Articles written by: Irwin Block

Miss Roula spreads joy at TMR’s Carlyle Elementary School preschool classes
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Miss Roula spreads joy at TMR’s Carlyle Elementary School preschool classes

You don’t have to be an expert or trained professional to be a successful and fulfilled volunteer. Just ask Roula Dafniotis.

John Zorn performs The Concealed. Photo by Martin Morissette
Reviews & Previews / What's Happening

Festival International de Musique Actuelle: Zorn’s bagatelles biggest draw

Fans of John Zorn, the prolific and imaginative musical innovator, will be flocking to this city starting May 19.

Lorraine Guay proudly shows off NDG’s long awaited community space
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New Benny Library offers free 3D printing lessons

What sets it apart from other Montreal libraries is that 40 to 45 per cent of the books and documents are in English, with the remainder in French, reflecting the linguistic mix of western NDG.

Syrian Family: Raghad Zammar (mother), Hani Khouri (father),
Mary and Zinah (sisters)
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An Imam, a Priest, and a Rabbi, helping Syrian refugees

Once they arrive in Montreal, Syrian refugees have to start from scratch, and setting up a home is their main priority.

Photo courtesy of Shen Yun 2015
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Shen Yun operatic spectacle dazzles at Place des Arts

Convulsive changes in Chinese society have rekindled a yearning for free expression, cultural diversity, and creativity linked to traditional arts.

Alzheimer Groupe offers aid for caregivers, people with early onset
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Alzheimer Groupe offers aid for caregivers, people with early onset

In the future we may all have to face the challenge of living with dementia, or see a loved one trying to cope.We will need help.

Ruth with Kfir, Naomi and Maayan
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Influx of Syrian refugees puts immigrant in mind of her WWII experience

The arrival of 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada recalls the experience of the few Jews who made it here from Europe on the eve of World War Two.

Opéra de Montréal’s Otello as unique as it is powerful
Reviews & Previews

Opéra de Montréal’s Otello as unique as it is powerful

The very fact that opera has survived as an art form in our hyper realistic environment is a testament to its unique characteristics and enduring value.

Book review: Wall of Dust by Timothy Niedermann
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Book review: Wall of Dust by Timothy Niedermann

Israelis call it the security fence. In Arabic, it is labeled the derogatory Apartheid Wall.

Myra Giberovitch photo by Irwin Block.
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Outreach to refugees: Social worker Myra Giberovitch offers insights

Syrian refugees arriving in Montreal face a myriad of challenges in adapting to their new homes. Though their plight and resultant trauma is not comparable, what is to be learned from the experiences faced by Holocaust survivors who came here in the late 1940s? We put the question to Myra Giberovitch, […]