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Calgary Jewish Federation wants you! We have lots of exciting information to share about upcoming programs and events. If you are not already receivin...

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Calgary Jewish Federation wants you! We have lots of exciting information to share about upcoming programs and events. If you are not already receiving our publications, please send us your contact information and we will be sure to bring you up to date on happenings in Jewish Calgary. To sign up today, please contact Elliott Steinberg at 403-252-5801 or [email protected] 

The strength of a people. The power of community.

A Message from ADAM


e have just passed through one of the busiest times on the Jewish calendar; Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah all come and go very quickly in a three week period in the fall. Concurrent to these meaningful and fun (at least for me) special Jewish Days, we also just passed the midway point of our community’s 100 Days of Impact, the key focus of this year’s UJA Campaign. As Jews, we often like to pause, take stock, and either celebrate our achievements or, if we feel we are off our mark, reset our efforts to get back on track. As such, I am pleased to pause at the midpoint of our 100 Days of Impact to share with you a few campaign details, and some equally important programming and service achievements in this early part of our year. “100 Days of Impact” – UJA Campaign In the last month and a half we have raised close to $1.5 million dollars (almost half our campaign goal), held our Amazing Race Hashanah launch event for over 100 participants, our Major Contributors’ Dinner featuring Professor Gil Troy and Israeli Ambassador Rafi Barak for over 70 attendees, and hosted a beautiful evening for our Lions of Judah featuring Julia Reitman, JFC-UIA National Chair, and Linda Kislowicz, JFC-UIA National CEO, which attracted close to 40 Lions (women who contribute $5,000 or more annually.) We have also had 10 cell-a-thons during which committed volunteers called donors, sharing information about the impact Federation and its funded agency partners make in the community, and helping to secure support for this year’s campaign. Many people have been generous in these first couple of months. If you’ve not yet made your gift and you value all that Jewish Calgary has to offer, please consider making a meaningful contribution to ensure we remain proud, vibrant, and effective.

Engagement and Outreach Programs Many people in our community still might not realize that Calgary Jewish Federation conducts direct programming and services, and doesn’t only raise funds. Over the last few weeks alone, a number of wonderful and meaningful initiatives have taken place. • PJ Library - We ran a PJ Chag Sameach program for Rosh Hashanah, which attracted over 40 children and their parents and grandparents to share in singing, craft-making, and celebrating. This event was followed by our signature partnered event with Beth Tzedec, Smoothies in the Sukkah, which attracted over 80 children (and 120 people) to celebrate Sukkot, hear stories, make a craft sukkah, and meet new friends. Currently, over 500 children in Calgary are receiving PJ Library books at home, and many of these children also engage in our fabulous programs! If you know someone who is 6 months to 8 years old and is not receiving PJ Library, please be in touch with Kathie ([email protected] jewishcalgary.org) for more information. • Holocaust Commemoration and Education - We hosted a sold-out advance screening of the movie “Denial” (nearly 200 attendees) complete with a brief presentation about the Holocaust and Human Rights Education programs Federation offers. Plans are underway for our community Kristallnacht commemoration; a Holocaust play with music, Sarah’s Voice, in January; a teachers’ conference in February, and Hana’s Suitcase with Storybook Theatre in April. All this in addition to our usual programming for Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Education Symposium and more. • Community Relations - Unfortunately, our Community Relations committee has been engaged in several issues of concern, including the suspension of University of Lethbridge Professor Anthony Hall, the Green Party’s BDS resolution, and an incident at Henry Wise Wood School. If you are interested in details of these initiatives, please

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contact Judy Shapiro at [email protected] jewishcalgary.org. Upcoming events include a Wine and Cheese at the Alberta Legislature cohosted by Edmonton Jewish Federation, CIJA and CJPAC, and a screening, with the Beth Tzedec Film Festival and the Association for German Education in Calgary of the film “Germans and Jews,” an exploration of the troubled relationships between the two peoples. • Inclusion – The Kesher program continues with enthusiasm and planning is underway for an even bigger and better JDAIM (Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month) in February. Also watch for a co-sponsored film at the Beth Tzedec Film Festival of “My Hero Brother” the moving story of Down Syndrome people and their siblings who go on a trek in Nepal. Jewish Calgary certainly is vibrant and this time of year is exciting! I would like to personally invite each of you to engage in all that we have to offer as a community, and to join me in supporting these efforts and more through the UJA Campaign. We have accomplished much, but have a long way to go toward ensuring many important services and programs can continue to be provided. As Hillel said: If I am not for myself, who will be? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when? Because…together we accomplish more. Because… together we are better. Because…together we are stronger. B’Shalom,

Adam Silver, CEO

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JAC presents the 3rd Annual Casino Gala Saturday November 5 | Doors at 7:30pm Rotary House, Weadickville, Stampede Park (Victoria Park Entrance)

Inquire about FREE admission

Tickets: $36 in advance, $45 at the door. Cocktail Attire Tickets include: A beverage, appetizers, tax receipt and fun money to start your night! JAC (Jewish Adult Calgary) is a division of Calgary Jewish Federation aimed at young professionals under 40.

Tickets on sale ONLINE at jewishcalgary.org. For Information contact Jordan Waldman at 403-444-3146 or [email protected]

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ch ild ren of all ages welcome

Tickets: Online at www.jewishcalgary.org before November 25th: $8 adult / $4 child At the door: $10 adult / $5 child

(children under two free)

For more info contact Kathie Wainer Email [email protected] or phone 403-537-8592

All programs on these pages are funded in part by your donation to United Jewish Appeal.

Join Calgary Jewish Federation for an evening to commemorate

Kristallnacht including a short ceremony and a miniSymposium in the style of our flagship program the annual Holocaust Education Symposium.

wEDNESDAY November 9 7:00pm • CALGARY JCC Contact Ilana for details: 403-444-3162

Do you need to see the Israeli consul? To renew a child’s passport, record a name change, apply for army exemption? The Israeli Consul is coming to Calgary on December 6. To get on the list to see the consul, email Judy Shapiro at [email protected] PJ Library®

Funded by Lion of Judah

Shalom Baby Play Group: For the Under Twos Thursday Mornings 10:30am - Noon | Calgary JCC Join our informal Shalom Baby Group. Everyone is welcome to join us to share the joys and oys of motherhood. Shalom Baby 2016/17 Group Dates

PJ Library® Tot Shabbat:

Smoothies in the Sukkah Over 80 kids and their parents and grandparents enjoyed smoothies (of course)songs, stories, crafts and lulav shaking with Rabbi Osadchey and Rabbi Corber at the annual Smoothies in the Sukkah – a collaboration between PJ Library Calgary and Beth Tzedec Congregation.

Friday Mornings | Calgary JCC 9:45 for a 10am start - 10:30am Join our free, half-hour class focusing on the festive feeling of Shabbat and holidays through songs, stories, blessings and dance. Tot Shabbat 2016/17 Dates

November 11 March 24 November 25 April 7 November 3 March 2 December 9 April 28 November 17 March 16 January 11 May 12 December 1 March 30 January 27 May 26 December 15 April 20 February 10 June 9 January 5 May 4 February 24 June 23 February 2 May 18 March 10 February 16 June 15 There is no need to register, for more information please contact Kathie Wainer. Email: [email protected] or phone 403-537-8592

Insights on CIJA’s Advocacy Strategy – and How Canadian Jewry Can Win the Battle for Israel’s Image Guest Speaker: Steve McDonald CIJA’s Deputy Director of Communications and Public Affairs

The strength of a people. The power of community.

Calgary Jewish Federation is proud to co-sponsor two films at the Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival My Hero Brother – Sunday, November 13, 4pm Germans and Jews – Sunday, November 27, 3pm (This film will be followed by a panel discussion)

Film Festival passes available at www.calgaryjewishfilmfestival.com or at the Beth Tzedec office 403-255-8688. Individual tickets available at the door.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the national advocacy agent of Calgary Jewish Federation and all federations across Canada. This is an opportunity to ask questions about CIJA’s work, how CIJA strives to represent us, and how to get involved in advocacy.

Tuesday, November 15 | Calgary JCC | 7pm For more information, contact Judy Shapiro at 403-444-3153 or [email protected] Calgary Jewish Federation welcomes and supports children and adults with special needs. If you or a loved one needs special accommodations to participate in any of our events, please contact Karina Szulc at 403-389-6994 or [email protected]

The impact of your gift

Message from Ilana Krygier Lapides, Director of Holocaust Remembrance and Human Rights Education, Calgary Jewish Federation Shalom friends, Recently Calgary Jewish Federation had the opportunity to offer a pre-screening of the film Denial, which told the story of historian Deborah Lipstadt’s battle against high-profile Holocaust denier, David Irving. Here in Calgary we had our own version of David Irving - Jim Keegstra of Eckville, Alberta. A High School teacher and the town mayor, this deranged educator taught hundreds of impressionable young people that Jews are evil, that we own the media, that our goal is world domination, and that the Holocaust didn’t happen. Our Holocaust Survivors in Calgary felt they had no choice but to counter the lies by telling the truth to Calgary students, risking their hearts and minds every time they relived their appalling experiences. Over 30 years later, we are proud to report that through Calgary Jewish Federation’s Holocaust Education programs, well over 75,000 young people in and around Calgary have heard the truth, and gained an understanding of how easily intolerance can lead to atrocity. As we’ve seen recently at the University of Lethbridge and elsewhere, Holocaust denial and antisemitism continue to this day. Calgary Jewish Federation is dedicated to ensuring that our community continues to remember, to teach, to inspire, to tell the truth and to continue our Survivors’ legacies. Through programs like the March of the Living, our Holocaust Education Symposium with Mount Royal University, our Washington program, our Asper trip to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, our in-school education program, and our commemoration ceremonies like Yom HaShoah and Kristallnacht, we continue to tell our story.

2016 Annual Campaign

Brianna knew that the Holocaust was the greatest human rights tragedy in history but she didn’t learn much about it in school. “It was almost like nobody wanted to talk about it” she says. Brianna wanted to know more, she wanted to understand how the Holocaust happened and how such atrocities can be prevented. Through a friend, she found out that Calgary Jewish Federation offered the Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program. Brianna signed up and soon found the perspective on the Holocaust she sought.

September 25th was a beautiful day for a race, in this case the Amazing Race Hashana!

“It was refreshing to be among a bunch of kids who really care,” she said. Brianna and many of her peers expressed the feeling that the Asper program had a huge impact on their lives, making them more likely to stand up to injustice and speak out against human rights abuses. One student announced that the program influenced his determination to become a human-rights lawyer.

Participants challenged themselves in every way – their art skills, singing, multiple sports, games, group cooperation challenges, and photo posing with costumes, as well as the ever-popular military-style physical drills with former IDF soldier Daniel Birnbaum.

The Asper program is but one of Calgary Jewish Federation’s many Holocaust Commemoration and Education programs funded by generous donations to the annual UJA Campaign. With your support, Federation teaches thousands of students each year about the danger of intolerance and the importance of protecting human rights, democracy and respect for diversity.

Finishers were greeted with cheers and a beautiful snack table – everyone was a winner! Congratulations to all the Amazing Race Hashana participants!

We have new initiatives such as our 2nd Voices project which allows children and grandchildren of Survivors to tell their parents’ and grandparents’ stories. In 2017 we will host our first Holocaust Educators’ Conference, and cultural events like Sarah’s Voice in January and Hana’s Suitcase in the spring. All this happens in our community because of people like you. Your donations to Calgary Jewish Federation’s UJA campaign are what make all of our essential work possible.

Because...Together we are stronger.

UJA supports Holocaust Education:

12713512 40358640 69868269 43822545 715 127125 35 40 86 69 82 43 25 57 2571123540866982432 25 7112354086698243 • Federation’s Washington Holocaust and Human Rights Study Program

25 71 12 35 40 86 69 82 43 25 25 71123540866982432557 2571123510040 69 8243 DAYS86OF IMPACT 25 12 40 25 7112 3540 8669 8243 25 7112 3540 8669 8243 • Holocaust Education Symposium

• Survivor Visits to schools and other groups


• 2nd Voices – Second Generation project

• Kristallnacht, Yom Hashoah & International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations

• Asper Holocaust & Human Rights Study Program • Holocaust-themed Cultural Arts Programming • Holocaust Education Teacher’s Conference • March of Remembrance and Hope • In-school education & resources • March of the Living


*as of October 20, 2016

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Support your community by giving generously to the 2016 UJA campaign. Online - www.jewishcalgary.org

In person - Jessica Miller Switzer at the Federation Office

Mail - Calgary Jewish Federation / UJA 1607 90 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2V 4V7 Phone - 403-444-3157

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Calgary Jewish Federation is planning to raise an estimated $3,000,000 this year through the annual United Jewish Appeal Campaign. Estimated campaign costs are 12 percent of funds raised. UJA charitable gifts will be allocated to programs described in Federation publications including our Annual Report, Pomegranate, E-Pom and www.jewishcalgary.org. For more information, contact Diana Kalef at 403-444-3154. Our address is Jerusalem Road, 1607 – 90 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2V 4V7. We are incorporated in the Province of Alberta.

When you increase your Federation UJA Campaign gift, you may designate 50% of the increase to one of our partner agencies or funded programs. Ask your canvasser or see the online donation form at: www.jewishcalgary.org/ waystogive, and click on “give now”.

Calgary Jewish Federation and UJA Partner Agencies