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Free Press dedicated canabis reporter Solomon Israel has deep roots in Winnipeg


Solomon Israel

Although relatively new to Winnipeg, Winnipeg Free Press cannabis specialist Solomon Israel has deep family roots in our community. While he was born and raised in Boston, both of his parents - Linda Matchan and the late Dr. David Israel, were originally from our community.

How the Royal Winnipeg Rifles managed to enlist a stateless Jew into their ranks while fighting in the Netherlands

Hans Wolpe - a German Jew made stateless under the Nazis, Wolpe wanted to help the Winnipeg Rifles kill German soldiers in order to avenge his family, most of whom were murdered at Auschwitz

Recently, we were contacted by reader Gerry Finkle, who asked me whether I would be interested in meeting him at the Minto Armory – which is the home of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles militia.
Gerry said to me that inside the Armory there was a museum documenting the history of the Rifles. He also told me that the curator of the museum had assembled a special temporary exhibit about one particular man whose life happened to intersect with the lives of many soldiers in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles during World War II.

Rabbi Norman Fredman was here for only eight years - from 1958-66, but left a huge impression

Rabbi Norman Fredman (1964 "Legacy" yearbook photo)

Introduction: From 1958-1966 Rabbi Norman Fredman, along with his wife Micheline and four children - Aryeh, Yonah, Batsheva, and Tova, lived in Winnipeg. Though here only for eight years, Rabbi Fredman left an indelible impression on many Winnipeggers - especially among students at the former Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, where Rabbi Fredman was assistant principal.

How the only Jewish curling club in the history of the world - the Maple Leaf Curling Club - came to be

the former Maple Leaf Curling Club - now home to the Zion Apostolic Church

Ed. note: The following is taken from a 1983 special supplement to The Jewish Post celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Maple Leaf Curling Club:
In the early 30’s two “Curling Buffs,” Dave and Harry Ditlove, cajoled enough friends to form two Jewish rinks - hoping against hope that enough spectators would become participants to organize a Curling Club. Their ambitions were soon rewarded as the originals - Max and Major Margolis, Louis Goldstein, Frank Atnikov. Jack Abrams and ‘Kelly’ Cohen were augmented by four additional rinks to formally launch the Maple Leaf Curling Club in the 1933-34 season. By 1941, they were renting ten sheets of ice at the St. Johns Curling Club; and by 1945 they had enrolled enough members to use fifteen sheets of ice.

Realtor Danielle Margolis's 100-kilometre trek across desert for charity in part a tribute to her mother-in-law

Danielle & Jon Margolis


Ed. note: This story about Danielle Margolis was first posted to our website this past February. Danielle Margolis could still use some support in her effort to raise funds for her impending trek across the Sahara Desert in support of Bravestone Inc., an organization dedicated to providing women and children suffering from abusive relationships with safe homes.

Here is the original story:

On November 19, when Danielle Margolis begins her ten-day, 100-kilometre trek across the Sahara Desert in Morocco, her mother-in-law, the late Rae Margolis, will be uppermost in her mind.

Former Winnipegger Michael Tregebov discusses using Winnipeg as inspiration for his novels

Michael Tregebov/cover of his latest novel, "Shot Rock"

Elsewhere on this website you can read my review of  former Winnipegger Michael Tregebov’s latest book, titled Shot Rock. That book tells the story of a Winnipeg Jewish curling club that is faced with a division between members who would like to sell it to Dominion Stores and those who would like to retain it as a curling club.