Canada

  • Anti-semitism Stays High in Canada Since 9/11 Attacks, Says New Report

    The number of anti-Semitic incidents remained high in Canada in 2005, according to a new study, continuing a deterioration that began after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. There were 829 anti-Semitic incidents reported in Canada in 2005, a slight decline from the peak of 857 in 2004, according to the annual audit of anti-Semitic… More ▸

  • Displaced Gush Katif Settlers Get Help from Toronto Project

    Eran Sternberg used to live a prosperous life in the picturesque bloc of Gaza settlements called Gush Katif. Today, more than five months after the settlements were evacuated, he is unemployed and residing in a crammed mobile home that is prone to water leaks. “It’s not a good feeling to be in this mobile house,”… More ▸

  • Jews Look for Pro-israel Turn As Conservatives Win Canadian Vote

    With Canada’s Conservative Party poised to take power for the first time in 12 years, Jewish leaders anticipate that the new government will take a firmer stance against Israel-bashing at the United Nations and play a larger role in fostering Israeli-Palestinian peace. “There is an expectation that a Conservative government will take a somewhat more… More ▸

  • Jewish Candidate, Organizations Begin Canadian Election Homestretch

    For Richard Marceau, the upcoming Canadian election marks the fourth time he has run as a candidate for the separatist Bloc Quebecois — but the first time that he does so as a Jew. The 35-year-old Quebec City politician has a Jewish wife and converted to Judaism only last summer, yet he already understands that… More ▸

  • Long in Decline, Montreal’s Jewry Bolstered by Brand-new Immigration

    Facing an uncertain future with an aging population, low birth rate and the loss of younger members for jobs elsewhere, Montreal’s Jewish community suddenly has a more optimistic outlook. The Argentine economic crash of 2001-2002 and the upsurge in anti-Semitism in France linked to the Palestinian intifada have been a boon to Montreal’s Jewish community…. More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Canadian Move on Religious Law Takes Jewish Community by Surprise

    Pressed by demonstrators who say Muslim religious law threatens women’s rights, the premier of Ontario said this week that the province will no longer support faith-based arbitrations, a move that has sent shock waves through the Jewish community. Dalton McGuinty’s pronouncement, which could be translated into law this fall, also removes the legalistic teeth from… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Jews in Toronto Help Build a Jcc in Eastern European City

    An Eastern European city known for an infamous pogrom a century ago is getting a Jewish community center of its own. Living in the former Soviet republic of Moldova, one of Europe’s poorest countries, Kishinev’s 18,000 Jews soon will have a center complete with recreational facilities, computer room, Holocaust center, vocational training and educational classes… More ▸

  • New Jewish Special-ed Teachers’ Program in Canada Included Pre-graduation Israel Tour

    With a dozen years of teaching behind her, Sheri Kravetsky knows that each child relates to learning differently. That’s why she’s constantly on the lookout for the latest special-education techniques to help her preschoolers thrive. “Each child approaches their classroom expectations in a different way,” says Kravetsky, who has spent the past nine years as… More ▸

  • In Canada, Jewish Community Split After Country Oks Same-sex Marriage

    The legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada has polarized the country’s Jews in much the same way it has divided other religious denominations. For the most part, Orthodox Jews in Canada oppose same-sex marriages, while liberal Canadian Jews embrace the fact that gays and lesbians now can share in a central Jewish institution. The controversial… More ▸