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Montreal born rabbi safe in Mexico following massive hurricane, organizing relief; a full harrowing account

For almost two days, I couldn’t contact my brother Benny. My family, and many in the Lubavitch world community, were extremely worried for the safety of a rabbi and his 9-month-pregnant wife and three kids who had disappeared following a hurricane that battered the city of Cabo, Mexico with 116 mph winds. The story begins several years when my brother, Continue Reading...
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Thousands expected to keep one Shabbos in the Shabbos Project Montreal

A group of Montrealers from up and down Van Horne/Fleet are busy organizing a massive three part event encouraging Jews across the island and around Montreal to unite and keep the laws of Shabbos for one amazing weekend. The Shabbos Project is a unique, international grassroots Jewish identity movement that originated last year in South Africa, where the majority of Continue Reading...
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CSL’s New Nathan Shuster Park a Big Hit

After a summer of renovations, the City of Côte Saint-Luc drew the curtains on Nathan Shuster Park last Sunday at 11:00am. Located between Collins’ Street and Wallenberg Street, north of Cavendish Blvd., the park is amongst the largest of the city’s green spaces, and can now be counted as one of its most enriching. Attendees were greeted with an eco-friendly Continue Reading...
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Gas price alert

Essense Montreal is reporting that some gas stations have raised their prices to 142.9/L today, an increase from the current Montreal average price of 132.4/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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The Blanche report: Kaboooooom!

First the breaking news: Mirabel is history. Over and out.  It will be demolished within the year. Kaboom! Of course they first have to get rid of the asbestos in the building. Did you know there was asbestos in the building? Oy vey. Next up: the Big O. Can we please have  seats for that one? The first three pages of Continue Reading...
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Community celebrates 28 years of Torah commitment at Kollel Kesser Torah

Over 450 men and women attended Kollel Kesser Torah’s twenty eighth anniversary testimonial dinner Wednesday night to show their support for one of the most prominent Kollelim in Canada and hear words of inspiration from Rav Elya Brudny, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivas Mir. The Kollel was founded in 1986 by a group of Rabbi Pinchus Hirschprung Zt”l’s followers who took Continue Reading...
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Fraudulent Vaad Hatzedaka certificates

It has come to the attention of the Vaad Hatzedaka of Toronto that two individuals (twins) and others with them have forged certificates and reappeared in Toronto on a regular basis using different names. Other violations have been reported and the Vaad Hatzedaka is investigating them. Some of their pictures can be found in the poster below. This group abuses Continue Reading...
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Canadian Jews report their sense of security has changed since 9/11, according to new poll

A new poll by the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration and released to the Sun News network suggest that most Canadians have changed their sense of security since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. What makes the poll particularly fascinating is the response from Jews and Muslims. When asked whether the jetliner attacks on the twin towers and the pentagon which killed almost Continue Reading...
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Premier brand spice products recalled due to Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a food recall on Premier brand spice products due to possible Salmonella poisoning, which are certified Kosher by the MK and Kehal Machzikei Hadas. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below. Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 250 g All Best Before dates from Continue Reading...
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Video of the day: MADA featured on Ynet

MADA Community Centre was recently filmed for a Ynet article that covered the amazing organization that provides a food bank, kosher cafeteria, clothing, furniture, Shabbat to share, support and social programs to the lesser fortunate in the Jewish community of Montreal and surrounding areas. The video is in Hebrew, and is a must see as it demonstrates MADA’s efforts to better Continue Reading...
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Over a thousand women at Mega Challah bake

It was the hottest event in town with tickets completely sold out and community members trying to frantically secure a place last minute, and what an event it was! Mega Challah Bake 2014 was a tremendous, inspiring, life changing experience. One thousand women from all walks of Jewish life, from every community in Montreal packed into one room, all there Continue Reading...
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Around the city: 14 September, 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. Ecomuseum’s free kids day: Once again this year, the Ecomuseum Zoo wishes to spoil families of the Greater Montreal Area by offering a free admission day for kids on Sunday, September 14th! Admission will Continue Reading...
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Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder recalled due to Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall on Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The product is certified kosher under the OU. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below: Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Continue Reading...
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Provincial police suspected Lev Tahor of human trafficking and forgery of documents

A 14 page affidavit filed by Quebec provincial police to obtain a search warrant (called an Information to Obtain document), which contains written testimony by two former members of Lev Tahor, was unsealed and obtained by News Agencies on Wednesday and the allegations in the document reveal that Quebec provincial police suspected Lev Tahor of human trafficking and forging documents. Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: It’s Not A Toomah

As per Arnold Schwarzenegger it’s not a toomah. What? It is a toomah! Oy vey. Could be Rob Ford’s days are numbered as mayor of Toronto and his run at the mayor’s chair derailed. No Blanche, he didn’t say anything ridiculous again. Seems he was not feeling well (for a few months no less) and after being admitted to the emergency in Toronto Continue Reading...
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Isaac Miracles launches Uman contest

A Jewish singer from Cote St Luc is offering to help pay the expenses of anyone traveling to Uman for Rosh Hashana this year through a new contest. Isaac Miracles has been to Uman, the small town in Ukraine where Breslov Chassidim and Jews of all affiliations gather for a holiday of inspiration. This year, he wants to take a Continue Reading...
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Justin Trudeau under fire for another controversial mosque visit

Just weeks after getting blasted for a 2011 visit to a Montreal mosque that had been linked to Al Qaeda, Justin Trudeau is under fire for another controversial mosque visit, this time in the South Shore of Montreal. Sun News is reporting that last Friday, the leader of the Canadian Liberal Party visited the Islamic Community Centre of South Shore Continue Reading...
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