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The Blanche report: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About The Drop in the Price of Oil Story

The unfolding story in Russia and the worldwide low oil prices are something to keep your eye on. First the oil business. It is Saudi Arabia who essentially controls the world’s oil price due to their huge amount of oil reserves. And it is the Saudis who have decided not to intervene while oil prices have been plummeting in recent Continue Reading...
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Satmar celebrates Kuf Alef Kislev with inspiration, dancing

This past Motzai Shabbos, the Satmar community of Montreal gathered in the Spanish and Portuguese Shul to celebrate the miraculous rescue of the first Satmar Rebbe (Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum Zt”l) from the Nazis. In 1944, after a harrowing escape from Satmar to Koloszvar, Rabbi Teitelbaum was smuggled to safety in Switzerland on the Kastner train (Dr. Rudolph Kastner bribed the Continue Reading...
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Chabad community gathers to celebrate Yud Tes Kislev

Montreal’s Chabad community gathered together at two massive Farbrengens (Chassidic gatherings) last Thursday night to celebration the liberation of the first Chabad Rebbe on the 19th of Kislev in 1798. Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi was a student of the Baal Shem Tov (founder of Chassidism) and the Maggid of Mezerich. He started the Chabad movement and authored several books, Continue Reading...
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Mindy Pollak wins top 10 Orthodox Jewish All-Star Award

A Chassidic woman from Outremont was named to the top 10 Orthodox Jewish All Stars 2014 for proudly observing tradition while rising to the heights of her profession. Mindy Pollak, an Outremont Councilwoman, made history in November by becoming the first Chassidic woman to ever be elected to public office. On December 2nd, she was honoured together with 9 other Continue Reading...
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The Blanche Report: Fat, Bored Dogs

We are sure you are aware that oil prices have gone from $115 a barrel in June to below $70 this week. Of course you also know that you are still paying a serious fuel surcharge for your airline ticket. If you travel long distances, those charges can be pretty hefty, like $500. But wait. If the price of oil jumps, Continue Reading...
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Jewish Community Assists Families of Fallen Soldiers

In response to the recent tragedies befallen the Canadian military–four servicemen were lost to terrorist attacks and work and training accidents–members of the Jewish community reached out to the bereaved families. Representing the Cons family of Montreal, Rabbi Mendel Marasow presented a significant gift to the loved ones of our fallen heroes through the Morale and Welfare Services of the Continue Reading...
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Hatzoloh issues driving alert

Hatzoloh Montreal would like to inform the public of these important driving safety tips that could save your life when traveling to and from Montreal and NY on the I‐87. With the first snow storm of the season underway and the start of Chanukah (already several families have been in accidents and thank G-d there were no serious injuries), Hatzoloh Continue Reading...
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Cholent, prizes at annual Shomrim dinner

It was heaven for Cholent connoisseurs at Shomrim’s annual dinner in Kiryas Tosh with three Fleishig (meat and chicken) Cholents and two Pareve Cholents to choose from, and an assortment of side dishes and Pareve desserts. In the weeks leading up to the dinner, pamphlets were distributed in Shuls explaining what Shomrim does, how much it costs annually and the Continue Reading...
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Kosher Alert: Porcini’s dried mushrooms and Cafe Dizengoff no longer under MK certification

The MK have issued two Kosher Alerts informing the community that Procini’s Dry Mushrooms and Cafe Dizengoff are no longer under their supervision. Porcini’s Dried Mushrooms, from Dion Herbs and Spices with the MK Pareve symbol are no longer under MK supervision and are being recalled. Porcini Kibbled and Porcini Powder are Kosher when bearing the MK mark. Cafe Dizengoff, Continue Reading...
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Outremont speed limit drops to 30km/h on residential streets

Chaverim Shomrim have issued a release notifying the Outremont community that as of December first, the speed limit dropped from 40 kilometres per hour to 30 on all residential streets, including busy Bernard and Laureier Avenues. Previously, only school zones and areas around parks were subject to the limit. The lower speed limit will make the neighbourhood safer for residents, Continue Reading...
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Skver boys school loses power during blackout

Last Thursday afternoon at around 3:00, nearly 200,000 homes were hit with a massive blackout after two massive power transmission lines from James Bay mysteriously blew. Several Montreal boroughs and areas were affected, including much of Parc Avenue and parts of the Mile End. With traffic lights down, the streets were jammed with cars and pedestrians until police were able Continue Reading...
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