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Holocaust survivor Isaac Gotfried speaks to group of Muslim students at Holocaust Education Centre

Isaac Gotfried edited 1By BERNIE BELLAN

Ninety-two-year-old Isaac Gotfried has been telling his story of how he survived the Holocaust to various Winnipeg schoolchildren for over 24 years. (He told me that he estimates he has told his story to students over 100 times and figures that, during that time, he has been heard by over 20,000 students.)

Was the Jewish Learning Centre treated unfairly in the media?

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By BERNIE BELLAN (Posted Feb. 24, 2018)
On Monday, February 20, CBC News broke a story about criminal charges that had been laid against Rabbi Yacov Simmonds involving allegations of sexual impropriety. The story went on to note that Rabbi Simmonds  had fled Winnipeg prior to a warrant being issued for his arrest and was currently at large, likely in the United States.

Community organizations and members come together to honour International Holocaust Remembrance Day

IHRDBy RAN UKASHI - Manitoba Regional Director for B’nai Brith Canada
In honour of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2018, B’nai Brith Canada came together with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and several community organizations to put on a free three-part series to mark the occasion entitled Italy During the Fascist Era.

Camp Massad choir to take final curtain call

Massad ChoirSome of the members of the Massad Alumni Choir: Standing: left to right: Adeena Lungen, Joel Braemer, D’Arcy Bruning Haid, Rob Waldman, Pam Appel, Debra Fleishman, Paula MacPherson, Miriam Baron. Seated on couch: left to right: Sharla Chochinov, Cindy Bass, Tracy Goltsman. Seated on floor, left to right: Laura Diamond, Shelley Werner, Janet Froelich.

By MYRON LOVE Miriam Baron and the Camp Massad Choir have chosen to lower the curtain for the last time on the popular choir that has been a regular feature of Winnipeg bar and bat mitzvahs for the past 25 years.

So - if the 2016 census says that the number of individuals who say their ethnic origin is Jewish has radically declined, is there a possibility the census was actually correct?

2016 censusBy BERNIE BELLAN
By now, there have been quite a few reports (including in our own paper)  suggesting that  the most recent Canadian census (2016) has badly undercounted the number of individuals who would regard themselves as Jews - at least by ethnicity, if not by religion. (Note, however: Saying your ethnic origin is Jewish doesn’t necessarily mean that you consider yourself Jewish. It might simply be an observation about your ancestry.)