A Jewish politician reflects on being mistaken for a Muslim
"Youssefi, that’s a nice Muslim name,” he said, with a skeptical look at my campaign flyer. It was mid-spring. I was canvassing as a candidate in the recent Toronto municipal election. This resident (let’s call him Alan) and I had had a long chat already, but it was clear that something was bothering him – and that something was not my position on municipal issues. It was my name.
TORONTO — Twenty-five per cent of Holocaust survivors in the United States live below the poverty line, a statistic that Avi Wurman, the Toronto-based president of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity (AO), maintained is “totally shocking.”
“The typical number for the equivalent age group is nine per cent,” he said.
Jews in Toronto began leaving the Spadina–Kensington Market neighbourhood as early as 1930, but it was only a trickle. After World War II, that trickle became a mass migration, as is recounted in this edited excerpt from Toronto: Biography of a City.
One reason that Jews opted for Forest Hill was that they had been “discouraged” by land covenants from purchasing homes in affluent Lawrence Park, a post-Second World War suburban development east of Yonge, north of Eglinton, and west of Bayview.
As the current conflict between Israel and Hamas rages on, Jews and Israel supporters in Canada are feeling the ripple effects.
Numerous anti-Israel rallies being held across the country have resulted in assaults against Jews and pro-Israelis.
In Calgary, at the July 18 protest in front of City Hall, hundreds of pro-Palestinians rallied in support of Gazans.
Since York University student Leedan Co- hen brought the Project START Science Canada program to students at Driftwood Public School in October, she’s been work- ing on expanding its reach to other schools in the Greater Toronto Area.
Cohen, a 21-year-old biology student who moved to Toronto last summer after two years at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women in New York, said after having been involved with Project START in New York, where it was founded, she was eager to build a Canadian chapter in Toronto.
The City of Toronto approved a $140,000 grant to fund the annual Pride festival at its June 11 meeting.
That’s about $16,000 more than the amount Pride Toronto received in 2012.
For several years, the group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) has been at the centre of a debate that prompted the city to reconsider its funding for Pride, as long as QuAIA was allowed to march in the festival’s showcase parade.
That event will be held this year on June 30.
Dr. Michael Taylor and Bernie M. Farber
On June 7, 2005, Peter Lewin, a little-known doctor and scientist, died, all too young. Yet his story is the stuff of movies.
Though a pediatrician by trade, he was a pioneer in paleopathology, a field that employs modern medical investigative techniques to unlock secrets within human remains.