In this ISSUE
Hanukkah Party
Going going back back to Cali Cali
Why Adults Can Love Hanukkah Too
The Verdict Is In On "Black Swan"
Ghetto Shul Concert- feat. Rosenblatt's Chanukah Extravaganza
Recipe of the week

Tonight Jews around the world will join together in lighting the first Hanukkah candle and usher in the Festival of Lights.

Hanukkah Party!!

Thursday, December 2 · 6:00pm - 8:30pm

@The Jack Reitman Hillel House 3460 Stanley 

Come take a study break and join us at Hillel to light the Hanukkah candles and have some delicious holiday treats!

Latkes and sufganyiot will be served!

Admission is $2 and there will also be tzedakah buckets set up around the house with all of the proceeds going towards buying toys for children who cannot afford any.



Thursday, December 23 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Le Gesu

1200 Bleury Ave. (b/t St.Catherine and Rene Levesque, Metro Place Des Arts)

FOR TICKETS CALL, 514-861-4036       
Tickets are $20, $15 for students with a valid ID

Doors and Drinks at 7:00pm

As big as Christmas is, there is always a major void for people who don't celebrate that holiday. Both the Jewish and Muslim communities very well represent Montreal. Unfortunately, there is usually nothing to do for these people during the holidays, until now!

Montreal's top Jewish and Muslim Stand Up Comics are joining forces in an attempt to bring both groups together, to laugh and be very merry. And in an ironic twist, this show will be taking place inside the beautiful 425-seat Gesu church theatre! That's right, a Jewish and Muslim comedy show in a church on Christmas!

The performers include, Eman, Jeff Schouela, Dan Laxer, Faisal Butt, Robby Hoffman, Abdul Butt, and Jessica Salomon.


Going going back back to Cali Cali
Alternative Spring Break to LA

For more information about the trip and how to register contact BEV

Why Adults Can Love Hanukkah Too

By Mayim Bialik


As a child, I didn't love Hanukkah.

Don't get me wrong: The candles, presents (pajamas and pencils were standards), songs, and fried foods all made me generally very excited to be a Jew. And I was happy for any indications around Christmastime that Judaism was yummy and fun, especially since every person I met from Halloween through New Year's seemed to be not Jewish and wanted to wish me a "Merry Christmas" and ask what I wanted from Santa.

So why didn't I love Hanukkah?

Well, I grew up in a home that straddled the Orthodoxy of my grandparents' youth and the membership we held to a Reform synagogue, so things were sometimes a little mixed up. I only got the most basic explanation of Hanukkah: how brave Judah Maccabee helped save the Jews.

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The Verdict Is In On "Black Swan"

A few months ago here at Jewcy, we wondered if Black Swan was going to be the best film of the year?  At that point, we only had a few indications on which to base such a sweeping prediction.  There was, of course, Darren Aronofsky's trajectory as a filmmaker up to that point: four films equaling a body of work that rivaled the early efforts of any filmmaker and a bag of trick's at his disposal that had the ability to astonish any viewer.   Other than that, a short trailer had been released that didn't tell us much more than we already knew, Black Swan was a film about ballet dancers starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, but it subtly hinted at something more, something dark beneath the surface that in it's subtleness and restraint, intrigued and titillated us more than some kind of fast cut, special effects light show, or gore fest.  Still, the question lingered, can Aronofsky pull off the visceral attack on the senses that he's so beautifully executed in Pi and Requiem For a Dream or play to our empathy and tap into kind of humanistic venerability that he did in The Wrestler, can he possibly pull of what we've come to expect as a "Darrenofsky flick" about ballet?  If so, it seemed safe to say that our prediction from this summer would hold as truth, Inception not withstanding.  Now, having witnessed the 107 minutes of unrelenting, often punishing film that make up Black Swan, it feels quite safe to say that, indeed, Black Swan is the year's best film.

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Ghetto Shul Concert- feat. Rosenblatt's Chanukah Extravaganza

Sunday, December 5 · 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Ghetto Shul
3458 Avenue Du Parc


Come join us in celebrating the chag and the NEW Ghetto Shul Cafe!
Eat some yummy food and rock out to a great amazing fantastic harmonica quartet and a ska-reggae-agit rock band!

Tickets: $10 general/ $7 student/ $5 ghetto members

...more about the bands...
Les Bātards de Bouche
Formed as a special project via a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, this unique group reignites the quintessentially Jewish tradition of harmonica quartets. Delightfully campy yet musically sophisticated, harmonica quartets featuring the entire harmonica family (bass, chord, chromatic and diatonic) and had been hugely popular in the early days of the LP record. Groups such as the Harmonicats, the Harmonica Gang and Harmonica Rascals were a deliciously unavoidable consequence of watching television variety shows or attending Saturday movie matinees. Virtuoso Quebecois harmonica players Levy Bourbonais, Samuel Caron, Jason Rosenblatt and Pascal Veillette delve into an entirely original repertoire of Jewish music fused with the avante garde and Romanian musical traditions.


Recipe of the week

Low-Fat Soufganiyot-Hanukah Apricot Jelly Doughnuts

We scoured the 'net for a lowfat soufganiyot recipe for our calorie conscious Jewish Hostesses and we found Joan Nathan's great recipe

to share. Enjoy!

Baked Soufganiyot-Low Fat Israeli Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts

This recipe serves:  24

1 package dry yeast (1 scant tablespoon)

3 tablespoons sugar

1/4 cup lukewarm water

3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (approximately)

1 cup lukewarm skim milk

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

pinch of salt

grated zest of one lemon

3 tablespoons reduced fat butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup apricot jam (approximately)

confectioner's or granulated sugar for rolling

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The Bronfman Israel Experience Centre is looking for:


Rosh Madrich/a - Head Staff:

Trip dates: July 6th to August 9th, 2011

The Rosh Madrich(a) has the main accountability while the Israel program is in progress. They oversee every aspect of the trip including the health, safety and happiness of all our participants, the financial and day-to-day management of the itinerary. Above all, the Rosh Madrich/a will manage and oversee the rest of their staff. They are the main point person once on the ground in Israel and have the responsibility to correspond with our Israel office and with the Bronfman Israel Experience Centre. This position is awarded to candidates with exceptional leadership and managerial skills. The ideal candidate should have experience working with this age cohort. Interest of Jewish culture is an asset.

Pre-Trip Preparation: to be Madrich(a) is a detailed process requiring several days of meetings, training, & verifying every trip-related detail! As the Rosh Mardrich/a would will help select the rest of your team as well as help build informal programming content for the trip with the BIEC professionals and your Madrichim team. As well, you will, in collaboration with the BIEC professionals, train and prepare your team in order to help facilitate orientation and information sessions for the parents and your participants.

Post-Trip: All Madrichim will be responsible for working with the post programming team at BIEC to engage their participants in activities throughout the year in order to maintain the participant's relationships with one another.

Compensation: Stipend & all expense paid Israel experience (except for days off)


Application deadline: December 15th, 2010


For more information or to forward your CV please contact Ortal Reuveni, ortal.reuveni@bjec.org  or 514.345.6449 ext. 3210.