Shaarey Zedek temporarily discontinues planting flowers on graves

SZ cemeteryAs a result of much higher costs than normal due to new regulations imposed upon cemeteries by provincial regulations, the Shaarey Zedek board has informed members and others who had Perpetual Care agreements with the synagogue that flowers will not be planted by the synagogue this year at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

Grade 12 graduate Lauren Cogan creates virtual grad video with student participation from around the world

Lauren Cogan 
Lauren Cogan

By MYRON LOVE
Like other students who expected to graduate high school anywhere in the world, 2020 Oak Park High School graduate Lauren Cogan was disappointed that there will be no formal graduation ceremonies this year to mark this momentous occasion in one’s life.

Gwen Secter Centre and Jewish Child and Family Service working together to provide much needed help for seniors in our community

By BERNIE BELLAN
Beginning two months ago, I’ve been reporting on the incredible job that the Gwen Secter Centre has been doing in providing meals for seniors in our Jewish community since the Province imposed a lockdown on March 13.

Parents of Gray Academy students offer praise for “Gray Away”

Charlie (JK) & Samuel (Gr.2) Badniok

By BERNIE BELLAN
At the end of my conversation with Lori Binder, Rob Dalgliesh, and Andrea Ritter about how Gray Academy has adapted to online learning, I asked Andrea whether she could suggest the names of some parents who might be willing to offer comments about how their children have taken to online learning.

Gray Academy excels at online teaching during pandemic with ‘Gray Away”

Gray Academy students Ethan (Gr. 9)
and Annie (Gr. 6)

By BERNIE BELLAN
It was March 13 when the Province of Manitoba announced that, effective March 23, all schools in Manitoba were going to close for three weeks – with the possibility that the closure might be extended.

Manitoba film czar Rachel Rusen looking forward to busy time post-COVID

Rachel Rusen

By MYRON LOVE
“I am excited that our provincial government has identified film production as one of the industries that will be allowed to re-open as part of phase 2 of lifting Covid-19 restrictions in Manitoba,” says Rachel Rusen, Manitoba Film Commissioner and CEO of the Manitoba Film & Sound Recording Development Corporation.

Jewish Foundation releases list of organizations that received emergency funding

By BERNIE BELLAN
(First posted May 15; amended May 20) Note: This story appeared earlier on this website, but has now been amended to include the list of all "Jewish" organizations that received funding from the Jewish Foundation in what the Foundation says will ultimately be three rounds of emergency funding due to the pandemic.

Demolition complete of old Chesed Shel Emes house – new building expected to be completed in 2021

final demolition of the "old house"

By BERNIE BELLAN
It was just over a little more than a year ago that the Chesed Shel Emes (the Winnipeg Jewish community’s burial society) launched a capital campaign, with the intent to build “a new facility to meet the needs of the Jewish community for many years to come,” an announcement in the May 10, 2019 issue of this paper said.

New honour puts chazan/scientist Michael Eskin in elite company

Dr. Michael Eskin

By MYRON LOVE

In a career rich in accomplishments, Michael Eskin has climbed another pinnacle. In early May, he was notified that he is this year’s recipient of the Supelco AOCS (American Oil Chemists Society) Research Award.

Jewish organizations struggling with realities of dealing with unprecedented situation

kitchen staff at Gwen Secter

By BERNIE BELLAN
The impact that COVID-19 has had on Jewish organizations in Winnipeg has taken many forms.