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Memorable Manitobans: Machelle Ginsberg “Chickie” Shapira (?-2014)

Community activist.

Born and raised at Winnipeg, daughter of Chaim and Berte Ginsberg, following her 1954 marriage to Nathan Frankel she moved to Vancouver, BC where she worked as a pianist, guitarist, and singer, and opened a coffee house with her husband that drew top folk singers from the USA. Moving back to Winnipeg, she married Jack Shapira and became a mainstay at Rainbow Stage, eventually being inducted into the Rainbow Wall of Fame. She founded the Manitoba School for Theatre and Allied Arts. She died at Winnipeg on 22 September 2014 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 2014.

We thank Kevin Rollason for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 January 2015

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