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Jewish Foundation AGM reports that $4.5 million was distributed to community in 2018

Outgoing Jewish Foundation Chair Eric Winograd (left) with incoming Chair Richard Yaffe

By BERNIE BELLAN
Despite the fact that financial markets were quite volatile in 2018, the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba was still able to distribute more money – to both Jewish and non-Jewish organizations in the 2018 fiscal year, than it had in the previous year – an increase of $13,055 from $4,545,739 in 2017 to $4,558,794 in 2018.

Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner raises huge amount to help send kids to camp – with a surprise twist at the end!

Sarah Jacobsohn - 2019 Jewish Athlete of the Year

By BERNIE BELLAN
It seems strange to be writing an article about the Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner.
For over 40 years that assignment would have been given to Harvey Rosen.

Steven Schipper honoured at Negev Gala

Terri & Steven Cherniack

By BERNIE BELLAN
The 67th annual Negev Gala this year honoured Steven Schipper, outgoing artistic director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
Schipper, who is a longtime supporter of the State of Israel, chose as the project for which he wished funds from this year’s gala to support a new physiotherapy and hydrotherapy wing at the soon-to-be-built Beit Halochem in Ashdod, Israel.

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

Nancy's Nightingales (l-r): Harriet Lyons, Joanne Katz, Louise Raber, Connie Botelho

By MYRON LOVE
The 12th annual Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life 20KM walk (or 200-minute workout) will be held in Assiniboine Park on Saturday, June 8, and several members of our Jewish community are – once again – among the leading fundraisers.
This year, the top-ranked “Jewish” team – as of last Wednesday – is Nancy’s Nightingales with over $11,000 raised as of last week. This year, Joanne Katz, one of the original team members is back – she was in Israel at this time last year – rejoining long time team members Connie Botelho, Harriet Lyons and Louise Raber. New this year is Rhonda Youell.

2019 Jewish Athlete of the Year finalists

Michael Akbashev (in blue)

By BERNIE BELLAN

The Rady JCC has chosen finalists for Jewish Athlete of the Year. The winner will be announced at the Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner, to be held June 18. The five finalists are:
Michael Akbashev – Judo; Serena Buchwald - Diving; Yohnatan Elizarov – Figure Skating; Sarah Jacobsohn – Ultimate Sports; and Yonatan Orolov – Baton Twirling.

Retiring Manitoba Theatre Centre artistic director, community leader among new slate of Order of Manitoba inductees

Steven Schipper (left)/Harvey Secter

By MYRON LOVE
For Steven Schipper and Harvey Secter, the well-deserved honours keep on coming. The community leader and retiring Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre artistic director are two of six new inductees in the Order of Manitoba.

Former Winnipeggers Hersh Shefrin and Marcia Nozick among this year’s University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni recipients

Marcia Nozick/Hersh Shefrin

By MYRON LOVE

On Wednesday, May 8, former Winnipeggers Hersh Shefrin and Marcia Nozick were back in their home town to accept Distinguished Alumni Awards from their alma mater, the University of Manitoba, in recognition of their efforts to help improve the lives of people in their adopted communities and beyond.

Yom Ha'atsmaut celebrations at the Asper Campus draw record crowd

This year's Yom Ha'atsmaut celebrations at the Asper Campus drew a record crowd on May 9. Over 3,000 attendees over the course of the late afternoon and evening filled the Rady JCC gym to play games, enjoy Israeli food, and watch entertainment provided by a series of singers and dancers. Click "read more" for a montage of the day's events.