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Has it really been six months since I was last in touch?


Our last newsletter came out for D-Day #77 on June 6, 2021! I am so happy to be back, and I apologize for the time lag. My new job launching The CJN Daily podcast (which I host Mon.-Thurs.) for the Canadian Jewish News, has been a 24/7 learning experience and didn't leave room for anything but the show. But now, after seven months since our first broadcast, I have figured out the work flow. And that means with Remembrance Day and Holocaust Education Month at hand, I needed to get back in touch with all of you and catch up.

This year, despite COVID, some memorial ceremonies did take place. Edmonton's Jewish community held its service at the Jewish cemetery, outdoors. The Montreal community's commemoration was online, and organized, as always, by Larry Rosenthal. The B'nai Brith Canada/Jewish War Veterans of Canada (Toronto Post) service was also held online.
In that one, you will see Sgt. Max Dankner from Toronto, an medal-winning Italian Campaign veteran who I have written about before,
Also, catch the video message from Rabbi Capt. Arnold Noteh Glogauer, who is currently deployed at sea in the Pacific aboard HMCS Winnipeg.
You can catch that broadcast here, if you missed it.
Meanwhile, the national broadcast from Ottawa's War Monument paid tribute to the late Rabbi Reuven Bulka, who had been a staple for years at these services, delivering the benediction. This year, his protege, Rabbi Idan Scher, was invited to fill the role, and he channelled Bulka's final Remembrance Day words. 

Even the Carillon inside the Ottawa Peace Tower offered some Jewish music for Remembrance Week. (Hint: The Dominion Carilloneur has Jewish roots.)


I was busy, too, continuing to share the stories of Canada's Jewish personnel and veterans with the wider world. 


Perhaps you saw the broadcast of the story of Sgt. Moe Hurwitz on The CBC National News? It aired on Wednesday Nov. 10, and was also told online as a longer digital story. Special thanks to reporter Murray Brewster, and his cameraman Keith Whalen. They had me on the story to introduce the bio of Moe Hurwitz, the Montreal athlete who gave up his chance to try out for the Boston Bruins in 1940. Instead, he went overseas in a tank to save his people from the Final Solution. 
Watch the CBC National News piece on Sgt. Moses Hurwitz.
Veteran Spotlight of the Month
M/Cpl (Ret.) Tamar Freeman, Canadian veteran of the Afghanistan war, on a recent visit to Toronto. (Ellin Bessner photo).
This Remembrance Day, meet retired army medic M/Cpl. (Ret.) Tamar Freeman, a Toronto native who served half a year in Afghanistan in 2006-2007. She was wounded and received a military discharge after 25 years in the Canadian Forces. She is watching the "heartbreaking" developments unfold in Afghanistan now, and reflects on the Canadian mission and whether it was in vain.


 
Plus, click to learn how we got three Jewish gravestones of Canadian WW2 casualties fixed in a Normandy war cemetery. Now they have Stars of David instead of a cross.
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