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Ken Zaifman in select company as he is presented with honour by Japanese government

Ken Zaifman (right), who is Japan’s consul in Winnipeg, with Japan’s consul general in Calgary, Shigenobu Kobayashi

By MYRON LOVE
On Thursday, June 6, Ken Zaifman was presented with the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan’s highest civilian honour. Previous honorees have included fellow Winnipegger, the late Albert Cohen (in 2009), movie star Clint Eastwood (2011), General Douglas McArthur, John McCain, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney.

Jewish Foundation AGM reports that $4.5 million was distributed to community in 2018

Outgoing Jewish Foundation Chair Eric Winograd (left) with incoming Chair Richard Yaffe

By BERNIE BELLAN
Despite the fact that financial markets were quite volatile in 2018, the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba was still able to distribute more money – to both Jewish and non-Jewish organizations in the 2018 fiscal year, than it had in the previous year – an increase of $13,055 from $4,545,739 in 2017 to $4,558,794 in 2018.

Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner raises huge amount to help send kids to camp – with a surprise twist at the end!

Sarah Jacobsohn - 2019 Jewish Athlete of the Year

By BERNIE BELLAN
It seems strange to be writing an article about the Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner.
For over 40 years that assignment would have been given to Harvey Rosen.

2019 Jewish Athlete of the Year finalists

Michael Akbashev (in blue)

By BERNIE BELLAN

The Rady JCC has chosen finalists for Jewish Athlete of the Year. The winner will be announced at the Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner, to be held June 18. The five finalists are:
Michael Akbashev – Judo; Serena Buchwald - Diving; Yohnatan Elizarov – Figure Skating; Sarah Jacobsohn – Ultimate Sports; and Yonatan Orolov – Baton Twirling.

Steven Schipper honoured at Negev Gala

Terri & Steven Cherniack

By BERNIE BELLAN
The 67th annual Negev Gala this year honoured Steven Schipper, outgoing artistic director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
Schipper, who is a longtime supporter of the State of Israel, chose as the project for which he wished funds from this year’s gala to support a new physiotherapy and hydrotherapy wing at the soon-to-be-built Beit Halochem in Ashdod, Israel.

Former Winnipeggers Hersh Shefrin and Marcia Nozick among this year’s University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni recipients

Marcia Nozick/Hersh Shefrin

By MYRON LOVE

On Wednesday, May 8, former Winnipeggers Hersh Shefrin and Marcia Nozick were back in their home town to accept Distinguished Alumni Awards from their alma mater, the University of Manitoba, in recognition of their efforts to help improve the lives of people in their adopted communities and beyond.

Jewish-led community teams among top fundraisers in upcoming annual Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life

Nancy's Nightingales (l-r): Harriet Lyons, Joanne Katz, Louise Raber, Connie Botelho

By MYRON LOVE
The 12th annual Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life 20KM walk (or 200-minute workout) will be held in Assiniboine Park on Saturday, June 8, and several members of our Jewish community are – once again – among the leading fundraisers.
This year, the top-ranked “Jewish” team – as of last Wednesday – is Nancy’s Nightingales with over $11,000 raised as of last week. This year, Joanne Katz, one of the original team members is back – she was in Israel at this time last year – rejoining long time team members Connie Botelho, Harriet Lyons and Louise Raber. New this year is Rhonda Youell.