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B'nai Brith condemns desecration of Jewish cemetery in Victoria as year closes

January 5, 2011

TORONTO, 3 January 2012 – B'nai Brith Canada has condemned the desecration of the Jewish cemetery in Victoria, British Columbia that took place this last weekend while Canadians celebrated the new year. Five grave-sites were defaced with swastikas and other symbols of hatred. Congregation Emanu-El is housed in a heritage building and is Canada's oldest continuously operating synagogue. The cemetery associated with this proud congregation opened in the 1860's and was the province's first Jewish cemetery.
Frank Dimant, CEO of B'nai Brith Canada commented, "In May 2010, a Victoria playground was defaced with swastikas and antisemitic slurs shortly after a communal celebration there. Now we learn of this act of desecration at the nearby burial site where in fact many survivors of the Holocaust have been laid to rest. We trust that British Columbia police will investigate this hate crime with all due diligence to identify the perpetrators as the work to clean away this ugliness begins.
B’nai Brith Canada has been active in Canada since 1875 as the Jewish community’s foremost human rights agency
B'nai Brith Canada
15 Hove St.
Toronto, M3H 4Y8


Jan 1, 2012
To the Editor,
 I very much enjoyed your article on Alzheimer´s disease!

  Elisabeth Lück, Germany

Re: Rhonda Spivak 's article on Channukah in Puerto Vallarta

December 20, 2011
Subject: Re: Rhonda Spivak 's article on Channukah in  Puerto Vallarta


I am trying to locate Rhonda Spivak. She wrote an article last year about
 Puerto Vallarta not having a Jewish Community center, Kosher food etc.

Shaul Groman and Yosef Elkayam are the Directors for "The Jew Wish" in
 Puerto Vallarta, and I know they would be happy to be
 interviewed for an article about their Jewish Community, and all things Kosher
 in Puerto Vallarta. They recently received Rabbi certification for a Kosher
 kitchen and the inauguration was just last week, plus are having a Hanukkah
 celebration next week in Puerto Vallarta.
Please pass this on to Rhonda or have her contact us for more details so she
 can write an updated article about Puerto Vallarta's Directors of Jewish
 I've attached the Hanukkah invitation for you.
Thank You
Robin Miller, Peurto Vallarta
[email protected]

Attack at Oak Park

20 Dec 2011

Dear Editor,
The only way to stop the attacks is to keep Hashem's commandments. Non-Jews respect Jews who respect Judaism.
Adam Sheps

New Israel Fund of Canada


Deecember 18, 2011

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce the first Canadian Social Justice Fellow in Israel. This is a very exciting new opportunity NIFC is making available to Canadians.

This prestigious, subsidized fellowship places young Jews in Israeli non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for a year of in-depth community service and learning.

Additional information is included here. If you know of any potential candidates or someone who might contact others qualified for this program, please feel free to circulate this email. Please note that the deadline for application is January 20, less than six weeks away.

Click here to watch Itamar Haritan talk about his experience as a Social Justice Fellow last year.

On behalf of the Board and Staff of the NIFC, I want to wish you a healthy, prosperous and peaceful 2012,

PS: As 2011 draws to a close, please be generous in sustaining our important work through your support of NIFC. Information on donating provided via the button below.

For those who have made your annual gift, our heartfelt thanks.

New Israel Fund of Canada
401-801 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON M5N 1E5

AIPAC Welcomes House and Senate Agreement to Sanction Iran's Central Bank

December 13, 2011

Lawmakers from both parties call for the US to get tougher on the Islamic Republic

AIPAC welcomes the House-Senate Conference Committee's completion of tough new sanctions against the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) and urges its immediate passage and full implementation. This important, long-overdue measure will raise the pressure on Tehran to abandon its illegal pursuit of nuclear weapons.

AIPAC applauds the authors of the amendment, Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), and thanks the following lawmakers for their leadership in ensuring its inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Act conference report: Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Ranking Member Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Ranking Member Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA).

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ranking Member Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) not only played a role in the conference, but were originators of legislation targeting Iran’s Central Bank.  A Berman amendment offered in October was included in legislation that the House is voting on today.

The CBI is the key financial facilitator of Iran’s nuclear and missile programs, and provides significant assistance to previously sanctioned banks and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). If properly enforced, the new provision will require foreign financial institutions to choose between doing business with Iran's Central Bank and continuing to have access to the U.S. financial system.

It is essential that the administration embrace the Menendez-Kirk amendment in an effort to stop Tehran's nuclear program and its global support for terrorism.

AIPAC urges Congress to take additional strong steps through passage of comprehensive Iran sanctions legislation before both the House and Senate. 

 Contact:  Ari Goldberg

RE: The Palestinian Wonderland


16 Dec 2011

This is the same historical read that has convinced Palestinians that it is Israel and the West that created the Arab-Palestinian refugees, rather their own Arab leaders who did indeed put them in this state intentionally. Today, the perfidy of Palestinian society lies in its division, dysfunctionality, and complete denial of the reality it lives in.

Coleen Holtzinger



15 Dec 2011

To the Editor, 
I read the interesting article.  However, I never wrote a book. Perhaps, you are referring to Harold Troper's book "The Rescuer."
The reason she could not find Syrian Jews is that there are only 22 elderly individuals left, all in Damascus. They chose to stay because they have no

 Aleppo and Qamishli are now Judenrein. I have gotten them all out.

 The reason for the Hebrew school being in decent shape is because it was renovated by the JDC but there are no Jewish children remaining.
Judy Feld Carr

Editor's response: Thanks for writing in. You are correct . Ahava was referring to the  book by Harold Troper , the  Rescuer, which outlines your courageous and historic rescue of Syrian Jewry . It is a recommended read for anyone interested in the subject. I had t epleasure of hearing you tell your story of rescuing Syran Jewry in a clandestine manner first hand when I was a student and attended a general assembly of Jewish Federations conference and I never forgot you.

News Release: The Centre For Israel and Jewish Affairs commends the Federal Government for new funding for the SIP

December 15, 2011


 The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs commends the Federal Government for designating new funding for the Security Infrastructure Program.

 TORONTO, ON -- Following the announcement by Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews of new funding for the Security Infrastructure Program, David Koschitzky, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, issued the following statement:

 “We thank the government for its continuing support of vulnerable communities through the Security Infrastructure Program. This vital program will continue to assist at-risk communities to protect their communal institutions and the community members who use them from violence and vandalism. It is an unfortunate reality that some communities need to worry more about their safety than others, but it is indeed comforting to know our government understands these concerns and is prepared to offer assistance.”

 “When an act of vandalism or violence is directed against a place of worship or a school or a building that is identified with one community, the fabric of Canadian life is damaged. Thankfully, we live in a country that understands that hate is incompatible with our core values and that in order for any community to thrive and contribute to the rich cultural landscape of our nation, we all must feel secure and protected. We applaud Minister Toews and the Federal government for joining with at-risk communities to help them protect against acts of hate.”

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 For more information, please contact:

Jordan Kerbel

Deputy Director, Communications and Advocacy Training

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

[email protected]

416.638.1991 ext. 5142


The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs Statement on Recent Acts of Violence in Israel

December 14, 2011

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs issued the following statement regarding the recent acts of violence on Israeli institutions

OTTAWA, ON --- Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, issued the following statement on the recent acts of vandalism on Israeli 

"Our community is concerned about recent acts of violence perpetrated by marginal, yet active elements against Israeli military facilities and an abandoned mosque in Jerusalem. These unacceptable acts are contrary to the Jewish and democratic values of Israel and are reproved by the whole of  Israeli society."
"We commend the determination of the Israeli government to stop all forms of extremist violence and share the position of the Israeli Prime Minister that
this violence must end now before this marginal phenomenon gains any magnitude. We are confident that the perpetrators of the attacks will be prosecuted and punished to the full extent of the law."
For more information, please contact:

 Jordan Kerbel
 Deputy Director, Communications and Advocacy Training
 The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
 [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>
416.638.1991 ext. 5142


7 Dec 2011

Arafat ascribed to the principal that a lie told often enough becomes the truth.

Coleen Holtzinger


RE: Living Legacies - A Collection of Writing by Contemporary Canadian

Dec 5, 2011

The Living Legacies series currently has three published volumes. Each volume is a collection of original, creative nonfiction writing by contemporary Canadian Jewish women. The authorship of this series includes a broad range of diverse Canadian Jewish women from across the country. Each woman has a unique voice with a message to deliver. The contributing authors bestow their wisdom and share their insights and experiences. In chronicling their stories, the authors empower and enlighten the readers. Each volume includes a collection of legacy writing that is both personal and universal. Legacy writing is a meaningful expression of identity, purpose, values, beliefs, reflections and experiences.

The Living Legacies series is edited by Liz Pearl.
Request for Nominations and Call for Submissions for Volume IV:
If you wish to nominate someone, or self-nominate, please forward the following information: name and email contact as well as a brief statement supporting your nomination. Nominees will be contacted directly and submission guidelines will be provided.
The deadline for nominations is December 5th, 2011.
The deadline for abstracts is January 9th, 2012.
The deadline for final draft submissions is April 2nd, 2012.
Thank you,
Liz Pearl, M.Ed. 
Therapist / Editor
PK Press 

For more information about Living Legacies - A Collection of Writing by  Contemporary Canadian Jewish Women please visit
Visit PK Press on Facebook   <!/PKPress>!/PKPress

Thank you,
Liz Pearl, M.Ed. 
Therapist / Editor
 PK Press 

mailto:[email protected]

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 Dec 4, 2011
Thanks...and your paper keeps getting better and betterJ!!!!

Ronna Goldberg
Regional Event Planner
Sturgeon Creek 1 Retirement Residence
10 Hallonquist Drive
 Winnipeg, Manitoba  

Re: Current Edition of the Winnipeg Jewish Review

2 December 2011

Current Edition of the Winnipeg Jewish Review

Great articles. 

Shabbat Shalom Rhonda,

Elaine Bigalow,


Tell Israel's government to protect democratic values

28 Nov 2011

Rhonda --

Our partners in the fight for Israel's future at the New Israel Fund have asked us to stand with them in urging the Israeli government to reject two new legislative proposals that undercut the country's democratic principles.

The proposed laws would limit and then tax foreign government contributions to Israeli advocacy organizations - many of which work to promote and protect democratic principles and human rights.

These laws are but the latest chapter in a disturbing and ongoing assault on the fabric of Israel's democracy.  [For more information see their email below.]
Please sign J Street's petition to Ambassador Michael Oren conveying the views of pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans on these bills in advance of the Cabinet's re-consideration of the legislation this Sunday.

Our critique is echoed by several leading democracy advocates with right-of-center political views in Israel.  Knesset Speaker Ruby Rivlin -- a Likud stalwart -- said: "The new Likud is not committed to the ethics of liberty, to the values of Jabotinsky and of Begin."

Another leader in Likud -- Minister Benny Begin (who voted against the bills) -- commented: "Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Uzbekistan - these are countries that have similar laws to this one." He added: "What kind of society are we living in?"

Together with the New Israel Fund, we are fighting for the future of Israel as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people.
Please make your voice heard today by signing this important petition urging the Israeli government to change course and demonstrate its commitment to democratic ideals.

Thank you,
Jeremy Ben Ami, CEO J STREET

The book Raising Kids to LOVE Being Jewish by Doron Kornbluth

24 Nov 2011

Can kids be raised to Love being Jewish? Judging from the studies, conferences, and budgets dedicated to this topic.....this issue is clearly on the mind of many Jews today.


The book Raising Kids to LOVE Being Jewish by Doron Kornbluth is filled with useful ideas and information about this issue. Appropriate for Jews of any background and observance level, this is an enjoyable and helpful read!


About the Author, Doron Kornbluth is a best-selling author and renowned international speaker.

Hailing originally from Montreal, Canada, Doron is now based in Israel and speaks in over 50 cities a year worldwide. His most famous talks include The Jewish Pride Seminar, Raising Kids to LOVE Being Jewish (also the title of this latest book) and Why Be Jewish? With his unique combination of humor, depth and thought-provoking ideas, Doron is popular and respected by all types of Jewish organizations and his books and talks have been widely discussed and reviewed. With his wife Sarah, Doron is also busy raising - and inspiring - his own Jewish family.


Title: Raising Kids to LOVE Being Jewish

Author: Doron Kornbluth

Publisher: Mosaica Press

ISBN: 978-1-60204-016-8 Paperback, $15.99

ISBN: 978-1-60204-015-1 $21.99

189 Pages

If you would like a copy, please contact us and we will get one out to you as soon as possible.


Thank you for your consideration,

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Stuart Schnee PR | 10 Haportzim St, Jerusalem Israel | 14 Walt Whitman Trail | Morristown | NJ | 07960


17 november 2011

Hi Sayeh and Rhonda,

Excellent piece.
Well done.

Will upload link or text to Iran section of


David Kilgour

 Nov 17 2011
 To the Editor,
Dr. Fainman delivered our first child, almost 40 years ago.   Good to see he's still around and doing well, but sorry to read about the shooting...Please extend to him my best wishes.
 Garry Vickar
Garry M. Vickar, MD, FRCPC, DLFAPA
 Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry
Medical Director, STEPSsm
Christian Hospital NE
Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Psychiatry,
Washington University
Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry
St. Matthews University
Grand Cayman, BWI
Missouri Psychiatric Association
 Assembly Rep.
 St. Louis, Mo

Subject: Doctors from the most populous Muslim country learn how to treat
Thu, 17 Nov 2011
 Indonesians Attend Rambam Seminar
Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, has no diplomatic relations with Israel.
Despite this gulf, five medical experts from Indonesia are currently at Rambam, learning to build a system for treating victims of catastrophe, both natural and manmade.
At the closing of the course, a ceremony will be held on 17.11.11 at 12:30 in the Spencer Auditorium at Rambam.  There, participants will receive diplomas and medals in the presence of ambassadors and representatives of different countries and of Rambam, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health.
You are invited to cover this event.
Rambam Hospital, Haifa, Israel

Nov 17, 2011
Roger Water's imagery doesn't only drop Magen Davids, but Christian crosses, the Moslem symbol, money, everything.
But Larry Fishman only mentions the Magen Davids. 
 A little bit biased on his side.
Sergio Glogowski

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