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Machane Lev Camp for LGBTQ youth

staff at Machane Lev Camp (summer of 2018)
Special to the JP&N
“When I first signed up to be part of the Staff team at Machane Lev, I did not think that we would be having the kind of impact on the Jewish LGBTQ+ community that we have seen,” says 24-year-old Gaston Lopez Ficher, who was a staff member last summer. Machane Lev is a one-week, Jewish overnight camp for children and youth who are both LGBTQ and Jewish.

For Dr. Samyra Stuart-Altman, being animal-centred simplifies life

SamyraBy REBECA KUROPATWA

Growing up in Winnipeg with a dad who is a pilot, Dr. Samyra Stuart-Altman had the unique opportunity to experience different places growing up – spending some time in Thompson, MB, and the Caribbean – while otherwise being on a fairly common Jewish childhood trajectory – going to school at Brock Corydon, then River Heights, followed by Kelvin.
“One thing I was really drawn to in all the places we travelled to was animals – hence, my journey into veterinary medicine, which has become my passion and profession today,” said Stuart-Altman.