Canada

Toronto teenager celebrates unique barmitzvah

By Josh Jackman, June 24, 2015

He cannot move and needs round-the-clock care - but that did not stop Jacob Trossman having a barmitzvah.

The 13-year-old was born with Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease, a degenerative disorder which affects the central nervous system and has left him able to communicate only through blinking.

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Paris mayor: Jewish life is vibrant here

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

With her city's Jews still reeling after the Hyper Cacher supermarket murders in January, the Mayor of Paris gave an impassioned speech in Jerusalem this week on her determination to fight antisemitism.

Anne Hidalgo did not limit herself to general statements, but also addressed the thorny topic of whether opposition to Israel is sometimes used to obscure Jew-hatred.

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Jewish guilt could be in your genes, says professor

By David Lazarus, March 12, 2015

Can one man's meshugas continue through his progeny and untold generations to come?

Quite possibly, thinks Dr Moshe Szyf, a pioneering genetics scientist and pharmacology professor based at McGill University in Canada.

London-born and observant, Dr Szyf's research is proving that negative life experiences can alter the genome of future generations.

The implication for Jews is that the way

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The kippah is a weapon for $5m poker supremo

By David Lazarus, January 6, 2015

When Ari Engel dons his kippah, he does it with a dose of cunning.

According to Mr Engel, who at only 31 is ranked among the top 25 poker players in the world by a well-known poker magazine, his yarmulke is a signal to others around the gaming table that his poker skills are not top-notch.

But the kippah is no bluff in terms of his religiosity.

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Bearing fruit: The ‘super’ berry that changed a couple’s life

By Sandy Rashty, October 17, 2014

Nine years ago, timber merchant Simon Fineman took a trip that was to change his life.

He had planned to go sailing in Norway with his wife Evie and their sons. But when weather forecasts predicted storms, he decided to play safe and go to a friend’s holiday home in Canada instead.

And they liked it so much they decided to buy a small farm in Nova Scotia with room for an orchard.

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Something worth fighting for

By Peter Rosengard, June 19, 2014

Last week I flew to Toronto for the world's largest life insurance sales convention. The good citizens of the city had plenty of advance warning and had already fled en masse south to the American border before the 9,000 crack salesmen and women, from over 150 countries, had even cleared Customs.

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Man films hate attack in Montreal coffee shop

By Sandy Rashty, November 12, 2013

A Canadian Jewish man was attacked and racially abused by two Muslim women at a popular coffee shop in Montreal earlier this month.

The unidentified man, who was dining at Tim Horton’s cafe, filmed the attack on his phone.

He reportedly asked the women what they thought of the proposed ban on religious clothing.

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Quebec plans kippot ban

By David Lazarus, September 3, 2013

Quebec’s Jewish community has rejected a government plan that, if tabled as a bill as early as September, would bar public and para-public employees from wearing “religious symbols” such as kippot, crucifixes, turbans or hijabs in the workplace.

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Canadian Jewish newspaper not dead yet

By JC reporter, June 21, 2013

The Canadian Jewish News won a reprieve from extinction on June 13 when its board of directors unanimously approved a new business plan to attract new advertisers and subscribers and revamp its structure.

The plan included new editorship and reducing costs by sacking a number of its 50 employees, including three long-time writers.

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Montreal’s first Jewish mayor resigns after arrest on corruption charges

By Josh Jackman , June 19, 2013

Michael Applebaum, Montreal’s first Jewish mayor, has resigned following his arrest on 14 counts of corruption, saying “it is the responsible thing to do.”

Mr Applebaum, 50, told the press: “I maintain my innocence. I have every intention of continuing to fight like I always have, and I want to be clear: I have never taken a penny from anybody.”

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