Sept. 6, 2019
Nova Scotia Priest Fired for Honoring Judaism and Israel – Joel Jacobson (Canadian Jewish News)
The head priest of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church in Halifax, Father Vladimir Tobin, 77, received a letter from Orthodox Church in America Archbishop Irenee, the archbishop of Ottawa and Canada, on Aug. 12, informing him that he is being forcibly retired for delivering a sermon that honored Judaism and Israel.
The sermon mentioned Israel and Judaism in favorable terms, asked congregants to pray for Israel, and reminded the congregation that Jesus was a Jew.
Father Tobin said that when studying the early Christian period at Dalhousie University in Halifax, he realized that early Christians were Jewish and their scripture was the Old Testament.
Father Tobin responded to the archbishop: “It is true that I regularly pray for both Israel and the United States, its armies and its president, and for ‘the land of Israel and the armies which protect her.’…The U.S. and Israel are our allies and need our support for peace in the Middle East.”