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Bikur Cholim crew celebrates anniversary

It’s been just one year since the launch of one of Pirchei’s latest programs, “the Bikur Cholim Crew,” a group that visits people in hospitals and nursing homes to cheer them up and help their health improve. “What can happen in one year is amazing,” said one of the volunteers for the Bikur Cholim Crew. “I think I’ve learned more Continue Reading...
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Yochanan Lowen sues Quebec education system for 1.2 million dollars

A former Chassid has issued a legal notice to Quebec’s Education Ministry, Youth Protection Agency, a Boisbriand school board, and two Tosh schools asking for 1.2 million dollars for damages he says he suffered from receiving a poor secular education. Yochanan Lowen, who moved to Kiryas Tosh when he was 10 years old and studied in Yeshiva Beis Yuda and Continue Reading...
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Chaverim Shomrim plays key role in resolving Outremont school incident

An incident occurred last Tuesday at an Outremont school and there were many rumours and conflicting reports as to what exactly had happened. We were reluctant to report the story until we were able to confirm all the details. After looking into it and interviewing those involved, and are now able to provide you with an accurate account of what Continue Reading...
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Around the city: 23 November, 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. Sunday children’s story time at the Jewish Public Library: Join Klara Eli for stories, arts & crafts, Jewish themes and events every Sunday morning. Children must be library members. Must be there by Continue Reading...
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The Blanche Report: Morris in the Rocking Chair – Back and Forth, Back and Forth

First some news from Israel: Ashkelon mayor Itamar Shimoni raised the ire of leftists on Wednesday after he ordered to temporarily stop the employment of Arab construction workers who are tasked with building protected spaces in educational institutions in the city. The mayor explained that the increased presence of Arab workers in close proximity to educational institutions is potentially harmful to Continue Reading...
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Outremont, Where Stating The Obvious Gets You In Trouble

Apparently you’re not allowed to call a spade a spade in Outremont. When Christian Aubry wasforcibly ejected by the Mayor from a recent consultation publique he must have crossed a line in the sand. Did he physically or verbally threaten someone? Make spurious accusations? Slander? Scream? Or did he simply gesture to a familiar group of people sitting together in the room to Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: Again and Again and Again We Mourn Together

Truthfully, we would rather not do a Blanche report tonight. Waking up to the news this morning of barbarians who call themselves arabs butchering men with axes, meat cleavers and knives while they were davening in shul is beyond barbaric and beyond words. 26 children now have no father. Instead of showing some signs of remorse, the palestinians were rejoicing in Continue Reading...
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Chanukah’s Coming- Book Your Juggler Now!

Zvi has become well-known in Montreal as a Heimishe entertainer who is both talented and funny. His thirty- forty minute Chanukah juggling show will have you all in hysterics as he attempts to fry latkes and play dreidel- all while juggling, as well as much more! He is popular and spots are filling fast so be sure to hire him Continue Reading...
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CBC headline: Jerusalem police fatally shoot 2 after apparent synagogue attack

Following reports of the massacre of three American Jews and one British Jew praying peacefully in a Jerusalem Synagogue (a Canadian-Israeli named Howie Rothman was among the 8 injured), CBC’s initial coverage of the story featured the following headline: Screenshot via Dani Klein Later, CBC updated the article with the headline: “Israel to ‘respond harshly’ to deadly synagogue attack: Benjamin Continue Reading...
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Szibo Shul Mikvah completely renovated

Tefillah L’Moshe d’Szibo Shul on Barclay has a new look. The front stairs and banisters have been redone, and the Mikvah recently underwent massive renovations, with the men’s Mikvah, dish Mikvah, bathroom, showering area and dressing room completely redone. The Szibo Dayan, Rabbi Yechiel Meir Katz, took upon himself to have the Mikvah renovated in a project that has been Continue Reading...
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Authorities seeking peace bond against Montreal man believed to be a terror threat

Montreal police are trying to get a 21-year-old Muslim who lives in a “neighbourhood north-west of Montreal” to sign a peace bond, according to an article in the Star.  A peace bond is a set of conditions imposed on a person by police (who must have reason to believe the person will commit either an intimidation act or a crime Continue Reading...
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Around the city: 16 November, 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. Montreal Toycon: A toy convention featuring all the latest cool toys and gadgets. Costumed characters will also be there. Beware, your children are going to want to buy EVERYTHING! Location: Courtyard Marriott at Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: The one-of-a-kind sweet Juicy Fruit® gum that’s been bringing the fun for more than 100 years.

Ok – who do you know that chews gum? It may be popular but it’s rather a dizguzting habit. Don’t you think one looks like a cow chewing its cud? Obama certainly doesn’t think so. He was caught spitting out his gum (ich, fech and pech) while attending the East Asia summit in Bali. It seems he also chewed gum during Continue Reading...
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Devorie Neuwirth Skating Program starting new season

The Devorie Neuwirth Skating Program is starting again. Try on your skates and get them Sharpened! The first night will Iy”H be Motzei Shabbos November 15, 2014 from 7:10 until 8:00 pm. Entrance fee is $3.00. Rental skates are available for an additional $5.00 from the rink and skates can be sharpened for $4.50. Separate skating with jewish music will Continue Reading...
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Over 1400 at Bonei Olam annual dinner

More than 1400 men and women gathered Monday night for Bonei Olam’s third dinner in Montreal, featuring inspiring speakers and entertainment by Koppy Ellenbogen and the Zimra mens choir along with Zimra’s brand new boys choir. Bonei Olam is a New York based organization that helps Jewish couples with fertility problems from all over the world by providing funding for fertility treatments and connecting Continue Reading...
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Jewish App Review Website

There are tons of mobile applications that you can download nowadays on your smart phone, but with so many of them to pick from it can be hard to figure out which ones are actually useful. This is especially true in the case of Jewish applications. If you are looking for an Jewish iPhone or Android app, chances are that Continue Reading...
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Father and son learning program begins new year at Lubavitch Yeshiva

The clock has moved back an hour and Shabbos ends earlier. This leaves an extra hour of free time after Shabbos and the Lubavitch Yeshiva on Westbury started their Avos Ubanim (fathers and sons) program on Motzei Shabbos Vayeira with over 130 learning simultaneously. The program was organized by Rabbi Shmuel Vaisfiche. Fathers were encouraged to bring their sons and Continue Reading...
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Bill 10 a threat to Anglo and Jewish institutions

Recently, the Quebec government tabled Bill 10, which proposes a reform on health care (which includes reducing 128 boards of directors across the province to only 28) that would see the Jewish General Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, the Miriam Centre, the Jewish Eldercare Centre and many other health care centres which up til now have been run independently lumped together Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: It’s the old diet trick!

Remember French architect Roger Taillibert? Come on. Ok, we’ll tell you. He’s the architect of the Big Owe aka the bottomless money pit that is called The Olympic stadium here in Montreal. Well, he’s back. He says that he can and possibly already did create a design for the new Champlain bridge. Can we talk? It’s one thing to build a Continue Reading...
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Frum man blocks open manhole until police arrive

Last Friday, an orthodox Jew was witnessed parking his car in the middle of the street at Lavoie corner Plamondon. He was directing traffic around an open manhole. When asked about it, Yosef Farkash explained that he had driven past and noticed the open manhole. He called the police and decided to wait until they arrived. Later, the police took Continue Reading...
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