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Your daily spiel for Tuesday, Jan. 10

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Your Daily Spiel is The CJN’s daily roundup of trending stories in the Jewish world.


Tuesday is kind of a decent day. Here’s some Jewish news:

The UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s new CEO Adam Minsky talked to CJN reporter Paul Lungen about his desire, in his new role, to engage young people, make Jewish education more affordable, reduce poverty in the community and better integrate Russian and Israeli Jews in the city’s broader Jewish community.

Federal law enforcement officials have not definitively linked a slew of bomb threats, all ultimately unfounded, called in at over a dozen Jewish community centres and institutions in seven different U.S. states yesterday, The New York Times reported. But president of the Jewish Federations of North America Jerry Silverman said the threats were part of a disturbing trend toward the normalization of hate speech and indicated a coordinated effort to intimidate Jews.

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Following complaints from bereaved parents about a failure of government officials to attend the funerals of their children, victims of the truck-ramming attack in east Jerusalem Jan. 8, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the writing of new procedures that would require government ministers and lawmakers to attend the funerals of fallen soldiers.

Despite the event falling on Shabbat, the CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women in the United States Nancy Kaufman will be leading a group of Jewish women who will be marching in the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington, set to take place the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Kaufman said, “We don’t usually endorse events taking place on Shabbat… But the fact so many of our constituents will be there made the difference.”