(JTA) – Scores of rockets were fired at Israel Friday, one killing a child in Sha’ar HaNegev, and another lightly injuring three people at an Ashdod synagogue. [Read more…]
TEL AVIV (JTA) – Exchanges of Hamas rockets and Israeli airstrikes continued as the United States and European Union pushed for a United Nations Security Council resolution to end the fighting. [Read more…]
(JTA) – The Ontario branch of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) unanimously passed a resolution to boycott Israel. [Read more…]
In the book review for this issue, I write about Nora Gold’s fine new book, Fields of Exile. Set 14 years ago as the Second Intifada was breaking out, the main theme of the novel is the effect on a Jewish graduate student at a Toronto-area university of campaigns meant to demonize and delegitimize the State of Israel – campaigns that too often cross the thin line into what is now referred to as the “new anti-Semitism.” [Read more…]
Fields of Exile
By Nora Gold
University campuses are often the frontlines of the movement to delegitimize the State of Israel and, while no government – including Israel’s – should ever be above criticism, we’ve seen many attacks on Israel, often falsely couched in the language of peace and human rights, that are nothing but thinly veiled examples of what has emerged as a new form of anti-Semitism. [Read more…]
You can’t trust Hamas to honour a ceasefire. Or allow foreign journalists to report the truth without fearing for their lives. Or stop using its people as human shields by deliberately firing rockets from schools, hospitals and other heavily populated areas. [Read more…]
(JTA) – A scoop of Ben & Jerry’s may taste like heaven, and, for company co-founder Jerry Greenfield, the business of making ice cream has a spiritual side as well. [Read more…]
These two new Federation staff members share the goal of engaging community in their respective new roles.
It’s not always easy being the “new guy,” but Arieh Rosenblum, the new director of Development for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation, said the community and his colleagues have made him feel like he truly belongs.
My first real memories of Israel date to the Six Day War and the shock waves that an imminent threat to Israel’s existence sent throughout the Canadian Jewish community. As I reflect on those tenuous days in 1967, I cannot help but be saddened by the fact that our children have just borne witness to their own generational war in Gaza. [Read more…]
I write as a 72-hour cease-fire comes into effect between Hamas and Israel, following four weeks of Operation Protective Edge. [Read more…]