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  • 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 ▸

  • In a Corner of the Caribbean, Trinidad’s Jews Keep the Faith

    Hindu temples, Muslim mosques and Catholic churches can be found all over this oil-exporting island famous for Carnival, callaloo soup and calypso. But don’t look for synagogues in Trinidad — there aren’t any. No more than 55 Jews live here, despite the fact that Trinidad & Tobago’s 1.3 million inhabitants make it the second-largest English-speaking… More ▸

  • Hurricane Dean Turns Reunion in Jamaica into Family Nightmare

    A Jewish family’s annual reunion on the white sand beaches of Jamaica turned into a nightmare when a deadly hurricane ripped across the Caribbean, killing at least 28 people and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The Alberga family had converged last week on the idyllic island from Britain, Canada and Cameroon on… More ▸

  • Jews and Muslims Near Caribbean Go About Their Business Peacefully

    While conflicts in the Middle East make the prospect of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs seem distant, a walk along the crowded streets of this trading zone shows Jews and Arabs can get along. Inside the stores here — wholesale distribution centers for Asian goods seeking Latin American importers — businesses run by Orthodox… 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 ▸

  • Around the Jewish World in Caribbean, Conversion Offers

    Conversion is offering a way to keep Jewish life alive in the tiny Jewish communities of the Caribbean and Central America, though not without potential hazards. As more of these communities — some numbering as few as 20 members and located in isolated Jewish outposts such as El Salvador and Bahamas — are able to… More ▸

  • Caribbean Becomes a Sea of Love, or at Least Friendship, for Jdaters

    Staying on a small resort on a small island, entertained by life-size Jenga games when it rained and a larger-than-life trapeze when it didn’t, dozens of JDaters experienced the leisure of unhurried life off line. The idyllic environment of a Caribbean vacation at Club Med became an ideal setting for coming together. Take Alicia 36,… 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 ▸