Gwen Secter holds luncheon for Holocaust survivors

left: Saul & Ida Alpern in
front of the auditorium newly
renamed in honour of Saul's
parents; right: Sonia Lazar

Approximately 60 individuals, including Holocaust survivors, family members, and friends turned out Thursday, August 19, at the Gwen Secter Centre for a luncheon that was sponsored by Saul and Ida Alpern. Prior to the luncheon Saul and Ida unveiled the new name of the Gwen Secter Auditorium, now to be known as the Isaac and Rosa Alpern Auditorium - in honour of Saul’s parents, who perished during the Holocaust (along with a sister and brother). Following the lunch, guests were entertained by violinist Sonia Lazar of the WSO.


Yom Tov options still somewhat limited for those seeking in-person services despite government easing of Covid restrictions

By MYRON LOVE Last year, around this time, I began my annual report on upcoming High Holiday services with the observation that, while “our Provincial Government may have substantially eased restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19 – Winnipeg synagogues are still taking a cautious approach to in-person Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur services.

Shalom Square ends very successful week during Folklorama

Chai Dancers (Keith Levit photo)

Shalom Square, the Israel Pavilion for Folklorama, played host to sold-out crowds night after night from August 8-14. It was the first time in three years that Folklorama was held and, although the number of pavilions was reduced to only 24 (down from the 40 that participated in 2019), the likelihood was that having far fewer pavilions open led to much larger crowds at well-known pavilions such as Shalom Square.

Fantasy Football enthusiast releases new book providing fresh perspectives on Fantasy Football

Noah Lieberman

By MYRON LOVE Noah Lieberman has been playing Fantasy Football since he was 12 or 13 years old and he says that his ratings are in the 99th percentile worldwide. Three weeks ago, the recent graduate of the Asper School of Business released the quintessential book on the popular pasttime.

Camp Massad expecting to host more than 150 former Massadniks for 70th reunion

Camp Massad logo 2012By MYRON LOVE After two years of enforced closure due to provincial government Covid lockdowns, Camp Massad is back this summer and looking forward to a real blast this year to end the season. On the weekend of August 26-28, the only Hebrew-immersion summer camp in North America, will be celebrating its 70th anniversary with a reunion of former campers, counsellors and board members.

Anita Neville to become Manitoba's next lieutenant-governor... first Jew to hold the post

Anita Neville

Lucky for us, we were listening to CBC when this announcement came across the air waves Monday morning, just as we were putting the finishing touches on this week’s issue: Longtime Liberal politician Anita Neville will be Manitoba’s next lieutenant-governor, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in a press release Monday, August 15.

Jewish teams once again among Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life top fundraisers

Cancercare participants1 edited 1By MYRON LOVE The 15th annual Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life 20KM walk (or 200-minute workout) is back again, but much later this year than had traditionally been the case: August 4-14.  Once again, teams dominated or led by members of our Jewish community are among the top fundraisers.

Purchase of Town Island by Nature Conservancy of Canada through the efforts of BB Camp now finalized

satellite image of Town Island

By BERNIE BELLAN For several years now we have been reporting on the uncertain future of Town Island, home to BB Camp, as a result of attempts by the City of Kenora to elicit interest in having that portion of the island that is not already owned by BB Camp sold. There have been many twists and turns in this story.

Some major changes in allocations to beneficiary agencies of the Jewish Federation as of Sept. 1 - Gray Academy to receive $26,000 less than last year

Allocations Report 2022By BERNIE BELLAN The Jewish Federation will be allocating exactly the same total amount of money to its beneficiary agencies in the 2022/23 fiscal year (beginning September 1) as it did in 2021/22: $3,003,000. But – the distribution of those funds will be markedly different this coming year than it was in the fiscal year that will end August 31.
That is the major takeaway from this year’s report of the Federation’s Budget & Allocations Committee.

Simkin Centre receives positive review from WRHA following unannounced inspection

Simkin Centre logo colour edited 1By BERNIE BELLAN As a result of the many problems associated with personal care homes in Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has been conducting unannounced inspections of personal care homes throughout the city.
On May 26 a team of five, including three representatives from Manitoba Health and two from the WRHA, visited the Simkin Centre.

Pictures of all the Kavod Award nominees

Jewish Federation immediate Past
Presidents Laurel Malkin & Joel Lazer

This year's Kavod Awards ceremony, held May 31, in which the Jewish Federation honoured volunteers for various Jewish organizations was the first such ceremony held since 2019.