Serving Winnipeg's Jewish Community Submit to FacebookSubmit to Google BookmarksSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn Youtube

Former participants in March of the Living gather to commemorate its 30th anniversary

Gray Academy students singing “The April Wind”, composed by former Gray Academy student Vadim Dreyzin while he, himself, was a participant in one of the first Marches of the Living. (l-r): Nesya Greaves, Ethan Levene, Zahra Slutchuk, Sophie Braunstein, Samantha Waldman. You can watch a video of the students singing at

On Monday, October 15 a special event marking the 30th anniversary of the March of the Living was held in the Berney Theatre of the Asper Campus. Gathered together that evening were former participants on past marches, along with friends and family members, as they listened to stories about the march and watched a film about it.

Former Brownstone choir members reunite at Talmud Torah Beth Jacob Synagogue Saturday, October 20th

The Talmud Torah Beth Jacob Synagogue played host to a special service October 20 in which former members of the late Cantor Benjamin Browntone’s choir recreated some of the melodies taught to them by Brownstone or by Brownstone protegé Sam Simkin. (Note: The photo here was taken without the knowledge or approval of anyone associated with the synagogue, which is Orthodox.)

Leonard Cohen concert plays to sold-out crowd at Etz Chayim

(l-r): Cantors TRACY KASNER GREAVES and LEN UDOW; Rabbanit DORIT KOSMIN; and the married couple of NATHANIEL GOODE and JESSICA HAVEY.

Over 400 people packed the auditorium of the Etz Chayim Synagogue Saturday evening October 20 for a concert dedicated to the music of the late Leonard Cohen. (Watch a clip from the concert along with a clip from the Jewish Foundation Book of Life signing event, held the next morning:

Gray Academy and Brock Corydon Hebrew Bilingual program enrollments hold steady

School enrolmentsBy BERNIE BELLAN
Current enrollments at the two principal schools that offer some form of Jewish education are now available.
Both Gray Academy and the Hebrew Bilingual program at Brock Corydon have seen their enrollments remain quite steady from last year. Gray Academy's enrollment remains at 466, while Brock Corydon's is 219 - almost the same as it was in 2017-18.

Yet another kosher restaurant announces it's going non-kosher: This time it's Desserts Plus

Desserts PlusRead the following story and then decide for yourself whether the email received from Desserts Plus on Oct. 28 is not terribly ironic when you read a letter following the Desserts Plus email which was sent to us by Laurel Malkin, President of the Jewish Federation on October 25.

The late Monty & Marilyn Hall honoured at University of Manitoba Homecoming 2018


Outgoing U of M Chancellor Harvey Secter & wife Sandra
Over 200 alumni of the University of Manitoba and guests attended a brunch held September 30 in the UMSU University Centre. The brunch was held in honour of the late Monty & Marilyn Hall.In addition to former students of the U of M, many members of the late Monty & Marilyn Hall’s family were in attendance, including his brother Robert and daughter Sharon.  Others in attendance included former Advance TV & Electronics owner Arnold Frieman, who was also a sponsor of the event.

Operation Ezra helps Yazidis harvest 600 lbs. of potatoes

Yazidis & Operation Ezra volunteers after picking the potatoes

Megan Sodomsky has been an ardent volunteer with Operation Ezra for two years now. She says it was when she converted three years ago to marry Matthew Sodomsky that she began to understand the importance of “tikkun olam” - a key goal of Operation Ezra.
As a result, Megan persuaded her father, farmer Roy Tufford, to set aside a section of his farm, so that Yazidis could grow and harvest potatoes - which they did on Sunday, Oct. 7, bringing in over 600 lbs. that will be distributed among Yazidi families that have all been sponsored by Operation Ezra since its inception three years ago.

City council losing 2 Jewish members, potentially gaining one; 3 Jewish school trustees looking forward to extending their terms

Sherri Rollins/Kevin Freeman/Sheila Billinghurst

It looks like quite a few changes are coming to Winnipeg City Council this year, with six current councilors (out of 15) not seeking re-election. Among those who are leaving are Marty Morantz and Jenny Gerbasi, the only Jewish current members of council.