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Lashon Ha Ra or Gossip, That Dirty Little Word!

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Dr. Rena Secter Elbaze | Director of Engagement and Education at Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Rena has been the Director of Engagement and Education at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Winnipeg, Canada since September 2016. Dr. Elbaze graduated in 1999 from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France with a Doctoral degree in Communications dealing with Israel’s Image in the Media. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Rena earned her bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from the University of Manitoba and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1985. In the fall of 1986, Rena went to work and study in France for a year. While living in Nice, she met her husband and later married and started a family. She spent over 20 years on the French Riviera during which she continued to teach in higher learning institutions while working on her doctorate. Along with her husband and three daughters, Rena, returned to Canada in January 2007 to work in the field of Economic Development, and Branding. Since 2012, Dr. Elbaze has worked as a professional in the Jewish Community for Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and Jewish Child and Family Service before joining Congregation Shaarey Zedek.


We instinctively know that gossip can be toxic, but how do we guard ourselves from being sucked into this type of conversation? Our sages pondered these questions well before the era of social media and its amplification of this destructive phenomenon. Their research and good counsel can help us navigate these dangerous waters that toss us between seeking information to protect ourselves from potentially harmful individuals and the urge to spread rumours that destroy reputations…