First report of COVID at Simkin Centre

Simkin Centre logoThe following was received Thursday, October 22, 2020:

Late yesterday afternoon we were notified that one of our Residents tested positive for Covid-19. The affected Resident has been moved to our Adult Day Program space which has been designated as our Covid-19 Isolation Unit.

Dolphins Swim Club looking for new members

Michelle & Alex of Dolphins Swim Club

Submitted by ALEX SHOGOLEV
We are a medium sized team that has expanded from Selkirk to Winnipeg. Michelle (Head Coach) and I have discussed and agreed that this move will create a spark within the swimming community; by showcasing that two locations can act as one unit. We have created a program that includes our non-competitive (Dolphins Swim School) and competitive (PODs 1-3) program.

The Bermax saga takes a new twist - Is returning to Israel the Berents' next step?

the former Bermax Caffée

By BERNIE BELLAN
As reported in various media on October 6, the three members of the Berent family: father Alexander, mother Oxana, and son Maxim, are all now living in Los Angeles, having gone there in January of this year.

Winnipeg Conservative/Reform congregations’ virtual Yom Tov services very well received

zoom logo1 edited 1By MYRON LOVE
Due to a combination of government-imposed limitations on numbers and many people’s reticence in attending religious services because of Covid, our community’s congregations were forced to rethink their usual High Holiday services.

Asper Foundation seeking new Executive Director

The Asper Foundation, a Winnipeg-based philanthropic organization, develops major projects and provides general support to the Jewish Community while also supporting the broader community in areas of culture, education, community development, and human rights on a local, national and international scale.

Allan Levine to launch new book October 7

cover-"Details are Unprintable"/Allan Levine

By BERNIE BELLAN   With everything else that’s been affected by COVID-19, launching a new book does present a new type of challenge for authors.
However, notwithstanding the probems presented by being unable to hold in-person events, the fact that so many more people are looking for ways to pass the time does present an unexpected opportunity for talented writers, including our own Allan Levine.
On October 7 Levine will be launching his latest book, titled “Details are Unprintable: Wayne Lonergan and the Sensational Café Society Murder”.

New wall mural encapsulates history of Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre

Gwen Secter mural edited 1By MYRON LOVE
It has been said that a picture paints a thousand words and that is certainly true of the new wall mural on the south side of the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre at Syd Glow Place.

Bagelsmith bringing Montreal-style bagels to downtown Winnipeg

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Phil Klein of Bagelsmith

By MYRON LOVE Budding entrepreneur Phil Klein goes full bagel within the next few weeks. The founder of Bagelsmith is optimistic as he goes against the trend of endangered restaurants in downtown Winnipeg as a result of the economic damage caused by Covid-19.

Lubavitch Centre introducing new outreach program for Israelis in Winnipeg

Dvora, Rabbi Mendel Altein & Chaya

By MYRON LOVE
The Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Learning Centre is reaching out to Israelis living in Winnipeg with programming to be delivered in Hebrew. In mid-September, Rabbi Mendel and Dvora Altein - newly-arrived Chabad Shluchim most recently from New York - are going to be starting “Ligdol” (meaning “to grow” in Hebrew), a Sunday morning learning program for children – aged 6-10 – of Hebrew-speaking parents.

Chief Executive Officer of Simkin Centre Laurie Cerqueti assesses how things have changed more than six months into the pandemic

Laurie Cerqueti

By BERNIE BELLAN   As part of our continued commitment to reporting on how various agencies within the Jewish community are functioning during these exceptionally difficult times, from time to time we’ve been speaking with the heads of agencies that are directly involved with the senior population of our community.

Danielle Tabacznik is the Senior Concierge for the Winnipeg Jewish Community

Danielle Tabacznik

By BERNIE BELLAN
When we last checked in with Danielle Tabacznik, she had just recently moved to Winnipeg in late 2016 to begin working as the program director at the Gwen Secter Centre.
At the time we reported that Danielle told us that the she had “a background in social work – in health…specifically working with older adults.” (Danielle noted at that time that she had a Bachelors in Social Work.)