• 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 ▸

  • Non-jews Enlist Business Leaders to Fight Anti-semitism in Canada

    A non-Jewish former elementary school teacher has sparked a major educational initiative to fight anti-Semitism in Canada, drawing the support of influential corporate leaders. Elizabeth Comper of Toronto was dismayed by growing vandalism and violence against Canadian Jews last year. According to B’nai Brith Canada, 2004 was the worst year for anti-Semitic activity in Canada… More ▸