I’m somewhat of a music maven, and singer-songwriter-guitarist David Broza – who performed a sold-out concert 15 months ago at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre – has long been one of my favourite Israeli artists. In his music, he often combines elements of folk, flamenco, pop and rock styles to create something that is both universal and uniquely his own. Many of his songs are compelling and intense keeping listeners’ attention glued both to the music and to the messages in the songs. [Read more…]
Event should be a “beacon for other groups in the city to follow and replicate,” Mayor Jim Watson says.
Hundreds of volunteers – from young children to seniors – spent a few hours doing good deeds during the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s eighth annual Mitzvah Day, February 9. [Read more…]
talks to Bess Swedlove
and to members of her family
as the pianist, who donated
her beloved piano to the SJCC, prepares to celebrate
her 100th birthday.
The gorgeous baby grand piano that Bess Swedlove lovingly played in her family home for more than four decades now sits on the stage in the social hall of the Soloway Jewish Community Centre (JCC) where it is now being enjoyed by community members who gather there for concerts and other musical events. [Read more…]
Louise Rachlis talks to Stuart Hendin about his dangerous mission in the war-torn country
Ottawa lawyer Stuart Hendin has returned home after spending more than four months in Afghanistan training lawyers and judges as an international training adviser in Kabul for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).
Isolated, her self-confidence eroded, it can be much harder for a Jewish woman to seek help when experiencing abuse. [Read more…]
It all comes down to camels – or no camels, to be precise. [Read more…]
Irwin Cotler’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election in 2015 raises a couple of interesting questions. His long-time Liberal riding in Montreal has the second largest Jewish population in Canada. Will it remain Liberal? Will the voters of Mount Royal not feel compelled to vote Conservative in light of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s trip to Israel? [Read more…]
Last month, I received an email from a third cousin on my mother’s side of the family who lives in the United States. While we have never met, we have corresponded for a few years and have exchanged genealogical information on our respective branches. We also see each other on Facebook, so I was aware she had married in December. She began by telling me she and her new husband are planning to have children and, because some of her family members are carriers of Tay-Sachs disease and Joubert syndrome, the couple decided to undergo genetic testing. [Read more…]
The Jewish denomination wars have flared up again. On February 4, Knesset member David Rotem said, “The Reform movement is not Jewish … they are another religion.” He later backtracked, withdrew the comment and apologized for making it. [Read more…]
The Best Place on Earth: Stories
By Ayelet Tsabari
I didn’t want to put down The Best Place on Earth: Stories. Ayelet Tsabari’s first book is a smart, sexy, and absorbing collection of short stories. Tsabari, an Israeli-Canadian who moved to Canada in 1998, studied creative writing, and now writes in English about the Israeli and Israeli-Canadian experience. Most of her characters in this collection are Mizrahi-Israeli – whose family lineage traces to Yemen, Tunisia, Spain or Morocco – plus one intriguing story where the narrator is a Filipina caregiver. [Read more…]