The oldest family tree in the world

From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, October 24, 2004 Artist’s rendition of Napoleon visit to European village, 1812 You may not find Dr. Neil Rosenstein’s new book listed on national best-seller lists,…

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Obit: Barnet Markson (1914-2014)


From Beth Sholom Bulletin, Summer 2014 Barnet Markson, who died in March 2014 just three weeks shy of his 100th birthday, was a founding member of Beth Sholom Congregation. Born in Toronto in 1914, Barney became a pharmacist and built…

Mount Sinai Hospital had humble beginnings

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When Dr. Daniel Drucker of Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital receives the US$150,000 Manpei-Suzuki prize for groundbreaking diabetes research this February (2015), he will be only the latest in a long parade of medical researchers at the world-famous institution to be…

Toronto’s Jewish ‘Unknown Soldier’ from WWI


◊ An item in the Toronto Star from 1936 explains a certain inscription on a tombstone found at the Pape Avenue Cemetery, Toronto’s oldest Jewish cemetery. George Sorblum, Toronto’s “unknown soldier,” died in 1919 but his family only learned what happened to…

Review: Alison Pick’s Between Gods


Seven years ago, as Toronto author Alison Pick began researching and writing what would become her prize-winning novel Far to Go, she realized that the seeds of two different projects — one a fictional manuscript, the other a closely allied…