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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Halprin (1899-1980)

Lawyer, philanthropist.

Born at Dubma, Russia on 1 November 1899, he came to Canada with his family in 1904. He graduated from the Manitoba Law School in 1920 then worked for the Unity Bank in Saskatchewan then became legal counsel for the firm of Aronovitch and Leipsic. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1927. He formed the law partnership of Halprin and Halprin with two of his sons in 1952. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1965.

In 1964, he joined with friends Samuel Werier and Abraham Werier in endowing the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba with 258 acres in the Middlechurch area and is therefore considered one of the Foundation’s founders. He served as President of the Jessel Club, Menorah Society, and YMHA. On 10 January 1924, he married Rachel “Rae” Feinstein (c1899-1978) and they had three sons.

He died at Winnipeg on 28 May 1980 and was buried in Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. His honorary pallbearers were E. J. Aronovitch, I. Nitikman, Sylvan Leipsic, Barry Leipsic, Samuel Werier, Louis W. Diner, Arnie O. Cooper, and Charles Fingard.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“10 Manitoba lawyers on New Year’s list,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1965, page 6.

Obituary [Rachel Halprin], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 1978, page 57.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 May 1980, page 56.

“Seeds of growth,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 October 2006, page 24.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2014

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