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Memorable Manitobans: Simon Avigdor Ripstein (1858-1935)


Born around Kovno, Russia on 18 September 1858, brother of David Ripstein, he arrived in Winnipeg in 1876, becoming one of the city’s first Jewish residents. He went to the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush, later playing a role in the development of gold fields in Manitoba.

He and wife Annie Finkelstein (1867-1923) had nine children: Rose Evelyn Ripstein (b 1884, wife of M. J. Finkelstein), Hyman Mendel Ripstein (b 1886), Sarah (b 1887, wife of Alfred Huffman), Goldie (b 1889, wife of William N. Zimmerman), Clara J. (b 1891, wife of Norman C. Tobias), Charles Kay Ripstein (b 1893), Pearl Ripstein (1895-1900), Isador J. (b 1897), and Lawrence Gould Ripstein (b 1902). He helped to established the city’s first synagogue, and served as President of Shaarey Zedek synagogue for several years.

He died at Winnipeg on 11 October 1935 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Winnipeg Jewry mourns loss of S. A. Ripstein,” The Jewish Post, 17 October 1935, page 5. [Manitoba Legislative Library]

We thank Paul Silverstone for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 February 2015

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