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Chesed Shel Emes to begin accepting bodies of Jews who are to be buried at Bet Chaim Mikdash Shalom in Chapel Lawn Cemetery

Bet Chaim Mikdash Shalom at Chapel Lawn Cemetery

The board of the Chesed Shel Emes has decided to begin allowing any Jews who have passed on and who wish to be buried in Bet Chaim Mikdash Shalom (which belongs to Temple Shalom) at Chapel Lawn Cemetery to have their bodies prepared in the Orthodox fashion for burial. Until now, only Jews who were to be buried in one of the Jewish cemeteries in the Winnipeg area (or who had expressed a wish to be buried in Israel or other communities that had Jewish cemeteries) have been able to have their bodies prepared for burial at the Chesed Shel Emes.

Jewish performers in Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's production of "Matilda"


Becky Frohlinger/Sophie Braunstein

After a whirlwind past few months, Becky Frohlinger has come home again – even if only for a short time.
“I am very happy to be back and so are my parents (Tom Frohlinger and Heather Pullan),” says the musical theatre performer who is appearing in the current Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre production of “Matilda”.


New Gunn’s owner Jon Hochman not planning on any changes to popular kosher bakery

Fivie Gunn with new Gunn’s owner Jon Hochman. (Bernie Gunn is away for the winter.)

Gunn’s Bakery, western Canada’s oldest, continuous, family-owned bakery is under new management. Fivie and Bernie Gunn have passed the torch to a new, younger owner in the person of Jon Hochman.

NCJW and Rady JCC combine to urge community members to consider organ donations

(l-r): Dr. Aviva Goldberg, (Director, Canadian Society of Transplantation), Adas Yeshurun Herzlia Rabbi Yossi Benarroch, kidney recipient Marshall Miller and kidney donor Naama Miller

Readers may be familiar with the Red Cross slogan – “It’s in you to give” – in its efforts to encourage more blood donations. The same thought can be applied to organ donations.

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”.

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.

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.