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A Creative Solution to a Montreal Problem

Standing behind the counter in Rodal’s Judaica on Van Horne Avenue, 34-year old David Silberstein is in his element. Proprietor of Montreal’s oldest Judaica retailer, he dispenses advice on bar-mitzvah gift ideas, the latest Jewish children’s book releases, and more. Yet, his experience in the Judaica business has recently cast him into another role: international shipping consolidator. With most of Continue Reading...
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President’s Choice brand Hummus and dip products recalled due to a toxin produced by staphylococcus bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued an expanded recall on President’s Choice brand Hummus and other dips due to a toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. Many of the products recalled are certified kosher by the COR. The recall was also issued by Loblaws Companies Limited who are warning that customers should not consume any of the products listed below. Check Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: Hymie Just Remember – If we get caught you’re deaf and I don’t speak English

So whadda ya think, baseball is coming back to Montreal? Of course with the stipulation that there will be a stadium built, sooner than later. Does anyone think that it will be less than five years before such a structure emerges from the ground given Montreal’s reputation for getting ‘quotes’. Look at the Champlain bridge. It’s collapsing and we just keep Continue Reading...
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Missionary material discovered in Outremont Synagogue

A missionary booklet was discovered in an Outremont Shul this week and Jewish community leaders are warning people not to be fooled by its Hebrew and Yiddish lettering and seemingly Jewish message. The booklet is titled “lovingkindness ‘Chesed’ better than life” and features what appears to be a Jewish themed discussion. However, the goal of the booklet is to convince Jews Continue Reading...
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Vladimir Katriuk, suspected Nazi war criminal, dies a free man in Quebec

An alleged Nazi war criminal who is said to have participated in the burning of villagers to death in a barn in Khatyn, Belarus and ordering other atrocities on Jews died peacefully in Quebec last week. He was 93 years old. Vladimir Katriuk, who last served as a beekeeper in Ormstown, died as pressure was mounting for the Canadian government Continue Reading...
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Mediterraneo steakhouse targeted in arson attack

A new Kosher steakhouse is back up and operating just one day after getting hit in an early morning arson attack. Mediterraneo, a Kosher steakhouse that just opened on May 7th and is located at 1873 Saint-Louis in Ville St Laurent, was targeted by two suspects in the early hours of the morning on May 27th. According to a trusted source, at around 3:00 Continue Reading...
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Bernard Drainville uses anti-Semitic term “Shylock” in National Assembly

Bernard Drainville was criticized by Speaker of the National Assembly Jacques Chagnon after using an anti-Semitic slur to describe the Liberal party on May 27th. The term “Shylock” originates from William Shakespeare’s play “the merchant of Venice.” The fictional character is a Jewish money lender. In the play, Shylock loans his rival Antonio some money, with a pound of Antonio’s Continue Reading...
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Father of teen arrested in airport accuses Adil Charkaoui of sowing hatred

The father of one of the 10 Montreal teens arrested at Trudeau airport recently for trying to leave Canada to join a Jihadist terror group in the Middle East has called out Adil Charkaoui for brainwashing his daughter with hatred, according to an article in La Presse. Adil Charkaoui’s arrest and release by CSIS Adil Charkaoui first came to the Continue Reading...
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Corey Fleischer launches GoFundMe campaign to clean hate crime graffiti across Canada

The call came in on a regular afternoon. A 418 area code. Corey Fleischer swiped the screen of his cellphone to answer. “Is this the guy with the power washer who cleans hate graffiti?” “That’s me,” responded Fleischer. “I need you to come clean some hate messages,” said the voice. “I’m calling from Sept-Iles. About 650 kilometres northeast of Quebec Continue Reading...
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Jewish Community Council gives Prime Minister Stephen Harper King David Award

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the recipient of the first King David Award at the Jewish Community Council’s exclusive Award Gala, an event that also featured keynote speaker and world renowned philanthropist Ronald S Lauder and entertainment by Chassidic music superstar Avraham Fried. About the gala The Jewish Community Council of Montreal (also known as the Vaad Ha’Ir), established in Continue Reading...
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Over 1000 at inspirational Refuah V’Chesed dinner

Over 1000 people enjoyed an evening of inspiration and entertainment in support of Refuah V’Chesed, an organization that provides guidance, emotional and physical support for patients and their families in time of need. About Refuah V’Chesed Lately rebranded as the “Montreal Centre for Health and Care,” the volunteer based organization provides many medical, hospitality and transport services to patients and Continue Reading...
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A special Bas Mitzvah celebration

Mia Drazin knew that the guest list at her Bas Mitzvah party would always include her close family and friends. However, when her father asked her to consider adding a few more people to the list, there was never any hesitation. As after all, Mia already considered these 200 extra invitees as members of her family. With renowned Hasidic singer Continue Reading...
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Vizhnitz community gathers to discuss dangers of technology

The Vizhnitz community recently gathered in Beis Esther hall to hear from community leaders about the dangers that certain technological advances can wreak on families. Rabbi Mordechai Dov Beck and several other Rabbinic leaders from various Chassidic communities in Montreal shared stories and spoke about the effect unfiltered internet access can have on youth and adults from every community....
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The Blanche report: The Sound of Silence

The best thing about Pierre Karl Peladeau’s election as leader of the separatist party in Quebec is that we got to see princess pauline again – in all her glory. It appears that Madame Marois left her garden or whatever else she was doing to attend a gala crowning PKP. One thing we can say for sure: since her departure Continue Reading...
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Tommy Schnurmacher to interview Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky about the Lubavitcher Rebbe

There is arguably no one in the past century who impacted Jewish life as much as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson Zt”l. He is largely responsible for the “Kiruv movement” and today there are Chabad centres on every corner of the globe (over 4500!), including 27 in the Montreal area. The Rebbe passed away on the 3rd of Continue Reading...
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Journal de Montreal article exposes rising number of kosher and Halal meals ordered in Quebec prisons

An article written by Nicolas Saillant in the Journal de Montreal is calling out Quebec’s prison system for the rising cost of serving kosher and Halal food to inmates. The article suggests that opportunistic prisoners are “converting” in order to receive better, more expensive meals. The numbers appear to suggest that Kosher may be dropping but Halal is skyrocketing. In Continue Reading...
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Yaldei announces CJAD’s Dan Laxer as official spokesperson for 2015 family Bikeathon

Yaldei’s annual Let’s Roll for Kids Family Bike-a-Thon has announced CJAD’s Dan Laxer as its official spokesperson for their third annual Bike-a-thon. Laxer, a stand-up comedian and talk show host who has been with CJAD for two decades, will bring a boost to the third annual Bike-a-thon and will be MCing the event. He can currently be heard on CJAD’s Continue Reading...
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Khalif Mitchell apologizes for tweets promoting Holocaust denial, does not address other anti-Semitic links

Khalif Mitchell and Bnai Brith Canada have issued a joint statement together with the Canadian Football League Players Association to apologize for videos promoting Holocaust denial that were spread by Mitchell, a defensive lineman for the Montreal Alouettes. Background Over the past year, Mitchell, a former all-star who was once fined by the CFL for referring to Chinese people using a Continue Reading...
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