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Message from the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg: March 2019

by Elaine Goldstine, posted here March 18

Dear Community Members, 

As we welcome more daylight into our lives (at the expense of a bit of sleep), it means that winter has almost come to an end – and what a long, cold winter it has been! With spring happily in our sights, I’d like to reflect of a few of many great things that have taken place in our community, and inform you about a few interesting things that are just around the bend.

First off, we hope you enjoyed the first Partner Agency of Month last month which spotlighted the Gray Academy of Jewish Education. The second partner agency we will be featuring is Jewish Child and Family Service and will be featured in the next installment of that series which will be hitting your inboxes very soon.

Last Thursday, the Jewish Federation along with Congregation Etz Chayim, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Rady JCC, and Winnipeg Friends of Israel held an Israeli Election Town Hall where over 60 community members received an excellent background on the upcoming April 9 election from Dr. Tami Jacoby, a political studies professor from the University of Manitoba. Those in attendance exchanged views on the candidates, parties, what they stand for, and the hot topics. Thank you, Dr. Jacoby, Bernie Bellan, and our co-sponsors for facilitating and hosting such a timely, informative event.

With our 2018 Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign closing on March 31, I wanted to acknowledge how fortunate we are to live in such a generous community. We would not be where we are without the support of our donors and the tireless efforts of many dedicated volunteers – whose contributions directly support the vital work of our partner agencies in Winnipeg, nationally and in Israel. As CEO of the Jewish Federation, I sincerely thank you. If you have not made a donation yet, it is not too late!

Along with CIJA, we are pleased to sponsor the 57th Annual Sisterhood Interfaith Luncheon 

taking place on April 30 at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. It will feature Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, M.D., C.M., who is a clinical and metabolic geneticist for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. The focus of Dr. Rockman-Greenberg’s presentation will be the importance of legislation, namely the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (GNA), which protects individuals from disclosing genetic test results to insurers and employers. In this talk she will discuss why this new bill is important for everyone. It promises to be very eye-opening, and if you’d like to attend, please phone 204.452.3711 or e-mail [email protected]. Tickets are $25.

Lastly, on May 16, Kavod Evening will take place, which will celebrate the contributions of our community’s leading volunteers. I am pleased to announce the following outstanding volunteers who will be recognized for their dedication to our community. If you would like to congratulate one of this year's honourees, please consider sending them a tribute card.
Major Awards:
  • Sol Kanee Distinguished Community Service Medal: Sharon Allentuck
  • Max and Mollie Shore Memorial Award: Bryan Klein
  • Larry Hurtig Jewish Communal Professional Award: Evelyn Hecht
Young Leadership Awards:
  • Max Nathanson Young Leadership Award: David Carr
  • Harry Silverberg Young Leader of Distinction Award: Courtney Feldman
Shem Tov Awards:
  • Aleph-Bet Child Life Enrichment Program: Julie McPetrie
  • B'nai Brith Jewish Community Camp: Elana Schultz
  • Camp Massad: Mallory Calof
  • Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre: Avery Spigelman
  • Irma Penn School of Jewish Learning: Anita Moeller
  • Jewish Child and Family Service: Juan Schwersensky
  • Jewish Federation of Winnipeg: Sherril Levene
  • Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada: Ken Roseman
  • Rose and Max Rady Jewish Community Centre: Debbie Hoffman
  • Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre: Juan Schwersensky
  • Shalom Residences: Sybil Steele
  • Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education: Viviana Goldenberg
  • Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Teaching Excellence: Nancy Margolis
Lastly, on behalf of all of us at the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, I would like to wish you a Chag Purim Sameach!
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