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Yuri Suhl’s One Foot in America is republished 60 years later
Friday, 09 September 2011 20:39


onefootinamericaBy Irena Karshenbaum

For The Jewish Free Press

It was March 1, 1979. I was eight. I can still remember sitting on a plane coming to Canada. We were flying from Rome to Montreal and I was tired. The salon was as arid as the Sinai desert. The static haloed my hair and the dry air parched my throat. My parents and I played cards to pass the time. In an attempt to quench my endless thirst, I kept drinking Coke, the only available beverage, which was still foreign to my Soviet palate. When the plane landed at Mirabel, all the passengers clapped with joy. After a long flight, we had finally set foot on Canadian soil.

Winnipeg Jewish seniors care home under cloud of controversy
Friday, 09 September 2011 20:30

imgBy Rebeca Kuropatwa


For the Jewish Free Press


Winnipeg – The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre (better known by its previous name “The Sharon Home”) has recently been operating under a heavy cloud of controversy, with serious abuse allegations being made by the centre’s residents’ families and a newly released provincial report investigating the workings of the city’s only Jewish, kosher nursing home.


( Marsha Palansky and her mother Lillian Peck, were among the five families who lodged complaints with the Manitoba government against the Winnipeg Jewish community’s Simkin Centre senior’s care facility )

Na’amat plans busy season
Friday, 09 September 2011 20:05

The Na’amat Canada Calgary School Supply for Kids program is in full swing for the 14th year in a row.  The program, which originated in Calgary and is now a staple feature in other cities, supplies backpacks filled with school supplies for more than 1,250 school-aged children who have been forced, because of domestic violence issues, to live in emergency shelters with their mothers.

Rabbi Ross and family settle in Vancouver
Friday, 09 September 2011 20:03

Popular Calgary Community Kollel leader, Rabbi Samuel Ross and his wife Gila have left Calgary to pursue new opportunities for their young family in Vancouver.

The Ross’s, originally from Britain, came to Calgary four years ago to participate in the opening of the Calgary Community Kollel. Rabbi Ross was instrumental in developing programming for Jewish youth and young adults in the city, while Gila provided Jewish learning for preschoolers. Both were feted at a going away party held recently at the House of Jacob.

A Season of Mussar comes to Calgary
Friday, 09 September 2011 20:01

Last June many in the Calgary Jewish community were introduced to the Mussar movement for the first time.  Now, the Calgary Community Kollel is offering a 13 week program that explores the use of Jewish spirituality to transform daily life.

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