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This November 11, many Remembrance Day services for Canada's war dead will be looking a lot different.
Many in-person ceremonies will be held without a large audience, to avoid posing a danger to attendee, including elderly veterans who face severe risks being exposed to a crowd. 
 
If you want to attend one for Jewish personnel killed in war, there is also a new initiative -- an online ceremony -- being organized for the Jewish community.

The Jewish War Veterans of Canada's Toronto Post has teamed up with B'nai Brith Canada, plus synagogues and community organizations across the country to put it on.

There will be a national, Jewish online Remembrance Day service.

According to Michael Mostyn of B'nai Brith Canada, the ceremony will have remarks from Canadian politicians, prayers by Jewish chaplains and clergy, participation by Jewish veterans, and other segments.

I will also be one of the speakers.

It was an honour to be asked.

When I get the link for the event, so you can participate online, I will communicate it with you. Look for it also on my social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn,) and my website.


Memorial monument by the Jewish Community of Trenton at the RCAF Museum in Trenton, Ontario. (Ellin Bessner photo.)

Star of David for Harbord Collegiate grad & downed airman 75 years later


Following the crash of his Lancaster bomber in Bremen, Germany on March 23, 1945 a Toronto RCAF navigator Morley Ornstein, a Canadian of Jewish faith, was killed. The Harbord Collegiate graduate (Class of 1941) was hastily buried under a tombstone engraved with a cross

Even after the war, when more formal cemeteries were established in 1947, Ornstein's permanent stone still had a cross on it.


Now after 75 years, Ornstein's Christian tombstone is going to be replaced with one that bears a Star of David.

How did this come to be?

(Cough...Cough. I helped.)



Grave of Morley Ornstein, in Becklingen War Cemetery,Germany. (Photo by Marg Liessens, used with permission.)

If anyone knows any relatives of the Ornstein family, maybe in Winnipeg or Connecticut, please contact me so we can share this news with Morley's surviving next of kin.
Read the story here about Morley Ornstein's new tombstone
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