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An excerpt from Harriet Zaidman's "City on Strike"

harriet zaidmanHarriet Zaidman's new young adult novel, "City on Strike: A Novel" (Red Deer Press 191 pg. $14.95), is set during the time of the Winnipeg General Strike in 1919 when workers and soldiers returning from the First World War demanded jobs, decent wages and the right to organize.
“Many politicians and business leaders condemned strike organizers and, backed up by police, unleashed deadly violence against them on a day now known as Bloody Sunday,” said Harriet in describing the book.  “City on Strike focusses on a 13-year-old boy and his younger sister who are part of a poor but hard-working immigrant family. Together with their neighbours, these siblings get drawn into the chaos that changed the city, and the country, forever.” Following is an excerpt from "City on Strike":

High schools Holocaust studies programs include visits to Auschwitz

Students from Springfield and Sturgeon Creek Collegiates who went on separate trips to Europe as part of Holocaust studies visited Auschwitz, also spent time in Cracow
It's one thing to learn about the Holocaust through books and film or even by listening to survivors’ stories. It is quite a different matter, as groups of students from Sturgeon Creek Collegiate in St. James and Springfield Collegiate in Oakbank (just northeast of Winnipeg) have learned, when you visit the actual death camps such as Auschwitz.

Businesswoman Elaine Berliner making life a little brighter for the homeless

Elaine Berliner (circled) with some of the 35 volunteers who regularly put on Christmas & Easter dinners for the homeless


Sixteen years ago, Elaine Berliner was at a low point in her life.
“I was feeling lousy,” she recalls. “It was close to Christmas and it struck me that this must be the way homeless people feel at Christmas.”

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin's “Words That Hurt, Words That Heal” – a review

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin/the book which will serve as the basis of his talk at the Adas Yeshurun Herzlia Synagogue May 9
One of the most important lessons I gleaned from reading Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s book, “Words That Hurt, Words That Heal – How the Words You Choose Shape Your Destiny”, is the long-lasting impact that a thoughtless remark can have on someone – even years after it was delivered.
In his book, which was first published in 1996, then republished just this year, Rabbi Telushkin offers a remarkable series of anecdotes to illustrate that point. If I had to single one particular story out for how much it resonated, it is a story he tells of the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.

Linda Sarsour is not an antisemite


I am alarmed by Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman’s call to stop Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour from speaking in his community.  I am a rabbi.  I have been involved with Jewish communal life and with Israel for fifty years.  At this moment I am writing from Israel, where I lived for four years. I arrived here this morning to participate in a Jewish project of solidarity next week with Palestinians in the West Bank who struggle daily for their very existence.

Rabbi Steven Wernick; Rabbi Shalom Schachter - sons of rabbis who served in Winnipeg now serving in same Toronto synagogue

Rabbi Steven Wernick (left), Rabbi Shalom Schachter

On February 8, 2019, a piece of history appeared before my eyes, although this little moment might never have been noticed by most people in the synagogue service at Beth Tzedec Synagogue that Shabbat morning. As I sat in the chapel looking at the bimah, in front of me were two rabbis - the newest member of the Beth Tzedec clergy: Rabbi Steven Wernick and another rabbi who has been with Beth Tzedec as an interim rabbi for several years now, Rabbi Shalom Schachter. On the face of it, that there are two rabbis in the same space for a service on a given Shabbat might not be that surprising.