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EXCERPT: Toronto Jews look north

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In 1913, Toronto was said to have 1,000 pedlars, the majority of whom were Jewish. CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES PHOTO

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.

Canadians rally for Israel

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Pro-Israel supporters in Toronto. [IGAL HECHT PHOTO]

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.

Hands-on science program comes to Toronto schools

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Leedan Cohen works with a student.

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.

Jewish community members march at Pride parade

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Jewish LGBT supporters at Pride Toronto [Hannah Bender photos]
Members of the Toronto Jewish community marched at the annual Pride parade to show support for LGBT Jews and non-Jews alike.
 
Led by Kulanu, Toronto's main Jewish LGBT group, more than one hundred people showed up with signs, colours, and lots of energy. They cheered and sang as they marched from Bloor Street and Ted Rogers Way and down Yonge Street to Dundas Square.
 
Click below for my audio report from the parade, which marked the final day of the 10-day festival.

Council approves funding for Pride festival

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Kulanu Toronto members march in the 2012 Pride Parade. [Kulanu Toronto photo]

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.

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Peter Lewin: An untold story

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Dr. Peter Lewin

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.

Toronto folk-rocker launches new album

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Evan Malach’s artistic alias is Stone/Angel. It’s a literal translation of his name into the Hebrew description of the words.

It’s also a pretty neat band name.

Next week, Malach, as Stone/Angel, releases his sophomore album, Along the Endless Highway, and it’s a bit of a departure from his first offering, 2008’s Revolution Rising, the latter being a rawer, less effects-heavy creation that was sold to raise funds for the people of Darfur, Tibet and Burma, all causes dear to him.

New Reform synagogue set to open in Toronto

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Rabbi Elyse Goldstein

TORONTO — Two months after her Nov. 30 retirement as director of Kolel: the Adult Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning, Rabbi Elyse Goldstein is hyped about her current project: a new shul in downtown Toronto.

The City Shul, to be launched on the High Holidays, will be the first Reform congregation south of Holy Blossom Temple. It will serve people in the area bounded by St. Clair Avenue, Queen Street, Yonge Street and Dufferin Street. Its location is yet to be determined.

Beth Tikvah implements Torah egalitarianism

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TORONTO — Women took part in the Torah service at Beth Tikvah Synagogue this past Shabbat for the first time ever at the Conservative shul.

The change was timed to coincide with the congregation’s annual Sisterhood Shabbat, after congregants voted in favour of implementing “Torah egalitarianism” at a special general meeting last week. The move allows women to participate in all aspects of the Torah service, including aliyot (except the first two), hagbah (lifting the Torah) and gelilah (tying and dressing), and leading the Torah service.

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