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The Canadian Jewish News (Montreal) - - Jewish Life -


Yale Univer­sity’s Whif­f­en­poofs, the old­est a capella group in North Amer­ica, founded in 1909, gave a boffo per­for­mance at Con­gre­ga­tion Shaar Hashomayim. This rare ap­pear­ance in Mon­treal was made pos­si­ble by Bruce Kent, alum­nus and pres­i­dent of the Yale Club of Mon­treal. He points out that three of the 12 mem­bers, in­clud­ing the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, are Jewish. They have per­formed at the White House and on TV shows. The con­cert ranged from clas­sics of mu­si­cal the­atre to a Mup­pets tune to an Irish bal­lad, and, of course, the sig­na­ture Whif­f­en­poof Song, writ­ten in 1910. Es­pe­cially for the oc­ca­sion, the all­male group learned Hal­lelu­jah in homage to the late Leonard Co­hen, who grew up in the Shaar. Said the Shaar’s Can­tor Gideon Zel­ermyer, “A pro­gram like this fits my dream for the Shaar be­ing a com­mu­nal hub for high level mu­si­cal ac­tiv­ity like a white glove”– a ref­er­ence to the for­mal at­tire of the singers.


March 13 at 4 p.m. is the dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions to the spring round of Agence Ometz’s Promon­treal En­trepreneurs Fund. Jewish en­trepreneurs be­tween the ages of 18 and 40 with early-stage busi­nesses in Mon­treal are el­i­gi­ble for start-up cap­i­tal of up to $50,000. www.ometz.ca.


An ex­hi­bi­tion of Mar­ion Wagschal’s re­cent paint­ings is on at the Musée d’art de Joli­ette un­til April 30. These in­cluded the mon­u­men­tal self-por­trait Colos­sus. Wagschal takes an un­flinch­ing look at ag­ing and mor­tal­ity.

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