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Date: Mon, 7 May 2012 21


 Congratulations on your getting your piece published in the Jerusalem  Post.  It was very interesting and quite well written.

 All the best,

 Gary Javitch


Member, AJPA



 Mon, 7 May 2012

Thank you for sending it. I will run it in our upcoming issue, space permitting.



Pam Spence, editor

Statement on the Passing of Benzion Netanyahu

April 30, 2012

Toronto, ON – In response to news that Benzion Netanyahu passed away early this morning, David Koschitzky, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, issued the following statement:

“We were saddened today to hear of the passing of Benzion Netanyahu.

“Mr. Netanyahu has left a remarkable legacy for his family and the entire state of Israel. As an acclaimed scholar of the Spanish Inquisition, he shed new light into a painful chapter of our history – and the lessons we can draw today from nearly 2,000 years of Jewish exile. As a Zionist activist and father to Yoni and Benjamin, he contributed to the development of modern Israel as few others have, at extraordinary personal sacrifice.

“On behalf of Canada’s Jewish community, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Prime Minister Netanyahu and his family at this difficult time.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is a non-partisan organization that serves as the Canadian Jewish community’s official spokesperson to government and media.

For more information, contact:

Steve McDonald

Associate Director, Communications


[email protected]

B’nai Brith Canada Denounces United Church’s Newest Attack on Israel

TORONTO, 1 May 2012

– B’nai  Brith Canada has denounced the newest report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by the United Church of Canada (UCC), an organization that has become notorious  for its rhetoric against the Jewish State. The human rights organization states that the UCC report belittles the suffering of the Holocaust victims by comparing the  genocide of the Shoah with the situation of the  Palestinians. In addition, the call to dismantle areas where Jews have historically lived amounts to ethnic  cleansing of Jews from their ancestral, Biblical  homeland.

“The United Church continues to insult Jewish as well Christian groups in Canada with hostile rhetoric against  Israel and an assault on the memory of the Holocaust,”  said Frank Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada.   “Equivalency between Jewish victims of the Holocaust,   and the Palestinians today is offensive beyond  words.

“This report is yet another attempt  by more extreme elements of the Church to single out and  vilify Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.                         The Church’s shocking proposals for ethnic cleansing of  Jews from their ancestral homeland in Judea and Samaria  have placed the organization out of step with many in  the Christian world.

“The fact is that a Christian organization, which should appreciate the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Jewish  people’s return to the Holy Land, has instead chosen to join forces with those who seek the destruction of the Jewish State."

For more information, please  contact Aaron  Rosenberg, 

Communications  Officer, at (647) 227-4404 and [email protected]

Re: More Unsettling News from Lithuania

to the Editor, May 10

Details of the scheduled re-interment and glorification of a major Nazi collaborator just announced:

This follows the recent admission of a neo-Nazi youth group that organizes neo-Nazi marches into a national union that receives EU funding

Dovid Katz

RE Some Additional information re Hershel Fox, Father Dubois, Uncle Willie

May 7, 2012

To the Editor,

Hershel Fox - ex Winnipeger
                  - led services at Talmud Torah
                  - Camp Massad alumnus (I remember him leading services there, when my counselor was David Weisstub)
Father Patrick Desbois
         My cousin (Z"L) in New York, a Shoah survivor was in contact with him.
         Her father was among 2,000 shot 1st day of Pesach, 1942 in Sokal, part of what Father Desbois describes as "The Holocaust by Bullet".
         The motto was "one bullet, one Jew" - buried whether dead or wounded.
         She wanted to buy the field covering the mass grave from the Ukranian farmer who owns it (grows potatoes) to put up a memorial.
         She and her older sister escaped the train to Belzec as it approached the camp.
         Her mother and two younger sisters, too weak to make the escape, were murdered at Belzec October 28, 1942.
         Belzec, one of the Rheinhard camps, did not have barracks for prisoners.
         It was a simple death factory. Train, gas chambers, bural pits.
         It "processed" around 600,000 souls.
         You can find a description of its sister camp, Treblinka on YouTube.
         Several clips from Claude Lanzmann's Shoah make up his interview with Fritz Suchomel (a guard at Treblinka) in which Suchomel descriibes the "process" in detail, including the "camp song" that jews who were used to remove the bodies (and later killed) had to learn. Lanzmann actually got Suchomel to sing it.
Source of the dates - my cousin's subimssions to the Yad Vashem names database.
As to Belzec, once its job was done, the SS demolished everything and handed it over to a Ukranian farmer to grow crops.
Small snippet of information.
My uncle Willie (as well as my mother and his two brothers) was (per the information in my talk on Yom Hazikaron) born in
what was then Proskurov, Russia.
After the war, it became part of the Ukraine.
The city was renamed in 1954 after a great Ukranian hero, whose name I only heard with "Yemach Shemo" added.
The hero was Bogdan Chmielniki (Yemach Shemo), who in the 1600's was the author, through his pogroms, of the death of betwenn 100,000 and 500,000 Jews...

Wilf  Mandel


Hi Rhonda,

I am a producer with CBC Radio here in Winnipeg. I read with interest your editorial/observation about the significance of the Jewish vote in the U-S election, and efforts the two presidential candidates are making to court it.

I wondered whether there are strong feelings about this here in Canada, and here in our Winnipeg community? Or is it significant for us?

I can be reached at (204) 793-3333 or email of course is [email protected]

Thanks very much for this.

Donna Carreiro
CBC Radio

AIPAC Applauds House Passage of the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act

May 9, 2012

Bill Recommends Ways to Bolster U.S. Security Through our Relationship with Israel

WASHINGTON — AIPAC applauds the overwhelming House passage (411-2) of the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 (H.R. 4133). This vote is a testament to the broad, bipartisan support of the American people for bolstering the ties between the U.S. and our ally Israel.

The United States benefits greatly through enhanced cooperation with Israel, and this bipartisan bill recommends new avenues for the U.S.-Israel relationship to grow and strengthen in the fields of missile defense, homeland security, energy, intelligence, and cyber security (read the bill summary).
The legislation was spearheaded by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and had 294 cosponsors. The Senate is considering a similar bill (S. 2165)—led by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) as well as 32 cosponsors—that we hope will be taken up soon.

National Jewish Leader honoured with Queen's Jubilee Medal

 1May 2012

 TORONTO  - This past weekend Mark Waldman, Executive Director of the Canadian  Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC) was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II  Diamond Jubilee Medal -which celebrates significant contributions and 
achievements by Canadians.

"This is a true honour. The great passion of my life has been helping to  engage people in important causes," said Waldman. "Bringing people together to  make a difference is at the core of what it means to be a member of the Jewish  community in Canada".

 In 2005 Mark Waldman was one of the co-founders of the Canadian Jewish  Political Affairs Committee, has sat on its board, and now serves as the  Executive Director. Over the years and with his involvement, CJPAC has grown  from a tiny startup to a national organization with offices in Toronto,  Montreal and Edmonton and plans for continued growth. 

 His work with CJPAC is just the latest in a succession of community leadership roles. Over the years Waldman has helped found and support multiple non- profits including Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund at the UJA of Greater  Toronto, the  young leadership arm of the Toronto Raptor's Foundation, Friends  of America and has served on the boards of a many other organizations. "Our community is lucky to have a passionate visionary like Mark helping build  the institutions we need to ensure our voice is heard and our community has an  impact beyond our numbers," said Henry Wolfond, Chair of CJPAC. "We are very proud of Mark. He is truly deserving of this recognition."

 CJPAC is a unique national, grassroots, independent organization. Its mandate  is to activate the Jewish community and its allies in the political process in order to advance relationships with members of the Canadian political  community and foster Jewish and pro-Israel political leadership. CJPAC  mobilizes grassroots across the country, builds relationships with elected 
officials - of all political parties - and works for Jewish community interests, on a multi-partisan basis, during and between elections.
CJPAC is Canada's only political, national, membership driven Jewish and pro- Israel advocacy organization and does not endorse political parties. It works  with elected officials regardless of their partisan affiliation to advance the  interests of our community.
 "A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the  60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible  way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the  same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by  Canadians.

 During the year of celebrations, 60 000 deserving Canadians will be recognized. The Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the  Governor General, administers the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal  program."

(Source: 019&lan=g )

 For more information:
 Tomer Chervinsky
 Director of Marketing & Communications
Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC)
[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>
416.929.9552 x234 | 1.866.929.9552 x234

RE: Your seder with lice

  Tue, 1 May 2012
  Hi Rhonda,
Hope you've been able to lick (??!!) the lice problem. When I read your seder story, I thought the following might give you some suggestions about  "the problem"

From my blog,
Trudi York Gardner


April 26, 2012

 Toronto, ON - In recognition of Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel's Independence Day), David Koschitzky, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, issued the following statement:

 "On behalf of Canada's Jewish community, we want to wish our friends and family in Israel a very happy Yom Ha'atzmaut on the 64th anniversary of the founding of modern Israel.

 "At a time when citizens across the Middle East are struggling desperately for freedom and human rights, Israel's supporters can be proud that the Jewish state serves as a model for the region's aspirations. As the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, Israel has - for over six decades - upheld full equality and human rights for all its citizens, including women, Arab-Israelis, and all minorities.

 "At the same time, Israelis have built for themselves one of the most dynamic, innovative economies in the world. With some of the highest ratios of engineers, PhDs, and patents of any country, Israel's emphasis on education and research has made it a natural partner with Canada. Whether in the fields of green technology, medical discoveries, or agricultural management, joint Canadian-Israeli research projects continue to make ground-breaking advances for the benefit of both peoples.

"Indeed, as both Jewish and non-Jewish Canadian friends of Israel celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut, we are gratified to say that the relationship between our two countries today is stronger than ever."

For further information:

Jordan Kerbel

Deputy Director, Communications and Training

The Centre For Israel and Jewish Affairs

Tel:  (416) 317-9517

Lisa Barr - FUGITIVE COLORS - A Novel

17 April 2012

 To the Editor,
 Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues, and Others (you know who you are!),
 I am so excited to announce that last week my novel, FUGITIVE COLORS,
 went LIVE on Amazon/Kindle. I would be honored to have you download my novel, grab a good glass of wine (a must) and
 enjoy …  It is a pre-order gig – buy now – and it will be ready for you to delve into on April 30th.
 Here is the link:
 In addition, in two to three weeks, for those who like to hold an “actual” book – the soft cover version will be available for purchase via Amazon. Warning: You WILL hear from me again …  Just for fun I sent you the cover (front and back) of the book (see attachment.)
 FUGITIVE COLORS, which won first prize at the Hollywood Film Festival for “Best Unpublished Manuscript,” is a suspenseful tale of an artist’s revenge after World War II. Julian Klein, a young American artist, leaves behind his religious upbringing for the artistic freedom of Paris in the 1930s, only to find himself trapped inside a world inwhich a paintbrush is far more lethal than a gun. An artist-cum-unlikely spy, Julian is forced to contend with jealou inferior artists who attempt to destroy those with true talent. Love, Friendship, Betrayal, and Passion painted in Fugitive Colors is never black and white. Like an abstract painting, Julian’s turbulent journe is emotionally charged as he tries to save his friends and rescue some of the most important pieces of Modern Art – including his own.
 With Much Appreciation,
 Lisa (Frydman) Barr


I read with interest the scholarly thesis of both Dr. Catherine Chatterley
and Dr. Adam Muller on the Holocaust. An important and thoughtful debate
between 2 scholars. However those of us who are Holocaust survivors and
don't function on a scholarly level we need to be reminded of the real
reason of why the Holocaust happened and why it was a success beyond the
dreams of most anti-semites.

For a 1000 years Christians were taught from
the Pulpits of their Churches and on the knee of their parents that Jews
killed their God. It was an easy sell for the Nazis to turn the Christians
of Europe into enthusiastic collaborators who turned over their Jewish
neighbors for transport to slave and death camps. My father was one of
those Jews who spent 2/12 years in a slave labor camp in Basarabia because
a 6 year old Romanian child who was a neighbour showed the Romanian's where
my father was hiding. My father was one of only 700 survivors in a camp of
3500 young Jewish men who was liberated by the advancing Russian Army in
1944. How would a 6 year old know to turn in a Jewish neighbour? This story
was repeated  millions of times in every country that the Nazis occupied.
Without the help of the citizens of those countries, the Germans final
solution would have been much more difficult.

Abe Silverman, Alberta

Re Editorial -Fund Them and They Will Go

I just read your article about funding students to attend conferences, fellowships and training programs.


There are tons of student opportunities out there beyond CJPAC. CFJS took students this year (1 from Winnipeg) to AIPAC, and are taking a delegation to AJC. There was also a CFJS Western Canada conference in Calgarylast month - Winnipeg again sent a large delegation. Students take the free trips, but there is no follow up or expectation, thus making all of this a waste of money. No student in Winnipeg has a 100% dedicated passion, and are all out looking for travel opportunity. Since there is no one there monitroing that they give back and use the knowledge gained from this highly subsidized opportunity - nor the laid out expectation of tangible results, people feel they are privileged and deserve such opportunity.


A Blessing for Pessach 2012

3 April 2012

Don’t  turn the holiday sour (hametz),

Don’t  busy yourself with the petty

or with  the material

Don’t  immerse yourself in cleaning

every  little corner of the house

Light up the corners of your hearts

Let the  good deeds shine

Don’t  let the sound of the vacuum cleaner shut out the bell of freedom,

Lest you  miss Redemption.

 Written by Rabbi Maya    Leibovich and Na’ama Dafni-Kellen  (based  upon a poem by Anat Bishko)

 Editor's Response: Don't worry, my vacuum cleaner is broken. Just kidding

The Grant & Wilton Coffee House presents

31 March 2012
Bog River in Concert:
Ben Hadaller, Carly Dow, Dave Barchyn
Saturday April 14, 7:30pm
1077 Grant and Wilton, in Temple Shalom hall across from Grant Park Shopping Centre
Doors open at 7:00pm, Tickets $10, Tel: 488-0207
 includes Coffee/Tea & a Munchie.
Bring friends & family for a coffee/tea, a munchie (included) and come for an casual evening of excellent music.  For later, stay for an interactive music session. The magic comes from everyone bringing  their own spark - who knows how hot it will be!
Fun, Set to Music
Phil Spevack, Partner - 488-0207 [email protected]

 ps: please set your calendars for:   Apr. 28 - Flo & Arun Chaturvedi,  May  12 - Amy Bishop,  Jun.  2 - Jane Enkin

RE: Tribute to Bob Freedman

April 3, 2012
 Great ARTICLE on Bob Freedman and he has a great family who also deserve recognition

For his community leadership Celebrating 25 years all year is warranted

It is especially important that we honor those who work for the community

There is a special prayer we say every Shabbat just before Musaf celebrating those who work for the good of the community  in The Yekum Purkan

Kol Hakavod

Sid Halpern, Winnipeg


Subject: Passover greetings and a significant breakthrough for birding in Israel

2 April 2012

Dear Friends,

 1.  We would like to wish everyone a happy Passover, the festive holiday of freedom. This year the holiday is very special for us – we are delighted that Gilad Shalit will celebrate his first Passover with his family after 5 year in captivity in Gaza. A few days ago Gilad and his parents, Aviva and Noam, visited the Prime Minister. Their Passover gift to him was the book, “Drawing Inspiration from the Hula Valley”, whose publication this year was made possible by a donation from Racheli and Moshe Yanai, on the initiative of the “Hoopoe Foundation”.  This was exciting for us, too, especially after Gilad and his parents visited the Agamon Hahula on January 15th, 2012, on a private visit to see the Cranes and the ringing station.  This was mentioned in their dedication in the book (see photograph) to the Prime Minister.

 2. On Sunday 1 April 2012, at the height of the spring migration, the Government of Israel made an extraordinary and unique decision to fund the national network of birding centers with a pledge of 39.2 million New Shekels ($10.3 million).

This is a significant decision to promote birding in Israel and is the result of our efforts during the last five years.  We are certain that this decision will break new ground and will become an example of cooperation among governmental, public and academic bodies.

Our special thanks go to the Minister of Tourism and his Director General, the Deputy Prime Minister, the General Director of the Ministry for Regional Cooperation and the Development of the Negev and the Galilee, who lead the initiative together with the Secretary of the Cabinet, and five other government ministries that joined – the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education.

 Our best wishes for a happy Passover to everyone,

Yours truly,

Yossi Leshem, Dan Alon and Cami Zrihen-Heller

Subject: Shocker: Boston Professors Caught on Film Abusing Holocaust Programs to Bash Israel. PLEASE DISSEMINATE

2 April 2012



April 2, 2012

BOSTON – Americans for Peace and Tolerance/On Campus today released a video documenting Northeastern University faculty members abusing Holocaust Remembrance events for political purposes. Northeastern professors and their invited guest lecturers are seen comparing Israelis to Nazis and denying Jewish peoplehood – on tape recordings and in internal emails. Some making these claims were invited by professors holding the Stotsky Professorship in Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies, established specifically to study the genocide of European Jewry.

The video was posted at:

“Northeastern is a popular and respected school,” said APT President, Charles Jacobs, “but there does exist a problem - mostly confined to a few anti-Israel radicals among the professoriate and the administration. These individuals have used a chair donated for the purpose of teaching students about the genocide of European Jews to demonize and delegitimize the state of Israel and its supporters.”

Jacobs said, “It is extraordinarily unscholarly, insensitive and hurtful for university professors to invite speakers who tell Jewish students in front of their classmates that Jews today act like Nazis. It is outrageous that somebody who denies Jews the right to self-determination and compares the Jewish state to Nazis is responsible for commemorating the Jewish genocide.” 

 “It is also very troubling,” he said, “that some Jewish faculty members are too intimidated to speak publicly about these issues, and that some Universities use   ‘academic freedom’ to shield bigoted professors who defame the Jewish community.”

Jacobs said he is encouraged by recent efforts by the administration and he hopes that bringing public attention to this problem will lead the administration at Northeastern to comply with its own eloquently stated core values in its treatment of all minorities on campus.

APT/OC is calling for three specific actions:

1.      The University should apologize and launch an independent investigation into how such demonization of Israel and the Jewish community could have occurred on campus.

2.      The University should form a new Holocaust Awareness Committee composed of faculty sympathetic to Jewish peoplehood.  

3.       Professors who claim that Jews act like Nazis are engaging in hateful bigotry. To prevent such bigotry in the future, the University should extend its existing minority sensitivity training programs to include the Jewish people.

 APT/On Campus is an interfaith group educating the public about the radical threats  to academic integrity  at America’s Universities . In particular, APT on Campus works to increase public awareness of the growing hostile campus environment currently confronting Jewish students (and others) who support Israel.                               

 CONTACT: Americans for Peace and Tolerance/ On Campus

Contact Person: Dr. Charles Jacobs
Voice Phone Number:  617  202-3004  
Email Address:
[email protected]
Website URL


April2, 2012
To the Editor,
Have you seen this April Fool's joke suggesting the Canadian Human Rights Mueum has been turned into a waterpark ?
S. Koy, Winnipeg

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