This one-storey brick building at the intersection of Andrews Street and Magnus Avenue in Winnipeg was designed by local architect Max Z. Blankstein and opened in 1923 as a satellite facility of the main Hebrew Free School on Charles Street. Its original cornerstone, now partially covered by the entrance door, was written in Yiddish. It translates as “This cornerstone was laid by Reb. Joel Mayer and his wife Rebeccah Leah. Tessler in the year 5680.” On the Jewish calendar, 5680 corresponds to 1919 or 1920 depending on the month.
The school closed in 1947 and the building has been used for various purposes over the years.
The former Winnipeg Hebrew Free School (April 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Cornerstone of the former Winnipeg Hebrew Free School (no date)
Source: Bert Schaffer
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91813, W97.14511
denoted by symbol on the map above
Memorable Manitobans: Max Zev Blankstein (1873-1931)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Hebrew Free School (Talmud Torah) / German Society Building (121 Charles Street, Winnipeg)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: I. L. Peretz Folk School / St. John’s Leisure Centre (601 Aikins Avenue, Winnipeg)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Agricultural College / Asper Jewish Community Campus (Tuxedo Avenue, Winnipeg)
Coming of Age: A History of the Jewish People of Manitoba by Allan Levine, Heartland Associates Inc., Winnipeg, 2009, pages 139-141.
Hebrew Free School, 200 Andrews Street by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, February 2009.
We thank Stan Carbone and Bert Schaffer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 March 2020
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