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UPDATED: Mayor Joins Chorus against Foodbenders; Others Cut Ties

Toronto Mayor John Tory has denounced antisemitic and anti-Zionist statements emanating from the Toronto restaurant Foodbenders. “There is no place for this type of hate or discrimination in our city or anywhere else in Canada,” Tory stated in a tweet on July 8. “I stand with Toronto’s Jewish community in condemning this type of hate … Continue reading “UPDATED: Mayor Joins Chorus against Foodbenders; Others Cut Ties”

UPDATED: Anti-Israel Protests in Toronto, Mississauga

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) has denounced a series of “hate-filled” anti-Israel protests that took place across Canada over the past week, including one in Mississauga where protesters were filmed chanting “Jews are our dogs.” UPDATE: Mississauga’s mayor has denounced a rally in her city at which Jews were called “dogs.” In a tweet on July … Continue reading “UPDATED: Anti-Israel Protests in Toronto, Mississauga”

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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”

KIRMAN: Problematic monuments in Edmonton Force Us to Question Our Community’s Core Values

Educate, don’t celebrate By PAULA E. KIRMAN Over the past few weeks, activists around the world have dismembered, smeared, and toppled monuments to figures with morally and ideologically checkered pasts, renewing heated conversations about the historical implications of excising statues and place names honouring people once celebrated, but now viewed as problematic.  Edmonton is also … Continue reading “KIRMAN: Problematic monuments in Edmonton Force Us to Question Our Community’s Core Values”

Elizabeth Katchen

KATCHEN: The Pandemic, the Environment and Judaism

By ELIZABETH KATCHEN There is no doubt that the COVID pandemic has been devastating in terms of health, social isolation, and the economy the world over. Despite this incredibly challenging time, some people have been given reason to smile. This bright outlook can perhaps be credited to taking a step back, taking stock of what’s … Continue reading “KATCHEN: The Pandemic, the Environment and Judaism”

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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 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”

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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