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New musical piece by Sid Robinovitch to highlight Kristallnacht remembrance

Sid Robinovitch


On Wednesday, November 6, our community will be commemorating the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht – the infamous Night of the Broken Glass – with an evening of music – one of the highlights of which will be a relatively new composition by Winnipeg’s own Sid Robinovitch.

Alan Dershowitz handles some tough questions at CABGU Gala

Alan Dershowitz (right) in conversation with Jack London

Alan Dershowitz, the evening’s keynote speaker at the CABGU Gala that honoured Hope and Howard Morry, has received numerous accolades during a 50-year career in law and advocacy.  The tenured Harvard University professor and prolific writer has been called “the world’s best known criminal lawyer”, “the top lawyer of last resort”, “America’s most public Jewish defender” and “Israel’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion”.

Gala evening honours community leaders Hope and Howard Morry

Hope & Howard Morry

There were accolades in abundance for Hope and Howard Morry on Wednesday, October 23, as more than 600 people turned out at the Winnipeg Convention Centre for a gala evening, organized by the Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (CABGU) in honour of the long time community leaders.

Three MP’s with Jewish roots elected in Manitoba

(l-r): Jim Carr, Marty Morantz, Leah Gazan

This story was originally going to be about the news that two Manitobans elected in the Monday, October 21 federal election – Jim Carr and Marty Morantz, are Jewish, while a third winner, Leah Gazan, had a Jewish father.
But then the news about Jim Carr’s being diagnosed with multiple Myeloma one day after the federal election hit like a ton of bricks.

Rady JCC honoured in special ceremony at Government House

(l-r): Rady JCC Executive Director Rob Berkowits, Rady JCC President Lindsay Sawyer Fay, Gary Filmon (representing his wife, Lt. Gov. Janice Filmon), and Mel Myers, a former president of the YMHA

Although the Honourable Janice Filmon, Manitoba’s Lieutenant-Governor , was not able to attend a special ceremony held at Government House on Thursday, October 17, Mrs. Filmon’s husband, Gary (who is also a former Premier of this province), did an outstanding job filling in for her.

Manitoba Native and Israeli dog training centres to cooperate to provide companion therapy dogs for Israeli veterans with PTSD

Arie Lavy (left) - former Israeli POW who now lives in Winnipeg, but suffers from PTSD and George Leonard, expert at training companion therapy dogs

Arie Lavy is a former Israeli who was a Prisoner of War in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War. Arie was captured by Egyptians at the Suez Canal and for 42 days he was held prisoner and subjected to periodic torture.
As a result of that experience, Arie now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

New book tells story of Operation Ezra

Yazidi refugees in Turkey - Operation Ezra provided vital assistance to refugees living in camps there

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, a book launch was held at the Berney Theatre of the Asper Campus, for a publication entitled “OPERATION EZRA: Winnipeg’s Jewish Community-led Interfaith Response to the Survivors of the Yazidi Genocide”. About 100 men, women and children attended the event, which was sponsored by Operation Ezra and the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada.

Book about history of Manitoba Jewish physicians to be launched November 3

Eva Wiseman

Two and a half years ago, the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, in conjunction with Medical Heritage Manitoba – a branch of the University of Manitoba’s medical school, embarked on a very ambitious project: the production of a book devoted to chronicling the history of Jewish physicians in Manitoba. The project was titled “A Century of Manitoba Jewish Physicians” (CMJP for short).

Bob Freedman tells a funny story about meeting with some representatives of the Ashkenazie Synagogue

Bob Freedman

In the late 1980s Bob Freedman and Marjorie Blankstein were the two key individuals who spearheaded an effort to revitalize the Jewish community in Winnipeg. In our Oct. 16 issue we'll have a full-length story about that effort, but in the meantime you can watch an excerpt from an interview we did with Bob Freedman where he recounts a very funny story about one particular meeting he & Marjorie had. Watch the video at

Westwood Collegiate student this year’s winner of the Minna Rosner Essay Competition

Blake Edwards being presented with his monetary award by Cecil Rosner, son of the late Minna Rosner (l-r): Mark Kantor, President, Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada; Belle Jarniewski, Executive Director, JHCWC; Blake Edwards; Cecil Rosner, Minna Rosner’s son; Kelly Hiebert, History teacher at Westwood Collegiate (who also took a group of students from the school to Europe this past spring on a tour of some of the Nazi camps); Stan Carbone, Director of Programs and Exhibits, JHCWC

Grade 11 Westwood Collegiate student Blake Edwards is this year’s winner of the Minna Rosner Essay Competition, which invites students in Grades 9-12 to submit essays on the subject of the Shoah and/or human rights.
The title of Blake’s essay was “The Importance of Historical Education for the Youth of this Generation: Case Studies include the Warsaw Uprising and Dachau Concentration Camp”.
The competition is in memory of the late Mina Rosner, a Shoah survivor who dedicated many hours to educating people about the Shoah as well as the importance of combating racism and discrimination and upholding human rights.