New Jewish Federation staff members mix of native-born Winnipeggers, new immigrants

clockwise from top left:
Abby Flackman, Ian Baruch
Evelyn Orlovitz

By MYRON LOVE It is a healthy sign when an organization – such as the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg – can continue to attract new and enthusiastic staff members. Such is the case with the Federation’s three latest hires – and a diverse trio they are: Abby Flackman, Ian Baruch, and Evelyn Orlovitz.

The debate over whether Jewish seniors' homes need to be fully kosher

Jewish seniors foodIn recent issues of The Jewish Post & News we've been debating whether the Simkin Centre needs to remain a fully kosher facility. Following are a number of different letters that were published in the Feb. 16 issue of the print edition, followed by an article that ran in Tablet magazine in 2019 which examined the increasing number of Jewish seniors' homes in the US that have gone non-kosher:

Four members of Jewish community appointed as Queens’s Counsel by Manitoba Government

4 new Queen's Counsel appointees
clockwise from top left:
Brenlee Carrington Trepel,
Jonathan Kroft, Leilani Kagan,
Richard Buchwald

Honorary Title Recognizes Exceptional Merit in Law Profession: Goertzen (January 25, 2022)  The Manitoba government has appointed 11 Manitoba lawyers as Queen’s counsel to recognize their extraordinary contributions to the practise of law, Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today. Among the 11 appointees are four members of the Jewish community:

Greg Brodsky through the years in the pages of The Jewish Post & News

Greg Brodsky Z"L

By BERNIE BELLAN The news of the passing of legendary lawyer Greg Brodsky has already been well reported in various news media.
But, aside from his numerous contributions to jurisprudence Greg Brodsky was someone who contributed a great deal of his his time to a myriad of Jewish organizations.

Limmud preview: Haskel Greenfield at Limmud 2022

Haskel Greenfield

By MARTIN ZEILIG Haskel Greenfield has spent a good deal of his professional life as an archeologist attempting to uncover the mysteries of the Canaanite culture.
It’s not been an easy task. But, oh so fascinating.

New Jewish Federation of Winnipeg President has strong business, diplomatic background

Gustavo Zentner

By MYRON LOVE You might say that community involvement is part of Gustavo Zentner’s DNA. 

The new president of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg – who originally hails from the city of Corrientes in northeastern Argentina – notes that his great-grandfather –

Jewish Federation launches new program: “TAP” (Teens and Philanthropy) - to give teens a voice in fundraising

Sam Slutchuk

By BERNIE BELLAN When Sam Slutchuk was still a student at Gray Academy – five years ago, he developed a keen interest in working with the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg.
As he told me in a recent phone interview, “I’ve been connected to the Federation since high school. I began as an intern, then when I started university, I was asked to work for the Federation part-time.”

Educator Dina Raihman set to open full-time private school next September

Educator Dina Raihman

By BERNIE BELLAN In our August 17, 2019 issue we featured an article by Rebeca Kuropatwa about a program that had been in place for several years, run by Dina Raihman. Here's part of what Rebeca wrote back then (with updates from Dina provided on January 28, 2022):

Gray Academy pivots once again to “Gray Away” during provincially mandated week of remote learning

Gray Academy logo websiteBy BERNIE BELLAN With the decision by the provincial government to require online learning in all classrooms for students from K-12 from January 10-14, Gray Academy was well positioned to implement what it began to refer to as “Gray Away” when it was first introduced in May 2020. As well, the school has also taken steps to provide all parents of students in JK-6 with test kits that the parents are being asked to administer every three days beginning January 16.

Limmud preview: Allan Cheskes - when Klezmer Met Jazz

Allan Cheskes

Introduction: With this story we begin what has become an annual tradition, which is to preview some of the speakers who will be presenting at this year’s upcoming Limmud. As it was last year, Limmud will be held virtually – this year, on March 6.

In his presentation at the upcoming Limmud Winnipeg 2022, Allan Cheskes, a retired Deloitte partner in Toronto and amateur musicologist, will explore the history of Klezmer music as it developed and moved from Europe to America.

Harvey Secter, Robert Silver appointed to Order of Canada

Harvey Secter/Robert Silver

Two well-known members of Winnipeg’s Jewish community were among 135 Canadians to be appointed to the Order of Canada last week.