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Yude HenteleffBy MYRON LOVE  Yude Henteleff, the third member of the Buchwald Asper Henteleff legal partnership, has more than held his own when it comes to community leadership and giving back.

Harold Buchwald, Israel Asper and Yude Henteleff  arguably, among them,  did more for the Jewish community - here and in Israel,  and for the community at large – than any other trio of lawyers in our city’s history.
Henteleff, who is now 90, could well be described as a renaissance man. His range of interests and contributions have encompassed education, heritage, healthcare, human rights and arts and entertainment.
Henteleff grew up on the Henteleff  family farm just outside of Winnipeg. At university, he met Harold Buchwald and the two became law partners and lifelong friends. In 1965, they formed the law firm Buchwald Henteleff. In 1970, they joined forces with the late Israel Asper to form Buchwald Asper Henteleff.
“The three of us were bound together by a love of the law and a commitment to social justice,” Henteleff said in an earlier interview by this writer at the time of Buchwald’s passing nine years ago. “We also shared a commitment to the City of Winnipeg and the arts, and a passion for the Jewish people and for education. We felt strongly that as lawyers, we were in an ideal position to serve as advocates in ways that would enrich our community.”
One of the institutions that benefitted from the contributions of the three partners was the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Henteleff recalls that it was Mr. Justice Samuel Freedman who introduced them to the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University. Each of the partners served as president of the local chapter, on the national board, and on the board of governors of the Hebrew University.
Henteleff was also instrumental in the formation of the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba and a leading voice advocating for children afflicted with learning disabilities.
He was also a long-time member of the Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties and played an integral role in the creation of his friend Israel Asper’s visionary Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Henteleff chaired the Content Advisory Committee. He and the committee members travelled across Canada – from Labrador to Iqualiut to Victoria listening to  stories Canadians felt it was important to include in the new museum.
He describes that time as a unique opportunity to meet a wide cross section of Canadians.
Within our Jewish community, Henteleff served as president of the YMHA and chair of B’nai Brith Camp.
In the world of arts and entertainment, he was a member of the Winnipeg Jazz Committee (another passion that he shared with Asper), found time to serve on the board of the Manitoba Theatre Centre and was there at the beginning of Actor’s Workshop - which later evolved into Prairie Theatre Exchange.
And, he says, he received a lot of satisfaction for his role in the founding of the Manitoba Children’s Museum.
He has also been a leading voice in the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association.
The project that Henteleff has been primarily focusing on over the past few years has been the one that hits closest to home for him. That would be the transformation of the Henteleff Family farm into a park and interpretive centre showcasing early Metis culture, Winnipeg’s early market gardening industry and the Henteleff Family.
“The park (in south St. Vital) has been a huge success,” Henteleff says.

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