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Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble, Rusalka Dancers uniting for first international tour

Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble and Rusalka Dancers on stage together June 7, 2018 at the Club Regent Event Centre in a show that was called “Woven Threads” Keith Levit photo

In its more than 50 years of performing, our community’s widely acclaimed Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble has given performances across Canada. Chai has danced at Disney World, in Florida and Mexico City and has appeared in Israel twice, including one appearance at the prestigious Karmiel Dance Festival.

BerMax Caffé & Bistro struck by antisemitic graffiti twice in two weeks

graffiti at BerMax Caffé that was first noticed the morning of Feb. 1

Incident follows upon egg thrown at window last year and brick thrown at window of BerMax Design several years ago


(Posted Feb. 9) The story about BerMax Caffé being targeted with antisemitic graffiti was first reported on our Facebook page (Jewish Post and News) Sunday morning, Feb. 3, when we received an email from the owners of BerMax.  Since then the story on our Facebook page has reached 23,900 individuals. It has also elicited 295 comments.

Operation Ezra's Michel Aziza given Lt.-Governor’s Award

at the ceremony (l-r): Belle Jarniewski, President, Manitoba Multifaith Council; Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon; award recipient Michel Aziza

On Monday, January 7, Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon presented the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Under-standing to Michel Aziza at a ceremony at Government House that took place with many guests of different denominations, as well as members of the Yazidi community, supporters of Operation Ezra, along with friends and family of Michel Aziza in attendance.

Chesed Shel Emes to begin accepting bodies of Jews who are to be buried at Bet Chaim Mikdash Shalom in Chapel Lawn Cemetery

Bet Chaim Mikdash Shalom at Chapel Lawn Cemetery

The board of the Chesed Shel Emes has decided to begin allowing any Jews who have passed on and who wish to be buried in Bet Chaim Mikdash Shalom (which belongs to Temple Shalom) at Chapel Lawn Cemetery to have their bodies prepared in the Orthodox fashion for burial. Until now, only Jews who were to be buried in one of the Jewish cemeteries in the Winnipeg area (or who had expressed a wish to be buried in Israel or other communities that had Jewish cemeteries) have been able to have their bodies prepared for burial at the Chesed Shel Emes.

Jewish performers in Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's production of "Matilda"


Becky Frohlinger/Sophie Braunstein

After a whirlwind past few months, Becky Frohlinger has come home again – even if only for a short time.
“I am very happy to be back and so are my parents (Tom Frohlinger and Heather Pullan),” says the musical theatre performer who is appearing in the current Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre production of “Matilda”.


New Gunn’s owner Jon Hochman not planning on any changes to popular kosher bakery

Fivie Gunn with new Gunn’s owner Jon Hochman. (Bernie Gunn is away for the winter.)

Gunn’s Bakery, western Canada’s oldest, continuous, family-owned bakery is under new management. Fivie and Bernie Gunn have passed the torch to a new, younger owner in the person of Jon Hochman.

NCJW and Rady JCC combine to urge community members to consider organ donations

(l-r): Dr. Aviva Goldberg, (Director, Canadian Society of Transplantation), Adas Yeshurun Herzlia Rabbi Yossi Benarroch, kidney recipient Marshall Miller and kidney donor Naama Miller

Readers may be familiar with the Red Cross slogan – “It’s in you to give” – in its efforts to encourage more blood donations. The same thought can be applied to organ donations.