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New Year of Melton Begins This October at Shaarey Zedek ADULT LEARNING FOR WONDERING JEWS Can a 4,000 year-old text speak to a 21st century world? Read the Full Story
Herzlia downsizing
By MYRON LOVE
Almost three years after announcing a rebuild – and some twists and turns en route – south Winnipeg’s Herzlia-Adas Yeshurun synagogue, the city’s largest Orthodox congregation, is finally going ahead with tearing down its 60-year-old building and putting up a new synagogue that will be about half the size of the current structure.
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Jewish Heritage Centre program to honour Norman & Florence Vickar       By MYRON LOVE
 Norman and Florence Vickar haVE been supporters of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada since its inception – Norman was one of the JHC’s founders – and the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada – the JHC’s predecessor – while the Vickars were still living in Saskatchewan.
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More about the Nazi war criminal who was found hanging in his St. James garage in 1960 By BERNIE BELLAN
A few issues back I wrote about a terrific book titled “The Avengers”.
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Local photographer to exhibit results of ambitious project at Millenium Library       By MYRON LOVE At the beginning of last year, local photographer David Lipnowski set for himself an ambitious goal. Read the Full Story
Winnipeg Singers to perform concert highlighting work of Jewish composers The Winnipeg Singers have long been regarded as one of Canada’s finest choral ensembles. Read the Full Story
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

Features

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Laughing at Death - A Writer and Her Dying Brother Forge a Bond Through Humor       By SYBIL SAGE
‘There are no online reviews for hospices,” I said to my 79-year-old brother shortly after he announced he was stopping dialysis.
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Just Put Your Lips Together . . . and Blow By SHARON MELNICER
It was April,1999
If it weren’t for Jacquie, I would never have gone. Not that the list of women who were scheduled to speak wasn’t interesting, mind you.
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In search of the perfect shofar       By STEVEN FINKLEMAN Ed. note: Steven Finkleman is a former Winnipegger who is now a retired Kelowna pediatrician. He now considers himself a professional traveller.
Recently Steven was in Namibia, where he was also teaching pediatrics in addition to searching for shofars.
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Raunchy and incredibly funny book to be subject of first meeting of “People of the Book” club       “This is Where I Leave You”
By Jonathan Tropper
Reviewed by BERNIE BELLAN
When Rebecca Brask, Culture Program Coordinator at the Rady JCC, and the person who has been organizing the “People of the Book” club ever since I first broached the idea to Gayle Waxman two years ago to form a new book club, approached me to facilitate discussion for the club’s first meeting of the year, I said: “Sure, why not?”
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Israel

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Ben-Gurion University hard hit by recent war with Hamas       By BERNIE BELLAN
During our recent “solidarity mission” to Israel from August 20-26, we had the opportunity to visit with the president of Ben-Gurion University, Dr. Rivka Carmi, on August 24.
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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

Opinion

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Thoughts on an inconclusive Gaza war       By MYRON LOVE
If the most recent Gaza War had been a boxing match, Israel would have been the unanimous winner on points.
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All the facts point to Winnipeg's Jewish population having shrunk - not grown       By BERNIE BELLAN In the past couple of years I’ve written quite a bit about conflicting reports that we’ve been receiving in the past few years about the size of Winnipeg’s Jewish population. Read the Full Story

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