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Mada thanks purim sponsor and volunteers who enabled the community to celebrate the Purim festival with joy and happiness!

Irwin Miller, well known for his philanthropy in the Montreal Jewish community, wanted to celebrate his special birthday in a unique way! He wanted to share this special occasion with all the attendees at the  Mada annual Purim dinner celebration.

Irwin Miller
Irwin Miller

On Purim day, March 5, 2015, over 900 people including seniors, adults and families with children gathered at the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue. They were treated to a festive full course meal, musical entertainment, with separate programs in separate halls for the adults and the children. Rabbi Krasniansky of Chabad of the Town  and Rabbi Steinmetz of TBDJ greeted the guests in the Purim spirit!

The holiday was complete with the customs of Purim including the Megillah reading, Mishloach Manot (MADA provided gifts bags with food treats which were distributed for the guests to exchange among each other), everyone having the opportunity to give charity and even the yummy custom to eat the famous hamantaschen cookies.

A heartfelt thank you to Irwin Miller for sponsoring the Mada Purim event in honor of his special birthday!

Mada also thanks the sixth grade  of Talmud Torah who packed hundreds of Mishloach Manot, and the sixth grade of Hebrew academy who set up the tables on Purim day! The children received innovatively packed Mishloach Manot, thanks to the courtesy of Lori Bassal Abadi !

Thanks to the devoted Mada volunteers who spent their Purim  serving, greeting the guests., singing and sharing the joy of Purim with all the attendees !

Please call Mada if you would like to host or volunteer for holiday events. Passover is your next opportunity!

 



Mada remercie le commanditaire et les bénévoles de Pourim commanditaire qui ont permis à la communauté de célébrer la fête POURIM dans la joie et le bonheur!

“Irwin Miller, philanthrope bien connu de la communauté juive de Montréal, souhaitait célébrer son anniversaire de manière bien particulière! Il désirait partager cette occasion spéciale pour célébrer avec tous les participants le diner annuel de Pourim de MADA.

Irwin Miller
Irwin Miller


Le 5 mars 2015 dernier, jour de Pourim, plus de 900 personnes incluant les personnes âgées, les adultes et les familles avec leurs enfants se sont rassemblés à la synagogue Spanish & Portuguese.
Deux programmes distincts étaient proposés pour la salle des adultes et celle des familles avec enfants : repas festif complet, et animation musicale. Rabbi Krasniansky du Chabad de TMR et le rabbin Steinmetz de TBDJ ont accueilli les invités dans l’esprit de Pourim!

La fête fut couronnée de traditions de Pourim comprenant la lecture Méguila, les mishloa’h Manot (MADA avait fourni des sacs cadeaux contenant des gourmandises pour êtres distribués aux invités à échanger entre eux), tout le monde avait ainsi la possibilité de donner de la charité et de déguster le traditionnel  et délicieux biscuit de hamentach.


Un merci bien sincère à Irwin Miller d’avoir parrainé le repas de Pourim de MADA  en l’honneur de son spécial anniversaire!


MADA remercie également les élèves de la sixième année de Talmud Torah qui ont emballé des centaines de Michloa’h Manot et ceux de la sixième année de l’Académie hébraïque qui ont dressé si joliment les tables le jour de Pourim! Les enfants ont reçu de jolis Michloa’h Manot savamment décorés, courtoisie de Lori Bassal Abadi!


Merci aux dévoués bénévoles de MADA qui ont consacré leur Pourim pour recevoir les invités, servir, chanter et partager la joie de Pourim avec tous les participants!

Si vous désirez être hôte ou faire du bénévolat lors d’évènement festifs, nous vous prions de nous appeler. Pessa’h est votre prochaine occasion!

(March 10, 2015)

Chanukah Highlights

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Chanukah Highlights

On Dec. 21, the fifth day of Chanukah, MADA hosted a double Chanukah Dinner Party at the Spanish &Portuguese Synagogue. The adult party took place in the Lawee Hall, and the children’s’ celebration, in the Aintabi Hall, which were festively decorated in the Chanukah spirit. Over six hundred adults and two hundred and fifty children attended. In the Chanukah tradition, a candle lighting ceremony was the highlight of the event!

The joy and excitement were intense as the adults were entertained by a Cantorial choir. Special thanks to the volunteer Cantors, Daniel Small of Shomrim Laboker Congregation, Yitzchak Epstein of Chevra Kadisha Congregation and Yitzchak Rosenberg of Beth Zion Congregation. They electrified the atmosphere with Chanukah songs and music.

The children were entertained by Mr. Music and a special Magic show! The exceptional joy and happiness which were shared by the children were beyond words. To top it all off, a delightful three course holiday meal was served complete with latkes and doughnuts. Gift bags were distributed to all adult attendees. Exciting games, toys and candy filled dreidels were handed out to all the children.

The success of these delightful Chanukah programs was made possible by the dedicated volunteers of Mada Community Center, Ben Porat Yossef Group (BPY), Hillel  at University of Montreal, and the Montreal Jewish Singles (MJS)

This was an amazing event never to forget!

Les Points Saillants de Hanouccah

Le 21 décembre, nous célébrions le cinquième jour de Hanouccah, et à cette occasion, MADA a organisé un double diner de Hanouccah à la synagogue Spanish & Portuguese. La réception pour les adultes a eu lieu dans la salle Lawee, et celle pour les enfants dans la salle Aintabi. Ces deux salles étaient décorées dans l’esprit de la fête de ‘Hanouccah où plus de six cents adultes et deux cent cinquante enfants y ont participé. Dans la tradition de ‘Hanouccah, la cérémonie d’allumage des bougies fut le clou de la soirée!

Les adultes étaient si enthousiastes et joyeux en écoutant le chœur cantorial. Un merci tout particulier aux chantres bénévoles, Daniel Small de la Congrégation Shomrim Laboker, Yitzchak Epstein de la Congrégation Chevra Kadisha et Yitzchak Rosenberg de la Congrégation Beth Zion. Ces trois cantors ont galvanisé l’atmosphère avec des chansons de Hanoucca et de la musique.

Les enfants ont été divertis par M. Musique et un spectacle de magie! La joie et le bonheur que les enfants ont manifesté étaient au-delà des mots. Pour couronner le tout, un délicieux repas de fêtes de 3 services a été servi avec des latkes et des beignets. Des paquets-cadeaux ont été distribués à tous les participants adultes. Des jeux passionnants, des jouets et des toupies remplies de friandises ont été remis à tous les enfants.

Ces deux réjouissants projets n’auraient jamais connu un tel succès sans le support des dévoués bénévoles du centre communautaire MADA, le groupe de Ben Portat Yossef (BPY), le Hillel de l’université de Montréal ainsi que les Juifs Célibataires de Montréal (MJS).

Ce fut toute une inoubliable et mémorable célébration.

 

(December 23, 2014)

Rosh Hashanah Success at MADA

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| Rosh Hashanah 2014

Rosh Hashanah at MADA

Once again MADA’s annual Rosh Hashanah dinners were a huge success. Over 2500 Montrealers who are alone or without means received a sumptuous, three course traditional dinner (complete with wine, new fruits, apples dipped in honey and honey cake) – all at no charge. The recital of the Kiddush and joyful Hebrew songs uplifted everyone who attended, including our dedicated volunteers who served the meals so graciously. Two weeks before the event it took 500 volunteers to peel, chop, process and cook over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce, 2000 pounds of salmon and 1500 chickens. Awesome!

Thank you!
To the hosting sponsors and donors!
To the dedicated Mada volunteers who set up at the 11 different locations, served and ensured that all participants were cared for and satisfied.
To all the Rosh Hashanah attendees! 

As Sandra Cohen, a participant at the Gelber location commented, “The holiday spirit  that was felt  and the caring of the volunteers made the evening so meaningful”.

During the following weeks of Rosh Hashanah, more meals will be prepared for the break -fast of Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah holidays. 3150 Shabbat to Share boxes will be delivered during this holiday month containing Shabbat and holiday meals thanks to Mada’s indispensable and devoted volunteers and drivers.

Mada volunteer, Andrea, summed it up, “Starting the new year with so much giving and sharing makes life so much more meaningful to me. Knowing that so many in our community benefited from the true joy and family warmth of Rosh Hashanah should inspire us all to continue with these good deeds all year long!”

Click here to sponsor a holiday meal today.

(September 29, 2014)

Turning Tears Into Laughter

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| 5th Annual Art Auction

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MADA Helps Fight Hunger by “Turning Tears Into Laughter” at 5th Annual Art Auction and Comedy Night.

The MADA Community center, Quebec’s largest kosher soup kitchen and food bank, hosted its 5th annual Masterpieces 4 MADA (M4M) Art Auction Comedy Night on Tuesday June 10th, 2014 at the Corona Theatre. Sponsors, volunteers and supporters attended this inspiring evening which not only showcased and auctioned unique masterpieces created by community artists and students but also featured a hilarious comedy show.  Over $150,000 was raised to help fund the MADA cafeteria and two long-time MADA donors were moved to donate a brand new truck for deliveries!

The goal of the event was to raise funds to provide food for those less fortunate and to create awareness about poverty. “So far, our cafeterias serve 298,183 meals a year to our patrons, but the referrals continue and we are obliged to accommodate more people – many more!”  said Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Cohen, MADA  Director.

Guests were treated to delicious food and drinks as well as a side-splittingly funny comedic line-up featuring local actor and comedian Joey Elias as Master of Ceremonies, Just for Laughs regulars David Acer and Phil Shuchat and headliner Wendy Liebman, a regular guest on late night television with her own half-hour specials for HBO and Comedy Central.

This year the event was Co-Chaired by the dynamic and devoted MADA volunteers Fran Derkson and Anat Mordehay.  “It was incredibly moving to see the community come together for such an important cause.  As weekly volunteers, we see first-hand how essential MADA’s services are. We are honoured to be part of the MADA family and committed to helping raise much needed funds to sustain and support this invaluable organization.”

Thank you to everyone for making this event so special and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

If you are interested in getting more involved with MADA please contact Miriam at 514-342-4969 ext 227 or click here to become a volunteer.

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MADA video shown at the event.

(June 17, 2014)

Masterpieces 4 MADA

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| 5th Annual M4M Gala and Art Auction

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Come join us for a night of comedy at our 5th annual Masterpieces 4 MADA Gala and Art Auction!

This year’s 5 annual Masterpieces 4 MADA (M4M) event promises to be exceptional, with a stellar line-up of renowned comedians. Since 2010, Masterpieces 4 MADA has raised over half a million dollars in support of the MADA Community Center.

The inspiring evening will begin with an auction of one-of-a-kind masterpieces donated by artists and students. Guests will then be treated to a hilarious comedic line-up featuring local actor and comedian Joey Elias as Master of Ceremonies, Just for Laughs regulars David Acer and Phil Shuchat and headliner Wendy Liebman, a regular guest on late night television with her own half-hour specials for HBO and Comedy Central.

The goal of the event is to raise funds to provide food for those less fortunate and to create awareness about poverty. “So far, our cafeterias serve 298,183 meals a year to our patrons, but the referrals continue and we are obliged to accommodate more people – many more!” says Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Cohen, Mada Director.

M4M will be held at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 at the Corona Theatre, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest. There will be an open bar and delicious food as well as valet parking.

M4M gathers and involves our peers, elders and students of all ages as they contribute their talents and works of art in an effort to raise money to support MADA’s quest to feed the needy in the community. Students at participating Montreal schools, such as: Jewish People and Peretz School, Hebrew Foundation School, and Elizabeth Ballantyne have designed unique art reflecting this year’s theme “Let’s Turn Tears Into Laughter”.

To make a donation or purchase tickets to the event, please visit the official gala website at M4Mgala.com or phone 514-342-4969 ext 229.

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(May 02, 2014)