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Israel programs looking for Canadian volunteers

Volunteers with Leket are helping to harvest fruit and vegetable crops in Israel's south

By BERNIE BELLAN Living as Israelis are in a time of unprecedented tension and uncertainty, more than ever volunteers are needed to fill important roles in that country. While there are so many areas of Israeli society that are now in great need of help, we decided to focus on three programs with which we have some familiarity, having written articles about each of them in the past: Leket, Sar-El, and MASA.
Each program offers a completely different experience for volunteers. We contacted the offices of Leket and Sar-El and had previously been in touch with the Canadian representative for MASA.

 Leket Israel
We received the following information from a representative for Leket in Israel: “I’m pleased to share that over the past three months, Leket Israel has seen a remarkable influx of volunteer participation in all of Leket Israel’s operations. In addition to its usual volunteer opportunities at the Leket Israel Logistics Center in Gan Haim and the fields in Rishon Lezion, Leket has begun matching volunteers with farmers in need of assistance in harvesting their produce.
“In routine times, Leket Israel welcomes around 5,500 volunteers in the Logistics Center and fields to assist in its food rescue activities.
 “Over the past 14 weeks, Leket has sent over 27,000 volunteers from Israel and overseas to support over farmers around the country, most of them in the Gaza strip region. Additionally, hundreds of volunteers come every day to help sort and pack produce at the Logistics Center and to harvest produce in the fields in Rishon Lezion.
 “Joseph Gitler, Founder and Chairman: The surge of volunteer participation serves as a testament to the unwavering spirit of giving in Israeli society. This collective effort is making a profound difference in the lives of thousands of displaced Israelis throughout the country.”

Sar-El volunteers help to do such things as pack kit bags for members of the IDF

Sar-El (acronym from the Hebrew Sherut l’Israel)

Sar-El is a program that assigns volunteers to work on Israeli army bases for either two or three week stints. (Stays can be extended with permission.) Programs are open to volunteers of all ages.
Volunteers are expected to be physically fit and already in a physical fitness program before applying. You should be capable of light or heavy lifting, or standing for long periods of time.

According to the Sar-El website volunteers can be expected to perform non-combat civilian support duties such as packing medical supplies, repairing machinery and equipment, packing and checking all kinds of equipment.
Volunteers work Sunday-Thursday and are expected to be able to put in eight hours of work per day. Three kosher meals a day are provided.

Recently we happened to meet a couple who are both going to Israel quite soon to volunteer with Sar-El. They told me that, due to the exceptional circumstances, they will not actually be stationed on an army base, but rather will be living nearby.

masa volunteers spend 6 weeks in Israel in three 2-week blocks

masa Israel Journey
masa is a program for 16-40 year-olds that offers a variety of different programs from which to choose. We were recently contacted by a representative of the masa Israel office in response to a question we had about volunteering during wartime. We had received an email that was aimed at American volunteers, so we wanted to make sure that Canadian volunteers were eligible to volunteer on masa programs.
We were told that Canadians are definitely eligible to volunteer: “In regards to your question, yes Canadians are absolutely eligible! The eligibility of the program is 18-40 years old, identify as Jewish, have not received Masa funding in the past / have not spend 4 or more consecutive months in Israel and speak proficient English.”
Currently masa is offering a special wartime program. According to information on the masa website, The purpose of the program is to enable young Jews, ages 18-40, from around the world to volunteer in the State of Israel during wartime. Our unique program is divided into three 2-week segments. The first two weeks, we will be based in a youth village south of Tel Aviv, cooking meals for soldiers. The middle two weeks will be based in Tel Aviv while we volunteer on an army base and the final two weeks we will be based in the beach town of Eilat where we will be planning and implementing activities with evacuees under the age of 18. Interspersed within the six weeks will be agricultural volunteering as well as tours, educational and social events. For more information please register below or email Rina at

We have not given email addresses for any of the three organizations cited here. Simply Google each of their names if you’re interested in finding out more about them and you’ll find out how to contact representatives.


Comparing European, American, and French Roulette at Canadian online casinos

Roulette is the most popular table game at online and land-based casinos alike. You can easily find a seat at the table, place your bets, and hope that the wheel turns in your favour. But you have surely noticed that the roulette section is quite rich, featuring at least a dozen different tables. Most of them come with a different design and different rules. The most popular roulette variants are American Roulette, European, and French Roulette. In this article, we will try to explain the main differences between each one.

French VS European Roulette

We’ll first compare the French versus the European version of roulette since they are the most similar. The layout of the bets and the wheel is basically the same. Even the table layout is pretty much the same at most online casinos. Depending on the provider some differences can be found, like the layout of the table or the order of the numbers of the wheel. But as far as the odds and gameplay are concerned, European and French Roulette are basically the same. 

Both roulette variants have a single 0 on the board and the same number of slots on the wheel and numbers on the table. There are 36 additional numbers you can bet on, along with the standard Red or Black and Odd or Even bets. This means both games come with a house edge of 2.7%. So, the only difference comes from the introduction of two basic rules in French Roulette. 

  • La Partage
  • En Prison

La Partage

This rule applies to even money bets, and in case the ball lands on the 0 slot. The term comes from the French word which means to divide. All even money bets are divided into half, and the player gets one half, while the other half goes to the house. This rule works greatly in your favour, especially if you’re playing on higher bets. 

En Prison

The En Prison bet is also applied to even money bets and only when the ball lands on 0. Instead of counting as a loss, the bets are held on the table for the following spin, and if you win, you get your bet back. Even though you don’t actually win anything extra, the En Prison rule gives you a chance to get your money back without a loss. 

The introduction of these rules lowers the house edge on French Roulette down to 1.35%. This is why many players prefer the French version, as the odds are better for the player. 

French VS American Roulette

The main and pretty much only crucial difference between American and French roulette is the 00 and the layout of the slots on the wheel. The added 00 on the American version means that the house edge is higher. It climbs up to 5.26%, which is almost double the house edge on European Roulette and a massive difference from the 1.35% on the French version. 

Since there is an added 00 number, the layout of the slots on the wheel is different. On the table, the 00 is next to the 0, so it doesn’t make a big difference to the layout of the table. But the rules in American roulette are quite simple. If your number doesn’t come up, you lose the bet. There are no extra rules like in the French version. 


If you go by the odds alone, it turns out that the best roulette variant to play at Canadian online casinos is French roulette. But this doesn’t mean you will lose more when you play American or European Roulette. Many players prefer to play the American wheel as it’s faster and more exciting. With the right strategy and some luck on your side, you can easily make a profit on any type of roulette game. 

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Essential Considerations for Immigrating to Canada: A Comprehensive Checklist

Planning to immigrate to Canada? Explore a comprehensive checklist covering financial preparedness, job prospects, and essential considerations for a smooth transition. Get insights and tips for starting your new life in Canada successfully.

Immigration to Canada is very popular and many people want to come here to start a new life here. This article contains the experiences of many thousands of immigrants. You can think of it as a checklist that contains two questions that every future immigrant must answer. If you are planning a move to Canada, this article is for you.

Do you have enough money to live on for the first time?
The CIC website lists the minimum required when moving to Canada. The amount of money depends on the size of the family. If it’s difficult for you to independently deal with issues such as cash calculations and preparation of documents, it is better to start your preparation with a consultation with an immigration specialist. Companies like LMIA Calgary can help you with any information you need so you won’t miss anything. Remember that you should not rely on the figure indicated on the CIC website as an absolute, because the cost of living in different cities differs, primarily in the size of the rent for housing.

It is advisable to have a reserve of money for the first six months, given that you may be looking for work for more than one month. The main items you will spend money on are rent, food, household goods, public transport, clothing, mobile communications, and the Internet. You can view the estimated cost of housing in Canada on the Rentfaster and Kijiji websites.

Don’t forget to factor in the cost of furniture into your budget (in Calgary, for example, homes are mostly rented unfurnished) as well as a security deposit (equal to one month’s rent). You can find out about the cost of groceries and household goods on the websites of large supermarkets: Superstore and Walmart. You can see prices for clothes on the website of a large Canadian department store – The Hudson’s Bay.

There are a huge number of different mobile and internet plans in Canada. Check out these companies’ websites for plans and prices to get an idea of ​​how much you’ll be spending on internet and cell phone service.

Having calculated your expenses for six months, add 20% to them for unforeseen situations. You should have a “reserve” in your budget for unforeseen cases such as illness, an unexpected fine, or a long absence from work.
Where will you work?
When planning to immigrate, you must have a clear idea of ​​what you will do in Canada. Research in advance what barriers to entry—certifications, and licenses—are available for your profession in the province where you plan to live. If possible, do as much preparation as possible to obtain them while still in your country.

For example, to work as an auditor in Canada you need a CPA accounting designation. For example, if you have an ACCA (the British equivalent of a CPA), and you convert ACCA to a CPA through a Mutual Recognition Agreement, then this process can take more than a year. Moreover, organizing this process from Canada is much more difficult and expensive than from your country.

If you plan to live in Alberta, be sure to check out the provincial government’s Alberta Learning Information Service, Occupations and Educational Programs section. This is simply the Alberta immigrant’s Bible! Here you will learn about the average salary for your profession in the province, education requirements, and professional certifications. Please note that requirements may vary from province to province. It is also a good idea to have your post-secondary diploma assessed in advance to ensure it meets Canadian standards.

It is also worth developing a plan “B” in case you do not immediately find a job in your specialty. What will you do, what kind of survivor job should you look for? When immigrating to Canada for the first time, you can consider working in areas such as the service sector, retail trade, and temporary jobs. Jobs for waiters, cashiers, warehouse workers, and cleaners are often available and do not require a high level of skill or experience. These jobs can help you adapt faster, improve your language, and gain first Canadian work experience, which is valuable when looking for more qualified positions.

In addition, many immigrants find work in fields such as construction, manufacturing, and transportation. Labor is also often required, and although the work can be physically demanding, it often provides a stable income and opportunities for professional growth. Those with technical skills or licenses, such as truck drivers or mechanics, can also find work in these fields. It is important to remember that even if your first job does not match your qualifications or experience in your home country, it can be an important step towards a successful career in Canada.

Moving to Canada can be challenging and time-consuming, but with careful preparation, you will be successful and will be able to quickly adapt and find your dream job.

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Becoming A Casino Pro: Tips to Turn the Casino Tables in Your Favor

Casinos offer a lot of fun – we’ve got bright lights, rustling cards, hyped-up music – and most of us are looking for ways to squeeze even more enjoyment out of their offerings. How? Well, there are a few simple tricks you can use to turn pretty much any casino game in your favour, whatever you like to play. These don’t guarantee you a win, of course, but they’ll make it easier to play in savvy, effective ways.
Let’s explore some of the key methods you can use to set your casino skills on fire and give yourself the edge every time you approach the table (digital or virtual).
Tip 1) Know Your Game
Yes, seriously, we are going to start here. It might sound obvious, but this is one of the most fundamental tips you can find, and you’d be floored by how many people ignore it. It’s vital. You must know the game before you start to play it, or you’ve got little hope of winning no matter how you try.
But the good news? Many online casinos these days offer free demos of the games. That means you can try them out – getting a handle on the rules and intricacies – before you put any cash on the table. Playing demos is one of the best ways to hone your skills – forget worrying about your funds while you’re learning! And while not every game will have a demo, many do, so check these out and immerse yourself before you try it for real.
Tip 2) Have Your Budget
Ever stepped into the casino with some vague “upper spending” limit in mind and then totally blown past that in the excitement of the games? You’re not playing smart if so. Instead, it’s time to figure out a budget.
And the key to this is to figure it out before you go, so you don’t get tempted by the tantalizing games and end up going over. Set yourself a limit that you’re happy with, and don’t let yourself go over. Some people only transfer that amount to their online wallets so that when it’s gone, they stop playing – another advantage of playing at an online casino in Canada.
You might also want to plan for what you’re going to do with any winnings – are they going back into your “play pot” or are you taking them home? Knowing in advance can mean you end the night in the position you hoped for, not disappointed in yourself. Budgeting like this is the smart way to approach a casino and make sure you’re playing rationally.
Tip 3) Play to Your Strengths
Got a favourite game at the casino? That’s all well and good, but is it your best game, or are you mediocre at it? If the latter, you’ve got two choices – spend a bit of time boosting your skills or pick another game.
There are tons of casino games out there, so don’t limit yourself to just what you know, and don’t forget about the potential of different variants. Even some of the commonest casino games have variations if you look – and the online world is especially good for this, because there’s so much digital space, while physical casinos are limited to the size of their buildings. If you love classic poker, why not try something like Texas Hold’em or Omaha?
When you find a game that plays to your natural strengths, stick at it and start practicing! Even if you’re talented, you can learn a whole lot through practicing, and you’ll give yourself a much better edge in the casino when you go for this.
Tip 4) Find Your Centre
If you find yourself getting worked up and frustrated when a game doesn’t go your way, here’s somewhere else you can improve – because the people who do well at the casinos are the focused, calm, collected folks. They’re in control, and they’re making rational bets that will play to the odds and their strengths.
Yes, we all feel annoyed when something doesn’t go our way, or elated when it does, but if you’re being ruled by those feelings when you’re gambling, you’re going to have a tougher time – and frankly, a less enjoyable time too! Being calm will make playing so much more fun. There are tons of techniques you can use to help yourself feel calm at the casino, so next time, pull one of these strategies out of the bag and use it to centre yourself again.
If you’re in Canada or you’re planning to immigrate to Canada sometime soon, we bet you already know that there are some amazing casino options out there for you to tap into – and with our tips, you can get way more enjoyment from every minute you spend in one.

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