SHMUEL POLONSKI (December 26, 1879-October 2, 1981)
He was born in Kiev. He studied in yeshivas and received rabbinical ordination. In 1921 he came to Canada. He was a cantor, a ritual slaughterer, and a preacher. From 1930 he was rabbi in the Mezritch Synagogue in Winnipeg. He wrote articles on religious matters in: Dos yidishe vort (The Yiddish word) in Winnipeg; Idishe zhurnal (Jewish journal) in Toronto; Keneder odler (Canadian eagle) in Montreal; and Dos idishe likht (The Jewish light), Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal), Hapardes (The orchard), and Hameor (The awakening) in New York. In book form: Di naye velt un di alte velt (The new world and the old world) (Winnipeg, 1971), 220 pp.; and Sefer hateamim (The book of tastes) (New York, 1943), 180 pp. He died in Winnipeg.
Source: Khayim Leyb Fuks, Hundert yor yidishe un hebreishe literatur in kanade (A century of Yiddish and Hebrew literature in Canada) (Montreal, 1980).
Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 424-25.