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January 2011

Shvat 5771

Tu B'shvat

Tu B'shvat takes place on 15th day of Shvat (January 20, 2011) which marks the beginning of the "new year" for trees.

The Torah states that fruit from trees, which were grown in the land of Israel, are not to be eaten during the first three years; the fourth year's fruit is for G-d, and after that, the fruit can be eaten. Each tree is considered to have aged one year as of Tu B'Shvat, no matter when in the year it was planted. As well it is a time to think about relating to the natural world.

It is tradition to take part in the festival by planting fruit trees and taking part in a Tu B'shvat Seder, a ritual that began with the kabbalistic masters of the 15th century. It's a custom to eat specific fruits during this day: dates, olives, figs, grapes and pomegranates.

For more information on Tu B'shvat please click here.

This Day in History

1180: In France, Phillip August seized all of the Jews living on his estates and imprisoned them. He freed them in exchange for a ransom of fifteen hundred silver marks.
1567: Pope Pius V issued "Cum nos nuper," a bull (papal charter) that forbids Jews from owning real estate. This would not be the last of the anti-Semitic Bulls issued by Pius V.
1949: Cuba recognizes Israel.
1997: Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli controlled West Bank city.

Canadian, Israeli innovation

Last May when president Shimon Peres and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty got to talking, they ended up talking about brains. Peres stated that with Israeli innovation and Canadian research "Why not cosponsor a virtual brain research institute to accelerate Canadian and Israeli approaches to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, autism, brain cancer and other neurological problems affecting millions?". For more information, please click here.

Jewish Events in the City

Our calendar is always full of Jewish Events happening in Montreal. Here are some upcoming events to look out for...

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Jewish Lending Group

Maimonedes says that helping a person in need build their own future is the highest form of charity. That is why we love and the Jewish Lending Group. Please join us and loan as little as $25 to a third-world entrepreneur looking to make their world a better place to live in!

Montreal Jewish Volunteering

Are you looking to do some Jewish Volunteering? Sign up the the Montreal Jewish Volunteering list and find out about Jewish volunteering activities in the city, whatever your volunteering interests are!

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Montreal Jewish Singles Events

Single and between 18 and 75? Are you interested in finding out about Montreal Jewish Singles events? We want to help Jewish singles find each other - so we want to let you know about Jewish singles events around Montreal.

Sign up to our Jewish Singles Events mailing list and get notified about singles events in your area.

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JNF Gifts

Over the past 107 years, JNF has evolved into a global environmental leader by planting an incredible 240 million trees, building over 200 reservoirs and dams, developing over 250,000 acres of land, creating more than 1,000 parks, providing the infrastructure for over 1,000 communities, bringing life to the Negev Desert and educating students around the world about Israel and the environment.

To support the JNF, please consider planting a tree in Israel or supporting them via a donation. You can do so by clicking here.

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