Memories of growing up Jewish in postwar Manitoba

sandy shefrin rabin

Prairie Sonata is the debut novel by Sandy Shefrin Rabin. Based on her own experiences growing up Jewish in Manitoba after the Second World War, it follows a teenage girl’s relationship with a recent immigrant from Prague, who teaches her Yiddish and violin. She joins Ralph Benmergui to discuss her personal history on The CJN’s podcast about Jewish life in small-town Canada.

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Yehupetzville is hosted by Ralph Benmergui. Michael Fraiman is the producer and editor. Our music was arranged by Louis Simão and performed by Louis Simão and Jacob Gorzhaltsan. Our sponsor is PearTree Canada, which you can learn more about at This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network—find more great Jewish podcasts at