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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?)

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.

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:

Rabbi Matthew Leibl entertains Rady JCC audience with “Oy to the World!”

Rabbi Matthew Leibl

Rabbi Matthew Leibl is not your typical rabbi in many respects – but he sure can command a room.
With all his considerable talents – as a clever and always witty speaker, as a terrific keyboardist and pleasant singer, and with a range of interests that run the gamut from Jewish scholarship to sports, Rabbi Leibl can both entertain – and educate, often simultaneously.

Here we go again: Future of BB Camp on Town Island once more put into jeopardy

aerial view of Town Island showing area owned by BB Camp; inset - Aaron London, spokesperson for the "Friends of Town Island"

It was just five years ago that we announced the sale of 30 acres of Town Island in Lake of the Woods, which was owned by the City of Kenora, to BB Camp, which had leased a portion of the island since 1954.

Hasbara Canada executive director updates Winnipeg audience re struggle against anti-Semitism on Canadian university campuses

Members of Winnipeg Friends of Israel executive (l-r): Yolanda Papini-Pollock, Zehava Yehuda, Myron Love, Miriam Glogowski, Miriam Kohen, guest speaker Daniel Koren of Hasbara Canada, Rev. John Howson, Rev. Don James, Victoria James, Rev. Peter Fast

Although there is no doubt that anti-Israel activists took an early lead in spreading falsehoods against the Jewish State on North American university campuses, a growing number of Jewish groups in recent years have joined the fight to set the record straight. One such group in Canada is StandWithUsCanada, one of whose programs is the subject of another story in this edition of this news paper.
Another organization fighting back against the calumnies being spread on campuses about Israel is Hasbara Canada.

Forum on Winnipeg Personal Care Homes raises concerns about difficulty in comparing quality of care at individual PCH’s

Dr. Jon Gerrard (left); Dr. Malcolm Doupe

Note: For the purpose of brevity, personal care homes will often be referred to as PCH’s in this article.
There are 39 PCH’s in the city of Winnipeg.
On November 23, River Heights Liberal MLA Jon Gerrard hosted a forum at the Corydon Community Centre (River Heights branch) the subject of which was “Improving Care and Preventing Tragedies in Personal Care Homes”.

Winnipeg holds 1st ever local Mitzvah Day

Shaarey Zedek collected 2 large bins of winter outerwear for Koats for Kids.

Mitzvah Day was started in 2005 by Laura Marks with the hope of bringing people of all faiths together in the U.K. for one day of doing good works for their communities.
In Winnipeg, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) had heard of how Mitzvah Day was being carried out with success in Ottawa, and so they decided to start it up in Winnipeg too.
For the first time ever here, Mitzvah Day took place on November 17th, reaping good preliminary success.

Members of Etz Chayim Women’s League donate blankets to Simkin Centre

Mary Ann Rosenbloom (left) & Gail Cantor with some of the blankets knitted by members of Etz Chayim Congregation

Twenty-eight different members of Etz Chayim’s Women’s League have donated 25 knitted blankets to the Simkin Centre to be used as warming blankets for residents, also a body blanket when a resident passes away.

The idea for knitting the blankets came from Gail Cantor and Mary Ann Rosenbloom, who came down themselves to the Simkin Centre on Thursday, November 28, to present the blankets.


Gray Academy grad scores on CBC’s Dragon’s Den

Elliot Kimelman (at right) explaining his pitch to the “dragons” on Dragon’s Den on the November 14 episode


Elliot Kimelman had a problem. The Gray Academy student was a swimming instructor who was allergic to the chlorine commonly used in pools. He found that the chlorine would cause skin irritation and dryness.
Being a resourceful and entrepreneurial young fellow, he came up with a solution – a product called C-Spray – a product that can be applied to the hair, face, body and bathing suit that neutralizes chlorine.

"Secret No More" - how families should deal with drug addiction within the family

Jacob & Lisa Hillman

Mother and son talk about how families need to deal openly with drug addictions at JCFS program
Over the past ten years we have published numerous articles on the subject of addiction, both within the Jewish community and the community at large.
A very high proportion of the articles we have written were inspired either by a program mounted by Jewish Child and Family Service, or by someone working for Jewish Child and Family Service.