Canada

Canadian hasbara group sues over campus ban

By David Lazarus, August 18, 2016

In the first such case in Canada, a pro-Israel group is seeking compensation for being excluded from a "social justice" event at an Ontario university.

Hasbara Fellowships Canada (HFC), which provides pro-Israel advocacy training to students, has filed a complaint to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal seeking £30,000 in damages.

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Israelis help fire victims

May 12, 2016

Disaster relief organisation IsraAid was due in Canada this week to join the international effort to help people fleeing the fire that has engulfed 620 sq m of Alberta province.

Shachar Zahavi, IsraAid's founding director and CEO, said the NGO would send three or four professionals by the end of this week to provide social and psychological support at evacuation centres in Alberta.

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Brit 'makes no difference to sensitivity', say scientists

By David Lazarus, May 5, 2016

Circumcised men can breathe a bit easier.

According to a recent study at Queen's University in Ontario, the brit milah appears to make no difference to penile sensitivity.

It also challenges the widely-held notion that the foreskin is the most sensitive part of the penis.

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McGill University students vote to overturn BDS motion

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2016

Students at top Canadian university McGill have voted to overturn an anti-Israel motion passed earlier in the week, amid allegations that it had led to a rise in antisemitism on campus.

On Monday, the the Students’ Society of McGill University’s general assembly passed a BDS motion by 512 students against 347.

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Adath auditions Canadian candidate

By Simon Rocker, November 5, 2015

Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue's long search for a new rabbi could be nearing completion after members were told that a Canadian candidate would be coming to "audition" for the post later this month.

Montreal-born Rabbi Shloime Yitzchok Bixenspanner, the founder of central Toronto congregation Kahal Yereim, will meet Hendon Adath members and give classes during his visit.

The shul, affiliate

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Top jurist plans Wallenberg centre for human rights

By David Lazarus, November 5, 2015

Renowned Canadian human-rights lawyer Irwin Cotler is planning a centre for International Justice named after his hero Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews from certain death during the Holocaust.

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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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