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Bernie Shore's experience working with homeless people leads him to create fictional character, "Skinny Bernard"

Bernie Shore spent years dealing with the homeess - now the subject of his book of short stories, titled “Skinny Bernard”.

Growing up in Garden City, Bernie Shore , who is now 54, attended Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate and Camp Massad. He went on to earn his B.A. at the University of Manitoba, including studying creative writing and criminology.
Shore, who was born in Vancouver,  was adopted by Winnipeg’s Shore family. His siblings live in New York – his sister working as a doctor and his brother as a rabbi.

Photos of Jewish figures from the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

Seated centre: Rose Alcin Second from right: Fanya Cherniack Leaning on chair: J. Alter Cherniack Representing Labour and the North End, Rose Alcin was elected school trustee in 1919 (in the aftermath of the General Strike), defeating prominent lawyer and pro–business community activist Max Steinkopf. (JM 1857)

On this, the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, it is worth noting that many Jewish individuals played prominent roles in the strike. Click "read more" to see a montage of some of those individuals.

An excerpt from Harriet Zaidman's "City on Strike"

harriet zaidmanHarriet Zaidman's new young adult novel, "City on Strike: A Novel" (Red Deer Press 191 pg. $14.95), is set during the time of the Winnipeg General Strike in 1919 when workers and soldiers returning from the First World War demanded jobs, decent wages and the right to organize.
“Many politicians and business leaders condemned strike organizers and, backed up by police, unleashed deadly violence against them on a day now known as Bloody Sunday,” said Harriet in describing the book.  “City on Strike focusses on a 13-year-old boy and his younger sister who are part of a poor but hard-working immigrant family. Together with their neighbours, these siblings get drawn into the chaos that changed the city, and the country, forever.” Following is an excerpt from "City on Strike":

Businesswoman Elaine Berliner making life a little brighter for the homeless

Elaine Berliner (circled) with some of the 35 volunteers who regularly put on Christmas & Easter dinners for the homeless


Sixteen years ago, Elaine Berliner was at a low point in her life.
“I was feeling lousy,” she recalls. “It was close to Christmas and it struck me that this must be the way homeless people feel at Christmas.”

High schools Holocaust studies programs include visits to Auschwitz

Students from Springfield and Sturgeon Creek Collegiates who went on separate trips to Europe as part of Holocaust studies visited Auschwitz, also spent time in Cracow
It's one thing to learn about the Holocaust through books and film or even by listening to survivors’ stories. It is quite a different matter, as groups of students from Sturgeon Creek Collegiate in St. James and Springfield Collegiate in Oakbank (just northeast of Winnipeg) have learned, when you visit the actual death camps such as Auschwitz.

Linda Sarsour is not an antisemite


I am alarmed by Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman’s call to stop Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour from speaking in his community.  I am a rabbi.  I have been involved with Jewish communal life and with Israel for fifty years.  At this moment I am writing from Israel, where I lived for four years. I arrived here this morning to participate in a Jewish project of solidarity next week with Palestinians in the West Bank who struggle daily for their very existence.