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Message from the CEO of the Jewish Federation Elaine Goldstine: November 2019

by Elaine Goldstine, Nov 1, 2019

Dear Community Members, 

I am writing to you from Tel Aviv, as I prepare to return to Winnipeg after this year’s successful Partnership 2Gether (P2G) meetings. For those who are unaware, P2G connects volunteers and professionals from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Atlantic Canada to communities in the most northern part of Israel, including those that are literally an arm’s length from the Lebanese border. I’ve particularly enjoyed the sharing of ideas that took place during this year’s meetings, and how we can work together to help improve the lives of Jews in this region through education, social services and health care.
It has been a busy month at Federation, and our annual campaign has continued to build momentum thanks to your support. As of today, we have raised $4,500,992 that will go directly towards funding the vital services of Federation’s beneficiary agencies, services and programs. If you have not already made your donation you can do so here, and if you have already, my sincerest thanks for doing your part for your community.
Now that the Federal election has concluded, I would like to congratulate all of the new and returning Members of Parliament. We look forward to continuing to work together on issues of importance to the Jewish community. Mazel tov!
This past Sunday was the one year anniversary of the most brutal antisemitic attack in North American history when a gunman opened fire in the Tree of Life building in Pittsburgh, taking the lives of 11 innocent people. Looking back one year later, I remember the grief we all felt as a community, but also the outpouring of support that we received as thousands gathered at Congregation Shaarey Zedek to show solidarity with our community. Let us all remember, and may the memory of those who lost their lives be a blessing.
I would like to remind you that this coming Wednesday is our annual Kristallnacht commemoration program, The Music of Remembrance. Please join us at the Eckhardt Gramatté Hall on November 6 as we mark the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht. The event will feature an evening of music including Eddy’s Story by composer Sid Robinovitch based on a memoir by Eddy Sterk, a Holocaust survivor from Poland. Please see here for an article that appeared in today's Winnipeg Free Press about the event. If you are interested in attending this free event, further details can be found here.
The following week, please join Women's Philanthropy at the Inn at the Forks for an intimate evening with former Winnipegger Dr. Sherri Wise as she tells of turning anger into forgiveness, and finding a silver lining in the worst of circumstances after surviving a triple suicide bombing in Jerusalem. Please join us on Tuesday, November 12 to hear her story of optimism and resilience by registering here.
Are you feeling nostalgic about the “good old days” of Winnipeg’s Jewish community? Come reminisce with our friends at the Rady JCC at the YMHA Rady JCC Nostalgia Weekend, taking place from November 15-17. Included in the list of events are a Shabbat Dinner, “Y” Days Canteen Dance, Brunch & Schmooze, Floor Hockey Tournament, and more. To see the full list of events, click here.
I look forward to returning to Winnipeg and seeing you soon at our upcoming events.


Elaine Goldstine
Chief Executive Officer


Save the Date for these upcoming events!

March of the Living 2020 Registration
Closes November 1

Happy Birthday to Me, I am Turning Three!
November 3

Shabbat @ Home: Sephardic Style
November 8

Camp Style Shabbat as part of The Shabbat Project
November 15

Paw It Forward at the Winnipeg Humane Society
November 17

Global Day of Jewish Learning
November 17

Shalom Baby Shower
November 21

Chanukah at the Mall
November 24

ATSEP + Hillel Shabbat Dinner: Tastes of Israel
November 29

Federation Annual General Meeting
December 2


Check out these photos from recent Federation events!

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