Fonds consists of:
One file containing Benjamin Feinstein's eulogy; two articles from the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin about his life and the reunion with his sister after 80 years; 1 DVD of TV news clips reporting on the reunion of Benjamin and his sister; Articles about Benjamin's son Abe Feinstein, a…
Fonds consists of:
One file containing Benjamin Feinstein's eulogy; two articles from the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin about his life and the reunion with his sister after 80 years; 1 DVD of TV news clips reporting on the reunion of Benjamin and his sister; Articles about Benjamin's son Abe Feinstein, a well known and widely respected lawyer in Ottawa, as well as a paper by Legal History student Linsey Rains entitled "Abraham Feinstein: Reluctant Advocate". This paper examines Abe Finestein's successful law career from interviews and various written sources; Invitation to 60th wedding anniversary of Freda and Benjamin, August 31, 1986.
File - News clippings, Benjamin Feinstein - 1998-1999;
File - Eulogy of Benjamin Feinstein, Written by Abraham Feinstein - April 25, 2001;
Photograph - Benjamin Feinstein and great grandson Michael Sussman read the Torah on occasion of Michael's Bar Mitzvah - No Date;
File - News clippings, Abraham Feinstein - 1996, 1999, 2001, 2011;
File - Academic Paper, "Abraham Feinstein: Reluctant Advocate," Written by Linsey Rains - December 7, 2009;
File - Abraham Feinstein, Camp Councilor in Training Documents and Hand-Outs, Day Tripping, Canoeing, etc. - 1958-1961;
File - Abraham Feinstein, Camp B'nai B'rith Programing, Song Books, Camper and Councilor Profiles - 1951-1961 (With Gaps);
File - Abraham Feinstein, Camp B'nai B'rith, Handbook - 1954;
1951 - 2011
Benjamin Feinstein (b. October 17, 1898 - d. March 23, 2001) escaped from Russia to Romania en route to Palestine at the age of 21. He left behind his parents and nine siblings. Benjamin never made it to Palestine; after four years in Romania he came to Canada in 1924 as a refugee and first settled in Winkler, Manitoba.
He spent six years in Manitoba during which time he met and married Freda Dickstein and had two daughters Miriam (Levitin) and Ruth (Aaron). The family then moved to Ottawa where the Feinstein's owned an operated a grocery store. in Ottawa a third daughter Pearl (Moscovic) and son Abraham were born.
Benjamin maintained contact with his family back in the Ukraine, sending money and clothing. His family had lost everything in the pogroms and were grateful for the help. He continued to support his family until the Second World War, when his parents, two youngest sisters and several cousins were killed. Two brothers also died as soldiers.
In October 1999, Benjamin Feinstein celebrated his 101st birthday and was reunited with his sister Sarra Pyatigorsky after 80 years apart. The event made local and national news. Benjamin Feinstein passed away in March, 2001.
Son Abraham Feinstein (b. December 19, 1936) worked as a camp counselor for Camp B'nai B'rith beginning in the 1950s, studied psychology and law at Carleton University, worked for Soloway Wright LLP, and was recognized with awards from the County of Carleton Law Association. (See academic paper by Linsey Rains "Abraham Feinstein: Reluctant Advocate" for more details.)
1. Biographical sketch taken from "After 80 Years Benjamin Feinstein Reunites with Long-lost Sister", Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, December 13, 1999.
2. See also Ottawa Jewish Bulletin October 14, 1998 for article about his 100th birthday and life story.
3. DVD of TV news clips donated by Joy Moskovic in April, 2013. Joy is Benjamin Feinstein's grandson's wife. (Not found as of November 2015).