Jerry Cohen: better the second time around

Jerry Cohen edited 1By GERRY POSNER Cohen, Shell, Margolis, Diamond, Coodin, Slayen, Bloomfield, Simkin and many more family names all were in attendance on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at the Etz Chaim Synagogue for the second Bar Mitzvah of Jerry Cohen. In truth, the Bar Mitzvah was to have taken place last year in Cohen’s 83rd year, but Covid interfered with the event at that time so the simcha was postponed a year. But even with a year’s delay, the joy of the moment was everywhere, Covid or not. What was present was happily, not Covid, but Kavod.

Winnipeg’s last Jewish men’s bowling league celebrates 100 years of camaraderie and friendly competition

BOWLINGBy MYRON LOVE On June 15, the Recreation Men’s Bowling League held its annual wind-up banquet at the Glendale Golf & Country Club. As per usual, the wind-up is the venue for handing out the awards for the year just past.Once again, for the tenth year in a row, Terry Robinson won the W. Harry Zimmerman Memorial Trophy for Highest Average, a feat that the largely Jewish Recreation Men’s Bowling League’s current secretary has achieved for 16 of the past 20 years.

Congregation Etz Chayim puts synagogue building up for sale

etz chayimPosted Sept. 16, 2022 By MYRON LOVE It would seem that it is finally happening.  After  “at least a decade” -  in the words of Congregation Etz Chayim board member and spokesperson Avrom Charach – of talking about it and considering different options, north Winnipeg’s  largest synagogue has taken a concrete  step forward in relocating to the south end.

The “for sale” sign outside the 70-year-old building went up last weekend.

QDoc: a new venture that promises to change the way patients interact with doctors

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Dr. Norm Silver (left) & Dave Berkowits 

By BERNIE BELLAN It was in May of this year when I read an article in the Winnipeg Free Press by business reporter Martin Cash which told of a new venture that was going to provide an entirely new way for people who needed to see a doctor for urgent care. The venture was known as QDoc and it was the brainchild of two members of our local Jewish community: Dave Berkowits and Dr. Norm Silver.

JWC basketball teams from 1980s to be inducted into Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame

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1984 Provincial A Champions
(photo from a 1984 Jewish Post)

We received the following release from The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame: The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its Class of 2021. 
In the team category four Raiders teams from JWC in the 1980s are to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Those varsity boys’ teams were 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86 & 1988-89, MHSAA Provincial Champions. Click here to watch a short video about those teams and the induction ceremony: JWC Raiders


Seven Jewish boys on the Canadian champion Ultimate team!

l-r: Liam Gutkin, Jadon Rich,
Zach Goldberg, Jesse Greenberg,
Gil Binnun, Devin Cohen, Dylan Kagan

Ultimate is a sport that has become extremely popular among both young men and women in recent years. We’ve written before about the accomplishments of the Binun brothers, Gil and Oren, who have both been playing competively for years. As well, 2019 Jewish Athlete of the Year Sarah Jacobsohn has continued playing for Canada’s national Ultimate team.

Gwen Secter holds luncheon for Holocaust survivors

left: Saul & Ida Alpern in
front of the auditorium newly
renamed in honour of Saul's
parents; right: Sonia Lazar

Approximately 60 individuals, including Holocaust survivors, family members, and friends turned out Thursday, August 19, at the Gwen Secter Centre for a luncheon that was sponsored by Saul and Ida Alpern. Prior to the luncheon Saul and Ida unveiled the new name of the Gwen Secter Auditorium, now to be known as the Isaac and Rosa Alpern Auditorium - in honour of Saul’s parents, who perished during the Holocaust (along with a sister and brother). Following the lunch, guests were entertained by violinist Sonia Lazar of the WSO.


After a two-year absence B’nai Brith returns to the Goldeyes ball park

Volunteers at B'nai Brith's
"Afternoon with the Goldeyes"

On Sunday, August 14th, B’nai Brith Canada in Winnipeg held its 14th annual “Afternoon with the Winnipeg Goldeyes” event, bringing out the city’s most vulnerable to spend a fun day at the ball park.
Since 2008, B’nai Brith has played host to the event, providing a valuable service to the community by inviting clients of Winnipeg’s service agencies to come out to the Goldeyes ball park.

Yom Tov options still somewhat limited for those seeking in-person services despite government easing of Covid restrictions

By MYRON LOVE Last year, around this time, I began my annual report on upcoming High Holiday services with the observation that, while “our Provincial Government may have substantially eased restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19 – Winnipeg synagogues are still taking a cautious approach to in-person Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur services.

Former St. John’s High classmates of the late Aron Katz gather to unveil plaque in his honour

Seven of Aron Katz’s classmates from
the class of ‘69 l-r: Dr. Bob Steinberg,
Dr. Brian Postl, Reid Linney, Dr. David
Manusow, Wayne Rosin, Geraldine
Scott (née Hale), Dr. Gerald ("Yosel") Minuk

Elsewhere on this website (Aron Katz story) you can read a lengthy story about the tragic death of 21-year-old Aron Katz, who died heroically while saving his own sister from drowning one summer day in 1973 in the Big Whiteshell.

On August 16, seven of Aron’s former classmates from the 1969 graduating class from St. John’s - along with others who had or now have a connection to the school, gathered to unveil a plaque dedicated to Aron’s memory. Click on "Read More" to read the wording on the plaque:

Shalom Square ends very successful week during Folklorama

Chai Dancers (Keith Levit photo)

Shalom Square, the Israel Pavilion for Folklorama, played host to sold-out crowds night after night from August 8-14. It was the first time in three years that Folklorama was held and, although the number of pavilions was reduced to only 24 (down from the 40 that participated in 2019), the likelihood was that having far fewer pavilions open led to much larger crowds at well-known pavilions such as Shalom Square.