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  • 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 in Mexico City, Cardinal Works to Improve Catholic-jewish Ties

    With centuries of anti-Semitism weighing on the Roman Catholic Church, some might consider Mexico City’s 338-year-old Metropolitan Cathedral — an imposing symbol of Christianity with a vast interior crammed with crucifixes and religious icons — an unusual place to find sympathy for the Jewish people. Indeed, less than a block away, street vendors hawk Spanish… More ▸

  • In Mexico City, Anti-semitism Gains a Hold in Market and Salons

    At the Lagunilla flea market, a longtime Sunday staple in Mexico City, you can buy antique furniture, musical instruments, post cards, cameras, dishes and movie stills — and, at one stall that bears a swastika flag, books with titles such as “The Anti-Christian Conspiracy” and “The Holocaust Under the Magnifying Glass.” The latter, by Jurgen… 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 ▸

  • In Dialogue Group, Jews and Arabs in Canada Eat, and Talk About Peace

    It was a shouting match that motivated an Arab man in Canada to establish a quieter venue to discuss Arab-Jewish issues. Qais Ghanem, a Yemeni-born professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa, got the idea for Potlucks for Peace after he’d been to a panel discussion on the Middle East. The participants were members… More ▸