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Haim Sherrf completes Sefer Torah at event benefiting Yaldei

More than 300 people attended a beautiful Siyum Sefer Torah event at the Montreal Airport Holiday Inn where world renowned artist Haim Sherrf dedicated a Sefer Torah in the memory of his parents Yosef and Perla Sherrf in an event that benefited Yaldei, a local organization for children with developmental delays. The event was emceed by Rabbi Saadya Elhadad who Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: the Michelle brouhaha

Instead of honoring the Auschwitz survivors, Obama decided to go to Saudi Arabia to pay respects to the brutal, repressive King Abdullah, who presided over the Shariah regime in that country. One thing we can say, Obama is consistent about his treatment of the Jewish people, which includes definite visuals. There’s a big brouhaha about Michelle. She went with her Continue Reading...
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Muslim organization with buildings in Montreal sent $300k to Hamas-linked charity

According to a recent report by the QMI Agency, one of Canada’s largest Muslim organizations has vocally supported an Egyptian group of Islamists and sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to a charity that has been linked to Hamas. The organization is continuing to purchase properties across the country, and have 9 building in Montreal that it owns or operates. Continue Reading...
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Montreal remembers the liberation of Auschwitz

On Januray 27th, 1945, the Soviet army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp, a day since commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On Tuesday, 40 people gathered at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies in Concordia University to commemorate 75 years since the liberation of the largest death camp in human history that killed over a million Jews (1.1 Continue Reading...
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Star of David and Crips graffiti discovered in NDG

Parents of children who attend the Royal Vale school in NDG, many of whom are Jewish, were shocked to find that a sign identifying the Westhill Sports Centre at the corner of Somerled and Royal had been vandalized with a star of David and the word “Crips.” On Wednesday morning, NDG residents dropping off their children at Royal Vale school Continue Reading...
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Around the city: 25 January, 2015

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. Mount Royal tobogganing and skating: With a natural rink and a refrigerated rink, Mount Royal is a great place to take the family skating! Bring your own skates/borrow skates from a friend for Continue Reading...
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Couillard under fire after radical Islamic material found at NDG mosque and school

Premier Philippe Couillard is being criticized by many in the Parti Quebecois for demonstrating blindness in the face of the radicalization of Islamists in Quebec after radical Isalmic booklets were discovered in a mosque and school in NDG and in Sherbrooke.. The criticism comes after several disturbing reports surfaced, including the arrest of Mohamed Derouiche, a radical Islamist whom authorities Continue Reading...
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68% of Quebecers want to see a Charter of Secularism, new poll suggests

According to a new poll from SOM-Cogeco, 68% of Quebecers would like the government to place some form of a ban on wearing religious symbols such as Yarmulkes. The poll also revealed that following the Charlie Hebdo and Hypercachee attacks in Paris, 20% of Quebecers have a negative view on immigrants. The issue came to light at last election, when the Continue Reading...
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El Hashoresh starting work on new music album

El Hashoresh, a Kiruv organization run by Rav Shlomo Sabbah, is preparing for their second music album following wide success of the first album, “un peu plus haut.” Each album has a religious take on some popular non-Jewish songs (Country Yossi style) and the first album featured hits like “Kollel California” and “stairway to heaven.” The upcoming album will feature Continue Reading...
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Bill613.com’s 2014 Kiddush Hashem report

It’s always better to post positive stories demonstrating how our community contributes positively to Quebec society and how religious Jews in Montreal value good deeds. Unfortunately, most of the good that our community does on a regular basis goes unreported and shadows in comparison with other news pieces that make us look bad (such as the Lev Tahor saga of Continue Reading...
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New winter jackets for Chaverim in Tosh

Chaverim has supplied its members in Tosh with new winter coats to keep the volunteers warm during the cold winter weather. The new coats are warm inside and have a removable portion which can turn them into spring jackets. The jackets were handed out at a Melava Malka gathering where the member who had responded to the most calls (E Continue Reading...
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Canadian and US border officials tracking exit and entry dates of visitors to the USA

A new information sharing agreement between the United States and Canada will now allow border officials to track how many days Canadians have been in the USA, and an MP from British Columbia is warning Canadians about overstaying ther visit. Gail Hunnisett, an assistant to MP Alex Atamanenko, is alerting Canadians about the new Entry Exit Initiative that allows border Continue Reading...
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La Presse uses offensive term “Shylock” in article about loan sharks

La Presse newspaper is facing criticism after featuring an article about predatory money lenders who charge 350% interest and calling them “Shylocks,” an offensive term that has been used for centuries by anti-Semities who want to portray Jews as cruel outsiders and greedy villains who love money and gold more than anything else. On Monday, one of the feature articles Continue Reading...
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