Simkin Centre – and all other personal care homes in Manitoba facing unprecedented pressures due to COVID-19

Simkin Centre 
residents of Simkin Centre early July


Even though the Province of Manitoba has eased the rules governing personal care homes and how visitors will now be able to see loved ones, the financial pressures facing all personal care homes in Manitoba had been huge even before the pandemic set in.

Jewish Child and Family Service holds successful Annual General Meeting - online

JCFS Executive Director Al Benarroch

In covering Annual General Meetings over the years I always try and find something different about which I can write – so that an article like this doesn’t end up being simply a repeat of previous years’ reports.

Jewish Federation increases allocations to beneficiary agencies by $90,000

Jewish Federation logoJewish Child and Family Service and Rady JCC see largest increases in allocations
The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg has released the amounts by which it will fund its 12 beneficiary agencies for the coming fiscal year, which begins September 1.

Jewish Foundation allocates a further $200,000 in phase 2 of emergency funding for Jewish organizations

Jewish Foundation logoBy BERNIE BELLAN
As we reported in our June 24 issue, the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba has announced that it will be giving a total of $600,000 in emergency funding to local Jewish organizations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, of which $400,000 has now been given.

Noted Winnipeg doctor Brent Schacter recognized for leading role in developing standardized testing for technologists in new research sub-specialty

Dr. Brent Schacter

In a lengthy career, cancer specialist Dr. Brent Schacter has always been a leader in expanding the boundaries of medical research and preventive medicine.

Gray Academy grad Dylan Kagan first ever Gray Academy student to be given “McDonald’s Leadership Award”

Dylan Kagan

The McDonald’s Leadership Award is awarded to 16 students (eight boys and eight girls) annually who “demonstrate exceptional leadership in high school sport, school, and community involvement while also maintaining a minimum of 75% average.”
McDonald’s awards each recipient a $1,000 scholarship.

Shaarey Zedek temporarily discontinues planting flowers on graves

SZ cemeteryAs a result of much higher costs than normal due to new regulations imposed upon cemeteries by provincial regulations, the Shaarey Zedek board has informed members and others who had Perpetual Care agreements with the synagogue that flowers will not be planted by the synagogue this year at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

Jewish Foundation holds online AGM – announces a further $400,000 to be allocated to local Jewish organizations on top of $200,000 already given

Jewish Foundation Board met via Zoom

As is typical these days, the Annual General Meeting of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, which would normally have been held in front of at least a few people, was held online via Zoom instead.

Grade 12 graduate Lauren Cogan creates virtual grad video with student participation from around the world

Lauren Cogan 
Lauren Cogan

Like other students who expected to graduate high school anywhere in the world, 2020 Oak Park High School graduate Lauren Cogan was disappointed that there will be no formal graduation ceremonies this year to mark this momentous occasion in one’s life.

Rady JCC reopens to members

 Temperature testing
Taking temp. before entering fitness facility


Anyone who is a member of the Rady JCC would have been receiving regular updates from Executive Director Rob Berkowits as to how the facility was planning to reopen in part under the province’s Phase 2 guidelines.

Gwen Secter Centre and Jewish Child and Family Service working together to provide much needed help for seniors in our community

Beginning two months ago, I’ve been reporting on the incredible job that the Gwen Secter Centre has been doing in providing meals for seniors in our Jewish community since the Province imposed a lockdown on March 13.