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Your Daily Spiel for October 18

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Aaron Wolf reflecting. (Howling Wolf Productions)

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that Lara Alqasem, the American student detained at Ben-Gurion airport since Oct. 2, will be allowed to stay and study in the country. The 22-year-old has been held on on suspicion of supporting the BDS movement.

The four-decade-old Montreal Holocaust Museum (MHM) has embarked on a $50-million project that could see it relocate to its own, much larger, space in downtown Montreal. MHM is an affiliated agency of Federation CJA, which created it with the Montreal survivor community, the third largest in the world.

The 38th annual Holocaust Education Week (HEW) in Toronto, which runs from Nov. 1 to 8, asks why certain words and places – Auschwitz, gas chambers, the Warsaw Ghetto – have become synonymous with the Holocaust, while others are much less familiar. Dara Solomon, executive director of the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, told The CJN that this year’s program has undergone a rebranding, with a more contemporary-looking brochure and website, and that the organization has made an effort to appeal to busy young professionals who work downtown.

Restoring Tomorrow, the award-winning documentary by Aaron Wolf, is now playing in Toronto at Canada Square Cinema. The film is “a universal story of hope, as a treasured local temple near demise is lifted up by a community’s determination to achieve the impossible.”

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