Federation CJA 360 - September 17, 2021

Our 360 this week includes a recap of Monday's Federal election debate hosted by CIJA and The Canadian Jewish News. Plus, an opportunity to be part of Federation CJA's community-wide Sukkot mosaic; the Honourable Irwin Cotler appointed as first Isaacman Distinguished Visiting Professor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Philadelphia's Gratz College; Canada's Jewish community helps in the secret rescue of the Afghanistan's women's cycling team; Just As I Am: The Montreal Shira Choir's feature-length documentary premieres next week; a look at why Sukkot is the holiday we all need right now; and a recipe for honey cake French toast—perfect for leftover holiday cake that demands the French toast treatment. Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Candlelight
September 17 | 6:43 PM

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Source: Federation CJA

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Going to the candidates' debate: The CJN and CIJA hosted an 'E-lection' parley

On September 13, CIJA and The CJN hosted an election debate on issues that matter to the Jewish community featuring The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Liberal candidate; The Honourable Michael Chong, Conservative candidate; and Dr. Hal Berman, NDP candidate. The subjects ranged beyond Israel and combatting antisemitism. There are Jewish connections to climate change, Indigenous reconciliation, and Canadian foreign policy beyond the Middle East. Click here to watch the debate.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Chag Sukkot Sameach with #SelfieInTheSukkah

Take a photo in your Sukkah and post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #SelfieInTheSukkah. Make sure to tag @federationcja, so we can feature your Sukkah Selfie in our community-wide Sukkot mosaic!

Source: Federation CJA

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With Irwin Cotler hire, Gratz College emphasizes Holocaust education

Few Holocaust education graduate programs exist despite the proliferation of state mandates to teach the subject.

Source: eJewish Philanthropy

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The secret rescue of the Afghanistan women's cycling team: helped by Canada's Jewish community

CIJA played a supportive role in helping a group of 41 Afghan refugees including women cyclists, and their families flee the Taliban regime last week.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Just As I Am : The Montreal Shira Choir. A beautiful film about an inclusive choir during a pandemic.

Just As I Am. A little film with a great big heart, will be premiering at The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal on Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 PM. The feature-length documentary follows the lives of several members of the Shira Choir, comprised of an exceptional group of singers with special needs, and the choirmaster who unites them, in a touching journey through sorrow and joy, life and death—during a global pandemic. Click here to register for the free screening.

Source: The Montreal Shira Choir

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Why Sukkot is the holiday you need right now

It's a perfect holiday for a messed-up, broken-down kind of moment in time.

Source: Tablet

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Honey cake French toast

The perfect recipe for leftover holiday cake that demands the french toast treatment.

Source: The Wandering Chew

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Source: Federation CJA

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Cummings Centre Fall 2021 Virtual Programs
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Tween Pizza in The Hut Party
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Time: Thursday, September 23 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM


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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.

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