Jewish Child and Family Service programs help people recovering from addiction within Jewish context

Ivy Kopstein
JCFS Substance Use and
Addiction Services Coordinator

By MYRON LOVE With the financial stress and uncertainty that many people have been experiencing over the past year as a result of Covid lockdowns, there has been a nationwide increase in alcohol and drug use (source: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction) and – according to Ivy Kopstein, Jewish Child and Family Service’s Substance Use and Addiction Services Coordinator – members of the Jewish community have been affected parallel to the larger community.

B’nai Brith launches new Canada-wide legal networkto fight antisemitism, human rights abuses

Matas copy edited 1By MYRON LOVE On Monday, February 22, B’nai Brith Canada introduced its new legal network – the Matas Law Society – to the world with a virtual program – a “fireside chat” – featuring B’nai Birth CEO Michael Mostyn and the eponymous David Matas himself – B’nai Brith Canada’s long time senior legal counsel and one of the world’s best known fighters for human rights.

For first time ever, a Manitoban is elected as International Teen President of BBYO

17-year old Gray Academy
student Emma Zentner

By BERNIE BELLAN History was made at the recent BBYO International Convention, which was a combination of in-person and virtual gatherings held over a four-day period, from February 11-15, when Winnipegger Emma Zentner was elected International N’siah (President) of BBYO.

Gray Academy shows marked increase in retention of students in comparison with same period in previous years

Gray Academy logoBy BERNIE BELLAN Every February, Gray Academy opens up priority re-enrollment for current families for the next school year.  In 2019, the percentage of parents who re-enrolled at this point in the year was 62%. In 2020, it was 70.61%.
This year, as of February 10, the percentage topped 90% - almost 30% higher than the same period just two years ago.

Six cases of Covid confirmed at Rady JCC managed early years centre on Grosvenor

RADY JCC colourBy BERNIE BELLAN The first confirmed cases of Covid at one of the day care centres operated by the Rady JCC have occurred at the centre on Grosvenor Avenue.

Two upcoming Zoom sessions open to anyone

Left: Beatty Cohan
Right: Sandy Shefrin Rabin

On Feb. 16 the Shaarey Zedek will be offering a Zoom session featuring former Winnipegger Beatty Cohan, a renowned sex therapist, teaching how to "Never Make a Mistake in Love Again!"

On Feb. 21, former Winnipegger Sandy Shefrin Rabin will be holding a Zoom launch of her book, "Prairie Sonata". Read more to find out about both Zoom sessions.

B’nai Brith Camp announces new co-executive directors: Married couple Lexi Yurman and Jacob Brodovsky

Jacob Brodovsky/Lexie Yurman

For the first time ever, B’nai Brith Camp on Town Island in Lake of the Woods will be under the direction of a husband and wife team: Jacob Brodovsky and Lexie Yurman. The decision announcing their hiring was made in the fall. As of January 1st, Jacob and Lexie succeeded Jerrod Henoch, who was executive director for two years following the retirement of Brenda Tessler-Donen. (Unfortunately, this past summer, as was the case with sleepover camps everywhere, there was no camp.)

Limmud preview: Jonathan Sarna and similarities between a Yellow Fever plague in the 1870s and today's pandemic

Jonathan Sarna

(Ed. note: Limmud will be offered online this year, beginning March 7. As is our custom, we will be presenting previews of various Limmud speakers, beginning with this piece. Check this website for more previews in the weeks to come.)

An 1873 epidemic claimed the lives of 2,000 residents in Memphis, Tennessee, “a number which constituted at the time the most yellow fever victims in an inland city” according to Wikipedia.
Jonathan Sarna calls that epidemic a very Jewish story.

Ice Dreams Come True at Gray Academy: Gray Academy-Tough Duck Community Ice Rink opens in January

2 donor families to the
ice rink. Left - Narvey
family; Right - Levene family

Submitted by Gray Academy
The Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education (WBJE) is thrilled to announce an exciting new addition to Gray Academy of Jewish Education this winter, one that will bring tremendous benefits to students and the entire community. With the generous support of donors, we have recently unveiled a brand-new outdoor ice-skating rink.

Photos from the 30s: Peretz School & the Maple Leaf Curling Club

Lou Billinkoff

We received two interesting emails from readers Lou Billinkoff and Martin Buchwald that harken back to a much earlier time in the existence of the Winnipeg Jewish community: the 1930s. Click on "read more" to see those emails - and some fascinating pictures that are over 85 years old.

Situation at Simkin Centre has been good – although mixed with some uncertainty

Allan Walder - 1st resident
at the Simkin Centre
to receive a vaccination


The problem with writing about Covid is that the situation is so fluid that a report one day can quickly be superceded by a contradictory report the next day. What follows is a report we published in the Feb. 3 issue of The Jewish Post & News, with an addendum taken from the Simkin Centre website that somewhat contradicts what we reported in the print newspaper. We also want to apologize for a mistake we made in identifying a Simkin Centre resident wrongly.