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With the spriralling cost of kosher meat, is it time that some of our Jewish institutions considered offering both kosher and non-kosher food?

Our Parents' Home in Edmonton, which offers both non-kosher and kosher meals to residents

By BERNIE BELLAN

In our last issue (October 3) I suggested something for consideration within our Jewish community that might have raised the ire of some readers (which I had no doubt it would): Change the requirements that the Simkin Centre, Camp Massad, and B’nai Brith Camp serve only kosher meals.

Even as news from Israel is unrettiningly ominous, tourism and the economy are flourishing

BernieBy BERNIE BELLAN Since the news from Israel can often seem to be unremittingly bad, e.g., new threats of war with Syria/Iran/Hezbollah and/or Hamas;  a peace process with Palestinians that no longer exists; ongoing corruption investigations involving the Prime Minister – along with  other important Israelis - I thought it worthwhile to point out some very encouraging facts about that country.