Federation CJA 360 - October 29, 2021

Our 360 this week includes the announcement of Karina Gould as the only Jewish minister in Canada's new federal cabinet. Plus, revisiting the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy three years later and a look at what's changed since then; one of Canada's most prolific speakers about the Holocaust shares her survival story and offers advice on her 97th birthday; reflections on the legacy of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, one year after his passing; a traditional recipe for cranberry-orange rugelach bursting with holiday flavours—and more. Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Candlelight
October 29 | 5:27 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 Kindness of Strangers" (Chayei Sarah).

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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Karina Gould's new role comes with her new status as the only Jewish minister in Canada's new federal cabinet

Gould believes her family heritage plays a big role in shaping her political values.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Three years since deadly US synagogue attack, antisemitism on the rise in Canada

It's been three years since the worst antisemitic attack in American history. The shock waves were felt right across the border with synagogues increasing security across Canada. Rabbi Jeffrey Myers says that he and his congregation have yet to return. "One day we will be back in the Tree of Life and the whole world is going to look at that and go, 'Wow, look what they were able to accomplish out of the horror of that day.'" Click here read more and to watch a video revisiting the tragedy with a look at what's changed since then.

Source: Global News

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Is justice possible when it comes to deadly antisemitic attacks?

"As a survivor of a synagogue shooting, I know that justice is hard to come by, but we must pursue it anyway."

Source: Hey Alma

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Yad Vashem marks the birthday of prolific Holocaust speaker Eva Olsson, who lives in Muskoka at age 97

Olsson, one of Canada's most prolific speakers about the Holocaust, shares her story and offers advice on how to combat rising hate, Holocaust denial, and antisemitism.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Jonathan Sacks wasn't the last rabbi, but he was the last of his kind

Reflections on the legacy of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who passed away on Nov. 7, 2020.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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The 2021 Chanukah gift guide for everyone in your life

Chanukah is early this year, but don't worry about the gifts. We've got you covered.

Source: Hey Alma

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Cranberry-orange rugelach recipe

A family tradition bursting with holiday flavors.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA

The brand-new semester-long CEGEP B'Yachad Fellowship, powered by Federation CJA, equips students with the tools they need to LISTEN, LEARN, and LEAD when it comes to advocating for Israel and responding to antisemitism on campus and beyond.

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

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


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