JCFS AGM: Jewish Child & Family Service reports hugely expanded case load due to Covid

Board edited 1By BERNIE BELLAN Jewish Child & Family Service took on 66 new older adult cases during its 2020 fiscal year (which ended March 31, 2021). That compares with a usual average of 15 new cases a year.
The increase in caseload was a direct result of Covid, reported Al Benarroch, Executive Director of JCFS, during the Annual General Meeting of JCFS on June 24.

Jewish Foundation distributed over $5,000,000 in 2020

Left: outgoing JFM Chair Richard Yaffe
Right: Incoming JFM Chair Bonnie Cham

JFM AGM screenshots


By BERNIE BELLAN The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba held its Annual General Meeting online on Wednesday, June 16. This marks the second year now that the Foundation AGM has been held online – and the second year that outgoing Foundation Chair Richard Yaffe has presided over the meeting online.

Jewish Federation to increase allocations to beneficiary agencies by considerable amount

Jewish Federation logoBy BERNIE BELLAN The Allocations Committee of the Jewish Federation has submitted its report to the Federation. The committee is recommending a total of $3,523,098 in allocations to the 12 beneficiary agencies of the Federation for the 2021/22 fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1, 2021.

Doctors Manitoba recognizes humanitarian pediatrician

Dr. Murray Kesselman

By MYRON LOVE Dr. Murray Kesselman pronounces himself “honoured” to have been recognized by Doctors Manitoba (formerly known as the Manitoba Medical Association) as this year’s recipient of the organization’s Distinguished Service Award.

New group established ‘in the spirit’ of Canadian Jewish Congress

CJCF edited 1By RON CSILAG May 27, 2021 (CJN) Remember the Canadian Jewish Congress? Enough of its former senior leaders do, and fondly- to the point that they have founded a new organization “in the spirit” of CJC.

Jewish National Fund holds successful online Negev Gala

Negev Gala honouree Ted Lyons
with Harriet Lyons

It was more than two years in the making, but after the most prolonged break in the history of Negev Galas (and Dinners – which preceded the more recent Negev Galas), the Jewish National Fund was finally able to pull off what turned out to be a very successful event on Monday, May 31, albeit one that was held online.

Gaza war not only led to confrontations here between pro and anti Israel factions - it led to rift within Winnipeg Jewish community

pro-Israel rally organizer Ron East
(in shorts) being accosted by
pro-Palestinian at a pro-
Palestinian rally held May 15
in front of Manitoba Legislature

Now that a ceasefire has been put into effect between Israel and Hamas, we can take stock of the tumultuous 11 days that began with rockets being fired from Gaza into Israel beginning on Monday, May 10, until a ceasefire was declared May 21.
The repercussions of the often hateful divisions that came to the surface between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian groups around the world will undoubtedly be felt for a very long time. In Canada rallies of pro-Palestinian groups were often met with counter rallies by pro-Israel groups.

Talented young singers, pianist, violinist among 2021 online Winnipeg Music Festival winners

Clockwise from top left: Gregory
Hyman, Hannah Schaeffer, Juliet Eskin,
Noah Kravetsky, Alexandra Schaeffer,
Yale Rayburn-Vander Hout

By MYRON LOVE It was an exceptionally good Winnipeg Music Festival this year for Winnipeg voice teacher Kelly Robinson (of the Jewish Robinsons). Not only did many of her students stand out – as usual - but also her 11-year-old daughter, Juliet Eskin, had a successful debut in her first appearance in the annual competition.

Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate basketball teams from the 1980s to be inducted into Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame

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1984 Provincial A Champions
(photo from a 1984 Jewish Post)

We received the following release from The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame: The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its Class of 2021.
In the team category four Raiders teams from JWC in the 1980s are to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Those varsity boys’ teams were 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86 & 1988-89, MHSAA Provincial ‘A’ Champions.

Michael Eskin, Ava Kobrinsky among newest inductees into Order of Manitoba

Michael Eskin/Ava Kobrinsky

By MYRON LOVE Somewhere in the back of my mind, I dimly recall the maxim that it is preferable to be one who honours chase rather than he – or she – who chases after honours. The former is an apt description of both Michael Eskin and Ava Kobrinsky, two of the 2021 class of inductees into the Order of Manitoba.

Melanie Martin (née Schachter) blazes trail for women in science

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Melanie Martin

By MYRON LOVE In 1993, then University of Manitoba physics student Melanie Schachter had the honour of being one of just two Canadian students chosen by an organization called the Youth Science Foundation to represent our country at the Nobel Prize ceremonies and the 18th annual Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar that year.