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Quebec Cuts Synagogue Attendance to 25 Due to COVID Surge

Sept. 24, 2020 – By JANICE ARNOLD MONTREAL – Attendance at Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur services will be much smaller than even the reduced level planned by synagogues after the Quebec government raised the COVID alert level for the city. Hours before Rosh Hashanah ended on Sept. 20, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that … Continue reading “Quebec Cuts Synagogue Attendance to 25 Due to COVID Surge”

Pandemic Delays Plans for New Montreal Holocaust Museum

Sept. 22, 2020 – By JANICE ARNOLD MONTREAL—The COVID pandemic has forced the Montreal Holocaust Museum (MHM) to abandon plans for a new multimillion-dollar premises, but says the project is still going forward. In her annual report, outgoing president Dorothy Zalcman Howard said the MHM had found “an ideal location” to build a much larger … Continue reading “Pandemic Delays Plans for New Montreal Holocaust Museum”

Barrie Endorses Antisemitism Definition

Sept. 22, 2020 – As expected, the City of Barrie has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, after withdrawing the motion a month earlier for further consideration. City council on Sept. 21 unanimously adopted a resolution that Barrie endorse the IHRA working definition of antisemitism, as codified at the IHRA plenary … Continue reading “Barrie Endorses Antisemitism Definition”

Black, Jewish Communities Join Forces to Combat Racism

Sept. 22, 2020 – By STEVE ARNOLD Two communities with long histories of persecution are linking arms to push for a better future. B’nai Brith Canada and the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce have signed an agreement to collaborate on efforts to end antisemitism and racism in the country. The deal, signed in a special ceremony Sept. 16 … Continue reading “Black, Jewish Communities Join Forces to Combat Racism”

Cookies for Mental Health: Toronto Tween Delivers

Sept. 21, 2020 – By SUSAN MINUK Mia Adler has reason to smile. This summer, the 11-year-old delivered cookies to raise awareness for mental health. Mimi (her nickname) created “Mimi For Mental Health” in preparation for her bat mitzvah on Nov. 7 this year. Her business motto: Be kind. Be empathetic. Be brave. Mia’s cookie … Continue reading “Cookies for Mental Health: Toronto Tween Delivers”

Brampton Adopts IHRA Definition

Sept. 17, 2020 – The City of Brampton has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown announced on Sept. 17 the city had decided to adopt the IHRA definition in response to a motion brought forward by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and Rabbi Michal … Continue reading “Brampton Adopts IHRA Definition”

Trudeau visits Ottawa Kosher Food Bank in advance of High Holidays

Sept. 17, 2020 – By SHAKED KARABELNICOFF Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commended the Jewish community for its strength and unity as he joined volunteers in preparing Rosh Hashanah bundles at the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank on Thursday morning (Sept. 17). “There is nothing if not adaptability and resilience from the Jewish community over the centuries … Continue reading “Trudeau visits Ottawa Kosher Food Bank in advance of High Holidays”

Easing of COVID Restrictions = More Hate Graffiti

Sept. 17, 2020 – By STEVE ARNOLD Hamilton police are reporting a rise in antisemitic hate graffiti as COVID lockdowns ease. Det. Paul Corrigan, head of the Hamilton Police Service’s hate crimes unit, said reported incidents have risen in the last three weeks after lagging sharply for several months. Corrigan added that while the year-over-year … Continue reading “Easing of COVID Restrictions = More Hate Graffiti”

99-Year-Old Will Walk One Million Steps for Senior Care

September 16, 2020 – By SUSAN MINUK Marvin Gord will not only celebrate his 100th birthday on Dec. 31, but plans to gift $1 million to Baycrest Health Sciences Centre – one step at a time. “Marvin’s Million” was born on July 1, and Gord is determined to walk one million steps by his milestone … Continue reading “99-Year-Old Will Walk One Million Steps for Senior Care”

COVID Outbreak at Montreal Jewish High School Worsens

Sept. 16, 2020 – By JANICE ARNOLD MONTREAL – All students in five classes at Herzliah High School were sent home to quarantine for 14 days after 11 of them and one staff member tested positive for COVID, the Montreal Gazette reported on Sept. 16. This is the largest outbreak to date at any of … Continue reading “COVID Outbreak at Montreal Jewish High School Worsens”

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Obituaries

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”

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”

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