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Three great new stories you'll want to read after Canada Day
  • Why you should find a copy of The CJN's new book 
  • Hear what Roméo Dallaire told WWII veteran George Nashen 
  • What a Jewish chaplain did at a Snowbird's ramp ceremony 
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Just in time for Canada's 153rd birthday, there's a beautiful new book out covering the history of Canada's Jewish community. The history is told through the eyes of the Canadian Jewish News. Yes, the CJN -- which shut in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the economy.

The book is called "Northern Lights: A Canadian Jewish History" and is likely making its way now to front doors and mailboxes of CJN subscribers. 

My chapter is about the contribution of the Canadian Jewish community to the country's military history. Irwin Cotler, Gil Troy, Marsha Lederman, Myra Freeman, and Jay Teitel also contributed chapters.


Here is a sneak peak of the book.
Dallaire: 'Peace is not a one time affair. Peace must be sustained.'
 
One of Canada's most famous war heroes, Lieut.-General (Ret.) Roméo Dallaire was on hand via Zoom recently to honour a 97-year-old Montreal Jewish WWII veteran. 
Over a hundred guests tuned in to watch George Nashen receive his Quebec National Assembly Citizenship Medal.  Nashen was featured in my book "Double Threat". 

Hear Dallaire's message to Nashen, and to all Canadians, by clicking here. Or you can press the button below.
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"When my beard starts walking down the hall..."

Capt. Arnold Noteh Glogauer arrived in Halifax in the middle of the COVID-19 lockdown. He's the first-ever Canadian Jewish military chaplain to be posted to the home base of the Royal Canadian Navy. If that wasn't "Dayenu", Glogauer had to represent the chaplaincy at several repatriation ceremonies for the bodies of fallen military personnel. None of the victims were Jews, but the Chabad rabbi, who grew up in Calgary, is sure he can make a difference. 
Read Glogauer's amazing story here
How does Capt. (Rabbi) Arnold Noteh Glogauer approach being a Jewish chaplain in the Canadian military? Using his beard and his heart. 
 
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  • Have some military artifacts and don't know what to do with them? I can help. 
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