20 02, 2017

Chuck’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:18:23-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|0 Comments

I grew up in a house where what most would imagine as an ideal family life did not exist. Relationships were cold and indifferent, and holiday celebrations were nonexistent. We were without the emotional bonds during our lives that makes a family close. Even after death, when speaking of family members lost, we treated them as if they never existed. I enlisted in the military, (U.S. Navy), right after high school, and quickly became a member of a “Unit.” A family. We taught and learned from each other, were responsible for each other’s successes, failures, and our very lives. We revered those who served before us. Those whom [...]

20 02, 2017

Chloe’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:18:40-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|0 Comments

It is hard to imagine that the word “Jewish” sounded so foreign and completely unrelated to me not too long ago. When I met my now-husband Andrew, I was fed small, delicious morsels of Jewish tradition and history. We made latkes and cholent and charoset, spun the dreidel, felt the tallit that belonged to Andrew’s great-grandfather, and he would tell me the fascinating stories he learned from Hebrew school as a child. I eventually came to realize that this was the kind of home I wanted to create for Andrew and myself. My path to becoming a Jew-by-choice was a gradual one, (as, I suppose, most life-changing journeys [...]

20 02, 2017

Jane’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:18:53-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|0 Comments

Converting to Judaism was one of the most important decisions of my life and came about when my mother-in-law passed away after seventeen years of marriage. Although I was not a practicing Catholic, I was brought up in a devout Roman Catholic family and strongly identified with religious traditions. Although I married a Jewish man, conversion was never a consideration even though I was firmly ensconced in Jewish life. At my mother-in-law’s funeral, it occurred to me that I could not eventually be buried with my husband in a Jewish cemetery, or sit shiva for him if he predeceased me. Conversion classes changed my attitude from being skeptical [...]

20 02, 2017

Duane’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:19:07-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|0 Comments

I will begin by saying that August 26, 2013, the day that I went to the Mikvah to complete my conversion, was the best day of my life after my wedding day. In 2007, I met the love of my life, and in 2008, we were married. I was never religious being a Christian growing up. I always did keep my faith in God but did not believe in a lot of what I was told, especially about being gay and that it was a sin. So I kept my faith private within myself and alone. Then, when I got married and even when we began dating, I [...]

20 02, 2017

Alexandra’s story

By |2017-05-01T09:19:15-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|0 Comments

My partner is not Jewish, and I began my path to conversion out of a sense of curiosity – I was interested in Jewish ethics and culture and wanted to learn more. At Temple, I found a great place to experience Jewish life with no pressure to convert, but a sense that I would be welcome if I ever did. I enjoyed learning about our traditions (and recipes!) and about the Hebrew alphabet, but I think the most exciting part of the official process was being welcomed to Temple in the presence of my family, who came to the service. When I became a Jew, we became “interfaith,” [...]

20 02, 2017


By |2017-05-01T09:19:31-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion|0 Comments

Confrontée à un jeune âge à la maladie et à la mort de mes parents et de plusieurs amis, ma quête spirituelle pour donner un sens à ma survie débuta à l’adolescence. L’athéisme n’est pas d’une grande aide lorsqu’on est aux prises à de douloureuses questions existentielles. Au fil des ans, j’ai essayé différentes pratiques religieuses et spirituelles sans jamais trouver réponse à mes questions. Rien ne m’apaisait. Rien ne me ressemblait. Au fond de moi, j’ai toujours su qu’un jour je me convertirais au judaïsme. J’ai toujours ressenti un profond et inexplicable sentiment d’appartenance. La longue histoire et la culture juives ont toujours été une véritable passion, [...]

21 11, 2016

Judaism is a Story

By |2020-02-27T09:55:37-05:00November 21st, 2016|Categories: Guest Sermon|1 Comment

Scholar in Residence, Jim Keen sponsored by Federation and JIFF November 17 & 18, 2016 [pdf-embedder url="https://www.templemontreal.ca/wp-content/uploads/Jim-Keen-Talk-JIFF-event.pdf" title="jim-keen-talk-jiff-event"]

5 10, 2016

One epic journey at the UTHC –

By |2020-02-27T09:55:52-05:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: Guest Sermon|0 Comments

by Scott Sternthal, 5ème/5th - 125k On Saturday, September 10th, at 2 am, I began an epic journey that I will not soon forget. The Ultra Trail Harricana of Canada (UTHC) 125k was one of my 3 major objectives for the 2016 trail running season. For the first time in it’s 5-year history, the race was part of the Ultra Trail World Tour, and is considered to be one of the most prestigious trail races in Quebec. This is how it unfolded.  Km 0: The race started outside a small church in Notre-Dame-des-Monts, Quebec. I imagined the people sleeping soundly in their beds as our Pain Train got [...]

5 10, 2016

Margaret’s Rosh Hashanah sermon

By |2020-02-27T09:56:00-05:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: Guest Sermon|0 Comments

By Margaret Jacobs Good morning and Shana Tova to you all. Rabbi has asked me to speak about this last year of my life – not an easy task because so much has happened. Let me explain. I was raised with nothing more than a nodding acquaintance of Judaism. We did not attend synagogue, I have no Torah school experience, and we generally went to other people’s homes for the holidays.  Most of the time, I felt out of synch with the religious community in which I lived and that feeling has stayed with me for nearly a half century. Then, in the summer of 2015, at a [...]

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