Federation CJA 360 - September 18, 2020

This week's Rosh Hashanah-themed 360 includes holiday greetings from Federation CJA's CEO and the President of Israel. Plus an important COVID-19 public health update, details about our new Gesher (the Bridge) initiative, a fun cover of "Bashana Haba'a" and more. Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova Umetuka!

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Shabbat Candlelight
September 18 | 6:41 PM

Click here to read "Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Coronavirus – A mini Elul lecture series for 5780 from Rabbi Sacks"

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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Shana Tova from Federation CJA's CEO
Read a special New Year's message from Yair Szlak in honour of Rosh Hashanah, which begins tonight at sundown.

Source: Federation CJA

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Abraham Accords signed by Israel, the UAE and Bahrain [article in French]
Includes details of this week's historic event at the White House and the full text of the agreement, which represents the first time in decades that any Arab country has given diplomatic recognition to the Jewish State.

Source: Times of Israel

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Federation CJA launches new initiative: Gesher (the Bridge)
Have you been impacted by COVID-19? The goal of Gesher is to help families 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.

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Rosh Hashanah greetings from the President of Israel
Reuven Rivlin sends wishes for a happy and healthy New Year to the global Jewish community.

Article Source: Consul General of Israel
Image Source: Israel National News

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Federation CJA's 2020 AGM: Thursday, September 24
Join us for our virtual 2020 Annual General Meeting, honouring Samuel Bronfman Medal Recipient Harvey Levenson – click here to RSVP.

Source: Federation CJA

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Join an epic Higher Holiday celebration
Hillel International and Reboot have reimagined Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services to meet the moment, taking online streaming services to the next level with events featuring some of the greatest artists, authors, actors, musicians and thinkers of today.  No cost to attend, but registration required. Click here to save your seat.

Source: Hillel International

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Montreal's Next Ninja Warrior: Apply by September 23
Your team could be selected to battle it out at the epic training and obstacle gym, Amusement Action Directe, for the title of Montreal's first-ever Ninja Warrior, as seen on the hit show American Ninja Warrior. If your team is selected, you will be asked to participate in a peer to peer fundraiser. Each team must raise a minimum of $1,000 to be donated to Federation CJA's Community Crisis Response Fund for COVID-19 relief. Click here to apply now.

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The Maccabeats have a sweet new Rosh Hashanah video
Enjoy this upbeat, timely cover of "Bashana Haba'a" (Hebrew for "in the next year") from everyone's favourite Jewish a cappella group.

Source: Kveller

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On the eve of the High Holidays, we continue to be concerned about potential outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus across the city of Montreal. In response to the recent rise in the number of cases, Public Health authorities are proposing that we adopt a number of preventative measures during the Days of Awe. The precise recommendations are as follows:

  • Limit gatherings in indoor places to 50 people, including synagogues, rented halls and community halls;
  • Outdoor Services are preferable;
  • People at high risk of developing severe symptoms or complications, especially people aged 70 and over, should not participate in gatherings;
  • Ensure that symptomatic people and those who have been in contact with a case confirmed COVID-19 strictly follow public health instructions, especially with regard to isolation and screening.
  • Strictly apply distancing measures and wearing a face cover, if people are unable to maintain a distance of 2 meters between them.

Although implementing these recommendations require an adjustment in our plans, we must acknowledge that the virus is still amongst us, and that we must do everything we can to protect the health and well-being of our neighbours, family and friends as well as ourselves.

May this coming year bring us health and happiness, and may all those who are sick, receive a speedy recovery.


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

PJ Library Presents - Laila Tov Story Time with Adi Varon
PJ Library (powered by GenMTL)
Time: September 23, 30 | 7:00 PM - 7:30 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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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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