Scenes from the Negev Gala

Michael Paterson & Gail Asper

This year's Negev Gala honouring Michael Paterson and Gail Asper was, as was last year's, produced in advance, and broadcast over the internet, this year on June 2. Click on Read more to see a collage of photos from this year's gala.

Journalism student Gavin Axelrod welcoming opportunity to gain journalistic experience with home town Free Press

Gavin Axelrod

By MYRON LOVE Readers of the Winnipeg Free Press sports section may recently have noticed a new name appearing in print in the sports pages. That would be Toronto Metropolitan (formerly Ryerson) University journalism student Gavin Axelrod who is really excited for the opportunity to serve a summer internship in his home town with his hometown newspaper.

Méira Cook’s latest novel is arguably her most “Jewish” one yet

Méira Cook
cover of "The Full Catastrophe"

Review by BERNIE BELLAN I’ve been following the career of poet and novelist Méira Cook ever since her name was first mentioned in this paper in an article written by my niece, Suzy Waldman, in 1995. At that time Méira (who is named for her late grandfather, Meir) noted that she had been sticking with poetry to that point, but was now considering switching to prose.

Manitoba Legislature recognizes May as “Jewish Heritage Month”

Attendees at the Manitoba
Legislature on May 31
To read a full list of names
in the photo, click on Read more

By BERNIE BELLAN The Manitoba Legislature passed a motion unanimously on Tuesday, May 31 that recognizes May as “Jewish Heritage Month” in Manitoba.
In a press release describing the motion, it was noted that “Springfield-Richot MLA Ron Schuler was pleased to present Bill 240, The Jewish Heritage Month Act, which would make each year’s month of May Jewish Heritage Month.

Mayor of Sderot pays a return visit to Winnipeg

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi (left)
with Bernie Bellan

By BERNIE BELLAN It was just three short years ago (in February 2019) that the mayor of Sderot, Alon Davidi, visited Winnipeg for the first time. I was invited to attend a briefing that Mayor Davidi gave in the boardroom of the Taylor McCaffrey law office back then. Here is part of what I wrote about that briefing:

Winnipeg teacher Kelly Hiebert receives Governor General’s History Award for Holocaust documentary

Holocaust survivors edited 1
To see a full list of
survivors who are pictured
in this photo, click
on "Read more"

By MYRON LOVE In a sense, Kelly Hiebert could be designated as “righteous among the Nations”. The Westwood Collegiate history teacher is one of just a handful of teachers in Manitoba who make a point of incorporating Holocaust education in their teaching.

Nathaniel Lisak is the complete package: brawn and brain

Nathaniel Lisak

By BERNIE BELLAN Recently we published a story about nominees for Jewish Athlete of the Year. One of those nominees is Nathaniel Lisak, an outstanding football player from Grant Park High School. The picture we ran of Nathaniel, however, was not Nathaniel. We apologize for that error. A correct picture of Nathaniel appears with this story.

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre to present Canadian premiere of “The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk”

Isidora Kecman & David Greenberg
rehearsing a scene in the WJT production
of "The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk"

By BERNIE BELLAN Following upon the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre’s resounding success with its 2021 summertime production of “Dear Jack Dear Louise,” the WJT is once again about to present a play outdoors, beginning June 11, with the Canadian premiere of “The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk”.

Increase in allocations to Provincial Nominee Program likely to lead to influx of Israeli immigrants to Winnipeg

Israelis who have come here under PNPBy BERNIE BELLAN From time to time we’ve had articles on this website that refer to the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). If you’re not familiar with that program, here’s a summary of how it works:
Although the Federal government is ostensibly responsible for immigration to Canada, beginning in 1998, the Federal government (when the Minister of Immigration at that time was our own Lloyd Axworthy), allowed Manitoba to “nominate” a small number of individuals to immigrate to Manitoba, to fill labour needs in the province at that time.

Four Winnipeggers attending this summer’s Maccabiah Games in coaching/managing roles

clockwise from top left:
Naomi Kirshenblatt, David Nepon,
Alan Greenberg, Zachary Baron

By MYRON LOVE Four Winnipeggers will be attending this summer's upcoming Maccabiah Games as either coaches or managers: Naomi Kirshenblatt - swimming team manager; David Nepon - coach, under 16 basketball team; Alan Greenberg - manager, men's open hockey team; and Zachary Baron - tennis team coach.

Michael Paterson and Gail Asper talk about their lives and why they’ve given their support to this year’s JNF Negev Gala

Michael Paterson & Gail Asper

By BERNIE BELLAN On June 2 the Jewish National Fund will be honouring Gail Asper and Dr. Michael Paterson, a couple that has long been associated with many aspects of the Jewish community, whether it’s been Gail’s storied philanthropic endeavours or Michael’s years of service on the board of Jewish Child & Family Service.