Community rallies to save West Kildonan library, stop deal to hand local libraries over to private developers

West Kildonan libraryWe received the following press release on May 13 from a group rallying to keep the West Kildonan Public Library, which has been a familiar community institution for many members of our community for years, from being sold: Community members from around northwest Winnipeg and across the city will gather on Tuesday, May 17, between 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for a rally to save the West Kildonan library. The community is speaking up to make it clear to City Hall that they have not been consulted on this back-door deal to close our library.

"Unusual in Every Way" to cap off upcoming International Jewish Film Festival

l-r: Orly Dreman, Don Barnard,
and Solly Dreman in a scene
from "Unusual in Every Way"

Review By BERNIE BELLAN In January of this year Myron Love wrote about a new film that has been produced by local filmmaker Yolanda Papini-Pollock, titled “Unusual in Every Way”.
As Myron noted in that article, the film tells “the story of the unlikely friendship between Don Barnard, an individual of Indigenous background living with disabilities and post traumatic stress, and Solly Dreman, a former Winnipegger who made aliyah almost 60 years ago and is a retired Ben Gurion University Professor of Psychology.”

Winnipeg couple creating pins to help people of Ukraine

Lainie Rosner & Ian Horner

Introduction: We received a note from Lainie Rosner, in which she asked whether we would be interested in providing some coverage for a project upon which she and her husband, Ian Horner, have embarked.
Lainie wrote that she and Ian are producing pins in the colours of the Ukrainian flag. Proceeds from the sales of the pins are going to the Canada Ukraine Foundation.

Winnipeggers set to participate in upcoming Maccabiah Games

Sam Lazareck (left)/Michael Stoller
to play in Masters hockey

By MYRON LOVE After a year’s delay due to the ongoing Covid situation, the 21st Maccabiah Games are back on track. The Maccabiah, aka “The Jewish Olympics”, is the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition.

Kadima Dance Company set to perform at the Rady JCC on Yom Ha’atsmaut

Members of Kadima Dance Company

By BERNIE BELLAN Hadera Short has been dancing since the age of three. Now 29, she tells The Jewish Post & News that she “started doing Israeli dance when I was six. I  joined Chai when I was 16.”

Operation Ezra one of seven local organizations that received unexpected gifts totalling $1.5 million US

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The late Dorothy Strelsin
A foundation started after her
death has recently donated
$1.5 million to 7 local organizations.

By BERNIE BELLAN I was recently contacted by Michel Aziza, who has spearheaded the drive to help Yazidi refugees known as “Operation Ezra”. Michel told me about a totally unexpected donation of $150,000 to Operation Ezra that was received from something called the Dorothy Strelsin foundation.

Israeli-born Winnipeg teen wins gold at national pairs figure skater competition

YOHNATAN ELIZAROV with his
skating partner AVA KEMP

By MYRON LOVE Yohnatan Elizarov may well be on the threshold of a dream career. Fresh from winning his first Canadian national pairs figure skating competition – with partner Ava Kemp – in Calgary – in the novice division, the Israeli-born, Winnipeg-raised 18-year-old figure skater says that he would love to have the opportunity to skate with The Ice Capades or Disney On Ice – or emulate Garrett Gosselin, one of the choreographers he has worked with, and appear in a skating show on cruise ships.

Russian-speaking women learn about "Hafrashat Challah" at Jewish Learning Centre

Regina Teplitsky

By REGINA TEPLITSKY It looked festive: Challah kits and flowers on tables! Forty women who belong to an organization known as Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) Labs gathered on Sunday, March 27th at the Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Learning Centre hall to pray for peace.

Local musical theatre veteran expresses her admiration for Winnipeg Music Festival talent

Music Festival entrants, clockwise from
top left: Yale Rayburn-Vander Hout,
Hannah Schaeffer, Zoe Reider, Gregory Hyman

By MYRON LOVE Regular readers of The Jewish Post & News will no doubt be aware that this writer has been highlighting the outstanding achievement of younger members of our community competing in the annual Winnipeg Music Festival. This year, however, I am taking a slightly different approach with a focus on the other side of the equation – that is, on one of the judges.

Two years after its last live performance Chai to perform at gala concert June 16

Chai dancers rehearsing
at the St. Norbert ruins,
where they also shot a video

Jewish Foundation to be honoured during concert for the tremendous support it’s given to Jewish organizations during the pandemic
By BERNIE BELLAN  The Chai Folk Ensemble is now in its 58th year of existence. After a more than two year absence from performing live in front of an audience, Chai is set to make its long awaited return to the stage when it will be performing a gala concert at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre on June 16.

Gray Academy graduate Jaron Rykiss is the new president of the University of Manitoba Students Union

Jaron Rykiss

By BERNIE BELLAN Twenty-year-old Jaron Rykiss is the newly elected president of the University of Manitoba Students Union. The results of the election, which was held online, were announced on April 1. (Voting began March 31 and was completed April 1.)
According to the university student newspaper, The Manitoban (which is now also entirely online), Jaron secured 63.6 percent of the votes cast. His only opponent, Savannah Szocs, received the other 34.6 percent.