Canada

  • Toronto Leaders Go Back to School to Hone Skills

    Some lay leaders here are heading back to the classroom to hone their skills. Ten incoming communal chairs and presidents will work with outside professionals and each other as part of The Joshua Institute for Communal Leadership, a 14-month program being touted as unique in developing lay leaders at Jewish agencies. The institute, which was… More ▸

  • Montreal Man Sentenced for Hate Crimes

    A Montreal man was sentenced to four years in prison for what a judge described as terrorist acts against two Jewish communal buildings in the city. Azim Ibragimov, 25, pleaded guilty earlier this year to tossing a firebomb at a Jewish school in September 2006 and months later at a Jewish community center. He also… More ▸

  • Toronto Mosque Sorry About Web Posts

    A Toronto mosque apologized for offensive postings on its Web site. The Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque on Nov. 14 e-mailed the Ontario region of the Canadian Jewish Congress to “apologize without reservation to the CJC and the Jewish community at large for any and all comments that they have found offensive on our Web site,… More ▸

  • Jews Face Tough Choice As Canadian Elections Near

    Canada’s federal election campaign has a distinctly Jewish irony this time around: The country’s solidly pro-Israel prime minister reached out to Jewish voters with Rosh Hashanah cards just weeks before an election that falls on a Jewish holiday. For the second consecutive year, the holiday cards sent by Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggered questions about… More ▸

  • Canada’s Prime Minister Seen As Key to Growing Support for Israel

    For many Canadian Jews, the country’s prime minister has been more than just a breath of fresh air when it comes to support for Israel. They wonder whether Stephen Harper may be too good to be true. Elected with a minority Conservative government in January 2006, Harper has left an unmistakable record of solidly and… More ▸

  • Experts Debate the Accuracy of Jewish Numbers in Canadian Census

    A new Canadian census that appears to show a significant decline in the number of Jews in Canada has experts divided over the significance of the figures. Statistics culled from Canada’s 2006 “mini-census” released last week show that 315,000 Canadians identified themselves as Jewish by ethnic origin. This constitutes a 9 percent drop from 2001,… More ▸

  • Women Refused Get by Husband Wins Ruling in Canada’s High Court

    In a landmark decision that could provide relief to agunot, Jewish women whose husbands deny them a Jewish divorce, Canada’s highest court sided with a woman whose husband had refused for 15 years to grant her a get, a religious writ of divorce. Making a rare foray into religious matters, the Supreme Court of Canada… More ▸

  • Toronto Day Schools Get a Much-needed Boost

    Cash-strapped elementary Jewish day schools in Toronto will get an annual infusion of $2 million for at least four years. Longtime Canadian philanthropists Henry and Julia Koschitzky are giving the 11 schools half the amount; the remainder will be matched by the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Greater Toronto. The new funds will assist schools providing… More ▸

  • Anti-semitism in Canada at Highest Level in 25 Years

    Anti-Semitic activities in Canada have risen to their highest level in 25 years, according to a new report. B nai Brith Canada s 2006 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents indicates that 935 incidents were reported to the organization s League of Human Rights last year. Almost two-thirds were categorized as harassment, one-third as vandalism, and about… More ▸

  • Toronto’s Orthodox Community Adjusts to Nicole, Nee Mordechai

    Mordechai’s community and friends are still adjusting to his decision to become Nicole — some better than others. Mordechai used to be known in his Toronto Orthodox community as Nord, short for Nord the Barbarian, which referred to his girth and hairiness. He now wishes to be called Nicole, and has chosen Neshama, or Soul,… More ▸