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Mel Brooks gets serious in HBO special – but there’s plenty of shtick, too

(JTA) – Mel Brooks’ new HBO special is a departure from the comedian’s typical belly-laugh fare. In place of the slapstick gallows humor – though there’s plenty of that, too, in “Mel Brooks Unwrapped” – is a more introspective, documentary-style reminiscence of his nearly 60-year career.

Dr. Ross Feldman to lead February program focusing on women & heart disease

Dr. Ross Feldman, Medical Director, Cardiac Sciences Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA)


While Magen David Adom (MDA) is most well known for saving lives in Israel, Canadian Magen David Adom (CMDA) works tirelessly to help fund MDA’s lifesaving efforts.
Now, a lifesaving event is coming up in Winnipeg, focusing on Women & Heart Health. It will be held on February 4th at the Rady JCC, and it will be co-hosted by the Rady JCC and the local chapter of CMDA.
The event will be led by Dr. Ross Feldman, Medical Director, Cardiac Sciences Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), and it will zero in on the Number 1 killer of post-menopausal women – heart disease.

Remembering my uncle, Lt. Harry Niznick, who died in 1944

inset: Sharon (Niznick) Glass; part of an exhibit honouring Lt. Harry Niznick


“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Poem by Laurence Binyon

And that is exactly what they did: “Remember them.” That was the refrain, over and over. On September 21, 2019, on the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Belgium, they were remembered - in Gheel, Belgium, the Sherwood Rangers were remembered; the 50th Northumbrian Division was remembered; and the 8th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry was remembered. We were there. And the reason we were there was that my uncle, Lieutenant Harry Niznick of the Canadian Army, was fighting with the Durham Light Infantry. He died there at the age of 21.

Jackie Silverberg: like mother, like daughter

Jackie Silverberg


How much can a daughter be like her mother? Apparently, if you look at the life of Jackie Silverberg, quite a lot. Not only is there a physical resemblance and a vocal similarity, but Jackie has captured her mother, the late Laila Silverberg’s passion for running (and indeed beyond that). The parallels are striking.