BB Camp director Jacob Brodovsky releases second solo LP

Jacob Brodovsky copy edited 1By MYRON LOVE For B’nai Brith Camp co-executive directors Jacob Brodovsky and his wife, Lexie Yurman, and their staff, it has been a satisfying summer at the Lake of the Woods campsite.
“We are happy to be able to report that we had full registration this year,” says Brodovsky whose relationship with BB Camp as camper, counsellor and executive director (since January 1, 2021) goes back 20 years. “Our numbers were back to 2017 and 2018 levels.”

Masa helps bring thousands of young Jews to Israel each year

Gray Academy MASA edited 3While the skies were closed for the first waves of the pandemic, with many organizations canceling their Israel trips, Masa Israel Journey saw an increase of almost 40% of North American students and young professionals traveling to Israel to partake in immersive four-to-10-month programs.
Since its establishment in 2004 by the Jewish Agency and the government of Israel, Masa has served more than 180,000 Jewish students and young professionals ages 16 to 35, from more than 60 countries.

Last kosher butcher shop in western Canada up for sale

OmnitskysBy MYRON LOVE There was a time – at least within the lifetime of older readers – when there seemed to be a kosher butcher on every corner in the old North End. An exaggeration, maybe, but in the 1930s, there were enough kosher butchers in Winnipeg to form their own shul.
The last kosher butcher in Winnipeg – that would be Omnitsky’s – closed in 2008 and, at about the same time, fresh kosher slaughter also came to end in our region.

Jerry Cohen: better the second time around

Jerry Cohen edited 1By GERRY POSNER Cohen, Shell, Margolis, Diamond, Coodin, Slayen, Bloomfield, Simkin and many more family names all were in attendance on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at the Etz Chaim Synagogue for the second Bar Mitzvah of Jerry Cohen. In truth, the Bar Mitzvah was to have taken place last year in Cohen’s 83rd year, but Covid interfered with the event at that time so the simcha was postponed a year. But even with a year’s delay, the joy of the moment was everywhere, Covid or not. What was present was happily, not Covid, but Kavod.

Winnipeg’s last Jewish men’s bowling league celebrates 100 years of camaraderie and friendly competition

BOWLINGBy MYRON LOVE On June 15, the Recreation Men’s Bowling League held its annual wind-up banquet at the Glendale Golf & Country Club. As per usual, the wind-up is the venue for handing out the awards for the year just past.Once again, for the tenth year in a row, Terry Robinson won the W. Harry Zimmerman Memorial Trophy for Highest Average, a feat that the largely Jewish Recreation Men’s Bowling League’s current secretary has achieved for 16 of the past 20 years.

Congregation Etz Chayim puts synagogue building up for sale

etz chayimPosted Sept. 16, 2022 By MYRON LOVE It would seem that it is finally happening.  After  “at least a decade” -  in the words of Congregation Etz Chayim board member and spokesperson Avrom Charach – of talking about it and considering different options, north Winnipeg’s  largest synagogue has taken a concrete  step forward in relocating to the south end.

The “for sale” sign outside the 70-year-old building went up last weekend.

Seven Jewish boys on the Canadian champion Ultimate team!

l-r: Liam Gutkin, Jadon Rich,
Zach Goldberg, Jesse Greenberg,
Gil Binnun, Devin Cohen, Dylan Kagan

Ultimate is a sport that has become extremely popular among both young men and women in recent years. We’ve written before about the accomplishments of the Binun brothers, Gil and Oren, who have both been playing competively for years. As well, 2019 Jewish Athlete of the Year Sarah Jacobsohn has continued playing for Canada’s national Ultimate team.

QDoc: a new venture that promises to change the way patients interact with doctors

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Dr. Norm Silver (left) & Dave Berkowits 

By BERNIE BELLAN It was in May of this year when I read an article in the Winnipeg Free Press by business reporter Martin Cash which told of a new venture that was going to provide an entirely new way for people who needed to see a doctor for urgent care. The venture was known as QDoc and it was the brainchild of two members of our local Jewish community: Dave Berkowits and Dr. Norm Silver.

After a two-year absence B’nai Brith returns to the Goldeyes ball park

Volunteers at B'nai Brith's
"Afternoon with the Goldeyes"

On Sunday, August 14th, B’nai Brith Canada in Winnipeg held its 14th annual “Afternoon with the Winnipeg Goldeyes” event, bringing out the city’s most vulnerable to spend a fun day at the ball park.
Since 2008, B’nai Brith has played host to the event, providing a valuable service to the community by inviting clients of Winnipeg’s service agencies to come out to the Goldeyes ball park.

JWC basketball teams from 1980s to be inducted into Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame

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1984 Provincial A Champions
(photo from a 1984 Jewish Post)

We received the following release from The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame: The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its Class of 2021. 
In the team category four Raiders teams from JWC in the 1980s are to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Those varsity boys’ teams were 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86 & 1988-89, MHSAA Provincial Champions. Click here to watch a short video about those teams and the induction ceremony: JWC Raiders


Former St. John’s High classmates of the late Aron Katz gather to unveil plaque in his honour

Seven of Aron Katz’s classmates from
the class of ‘69 l-r: Dr. Bob Steinberg,
Dr. Brian Postl, Reid Linney, Dr. David
Manusow, Wayne Rosin, Geraldine
Scott (née Hale), Dr. Gerald ("Yosel") Minuk

Elsewhere on this website (Aron Katz story) you can read a lengthy story about the tragic death of 21-year-old Aron Katz, who died heroically while saving his own sister from drowning one summer day in 1973 in the Big Whiteshell.

On August 16, seven of Aron’s former classmates from the 1969 graduating class from St. John’s - along with others who had or now have a connection to the school, gathered to unveil a plaque dedicated to Aron’s memory. Click on "Read More" to read the wording on the plaque: