Lison Chocron and Raphael Mergui talk with Matthias Rioux on CKAC call-in radio show Quebec Aujourd'hui. Alternating with Ms. Chocron's fellow male activists/organizers of Sephardic origin as they critique the pros and cons of doing the show. Topics of discussion include: francophone Jews in Quebec, their failure to support Bill 22, Jewish stereotypes in Quebec presented by Rioux, minority status, marriage patterns of Sephardic Jews versus English Jews in Quebec, JIAS, Canadian Jewish Congress, and various activities and goals of francophone Jewish organizations, a short history of the first Jews to Quebec and their dilemma between Catholic and Protestant groups, social problems of adaptation and assimilation to the existing Jewish establishment and Quebec integration.
CKAC outs -- Lison Chocron, Raphael Mergui and Mathieu Rioux of CKAC. Bits and pieces of conversations with many responses cut off. Topics include: the founding of the Jewish community in Quebec, the work of AJCS, which founded the 23 Jewish community groups, Canadian Jewish Congress, the different histories of Ashkenazi and Oriental Jews, the working class background of most Sephardic Jews in Montreal -- this by Raphael Mergui, who contradicts Ms. Chocron's opinion of who constitutes the bulk of Oriental Jews.
Lison Chocron interview in her office in which she talks about the rise of "militantisme" in her group of activists after realizing the mistakes of the original leaders who were replaced in the Sephardic community groups, how change has become more difficult within the rigid infrastructure of government and social organizations, the relationship to francophone Quebecois and anglophone Jewish institutions, which she compares to colonial and colonized with regard to Oriental Jews, the experience of new immigrants with JIAS as an English group, given their own French Sephardic cultural biases.
Lison Chocron and Sephardic children in school bus on way to Maimonides School. Shots in sequence include: arrival of children; inside a typical classroom as they sing a Hebrew song; hallways between classes; Chocron entering a classroom and talking to teacher about dietary confusion of children; the teacher teaching about Passover (Pesach); a sequence with older children learning French composition; a sequence in the lunchroom with children at tables opening their lunch boxes and eating; children in the playground with ropes, playing hopscotch, dancing in circles, and milling about in front of the school.