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I know you love your synagogue

05/20/2022 09:17:25 AM


Reverend Benlolo

Three Jewish mothers are sitting on a bench, arguing over which one’s son loves her the most. The first one says, “You know, my son sends me flowers every Shabbat.”

“You call that love?” says the second mother. “My son calls me every day!”


"An Appointment with G-d"

04/14/2022 10:00:00 AM


Dear friends and congregants

Permit me to share with you a portion of an article I once wrote entitled ‘An Appointment with G-d’.       I truly believe it to be relevant in our time.

Do we really need a sanctuary?  Does G-d need a home in this physical world?  Isn’t G-d everywhere? Isn’t G-d...Read more...

Up Close And Personal

04/08/2022 11:40:58 AM


Introducing: Julia Peress Rosenfeld, Olivia and Liam Rosenfeld

Liv Rosenfeld- 5 years old. Goes to OrSheli. Loves unicorns, rainbows , encanto . Favourite colour , purple . Favourite holiday: Purim.

Liam Rosenfeld - 3 years old. Goes to OrSheli. Loves superheroes and basketball. Favourite colour, yellow . Favourite holiday: Passover.

Julia Peress - Lifelong member of...

The Visit

04/04/2022 12:21:13 PM


École Polyvalente Saint-Joseph planned a visit to the Holocaust Museum and had a one hour window before their visit. Their professor Louis-Jean Pelletier contacted the Spanish Office and arranged a tour of our synagogue....Read more...

Maftir HaChodesh

03/31/2022 10:36:23 AM


This week, in addition to the regular Parsha, we read the section known as HaChodesh. The additional sections of Shekalim, Zachor, Parah, and Chodesh are read prior to Pesach for both commemorative and practical reasons.

This additional section from Shemot, Parashat Bo, Chapter 12, is read on the Shabbat before the month of Nissan, or on the Shabbat of Rosh Chodesh...Read more...

Haftarah Shabbat Hachodesh

03/31/2022 10:27:19 AM


Haftarah in a Nutshell

This special haftarah is a prophecy regarding the Paschal Offering that will be brought during the Messianic Era, reflecting the theme of the Hachodesh Torah reading—Moses' command to the Israelites in Egypt to prepare and bring the Paschal lamb.

This haftarah is part of Ezekiel's prophecy...

Maftir and Haftarah Shabbat Parah

03/24/2022 10:12:07 AM


Reverend Benlolo and Benjamin Harrouch

Shabbat Parah, occurs on the Shabbat prior to Shabbat Mevarkhim of the month of Nisan. The maftir reading, deals with the red heifer whose ashes were combined with water to ritually purify anyone who had been in contact with a dead person. Because only people who were pure could eat from the Passover sacrifice, a public announcement right before Nisan...Read more...

Message from Reverend Hazan Daniel Benlolo

03/18/2022 12:33:29 PM


It started on Wednesday, March 16.  Our Purim eve festivities began with the Megilah reading, by our Reverend Hazan Daniel Benlolo in the Mashaal Sanctuary along with 140 “in person” and 90 on Zoom.  Later that evening, a light supper was served in the Aintabi Hall that included music, hot dogs, french fries and drinks. A great time was had by everyone.


Haftarah Parashat Zahchor

03/10/2022 03:50:13 PM


This being the Shabbat before Purim, on which we celebrate the foiling of Haman the Amalekite’s plot to destroy the Jewish people, the weekly Parshah is supplemented with the “Zachor” reading (Deuteronomy 25:17–19) in which we are commanded to remember the evil of Amalek and to eradicate it from the face of the earth.

Remember what Amalek did to you on the...

Getting ready for PURIM Excerpts from MY JEWISH LEARNING

03/08/2022 08:14:46 AM


Megillat Esther Chapter 1

Purim, or the Feast of Lots, is a joyous holiday that recounts the saving of the Jews from a threatened massacre during the Persian period (539-330 BCE). The story of Purim is recounted in the Book of Esther, whose eponymous heroine plays the leading role in saving her people. The holiday is traditionally celebrated with wild...Read more...

Haftarah Tetzaveh

02/10/2022 01:36:28 PM


In this week's haftarah, the prophet Ezekiel describes a vision of the altar that will be built for the third Holy Temple and its dedication ceremony—paralleling this week's Torah portion which discusses the dedication of the Tabernacle's altar.

Shortly after the destruction of the first Temple, Ezekiel experienced a vision of the third...Read more...

Min Hametsar Hallel

01/31/2022 02:28:11 PM


As we welcome the new month of Adar 1 we recite the Hallel to greet it with song and joy!


Torah Portion Bo

01/05/2022 12:29:59 PM


Exodus 10:1–13:16
The last three of the Ten Plagues are visited on Egypt: a swarm of locusts devours all the crops and greenery; a thick, palpable darkness envelops the land; and all the firstborn of Egypt are killed at the stroke of midnight of the 15th of the month of Nissan. G‑d commands the first mitzvah to be given to the people of Israel: to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon. The Israelites are also...Read more...

Haftarah Parashat Bo

01/05/2022 12:27:54 PM


Jeremiah 46:13–28.
In this week’s haftarah we read of the punishment G‑d visited upon Egypt centuries later, through the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. G‑d reveals Egypt’s fate to Jeremiah: “Proclaim it in Egypt and let it be heard in Migdol, and let it be heard in Noph and in Tahpanhes. Say, ‘Stand fast and prepare yourself, for the sword has devoured round about you.’” The prophet then goes on to describe...Read more...

Reverend's Just For Laughs

01/05/2022 12:20:13 PM


Funny Jewish Personal Ads

Sincere rabbinical student, 27. Enjoys Yom Kippur, Tisha B'av, Taanit Esther, Tzom Gedaliah, Asarah B'Tevet, Shiva Asar B'Tammuz. Seeks companion for living life in the "fast" lane.

Yeshiva student, Torah scholar, long beard, peyot. Seeks same in woman.

Worried about in-law meddling? I'm an orphan! Write.

Nice Jewish guy, 38. No skeletons. No baggage. No personality.

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Just As I Am: The Shira Choir - Miami Jewish Film Festival

12/28/2021 11:17:33 AM


Dear friends and congregants our film, Just As I Am: The Shira Choir, has been selected to premiere in the USA in the online portion of the Miami Jewish Film Festival. We all love this film and really looking forward to sharing it with as many people as...Read more...

A Glimmer of Light - A Tribute to Jewish Composers

12/28/2021 10:58:16 AM


Haftarah of Shemot 

12/24/2021 09:53:10 AM


Reverend Hazan Daniel Benlolo

Incredible evening of song and performance

12/09/2021 01:14:51 PM


Dear friends and congregants,

Here is just a small peak from this past Tuesday at the new Spanish and Portuguese Recording Studio. Hosted by Dan Sequerra, 15 enthusiastic singers and musicians gathered for an incredible evening of song and performance. The evening began with a sumptuous meal followed by non-stop music. The last stragglers left the studio at midnight! Claude, one of the amazing singers, wrote in our guest book...Read more...

Celebrating Hannukah with B'nai B'rith Residence

11/30/2021 09:40:44 AM


Thoughts on Parashat Vayeshev and Why Bad Things Happen To Good People.

11/25/2021 08:19:32 AM


Magical Wedding in Mexico

11/23/2021 08:26:27 AM



Montreal Shira Choir Performance at Federation CJA Leadership Recognition Award Ceremony

11/18/2021 08:32:01 AM




Inspirational Message

10/12/2021 09:35:24 AM


Stories are a very powerful way to communicate and convey messages. Here is one of these inspirational messages!


Recording Studio Update

10/08/2021 10:22:56 AM


We're almost at the finish line!


A Folklore story - The Shabbat Spice

10/05/2021 10:44:58 AM


Message congratulating our Eshet Hayil, Hatan Torah and Hatan Beresheet

09/30/2021 02:15:00 PM


Reverend Hazan Daniel Benlolo Installation

09/14/2021 09:27:27 AM




Sunday afternoon September 12, the Spanish and Portuguese family gathered in person and on zoom to install and confer on our Cantor Daniel Benlolo the prestigious title of  Reverend.

The event...

Haftarah Ki Tetse

08/19/2021 11:43:20 AM


by Reverend Hazan Benlolo

This week's haftarah is the fifth of a series of seven "Haftarot of Consolation." These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha b'Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah.

Forsaken Jerusalem is likened to a barren woman devoid of children. G‑d enjoins her to rejoice, for the time will soon...Read more...

Another inspirational moment 

08/10/2021 10:30:34 AM


by Reverend Hazan Benlolo

Sat, December 2 2023 19 Kislev 5784