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Fallen Jewish-Canadian Soldiers Honoured at Pre-Jewish Holiday Ceremony in Montreal

Corporal Rachel Dumas 34 Canadian Brigade Group plays The Last Post the Erev Yom Tov ceremony at the Baron de Hirsch Cemetery in Montreal on  September 11, 2016.

A community-wide, pre-Jewish holiday (Erev Yom Tov) ceremony was held in Montreal 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 to honour Jewish-Canadian soldiers who fell in battle in the First and Second World Wars, defending democracy.

The ceremony was held in the Military section of the Baron de Hirsch Cemetery on De La Savane Avenue, Veteran’s Memorial Park, C #19, Field of Honour.

Organizer Larry Rosenthal said participants included the the government of Canada, the City of Montreal, the Israeli consulate, Jewish War Veterans, Quebec government, B’nai Brith Quebec and B’nai Brith Canada’s League for Human Rights, Chabad Lubavitch, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the Cummings Centre, Federation CJA, Vaad Ha’ir, the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre museum, Jewish War Veterans, the Royal Canadian Legion’s Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 and the YM-YWHA.

Speakers included Rosenthal, Israeli Consul-General Ziv Nevo Kulman, Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather, D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum, new Brigadier Frederic Kisch Branch 97 president Allan Levine, also a Côte St. Luc councillor; and numerous community leaders.


(L to R) Eric Bissell, Honorary President for life, B’nai Brith Canada, David  Birnbaum, MNA for D’arcy McGee and Anthony Housefather, MP  Mount Royal.


Event Organizer Larry Rosenthal


Eric Bissell and Larry Rosenthal


Larry Rosenthal and David Birnbaum
Larry Rosenthal and Anthony Housefather


Larry Rosenthal and Rabbi Zushe Silberstein (blowing the shofar)