North America

  • Around the Jewish World Canadian Jewish Population Rising, but Not As Fast As Country’s Muslims

    Newly released population statistics show that Canada’s Jewish community is growing, mainly due to immigration. According to tabulations from Canada’s 2001 census, the number of people who identify themselves as Jewish in Canada increased by 3.7 percent during the 1990s, to nearly 330,000. The census also found that the country’s Muslim population has more than… More ▸

  • Free Speech or Hate Speech? Canadian Groups Fight Al-jazeera

    Officials of Canada’s two leading Jewish advocacy groups are opposing plans to give Canadian cable TV subscribers the option of watching the Al-Jazeera news network. “Our argument against Al-Jazeera has nothing to do with its political viewpoint. We don’t like it but that’s not the issue,” said Jack Silverstone, national executive director of the Canadian… More ▸

  • After Long Battle, Holocaust Denier May Soon Be Deported from Canada

    Jewish officials are applauding a move by Canada toward deporting a Holocaust denier back to his native Germany. Late last week, the Canadian government declared Ernst Zundel a national security threat, thus putting the 64-year-old Holocaust denier on a fast track to deportation back to Germany, where he is wanted on hate-crime and Holocaust-denial charges…. More ▸

  • Jewish Travel Where to Head in the Caribbean? Kashrut Lovers Choose Destinations

    Some Caribbean islands inspire awe at the wonder of God’s varied beauty. Even a peaceful Shabbat assumes new meaning when the day is spent at sea praying, reading or learning — or simply contemplating the ocean and sky. And Caribbean-bound tourists who adhere to high standards of kashrut now have expanded options. Among them is… More ▸

  • Anti-semitic Incidents Hit Record in Canada Last Year, Report Says

    Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada are on the rise, according to B’nai Brith Canada. In its newly released Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, the group reported 459 such incidents across Canada in 2002, an increase of more than 60 percent over 2001. It was the highest number ever tallied in the audit’s 20-year history. Of that total,… More ▸

  • Mideast Coverage in Canada a Personal Crusade for Ex-envoy

    Norman Spector has had it with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Mideast coverage. And it’s safe to say the CBC must be quite tired of Spector by now. Spector, a former Canadian ambassador to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, is embroiled in an ongoing battle with the national network over its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,… More ▸

  • Jewish Students at Toronto School Roughed Up by Anti-war Protesters

    Some protesters here in favor of a peaceful resolution of the conflict with Iraq didn’t practice what they preach this week. Several Jewish students at Toronto’s York University were intimidated and roughed up Wednesday by anti-war protesters. Violating a previous agreement with university authorities, protesters blocked two entrances into the university. Normally, some 35,000 vehicles… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Students at Montreal Shul Enjoy a Rocking, Swinging Time

    Imagine entering a small apartment where the crowd is so thick that people stand on the stairways and overflow into the bedrooms on the second floor. You may not know anyone there, but you’re far from lonely. It’s Friday night and the place is rocking. The dynamism of the shul’s spiritual leader, Leibish Hundert, has… More ▸

  • Canadian Jewish Students Scared? Ad in Newspaper Fuels a New Debate

    Canadian Jewish students are so traumatized by campus anti-Semitism that they are frightened to speak out on behalf of Israel or even Judaism, according to a newspaper advertisement appearing in Canada’s most prominent newspaper. The ad, written as a letter by journalist Anna Morgan, author Geraldine Sherman and York University professor Rachael Turkienicz for a… More ▸