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David Had a Rock Band
On NCIS, the 'New Jew' Is Much Like the Old
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Le 15 avril: Shabbat Hametz


        Hametz déjà chassé de la maison? Alors viens profiter d'un boooon couscous au Centre Hillel!  

Yael  Nina  (Présidente UDM514 653 9055)  Evelyne (Secretaire 514 738 2655)








Kick back, relax, and come to Hillel for three nights of fine wine from all over the world (even Israel)! Swap that Manischewitz for the good stuff...

Session 1: WELCOME THE EXPERT. We are pleased to invite a sommelier (wine expert) to teach us the art of wine tasting, introducing us to the difference between different reds and whites, and what really makes a great wine.

MARCH 3rd @ 6PM


Session 2: GLASSES & WINE IN CULTURE & RELIGION. Learn about how to match the wines to the right glasses and welcome a Rabbi to help us understand the significance of wine in Judaism and the real meaning behind "L'Chaim!"

MARCH 24th


Session 3: TBD!

At each session you will taste a variety of wines. (Consider it your pre-pre-drink)

Cost per session: $8
Cost for 3 sessions: $20

To reserve and pay for your spot please call Rachel @ Hillel: (514) 845-9171
register online @ www.hillel.ca (pay by credit card)
1) click on "Hillel House"
2) click on "donate"
3) In honor of: "From the vineyard to the glass"
email: arielle.benedek@gmail.com

Location: 3460 Stanley  


David Had a Rock Band


Here's a songwriter whose lyrics haven't been heard on the pop charts for a few years: King David.

The Good Players are a Chattanooga, TN-based band (they call themselves an "art and music collective). Most of their songs are straightforward pop-rock songs. But, for the soundtrack to Awake My Soul, a new documentary about the sacred harp style of gospel singing, the Good Players were asked to select and record a 200-year-old song. They selected "David's Lamentation," a 1778 song by William Billings, with lyrics taken from the Book of Samuel (II, 18:33):

"David the king was grieved and moved He went to his chamber, and wept; And as he went he wept, and said, 'Oh my son! Would to God I had died For thee, Oh Absalom, my son.'"  

The verses are prime emotional drama, and not in the sense of asking out a girl. David's son Absalom planned a coup to seize control of Israel, slept with his father's concubines, and then got his hair caught in a tree and hangs himself--despite his father's repeated entreaties for peace.

It's probably impossible to do justice to a story that sad with a single song. But "David's Lamentation" comes close.



On NCIS, the 'New Jew' Is Much Like the Old

I can't help but think that NCIS officer Ziva David is not what Max Nordau had in mind when he developed the concept of Muskeljudentum (Muscular Judaism). Living in an environment of anti-Semitic discourse that saw the Jewish male as sickly and weak, Nordau advocated a physical Judaism that would challenge anti-Semites by carving a new Jewish body, lithe and muscular and capable of fighting back. His ideas enjoyed wide support in the early decades of the 20th century, and became a major ideological component of the Zionist "New Jew." If Muscular Judaism didn't quite dispel the image of the intellectual Jew incapable of harming a fly, it at least created a counter-image: the strong, aggressive Sabra, unafraid of combat.

This is certainly the role played by Ziva (Cote de Pablo) on NCIS, the popular CBS procedural about a Navy Criminal investigative agency. Ziva, who joined in the third season, is the unit's resident killer, and the only officer other than the team leader Gibbs (Mark Harmon) capable of routinely disarming and capturing suspects. Though played by a non-Jewish actress, Ziva is our most prominent televisual Israeli, helping, in her own way, to spread awareness of Israeli culture: She sports a Star of David necklace, listens to the popular band Hadag Nachash, and if she sometimes pronounces "layla," the Hebrew word for night whose first syllable rhymes with "eye," like the Eric Clapton song, her dialogue with other Israeli characters likely exposes the audience to more Hebrew than they'd otherwise hear in a lifetime.

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Cooking Classes!



Join us as we learn to cook great foods from all around the world!


Classes taught by Chef Shawna Goodman

Open to University Students



              March 14th 2011 - Mediterranean

              April 4th 2011 - Baked Goods


Time: 7-9 p.m.


Location:          Shaar Hashomayim

                        450, avenue Kensington

                        Westmount, QC


Join us for all 4 classes, and pay only 10$ per class!

Individual classes: cost 15$

RSVP only --> call Kayle Suissa 514-531-2098 or Audrey Aflalo 514- 945-0359

Call at 1 week in advance!

Space is Limited!!

Kayle Suissa 




Recipe of the Week


How to Make Chocolate Dipped Pretzels For Purim


What You'll Need:

  • Pretzel Rods (If the rods are big, I like to cut them in half with an knife to make a smaller pretzel. )
  • Semisweet, Milk, or white Chocolate for dipping and drizzling
  • Sprinkles such as chopped oreos, chopped nuts, mini m&ms, toffee bits, nonpareils, peanut butter chips...

To Assemble:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate that you will be using to dip the pretzels in the microwave, in 10-second intervals (as to not burn the chocolate).
  3. Transfer the melted chocolate into a deep bowl or cup, and proceed to dip the pretzels into the chocolate, leaving just the tip of the pretzel bare. Shake of any excess chocolate back into the bowl. (If the chocolate seems to be too thick for dipping, simply use a knife to spread it evenly around the pretzel. Don't worry about imperfections- they'll be covered up by the sprinkles.)
  4. Immediately roll or sprinkle the pretzel with the desired topping while the chocolate is still melted, and place onto the cookie sheet.
  5. When all of the pretzels have been dipped and decorated, melt some chocolate (of a different shade) in the microwave.
  6. Transfer the melted chocolate into a sturdy ziplock bag and squeeze down until all the chocolate is in one corner of the bag.
  7. With sharp scissors, snip a tiny hole into the corner of the bag, begin to drizzle the chocolate-covered, decorated pretzels that are on the cookie sheet.
  8. Freeze the pretzels for up to a month in an airtight container.
  9. Enjoy!!



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