Gray Academy’s mandatory vaccination policy for high school students receives overwhelmingly positive response from parents

Lori Binder
Gray Academy Head of School

By BERNIE BELLAN In our September 1 issue we reported that Gray Academy had become the first school in Manitoba that would be requiring all high school students age 12 and up to be vaccinated in order to attend school this year.

Nine Jewish (or half-Jewish) Members elected to House of Commons in Sept. 20 federal election

Jim Carr/Marty Morantz
both re-elected in Winnipeg

By BERNIE BELLAN The recent federal election saw the re-election of all eight Members of Parliament who were at least half Jewish and the addition of one new member, Melissa Lantsman, who won the seat of Thornhill for the Conservatives. Among the MPs who won re-election were: Jim Carr (Liberal) in Winnipeg South Centre and Marty Morantz (Conservative) in Headingley-St.James-Assiniboia-Charleswood.

JCFS report: Older adult, addictions cases continue to add heavily to JCFS workload

Al Benarroch
Executive Director, JCFS

By BERNIE BELLAN Since the first lockdown as a result of Covid was imposed on Manitobans in March 2020 I’ve been reporting on how various organizations within our community have been adjusting to the new demands placed upon them both by clients and governmental authorities that monitor their activities.

Jewish Heritage Centre to present talk on Western Canadian Jewish anarchists, including Feivel Simkin

Maria Tarasova-Chomard, who
will present a talk on Jewish
anarchists Oct. 3/Feivel Simkin

By BERNIE BELLAN Maria Tarasova-Chomard is a young (24 year old) student, originally from Russia, now living in Paris, who will be presenting a talk on Western Canadian Jewish anarchists for the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada on Sunday, October 3rd.

Rady JCC holds first in-person program in more than 20 months: Challahliscious

ChallahliciousOn September 2nd the Rady JCC held its first in-person program in more than 20 months in the MPR Room with close to 50 participants in the Challaliscious program as a way to kick start Rosh Hashanah.
 Each participant went home with their own challah to bake, a Rady apron and many memories.

BB Camp undertakes fundraising campaign to raise $2.85 million by August 2022 to buy back part of Town Island from City of Kenora on behalf of the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Aerial photo of Town Island
with BB Camp circled

Introduction: Readers may recall past reports in this paper about the precarious situation existing with regard to Town Island - home of BB Camp.
While we reported in early 2020 that the City of Kenora had agreed to sell the part of the island that does not already belong to BB Camp to an organization known as the Nature Conservancy of Canada, there is now a deadline for the Nature Conservancy to come up with $2.85 million by August next year or else Kenora will once again look for private developers to buy either all or parts of the island.

"Dear Jack Dear Louise" funny and poignant

Justin Stadnyk and Becky
Frohlinger in a scene from
"Dear Jack Dear Louise"

Review by BERNIE BELLAN When I learned that the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre was going to be producing its first production in front of a live audience since February 2020, I wondered how it might come off, given that performing under a canopy on a field isn’t quite the same as say, putting on a show at Rainbow Stage.

Gray Academy sets the pace for all other schools in Manitoba by instituting vaccine requirement for all students 12 and up

Lori Binder
Head of School, Gray Academy

By BERNIE BELLAN I had intended to speak with Lori Binder, Head of School at Gray Academy at a pre-arranged time on Wednesday, August 25 when, on Tuesday afternoon I received an email from Lori informing me that she wanted to share with me a communication that had just gone out to all parents.
Following are excerpts from that communication:

Winnipeg’s first lady of independent theatre takes her leave

Kayla Gordon

By MYRON LOVE Kayla Gordon may have taken her last curtain call as the artistic director of Winnipeg Studio Theatre – which she founded 15 years ago – but that doesn’t mean that she is leaving the Winnipeg theatrical scene any time soon.

Rady JCC Golf Tournament raises $200,000

l-r: Daniel Worb, Blair Worb,
Bernie Nicholls, Marshall Love, & Jacob Love

Over 150 golfers participated in the Rady JCC golf tournament, held August 10 at the Glendale Golf & Country Club.

Among the golfers was former NHL hockey great Bernie Nicholls.

Camp Massad was set to go - but Manitoba Health put a crimp in all the plans

Improvements to Camp Massad
made over the past 2 summers
include: new siding on all cabins
and a new basketball court

By BERNIE BELLAN Just as BB Camp had a plan in the works that allowed families to make use of the camp, Massad also had something similar in the works – with families being able to rent cabins.
While Camp Massad had to cancel all its June bookings, it was still able to take bookings in July for rentals.
Nevertheless, the families that were able to come out to Massad had a fantastic experience, Massad Executive Director Danial Sprintz noted. “We even encouraged families to bring their dogs with them,” he said.