One of last remaining Canadian Jewish women WWll army veterans has died

Esther Thorley’s brother Meyer Bubis, who was eleven years older than her, had enlisted in the Toronto-based Royal Regiment of Canada on Sept. 7, 1939, mere days after Hitler’s Nazi forces had invaded Poland to start WWll.  Bubis would eventually be part of the ill-fated Allied raid on Dieppe, France in August 1942. After he was killed, Thorley waited for her eighteenth birthday in June 1943, and enlisted. She was one of only 270 Canadian Jewish women to wear a uniform for Canada in WWll. Thorley, an Ajax, Ontario resident, died suddenly on Feb. 13, 2018.

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Ellin speaks at “Ignite: Chanuka Adult Jewish Learning Night at the Prosserman JCC in Toronto

Ignite: Chanukah Adult Learning Night. Light Up Your Mind! 
Join us for a special adult learning event on the 4th night of Chanukah!
When? Saturday, December 16, 6:30 – 10:00 Where? Prosserman JCC

Registration opens at 6:30

7:00 Candle Lighting

Special Candle lighting ceremony with Song Shul’s Cantor Simon Spiro and the Toronto Festival Singers! Chanukah refreshments provided. 
Choose two from the featured sessions:

7:30 – 8:30 Session 1
Rabbi Howard Morrison “Not the famous story from Hebrew School – The real story of Chanukah and its lessons for today”

Ruthie Ladovsky “United Bakers: the story behind Toronto’s beloved oldest Jewish restaurant”

Ellin Bessner “Fighting Amalek: the 17,000 Canadian Jews who fought Hitler in WWll”*sponsored by OJA*

Batik workshop: discover the art of fabric dye using wax and special dyes

Ceramics workshop: make your own Chanukah Judaica! 

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“Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War II: Double Threat”. My new book about the 17,000 Jewish Canadians who defeated the Nazis

Double Threat is a journalistic look at the untold stories of the Jewish Canadian men and women who served in uniform during the dark years of the last great war.

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