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is JTA's correspondent in Toronto. He was a reporter for the Canadian Jewish News for 20 years. He is currently a freelance writer for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Religion News Service in Washington. He has a journalism degree from Concordia University in Montreal and has been awarded both a Lilly and Gralla fellowship in religious journalism.

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  • Expected UN appointee has history of anti-Israel bias, Canadian Jewish groups say

    TORONTO (JTA) — The expected appointment of a Canadian law professor seen as strongly anti-Israel to a top U.N. position is coming under fire. Jewish groups and Canada’s main opposition party say Michael Lynk, who was expected to be confirmed Thursday as the Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, has exhibited a…

  • Citing Tony Kushner’s BDS ties, Toronto federation distances itself from event

    TORONTO (JTA) — The local Jewish federation has dissociated itself from an event taking place in May at one its beneficiary agencies, the Koffler Centre of the Arts, featuring controversial American playwright Tony Kushner. In a March 21 statement, the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto noted, after “thoughtful consideration,” that Kushner is a member of the advisory…

  • Boycott stickers cropping up on Israeli products throughout Canada

    TORONTO (JTA) — More stickers advising consumers not to purchase products made in Israel are popping up across Canada. Facebook posts now show the stickers on Sabra hummus, Keter and SodaStream products, Glutino biscuits, dates and tangerines at grocers, and at hardware stores in Montreal, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Brampton, Ontario, and other towns in British…

  • BDS activists stick anti-Israel labels on products in Canadian stores

    TORONTO (JTA) — Two Canadian corporations have promised vigilance after pro-Palestinian activists plastered their products with anti-Israel stickers. In recent weeks, Facebook posts by those advocating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel have shown warning labels affixed to bottles of Israeli wine for sale in Vancouver and grocery products at a store in…

  • Jewish Canadians demand 92-year-old Ukrainian Nazi’s deportation

    TORONTO (JTA) — Jewish groups are calling on Canada to strip Canadian citizenship from a 92-year-old man who was once a member of a Nazi death squad. In a letter to Citizenship Minister John McCallum, the groups say it’s time to conclude to what has been a 20-year battle to deport Helmut Oberlander. “As has been…

  • Toronto rabbi, wife receive papal blessing for 70th anniversary

    TORONTO (JTA) —  A Toronto rabbi and his wife received a blessing from the pope as a wedding anniversary gift. To mark their 70th year together, Rabbi Erwin Schild and his wife, Laura, were presented with a handwritten scroll stamped with the papal seal and a photo of Pope Francis. The couple was presented with…

  • Ex-teacher at 2 Toronto Jewish day schools charged with sex offenses

    TORONTO (JTA) — A former teacher at two Toronto-area Jewish day schools has been charged with a variety of sex offenses. Last week, police arrested Stephen Joseph Schacter, 55, and charged him with one count each of gross indecency, sexual interference and sexual exploitation, and two counts of sexual assault. In December, he had been…

  • JNF Canada: Not boycotting Noa, just ‘not comfortable’ supporting her with charitable funds

    TORONTO (JTA) — The Jewish National Fund of Canada said it was not trying to protest or censor an Israel Independence Day celebration in Vancouver after it withdrew as a sponsor because organizers had invited the controversial Israeli pop singer Achinoam Nini. JNF issued a statement Thursday explaining its stance, a day after Israel’s embassy in Ottawa and…

  • Israeli embassy, consulate in Canada to sponsor Noa concert after JNF pullout

    (JTA) — Israel’s embassy in Ottawa and consulate in Toronto will co-sponsor an Israel Independence Day celebration in Vancouver featuring Noa after the Jewish National Fund pulled its sponsorship over the Israeli pop singer’s appearance. Stephen Gaerber, board chairman of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, said in a statement this week that “the embassy…

  • JNF Canada withdraws event sponsorship over Israeli singer Noa

    The Jewish Community Federation of Vancouver’s Yom Ha’atzmaut event features Israeli singer Achinoam Nini, known as Noa, who allegedly supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, a charge the singer denies.