Former Jewish Athlete of the Year Sarah Jacobsohn chosen to be part of Team Canada Ultimate Team

Sarah Jacobsohn

In an email received from Yael Kaplan, who herself is a former Jewish Athlete of the Year nominee, Yael informed us that 2019 Jewish Athlete of the Year Sarah Jacobsohn is now in Toronto, training with Canada’s National Ultimate Team for the “World Games,” which will be held in Birmingham, Alabama this week - from July 7-17.

Volunteers from Shaarey Zedek, Unitarian Church, Bear Clan, and others band together to clean up Assiniboine river bank

overhead view of some of the
debris collected during the clean-up

By BERNIE BELLAN Anyone who had driven, cycled, or walked over the west span of the Sherbrook bridge in the past year was bound to notice that the south bank of the Assiniboine River had become home to a great many homeless people.

Shaarey Zedek details where it will relocate during reconstruction

Artist's rendering of new
interior of Shaarey Zedek sanctuary

On June 30, the Shaarey Zedek released detailed plans of how it will handle operations during the reconstruction of the synagogue. Following is that announcement in full:

70 headstones toppled at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery, but Larsen’s Memorials restored all but two the next day

left: some of the 70 headstones toppled
overnight June 29; right: the same headstones
restored June 29 by Larsen's Memorials

By BERNIE BELLAN Early in the morning of Wednesday, June 29, staff at the Shaarey Zedek cemetery discovered that approximately 70 headstones in an older part of the cemetery (Sections 1 and 2) had been toppled over night.

Rainbow Stage’s current production has strong Jewish connection

Jewish performers in "The Hockey Sweater"
clockwise from top left: Kevin McIntryre,
Harry Nelken, Hannah Schaeffer, Rochelle Kives

We received an email from Rainbow Stage Artistic Director Carson Nattrass pointing out the many connections our Jewish community has to Rainbow Stage’s current production, “The Hockey Sweater,” including:

• Four Jewish cast members, including lead Kevin McIntryre, Harry Nelken, Rochelle Kives, and Hannah Schaeffer.

Dr. Cara Katz receives grant to study autism from sibling point of view

Dr. Cara Katz

By MYRON LOVE Autism can be a difficult diagnosis that can put a tremendous strain on a family. While the focus for parents, healthcare workers and other support services is rightly on helping the affected child to navigate life, the impact of a sibling with autism on other children in the family may be overlooked.

Community leaders David Asper, Harvey and Sandra Secter among the honourees at recent University of Manitoba convocation

Sandra & Harvey Secter

By MYRON LOVE Community leaders David Asper and Harvey Secter were among ten individuals who were recipients of honorary degrees at the University of Manitoba’s most recent convocation.

The mayor of Jerusalem visited Winnipeg - but I never got a chance to speak with him

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion being
greeted by Larry Vickar while
his wife, Stavit, & Jerusalem
Foundation Executive Director
Shai Doron look on

By BERNIE BELLAN On Wednesday, June 15 I was expecting to have a chance to meet the mayor of Jerusalem, whose name I found out is Moshe Lion. What follows is an email I sent to Keith Levit, who was taking pictures of the mayor and his entourage that day, and who asked me whether I was going to use any of the pictures he took.

Canadian premiere of play about the lives of Bella & Marc Chagall will leave you wanting to learn more

Isidora Kecman & Daniel Greenberg
in “The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk”
Keith Levit photo

“The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk” – a WJT production – on now at the Asper Campus
Reviewed by BERNIE BELLAN Most of us are familiar with the paintings of Marc Chagall – with his surrealistic imagery permeated with flying cows, roosters, fish, and the moon. But, what about the man himself? What was he like as a husband? And, what about the woman he married? What was she like?

Jake Tapper reflects on his role as a CNN anchor and his search in vain for a connection to any Winnipeg Tappers

Jake Tapper

By BERNIE BELLAN Jake Tapper is a very well-known CNN anchor (and chief Washington correspondent) whose manner is totally opposite from the firebrands who populate Fox News.

Further to how many Israelis have come here under the Provincial Nomineee Program

The Jewish Federation says that it
is expecting 75 newcomers to arrive here
under the Provincial Nominee Program,
with another 300 in the process
of producing required documents.

By BERNIE BELLAN Elsewhere on this website ( we have a story about the Provincial Nominee Program, which is the program through which a great many new Jewish immigrants from Israel and other countries have been able to move to Manitoba.
Following publication of that article, however, we received comments from an immigration consultant who suggested that, as a result of the tightening of requirements under the PNP, there are fewer individuals from Israel who will be applying to come to Manitoba.