Jews from Ukraine who have settled in Winnipeg offer conflicting opinions about the Russian invasion

Alexey Grenier with his two
children, Nelly (left) and Mark
on a visit to Ukraine
this past September

By BERNIE BELLAN With the war in Ukraine still raging, its effects are being felt especially closely by individuals who have relatives or friends in that country.
Such is the case with several newer members of our own Jewish community in Winnipeg, who either came to Winnipeg directly from Ukraine, or who emigrated first to Israel, then to Winnipeg.

Lifelong Yiddish advocate Oscar Antel celebrates 99th birthday

Oscar Antel

By MYRON LOVE Growing up in Winnipeg, Oscar Antel recalls, Yiddish was the every day language of our community. And, while there are few Yiddish speakers left here now, Antel, who recently celebrated his 99th birthday, has devoted much of his life to honouring the memory of his forebears in working to preserve our ancestral language (for those of us whose origins are in eastern Europe) as a living language.

For Dr. Alan Slusky, building relationships is an essential part of psychology practice

Alan Slusky

By MYRON LOVE In his practice of psychology, Dr. Alan Slusky cites his late father, Irvin Slusky, as his role model.
“My father was a lawyer,” he notes. “He taught me the importance of building relationships with people. For me, that is an essential element of my work.”

Avi Posen on engaging young Jews through media

screenshot taken from Avi Posen's
Limmud presentation on March 6
when he discussed how much
young people are wedded to social media

By BERNIE BELLAN Elsewhere on this website you can read our preview of Avi Posen’s presentation at this year’s Limmud (which was held on Sunday, March 6, via Zoom.)
For readers who may not have read that article, in it Avi gave an overview of the work that he has been doing in Israel for three and a half years, ever since he and his wife Illana made aliyah to Israel in 2019. You can read that article at But what you're about to read is a report on what Avi actully had to say on March 6.

Synagogues taking staged approach to reopening - masks & proof of vaccination still required

Winnipeg’s two largest congregations, Shaarey Zedek, and Etz Chayim, have announced that they are taking similar approaches to reopening, even though the Province of Manitoba has announced that it is removing all Covid restrictions as of March 15.
Following are excerpts from announcements issued by the two congregations:

Winnipeg Jewish community rises to occasion for Ukrainian Jews

Jewish Fed logoBy BERNIE BELLAN The Jewish Federation has been accepting donations on behalf of Ukrainian Jews. As of Friday, March 18, the Federation had received $150,000 in donations toward relief for Ukrainian Jews. We had contacted Rebecca Brask, Chief Development Officer for the Federation on March 11 to obtain an update on how much had been raised to that point

Limmud preview: Famous novelist Naomi Ragen to discuss situation of Haredi Orthodox women

Naomi Ragen
cover of her latest novel

By BERNIE BELLAN The following information is taken from Naomi Ragen’s website: “Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist, playwright and journalist who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. She has published eleven internationally best-selling novels, and is the author of a hit play, ‘Women’s Minyan’, that has been performed more than 500 times in Israel’s National Theatre as well as in the United States and Argentine.

Avi Posen to discuss “Engaging the Next Generation of Jews Through Media” at Limmud

Avi & Illana Posen,
with newborn Lielle

By BERNIE BELLAN In 2019 former Gray Academy educator Avi Posen, along with his wife, the former Illana Minuk, made aliyah to Israel, where Avi began working for an organization know as “Open Dor Media” and Illana began a four year medical program at the Technion in Haifa. (You can read about Avi’s work with Open Dor Media at

New Jewish Federation staff members mix of native-born Winnipeggers, new immigrants

clockwise from top left:
Abby Flackman, Ian Baruch
Evelyn Orlovitz

By MYRON LOVE It is a healthy sign when an organization – such as the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg – can continue to attract new and enthusiastic staff members. Such is the case with the Federation’s three latest hires – and a diverse trio they are: Abby Flackman, Ian Baruch, and Evelyn Orlovitz.

Four seniors’ apartment buildings connected to the Jewish community were built in a 20-year period in Winnipeg

clockwise from top left:
Beit Am
HSBA Gardens
Shalom Gardens
Rosh Pina Housing Co-op

Three have had open and fair admission policies throughout their histories, but now there are questions about how Shalom Gardens accepts new applicants

By BERNIE BELLAN There have been several periods in the history of Winnipeg’s Jewish community that saw bursts of construction activity of different sorts.
Perhaps the most notable period was the post-war era following World War II when, in no particular order, the community saw the building within a ten-year period of: the Shaarey Zedek, Rosh Pina, Adas Yeshurun (and Herzlia Academy), and Talmud Torah synagogues, along with the YMHA on Hargrave, Talmud Torah and I.L. Peretz schools, Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, and Ramah Hebrew School.

The debate over whether Jewish seniors' homes need to be fully kosher

Jewish seniors foodIn recent issues of The Jewish Post & News we've been debating whether the Simkin Centre needs to remain a fully kosher facility. Following are a number of different letters that were published in the Feb. 16 issue of the print edition, followed by an article that ran in Tablet magazine in 2019 which examined the increasing number of Jewish seniors' homes in the US that have gone non-kosher: