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Town hall meeting discusses upcoming Israeli election

Organizers of the Israeli election town hall, Thursday, March 7, at the Shaarey Zedek (l-r): Tamar Barr, Interim Executive Director, Rady JCC; Dr. Rena Secter Elbaze, Engagement and Education Director, Congregation Shaarey Zedek; Elaine Goldstine, CEO, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg; Ian Staniloff, Executive Director, Congregation Shaarey Zedek; Yolanda Papini-Pollock, Co-founder, Winnipeg Friends of Israel; Tami Jacoby (Event Facilitator), Political Studies Professor, University of Manitoba; Gustavo Zentner, Finance Chair, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg

By BERNIE BELLAN
It was an experiment in participatory democracy – a town hall meeting at which audience members were encouraged to offer their opinions, either in English or Hebrew, about the upcoming Israeli election.

Mayor of Sderot - the city most often targeted by missiles fired from Gaza - visits Winnipeg

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi

By BERNIE BELLAN
“Living in Sderot is 95% heaven and 5% hell.”
That is how Mayor Alon Davidi of Sderot characterized living in the Israeli city of Sderot to a small group of invited guests at a luncheon held in the board room of Taylor McCaffrey law offices on Thursday, February 28.

Last year he was a youth ambassador for Shalom Square, this month he’s a bronze medalist in judo at the Canada Winter Games

Michael Akbashev at the Canada Winter Games and as Shalom Square Youth Ambassador last summer

By BERNIE BELLAN
Sixteen-year-old Michael Akbashev is rapidly becoming known for his prowess on judo mats. Two weeks ago he earned a bronze medal in the under-81 kg. class at the Canada Winter Games, held in Red Deer, Alberta. (The Canada Winter Games are open to athletes 21 years of age and under.)

Limmud and Shaarey Zedek find themselves enmeshed in unexpected controversy

Lex Rofeberg

Posted Feb. 26 - updated Feb. 27
By BERNIE BELLAN
Now in its ninth year in Winnipeg, Limmud – a weekend program of learning organized by a group of volunteers, has found itself enmeshed in controversy over the appearance of a speaker who is associated with a group stridently critical of  Israel’s “occupation”.

Jared Henoch happy to be returning to BB Camp as executive director/Hillel flourishing under new leader Hartley Mendelsohn

Jared Henoch/Hartley Mendelsohn

By MYRON LOVE

For Jared Henoch, being appointed the new executive director of Bnai Brith Camp is the ultimate dream job. In his younger years –as camper, counselor and program head, he missed only two summers at the camp when he was out of the province.

Gray Academy student Sarah Jacobsohn chosen Ultimate Canada Junior Athlete of the Year

Sarah Jacobsohn: The 2018 Ultimate Junior Female Athlete of the Year Photo by Nkolakovic and Jon Hayduk Photography.

By BERNIE BELLAN
Eighteen-year-old Sarah Jacobsohn was recently announced as the Ultimate Canada Junior Athlete of the Year. Her ascent to the top of what has become a hugely popular sport - not only in Canada, but many other countries around the world as well, has occurred in a relatively short period of time.

BerMax Caffé & Bistro struck by antisemitic graffiti twice in two weeks

graffiti at BerMax Caffé that was first noticed the morning of Feb. 1

Incident follows upon egg thrown at window last year and brick thrown at window of BerMax Design several years ago

By BERNIE BELLAN

(Posted Feb. 9) The story about BerMax Caffé being targeted with antisemitic graffiti was first reported on our Facebook page (Jewish Post and News) Sunday morning, Feb. 3, when we received an email from the owners of BerMax.  Since then the story on our Facebook page has reached 23,900 individuals. It has also elicited 295 comments.

Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble, Rusalka Dancers uniting for first international tour

Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble and Rusalka Dancers on stage together June 7, 2018 at the Club Regent Event Centre in a show that was called “Woven Threads” Keith Levit photo

By MYRON LOVE
In its more than 50 years of performing, our community’s widely acclaimed Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble has given performances across Canada. Chai has danced at Disney World, in Florida and Mexico City and has appeared in Israel twice, including one appearance at the prestigious Karmiel Dance Festival.

Operation Ezra's Michel Aziza given Lt.-Governor’s Award

at the ceremony (l-r): Belle Jarniewski, President, Manitoba Multifaith Council; Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon; award recipient Michel Aziza
By BERNIE BELLAN

On Monday, January 7, Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon presented the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Under-standing to Michel Aziza at a ceremony at Government House that took place with many guests of different denominations, as well as members of the Yazidi community, supporters of Operation Ezra, along with friends and family of Michel Aziza in attendance.