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Gwen Secter members hold rally to protest sale of their building By BERNIE BELLAN Today (Sept. 17) some 50 members of the Gwen Secter Centre braved a chilly north wind to hold a demonstration in favour of keeping Gwen Secter in its home. A surprise attendee was the Honourable Gord Mackintosh, MLA  for St. Johns, also the Minister for Water Conservation and Stewardship in the Manitoba Government. Watch a video of that rally at http://www.jewishpostandnews.ca/component/hwdvideoshare/viewvideo/161/local/gwen-secter-rally-sept-17?Itemid=163 Read the Full Story
Israel National Curling Team to make its debut in Winnipeg later this month By HARVEY ROSEN Approximately six months ago, I was contacted by David Greaves: Director of Marketing and Development for the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. He had been working diligently on behalf of the homeland, hoping to help build the sport of curling in Israel. Read the Full Story
Camp Massad honours memory of founders Leona and Alex Billinkoff By MYRON LOVE About 40-50 Massadniks, friends and family members of the late Leona and Alex Billinkoff gathered in the chader ohel (dining room) at Camp Massad on Sunday, August 24, for an afternoon of reminiscences about the couple who figuratively and literally built North America’s only Hebrew-speaking summer camp. Read the Full Story
British-born Pakistani Muslim new Winnipeg B’nai Brith outreach worker By MYRON LOVE Once upon a time, British-born Pakistani Muslim Kasim Hafeez would have been on the front lines protesting against Israel. Once, he even considered going to Pakistan to train as a terrorist. Read the Full Story
Winnipeg Jewish Theatre announces that it’s back By BERNIE BELLAN After over six months of no explanation given as to why the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre suddenly closed its doors in February, the WJT issued a press release on August 28 announcing that it has now reconstituted itself under new management. Read the Full Story
Group of 18 Winnipeggers completes “Solidarity Mission” to Israel

By BERNIE BELLAN Tel Aviv, Aug. 27 How do you assess the results of a “mission” that was intended to show “solidarity” by Canadians with Israelis?
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Winnipeg branch of Canadian Magen David Adom donates second ambulance to Israel By REBECA KUROPATWA Aug. 20, 2014 With the recent violence and tensions in Israel, Magen David Adom (MDA), once again, has been pushed to its limits – working in a state of constant high alert and keeping most of its equipment in service 24 hours a day.  Read the Full Story
Departure of Neal and Carol Rose leaving void in community By MYRON LOVE  August 20, 2014 Neal and Carol Rose’s pending departure for St. Louis is going to leave a large void in our community. Over the past 45 years, the Roses have been an integral part of the community. Read the Full Story

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A behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in a Free Press editor’s mind On August 28 we received an e-mail from Aidan Fishman. In it Aidan described how he had written to the comments editor of the Free Press, Shannon Sampert, asking for an opportunity to pen a rebuttal to a column that had appeared in the August 26th issue of that paper. Read the Full Story
Nazi war criminal living in Winnipeg committed suicide 60 years ago - or did he? By BERNIE BELLAN The story that I wrote about the book “The Avengers” in our August 6 issue elicited some interesting reactions from readers. Read the Full Story

Israel

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2 pages of pictures of the "Solidarity Mission" From Aug. 20-26 18 Winnipeggers (with one person from Toronto thrown in) went to Israel on a "Solidarity Mission". In the Sept. 3 issue of The Jewish Post & News we published two full pages of photos - with captions, from the mission.  http://www.jewishpostandnews.ca/images/PDFs/SolidarityMission.pdf Read the Full Story
Israel’s most controversial journalist offers quite a different perspective on Hamas By BERNIE BELLAN While Khaled Abu Toameh, an Arab Muslim, is as cynical as anyone about everyone who passes for a Palestinian leader these days, Gideon Levy, a Jewish Israeli, is just about as cynical about most Israeli politicians. Read the Full Story
Jerusalem Post reporter Khaled Abu Toameh offers acerbic view of Palestinian leadership By BERNIE BELLAN I first wrote about Khaled Abou Toameh when I was in Israel last October as part of a “security mission”, which was organized by Shurat Hadin (the Israel Law Centre). Read the Full Story

Opinion

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Western diplomats, media analysts continue to delude themselves re Gaza-Abbas no solution, no leader By MYRON LOVE Western diplomats and media analysts (as well as some of their Israeli counterparts) continue to delude themselves that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party are the answer in Gaza. Read the Full Story
Some random thoughts about our “mission” By BERNIE BELLAN Aug. 26 Tel Aviv – early in the morning  It’s day 49 for Israelis of what now seems to becoming a new routine: Sirens sound, head to the shelters, wait for the all clear – and then what? Read the Full Story

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