Montreal Jewish nursing home hit hard by COVID infections in 2nd wave

Maimonodes Geriatric Centre

Longtime human rights activist Irwin Cotler named as Canada’s first envoy in anti-Semitism fight

Irwin Cotler 
Irwin Cotler (left)
(Brendan Sialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

BY RON KAMPEAS

Nov. 25, 2020 (JTA) — Irwin Cotler, a former Canadian justice minister and a human rights activist, is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s choice as his nation’s first envoy to combat anti-Semitism.

Is the Manitoba government deliberately underreporting COVID cases in the downtown area?

The type of bar graph the Man. government uses to show numbers of COVID cases
By BERNIE BELLAN

I’ve been keeping track of the number of new COVID cases that the Manitoba government has been reporting on the website where it provides information on COVID: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/cases.html

This Chanukah - bring a concert directly to your front yard!

Bryan (left) & David Borzykowski

Have your own Chanukah concert right outside your door featuring the talented Borzykowski Brothers: Bryan & David.

Alarming situation at Simkin Centre

Simkin Centre logo

(Updated each day as new reports arrive)

Due to the dire situation in which the Simkin Centre now finds itself we are now providing regular updates on this website with information gleaned from the Simkin Centre website:

Gwen Secter online concert series fill much needed role in community’s cultural life

Karla Berbrayer introducing singer
Aaron Hutton in Concert #4 of
Gwen Secter Concert Series

By BERNIE BELLAN
It’s been almost eight months since the province imposed the first lockdown due to the COVID pandemic. While we’ve had our fair share of stories in this paper about how the pandemic has affected so many of us, we’ve also been trying to avoid dwelling on the terrible toll it’s taken.

Mystery of why $725,000 donation to the Simkin Centre was made is likely solved

Neal Karlen
Myer Geller/house at 284 Bannerman
when he attended St. John's Tech

By BERNIE BELLAN
Readers of this website may recall our story posted a couple weeks ago in which we told about a $725,000 donation that was given to the Simkin Centre by something called the Myer and Corrine Geller Trust.

Former Temple Shalom member’s spiritual journey leading to rabbinical career

Rebecca Chess

By MYRON LOVE
Rebecca Chess credits their home congregation – Temple Shalom – with starting their Jewish spiritual journey that is leading them to a life as a rabbi.

Winnipeg Jewish community’s newest centenarian gets surprise party at the Shaftesbury

100-year-old Ruth Gutkin

By MYRON LOVE
With her 100th birthday approaching, Ruth Gutkin was resigned to a low key affair due to the Covid situation. However, her younger son, Donald, had other ideas – such that the Shaftesbury Retirement Home resident was more than pleasantly surprised by what actually transpired.

Jewish Foundation allocates third phase of COVID-19 relief funding

Jewish Foundation logoBy BERNIE BELLAN
The Jewish Foundation has now completed the third phase of emergency funding for local Jewish organizations, which it first announced last April. Click "Read More" to see a table of all Jewish Foundation grants given since April under the Foundation's emergency funding:

Simkin Centre receives $725,000 gift from mysterious donor

The mysterious Myer Geller. Did he
have a relative in the Sharon Home?

By BERNIE BELLAN
(Posted Oct. 29, updated Oct. 30, Oct.31)

On Oct. 21 we received an email from the Simkin Centre informing us that the centre had received a gift of $725,000 from someone about whom they know almost nothing.