Memorable Manitobans: Aaron Osovsky (1879-1948)
Born in Russia on 8 December 1879, he came to Winnipeg in 1904 where he was active with many Jewish organizations. He served as national Vice-President of the Zionist Organization of Canada and its primary organizer in Winnipeg, he organized and led the Balfour Day festival in 1920. He was one of the founders and an early President of the Talmud Torah School, Superintendent of the Jewish Children's Orphanage (1920-1934), and Superintendent of the Jewish Old Folks Home (1939-1948).
He and wife Fanny Atrubin (1874-1967) had six children: Dorothy Moya Osovsky (1904-1990, wife of Joseph Hollenberg), Harry Benaron (?-?), Naphtall Benaron (?-?), Sam Benaron (?-?), Tully Benaron (1909-?), Judith Osovsky (?-1979, wife of Abraham Hirsh Friedgut), Susan Osovsky (1911-1980, wife of Edmond Melchoik Wilder). He was a member of the B'nai B'rith, Canadian Jewish Congress, and other groups.
He died at the Jewish Old Folks Home on 27 January 1948 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.
Birth registrations [Tully Benaron, Suzan Osovsky], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Judith Osovsky, Abraham Hirsh Friedgut], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Jewish leader, A. Osovsky, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1948, page 29.
“Aaron Osovsky, local leader, Zionist dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 January 1948, page 8.
Obituary [Fanny Osovsky], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 1967, page 48.
Obituary [Judith Friedgut], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 March 1979, page 49.
Death registration [Susan Wilder], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Dorothy Hollenberg], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 1990, page 52.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 27 December 2022