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Bonjour Chai

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Bonjour Chai

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Canadian Jews, listen up: this podcast's for you. Join hosts Avi Finegold, Ilana Zackon and David Sklar as they break down the goings-on across our community. Geographically and politically diverse, this show will dive into current affairs, spiritual advice, and the latest news with in-depth analysis and special guests.
 
If you're a Jew in Canada, odds are good you live in a big city. But Jews have built communities all across our home and native land, and in this podcast, veteran broadcaster Ralph Benmergui journeys across Canada in search of proud Jews from small places. From Moncton to Moose Jaw, Glace Bay to Thunder Bay, join Ralph as he travels from coast to coast to coast in search of a truly national Canadian Jewish identity.
 
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Rivka "Rivkush" Campbell, a Jew of Jamaican descent, has been one of Canada's most vocal Jews of colour. In this podcast, she interviews fascinating Jews of colour from all over the world, opening dialogue with the mainstream Jewish community about their views, perspectives and experiences.
 
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The phrase "Kol Ram" literally means "a loud voice" in Hebrew, and veteran radio host and CJN contributor Avrum Rosensweig certainly has a loud voice—and a valuable one. Every month, Avrum invites a different guest to share their story and better understand what it means to be Jewish. Whether it's a local butcher or a federal politician, Avrum listens to their stories in a long-form interview to better understand what makes the Canadian Jewish community worth celebrating.
 
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In this sponsored episode of Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast, Tieline Technical Sales Associate Jacob Daniluck discusses The Gateway 4, a powerful DSP-based 1RU IP codec designed for live remote broadcasting applications, as well as STL or SSL links. The Gateway 4 enables transport of multiple channels of mono or stereo audio across the public int…
 
When Belle Kizell moved to North Bay in 1973, she says, the Jewish community comprised at least 40 engaged families. Women belonged to Hadassah and kids went to Hebrew school. By 2015, they couldn't even form a minyan for the high holidays. The story of what happened is a familiar one for listeners of this podcast: shrinking industries led to a pop…
 
January 23 is a big date for JSpaceCanada: with a large virtual conference, the progressive Jewish organization will mark its 10th anniversary, while also bidding goodbye to Karen Mock, who served as its president since 2016. Mock, a veteran human rights campaigner and anti-racism educator, is now in her late 70s, and wanted to make way for younger…
 
From Olympic-level sibling snowboarders to several LPGA contenders, 2022 looks packed with Jewish sports stories to keep your eyes on. Gabe and Jamie return for what we're calling the third season of Menschwarmers with a look ahead to Jews competing in tennis, golf, football and the controversially Chinese-hosted Winter Olympics. Credits Menschwarm…
 
Shortly after Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino learned about the hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, his phone started buzzing with messages from Canadian Jewish community leaders. They wanted to make sure he saw what was happening—and also wanted to convey their concerns about copycat attacks at home. In C…
 
Six organizations representing Canadians rabbis across the country issued a strong statement condemning the United Church of Canada for its new proposal to adopt a harder stance against Israel. The 23-page document, which took two years to draft, supports teaching about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and labels Israel and Palestine …
 
Across Canada over the weekend, synagogues gatherered virtually to pray for the safety of the hostages at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. After an hours-long standoff between the FBI and an armed gunman, the situation ended with only the hostage-taker killed and all hostages safe. Meanwhile, nervous Jewish community leaders across C…
 
On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast we welcome Julie Adam, President of News & Entertainment at Rogers Sports & Media, and first-time author to talk about her new book, Imperfectly Kind: Why Kindness Is The Must-Have Superpower You Need To Lead. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https:/…
 
Nostalgia is in vogue these days—in politics, pop culture and food trends—and Judaism is no different. As North American Jewry evolves, nostalgia for our mid-20th century cultural traditions, from deli sandwiches to the Yiddish language and Holocaust remembrance, has taken hold as perhaps the dominant definition of Western Jewish identity. Rachel B…
 
Last August, Capt. Rabbi Arnold Noteh Glogauer made Canadian military history as the first Canadian Jewish chaplain to set sail with the Royal Canadian Navy. Aboard HMCS Winnipeg, he spent four months in and around the Pacific Ocean for manoeuvres off the Philippines, Japan and the Korean Peninsula. Along the way, his patrol kept a lookout for ship…
 
Prairie Sonata is a debut novel by Sandy Shefrin Rabin. Based on her own experiences growing up Jewish in Manitoba after the Second World War, the book follows a teenage girl's relationship with a recent immigrant from Prague, who teaches her Yiddish and violin. She joins to discuss her book and personal experiences, including what parts of the boo…
 
As the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Council of the Emirates, Rabbi Yehuda Sarna plays a unique role. He isn't preaching much from the pulpit. Instead, he's more of a diplomat, building bridges with leaders in the United Arab Emirates and managing the country's sudden booming interest in Judaism. After the Abraham Accords established peace between the …
 
Two years ago, Israeli officials opened the Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary Visitors and Education Center—a building named after the former Canadian prime minister, who personally donated to and supported the centre. Funded in large part by Canadian philanthropists, the centre is the educational arm of a protected wetland area in the U…
 
Last week, about 100 parents showed up at Yorkdale Mall to protest against the latest round of school closures imposed by the Ontario government. It might be the first time in Ontario, since the pandemic began, that many organized protesters are visibly observant Jews, including parents of students at Jewish day schools. Ontario is unique in North …
 
Of the 135 recent appointees to the Order of Canada, at least 19 are Jewish. The recipients come from diverse fields of medicine, the arts, community activism and religion. For this week's episode of Bonjour Chai, The CJN's weekly current affairs podcast, we've invited four on for one-on-one interviews to discuss their lives and careers: Rabbi Baru…
 
One of the most common new year's resolutions is losing weight. But it's also one of the most difficult—and the reason has less to do with willpower than with neurology. Canadian journalist Mark Schatzker is the author of a new book, The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well. Schatzker travelled the world, talking to experts and…
 
Last June, the American Food and Drug Administration conditionally approved aducanumab, marketed as Adulehm, to treat those suffering from early Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. It's the first drug in nearly 20 years to gain some kind of approval, even though other countries' health agencies, including Canada's, are still reviewing the data…
 
As Israel's new ambassador to Canada, Ronen Hoffman has only been in the country a few weeks. But his priority list is already long. He plans to fight antisemitism, counter the threat of global terrorism and forge new industrial and economic ties between Israel and Canada. He steps into a post that's been vacant for two years. Partly because of the…
 
Gary Kapelus is not a trained lyricist, but rather a retired speech-language pathologist and hospital administrator. But that hasn't stopped him from indulging in a pandemic passion project: writing COVID-themed parody songs since spring 2020. He isn't a singer, so his music videos are simply popular musical tracks, often karaoke-style, with lyrics…
 
What were the biggest Canadian Jewish stories of 2021? What did readers of The Canadian Jewish News care about? What stories transcended the community? In a special end-of-year one-on-one, Avi sits down with Yoni Goldstein, editor and CEO of The Canadian Jewish News, to discuss the year's most popular stories and recurring themes. Credits Bonjour C…
 
In November, as Omicron emerged as the new dominant strain of COVID-19, York Region in Ontario appointed Dr. Barry Pakes as their new medical officer of health. The region covers nine urban centres and more than a million people, including Canada's densest Jewish community, in Thornhill. So the fact that Pakes is an Orthodox Jew who studied, in par…
 
Quebec’s Bill 21, which bars public employees such as teachers and police officers from wearing religious symbols on the job, has been in place for more than two years already. But the recent reassignment of Fatemeh Anvari, the third-grade public school teacher who was removed from her post for wearing a hijab, escalated the issue to an entirely di…
 
Despite his vague statements, Christian lyrics and brief conversion to evangelicalism, Bob Dylan is considered a Jew by most Jews. He had a bar mitzvah; his parents were involved in B'nai Brith and Hadassah; he went to Camp Herzl. He's performed in Tel Aviv and at a Chabad telethon. That's evidence enough for Jordan Foisy, a comedian and writer, wh…
 
The term "lone soldier" refers to recruits in the Israel Defense Forces who have little or no family support systems in the Jewish state. Israel estimates there 6,000 lone soldiers currently active. While it's impossible to say how many of those are Canadian, it's relatively common for Canadian high school graduates to head to the Holy Land for two…
 
In spring 2020, COVID-19 ripped though the Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Montreal. The facility was understaffed and underprepared to begin with, and while it went into strict lockdown and the army was called in, 67 of its residents have since died from the pandemic. The arrival of the vaccine, one year ago this month, was seen as a …
 
On our year-end podcast, we usually focus on the newsmakers in the broadcast, podcast, tech and streaming space...but this year Broadcast Dialogue and our parent company, Momentum Media Marketing, are closing the year with a huge internal move as James Wallace, the digital strategist who has been the backbone of the company for the last 12 years, r…
 
For our last episode of the year, we're recapping the biggest Jewish sports moments of the year. From Joc Pederson's streak to Meyers Leonard's slur, Sue Bird's basketball victory to Team Israel's baseball loss, this was how 2021 looked for Jewish sports fans around the world. Credits Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and prod…
 
Amazing Women of the Middle East is an 112-page illustrated children's book. It profiles 25 famous women, including historical figures such as Cleopatra and Nefertiti, and also modern-day heroines like human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. What it doesn't include, however, is the State of Israel. The book's colourful map of the Middle East removed any …
 
It's been a week since the Toronto District School Board held a meeting to vote on whether to censure Alexandra Lulka. The Jewish trustee spoke out about some teaching materials which she felt were antisemitic, and the board subsequently came down on her for failing to support other parts of those materials. The board voted not to censure her, but …
 
This year, an unlikely Hanukkah party was held at the Canada Pavillion of Expo 2020 in Dubai. The emcee for the candlelighting and kosher dinner was Canada's ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Marcy Grossman, a Montrealer who's spent the last three years in the Gulf state. Grossman has found herself at the centre of Jewish life in the Arab cou…
 
Former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman died on Saturday at the age of 88. Lastman made his fortune as a businessman before becoming mayor of North York for 25 years; after that, he was elected the first mayor of the amalgamated City of Toronto. And while the colourful politician made headlines for some politically incorrect remarks while in office—and ma…
 
A lot of you listening love to have a love-hate relationship with Twitter, but 2021 was a big year for the social platform and its Canadian operation. Twitter Canada substantially scaled up at its Toronto office with the app also rolling out an ambitious series of product updates ranging from newsletters to social audio, safety features, and a subs…
 
On Wednesday evening, the Toronto District School Board held a lengthy meeting to take a vote over whether to censure trustee Alexandra Lulka. Lulka—who is Jewish—took to Twitter to voice her concerns over some teaching material being passed around by a pro-Palestinian teacher and activist. The materials linked to the Popular Front for the Liberati…
 
A spiritual search was part of the reason Aryana Rayne moved to Bowen Island years ago. Judaism wasn't exactly part of that quest, but once she discovered a small Jewish community on the island of 3,600 people—mostly ad hoc gatherings, meeting in people's homes and celebrating potluck holidays, with an emphasis on the mystical side of Judaism—somet…
 
Ruth Wisse is the author of the new book, Free as a Jew: A Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation. Its Canadian debut coincided with Jewish Book Month, hosted by the Jewish Public Library in Montreal. But the timing wasn't a coincidence. Wisse, 85, has spent decades as a professor of Yiddish at Harvard, and pioneered the Jewish Studies graduat…
 
On Nov. 18, on a remote forest road in northern British Columbia, armed RCMP officers with police dogs and a chainsaw raided a cabin near the Coastal Gas Link pipeline project. They arrested about a dozen people, mostly members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation who'd been blockading the main access road to the company's construction site. But the po…
 
Nathalie Fortier is the postmistress of Disraeli, Quebec. She runs the only post office in town, which was named after Benjamin Disraeli, the British prime minister who was born Jewish, faced antisemitism and supported a homeland for Jews. As far as Fortier knows, there aren't any Jews living in Disraeli—and she had never heard of the namesake—unti…
 
Hilary Brown knew she wanted to be a foreign correspondent when there were no women on the job. She ended up becoming the first female foreign correspondent for ABC News, reporting from trouble-spots around the globe from the early 1970s onward for more than 35 years, filing from every continent except Antarctica. From Vietnam - where she was one o…
 
The past two weeks have been a whirlwind for Jewish students at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus. The campus student union passed a motion supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, which would curtail activities and services that "normalize Israeli apartheid." The main issue that sprung up: kosher food.…
 
For years, "Hanukkah on the Hill" has been an annual in person event for Jewish Members of Parliament and politicians from all stripes, including the prime minister and leaders of the opposition. Hanukkiahs are lit, prayers are said, politics get set aside. But things looked a little different this year. While some politicians got together in-perso…
 
From Niagara Falls to Grimsby, Port Colbourne to Port Dalhousie, you'd be hard pressed to find authentic Jewish baked goods outside of one young bakery: The Bagel Oven. What began in the basement of a St. Catharines synagogue, and later moved to a remote building off a bumpy rural road in Beamsville, is now a fully fledged Jewish deli in Thorold So…
 
Last year, a combination of global lockdowns, uncertainty around COVID-19 and a lack of vaccines convinced many Canadian Jewish snowbirds not to take their annual trip south to Florida. This year, it's a different story. With the vast majority of travellers double-vaccinated, and with Florida's per-capita case counts ranking among the lowest in the…
 
Prince Edward Island doesn't have a synagogue or rabbi. But now, exactly 120 years after Jews first began their continuous settlement on the island, the small but active Jewish community of a few dozen families celebrated their provinces's first-ever public Hanukkah ceremony in front of the provincial Legislative Assembly building in Charlottetown.…
 
When Susannah Heschel was growing up, discussions about civil rights were part of her daily life. They were, in fact, unavoidable—her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, was one of the leading Jewish figures of the movement, who walked beside Martin Luther King Jr. on his famous Selma march. But a lot has changed since then. Heschel, now a profes…
 
In the holiday aisle of certain supermarkets, next to the chocolate Maccabees and Star of David cookies, you can find a "Hanukkah house cookie kit". A Jewish cousin to the classic Christmas gingerbread house, the DIY craft-meets-treat trend has sprung up in recent years, seeming more prominent now than ever before. And, it turns out, they're made i…
 
In the last decade, executives at the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime have realized that Hanukkah exists. Now every year seems to bring a new heaping spoonful of shmaltz for Jewish audiences and anyone bored of watching the same Christmas stories told with new wide-eyed actors. Recent entries have been Mistletoe & Menorahs and Love, Lights, Hanukkah!…
 
Michael Posner is known as the "King of Cohen". He spent $35,000 of his own money to travel the world researching Leonard Cohen, the Canadian Jewish poet legend—and only after the globetrotting and spending did a publisher agree to take Posner on. Posner's biography of the late singer is coming out in three volumes. The first was released last Nove…
 
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