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”

Editorial: Goldie Hershon – and Jewish Leadership

Dec. 8, 2020 The Canadian Jewish community has been blessed with many fine leaders. Leadership itself can be simple in complicated times and complicated in simple times. It takes a wise person to navigate these various roads. Those who successfully complete that journey are the leaders we remember (it’s hoped we forget the bad ones). … Continue reading “Editorial: Goldie Hershon – and Jewish Leadership”

Editorial: Effi Eitam Must Not Head Yad Vashem

Nov. 25, 2020 The inestimable Avner Shalev has headed Yad Vashem, the world’s foremost Holocaust museum and memorial, since 1993. Shalev oversaw great changes at the renowned institution in Jerusalem, including growth, strong fundraising, and great advances in digital research. He took an already well-reputed venue and buffed it to an even higher gloss. Now … Continue reading “Editorial: Effi Eitam Must Not Head Yad Vashem”

Editorial: Time to Act on Online Hate, Radicalization

Nov. 19, 2020 With the defeat of Donald Trump, one hopes that along with him, lies, the incessant daily drama, and most of all, the wild conspiracy theorists, will go with him. Trump has changed the face of facts, and it could be that there’s no going back. However, this does not mean we are … Continue reading “Editorial: Time to Act on Online Hate, Radicalization”

Editorial: The Smiling Dead

Nov. 11, 2020 Some good news according to recent reports: We are inching closer to a COVID vaccine. Even so, we must remain cognizant of the need for proper masking, handwashing, and social distancing. Places like Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand and others, where citizens followed these simple rules and locked down as necessary, have … Continue reading “Editorial: The Smiling Dead”

Editorial: Kosher or Treif? Help Us Decide

Nov. 4, 2020 We had in mind to call this new addition to the CJR “Bouquets and Brickbats,” but somehow, “Kosher or Treif?” seemed more appropriate. From time to time, the editors here would like to recognize individuals and groups for their work, whether it’s advancing Jewish ideals, pushing forward a positive agenda, or simply … Continue reading “Editorial: Kosher or Treif? Help Us Decide”

Editorial: Leadership and Service: There is no Higher Honour

Oct. 22, 2020 Erik Larson is a New York Times bestselling author known for his splendid narrative non-fiction books. He writes about historical events from a human point of view, often referencing “mass population diaries” to get a sense of what the common person was feeling and thinking at the time. It’s not surprising that … Continue reading “Editorial: Leadership and Service: There is no Higher Honour”

Editorial: Facebook, Holocaust Denial and a School Principal

Oct. 15, 2020 Well, Facebook has finally done the right thing. According to a notice published over Simchat Torah, the social media behemoth is “updating our hate speech policy to prohibit any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust.” For an entity that prides itself on speed and freshness, this took a depressingly long time. … Continue reading “Editorial: Facebook, Holocaust Denial and a School Principal”

Editorial: Joining Together to Battle Hate

Oct. 6, 2020 Mainstream Jewish and Muslim organizations join human rights groups, anti-hate communities, and peace and labour organizations, all working toward one goal. Impossible? The joining of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) with the National Council of Canadian Muslims and two dozen other faith-based and ethno-cultural groups might have once seemed … Continue reading “Editorial: Joining Together to Battle Hate”

Editorial: Jewish Jurists Serve to Remind Us of Justice

Sept. 23, 2020 – As Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement approaches, we turn our minds to justice – appropriate, given the recent death of the legendary Jewish American Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg was a wisp of a woman but whose heart was Olympian and whose soul burned fiercely on behalf … Continue reading “Editorial: Jewish Jurists Serve to Remind Us of Justice”

Canadian Jewish Record

Editorial: Avera Mengistu is Still a Hamas Prisoner. Why?

Sept. 9, 2020 – There is a common myth in Israel that it will never desert one of its own. Israel has cooperated beyond courage to bring back those killed on the battlefield. IDF officials have negotiated in the past with Egypt, Jordan, the PLO, even terrorist groups, often trading hundreds of captive Palestinian terrorists … Continue reading “Editorial: Avera Mengistu is Still a Hamas Prisoner. Why?”

Canadian Jewish Record

Editorial: Findlay Apology Not Good Enough

Sept. 2, 2020 – Who is Kerry Lynne Findlay and what did she do to anger so many Canadian Jews (and others)? Findlay is the Conservative member of Parliament representing South Surrey—White Rock in the Greater Vancouver area. She’s a one-time parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice and served for two years in the … Continue reading “Editorial: Findlay Apology Not Good Enough”

Canadian Jewish Record

Editorial: Let’s Continue to Save Lives

Aug. 27, 2020 In the Jewish tradition, we are taught that“whosoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved the entire world” – surely a beautiful sentiment embraced by other faith traditions. And yet, we see very much the opposite today, especially in the reaction of a significant minority both here and in the United States to dangerous fiction that “trumps” truth when … Continue reading “Editorial: Let’s Continue to Save Lives”

Canadian Jewish Record

Editorial: Justice for Racialized Communities: We All Have Skin in this Game

Aug. 20, 2020 – For a time, we really did feel that things were changing. With the tragic murder of George Floyd, many rose from their complacency to demand change. Indeed, these times have been reminiscent of the heady civil rights era in which Martin Luther King, Rabbi Abraham Heschel and other faith leaders, Black … Continue reading “Editorial: Justice for Racialized Communities: We All Have Skin in this Game”

Canadian Jewish Record

Editorial: Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Care About Holocaust Denial

Aug. 6, 2020 – No less a thinker than Homer Simpson once pronounced: “It’s not that I don’t understand, it’s that I don’t care.” It is difficult not to consider these words when confronted by the actions of Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. Facebook is arguably the most important social media platform of … Continue reading “Editorial: Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Care About Holocaust Denial”

Canadian Jewish Record

Editorial: Don’t Let Ignorance Prevail

July 29, 2020 – John F. Kennedy once noted: “The rights of everyone are diminished when the rights of one are threatened.” It’s hard not to think about Kennedy’s words when dissecting the present leadership run of Annamie Paul to head the federal Green Party of Canada. As reported in the CJR on July 27, … Continue reading “Editorial: Don’t Let Ignorance Prevail”

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Editorial: Jewish Leaders Must Act Now

As reported in the Canadian Jewish Record this week, Halton Regional Police released a report this month of a vandalized monument in the St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Cemetery in Oakville. According to the CJR: “Someone had painted ‘Nazi war monument’ on a stone cenotaph commemorating those who served with the 14th SS Division in the Second World … Continue reading “Editorial: Jewish Leaders Must Act Now”

EDITORIAL: Elections Canada Must Shut Down Neo-Nazi Parties

July 15, 2020 – Trevor Patron is at it again. This obscure Prairie citizen from Redvers, Sask., has doubled down on his antisemitism. From a low last year, when he railed against the “parasitic tribe” (read: Jews) for all of Canada’s imagined problems, this week, in another outburst of Jew-hatred, Patron is calling for the … Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Elections Canada Must Shut Down Neo-Nazi Parties”

Canadian Jewish Record

EDITORIAL: Eschewing Hate and Embracing Harmony

It would seem that as we continue to hover in the eye of the pandemic, everything is magnified – from our anxieties, to our learning; from our health, to our diet; and most notably, from our avowed hatreds and dislikes. All too often, the expressed hatred takes the form of bigotry, racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and … Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Eschewing Hate and Embracing Harmony”

Canadian Jewish Record

EDITORIAL: Annexation Will Destroy Hopes for Peace

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”

Canadian Jewish Record

EDITORIAL: Wear the Mask!

Three short months ago, anyone who entered a bank wearing a mask would have triggered a very serious response. Today, wearing a mask or bandana in a bank or any institution, hardly garners a glance. And that is how it should be. Coronavirus has changed our way of life. In the last three months of lockdown, we have gone from no masks, … Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Wear the Mask!”

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EDITORIAL: Police, Authorities Must Up Their Game in Reporting Hate Crimes

The annual hate crime report has been released in Canada’s largest city by the Toronto Police Service (see the CJR’s news coverage today). And it will come as no real surprise that again, Toronto’s Jewish community which makes up 190,000 of Toronto’s 6 million people, or less than four percent of the total, continues to … Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Police, Authorities Must Up Their Game in Reporting Hate Crimes”

Bernie Farber

EDITORIAL: On Spellings, Antisemitism and Free Speech

On June 10, I participated in a panel organized by Ryerson University’s Centre for Free Expression on the subject of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of the term “antisemitism.” To be clear, even the spelling used by the IHRA for Jew-hatred was controversial. Customarily, it’s been spelled “anti-Semitism.” The term itself was … Continue reading “EDITORIAL: On Spellings, Antisemitism and Free Speech”

Canadian Jewish Record

EDITORIAL: We must do better than this

COVID-19 is sucking all the air out of the room. Tragically it also seems to have poisoned our intelligence and turned otherwise smart and decent people into unthinking, unfeeling brutes. Last week despite multiple warnings, cautions and even demands to engage in social distancing and certainly not to gather in groups of more than five, … Continue reading “EDITORIAL: We must do better than this”

A Note from the Founders

Like so many others, we were hit hard by the loss of The Canadian Jewish News. The coronavirus collided with greatly diminished advertising revenue and ever fewer subscribers to kill off Canada’s only national Jewish voice. How was it possible, we wondered, that Canada, with the world’s fourth-largest Jewish population (going on third largest if … Continue reading “A Note from the Founders”

Bernie Farber

Editorial: Hatred is Also a Virus

By BERNIE FARBER COVID-19 has transported us to a different world. Social niceties, from handshakes to hugs, are now things of the past. New words and concepts like “physical distancing” are fast becoming learned behaviours. Days spent at home can sandpaper your nerves raw and lead to moments, minutes and hours of anxiety and depression. … Continue reading “Editorial: Hatred is Also a Virus”