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B’nai Brith Feeds the Hungry During COVID

By SUSAN MINUK – July 2, 2020 When COVID kicked in, B’nai Brith Canada kicked back. When the pandemic put Toronto on lockdown, B’nai Brith worked fast to create an emergency food drive to feed the Jewish community’s most vulnerable: Seniors, those in poverty, Holocaust survivors, veterans, shut-ins and those with disabilities. “When COVID kicked … Continue reading “B’nai Brith Feeds the Hungry During COVID”

Paul Goldstein

That’s ‘Dr.’ Goldstein: Survivor Earns PhD at age 87

July 1, 2020: By BARBARA SILVERSTEIN  In 1954, Paul Goldstein, a 22-year old Holocaust survivor from Belgium, immigrated to Canada and settled in Montreal. A year later he applied to a special baccalaureate program with a flexible schedule geared to working people. The program was offered by Sir George Williams University, later renamed Concordia University. … Continue reading “That’s ‘Dr.’ Goldstein: Survivor Earns PhD at age 87”

Carl Reiner, Comedy Legend and Consummate Old Jew Telling Jokes, Dies at 98

(JTA) — Until the last day of his life, Carl Reiner was tweeting about some of his favorite topics: politics, comedy and the twists and turns he experienced over decades as one of the world’s greatest living funnymen. Reiner died Monday (June 29) at 98, hours after reiterating his dismay that Donald Trump had become … Continue reading “Carl Reiner, Comedy Legend and Consummate Old Jew Telling Jokes, Dies at 98”

Brad Orsini

Drills Save Lives in Active Shootings: Security Expert

By STEVE ARNOLD When the first gunshots shattered the Sabbath peace of Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, many congregants thought it was a coat rack falling over again in the lobby. Seconds later, the worshippers realized they were under attack by a crazed gunman. That’s when months of drills and exercises paid off as people … Continue reading “Drills Save Lives in Active Shootings: Security Expert”

Irv Osterer

Struggling Hamilton Synagogues Look to Share a Building

June 29, 2020 – By STEVE ARNOLD Sagging membership and rising debt are forcing two synagogues in Hamilton into formal talks about moving into a single building. In letters to members released Wednesday (June 24), leaders of Temple Anshe Sholom, which is Reform, and the Conservative Beth Jacob Synagogue said member dues, cost-cutting and fundraising … Continue reading “Struggling Hamilton Synagogues Look to Share a Building”

Cold Lake, Alberta lawyer, Leighton Grey

Anti-Semitism Becomes Political Fodder in Alberta’s Legislature

June 29, 2020 – By JEREMY APPEL(Courtesy Alberta Jewish News) The Jewish Federations of Edmonton and Calgary say they expressed concerns privately with the provincial government after an appointee to a judicial vetting committee was revealed to have promoted antisemitic conspiracy theories online. Cold Lake, Alta., lawyer Leighton Grey abruptly resigned from the Provincial Court … Continue reading “Anti-Semitism Becomes Political Fodder in Alberta’s Legislature”

Canadians Opposed to Annexation, Poll Suggests

By RON CSILLAG A new survey suggests that three out of four Canadians want their government to oppose Israel’s proposed annexation of large parts of the West Bank. Apart from suggesting that 74 percent of Canadians want Ottawa to express opposition to Israel’s annexation proposal “in some form,” the survey also found that 42 percent … Continue reading “Canadians Opposed to Annexation, Poll Suggests”

David Goldberg

GOLDBERG: Unraveling Jewish Conversions in Israel: Not an Easy Task

By DAVID GOLDBERG Rabbi Andrew Sacks is a “glass half-full” kind of person. As the Conservative movement’s point man in Israel on conversions, Rabbi Sacks is confident that the day when recognition of all conversions to Judaism in Israel, whether conducted by Conservative, Reform or Orthodox rabbis, is within reach. This, despite the discriminatory treatment of those who seek recognition as Jews in … Continue reading “GOLDBERG: Unraveling Jewish Conversions in Israel: Not an Easy Task”

Germany Honours Justice Rosalie Abella

By SUSAN MINUK Germany has awarded Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, a national decoration. Germany’s embassy in Ottawa announced that on June 19, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier would award Abella the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit (with badge and star) of the Federal Republic of … Continue reading “Germany Honours Justice Rosalie Abella”

More Canadians Oppose Israel’s Annexation Plans

By RON CSILLAG The voices of Canadians opposing Israel’s plan to unilaterally annex parts of the West Bank continue to get louder. Earlier this month, hundreds of professors of Jewish Studies in North and South America, Europe, and Israel, including about a dozen in Canada, signed a letter opposing the Likud government’s plan. On June 19, three … Continue reading “More Canadians Oppose Israel’s Annexation Plans”

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Obituaries

Canadian-born Rabbi, Legal Scholar dies at 92

Special to the CJR A Canadian-born rabbi who headed a Toronto synagogue and became a world-renowned authority on Jewish law, died in Israel on May 6. Rabbi Nachum Rabinovitch was 92. He was dean of the Birkat Moshe hesder yeshiva in Maale Adumim on the West Bank and a highly respected posek (Jewish legal scholar … Continue reading “Canadian-born Rabbi, Legal Scholar dies at 92”

Sylvia Ostry, Economist, Civil Servant, dies at 92

Sylvia Ostry, a distinguished economist and Canada’s first female federal deputy minister, died in Toronto on May 7. She was 92. A polymath mandarin and expansive thinker, Ostry tallied a long and prestigious list of achievements that represented breakthroughs for women in the workplace. She was the first and only female Chief Statistician at Statistics … Continue reading “Sylvia Ostry, Economist, Civil Servant, dies at 92”