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Discussion about Jewish food leads to some frank talk about the Simkin Centre


Panelists at the Nov. 19 Jewish Heritage program titled “What’s for Dinner?” (l-r): Rabbi Yossi Benarroch, Head, Vaad Hakashrut; Valerie Burachynsky, Food Services Manager, Simkin Centre; Maxine Shuster, Manager, Schmoozers; Barb Reiss, Desserts Plus.

It was billed as a program devoted to a discussion of Jewish food, to be held in the Multipurpose Room of the Asper Campus the evening of November 19. But - the program turned into something far more than simply a discussion of favourite Jewish foods.
Titled “What’s for Dinner?” the evening was intended to introduce the latest project of the  Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada.

Russian-speaking Winnipeggers band together on Facebook to help someone struck with cancer

The Safronov family in a happier time (l-r): NATALIA, VADIM, ANDREW (with baby LEONID on Vadim’s lap).
In a day and age when the notion of what defines a “community” is constantly evolving, especially with the advent of the internet, from time to time we are contacted by individuals who have a story to tell – yet they are not a part of the Jewish “community”, per se.

Israeli Paralympics gold medal winner inspires at JNF evening

Noam Gershony, centre, with his traveling companion and long time best friend, Eran Meital, on his right, and Ariel Karabelnicoff, Executive Director JNF Manitoba/Sask on his left

Noam Gershony is a still relatively young man who has been to hell and back. His ability to triumph over extreme adversity and reach the heights of Olympic glory is an inspiration to all.

Bernstein Foundation continues strong support of Israel with donation to cancer research fund

Mark Bernstein at his 90th birthday

After donating an ambulance and scooter to Magen David Adom in 2016 on Mark Bernstein’s 90th birthday, the Mark and Zita Z’L Foundation, which is now run by the couple’s three daughters, will be sponsoring the research of Dr. Aaron Ciechanover M.D., D.Sc., for the next six years through the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF).

Laurie Cerqueti Named CEO of the Saul & Claribel Simkin Centre Personal Care Home Inc.

Laurie Cerqueti
Selma Gilfix, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Saul & Claribel Simkin Centre, is pleased to announce that Laurie Cerqueti has been selected as the Centre’s new Chief Executive Officer.
Irwin Corobow will be leaving the position on January 11, 2019.

Former participants in March of the Living gather to commemorate its 30th anniversary

Gray Academy students singing “The April Wind”, composed by former Gray Academy student Vadim Dreyzin while he, himself, was a participant in one of the first Marches of the Living. (l-r): Nesya Greaves, Ethan Levene, Zahra Slutchuk, Sophie Braunstein, Samantha Waldman. You can watch a video of the students singing at

On Monday, October 15 a special event marking the 30th anniversary of the March of the Living was held in the Berney Theatre of the Asper Campus. Gathered together that evening were former participants on past marches, along with friends and family members, as they listened to stories about the march and watched a film about it.

JCFS latest program in “Can We Talk About” series explores sexual and gender identification

Bradley West
Bradley West is a polished motivational speaker – who happens to be a gay, Jewish man (by conversion). Here is how his website, called “Disruptive Integration”, describes him: “Bradley has developed expertise in human systems management and human sexuality.

Former Brownstone choir members reunite at Talmud Torah Beth Jacob Synagogue Saturday, October 20th

The Talmud Torah Beth Jacob Synagogue played host to a special service October 20 in which former members of the late Cantor Benjamin Browntone’s choir recreated some of the melodies taught to them by Brownstone or by Brownstone protegé Sam Simkin. (Note: The photo here was taken without the knowledge or approval of anyone associated with the synagogue, which is Orthodox.)

Leonard Cohen concert plays to sold-out crowd at Etz Chayim

(l-r): Cantors TRACY KASNER GREAVES and LEN UDOW; Rabbanit DORIT KOSMIN; and the married couple of NATHANIEL GOODE and JESSICA HAVEY.

Over 400 people packed the auditorium of the Etz Chayim Synagogue Saturday evening October 20 for a concert dedicated to the music of the late Leonard Cohen. (Watch a clip from the concert along with a clip from the Jewish Foundation Book of Life signing event, held the next morning: