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Jewish Federation responds to article about Israeli immigrants coming to Winnipeg Ed. note: In our April 2 issue we printed a story from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency titled “Seeking newcomers  from overseas, Winnipeg Jewry doesn’t get what it expected”. (See article elsewhere on our home page.)
That story elicited a great deal of reaction.
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Seeking newcomers from overseas, Winnipeg Jewry doesn't get what it expected By URIEL HEILMAN
(JTA) -- When the leaders of Winnipeg’s Jewish federation sat down 13 years ago to try to figure out a way to reverse the community’s decline, they came up with a novel idea: recruit Jews from overseas.
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Gray Academy students visit Israel in March By BRADEN GANETSKY
(Grade 10 student at the Gray Academy)
P2G, or “Partnership 2Gether” is an exchange-like program at Gray Academy. For those unaware of the program, every year the Gray Academy sends a delegation of students to Danzinger High School in Kiryat Shmonah in the north of Israel and they, in turn, send a delegation back.
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Justin Odwak to be featured at Mameloshen By BERNIE BELLAN
This year’s Mameloshen festival promises to be special for a couple of reasons. Not only are Herschel and Judy Fox going to be appearing here, we’re also going to be able to see and listen to a young Winnipegger who has already established himself as a rising star in the Jewish community: Justin Odwak.
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New Aron Kodesh for Chabad Thanks to the efforts of Maxim Berent, the Chabad Lubavitch on Mathers Avenue now has a brand new Aron Kodesh (Holy Ark). Read the Full Story
Group of Winnipeg women holds February re-union in Phoenix By EVELYN HECHT
It all started with a conversation among three old friends. We were reacting to a question by yet another friend. Would we consider planning another reunion, in a few years? We were, after all, 73 already!
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Can Orthodox Jews save Winnipeg? By URIEL HEILMAN
March 26, 2014 4:52pm
(Ed. note: This article appears only on the JTA website. Uriel Heilman noted in an e-mail to me that this is actually a blog posting that he did following the release of his initial article about secular Israelis coming to Winnipeg in droves.)
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Four male students in rural Manitoba school disciplined for overt racist behaviour that targets Jewish classmate By BERNIE BELLAN
Four male students in a grade nine class in a Steinbach school received suspensions recently as punishment for a series of behaviours that left other students shaken – in particular a female Jewish classmate. The four, who apparently had all immigrated to south-eastern Manitoba with their families within the past two years, were all classmates in Clear Springs Middle School, which is in the Hanover School Division.
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Israel

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Brilliant Israeli novel to be discussed at next meeting of "People of the Book" club Reviewed by BERNIE BELLAN

“To the End of the Land” will be the next (and final) selection for “The People of the Book” Jewish Book Club until next fall.
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Getting a start-up MBA in Israel  Article submitted by an MBA student at the Technion   Have you always dreamed of starting your own company?  The Israel Institute of Technology- TECHNION is offering a one- year startup MBA Program for international students. Read the Full Story

Opinion

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Is the Jewish Federation disconnected from the reality posed by the Russian Israeli immigration here? By BERNIE BELLAN The article about the large number of Israeli Jews – most of whom are originally from the former Soviet Union – who have immigrated to Winnipeg in the past 13 years, and which was printed in our April 2 issue (as well as reprinted in Haaretz and the Times of Israel, along with having appeared on the Jewish Telegraphic Agency website) has certainly set off a major reaction from our community leaders here. Read the Full Story
Op-Ed: The West Bank is under military occupation, and that's a fact By JESSICA MONTEL JERUSALEM (JTA) -- According to press reports, the crowd at a recent Republican Jewish Coalition conference "noticeably gasped" when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie referred to the West Bank as "occupied territories." Read the Full Story
Op-Ed: 'Occupied territories' is a flawed and biased term By ALAN BAKER JERUSALEM (JTA) -- When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized to Republican donor Sheldon Adelson for using the term "occupied territories" to refer to the West Bank, critics pounced. Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" ridiculed the apology, insisting that the phrase is "widely accepted" and accurate. Read the Full Story

Features

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Retired reporter Manfred Jager translates story of Holocaust survivor he found by accident By MARTIN ZEILIG “Eighteen months have passed since the horrible rule of terror of the Nazi regime finally came to its frightening, violent conclusion. Read the Full Story
Women of ’44 to gather in Winnipeg By ELENOR CONN For the past 20 plus years, groups of ex-pat Winnipeggers have gathered in Winnipeg for reunions. Read the Full Story
Standard Knitting – My Grandfather’s Sweater Factory By MORRI H. MOSTOW
I wish I had known my grandfather Moishe Hirsh Halparin (1883-1947). He died of a heart attack, at 63, two-and-a-half years before I was born.
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The North End will always be my home By LIBBY SIMON
I’m a north-ender - a true north-ender, born and bred in the north-west corner of Winnipeg. As a first generation offspring of Jewish immigrants who came to this country before the outbreak of WW II, I qualify.
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  • Local dentist Phil Katz killed in car crash
    2 weeks ago
    I am devastated in learning of Dr. Katz sudden and tragic passing, I have been a patient for twenty plus years, he was an amazing dentist and human being, My Deepest Condolences to his Family and the Staff at McPhillips Dental Health Center, my heart is broken, I proudly boasted to family and friends ...

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    I was looking for my sister on the internet and found out that she passed away in July , 2013. We (our family of 8) were wondering why we were never called ? Can you send me some information regarding her death. Thanks her brother Ben

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  • Local dentist Phil Katz killed in car crash
    4 weeks ago
    We heard the news of Phil's tragic death while we are here in Arizona. Our 3 generations have been patients for 32 years. We have grown together discussing our twins' and his triplets' achievements. He loved and was so proud of his children and Faye-Lynn. We have lost our dentist but more we have ...

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  • Local dentist Phil Katz killed in car crash
    1 month ago
    Dr.Katz was quite the character, never failed to put a smile on your face. He was our dentist for more than 10 years. My son and I will miss him for sure. Our condolences go out to his Family.

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  • Local dentist Phil Katz killed in car crash
    1 month ago
    I was very saddened to hear of Dr Katz's passing. He was my dentist for over 25 years. I still remember how proud he was when he showed me the picture of the new born triplets and when he told me about the time that he accidently wore his dental glasses to a Wendy's drive thru. He was a wonderful ...

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  • Local dentist Phil Katz killed in car crash
    1 month ago
    Our family has been a patient of his since 1996, he was such a wonderful. & caring dentist. Our sincere condolences goes out to his family and staff at McPhillips Dental center. Ranilo, Ruby, Cassandra, Jordan, & Austin

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  • Local dentist Phil Katz killed in car crash
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  • Local dentist Phil Katz killed in car crash
    1 month ago
    My family has been seeing Dr. Katz for several years and have many fond memories from our dental visits. During my last visit on March 5th, Dr. Katz was laughing and joking as he always did and making patients feel at ease. My condolences to his family and the staff at McPhillips Dental Centre.

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