Hillel Chai Tevet
Rosh Chodesh Tevet


The month of Tevet is the tenth in the number of months counting from Nisan. The name Tevet was acquired in Babylonia, as is the case with the names of the other Hebrew months. In the Scroll of Esther (Chapter 2) the month is referred to as, "the tenth month, which is the month of Tevet."

Rosh Chodesh Tevet is sometimes observed as one day and sometimes as two, because Kislev, the preceding month, is sometimes "full" (consisting of 30 days) and sometimes not (consisting of only 29 days). With a two-day Rosh Chodesh, its first day is the 30th day of the preceding month, and its second day is the 1st day of the next month.

The month of Tevet itself always consists of precisely 29 days; because of this lack of variation in the length of Tevet, the Rosh Chodesh of Shevat, the month which follows, always consists of only one day, namely, the 1st of Shevat.


A Month of Anguish

During the month of Tevet, three fast days are observed, the 8th, 9th and 10th of the month, in commemoration of three major calamities which befell the People of Israel.

The fast days of the 8th and 9th of Tevet are called 'fast-days-for-the-righteous,' as on these days, only individuals who choose to, fast, whereas the fast of the 10th of Tevet is a public fast obligating the entire Jewish community.

What Happened?

0n the 8th of Tevet, at the beginning of the "Greek Era," the Torah was translated into Greek by the decree of King Ptolemy, in about the year 313 B.C.E., according to the Bayit Sheni Timeline presented in the Chanukah Section, which locates the date of the Destruction of the First Temple in 423 B.C.E. This corresponds to the approximate year of 476 B.C.E., according to the alternate timeline which locates the Destruction at 586 B.C.E. That day was regarded as equally calamitous for Israel as the day on which the Golden Calf was made, since it is impossible to adequately translate the Torah.

Hillel Concordia sure knows how to make the most of the Mondays

Every Monday morning, Jewish Concordia students do something really special. They wake up early to get together and pray. Some student's do not even have school then but they get up early anyways just to be a part of this amazing experience. Students sing songs, dance and create a special connection with G-d through prayer which is truly spiritually satisfying. This program is run by students for students. The service is run by Adam Lenetsky, a real mench and tzadik who leads the prayer service and teaches the students how to pray. After the service students have a nice breakfast filled with bages, lox, cream cheese and orange juice. By the time these students start their day, they feel fully revitalized and ready to go!

Our inheritance is the survivors' legacy

By KORTNEY SHAPIRO, Special to The CJN   

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation... Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

These are the words of writer, political activist and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. I chose them for my opening remarks at Hillel Montreal's annual Shabbat dinner this past October, which celebrated the lives of Holocaust survivors.

My generation is likely the last to hear Holocaust survivors' experiences first-hand. Samuel Willenberg and Kalman Taigman, for example, are believed to be the last two survivors from the extermination camp Treblinka. The men are dedicating their remaining years to trying to preserve the memory of the 875,000 victims who were murdered at the camp.

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Hillel House of Mitzvahs 


Hillel House of Mitzvahs is a volunteer program that gives university and CEGEP students the opportunity to become actively involved in projects to help those in need around the community. 

The goal of this project, created by Hillel Montreal's Social Work interns, as part of HLI, is to promote awareness and give students the opportunity to volunteer in various ways for the upcoming year.   

This project was launched at the end of November with great success. More than 40 new faces packed the cocktail party a the Jack Reitman Hillel House.  All of the 40+  enthusiastic students seemed eager to lend a hand for the good of community.

Le Centre Hillel ne fermera pas ses portes

Le Centre Hillel -Association des étudiants Juifs francophones de Montréal-, localisé sur la Rue Gatineau, dans le quartier Côte-des-­Neiges, ne fermera pas ses portes définitivement. Jérôme Treperman, nouveau président de cette institution estudiantine juive, tient à couper court à cette rumeur lancinante.


"Depuis sa fondation au début des années 70, le Centre Hillel a joué, et continue de jouer, un rôle important dans la vie étudiante juive francophone. Il est vrai que cette institution, qui continuera à desservir de son mieux les étudiants Juifs fréquentant les cégeps et les universités francophones montréalais, est désormais confrontée à de grands défis. Pour relever ceux-ci, les dirigeants du Centre Hillel ont amorcé une phase de réflexion et de consultation communautaire", explique en entrevue cet étudiant d'origine allemande de 22 ans, qui complète actuellement un Baccalauréat en Économie à l'Université de Montréal.


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Hillel Montreal on the Go


During Reading Week, 12 students from Hillel Montreal will be volunteering in at an NGO in Nicaragua with American Jewish World Services. The organization works with over 500 families and promotes ecological agriculture, economic development and advocacy initiatives. The organization also supports farmers with micro loans, equipment and education on related topics. During their trip, students will build small ovens for income generation, and spend afternoons learning about advocacy, human rights, and the responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.



Hillel Montreal will be partnering up with  City Year  to provide 14 CEGEP students with an opportunity to come together through hands-on service, team building and the exploration of social justice and Judaism. Days will be spent doing volunteer work ; building, painting, tutoring children and serving meals. Participants will be participate in experiential learning opportunities as a means to increase knowledge about socio-economic and social justice issues. Following the trip, students will participate in an ongoing leadership program so that they can continue their engagement with Jewish life on campus.


Los Angeles 

Hillel Canada and Hillel Montreal will be partnering up with Jewish Funds for Social Justice's (JFSJ) Alternative Break to provide students with the opportunity to travel, participate in intensive service, meet new people and create a vibrant Jewish community during their school break.  JFSJ develops service projects that meet existing community needs, in partnership with local organizations in Baltimore, Los Angeles and the Gulf coast region.  Participants gain important skills while learning about and reflecting on relevant historical, social, and political issues through the lens of Jewish ethics and values. Hillel Montreal is in the process of recruiting new and emerging leaders who are looking for a meaningful way to engage in the Jewish campus community.