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Memorable Manitobans: Sophie Shibou (1903-2002)

Educator, community activist.

Born in Austria-Hungary on 10 January 1903, daughter of Aaron and Rissel Cherashny, she attended Winnipeg’s King Edward School, St. John’s High School and was one of the first students to register in the I. L. Peretz School. She graduated from Normal School in 1922 and taught in rural Manitoba for five years, including at Donald School (1930-1931). She was a “communal volunteer” and an active member in many of the Winnipeg Jewish community’s charitable, social and educational organizations. In 1946 she became President of the Women’s Division of the Jewish Welfare Fund (UJA), and was the incumbent President when Israel was declared a State in 1948. Her individual efforts were instrumental in assisting thousands of Jewish children orphaned during the Holocaust to immigrate to Israel. She received many citations and was a guest speaker for organizations in Canada, United States, and Israel. She died at Winnipeg on 6 August 2002.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 August 2002.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, page A8.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 12 November 2016

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