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TheJ.ca has experienced steady growth in popularity in the new year and our roster of talented and insightful contributors has been a key to expanding our audience. While we focus largely on news and current events, we also try to provide stories about Jewish history and modern life around the world, entrepreneurs and businesses, and lifestyle and arts stories.

Enter David Eisenstadt. He approached us with an intention to continue his showcase of deserving talent and their legacies, and is an editor’s dream to work with.

His series on notable Jewish musicians from Canada, Noteworthy, gets a big response with each and every column. David has provided us with the feedback he gets, and I felt it was important to acknowledge the many kind words he receives from music lovers – and of the people he profiles – in our newspaper. (Actually, this first example was sent to us, and I then had to send it to David, as you’ll see.) 

The Rover Boys

Hi – I really enjoyed your story on Al Osten of the Rover Boys. I am a big fan of the group and collector of their memorabilia, is it possible you could put me in touch with someone who could fill in some blanks for me about the group. Thank You,

Dan C.

(Ed. Note – done!)

Jerry Gray and The Travellers 

David – I’m sure I’m not the only one to tell you but so many of the columns that you send out are so personal to me & bring back such memories. 

Jerrry Gray: As a camper & a counsellor I went to a Labour Zionist Camp on Lake Erie – Camp Kvutza (incidentally, so did a lot of other Temple members)… And, yes, The Weavers, were constantly being played or their songs were sung by both campers & staff at camp sing-alongs.

Just as Pete Seeger went to visit Camp Naivelt, Jerry Gray came to our vibrant socialist camp for a day every summer.  (late 50’s – early 1960’s).to perform 3 or 4 concerts). He would get together with the youngest campers, then the intermediates, followed by the seniors and then, at night, the staff. He would play the songs best for each group, encourage audience participation and, of course always sing our favourites. (By this time we were familiar with both The Weavers & The Travellers, not to mention Woody Guthrie etc etc)

I’m a folkie from way back. Actually got to see Pete Seeger a couple of times. Great concert that he did with Arlo Guthrie. Amazing how my format for listening to all of these performers has changed for me over the years, first on vinyl, (LPs, even EPs), then cassette, CDs & now I just walk in the house (like I did about 2 days ago) & say “Alexa, play Arlo Guthrie”

I have such great recollections of my days at summer camp & Jerry Gray stands out particularly. Thanks for these columns.

Stan Goldberg

Toronto

Jerry and Greta Gray are personal friends of my wife and I for almost all of his career.

His is still doing his history of Jewish and Labour music. Good person and he was a good entertainer.

Gerry Prenick

Toronto

Hi David, 

Just a note to tell you how much I enjoyed reading about The Travellers. It was a pleasure considering all the crap going on in the world these days.

Best.

Sara Waxman

Toronto

I loved the Travellers and I was at the first Mariposa in Orillia, I think I was 19. I had all their albums, along with Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul & Mary. I loved folk music and still do.

Not sure of the timing, but some of the Travellers came to Temple Sinai (on a Sunday Morning for Adult Education) and I can recall them in the Fanny Green Hall.

Thank you for writing these articles……especially this one. It brings back such great memories of my youth. Take care and keep writing. Hugs

Bev Steinberg

Toronto

Hi David, I enjoyed this article, and of course all your other writings very much. This is valuable acknowledgement for many of our talented Jewish Canadians.

Laura Shuler 

Calgary

All who have read your article remarked on the personal Goodis stories and the insightful writing.

Thank you and keep up the great work.

Jerry Gray

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Robert Silverman and Jerry Gray

Hello David,

I’m so pleased to read your profiles on notable Canadian musicians especially the last 2 , Robert Silverman and Jerry Gray, both of whom I’ve had the honour and pleasure of working with and thank you for including my name in Silverman’s article.

I have presented a number of salon concerts and theatre concerts over many years featuring notable Canadian musicians most of whom are Jewish. The concerts began as a series I created while at Koffler, then later evolved into fundraisers for various Jewish causes in the community and for Israel. Working with and getting to know these artists, many of whom became my personal friends, has been extremely gratifying. Thank you for showcasing them! They are so deserving of acknowledgment and recognition.

Warm regards,

Adrienne Cohen

Toronto

Eddie Schwartz

You keep coming up with people I never heard of. Thank you for the education.

Barry Coopersmith

Whitby

Many thanks for including me in this terrific series, it’s a real honor. Take care, be well. Best regards, Eddie.

Eddie Schwartz                                                                                                                                                     Nashville

Ben Mink       

Nice one David.

Bill King                                                                                                                                                                           Toronto

Thanks very much David…

Reciprocally… I very much appreciate your skills and “menschlichkeit”… Take care…

Ben Mink 

Vancouver, BC

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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.

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