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In January 1989, the backlash to a cantorial concert at Toronto’s Temple Emanu-El made front page news in the Globe and Mail.  The performers, female cantorial soloists, had formed the choral group Kol Nashim (Voices of Women). The...
Strictly speaking, I am not a survivor of the Holocaust, since all four of my grandparents came to Canada before World War I. Yet, in a very real sense, I and every Jewish person are survivors of the Holocaust. Six million Jews were killed. All Jews...
Rabbi Hayim Herring, an author, presenter and Jewish community professional consultant based in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, has built a reputation as a visionary who can help bring Jewish institutions into the future. As a former congregational...
Years ago, at a particularly low point, Chaim Silver (not his real name) was so desperate to be straight that he ingested a white powder that a naturopath had sent to him by mail, claiming it had “cured” a lesbian of her same-sex desires...
The temperature was already soaring first thing in the morning. We’d be heading out midday and there was no prospect of shade. It would be a huge crowd scene and take hours to navigate; it bore the potential for unpleasant confrontation, and...
A few weeks ago, I joined other Jews in carrying a Jewish/Aboriginal solidarity banner at the Walk for Reconciliation in Ottawa. The walk – 7,000-strong – served as the launch for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC...


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