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Winnipeg-born Milan Ackerman forges ahead promoting hip-hop artist "Russell", while Jacob Brodovsky launches solo career as a musician

Milan Ackerman/Jacob Brodovsky

When The Jewish Post & News last checked in with Milan Ackerman ten years ago, he was running a retail store specializing in purses in Charleswood. Today, as the manager for Russ, one of the world’s hottest rap performers, he is on top of the world – and travelling all over the world.

Zach Greenberg - Blue Bomber! (at least for a while) - “Still Surreal”

Zach Greenberg (as a Blue Bomber, until he was cut June 8), and in his University of Minnesota-Crookston uniform

Way back, when Zach Greenberg was about to be a 13-year-old football star with the Crescentwood Grizzlies (now the Corydon Comets), his father, Al and his mom, Tara, decided to give him a big surprise at his Bar Mitzvah.

New documentary about D-Day to air on History Channel and Global Network

Dr. Morton Waitzman - D-Day veteran whose story is told in the new docu-drama

There is probably no date in history about which more has been written and more films produced than June 6, 1944. The week of June 1, the History Channel will be airing a new documentary titled “D-Day in 14 Stories”. (It will be re-aired on the History Channel on June 2 and 6th. It will also be aired on the entire Global Network on June 8.)

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.

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.

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":