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JNF Negev Gala honours members of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity and Dr. Gerald Niznick

Member of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity at the Concert Hall May 29


The Jewish National Fund held another very successful gala May 29, the proceeds of which will go to help build a dental clinic in Israel for children and young adults with special needs.
Honouress this year included members of the Manitoba Chapter of the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, with special honouree Dr. Gerald Niznick.

Annual Kavod evening celebrates volunteers who work for betterment of the community

David Asper (left) presented with the Sol Kanee Distinguished Community Service Medal by Richard Kroft

They come from various walks of life. They include lawyers and financial planners, teachers, homemakers, a hotelier, a long time camp director and an immigration consultant.
What all those who shared the stage at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue on Thursday, May 17, at the annual Jewish Federation of Winnipeg/Combined Jewish Appeal Kavod Evening is a willingness to give of their time for the betterment of our community.

Jewish-led community teams among top fundraisers in upcoming Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life June 10

Serratus Superstars (l-r): Sharon Goszer-Tritt, Randee Pollock, Cathy Moser, Harriet Zimmer.

The 11th annual Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life 20KM walk (or 200-minute workout) will take place in Assiniboine Park on Saturday, June 10, and several members of our Jewish community are – once again – among the leading fundraisers.

Canada’s Ambassador to Israel, Deborah Lyons, visits Winnipeg

Bernie Bellan with Deborah Lyons

(Note: My meeting with Canada’s Ambassador to Irsael, Deborah Lyons, occurred before news began to appear about the most recent violence on Israel’s border with Gaza - and well before Prime Minister Trudeau issued a statement that was strongly critical of Israel’s actions on May 14.)

Jewish Child & Family Service Gala runs up against Game 7 of Jets-Nashville series…and manages to come out ahead!

JCFS Community of Caring Gala Committee (left-right): Elena Grinshteyn, Randee Pollock, Leslie Wilder, Meytal Lavy, Pam Vine, Heather Leonoff, Harriet Zimmer, Sherry Lercher-Davis, Al Benarroch, Einat Paz-Keynan, Shana Menkis, Rietta Floom, Jill Atnikov, Tara Greenberg, Danita Dubinsky-Aziza (Missing from photo: Joanne Grusko, Carli Rossall, Irina Krassovitski) Photo courtesy of Manuel F. Sousa Photography

Of all the lousy luck – a gala evening that had been long in the planning happened to coincide with what was, to that point, the most important game in Winnipeg Jets’ history.

It was Game 7 of the Jets-Nashville series. Knowing that many of those who would be in attendance would be checking their phones all during the evening, the decision was made by JCFS gala planners to try to accommodate the many hockey fans who were in attendance at the JCFS “Community of Caring” gala on May 10th.
MC Rabbi Matthew Leibl told the almost sold-out Convention Centre crowd that “We have tried to plan this evening so that the main entertainment and the main speeches coincide with intermissions in the hockey game.”

Dr. Brian Goldman launches The Power of Kindness – Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life

Dr, Brian Goldman at the Rady JCC May 13


By now, it’s become standard practice for emergency room physician and CBC radio host Dr. Brian Goldman to appear at the Asper Campus whenever he launches a new book. The first time was in 2011, when he spoke in the Berney Theatre to promote his first book, The Night Shift, which talked about what really goes in a hospital emergency room.