Remedy and solution for guaranteed happiness.  That was the theme of last night’s rockin’ Grand Simchat Beth Hashoeva celebration in Cote Saint-Luc’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park on Mackle Road.

Several hundred men, women and children took part in this family affair that has been ongoing for 28 years locally, but for more than 3,000 years in an unbroken chain in the tradition of dancing during sukkot.

This event was fun filled for the entire family. Food and snacks were in abundance with Mega Burger, Sprinklz, Pizza Pita, cotton candy, and popcorn.

Of special note, the program featured the world renowned Israeli superstar Shimon Sibony.

The Chabad organizers including Rabbi Mendel Raskin stated, “The Rebbe promises us that today we can draw simcha and healing by participating in this extraordinary joyous event… This was an act of unity as Jews from all walks of life burst forth in song and dance!”

Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen celebrating with Rabbi Mendel Raskin in Trudeau Park

Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen celebrating with Rabbi Mendel Raskin in Trudeau Park

The entire CSL City Council was invited on stage to welcome the crowd. Mayor Anthony Housefather wished all a happy holiday in several languages underscoring the city’s plurality, and openness to residents of all backgrounds, regardless of language or religion.

“Everyone is welcome in Cote saint-Luc and to wear whatever they wish to wear,” the Mayor said in proclaiming our city’s opposition to the PQ government’s proposed Charter of Quebec values.

“I will never fire a city employee for wearing a kippah, turban or hijab,” Mayor Housefather said to much applause.