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Canada’s Ambassador to Israel, Deborah Lyons, visits Winnipeg

Bernie Bellan with Deborah Lyons

By BERNIE BELLAN
(Note: My meeting with Canada’s Ambassador to Irsael, Deborah Lyons, occurred before news began to appear about the most recent violence on Israel’s border with Gaza - and well before Prime Minister Trudeau issued a statement that was strongly critical of Israel’s actions on May 14.)

Dr. Brian Goldman launches The Power of Kindness – Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life

Dr, Brian Goldman at the Rady JCC May 13

By BERNIE BELLAN

By now, it’s become standard practice for emergency room physician and CBC radio host Dr. Brian Goldman to appear at the Asper Campus whenever he launches a new book. The first time was in 2011, when he spoke in the Berney Theatre to promote his first book, The Night Shift, which talked about what really goes in a hospital emergency room.

Jewish-led community teams among top fundraisers in upcoming Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life June 10

Serratus Superstars (l-r): Sharon Goszer-Tritt, Randee Pollock, Cathy Moser, Harriet Zimmer.

By MYRON LOVE
The 11th annual Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life 20KM walk (or 200-minute workout) will take place in Assiniboine Park on Saturday, June 10, and several members of our Jewish community are – once again – among the leading fundraisers.

Jewish Child & Family Service Gala runs up against Game 7 of Jets-Nashville series…and manages to come out ahead!

JCFS Community of Caring Gala Committee (left-right): Elena Grinshteyn, Randee Pollock, Leslie Wilder, Meytal Lavy, Pam Vine, Heather Leonoff, Harriet Zimmer, Sherry Lercher-Davis, Al Benarroch, Einat Paz-Keynan, Shana Menkis, Rietta Floom, Jill Atnikov, Tara Greenberg, Danita Dubinsky-Aziza (Missing from photo: Joanne Grusko, Carli Rossall, Irina Krassovitski) Photo courtesy of Manuel F. Sousa Photography

By BERNIE BELLAN
Of all the lousy luck – a gala evening that had been long in the planning happened to coincide with what was, to that point, the most important game in Winnipeg Jets’ history.

It was Game 7 of the Jets-Nashville series. Knowing that many of those who would be in attendance would be checking their phones all during the evening, the decision was made by JCFS gala planners to try to accommodate the many hockey fans who were in attendance at the JCFS “Community of Caring” gala on May 10th.
MC Rabbi Matthew Leibl told the almost sold-out Convention Centre crowd that “We have tried to plan this evening so that the main entertainment and the main speeches coincide with intermissions in the hockey game.”

Manitoba chapter of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity to be honoured at JNF Negev Gala May 29

Manitoba Jewish dentists - members of Alpha Omega Fraternity to be honoured at Negev Gala

On May 29th, 2018 the Jewish National Fund (JNF) will be honouring the Manitoba Chapter of Alpha Omega Fraternity and one of its most distinguished members, Dr. Gerald Niznick.

2018 Dr. Philip Weiss Award For Storytelling for Peace and Human Rights Award given to Pinchas Gutter

Pinchas Gutter being presented with Philip Weiss Award by Francie Winograd, daughter of the late Philip Weiss

By BERNIE BELLAN
For 13 years every year around this time the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at St. Paul’s College presents something called The Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival.

Acclaimed novelist, teacher and speaker Dara Horn speaks to sold-out audience at Adas Yeshurun Herzlia Synagogue

Members of the Schulman family (l-r): MARLON SCHULMAN (Dara’s brother-in-law), SYLVIA SCHULMAN (Dara’s mother-in-law), DARA HORN, BRENDAN SCHULMAN (Dara’s husband), and PERRY SCHULMAN (Dara’s father-in-law)

By BERNIE BELLAN

Over 250 people were in attendance at the Adas Yeshurun Herzlia Synagogue Sunday evening May 6th as well-known writer Dara Horn gave a talk titled “Eternal Life - Blessing or Curse?”
Also prior to Dara’s talk, it was announced that the congregation had successfully raised $1.2 million in its recent fund-raising drive and that the mortgage on the building has been halved.

Canadian Mennonite University plays host to anti-Israel speaker

Rev. NAIM ATEEK

By BERNIE BELLAN On Wednesday, April 25th, the Canadian Mennonite University played host to a speaker by the name of Rev. Naim Ateek, a Palestinian Anglican priest who has been in Canada as part of a cross-country tour. Rev. Ateek promotes something he describes as “Palestinian Liberation Theology”. “