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Around the city: 31 August, 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. Laval family festival: This is a fun option. It’s at Laval Nature Centre, which is beautiful and has a lake, indoor barn, playground, petting area. For the festival, there will also be pony Continue Reading...
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New radio repeater for Hatzoloh of Outremont

On Thursday, a radio system repeater was connected in the Outremont area to provide additional service for Hatzoloh of Outremont. The repeater is Hatzoloh’s second one, and will enable Hatzoloh members to have reception on their radios in a wider area. The first repeater was set up approximately three years ago when Hatzoloh purchased a top of the line digital Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: Boycotting Zara?

If you don’t shop at Zara most likely you didn’t hear about this. It fits into the ‘give us a break’ department. And that’s putting it mildly. Before we give you the present scenario, we’ll jog your memory. In 2007, Zara withdrew a handbag featuring a green embroidered swastika inside a red sun. They took the bag off the market Continue Reading...
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Gas price alert: up 10 cents!

Essense Montreal is reporting that some gas stations have raised their prices to 145.4/L today, an increase from the current Montreal average price of 135.4/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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Anti-Semitic graffiti spotted in downtown Montreal

A Jewish Montrealer was walking home from work on Thursday and noticed some anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on the Mansfield side of the Simon’s building, right near the entrance to the food court and Simons. The graffiti features a star of David, the Cyrillic letter я, and a swastika. Apparently it is intended to read similar to “Toys я Us,” in Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: Martini anyone?

If you don’t want high blood pressure, move on to the next piece. There is a long-term ceasefire in Israel. Sounds good, especially if you live in the South, which has been literally bombarded with rockets day and night.  But after reading the terms of the cease-fire, we wonder what happens to normally sane people when they take office in Israel. Continue Reading...
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Chaverim help police nab thief breaking into cars

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Chaverim Shomrim units patrolling the Outremont area were alerted about a man breaking into cars. Responding quickly, they were able to keep a tab on the thief who was arrested by the police. A serial carriage thief was also caught thanks to efforts by Chaverim Shomrim who were able to positively identify the Continue Reading...
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1000 women to bake Challah on September 11th

Got Challah? A popular event -with a twist- that is sweeping across Canadian and US cities, is coming to Montreal, big time. The Mega Challah Bake is coming to Montreal on Thursday, September 11, 2014. It is expected to attract 1,000 women from all walks of life and affiliations. Equipped with apron, flour, water and eggs, attendees will each knead Continue Reading...
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Around the city: 24 August, 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. Kosher food at Kidzone in Monkland’s Street Festival: Monkland turns into one big festival, with street entertainers, lots of games, face painting, bouncing castles, and tons of activities for the kids. We took Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: Gruesome

Among the more horrifying parts of the beheading of an American journalist, was the person who did the hideous act.  His total lack of any humanity is beyond words, something that we who live in a civilized society will never understand. He spoke with a British accent which means he is a Brit who somewhere along the line became a Continue Reading...
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MaraNatha and Trader Joe’s brands almond butters and peanut butters recalled due to Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall on almond butter and peanut butter from MaraNatha nd Trade Joe’s brands due to possible salmonella contamination. All the products are certified Kosher under the OU. Product details are as follows: Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC MaraNatha natural almond butter – raw no sodium 340 g 2015MA07 0 51651 09306 4 Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: Banana Republic?

Rockets are being fired into Israel again, with three loud explosions over Tel Aviv and over 50 rockets fired in a short period of time. Other rockets fell on the outskirts of Jerusalem. It appears that hamas had no intention of a long-term ceasefire and did what they usually do, regroup and rearm. They certainly don’t care about the population in Continue Reading...
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Video of the day: Chabad of Quebec’s Jewish jail community

The Jerusalem Post recently featured Rabbi Zushe Silberstein and his family in a video covering Chabad of Montreal’s work with Jewish prisoners in Quebec jails, and their continued work with the prisoners after they are released. The video is a must watch. Having personally visited Jewish prisoners in jails throughout New York State, I can attest the incredible impact even Continue Reading...
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As life for Jews heats up in France, young people can rest easy in Canada, especially with the Banons

While most couples establishing Chabad Campus centers are not much older than the students they serve, Rabbi Shlomo and Matti Banon of Montreal, QC—and their nine children—just completed their first year working with the Jewish student body at Université de Montreal (UdeM), and say that they all have been enriched by the experience. “Due to the meteoric rise of anti-Semitism Continue Reading...
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Montrealer starts letters to Israeli soldiers campaign

A Montrealer has started a campaign encouraging members of the Jewish community to write letters to Israeli soldiers thanking them for their services. Stephanie Assouline was recently at a youth event at Federation CJA where a soldier from the IDF spoke. “His story impacted us all and when he spoke of a letter he had received from a Jewish stranger Continue Reading...
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