Simkin Centre dedicates memorial to the 11 residents who lost their lives to Covid last year - and unveils 5 new Chanukah menorahs

left: one of 5 new Chanukah
menorahs now at the Simkin Centre
right: monument dedicated to the memories of
the 11 residents who lost their lives to Covid

By BERNIE BELLAN It was a little more than one year ago that the Simkin Centre was hit hard by Covid for an almost two-month period.  As I noted in a daily blog that I kept updating on this website, it was on December 14 that I was finally able to report that “as of today, there are no active cases of COVID-19 at the Simkin Centre. After almost two consecutive months with at least one active case every day - either among residents or staff, there is now reason to believe that the worst is over.”

Tarbut to present film about what it means to be Jewish in Winnipeg

Co-producers of "Ma Nishma
Manitoba": left, Johanna Reimer-
Henteleff; right, Sara Bulloch

By BERNIE BELLAN In the October 27 issue of the JP&N, within our preview of Tarbut, we had a blurb about a film that will be shown Sunday evening, November 14, at 7:30 pm in the Berney Theatre.
Here is what the blurb said:

"Ma Nishma Manitoba"
Hot off a highly successful premiere at Gimli Film Festival 2021 – this, playful, funny, and evocative documentary by two local Jewish filmmakers explores the history of Jews in Winnipeg –

Variety honours Louis Trepel with inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

Louis Trepel

Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba is set to honour Louis Trepel at Variety’s 2022 Gold Heart Gala presented by Pratts Wholesale & Food Service on May 7th, 2022.
Variety’s Lifetime Achievement Award was created to recognize an individual who is making Manitoba a better place for children living with special needs through their significant long-term commitment to Variety Manitoba and other community organizations. Variety Manitoba is excited to present Louis Trepel with our Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jewish Federation presents discussion of antisemitism in Canada

clockwise left-right:
Rabbi Matthew Leibl, CIJA CEO
Shimon Koffler Fogel, CJA Chair Adam Levene

By BERNIE BELLAN On Wednesday, October 14, the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg presented a conversation between Rabbi Matthew Leibl and CIJA (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs) CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel titled: “Antisemitism in Canada: Pushing back against hate”.
In introducting Fogel, Leibl made the following observation about his not having been exposed to antisemitism during the six years he spent as a radio show host prior to his becoming a rabbi at the Shaarey Zedek: “In the six years I spent on the air I never experienced anything like it (antisemitism).”


After a prolonged absence, Schmoozer’s reopens at the Campus

Beth Jacob
new manager of Schmoozer's

By BERNIE BELLAN It’s been almost a year since Schmoozer’s in the Asper Campus was closed due to the Covid pandemic and the major drop-off in traffic at the campus.
In one more sign that things are getting back to some semblance of near-normal, Schmoozer’s has now reopened, although with more limited hours than in the past – for the time being (7:30 am – 4 pm, Monday –Thursday, and 7:30 am – 3 pm Fridays).

Businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Zamick honoured with the naming of a new scholarship fund

Florence & Sheldon Zamick

One of Winnipeg’s top Jewish fund-raisers is being honoured by Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University (CABGU) for his unwavering commitment and contribution to his community. This week, the Canadian fundraising arm of Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) announced the launch of the Sheldon & Florence Zamick Family Fund to support students attending BGU.

Shaarey Zedek about to embark on $14 million reconstruction of existing building

Artist's rendering of proposed
seating in revamped sanctuary area

By BERNIE BELLAN Shaarey Zedek Congregation is about to embark on the first major renovation of its building since the 1970s.
We've reproduced renderings that were drawn up by representatives of Number TEN Architectural Group, which is the firm that has been engaged to develop plans for the soon-to-be totally renovated Shaarey Zedek building.

Higher costs for burial for non-synagogue members continue to be the norm in western Canada

Shaarey Zedek cemetery

By MYRON LOVE  A few weeks ago, I contacted the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue on behalf of a friend to inquire as to the cost of his funeral when the time comes (which hopefully is still quite a ways off). The quote I received was $16,000. That would include the plot, the Chevra Kadishe fees (for proper Halachic preparation of the body), transportation, digging the grave and perpetual care.

Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada Florence and Norman Vickar Archival Endowment Fund aims to better preserve community’s historic records

The late Norman &
Florence Vickar

By MYRON LOVE  It is of utmost importance to know the past in order to understand your place in the grand scheme of things. From time immemorial, people the world over have venerated their past. Even in pre-literate societies, the stories and legends have been recounted orally from generation to generation.
In Judaism, we also continue to tell the stories and legends of our origins, our people, through the weekly readings of the Torah and the study of our sages through the centuries.

Adas Yeshurun - Herzlia congregation welcomes first new Torah to arrive in Winnipeg in years

filling in the last letter of
the last word in the new Torah

In the picture here Adas Yeshurun - Herzlia President Jack Craven, who donated the new Torah to the congregation, can be sign filling in the final letter of the Torah - a “lamed” (the last letter of the last word in the Torah, “Yisrael”).
Craven donated the Torah in memory of his late parents and sister. Rabbi Yosef Benarroch says that the purchase of the Torah represents the culmination of a long search for a new Torah that led to his examining 15 different Torahs altogether.

New Shaarey Zedek Torah reader Tali Millo happy to be “home”

Tali Millo

By MYRON LOVE In looking for a change in career, Tali Millo, didn’t have to look far. She literally just had to move next door.
The newest member of the staff of Congregation Shaarey Zedek was, until just six weeks ago, the operations manager and general manager for 529 Wellington Steakhouse, one of Winnipeg’s leading restaurants.