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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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B'nai Brith campaigns to stop Queen's Park Al-Quds rally

Tags: Canada Al-Quds Day Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Bill C-51 B’nai Brith Canada David Joseph Levac Iran Michael Mostyn Queen's Park Ramadan Sam Eskenasi Toronto
A screenshot from www.stopalquds.ca

TORONTO — B’nai Brith Canada thinks that getting an early start and the introduction of Bill C-51 might give it a real shot this year at persuading the Ontario Legislative Assembly to prohibit an Al-Quds Day anti-Israel rally from taking place at Queen’s Park this summer.

In association with a number of partner organizations, B’nai Brith launched its first “Stop Al-Quds Day” online petition March 25, and by April 1, it had collected more than 1,200 signatures.

Temple Emanu-El to raise $6 million through land sale

Tags: Canada Beth El Leo Baeck Day School Old Colony Road Pekka Sinervo Temple Emanu-El Toronto
Pekka Sinervo

TORONTO — Temple Emanu-El, the Reform congregation located in a leafy upscale neighbourhood in north Toronto, is selling off 1.5 acres of prime real estate at the eastern edge of the synagogue property.

The imminent sale of the land, which has been subdivided into three residential lots, is expected to raise $6 million. The funds will go toward an endowment fund that will ensure the synagogue’s financial viability for decades to come, said president Pekka Sinervo.

Police find Jews most targeted for hate crimes

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Len Rudner

TORONTO — With the release of the Toronto Police Service’s annual Hate/Bias Crime Statistical Report, members of the Jewish community might well ask themselves, is the glass half full or half empty?

The 2014 report found that hate crimes reported to police went up by 11 per cent over 2013 and that Jews were the single most targeted group in Toronto, followed by blacks and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. The total number of occurrences affecting all groups was 146 – in a city of 2.7 million people.

CJN DEBATE Jewish education: Day schools worth fighting for

Tags: News Habonim Holy Blossom Temple Jewish learning Lorraine Sandler Toronto
Lorraine Sandler

I was not born in a time when day schools as we know them existed. My Jewish learning was delivered by a kindly, well-meaning European melamed. What I learned was rudimentary, and what I didn’t learn was monumental. My Jewish education was supplemented in my home and from Habonim, the Zionist Youth Movement. How I wish I had the opportunity of attending day school. Three hours a week – even three hours a few times per week – does not give one the kind of Jewish literacy I have so craved in my adult life.

PURIM NEWS: European Jews move en masse to Canada

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A group of Danish Jews arrive at Pearson Airport. ValeStock / Shutterstock.com

In the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, and facing both economic instability and resurgent anti-Semitism across the continent, Europe’s Jews have made it official: they’re moving to Canada.

The choice has come as a surprise to pundits and xenophobes worldwide, and disappointed Jewish communities in Israel and the United States, which had been widely considered the two leading candidate nations. 

FEATURE: In praise of the landsmanschaft

Tags: Apter Society Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre Canadian Jewish Congress Chenstochover Aid Society First Roumanian Hebrew Congregation Adath Israel J.B. Salsberg Lipa Green Centre. Prosserman JCC OJA Ontario Jewish Archives Toronto World War I
The entrance to the The Apter Centre, where the Apter Society later met, at 216 Beverley St. in Toronto, 1961. ONTARIO JEWISH ARCHIVES, BLANKENSTEIN FAMILY HERITAGE CENTRE PHOTO

In a series of articles written for this newspaper about four decades ago, the late CJN columnist J.B. Salsberg reminisced with great affection about the “Apter Shtibl” in downtown Toronto, which he had frequented in his youth during World War I.

GTA students to take part in Kindness Week

Tags: Canada GTA Human Kindness Project Kindness Week Modya Silver Toronto
Students greeted 20,000 commuters in one hour at Union Station during last May’s inaugural Kindness Week.

TORONTO — A wave of acts of kindness is sweeping across the GTA.

Some 7,000 students, including kids from six local Jewish day schools, will be participating in the second annual Human Kindness Project event, Kindness Week, to be held March 1 to 6. 

The Human Kindness Project is a non-profit organization that provides educational programs to develop positive social skills, compassion, resiliency and leadership in children and young people to affect change through acts of deliberate kindness.

Life on the street at -30 C is rough

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Bernie Farber

His name is Gregory.

He’s of indeterminate age – maybe in his 60s, maybe younger. It’s very cold in downtown Toronto, so Gregory wears a ragged overcoat on top of two heavily patched sweaters, torn jeans, mismatched thin socks and mittens most people wouldn’t wear on a cool spring day.

Agency raises funds for affordable housing

Tags: Canada Ahavas Achim Retirement Home Jewish Family & Child Kehilla Residential Programme Nancy Singer Toronto UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Nancy Singer

TORONTO — A fundraising initiative by the Kehilla Residential Programme will enable more Torontonians to enjoy affordable housing.

Kehilla, Toronto’s non-profit housing agency, runs a rental assistance program that provides up to $300 per month to help families in need meet rental costs.

Kehilla currently supports 26 households that are forced to pay more than 35 per cent of their gross incomes on rent.

Moishe House opens second Canadian outpost in Toronto

Tags: Canada Annex COCO Moishe House Toronto UJA Federation of Greater Toronto UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Community Connect
Dave Cygielman

TORONTO — Moishe House, an international organization that seeks to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for young adults, opened in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood earlier this month.

The residents of all 74 international houses are primarily post-college young adults who, in exchange for subsidized living accommodations, are given a budget to organize and host seven or more programs and volunteer opportunities a month in their respective communities.  

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