Banff, Albert: A Peak Vacation

Jews on the prairie in Banff, Alberta.

06/07/2016 - 13:07
Travel Writer

I was first acquainted with Banff when two good friends married in a spectacular mountaintop setting there about a decade ago. I still remember her twirling in a red dress, the vivid scarlet contrasting with the brilliant white of Alberta’s snowcapped Rockies.

The main drag in Banff, framed by Alberta’s snow-capped Rockies.  Wikimedia Commons

A Real-Life Downton

08/03/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

It was while waiting for the dumbwaiter elevator that I noticed the small, merry line of bells above the foyer doorway. With a spark of recognition, I realized where I’d seen them before: Downton Abbey!

The grounds around the Federal Revival-style Langdon Hall. Courtesy of Langdon Hall

The Mile End, And Beyond

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Note: This is the third of three articles on eastern Canada. The other two focused on Newfoundland and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

St-Viateur Bagels in Montreal is run by Joe Morena, who calls himself a "good Italian boy who speaks Yiddish." George Medovoy/JW

Down East: Riding The Canadian Rails

09/23/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Note: This is the second of three articles on eastern Canada. Next week: Montreal’s Jewish food and arts scenes.

“The Ocean,” VIA Rail Canada’s round-trip overnight service between Montreal, Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia, is taking me to the city that greeted my late father in 1924.

Like so many Jewish immigrants, he arrived by ship, but I arrive in Halifax, the gateway to Atlantic Canada, in the comfort and style of a modern Canadian train.

Striking view from the Montreal-Halifax VIA Rail route.

Rosh HaShanah In The Highlands

09/15/2014 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Note: This is the first of three stories on eastern Canada. Pieces on Prince Edward Island and Montreal will follow in subsequent weeks.

Of all the wild, strange places in Canada, Newfoundland stands out for an oddity unique in North America: its own separate time zone, a half-hour ahead of everyone else.

St. John, a city of about 100,000 feels like a small British city, relaxed and easy to enjoy.  Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

Toronto Transit Rejects Anti-Israel Ads

10/22/2013 - 20:00

The Toronto Transit System on Monday rejected four advertisements, sponsored by the Montreal-based Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East and depicting Palestinians’ “loss of land” at the hands of Israel, as “inaccurate and misleading,” according to JTA.

Sporting Life

10/01/2013 - 20:00

Regarding Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “In The Big Inning” (Sept. 27): It happened long before I set foot on this continent but, while reading this, I again realized the social soul of the sporting life.
Shalom, todah rabbah, from a Dutch soccer fan now living in Canada.

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Canadian Jewish News To Resume Print Edition

07/24/2013 - 20:00

Three months after announcing its closure, the Canadian Jewish News said it would resume publishing its print edition on Aug. 1.

B'nai B'rith Condemns Rant Against Gilad Shalit In Affiliated Newspaper

06/26/2013 - 20:00

B’nai B’rith International disassociated itself from an article critical of Gilad Shalit published in a Canadian Jewish newspaper closely associated with B’nai Brith Canada.

In anticipation of Shalit’s four-city visit to Canada in September, the Jewish Tribune criticized the former captive Israeli soldier.

There's a danger of Gilad Shalit becoming an Israeli icon, a columnist warned. Getty Images

New Toronto Jewish Campus Sign Of Booming Community

The Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus is 200,000 square feet spread across 50 acres.
10/15/2012 - 20:00

Standing in the sprawling new $185 million Jewish community complex just north of Toronto, Taali Lester Tollman sweeps her outstretched arm in a wide arc.

"Just a few years ago," says Tollman, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto's vice president of marketing, "all this was pasture."

Actually it was woodland, but no matter. On the space now stands one of the most ambitious Jewish projects ever undertaken in Canada.

Toronto's new Jewish community campus will serve 80,000 Jews, up 33 percent from 2001. Shai Gil Photography
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