The JFC-UIA Quarterly summarizes news and opinions on a quarterly basis.  We have listed Jewish news items and opinions pieces that we feel will be of interest to you.

(Note: The opinions, facts and any media content here are presented solely by the author, and Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA assumes no responsibility for them.) 

2015 Q1

News Items

  • ​"Let the new generation lead!"

    After some ten years on the KH Executive, 2012 Yakir Keren Hayesod Award recipient Stanley Plotnick has retired from this prestigious body. "It has been a privilege for me to serve on KH Executive, along with some of the most wonderful people I have ever met."

  • 36 Years Ago Today: Historic Peace Treaty Signed

    Sixteen months after Sadat's visit to Israel, the Israel-Egypt peace treaty was signed in Washington.

  • Apple in Israel

    Apple has 700 employees in Israel already, 250 of which were hired in the last year alone. According to research from Vision Mobile, more than 20,000 jobs in Israel's app economy are tied to Apple iOS.

  • Jewish Agency Pays Tribute to Christian Partners

    "There is a long history of Christian involvement in our Aliyah operations and it is always appropriate to give thanks, but today, as Christian organizations help us save Jewish lives every day in Ukraine, it is particularly important to show our appreciation," said Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky.

  • Press Review of Auschwitz Liberation Commemoration Events

    The World Jewish Congress had compiled an overview of reports which appeared on major TV channels and in newspapers and online media around the world in relation to 70th anniversary commemoration events in Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

  • JAFI Leaders Travel to Paris to Show Solidarity

    A group of Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors members traveled to Paris this week in order to express solidarity with the local Jewish community and assess the community's needs in the wake of the recent terror attacks there.


    On Sunday, December 7, 2014, Chicago’s Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, in partnership with the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, proudly awarded its innovative Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) degree to nine graduates of the program's second Canadian cohort.

  • Holocaust, Auschwitz liberation marked in Ottawa ceremonies

    OTTAWA — Leading dignitaries commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27 at Ottawa City Hall, along with Holocaust survivors and more than 300 guests who gathered to observe the annual event, which this year coincided with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

  • Woman born in Auschwitz to attend liberation anniversary

    It’s fair to say that Angela Orosz doesn’t remember much of anything about her time in Auschwitz. After all, she was barely more than one month old when it was liberated on Jan. 27, 1945. Nevertheless, she admits to feeling “terrified” about returning to the Nazi death camp.

  • PM Harper on International Day of Commemoration to Honour Holocaust Victims

    “Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of Nazi Germany’s concentration and death camps. On this sombre day, the world has an obligation to reflect on the evil of the Holocaust, condemn the Nazi regime that perpetrated it, and to renew efforts to help prevent such horrors from being repeated in the future.

  • Raoul Wallenberg: 70th Anniversary of Dissapearance ( VIDEO)

    Raoul Wallenberg rescued more Jews than any other single individual during the Holocaust. He vanished on January 17, 1945 after being apprehended by Soviet authorities. January 17th, 1945 marks the 70th anniversary of his tragic and never explained disappearance.


  • Seeking Young Leadership

    Although each community has unique challenges, they also have much in common. Young adults want options. They want to feel intimately connected to the organizations and people to which they give their time and money. But their reasons for participating are not necessarily the same as those of their parents’ generation.

  • Was Anne Frank right?

    70 years after her death, it's time to ask: was Anne Frank right? ACJN Perspectives OP-Ed
    by Eli Rubenstein, Director of March of the Living Canada

  • Canadians in KH Delegation to France

    On Wednesday February 18, 2015, an international delegation of Keren Hayesod representatives - composed of Canadians, South Africans, Italians and Israelis - went to Paris to show solidarity with the Jewish community in France and to see how it could provide support. - Opinion Piece by Nancy Rosenfeld

  • Southern Hospitality 2015

    Southern Hospitality, graciously hosted by Honey Sherman on behalf of UJA of Greater Toronto Women’s Philanthropy and Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA National Women’s Division, was a great success.


    "As I looked at my life and the comfortable box I live in, I was amazed by the resiliency of the Israeli people... These families were not leaving, they were staying put to defend their homes.... The bonds I developed will forever impact my life… "

  • Hello From Jerusalem - January 13, 2015

    For those who are asking how they can help shape the future of Israeli society – here is the answer. Investing in education will yield dividends for years to come. Israel’s physical security, intellectual growth and spiritual well being are all dependent on the development of a first-rate, equitable education system.