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Lorne Raber, Sharon Allentuck Raber, Sam Katz

By MYRON LOVE

Marcie and David Paller received a crash course on being Jewish in Winnipeg when they made their first ever visit to our community on the weekend of August 22-25. The occasion was a reunion of the Raber Family. Marcie’s parents are Noel and Miriam (Raber) Fishman.

 

 

 

Noam Gonick, Lorne Raber, Louise Raber


“We picked up Marcie and Dave at the airport on Thursday and on Friday drove them out to Gimli,” says Lorne Raber, one of the reunion organizers - along with cousins Sam Katz (not the former Mayor) and Sharon Allentuck. “We walked on the beach and introduced them to goldeye, rye bread and Jeanne’s Cakes. They are now honorary Winnipeggers.”
The Pallers, from Encino, California, were among the 75 Rabers who participated in the reunion. While most still live in Winnipeg, there were also relatives in from across Canada as well as Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, California and Alaska (that would be Lorne and Louise’s daughter, Lindsay).

Marueen Gordon & Carole Saba


The age range of the attendees spanned a babe in arms to cousins in their 90s, notes Sharon Allentuck.
The last Raber family reunion took place 10 years ago and attracted 160 Raber relatives. This most recent reunion, notes Lorne Raber, was somewhat more informal. It grew out of a bat-mitzvah (Emily Tapper) scheduled for that particular weekend at the Shaarey Zedek.
“We had cousins coming in for the bar-mitzvah who suggested that maybe we could combine the occasion with a family reunion,” Raber says. “It sounded like a good opportunity to bring together family members who haven’t seen each other in a long time.”
The only formal activity for the weekend (other than the bar-mitzvah), Allentuck says, was a Sunday afternoon reception at the Shaarey Zedek featuring fruit and pastry. For out of town participants, Sam Katz arranged a tour of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and a dinner Saturday evening at a restaurant.
“We sat around and visited and caught up,” Lorne Raber says. “It was nice to renew our family connections. It was a great weekend.”

 

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