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YidLife Crisis Spawns New Documentary About Jews in Poland

July 13, 2018 QUEBEC CONFIDENTIAL | By Mike Cohen B’nai Brith Canada MONTREAL – When YidLife Crisis made its debut as a web series just over three years ago, creators and stars Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion had no idea it would become the cultural phenomenon it is today. The series follows the hilarious antics of Chaimie (Elman) and Leizer (Batalion), childhood

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Student Newspaper Lauds Montreal Activist for Fighting Racism; Reneges Because of Pro-Israel Stance

June 27, 2018 QUEBEC CONFIDENTIAL | By Mike Cohen The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B’nai Brith Canada. MONTREAL – When I attended Concordia University more than 30 years ago as a journalism student, I was never fond of the editorial slant of campus newspaper, The Link. Its

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Several Jewish Candidates Vying for Leadership in Montreal Elections

The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B’nai Brith Canada. Oct. 27, 2017 MONTREAL – It’s municipal election time here in Montreal and all across Quebec as voters prepare to head to the polls on Sunday, Nov. 5. Full disclosure: I am seeking my fourth mandate as a city

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Over 100 Quebecers En Route to Israel for 20th Annual Maccabiah Games

June 30, 2017 MONTREAL – With the 20th Maccabiah Games set to kick off next Thursday at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, more than 100 Quebecers are set to join a Canadian delegation of 600-plus athletes and staff from seven provinces. Held every four years, the Games is the third-largest sporting event in the world, after the

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Now on Parole, Does Michael Applebaum Deserve a Second Chance?

Earlier this week, former Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum was granted parole, only two months after he began serving a one-year jail sentence for eight corruption-related offences, including fraud and breach of trust. But now that he’s out of jail, the question is whether or not anyone in the Jewish community will reach out to him? Although Applebaum was

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Bar Mitzvah Boys Reunite After 70 Years – With the Same Rabbi at the Pulpit

Rabbi Wilfred Shuchat is one of the most prominent rabbinical figures in the history of Canadian Jewry. It was 70 years ago, upon his arrival as the spiritual leader of Shaar Hashomayim Congregation in the Montreal island suburb of Westmount, that he presided over the first series of Bar Mitzvah ceremonies. A bond was immediately

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What B’nai Brith’s Audit Tells Us About Antisemitism in Quebec

May 12, 2017 MONTREAL – When B’nai Brith Canada’s League for Human Rights announces the details of its annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents at a Montreal press conference, the room is traditionally full. This year’s setting was in the heart of downtown, at the Place du Canada offices of Fuller Landau Charted Accountants, courtesy of firm partner and B’nai Brith Canada senior statesman

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Montrealers Rise to the Occasion Once Again to Celebrate Israel

MONTREAL – Fourteen years ago Montreal businessman, philanthropist and B’nai Brith Canada supporter Amos Sochaczevski felt that the city’s annual Israel rally needed an adrenaline shot. Federation CJA had moved the event from downtown to the suburbs and, as such, it lacked the kind of appeal he felt it deserved. Sochacevski proceeded to establish the Jewish

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Montreal City Hall Continues B’nai Brith Yom HaShoah Tradition

MONTREAL – As Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre prepares for the 2017 elections in November, there is no question that he has the support of the Jewish community behind him. Last fall, Mayor Coderre led a much publicized mission to Israel with his Toronto counterpart John Tory. Two of his senior councillors, Lionel Perez and Russell Copeman, are Jewish,

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