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“In Toronto, we are blessed with a strong Jewish community, with rituals and customs that have united our people for thousands of years.

“These traditions are especially important when a death occurs. They comfort us as we grieve and provide a source of spiritual healing. At Benjamin’s, we honour these rites in a way that is meaningful for family and friends. We go above and beyond to help you in your time of loss.

“On this site, you will find the most updated information on services, shivas and unveilings. You will also find a wealth of information on our time-honoured Jewish mourning traditions.

“The Benjamin family has supported our community for four generations. If we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

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Dr. Manuel Spivak 
Menachem Mendel Ben Israel Yehuda Ve Ychevet
Death Date: Friday, December 23, 2016 Yahrzeit Date: 23 Kislev 5777
Funeral Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Funeral Time: 01:00 PM
Funeral Place: Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel
Cemetery: Pardes Shalom Cemetery Cemetery Section: Holy Blossom Temple
Shiva Address: 619 Avenue Road, Lonsdale Room, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2K6
Shiva Direction & Info:
Avenue Road, north of St. Clair.
SPIVAK, Manuel - M.D., F.R.C.S.(C), Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Professor at the University of Toronto. At Mount Sinai Hospital on Friday, December 23, 2016. Surrounded by his loving family, Manny passed away peacefully from complications related to Dementia. Beloved son of the late Israel and Eva Spivak and devoted son-in-law of the late Fred and Min Biback. Deeply treasured Husband of Phyllis (Biback) for 60 years. Cherished and loving Father of Sari and Howard Weinstein, and Jonathan Spivak. Adored and loved Pa to Zachary, and Joshua Weinstein. Brother and Brother-in-law of Anna and the late Dr. Samuel Spivak, Ida and the late Philip Abrams, the late Dr. Sheldon and Reva Biback (Seattle, Washington), and Dr. Harry Colman and Beverley Colman-Lokash. Admired and respected Uncle to Dr. Laurence and Lynne Colman, Caryn Colman, Deborah Colman, Elizabeth Abrams and Mark Wainberg, Dr. Stephen Abrams and Rosette Rutman, Allan and Elizabeth Spivak, Howard Spivak and Judy Zorfas, Lorne Spivak and Esther Stenzler, Cheryl and Joe Piha (Seattle, Washington), Greta and Thomas Ballard (Portland, Oregon), and Deborah and Bruce Williams (Snohomish County, Washington). Fondly remembered by Aunts Ricky Hennick, and Dorothy Biback, cousins, friends and dedicated office nurse Lita Pleau. Special thanks to his devoted caregivers, Liza, Marilyn, Aileen, Merlyn, and Roger. Manny had a distinguished career and was recognized as a gifted microsurgeon by his colleagues, a compassionate healer to his patients, and a mentor to many. With deep appreciation to the Palliative Team and the 12th floor staff at Mount Sinai Hospital who provided compassionate care. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Interment in the Holy Blossom section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva 619 Avenue Road, in the Lonsdale Room from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00- 9:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to The Dr. Manuel Spivak Fund c/o Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, 416-586-8203 or
Dr. Manuel Spivak Fund c/o
Temmy Latner Centre For Palliative Care (416) 586-8203
Other Information:
Shiva visits daily from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the Lonsdale Room. Evening service at 8:00 p.m. Shiva concludes Thursday evening, December 29th.