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

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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

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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”.

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.

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

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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.

New wall mural encapsulates history of Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre

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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.

Earl Barish “Pays it Forward” with Salisbury House

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Earl Barish is a man who seems to thrive on taking on challenges – whether it’s resurrecting a troubled business or finding a way to fill the void in charitable donations to four of Winnipeg’s hospitals that is one of the byproducts of the current pandemic
With his “Pay it Forward” campaign involving Barish’s Salisbury House chain, he has come up with a thoroughly imaginative way that provides a real incentive for Sals customers to help out hospitals here (as well as individuals living in DASCH community homes) at the same time as they can still enjoy a meal from Sals.

Lubavitch Centre introducing new outreach program for Israelis in Winnipeg

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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.

Gray Academy has made elaborate preparations in advance of school reopening September 8

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With schools in Manitoba set to reopen on September 8, it goes without saying that there is an enormous amount of apprehension among both parents and students as to what will happen once students are back in class.
Gray Academy, however, has gone to unprecedented lengths to plan for the coming school year. The school prepared a 36-page “Framework for Reopening” pdf that touches upon almost every conceivable concern that parents and students might have. (The pdf is available for viewing on Gray Academy’s website.)

Danielle Tabacznik is the Senior Concierge for the Winnipeg Jewish Community

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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.)

Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life adapts to changed circumstances

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The 13th annual Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life 20KM walk (or 200-minute workout) has a new look this year – as a result of COVID 19 – with a smaller number of participants and lower expectations.