Winnipeg-born writer Sidura Ludwig receives 2021 Vine Award for new collection of short stories

Sidura Ludwig

By MYRON LOVE You could rightly say that Sidura Ludwig is “over the moon” about being named the winner of the 2021 Vine Award for fiction for “You Are Not What We Expected”, her first collection of short stories.
“This is a huge honour,” says the former Winnipegger. “I am thrilled, overwhelmed, speechless. It was a real surprise. I didn’t even realize that my book still qualified as it was released 18 months ago.”

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Pediatric Doses at Gray Academy Dec. 7

Gray Academy logoWe received the following communication from Gray Academy, informing parents of any children age 5-11 of a special clinic that will be held at Gray Academy Tuesday, December 7...During School Hours and After School...Register by Wednesday, December 1

Ashkenazie Synagogue seeks to repurpose itself into a synagogue/museum

The House of Ashkenazie
Opened in 1922, it was rebuilt
in 1948 after a fire
destroyed the original building.

By BERNIE BELLAN The Ashkenazie Synagogue at the corner of Burrows and Charles is Winnipeg's oldest synagogue and the last remaining of 18 synagogues which once dotted Winnipeg's North End. Now, like all the other synagogues that once existed contemporaneously with the House of Ashkenazie, it finds itself in a precarious position.

Jewish Heritage Centre lands CNN anchor Jake Tapper as next Kanee lecturer

Jake Tapper

The following is taken from a Jewish Heritage Centre release:
CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper to Deliver the 2022 Sol and Florence Kanee Distinguished Lecture
The Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada is thrilled to announce that the 2022 Sol and Florence Kanee Distinguished Lecturer will be Jake Tapper.

Harriet Zaidman, Carol Matas launch new books aimed at the young reader market

left: Carol Matas
right: Harriet Zaidman

Two of our community’s best known writers, Carol Matas and Harriet Zaidman, have both launched new books aimed at younger readers.
Carol’s book is titled “A Struggle for Hope”. Published by her long-time publisher, Scholastic Books, the book is available on Amazon. Harriet's book is titled "Second Chances. It's published by Red Deer Press.


Congregation Etz Chayim’s new program director very happy to be living in Winnipeg

Monica Neiman

By MYRON LOVE Monica Neiman, Congregation Etz Chayim’s new Program and Engagement Director, comes to her new role with impressive credentials.  For the past seven years – up until she landed here in June – she served seven years at her home congregation –Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle, Washington – as Assistant Director of the congregation’s religion school.

Variety honours Louis Trepel with inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

Louis Trepel

Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba is set to honour Louis Trepel at Variety’s 2022 Gold Heart Gala presented by Pratts Wholesale & Food Service on May 7th, 2022.
Variety’s Lifetime Achievement Award was created to recognize an individual who is making Manitoba a better place for children living with special needs through their significant long-term commitment to Variety Manitoba and other community organizations. Variety Manitoba is excited to present Louis Trepel with our Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.

Simkin Centre dedicates memorial to the 11 residents who lost their lives to Covid last year - and unveils 5 new Chanukah menorahs

left: one of 5 new Chanukah
menorahs now at the Simkin Centre
right: monument dedicated to the memories of
the 11 residents who lost their lives to Covid

By BERNIE BELLAN It was a little more than one year ago that the Simkin Centre was hit hard by Covid for an almost two-month period.  As I noted in a daily blog that I kept updating on this website, it was on December 14 that I was finally able to report that “as of today, there are no active cases of COVID-19 at the Simkin Centre. After almost two consecutive months with at least one active case every day - either among residents or staff, there is now reason to believe that the worst is over.”

Jewish Federation presents discussion of antisemitism in Canada

clockwise left-right:
Rabbi Matthew Leibl, CIJA CEO
Shimon Koffler Fogel, CJA Chair Adam Levene

By BERNIE BELLAN On Wednesday, October 14, the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg presented a conversation between Rabbi Matthew Leibl and CIJA (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs) CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel titled: “Antisemitism in Canada: Pushing back against hate”.
In introducting Fogel, Leibl made the following observation about his not having been exposed to antisemitism during the six years he spent as a radio show host prior to his becoming a rabbi at the Shaarey Zedek: “In the six years I spent on the air I never experienced anything like it (antisemitism).”

Tarbut to present film about what it means to be Jewish in Winnipeg

Co-producers of "Ma Nishma
Manitoba": left, Johanna Reimer-
Henteleff; right, Sara Bulloch

By BERNIE BELLAN In the October 27 issue of the JP&N, within our preview of Tarbut, we had a blurb about a film that will be shown Sunday evening, November 14, at 7:30 pm in the Berney Theatre.
Here is what the blurb said:

"Ma Nishma Manitoba"
Hot off a highly successful premiere at Gimli Film Festival 2021 – this, playful, funny, and evocative documentary by two local Jewish filmmakers explores the history of Jews in Winnipeg –

After a prolonged absence, Schmoozer’s reopens at the Campus

Beth Jacob
new manager of Schmoozer's

By BERNIE BELLAN It’s been almost a year since Schmoozer’s in the Asper Campus was closed due to the Covid pandemic and the major drop-off in traffic at the campus.
In one more sign that things are getting back to some semblance of near-normal, Schmoozer’s has now reopened, although with more limited hours than in the past – for the time being (7:30 am – 4 pm, Monday –Thursday, and 7:30 am – 3 pm Fridays).