Posted Sept. 16, 2022 By MYRON LOVE It would seem that it is finally happening. After “at least a decade” - in the words of Congregation Etz Chayim board member and spokesperson Avrom Charach – of talking about it and considering different options, north Winnipeg’s largest synagogue has taken a concrete step forward in relocating to the south end.
The “for sale” sign outside the 70-year-old building went up last weekend.
By MYRON LOVE There was a time – at least within the lifetime of older readers – when there seemed to be a kosher butcher on every corner in the old North End. An exaggeration, maybe, but in the 1930s, there were enough kosher butchers in Winnipeg to form their own shul.
The last kosher butcher in Winnipeg – that would be Omnitsky’s – closed in 2008 and, at about the same time, fresh kosher slaughter also came to end in our region.
While the skies were closed for the first waves of the pandemic, with many organizations canceling their Israel trips, Masa Israel Journey saw an increase of almost 40% of North American students and young professionals traveling to Israel to partake in immersive four-to-10-month programs.
Since its establishment in 2004 by the Jewish Agency and the government of Israel, Masa has served more than 180,000 Jewish students and young professionals ages 16 to 35, from more than 60 countries.
By MYRON LOVE On June 15, the Recreation Men’s Bowling League held its annual wind-up banquet at the Glendale Golf & Country Club. As per usual, the wind-up is the venue for handing out the awards for the year just past.Once again, for the tenth year in a row, Terry Robinson won the W. Harry Zimmerman Memorial Trophy for Highest Average, a feat that the largely Jewish Recreation Men’s Bowling League’s current secretary has achieved for 16 of the past 20 years.
By GERRY POSNER Cohen, Shell, Margolis, Diamond, Coodin, Slayen, Bloomfield, Simkin and many more family names all were in attendance on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at the Etz Chaim Synagogue for the second Bar Mitzvah of Jerry Cohen. In truth, the Bar Mitzvah was to have taken place last year in Cohen’s 83rd year, but Covid interfered with the event at that time so the simcha was postponed a year. But even with a year’s delay, the joy of the moment was everywhere, Covid or not. What was present was happily, not Covid, but Kavod.
By MYRON LOVE For B’nai Brith Camp co-executive directors Jacob Brodovsky and his wife, Lexie Yurman, and their staff, it has been a satisfying summer at the Lake of the Woods campsite.
“We are happy to be able to report that we had full registration this year,” says Brodovsky whose relationship with BB Camp as camper, counsellor and executive director (since January 1, 2021) goes back 20 years. “Our numbers were back to 2017 and 2018 levels.”
By BERNIE BELLAN I’m not much for reading autobiographies; I prefer to read someone else’s account of a person’s life because I figure you’re much more likely to find out what someone’s life was truly like when it was written by someone else - warts and all.
However, when I was asked whether I might like to receive an advance copy of the memoir of Rosalie Sharp whose name, to be honest, was unfamiliar to me - but who, I was informed, was the wife of Four Seasons Hotel founder Isadore Sharp - I thought: Sure, it’s always interesting to read of the lives of the rich and famous – and when they’re Jewish and Canadian to boot, let’s go for it.
Introduction: The following story is an excerpt from a longer story in Zev Cohen’s new novel titled “Are You Still Alive?”
As Zev wrote to us recently, “this is Chapter One of my novel, "Are You Still Alive?" It is partially based on events recounted to me by my late father Moshe. The story, beyond being one of the countless tales of Jewish survival against all odds during the Holocaust, is also an allegory for the indomitable human spirit intertwined with Rabbi Akiva's maxim ‘V’havta l’raecha kamocha’. I hope to have the complete novel published soon.
Zev’s writing has appeared several times in the past in this paper. His collection of short stories, titled “Twilight in Saigon,” was published in 2021.
Born in Israel, Zev lived in Winnipeg until he was 17, when he returned to Israel with his parents. He now spends half the year in Israel and half the year in Calgary, where his two sons live.
We received the following release from The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame: The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its Class of 2021. In the team category four Raiders teams from JWC in the 1980s are to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Those varsity boys’ teams were 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86 & 1988-89, MHSAA Provincial Champions. Click here to watch a short video about those teams and the induction ceremony: JWC Raiders
American sports are some of the biggest and best-loved on the planet. And while the sports are huge, it’s often the players who generate the interest and passion from fans. At present, and over the years, there have been some megastars gracing the scene, and many of them have gone on to become global icons.
By BERNIE BELLAN It was in May of this year when I read an article in the Winnipeg Free Press by business reporter Martin Cash which told of a new venture that was going to provide an entirely new way for people who needed to see a doctor for urgent care. The venture was known as QDoc and it was the brainchild of two members of our local Jewish community: Dave Berkowits and Dr. Norm Silver.
By BERNIE BELLAN We were recently contacted by Allan Novak, who is the son of Anne Novak. Anne is one of four Fink siblings – the others being sisters Sally Singer and Ruth Zimmer, while their lone brother is Sol Fink.
Elsewhere on this website (Aron Katz story) you can read a lengthy story about the tragic death of 21-year-old Aron Katz, who died heroically while saving his own sister from drowning one summer day in 1973 in the Big Whiteshell.
On August 16, seven of Aron’s former classmates from the 1969 graduating class from St. John’s - along with others who had or now have a connection to the school, gathered to unveil a plaque dedicated to Aron’s memory. Click on "Read More" to read the wording on the plaque:
On Sunday, August 14th, B’nai Brith Canada in Winnipeg held its 14th annual “Afternoon with the Winnipeg Goldeyes” event, bringing out the city’s most vulnerable to spend a fun day at the ball park.
Since 2008, B’nai Brith has played host to the event, providing a valuable service to the community by inviting clients of Winnipeg’s service agencies to come out to the Goldeyes ball park.
Approximately 60 individuals, including Holocaust survivors, family members, and friends turned out Thursday, August 19, at the Gwen Secter Centre for a luncheon that was sponsored by Saul and Ida Alpern. Prior to the luncheon Saul and Ida unveiled the new name of the Gwen Secter Auditorium, now to be known as the Isaac and Rosa Alpern Auditorium - in honour of Saul’s parents, who perished during the Holocaust (along with a sister and brother). Following the lunch, guests were entertained by violinist Sonia Lazar of the WSO.
Ultimate is a sport that has become extremely popular among both young men and women in recent years. We’ve written before about the accomplishments of the Binun brothers, Gil and Oren, who have both been playing competively for years. As well, 2019 Jewish Athlete of the Year Sarah Jacobsohn has continued playing for Canada’s national Ultimate team.
By MARTIN ZEILIG Palm oil has been criticized by many, including scientists, activists and organizations such as Greenpeace and the Palm Oil Investigations, notes online information.
In a report published by the BBC, environmentalists argue that the farming of oil palm trees is having damaging effects on the environment.
By MYRON LOVE Ian MacArton and Ben Blankstein are first cousins who share a passion for hockey – a passion which has led to leadership roles in amateur hockey in Winnipeg and Manitoba respectively.
By BERNIE BELLAN For Robyn Braha, dance has been an integral part of her life for over 40 years. A former dance director with the Chai Folk Ensemble, which she joined when she was 16, in 1997 Robyn also started her own dance company, known as “Beyachad, Robyn Braha School of Dance.”
A couple of weeks back we received an email from another ageless senior, former sprinter Lou Billinkoff.
Lou didn’t actually start running until he was 89 years old - and after he had suffered a mild heart attack.His doctor recommended that he go through a rehab program at the Reh-Fit Centre.
By BERNIE BELLAN Faye Rosenberg-Cohen is one of the longest serving staff members at the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg. She actually got her start at the forerunner of the Federation, the Winnipeg Jewish Community Council. (During the course of our interview, she was able to find the date of her first day of employment at the WJCC: May 18, 1994.)
By BERNIE BELLAN For several years now we have been reporting on the uncertain future of Town Island, home to BB Camp, as a result of attempts by the City of Kenora to elicit interest in having that portion of the island that is not already owned by BB Camp sold. There have been many twists and turns in this story.
By MYRON LOVE After two years of enforced closure due to provincial government Covid lockdowns, Camp Massad is back this summer and looking forward to a real blast this year to end the season. On the weekend of August 26-28, the only Hebrew-immersion summer camp in North America, will be celebrating its 70th anniversary with a reunion of former campers, counsellors and board members.
Lucky for us, we were listening to CBC when this announcement came across the air waves Monday morning, just as we were putting the finishing touches on this week’s issue: Longtime Liberal politician Anita Neville will be Manitoba’s next lieutenant-governor, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in a press release Monday, August 15.
Shalom Square, the Israel Pavilion for Folklorama, played host to sold-out crowds night after night from August 8-14. It was the first time in three years that Folklorama was held and, although the number of pavilions was reduced to only 24 (down from the 40 that participated in 2019), the likelihood was that having far fewer pavilions open led to much larger crowds at well-known pavilions such as Shalom Square.
By GUSTAVO ZENTNER, President, the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg Although you may expect this article to focus solely on the promotion of the Federation Mission to Israel in February 2023, I have so much more to say about why I believe a visit to Israel can impact you.
By MYRON LOVE Over the course of nearly 60 years, lifelong Winnipegger Rochelle Zimberg has played a wide variety of different roles. She has been by turn educator and administrator, consultant, marriage counselor, community volunteer, and political candidate. Her careers have taken her across Canada and around the world and she has accumulated a plethora of good friends seemingly everywhere.
By MYRON LOVE Noah Lieberman has been playing Fantasy Football since he was 12 or 13 years old and he says that his ratings are in the 99th percentile worldwide. Three weeks ago, the recent graduate of the Asper School of Business released the quintessential book on the popular pasttime.
By BERNIE BELLAN Brooke Zelcer is a 28-year-old woman who had a typical Winnipeg Jewish upbringing growing up. The daughter of Hartley and Polly Zelcer, Brooke grew up in Garden City, she says and went to Gray Academy until the end of Grade 9. After that she went to the University of Winnipeg Collegiate, followed by her acquiring two bachelor’s degrees at the U of W - one in environmental sciences, and one in international development.
By MARTIN ZEILIG In late July, I received a document from a friend, which was sent to him by someone associated with the Beamsville, Ontario-based charitable organization, Friends of the Mennonite Centre in Ukraine , (FOMCU).
The document was part one of a story written by Iryna Lynka, the mayor of Molochansk, a city in eastern Ukraine.