Joshua Levy: lost recordings from a family legend

Joshua Levy's Hebrew name is 'Baruch' after his great-great-grandfather, Boris Kaplan, a man whose adventures were legendary within the family.
Joshua Levy and his legendary great-great-grandfather, Boris Kaplan. (Joshua Levy)
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Joshua Levy's Hebrew name is 'Baruch' after his great-great-Grandfather, Boris Kaplan, a man whose adventures were legendary within the family.

A photo of 'Miss Cohen', who would evenutally become Joshua's great-great-Grandmother (Joshua Levy)
Boris immigrated from Russia to Montreal in the early 1900s - when he just 18 years old. Without a penny to his name, he worked several jobs to afford to bring his family over to Canada with him, including his 101-year-old grandfather.

In 1915 Boris founded a construction company and built the oldest Synagogue in Canada that is still in operation today, Bagg Street Shul. Joshua grew up hearing tales about Boris, including the story about how he had 15 minutes to woo his future bride.

So one day Joshua asked his great-grandmother if she had any recordings of Boris, so that he could finally hear his namesake for himself. Click the link above to hear Joshua's story - and Boris' precious home recordings.