This Week in Jewish London

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a formal apology in the House of Commons on behalf of the Government of Canada for its refusal to grant asylum to Jewish refugees aboard the MS St. Louis in 1939.

In response, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CIJA CEO, issued the following:

“We commend the Prime Minister for today’s historic apology for the St. Louis incident, a shameful decision that reflected Canada’s ‘none is too many’ policy toward Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution.

“For many Holocaust Survivors, today’s apology is a profound statement that Canada acknowledges and regrets a decision that caused so much pain and loss.

“Canada has changed dramatically since 1939. Canadians can be proud that our country has become a world leader in combating antisemitism and in welcoming refugees. Acknowledging moments in our history when Canada failed our ideals will help us remain vigilant in upholding those values today.

“Antisemitism remains a serious threat, as seen in the recent heinous attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, in which 11 Jewish Americans were murdered. According to Statistics Canada and Canadian law enforcement officials, the Jewish community is consistently the most frequently targeted religious minority when it comes to hate crime. We applaud the Prime Minister for committing to expand the Security Infrastructure Program, which provides valuable support to at-risk institutions within and beyond the Jewish community. We look forward to working with the government on this important initiative and on other practical policies to combat antisemitism in all its forms today.”

Video of the Prime Minister’s statement can be seen here.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada

Upcoming Jewish London Events and Programs
9 am – 1 pm, Sunday, November 18, 2018
at the London Jewish Community Centre

The premier Jewish community event of the autumn season!
Participate in Jewish Inspired cooking, dance, meditation, yoga, art, and singing! 

Beginning at 9 am
Cooking demonstrations with Sagi Yaakov and Judy Ball,
& get first choice of Hanukkah items at the 

Temple Israel and Or Shalom Gift Shoppes

At 10 am choose between 1 of 2 options:
Modern Dance with Dorit Osher, formerly of Batsheva Dance Co. or
 Meditation with Robyn Israel

At 11 am choose between 1 of 3 options:
Yoga with Robin Yaakov or
Art with Lyle Goorvich or
Crash Course Choir (modeled on Choir! Choir! Choir!) with Darlene Zaifman-Guslits

12 NoonEnjoy Mediterranean-influenced vegetarian kosher lunch prepared by Victoria Li and Niko Giannaris

Register Here!
or call (519) 673-3310

Parents, sign up for FREE babysitting during the program by Nov. 14.

Adult Jewish Education

Schindler and Beyond: Steven Spielberg as a Jewish Director
Facilitated by Charles Burnetts

Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 11 am, Nov. 13 – Dec 18, 2018

Only $109
For more information click here
or call (519) 673-3310.

Laya Block Women’s Lecture Series

6:30 pm Tuesday evening, November 20, 2018

Click here for more details and to enlarge image.

Contact womenslecture@gmail.comor call Elly Freund-Bell to register: (519) 318-4634.

Save the date!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

5 pm – 7 pm

Jewish London
Hanukkah Party
with Juno-nominated children’s musician Carl Berger

Details Coming Soon!

Advertise in Jewish London Magazine–call (519) 673-3310 for more information.
Israeli Dancing
Sunday, November 25

Put on your dancing shoes, wear something comfortable and learn Israeli dancing with Nicki Ishai.  This is an informal group that gets together most Sunday mornings in the lounge at the JCC at 10:30am.  There is no fee for this event.  Level 1 – 10:30am-11:15am, then stay for Level 2 -11:15am-12noon.
For further information, feel free to contact Debbie Rosenzweigat

Around the Community
Monday, November 12, 7:30 p.m., at the JCC
Photographing the Posthumous Landscape of Historic Jewish Sites in Western Ukraine
Speaker: David Kaufman
Sponsor: Ronnee Alter, in memory of her husband, Lloyd
Filmmaker, photographer, and documentarian David Kaufman will discuss the precarious state of Jewish material culture in a part of the world that has largely forgotten illustrious pre-war Jewish history.  Using photographs of Jewish sites from many trips to Eastern Europe, he will describe the physical remnants of Jewish life in Ukraine, focusing on Lviv (Lvov) and Chermivtsi (Czemovitz), two large cities that had significant Jewish populations before the Second World War.
David Kaufman’s photographic work focuses on architecture and Jewish heritage sites. His large-scale images have been featured in eight solo exhibitions in Toronto and will be on display in 2019 at the Yiddish Book Centre in Amherst, Massachusetts. He spent 18 years working at the CBC as a producer/director of The Journal and The Fifth Estate. He has made many independent films, including a feature documentary entitled Song of the Lodz Ghetto.
Monday, November 19
Guts, Glory, and Izzat: The 1918 Liberation of Haifa 
Speaker: Vinod Varapravan
Sponsors: Noam and Beryl Chernick
For the entire JEM schedule please click here.
Joint Or Shalom Sisterhood / CHW Bertha Weinstein Chapter Meeting 
1:30 PM, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Or Shalom Theatre 534 Huron Street
The Famous Five: Five Alberta women who asked the Supreme Court of Canada to answer the question, “Does the word ‘Persons’ include female persons?” 
Facilitator: Donna Kleiman  
There will be a short Bertha Weinstein meeting before the program.  Dessert, tea, coffee will be served in the auditorium after the meeting.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
Or Shalom Film Society Presents Who Will Write Our History & Stitchers
7:00 pm Sunday, November 25th at Or Shalom Synagogue, 534 Huron Street, $10 adults, $5 children
Pre-film Dinner Option also available at 6:00 pm.  For more information about the feature film Who Will Write Our History as well as the short film Stitchers, please click here. For tickets please call the Or Shalom office: (519) 438-3081.
Jewish National Fund of London Negev Gala–Save the Date
Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Lamplighter Inn
For more information and to enlarge the below image click here or call (519) 432-2139.