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November 2018

Decarie Square is sold and $400 million mixed use project is expected to be proposed

Alex Bouhadana, one of the partners in the Equinoxe project on Marc Chagall Avenue, is reported to be part of a group that has purchased Decarie Square. All of the details are  in this La Presse article. The owners say they want to revitalize the property with a $400 million project, which could include  up to 750 residential units. City Council will be discussing this in great detail as proposals come our way.


Here is a translation of the La Presse article and the original French version below.

 A group of Quebec businessmen have just got their hands on the Carré Décarie Shopping Centre for $42 million. Their ambition: to invest an additional  $300 to $350 million to replace it with 14-storey towers,  housing 700 homes, commercial spaces and a medical tower.

 However, this new project will have to be analysed by the municipal authorities in the context of the already very heavy road traffic in the area. According to the deed of purchase dated October 24, the shopping centre belonged to the Azrieli Foundation, created by the late Quebec billionaire David J. Azrieli.

The new owner is officially the Carré Décarie Shopping Centre Limited Partnership, created specifically for this transaction. It is owned by the company 2bd (formerly Trätor Realty), which has four shareholders: Daniel Assouline, Daniel Benchtrit, Alexandre Bouhadana and Albert Lévy.

The 350,000 square foot building is valued at 28.2 million square feet, including land. Built in 1976, it includes some thirty stores, including Dollarama, Winners-HomeSense, Rubino and Proxim. There is also a dental clinic, a medical centre, offices of the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec, a cinema and a car wash, among others. The investor group aims to reduce the amount of retail space (from 550,000 square feet to 250,000 square feet) and improve its quality. In addition, it will focus more on medical and residential uses.
Global transformation

"We are thinking of destroying the centre as it is and rebuilding it from A to Z. We are talking about a global change of location. We're not very proud of what we bought, but we have a very beautiful lot and we're going to make it something very beautiful," said Daniel Assouline, one of the four owners.

More precisely, the quartet wants to build three towers comprising "between 650 and 750 units," after having erected another one essentially for medical purposes. The clinic, which currently leases 40,000 square feet, would double its size.

Some merchants will remain in the project. "Winners absolutely wants to stay and we absolutely want to keep them, so we'll accommodate them," says Mr. Assouline.

Work should be able to begin quickly, in "12 to 18 months," according to Mr. Assouline, since "we are not asking for any zoning changes. All projects meet the standards as they are today." However, in the City of Côte-Saint-Luc, the urban development department states that "no residential use is planned within Zone IN-1," in which Carré Décarie is located.

 The very idea of densifying the neighbourhood is "commendable," says Councillor Dida Berku, who is also chair of the Urban Planning Advisory Committee. But the elected official believes that solutions must first be found to reduce traffic congestion "in the Décarie corridor", where there are "thousands of housing units under construction at the moment", including the Westbury. In her opinion, the current situation is already catastrophic, and there are plans to build the Royalmount and fill the racetrack grounds.

"The corridor is congested seven days a week, 24 hours a day! I have brought together mayors from all cities and boroughs to discuss how to cross Décarie. This has made it a major challenge. Sometimes it takes four or five lights before it can pass! It is certain that the Decarie Square project will not be completed until we have a transportation plan that allows for rapid mobility. We are landlocked, crossing or boarding on Décarie is a major obstacle, and there is no solution in sight. We will be responsible before saying yes to major projects. »

Two other residential projects

In parallel with the revitalization of Carré Décarie, 2bd will build the second tower of its Equinox project of "rental condos" on Marc-Chagall Street, also in Côte-Saint-Luc. It has 310 housing units. The first sod-turning is due in a week. "It's a top-of-the-range product[...] It's still what we build. This is our business philosophy," says Mr. Assouline, whose other towers of this kind are located in Laval.

The company also plans to start building 650 units on land it owns near the Place Vertu shopping centre, at the southeast corner of Cavendish and Thimens streets.

The Borough of Saint-Laurent confirmed that the project had been approved, but "the permit was not granted, because there is still a technical problem with the groundwater table". According to Mr. Assouline, the work should start in a month.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator

 

Un projet immobilier de 400 millions près de l'hippodrome

 
Un groupe d'hommes d'affaires québécois vient de mettre la main sur le centre commercial défraîchi Carré Décarie pour la somme de 42 millions. Leur ambition : investir de 300 à 350 millions supplémentaires pour le remplacer par des tours de 14 étages abritant 700 logements, des espaces commerciaux et une tour à vocation médicale.
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Alexandre Bouhadana

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Daniel Benchtrit

 

Ce nouveau projet devra toutefois être analysé par les autorités municipales dans le contexte d'une circulation routière déjà très dense dans le secteur.

Selon l'acte d'achat daté du 24 octobre, le centre commercial appartenait à la Fondation Azrieli, créée par le milliardaire québécois David J. Azrieli, maintenant décédé.

Le nouveau propriétaire est officiellement la Société en commandite centre commercial Carré Décarie, créée expressément pour cette transaction.

 

Celle-ci est détenue par l'entreprise 2bd (ex-Trantor Realty), qui regroupe quatre actionnaires : Daniel Assouline, Daniel Benchtrit, Alexandre Bouhadana et Albert Lévy.

L'immeuble de 350 000 pieds carrés est évalué à 28,2 millions, terrain compris.

Construit en 1976, il regroupe une trentaine de magasins, dont Dollarama, Winners-HomeSense, Rubino et Proxim. On y retrouve aussi une clinique dentaire, un centre médical, des bureaux de la Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec, un cinéma et un lave-auto, entre autres.

Le groupe d'investisseurs ambitionne de réduire la superficie consacrée aux commerces (de 550 000 pieds carrés à 250 000) et d'en améliorer la qualité. De plus, il misera davantage sur les usages médicaux et résidentiels.

Transformation globale

« Nous pensons détruire le centre tel qu'il est et le reconstruire de A à Z. Nous parlons d'un changement global de l'endroit. On n'est pas très fiers de ce qu'on a acheté, mais on a un très beau terrain et on va en faire quelque chose de très beau », a confié à La PresseDaniel Assouline, l'un des quatre propriétaires de l'endroit.

Plus précisément, le quatuor veut construire trois tours comprenant « entre 650 et 750 unités », après en avoir érigé une autre essentiellement à vocation médicale. La clinique, qui loue actuellement 40 000 pieds carrés, doublerait ainsi sa superficie.

Certains commerçants demeureront dans le projet. « Winners veut absolument rester et nous voulons absolument les garder, alors on va les accommoder », souligne M. Assouline.

Les travaux devraient pouvoir commencer rapidement, soit dans « 12 à 18 mois » selon M. Assouline, étant donné que « nous ne demandons aucun changement de zonage. Tous les projets remplissent les normes telles qu'elles sont aujourd'hui ».

À la Ville de Côte-Saint-Luc, le service de l'aménagement urbain affirme toutefois qu'« aucun usage résidentiel n'est prévu à l'intérieur de la zone IN-1 », dans laquelle est situé le Carré Décarie.

Criants besoins en transport

L'idée même de densifier le quartier est « louable », croit la conseillère municipale Dida Berku, qui est également présidente du comité consultatif d'urbanisme.

Mais l'élue estime qu'il faut d'abord trouver des solutions pour réduire la congestion routière « dans le corridor Décarie », où il y a « des milliers de logements en construction en ce moment », dont le Westbury. À son avis, la situation actuelle est déjà catastrophique, et on prévoit en plus construire le Royalmount et remplir le terrain de l'hippodrome.

« Le corridor est congestionné sept jours sur sept, 24 heures sur 24 ! J'ai réuni les maires de toutes les villes et tous les arrondissements pour discuter de comment faire pour traverser Décarie. C'est rendu un défi majeur. Dès fois ça prend quatre ou cinq lumières avant de pouvoir passer !

« C'est sûr que le projet du Carré Décarie ne pourra pas être réalisé tant qu'on n'aura pas un plan de transport qui permet une mobilité rapide. On est enclavés, traverser ou embarquer sur Décarie est un obstacle majeur, et il n'y a pas de solution en vue. [...] On va être responsables avant de dire oui à des projets majeurs. »

Deux autres projets résidentiels

Parallèlement à la revitalisation du Carré Décarie, 2bd construira la seconde tour de son projet Équinoxe de « condos locatifs », rue Marc-Chagall, toujours dans Côte-Saint-Luc. Il compte 310 logements. La première pelletée de terre doit se faire dans une semaine. « C'est un produit haut de gamme [...] C'est toujours ce que nous construisons. C'est notre philosophie d'affaires », mentionne M. Assouline, dont les autres tours du genre se trouvent à Laval.

L'entreprise prévoit aussi commencer à bâtir 650 logements sur un terrain qui lui appartient à proximité du centre commercial Place Vertu, à l'angle sud-est des rues Cavendish et Thimens.

L'arrondissement de Saint-Laurent nous a confirmé que le projet avait été approuvé, mais « le permis n'a pas été octroyé, car il y a encore une problématique technique avec la nappe phréatique ». Selon M. Assouline, les travaux doivent commencer dans un mois.

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Albert Levy

 

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Daniel Assouline

Qui sont les investisseurs ?

Daniel Assouline est surtout connu dans le domaine informatique. Mais il effectue en parallèle des investissements dans le secteur immobilier depuis 2008 aux États-Unis. Il raconte avoir ainsi profité de la crise. Avec d'autres Québécois, il a acquis des tours de logements à Atlanta et à Detroit. « Ç'a été une belle opération pour nous », note M. Assouline, laissant entendre que l'investissement avait bien profité depuis. Avec ses partenaires Daniel Benchtrit et Alexandre Bouhadana, il a ensuite « monté une structure à Montréal pour supporter des projets » locaux. Et Albert Lévy s'est joint à eux pour le Carré Décarie. Leur entreprise Trantor Realty vient d'être rebaptisée 2bd (un site web sera prochainement lancé).

Daniel Assouline

Fondateur des entreprises du secteur informatique Upclick, LULU Software et Adware. Il en a cédé le contrôle au printemps dernier à la société française Avanquest (filiale du géant Claranova) pour une somme non dévoilée. Il avait auparavant travaillé pour Dell.

Daniel Benchtrit

Président de l'entreprise Ove Decors. Fondée en 2004, cette entreprise familiale est spécialisée dans les domaines du bain, de l'éclairage et du mobilier d'extérieur. Sa collection OVE est offerte chez de grands détaillants tels que Costco, Home Depot, Lowe's, Amazon et Wayfair, mentionne son site web.

Alexandre Bouhadana

Sur son profil LinkedIn, l'homme d'affaires se présente comme « Senior VP Finance, Real Estate Executive ». Sur le site de Trantor Realty (2bd), il est désigné comme « associé directeur ». M. Bouhadana a auparavant travaillé pour la société immobilière SIDEV pendant plus de 18 ans, notamment comme vice-président aux finances.

Albert Levy

Cofondateur avec son frère Jimmy de la chaîne de magasins Clair de Lune, qui vendait surtout des bougies à ses débuts en 1996. La gamme s'est depuis élargie pour inclure des articles de décoration. Le détaillant compte 60 points de vente selon son site web, un peu partout au Canada, ainsi qu'à Hawaii.

- Avec la collaboration d'André Dubuc, La Presse

«Les nouveaux propriétaires du centre commercial Carré Décarie souhaitent le démolir pour construire entre autres des tours abritant 700 logements.»


Projet

Carré Décarie [6900 Décarie]

Entre 350 et 400 millions de dollars

3 tours totalisant 650-700 logements

1 tour « médicale » + locaux pour bureaux

Centre commercial de 250 000 pieds carrés

Équinoxe Marc Chagall

95 millions de dollars

315 logements au total sur 14 étages

La phase 1 est terminée. La phase 2 est imminente.

Cavendish & Thimens

200 millions de dollars

4 immeubles au total (3 de 14 étages et 1 de 8 étages)

650 logements

 

 

  


Commemoration of the Romanian Holocaust: a tribute to the late Baruch Cohen

Baruch Cohen, who passed away recently at the age of 98, was a special human being

Born in 1919 in Bucharest, Romania, he survived the Holocaust  by spending many months in forced labor. In this excerpt from a video by the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre he  describes what he calls the ‘Bucharest Kristallnacht’: three days of looting, destruction and killings carried out by the Iron Guard in Bucharest in 1941. 

Here is his testimony.

On Sunday, November 25 , Councillor Dida Berku and David Anidjar, with Co-Chair, Adina Weiner, and former Chair Jaclyn Leebosh, organized a special tribute to Baruch at Beth Zion Congregation. Mark Bergman spoke about his grandfather Baruch. This was all part of the 22nd annual Romanian Holocaust Commemoration which Baruch organized. “It was Baruch Cohen's dream to have young people continue this ceremony and in his honour it is happening again this year,” said Councillor Berku, 

Dana Ionescu, a historian researcher  who is working on gathering the stories of local survivors and promoting a museum in Romania, spoke as well. She is a  doctoral student in the Sociology Department at the Université du Québec a Montreal and a Research Fellow at the Centrul de Istoria Evreiolor si Ebraistica (Jewish History Centre) in Iasi, Romania.

Baruch spent the last 29 years of his life as a devoted volunteer for the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR).

Anidjar said he was recruited about 10 years ago  by Baruch to recite a poem at this commemoration  when he was a student at Herzliah High School. “Baruch's vision   was to get young people involved in the act of Holocaust Remembrance, and he always had a lot of affection for the students he recruited,” Anidjar said. “About six years ago I got involved in organizing the ceremony, and have been chairing it for five years now. This event is not officially run by any organization, so every year it depends on the initiative of young people in the community to stay alive. Thankfully we have a team of dedicated individuals who organize this together. Every year, we reconvene for a couple of months to put this together. This year we will even have a choir of Grade 6 students from United Talmud Torah.”

Anidjar is now a McGill graduate who works as a freelance writer. “While writing has always been an important part of my life, my greatest passion is for serving the community and bringing people together,” he said.

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David Anidjar, Baruch Cohen and a volunteer,

Baruch Cohen was the husband and best friend of Sonia Lift for seventy-six years.  His late daughter Monica  was married to former D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA Lawrence Bergman.

Here is more about Baruch's remarkable life.


 


The official documentation for the planned felling of trees behind the library

At our recent public information session in the Council Chamber of Côte Saint-Luc City Hall we provided background into plans for the necessary felling of trees in Ashkelon Gardens.  Hundreds of trees in this forest  are infested with the Ash Borer and the Dutch Elm disease. These trees are dangerous for people who were walking in the area (from the possibility of falling branches or trees) and may even constitute a fire hazard.  

  Download PowerPoint on Felling of Trees


District 2 winners from annual Maisons Fleuries contest

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Sidney Benizri and I emcee the ceremony.

I was very pleased once again to co-host the annual Maisons Fleuries Contest Awards Ceremony, along with Councillor Sidney Benizr as we recognized excellence in floral arrangements This year we switched up the format. A dessert reception was held at City Hall before the  ceremony, which took place in the council chamber prior to our monthly public meeting rather than the standalone event we have organized in previous years.

Awards were presented in five categories: single family and semi-detached dwellings; duplexes; townhouses ; highrise  (apartment and condominiums); and institutions (church, hospital and synagogue).

In another change to our format we announced all winners by district.

 

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Mayor Brownstein and I congratulate some of the District 2 winners.

 

For District 2 here were the results.

Single Family

D2 SF 1 - 5720 Park Place

1st place 5720 Park Place – Dong Chun and Bing Zhao

 

Townhouse

D2 TH 1- 6562 Kildare

1st place 6562 Kildare –   Harry  and Gloria Freedman.

2nd place 6532 Mackle – Terry Wolkove and Gerry Trager

3rd place 6602 Mackle – Sandra Raphael and Robert Lubarsky

D2 TH 3 - 6602 Mackle

3rd place 6604 Mackle – Carole Tauer

 

Highrise

1st place 5840 Marc Chagall – Le Bellagio

2nd place 5700 Rembrandt – L’Hermitage Condominiums

D2 HR 2 - 5700 Rembrandt

3rd place 6500 Mackle – Le Rothchild #1

Thanks to Maisons Fleuries  coordinator Laura Trihas, Parks and Recreation Director Cornelia Ziga, the judges and of course our wonderful photographer Rami Negev.


First TBDJ Mini-Med talk on cardiology a huge success

 

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The hall was jammed.

Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Congregation in Côte Saint-Luc has a wealth of medical expertise among its membership so it only made sense when President Jonathan Gal and his predecessor Judah Aspler agreed to follow up on my suggestion and start a new Mini-Med series. Rabbi Yechezkel Freundlich  fully supported the concept, was in attendance and asked a question.

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Drs. Moss and Rudski.

On November 10 experts in the field of cardiology were paired with medical students for this free lecture.Dr. Lawrence Rudski, Chief of cardiology at the Jewish General Hospital and Director of the Azrieli Heart Center,  chaired and moderated the evening.  Recognizing that the nearby Adath Congregation in Hampstead was presenting a comedy night, Dr. Rudski delivered a few funny jokes of his own.

About 100 chairs were setup for the event. But a half hour before the start every seat was filled, forcing the synagogue's jack of all trades Yakov Lev to more than double the capacity. By the time things got going it was standing room only - a message that these kind of talks are very much in demand.

A big credit to Dr. Rudski for his brilliant idea of pairing medical students - the next generation- with senior physicians.

The lineup looked as follows: 

 

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Jack Rudski
  • McGill Med 1 student Jack Rudski (Who needs a blood thinner for atrial fibrillation, and which?) and  Dr Stanley Nattel, clinical cardiologist and Director of the Electrophysiology Research Axis at the Research Centre of the Montreal Heart Institute (Advances in atrial fibrillation treatment)
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Alexandra Cohen
  • McGill Med 2 student Alexandra Cohen (How do women present with heart disease and why?) and Dr. Shoshana Leah Gal Portnoy, a cardiologist at the Hôpital Notre-Dame (Cardiac Rehab: Get Moving!)
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Eliana Sacher
  • McGill Med 3 student Eliana Sacher (Who should take an Aspirin or a cholesterol pill?) and Dr. Mark Eisenberg, an interventional cardiologist at the JGH and Director of McGill’s MD-PhD program; Professor of Medicine (New interventions in the cath lab)  
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Uri Bender
  • McGill Med 4 student Uri Bender (Why do some people get angioplasty and others need bypass surgery?) and Dr. Emmanuel Moss, Gross Tietolbaum Distinguished Scientist in Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at the JGH (Robotic bypass and valve surgery).

Dr. Moss was on CJAD with Andrew Carter the day before and  gave a small preview of his fascinating presentation. You can hear it by clicking here.

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Dr. Mark Eisenberg

There were questions and answers at the end of each segment and then at the conclusion. When it was all over, many of those on hand got to talk to some of the speakers one on one. I heard so many good things about this lecture and Gal promises there will be more. The next one will likely be some time in the spring. With expertise in fields such as gastroenterology, urology, neurology, orthopedics, geriatrics and a whole lot more  there are no shortage of topics.

 

 


Former Manoire Montefiore seniors facility to become a residential apartment building

Three and  a half years after the Manoir Montefiore closed as a seniors residence,  the highrise at the corner of Cavendish and Mackle will be transformed into a residential apartment building.

Jadco, the company behind the Équinoxe project on Marc Chagall, purchased the property from  Réseau Selection. They will be granted a permit to proceed with renovations since there are no zoning changes requested nor is the façade being altered.

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Manoire Montefiore present-day.

The timing, of course, is not ideal. Excavation work will begin soon followed by as much as an 18-month construction period for the second Equinoxe building.

There are presently 130 units in the Montefiore building. Jadco has proposed 94 units for their rejigged project – 43 one bedroom and  and  51  two bedrooms. The area of these units are conforming to the city by-law.  There will be about 90 interior parking spaces, including 14 new ones to be constructed in what is now a dining area. In addition, an outdoor lot will accommodate 23  more vehicles.

I will provide more news as it becomes available.


Beautiful new green space appreciated by Beth Chabad and others

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A look at the pathway and green space.

For those who may have missed it, last summer the Public Works Department of Côte Saint-Luc  put together a beautiful piece of green space between  Beth Chabad and JPPS-Bialik at the corner of Kildare Road and Marc Chagall in District 2.

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Sidney Benizri, Ray Petrovic, Mitchell Brownstein, myself, Beatrice Newman, Dalia Bosis, Ruth Kovac and Mitchell Kujavsky cut the cake modelled around the new green space.

Beth Chabad had used the space, which is city-owned land, for wedding ceremonies for years but it was hardly attractive. That is when Public Works Director Beatrice Newman and her team stepped in. Working with Rabbi Mendel Raskin and  caterer Ray Petrovic of Blossom by the Plaza, the area was beautified with a lovely pathway running through it.

As a thank you, Petrovic invited Director Newman, her senior management team and the hard working blue collar employees for a classy barbeque lunch. Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, myself and Councillors Sidney Benizri, Mitchell Kujavsky and Ruth Kovac were pleased to attend.

Thanks to Ray Petrovic, Dalia Bosis, Eva Ohayon and others who made this all possible.

Discussions have already begun about  choosing a name for this space.

 


Solidarity with Pittsburgh: Why I went to synagogue on Saturday

For more than a decade I have been a member of Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem on Baily Road in Côte Saint-Luc. However, my presence is generally relegated to the high holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and special events.


When last week’s senseless act of terror occurred at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the gutless and disgraceful shooter probably thought that he would scare everyone away from attending services. His shameless actions had the complete opposite effect. In fact, he did more to unite Jews around the world than he could possibly have imagined.


The murders may have occurred in Pittsburgh, but every member of our community felt as if it happened in our very own backyard. How else can we explain the overwhelming turnout at a vigil at Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation in Côte Saint-Luc organized by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and the presence of such high ranking political leaders. Everyone recognized that such a tragedy could happen anywhere.

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Rabbi Freundlich


So on Saturday morning I did something different. I got up early and accepted the challenge being thrown out by rabbis across the globe to take part in a worldwide  Shabbat in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who were brutally murdered in Pittsburgh, as well as the victims who were injured. I went to synagogue. Councillor Dida Berku was there as well. Other councillors went to their synagogues.

Now TBDJ generally has a good attendance each Saturday. But regulars told me numbers there were indeed up. I must say I felt good being there. There were two security guards at the door. D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum addressed the congregation. And then came Rabbi Yechezkel Freundlich, just over two years on the job here and a man every person in that room lauds for his leadership. He spoke about the tragedy in his address, shared personal connections he has in Pittsburgh and then introduced our Police Station 9 Commander  who was visiting local synagogues with his show of support. While applause is rare at Saturday services, the mere presence of a police officer in uniform resulted in such a warm feeling that everyone started to clap.


During services a memorial prayer for the deceased, as well as a prayer for the recovery of the injured,  took place. Following services, everyone was invited to a community Kiddush sponsored by generous donors. Any funds raised over the cost of the Kiddush will be donated to a fund to aid the victims and their families.

“Unfortunately, as a consequence to the horrors of Pittsburgh, I spent much of the week dealing with the issue of security,” said synagogue president Jonathan Gal. “Many are concerned about our security at TBDJ this week and moving forward. I personally met with both the police and public security and they have assured me that despite the tragedy in Pittsburgh, there is no increased threat in Canada.”

Patrols past all synagogues were increased this past Shabbat. As well, Federation CJA has a security expert who consulted directly with the synagogues and he joined the Police Commander on his visits.

“We have been assured by the police that there is no increased threat and that all of the security measures that we are currently taking - and will improve upon – are sufficient,” said Gal. “However, the police maintain that the best possible security is us. They, along with Cote Saint-Luc Public Security and Federation CJA Security, ask all of us to be vigilant. If you see something strange or that looks suspicious, report it immediately.”

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Jordy Reichson, seen here with Councillor Oren Sebag and Mayor Brownstein.

Allow me to give some thanks our Director of Public Safety Jordy Reichson, who took the lead on this matter with Public Affairs Chief Darryl Levine.

Jordy reports that at the vigil last week there were a total of 31 police officers from SPVM - plus two others on horseback assigned to the event, plus MSP protective service, three  public security agents, two Emergency Medical Services crews, RCMP protective service, 14 private security agents and Federation CJA Community Security. “The crowd was estimated at 1,200, including people standing in the aisles, sitting and standing the lobby and standing outside,” noted Jordy. “All large vehicles and trucks were stopped and checked by SPVM and escorted by police along Mackle, to prevent a truck trying to ram into the crowds. We had excellent communication and collaboration between all of the police and security services.”


The man who allegedly gunned down 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue used three handguns and an AR-15 assault rifle in the 20-minute rampage and screamed to SWAT officers who wounded him in a shootout that he wanted "all Jews to die." If he is convicted, the death penalty will be pursued.

See this report from City News. from the solidarity Shabbat at Shaare Zedek Congregation in NDG where Mayor Mitchell Brownstein was among those in attendance and spoke.