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Okay – so we know what the Rady JCC is like, and many of us remember the Y on Hargrave, but what was the Albert Street Y like?

Arguably, the most famous picture taken at the Albert St. Y: Leible Hershfield tumbling over a group of brave souls in 1937 (photo courtesy Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada)

When it comes to researching the history of the YMHA/Rady JCC, there are no better sources than members who actually belonged to the YMHA when it was still on Albert Street. The stories they have to tell are priceless – especially when it comes to describing what stood for a “gym” in that building.

Former Winnipegger Michael Tregebov pens novel revolving around demise of Winnipeg's Jewish curling club

Michael Tregebov/Shot Rock cover

“Shot Rock”
By Michael Tregebov
220 pages
New Star Books
to be released Sept. 26
Michael Tregebov is only one year younger than me. We grew up in the same part of town – although I didn’t meet Michael until I moved to West Kildonan Collegiate from Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate following Grade 10.

Mitch Podolak: "A Citizen of Earth"

Mitch PodolakBy KINZEY POSEN (Ed. note: This article was first posted Oct./17. With the news of Mitch's passing, we thought it appropriate to repost it to the home page.) Last November Mitch Podolak was leaving one of his favourite Winnipeg restaurants, the Evergreen on Pembina, when he suddenly fell outside. As he lay there somewhat stunned, he realized that this fall was about to change his life. He couldn’t feel the lower part of his body after landing hard on his neck.

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.