News

Canada Announces More Funding for UNRWA

Dec. 22, 2020 By RON CSILLAG Canada has announced more funding – up to $90 million over three years – for Palestinian refugees through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The funds will “help respond to the rising needs of vulnerable Palestinian refugees in UNRWA’s five … Continue reading “Canada Announces More Funding for UNRWA”

Retired Supreme Court Judge to Head U of T Hiring Controversy

Dec. 21, 2020 By STEVE ARNOLD A former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada will head an inquiry into how the University of Toronto handled the hiring of a scholar with a history of anti-Israel activism to head a law school program. Retired Justice Thomas Cromwell, who left the high court in 2016, will … Continue reading “Retired Supreme Court Judge to Head U of T Hiring Controversy”

COVID Slams Hamilton’s Shalom Village

Dec. 18, 2020 By STEVE ARNOLD Hamilton’s Jewish retirement home kept COVID infections at bay for nine months, but now, Shalom Village is being hammered by the deadly infection. By Wednesday of this week, Shalom Village’s interim CEO, Larry Levin, reported that four people died from the virus and another 81 were infected throughout the … Continue reading “COVID Slams Hamilton’s Shalom Village”

Saks Calls on O’Toole to Condemn ‘Vile’ Theories; Conservative Tweets Hail Party’s Record; O’Toole Calls Out Liberals on IRGC

Dec. 17, 2020 By RON CSILLAG Newly-minted Liberal MP Ya’ara Saks (York Centre) has written to Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole asking that he condemn “vile antisemitic theories” surrounding billionaire philanthropist George Soros “promoted” by some Conservative MPs. “Since the onset of the pandemic, several members of your caucus have promoted baseless conspiracy theories and hateful … Continue reading “Saks Calls on O’Toole to Condemn ‘Vile’ Theories; Conservative Tweets Hail Party’s Record; O’Toole Calls Out Liberals on IRGC”

Vaccine Rollout Brings Hope to Maimonides

Dec. 17, 2020 By JANICE ARNOLD MONTREAL—Every December, Beverly Spanier has organized a Hanukkah party for her friends. That celebration, held in a favourite restaurant or hotel, continued even after she moved into Maimonides Geriatric Centre five years ago. Planning the party was a project the retired high school teacher worked on for weeks in … Continue reading “Vaccine Rollout Brings Hope to Maimonides”

Rabbi Hofstedter

Interview: Rabbi David Hofstedter, Founder of RoadMetric

Dec. 16, 2020 By DAN FLATT Earlier this month, RoadMetric, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered traffic management solution, was acquired by Australian company Redflex. RoadMetric is headquartered in Jerusalem and founded by Toronto-based Rabbi David Hofstedter (shown above), with clients around the world. Rabbi Hofstedter is also the founder and CEO of the real estate … Continue reading “Interview: Rabbi David Hofstedter, Founder of RoadMetric”

From Lab Coat to Power Suits: One Women’s Journey in Science Success

Dec. 16, 2020 By STEVE ARNOLD Turning in her lab coat for a business suit was never part of Julia Levy’s career plan. Her world was test tubes and the battle against disease, not profit and loss statements and the endless battle for another few pennies a share in profits. In 1995, however, she made … Continue reading “From Lab Coat to Power Suits: One Women’s Journey in Science Success”

Reservist Should be Tossed for Racist Ties, Navy Agrees

Dec. 15, 2020 By STEVE ARNOLD Royal Canadian Navy commanders are recommending a reservist with a history of ties to a racist organization be discharged from the military. Navy leaders have told Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center the decision to recommend tossing Calgary-based Leading Seaman Boris Mihajlovic from the Navy was made following a command-level … Continue reading “Reservist Should be Tossed for Racist Ties, Navy Agrees”

CJAD’s 75th Anniversary: A Jewish Broadcaster Looks Back

Dec. 15, 2020 By SIDNEY MARGLES As CJAD Radio in Montreal marks 75 years in operation, I’ve had the opportunity to look back some 60-plus years to when I broke into the broadcasting scene. I began on a part-time basis while at university in 1957 and never looked back. I became a newswriter, and was … Continue reading “CJAD’s 75th Anniversary: A Jewish Broadcaster Looks Back”

Charles Bronfman Launches Israeli-Diaspora Project to Counter ‘Growing Rift’

Dec. 14, 2020 By JANICE ARNOLD MONTREAL— Over the past few years, Charles Bronfman has warned of a growing rift between the Diaspora and Israel that threatens to undermine the interdependence on which the Jewish state was founded and that enabled Jews around the world to hold their heads high. In a videoconference hosted by … Continue reading “Charles Bronfman Launches Israeli-Diaspora Project to Counter ‘Growing Rift’”

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Obituaries

Goldie Hershon

Obituary: Goldie Hershon, Former CJC President, was 79

Dec. 8, 2020 By JANICE ARNOLD MONTREAL—Tributes are pouring in for Goldie Hershon, who was president of Canadian Jewish Congress from 1995 to 1998, following her death on Dec. 4 at age 79. Hershon, the daughter of Polish immigrants whose community activism was strongly motivated by a visit to Auschwitz in 1979, was one of … Continue reading “Obituary: Goldie Hershon, Former CJC President, was 79”

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Prolific Author and Sage, Dies at 72

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom whose extensive writings and frequent media appearances commanded a global following among Jews and non-Jews alike, has died. Rabbi Sacks died Nov. 7 at age 72. He was in the midst of a third bout of cancer, which he had announced in October. He … Continue reading “Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Prolific Author and Sage, Dies at 72”

Marcel Adams

From Romanian poverty and the Holocaust: Marcel Adams Rose to Billionaire Real Estate Developer in Century-Long Life

By JANICE ARNOLD MONTREAL—Born in a Carpathian mountain village to a peddler of animal hides, Marcel Adams became a billionaire through shrewd investment in the burgeoning postwar real estate boom in Canada and an extraordinary single-minded determination. That iron will no doubt contributed to his longevity. Adams died on Aug. 11, nine days after his … Continue reading “From Romanian poverty and the Holocaust: Marcel Adams Rose to Billionaire Real Estate Developer in Century-Long Life”

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