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Via Rail finds itself in a bind trying to find kosher food in Winnipeg

My cell phone rang at 12:17 pm Sunday afternoon, July 28. Since I have call forwarding on from our office during the weekends, but I didn’t recognize the number, I assumed it was someone wanting to reach The Jewish Post & News, so I answered: “Good afternoon, The Jewish Post & News, can I help you?” (See, I can be polite when I force myself.)

Winnipeg/Regina Jewish after-schools’ twinning

Teacher Eileen Curtis with some of her students at the Irma Penn School

If you are a grandparent, you may have grown up going to a Jewish school after public school was over for the day. But, today, that is not the norm.
Eileen Curtis, a teacher at Irma Penn School of Jewish Learning at Winnipeg’s Temple Shalom, is helping to change this paradigm, while incorporating some new ways of teaching.

Still no explanation from anyone, anywhere in Israel as to why Prof. Jeremy Cooperstock was deported

Prof. Jeremy Cooperstock - still no apology received from anyone in Israel for his having being deported in June

Ed. note: A little over a month ago we published a story about how a Canadian academic who was spending his sabbatical year in Israel was unceremoniously deported from Israel after he returned from a conference he had attended in Germany at the beginning of June. You can read that story at

Julian Edelman may say he’s Jewish - but he’s really not

Julian Edelman, right, wearing a Star of David necklace, with his dad Frank in the Showtime documentary “100%.” (Showtime)

(JTA) – Showtime has produced a documentary on New England Patriots star Julian Edelman that’s so good that New York Giants fans might even enjoy it.
For the uninitiated, Edelman is a member of three Super Bowl winning teams and apparently the only Jew ever named the big game’s MVP.
Raised Christian – only his paternal great-grandfather was Jewish – he has strongly identified as a member of the tribe in recent years.

Leah Gazan – the NDP candidate in the Federal riding of Winnipeg Centre is a “proud Jewish, Lakota, Asian woman”

Leah Gazan

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.