Dr. Rachel Pearl: Keeping Kids Safe at School

Sept. 29, 2020 – By SUSAN MINUK It has been just a few weeks since most students have returned to the classroom under the looming threat of COVID. Teachers and kids alike are navigating new rules, from cohort education, social distancing, hand sanitizing, and the use of masks. Dr. Rachel Pearl works as a pediatric … Continue reading “Dr. Rachel Pearl: Keeping Kids Safe at School”

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”

Mary Siklos

Surviving COVID – With Real Survivors

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”

COVID Going Forward: Emergency Doctor is Cautious but Optimistic

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”

UJA Walk With Israel to be Replaced By Virtual Version

By DAN HOROWITZ UJA Federation of Greater Toronto has recently had to make some tough, creative decisions in today’s new COVID 19-inspired realities. For the first time in its 51 years, UJA’s popular Walk with Israel, which year after year turned the streets of Toronto into a veritable sea of blue and white, has been … Continue reading “UJA Walk With Israel to be Replaced By Virtual Version”

Shimon Fogel on COVID: ‘Everyone at CIJA has been affected’

The following is a statement from Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), to The CJR, regarding the COVID pandemic and how it has affected his organization: “CIJA has, as you can imagine, been intensely busy trying to ensure that our stakeholders – who are on the front lines … Continue reading “Shimon Fogel on COVID: ‘Everyone at CIJA has been affected’”

Susan Minuk

COVID-19: When Home is Not Safe

By SUSAN MINUK Social isolation is having direct and negative impact on women and children experiencing domestic and sexual violence and child abuse. In Canada, statistics collected during the COVID pandemic show that one in 10 women are extremely concerned about suffering abuse during this period. That was some of the stark information relayed by … Continue reading “COVID-19: When Home is Not Safe”


My Sister-Wife and ME

By ELYSE TYTEL My sister came to visit for a week and has now been living in my house for two months. Yes, she came that week…the first week of March, after which the world closed down. My husband, my two kids, my dog, my sister and I have all been isolating at home together, … Continue reading “My Sister-Wife and ME”

Havdalah on the Porch

By AURORA MENDELSOHN During the week, my husband and I are in Zoom meetings much of the day, while our kids are in online school and we scramble to help them. I am grateful we have jobs and can continue to work. I am grateful that we can afford day school so our kids are … Continue reading “Havdalah on the Porch”


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