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“Bar Mitzvah Boy” will have you laughing, then pondering some very deep questions

Amy Lee & Nicholas Rice in "Bar Mitzvah Boy"

Reviewed by BERNIE BELLAN
In the annals of questions that ask something totally ridiculous, such as “Would King Kong have really beaten Godzilla?”, we can now add: “Who are you more likely to turn to for counseling: A rabbi or a divorce lawyer?”

Okay – so we know what the Rady JCC is like, and many of us remember the Y on Hargrave, but what was the Albert Street Y like?

Arguably, the most famous picture taken at the Albert St. Y: Leible Hershfield tumbling over a group of brave souls in 1937 (photo courtesy Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada)

By BERNIE BELLAN
When it comes to researching the history of the YMHA/Rady JCC, there are no better sources than members who actually belonged to the YMHA when it was still on Albert Street. The stories they have to tell are priceless – especially when it comes to describing what stood for a “gym” in that building.

Former Winnipegger Michael Tregebov pens novel revolving around demise of Winnipeg's Jewish curling club

Michael Tregebov/Shot Rock cover

“Shot Rock”
By Michael Tregebov
220 pages
New Star Books
to be released Sept. 26
Reviewed by BERNIE BELLAN
Michael Tregebov is only one year younger than me. We grew up in the same part of town – although I didn’t meet Michael until I moved to West Kildonan Collegiate from Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate following Grade 10.

Mitch Podolak: "A Citizen of Earth"

Mitch PodolakBy KINZEY POSEN (Ed. note: This article was first posted Oct./17. With the news of Mitch's passing, we thought it appropriate to repost it to the home page.) Last November Mitch Podolak was leaving one of his favourite Winnipeg restaurants, the Evergreen on Pembina, when he suddenly fell outside. As he lay there somewhat stunned, he realized that this fall was about to change his life. He couldn’t feel the lower part of his body after landing hard on his neck.