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Back to Winnipeg for this descendant of pioneer Jewish family

Penny (Divinsky) Yellen/her great-grandfather, Nisen Zimmerman


When the history of Winnipeg Jewry is told, it usually begins in 1882 with a group of Russian Jews who came to Winnipeg and made this city their home. One of those first settlers was one Nisen Zimmerman. From him emerged a long line of Zimmerman descendants. Of course, what many people do not know about Nisen or Nathan - as he became to be known, was that his real name was Rabinovitch and he changed it to Zimmerman in order to buy a new passport to immigrate to Canada. Also of interest was that he was the uncle to the famous author Solomon Rabinovich, better known as Sholem Aleichem.

Alvin Zipursky - his research played a major role in the eradication of RH Disease

Dr. Alvin Zipursky - recognized by the Government of Canada with the Order of Canada in 2012


This coming fall the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada will ibe releasing a new book about the history of Jewish physicians in Manitoba.
It will be a very comprehensive look at Jewish physicians who can trace their origins to Manitoba and who practiced at least five years in the province.
I am confident that the book will confirm the notion that Manitoba produced some splendid Jewish doctors.