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  • North American immigration to Israel rose 7 percent in 2014

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    Immigration to Israel from North America rose 7 percent in 2014 over the previous year to 3,762 olim from the United States and Canada, according to Nefesh B’Nefesh.

    The immigrants came on 17 special aliyah flights from North America, sponsored by facilitated by Nefesh B’Nefesh...

  • Suspected Paris synagogue bomber can be extradited from Canada

    November 13, 2014 | 1:52 pm

    Canada’s Supreme Court declined to hear the case of the prime suspect in a deadly 1980 synagogue bombing in Paris, paving the way for his extradition to France.

    The nation’s top court on Thursday did not give reasons for its refusal to hear the case of Hassan Diab, who was...

  • Obama says Canada shootings tragic, offers assistance

    October 22, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    President Barack Obama called the shootings in Ottawa on Wednesday "tragic" and said they reinforced the need for vigilance against acts of violence and terrorism.

    U.S. officials said there was no specific indication of a similar attack in the United States, but reinforced...

  • Canadian parliament locked down, one suspected gunman reported dead

    October 22, 2014 | 9:44 am

    A gunman shot and wounded a soldier in Ottawa on Wednesday and then entered the country's parliament buildings chased by police, with at least 30 shots fired in dramatic scenes in the heart of the Canadian capital.

    A suspected gunman was shot dead inside the parliament building,...

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  • After tensions with residents, Lev Tahor leave Guatemalan village

    August 29, 2014 | 11:08 am

    Members of the controversial Haredi sect Lev Tahor left a Guatemalan village after religiously tainted disputes with its Roman Catholic Mayan residents.

    Over 200 members of the community began leaving Thursday after local leaders said they would cut services to Lev Tahor members....

  • Canada’s Green Party president quits after defending Israel

    August 8, 2014 | 10:34 am

    The president of Canada’s Green Party resigned his post a week after expressing pro-Israel views.
     
    Paul Estrin stirred controversy last week when he posted a blog entry defending Israel on the party’s website. On Tuesday night, Estrin announced his resignation after the party...
  • JDL looks to establish Montreal chapter after increase in attacks on Jews

    July 29, 2014 | 11:48 am

    The Jewish Defense League of Canada wants to set up a chapter in Montreal, citing an increase in attacks on Jews.

    The national director of the Toronto-based JDL, Meir Weinstein, told local media he has been contacted by Montreal residents who would like to see a chapter set up in...

  • #WorldPride Toronto 2014!

    By Tera Greene

    June 24, 2014 | 7:19 pm

    World Pride 2014 June 20-29 Toronto

     

    Super Excited to be heading to World Pride 2014.
    Going to be my first time in Toronto.
    Gunna bring some business cards.
    Gunna Dance and Celebrate with the World!
    #WorldPride #RiseUp

    For more info, check out http://www.worldpridetoronto.com/



    Woohoo! World Pride
    WOOHOO!

     

  • Canada selects design for national Holocaust monument

    May 12, 2014 | 10:40 am

    A team that includes world-renowned architect Daniel Liebeskind has been chosen over five other finalists to create a national Holocaust monument in Ottawa.

    The team was announced made Monday by Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and...

  • Report: Dozens of Lev Tahor sect members living in Guatemala shack

    May 12, 2014 | 10:05 am

    Some three dozen members of the Charedi Orthodox sect Lev Tahor apparently are living in a small shack in Guatemala after fleeing Canada.

    Two adults and six children had fled to the Central American country in March ahead of a court hearing to determine whether the children...

  • Bulgarian police ID tour bus attacker through DNA

    March 11, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    Bulgarian police identified a Lebanese-Canadian man as the bomber of an Israeli tour bus.

    The identification came from DNA evidence connected to the July 2012 attack at the Burgas airport on a bus full of Israeli tourists. Five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian bus driver were...

  • Fringe Lev Tahor sect must surrender children, Canadian court rules

    March 6, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    A Canadian court ordered the fringe haredi Orthodox Lev Tahor sect to turn over as many as 13 of its children to authorities after some of its members appeared to have fled the country.

    Police officers and children’s aid workers visited Lev Tahor homes Wednesday night in...

  • Elderly Holocaust survivor couple die in suicide pact

    October 31, 2013 | 11:26 am

    An octogenarian couple — both Jewish Holocaust survivors — killed themselves in Toronto in an apparent suicide pact.

    Police are treating the deaths of Vladimir Fiser, 89, and Marika Ferber, 84, as a double suicide. Their bodies were found Tuesday at the base of their apartment...

  • A tale of love and loss and the Holocaust, in Yiddish

    By Tom Tugend

    October 23, 2013 | 10:42 am

    When Naomi Jaye, who has been making short films in her native Canada for the past 10 years, told friends she was embarking on her first feature film, they cheered.

    When she added that the project would be the first Canadian movie in Yiddish, which neither she nor her lead actors...

  • Watch: Drake’s ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ video

    September 25, 2013 | 11:04 am

    Drake’s new album “Nothing Was the Same” was released yesterday, as was the video for the single “Hold On We’re Going Home.”

    While this short musical film does not feature the Jewish Canadian rapper undergoing a religious rite of passage, it does take place in the very Jewy locale of Miami, where a gun-toting Drake rescues his kidnapped girlfriend. Not exactly shul, but we’ll take it.

  • Rediscovering Ben-Haim

    By Rick Schultz

    September 6, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    In 1920, Paul Frankenburger was 23 and an up-and-coming German conductor and composer. For the next four years, he assisted two of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, Bruno Walter and Hans Knappertsbusch, but by 1933, the Nazis had forced him to immigrate to Palestine. At...

  • Palestinian leader in Canada: Shoot Israeli Jews if they don’t leave Jerusalem

    August 5, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    A Palestinian community leader in Toronto said Israelis should be given a two-minute warning before being shot.

    Addressing the annual Al-Quds Day rally on Saturday, Elias Hazineh, the former president of Palestine House in suburban Toronto, called for “an ultimatum” to Israelis:...

  • Iranians in Canada caught using fake Israeli passports

    July 25, 2013 | 9:31 am

    Seven Iranians were caught using fake Israeli passports at Vancouver International Airport.

    The Iranians, whose identity is unknown, were posing as the Solomons family from the central Israeli city of Rehovot, according to reports. They may have been trying to take advantage of...

  • Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum resigns, asserts innocence

    June 26, 2013 | 5:46 pm

    Michael Applebaum, the interim mayor of Montreal, resigned amid corruption allegations.

    Applebaum, 50, announced June 18 that he was stepping down after being charged with 14 counts of fraud, breach of trust and corruption.

    “I maintain my innocence,” Applebaum said at City Hall...

  • Survey finds worldwide split over attitudes toward gays

    June 4, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    A survey on Tuesday shows a world divided over the acceptance of gays, with countries in Africa and the Middle East strongly opposed even as tolerance grows in Europe, the United States, Canada and parts of Latin America.

    People in predominately Muslim countries such as...

  • More Jews in Los Angeles Than in Canada

    By Pini Herman

    May 9, 2013 | 6:53 pm

    Having partaken of the Jewish hospitality of our Neighbors to the North at a number of life cycle events in Toronto, I like to follow their numbers, but they are amazingly stable, not declining or rising very much.  The Canadians count their Jews. There is no separation of religion...

  • Exhibit recalls Jewish refugees and Nazi prisoners held together in Canadian prisons

    April 1, 2013 | 8:42 am

    When Austrian and German Jews escaped Nazism by fleeing to Britain during the 1930s, the last thing they expected was to find themselves prisoners in Canada, interred in camps with some of the same Nazis they had tried to escape back home.

    But that's what happened to some 7,000...

  • Canada’s largest student association endorses Israel boycott

    April 1, 2013 | 6:43 am

    The largest student association in Canada passed a resolution endorsing the global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

    With the passage late last week of the resolution, York University's student association joins two others in Canada -- the University of...

  • Officials walk out of IAEA talks after Iranian cites Israeli ‘genocide’

    March 6, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    U.S., Canadian and Australian officials walked out of a meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency when the Iranian envoy accused Israel of genocide.

    Joseph Macmanus, the U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, stormed out of the meeting in Vienna on Wednesday...

  • Canadian fertilizer corp. determined to buy Israeli chemical company

    February 28, 2013 | 6:30 am

    A Canadian fertilizer company is determined to buy a major Israeli chemical company despite opposition among lawmakers and employees of the Israeli company.

    The Potash Corp of Saskatchewan is seeking to acquire a controlling stake in ICL, Israel Chemicals Ltd., Israel's...

  • Canada puts Israel on list of democracies ‘unlikely’ to generate refugees

    February 15, 2013 | 4:42 am

    Canada placed Israel on a list of "safe" countries whose citizens are unlikely to seek asylum as refugees.

    Israel and seven other countries joined a list of 27 "Designated Countries of Origin" already on the list.

    The 35 nations now on the list include the United States and...

  • Iconic Jewish educator mourned by all faiths

    February 13, 2013 | 9:48 am

    The revered Jewish teacher David Hartman, who died in Jerusalem at the age of 81 this week, is being celebrated for his success in bringing together diverse thinkers from among rarely-interacting Jewish denominations; Christian and Muslim clerics and secular philosophers. Although...

  • Drake wins first Grammy

    February 11, 2013 | 10:52 am

    The Jewish Canadian singer Drake won a Grammy Award, his first, for Rap Album of the Year.

    Also, the indie pop band fun. won Song of the Year with "We Are Young" and Best New Artist at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles. Its lead singer, Jack Antonoff, is...

  • The Bachelor Double Blog

    By Ilana Angel

    February 6, 2013 | 8:07 am

    I have been complaining for a very long time that this show does not need to be 2 hours long each week.  It is simply painful to sit through so much crap, and blogging it is near impossible.  It is only through the constant support of my friend Merlot that I am able to do it.  This...

  • Israel gets same-sex divorce before same-sex marriage

    December 4, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    An Israeli court has awarded the country's first divorce to a gay couple, which experts called an ironic milestone since same-sex marriages cannot be legally conducted in the Jewish state.

    A decision this week by a family court in the Tel Aviv area "determined that the marriage...

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