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TheJ.ca has become a go-to source for pro-Israel Jewish news and views, from (and about) Canada and the world

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We want to thank all our readers, contributors and sponsors for their support and encouragement as TheJ.ca spread its wings from a regional to a truly national Jewish news perspective in Canada this year.

While other outlets covering our community proclaimed that “Jewish journalism in Canada is dying” and folded their tent, Jewish journalism on our pro-Zionist and pro-Israel online newspaper is growing and flourishing in Canada – thanks to you. It’s an honour for myself and Publisher Ron East and our staff and writers, to have earned your loyalty.

After decades of involvement in municipal and provincial reporting, for myself this has been an indirect if predictable path, for as I wrote for Rosh Hashanah:

“(Childhood) gatherings at my Baba and Zaida’s house 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.”

We have done our best to bring the audience important reports and essays on serious and divisive topics, not only close to home but across the world. Attacks on the safety, security and even existence of Israel, and expanding antisemitism in mainstream media and institutions was at the forefront.

Among the major stories we reported on was the effects of the Black Lives Matter movement, advocacy, supporters, and riots, on the safety of Jewish communities:

TheJ.ca was among the few in North American media that immediately called out the hateful rhetoric and violence targeted at Jews by some far-left Black Lives Matter leaders and rioters, and their anti-Israel allies:

https://www.thej.ca/2020/05/31/israel-and-jews-targeted-as-u-s-protests-turn-to-riots/

 “Some Jews have fallen for the delusion that they need to join BLM in order to help moderate its radicals. Others have convinced themselves that this is their opportunity to be considered worthy successors to those Jews who worked to end “Jim Crow” laws and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King. They think focusing on the attacks on Israel or even the growing number of incidents of anti-Semitism in the African-American community is to miss the point. They believe that Jews are obligated to go along with BLM because they accept the notion that the United States is irredeemably racist in nature and that there is an epidemic of murders of African-Americans by the police.

The problem with this formulation is that it is simply wrong.” 

https://www.thej.ca/2020/09/09/what-are-jews-who-embrace-the-black-lives-matter-movement-endorsing/

“… even progressive campus group J-Street has had enough of Omar’s fellow “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib, who represents a Detroit district in Congress. The far-left nominally Jewish lobby decided that, “we cannot endorse candidates who come to the conclusion that they can no longer publicly express unequivocal support for a two-state solution, and other core principles to which our organization is dedicated.” Tlaib had first declared she supported cutting US military aid to Israel, and the next day said, “This whole idea of a two-state solution, it doesn’t work.”

https://www.thej.ca/2020/08/30/usa-awash-in-antisemitic-incidents/

“I honestly feel sorry for a guy who is so ashamed of his “near 100% Jewish DNA”. That calls religion “silly”. By the way, it takes incredible ignorance to reduce the Jewish People to a mere “religion”. And, as much as I hate it when my mother says that I just don’t “get it”… Mr. Seth Rogen just doesn’t “get it.” 

https://www.thej.ca/2020/09/23/i-have-had-my-fill-of-self-hating-jews-but-seth-rogen-is-in-a-category-all-his-own/

Current Affairs on other continents also came under our microscope:

“I always thought that the E.U.’s bizarre approach to and policy concerning the Palestinian –Israeli conflict is caused by partisanship based on self-interest coated with a fair dose of antisemitism cum genetic hostility to Israel.

“By now, I am beginning to think that the E.U.’s approach and policy to political problems originating in the Middle-East is caused by self-induced politically genetic blindness.”

https://www.thej.ca/2020/09/30/the-e-u-s-genetic-political-blindness/

“While the world was dealing with COVID-19, a genocide was unfolding in China. Already systematically working to exterminate Uyghur culture and religion, the CCP is now engaged in outright genocide”

https://www.thej.ca/2020/09/09/china-cables-confirm-internment-camps-planned-to-detain-at-least-a-million-muslim-uyghurs/

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Our bread and butter is, of course, reporting on stories occurring between our borders. An important aspect of that coverage includes monitoring the activities and statements of elected officials, some of whom are played for dupes by anti-Israel radicals:

“Israel demolished a car dealership, but Hamilton NDP representative Matthew Green fell for activists’ claims the building was a Covid field hospital for Palestinians.”

https://www.thej.ca/2020/10/22/canadian-mp-duped-by-anti-israel-email-campaign-hasnt-apologized/

The provincial government of Ontario had a hard time explaining how their education officials approved a GradE 10 civics video that claimed “Israelis use violence and destructive tactics to continue their occupation” of Palestine.

https://www.thej.ca/2020/08/02/antisemitic-content-in-ontario-high-school-course-causes-mass-outrage/

Other provincial officials, such as in Manitoba, found themselves having to backtrack when their pandemic restrictions crossed the line into unfairly stopping Jews in stores from buying Chanukah items:

https://www.thej.ca/2020/12/10/pallister-government-sees-the-chanukah-light-revokes-ban-on-in-store-sales-of-candles-and-menorahs/

How that outrageous attack on religious liberties took place, while the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg was silent, was directly questioned by our publisher:

https://www.thej.ca/2020/12/11/silent-nights-where-was-the-jewish-federation-of-winnipeg-when-chanukah-candles-were-banned-from-store-shelves/

Alone in Canadian journalism, TheJ.ca provided extensive reports on anti-Israel and antisemitic rallies held across Canada in 2020. While our leadership sat by in silence as hate and lies were spread on our streets, we made sure Jews and Zionists from sea to sea knew who their enemies were:

https://www.thej.ca/2020/07/05/day-of-rage-replaces-al-quds-day-as-premier-anti-israel-jew-hate-fest-in-toronto/

Our exclusive news reporting in 2020 included details about Firas Al Najim, a supporter of the Iranian regime who was under a hate crime investigation by Ottawa police after making public appearances comparing Zionism to Nazis.

We reported about a Jewish man from Hamilton, Max Lightstone, who took action by creating a Twitter account, My Antisemitism Story, for people to tell their first-hand accounts of antisemitism:

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

Canadian Jews have always shown solidarity with other diaspora communities. When world affairs like the war on Azerbaijan affected our brethren overseas, TheJ.ca asked the obvious questions that some Canadian Jewish leaders continue to avoid responding to, to this day: 

https://www.thej.ca/2020/10/08/canadian-government-urged-to-help-with-humanitarian-needs-in-azerbaijan/

Beyond news and current affairs, we proudly brought forward stories about both the historic and modern lives of the Jewish people:

The National Library of Israel provided us the astonishing tale of discovering in their stacks, “The Siddur That Survived The Nazis”:

https://www.thej.ca/2020/07/29/the-siddur-that-survived-the-nazis/

“My Bride’ mother, Malke, remembered she had to walk three miles to Bender Hamlet, from their near-Narcisse home, each weekday, to get to school… She carried her younger sister on her back during her early years. Anyone who has lived through a prairie winter in Canada will well appreciate what that meant. When a school was built only a mile away, it was a cause for joyous celebration.”

https://www.thej.ca/2020/10/15/tales-of-our-winter-times/

“The history of the Mountain Jews in Azerbaijan, and their unity and coexistence with the Azerbaijani Muslims, extends back two centuries, and to date remains a model for the rest of the world to emulate. In fact, most would be surprised to learn that world’s last surviving shtetl, and the only all-Jewish town outside of Israel and the United States, is located in — and is protected by — a Muslim-majority country.”

https://www.thej.ca/2020/08/26/azerbaijans-mountain-jews-a-model-for-jewish-muslim-coexistence/

“Madison Jackson, a 23 year old from Cleveland, Ohio, USA, founded the Global Jewish Pen Pal Program during the stressful COVID times. She thought it was important to teach people about Jewish life around the world and other countries through one-on-one interactions while in social isolation, but this program will go well beyond the time of COVID-19.”

https://www.thej.ca/2020/10/07/young-people-worldwide-connecting-through-jewish-global-pen-pal-program

Madi Jackson, a former intern at Cleveland Jewish News, is the creator of the Global Jewish Pen Pals program, whose members will be contributors to TheJ.ca in 2021 (Photo: Facebook)

We have been blessed by the contributions of many talented writers, allowing our audience to enjoy insightful stories about personalities from the realm of entertainment, sports, and religion as well:

Ashley Waxman Bakshi and her husband were enjoying their lives in their rented Tel Aviv apartment, when Ashley looked at YouTube for content in Hebrew about makeup. Surprised not to find any, she decided to make a video about cleaning makeup brushes. Then she made a tutorial using Mac makeup( she eventually quit her job at the ministry of defence to work full time to learn about Israeli women and makeup).

https://www.thej.ca/2020/10/15/from-hamilton-to-tel-aviv-ashley-waxman-bakshi-on-family-and-fame/

“The film, based primarily based on Robertson’s accounts of the events, takes time to document a great deal of his own history, and that of the band. In fact, one poignant moment comes when we learn of Robertson’s lineage as the son of a Jewish gangster, a card counter, Alexander David Klegerman, who died in a hit and run accident.”

https://www.thej.ca/2020/06/28/robbie-robertson-the-music-legend-belonging-to-two-tribes/

“Versatile Photographer Captured Toronto’s Most Famous Moments: From the Beatles to the Mahovlich brother’s hockey heroics to UJA galas, Joe Black saw and memorialized it all.”

https://www.thej.ca/2020/10/29/versatile-photographer-captured-torontos-most-famous-moments/

“If you read about some of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s life, you get an appreciation for the fact that as a young man he came across as cocky and a bit of a jerk. When I saw him on Wilshire Blvd. back in the 70s, that scowl that he shot at me was probably representative of his general “angry young man” attitude and his disdain for others, especially those who adulated him. But if you follow the trajectory of his life, especially the experience he had by revisiting the camp liberations during World War Two, you see the maturation and development of an angry young man, into a mature and sensitive adult.”

https://www.thej.ca/2020/07/22/what-do-kareem-abdul-jabbar-and-the-exodus-have-in-common/

At all times, TheJ.ca deeply appreciates those who have built the foundation of our lives in Canada through their dedication to family and Yiddishkeit, their professional careers and dedication to Jewish causes. It is important to us to ensure those who have passed on are remembered and celebrated, such as these three gentlemen:

Last Of The Old Time North End Rabbis of Winnipeg, Peretz Weizman Passes Away

Engineer, inventor, and mental health advocate:  In Memory Of Aaron B. Estrin, Z’L

What began as a Montreal business on a bicycle, evolved over the next 40 years as a global security manufacturing and service enterprise: Aaron Fish: A Life Well Lived

In conclusion, I wish to personally thank the writers, columnists, media agencies and other contributors, including the Jewish News Syndicate, National Library of Israel, Alberta Jewish News, Herut International, and TPS, for providing such an excellent variety of stories and content for our readership.

As a start-up media platform promoting and providing Jewish Journalism, we are all providing our services here on a volunteer basis. We try to ensure Jews in Canada and internationally are given a voice. Your donations, advertising and sponsorship in 2021 will help secure the future of TheJ.ca and allow us to expand the scope of our platform and improve on the writing and editing processes.

And as always, your story ideas, news tips, and reader feedback are of utmost importance to our newspaper. I can be reached at [email protected]

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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