Federation CJA 360 - September 20, 2019

This week's 360 includes coverage of our fifth annual Feed the Truck food drive, a profile on our Women's Philanthropy Campaign Chair, Ruth Bensimon Choueke, an analysis of this week's unclear Israeli election results and more. Plus, relive all the magic from our 2019 Campaign Launch by watching Koolulam's video of our group singalong. Shabbat Shalom!

Learn more about which Montreal Jewish day school will best meet your children's needs – and when the school's open house dates are – by visiting www.ajdsmontreal.org.

Shabbat Candlelight
September 20 | 6:38 PM

Watch our pitch-perfect group performance of "One Day" at Campaign Launch
1,200 members of our diverse Montreal Jewish community sang Matisyahu's hit song with Koolulam as part of our CJA19 Campaign Launch. Click here to make your gift to the 2019 Combined Jewish Appeal campaign, and to our Community Security Network fund. 

Source: Federation CJA

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5 things to watch after Israel's too-close-to-call election
The results of Israel's second national election in five months, which took place on Tuesday, are still unclear.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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CJA Women's Campaign hears from inspirational speakers
Read the CJN's coverage of Sunday night's Women's Philanthropy Campaign fundraiser, Choices, themed "Your Choice. Your Journey."

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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"Feed the Truck" food drive featured on CityNews
This Wednesday and Thursday, students from 10 Jewish day schools across Montreal participated in the fifth annual Feed the Truck food drive – an initiative of Federation CJA's TOV (Tikun Olam Volunteers) –  hoping to break last year's impressive record of 20,000 Kosher, non-perishable food items donated to organizations that address food scarcity in Montreal and help our community's most vulnerable.

Source: City News

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Profile of Ruth Bensimon Choueke, Chair of Women's Philanthropy Campaign [article in French]
Meet our 2019 Women's Philanthropy Campaign Chair.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

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Iraqi Jewish voices at the Museum of Jewish Montreal (MJM) Sept. 22 to Oct. 20
The multimedia exhibition and exploration of the last generation of Iraqi-born Jews will be the last in the museum's "Movement and Migrations" series; the MJM is a grantee of Federation CJA.

Source: The Suburban

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2 Montreal-area campaigns file police complaints after swastikas painted on signs
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Federation CJA's advocacy arm, issued a statement on Twitter decrying the defaced signs: "Defacing election signs is illegal and anti-democratic. Using swastikas is particularly egregious".

Source: CBC News

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Leonard Cohen to be honoured on Canada Post stamps
There will be 4 million stamps of Juif d'ici Cohen hitting post offices on Sept. 21, and they will only be available for a two-year period.

Source: Montreal Gazette


Disney's first Jewish princess debuts in time for Hanukkah
This week, Disney announced its inaugural Hanukkah special, which will air on Disney Junior series "Elena of Avalor" and feature a princess from a "Latino Jewish kingdom" played by Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Article Source: The Forward
Image Source: Kveller

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Source: Federation CJA

Pictured, from L to R: Conference Co-Chairs, Sari Ferro, HR Director, UJA-Federation of New York; Judith Leichter, Director of Technology Services, Federation CJA; Terri Campbell, Controller, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston; Yair Szlak, CEO, Federation CJA.

Last week, Montreal was abuzz as the Jewish Federations of North America's (JFNA) annual Finance Technology People Innovation (FTPI) conference took over the Centre Mont-Royal conference centre and Sofitel in downtown Montreal. This was only the second time in its over 30 year history that the conference has been held in Canada. 

Not only did Montreal have the privilege of playing host to this year's FTPI, but the 4-day conference was co-chaired by Federation CJA's own Director of Technology Services, Judith Leichter.

The gathering brought together over 200 participants from many of JFNA's 148 member Federations, as well as sponsors and subject-matter experts in the fields of Technology, Data and Analytics, Finance, Human Resources and Operations. 

Disruption, innovation and transformation were recurring themes throughout the conference which was kicked off on Sunday by Federation CJA's CEO, Yair Szlak. Amongst the many conference speakers, participants heard from world-class Montreal talent including digital marketing rock star, Mitch Joel, who delivered the opening keynote 'Disrupting Disruption' on Monday.


Annual General Meeting
Federation CJA
Time: Thursday, September 26 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

HTD: Challah Bake
Women's Philanthropy
Time: Thursday, November 14 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


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