David Matas awarded Global Humanitarian Leader of the Year Award

David Matas

Jan. 4, 2021 Winnipeg-based international human rights lawyer David Matas has been awarded the first ever Global Humanitarian Leader of the Year award by the human rights group Canadians in Support of Refugees in Dire Need (CSRDN).

Rady JCC to restart cultural programming after long hiatus

Rob Berkowits
Executive Director,
Rady JCC

Of all the Jewish organizations that have been hit hardest by the lockdown under which we have all been living to one extent or another since March 2020, none was more adversely affected than the Rady JCC.

See how many faces you can recognize in this video

Screenshot 18The Gwen Secter Centre had an idea for a video involving some of our community's most recognizable faces.

See how many of them you might recognize in this video of a well-know Carol King song that was put together recently. https://vimeo.com/497403089/379a334e28

Josh Assor, theatrical man for all seasons, adds film production to his growing resumé

Josh Assor

Over the years, our Jewish community has produced quite a number of individuals who have found success in the performing arts both here at home and elsewhere. Among them is Josh Assor.

Ron Ben-Zhion "raising the roof" with RonOvations

Ron Ben-Zhion

The other half of the Ben-Zhion couple is also talented in his own right.


Dora Ben-Zhion now at the helm of Grandma Alla’s

Dora Ben-Zhion

For many who have had the opportunity to taste Grandma Alla’s baking and cooking, you may already know how good it is.
But, what may be news is that Grandma Alla (Golinkin), retired last July. Fortunately, her assistant, Dora Ben-Zhion, has gradually stepped into filling in for all of Grandma Alla’s baking fans’ needs – baking up a storm, especially over the holidays.

First incidence of possible COVID exposure in Kaufman Silverberg Child Care Centre at Rady JCC reported


The first incidence of possible COVID exposure in one of the two child care centres operated by the Rady JCC was reported on December 5.

Local gifted crafter Stacey Hochman Corden making her mark via virtual word of mouth

Stacey Hochman 
Stacey Hochman Corden
with shoes she designed &
2 of her kids wearing shirts she made

With so many sad instances of people getting into dire straits since Covid-19 emerged in our community, it’s nice to know that some individuals are finding creative ways to not only stay afloat, but even succeed.

Freda Steel pays homage to her parents’ role in leading her to law career

Madam Justice Freda Steel


Perhaps one of the most remarkable stories about a child of Holocaust survivors who began with humble origins and then rose to a level even she could never have dreamed, is that of Freda Steel, or more properly Madam Justice Freda Steel.

JCFS and Gwen Secter Centre continue to provide key supports during pandemic

Al Bennaroch, JCFS Exec. Director
Becky Chisick, Gwen Secter Centre Exec. Director

Ever since the COVID pandemic first began to have a major impact in our community I’ve been reporting on how various agencies have been meeting the needs of those sectors of our community that have been most affected by COVID – whether that’s in the form of regular meal deliveries, grocery shopping, psychological counseling, or simply keeping in touch with isolated individuals.

B'nai Brith supporters Earl Barish & Eddie Rice receive B'nai Brith's highest award

Earl Barish (left)/Eddie Rice

B’nai Brith Canada wishes a hearty mazel tov to two of its great supporters, Earl Barish and Eddie Rice, on receiving high honours at B’nai B’rith International’s 2020 International Leadership Forum.