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Diary of the pandemic situation at Simkin Centre

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(Updated each day as new reports arrive)

Dec. 14: Good news - We are glad to report that, as of today, there are no active cases of COVID-19 at the Simkin Centre. After almost two consecutive months with at least one active case every day - either among residents or staff, there is now reason to believe that the worst is over. Following is a chronology of events, beginning with the first reported case of COVID-19 on Oct. 22:

Gwen Secter online concert series fill much needed role in community’s cultural life

Karla Berbrayer introducing singer
Aaron Hutton in Concert #4 of
Gwen Secter Concert Series

By BERNIE BELLAN
It’s been almost eight months since the province imposed the first lockdown due to the COVID pandemic. While we’ve had our fair share of stories in this paper about how the pandemic has affected so many of us, we’ve also been trying to avoid dwelling on the terrible toll it’s taken.

Former Temple Shalom member’s spiritual journey leading to rabbinical career

Rebecca Chess

By MYRON LOVE
Rebecca Chess credits their home congregation – Temple Shalom – with starting their Jewish spiritual journey that is leading them to a life as a rabbi.

Jewish Foundation allocates third phase of COVID-19 relief funding

Jewish Foundation logoBy BERNIE BELLAN
The Jewish Foundation has now completed the third phase of emergency funding for local Jewish organizations, which it first announced last April. Click "Read More" to see a table of all Jewish Foundation grants given since April under the Foundation's emergency funding:

Mystery of why $725,000 donation to the Simkin Centre was made is likely solved

Neal Karlen
Myer Geller/house at 284 Bannerman
when he attended St. John's Tech

By BERNIE BELLAN
Readers of this website may recall our story posted a couple weeks ago in which we told about a $725,000 donation that was given to the Simkin Centre by something called the Myer and Corrine Geller Trust.

Winnipeg Jewish community’s newest centenarian gets surprise party at the Shaftesbury

100-year-old Ruth Gutkin

By MYRON LOVE
With her 100th birthday approaching, Ruth Gutkin was resigned to a low key affair due to the Covid situation. However, her younger son, Donald, had other ideas – such that the Shaftesbury Retirement Home resident was more than pleasantly surprised by what actually transpired.

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.

Simkin Centre receives $725,000 gift from mysterious donor

The mysterious Myer Geller. Did he
have a relative in the Sharon Home?

By BERNIE BELLAN
(Posted Oct. 29, updated Oct. 30, Oct.31)

On Oct. 21 we received an email from the Simkin Centre informing us that the centre had received a gift of $725,000 from someone about whom they know almost nothing.

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.

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.

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.