Purim was celebrated with friends and family in the Laurentians. As always, the House of Israel was an exciting place to be for Purim with an inspiring Megillah reading, a masquerade party, delicious food both Wednesday and Thursday nights and lots of fun.
Raffle night Saturday night December 26. A lively crowd enjoyed a wine and cheese evening to celebrate the virtually sold out raffle that raised funds for the shul operations. Kol ha kavod to Gerry, the Rabbi and so many others who canvassed so many people the purchase tickets. Mazel Tov to our winners.
Saturday Evening December 12. Another large crowd of families enjoyed a fabulous Chanukah celebration at the shul entertained by a circus act brought in from the Cirque du Soleil.
Family Shabbaton Friday December 11, 2015
Guest Speaker Yossi Goodman, spoke on "Attitude determines your Altitude"
This internationally renowned speaker inspired and delighted a packed reception hall with incredible life journey and the special meaning he shared with the shul.
Sukkot and Simchat Torah.
The days of simcha and joy truly enveloped the crowds how spent the holidays at the House of Israel. On Sunday night, over 150 people crammed into the sukkah for a delicious dinner catered by Chani and her team. Kol ha Kavod. They atmosphere was joyous with some guests staying well into the night.
Monday and Tuesday, services featured lively hoshana parades and a family sukkah hop which went ahead notwithstanding the light rain.
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
The crowd enjoyed the superb tfillah lead by our beloved cantor Shmarya from Israel. The words and melodies were inspirational who all who attended. There were numerous new members and visitors who made House of Israel their shul for the High Holidays for the first time. Its not too early to get your seats for 2016.
August 6, at 600 PM, and overflow crowed filled the shul and courtyard for a casual chic evening
under magnificent skies. The finest of Montreal's caterers served
plates of perfectly aged prime rib roast beef, briskets, delectable salads and desserts of
all kinds. Kol Ha Kavod to the Rabbi, the organizers and the 17
generous sponsors who made this evening a great success.
On July 29, over 50 people filled the social hall to hear an inspiring lecture from several historians and members about the history of the Jewish community of the Laurentians. Members who grew up in Ste Agathe and attended the House of Israel Hebrew school spoke about their childhood. Joe Graham and others spoke about the development and the importance of the Jewish community of the region.
Women's council walk a thon July 10 took place under a sweltering hot and humid day. The hearty ones raised important funds for the shul and enjoyed a tasty lunch afterwards. Kol ha kavod to Frances and Estelle for their hard work and organization.
Summer Shabbaton Friday - Saturday June 26-27. Chabad Rabbi David Cohen from Hebron Israel spoke about life in Hebron and the relevance of Hebron to the Jewish people. A packed crowd Friday night and Shabbos lunch thoroughly enjoyed the Rabbi's thoughtful words and got a better appreciation of the importance of Hebron.
Shavuoth once again proved to be a wonderful place for the holiday. Members and friends enjoyed a YomTov meal and learning into the middle of the night. On Sunday, a packed shul received the 10 commandments and feasted on an a superb dairy buffet prepared by the Rebbitzin and seminary girls. On Monday, Yizkor was recited and there was a special shiur for women.
Passover in the Mountains is becoming an event not to be missed. Several families celebrated Passover in the community, attended a community seder with over 30 guests, participated in daily services, learning sessions and of course, a last chance for wonderful spring skiing.
Enjoy Purim at the House of Israel. A special African themed Purim greeted almost 75 members and friends who join us this past Wednesday night at 6:15 for services and Megillah reading. Afterwards, a tasty dairy buffet featured the best of African foods from Tunisia to South Africa was served. The ruach was strong and music was loud. Everyone had a great time. On Thursday March 5, morning services followed by Megillah reading was also well attended. The festival concluded with
A special Seuda BBQ will be made at 5PM at the Rabbi's house followed by services. Make your plans next year for a wonderful Purim up north.
Winter Shabbaton took place on Friday December 26 and Saturday December 27. Guest Speaker is Haim Seerrf. The packed shul on Friday night crowded around to hear Haim's journey to spirituality. On Shabbos, congregants listed to how Judaism values Art and how the Jewish soul can be interpreted by the artist.
Raffle Evening and Chanukah party took take place in Saturday Evening December 20. Festivities featured a huge bouncy house, music , exciting activities for adults and of course, latkas, doughnuts and delicious Italian food cooked by the Seminary girls. Prizes were given out to the children. Mazal tov to our Rabbi who ensured a sellout for the raffle tickets and of course to the lucky winners of the two fabulous prizes.
Public lighting of the Menorah at Mont Tremblant. Sunday December 21 at 3:30 Place Deslauriers. A large number of people experienced the miracle as a result.
Sukkot was celebrated starting on October 8 in the evening. Nearly 75 people braved fierce winds, icy rain and plummeting temperatures to celebrate the holiday together in the Rabbi's and Rebbetzin's sukkah. Lots of talking, laughter, food and drink were on hand. Kol Ha Kavod to the Rebbetzin and the many volunteers who made this evening, once again, a great success. On Friday, our annual Sukkah hop attracted dozens of participants under cold and clouds to eat, drink, sing and dance at a few members sukkahs. Kol ha Kavod to our families who opened up their sukkahs to the community.
Shemini Atzeret and Simcha Torah continued with joy and celebration notwithstanding the perpetual rain outside. Members, guests and friends ate sumptuously during our lavish dinners and kiddushes. There was an auction where alyiot were auctioned off raising a large sum of funds for the synagogue. Singing, dancing and joy lasted late Thursday night and well into Friday afternoon. Kol ha Kavod to our well deserved Chatan Torah and Chatan Bereshit.
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur were extraordinary time to be at the House of Israel. Lead by our superb Hazzan from Eretz Yisroel. Congregants where uplifted with spirituality though deeply moving prayer and song.
August 6, 2014 at 6:30 was the Brisket and Shnappes event. Nearly 150 people gathered in the shul and the beautifully decorated courtyard for a casual chic evening under magnificent skies. The finest of Montreal's caterers served plates of perfectly aged briskets, tender chicken, delectable salads of all kinds. Two musicians played and sang inside and out. The highlight of the evening was a Chinese auction with many prizes including a helicopter ride. Kol Ha Kavod to the Rabbi, the organizers and the 22 generous sponsors who made this evening a great success.
July 11-12, 2014 Shabbaton
Rabbi Shias Taub, internationally acclaimed writer, speaker and lecturer inspired crowds up to 150 members, visitors and friends during four separate events.
Friday night, he spoke to an overflow crowd at a sumptuous Shabbat dinner about relationships.
On Shabbat, he spoke three more times, giving the sermon, engaging the crowd in an afternoon workshop and finally at Seudat Shlishit. Not to be outdone, the learning continued as a Malve Malka when members and friends from other communities in the Laurentians came an inspiring late night lasting until 1AM.
We all feel closer to our spouses and children and have gathered insight on how to make our lives more meaningful and build on our closeness to G-d.
Kol ha kavod to the Rabbi for organizing this memorable event.
Sunday morning at starting at 8:30am, dozens of members and friends arrived at the shul to begin the annual Walk-a-Thon-Family Day organized by the women's council. Cool cloudy weather, unlike in years past made the walk, run or bike event much more comfortable. Volunteers were out on the route distributing water or giving lifts to those who were tired. By 11:30am, the participants were joined by many others for lunch.
Saturday night March 15, 2014, a larger than expected crowd filled the shul to hear Megillah reading. Although the hour was late, children were encouraged to come to shul wearing their PJ's and they were surely excited by face painting and a late, late late magic show. Kol ha kavod to a 5 year old member who won the grand price, a mini car complete with the bells and whistles.
Raffle 2013 took place on Saturday Dec 28, 2013 8:00 pm. A wine and cheese evening with live music from the 1970's made an enjoyable evening for all. Mazel Tov to our two winners. Kol ha Kavod to Gerry and Rabbi Carlebach for selling so many tickets and organizing this annual event.
December 13 & 14, 2013 Family Shabbaton
featuring Rebbetzin Chana Bilek " From Daugu City (Korea) to Jerusalem - How I became a Rabbi's Wife." A packed synagogue enjoyed a sumptuous dinner Friday night to hear the heartfelt story of how Rebbetzin Chana Bilek made her journey from an infant in South Korea to be a Rebbetzin in Passaic, NJ. On Shabbat, Chani's husband Rafi, who grew up partly in Ste Agathe gave an inspiring D'var Torah and workshop during the Kiddush. Kol ha Kavod to the Bilik's and their wonderful family.
Chanukah November 30-Dec 1, 2013
As always, the House of Israel was filled with ruach and joy during the season. After Shabbos, members and guests filled up the shul with games for the children, lighting of the menorah and a delicious kid friendly buffet. There was face painting and a magician.
On Sunday at 3:30pm, Rabbi Carlebach lit the giant menorah at the Promenade Deslauriers Mont-Tremblant, filling the atmosphere with Simcha for the entire community, tourists and employees of the resort. The world knows how special the lights of Chanukah are.
Sunday October 6, 2013
A magnificent Sefer Torah was dedicated to the Synagogue by a very special family. This wonderful and
joyous event began at 10:30 AM and lasted until 3PM. Guests inscribed letters, there was a procession of song and dance followed by a festive and elegant meal.
Sukkot September 18-20, 2013
Beautiful early autumn weather and warm temperatures welcomed nearly 150 members, friends and guests into the shul sukkah on Wednesday night September 18. There was much singing, stimulating discussions and ruach that could be felt all around the town. Kol ha Kavod to the Rebbetzin and her team for cooking a fabulous dinner.
Thursday and Friday, beautiful services were held with Hallel and Hakofot with dozens of lulavim and etrogim in the shul.
On Thursday Afternoon, almost 50 children, their parents and grandparents hopped to 5 different member sukkahs in town where the hosts greeted the many guests with sweets and drinks. Once again, the ruach and activities proved that the House of Israel is the place to be for Sukkot.
The holiday continued during the week with services. Shemini Atzert and Simchat Torah were celebrated with delicious food and lots of simcha. Its only another 12 months until Sukkot 5775.
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Sept 4-5 and 13-14 - Cantor Shmaryia Richler of Israel lead magnificent services during the High Holidays. He captured a packed synagogue with awe inspiring tefillah and ruach for the the three days. Yascher Koach.
Shabbos August 2-3 the Summer Shabbaton featured Joe Lion, Counsel General of Israel. The topics were stimulating and inspiring.
On Friday evening The Counsel General spoke to a packed synagogue for Shabbat Dinner Israel! Is it a Jewish State? A State of the Jewish Nation? Or
Morning (Kiddush) The Game of Thrones in the Middle East. Mr. Lion
helped to conclude Shabbat with Seuda Shlishit) ‘What is it to be a Dati
On Thursday July 25,2013 at 6:00PM, celebrated the House of Israel celebrated its 60th anniversary of service to the Laurentian Jewish community. Nearly one hundred guests packed the synagogue to an elegant evening with unlimited brisket, schnappes, salads and desserts. Guests were entertained by live music and professional singers. All agreed that such an event should be repeated next year.
On Sunday July 7,2013,
The third annual Women's Council annual Walk-Jog and Bike-a-thon took place under a beautiful, warm sunny morning. This extremely popular event was enjoyed by many participants ranging from toddlers to seniors, followed by a light luncheon and refreshments. It is still possible to submit your amount by clicking below. Participation levels are $36, $100 for a family with sponsorship opportunities starting at $180. Click Here to Enter your Participation Amount
Shavuot May 14-May 16, 2013
Shavuot was celebrated at the House of Israel from Tuesday evening May 14 until Thursday evening May 16. On Tuesday evening, nearly 50 people ate a sumptuous dinner followed by an innovative program which members argued why their commandment is the most important. After midnight, Torah study continued until 3AM where deep thoughts were learned. The next morning, a large crowd listed to the 10 commandments followed by a dairy gourmet sumptuous luncheon
cooked by the Rebbitzin and the Seminary girls. Kol ha Kavod. Thursday was Yizkor followed by a delicious kiddush luncheon.
Purim February 23-24, 2013
Saturday night, over 100 men, women and children packed their way into a very crowded, beautifully decorated shul to hear the Megillah, Havdallah and sit down to a sumptuous Chinese style buffet. The big, happy House of Israel family listed to festive music and nearly everyone, adults and children wore amazing costumes. During Megillah, there was a creative slide show which explained the story of Purim for young children.
On Sunday morning, a more subdued crowd listed to the Megillah reading after morning services. Mishloah Manot gifts were distributed.
Kol Ha kavod to our Rabbi, President, the Committee and the seminary girls for a fabulous Purim.
January 4-5, 2013 - Carlebach Shabbat with Alex Carlebach of South Africa.
Raffle took place Saturday night December 29. The evening brought out a large crowd of congregants who enjoyed delicious cocktails and the suspense of who would with the grand prize.
A great Yasher Koach to those who sold tickets; the Raffle was a great success. Mazal Tov to our winners who will enjoy staying at the Incredible 6 star Setai Hotel located in South
Beach, Florida. (Value $11,500).
The Holiday period proved, once again, that Ste Agathe is the place to be.
Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah was celebrated on October 7-9. As in past years, the evening and daytime hakafot were filled with lots and lots of ruach and song. The evening "aliyah auction" which raised nearly three times more money than last year. Torahs were paraded in the streets of Ste Agathe in the evening followed by a delicious dinner attended by over 50 people. Hakafot and food continued the next day until 3PM.
Sukkot September 30-October 7. The Grand Sukkot Dinner Sunday night was attended by over 100 people. The heavy rains did not deter more than three dozen people from celebrating the joy by eating in the Sukkah while others joined together in the Rabbi's home. A superb meal, song and ruach filled the evening with people not leaving until 11PM. Kol Ha Kavod to the Rebbitzin and her assistants for preparing and serving a fabulous and sumptuous meal.
On Tuesday afternoon, the annual Sukkah hop took place. Dozens of adults and children "hopped" between several family sukkahs in the community where food and drinks were served.
Meaningful services were held each morning and evening everyday during the holiday period.
Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana services were held to a nearly full capacity shul. Prayers and chazzanut created a very spiritual atmosphere for all who attended. The Tashlict service was special as over 20 people headed down to Lac Des Sables to cast away their sins in front of a setting sun. Reserve your seats early for next year.