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Did the Berents stage an attack on their own restaurant? The answer is undoubtedly they did.


incident scene Apr. 19/incident scene Jan. 31

By  BERNIE BELLAN (Originally Posted April 21; updated Apr. 22; updated Apr. 24, updated Apr. 25; updated Apr. 25 evening; updated Apr. 26)  Posted Apr. 26: I've now realized that everything I've been saying about the Berents not having staged the attack on their own restaurant is undoubtedly wrong. It's not easy to admit that I was so wrong, but I will, and here's why:

Newly-formed Students Supporting Israel chapter holds introductory program

Students Supporting Israel at the University of Manitoba

Emily Kalo first encountered antisemitism on a trip to Halifax. “I didn’t know what to do or say,” recalls the Gray Academy graduate who is currently a science student  at the University of Manitoba.
Since that incident, Kalo has made it a point to learn how to counter anti-Israel  and antisemitism on campus to the point where she has become the founding president of Winnipeg’s first Students Supporting Israel (SSI) chapter.

Local writers Morley Jacobs & Harriet Zaidman to launch new books this week

Morley Jacobs/Harriet Zaidman

The date was September 3, 2002. Morley and Bev Jacobs were doing some painting in their new house in River Heights.
“I looked at Morley and I didn’t think he looked well,” recalls Bev, a former triage nurse. “We phoned an ambulance and he was taken to Victoria Hospital.”

Seven Oaks School Division cancels booking featuring controversial panelist

Linda Sarsour

By MYRON LOVE (with update by BERNIE BELLAN)
The Seven Oaks School Division has decided to cancel a booking of the Garden City Performance Arts Centre, which was scheduled to take place April 26. The booking had been made by the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, which was planning on hosting a panel discussion titled  “Sorry, NOT Sorry! Unapologetically Working for Social Justice”.

Longtime broadcaster and key organizer of Y and Rady JCC sports dinner Ernie Nairn to be honoured by Rady JCC

Ernie Nairn
Anyone who followed Harvey Rosen’s writing over the years would have come to know that Harvey relied upon a great many sources when he wrote his column, but no one had ever been a greater source of information than Ernie Nairn.

Town hall meeting discusses upcoming Israeli election

Organizers of the Israeli election town hall, Thursday, March 7, at the Shaarey Zedek (l-r): Tamar Barr, Interim Executive Director, Rady JCC; Dr. Rena Secter Elbaze, Engagement and Education Director, Congregation Shaarey Zedek; Elaine Goldstine, CEO, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg; Ian Staniloff, Executive Director, Congregation Shaarey Zedek; Yolanda Papini-Pollock, Co-founder, Winnipeg Friends of Israel; Tami Jacoby (Event Facilitator), Political Studies Professor, University of Manitoba; Gustavo Zentner, Finance Chair, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg

It was an experiment in participatory democracy – a town hall meeting at which audience members were encouraged to offer their opinions, either in English or Hebrew, about the upcoming Israeli election.

Local writer Jamie Michaels releases graphic novel about 1933 Christie Pits riot

Jamie Michaels/cover of "Christie Pits"

In November 2017 we published a story about young Winnipeg writer Jamie Michaels and his second foray  into the world of graphic novels. In 2016 Jamie had found some success with his very funny - and often ribald graphic novel about  a canoe trip he and two other Winnipeg buddies had taken down the Mississippi River. The title of that book was  “Canoe Boys”.

Mayor of Sderot - the city most often targeted by missiles fired from Gaza - visits Winnipeg

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi

“Living in Sderot is 95% heaven and 5% hell.”
That is how Mayor Alon Davidi of Sderot characterized living in the Israeli city of Sderot to a small group of invited guests at a luncheon held in the board room of Taylor McCaffrey law offices on Thursday, February 28.

Last year he was a youth ambassador for Shalom Square, this month he’s a bronze medalist in judo at the Canada Winter Games

Michael Akbashev at the Canada Winter Games and as Shalom Square Youth Ambassador last summer

Sixteen-year-old Michael Akbashev is rapidly becoming known for his prowess on judo mats. Two weeks ago he earned a bronze medal in the under-81 kg. class at the Canada Winter Games, held in Red Deer, Alberta. (The Canada Winter Games are open to athletes 21 years of age and under.)