North America

  • Canada Oks Holocaust Day in Move Seen As Blow Against Anti-semitism

    The recent anti-Semitic remarks of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad were on many people’s minds as Canada’s Parliament unanimously passed a motion last week establishing a national Holocaust day. “The timing of this announcement could not be more appropriate,” Frank Dimant, the executive vice president of B’nai Brith Canada, said on Oct. 21. “Once again,… More ▸

  • Toronto Jews Mount Response to Jews for Jesus’ Latest Campaign

    A battle for Jewish souls is being waged across Canada’s largest city as Jewish activists here work to counter the effects of an aggressive missionary campaign launched by Jews for Jesus. The multimillion-dollar international Christian missionary group kicked off a three-week missionary campaign on Aug. 25, called Behold Your God, an intensive blitz targeting the… More ▸

  • After Planting Trees in Lebanon, Canadian Arrested for ‘israel Ties’

    An evangelical Christian from Canada faces charges in Lebanon of collaborating with Israel. Bruce Balfour, 52, who was involved with a reforestation project in Lebanon, has been imprisoned since his arrival in Beirut on July 10. He faces an Aug. 11 date before a Lebanese military tribunal. Previous information had indicated that Balfour, a resident… More ▸

  • Israel Advocates in Montreal No Longer Speak with One Voice

    A potential battle is brewing over Israel advocacy here. In the past, a group known as the Canada-Israel Committee, Quebec Region, was responsible for Israel advocacy in Montreal. That group has disbanded, and its key staff has been kept on by Montreal’s Federation CJA for its fledgling Quebec-Israel Committee, or QIC. But B’nai Brith Canada… More ▸

  • Canadian Census Data Will Provide Detailed Picture of Jewish Community

    Jewish officials hope that newly released census data will give them a more comprehensive picture of the Canadian Jewish community, helping them prepare better for the community’s future needs. UIA Federations Canada, the umbrella organization for 11 federated Jewish communities across the country, has paid about $300,000 to the federal census office, Statistics Canada, for… More ▸

  • Canadian Rabbis Divided on Ruling About Same-sex Marriage

    Reaction among Canadian rabbis to a recent Ontario appeals court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has been sharply divided along denominational lines. Support has come mostly from the Reform and Reconstructionist factions, with criticism coming mostly from the Orthodox sector. “We think that this actually strengthens the Jewish community and our society, and that… More ▸

  • Moving Ceremony Marks Opening of Room in Montreal Holocaust Museum

    The hands groped toward the marble case, twisting around it, desperately seeking contact. They then hugged one another, this small group of survivors, the tears flowing freely, the silence in the room almost deafening. The Memorial Room of the new Montreal Holocaust Museum was dedicated Monday, and seven Holocaust survivors, the remaining members of the… More ▸

  • Canada Denies Refugee Status to Man, Saying He Was Part of Israeli ‘war Crimes’

    Canada has denied refugee status to a Lebanese man on the grounds that he was an accomplice to alleged Israeli war crimes, including murder and torture, in southern Lebanon. The claimant, known only as Mr. X, spied on Hezbollah in southern Lebanon for Israel’s Mossad intelligence service, according to the Immigration and Refugee Board, which… More ▸