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Jewish Foundation allocates record amount in grants in 2017

Tara Fainstein, Jewish Foundation CEO and Ian Barnes, Foundation CFO

By BERNIE BELLAN
The Jewish Foundation committed a record amount in grants for the year ending December 31, 2017. A total of $4,545,739 was allocated in the form of both designated and undesignated grants.
That amount brings the total amount distributed by the Foundation since 1964 to $59,341,605.

Successful CJA campaign translates into higher grants to most Federation beneficiaries

By MYRON LOVE & BERNIE BELLAN
Although the Combined Jewish Appeal has not been as successful as it was in 2013 and 2014 - when it raised over $5.8 million both years, it did exceed its target of $5.7 million for the 2017-18 campaign by $70,000. And that means more money - $50,000 more – was available to apportion among CJA beneficiary agencies for the coming year.

Yonatan Orlov combines grace, athleticism, & juggling in masterful display of baton twirling

Yonatan Orlov - Canadian Men's Champion baton twirler
The Canadian Baton Twirling Championships were recently held in Winnipeg (from July 1-6) in the Max Bell Centre at the University of Manitoba. Twice a finalist for Jewish Athlete of the Year, 19-year-old Yonatan Orlov competed in six different categories, finishing first in three of them.

Capsule reviews of Fringe shows featuring Jewish performers

Zach Dorn (left) / Randy Ross

By BERNIE BELLAN

(Originally posted July 21 and updated July 22 & 23)  Elsewhere on this site we have a post that contains information about Fringe shows that feature Jewish performers as sent to us by those performers. We have now seen seven of the eight shows mentioned in that story - and offer capsule reviews of each of them here. Keep checking this site for more capsule reviews of shows that feature Jewish performers as we add to them over the next few days.

Current, former Winnipeggers recognized with honorary degrees, other awards

clockwise from top left: David Matas, Dr. Martin Yaffe, Harry Nelken, Marsha Hanen
By MYRON LOVE

June is traditionally the time of year for endings and transitions. It is when universities award honorary degrees (along with graduate and post-graduate degrees, of course) and others are recognized by their peers for outstanding achievement in their fields.