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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Jewish Orphanage and Children’s Aid of Western Canada Park and Plaque (Matheson Avenue East, Winnipeg)

On the five-acre site at this location on Matheson Avenue East, a 3½-storey orphanage building was erected in 1920. Surrounded by fruit trees, a two-acre garden, a playground, and a skating rink, the orphanage was home for 150 children at any one time. They attended public school, supplemented by daily instruction in Hebrew and Jewish traditions including daily religious services with a children’s choir. Improvement in economic conditions and new trends in social services caused the orphanage to close in 1948. The building was demolished in 1962 but, 27 years later, the cornerstone was discovered in a field north of Winnipeg. This park and monument was dedicated at a ceremony on 12 July 1992.

Jewish Orphanage before construction of the baby house

Jewish Orphanage before construction of the baby house (no date)
Source: Harriet Lehrbaum

Jewish Orphanage baby house, added after the original building

Jewish Orphanage baby house, added after the original building (no date)
Source: Harriet Lehrbaum

Children’s choir at the Jewish Orphanage

Children’s choir at the Jewish Orphanage (no date)
Source: Harriet Lehrbaum

Jewish Orphanage and Children’s Aid of Western Canada Park and Plaque

Jewish Orphanage and Children’s Aid of Western Canada Park and Plaque (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.92810, W97.11827
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

The Jewish Orphanage of Western Canada and the Economics of Religious Communal Identity by Sharon Graham
Manitoba History, Number 81, Summer 2017

Sources:

Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

We thank Harriet Lehrbaum for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 July 2020

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