Federation CJA 360 - September 3, 2021

Our 360 this week includes holiday greetings from Federation CJA CEO Yair Szlak. Plus, Montreal police investigating recent antisemitic graffiti on election signs as a hate crime; an opportunity to download CIJA's Federal Issues Guide to learn about issues that affect Canada's Jewish community during the Canadian election; a look at a moving story about the son of a Holocaust survivor who flew Afghan refugees to the US; CIJA's Award-Winning TV series Unis dans la diversité to be featured as part of Montreal Peace Days; a video on the real history of Israel; Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA launches Jewish education program; remembering the late Jewish actor Ed Asner; a catchy new Maccabeats parody released in time for Rosh Hashanah; and babka gets the High Holiday treatment with a sweet recipe for an apple-spiced version. Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova!

Shabbat Candlelight
September 3 | 7:10 PM

Rabbi Sacks z''l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. Click here to read this week’s essay: "Defeating Death" (Nitzavim 5781).

SEE IT. REPORT IT. With the High Holidays approaching, Federation CJA's Community Security Network is taking this opportunity to remind you of some important security tips to keep in mind:

  • Remain attentive and report anything suspicious. Emergencies should be reported immediately to 911. After reporting, call Federation CJA's Emergency Hotline at 514-343-4343.
  • If you are attending services online, be mindful of sharing links.

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Shava Tova From Federation CJA CEO Yair Szlak

"The sound of the Shofar blowing during the month of Elul is an annual reminder for us to take stock of the year that was, and prepare for the New Year that is upon us. This is a time for reflection and a time to remind ourselves of what is important."

Source: Federation CJA

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Montreal police treating antisemitic graffiti on election signs as hate crime

Posters for Outremont MP Rachel Bendayan and Mount-Royal MP Anthony Housefather were covered with swastikas in recent weeks.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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CIJA's Federal Election Issues Guide

CIJA is educating Canadians about the issues that matter to the Jewish community during this federal election. To learn about the issues that impact Canada's Jewish community, download CIJA's Federal Election Issues Guide. Don't forget to visit CIJA's election hub for daily updates.

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Son of Holocaust survivor who flew Afghan refugees to US: It was easy to 'put myself in their position'

Last week, Delta Airlines pilot Alexander Kahn flew hundreds of Afghan refugees from Germany to Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C., as part of a US government partnership with commercial airlines.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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CIJA's Award-Winning TV series Unis dans la diversité to be featured as part of Montreal Peace Days

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs' (CIJA) award-winning MAtv series Unis dans la diversité will be featured as part of the 7th edition of Montreal's Peace Days presented by Brian Bronfman's Peace Network for Social Harmony. The documentary will air on September 30, 2021 at 7pm.

Source: CIJA

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The Real History of Israel – Watch now!

Can you name the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago? That's right - #ISRAEL! This video is all #facts #NoFakeNews and tells the story about the #Jewish people and their eternal connection to the land of Israel.

Source: YouTube

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Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA launches Jewish education program

The Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA is launching a year-long opportunity for elementary school students grade one through six who do not attend Jewish day school. The program, called Ivri Anochi, is designed to be accessible to all Jewish families, no matter how knowledgeable of or involved in the Jewish community each family considers itself.

Source: The Suburban

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Remembering a visit with the late Ed Asner, star of 'Mary Tyler Moore' and 'Lou Grant'

Jewish actor Ed Asner, best-known for playing fictional TV newsman Lou Grant, died on Sunday at the age of 91.

Source: Forward

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This new Maccabeats Rosh Hashanah parody is short and sweet

Watch the beloved Jewish a cappella band's take on a popular TikTok challenge. The result is quirky, adorable, and, as per usual, incredibly catchy.

Source: Kveller

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Apple babka recipe

Babka gets the High Holiday treatment with a spiced apple filling.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA

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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.


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Cummings Centre Fall 2021 Virtual Programs
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Montreal Success Stories from the 514
Time: Thursday, September 9 | 8:00 PM  


Federation CJA

Constituent Data and Information Specialist

Director, Immersive Experiences

Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Regional Director (BBYO - Montreal)

Senior Development Officer

Young Adult Community Engagement Associate

Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors (CJCS)

Human Resources Generalist (Cummings Center)

Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal (JCF)

Philanthropic Advisor

Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

Customer Experience (CX) Representative

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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