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"CELEBRATING THE LIGHT WITHIN:INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL ABILITIES ILLUMINATE CHANUKAH WITH MUSIC AND HOPE"

12/22/2023 10:31:02 AM

Dec22

 

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"Pierre Poilievre's Support for Israel Shines at the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue Visit" 

12/15/2023 11:28:29 AM

Dec15

 

In a powerful demonstration of solidarity, the leader of the opposition, Pierre Poilievre, recently visited our Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, reaffirming his unwavering support for the State of Israel and...Read more...

Rally for Israel, Monday December, 2023 – Parliament Hill, Ottawa

12/08/2023 12:50:40 PM

Dec8

Rally for Israel, December 4, 2023 – Parliament Hill, Ottawa

The opportunity to lead and participate in a rally for solidarity for Israel at Parliament Hill in Ottawa this past Monday, with an audience of over 15,000 people, is yet again a significant and humbling experience. Singing the national anthems of both Canada and Israel adds a unique layer of cultural and patriotic richness to the event,...Read more...

SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL

12/01/2023 11:53:10 AM

Dec1

Solidarity at rallies and support for Israel during wartime often involve public demonstrations of backing for the nation and its actions. This can serve multiple purposes.

Public displays of solidarity can strengthen the sense of unity among our community and Jewish communities around the world because of our shared common beliefs, values, and affiliations. It sends a message of...Read more...

HARMONIZING SOLIDARITY - NOVEMBER 20 CONCERT

11/24/2023 11:51:33 AM

Nov24

              

 

Dear members of our incredible congregation,

Your unwavering support and generosity during the solidarity concert for Israel this...Read more...

THE POWER OF A SOLIDARITY CONCERTWITH ISRAEL AND THE IDF

11/10/2023 10:48:07 AM

Nov10

In a world marked by numerous conflicts and disputes, the concept of unity, understanding, and peaceful coexistence is becoming increasingly essential. It is in this spirit that a solidarity concert “One Heart, One Soul” in support of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) emerges as a unique and powerful way to convey a message of support for our people and for our state.

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MONTREAL RALLY IN SOLIDARITY WTIH ISRAEL OCTOBER 29, 2023

11/03/2023 02:32:14 PM

Nov3

Dear friends and congregants

Participating in the community rally to bring hostages home was a deeply meaningful experience that I will forever hold close to my heart. The opportunity to use my voice and join others to bring comfort, hope, and unity to our community during such a challenging time was truly an honor. It was a privilege to...Read more...

Sunday October 29th: rally for the 224 hostages being held by Hamas and demand to #BringThemHome. 

11/03/2023 01:06:35 PM

Nov3

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SEEKING PEACE PRIOR TO STARTING WAR ACCORDING TO JEWISH LAW

10/27/2023 12:22:38 PM

Oct27

The Bible clearly sets out the obligation to seek peace as a prelude to any military activity; absent the seeking of peace, the use of force in a war violates Jewish law. It is apparent that while one need not engage in negotiations over the legitimacy of one's goals, one must explain what one is seeking through this military action and what military goals are (and are not) sought. Before this seeking of peace,...Read more...

"Livkot Lecha"© Aviv Geffen (composition & lyrics)

10/27/2023 09:46:02 AM

Oct27

Ani holech livkot lecha tihyeh chazak lema-ala
Ga'aguai kmo dlatot sheniftachot balaila
lanetzach achi ezkor otcha tamid
Venipagesh basof ata yode-ah
Veyesh li chaverim aval gam hem kavim
El mul orcha hameshage-ah
Ksheatzuvim holchim layamRead more...

Solidarity Fundraising Concert: Music for IsraelOctober 25, 2023 - Montreal

10/27/2023 09:36:45 AM

Oct27

Few of the many Vigils and Rallies I was privileged to attend for our People & the State of Israel.

10/20/2023 01:08:38 PM

Oct20

FEDERATION CJA COMMUNITY WIDE VIGIL FOR ISRAEL

10/20/2023 12:26:29 PM

Oct20

How long can we endure and sustain this war of hate and destruction, this war of words and demonstrations? When will the world finally help eradicate Hamas, a terrorist organization whose sole purpose is to obliterate and eradicate the Jewish people and the Jewish state? How long will reporters and news anchors turn a blind eye and refuse to convey the stark reality that Hamas uses civilians as human shields, their...Read more...

A STORY THAT TOUCHES HOME!

10/13/2023 01:53:46 PM

Oct13

Dear friends,

This has been without a doubt, one of the most eventful, difficult and heart wrenching week, the people of Israel and Jews around the world have been and continue to go through. In the past few days, throughout our Montreal community Rally after Rally, vigil after vigil has been mushrooming all around us. At each one I stood proud yet shaken, stoic yet vulnerable as I...Read more...

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RESTARTING OUR YOUTH CHOIR

10/06/2023 01:42:33 PM

Oct6

Enriching Shabbat and Holiday Services: The Significance of restarting our Youth Choir


Dear friends 

Shabbat and holiday services hold a special place in the hearts of Jewish communities worldwide. These sacred gatherings are moments of spiritual reflection, unity, and celebration. To enhance the beauty and depth of these services, one...Read more...

LEARNING AND PRAYING IN HEBREW

09/29/2023 11:43:22 AM

Sep29

In Jewish faith learning and praying in Hebrew hold significant importance. Here are 7 steps to achieve this goal.

1. **Spiritual Connection**: Hebrew is considered the sacred language of Judaism. Praying in Hebrew allows individuals to connect with their faith on a deeper spiritual level, as it is the language of their religious texts and traditions.

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Recognition of the Outstanding Choir Performance During High Holiday Services

09/29/2023 11:36:57 AM

Sep29

I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation for the exceptional work that the S&P choir delivered during our recent High Holiday services. Your dedication, talent, and hard work shone brightly and reverberated throughout our Mashaal sanctuary and I believe it...Read more...

Recognition of the Outstanding Choir Performance During High Holiday Services

09/28/2023 09:56:05 AM

Sep28

I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation for the exceptional work that the S&P choir delivered during our recent High Holiday services. Your dedication, talent, and hard work shone brightly and reverberated throughout our Mashaal sanctuary and I believe it significantly enhanced the spiritual experience for our congregation.

The High Holidays are a profoundly significant time for our community, and the...Read more...

The Importance of Visiting Loved Ones in the Cemetery During the High HolyDay SeasonL'importance de rendre visite à ses proches au cimetière pendant la période des Grandes Fêtes

09/22/2023 12:28:09 PM

Sep22

1. **Honoring Tradition and Faith**: For many individuals, the act of visiting the cemetery during the High HolyDays is a deeply ingrained tradition rooted in their faith. In Judaism, for example, it's customary to visit graves during this time as it aligns with themes of reflection, repentance, and renewal. Observing such traditions helps individuals feel connected to their religious heritage.

2. **Spiritual Reflection**:...Read more...

ROSH HASHANAH MELODIES

09/14/2023 07:27:09 PM

Sep14

Why the melodies of the High Holidays strike a chord like no other sacred music:

1.  Historical Significance: These melodies often have a rich history, with some dating back centuries. When people sing or hear them, they’re not just experiencing music but connecting with a heritage that spans generations. This sense of continuity and tradition can be deeply moving and...Read more...

Got A Question For Reverend Hazan Daniel Benlolo?

09/08/2023 02:18:53 PM

Sep8

Dear Danny, Why is blowing the Shofar such an integral part of the High HolyDays?

Dear reader, Blowing the shofar is important in Judaism for several reasons:

1. **Religious Tradition:** It is a longstanding tradition with deep religious significance, dating back to biblical times. The shofar is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as an instrument...Read more...

The message of Parashat Nitzavim as we approach the High Holy Days.

09/08/2023 02:15:14 PM

Sep8

1. **Unity and Community**: Parashat Nitzavim underscores the concept of unity within the Jewish community. It stresses that every individual, from leaders to ordinary members, stands together before God. This highlights the importance of communal responsibility and support, particularly during the High Holy Days when individuals come together for prayer and reflection.

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GOT A QUESTION FORREVEREND HAZAN DANIEL BENLOLO

09/01/2023 02:28:07 PM

Sep1

Dear Danny,

It is said that on Rosh Hashanah, God predetermines each individuals wealth and parnassa. Is it so and why?

Dear reader,

The concept you're referring to is often associated with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah,...Read more...

PARASHAT KI TAVO

09/01/2023 02:26:13 PM

Sep1

In Parashat Ki Tavo, which is found in the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses instructs the Israelites about the rituals they should perform upon entering the Promised Land. The parashah contains blessings and curses, rewards and punishments, and focuses on the concept of gratitude.

The key message revolves around the idea of acknowledging and expressing gratitude for the blessings that...Read more...

Shabbat Nachamu

07/28/2023 11:47:52 AM

Jul28

Shabbat Nachamu is observed on the Shabbat following Tisha B'Av, which typically falls in the Hebrew month of Av. Tisha B'Av is a day of mourning in the Jewish calendar, commemorating various tragedies that occurred on this day, including the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. The period leading up to Tisha B'Av is known as "The Three Weeks," during which mourning customs are observed, such as refraining from...Read more...

Shavuot

05/25/2023 08:37:48 AM

May25

Dear Congregants and friends,

When in Ottawa, I gave a series of classes at the St Paul’s University Theological department.  The course gravitated towards the impact of Judaism in everyday life. This is part of a section on Shavuot.

The festival of Shavuot commemorates Matan Torah, G-d's giving of the Torah to the world. Since, as the...Read more...

March of the Living

05/03/2023 02:44:35 PM

May3

An hour, a day, a week, a month, a year - even a lifetime - is not enough time to begin to tell you what my eyes have witnessed and how my life has been transformed forever.

You can watch Holocaust movies and look at photos of concentration camps, but until you witness the marks of desperation on the walls of the crematorium at...Read more...

Mimouna in all its glory!

04/11/2023 12:32:06 PM

Apr11

When Passover ends, Moroccan Jews don't quietly unpack their chametz.  Instead, they celebrate the Mimouna. This joyous festival is believed to have originated in Fez, Morocco, although it is unclear exactly when. The festivities begin at nightfall with the conclusion of Passover. The Mimouna here at the Spanish last night was no exception. The Spanish in collaboration with the CSUQ have proven that working together does...Read more...

The Ten Commandements

02/10/2023 09:36:42 AM

Feb10

Excerpts from Haaretz

The first ten of the 613 commandments given by God to the Jewish people form the foundation of Jewish ethics, as well as civil and religious law. 

The Ten Commandments, also known as Aseret HaDibrot (“Ten Sayings” in Hebrew) or Decalogue, are the first ten of the 613 commandments given by God to the Jewish people. They form the foundation of Jewish ethics, as well as civil and religious law. These commandments are mentioned twice in the Torah—once in Exodus (20: 1-17) and again in Deuteronomy (5:4-21).Read more...

Our holidays and more...

10/21/2022 12:40:28 PM

Oct21

by Julia Peress Rosenfeld

Over the past two years, during the heat of the pandemic our president, Charles Shemie, together with David Nathaniel, Ron Mashaal, as well as and the executive worked tirelessly to help ensure a bright future for our synagogue. They did not know when things would get back to normal, or what that new normal would be.  They did know one thing - when the time came to reopen, we would be ready with new...Read more...

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