Established in 1937 as “a force for constructive communal consciousness,” the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin communicates the messages of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and its agencies, and, as the city’s only Jewish newspaper, aims to inform, inspire and enrich the lives of all members of this diverse community.

Suspect arrested over anti-Semitic graffiti at northern England synagogue

(JTA) – A suspect was arrested in connection with anti-Semitic graffiti painted on the sign of a synagogue in northern England.

Police in Leeds on Monday told British media that they had arrested the man at the end of last week after a second incident occurred outside the Etz Chaim synagogue. Staff members of the anti-Semitism watchdog group Community Security Trust were harangued with anti-Semitic abuse by the suspect outside of the synagogue before his arrest, the London-based Jewish Chronicle reported. [Read more…]

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Halloween costume company removes Anne Frank outfit

Holloweencostumes.com removed this Halloween costume of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank from its sites. (Screenshot from Holloweencostumes.com)

Holloweencostumes.com removed this Halloween costume of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank from its sites. (Screenshot from Holloweencostumes.com)

(JTA) – An online costume company removed a Halloween costume of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank from its U.S. and European websites.

Holloweencostumes.com, whose website is run by the Minnesota-based company Fun.com, pulled the costumes on Sunday after a backlash on social media. [Read more…]

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Ben Kingsley playing Adolf Eichmann in film about Nazi’s capture by Israel

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley is in Buenos Aires filming a Hollywood movie about the capture of Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents.

Kingsley, a British actor, is starring in “Operation Finale,” which chronicles the notorious Nazi’s life as Ricardo Klement living in the Argentine capital after World War II and the Mossad operation to capture him. Chris Weitz, a producer and writer known for “Rogue One” in the “Star Wars” series, is the director. Filming will last one more month in greater Buenos Aires area. [Read more…]

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Temple Israel expects to reopen later this week following fire

A accidental fire in a hydro vault behind Temple Israel caused minimal damage. The Reform congregation is expected to reopen later this week. (Facebook)

A accidental fire in a hydro vault behind Temple Israel caused minimal damage. The Reform congregation is expected to reopen later this week. (Facebook)

An electrical malfunction at a hydro vault behind Temple Israel of Ottawa was the likely cause of a fire that caused about $10,000 in damages late Sunday night (October 15).

“Damage was primarily to the transformer and our waste bins outside the kitchen door. Interior damage is minimal. As a result of this, Temple currently does not have power (nor telephone) and all scheduled events, school and meetings have been postponed until further notice,” said Temple officials in a Facebook post Monday afternoon.

In an email Tuesday morning, Heather Cohen, executive director of Temple Israel, told the Bulletin that Hydro Ottawa expects to finish repairing the hydro vault today. Once that is done, an electrician will have to complete repairs inside the building.

The building will reopen once that work is done. The electrician, Cohen said, expects the work to be finished by Wednesday or Thursday.

Update: Temple Israel reopened on Thursday, October 19.

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Sukkah blocks Brooklyn woman from escaping apartment fire

(JTA) – A Brooklyn woman was one of 10 people injured in an apartment fire after her balcony exit was blocked by the sukkah erected on her balcony.

Daniella Liby, 53, the divorced mother of three adult children, remains unconscious and on a respirator at a local hospital, the New York Daily News reported. The fire started early Monday morning in the Borough Park neighbourhood. [Read more…]

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Ukraine honours nationalist leader blamed for Jewish pogroms

(JTA) – Ukraine unveiled a statue for a nationalist leader who guided a regime that killed tens of thousands of Jews in pogroms during the Russian Revolution.

The memorial for Symon Petliura was unveiled Saturday in Vinnitsa, a city in the western part of the nation, on Defender of Ukraine Day, a national holiday, the RT news site reported. It is located in an area once known as Yerusalimka, or Jerusalem, and located next to a small synagogue that is still in operation. [Read more…]

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Israelis can’t compete under their country’s flag in Abu Dhabi judo tournament

Israeli judoka Ori Sasson, second from left, arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport, Aug. 15, 2016. (Roy Alima/Flash90)

Israeli judoka Ori Sasson, second from left, arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport, Aug. 15, 2016. (Roy Alima/Flash90)

(JTA) – Israeli judokas participating in the Grand Slam event in Abu Dhabi will not be able to compete under their country’s flag.

The team will be prevented from wearing the Israeli flag or any other national emblems on their uniform, including the designation ISR for Israel, and if they win a place on the podium they will not hear their national anthem, “Hatikvah,” the AFP news agency reported. Instead, they will be identified as competing as part of the International Judo Federation, or IJF. [Read more…]

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Western Wall dig uncovers ancient Roman theatre

Joe Uziel of the Israel Antiquities Authority sitting on the steps of the Roman theater structure uncovered in the Western Wall tunnels, Oct. 16, 2017. (Yaniv Berman, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

Joe Uziel of the Israel Antiquities Authority sitting on the steps of the Roman theatre structure uncovered in the Western Wall tunnels, Oct. 16, 2017. (Yaniv Berman, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – An ancient Roman theatre was uncovered during excavations of the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem.

The discovery of the 200-seat theater structure from the Roman period confirms historical writings that describe a theatre near the Temple Mount, the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement Monday. [Read more…]

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