Quebec

Did Jacques Parizeau Really Deserve to have a Park Named After Him?

As a city councillor in the mostly-Jewish Montreal municipality of Côte Saint-Luc, one of my portfolios is naming rights. When we attach a name to a park, building, street or event, a tremendous amount of thought and consideration goes into the process. Most recently we renamed a street after the legendary Rabbi Sidney Shoham, who passed away …

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Changing of the Guard: Three Montreal-area Synagogues Welcome New Rabbis

Montreal’s Jewish community is about to mark its first Rosh Hashanah in many years minus the presence of three extraordinary spiritual leaders: Rabbis Sidney Shoham, Ron Aigen and Chaim Steinmetz. Rabbi Shoham served Beth Zion Congregation in Côte Saint-Luc for 50 years. Although officially retired when he passed away suddenly on Sept. 20, 2015, he …

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Despite Couillard’s Suspect Leadership Federalist Liberals Still on Top

It is great to be back writing for B’nai Brith Canada, our country’s pre-eminent human rights organization. During the 17 years I served as the former Jewish Tribune Newspaper’s Quebec bureau chief, a common topic was the Jewish community and its degree of comfort with the provincial government of the day. We have gone back and forth …

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