Rabbi Shachar Orenstein, the lead clergy for the oldest Jewish congregation in Canada, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of Montréal, will be distributing a new dust jacket that he uses on his prayer book that states, “The verses in this prayer book are printed on stolen paper—paper from forests growing in America, the land stolen from the Native Americans.”
That dust jacket also features a map with the heading: “REFUTING ALL TERRITORIAL CLAIMS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND CANADA.”
The rabbi will be distributing the dust jacket at a meeting of Jewish and First Nations people this coming Sunday, November 3, from 1:00 to 1:45 PM at Le Mood: The Festival of Unexpected Jewish Learning, Arts & Culture, in Room #5 at Espace Union, 6600a Hutchison Street (corner of Beaubien), Outremont (Montréal), Quebec, 514-448-4981. Program details at: http://www.lemood.ca/en/event/idle-jews-no-more-277/
Orenstein additionally plans to make this dust jacket available to the hundreds of people expected to attend other lectures at Le Mood. The other presenters include The Right Honorable Irwin Cotler, Member of Parliament, Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Rabbi Orenstein, who is active in the “Idle No More” movement, a pro-aboriginal-rights movement in Canada, explained that he had placed this dust jacket on his own personal prayer book several weeks ago. “It gave me something to contemplate on a daily basis—more than once a day,” he said.
CONTACT: Marc Halberstadt