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Discover the Jewish Heritage of Montreal with Mélissa Simard

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Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel.

From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.   

Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting.

Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

Thank you to Mélissa Simard for the fantastic Jewish Food Tour of Montreal on May 16 2018 with Round Table Tours. I LOVED our day exploring!

See it come to life in my video:

Where did we go?

Lisa and Melissa at Lesters Deli
Lisa and Melissa at Lesters Deli
Photo by Paul Shiro

*Lester’s Deli

 

Cheskie Bakery has the best Rugelach in Montreal! Photo by Paul Shiro
Cheskie Bakery has the best Rugelach in Montreal! Photo by Paul Shiro

*Cheski Bakery

 

My favorite bagel on the planet is from St. Viateur Bagel! Photo by Paul Shiro

*St. Viateur Bagel Shop

*Home of Mordechai Richler

*Former B’nai Jacob synagogue

*Fairmont Bagel Factory

 

Sharon Wilensky is the third generation to run Wilensky's Light Lunch! Photo by Paul Shiro
Sharon Wilensky is the third generation to run Wilensky’s Light Lunch! Photo by Paul Shiro

*Wilensky’s Light Lunch

*Hof Kelstein Bakery

*Steinberg’s Grocery

*Leonard Cohen’s home

*Globe Theater (now Cinema L’Amore)

*Cooper Building

 

Schwartz's Deli: World famous smoked meat in Montreal. Photo by Paul Shiro
Schwartz’s Deli: World famous smoked meat in Montreal. Photo by Paul Shiro

*Schwartz’s Deli

*Bagg Street Shul

and don’t miss the Shalom Montreal exhibit at McCord Museum.

Musée McCord Shalom Montreal Exhibit. Photo by Paul Shiro
Musée McCord Shalom Montreal Exhibit. Photo by Paul Shiro

Thank you again to Mélissa Simard for making the Jewish heritage of Montreal come to life. My grandfather was born here and this was my 1st visit to this marvelous city.

 

More about ‘Round Table Tours:

‘Round Table Tours offers a guided exploration of Montreal’s diverse neighbourhoods, cultures and food establishments. Your adventure will bring you beyond cheap clichés normally destined for tourists.

  • Weave together the tasting of culinary delights with the stories of the chefs and entrepreneurs that create those dishes
  • Discover flourishing communities, their histories and interesting and diverse people from the past and present
  • Explore emerging styles of cuisine and business models that are eco-responsible, including urban farms, restaurants, food trucks and food production sites

More about Travel Classics Montreal:

I was in Montreal to participation in “The World’s Most Exclusive Conferences for Professional Travel Writers and Editors.”  I am honored to be able to participate. Want to know more about it? Watch this video: Why Go to Travel Classics? Ask the Editors:

Lisa and Melissa Montreal Jewish Food tour

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