Sheldon Gordon

Canada Stakes Out Strong Pro-Israel Stand

While Israel’s had a bumpy ride with the U.S., things have never been chummier with Canada. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is close friends with Benjamin Netanyahu.

Storied Past: The late Sam Bronfman, founder of the Seagram?s dynasty, led the Congress in its efforts to help European refugees in the 1930s and after the war.

Historic Canadian Jewish Congress To Be Merged Into New Communal Group

The Canadian Jewish Congress, which has functioned as Canadian Jewry’s primary advocacy group since 1919, is being merged into a larger super-agency that is expected to put greater emphasis on Israel advocacy.

Conservatives Wooing Traditionally Liberal Canadian Jews

Canadian Jews, long loyal to the country?s Liberal Party, are the new swing vote in the election for a closely divided parliament. A mass mailing by the Conservative Party to Jewish districts in major cities charges the Liberals are undermining Israel. It may be working, say experts.

IN THE HOT SEAT: York University?s recently installed president, Mamdouh Shoukri (right), has been the target of some of the protesters? ire.

Anti-Israel Agitation Roils Canada’s Most Heavily Jewish College Campus

York University, Canada’s third-largest college campus, used to be known fondly as Jew U because of the relatively high proportion of Jews among its students, faculty and donors. Lately, however, the suburban campus has lost some of its haimish atmosphere because of a series of incidents in which Israel has been harshly criticized.

Better Times: Saul Itzhayek in Canada with his wife before he was arrested in India last fall.

Imprisoned in India, But Not Forgotten in Canada

The imprisonment of a Canadian Jewish businessman in India has become a surprising cause celebre for the leaders of Montreal’s Jewish community.

REBEL: Avrum Rosensweig is the renegade founder of Ve'ahavta

Spurred by Rwanda Genocide, Activist Makes ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ a Mission

This past week, as Toronto struggled with its first major snowstorm of the winter, Ve’ahavta, Canada’s Jewish humanitarian and relief organization, took to the streets to comfort and feed the homeless. A van staffed by Jewish volunteers from the affluent suburbs made its way through the downtown core, distributing blankets, clothing and food.

B’nai Brith Canada Faces Revolt

One of Canada’s foremost Jewish advocacy organizations is being shaken by an internal rebellion of members who say that the organization lacks “responsible governance.” A group calling itself Concerned Members of B’nai Brith Canada is challenging B’nai Brith Canada, a 132-year old service organization. The group of dissenters says that its members include four past presidents. The rebels have declined to reveal their identities, claiming they would face summary expulsion from B’nai Brith.

Toronto Congregation Rocked by Allegation That Rabbi Had Illicit Affair

In a case that has rocked one of North America’s largest Conservative synagogues, a woman who was taking singing lessons from an area rabbi is claiming that the rabbi seduced her. She is seeking a total of more than $1 million in damages from both him and the synagogue he once served.

Quebec Jews Rethink Traditional Ties to Province’s Liberal Party

The 90,000-strong Montreal Jewish community, long a dependable source of votes and cash for Quebec’s ruling Liberal Party, is suddenly putting its political allegiance up for grabs.

Blogger Opens Iranian-Israeli Dialogue Online

As Tehran and Jerusalem exchange threats on a regular basis, a former Iranian journalist who is credited with having popularized Internet “blogging” in the Islamic republic is waging a campaign to defuse the tensions.