55 artists, 101 works and 125 years of History. 

The Women’s Art Society of Montreal is proud to host its 125th annual Juried Art Competition, Exhibition and Sale from April 24 – 28 at Le Livart Gallery 3980 St. Denis, reports noted Jewish artist Carol Rabinovitch. It is free to the public.

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A piece of work by Carol Rabinovitch.

The WASM was founded in 1894 by two Montreal women, Mary Martha Phillips and  James H. Peck (nee Mary Alice Skelton) with the goal of integrating women into the art world at a time in history when women had few rights and were relegated to other roles. The parent body was incorporated in Toronto in 1892.

The Board of Directors role is to govern WASM by providing leadership and direction in the pursuit of its vision and mission.

A vernissage will take place on  Wednesday, April 24 from 4 pm  to  pm.
Closing ceremony and awards  are slated for April 28 from 3 pm to  5 p.m.
For more information and to join, log on to : www.womensartsociety.com or call 514-495-3701.





Bialik students participate in Prizmah Moot Beit Din International Court Competition.

On April 7, eight Bialik  High School students participated in the Prizmah Moot Beit Din International Court Competition. This was a first for the school. The  competition  took place in Greensboro, North Carolina at the beautiful campus of the American Hebrew Academy.

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Twenty one schools from North America and Israel took part.  The Sunday competition was preceded by a Shabbaton that was led by the students and allowed for Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Orthodox, Conservative and Egalitarian services.

To prepare for the event, eight brave Bialik students wrote an essay on why they should be selected to represent the school at the Prizmah Moot Beit Din competition. The eight were selected from a pool of 25 who wanted the chance to debate using Jewish legal sources related to a hypothetical case. The students debated the Jewish Halachic, ethical and legal issues a summer camp was facing when the parents discovered the meat was being raised industrially.

The students studied with Dr. Shimshon Hamerman for the past several weeks, often giving up their lunch hour to examine the Biblical, Talmudic and Rabbinic sources in order to arrive at a position about the case that either supported the petitioning parents or the camp.  The Principal of Bialik High School, Avi Satov, and Mrs. Anat Toledano, the Director of Judaic Studies, supported and encouraged the students’ participation.  The administration organized a mock Moot Beit Din and invited having three local Rabbis to act as judges for the event.  Following a nine minute presentation by each of the two teams, Rabbi Freundlich, Rabbi Poupko and Rabbi Raskin asked the students questions to simulate the actual court case that was to take place in Greensboro.

The students demonstrated great ease in quoting, discussing and analyzing Rabbinic sources at the competition in Greensboro.  The students’ creativity was original and entertaining while one team presented their case as a game of Jeopardy, the second team modeled their case after Judge Judy of the famous TV series judge.

While the judges deliberated students went to eat lunch.  There was great anxiety after it was announced that the first Bialik team won its division.  Jubilation set in when the second Bialik team also won its division.

Herzliah High School also entered two teams to the competition and one of the two won in their division.  In all, Montreal entered four teams.  Three of them won first prize in their divisions. The Montreal Jewish Day School system should feel extremely proud of their four high school teams. Three of the four teams came first against the finest schools in North America.


HA students win JEM Workshop $5,000 grant

Montreal’s JEM (Jewish Employment Montreal) Workshop, a non-profit organization that employs people with cognitive disabilities at an adapted workplace, is $5,000 richer today thanks to three Hebrew Academy students who won a grant on its behalf.

Recently,. four semi-finalist student groups representing JEM, The Family Store, Shield of Athena and Hatzoloh presented their charities before their peers and a panel of judges comprising Hebrew Academy alumni and students.

The nail-biting face-off signified the climax of students’ months-long participation in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), a project of the Toskan Casale Foundation that encourages teens to research and advocate for a local charity for the chance to win it a $5,000 grant.

“YPI gives students an education and experience that they would never find in a textbook,” said Hebrew Academy’s lead YPI teacher, Celia Natanblut, who has been incorporating the initiative as part of her Grade 10 Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) curriculum for the past six years. Hebrew Academy is the only Jewish school in Montreal that participates in YPI.

“Through their participation, students learn teamwork, research and presentation skills and connect with the people running the charities as well as those in need. They read about social issues and participate in acts of kindness for their respective charities. They also visit the organizations and gain an appreciation for the impact they are making right here in Montreal.”

Based on their research, students prepare a request for funding proposal on behalf of their charity, along with a presentation to introduce their cause to their peers.

Congratulations to winners Ronit Benizri, Alex Malamud and  Mikayla Abenhaim who were presented with a giant cheque for their organization!

“The YPI project truly exemplifies the values of Hebrew Academy students and the Jewish concept of Gemilut Chasadim, acts of loving kindness,” said Natanblut. “I was truly impressed with all of the students’ presentations. Hopefully they have also developed a bond with their selected charities and will continue to be involved with them in the future.”

Click here for more pictures of the event.

Aviva Engel, Director of Communications

Mitch Garber named Combined Jewish Appeal Chairman

Federation CJA President David Amiel has announced that the Chair of the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign will be Mitch Garber – a visionary business power broker and community leader in Canada and Israel. He is internationally respected for his success in both business and philanthropy.

Lawyer Cookie Lazarus, businessman David Baazov and Garber.

What a development! Garber has gone from your average young man in the neighbourhood who required tuition assistance at Jewish day school to become a self-made multimillionaire. And during all of this time, he remains the same down to earth human being who treats everyone the same.

Garber is well known as the first ever Anglophone judge on Dans L’oeil Du Dragon. As an executive, he was the CEO of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, and Caesars Acquisition Co., and the architect of the multi billion dollar sale of   Israeli Mobile games company Playtika, to a Chinese consortium including Jack Ma. He is currently the Chairman of Cirque Du Soleil and Chairman of Invest In Canada (Investment Canada), the Canadian government agency responsible for attracting and facilitating foreign direct investment (FDI) into Canada. He is also a minority owner of the NHL team recently awarded to Seattle. Soon he and Stephen Bronfman will bring the Expos back to town.

Garber and his wife, Anne-Marie Boucher, commit a considerable amount of their time and money to philanthropy, notably in Montreal and Israel. Mitch is a patron and contributor to the Weizmann Institute and Anne-Marie serves on the International Board; he is a patron of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation; and he and Anne-Marie are patrons of CIJA and have helped organize missions for non-Jewish business and political leaders to visit, learn about, and experience Israel. Mitch co-chaired Montreal’s 2016 $55 million Centraide campaign, and established The Garber Family Post Doctorate Fellowship in Hereditary Cancer at McGill’s Faculty of Medicine, in addition to several other charitable involvements. Their son Dylan is currently a Lone Soldier serving in the Cyber Defense Unit of the Israel Defense Forces.

“We are so excited that Mitch – who has been a significant supporter of our community throughout his impressive career – has agreed to take on this leadership role for Federation CJA,” said Amiel. ” I have no doubt that his enthusiasm, intelligence and generosity will be a huge asset to our 2020 Campaign”

-Mike Cohen