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Three Montreal Jewish schools shut down by Quebec government

Three Montreal Jewish schools shut down by Quebec government

The government of Quebec has ordered three Orthodox schools in Montreal, Canada to close for not following COVID measures.

Quebec shutters houses of worship in response to Omicron variant

Quebec shutters houses of worship in response to Omicron variant

Synagogues, churches, and other houses of worship ordered to close in Quebec over spread of Omicron variant.

Suburban Montreal Jewish community disbands

Suburban Montreal Jewish community disbands

South Shore Jewish community, facing aging and dwindling membership, announces it's closing its doors.

Quebec man convicted for online incitement against Jews

Quebec man convicted for online incitement to hatred against Jews

In hateful social media post, Trois-Rivières man ranted against Jews and threatened to blow up a Montreal synagogue.

Longtime Montreal Rabbi Howard Joseph passes away

Longtime Montreal Rabbi Howard Joseph passes away

Rabbi Joseph led the city's Spanish and Portuguese Congregation for four decades before retiring in 2009 and becoming its rabbi emeritus.

Montreal borough condemns acts of hate and violence against Jews

Montreal borough condemns acts of hate and violence against Jews

Councillors' motion condemns Jew hatred and commits to ensuring the safety of the Jewish community in the borough.

Quebec adopts IHRA definition of anti-Semitism

Quebec adopts IHRA definition of anti-Semitism

Jewish groups praise government of Quebec after it adopts International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of anti-Semitism.

Quebec National Assembly condemns anti-Semitism

Quebec National Assembly condemns anti-Semitism

National Assembly of Quebec unanimously adopts motion condemning sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents.

Montreal police "response plan" to protect Jewish areas of city

Montreal police put in place "response plan" to protect Jewish areas of city

After "alarming number of provocative incidents" and new online threats, police will increase presence in Jewish areas.

Jewish groups dismayed by ruling supporting secularism bill

Jewish groups dismayed as court rules in favor of Quebec secularism bill

Jewish groups say Bill 21 'severely restricts religious freedom' of Jews to pursue careers in the public sector.

Canadian university abandons support for BDS

Canadian university abandons support for BDS

Student union at Quebec’s Concordia University formally abandons support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Quebec to Launch Genocide Education in High Schools

Quebec to Launch Genocide Education in High Schools

Canadian province starting this September will begin teaching about the Holocaust and other mass murders.

Quebec Hasidic group denied religious curfew exemption

Council of Hasidic Jews of Quebec told by judge that 8 p.m. curfew must remain in place

Request by the Council of Hasidic Jews of Quebec to be granted two and a half hour exemption to 8 p.m. curfew rejected.

Quebec Jews argue curfew at odds with their religious freedom

Switch to daylight savings time means "red zone" curfews conflict with evening prayer

With an 8 p.m. curfew in place during daylight savings, observing evening prayers at a synagogue will become a challenge

Quebec to allow gatherings during Christmas - but not Hanukkah

Quebec to allow gatherings during Christmas, but not Hanukkah, frustrating province’s Jews

'There cannot be favoritism'. Jewish groups rip decision by Quebec government to permit gatherings during Christmas, but not during Hanukkah

Montreal Jewish school shut down for 2 weeks over COVID outbreak

Montreal Jewish school is shut down for 2 weeks over coronavirus outbreak

Jewish high school in Montreal ordered to close for two weeks after 15 students diagnosed with the coronavirus

Outrage over anti-Semitic taxi assault in Montreal

Outrage over anti-Semitic taxi assault in Montreal

Quebec had the most anti-Semitic incidents in Canada in 2018, with 709 of Canada’s 2,041 total incidents occurring in the province.

Canadian PM urged to speak out on Quebec religious symbols bill

Canadian PM urged to speak out on Quebec religious symbols bill

B’nai Brith Canada calls on PM Justin Trudeau to speak out on Quebec bill banning public employees from wearing kippahs.

Quebec bans kippahs, turbans, hijabs for public workers

Quebec bans kippahs, turbans, hijabs for public workers

Secularism law bans teachers, judges, police officers, others, from wearing religious symbols including kippahs, turbans, hijabs at work.

Trudeau demands mayor apologize for 'ethnic cleansing' remark

Trudeau demands mayor apologize for 'ethnic cleansing' remark

Canadian PM Trudeau slams Jewish Canadian mayor for comparing bill that would ban wearing religious symbols to ethnic cleansing.

New Quebec bill would ban religious symbols

New Quebec bill would ban religious symbols

Canadian province of Quebec introduces bill that bans some public employees from wearing religious symbols at work, including kippahs.

Quebec to ban public servants from wearing kippahs

Quebec to ban public servants from wearing kippahs

Local Jewish groups criticize plan by Quebec government to ban public officials from wearing kippahs.

Quebec: Hasidic Jews evicted from summer homes

Quebec: Hasidic Jews evicted from summer homes

Quebec court evicts 'slovenly' Hasidic Jews from summer homes over excessive noise, lack of maintenance.

Anti-Semitic incidents rise to record level in Canada

Anti-Semitic incidents rise to record level in Canada

B'nai Brith warns of 'whopping national increase' in anti-Semitism, calls on Canada to implement action plan.

Quebec legislator criticizes Jewish colleague for wearing kippah

Quebec legislator criticizes Jewish colleague for wearing kippah

Separatist legislator in Canadian province of Quebec backtracks after criticizing Jewish parliamentarian who wore a kippah.

Quebec bans Muslim face coverings

Quebec bans Muslim face coverings

Canadian province bans public workers from wearing full-face coverings, wearing niqabs and burqas on public transit.

Imam who called to kill Jews 'one by one' won't be prosecuted

Imam who called to kill Jews 'one by one' won't be prosecuted

Quebec court rules Montreal imam who asked Allah to ‘destroy the Jews’ will not be prosecuted because 'too much time elapsed.'

Israel and Québec cooperate on technology, research, innovation

Israel and Québec cooperate on technology, research, innovation

Québec, Israel launch 5-year, $12 million, collaboration program.

Suspect in Quebec Mosque shooting turns himself in

Suspect in Quebec Mosque shooting turns himself in

Report claims shooters yelled 'Allahu akbar!' in deadly Mosque shooting

Montreal Mayor vows to combat anti-Semitism on Holocaust Day

Montreal Mayor vows to combat anti-Semitism

Canadians commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day inside Montreal city hall for first time ever.

Montreal Mayor promises to rename ‘Nazi sympathizer’ sites

Montreal Mayor promises to rename ‘Nazi’ sites

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre promised that public places named for a French Nazi sympathizer, will be changed soon.

Canadian Soldier Killed After Being Run Over by Islamist

Canada: Soldier Killed in Terror Attack

25 year-old extremist linked with ISIS shot dead in Quebec; had told police he attacked soldiers 'in the name of Allah.'

Elections Remove Danger of Quebec's Kippah Ban

Elections Remove Danger of Quebec's Kippah Ban

Parti Quebecois, behind institutionalized secularism and separatism from Canada, fails miserably in elections.

ADL Slams Quebec Silence on Candidate's Anti-Semitic Slur

ADL Slams Quebec Silence on 'Kosher Tax' Slur

Quebec leaders criticized for not condemning National Assembly candidate's endorsement of classic anti-Semitic trope.

Is Quebec Heading for Independence?

Is Quebec Heading for Independence?

Separatist premier calls sudden elections; if she is voted in province's fate likely to be determined in referendum.

Canada: Court Order Against Lev Tahor Cult Upheld

Canada: Court Order Against Lev Tahor Cult Upheld

Ontario court upholds Quebec ruling placing 13 abused children into foster care.

Canadian Jewish Groups Announce Initiative Against Bill 60

Canada: Jewish Groups Against Bill 60

Bill to outlaw religious symbols in the public sphere subject of ongoing criticism from religious groups; CIJA, CJA push for recall.

Canada: Quebec Politician Calls to Ban Circumcision

Politician in Quebec Calls to Ban Circumcision

Leading candidate of the Quebec Separatist Party calls to remove the word 'Jewish' from the Jewish Hospital of Montreal, ban circumcision.

Jews and Muslims Speak Out Against Controversial Quebec Bill

Jews, Muslims Against Quebec Bill

Jewish and Muslim groups in Quebec denounce bill that would ban religious symbols in governmental offices, agencies and institutions.

Two Muslim Women Attack Jewish Man in Montreal

Two Muslim Women Attack Jewish Man in Montreal

A simple question by a Jewish man regarding a new controversial law in Quebec turned into a verbal and physical attack in Montreal.