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McGill Students Society to vote on condemning Israel

Even though an anti-Israel motion was postponed indefinitely following a vote at the Student’s Society of McGill University (SSMU) General Assembly in February of 2009, a one-dimensional motion calling on the SSMU to condemn Israel and stand in solidarity with the Palestinians is set to be tabled this coming Wednesday at the 2014 Fall General Assembly in the SSMU Cafeteria. Continue Reading...
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Gas price alert

Essense Montreal is reporting that some gas stations have raised their prices to 135.9/L today, an increase from the current Montreal average price of 123.4/L. If this trend continues it is very possible that the majority of gas stations will increase their price by tomorrow morning. If you see gas at the lower price, fill your tank tonight....
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Thousands at Chol HaMoed rides in Tosh – biggest Chol HaMoed amusement park in Canada

The Jewish holidays of Sukkos and Pesach each have four intermediate days of the festival (known as Chol HaMoed) when (among other restrictions) work is discouraged (in some cases forbidden). For this reason, many working men and women take their vacation during these days and it has become a tradition for families to spend the day together on day trips Continue Reading...
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Hundreds of Montrealers shake Lulav in bicycle Sukkahs

Hundreds of Jews across the island of Montreal were able to shake the Lulav and Esrog on Chol HaMoed Sukkos thanks to an environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional Sukkahmobile. The Pedi-Sukkah is a Sukkah on a trolley that is attached as a trailer to the back of a bicycle. As Sukkos is a “green holiday,” it is an appropriate Continue Reading...
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Mount Royal store busted selling Hitler t-shirts for a second time

Hadio, a boutique located on Mont-Royal just east of Parc Avenue, have finally removed their stock of T-shirts featuring Adolph Hitler (Ym”sh) from the shelves following an outcry on social media. On February 21st, 2013, bill613.com posted photos taken by Eibie Weizfeld the previous week depicting T-shirts of Hitler with a Nazi symbol on his tie (pin with eagle wings Continue Reading...
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Around the city: 19 October, 2014

Here’s a list of activities for Jewish families to do in and around Montreal, courtesy of bill613.com. Feel free to add to the list by commenting below. Jewish Public Library 100th birthday party: Carnival, games, crafts, magic, face painting, and free rides on the birthday train! All in honour of the JPL’s 100th birthday! Location: Cavendish Mall in Cote St Continue Reading...
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Adath to hold third annual ping pong tournament Sunday

Do you think you’re any good at ping pong? Adath is inviting Montreal’s Jewish community to their third annual ping pong tournament this coming Sunday, with a chance to win tickets to a football game between the Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts on November 2nd. Second and third place prizes will also be awarded. “Ping pong is fun and we Continue Reading...
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Photo of the day: Mincha in Albany

A bill613.com reader sent in the following photo, taken on Monday afternoon at the Sukkah outside of Chabad of Albany, where a group of travellers from all different communities gathered for a Mincha Minyan on the way to Montreal. For those travelling on the 87, here is a list of Sukkahs along the way....
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Miracle in Tosh as Sukkah collapses but no serious injuries

There were no serious injuries when a portion of the Tosher Rebbe’s Sukkah fell five feet, in what witnesses are describing as an “outright miracle” that took place while the Rebbe was leading his Chol HaMoed Sukkos Tish Tuesday afternoon. Every day of Chol HaMoed (the intermediate days of Sukkos), the Tosher Rebbe has been holding a traditional Tish in Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: Gotta Love those Vinyl Gloves

It appears that the ebola virus is highlighting the sad state of affairs in the US health system. Aside from New York and Los Angeles, most cities have cut budgets so much that their emergency preparedness is sorely lacking. This was blatantly evident in Atlanta when the late ground zero patient was initially sent home after stating specifically that he had Continue Reading...
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The future of your children’s education and schools

Within the next few weeks, the English Montreal School Board will cut their Commissioners (the ones heavily involved in the decision making) from 23 to 10. The new Commissioners will have a greater say in the policies the EMSB will follow, and a Heimesher and Frum member of our community with an extensive background in education is running for Commissioner Continue Reading...
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Shaar Hashomayim parking woes hot topic at Westmount city council meeting

Westmount residents complaining about parking and noise issues coming from the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue had their concerns addressed at a recent council meeting, with Mayor Peter Trent promising to talk to the Rabbi to try and resolve the issues. Two Westmount residents spoke up about the traffic woes and noise volume during the question and answer period of the council Continue Reading...
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“Welcome to hell” on holiday parking sign

During the Jewish holidays of Pesach, Shavuos and Sukkos the city of Cote-des-Neiges-NDG covers alternate parking signs to accommodate the religious Jewish community, who are forbidden from driving during portions of the holidays, by covering the parking signs with white boards. This is similar to what is done around the world in areas with a significant orthodox Jewish community. On Continue Reading...
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Around the city: Chol HaMoed Sukkos 2014

Here’s a list of activities for Jewish families to do over Chol HaMoed Sukkos in Montreal, courtesy of bill613.com. Feel free to add to the list by commenting below. NOTE: Traveling along the 87? Here is a list of Sukkahs along the way, and here’s another list of Minyanim, driving tips, and much more! NOTE: For an at-home activity which Continue Reading...
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List of Sukkahs on the 87

Traveling to the New York area on Chol HaMoed Sukkos? You might want to stop for lunch. Here’s a list of Sukkahs along the 87 highway between Montreal and New York, courtesy of Kosher Thruway. If you know of any other Sukkahs along the way, please email us or write them into the comments below. Clifton Park rest area: The Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: Billy-Bob and Milly-Mae Meet Bliss

There was a ‘debate’ in Ottawa yesterday as to whether Canada should send fighter planes to help stop isis. Under the leadership of the pretty Justin Trudeau, the Liberals opposed Canada going in as ‘fighters’: Let’s talk. Let’s be nice. Let’s smile and tell them they should be a democracy. Trudeau continues to show his infancy in politics. He’s immature and Continue Reading...
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Grand Sukkos display in Montreal

Students of the Lubavitch Yeshiva in Montreal took part in a unique and very special Sukkah competition this year. A selection of Mishnayos Sukkah (the Talmudic book discussing the holiday of Sukkos) presenting various types of kosher and non-kosher sukkos were given to the students and they were required to present models of these Sukkos, with explanations of why they Continue Reading...
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Kosher alert: Kellogg’s Special K cereal is now Dairy

The COR has issued a Kosher alert notifying the community that Kellogg’s Special K cereal is now Dairy, due to a product reformulation. The new boxes bear a “COR 246 D.” Future boxes of Special K cereal will bear the full word “DAIRY.” Older boxes that bear a “COR 246” symbol are indeed pareve....
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The App We’ll Use When Moshiach Comes

The Saber Team is pleased to announce the launch of their latest app, the Moshiach Guide. This new app joins their growing collection of Jewish Educational Applications, comprising of the Tefillin Guide, Mezuzah Guide, Aleph Beis Game, Chaunkah Guide and Purim Guide. The popular Tefillin Guide has reached position #1 in Israel for Education, and the Top 100 list in Continue Reading...
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From DansDeals: Montreal to Tel Aviv $581 Round Trip on Turkish Airlines

DansDeals has posted information about incredibly cheap round trip airline tickets to Israel from Montreal via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. To quote from his post: “-Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets are refundable until 11:30pm ET the day after purchase. Flights are via Istanbul with a total travel time of 14-15 hours with a 1-3 hour stopover. Valid $581 outbound dates Continue Reading...
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