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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.


  • 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.

  • Canadian parliament to pass motion rejecting BDS

    TORONTO (JTA) — Canada’s parliament stands poised to reject the BDS campaign against Israel. The Liberals, who comprise the majority of seats in the House of Commons, said the party will support an opposition motion introduced Thursday calling on the House to formally reject the goals of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. The motion was…

  • Jewish students urged to think twice before applying to Toronto’s York U

    TORONTO (JTA) — Jewish students are being urged to think twice before applying to York University in Toronto following accusations that its faculty association was endorsing a “censorship campaign against Israel and the Jewish people.” Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies said in a statement issued Tuesday that it was “concerned for…

  • Canadian writers’ group rapped for inviting Israel critic Max Blumenthal to speak

    U.S. journalist and blogger Max Blumenthal is slated to headline a Feb. 24 panel on reporting on Gaza.

  • Canada lifting some Iran sanctions

    Canada is also considering restoring diplomatic contacts with Iran, which were severed by the previous Conservative government in 2012.