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Montreal Bagels Bring in Bucks for Alberta BBYOs

Sept. 25, 2020 – By JEREMY APPEL Thousands of legendary Montreal bagels were shipped overnight to Calgary and Edmonton just in time for the first night of Rosh Hashanah as a fundraiser for Alberta’s two branches of B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO). Fairmount Bagel in Montreal sent 468 dozen, or 5,616 of the oven-baked goodies, … Continue reading “Montreal Bagels Bring in Bucks for Alberta BBYOs”

Quebec Cuts Synagogue Attendance to 25 Due to COVID Surge

Sept. 24, 2020 – By JANICE ARNOLD MONTREAL – Attendance at Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur services will be much smaller than even the reduced level planned by synagogues after the Quebec government raised the COVID alert level for the city. Hours before Rosh Hashanah ended on Sept. 20, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that … Continue reading “Quebec Cuts Synagogue Attendance to 25 Due to COVID Surge”

Pandemic Delays Plans for New Montreal Holocaust Museum

Sept. 22, 2020 – By JANICE ARNOLD MONTREAL—The COVID pandemic has forced the Montreal Holocaust Museum (MHM) to abandon plans for a new multimillion-dollar premises, but says the project is still going forward. In her annual report, outgoing president Dorothy Zalcman Howard said the MHM had found “an ideal location” to build a much larger … Continue reading “Pandemic Delays Plans for New Montreal Holocaust Museum”

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Commentary

Ilana Krygier Lapides

The Pillars of Justice, or Why a Whale? – a Yom Kippur Drash

By ILANA KRYGIER LAPIDES One of my favorite Yiddish stories is I.L. Peretz’s Ob Nisht Noch Hecher (“If Not Higher.”) It’s worth seeking out Peretz’s charming, evocative rendition, even in translation, but briefly: The Rebbe of Nemirov seems to disappear every morning at Sliches time and no one knows to where. The rumour is that … Continue reading “The Pillars of Justice, or Why a Whale? – a Yom Kippur Drash”

The Abraham Accords: Winners and Losers

Sept. 24, 2020 – By JON ALLEN The recent UAE-Israel-U.S.A. agreement takes the immediate prospects of Israel’s illegal annexation of part of the West Bank off the table in exchange for full diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates. Bahrain has followed suit, and others – Oman, Sudan and Morocco – could soon. These accords … Continue reading “The Abraham Accords: Winners and Losers”

Critics of Ontario’s Bill 168 Miss the Mark

By HARRIS WATKINS Working for a member of Ontario’s provincial parliament, I have often seen coordinated email campaigns influenced by external and third-party organizations (using the same subject line usually gives it away). Such was the case when the office of Progressive Conservative MPP Natalia Kusendova (Mississauga Centre) began to receive concerns about Bill 168, … Continue reading “Critics of Ontario’s Bill 168 Miss the Mark”

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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”

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Arts and Culture

On the Record: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note

Malka Marom (Jan. 21, 1936 – ), Joso Spralja (May 23, 1929 – Aug. 8, 2017) MALKA & JOSO, Folksingers Sept. 25, 2020 – By DAVID EISENSTADT One of the joys of writing Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note is that I get many suggestions from many people from many places about many musicians. My long-time Ottawa … Continue reading “On the Record: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note”

On the Record: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note

Sharon Hampson (Mar. 31, 1943 – ); Lois Lilienstein (July 10, 1936 – April 23, 2015); Bramwell Morrison (Dec. 18, 1940 – ) Sharon, Lois & Bram – Children’s Music Trio, Family Entertainers Sept. 15, 2020 – By: DAVID EISENSTADT Skinnamarinky dinky dinkSkinnamarinky do,I love you! Kids, parents and grandparents the world over love that … Continue reading “On the Record: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note”

Website Marks Decade of Publishing Jewish Fiction

Sept. 11, 2020 – By RUTH SCHWEITZER The online Jewish literary journal Jewish Fiction.net is marking a milestone at an auspicious time: It celebrates its 10th anniversary this Rosh Hashanah. The website is the only English-language journal in the world, either print or online, devoted exclusively to publishing Jewish fiction. Founded and edited in Toronto … Continue reading “Website Marks Decade of Publishing Jewish Fiction”

Program Explores War-Era Yiddish Songs About Sickness, Grief

Sept. 10, 2020 – By RUTH SCHWEITZER Who knew that pandemics could occasion music? Songs written while typhus epidemics raged in ghettos and concentration camps during the Holocaust will be aired on Zoom from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13. The program, Pandemics, Hunger, Bribes and Music: Yiddish Songs of the Holocaust in … Continue reading “Program Explores War-Era Yiddish Songs About Sickness, Grief”

On the Record: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note

Stan Fisher (July 26, 1935 – ), Phil Levitt (July 9, 1935 – ), The Diamonds Sept. 4, 2020 By DAVID EISENSTADT Friends Phil and Sheila Katz Levine (an accomplished pianist), my wife Rhoda, and I were recently playing rock’n’roll guessing games. Sheila said, “The Diamonds are Canadian. There is one Jewish founder named Stan … Continue reading “On the Record: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note”

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Lifestyle

Traditional Desserts Sweeten New Year Celebrations

Sept. 11, 2020 – By BARBARA SILVERSTEIN Shabbat Shalom and welcome to “Kitchen Talk,” the weekly food blog of the CJR. This week, I was thrilled to meet Marcy Goldman, the Montreal-based master baker and author of the iconic cookbook, A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking. Originally published in 1998, it was the first cookbook … Continue reading “Traditional Desserts Sweeten New Year Celebrations”

More Helpings of Iconic Kosher Cookbook

Aug. 7, 2020 – By BARBARA SILVERSTEIN Due to popular demand, Second Helpings, Please!, the iconic kosher cookbook, is back in print. After 50-plus years, this best-selling Canadian cookbook has returned to its roots: The new edition – the 18th – is being published by B’nai Brith Canada, the volume’s original publisher 52 years ago. … Continue reading “More Helpings of Iconic Kosher Cookbook”

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