Music ‘N’ Mavens kicks off 22nd season

singer Jennifer Hanson kicked off this year's edition of Music 'n Mavens

The Rady JCC’s popular Music ‘N’ Mavens kicked off its 22nd season on Tuesday, January 14, with a bravura performance by the incomparable Jennifer Hanson. Accompanied by Gilles Fournier on base and Murray Pulver on guitar (both of whom are also fixtures on the local music scene) – and still getting over a cold, one of Winnipeg’s leading ladies of song delivered a range of numbers beginning with long ago hits from Cole Porter and encompassing the Turtles, the Beatles, the Pointer Sisters, Linda Ronstadt and more (including a song of her own composition) while between songs chatting comfortably with her audience of nearly 200 who filled the Berney Theatre.

Bermax Caffé case takes new twist


Bermax Caffé the day after the alleged break-in & vandalism- April 19


As reported on the CBC website on January 16, two of the three lawyers who had been representing different members of the Berent family, which owned Bermax Caffé & Bistro, “are no longer defending” two members of the Berent family – Alexander and Oksana Berent, following a” ‘breakdown in the solicitor-client relationship,’ Crown prosecutor Mike Himmelman told the court.”
Both James Lowry, who had been defending Alexander Berent, and Martin Glazer, who had been defending Oksana Berent, have resigned as counsel for the accused, according to the CBC report.

Situation re possible sale of Town Island gets even murkier

The situation regarding the possible sale of Town Island took a somewhat confusing twist these past two weeks when an online publication known as Kenora Online reported on Monday, January 13, that Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford (who is also Ontario’s Northern Development Minister) said “he’s working with the City of Kenora on a possible Town Island land swap.”

Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg named as an “Officer to the Order of Canada”

Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg

The list of recipients of the Order of Canada named by Canada’s Governor General, Julie Payette, now includes Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg of Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education awarded judgment in lawsuit brought against parents of former Gray Academy students - but costs likely to be limited only to $100


A story about which we have been reporting since December 2018 has been the lawsuit brought by the Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education against Ido and Rochelle Raam for unpaid tuition relating to the 2017-18 school year.
In a judgment delivered by Justice Shawn Greenberg on December 17, 2019, Justice Greenberg found in favour of the plaintiff (the WBJE) in the amount of “$7,450 plus pre-judgment interest and post-judgment interest at the agreed rate.”

City of Kenora says it is not interested in subdividing Town Island; will sell to only one purchaser

left: Adam Smith - Kenora Manager of Development Services; right: Aaron London - spokesperson for the "Friends of Town Island"

A story that we have been following closely has taken an interesting twist. In the case of the looming sale of that portion of Town Island which is not already owned by BB Camp, the City of Kenora has clarified that if the rest of Town Island is sold, it will not be sold to more than one purchaser.

Groups pitch in to help less fortunate Winnipeggers

food bags put together by B'nai Brith

Various groups contributed to making this holiday season somewhat more pleasant for those among us who are less fortunate. B'nai Brith, in conjunction with Jewish Child & Family Service and the Chabad Lubavtich, provided 60 bags containing food and Chanukah-related items for different Winnipeg Jewish families.

Winnipeg Friends of Israel provided food bags containing only Israeli products - this year for Willow Place, which is a women's shelter. Read more about the great work that was the result of dedicated volunteers devoting hours of their time to worthy causes.

Rady AGM finishes in record time of 37 minutes

Recipients of Kehilot Awards at this year's AGM (for service to the Rady JCC) were (clockwise from top left): Barb Hyman, Patrick Elazar, Jannah Rittberg, Bluma Levine, Nolan Watson, Lena Steinberg (with Rady JCC Exec. Director Rob Berkowits)

There’s a lesson to be learned from how the board and staff of the Rady JCC handled their Annual General Meeting on Monday, December 16: It was over in record time!
Why was that? The answer is: No long speeches! After all, like almost any Jewish event, the main point of the evening was to get to the food - not to hear how great a year an organization just had. (Does any organization ever say they’ve had a really crappy year?)

Chanukah around the community

8-month-old Aryeh Pfeffer holding a latke (& warning the pararazzi not to take his picture!) while mother Julie & father Aaron look on at the Chabad Chanukah celebration Dec. 22

So many different organizations had different ways to mark Chanukah this year. We've put together a series of short descriptions of what's been happening in Winnipeg's Jewish community this year. Click "read more" to see what's been going on: