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Yom Ha'atsmaut celebrations at the Asper Campus draw record crowd

This year's Yom Ha'atsmaut celebrations at the Asper Campus drew a record crowd on May 9. Over 3,000 attendees over the course of the late afternoon and evening filled the Rady JCC gym to play games, enjoy Israeli food, and watch entertainment provided by a series of singers and dancers. Click "read more" for a montage of the day's events.

TV personality and fashion maven Jeanne Beker headlines annual JFM Women’s Endowment Fund Luncheon

(l-r): Richard Yaffe (JFM Vice-chair), Chloe McComb (Chair,. Women’s Endowment Fund Grants Committe), Jeanne Beker, Dr. Eric Winograd (JFM Chair)

2018 was another year of growth for the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.  Last year, current President Eric Winograd reported, as the second largest such foundation in the province (after the Winnipeg Foundation) the Foundation’s capital base grew to $125 million  and it was able to distribute a record $4.5 million from interest on its capital fund to programs and services that benefit both the Jewish community and the larger community as a whole.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin - one of America's top rabbis - draws huge crowd to Adas Yeshurun-Herzlia

(l-r): Moe Levy, Executive Director, Asper Foundation; Laurel Malkin, President, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg; Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, guest speaker; Abe Anhang, co-chair, Adas Yeshurun-Herzlia distinguished lecture

The second annual Adas Yeshurun-Herzlia distinguished lecture, featuring Rabbi Joseph Telushkin Thursday, May 9, attracted another very large crowd – duplicating last year’s inaugural lecture, which featured novelist Dara Horn.
Over 336 tickets were sold for this year’s lecture. Apparently many of those who attended bought their tickets only in the last week leading up to the event, as ticket sales had been a bit slow until that point. But word must have spread how good a speaker Rabbi Telushkin was, and no one who would have bought a ticket with that in mind would have been disappointed.

Linda Sarsour draws huge media attention - and a sell-out crowd

There were from 20-30 protesters who were on the opposite side of McGregor Street from the Ukrainian Labour Temple, where Sarsour was a panelist
Frankly, I didn’t really want to attend the much talked-about event planned for Friday, April 26, at which Linda Sarsour was scheduled to be a panelist.
But, with all the attention that had been focused on this alleged “antisemite” (and oh my, how that word gets tossed around so liberally these days), I felt it my duty to see whether Sarsour was going to say anything that would give credence to the accusation that she really hates Jews. (Well, maybe not Jews per se, but according to the definition that’s become popular within certain circles, if you’re anti-Israel, ipso facto, you’re an antisemite.)

Did the Berents stage an attack on their own restaurant? The answer is undoubtedly they did.


incident scene Apr. 19/incident scene Jan. 31

By  BERNIE BELLAN (Originally Posted April 21; updated Apr. 22; updated Apr. 24, updated Apr. 25; updated Apr. 25 evening; updated Apr. 26)  Posted Apr. 26: I've now realized that everything I've been saying about the Berents not having staged the attack on their own restaurant is undoubtedly wrong. It's not easy to admit that I was so wrong, but I will, and here's why:

BerMax affair a black mark for Jewish community


(Note: If you've already read our previous article about the BerMax incident, the following article won't contain any new information, but it should be more coherent than what we had previously - which was written more as a blog than an article.)
What began as the worst hate crime in Winnipeg history - within five days was transformed into one of the greatest hoaxes in recent memory.
It began with a police bulletin issued Friday morning, April 20 :

Newly-formed Students Supporting Israel chapter holds introductory program

Students Supporting Israel at the University of Manitoba

Emily Kalo first encountered antisemitism on a trip to Halifax. “I didn’t know what to do or say,” recalls the Gray Academy graduate who is currently a science student  at the University of Manitoba.
Since that incident, Kalo has made it a point to learn how to counter anti-Israel  and antisemitism on campus to the point where she has become the founding president of Winnipeg’s first Students Supporting Israel (SSI) chapter.

Third annual Mother’s Day Brunch in memory of Jerry Maslowsky May 12

The late Jerry Maslowsky
When Jerry Maslowsky (z”l), a highly-respected local business executive, supremely gifted entertainer, devoted family man, as well as all-around mensch, died unexpectedly from an aggressive form of cancer in September 2016, he left gaping shoes to fill as well as an inestimable legacy of giving back to the community he so loved and had dedicated his life to serving.  

Local writers Morley Jacobs & Harriet Zaidman to launch new books this week

Morley Jacobs/Harriet Zaidman

The date was September 3, 2002. Morley and Bev Jacobs were doing some painting in their new house in River Heights.
“I looked at Morley and I didn’t think he looked well,” recalls Bev, a former triage nurse. “We phoned an ambulance and he was taken to Victoria Hospital.”