Community Relations: Advocating for a Better World

Community Relations represents the local Jewish community to other Jewish and non-Jewish communities, various levels of government and the media addressing issues of racism, antisemitism, Holocaust awareness, social justice, and religious freedom.

The Department advocates on behalf of the Winnipeg Jewish community and the State of Israel. It also fosters interfaith and inter-ethnic understanding and harmony.

Community Relations represents and liaises with The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).

To contact the Community Relations Director, Shelley Faintuch call (204) 477-7423 or send an e-mail to

40th Anniversary of Munich Massacre

At a time when the world is reminded that Jews and Israelis remain the favoured terrorist targets, we the Jewish people... Read more

AMIA Remembered

On Wednesday, July 18th 200 Manitobans gathered at the Shaarey Zedek to commemorate the victims of the 1994 terrorist bombing of the AMIA... Read more

Shoah Week in Photos 

April 15-20 marked Holocaust Awareness Week in 2012. Please visit our photo gallery for images of our memorial service and public commemoration.

Holocaust Monument Project

Do you have names of any loved ones to add to the Holocaust Monument on the grounds of the provincial legislature? Click here for more information.

Convention in Winkler

Mel Lazareck, Karyn Lazareck and Shelley Faintuch attended the first All Nationas Bless Israel Convention in Winkler, MB on July 29, 2011. Guest MP Candice Hoeppner brought greetings from the Prime Minister and Keynote speaker Shelley Faintuch gave a presentation on antisemitism today.

Urgent Call to Action

This August, the General Council of the United Church of Canada will decide whether to adopt a boycott of targeted Israeli communities and products. Read more

Norway House in Israel

Chief Ron Evans of Norway House Cree Nation led a mission to Israel for youth organized by CR director Shelley Faintuch and CIJA. Photos and press release.  

Letter from CIJA

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs was in communication with the presidents of all Canadian universities prior to the start of Israel apartheid week. This letter expressed the combined position of the organized Jewish community of Winnipeg and was received by the presidents of the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. Read the letter. For more info, please contact Bob Freedman at 477-7420 or Shelley Faintuch at 477-7423.

Kasim Hafeez

On Monday Feb. 6, Kasim Hafeez (left) presented the “Changing the Israel Narrative in the Muslim Community” to a standing-room only crowd at the Berney Theatre. Earlier that day, he spoke to community leadership and students. Hafeez is a British Muslim who went from being an antisemitic anti-Zionist to an Israel advocate.

Introducing CIJA

The Centre of Israel and Jewish Affairs, a dynamic national advocacy organization, represents and supports the Jewish community of Canada in concert with the Jewish Federations of Canada/UIA. Read more

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2011-2012 JFW Audited Statements

Click here to view the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg's 2011-2012 Audited Statements. If you would like a hard copy, please contact Jodi Novak at 204-477-7421.