Author Archives: Rabbi Friedman

What An Incredible New Arena!

Edmonton Jewish News, September 29, 2016 (EJNews) – What an incredible new arena!  Rogers Place has positioned Edmonton once again as a world-class city, the envy of our friends across the continent.   We are all truly blessed to be living … Continue reading

Mourning Terror in Israel and France

Orthodox Union The recent attacks in Paris were ferocious. We join the world in mourning the loss of life and praying for their families as well as for the recovery of the injured. The State of Israel was swift to … Continue reading

Muslim Courage in Canada: Funding the National Holocaust Memorial

Haaretz At a time when Muslims, Christians and Jews are equal targets for Islamist radicals, a moment of shared opposition to intolerance. On 27th November 1095, Pope Urban II issued a declaration calling upon Christians to redeem the Holy City … Continue reading

Op/Ed: Bibi Is Not A Racist

Edmonton Jewish News, 25 March 2015 On behalf of our community, I want to take this opportunity to wish a hearty mazal tov to Prime Minister Netanyahu on his re-election. No matter what one’s personal political bent, I cannot stress … Continue reading

The Holocaust Monument and the Miracle of Chanukah

Edmonton Jewish News The project of the National Holocaust Monument is moving along. In terms of fundraising, we have surpassed the government’s generous matching grant. We have procured the finest team in the world, headed by Gail Lord and featuring … Continue reading

Opinion: Prentice sworn in amid a colourful mosaic of blue

Rabbi Friedman’s article in the Edmonton Journal on 24 September 2014.

ISIS and Hamas have given us clarity

The Exchange, CIJA, 5 September 2014 Terrorism is bad. It is horrific and the world would be a much nicer and safer place without it. But during our recent visit to Australia for my parents’ fortieth anniversary, I was chatting … Continue reading

Reclaiming the Disappearing Center

Jewish Action, 16 June 2014 Conservative Judaism has long prided itself on being the happy medium between Orthodox and Reform Judaism. The recent Pew report has shown, however, that save for a few committed souls, much of its traditional base … Continue reading

Government has finally righted a historical wrong

The Canadian Jewish News, 9 June 2014 First it was the shift in direction in Middle East policy. Then it was the long-overdue apology to First Nations. And now, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has finally righted another historic wrong. … Continue reading

The Holocaust Monument is not just about the Jewish community

Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, 6 June 2014 Recently, Minister Baird announced the winner of the design competition for the National Holocaust Monument. The winning team was put together by Lord Cultural Resources of Toronto and features world-renowned architect … Continue reading