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The Blanche report: Bloomberg for President

On Tuesday ex New York mayor Michael Bloomberg took himself to Israel on an El Al flight to Israel, giving the finger to all the governments that issued a no-fly order, ‘fearing’ to fly there. He said what everyone was thinking – there was no reason to close the airport in Israel. It was a political move aimed at the heart Continue Reading...
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Imposters raising funds for Lev Tahor

Recently, a couple of Tzedakah collectors have been going to Shuls throughout Montreal purporting to be raising funds that would support the children of a man who left the Lev Tahor cult and joined the Chassidic community in Outremont (where the children are thriving). These Meshulachim typically hand out flyers informing Shul-goers about the need for funds for the ongoing Continue Reading...
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Red Alert at Cheskie’s in Montreal

Today I went to Cheskie’s Bakery in the Plateau neighborhood of Montreal. Given that it was a Friday, the slow moving line was out the door. The people standing in line were a diverse representation of both Montreal’s Jewish community, including the local hipsters and hassids who live in the neighborhood. Payes and tats were both waiting in line patiently Continue Reading...
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Over 3000 rally for Israel

The Gelber Conference Centre was packed with over 1000 Jews Monday evening, and the crowds spilled out into the hallways, outdoor garden, and the entrance to the Jewish Public Library building as 3000 members the Jewish community of Montreal rallied in support of Israel. The rally, organized by Federation CJA and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, was the Continue Reading...
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Please pray for Rav Yaakov Bistritz

Rav Yaakov Bisdtritz, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedola of Montreal is in serious condition and the community is asked to please add some extra prayers in his name. While YG students and many in the community and around the world have been praying for him, we would like to ask the greater Jewish community of Montreal to please at Continue Reading...
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More incidents of harassment and anti-Semitism reported in Montreal

On Monday afternoon, a Montrealer saw a car drive by Upper Cote Ste Catherine Street with two swastikas and the words “F*** Isra-hell” written on its side. The car’s occupants were waving a Palestinian flag. This comes following reports of more disturbing incidents. Joannie Tansky wrote about a Jewish woman accosted at Van Horne shopping centre. Bnai Brith Canada issued Continue Reading...
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John Baird calls out United Nations for handing rockets to Hamas

Following reports of stockpiles of rockets discovered in a United Nations Relief and Works Agency school in Gaza (for the second time) as well as reports that the UN had handed over the rockets from the first discovery to Hamas (without providing Israel with photo evidence of the rockets), Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird called out the UN in the Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: United

So what do you do? Report anti-semitic incidents and risk others joining in or let them pass quietly? In the past 24 hours there have been three incidents that we know of in Montreal. The first was yesterday afternoon when a visible Jew was sucker-punched on Queen Mary. The assailants fled into the metro. The second was in the Van Horne Continue Reading...
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Air Canada cancels flight to Israel

Air Canada announced on Tuesday afternoon that it has suspended their flight to Tel Aviv from Toronto Pearson International Airport. They also suspended a flight from Tel Aviv to Toronto. This news follows the suspension of flights from many major air carriers internationally. Air Canada has not yet indicated whether future flights will be allowed to leave to Israel. El Continue Reading...
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UPDATED TUESDAY 10:40: Religious Jew sucker punched by Arab on Queen Mary

An Orthodox Jewish man who was visiting from France was sucker punched by an Arab near Chez Benny on Monday afternoon. The man, a 33-year-old native of Paris, was visiting his sister and brother-in-law, and both families went out for lunch at Chez Benny on Queen Mary near Westbury. At around 2:30, they left the restaurant. As they walked toward Continue Reading...
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Reservists in Montreal called up for Israel

Community leaders are calling for a “reserve unit” to gather Tuesday night to spiritually support the Israeli soldiers who are currently fighting Hamas terrorists in Gaza. “Every war and every battle is fought on two fronts – both physically and spiritually,” said Rabbi Dovid Cohen. “Physically we have soldiers protecting Israeli citizens already, spiritually we need to keep praying for Continue Reading...
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Vandalism and thievery at Pizza Pita

A rock was thrown into Pizza Pita’s drive-through window shortly after midnight on Saturday, July 19th, and several charity boxes were stolen, according to a video the Kosher establishment released on its Facebook page. When workers arrived at Pizza Pita on Sunday morning they found the smashed window, and quickly went through Pizza Pita’s closed circuit video, discovering that at Continue Reading...
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Community to rally in solidarity with Israel

On Monday evening at 7:00, Montreal’s Jewish community will be rallying together in support for Israel, and people from all communities are encouraged to attend. Following multiple unsuccessful cease fires, attempts by Hamas to strike terror are unrelenting: Israel is under attack both from above, through the constant barrage of rocket fire, and below, through an underground network of tunnels. Continue Reading...
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Woman with Israeli flag shoved to the ground at pro-Palestinian rally in Montreal

A woman holding an Israeli flag was briefly shoved to the ground at a pro-Palestinian rally in Jarry Park on Shabbos afternoon after a man tried to yank the flag out of her hands. Terri Allister entered the rally where several hundred pro-Palestinian were protesting. In her hands, a small Israeli flag. A crowd soon surrounded the Jewish Montrealer and Continue Reading...
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Around the city: 20 July, 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. Just for Laughs festival: Probably the best festival in Montreal that is family friendly. Drive over to the Quartier des Spectacles at Place des Arts to see live circus performances, clowns, live comedy Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: the world is upside down

Israel was pounded all day with incoming missiles, as per the red alerts on our phone. As of Thursday night Israeli time, Israel has gone into Gaza on the ground. They really had no choice if they are to ferret out the arabs shooting missiles at Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Sederot, many other places deep in Israel and earlier today, Continue Reading...
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Gas price alert – up 12 cents!

Essense Montreal is reporting that some gas stations have raised their prices to 146.4/L today, an increase from the current Montreal average price of 134.4/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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Attempted break-in in Westbury area

On Tuesday at around 3:00 AM, a black male in his 20s was seen trying to get into a Jewish home through the back porch door of a house on Kent. Police were notified and found the man, but couldn’t arrest him due to the fact that they didn’t find a weapon on him and the door hadn’t been broken Continue Reading...
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