Federation CJA 360 - September 4, 2020

This week, there was the first direct flight between Israel and the UAE, fresh on the heels of the two countries signing a historic peace deal. Our 360 includes that top story, plus coverage of GenMTL TOV's amazing Pack It Up initiative, a history of honey cake to help you prepare for Rosh Hashanah and more. Shabbat Shalom!

COMMUNITY CRISIS RESPONSE FUND: As part of our continuing response to the COVID-19 crisis, Federation CJA and the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) are relaunching our emergency fund to help the most at-risk community members during the High Holiday season. Are you a Montreal Jewish organization helping combat food insecurity caused by the pandemic? Click here to apply to the Community Crisis Response Fund – deadline is September 13!

SCHOOL SAFETY PROTOCOLS FROM THE SPVM: As children in our community head back to school, please read these important tips from the SPVM on safety protocols.

HELPLINE: If you, or anyone you know is struggling at this critical time, please call 514-734-1411 or email [email protected].

Shabbat Candlelight
September 4 | 7:07 PM

Click here to read this week's parsha from Rabbi Sacks: "Be Silent and Listen" (Ki Tavo 5780).

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!

Source: Federation CJA

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Israeli jet flies to U.A.E. for 1st direct commercial flight, using Saudi airspace
Ceremonial flight comes nearly 3 weeks after signing of historic deal; the aim of the Israeli and American delegation in the United Arab Emirates is to lay the groundwork for co-operation in areas like tourism, medicine, technology and trade.

Source: CBC

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Montreal community pays tribute virtually to Jewish veterans, war fallen
The ceremony is held "To remember the close to 600 souls who sacrificed their lives, fighting for our freedom, for our freedom to have a Jewish community here in Montreal, for our freedom to live as citizens of the world and for our freedom to commemorate them today", said Yair Szlak, CEO of Federation CJA, which organized the event.

Source: The Suburban

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TikTok announces 'zero tolerance' policy on antisemitism
The announcement comes as the app has faced controversy over hate speech content on the service, including the Holocaust challenge, which saw users attempt to portray themselves as Holocaust victims.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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The Suburban's SJN features GenMTL TOV's Pack It Up initiative
Over $7,000 was raised through the "sponsor a backpack" program and 500 brand new items were donated from families around Montreal, providing over 450 elementary and high school students from Ometz, Limmud, Chai Lifeline and Summit School with the supplies they need to learn, grow and thrive during the upcoming school year – Mazal Tov to everyone involved!

Source: The Suburban

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Thousands of Jews from around the world expected to seek Austrian citizenship
New rules allow those who were persecuted by the Nazi regime and their direct descendants to become Austrian citizens without giving up their current passports.

Source: Times of Israel

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Zarie Sibony, ex-hostage at Hyper Cacher, recounts January 9, 2015 [article in French]
"I was sure I was going to die that day": A moving account from a survivor of the deadly attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, as the trial of the alleged perpetrators begins in France.

Source: LCI

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Canadians sign up for The Global Jewish Pen Pal Program
"The best way to dispel myths about what it means to be Jewish in other countries is to create one-on-one friendships and international Jewish connections where you actually get the chance to learn about Jewish life from someone who lives in a different country than yourself", says founder Madison Jackson, 22.

Article Source: Canadian Jewish Record
Image Source: CBC

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The history of honey cake
With erev Rosh Hashanah coming up on Friday, September 18, now is the perfect time to read up on this classic Jewish New Year tradition's long, sometimes sweet, history.

Source: The Nosher

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Source: Federation CJA

Building Bridges of Identity, with Rabbi Sandra Lawson

Thank you to everyone who joined us for last Thursday's PRIDE event, organized by Federation CJA's GenMTL division, about systemic racism, the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and religion, and how to have the hard – but necessary – discussions on privilege.


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

Squeeze the Day: Lemonade Stand Project – LAST WEEKEND!
Time: Sunday, July 19 - Monday, September 7

PJ Library Presents - Laila Tov Story Time with Adi Varon
PJ Library (powered by GenMTL)
Time: September 9, 15, 23, 30 | 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

WP Babka like a Boss
Women's Philanthropy
Time: Thursday, September 10 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

UIA Rosh Hashanah Celebration
Federation CJA
Time: Sunday, September 13 | 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

PJ Library Presents - Parent's Night In: Back to School Edition
PJ Library (powered by GenMTL)
Time: Monday, September 14 | 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

GenMTL Drive-In for Community
Time: Wednesday, September 16 | 5:45 PM - 10:30 PM

The Communal Kvell
Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)
Time: Wednesday, September 16 | 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM


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