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John T. Syrtash was born in Budapest, Hungary, the child of Jewish Holocaust survivors, who immigrated with his parents to Toronto Canada in 1957. He was a student of English literature with Northrop Frye at the University of Toronto from 1972-76. He has published innumerable legal articles after becoming a family law lawyer in 1981 for several publications over the past 35 years, including the Canadian Jewish News, the National Post, and Sun Media and has often appeared on TV and radio as a legal commentator. In 1992 he published Religion and Culture in Canadian Family Law (Butterworths) and has been the editor of a weekly digest of Canadian family law cases called the Syrtash Family Law Netletter for LexisNexis for over 20 years.
He is currently counsel to the law firm of Garfin Zeidenberg LLP, Toronto, Canada, practicing as one of Canada’s most senior family law trial lawyers and is also a mediator and arbitrator.
Mr. Syrtash is President of Canada’s "Spousal Support Database", a company he co-founded. In 1989 Mr. Syrtash was awarded the B’nai Brith Community Award for having been instrumental in reforming Canada’s family laws. His legislation helps Jewish and Shiite women to obtain a religious divorce from their husbands when such men refuse to grant their consent without imposing onerous conditions. He has three children, a grandchild and is devoted to the woman he loves.
A Calendar of Northern Fables is his first work of fiction