Over the course of the last 50 plus years, the dire need for a two-state solution between Palestinians and Israelis has always occupied the minds of world leaders. When there were breakthroughs, be it former prime minister Ariel Sharon’s recognition of the Palestinian people, the Oslo agreement or former prime minister Ehud Barak’s attempt at … Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Annexation Will Destroy Hopes for Peace”
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”
By MARY SIKLOS I am not trivializing the situation. Life during this COVID misery is difficult. Life as we knew it has changed drastically. People are isolated from friends and relatives. Lots of people can’t work from home. Many have lost their jobs and encountered serious financial difficulties. People have not seen their children or … Continue reading “Surviving COVID – With Real Survivors”
By DAN HOROWITZ In early April, Dr. David Carr, an emergency physician in Toronto, joined Jews around the globe who had to settle for a Zoom seder in light of COVID-19. So what about the High Holidays in September? Will we be praying online again, or is there a chance that we can actually join … Continue reading “COVID Going Forward: Emergency Doctor is Cautious but Optimistic”
Arts and Culture
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?”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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 reputation for medical innovation, but many are unaware that it is also … Continue reading “As the World Grapples With Racism, Israel Seeks to Empower Ethiopian Youth”
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”
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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