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Inaugural Winnipeg StandWithUs event features charismatic young “Arab Muslim Zionist” Yahya Mahamid

StandWithUsBy BERNIE BELLAN
Twenty-year-old Yahya Mahamid is one very brave individual. Not only has he defied the overwhelmingly anti-Israel sentiment that dominates the Arab world – and his own Palestinian people, by proudly describing himself as an “Arab Muslim Zionist”, he has been willing to stand up directly to virulent critics of Israel in such hotbeds of hatred toward Israel as South Africa.

Shaarey Zedek Yom Tov attendance soars, most other congregations report decrease

shaarey zedekBy MYRON LOVE
Shaarey Zedek, our community’s oldest and largest congregation, seems to be undergoing a renaissance. Not only has Shabbat attendance been on the rise over the past year – as a result of the congregation streamlining the service – but, according to Ian Staniloff, the congregation’s executive director, this past yom tov was the best attended yom tov service in the ten years that he has been serving as executive director.

First-ever conference for senior members of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgenderged) community to be held in Winnipeg

rainbow resourceBy BERNIE BELLAN
Here are some interesting facts about senior (55+) members of the LGBT community in Canada:
• They are twice as likely to live alone.
• They are half as likely to have life partners or significant others.
• They are half as likely to have close relatives to whom they can call for help.
• They are four times less likely to have children to help them.
(Source) http://www.carp.ca/2009/06/15/welcome-to-carps-pink-chapter-2/)

Over 100 mentions of Monty Hall through the years in past issues of The Jewish Post

Monty HallEd. note: When news of Monty Hall’s passing reached me, my initial reaction was: “Has there ever been anyone who had done more, not only for Jewish causes, but for so many other causes as well?
When I read accounts of Monty’s life in the Free Press, I was disappointed that there was but scant mention of his Jewish roots. Yes, he was a “north ender”, which every story about him noted repeatedly. But Monty wasn’t just a “north ender”; he was a proud “Jewish” north ender who never missed an opportunity to remind people of his Jewish heritage.
I began to scan our own archives (which are accessible to anyone simply by going to our website and clicking on the “search archives” link). I was astonished to find 109 references to Monty Hall in different stories. Although I couldn’t possibly find the time to read everything we had about Monty, I was curious to see what our earliest references were to him.
This is what I came up with:

1992 Jewish Athlete of the Year David Gurvey is back after long hiatus

David Gurvey2Twenty-five years ago then-26-year-old powerlifter David Gurvey was the winner of the Max Nusgart Memorial Award as the Jewish Athlete of the Year at the 20th Y Sports Dinner.
At that dinner, according to Harvey Rosen’s account at the time, guest speaker sportscaster Jim Valvano remarked that “he couldn’t get over how the dimunitive Gurvey coud lift 416 pounds!”