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October 16, 2020 | 28 Tishrei 5781
CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that Facebook's hate speech policy will be updated to ban Holocaust denial. The announcement acknowledged the harm caused by minimizing or denying the horrors of the Holocaust, and referenced data showing an increase in Antisemitism globally. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of Antisemitism lists Holocaust denial as a contemporary example of anti-Jewish hate. In August, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) joined a coalition of 145 organizations calling on Facebook to adopt the IHRA definition in full.
The Beth Tzedec's 20th Annual Jewish Film Festival will be presented virtually for the first time from November 7 to 19. Enjoy an exciting line-up of outstanding films from the comfort and convenience of your own home! Calgary Jewish Federation is proud to co-sponsor three films this year on November 9, 10 and 11. For full details to purchase tickets, visit the festival's website.
On September 15, the UAE and Israel signed a landmark agreement normalizing relations between the two countries. This watershed moment not only promotes peace and prosperity in the Middle East but offers vast geopolitical, cultural, and economic opportunities for the entire world, including Canada. On Wednesday, October 21 at 8am, join UAE Ambassador to the US, His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, a key architect behind the agreement and one of Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2020. He will discuss the vision, strategic importance, and global opportunity of this historic accord.
Recently, Na'amat Canada Calgary members and some dedicated volunteers packed 800 backpacks with supplies for the School Supplies for Kids program that supports Calgary area domestic violence and homeless shelters. Although they only had a third of their volunteers present due to the health and safety protocols in place, a brisk pace and lots of hard work helped get the job done quickly and efficiently. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers and the many generous donors.
Shabbat Shalom!
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