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Gray AcademyBy RAN UKASHI
For the first time ever, on January 17, 2018, the Gray Academy of Jewish Education invited schools from around Winnipeg to participate in its annual Raoul Wallenberg Day.

The idea was the brainchild of Stephanie Kalo, Emily Kalo, and Hannah Levit who worked with their school teachers, administrators, and various community organizations and activists to broaden the scope of this annual student-led event.
Raoul Wallenberg Day commemorates the courageous efforts of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who provided many Hungarian Jews with passports, and creating a network of safe havens, that saved them from deportation to Nazi concentration camps. In Canada, he was granted honourary citizenship in 1985, and a postage stamp was issued in his honour in 2013.
This year’s Raoul Wallenberg Day at the Gray Academy of Jewish Education allowed many students who may otherwise known very little about the important lifesaving work of this man were able to learn about his efforts, the Holocaust, as well as engage with other human rights activists and learn about contemporary human rights issues.
“The three of us are incredibly grateful for this experience, and we owe B’nai Brith an immense thank you for believing in us enough to help transform our idea into a reality,” said Stephanie Kalo. The three students were the successful applicants to B’nai Brith Canada – Midwest Region for its  Human Rights Initiative Grant, which funds inspirational, creative, and unique human rights projects.
The grant is a project of B’nai Brith Canada’s League for Human Rights, as its falls in line with the League’s mandate to educate the public and engage the community on human rights issues around the world. The grant operates in the spirit of the Human Rights Code of Manitoba and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whereby the individual worth and dignity of all people is to be respected, valued, and protected, and is open to all eligible applicants regardless of their background.
B’nai Brith Canada – Midwest Region’s annual Human Rights Initiative Grant is accepting applications for this year. For more information, or to apply, please visit The deadline for applications is March 31, 2018.

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