi finally gets her moment, 350 years after her death

This week, at the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards, Montrealer Sigal Samuel won an award for her new children's book, Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World's First Female Rabbi. It tells the real-life story Osnat Barzani, a Kurdish-Jewish scholar who lived about 400 years ago in Mosul—and had an unconventional upbringing. Click here to listen to a podcast discussion with Samuel and Rabbi Lila Kagedan, the first-ever Canadian born Orthodox female rabbi, about Barzani's life and its implications for women rabbis centuries later.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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The author of 'The Matzah Ball,' a Hanukkah novel, wants Jews to read more romance

Jean Meltzer aimed to subvert traditional Jewish stories in her debut novel "The Matzah Ball." "Year after year, I went looking for a Hanukkah book, and there never was one. I just wanted to see myself represented on that table. I could envision it: a blue and white book in the sea of red and green."

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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This Instant Pot shakshuka is a game changer

The perfect tool for poaching eggs. With a loaf of crusty bread or some warm pitas to soak up the sauce, shakshuka is welcome any time of day.

Source: The Nosher

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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

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


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Program Coordinator

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Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors (CJCS)

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Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal (JCF)

Philanthropic Advisor

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Manager Employee Experience

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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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