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  • Renovation project in Montreal signals boost for Jewish community

    MONTREAL, March 2 (JTA) — For the next eight months or so, employees of Montreal’s major Jewish communal organizations won’t have to go far to buy kosher meat — or blue jeans. In the midst of an almost $20 million expansion of facilities and services, the organized Jewish community recently moved into a shopping mall…

  • Survey: Hate crimes increase in Canada

    MONTREAL, March 1 (JTA) — Hate crimes in Canada were up 29 percent in 1998, but anti-Semitic vandalism was down, according to an annual survey of anti-Semitism. The survey, conducted by the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada, found that there were 198 cases of hate-related harassment — threats, slurs and the distribution…

  • Montreal Jewish leader dies

    MONTREAL, Feb. 12 (JTA) — The Montreal Jewish community has lost one of its prominent philanthropists. Gordon Schwartz, an entrepreneur, recently died at age 55. Schwartz was slated to chair the Montreal Jewish Federation Combined Jewish Appeal’s 50th anniversary mission to Israel this month. His involvement in Jewish community events began during his teen-age years….

  • Hate crimes down in Canada

    MONTREAL, Feb. 18 (JTA) — Reports of anti-Semitism were down in Canada by 13 percent in 1997, according to a report released by B’nai Brith Canada. There were 212 reports of such incidents across the country last year, which is down from 244 reported incidents in 1996, according to B’nai Brith Canada’s League for Human…

  • Probe clears Bank of Canada of laundering looted Nazi gold

    MONTREAL, Jan. 4 (JTA) — A professor’s research has cleared the Bank of Canada of suspicion that it laundered gold looted by the Nazis. The bank launched the investigation in July after a U.S intelligence document was released indicating that the central banks of Switzerland and Portugal used the Bank of Canada to exchange and…

  • Canadian Jews help Mitch victims

    MONTREAL, Dec. 10 (JTA) — A donation by the Canadian Jewish Congress has enabled more than 3,000 boxes of supplies to travel to Central American victims of Hurricane Mitch. An emergency relief committee working under the auspices of the Honduran consulate in Montreal has been collecting food, sleeping bags, blankets, toys and clothes, which have…

  • Quebec election results eases Jews’ concerns over separatists

    MONTREAL, Dec. 1 (JTA) — The run-up to Quebec’s provincial election had prompted concerns that it might be a prelude to another divisive referendum on whether Canada’s largest province should seek independence. But after the separatist Parti Quebecois won another four-to-five year mandate to govern as a result of Monday’s vote, the doom and gloom…

  • aning of secession threat, Montreal Jews feel sense of hope

    MONTREAL, Aug. 24 (JTA) — The gloom that has hovered over Montreal’s Jewish community for the past several years appears to be lifting. In fact, after more than a decade of Quebec’s secessionist movement, which has often had anti-Semitic overtones, the city’s Jews are cautiously optimistic. “There exists a great quality of life here in…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD With waning of secession threat, Montreal Jews feel sense of hope

    MONTREAL, Aug. 24 (JTA) — The gloom that has hovered over Montreal’s Jewish community for the past several years appears to be lifting. In fact, after more than a decade of Quebec’s secessionist movement, which has often had anti-Semitic overtones, the city’s Jews are cautiously optimistic. “There exists a great quality of life here in…

  • Quebec’s `language police’ do about-face on Jewish business

    MONTREAL, Dec. 18 (JTA) — Quebec’s “language police” have decided not to go to the mat with a Jewish tombstone manufacturer. A day after threatening the company L. Berson & Sons with legal action for breaching the Canadian province’s language laws, the Commission for the Protection of the French Language backed off. The commission had…