Canada

Students blow old shofar record away

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

Canadian schoolchildren have broken the world record for shofar blowing.

Pupils at the Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto gathered before Rosh Hashanah to blow 1,406 shofars simultaneously.

The feat is almost double that of a 2006 effort in Boston, when a paltry 796 rams' horns were tooted.

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Canadian student cries antisemitism over lecture

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

A Jewish student who misunderstood a lecturer's comment and accused him of antisemitism has refused to admit wrongdoing.

Sarah Grunfeld was one of 450 students in a social sciences class at Canada's York University when she heard a professor state: "All Jews should be sterilised".

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Personal Holocaust story on Man Booker longlist

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

A novel about a Jewish family during the Holocaust by an author who only recently discovered her Jewish heritage could take home this year's Man Booker prize.

The longlist for the prestigious literary prize, worth £50,000, was announced yesterday. One of the 13 books selected is by Canadian author Alison Pick.

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Whole of West should toast Harper poll win

By Robin Shepherd, June 16, 2011

At the Conservative Convention in Canada last week, newly re-elected Prime Minister Stephen Harper laid it out for all to see.

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A barmitzvah with liver (not chopped)

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

A man has celebrated the barmitzvah of his liver.

Toronto academic Frank Bialystok underwent a liver transplant in 1998.

Thirteen years later, he decided to mark the organ's birthday with a traditional Jewish coming of age ceremony.

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George Galloway suing Canadians over Hamas-funding claim

By Jennifer Lipman, April 13, 2011

Anti-Israel activist George Galloway has announced that he is suing the Canadian government.

The former Respect MP and Press TV presenter began legal action because he claimed the country's Immigration Minister Jason Kenney damaged his reputation when he banned Mr Galloway from Canada as a threat to national security in March 2009.

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American Apparel founder faces sex abuse charges

By Jennifer Lipman, March 10, 2011

The founder of clothing chain American Apparel has been accused of sexual abuse by a former employee who is seeking £160 million.

Dov Charney, who comes from a Canadian Jewish family, created the popular and edgy clothing chain in 1991 when he was 22. Still its CEO, the brand now has stores worldwide including eight in the UK.

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Fears in diaspora as Israel rejects convert

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2011

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate is trying to impose its stringent conversion rules on Orthodox organisations outside Israel.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai recently denied citizenship to a Canadian convert on the grounds that the Chief Rabbi, Sholmo Amar, does not recognise the authority of the rabbi who converted him in Canada.

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Dustin Hoffman in Mordecai Richler's Barney's Version

By Jennifer Lipman, January 20, 2011
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Ten years after the author died, Barney's Version has finally made it to the big screen.

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Germany top for prosecuting Nazi war criminals

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

Germany has been praised for its efforts to bring suspected Nazi war criminals to justice.

The country has been awarded an “A” grade by the Los Angeles - based Simon Wiesenthal Centre in a new report on the international commitment to tracking down former Nazis.

It is the first time anywhere other than the United States has been given the top mark. The findings are based on the period between April 2009 and March 2010.

However, countries including Hungary and Canada have come under criticism in the new report for failing to prosecute suspected Nazi war criminals.

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