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Rabbi Seeks Municipal Status for His 300 Member Community in Quebec

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An Orthodox rabbi has asked the Quebec government to grant municipal status to his 300-member community in the Sainte Therese district north of Montreal. Rabbi M.F. Lowy, spiritual leader of the congregation, made the request on grounds that the community is growing and the number of households has increased. He proposed that it be named for Tosh, the city in Hungary where he was born and that the name be included on future maps of the province. The congregation is presently within the precincts of the town of Boisbriend.

The congregation, which dates from 1963, in cludes 200 children who are being taught English and French, and Quebec and Canadian culture in addition to their religious studies. The adults are engaged exclusively in Jewish religion and historical research at the local seminary.

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