From April 23 to 29, 2017, the City of Côte Saint-Luc joins communities across Canada in celebrating the county’s 12.7 million volunteers during National Volunteer Week.
“Côte Saint-Luc is home is to more than 530 active volunteers,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “This includes our first responders at EMS, our vCOP patrollers, sports coaches and officials, actors and production staff of our Dramatic Society, and the many people who donate their time at the Côte Saint-Luc Library and the Parks and Recreation Department. Thank you to everyone who gives up their time to enrich the lives of people in Côte Saint-Luc.”
In 2016, Côte Saint-Luc distributed 15 awards to its Volunteers of the Year. See the list and video at CoteSaintLuc.org/VolunteerAwards2016.
Côte Saint-Luc has proclaimed April 23 to 29 as National Volunteer Week in the city.
Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, Councillor Mike Cohen and others members of city council and staff will volunteer at the two McDonald’s franchises in Côte Saint-Luc on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 as part of the cross Canada McHappy Day initiative.
The day will also mark the launch of the Pierre Brunet McDonald’s Parks and Recreation Bursary Fund. Details of the fund, including application forms, will be announced towards the end of the summer.
“We encourage residents to drop by and make a contribution,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “The donations at the two local McDonald’s will stay in Côte Saint-Luc, thanks to the new fund. It will help families who cannot afford to register their child in a program. It will also take into account requests from children with special needs.”
McHappy Day is a national fundraiser when McDonald's restaurants across Canada and their communities, employees, customers and special guests raise money together to help children in need. At the heart of McDonald’s community commitment is RMHC Canada, which is dedicated to giving sick children the one thing they need most: their families by supporting Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms across the country. RMHC provides families of sick children with a home-away-from-home or a place of peace and calm within a hospital.
“Pierre Brunet has been a supporter of community activities in Côte Saint-Luc for many years,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is responsible for the Sponsorship portfolio. “We’re very excited that through his efforts, more kids in our community will have a chance to participate in recreation programs.”
Brunet operates 19 McDonald’s franchise on the Island of Montreal, including the two restaurants in Côte Saint-Luc. He was honoured in 2016 by the City of Côte Saint-Luc at annual Golf Classic for his continued generosity to community events over the past 30 years.
The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be showing off its new spaces for kids, enlarged fitness room, and improved teens room at an open house at the Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC) on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 10am to noon.
Special activities include face painting, tattoos, superheroes in costumes, cupcakes, tours of the building, and an opportunity to meeting staff from Mini R.E.C. by Le R.E.C. Room. In addition there will be free access to the Wibit obstacle course in the indoor pool from 1pm to 3pm.
“We’ve moved around some of the spaces to make better use of the building,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We’ve also launched new programs for kids with our partners at Le R.E.C. Room and we want parents to see the new play area first hand.”
The expanded fitness room is now across from the locker rooms and includes two additional treadmills, more natural light, and a bank of televisions. A trainer will be on hand during the open house to show people how to properly use the equipment.
The Aquatic and Community Centre was first opened in September 2011. It houses two indoor pools, a fitness room, three locker rooms, an art room, a dance studio, three banquet halls, space for the Men’s Club and Women’s Club, the Teen Lounge, and a large atrium. The Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium is also attached to the ACC. The Parkhaven Outdoor Pool and Imagination Park are behind the building.
Following the fluctuating temperature over the past two weeks, Côte Saint-Luc crews have filled 50 potholes in 3 days, including 10 on its side of Côte Saint-Luc Rd.
“The milder weather has caused potholes to form and I directed our Public Works Department to prioritize filling them as quickly as possible,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “In particular, our crews have been very quick to fill potholes on our major streets, including the westbound portion Côte Saint-Luc Rd. I’ve received many complaints about the eastbound side, but unfortunately that’s part of the City of Montreal. We’ve asked Montreal to prioritize their part of Côte Saint-Luc Rd.”
Pothole repairs done in winter are temporary because cities must use cold mix asphalt. In the spring, potholes are filled with hot mix asphalt, which is a more permanent solution.
City employees who are frequently on the road from Public Works, Public Security, and volunteers from vCOP and EMS are on the lookout for potholes in Côte Saint-Luc and report them to the Public Works office. Residents can help by calling the Public Works office at 514-485-6868 or using the SeeClickFix app on a smartphone to notify the city of a pothole.
All about potholes in Côte Saint-Luc
Potholes are back across the island of Montreal. Here’s information on why they are formed, the procedure of the City of Côte Saint-Luc in filling them, and how much it costs.
Côte Saint-Luc is responsible for all roads on our territory. However, the City of Montreal is responsible for the south side of Côte Saint-Luc Rd. from Décarie Blvd. to a few blocks east of Westminster Rd. Motorists who spot potholes on that side can call 3-1-1 to speak to a Montreal information agent.
How potholes are formed
Potholes are a result of the freeze/thaw cycle, which deteriorate road surfaces. If water seeps into crevices of the road and then freezes, sections of the pavement are forced up. Then the weight of vehicles travelling over the section of road breaks the pavement and the asphalt is forced out. That’s why potholes are more frequent in the spring or even during the winter right after a period with a sudden rise and decrease in temperature.
How we identify potholes
City employees who are frequently on the road from Public Works, Public Security, and volunteers from vCOP and EMS are on the lookout for potholes and report them to the Public Works office. Residents can help by calling the Public Works office at 514-485-6868 or using the SeeClickFix app on a smartphone to notify the city of a pothole.
How we fill potholes
There are two types of asphalt used to fill potholes, cold mix and hot mix. They are used at different times of the year. Cold mix asphalt contains an additive that prevents it from hardening and makes it more granular. Hot mix asphalt doesn’t bind to frozen surfaces, which is why it shouldn’t be used in winter. Cold mix asphalt, however, is a temporary solution. Once the weather gets warmer, we have to re-fill the potholes, but this time with hot mix asphalt, which is a more permanent solution.
From May to November, we have a crew that is dedicated to minor asphalt repair and potholes. During the rest of the year, we have crews to fill potholes as needed.
When we receive a call from a resident or employee about a pothole, a crew is sent out to fill it. Most potholes take just a few minutes to fill.
It costs about $2.60 of hot-mix or cold-mix to fill the average pothole. Of course, this doesn’t include the labour cost or cost to operate and maintain the equipment used. One team of two employees and equipment will cost about $800 each day to fill 15 potholes. Therefore, an average pothole costs Côte Saint-Luc about $50.
On Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7 pm Emma Richler will be in Côte Saint-Luc discussing her new book, Be My Wolff, which tells the story of a sister and her adopted brother who share a profound connection.
The event takes place at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium inside the Côte Saint-Luc City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. The event is free of charge. A limit of two passes per person are available at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library main circulation desk, 5851 Cavendish Blvd.
Author of Feed My Dogs and Sister Crazy, Richler will be sharing her experience of growing up as the daughter of Montreal's larger-than-life presence, Mordecai Richler, and how that influenced her career choices. Journalist and commentator Anne Lagacé Dowson will be conducting the interview.
“Following the popular talks last year featuring Kathy Reichs and General Roméo Dallaire, we’re excited to be working again with Paragraphe Bookstore and Anne Lagacé Dowson to bring Emma Richler to Côte Saint-Luc,” said Mayor Mitchell Brownstein. “Events like these highlight the importance we place on culture in our city.”
Paragraphe Bookstore will be at the event selling copies of her books, and the author will be available for a book signing afterwards.
For more information about these events and programs, visit CSLLibrary.org or contact the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.
Côte Saint-Luc adopts 2017 budget: City spending stays flat, average residential property tax increase of 1.9 percent
The City of Côte Saint-Luc has adopted an operating budget for 2017 that kept spending flat and saw the property tax of 1.9% percent for an average single-family home in the city, which is in line with what the Conference Board of Canada has forecast as the inflation rate for the greater Montreal region.
“We do our very best to keep property taxes as low as possible and our level of service what residents have come to expect,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “It was a challenging exercise this year given the higher than expected bill we received from Agglomeration of Montreal, which is the island-wide government that all cities on the island have to pay into.”
The Côte Saint-Luc City Council adopted the $68 million operating budget on December 12, 2016. About 42 percent of all taxes collected by Côte Saint-Luc are transferred to the Agglomeration of Montreal, which funds services such as police, fire, and public transit.
The property tax bills will be sent to homes by the last week of January. The deadline to pay property taxes has been set at February 27 for the first installment and May 29 for the second installment.
“The Council and senior staff worked very hard to balance our budget while continuing our tradition of a very modest property tax increases for the average resident,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for finances. “I want to thank Interim City Manager Nadia Di Furia, Interim Associate City Manager Jonathan Shecter, and City Treasurer Ruth Kleinman for their hard work.”
Budget and tax highlights include the following:
- Average increase in taxes for single-family home valued at $584,600: 1.9 percent (or $121)
- 52 percent of single-family homes and condos will see a reduction in taxes
- Increase in revenues from taxation: 3 percent
- Revenues from property taxes: 87.7 percent
- Revenues from compensation in lieu of taxes: 1.9 percent
- Other revenues (eg, program fees, memberships, etc.): 10.3 percent
The three-year capital expenditures plan was also adopted on December 12. Approximately $14 million in capital expenses is anticipated in 2017. It will be used for projects such as water & sewer rehabilitation & repairs, renovations to the outdoor municipal pool, underpasses, and more.
Mini R.E.C. by Le R.E.C. Room coming to Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre as city expands programs for kids
The City of Côte Saint-Luc is greatly expanding its programs for kids with more than 30 new classes and new birthday party packages coming in the new year as Mini R.E.C. by Le R.E.C. Room comes to the Aquatic and Community Centre, or ACC.
The city will be entering into a partnership with Le R.E.C. Room to run programming, drop-in play times, birthday parties, ped day programs and winter camps. This new area inside the Aquatic and Community Centre will be referred to as Mini R.E.C. by Le R.E.C. Room.
The new programming will include art, ballet, mini jazz, hip-hop, gymnastics, gymkada and other signature programs such as FUN-Damentals, Athleti-Kids, Superhero Adventure Training, and Mini Dance Party. The birthday packages include themes such as super heroes, on the farm, princesses, music and more.
“We are making an effort to offer more programming that people want for their pre-school age children,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “By partnering with Le R.E.C. Room, we are enhancing our programs for kids. This partnership will allow for kids programming 7-days-a-week, creating an atmosphere of warmth with young children and families at our city facilities.”
The city will also be reorganizing the spaces at the ACC to create a sports and fitness corridor downstairs, and a kids and teen area upstairs. The fitness room will be moving the downstairs corridor to be closer to the locker rooms. At the upstairs corridor, the teen lounge and games rooms will move over into the former fitness room space, which has windows overlooking the indoor pools. A new kids area will be created in the former teen lounge and games room. The area will include the new Mini Gym, which is an enclosed, brightly-coloured play area for kids ages 0 to 5. Some of the table games such as foosball will be brought down to the foyer of the ACC.
“Since launching the ACC in 2011, we've thought about how people use the building and our programs, we’ve received feedback from the public, and we've performed a security audit,” Mayor Brownstein said. “That’s why we’re moving some of the spaces around to create these two distinct areas.”
People will be able to register for Mini R.E.C. by Le R.E.C. Room programs at the ACC main desk or online in the new year, once the programs are launched.
"We could not be more excited about our new partnership with the City of Côte Saint-Luc,” said creators and owners Lauren Segal and Jessica Aflalo, whose main location is at 5255 Ferrier St. “We are extremely proud of the programming we have created and cannot wait to expand our reach to this community whom we know will enjoy and benefit from it.
"Our birthday parties have been booking to capacity three months in advance and we have found ourselves turning people away. Now we have another amazing space to offer them. This fabulous new location will offer the same level of customer service and quality that people have come to know and trust, while offering exciting new packages that will work beautifully within this new space."
Lieutenant General the Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Retired) will be in Côte Saint-Luc on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 2 pm to discuss his new memoir, Waiting for First Light, where he delves into his personal and ongoing battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
The event takes place at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). It is organized by the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. All the free passes for this event have been claimed.
“I am looking forward to welcoming General Dallaire to Côte Saint-Luc and hearing his story in person,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said.
Journalist and commentator Anne Lagacé Dowson will be conducting the interview with General Dallaire.
General Dallaire will also discuss his distinguished career in the Canadian military as well as his humanitarian efforts. General Dallaire has received numerous honours and awards, including Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002, and the 2005 Pearson Peace Medal from the United Nations Association in Canada. His second book, They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children, was a national bestseller.
Since his retirement, General Dallaire has become an outspoken advocate for human rights, mental health, and war-affected children.
Copies of Waiting for First Light will be available for purchase by Paragraphe Bookstore and Senator Dallaire will be on hand to autograph books following the event.
For more information about these events and programs, visit CSLLibrary.org or contact the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.
The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be honouring Councillor Allan J. Levine on Monday, November 14 as the long-time council member celebrates the 30th anniversary of his first election.
Councillor Levine will be honoured at the start of the City Council meeting at 8pm at 5801 Cavendish Blvd.
“Councillor Levine has advocated financial prudence and has continually promoted healthy lifestyles through sports and recreation,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “He has served his constituents well and is a force for remembrance of our veterans, community gardening, and much more.”
Councillor Levine won his first election in November 1986. He was a well-known person in the community, in part from his years teaching at Wagar High School and teaching people to drive.
Councillor Levine advocated for an anti-smoking law in commercial areas, which he helped achieve. He also joined with his council colleagues to support mandatory bicycle helmets and no smoking in parks. He served at chairperson and member of the city planning committee for more than 20 years.
“Councillor Levine has always listened to his constituents and is accessible,” Mayor Brownstein said. “He always considers what is best for children and promotes an active lifestyle for seniors.”
Councillor Levine is the longest-serving member of the current Côte Saint-Luc city council. He has been a member of city council from 1986 to 2001, and from 2005 to present—the only interruption being during the forced municipal mergers of 2001 to 2005.
The Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is hosting a free information session on facts and misconceptions about electric cars on Thursday, October 27 at 7 pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.
"With a goal of 100,000 electric vehicles on Quebec roads by 2020, all levels of government will have to do much more to move beyond the 8,500 currently in the province," Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. "Côte Saint-Luc is now stepping up to do its part and we encourage residents to join us on October 27 to become better informed on their options."
Join Simon-Pierre Rioux, founder and president of the Quebec Electric Vehicle Association (AVEQ) with speak about electric cars and highlight their key benefits both to the environment and your lifestyle.
"This event is sponsored by the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library as part of its 50th anniversary celebration," said Janine West, Library Director. "The library will have a display of books and sources available to consult and for members to checkout on EVs, the greening of the environment and other related material."
The evening will also feature a display of locally-owned EVs. Residents are invited to bring their EV for display in front of the Bernard Lang Civic Centre beginning at 6pm.
"I’ve long promoted the EV movement politically, advocating for the city to purchase EVs and to install public charging stations," said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who will host the October 27 event at City Hall and discuss local initiatives in the municipality. "I’ve also encouraged the Jewish General Hospital and CIUSSS West-Central Montreal network to install charging stations at each site. Some already have such installations, others will follow soon. AVEQ has done an expert job and has been very active in organizing information sharing across Quebec in French. We have invited them to Côte Saint-Luc to provide information to the English-speaking community and we invite participation from across the region."
Since 2013, AVEQ has supported the transport electrification in the province of Quebec. With its main partners, Intact Insurance and Nissan Canada, AVEQ organizes an impressive number of events promoting electromobility such as Branchez-Vous and the Rendez-vous Branchés. AVEQ is a key player with more than 4,500 active members, 800 volunteers, 10 million visits to its website with 4,000 items in the daily news section. Throughout the year, AVEQ holds different activities all over the province to inform people of the benefit of electric cars and even allow them to link up with local EV drivers in order to get their very own personalized test drive, through our volunteer EV owner program, "Match and Drive." AVEQ has also participated in several parliamentary committees to achieve its mission. It is a key source for electromobility among Quebec media.
The annual Côte Saint-Luc Halloween Skating Party on Ice will take place on Sunday, October 30 from 1:45 pm to 4:15 pm at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena (6985 Mackle Rd.).
Admission to the Halloween Skating Party on Ice is free for anyone dressed in a costume. Music will be playing while special effects take place throughout the rink.
Children will need skates to go on the ice. However, children without skates will be able to visit the activity stations—including arts and crafts, a magician, cutouts and a pumpkin decorating station. City staff will distribute candy to all participants in costumes and prizes will be awarded to those with the most creative costumes.
The event is open to all ages. Donations will be accepted for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.
For more information about the event, contact the Côte Saint-Luc Parks and Recreation Department at 514-485-6806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library presents a series of special events, including a used book sale, free cultural events, and drop-in information sessions to celebrate this year’s edition of Quebec Public Libraries Week during the week of October 15 to October 22.
“The library is one of the jewels of Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “We encourage everyone to take part in Public Libraries Week.”
“We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary this year and the library has never been better,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for the library. “The events in October are always a highlight for the year.”
“If you haven’t been to see us in a little while, this is the ideal time to come in and discover all we have to offer,” Library Director Janine West said.
Used book sale
Public Libraries Week kicks off with the library’s semi-annual used book sale, which runs from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. A huge selection of fiction, kids’ books, paperbacks, biographies, travel books, and many more will be for sale with prices starting at $1. All proceeds from the sale go towards special projects at the library.
Throughout the week, library members and non-members are invited to attend free events including a travel lecture on Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope on Wednesday, October 19 at 2pm and a frightening storytelling performance for adults by the Montreal Storytellers’ Guild on Thursday, October 20 at 7pm. For our regulars, Hershey Dwoskin’s ever-popular In the Headlines lecture series continues on Friday, October 21 at 2pm.
Activities for kids
Kids of all ages can come for a family storytime on Sunday, October 16 at 11am. Families with kids ages 8 to 12 might be interested WOW! Bricks 4 Kids: Minecraft on Sunday, October 16 at 3pm.Tickets are availble at the main desk, and are $5 for members and $7 for non-members.
Food for Fines
The library will be running a Food for Fines campaign from October 15 to the 21. This giving and forgiving program allows patrons to exchange a non-perishable food item for a $2 reduction in late fines on their account, for a maximum of $20. At the end of the week, the collected food will be donated to the NDG Food Depot, whose serving territory includes Côte Saint-Luc.
Coffee with staff
Library staff will also be hosting some informal drop-in sessions in the afternoon during the week. Members of the public are invited to drop by and meet staff members, enjoy a cup of coffee, and discover the resources and programs available to library members.
Become a member
Are you a Côte Saint-Luc resident but not yet a library member? Become a member for free and take advantage of all the library has to offer. Do your children go to school in Côte Saint-Luc? Come visit us to learn more about our education memberships for school-aged children.
The City of Côte Saint-Luc has awarded the first ever Irwin Cotler Awards to students in grade 6 and grade 11 who devoted themselves to the cause of social justice.
“The award was given to the students who best exemplify the act of improving the world and fighting for social justice,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “This has been the hallmark of Professor Cotler’s life and we think this award is a fitting tribute.”
For the last five decades, Irwin Cotler has devoted his intellect and advocacy skills to the promotion and protection of human rights around the world, first as an international human rights lawyer and later as a Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, where he made the pursuit of international justice a government priority.
Grade 11 recipient
Madison Gold was selected as the grade 11 recipient of the Irwin Cotler Award. Throughout her five years at Bialik, Madison volunteered many hours at various organizations including The Friendship Circle, the National Conference of Synagogue Youth and the Diller Teen Fellows Program. In addition, Madison has acted as a Bialik Ambassador for the past two years and has been heavily implicated in the mentorship program at Bialik.
At The Friendship Circle, she participated in innovative programs and activities where children with special needs experienced the joy of friendship. At the National Conference of Synagogue Youth, Madison has spent countless hours visiting sick people in the hospital, preparing Shabbat meals for the needy and making blankets for the Chai Lifeline. At the Diller Teen Fellows Program, her work enabled her to grow as an active and effective person within the community and strengthened her leadership skills towards social action and community involvement.
Grade 6 recipient
The Irwin Cotler Award for 2016 for a student in grade 6 was awarded to Gabrielle Murray, who recently graduated from École des Amis-du-Monde.
Gabrielle raised more than $3,000 for Heshima, an organization in Kenya that protects unaccompanied minors and separated children and youth between the ages of 13 to 23 from Somalia, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Rwanda, and Burundi. It provides safety and shelter for their most vulnerable participants, delivering a multi-disciplinary education program for students, supporting economic empowerment through a scarf-making social enterprise, providing childcare, accompanying participants to legal and medical appointments, and working within refugee community in Kenya to identify, protect and fight for their rights.
Gabrielle’s aunt works for the organization in Kenya and Gabrielle decided she wanted to help make a difference in the lives of these young girls. She brought together five classmates to launch a fundraising effort over two years. She also visited Kenya to meet the girls they helped. More information about the trip and a video is at http://www.greenangelsfoundation.org/chopping-for-charity/heshima-kenya/ and https://heshimakenya.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/montreal-6th-grader-sets-the-bar-for-supporting-human-rights/.
All the schools in Côte Saint-Luc were encouraged to nominate one of their students to receive the Irwin Cotler Award. Nomination forms for the 2017 award will be sent to schools in January 2017.
The City of Côte Saint-Luc will be celebrating the 50-year anniversary of its public library all day on Sunday, September 18, 2016 culminating with an outdoor concert and laser show behind the library.
“There is a slew of free events for the whole family,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “There will be a special birthday-themed story time for kids, face-painting, library bingo with prizes, cake and much more. Don’t miss the concert by Vintage Wine highlighting hits from the 1960s and the laser show.”
The concert starts at 5:30pm. The laser show – originally scheduled for Canada Day – takes place at 7:30pm. For the full schedule of events, visit csllibrary.org.
“Library Director Janine West and her staff have planned a wonderful day for all,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for library and culture. “We will be celebrating this anniversary throughout the year, so visit the library website and subscribe to its e-newsletter and Facebook page to stay informed.”
The city council established a citizens committee in December 1964 to look into establishing a public library. The city hired Eleanor London and the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library opened its doors on September 7, 1966. Its 4,322 square feet was originally located on the second floor of the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre. It moved to its current 23,000 square feet of space in 1986.
“Having been part of this great library, this jewel of Côte Saint-Luc, for almost 35 of these 50 years, it is fair to say I have seen some substantive changes,” West said. “However, one thing has remained constant: our commitment to Eleanor London’s vision of the ‘people’s library’, a welcoming and personable community space where its staff go above and beyond to provide exceptional customer service.”
For more information about these events and programs, visit csllibrary.org or contact the library’s Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.
The City of Côte Saint-Luc will formally rename a section of Hudson Avenue to Place Sidney Shoham Place at a ceremony on Sunday, September 25 at 10am.
Beth Zion Congregation will host a small reception afterwards, which the entire community is invited to attend. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors, followed by the unveiling of the street sign.
Rabbi Sidney Shoham passed away on September 21, 2015, at the age of 86. He retired 10 years earlier as the founding rabbi of Beth Zion after having served in that role for 50-plus years. Rabbi Shoham continued to remain very active in synagogue life and in fact, passed away only hours after attending the synagogue’s annual Cantorial Concert, of which he was most involved.
Beth Zion president Earl Rosen said that it would be most fitting to rename the portion of Hudson Avenue, and the synagogue address 5740 Hudson Avenue, to 1 Place Sidney Shoham Place. He extended his appreciation to Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Councillors Mike Cohen and Allan J. Levine for their assistance. Councillor Cohen is responsible for naming rights; Councillor Levine represents the district. At the ceremony, the new street sign will be unveiled and there will be words of welcome from Mr. Rosen, Mayor Brownstein, Rabbi Boruch Perton and a member of the Shoham family.
On Tuesday, September 27, Beth Zion will host Scholar in Residence Rabbi Benjamin Blech at the Rabbi Sidney Shoham Memorial Lecture and then, on Thursday, October 6, the newly renamed Rabbi Sidney Shoham Tribute Concert called “The Gift of Music” will take place.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland the son of the late Rabbi Yechiel and Rebbetzen Ethel Shoham, Rabbi Shoham attended the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore and then went to Mesivta Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn, New York. While studying at the yeshiva, Rabbi Shoham attended Brooklyn College at night and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in psychology. Later, he attended graduate school at New York University, School of Psychology and continued his studies in Montreal at the Allen Memorial Hospital – McGill University where he furthered his degree in Pastoral Psychiatry.
Rabbi Shoham arrived in Montreal in 1955 to visit his brother Gilbert, who was Rabbi of the Beit Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue on McKenzie. While here, he met with an enthusiastic group of individuals anxiously waiting to build a new community in the western suburb of Montreal. After discussions with the committee, he was quickly hired as the Rabbi of Beth Zion. Over the years, he had been active with nearly every Jewish organization in the city, notably Combined Jewish Appeal, B’nai Brith and State of Israel Bonds and the founder of the much needed Miriam Home.