Posts Tagged ‘Charter of Quebec Values’

Religious Freedom Fight Hits YouTube

January 24, 2014

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.


A Sikh dentist treats a patient in Quebec (YouTube screenshot)

A Sikh dentist treats a patient in Quebec (YouTube screenshot)

Ari Grunzeweig says that although he is not a very political person, he does know right from wrong. For him, the right thing to do was to make a video opposing Bill 60, the proposed “Charter of Values” that would ban the wearing of religious symbols by public employees in the Canadian province of Quebec.

Grunzeweig, a professional video producer, knew he had to disseminate the video before hearings on the bill began in Quebec’s National Assembly on January 14. He made it just under the wire, posting “Quebecers Care” on January 13. To date, it has received over 15,000 views on YouTube, and traditional media has begun to pick it up, as well.

The minute-and-a-half-long video shows healthcare providers in a hospital setting — many of them wearing religious symbols and clothing items — going about their regular business caring for patients.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


Quebec Rav Will Kippa Going

December 6, 2013

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.


What’s the hottest headwear in Montreal on these cold winter days? Surprisingly, it’s not woolen toques or fur hats. Lately, Quebecers wanting to make a fashionable, yet political, statement are wearing kippot covered in the Fleur-de-lis.

The kippot are the brainchild of a young Montreal rabbi who felt it was time for Jewish Quebecers to wear their opposition to Bill 60 not only on their sleeves, but  also on their heads.

The province’s ruling nationalist Parti Quebecois, led by Premier Pauline Marois, tabled Bill 60 in the National Assembly in early November. The proposed legislation, also known as the Charter of Quebec Values, would ban the display of religious symbols and the wearing of religious garb by public employees.

 “The best way to protest the charter is to wear religious symbols,” saysRabbi Yisroel Bernath. Known as “Montreal’s Hip Rabbi,” he is the spiritual director of Chabad Notre-Dame-de-Grace & Loyola Campus, and the Jewish chaplain at Concordia University.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.