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Regina Teplitsky with her band BlizzArt

By REBECA KUROPATWA
When Regina Teplitsky came to Winnipeg from Israel almost nine years ago, she got involved with the Jewish community to make an impact. She dabbled in many career paths, including prominent roles with Camp Massad,  the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, and other non-profit organizations. In each endeavour, Teplitsky was highly successful. But... something was missing.

 


Evgeni, Teplitsky’s husband, and their children, Alissya and Benjamin, have been very supportive of different roles, in Teplitsky’s quest to follow her passion.

 

Today, Teplitsky is a private consultant who helps various non-profit organizations to be successful in strategic planning development, project management, grant proposals and RFP submissions, branding, and marketing.
Further to that, she has begun implementing her ideas related to music and other arts and entertainment projects.
Teplitsky’s father was a gifted musician who insisted that, growing up, Regina take music lessons. Teplitsky took piano lessons for only one year, as all she wanted to do was sing – not to play instruments.
“All of my siblings graduated from music school and I have carried their influence with me,” said Teplitsky. “I recorded my first album in my 20s in Israel and became a member of ACUM (Association of Composers and Songwriters) there. My songs were aired on local radio stations.”
Since her move to Winnipeg, Teplitsky has been involved in organizing Russian-Israeli music events, both as an organizer and as a singer. But, it was not until February 2018 that Teplitsky decided it was time to form a new band, called BlizzArt.

BlizzArt consists of seven talented musicians – five of whom are Russian-speaking Israelis, one who is from Russia, one who hails from Ukraine – and Teplitsky, who is the lead singer.
Performing songs in English, Russian, and Hebrew, on October 20, the band had its very first – and very successful – private show. “Over 150 people attended the concert and enjoyed the show,” said Teplitsky. “I hope to expand the repertoire and include Israeli songs. Also, there has been demand for more Russian songs.”
Teplitsky would have loved to see more people from the broader Jewish community come out to the show. Personal invitations were sent out and most of the people attending the show were personally invited by Teplitsky or by other band members. All band communication is in English. “I spoke to Jewish organizations about the band creation and some people in the music production industry,” said Teplitsky regarding event publicity. “It sold out in no time and the vast majority who attended the show were Russian-speaking Jews.”

As a former CJA Campaign Director, meaningful engagement of Russian-speaking Israelis has been one of Teplitsky’s priorities.
“In the past two CJA campaigns, I, personally, engaged a significant number of new Canadians as canvassers, donors, volunteers, and program participants. It’s possible, if you take time for personal conversations and set clear expectations. We need a new definition of integration as a two-way street.
“My colleagues from other federations in Canada and the U.S.A. approached me, asking for patterns of engagement.

“This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg. I took some time to learn about the history of Winnipeg Jewry. It was evident to me that some of the regular patterns of engagement needed to change. The community needs to explore new ways to proactively promote integration of Russian-speaking Israelis and other community segments.
“Local communal leaders should be asking themselves: ‘What impact do we desire to see? What do we expect from the new community members? How do we identify ‘Jewish’ and ‘being part of the community’?

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