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How reading Jewish newspapers at my grandparent’s house on Rosh Hashanah started my path to the J.ca, and where we are going in 5781

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Ah, the good old days. At TheJ we try to make you want to do the same dedicated newspaper reading, but on your phone or internet device. It keeps you hands cleaner. (Photo of comedian Stan Laurel reading Di Yiddische Welt is courtesy of aurorasginjoint.com/)

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I grew up in a Jewish family at the north border (“almost West Kildonan!”) of the legendary North End of Winnipeg, “The Jerusalem of Canada”. Our religious observances were guided by the Orthodox practices of my father’s parents, who lived about 10 houses from the Talmud Torah synagogue and attached Hebrew schools. Rosh Hashanah was an energizing time, with the return to classes being followed quickly with learning about our beliefs and traditions and studying the liturgy during the onset of fall.

Baba and Zaida’s house was headquarters for almost every Yom Tov gathering I can remember (although they may have been in Israel one year.) So for the two days of the New Year, plus Kiddish after shul, we were there for lunch after shul, and then dinner after shul. Hours upon hours, trying not to get anything on our ‘good’ clothes. The gatherings would include our family of 5, various uncles and aunts, occasionally older cousins (we were the only kids in our generation), and the dreaded KNOCK KNOCK drop-in visit by the very animated Mr. Max Butler, custodian for the Talmud Torah, whose discussions in Russian and Yiddish with the adults were brief but always loud.

My grandparents’ house was also full of books, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digests, and religious books and siddurim, and … newspapers. Not just the local Tribune. Jewish newspapers.

One was Der Yiddishe Vort, where my father briefly worked as a proof-reader in 1970. Those pages far outmatched my meagre Yiddish instruction. I found the Western Jewish News fascinating. It was a wonder to see stories and advertisements, columns and greetings, from Jewish businesses and families across the West.  It also had ads from politicians, which led me to ask “What’s a Social Credit?”, and find out that Jews weren’t going to vote for Don Luzzi – the CFL football star turned candidate in Calgary – because Premier Ernest Manning hadn’t gotten rid of all the antisemites in his party. On the living room table there was also the Canadian Jewish News, oriented towards the larger populations of Montreal and Toronto. The publications my family supported were unwaveringly pro-Zionist and pro-Israel.

Fifty years later, demographic changes and the spiraling costs of publishing and distributing hard-copy newspapers has changed the entire industry. With common usage of digital devices to source information and study material – especially after lockdown periods – a newspaper being online – augmented by video windows and dynamic visual aids – has emerged as the most effective modern version of the ink-and-paper tradition.  

Enter TheJ.Ca.

TheJ is Canada’s premier national media platform that provides a home for those who stand with Israel and the survival of the Jewish people. We feature a wide range of opinion and news about what we call ‘JMatters’, as well as the lifestyle articles and personality profiles. We continue to add new writers weekly and receive interesting and sometimes amusing story ideas daily.

And I am proud to say, Jewish journalism on our pro-Zionist and pro-Israel online newspaper is growing and flourishing and gaining ground in Canada – thanks to you.

Get thej.ca a Pro Israel Voice by Email. Never miss a top story that effects you, your family & your community

Our rapid acceptance in the Jewish community was recognized by Toronto Mayor John Tory in a special video greeting after our first month. Stories were immediately picked up by respected and established international news services. TheJ was proud to be the official media sponsor of the Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation ‘Israel and the United Nations’ special webinar with Ambassador Danny Danon.

Our stories have made an impact. We were among the only media among the 500 ZOOM viewers who heard Bari Weiss proclaim, “It’s not enough for a Jew to be an anti-antisemite, we were put on earth to be Jews” after her bombshell resignation as a New York Times editorial writer. It was important we share her message.

https://thej.ca/2020/07/26/bari-weiss-urges-jews-to-return-to-jewish-values-in-cja-montreal-zoom-event/

Mordechai Lightstone created a Twitter page inviting victims to freely post, “so people don’t feel like they’re alone, and for others to know that these are real people who experience these real examples of antisemitism all the time.” The minute I saw his account, I knew our readers would want to know about it.

https://thej.ca/2020/07/19/new-twitter-account-dedicates-space-to-tell-personal-stories-of-antisemitism/

From Israel, our coverage has included interviewing the daughter of former MP Irwin Cotler; she told TheJ  her approach is to “transcend political and religious divides” as a new member of the Knesset. Read our interview with Michal Cotler Wunsh, here.

https://thej.ca/2020/08/09/michal-cotler-wunsh-is-newest-canadian-member-of-israeli-knesset/

On the national scene, we provided original reporting on the President of the Alberta Federation of Labour, Gil McGowan. He outraged the Jewish community in Alberta by accusing the conservative UPC government “of adopting tactics pioneered by the Nazis and being implemented (by) right-wing authoritarians today”. We reported, exclusively, it wasn’t the first time he smeared political opponents that way. The door’s still open for him to go on the record with us.

https://thej.ca/2020/07/15/alberta-union-head-outrages-jewish-community-by-comparing-conservative-govt-bill-to-nazi-tactics/

Sheila Levy drives her children Erin, Jonathan, and Megan in the family’s 3-wheel all-terrain vehicle on Canada Day in Cambridge Bay. July 1, 1985. | Photo: Courtesy Lorne and Sheila Levy

Of the many stories crafted by the talented writers and columnists who volunteer to help build this new home for Jewish Journalism, the story that seemed to have been the most popular, across all borders and demographics, was Chosen And Frozen: The Jews Of Nunavut, a feature story by Dan Brotman.

https://thej.ca/2020/08/02/chosen-and-frozen-the-jews-of-nunavut/

We are going to continue to feature stories about our communities in unlikely places, both in Canada and abroad. During the High Holidays, we will be publishing midweek editions to keep you informed and entertained.

With our growth has come an advertiser base for the High Holidays. You will see the New Year greetings from important community organizations like FSWC, JTeach and Na’amat Canada on our site. Banner ads acquired by city councillors in Toronto and Winnipeg proves that our readers – their voters – matter to them.

TheJ thanks the three dozen advertisers who have stepped forward to demonstrate their belief in our mission, and helping ensure that a strong pro-Israel platform is online for the Jewish community of Canada. The advertising revenue from this campaign is going to the ‘back end’ of the website, ensuring we have capacity for our image-heavy uploads and archives, while maintaining strict protections against antisemitic hackers seeking to do harm.

My family had a tradition of advertising their pop business in the Jewish newspaper of the day, introducing the 30 oz. Quart bottle of Wynola just in time for Rosh Hashana 5713 (Sept. 1952)

With 65,000 monthly views of our website, 20,000  impressions on Twitter, and thousands more on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, our success continues to prove that pro-Israel Jewish Journalism is alive and thriving in Canada.

Our Publishing Director, Ron East, and I are grateful for your continued unwavering support and encourage you to get involved with our platforms as we expand to Podcasts and video reports.

If you want to submit stories, report from your community, craft editorials, contribute columns, sponsor TheJ content or contests, or advertise your business – or financially contribute to building a sustainable Zionistic media platform – please drop us a line to [email protected] or contact us through the website.

TheJ family is waiting for you. Welcome home and SHANA TOVA.

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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Thank you for choosing TheJ.Ca as your source for Canadian Jewish News.

We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your HELP!

Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

Monthly support is a great way to help us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make to support Jewish Journalism.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

Happy reading!

Thank you for choosing TheJ.Ca as your source for Canadian Jewish News.

We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your HELP!

Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

Monthly support is a great way to help us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make to support Jewish Journalism.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

Happy reading!

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