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Jeffrey Magid takes Yaldei’s children apple picking

It was an extra sweet Rosh Hashana for Yaldei’s children as they each brought home a bag of apples after a day of fun in the sun together with trip sponsor Jeffrey Magid. Yaldei, a centre for developmentally challenged children, provides early intervention treatment and specialized therapies to children with developmental needs from birth to 18 years. The children from Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: Happy trails

If we were Obama today, we’d do one of two things: fire the head of the secret service or go  buy a baseball bat to protect myself. News that the secret service did not want leaked came out today. It appears that the dude who jumped the fence a couple of weeks ago got into the White House, with a knife Continue Reading...
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Gas price alert

Essense Montreal is reporting that some gas stations have raised their prices to 146.9/L today, an increase from the current Montreal average price of 138.4/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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Swastikas found on Jewish business firebombed on Rosh Hashana

Three swastikas and a pentagram were found scrawled in a hallway behind three businesses which had been firebombed on the second day of Rosh Hashana, in what may be the latest hate crime incident to hit Montreal. On the second day of Rosh Hashana, in the early morning hours, a fire started in a hallway behind three stores located on Continue Reading...
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Former Israeli film star Rabbi Uri Zohar inspires community at Lev L’Achim reception

Rabbi Uri Zohar was once a star in the secular Israeli film scene. But the comedian, actor, and movie director (who was the first filmmaker to win the prestigious Israel prize, an award he declined) soon discovered the path of the Torah, and quit the cinema for a life of obscurity in the Beis Midrash. It’s been almost 40 years Continue Reading...
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Chaverim Shomrim help nab suspected pedophile

Chaverim Shomrim were quick to rush to the scene of a suspect who witnesses claim running after children for inappropriate acts Sunday afternoon. The incidents happened on the corner of Jeanne-Mance and Bernard where the young man started harassing Chassidic children and behaving inappropriately. Chaverim Shomrim were called and rushed to the scene, arriving at the same time as the Continue Reading...
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Around the city: September 28, 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 walking tour –  making their mark: The epicentre of Jewish life in Montreal from the turn of the 20th century until the 1950s, today’s Plateau neighbourhood once teemed with tens of thousands of Continue Reading...
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Tefillin discovered in Outremont garbage

A pair of Tefillin were found in a garbage bin on St Urbain Street in Outremont, and members of the Jewish community are trying to find their owner. The Tefillin were discovered by a non-Jewish woman who took them to her landlord, a Chassidic Jew. The Shel Yad section of the Tefillin is missing its strap, and there are other Simanim Continue Reading...
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Attention women giving birth in Lasalle hospital

As some women from the community give birth in Lasalle, Chabad of Lasalle feels that the following information may be helpful for their families. There will G-d Willing be a Minyan and meals on Rosh Hashana and on Shabbos Shuva. There will also be a Minyan on Yom Kippur. Prayer service times can be found on their website and for Continue Reading...
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Anti-Semitic graffiti discovered on construction site

“No Jews” are allowed to access a construction site on the corner of Decarie and Lacombe, according to a racist vandal. In January, a violent explosion rocked a construction site which was formerly an Esso gas station. The explosion was caused by a propane tank that ignited by equipment used to heat the site. Since then, construction has resumed and Continue Reading...
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Community celebrates new Sefer Torah in honour of Reb Lazer Shoop

The month of Elul has seen three brand new Torah scrolls donated to Synagogues in Montreal and the surrounding areas. On September 14, the Adler and Berdugo families gave the Montreal Torah Centre a Sefer Torah, and Hampstead’s Jewish community paraded in the streets, following by dancing and a luncheon in the Synagogue. On September 21st, Reb Nussen Feitel donated Continue Reading...
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Around the city: 21 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. Jewish walking tour –  making their mark: The epicentre of Jewish life in Montreal from the turn of the 20th century until the 1950s, today’s Plateau neighbourhood once teemed with tens of thousands of Continue Reading...
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Anti-Semitic hate mail delivered to The Suburban

On Wednesday, Beryl Wajsman of The Suburban Newspaper posted two photos on his Facebook page of hate mail that had been sent in to the office. He wrote the following: “Anti-semitic hate mail I received today… Several weeks ago we printed Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s speech entitled “The days when Jews run away are over!” The envelope I received Continue Reading...
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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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