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Israel Medres

Israel Medres
Born1894 (1894)
Lekhovich, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire
Died6 August 1964(1964-08-06) (aged 69–70)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Resting placeBaron de Hirsch Cemetery, Montreal[1]
Pen nameBen Mordecai[1]
RelativesVivian Felsen (granddaughter)[2]

Israel Jonah Medres (Yiddish: ישראל יונה מדרש; 1894 – August 6, 1964)[3] was a Canadian Yiddish journalist and writer.


Israel Medres was born in Lekhovich, Russian Empire, in 1894. He studied for three years at the yeshiva of Lida.[4][1] At the age of 16 he immigrated to Canada,[5] where he joined the staff of the Keneder Adler in 1922.[6]


  • Montreal fun nekhtn [Montreal of Yesterday] (in Yiddish). 1947.
  • Tsvishn tsvey velt milkhomes [Between Two World Wars] (in Yiddish). 1964.


  1. ^ a b c Kucharsky, Danny (2007). Sacred Ground on de la Savane: Montreal's Baron de Hirsch Cemetery. Montreal: Véhicule Press. pp. 129–130. ISBN 978-1-55065-196-6.
  2. ^ "Contributors". Kanade, di Goldene Medine?: Perspectives on Canadian-Jewish Literature and Culture / Perspectives sur la littérature et la culture juives canadiennes. Brill. 2018. pp. XI–XII. ISBN 978-90-04-37941-1.
  3. ^ "Israel Medres, Noted Canadian Jewish Journalist, Dies in Montreal". Daily News Bulletin. Vol. 31, no. 154. New York: Jewish Telegraphic Agency. August 6, 1964. p. 4.
  4. ^ Felsen, Vivian (2007). "Medres, Israel Jonah". In Berenbaum, Michael; Skolnik, Fred (eds.). Encyclopaedia Judaica (2nd ed.). Detroit: Macmillan Reference. ISBN 978-0-02-866097-4.
  5. ^ Margolis, R. (2011). Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil: Yiddish Cultural Life in Montreal, 1905–1945. McGill-Queen's University Press. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-7735-3812-2.
  6. ^ Felsen, Vivian (2007). "Translating Israel Medres". In Anctil, Pierre; Ravvin, Norman; Simon, Sherry (eds.). Traduire le Montreal Yiddish/New Readings of Yiddish Montreal. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press. pp. 110–115. ISBN 9782760316638. JSTOR j.ctt1ckpcr4.
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