In 1932, three Polish Jews, Moses Altman, his niece, Dina Mass, and her husband, Moses Mass, arrived in Barbados looking for refuge from the harsh economic conditions and anti-Semitism in Europe. Moses Altman’s wife and children (Henry, Simon, Edna (Pillersdorf), Doris (Kaplan) and Mary (Speisman) arrived not long after and were followed by the families …
Dr. Simon Kreindler was born and grew up in Barbados. He is the author of: Peddlers All: Stories of the First Ashkenazi Jewish Settlers in Barbados and most recently The Sephardi Jews of Barbados 1627 -1934.
After graduating from The Lodge School in 1957, Simon studied marine biology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, then entered medical school there in 1961.
After completing post-graduate training in adult and child psychiatry in the United States in 1971, Simon, his wife, Ruby, and their children returned to Canada.
They settled in Toronto where Simon was in private practice for 48 years before retiring in 2019.
Simon and Ruby have three children and eight grandchildren, all of them living in Toronto.
Simon now fills his time reading, writing, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and whenever he can escaping Canada for the warmth and beauty of Barbados.