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Shai DeLuca

Adding to the Turmoil, Foodbenders is Sued

By RON CSILLAG Foodbenders has been served. The Toronto eatery that’s been at the centre of a firestorm of controversy for its antisemitic and anti-Zionist posts on social media has been slapped with a lawsuit. The action, served on the Bloor St. W. restaurant on July 10, seeks a total of $750,000 in damages. It was filed by Shai DeLuca, a high-profile Toronto interior … Continue reading “Adding to the Turmoil, Foodbenders is Sued”

Jewish Summer Camps Go Virtual

July 13, 2020 – By LILA SARICK There are no canoe trips, lake swims or campfires, but Jewish camps have pivoted to the virtual world to try and give campers a taste of summer. With residential summer camps cancelled for the season because of COVID, many camps are offering free online programming, hoping to keep … Continue reading “Jewish Summer Camps Go Virtual”

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Commentary

‘Zionists not Welcome’ and the Responding Deafness

By JEFFREY WILKINSON The phrase “Zionists not welcome” appeared as a hashtag in an Instagram post on or around July 1, 2020 from the owner of Foodbenders in Toronto. Soon after, an avalanche of criticism was directed at the restaurant’s owner, Kimberly Hawkins, led by pro-Israel advocacy groups which saw the post as blatantly racist … Continue reading “‘Zionists not Welcome’ and the Responding Deafness”

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COVID-19

Cantor Barbara Ostfeld

COVID Silences Jewish Choirs: Reform’s First Female Cantor

STEVE ARNOLD Jewish choirs have gone silent in the wake of the COVID, and Reform Judaism’s first ordained female cantor warns the music won’t come back soon. Cantor Barbara Ostfeld told a virtual audience at Hamilton’s Temple Anshe Sholom recently that choirs will have to get past the fact that they are fertile fields for … Continue reading “COVID Silences Jewish Choirs: Reform’s First Female Cantor”

Arts and Culture

Qu’est-ce qu’être Sépharade dans l’Israël d’aujourd’hui?

Par ELIAS LEVY En 2017, la présentation du documentaire The Ancestral Sin — Le péché ancestral —, réalisé par David Deri, à la télévision israélienne avait suscité un immense tollé.  En 2019, un autre documentaire sulfureux, Ma’abarot — Camps de transit —, œuvre de la réalisatrice Dina Ziv-Riklis, présenté aussi en début de soirée par … Continue reading “Qu’est-ce qu’être Sépharade dans l’Israël d’aujourd’hui?”

On the Record: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note

IDA HAENDEL: Dec. 15, 1928 – July 1, 2020. Violinist, Child Prodigy, Teacher By DAVID EISENSTADT Polish-born child prodigy violinist Ida Haendel, who lived in Montreal from 1952 to 1989, died in Miami, Florida on July 1. She was 96. She was three-and-a-half when she reproduced a song on her sister’s violin. Her portrait painter … Continue reading “On the Record: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note”

Ethel Stark

ON THE RECORD: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note

By DAVID EISENSTADT ETHEL STARK (Aug. 25, 1910 – Feb. 16, 2012) Montreal-born violinist and conductor Ethel Stark was way ahead of her time. Among her many accomplishments, she founded and was the first conductor of the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra (MWSO) at age 27 in 1940, and held the baton until 1960. She studied … Continue reading “ON THE RECORD: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note”

Diverse, Complex Characters Populate Stories Set in Thornhill

By RUTH SCHWEITZER Sidura Ludwig’s collection of linked short stories, You Are Not What We Expected, set in Thornhill’s Jewish community, just north of Toronto, is populated by a diverse group of characters who find themselves in circumstances they never expected. When Ludwig looked at all the stories together, she realized that was the moment … Continue reading “Diverse, Complex Characters Populate Stories Set in Thornhill”

Hillcrest Progressive School senior kindergarten students

Jewish pre-schoolers stage The Wizard of Oz via Zoom

By SUSAN MINUK Hillcrest Progressive School senior kindergarten students weren’t going to let a quarantine prevent them from going ahead with their production of The Wizard of Oz. These talented kids got creative. Staff at the Jewish pre-school, located on two acres of wooded land in Toronto’s Hogg’s Hollow neighbourhood since 1955, were determined to … Continue reading “Jewish pre-schoolers stage The Wizard of Oz via Zoom”

Lifestyle

As the World Grapples With Racism, Israel Seeks to Empower Ethiopian Youth

By SHARON GELBACH The growing protests against racism in the United States have aroused strong feelings worldwide, and Israel is no exception. Ethiopian Israelis have long complained of prejudice and being treated as second-class citizens. Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s national hospital, enjoys a global reputation for medical innovation, but many are unaware that it is … Continue reading “As the World Grapples With Racism, Israel Seeks to Empower Ethiopian Youth”

Bold Side Dishes Make a Father’s Day BBQ Festive

By BARBARA SILVERSTEIN Mother’s Day is often associated with elegant brunches – crepes, French toast, fancy omelettes and all kinds of poached egg specialities.  But Father’s Day is all about the meat. Usually, people celebrate with a barbecue of some kind because the weather tends to be warm and many Dads like to flaunt their … Continue reading “Bold Side Dishes Make a Father’s Day BBQ Festive”

Barbara Silverstein

Food Celebrities Showcase Delis, Israeli Fare at Jewish Food Fest

By BARBARA SILVERSTEIN The Great Big Jewish Food Fest, a 10-day virtual lineup of free programming celebrating Jewish cuisine, ran May 19-May 28. Jewish chefs and food personalities led a variety of cooking classes and hosted discussions on Jewish food and culinary traditions. Two of the events featured Canadian food personalities: Toronto-based writer David Sax, … Continue reading “Food Celebrities Showcase Delis, Israeli Fare at Jewish Food Fest”

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