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Manitoba town honours Jewish founders, Israel

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IS Winkler a Jewish name? Well, you might ask Henry Winkler, a.k.a. the Fonz of Happy Days fame -- or you might read up on Valentine Winkler, founder of Winkler, Man.

From July 28 to 31, the first All Nations Bless Israel International Conference took place at the Winkler Heartland Inn. Delegates descended from Eldoret, Kenya, and Ariel, Israel. More than five nations were represented, entertaining with cultural dances and music in honour and support of Israel.

Seventy possible descendents of the Jewish pioneers to Morden and Winkler were invited to attend and many did. Some were already 80 and 90 years old and used to live in the area, holding positions such as doctor, lawyer and politician.

Organizers Sweet Spirit Ministries Canada, under the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. John Funk of Morden, as well as SSGC of Minneapolis, Minn., under the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Higley, will be taking this conference to Abuja, Nigeria, this November.

The ANBI conference hopes to continue in the province next year due to the interest and support of the Jewish and Mennonite communities and others. For more information, email sweetspiritministries@gmail.com or call (204) 822-3124.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 13, 2011 J13

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