My name is Dan Rubins and I am a composer and writer based in New York City. I was recently commissioned to write an opera about my great-uncle Joseph (Joe) Levison, who grew up in Halifax and died in 1951 in the Korean War at age 22. Joe attended Queen Elizabeth High School, St. Mary’s High School, and Dalhousie University (for undergraduate and as a first-year law student), prior to enlisting in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry 2nd Battalion as a Press Relations Officer.

Very active in the Halifax Jewish community, Joe attended Camp Kadimah throughout his childhood, eventually becoming the Sports Director. He also dedicated his time as a leader of Young Judaea. Joe’s family lived on Seymour Street and attended what is now the Beth Israel Synagogue when it was still on Robie Street. I would be so grateful to hear from anyone who might have known Joe, or his parents, Felix and Hilda Levison. While my opera will focus on Joe’s life, I am also interested in the stories of those lives that intersected, however briefly, with his, so I would be grateful to talk to anyone who knew Joe, no matter how well you knew or remember him.

If you have information about Joe to pass on to Dan, please send it to the AJC at

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