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Around the city: 29 March, 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. Storytime in the Jewish public library: Klara Eli reads stories and the kids do arts and crafts in the Jewish Public Library children’s section. Make sure to be there on time as no Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: The Obama Golf Course

Gas anxiety? Blanche, really, you are disgusting. Oh, you mean range anxiety? Same thing for us if you own an electric car. The uber expensive (can you say ‘look at me I’m rich’) Tesla along with it’s mini sister the Leaf (is that a tree-hugger name or what?) both have the same issue: Ya can’t go outta the city unless you Continue Reading...
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Swastika discovered on Dollard home

Two Jewish mothers who were out for a walk with their strollers recently spotted a small swastika that had been put up on a private home in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. The swastika had been placed above the front door of a home located on Dephour Street in the predominantly Jewish area of Dollard. While the swastika offended several members of the Jewish community, Continue Reading...
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Chaverim Shomrim issues pre-Passover alerts

Chaverim Shomrim has issued two pre-Pesach alerts that everyone who is cleaning for the upcoming holiday ought to read through. The first alert warns community members to be careful who you leave alone in your house, noting that they receive calls all year round, especially before Pesach, about missing items such as silverware, cash, jewellery, iPods, cameras, laptops etc and they Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: I’ve Been Through the Desert on a Horse with no Name

In case you were wondering about all those  people sleeping in New York airports, wonder no more. What’s that Blanche, you never noticed them? Well then, you best be reading this. Many of them are homeless and have found interesting sleeping arrangements in the airport. Hey, it’s warm, no one bothers them, they can spread out on a few chairs and Continue Reading...
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Awards, inspiration at annual Beth Yaakov dinner

Sixty years of instilling Torah values to Jewish girls was celebrated last week at Beth Yaakov d’Rav Hirschprung’s annual dinner where community builders and respected teachers were honoured for their efforts into making “Beis Yaakov of Montreal” the world class institution that it is today. The event, held in the Plaza Centreville, opened with cocktails and wine tasting with a quartet Continue Reading...
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Marie Potvin wins Robert Bourassa district by-election

This past December, Lucie Cardyn, City Counsellor for the Robert Bourassa district of Outremont, stepped down citing personal reasons. On March 22nd, a by-election was held for Cardyn’s replacement and former City Counsellor Marie Potvin earned 36.96% of the vote with 414 people helping her return to Outremont’s City Council for the third time. Projet Montreal’s Philipe Tomlinson came in 2nd Continue Reading...
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Israeli fruits and vegetables alert

The MK has issued a Kosher alert on fruits and vegetables that were grown in Israel, which are now being sold in stores across Quebec. Due to the special Halachic implications pertaining to these products, please ask your local rabbi for guidance....
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Ryan Bellerose talks about advocacy and indigenous land at CIJR after Concordia talk cancelled

A Metis Aboriginal told a crowd of Jews that they need to stop being apologetic about Israel last Thursday after a scheduled talk at Concordia was cancelled because of public comments made by the speaker that were deemed extreme. Ryan Bellerose is a Metis from Alberta whose father co-authored the Metis Settlements Act of 1989, which was passed by the Continue Reading...
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Hatzoloh initiates smoke detector campaign following horrific fire in New York

This past Friday night, a fire that started from a hot plate that malfunctioned killed 7 Orthodox Jewish children in New York City and left a mother and her eldest daughter in critical condition. The blaze grew after everyone had gone to sleep and the home did not have properly installed smoke detectors. News of the tragedy sent shockwaves through Jewish Continue Reading...
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Around the city: 22 March, 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. Laval nature centre winter activities: Skating, ice hockey (NHL size rink!), snow tubing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing training for kids – all with rental options – plus a farm and a tropical Continue Reading...
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Yeshiva staff receive CPR and AED training after defibrillator donation

When Morris Argalgi told a friend he had an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), he set in motion a campaign for every Jewish school in Montreal to have at least two defibrillators. This past Wednesday night, a group of staff from Montreal’s Lubavitch Yeshiva practiced chest compressions and mouth to mouth on training Manikins. It was part of a CPR and Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: Petulant Leaders? Ya can’t be petulant and a leader. Doesn’t work.

Obama is a very stubborn man. One could also call him petulant. It also shows how much Israel understands reality and Obama lives in some kind of bubble. This was brought to bear in a very real way when it came to light that Obama could not bring himself to call Netanyhu and congratulate him on his stunning victory. It is Continue Reading...
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Russia calls out Canada for not bringing suspected Nazi war criminal living south of Montreal to justice

After months of online hostility between the Canadian and Russian government on social media, the Russian Embassy in Canada took a shot at Canada by calling out the government for doing nothing to a suspected Nazi war criminal living just south of Montreal. When Russian troops entered the Crimea last year, the Canadian government lashed out at Russia on Twitter, Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: How sweet it is

What makes us most happy about the Israeli election? Obama has to sit and watch Bibi’s party win in the exit polls. How sweet it is. Over the weekend things seemed to be doom and gloom for the Likud party. The pollsters don’t know everything. Even though the unpopular Tzipi Livni tried to pull a fast one yesterday by saying she Continue Reading...
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Cult MTL magazine promotes Israel Apartheid Week, cites “last summer’s brutal attacks on Gaza”

Cult MTL, a free magazine that can be found across the island of Montreal and purports to cover “culture in the city” has offended members of Montreal’s Jewish community after posting a one-sided notice on their March 5-April 2 “to-do list” page. In their most recent edition, the magazine listed Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) on their to-do list. IAW is Continue Reading...
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Kosher meat lauded in the Journal de Montreal amid veal and pork controversy

After a recent investigative article in the Journal de Montreal exposed the fact that a majority of non-kosher restaurants and butchers are passing off pork as veal, they spoke to a Kosher butcher to understand why such fraud would be impossible when it comes to kosher meat. Stephan Dusseault purchased veal cutlets from 25 non-kosher restaurants and five non-kosher butchers in Montreal Continue Reading...
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Hebrew Academy students win a major grant for Montreal’s Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle, a local special needs organization committed to ensuring that “every human being, regardless of background or faith [gets] the gift of true friendship,” is $5000 richer, thanks to five Hebrew Academy students who competed to win a grant on its behalf. On Friday morning, four semi-finalist student groups representing MADA, the Friendship Circle, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Yaldei Continue Reading...
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