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Jewish-led community teams among top fundraisers in upcoming annual Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life

Nancy's Nightingales (l-r): Harriet Lyons, Joanne Katz, Louise Raber, Connie Botelho

By MYRON LOVE
The 12th annual Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life 20KM walk (or 200-minute workout) will be held in Assiniboine Park on Saturday, June 8, and several members of our Jewish community are – once again – among the leading fundraisers.
This year, the top-ranked “Jewish” team – as of last Wednesday – is Nancy’s Nightingales with over $11,000 raised as of last week. This year, Joanne Katz, one of the original team members is back – she was in Israel at this time last year – rejoining long time team members Connie Botelho, Harriet Lyons and Louise Raber. New this year is Rhonda Youell.

2019 Jewish Athlete of the Year finalists

Michael Akbashev (in blue)

By BERNIE BELLAN

The Rady JCC has chosen finalists for Jewish Athlete of the Year. The winner will be announced at the Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner, to be held June 18. The five finalists are:
Michael Akbashev – Judo; Serena Buchwald - Diving; Yohnatan Elizarov – Figure Skating; Sarah Jacobsohn – Ultimate Sports; and Yonatan Orolov – Baton Twirling.

Former Winnipeggers Hersh Shefrin and Marcia Nozick among this year’s University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni recipients

Marcia Nozick/Hersh Shefrin

By MYRON LOVE

On Wednesday, May 8, former Winnipeggers Hersh Shefrin and Marcia Nozick were back in their home town to accept Distinguished Alumni Awards from their alma mater, the University of Manitoba, in recognition of their efforts to help improve the lives of people in their adopted communities and beyond.

Retiring Manitoba Theatre Centre artistic director, community leader among new slate of Order of Manitoba inductees

Steven Schipper (left)/Harvey Secter

By MYRON LOVE
For Steven Schipper and Harvey Secter, the well-deserved honours keep on coming. The community leader and retiring Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre artistic director are two of six new inductees in the Order of Manitoba.

Yom Ha'atsmaut celebrations at the Asper Campus draw record crowd

This year's Yom Ha'atsmaut celebrations at the Asper Campus drew a record crowd on May 9. Over 3,000 attendees over the course of the late afternoon and evening filled the Rady JCC gym to play games, enjoy Israeli food, and watch entertainment provided by a series of singers and dancers. Click "read more" for a montage of the day's events.

TV personality and fashion maven Jeanne Beker headlines annual JFM Women’s Endowment Fund Luncheon

(l-r): Richard Yaffe (JFM Vice-chair), Chloe McComb (Chair,. Women’s Endowment Fund Grants Committe), Jeanne Beker, Dr. Eric Winograd (JFM Chair)

By MYRON LOVE
2018 was another year of growth for the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.  Last year, current President Eric Winograd reported, as the second largest such foundation in the province (after the Winnipeg Foundation) the Foundation’s capital base grew to $125 million  and it was able to distribute a record $4.5 million from interest on its capital fund to programs and services that benefit both the Jewish community and the larger community as a whole.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin - one of America's top rabbis - draws huge crowd to Adas Yeshurun-Herzlia

(l-r): Moe Levy, Executive Director, Asper Foundation; Laurel Malkin, President, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg; Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, guest speaker; Abe Anhang, co-chair, Adas Yeshurun-Herzlia distinguished lecture

By BERNIE BELLAN
The second annual Adas Yeshurun-Herzlia distinguished lecture, featuring Rabbi Joseph Telushkin Thursday, May 9, attracted another very large crowd – duplicating last year’s inaugural lecture, which featured novelist Dara Horn.
Over 336 tickets were sold for this year’s lecture. Apparently many of those who attended bought their tickets only in the last week leading up to the event, as ticket sales had been a bit slow until that point. But word must have spread how good a speaker Rabbi Telushkin was, and no one who would have bought a ticket with that in mind would have been disappointed.

Linda Sarsour draws huge media attention - and a sell-out crowd

There were from 20-30 protesters who were on the opposite side of McGregor Street from the Ukrainian Labour Temple, where Sarsour was a panelist
By BERNIE BELLAN
Frankly, I didn’t really want to attend the much talked-about event planned for Friday, April 26, at which Linda Sarsour was scheduled to be a panelist.
But, with all the attention that had been focused on this alleged “antisemite” (and oh my, how that word gets tossed around so liberally these days), I felt it my duty to see whether Sarsour was going to say anything that would give credence to the accusation that she really hates Jews. (Well, maybe not Jews per se, but according to the definition that’s become popular within certain circles, if you’re anti-Israel, ipso facto, you’re an antisemite.)