Pillar of the community Abe Simkin passes

Abe Simkin in 2012 - age 90

With the death of Abe Simkin last month in California, the last surviving member of his generation of the Simkin clan is now gone. You can read Mr. Simkin’s obituary elsewhere on this website at http://jewishpostandnews.ca/obituaries/520-abraham-abe-simkin, but we present here an excerpt from Abe Simkin’s life story as it appears in the Jewish Foundation’s Book of Life. This excerpt was written in 2012 when Mr. Simkin had just turned 90:

Synagogues working on Yom Tov plans with minimal in person attendance

Outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat service at Etz Chayim

It is most definitely an understatement to say that this will be a yom tov like no other. In my last year’s reporting about high holiday attendance at Winnipeg synagogues (including services held at Camp Massad) in The Jewish Post & News yearly survey of high holiday synagogue attendance I noted that about 4,500 Jewish Winnipeggers at least could be found in shul - at least at peak times – for shofar-blowing, Kol Nidre and yizkor.

Simkin Centre – and all other personal care homes in Manitoba facing unprecedented pressures due to COVID-19

Simkin Centre 
residents of Simkin Centre early July


Even though the Province of Manitoba has eased the rules governing personal care homes and how visitors will now be able to see loved ones, the financial pressures facing all personal care homes in Manitoba had been huge even before the pandemic set in.

Jewish Child and Family Service holds successful Annual General Meeting - online

JCFS Executive Director Al Benarroch

In covering Annual General Meetings over the years I always try and find something different about which I can write – so that an article like this doesn’t end up being simply a repeat of previous years’ reports.

Jewish Federation increases allocations to beneficiary agencies by $90,000

Jewish Federation logoJewish Child and Family Service and Rady JCC see largest increases in allocations
The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg has released the amounts by which it will fund its 12 beneficiary agencies for the coming fiscal year, which begins September 1.

Jewish Foundation allocates a further $200,000 in phase 2 of emergency funding for Jewish organizations

Jewish Foundation logoBy BERNIE BELLAN
As we reported in our June 24 issue, the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba has announced that it will be giving a total of $600,000 in emergency funding to local Jewish organizations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, of which $400,000 has now been given.

Jewish Foundation holds online AGM – announces a further $400,000 to be allocated to local Jewish organizations on top of $200,000 already given

Jewish Foundation Board met via Zoom

As is typical these days, the Annual General Meeting of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, which would normally have been held in front of at least a few people, was held online via Zoom instead.

Noted Winnipeg doctor Brent Schacter recognized for leading role in developing standardized testing for technologists in new research sub-specialty

Dr. Brent Schacter

In a lengthy career, cancer specialist Dr. Brent Schacter has always been a leader in expanding the boundaries of medical research and preventive medicine.

Rady JCC reopens to members

 Temperature testing
Taking temp. before entering fitness facility


Anyone who is a member of the Rady JCC would have been receiving regular updates from Executive Director Rob Berkowits as to how the facility was planning to reopen in part under the province’s Phase 2 guidelines.

Gray Academy grad Dylan Kagan first ever Gray Academy student to be given “McDonald’s Leadership Award”

Dylan Kagan

The McDonald’s Leadership Award is awarded to 16 students (eight boys and eight girls) annually who “demonstrate exceptional leadership in high school sport, school, and community involvement while also maintaining a minimum of 75% average.”
McDonald’s awards each recipient a $1,000 scholarship.

Shaarey Zedek temporarily discontinues planting flowers on graves

SZ cemeteryAs a result of much higher costs than normal due to new regulations imposed upon cemeteries by provincial regulations, the Shaarey Zedek board has informed members and others who had Perpetual Care agreements with the synagogue that flowers will not be planted by the synagogue this year at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.