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Rivka "Rivkush" Campbell, a Jew of Jamaican descent, has been one of Canada's most vocal Jews of colour. In this podcast, she interviews fascinating Jews of colour from all over the world, opening dialogue with the mainstream Jewish community about their views, perspectives and experiences.
 
Canadian Jews, listen up: this podcast's for you. Join hosts Avi Finegold, Melissa Lantsman and Ilana Zackon as they break down the goings-on across our community. Geographically and politically diverse, this show will dive into current affairs, spiritual advice, and the latest news with in-depth analysis and special guests.
 
If you're a Jew in Canada, odds are good you live in a big city. But Jews have built communities all across our home and native land, and in this podcast, veteran broadcaster Ralph Benmergui journeys across Canada in search of proud Jews from small places. From Moncton to Moose Jaw, Glace Bay to Thunder Bay, join Ralph as he travels from coast to coast to coast in search of a truly national Canadian Jewish identity.
 
The phrase "Kol Ram" literally means "a loud voice" in Hebrew, and veteran radio host and CJN contributor Avrum Rosensweig certainly has a loud voice—and a valuable one. Every month, Avrum invites a different guest to share their story and better understand what it means to be Jewish. Whether it's a local butcher or a federal politician, Avrum listens to their stories in a long-form interview to better understand what makes the Canadian Jewish community worth celebrating.
 
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Many years ago, when Joel Axler first moved to Walkerton, Ont., he was sitting in a diner when a postal worker walked in and asked him a question: "Are you in the witness protection program?" People from the big cities, she explained, don't usually move to the town of fewer than 5,000 people, which sits about halfway between Toronto and Tobermorey.…
 
In July 2021, the Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair attended an event at a Chabad Lubavitch centre in Markham, Ont., where he announced the government would spend $8 million to help non-profit faith community groups update their buildings' security. The money is meant to go towards projects like fortifying doors, installing cameras, erecting fen…
 
Last night, The CJN and CIJA hosted an election debate on issues that matter to the Jewish community. Our participants were Marco Mendicino, the Liberal minister of immigration; Michael Chong, the Conservative shadow critic for foreign affairs; and Hal Berman, a doctor and NDP candidate in Toronto. The subjects ranged beyond Israel and combatting a…
 
Since his humble beginnings in the Midwest wrestling scene in the early 2000s, Scott Colton, a.k.a. Colt Cabana, has grown into a seismic force in the pro wrestling world. After diving into the WWE as Scotty Goldman—a character presented a little antisemitically by the organization—a he made a name for himself as a world heavyweight champion in num…
 
Tonight, The CJN and CIJA are hosting a federal election debate featuring candidates from the three major parties: Liberal Marco Mendicino, Conservative Michael Chong and New Democrat Hal Berman. The candidates will debate issues relating to the safety of Canada's Jewish community and the country's relationship with Israel. To get a better sense of…
 
Years ago, Mishy Harman wondered about his fellow Israelis. There seemed to be so many differences within the country—political, ideological, sociological—and yet he didn't personally know anybody who wasn't like himself. He wanted to change that. That desire to meet different people propelled him to create Israel Story, a long-form radio documenta…
 
This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, when al-Qaeda suicide attackers flew four planes into American landmarks, resulting in 2,977 deaths, including 24 Canadians. The planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. Rabbi Leivi Sudak didn't know any of this when his flight to New York from London, U.K…
 
Canada’s Jewish community is a little larger this high holiday season. In July, 11 adults and two young children officially converted—and all of them live in Kelowna, B.C., with a Jewish population of about 500. Well, about 513 now. This was a unique conversion process for many reasons. Being virtual, of course, classes were led by rabbis from acro…
 
Soon after COVID-19 vaccines began rolling out, clashes erupted between authorities and the Hasidic community in Montreal. Police officers raided a synagogue that violated the lockdown curfew in January 2021; court battles ensued; more illegal gatherings took place in March, blowing past attendance limits. But there has been a shift in tone this su…
 
When Matthew Fernandez Konigsberg isn't working his day job as an in-house attorney at a large international law firm, he's actively working within the Puerto Rican and Jewish communities, fighting for the rights of Puerto Ricans and against antisemitism. Over his storied career, which included years as a special counsel for ethics, risk and compli…
 
Since she was nine years old, Hannah Alper has been blogging and speaking all over the world about climate change, clean drinking water, education, homelessness and discrimination against Black and Indigenous communities. She's interviewed Malala Yousafzai, travelled to Africa three times, written a book and been the subject of a documentary in 202…
 
Walk down the craft beer section of your local liquor store, and you'll be met by a wall of beautiful designs and bright colours. But if you spot a Shillow beer, something might catch your eye: the certified logo of the Kosher Council of Canada. Being kosher-certified is an extra expense, but it was a necessary one for Ben and Jamie Shillow, the mo…
 
This year, first prize for photographic storytelling at the prestigious World Press Photo awards went to an Italian photojournalist named Antonio Faccilongo. Faccilongo's winning photo essay, titled "Habibi"—which means "my love" in Arabic"—documents the families of jailed Palestinians prisoners serving sentences in Israel. Over the years, many of …
 
How much is antisemitism an election issue? Do Jews vote as a bloc? Who are the Jewish candidates to watch? With a federal election underway, Avi and Ilana invite The CJN's political pundit, Josh Lieblein, to break down the issues that matter most to Canadian Jews. You can read Josh's series, "Doorstop Postings", at thecjn.ca. Bonjour Chai is hoste…
 
For years, Mike Wilner has been beloved by Torontonians as the voice of Blue Jays baseball on the radio, calling games, taking fan calls and interviewing players. His tenure with the team ended unceremoniously last fall, when Rogers, which owns the team, let him go. But the veteran announcer hasn't disappeared: he landed a gig as the baseball colum…
 
One year after the separatist Parti Quebecois government won Quebec's 1976 election, they passed Bill 101—better known as the Charter of the French Language—which cemented French as Quebec's only official language and restricted the use of English in private businesses and public schools. A mass exodus of Jews from the province ensued, with as many…
 
In October 2020, Robert Walker scratched a lifelong itch: he embarked on a road trip across Northern Ontario, from the major hubs of North Bay and Timmins to the smaller towns of Iroquois Falls, Chapleau and Wawa. Along the way, Walker—a religious Jew—sought out as many landmarks, old synagogues, store names and museum artifacts as he could find th…
 
The Museum of Jewish Montreal started out as a digital idea about 10 years ago. When Zev Moses started plotting historic sites of old Jewish Montreal, putting little stories about theses buildings and people on a website, he wanted to showcase the origins of what was, for 200 years, Canada’s largest Jewish community. That concept morphed into a phy…
 
Jeffrey Freedman was working for a Toronto tile company when the pandemic hit. The office was deemed an essential service, so Freedman kept going into work. His wife's daycare business was shut down due to the pandemic and money got tight, so he kept going in until he took ill. He started having trouble breathing and was rushed to North York Genera…
 
KlezKanada and the Ashkenaz Festival are some of the largest Jewish and Yiddish arts celebrations in North America, and both are being held mostly virtually this year because of COVID-19. As the pandemic has upended cultural events around the country, so too has it forced these two renowned annual celebrations to figure out new ways to reach fans o…
 
Rain Pryor is many things: an actress, singer, performer, comedian, mother, one-time city council candidate in the City of Baltimore... and, yes, daughter of Richard Pryor, the famous comedian. Her mother, Shelley Bonus, a former go-go-dancer turned astronomer, was Jewish; Rain grew up studying torah with her grandfather and learning to make latkes…
 
As The CJN Daily continues its brief summer hiatus, we're bringing subscribers another compilation of some of our favourite stories. Today, two episodes in one: Canadians remember the Iraqi Farhud, a pogrom in 1941, as well as Argentina's AMIA bombing in 1994, which remains the country's biggest unsolved terror attack. What we talked about: Learn a…
 
The worst race riot in Canadian history happened on a Toronto baseball field exactly 88 years ago today. Just a few months after Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, in the midst of a global depression, the dictator's ideas were already taking hold in some parts of Canada. By the summer, pro-Nazi agitators showed up to a baseball game where a Jewish…
 
Few Canadian Jewish communities have experienced such tumultuous changes as Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. In 1902, the coal mining town on the eastern edge of Cape Breton became the site of the first synagogue constructed in the Atlantic provinces. Over the years, Jewish workers shifted into retail and business, growing to several hundred families by the…
 
While The CJN Daily is on a week-long summer vacation, we're bringing you some of our favourite stories from the past few months. Today, enjoy a compilation of our coverage of Indigenous issues and how the Jewish community can help. Episodes referenced: Mourning in Kamloops: How has the local Jewish community reacted? (June 2, 2021) Meet the Jewish…
 
The CJN Daily will be taking a brief summer vacation for the next week, returning on Aug. 23. In the meantime, we have a semi-new episode: here's a re-airing of an episode we ran in May 2021, "The life and legacy of partisan photographer Faye Schulman". We'll have more favourites coming to you during our break. Plus, we have an update on the first …
 
Zach Hyman, Toronto's homegrown Jewish hockey star, recently signed a seven-year contract worth $38.5 million with the Edmonton Oilers. The move will sadly take him away from his belowed hometown, where he played for the Maple Leafs since 2015 and where his whole family lives. Before jetting off to Edmonton with his wife and eight-month-old son, Hy…
 
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East, better known as UNRWA, provides health care and education for more than five million displaced Palestinians in the Middle East. But UNRWA has been in the news a lot in the last few years, as several of its employees and teachers have been accused of sharing violen…
 
Noah Shufutinsky, a.k.a. Westside Gravy, might be the most adamantly Zionist hip hop artist working right now. Raised in California, Shufutinsky is best known for fiery tracks like "Diaspora" and "Angry Black Man"; his music blends identity politics with global politics, calls out double standards and challenges conventional assumptions about what …
 
On Aug. 8, 2021, officials in Edmonton unveiled the first sculpture of Anne Frank anywhere in Canada. The world’s newest memorial to her—a life-sized bronze sculpture gifted by a Dutch-Canadian group based in Alberta—now sits in a park in Edmonton. It's is a replica of one that stands in Utrecht, Netherlands. The unveiling marks the 75th anniversar…
 
From Australians Jessica Fox (canoe slalom) and Jemima Montag (racewalking) to Israel's mixed judo team and gymnasit Artem Dolgopyat, Jews were well represented at this year's Tokyo Olympics. In fact, so many Jews medalled that, if Jews comprised their own country, they would have ranked alongside Belgium and Jamaica. Here's a rundown of all the Je…
 
It's hard to say how Judaism fits into identity politics. As both an ethnicity and religion, comprising (in North America) mostly white-skinned people who may not look obviously Jewish, how can our community fairly compare antisemitism to racism of other kinds? Is such a comparison even needed? Do white-skinned Jews have white privilege? These are …
 
Eighty years ago this summer, in July 1941, Nate and Susan Bluman stepped off a boat in Vancouver's port. It had been a perilous journey for the young Jewish couple, who'd escaped from German-occupied Poland to Lithuania, which was then occupied by the Russians. From there, they received transit visas thanks to a Japanese diplomat named Chiune Sugi…
 
For 25 years, Nicholas D. Lowry has been one of the experts on the PBS program Antiques Roadshow, where everyday folks bring old furniture, trinkets or artifacts to see if they're worth anything. Lowry is the one with the curly mustache and plaid suits. You wouldn't think he has a connection to the Canadian Jewish community. But this week, Lowry's …
 
Last year, the Edmonton Heritage Festival, one of the city's biggest celebrations, was cancelled due to the pandemic. This year, organizers decided to go ahead—though at half capacity—and invited the Jewish Federation of Edmonton to join with their annual pavilion for Israel. The pavilion could mark the only Israel-themed public gathering in Canada…
 
Last week, a local modern Orthodox Jewish man in Toronto, Sam Brody, recorded a video that he posted to Facebook. In it, he described being assaulted near Yonge and Eglinton, where he lives, specifically for being Jewish. Brody says a stranger bodychecked him into a wooden fence and yelled, “F— you, you Jew! You will never take Israel. Free Palesti…
 
Rabbi Jeremy Parnes left his home in England around a decade ago. He only planned on visiting Regina, Saskatchewan, for a year. But, as these things go, he wound up staying—and hasn't looked back. The Renewal rabbi took the helm of he city's Beth Jacob Synagogue, one of two local Jewish institutions (alongside the Chabad in Regina—not bad for a cit…
 
Shalom, sports fans! We've got a special episode for you today: the Menschwarmers appeared on Bonjour Chai, The CJN's weekly current affairs podcast, to chat about Olympic history, Jewish athletecism and much more. Subscribe to Bonjour Chai on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Plus: don't forget to register for the Menschwarmers' fi…
 
For three years, Jamie Hirsh and Gabe Pulver have hosted Menschwarmers, the world's only podcast about Jews and sports, for The CJN Podcast Network. In the past month they've been busy covering the Olympics from a Jewish perspective, interviewing Jewish Olympians and experts in the field. Today, they share what they've learned with Avi and Ilana fo…
 
Of the 5,000 Jewish residents in Hong Kong, Canadian chef Matt Abergel is pretty recognizable. You might spot him riding his skateboard while hanging off a bus driving down the street, or you could find him wearing a T-shirt with the stark black-and-white logo of his famous restaurant, Yardbird. He's the expat whose path started at the Calgary Jewi…
 
Becca Ignace's family homestead burned down two weeks ago. It's where she was raised after her parents moved from Montreal to British Columbia a half-century ago. Mendel and Paula Rubinson built that homestead, raised Becca and her two brothers and still continue to run a popular organic vegetable farm west of Kamloops. Ignace, meanwhile, married a…
 
How should Jews think about race? Some prefer not to think about it at all—but ignoring problems in our community won't make them disappear. Jews of colour routinely fight for visibility and push for white Jews to think twice before making assumptions, especially in Jewish spaces. Tyler Samuels has felt this personally. As a Jew of Jamaican descent…
 
In May, Sheikh Jarrah became famous as the central neighbourhood in a land dispute in East Jerusalem. The Israeli government recently allowed Jewish settlers to build homes in the area, which has deep significance for religious Jews. But their settlement meant evicting Palestinians whose families have been living in there for generations. Jewish se…
 
For Canadians who took a chance this past winter and ventured south to the southern United States, winter may not have felt so bad. Many had the opportunity to get vaccinated sooner than if they'd stayed in Canada; they got to enjoy beautiful weather, as usual; and they may have appreciated local governors refusing to lock down their economies, as …
 
A recent investigation into toxic hook-up culture among American Jewish teens, published in the digital magazine New Voices, shone a light on pervasive sexual harrassment within certain groups of Jewish organizations, such as BBYO, United Synagogue Youth and NFTY. To many people who have attended Jewish youth groups, this may sound like nothing new…
 
The government's much-touted day-long National Summit on Antisemitism took place virtually on July 21, 2021. Among the attendees were members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, Jewish Liberal MPs, municipal leaders and representatives from the country's main Jewish organizations. They spoke at length about concrete strategies to combat ant…
 
For the past year, Laura Whitney Sniderman, armed with a Master's degree in psychology, has been helping people find and make new friends during the pandemic. She started a new community-driven company, Kinnd, which connects people online with a forthcoming app and a Facebook group of more than 10,000 people. During the pandemic, Kinnd also held se…
 
With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics starting this week, Jewish sports fans are abuzz with one question: Who's representing the tribe? As it happens, there are plenty of promising Olympians with fascinating stories, from Argentine tennis phenom Diego Schwartzman to Jewish Japanese basketballer Avi Schafer and a whole lot of American and Canadian fencing st…
 
Naomi Krajden didn't go to medical school to become a front-line health care worker, even though many of her family members work in the field. Her father and brother are doctors; her mother is a nurse. So it wasn't surprising that the Toronto-born Jewish artist gravitated toward the medical world. Krajden—a trained theatre actor, singer and dancer—…
 
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