Canada

  • Around the Jewish World Few Canadian Conservative Rabbis Expected to Perform Same-sex Rite

    Don’t expect many Conservative rabbis in Canada to perform same-sex commitment ceremonies, even with permission from the movement. “I haven’t polled our members, but I haven’t heard of one who has indicated that they will officiate at commitment ceremonies,” said Rabbi Wayne Allen, president of the Rabbinical Assembly’s (Central) Canada region, as well as spiritual… More ▸

  • In Its Old Age, Toronto Congregation More Accepting of Jewish Traditions

    During a more radical period of its history in the 1930s, worshippers at Toronto’s Holy Blossom Temple were forbidden to wear a kippah or tallit during services. But these days, the 2,000-family Reform congregation, which marks its 150th anniversary in September, takes a far more accepting view of traditional Jewish garb and ritual objects. “At… More ▸

  • After Attack on Jewish School in Montreal, Politicians Speak out

    Canadian politicians are condemning the firebombing of a Jewish school in Montreal. Quebec Premier Jean Charest called Wednesday on all Quebec residents to stand with the Jewish community against hate crimes, such as Saturday’s attack on the Taldos Yakov Yosef school. “I think it is important that all Quebec see very clearly on this issue… More ▸

  • Prime Minister’s Pro-israel Stance Lures Some Canadian Jews to Tories

    Speaking recently at a large pro-Israel rally in Toronto, prominent Canadian filmmaker Robert Lantos voiced his frustration with Canada’s Liberal Party. Lantos thanked the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper for its “principled support” of Israel, then said: “I hereby take off my lifelong federal Liberal hat to you. Symbolically, I toss it away,… More ▸

  • To Delight of Israel Supporters, Canada Finally Comes off the Fence

    After more than a decade of studied neutrality that Israel supporters felt benefited the Jewish state’s enemies, the Canadian government is displaying the shift in its Middle East policy that it long has talked about. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s declaration last week that Israel has a right to defend itself from attacks by Hamas and… More ▸

  • Young Jewish Author Talks About Influence of Immigrant Life in Canada

    David Bezmozgis, the young writer described recently as a “one-man shock-and-awe invasion of North American literature” sits on a plaza on the edge of Bar-Ilan University’s leafy campus and in his calm, steady voice talks about identity. “I feel the opposite of wherever I am,” says the author. In Canada, where he immigrated with his… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Montreal University Leads Fight to Recover Nazi-looted Artworks

    A Montreal university is trying to recover a trove of Nazi-looted art. Concordia University, one of three educational institutions that inherited the holdings of the late European art collector Max Stern, is intensifying efforts to recover all of Stern’s art stolen by the Nazis. Stern ran an art gallery in Dusseldorf in the 1930s, but… More ▸