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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸