Some major changes in allocations to beneficiary agencies of the Jewish Federation as of Sept. 1 - Gray Academy to receive $26,000 less than last year
By BERNIE BELLAN The Jewish Federation will be allocating exactly the same total amount of money to its beneficiary agencies in the 2022/23 fiscal year (beginning September 1) as it did in 2021/22: $3,003,000. But – the distribution of those funds will be markedly different this coming year than it was in the fiscal year that will end August 31.
That is the major takeaway from this year’s report of the Federation’s Budget & Allocations Committee.
By BERNIE BELLAN Quite often I’m asked by individuals who the audience for our paper is? I try to be as honest as possible in describing the audience for our print newspaper as predominantly older, which is generally the case for all print media. When it comes to our website, however, as much as there are analytics available, it’s much more difficult to know who exactly is looking at our website (which receives an average of 10,000 hits a month). What I have found quite interesting, however, is learning that the majority of individuals who look at our website are doing so on a mobile device, such as an iPhone or iPad.
By MYRON LOVE The 15th annual Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life 20KM walk (or 200-minute workout) is back again, but much later this year than had traditionally been the case: August 4-14. Once again, teams dominated or led by members of our Jewish community are among the top fundraisers.
By BERNIE BELLAN As a result of the many problems associated with personal care homes in Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has been conducting unannounced inspections of personal care homes throughout the city.
On May 26 a team of five, including three representatives from Manitoba Health and two from the WRHA, visited the Simkin Centre.
Ethnic radio station CKJS - longtime home to the Jewish Radio Hour, caters to a vast underserved audience
By MYRON LOVE CKJS, the FM radio station that is undoubtedly best known in our Jewish community as the “forever” host of the long-running Jewish Radio Hour, occupies a unique place among Winnipeg radio stations. It is the only station in this region that is mandated to provide ethnic and religious programming.
By JAMIE MICHAELS Irving Abella passed away on July 3. He was a special historian. Calling him an optimist might be considered paradoxical given the subjects he researched: the history of Canadian anti-Semitism, the role of racial prejudice in shaping Canadian immigration policy, and Canadian labour history.
By MYRON LOVE Winnipeg Jewish Theatre audiences are going to be hearing a lot from Hershel Blatt – both as actor and playwright - in the new year.
The Toronto-based performer reports that the play that he is developing - “Ahava Later” – is being workshopped by the WJT. The play, Blatt notes, is a 1960s “Toronto Jewish-Queer coming of age story” centering on a Jewish family whose teenage son is coming to terms with his sexuality while his sister is also searching for her identity.
By SHARON LOVE My first visit to the Children of Israel Cemetery was in August 2008. A descriptive article about this group visit, written by Matt Bellan (zl), then editor of The Jewish Post & News can be found in the Aug. 20th, 2008 edition.??
70 headstones toppled at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery, but Larsen’s Memorials restored all but two the next day
By BERNIE BELLAN Early in the morning of Wednesday, June 29, staff at the Shaarey Zedek cemetery discovered that approximately 70 headstones in an older part of the cemetery (Sections 1 and 2) had been toppled over night.
We received an email from Rainbow Stage Artistic Director Carson Nattrass pointing out the many connections our Jewish community has to Rainbow Stage’s current production, “The Hockey Sweater,” including:
? Four Jewish cast members, including lead Kevin McIntryre, Harry Nelken, Rochelle Kives, and Hannah Schaeffer.
This year's Kavod Awards ceremony, held May 31, in which the Jewish Federation honoured volunteers for various Jewish organizations was the first such ceremony held since 2019.
By MYRON LOVE Not only are Max Erenberg and Josh Lieberman close friends, they also share a terrifying experience. Each has undergone successful surgery for removal of a non-malignant brain tumour.
Volunteers from Shaarey Zedek, Unitarian Church, Bear Clan, and others band together to clean up Assiniboine river bank
By BERNIE BELLAN Anyone who had driven, cycled, or walked over the west span of the Sherbrook bridge in the past year was bound to notice that the south bank of the Assiniboine River had become home to a great many homeless people.
On June 30, the Shaarey Zedek released detailed plans of how it will handle operations during the reconstruction of the synagogue. Following is that announcement in full:
In an email received from Yael Kaplan, who herself is a former Jewish Athlete of the Year nominee, Yael informed us that 2019 Jewish Athlete of the Year Sarah Jacobsohn is now in Toronto, training with Canada’s National Ultimate Team for the “World Games,” which will be held in Birmingham, Alabama this week - from July 7-17.
Jake Tapper reflects on his role as a CNN anchor and his search in vain for a connection to any Winnipeg Tappers
By BERNIE BELLAN Jake Tapper is a very well-known CNN anchor (and chief Washington correspondent) whose manner is totally opposite from the firebrands who populate Fox News.
Community leaders David Asper, Harvey and Sandra Secter among the honourees at recent University of Manitoba convocation
By MYRON LOVE Community leaders David Asper and Harvey Secter were among ten individuals who were recipients of honorary degrees at the University of Manitoba’s most recent convocation.
By BERNIE BELLAN On Wednesday, June 15 I was expecting to have a chance to meet the mayor of Jerusalem, whose name I found out is Moshe Lion. What follows is an email I sent to Keith Levit, who was taking pictures of the mayor and his entourage that day, and who asked me whether I was going to use any of the pictures he took.
By ORI BELMONT Born in Winnipeg in 1970, Ari Posner was exposed to music and performing at an early age.
By MYRON LOVE Autism can be a difficult diagnosis that can put a tremendous strain on a family. While the focus for parents, healthcare workers and other support services is rightly on helping the affected child to navigate life, the impact of a sibling with autism on other children in the family may be overlooked.
By GERRY POSNER You don’t have to look far to get a handle on Bob Wiseman or, for that matter, his three brothers: Ron, Gordie and Howie. Mom and Dad -Elaine and the late Mannie Wiseman, set the table and the boys seem to have eaten from the plates that their parents set for them.
By BERNIE BELLAN It’s not easy for a writer to obtain recognition. How’s that for a cliché?
Esports is rapidly growing and gaining popularity faster than any other sports game ever before. It has the same definition as every other sport, a competitive game between two or more teams or players, depending on the game. But the real question is, can Esports compete with traditional sports?
Canadian premiere of play about the lives of Bella & Marc Chagall will leave you wanting to learn more
“The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk” – a WJT production – on now at the Asper Campus
Reviewed by BERNIE BELLAN Most of us are familiar with the paintings of Marc Chagall – with his surrealistic imagery permeated with flying cows, roosters, fish, and the moon. But, what about the man himself? What was he like as a husband? And, what about the woman he married? What was she like?
By MYRON LOVE In a sense, Kelly Hiebert could be designated as “righteous among the Nations”. The Westwood Collegiate history teacher is one of just a handful of teachers in Manitoba who make a point of incorporating Holocaust education in their teaching.
By BERNIE BELLAN It was just three short years ago (in February 2019) that the mayor of Sderot, Alon Davidi, visited Winnipeg for the first time. I was invited to attend a briefing that Mayor Davidi gave in the boardroom of the Taylor McCaffrey law office back then. Here is part of what I wrote about that briefing:
By BERNIE BELLAN The Manitoba Legislature passed a motion unanimously on Tuesday, May 31 that recognizes May as “Jewish Heritage Month” in Manitoba.
In a press release describing the motion, it was noted that “Springfield-Richot MLA Ron Schuler was pleased to present Bill 240, The Jewish Heritage Month Act, which would make each year’s month of May Jewish Heritage Month.
Journalism student Gavin Axelrod welcoming opportunity to gain journalistic experience with home town Free Press
By MYRON LOVE Readers of the Winnipeg Free Press sports section may recently have noticed a new name appearing in print in the sports pages. That would be Toronto Metropolitan (formerly Ryerson) University journalism student Gavin Axelrod who is really excited for the opportunity to serve a summer internship in his home town with his hometown newspaper.
By MYRON LOVE It was a yen for new vistas that has led former Winnipegger Benji Saadia to choose to go to university at Queen’s College in Kingston and, come the fall, begin his career as a geological engineer in Italy.