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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸