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Canada’s oldest Jewish congregation celebrates 250 years

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Canada’s oldest Jewish congregation celebrates 250 years

By Janice Arnold, Staff Reporter     From left, Rose Simon Schwartz, the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue’s co-ordinator of its 250th anniversary celebrations, shul president Edmond Elbaz and Rabbi Avi Finegold stand in front of the synagogue’s original Aron Kodesh, which is still in use in its daily chapel. JANICE ARNOLD PHOTO   It’s the […]

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Canadian Jewry in the era of ‘none is too many’

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Canadian Jewry in the era of ‘none is too many’

By Irving Abella         [In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, The CJN presents essays on 10 significant moments in Canadian Jewish history.] On May 15, 1939, 907 desperate German Jews set sail from Hamburg on the luxury liner, the St. Louis. They had been stripped of all of their possessions by the […]

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The first Jews in Canada

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The first Jews in Canada

By Allan Leviner     When Canada first became a country, 150 years ago, there were slightly less than 1,200 Jews living here. But Jewish settlement in French, and then British, North America, goes back much further. In 1677, Joseph de la Penha, a young Sephardic Jewish merchant, ship owner and financier of privateers from […]

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Arabic has a Jewish dialect, and these women speak it

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Arabic has a Jewish dialect, and these women speak it

Public Radio International tells us the unlikely story of the near-death and cultural revival of Judeo-Arabic.      Alina Simone tracked down three Judeo-Arabic speakers in Montreal. They arrived there decades ago, following their exodus from Iraq (with a few stops elsewhere along the way). All three grew up speaking an Iraqi variant of this Jewish-tinged Arabic. […]

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Leaving Iraq

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Leaving Iraq

interview with Asad Muallim A plane filled with Iraqi Jews photographed on arrival at Lod Airport in early 1951 (Credit: Teddy Brauner/GPO) B’nai Brith Canada spoke with our member, Asad Muallim. Although Asad left Iraq illegally in the early 1960s, his family that stayed endured many hardships, including arrests and property seizures due to their […]

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My Iraqi Jewish heritage: What’s left?

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My Iraqi Jewish heritage: What’s left?

By Robert Fattal It is a pity that many observant Middle Eastern Jews have adopted the symbols of a 200-year-old tradition over their own, much older ones.  Torah scrolls from Iraqi Jews 370. (photo credit:REUTERS) Last month the National Archives in Washington unveiled an exhibit showcasing Iraqi Jewish artifacts recovered from Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters. […]

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Iraqi Jews In Montreal

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Iraqi Jews In Montreal

How They Got Here and How They Have Flourished By Zachary Rath For many years, Canada has been a second home for immigrants looking to build better lives for themselves and their families. When it comes to foreign Jewish communities worldwide, Montreal has welcomed those who have fled their homelands with open arms. As the […]

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