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High schools Holocaust studies programs include visits to Auschwitz

Students from Springfield and Sturgeon Creek Collegiates who went on separate trips to Europe as part of Holocaust studies visited Auschwitz, also spent time in Cracow
It's one thing to learn about the Holocaust through books and film or even by listening to survivors’ stories. It is quite a different matter, as groups of students from Sturgeon Creek Collegiate in St. James and Springfield Collegiate in Oakbank (just northeast of Winnipeg) have learned, when you visit the actual death camps such as Auschwitz.

Businesswoman Elaine Berliner making life a little brighter for the homeless

Elaine Berliner (circled) with some of the 35 volunteers who regularly put on Christmas & Easter dinners for the homeless


Sixteen years ago, Elaine Berliner was at a low point in her life.
“I was feeling lousy,” she recalls. “It was close to Christmas and it struck me that this must be the way homeless people feel at Christmas.”

Linda Sarsour is not an antisemite


I am alarmed by Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman’s call to stop Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour from speaking in his community.  I am a rabbi.  I have been involved with Jewish communal life and with Israel for fifty years.  At this moment I am writing from Israel, where I lived for four years. I arrived here this morning to participate in a Jewish project of solidarity next week with Palestinians in the West Bank who struggle daily for their very existence.

Rabbi Steven Wernick; Rabbi Shalom Schachter - sons of rabbis who served in Winnipeg now serving in same Toronto synagogue

Rabbi Steven Wernick (left), Rabbi Shalom Schachter

On February 8, 2019, a piece of history appeared before my eyes, although this little moment might never have been noticed by most people in the synagogue service at Beth Tzedec Synagogue that Shabbat morning. As I sat in the chapel looking at the bimah, in front of me were two rabbis - the newest member of the Beth Tzedec clergy: Rabbi Steven Wernick and another rabbi who has been with Beth Tzedec as an interim rabbi for several years now, Rabbi Shalom Schachter. On the face of it, that there are two rabbis in the same space for a service on a given Shabbat might not be that surprising.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin's “Words That Hurt, Words That Heal” – a review

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin/the book which will serve as the basis of his talk at the Adas Yeshurun Herzlia Synagogue May 9
One of the most important lessons I gleaned from reading Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s book, “Words That Hurt, Words That Heal – How the Words You Choose Shape Your Destiny”, is the long-lasting impact that a thoughtless remark can have on someone – even years after it was delivered.
In his book, which was first published in 1996, then republished just this year, Rabbi Telushkin offers a remarkable series of anecdotes to illustrate that point. If I had to single one particular story out for how much it resonated, it is a story he tells of the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.

My great-grandmother was murdered in Winnipeg; my great-grandfather was a Jewish cowboy in Saskatchewan

Wayne Hoffman's great-grandparents, David & Sarah Feinstein/Wayne Hoffman
(Executive Edior, Tablet Magazine)
While I was doing research for a book about my great-grandmother’s murder, I discovered stories I’d never heard about my great-grandfather–stories of gambling, wild horses, organized crime, and a forgotten slice of Jewish life on the Canadian prairies. My great-grandmother Sarah Feinstein was murdered on Aug. 1, 1913, in Winnipeg’s “Hebrew Colony.” The city’s only unsolved homicide that year, it made the Canadian newspapers from Toronto to Vancouver, in English and Yiddish. The Winnipeg Tribune called it “without doubt one of the most mysterious occurrences ever recorded in the annals of this city.”