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Proud Jews, proud Zionists, proud Canadians. Ahead of Canada Day, we asked Sara Saber-Freedman, Executive Vice President of The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, few questions about Jewish life in Canada today. You'll like the answers. Happy Canada Day!


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"The drop off in Israeli literature is off the scales. The older, sympathetic editors will whisper to me that they can’t get people to look at books out of Israel."

Well, their loss. 
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On the last night of Passover, April 14, 1944, 80 Jews began their escape from the pit where they were being held prisoner through a tunnel that had been painstakingly dug by hand. Hidden within this tragedy is a story of hope and courage that archeologists are just now bringing to light.
Cutting-edge technology reveals a Holocaust escape tunnel where survivors dug their way to freedom outside Vilnius, Lithuania.
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What does it mean to be Jewish and Asian? Helen Kiyong Kim and Noah Samuel Leavitt provide some answers.

What does it mean to be Jewish and Asian? Amidst the complex conversations about race in America comes JewAsian, a groundbreaking book that explores J ...
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“It can lead to an understanding that we can do everything together.”

Rami Levy, the owner of the famous supermarket chain in Israel, is now building a shopping mall on the edge of East Jerusalem, two minutes away from Ramallah, for Jews and Arabs alike. Can economic interest bring social harmony to the area? Levy certainly thinks so.

Rami Levy says coexistence is both the ideological and financial basis of center, which will have Jewish- and Arab-owned stores
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They do! San Klizensky, 90 years old and his beloved Lilian Reznick, 89 years old, both Holocaust survivors, just got married in Paris. It's never too late for love, is it? Mazel tov to the happy couple!
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Happy Canada Day to a country that has proven a good friend to Israel, and where Jews, among other minorities, are feeling welcomed and safe!

Photo: Synagogue Emanu-El in Victoria, established in 1863, four years before the country itself.
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"A very, very, very appropriate way to use the proceeds.”
Boston publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will donate proceeds from Adolf Hitler’s manifesto to a Waltham-based organization that aids aging Holocaust survivors.
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New technology solving ancient questions: the Dead Sea Scrolls are now getting another reading, and it's nothing short of surprising!
Previously hidden sections of text on the ancient parchments are answering some long-standing questions – and raising others.
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Beyonce and Rihanna love it, and no wonder they do! Israeli fashion accurately reflects its people: bold, expressive and confident! Take a look at this colorful celebration of design and creativity, from the runway to the streets of Tel Aviv.
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"Men and women of faith who share a belief in one God and a love for the city of Jerusalem, coming together to pray, study and sing." Can such a radically simple project succeed?
In an attempt to turn away from polarization and politics, a group of Jews, Muslims, and Christians will be setting up a joint house of worship in Jerusalem. The prayer hall will be open to the public between September 5th to the 11th.
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“Anti-Semitism really has to be introduced at the earliest possible moment in the education of German children.” How do you teach hate? You start young and go from there.
A new museum and exhibit explore the depths of the hatred toward Europe’s Jews
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The World Jewish Congress is an international organization whose mission is to address the interests and needs of Jews and Jewish communities throughout the world. Founded in Geneva in 1936 to unite the Jewish people and mobilize the world against the Nazi onslaught, the WJC is the representative body of Jewish communities and organizations in over 80 countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe across six continents. It seeks to foster the unity and creative survival of the Jewish people while maintaining its spiritual, cultural and social heritage.
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The World Jewish Congress is an international organization whose mission is to address the interests and needs of Jews and Jewish communities throughout the world.

Founded in Geneva in 1936 to unite the Jewish people and mobilize the world against the Nazi onslaught, the WJC is the representative body of Jewish communities and organizations in over 80 countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe across six continents. It seeks to foster the unity and creative survival of the Jewish people while maintaining its spiritual, cultural and social heritage.

Towards these ends, the World Jewish Congress works to

  • Secure the rights and safety Jews and Jewish communities around the world;
  • Intensify the bonds of world Jewry and strengthen the ties of solidarity among Jewish communities everywhere;
  • Act in coordination with and on behalf of Jewish communities before governmental, intergovernmental and other international authorities on matters concerning the Jewish people, and;
  • Cooperate with all peoples on the basis of universal ideas of peace, freedom and justice.

Membership in the WJC is open to all representative Jewish groups or communities, irrespective of the social, political or economic ideology of the community's host country. The World Jewish Congress is supported by those communities and individual members who as concerned Jewish citizens want their voices to be heard on matters of concern to the Jewish people.

With headquarters in New York, the WJC has affiliate offices around the world including Brussels, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Geneva, Johannesburg, Moscow, Ottawa, Paris, Sydney and Jerusalem where the WJC's research institute is located.

As a global leader, the World Jewish Congress received special credentials and recognition at the United Nations making it unique among world-wide organizations as it enjoys a diplomatic seat in the U.N. and within many of it institutions, commissions and sub-bodies.

The core principle of the World Jewish Congress is that all Jews are responsible for one another. We seek to achieve this by governing with consensus and celebrating unity in our vast diversity.

As we have been for nearly three quarters of a century, the World Jewish Congress continues to be the permanent address of the Jewish people.