Welcome to OutremontHassid.com

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We, a group of young Hassidim living in Outremont, QC, have gotten together to start a honest and sincere dialogue with our neighbors here in Outremont.

We hope this dialogue will increase our respect of one and other by dispelling some of the myths, misconceptions that we may have towards each other, and in turn to gain some understanding of our neighbors and how they view our distinct way of life.

We know that there will always be some ill-willed individuals who will make mockery out our attempt to bring about this open dialogue, but nevertheless we feel this is our duty as human beings to try to do good and bring about peace in our world.



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  1. Ariane Morin
    April 2, 2012

    Wonderful opportunity. I’m not jewish, but i have a huge respect for this beautiful religion. I sincerely hope the discussion will go on the good way. I live near Outremont, in the Mile-end neighborhood.
    Pleasure to meet you,
    Ariane

  2. CL
    April 3, 2012

    We need a dialog among the various orthodox religious groups in order to better understand how we all can live together. The alternative is not very pretty.

    cl

  3. Leila
    April 5, 2012

    So nice to see this website. I invite you and anyone else to join our neighbourhood group “Friends of Hutchison/Les amis de la rue Hutchison.” It is on facebook here:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Hutchison-StreetLes-Amis-de-la-rue-Hutchison/118903064863460

    We are simply a group of neighbours, both Hasidic and not Hasidic, who want to live in peace and harmony. As another commentator said on this site already, the alternative is not pretty.

  4. bobby
    April 6, 2012

    Mr. Posner, let me introduce myself…

    My name is Bobby Zimalis and I’ve lived in Outremont from age 14 till 42 (just moved to Park Extension last year) so I am very familiar with the Hassidim issues in Outremont.

    In fact, when I was a kid my father was caretaker of a Jewish synagogue and school on Ducharme ave. and as a family we lived within the confines of that complex in a small apartment for close to 10 yrs, so when I say that I am familiar with your issues – trust me.

    Taking on a Blog to counteract the prejudices that you are facing is a very smart move…

    Remember, the Internet (with all it’s follies and ‘unpure’ destinations) is the greatest equalizer that mankind has ever created… use it wisely.

    Thanks for listening and best of luck,
    Bobby

  5. Joshua
    April 6, 2012

    Hi my name is Joshua Ram. My hebrew name is Dov. I am a jew who lives in Dollard. I read your story in the Gazette. I just wanted to say good luck and all the best may Hashem be with you. Chag Pesach Sameach.

  6. David Lieber
    April 6, 2012

    It’s a great initiative to launch your web site and to keep dialogue open and civil.
    I was born in Montreal and am a non-practicing Jew, so whenever I pass through Outremont, it warms me to see so many Hassidim doing it for me.

    Warm regards,

    David

  7. Frederick Klein
    April 6, 2012

    Good for you! Happy Pesach Landsmen!

  8. Mary Ann Madigan
    April 6, 2012

    Ignorance and intolerance causes so many misunderstandings, which can lead to hate crimes when escalated. I am fearful that this could happen in Outremont. Hasidic values keeps your culture closed to others in the Outremount community, so it is difficult for those on the outside of your culture to get to know you. We need to learn to respect our differences and sometimes that means not everyone assimilates into what is considered Quebec society. Your blog is a good way to have an open discussion.

  9. Andrew
    April 6, 2012

    Hello! I’m interested in learning more about my Jewish neighbours and the Jewish faith; particularly Hassidic Judaism. I recently read your article in the Gazette. I think this blog is great idea. I’m writing particularly about your comment on how certain members of the community have difficulty balancing between the need to be distinct and the need to be open to ones neighbours. As a part of Canadian (and Quebec) society, how do you go about contributing to the larger community? I have a lot to learn about the Hassidic community and I was wondering, do you vote in local and federal elections? How much do you partake in public life outside of your community?

    Thank you!

    Andrew

  10. Mrs. Edna Turner
    April 7, 2012

    The Gazette article on the Hassidim of Outremont proved to me once again, that rabid anti-Semitism still reigns in our Belle Province.

    I am disgusted by Ms.Forget’s stalking and photographing Hassidic children and their parents trying to prove that they are somehow breaking the law.

    This is called stalking and is a criminal offence.

    Perhaps Ms.Forget does not realize that John (Yohanan) the Baptist, as well as Jesus (Yehoshua) Christ belonged to a far stricter sect : the Essenes..who like the Pharisees and the Saducees were called Hassidim.

    This country and province have been populated by immigrants from the four corners of the world. Racism and anti-Semitism has no place here, and the Hassidim have a right in this democratic country of ours to follow their way of life undisturbed.

    I am delighted you are standing up for your rights.

  11. Sympathetic
    April 7, 2012

    I read the article in the Gazette and wanted to congradulate you for your initiative in starting this blog so as to promote cross-cultural understanding between the Hasidic community and its neighbors. I live out in the West Island, but I frequently visit your neighborhood. I admire your big families, and your dedication to keeping your faith. Don’t let the secularists get you down!

    I for one don’t understand why people would object to such colorful community events as religious processions in the neighborhood. They are actions that give the onlooker a glimpse into the community. As far as I am concerned, there should be no limits whatsoever on this kind of activity.

    I guess I could say that for me the most troubling thing is being ignored on the street, when I would like to make eye contact and give a supportive smile or a nod. But, I understand the principle of the “custody of the eyes” too, and once I know that that is what is going on, I am OK with it.

    There is so much we could learn from each other so as to live together with more understanding and tolerance. So good luck on your commendable effort!

  12. Christine Ares
    April 7, 2012

    Thank you for starting this blog. I am sorry that you have to endure such pettiness. I personally would love to have you as neighbours! If any good can come of this it’s that maybe by starting this blog I can learn about your culture which I have always respected. Best wishes to everyone and may G-d bless you.
    C

  13. Joseph
    April 8, 2012

    Good job! I read about this in the Saturday Gazette. I am neither Jewish nor Russian Orthodox but I would love to live in a community where both – and anyone else – could celebrate in public, and I could learn from them.

  14. Stuart
    April 8, 2012

    Ii is my believe that the recent events Outremont effect not only Hasidic Jews but all Jews in the greater Montréal area.

    I pray that the tensions between all the groups involved can be discussed and resolved in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
    History has shown us that problems need to be resolved before they get out of hand before they get out of hand.

  15. Billy Mavreas
    April 17, 2012

    Hi folks
    I think your blog and your initiative for greater communication is timely and much needed. And great !
    I’m a business owner and resident of Mile-End. I run a gallery/shop and I’ve had the occasional Hassidic client over my 14 years of operation.
    Increased dialogue and further communication between ALL the myriad communities in our neighbourhoods can only be a good thing.
    Keep up the good work !
    Billy

  16. Michelle
    April 18, 2012

    So happy to find your blog! What a great initiative for our community! I live in Outremont and have many Hassidic neighbours and I appreciate our dynamic neighbourhood. I have witnessed many prejudices on behalf of Quebeckers in the area – towards families, adults and children – and it both saddens and angers me. I will recommend this blog and encourage people to engage and learn.

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