Gray Academy pivots once again to “Gray Away” during provincially mandated week of remote learning

Gray Academy logo websiteBy BERNIE BELLAN With the decision by the provincial government to require online learning in all classrooms for students from K-12 from January 10-14, Gray Academy was well positioned to implement what it began to refer to as “Gray Away” when it was first introduced in May 2020. As well, the school has also taken steps to provide all parents of students in JK-6 with test kits that the parents are being asked to administer every three days beginning January 16.

Harvey Secter, Robert Silver appointed to Order of Canada

Harvey Secter/Robert Silver

Two well-known members of Winnipeg’s Jewish community were among 135 Canadians to be appointed to the Order of Canada last week.

Jewish synagogues react to rapid spread of Omicron variant – most put temporary end to in-person services

Synagogue logos montageBy BERNIE BELLAN With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant it comes as no surprise that many local synagogues have taken a proactive approach to dealing with the pandemic. For the time being, however, the Rady JCC is maintaining its existing schedule, although that may change quickly depending on possible new restrictions that may be issued by the provincial government.

31 staff members, 20 Residents at Simkin Centre test positive for Covid

Simkin Centre logoUpdated Jan. 17 A total of 20 Residents have tested positive for Covid. Of those 20, 15 have recovered. The remainder are in the Covid isolation unit. In addition, two more staff have tested positive, bringing the total number of staff who have tested positive to 31. Twenty-six of the staff have returned to work.

New JCFS office manager Mara Pellettieri has strong ties to our Jewish community

Mara Pellettieri

By MYRON LOVE For Mara Pellettieri, the Jewish Child and Family Service’s new office manager, community has always been of prime importance. One of eight children of Leslie and the late Les Nepon, she has truly been immersed in our Jewish community from birth.

Community leader Heather Leonoff receives prestigious Law Society award

Richard Scott
and Heather Leonoff

By MYRON LOVE Heather Leonoff is this year’s recipient of the Law Society of Manitoba’s Richard J. Scott award.
“I am honoured,” says the Director of the Manitoba Department of Justice’s Constitutional Law Branch of the award that was presented to her on November 26. “I am very pleased to be recognized by my peers.”


Lessons in Fusion” speaks to the fluidity of Jewish identity in the contemporary world

Primrose Mayadag Knazan
cover of "Lessons in Fusion:

Reviewed by BERNIE BELLAN In preparing to write this review I searched our archives to see whether we had ever published anything previously about Primrose Mayadag Knazan; sad to say, we hadn’t.

It’s about time we made up for that oversight, as Primrose had already established herself as a playwright of considerable talent, having had her three plays been awarded “Best of Fest” at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival on each occasion she premiered a new play at the Fringe.

Jewish Federation AGM: Record year both for revenues and expenditures - fuelled by one-time contributions in aid of Covid relief

Jewish Fed logoBy BERNIE BELLAN For the second year in a row the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg held its Annual General Meeting online. This year’s meeting, which took place Wednesday evening, December 8, was relatively brief, lasting only 45 minutes, but while the meeting may have been relatively short in length, it certainly delivered some uplifting news.

Winnipeg-born writer Sidura Ludwig receives 2021 Vine Award for new collection of short stories

Sidura Ludwig

By MYRON LOVE You could rightly say that Sidura Ludwig is “over the moon” about being named the winner of the 2021 Vine Award for fiction for “You Are Not What We Expected”, her first collection of short stories.
“This is a huge honour,” says the former Winnipegger. “I am thrilled, overwhelmed, speechless. It was a real surprise. I didn’t even realize that my book still qualified as it was released 18 months ago.”

CJOB sports guy Cameron Poitras living the dream

CJOB's newly married couple:
producer Skye Kneller
& announcer Cameron Poitras

By MYRON LOVE Ten years ago or so, Cameron Poitras was at loose ends. He had just dropped out of university and, as with many young people entering their 20s, wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.


COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Pediatric Doses at Gray Academy Dec. 7

Gray Academy logoWe received the following communication from Gray Academy, informing parents of any children age 5-11 of a special clinic that will be held at Gray Academy Tuesday, December 7...During School Hours and After School...Register by Wednesday, December 1