Simkin Centre receives positive review from WRHA following unannounced inspection

Simkin Centre logo colour edited 1By BERNIE BELLAN As a result of the many problems associated with personal care homes in Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has been conducting unannounced inspections of personal care homes throughout the city.
On May 26 a team of five, including three representatives from Manitoba Health and two from the WRHA, visited the Simkin Centre.

Jewish teams once again among Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life top fundraisers

Cancercare participants1 edited 1By MYRON LOVE The 15th annual Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Challenge for Life 20KM walk (or 200-minute workout) is back again, but much later this year than had traditionally been the case: August 4-14.  Once again, teams dominated or led by members of our Jewish community are among the top fundraisers.

Some major changes in allocations to beneficiary agencies of the Jewish Federation as of Sept. 1 - Gray Academy to receive $26,000 less than last year

Allocations Report 2022By BERNIE BELLAN The Jewish Federation will be allocating exactly the same total amount of money to its beneficiary agencies in the 2022/23 fiscal year (beginning September 1) as it did in 2021/22: $3,003,000. But – the distribution of those funds will be markedly different this coming year than it was in the fiscal year that will end August 31.
That is the major takeaway from this year’s report of the Federation’s Budget & Allocations Committee.

Pictures of all the Kavod Award nominees

Jewish Federation immediate Past
Presidents Laurel Malkin & Joel Lazer

This year's Kavod Awards ceremony, held May 31, in which the Jewish Federation honoured volunteers for various Jewish organizations was the first such ceremony held since 2019.

Former Jewish Athlete of the Year Sarah Jacobsohn chosen to be part of Team Canada Ultimate Team

Sarah Jacobsohn

In an email received from Yael Kaplan, who herself is a former Jewish Athlete of the Year nominee, Yael informed us that 2019 Jewish Athlete of the Year Sarah Jacobsohn is now in Toronto, training with Canada’s National Ultimate Team for the “World Games,” which will be held in Birmingham, Alabama this week - from July 7-17.

Volunteers from Shaarey Zedek, Unitarian Church, Bear Clan, and others band together to clean up Assiniboine river bank

overhead view of some of the
debris collected during the clean-up

By BERNIE BELLAN Anyone who had driven, cycled, or walked over the west span of the Sherbrook bridge in the past year was bound to notice that the south bank of the Assiniboine River had become home to a great many homeless people.

Rainbow Stage’s current production has strong Jewish connection

Jewish performers in "The Hockey Sweater"
clockwise from top left: Kevin McIntryre,
Harry Nelken, Hannah Schaeffer, Rochelle Kives

We received an email from Rainbow Stage Artistic Director Carson Nattrass pointing out the many connections our Jewish community has to Rainbow Stage’s current production, “The Hockey Sweater,” including:

• Four Jewish cast members, including lead Kevin McIntryre, Harry Nelken, Rochelle Kives, and Hannah Schaeffer.

Shaarey Zedek details where it will relocate during reconstruction

Artist's rendering of new
interior of Shaarey Zedek sanctuary

On June 30, the Shaarey Zedek released detailed plans of how it will handle operations during the reconstruction of the synagogue. Following is that announcement in full:

Dr. Cara Katz receives grant to study autism from sibling point of view

Dr. Cara Katz

By MYRON LOVE Autism can be a difficult diagnosis that can put a tremendous strain on a family. While the focus for parents, healthcare workers and other support services is rightly on helping the affected child to navigate life, the impact of a sibling with autism on other children in the family may be overlooked.

70 headstones toppled at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery, but Larsen’s Memorials restored all but two the next day

left: some of the 70 headstones toppled
overnight June 29; right: the same headstones
restored June 29 by Larsen's Memorials

By BERNIE BELLAN Early in the morning of Wednesday, June 29, staff at the Shaarey Zedek cemetery discovered that approximately 70 headstones in an older part of the cemetery (Sections 1 and 2) had been toppled over night.

The mayor of Jerusalem visited Winnipeg - but I never got a chance to speak with him

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion being
greeted by Larry Vickar while
his wife, Stavit, & Jerusalem
Foundation Executive Director
Shai Doron look on

By BERNIE BELLAN On Wednesday, June 15 I was expecting to have a chance to meet the mayor of Jerusalem, whose name I found out is Moshe Lion. What follows is an email I sent to Keith Levit, who was taking pictures of the mayor and his entourage that day, and who asked me whether I was going to use any of the pictures he took.