Canadian Jewish Record


The CJR has stopped publishing as of December 2020

A Note from the Publisher: The Bridge is Now Completed

Dec. 23, 2020 The Canadian Jewish Record was born at a fraught time in the history of Canadian Jewish journalism. Our lofty goal in April 2020, at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, was to be a bridge between the recently shuttered Canadian Jewish News and its hoped-for return. Despite nay-sayers who predicted that our … Continue reading “A Note from the Publisher: The Bridge is Now Completed”

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Commentary

Unelected, Unaccountable, Untroubled: CIJA Says What it Wants, Then Says it Speaks For Us

Dec. 16, 2020 By ANDREW COHEN Since its induced birth a decade ago, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) has offered full-throated support for the government of Israel. As official advocate of Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, it suggests it speaks for Canadian Jewry. That CIJA “represents hundreds of thousands of Jewish Canadians affiliated … Continue reading “Unelected, Unaccountable, Untroubled: CIJA Says What it Wants, Then Says it Speaks For Us”

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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

She Smiled Again: Ruth Lowe’s Biography Hits the Right Notes

Dec. 23, 2020 By RUTH SCHWEITZER The long-awaited biography of Ruth Lowe, the Jewish songwriter from Toronto who helped launch Frank Sinatra’s career, has finally been published. I’ll Never Smile Again held the No. 1 spot on Billboard for 12 weeks in 1940 and has since become a standard that’s been covered by many jazz … Continue reading “She Smiled Again: Ruth Lowe’s Biography Hits the Right Notes”

It’s Short, but Film About Birthright Packs Meaning

Dec. 22, 2020 By SOPHIE HERSHFIELD In only 24 minutes, Israeli filmmaker Inbar Horesh delightfully unpacks a complex account of identity, language, and belonging in her short film Birth Right. This brief but evocative piece is based on the true story of its lead actress, Natasha Olshankaya, and the experience of a Russian tour group … Continue reading “It’s Short, but Film About Birthright Packs Meaning”

The Tailor Project: Our Brothers’ Keepers

By PAULA DRAPER In the spring of 1948, Max Enkin, a prominent Toronto Jewish community leader and clothing manufacturer, spoke to a gathering of his peers. He had recently returned from visiting Europe’s post-war displaced persons (DP) camps, where he led a small team of garment industry manufacturers and labour leaders on a mission. Their … Continue reading “The Tailor Project: Our Brothers’ Keepers”

On the Record: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note

Dec. 18, 2020 Dave Cohen (Aug. 8, 1985 – ): Country Music Keyboard Player, Songwriter, Producer By DAVID EISENSTADT “Nashville cats, play clean as country waterNashville cats, play wild as mountain dewNashville cats, been playin’ since they’s babiesNashville cats, get work before they’re two…” Defined by that Zal Yanovsky/Lovin’ Spoonful lyric, country music keyboard player … Continue reading “On the Record: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note”

A Family History is Told Through Possessions Left Behind

Dec. 18, 2020 By JANICE ARNOLD MONTREAL—Clearing out a home after a parent dies or moves to a care facility is bound to evoke memories and often turn up surprises. Toronto writer Sharon Kirsch’s widowed mother’s departure for a seniors’ residence and the sale of the family home set Kirsch on a years-long research project. … Continue reading “A Family History is Told Through Possessions Left Behind”

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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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