Sarah Salsberg dead at 94 (1977)

From the Canadian Jewish News, April 1, 1977

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Mrs Salsberg stands second from right with many notables at groundbreaking ceremony for Eitz Chaim on Viewmount Ave., Toronto ca 1940s

Sarah Gitel Salsberg, long a colourful, vivacious figure in the Toronto Jewish community, died this past weekend after a brief illness. She was 94 years of age.

Born in Lagow, Poland, Salsberg came to Canada 64 years ago, about 1903. The mother of CJN columnist J. B., she was an active participant in Orthodox religious circles and president for close to five decades of the Halbushat Arumim Society.

The society, whose name literally means “to clothe the naked,” began with a nucleus of 20 women who raised funds for needy students at the D’Arcy Street Eitz Chaim Talmud Torah.

Salsberg devoted her life’s main work to the Talmud Torah, of which her late husband, Abraham, was one of its founders. She was also involved in Mizrachi Women and the Folksfarein.

She is survived by sons, J.B., Nathan and Robert, daughters Pearl Kestin, Thelma Pritzker and Betty Troster, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Lillian Brandt. ♦

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