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Five Jewish lawyers appointed Queen’s counsel


Recently the Province of Manitoba appointed 15 Manitoba lawyers as Queen’s counsel.
In making the announcement, it was noted that the Queen’s counsel designation is reserved for long-serving members of the legal profession who have demonstrated outstanding practice, fostered excellence in the profession, and who have conducted themselves with integrity and leadership throughout their careers.
This is the first time since 2001 that the Province of Manitoba has announced Queen’s counsel appointments.

Gwen Secter theatre group explores issues related to seniors

Entire cast (including playwright Freda Glow, second from left, holding flowers)

The diningroom at the Gwen Secter Creative Retirement Centre at Sid Glow Place was packed on Wednesday, August 28, as appreciative Gwen Secter members enjoyed the latest theatrical offering of the centre’s own “Wits and Skits” players.

Jewish Child and Family Service desperate for new space

Al Benarroch, Executive Director, JCFS

In another article on this site, I had written about the “bureaucratization” of Jewish agencies in Winnipeg, noting how many agencies which used to rely on volunteers have now become very large institutions – and have in some cases greatly expanded their roles.
Of those agencies, one in particular stood out for me: Jewish Child and Family Service.

36% of the residents at Simkin Centre are not Jewish

In a column that you can read elsewhere on this site I referred to funding received by the beneficiary agencies of the Jewish Federation. Apparently some of the information I gave about the Simkin Centre, Winnipeg's Jewish Personal Care Home, was not quite correct, while other points I made about the centre require further clarification.

Operation Ezra helps Yazidi families to grow enough vegetables to feed 52 families - and to run a very successful pop-up vegetable stand in front of the campus

Pop-up market at Asper campus selling Yazidi-grown vegetables

Thanks to the combined efforts of Yazidis who have settled in Manitoba, along with volunteers from Operation Ezra, and the very generous assistance of Bo Wohlers, owner of Shelmerdine Nursery, over eight acres of vegetables that had been seeded on a farm that had not been in use in the St. Francois Xavier area produced a bumper crop of 33 different kinds of vegetables this summer.

B’nai Brith hosts 11th annual “Afternoon with the Goldeyes”

Barish grandchildrenLed by Earl Barish, B’nai Brith once again played host to over 1500 individuals from 70 different agencies on Sunday, August 18. Everyone who received an invitation from B’nai Brith to attend the Goldeyes game on Sunday was also given a variety of gifts, including a t-shirt, food cooler bag, and vouchers for various food items, including hamburgers, chips, drinks, and ice cream (but not Dickie Dee’s ice cream! Gevalt!) In the photo here Earl Barish (resplendent in white shirt, black shorts, and knee socks) is accompanied by his grandchildren and Goldeyes player Reggie Abercrombie, along with “Goldie’ - the Goldeyes mascot.

Simkin family reunion created memories that will be cherished by all who attended

Simkin family reunion group shot at the Simkin Centre Friday evening, July 26

The Simkin cousins’ reunion that took place the weekend of July 25-28 ago attracted 125 family members – ranging in age from eight months to one cousin in her mid-90s - from far and wide, and created memories that will be cherished for years to come. It was also an opportunity for several more distant cousins to meet each other for the first time.

Older adults able to audit Judaic Studies courses for free

u of m logoWe received the following email from Haskell Greenfield, Judaic Studies Program Coordinator at the University of Manitoba:
Hi, here is a list of courses that are being offered within the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Manitoba for this upcoming academic year. There are other courses hosted in other departments as well that can be used toward the Minor in Judaic Studies.
If individuals are 65 and older, they can register for courses for free. They only need to pay for the application and administrative fees to get a student number. They will need to register through Extended Ed.

Peretz School class of ’72 reunion incorporates Folklorama appearance


Members of Peretz School’s class of ‘72 (with pictures of themselves from 1972 captioned with their first initial and surname in Yiddish) Back row (left-right): Keith Levit, Ken Pollock, Lorne Stoller, Eric Zipman, Chuck Blanaru, Jeff Minuk, Howard Morry Front row (left-right): Leslie Assor, Anna Gail Goldfeld, Lori Ainemer, Pamela Weinroth, Tami Katz, Carla Rubenfeld, Harriet Kraut, Fay-Lynn Katz

Shalom Square –the Israel Pavillion at Folklorama – featured some special guests at the early show on Friday evening, August 9. That would be the members of the I.L. Peretz Folk School class of ’72 who had come together on the weekend of August 9-11 to celebrate their 60th birthdays this year.