This year Jews have an extra reason to celebrate Canada Day. 2019 is the 260th anniversary of Aaron Hart’s arrival in Canada. It is an understatement to say that Jews have thrived in Canada ever since. Today, we are the fourth largest Jewish community in the world.
JSpaceCanada is hiring a Social Justice Intern for the summer to help expand our outreach to diverse communities and partners, and to assist with invigorating our social media platforms.
JSpaceCanada is hiring for a summer position, a Social Justice Intern, to help expand our outreach to diverse communities and partners, and to assist with invigorating our social media platforms. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about the issues and implementing exciting programs, and also understands that in small non-profit organizations there is both high level and mundane administrative work to do.
JSpaceCanada strongly condemns the barrage of rockets launched from Gaza at Israel over the past two days by militants from Hamas and Islamic Jihad. We are deeply concerned by this escalation of violence, in which four Israelis and several Palestinian civilians have been killed, with countless more wounded. We admire the defiance of Israeli communities in the South, who have been subject to rocket attacks for nearly two decades.JSpaceCanada statement on May 2019 rocket attacks Click To Tweet
Tonight we are reeling from yet another horrific shooting of people who were at prayer. The suspect arrested in the shooting at the Chabad synagogue near San Diego appears to have several things in common with the perpetrator of the Tree of Life shooting six months ago in Pittsburgh. Both were acting alone and both had a history of racist rants on social media. There are similarities with the New Zealand mosque shooter as well. Indeed, the Chabad shooter claimed on line that he was inspired by the shootings in New Zealand and in Pittsburgh.Hatred, the oldest story Click To Tweet
It is fortunate that this year Passover follows the Israeli election so closely. We turn immediately from a bitter and divisive election to a celebration and a feast. No matter whom we supported, Passover reminds us that the Jews in Israel and the Diaspora share the same long history.
The Toronto Jewish community is responding to the two mosque shootings in New Zealand as it did after the shooting at the Quebec mosque in January, 2017. Beside expressions of sympathy and condolences, the community is participating in Rings of Peace events. Toronto Muslims participated in similar events around many Toronto-area shuls after the Tree of Life shooting in October.
Whenever I am attacked publicly, even unfairly, by a member of our community, my inclination is to let it pass. A vigourous response may only inflame passions and further divide the Jewish community. However, sometimes an attack is so inaccurate that a response is required for fear that silence will imply that I have no defense and the charges have some merit.
The details of the shootings in New Zealand are still coming in but it is not too soon to see they fit a pattern. The shooters chose a time and a place where people feel safest and that is sure to create maximum outrage in the larger community. The murderers not only show hatred for the innocent victims but for society as a whole.
JSpaceCanada’s recent press release on the prospect of Otzma Yehudit joining the Knesset was cited by Canadian Jewish News Editor Yoni Goldstein in an update on the Israeli election. JSpaceCanada was mentioned in the context of nearly universal condemnation by Diaspora organizations of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to merge the Jewish Home party with the far right Otzma Yehudit party. Its ideology is based on the ultra-nationalist teachings of Rabbi Meir Kahane.