Montreal

Israel’s Friends In ... Finland

06/22/2010
Staff Writer

Throughout the Arab world and the anti-Israel community in theWest, protestors burned the Israeli flag in recent weeks, following Israel’s fatal attack on the Gaza blockade-busting flotilla.

Last week, some supporters of Israel made their voices heard, too.

At rallies here, in Vienna, Brussels, Hamburg, London, Montreal, Los Angeles and Miami, Jews and non-Jews rallied side-by-side for the Jewish state.

Photo By Stas Voronin

Israel’s Delegitimizers Are Gaining

Flotilla fiasco underscores Jewish state’s vulnerability; think tank urges dramatic change in diplomacy.

06/02/2010
Editor And Publisher

This week brought another political and diplomatic disaster for Israel — further proof that Jerusalem must change dramatically its hasbara efforts, not just to persevere but perhaps even to survive.

Gary Rosenblatt

Jewish Songwriter Offers An Indie Take On Genesis

Wailing Wall’s Jesse Rifkin reimagines, and personalizes, the biblical story.

05/25/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Jesse Rifkin is remembering his childhood in Annapolis, Md. He began writing songs when he was 4. At that age, he loved the Beatles. He was already thinking of himself as a career musician.

“Sometimes you just know,” he says firmly.

It all came true; he has recorded an EP and two CDs with his Wailing Wall band, with the latter recordings being released through JDub Records. He will be launching his new album, “The Low Hanging Fruit,” with a gig in New York on June 4.

Songwriter Jesse Rifkin’s “Low-Hanging Fruit” CD bridges the Bible and the economic downturn.

Mile End, Not Mile High

New-fangled Boerum Hill deli, run by a Montreal couple, takes aim at excesses of genre.

04/13/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Walking into Brooklyn’s newest Jewish deli for the first time, Ken Goeringer sees two mothers chatting at a table, a pair of art students with a splay of sketchpads arranged around their plates and a man in a shirt and tie looking up from his library book to balance a few bites of brisket-covered poutine (a decadent marriage of frites, cheese curd and gravy) on a fork.

Mile End's Rae Cohen with the deli's signature dish, Montreal-style smoked brisket

Return Of The Repressed

11/07/2003
Special to The Jewish Week

Last spring, art curator Michael Auping had the rare experience of witnessing a collision between political power and artistic critique in the newly opened Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas.

Hurling Curses Amid The Whitefish

Old-timers, new members battling it out for the future of East Village shul.

02/11/2010
Staff Writer

There is nothing remotely community minded about the war that is gripping the Sixth Street Community Synagogue.

Tensions at the East Village Orthodox shul, which have been building between old-timers and newly recruited younger members for six months, erupted last Sunday morning at a meeting to elect new board members.

The two sides hurled curses at one another in the shul basement, where a spread of whitefish salad and bagels had been laid out. At one point, someone suggested that the police be called in to restore calm.

A tense meeting Sunday at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue revealed sharp divisions at the shul.

Concordia Hillel Strikes Back

12/27/2002
Staff Writer
After years of chafing under the rule of their university's strongly pro-Palestinian student union, Hillel members at Montreal's Concordia University are venting their frustrations (10 pages worth) in court.

Concordia Hillel Still Eyeing Lawsuit

12/20/2002
Staff Writer
Demanding a formal apology, an unconditional reinstatement and independent access to its funds, the Hillel at Concordia University in Montreal is continuing its legal battle against a suspension by the student government. Hillel was expected to file an official complaint in Quebec Superior Court in the coming week. It was not clear when hearings would begin. The Concordia Student Union on Dec. 2 voted to suspend Hillel and freeze its funds. The move was believed to be the first time in history that a Hillel was barred from a North American campus.

A New Context For Yiddish

07/19/2002
Staff Writer
Yiddish is the "mama loshen" to most Jews, the "mother tongue" spoken by generations of parents and grandparents. To David Roskies, Yiddish is also the language of his schooldays: the "lehrer loshen," or teacher language.   
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