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Letter from Jerusalem

By |2019-02-28T12:01:08-05:00July 24th, 2017|Categories: News|

Over a week ago, two Israeli Druze soldiers were shot and killed by terrorists on the Temple Mount. This past Friday, along with a small group of colleagues from the Hartman Institute where we are studying, I made the trip up to Hurfeish, near the Lebanon border. We went to give condolences to the family of one of those soldiers. Kamil Shannan (z"l - of blessed memory) came from a prominent Druze family. His father was a Member of Knesset (the Israeli parliament), and the Druze community as a whole stands out for its service in the Israeli military and police force. Although they are not Jewish, [...]

Kenya Day Three

By |2017-05-01T09:17:50-05:00March 1st, 2017|Categories: News|

Chickens. The Israeli embassy gave chickens to St. Mary's School for Girls in Nakuru, Kenya today. It's part of an approach called Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which the school's top educator learned in Israel. The essence of ESD is for children to invest in school life in an empowered way, working to create a sustainable community. As part of this, they help produce the food which is used for school meals... hence the chickens! But even here in Kenya, challenging and inspiring, I am following the news from North America. I am heartsick at the news of the continued bomb threats against Jewish Community Centres, and now [...]

Kenya Day Two

By |2019-02-28T12:01:16-05:00February 28th, 2017|Categories: News|

What are we doing here? Members of our group plan to take turns blogging, so I won't be sharing every detail of our trip every day. That being said, each day is so full of experiences, questions, and reflections that I want to share with you. So today, let's explore how a nice Jewish girl finds herself in Kenya in the first place. When I was asked to be involved with this trip, I couldn't say no. Let me admit up front that I love to travel, and I have always wanted to go to Africa. But it's not just the location of this trip which drew me [...]

Kenya Day One

By |2019-06-06T14:23:15-05:00February 27th, 2017|Categories: News|

We landed in Nairobi last night after over a day of travel. Our delegation has twelve members, all young Montreal Jewish leaders, plus a diplomat from the Israeli foreign service. Including me, there are five Temple members on our trip. Today was a remarkable start. We began the morning at the Gatoto school (www.gatoto.org - check it out!). The school has 1082 kids between the ages of 4 and 13... and a staff of just 40, with fewer than 30 teachers. Class sizes range between 50 and 70 students. The school started out in a one-room church in the adjacent slum (which we drove through to reach the [...]

Judaism is a Story

By |2017-01-03T15:19:31-05:00November 21st, 2016|Categories: News|

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"]

One epic journey at the UTHC –

By |2017-05-01T09:19:53-05:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: News|

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 [...]

Margaret’s Rosh Hashanah sermon

By |2017-01-03T15:20:25-05:00October 5th, 2016|Categories: News|

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 [...]

Message from Israel #3

By |2017-01-03T15:20:41-05:00July 16th, 2016|Categories: News|

Shavua tov, everyone. I've just returned to Jerusalem from an extraordinary Shabbat in Beer Sheva, in the south of Israel. I can't pretend that the warmth and beauty of this shabbat in any way balances the horror of the terrorist attack in Nice. My heart is heavy. But I do write to you with a deep sense of hopefulness, in a world where hope is not always obvious. The thread that ran through my experience this shabbat was hospitality - in Hebrew, the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim. I went to Beer Sheva first and foremost because I had been invited to a Bedouin wedding. The groom is the [...]

Thoughts from Jerusalem #2

By |2017-01-03T15:20:53-05:00July 9th, 2016|Categories: News|

What a week it has been. Here in Jerusalem, I've been taking part in study, often from 8:30 in the morning to 9:30 at night. We rabbis have been diligent, for the most part, at keeping away from our smartphones; part of being in Jerusalem means being too far away to be called back. It's good for our humility. The world goes on without us. But this week, many of us have been following news from the United States - especially those from communities like Minneapolis and Dallas, where some of the horrible violence occurred. Two more black men shot by police, recorded for the world to see; [...]

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