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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.)

Canada’s only Jewish Federal Cabinet Minister Jim Carr in a year-end interview with the JP&N

It’s been a little more than two years since the Federal Liberals became the governing party of Canada’s House of Commons. Jim Carr, the Member for Winnipeg South Centre, is now Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources – a portfolio he has held since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formed his first Cabinet.

Dire situation of Jews in France discussed at recent event featuring former French residents

French Jews panelBy BERNIE BELLAN
An interesting discussion about the situation of the Jewish population of France took place Wednesday evening, December 6th, at the River Heights Community Centre. Once again, as seems to be the case so often these days, the discussion was organized jointly by Winnipeg Friends of Israel and Bridges for Peace.