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The Vaughn JCC was being closed Wednesday evening as police undertook a security response exercise (JewishToronto.com)

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Jewish Campus In Vaughn Closed Wednesday For Police Security Training

A scheduled training exercise for York Regional Police was to close down the Schwartz Reisman Centre in Toronto on Wednesday.

“Please be assured that this exercise is not a response to an incident or any known threat, but rather is a planned and proactive training initiative by YRP”, an announcement by UJA Community Security assured the community.

A large police presence was expected until midnight on August 19 at the Lebovic Campus, which was going to be punctuated by “loud noises and the movement of people and vehicles outside the building.” All area roads would stay open as the police training exercises would be isolated to UJA property, and no roads will be blocked off throughout the evening.

COVID-19 Does Not Stop The Na’amat Calgary School Supplies For Kids Project

(AJN) Na’amat Canada Calgary volunteers will gather over two days in August in order to pack backpacks with essential school supplies for more than 800 school-aged children living in 12 Calgary and southern Alberta domestic violence and homeless shelters.

“Planning for the 23rd year of the School Supplies for Kids project has been very challenging. Our main concern with the two packing days is to keep our volunteers safe. This year our packing days will be structured very differently, so we can implement the necessary precautions to follow the Alberta Health guidelines.  It will also involve a much smaller number of volunteers,” says Stephanie Sacks, School Supplies for Kids Chairperson.

“Packing Day” is the final stage of the annual School Supplies for Kids project. During this packing marathon, backpacks are filled with school supplies and then distributed to the domestic violence and homeless shelters.

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Since School Supplies for Kids inception in 1998, this Na’amat Canada Calgary’s community service project has provided more than 22,000 children with backpacks filled with school supplies.

“It is heartwarming to see how our members and volunteers remain committed to providing the needed backpacks despite the challenges of working together during the time of COVID-19,” notes Linda Gutman, School Supplies for Kids Volunteer Coordinator. For more information contact [email protected]

This story originally appeared in Alberta Jewish News

Montreal synagogue Congregation Beth Ora is joining with 20 others in a special Shabbat program (patrimoine-culturel.gouv.qc.ca/)

Montreal Shul taking part in “Resolve Together” Shabbat encouraging pandemic reflection and actions

The Orthodox Union (OU) has partnered with 21 synagogues, including Congregation Beth Ora in Montreal, for “Resolve Together,” in order to focus on the good that has been realized during these dark times. The program will take place this Shabbos, August 22.  Founded in 1898, the Orthodox Union, serves as the voice of American Orthodox Jewry, with over 400 congregations in its synagogue network.

The OU will be providing divrei Torah and discussion topics for each participating community. Those topics include, what kind of impact has the pandemic had on families and how have they coped effectively with the challenges presented through the virus.  “Among many chessed and tzedakah activities, examples of wonderful practices increased during this period,” said an OU statement, “including frequent weekday family dinners, davening with increased kavana and regularly visiting the elderly and infirm.”

“We are living during a time of turbulence and uncertainty and our hope is that this Shabbos dedicated to ‘Resolve Together’ can be a personal resource for families to reflect on the positive ways in which each family has coped,” said Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Rabbi Moshe Hauer. “Resolve Together is here to guide families to learn from their experiences, engaging in what our tradition refers to as Cheshbon Hanefesh, to identify areas of improvement and positive transformation gleaned from this challenging time.”

 For more information or to download the discussion guide, regardless of your shul affiliation, please visit: https://www.ou.org/resolve/.

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