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BerMax affair a black mark for Jewish community


(Note: If you've already read our previous article about the BerMax incident, the following article won't contain any new information, but it should be more coherent than what we had previously - which was written more as a blog than an article.)
What began as the worst hate crime in Winnipeg history - within five days was transformed into one of the greatest hoaxes in recent memory.
It began with a police bulletin issued Friday morning, April 20 :

Third annual Mother’s Day Brunch in memory of Jerry Maslowsky May 12

The late Jerry Maslowsky
When Jerry Maslowsky (z”l), a highly-respected local business executive, supremely gifted entertainer, devoted family man, as well as all-around mensch, died unexpectedly from an aggressive form of cancer in September 2016, he left gaping shoes to fill as well as an inestimable legacy of giving back to the community he so loved and had dedicated his life to serving.  

Did the Berents stage an attack on their own restaurant? The answer is undoubtedly they did.


incident scene Apr. 19/incident scene Jan. 31

By  BERNIE BELLAN (Originally Posted April 21; updated Apr. 22; updated Apr. 24, updated Apr. 25; updated Apr. 25 evening; updated Apr. 26)  Posted Apr. 26: I've now realized that everything I've been saying about the Berents not having staged the attack on their own restaurant is undoubtedly wrong. It's not easy to admit that I was so wrong, but I will, and here's why:

Newly-formed Students Supporting Israel chapter holds introductory program

Students Supporting Israel at the University of Manitoba

Emily Kalo first encountered antisemitism on a trip to Halifax. “I didn’t know what to do or say,” recalls the Gray Academy graduate who is currently a science student  at the University of Manitoba.
Since that incident, Kalo has made it a point to learn how to counter anti-Israel  and antisemitism on campus to the point where she has become the founding president of Winnipeg’s first Students Supporting Israel (SSI) chapter.

Local writers Morley Jacobs & Harriet Zaidman to launch new books this week

Morley Jacobs/Harriet Zaidman

The date was September 3, 2002. Morley and Bev Jacobs were doing some painting in their new house in River Heights.
“I looked at Morley and I didn’t think he looked well,” recalls Bev, a former triage nurse. “We phoned an ambulance and he was taken to Victoria Hospital.”

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

Jamie Michaels/cover of "Christie Pits"

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”.

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
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.

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

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.