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Chai Folk Ensemble puts on best show ever with four other local dance groups

The final number of the June 7 show, titled “Woven Threads”, featured the Chai Folk Ensemble together with the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble in a dance called “Hora Hopak”.

There was an air of anticipation as the almost 1400 attendees who filed into the Club Regent Event Centre on a warm Thursday evening, June 7, took their seats. For the first time ever, the Chai Folk Ensemble was going to be joined onstage by groups representing four different Winnipeg ethnic groups: Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Magdragat Phillipines, The Aboriginal School of Dance, and La Troupe jeunesse de l’Ensemble folklorique de la Riviere-Rouge (Métis).
In addition to the Chai Folk Ensemble singers, audience members were treated to singing by the Yona Choir, Paul Ong, and Ray St. Germain.
The evening also provided an opportunity to honour Tova and Larry Vickar, longtime supporters of so many causes in this province.

For a montage of photos from the concert click on "Read more".

New Rabbi Rose to take helm of Congregation Etz Chayim

Rabbi Kliel Rose

The “Family of Roses” will soon be blooming again in Winnipeg.

In selecting Rabbi Kliel Rose as its new spiritual leader, Congregation Etz Chayim is going back to the future.
Kliel Rose’s parents, Rabbi Neal and Carol Rose have had an ongoing relationship with the congregation – and its predecessor, the Rosh Pina Synagogue – going back 40 years or more.

Jewish students at Brock Corydon, Grant Park shine at Winnipeg, Manitoba science symposiums

Sam Di Cresce (little brother Isaac on his back), Olivia Swirsky, Sam Charach, Jericho Knazan. All are in the Hebrew Bilingual program at Brock Corydon
More than a dozen budding young  potential future scientists - who also happen to be Jewish, stood out at this spring’s Winnipeg School Science Symposium

JNF Negev Gala honours members of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity and Dr. Gerald Niznick

Member of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity at the Concert Hall May 29


The Jewish National Fund held another very successful gala May 29, the proceeds of which will go to help build a dental clinic in Israel for children and young adults with special needs.
Honouress this year included members of the Manitoba Chapter of the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, with special honouree Dr. Gerald Niznick.

Annual Kavod evening celebrates volunteers who work for betterment of the community

David Asper (left) presented with the Sol Kanee Distinguished Community Service Medal by Richard Kroft

They come from various walks of life. They include lawyers and financial planners, teachers, homemakers, a hotelier, a long time camp director and an immigration consultant.
What all those who shared the stage at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue on Thursday, May 17, at the annual Jewish Federation of Winnipeg/Combined Jewish Appeal Kavod Evening is a willingness to give of their time for the betterment of our community.

Canada’s Ambassador to Israel, Deborah Lyons, visits Winnipeg

Bernie Bellan with Deborah Lyons

(Note: My meeting with Canada’s Ambassador to Irsael, Deborah Lyons, occurred before news began to appear about the most recent violence on Israel’s border with Gaza - and well before Prime Minister Trudeau issued a statement that was strongly critical of Israel’s actions on May 14.)

Dr. Brian Goldman launches The Power of Kindness – Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life

Dr, Brian Goldman at the Rady JCC May 13


By now, it’s become standard practice for emergency room physician and CBC radio host Dr. Brian Goldman to appear at the Asper Campus whenever he launches a new book. The first time was in 2011, when he spoke in the Berney Theatre to promote his first book, The Night Shift, which talked about what really goes in a hospital emergency room.