Federation CJA 360 - October 23, 2020

Our 360 includes two exciting new Federation CJA initiatives to help our community: Together with Technology and The Brick Project. Plus 10 Israeli foodies to follow on Instagram, a new children's book by Jewish actress Natalie Portman and more. Shabbat Shalom!

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.

HELPLINE: If you, or anyone you know is struggling at this critical time, please call 514-734-1411 or email [email protected].

Shabbat Candlelight
October 23 | 5:36 PM

Click here to read this week's parsha from Rabbi Sacks: "Righteousness is not Leadership" (Noach 5781).

Donate now to Federation CJA's Community Recovery and Resilience Campaign
Our community is in crisis and the stakes could not be higher. To make your gift, click here – we need you!

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Together with Technology: New initiative helps seniors and the vulnerable stay connected
Federation CJA, in collaboration with Agence Ometz, Cummings Centre, and eldercare residences all over Montreal, are combatting senior isolation by teaching seniors and vulnerable men and women how to stay connected using technology. Click here to donate new or gently used iPads, tablets or computers for the program, or to volunteer to train the elderly over the phone.

Source: Federation CJA

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March of the Living (MOL) launches global initiative to mark Kristallnacht
On November 9, MOL will mark the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht with a message of unity and hope through a unique international campaign.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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The UAE's small but growing Jewish community to get a second rabbi  [article in French]
Beirut-born Elie Abadie will move from New York to Dubai by November 1, as the community expects to grow following the peace accords.

Source: Times of Israel

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CIJA and our partners are urging Canada to take action: China is committing genocide against the Uyghur people
"As representatives of communities that have been victims of genocide, we are writing to urge the Government of Canada to condemn the government of China for its horrific human rights abuses against the Uyghur minority and demand that these abuses stop immediately." Click here to sign the petition from Federation CJA's advocacy agent, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).

Source: CIJA

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Natalie Portman releases children's book that redraws gender lines in classic kids' tales
The Jewish actress hopes her renditions of stories like The Tortoise and the Hare will help cultivate empathy.

Article Source: CBC
Image Source: The Independent

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Not everybody knows: Fresh Leonard Cohen stories illuminate a complex troubadour
Canadian journalist Michael Posner's quest to interview anyone who knew the mysterious Juif d'ici celeb bears fruit with the first installment of oral biography trilogy.

Source: Times of Israel

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10 Israeli foodies to follow on Instagram immediately
From overstuffed, oversized junk food to pristine salads.

Source: The Nosher

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Jewish TikTok stars are ready to teach you all about Judaism  
From Sephardic history lessons to Jewish mysticism explainers, TikTok has become a fascinating destination for alternative Jewish educational content.

Source: Hey Alma

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Source: Federation CJA

Watch: A Message from our Chairs about GenMTL's new The Brick Project Initiative

Help lay the foundation of the future of our community!

With your gift to the Community Recovery and Resilience Campaign, you will be honoured with a brick personalized with your or someone special's name, on display as part of an art installation.

WHAT DO YOU CARE ABOUT? Have it reflected in the colour of your brick:

RED – Social services for the vulnerable: Holocaust survivors and those living below the poverty line before the COVID-19 pandemic. This also includes inclusion programming for those with disabilities and their families.

GREEN  – The newly vulnerable: Relief for temporarily vulnerable community members who are struggling due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

YELLOW  – Informal/experiential Jewish education programs: Jewish summer camp, Hillel Montreal, Birthright and March of the Living.

PURPLE  – Formal Jewish education/Jewish Day Schools: Including tuition assistance, and the Bronfman Jewish Education  Centre (BJEC).

BLUE – The collective gift: supporting all of the above, which are part of Federation CJA's core priorities

  • Caring for the vulnerable
  • Strengthening Jewish life
  • Continuity, advancing communal interests
  • Supporting Israel and our global Jewish responsibility

Click here to learn more, make your gift and choose your brick colour now!

If you are a young adult (18-40) who has already donated to this year's campaign, please email Karina Roskies, to choose your brick colour.


To see not only all Federation CJA events, but virtual events being run by our agencies and community partners, please visit our Community Calendar.


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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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