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.

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:

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.

 

"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.

BB Camp and Camp Massad end up having totally different experiences this summer

BB Campers set out
on their canoe trip
in late July this summer

By BERNIE BELLAN Back in the spring it was hard to know what might unfold for our two Jewish sleepover camps.

It was in our May 12 issue when I reported that while BB Camp’s co-directors, Jacob Brodovsky and Lexie Yurman,  weren’t optimistic that the Ontario government would lift all restrictions that had been imposed on camps as a result of Covid, there were still reasons to be hopeful that they would be able to run some form of second session, AC (Advanced Camp) and LTP (Leadership Training Programs) programs at the camp this summer.

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.

Who were the major recipients of Jewish Foundation grants in 2020?

Jewish Foundation logo2By BERNIE BELLAN Elsewhere on this website (http://www.jewishpostandnews.ca/local/855-jewish-foundation-distributed-over-5-000-000-in-2020) we reported on the very successful year that the Jewish Foundation had in its 2020 fiscal year, both in terms of new contributions ($3,384,493) and in the growth of the total assets of the Foundation (to $148,075,775, compared with $137,039,046 in 2019).