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Henriette Ivanans tells incredibly harrowing story of dealing with drug and alcohol addiction: “In Pillness and in Health – a memoir”

Henriette Ivanans: left - in 2011; centre - in 2016; right - cover of her book

By BERNIE BELLAN
A few weeks back I was contacted by reader Debby Davis, who asked me if I would be interested in reading a new book by someone by the name of Henriette Ivanans. Debby added that Henriette is married to Kevin McIntyre, whom I know.
Without going into much detail, Debby told me that Henriette’s story is absolutely riveting. I responded to Debby that I would certainly be open to taking a look at the book – and soon thereafter I was contacted by Henriette herself, who told me that she could drop a copy of her book off at my house.

How the Asper Campus came about - third & final part

Sheldon Berney

A key turning point in the Campus project: Sheldon Berney joins up with Marjorie Blankstein and Bob Freedman to head the project

By BERNIE BELLAN
Sheldon Berney would prove to be an indispensable figure in what eventually became the Asper Campus, but until the Campus project came along he had not played any sort of prominent role in the Jewish community’s history.

Singer/songwriter Micah Erenberg set to release new album at concert at WECC on November 14

Micah Erenberg

By MYRON LOVE
Fresh off his most recent European tour, Winnipeg-born singer/songwriter/musician Micah Erenberg is scheduled to introduce his new album, “Love is Gonna Find You”, to local audiences at the West End Cultural Centre on Thursday, November 14.

 

 

 

How Lloyd Axworthy played a key - and unexpected role - in the buiding of the Asper Campus

Lloyd Axworthy (back when he was a Cabinet Minister in the Chretien government)

By BERNIE BELLAN

(The second of three stories about how the Asper Campus came about)

The long-range planning committee begins to formulate plans for a campus

In 1986 Marjorie Blankstein became chair of the long-range planning committee established by the Winnipeg Jewish Community Council and, in her words, “Bob and I set up a dog and pony show and we went around to all the agencies, book clubs, poker clubs, anybody who got together – and we told them what was happening to our community - the statistics on memberships.” (According to Bob Freedman, he and Marjorie spent two and a half years engaged in that “dog and pony show”.)

Leah Gazan - a proud Lakota, Asian, and Jewish woman is now the Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre

Leah Gazan (being interviewed by the JP&N in July)

By BERNIE BELLAN

Posted Oct. 22, 2019 This story was originally posted in July. We offer it again to give readers a better idea just how intriguing Leah Gazan's background is - and how she is also proud of her Jewish identity.
Have you heard of Julian Edelman? He’s a receiver for the New England Patriots and was voted this year’s Super Bowl Most Outstanding Player.
He is also commonly referred to as the best “Jewish” football player in the National Football League. On top of all that, Edelman is not afraid to hide the fact he’s Jewish. He wears a Star of David and always refers to himself as Jewish.