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One nation to be envied

One nation to be envied

 By Melanie Phillips, November 20, 2014

 I recently returned from a speaking tour in Canada and the US, talking mainly but not exclusively to Jewish groups. Two things in particular struck me about Canada. The first was the strange experience of being in a country led by a leader who actually leads.

I have long admired Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, for his outspoken support for Israel and moral courage. I remarked as much at a number of my events. Every time, the audience applauded fervently before I finished what I was saying and even leapt to its feet in its emotion.

True, these were mainly conservatively minded audiences. Even so, can you imagine British gatherings displaying such enthusiasm over David Cameron? Quite.

The second thing was the alarm over the twin issues of Islamic terrorism and campus anti-Israel activity. A few days before I arrived, Canada had been horrified by terrorist attacks in Montreal and Ottawa. At the same time, it seems many Canadian universities – like campuses in Britain – are facilitating the intimidation of Jewish students, who run a gauntlet of verbal attacks and threatening behaviour in a relentless campaign of demonisation against Israel.

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In Defence of Zionism








In Defence of Zionism

Gadi Taub is a prominent Israeli historian, author, screenwriter, political commentator and Senior Lecturer in the School Public Policy and the Department of Communications at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He spoke to a Fathom Forum about the struggle for the soul of Zionism. The ‘Zionism of liberty’, based on the principle of the self-determination of peoples, fights for hegemony with a messianic ‘Zionism of land’, which, he argued drives the settler ideology. Taub made the case for liberal Zionism. Zionism is seriously misconceived outside of Israel. It…

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Fredericton Community Barbecue

A successful barbecue co-sponsored by the AJC (Atlantic Jewish Council) and CIJA (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs) and hosted by Ayten and Marc Kranat, was held Sunday, Aug.17th. Organized by Marilyn Kaufman, Chair of the Atlantic CIJA Local Partnership Council and Ayten Kranat, Fredericton AJC representative, the event was well attended by local members of the Jewish community and invited guests.

Executive Director of the AJC, John Goldberg, and Atlantic Region Consultant for CIJA, Mark David, were on hand to meet the community.

The Honorable Keith Ashfield, MLA’s Carl Urquhart, Brian Macdonald and Craig Leonard were in attendance along with Richard Blaquiere, columnist with The Woodstock Bugle. People had the opportunity to meet and speak with their elected government representatives in an informal setting.

Thank you to the star chefs for the afternoon, Marc Kranat and Seymour Kaufman.

A BIG THANK YOU to Jon Goldberg, Mark David, the AJC and CIJA for their assistance. As well, thank you to all those in the community who came out, in spite of the inclement weather, to make this event a success.

5775 High Holiday Schedule (2014)

The first night for Selichot will be Motzaei Shabbos (September 20th) at 10:00 PM
5775 High Holiday Schedule (2014)

First night of Rosh Hashana (September 24th) Evening Services 6:30 PM First Day of Rosh Hashana (September 25th) Morning Services 9:30 AM Rosh Hashana (September 25th) Mincha and Tashlich 5:30 PM Rosh Hashana Second Evening Services (approximately) 6:30 PM Second Day of Rosh Hashana (September 26th) Morning Services 9:30 AM Second Day of Rosh Hashana – Mincha & Ma’ariv 6:30 PM
We will visit the cemetery on Sunday morning – The Fast of Gedalyah (September 28th) from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Yom Kippur (October 3rd) Kol Nidrei 6:45 PM
Yom Kippur (October 4th) Morning Services 9:00 AM Yizkor (approximately) 11:00AM
Yom Kippur (October 4th) Mincha Services 5:00 PM
Yom Kippur (October 4th) Ne’eelah Services 6:15 PM
The fast ends at 7:46 PM
Sukkot (October 8th – 17th), back to normal schedule – Evening Services 6:30 PM, Morning Services 9:30 AM

Violence Against Jews Grows in Canada

Violence Against
Jews Grows in Canada

Sting of Attacks on Quebec Jews


July 22, 2014, TORONTO — With violent undercurrents festering among anti-Israel protesters recently coming to the fore, B’nai Brith Canada is expressing its concern regarding the upcoming “Al-Quds Day” rally scheduled for this Saturday, July 26th at Queen’s Park in Toronto. The Jewish human rights organization is calling on Government and Police officials not to sanction these rallies, pointing to the fact that demonstrations across Europe, and now Calgary and Mississauga, have often turned into violent antisemitic outbursts and attacks on Jewish communal institutions.
“As tensions in the Middle East continue to rise, we are seeing a sharp rise in the numbers of attacks on Jews across the country,” said Frank Dimant, CEO, B’nai Brith Canada. “In Europe we have seen protests turn violent, with Paris experiencing mass riots in what has been described by some as an ‘intifada’. At a Berlin rally the crowd chanted “Death to Jews” and “Hitler was right”. in Turkey rioters decreed that “Turkish Jews would pay dearly” and in Mississauga, Ontario a pro-Israel demonstrator was sent to hospital after an altercation.
“Now in Calgary, police apparently refused to take seriously the threats of the pro-Hamas crowd, even as Israel activists were assaulted during a demonstration — resulting in five being sent to hospital. There are also additional reports that pro-Israel demonstrators in Ottawa were told by police to leave, since their safety could not be guaranteed.
“In Montreal alone we have seen the effects of anti-Israel fervor which have resulted in attacks on Jews, be it a Jewish visitor punched in the face outside a kosher restaurant, a Hasidic woman slapped in the face by a man riding a bike, a Jewish boy threatened by a neighbor as he walked by their porch commanding his dog to “get the Jew” and a Jewish woman protester shoved to the ground.
“Rallies in support of terrorist organizations such as Hamas must be condemned in the strongest of terms. We therefore call on Officials at Queens Park and the Toronto Police not to sanction any such pro-Hamas rallies and encourage any member of the community who witnesses and is a victim of an antisemitic incident to call police and our 24-hour Anti-Hate Hotline at 1-800-892-BNAI [2624].”

For further information please contact: Sam Eskenasi, Communications Officer at (647) 780-8490 or
B’nai Brith Canada has been active in Canada since 1875 as the Jewish community’s foremost human rights agency.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

Friends, if you wish to keep up with issues affecting Jewish communities at home in Canada and abroad,  you may wish to try  Canada Jewish Israel Affairs at the following link

Crisis in Ukraine

Update 2014-04-28: CIJA Engages Ukrainian and Russian Embassies

On Friday, CIJA Chair David Koschitzky wrote to the Ambassadors of Ukraine and Russia to convey serious concerns over antisemitic incidents in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis. While non-state groups and individuals may be responsible for these acts, both governments have a responsibility to ensure that Ukraine’s Jewish community is not harassed by forces on either side. The letters may be found at the links below.Ukraine-tension4[1]


Ukrainian Jewish Mayor Shot on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Ukrainian Jewish Mayor Shot on Holocaust Remembrance DayUkrainian Jewish Mayor

Gennady Kernes, the Jewish mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, is undergoing emergency surgery and fighting for his life after being shot in the back.

Ukrainian Jewish Mayor Gennady Kernes, after being shot multiple times in the back, is in critical condition.

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