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Date of Passing: Dec 28, 2014

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ALISA POSKANZER Alisa Poskanzer (nee Flam) after a long and full life passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2014. She will be greatly missed by her family, daughter Dafna, son Etan, daughter-in-law Judy and grandchildren Tal, Michael and Daniel. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Baird Poskanzer. She grew up in Winnipeg, continued studies in New York and Israel where she met and married Baird. She and Baird returned to Winnipeg where she practiced social work for many years at the Child Guidance Clinic. In later years she moved to Jerusalem where she continued to practice social work working with the Ethiopian community and other immigrants to Israel and their families. For the past 10 years she has lived in Toronto where she made active contributions to her assisted living community at the Terraces of Baycrest. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 31, at 10:00 a.m. at Congregation Etz Chaim, 123 Matheson Ave. East. Interment will follow at Rosh Pina Memorial Park.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 30, 2014

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Through her work in support of Jewish Families of Ethiopian Descent, Alisa Poskanzer created a template of wisdom, caring and action that can be used by those who envision and implement human services around the world. When we work together across disciplinary, cultural and other divides to serve the best interests of children, we invest in a brighter future. I am so grateful for what Alisa did as a family therapist, as a leader and for what she shared through her writing to inspire us in building on what she so ably began. Neal Brodsky LMFT - Posted by: Neal H. Brodsky LMFT (Grateful for her work) on: Aug 30, 2019

  • As a family therapist, I am indebted and want to honor the dedicated work as written about so movingly in Alisa’s book on practice with the Ethiopian immigrant population. As we work to bring the remaining children and families to thrive in Israel, her memory and knowledge lives on. Neal Brodsky LMFT in the USA ONE FAMILY @threadsfamily on Twitter and Instagram - Posted by: Neal H. Brodsky LMFT (Reader of her book “Ethiopian Exodus”) on: Oct 16, 2018

  • Alisa will be missed by MANY people at the Terraces. She was a brilliant, friendly, social, intellegent and active resident who truly made a difference! Our deepest condolences go out to her entire family. - Posted by: Cori Feiner & evelyn mendell (Friends at terraces) on: Jan 05, 2015

  • Will miss her sorely and surely. Alisa was a "class act"- always interested, always learning, always full of ideas and always full of caring and feeling. - Posted by: Hazel (Friend) on: Dec 31, 2014

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