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Canadian Rabbi Reaches Out to Grave Vandals

From JTA on 1/4/2012 at 4:48 PM

Categories: Religion, Culture

Canadian Rabbi Reaches Out to Grave Vandals

A rabbi in Canada is extending an olive branch to vandals who desecrated five Jewish graves in British Columbia on New Year's Eve. "Did this person really know what it means?" asked Rabbi Harry Brechner of the historic Congregation Emanu-El in Victoria on Jan. 3 as he stood amid gravestones that had been coated with solvent and wrapped in plastic awaiting repair. "Did this person really know what Nazism is?" he wondered in the Victoria Times-Colonist. The Victoria police are treating the desecration at the …More

Canadian Authorities Return Sect Girls to Israel

From JTA on 10/6/2011 at 1:44 PM

Categories: Religion, Israel

Canadian Authorities Return Sect Girls to Israel

Canadian authorities have returned two teenage girls from an anti-Zionist Chasidic community to Israel. The girls, aged 15 and 13, had been detained by Canadian immigration officials in Montreal and returned to Israel apparently under order of an Israeli court, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported. They were on their way to join Lev Tahor, a community living in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, a town north of Montreal. Lev Tahor is sometimes called the Jewish Taliban because its female members are clad in chador-like …More