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Born: Oct 03, 1932

Date of Passing: Jan 01, 2021

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October 3, 1932 - January 1, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Israel (Soody) Kleiman at the age of 88.
Son of the late David and Rose Kleiman. Beloved and loyal spouse of Helen (Orah) Kleiman for 66 years. Cherished father of Simcha (Pearl) and Rafael (Natalie). Adored Saba of Ariella, Jacob, David, Moriyah and Yonina. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Sam and Shirley Kleiman, and the late Riva and Louis Sotolov. He also leaves to mourn and will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews, as well as other extended family and friends.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, as a young man Soody was a member of the Zionist youth group, Habonim. In 1951-1952 he spent a year in Israel on the "Habonim Workshop" a program designed for young people interested in learning Hebrew and moving to Israel. On his return to Winnipeg, he helped found Camp Massad, a Hebrew speaking overnight camp located near Winnipeg Beach, also serving as its first Head Counsellor.
In 1952 Soody met Orah, who also had Zionist interests. They married and moved to Israel where they spent three years. On their return to Winnipeg, Soody continued his contributions to Jewish education, serving on the Board of the Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, the Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education, and the Committee for Judaic Studies at the University of Manitoba. Soody was one of the founders and organizers of the "Saturday Night Discussion Group" whose members listened to and interacted with some of the most interesting and informed speakers in Winnipeg. When the Group "closed shop" after 50 years, Soody was honoured with a full-page article in the Winnipeg Free Press.
Soody worked for over 50 years as an electrician. After apprenticing with his Uncle Sam, he earned his Master Electrician's license and started his own electrical contracting firm, I. S. Kleiman Electric. Later, in parallel, he operated Red Devil Heater Mfg. Co. which he took over from his Uncle Bill. Soody took great pride in his workmanship as a tradesman and received much satisfaction from serving the Winnipeg community.
Soody was a friendly person, a friend to all; happy, humourous, intelligent, and a kind humanitarian. He volunteered his time and skills to Habitat for Humanity and Rossbrook House for many years. Soody partook in and made many friends through his activities; softball and lawn bowling in summer, curling and bowling in winter.
We love Soody, our husband, our father, our grandfather. We will never forget him. His family wishes to thank the staff of the Heritage Lodge who were kind and gentle, making Soody's last days easier.
A private graveside funeral was held at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on January 3, 2021. The eulogy was given by Rabbi Kliel Rose.
Donations may be made to the "Orah and Soody Kleiman Educational Fund" of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, the Jewish Child and Family Service, or a charity of your choice.
Publish Date: Jan 16, 2021

October 3, 1932 - January 1, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Israel (Soody) Kleiman on January 1, 2021.
A private graveside funeral was held at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery, on January 3, 2021.
Longer obituary to follow.
Publish Date: Jan 5, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 05, 2021, Jan 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I knew Soody from Habonim days in Winnipeg some 70 years ago. He was a madrich and I was a pisher. The 4 years in age that separated us put us into virtually different generations. Although I did not know him well, I respected him as a sincere and devoted leader of the Labour Zionist movement we both belonged to. Looking back, those were very idealistic days and Soody was one of those idealistic leaders who chose to make aliyah. I remember him fondly as a kind and quiet man. When he returned to Winnipeg from Israel and became an electrician, I do recall my late father Menashe used his services. My condolences to the family on their loss of this dear man. - Posted by: Chaim Birnboim (younger friend from Habonim days) on: Jan 20, 2021

  • I have known Soody since our Habonim days. In later years, we became "ships that pass in the night". But I was always aware of what Soody was up to and we greeted each other warmly when we met. He was one of the righteous, good souls of this world. My condolences to Ora and family. He will be missed. - Posted by: Louise Fineblit Gillman (friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • My condolences to the Kleiman Family. I worked with Soody in my first two years as an apprentice electrician . His guidance set my career in a successful positive direction in electrical, mechanical and construction industry. I will miss him. - Posted by: Patrick Lennox (friend) on: Jan 05, 2021

  • Orah, so sorry to learn of the passing of Soody. My father, Harry Rubinfeld, spoke fondly of him. It was always nice to run into the two of you around Winnipeg. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Renee (Rubinfeld) Billauer (family friend) on: Jan 05, 2021

  • Extending our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Kleiman and her family on the passing of your dear husband and father Israel Kleiman. As a long time donor to the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, Mr. Kleiman demonstrated a deep commitment to healthcare in Manitoba. Thinking of you at this sad and difficult time. Staff & friends at the Health Sciences Centre Foundation. - Posted by: The Health Sciences Centre Foundation (Friend) on: Jan 05, 2021

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