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Gray Academy student, former Gray Academy students recipients of this year’s Duke of Edinburgh Awards

(l-r): Misha, Shoshana, and Shai Cook-Libin holding Duke of Edinburgh Silver certificates. (Shoshana was a winner in a previous year.)


The annual Duke of Edinburgh Awards is an international program that provides incentives to young people to develop well-rounded personalities through a combination of participation in sports, nurturing different skills, embarking on adventure and giving back to their communities. On November 15 this year, about 25 young Manitobans presented themselves at the Lieutenant-Governor’s residence for presentation of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Among them were Gray Academy Grade 12 student Jenna Bravo and former Gray Academy students Misha and Shai Cook-Libin.

Leon Berger, longest-serving teacher in Winnipeg’s Jewish school system and long-time Torah reader at Etz Chayim, passes at age 95

leon bergerBy BERNIE BELLAN
To his thousands of students who either had him as a teacher at the Talmud Torah on Matheson Avenue or whom he helped prepare for their bar mitzvahs, he will always be remembered as “Mr. Berger”.

Work now well underway on massive new development next to the Simkin Centre

Sign in front of the project with artist's rendering of the finished development

Earlier this year (in October) we reported on the sale of the large block of empty land next to the Simkin Centre to a corporation known as Tell Ventures Ltd. Tell Ventures is the developer behind Brightwater Senior Living of Tuxedo, located on Sterling Lyon Blvd. (next to the Fashion Outlet Mall).

Gayle Waxman bids adieu as Rady JCC executive director

At right, at the Rady JCC AGM, Ben Haid receives a certificate from outgoing Rady JCC executive director Gayle Waxman in recognition of Ben’s 15 years of service at the Rady JCC.

At two separate events:the Rady JCC Annual General Meeting, held Thursday December 13, and a special farewell event held Tuesday, December 18, Gayle Waxman was honoured for her 13 years of service as the Rady JCC executive director. (Waxman will be leaving as of January to take up a new position as head of a nation-wide nursing association.

While CJA campaign revenue was down in the 2017/18 fiscal year, the Jewish Federation was still able to allocate more funds to beneficiary agencies


Jewish Federation President Laurel Malkin (right) presents a certificate to Federation CEO Elaine Goldstine on the occasion of Elaine’s 25th year of service to the Federation.

Elaine Goldstine honoured for 25 years of service to the Federation

The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg was able to allocate more money to its 12 member agencies this past year despite there having been less money donated to the Combined Jewish Appeal campaign than the previous year ($5,668,391 in 2017/18 as opposed to $5,701,468 in 2016/17).


Discussion about Jewish food leads to some frank talk about the Simkin Centre


Panelists at the Nov. 19 Jewish Heritage program titled “What’s for Dinner?” (l-r): Rabbi Yossi Benarroch, Head, Vaad Hakashrut; Valerie Burachynsky, Food Services Manager, Simkin Centre; Maxine Shuster, Manager, Schmoozers; Barb Reiss, Desserts Plus.

It was billed as a program devoted to a discussion of Jewish food, to be held in the Multipurpose Room of the Asper Campus the evening of November 19. But - the program turned into something far more than simply a discussion of favourite Jewish foods.
Titled “What’s for Dinner?” the evening was intended to introduce the latest project of the  Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada.

Russian-speaking Winnipeggers band together on Facebook to help someone struck with cancer

The Safronov family in a happier time (l-r): NATALIA, VADIM, ANDREW (with baby LEONID on Vadim’s lap).
In a day and age when the notion of what defines a “community” is constantly evolving, especially with the advent of the internet, from time to time we are contacted by individuals who have a story to tell – yet they are not a part of the Jewish “community”, per se.