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A deep dive into the 2021 census produces some very surprising results:The Jewish population of Winnipeg is – at a maximum: 14,270

By Bernie Bellan Elsewhere on this website you can read about some of my findings re the 2021 census as they relate to the Jewish community of Winnipeg. At the end of my report I wrote that I...

Does Winnipeg even have an identifiable “Jewish” community any more?

By Bernie Bellan While there is no doubt that antisemitism is the issue of paramount concern to Jewish communities around the world, there is no shortage of news stories almost anywhere you look within Jewish media that are...

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra to feature “Violins of Hope” at December 3 concert

By Myron Love On Saturday, December 3, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will be featuring a program with a strong emphasis on music with Jewish connections – pieces for example such as Prokofiev’s “Over-ture on Hebrew Themes,” Joseph Achron’s...

Jack Micay: combining filmmaking with medicine

By Gerry Posner Ah yes, the Micay Family. Quite a bunch they were and are. For readers over 50, many will have vivid memories of Athlete’s Wear owned and operated for so many years by the late Nathan (...

Being a foster parent is a rewarding experience,say Fay and Avrom Charach

By Myron Love For the past eight years, Fay and Avrom Charach have been opening their home to Jewish children in our community who are in need of foster care.“We had a child of our own at that...

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre announces new artistic director

WJT is delighted to announce Dan Petrenko as its new artistic director. Dan is incredibly thrilled to be joining the team at the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre as the youngest Artistic Director of a professional PACT theatre in the country! ...

Yehuda Friedberg and the Mriya Report

By Martin Zeilig Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the team behind Mriya Report has been broadcasting live, 24/7, on Twitter Spaces—the modern equivalent to live global radio. (Ed. note: Twitter Spaces is...

Art and Scroll Studio enters its Third Season: From Darkness into Light – Claude Riedel and the Art of the Ner Tamid

“A little bit of light pushes away a lot of darkness” - Jewish Proverb By Shelley Werner Art and Scroll Studio was created in 2020 to celebrate the makers and creators of Judaic art. The format is a live...

Bugsy Siegel established Las Vegas

The Early Days of Las Vegas May 1905 marked the founding of Las Vegas. Las Vegas was not a typical city for 40 years; for most of its existence, it was a sparsely-populated desert town, located some 80...

Jewish population of Winnipeg shows slight increase in past 10 years – but 2021 census does not give definitive answers as to what the...

By BERNIE BELLAN The number of individuals in Winnipeg who report that their ethnic origin is Jewish has declined somewhat from the number reported in the 2011 National Household Survey (which was the last reliable report on the ethnic...

Winnipeg’s first certified pediatric surgical specialist easing into retirement

By MYRON LOVE According to that venerable Chinese sage Confucius, “a man who loves what he is doing never works a day in his life.”That maxim aptly describes Dr. Nathan Wiseman to a tee (no pun intended for an...

Manitoba adopts the IHRA Definition on antisemitism: What does that signify?

By BELLE JARNIEWSKI Last week, I was honoured to be present when our provincial government announced its adoption of the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) Working Definition of antisemitism. As a member of the IHRA Committee on Antisemitism...

World-renowned archaeologist Haskel Greenfield turning attention to Turkey after several years working in  Israel

By MYRON LOVE At the age of 69, Haskel Greenfield, Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Manitoba and co-director (with his wife, Professor Tina Greenfield) of the university’s Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Lab, says that...

Regards from Israel: Surveys…and more surveys

By BRUCE BROWN Israel ranked among the top five worst countries to work in, according to the William Russell International Insurance Agency. Really?! The survey says we work an average of 36.6 hours per week. Is that all? With...

Saskatoon Jewish Arts Festival: establishing relationships

By GERRY POSNER I just had a first. My wife and I attended the first ever SASKATCHEWAN JEWISH ARTS FESTIVAL, held in Saskatoon from October 19- 23, 2022. It was a joy to be there. Now this joy was certainly...

Making Jerusalem a city for the entire world to admire

By SIMONE COHEN SCOTT Nomi Yeshua occasionally passes through Canada representing the Jerusalem Foundation. Last summer she came through Winnipeg with Mayor Moshe Lion of Jerusalem. The delegation from Israel was thanking the Canadian donors who have helped to...

Manitoba adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg applauds the adoption of framework to identify, understand, and combat antisemitism Submitted by the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg: October 27, 2022 Manitoba became the sixth Canadian province to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)...

Daughter of Holocaust survivors deals with intergenerational trauma in new book

By MARTIN ZEILIG Marsha Lederman was five years old when a straightforward question led, as she notes in her recently published book, “Kiss the Red Stairs...The Hol-ocaust Once Removed” to “a horrifying answer.” Sitting in her kitchen, she asked...

Henderson has scored for Canada!

By BRIAN PAULS Do you remember where you were when you heard the legendary Foster Hewitt utter those words, on September 28, 1972? I do. My wife Jeanne and I recall the moment very well. We were there...

Champion of Winnipeg art scene receives prestigious University of Winnipeg alumni award

By MYRON LOVE Thirty-five years ago, Meeka Walsh and her life partner, Robert Enright, took charge of a struggling arts magazine.  Under their leadership, the duo transformed the renamed “Border Crossings” into an award-winning and internationally known arts publication...

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Leonard Cohen’s 1973 Yom Kippur War concerts to be dramatized in TV series by ‘Shtisel’ writer

(JTA) — Leonard Cohen’s momentous trip to the Sinai Desert to perform for Israeli soldiers in the wake of the Yom Kippur War is...

Jewish Australian Football League draftee faces barrage of online antisemitism

(JTA) — Australian-Jewish teenager Harry Sheezel made headlines Monday for getting drafted into the Australian Football League and for facing a barrage of online...

Hereditary cancers aren’t just a women’s problem. Jewish men need to take precautions too.

Bill Harris, a veteran Los Angeles photojournalist, didn’t think much of it when one morning in 2012 he woke up and found a tiny...

Meet the 2 Jews of Guyana, a South American nation with a tradition of religious tolerance

(JTA) — When Janet Jagan, an immigrant from the United States, made history by becoming Guyana’s prime minister in 1997, she was thought to...

Trump’s dinner with a Holocaust denier draws rare criticism from some of his Jewish allies

(JTA) — Two weeks after feting Donald Trump as America’s most pro-Israel president ever, the Zionist Organization of America had harsh words for the...

A Black writer explores how Germany remembers its ‘unthinkable’ past

(JTA) — For his 2021 book “How the Word Is Passed,” winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, poet and journalist Clint...

Michelle Williams, who plays Steven Spielberg’s mother in ‘The Fabelmans,’ says she plans to raise her children Jewish

(JTA) — Michelle Williams is one of the only non-Jewish actors with a starring role in “The Fabelmans,” director Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical film based...

Israeli coalition deal gives far right’s Itamar Ben-Gvir control over the police, including in the West Bank

(JTA) — Itamar Ben-Gvir, the right-wing Israeli politician called a “pyromaniac” by his critics because of his penchant for inflaming his country’s deep tensions,...

In ‘Mapping Jewish San Francisco,’ a treasure trove of Bay Area Jewish history goes on display

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — The year was 1968. Young people from around the country were descending on San Francisco looking...

Trump hosts Kanye West and prominent antisemite Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago

(JTA) — Former President Donald Trump hosted white nationalist Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye West, two figures who have made repeated antisemitic statements, at his Mar-a-Lago...