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Seven Oaks School Division cancels booking featuring controversial panelist

Linda Sarsour

By MYRON LOVE (with update by BERNIE BELLAN)
The Seven Oaks School Division has decided to cancel a booking of the Garden City Performance Arts Centre, which was scheduled to take place April 26. The booking had been made by the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, which was planning on hosting a panel discussion titled  “Sorry, NOT Sorry! Unapologetically Working for Social Justice”.

Longtime broadcaster and key organizer of Y and Rady JCC sports dinner Ernie Nairn to be honoured by Rady JCC

Ernie Nairn
By BERNIE BELLAN
Anyone who followed Harvey Rosen’s writing over the years would have come to know that Harvey relied upon a great many sources when he wrote his column, but no one had ever been a greater source of information than Ernie Nairn.

Local writer Jamie Michaels releases graphic novel about 1933 Christie Pits riot

Jamie Michaels/cover of "Christie Pits"
By BERNIE BELLAN

In November 2017 we published a story about young Winnipeg writer Jamie Michaels and his second foray  into the world of graphic novels. In 2016 Jamie had found some success with his very funny - and often ribald graphic novel about  a canoe trip he and two other Winnipeg buddies had taken down the Mississippi River. The title of that book was  “Canoe Boys”.

Town hall meeting discusses upcoming Israeli election

Organizers of the Israeli election town hall, Thursday, March 7, at the Shaarey Zedek (l-r): Tamar Barr, Interim Executive Director, Rady JCC; Dr. Rena Secter Elbaze, Engagement and Education Director, Congregation Shaarey Zedek; Elaine Goldstine, CEO, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg; Ian Staniloff, Executive Director, Congregation Shaarey Zedek; Yolanda Papini-Pollock, Co-founder, Winnipeg Friends of Israel; Tami Jacoby (Event Facilitator), Political Studies Professor, University of Manitoba; Gustavo Zentner, Finance Chair, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg

By BERNIE BELLAN
It was an experiment in participatory democracy – a town hall meeting at which audience members were encouraged to offer their opinions, either in English or Hebrew, about the upcoming Israeli election.

Mayor of Sderot - the city most often targeted by missiles fired from Gaza - visits Winnipeg

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi

By BERNIE BELLAN
“Living in Sderot is 95% heaven and 5% hell.”
That is how Mayor Alon Davidi of Sderot characterized living in the Israeli city of Sderot to a small group of invited guests at a luncheon held in the board room of Taylor McCaffrey law offices on Thursday, February 28.

Limmud and Shaarey Zedek find themselves enmeshed in unexpected controversy

Lex Rofeberg

Posted Feb. 26 - updated Feb. 27
By BERNIE BELLAN
Now in its ninth year in Winnipeg, Limmud – a weekend program of learning organized by a group of volunteers, has found itself enmeshed in controversy over the appearance of a speaker who is associated with a group stridently critical of  Israel’s “occupation”.

Last year he was a youth ambassador for Shalom Square, this month he’s a bronze medalist in judo at the Canada Winter Games

Michael Akbashev at the Canada Winter Games and as Shalom Square Youth Ambassador last summer

By BERNIE BELLAN
Sixteen-year-old Michael Akbashev is rapidly becoming known for his prowess on judo mats. Two weeks ago he earned a bronze medal in the under-81 kg. class at the Canada Winter Games, held in Red Deer, Alberta. (The Canada Winter Games are open to athletes 21 years of age and under.)

Jared Henoch happy to be returning to BB Camp as executive director/Hillel flourishing under new leader Hartley Mendelsohn

Jared Henoch/Hartley Mendelsohn

By MYRON LOVE

For Jared Henoch, being appointed the new executive director of Bnai Brith Camp is the ultimate dream job. In his younger years –as camper, counselor and program head, he missed only two summers at the camp when he was out of the province.

Gray Academy student Sarah Jacobsohn chosen Ultimate Canada Junior Athlete of the Year

Sarah Jacobsohn: The 2018 Ultimate Junior Female Athlete of the Year Photo by Nkolakovic and Jon Hayduk Photography.

By BERNIE BELLAN
Eighteen-year-old Sarah Jacobsohn was recently announced as the Ultimate Canada Junior Athlete of the Year. Her ascent to the top of what has become a hugely popular sport - not only in Canada, but many other countries around the world as well, has occurred in a relatively short period of time.