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Simkin family reunion created memories that will be cherished by all who attended

Simkin family reunion group shot at the Simkin Centre Friday evening, July 26

The Simkin cousins’ reunion that took place the weekend of July 25-28 ago attracted 125 family members – ranging in age from eight months to one cousin in her mid-90s - from far and wide, and created memories that will be cherished for years to come. It was also an opportunity for several more distant cousins to meet each other for the first time.

Older adults able to audit Judaic Studies courses for free

u of m logoWe received the following email from Haskell Greenfield, Judaic Studies Program Coordinator at the University of Manitoba:
Hi, here is a list of courses that are being offered within the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Manitoba for this upcoming academic year. There are other courses hosted in other departments as well that can be used toward the Minor in Judaic Studies.
If individuals are 65 and older, they can register for courses for free. They only need to pay for the application and administrative fees to get a student number. They will need to register through Extended Ed.

B’nai Brith hosts 11th annual “Afternoon with the Goldeyes”

Barish grandchildrenLed by Earl Barish, B’nai Brith once again played host to over 1500 individuals from 70 different agencies on Sunday, August 18. Everyone who received an invitation from B’nai Brith to attend the Goldeyes game on Sunday was also given a variety of gifts, including a t-shirt, food cooler bag, and vouchers for various food items, including hamburgers, chips, drinks, and ice cream (but not Dickie Dee’s ice cream! Gevalt!) In the photo here Earl Barish (resplendent in white shirt, black shorts, and knee socks) is accompanied by his grandchildren and Goldeyes player Reggie Abercrombie, along with “Goldie’ - the Goldeyes mascot.

Peretz School class of ’72 reunion incorporates Folklorama appearance


Members of Peretz School’s class of ‘72 (with pictures of themselves from 1972 captioned with their first initial and surname in Yiddish) Back row (left-right): Keith Levit, Ken Pollock, Lorne Stoller, Eric Zipman, Chuck Blanaru, Jeff Minuk, Howard Morry Front row (left-right): Leslie Assor, Anna Gail Goldfeld, Lori Ainemer, Pamela Weinroth, Tami Katz, Carla Rubenfeld, Harriet Kraut, Fay-Lynn Katz

Shalom Square –the Israel Pavillion at Folklorama – featured some special guests at the early show on Friday evening, August 9. That would be the members of the I.L. Peretz Folk School class of ’72 who had come together on the weekend of August 9-11 to celebrate their 60th birthdays this year.

Winnipeg teen Leah Schwartz wins top award among 500 students entered in cross-Canada competition

Leah Schwartz


Leah Schwartz (17) has always loved delving deeply into scientific research. Both of her parents share a passion for science as well.
Schwartz studied at the University of Winnipeg (U of W) Collegiate and did some research at the Cardiac Fibrosis lab in St. Boniface Hospital.

Speaker slams “progressive” Jewish anti-Israel activists for legitimizing anti-Semitism

Lauren Isaacs

Lauren Isaacs doesn’t pull any punches. As far as the recently-appointed Toronto Director of Herut Canada is concerned, all of the ostensibly Jewish groups – with names such as Independent Jewish Voices, Jewish Voices for Peace, J Street, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and If Not Now – who claim to be fighting for a better Israel and for the Palestinians are peddling lies.

Past presidents of Folklorama

Former Foklorama presidents (l-r): Martin Pasiczka, Sharon Bronstone, Mohammend Ismath, Avrom Charach
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Folklorama. Folklorama held its kick-off at the Forks July 25. Present were four past presidents of Folklorma. Former presidents of Folklorama also include: Barney Charach, David Cohen, Sid Ritter, and Jeff Lieberman.