The CJN’s Honourable Menschen: Remembering the politically embattled Patti Starr, referee Harry Davis and other late influential Canadian Jews

Clockwise from top left: Alexander Eisen, Lita Rose Betcherman, Jack Prince, Patti Starr, Harry Davis and Rabbi Dovid Schochet.

The CJN Daily‘s Honourable Menschen is back, to shine a spotlight on the legacies left by these homegrown recently departed Canadian Jewish figures: Patricia “Patti” Starr, who rose to notoriety at the centre of one of Ontario’s biggest political scandals; Harry Davis, a boxer turned legendary boxing referee; Jack Prince, who caught the last boat out of Poland before the Holocaust and became a philanthropist in Canada; Alexander Eisen, a self-taught engineer and Holocaust survivor; Rabbi Dovid Schochet, who built the Chabad Lubabvitch community in Toronto; and Lita-Rose Betcherman, a women’s rights advocate and author who was told she shouldn’t pursue her PhD because she was a woman.

The CJN’s retired reporter Ron Csillag joins to share his personal recollections of covering these trailblazing Canadians.

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