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Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1966
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of general correspondence between Lodge members, notices of events, copies of the bulletin "Scope," and attendance sheets for meetings.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1967
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of general correspondence between members, invitations to the 38th anniversary dinner, notices of meetings, agendas of meetings, a copy of the script for the play "The Executive Meets," and a copy of the programme of the 38th anniversary dinner.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
1968-1969
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of a slate of officers recommended for election, invitations to lodge events, notices of meetings, copy of an Ajalon Lodge project in a kindergarten classroom of Keren Hayesod, and general corresopondence between members.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 5; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
5
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1967-1970
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of attendance, membership and birthday lists, a programme of the 38th anniversary dinner, slate of officers nominated for the year 1968-1969, copies of the Ajalon Lodge News, a schedule of lodge meetings, Kovod Night participants, announcements of meetings and events, and general correspondence between members.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 5; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
5
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1971-1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of notices of events and meetings, general correspondence, lists of members, copies of the Ajalon Lodge news letter.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1961-1964
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of notices of meetings, invitations to Lodge events, reports and correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Berg fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 41; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Berg fonds
Level
File
Fonds
41
File
12
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1965-1970
Physical Description
1 book
5 photographs : b&w and col. ; 13 x 18 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
This file consists of one book entitled Ajalon Lodge : a chronicle of achievements, 1929-1979, published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Ajalon Lodge. It contains a history of the Lodge, photographs, and articles by members about Lodge activities.
This file also consists of photographs of Maurice Berg and members of Ajalon Lodge. The events include the Ajalon Executive, including Ben Marks, Mark Zimmerman, and Willie Zimmerman among others, at their March 1965 anniversary; an Ajalon party for John Devor in 1966; and Ajalon dinners. There is also a photograph of Ajalon presidents taken in 1970.
Notes
Some of the photographs in this fonds have been included in the book. See book for identifications.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph ; b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1966-1968
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of copies of The Reporter, Ajalon Newsletter and Ajalon News.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ajalon Lodge fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 72
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ajalon Lodge fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
72
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Date
1929-1986
Physical Description
ca. 1.25 metres of textual records
ca. 15 scrapbooks
ca. 20 objects
Admin History/Bio
The Ajalon Lodge was first organized on 10 March 1929 as the Ajalon Club of Young Judaea. The founding members were Abe Bohnen, Hyman Cohen, Isaac Gringorten, George (Hamell) Himmelstein and Lou Hochman. The group met at the Zionist Institute at 206 Beverley Street in Toronto. The name was selected by Abe Bohnen and Mark Zimmerman, the Young Judaea supervisor, from a map of Palestine which hung in the Young Judaea library.
The first leader of the club was Morris Kertzer followed by Al Zimmerman. In 1930 the lodge began to record its activities in scrapbooks, which it later named the Ajalon Archives. The archivists over the years included Max Schwadron, Ben Marks, Myer Bromberg, and Willie Zimmerman.
The club was actively involved in Young Judaea literary, social, and fundraising activities. In 1935, the club graduated from the Young Judaea movement and become a lodge of the Zionist Order Habonim. By 1939 however, the Ajalon, Balfour, Bialik, and Jaffa lodges merged into the Toronto Habonim Lodge due the waning membership as many men went off to war. After the war, the four lodges returned to their original state. In 1940, the lodge acquired club rooms on the third floor of the Zionist Building and in 1944 several wives of lodge members organized the Ajalon Ladies Auxiliary. By 1953, Habonim became the Zionist Men’s Association of Canada, an affiliate organization of the Zionist Organization of Canada and by the 1960s, Ajalon Lodge became directly affiliated with ZOC. Over the course of its existence membership in the lodge has been between 40 and 90 members.
Ajalon Lodge participated in many fundraising campaigns for Jewish organizations in Toronto, such as the Jewish National Fund and the United Palestine Appeal. Many of its members also served on the board of directors for organizations such as the Toronto Zionist Council and Young Judaea. The lodge was involved in several fundraising initiatives, including the establishment of a kindergarten in Ashkelon, Israel in 1972. In later years the Ajalon Lodge was affiliated with the Zionist Organization of Canada.
Custodial History
The records were in the custody of both Willie Zimmerman and Meyer Bromberg before they were donated to the Archives in 1984, 1988, and 1994.
Scope and Content
This fonds primarily consists of the records collected and created by the Ajalon Archives Committee, under the direction of Max Schwadron, Ben Marks, Myer Bromberg, and Willie Zimmerman. The archives are organized into scrapbooks by year and relate first to activities of Ajalon Club as a chapter of Young Judaea and then to Ajalon Lodge as a chapter of the Zionist Order Habonim. Later scrapbooks represent the lodge’s activities as part of the broader Zionist network affiliated with the Zionist Organization of Canada. The scrapbooks consist of photographs, event invitations, pamphlets and flyers, correspondence, editorial writings, newsletters, newsclippings, meeting minutes, activity reports, and ephemera. They begin in 1929 and run to 1983.
Also included in the fonds are the meeting minutes, financial reports and general correspondence files of the lodge, as well as several artifacts collected by Meyer Bromberg while he was the acting archivist.
Name Access
Ajalon Lodge (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Zionism
Physical Condition
Some of the early scrapbooks are in poor condition. The pages are brittle and are crumbling along the edges. As well, the scrapbooks require tissue-paper linings between the pages to separate the various media contained within and to prevent any further degredation, particularly of the photographs. Many of the photos in the later scrapbooks require rehousing in acid-free melanex.
Related Material
Related material can be found in the Zionist Organization of Canada fonds 28, the Meyer Bromberg fonds, the Maurice Berg fonds and the Willie Zimmerman fonds 41.
Creator
Ajalon Lodge (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1984-11-2
1988-6-5
1994-10-3
2005-4-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 303
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
303
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1955
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of photographs of the Ajalon Lodge Israel tour group. A photographs are credited to El Al Israel Airlines is of the tour group on the runway tarmack as they disembark from the airplane. Other photographs in the file are of the group at the Ajalon Lodge.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1959-1965
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of a contact list pamphlet, membership lists, and a copy of the lodge constitution.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2014-2-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-2-10
Material Format
text
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records and graphic material
Date
[194-]-[199-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the activities of Canadian Young Judaea, as well as a small amount of Ajalon Lodge records that belonged to former member Maurice Berg. Berg was also involved in Young Judaea through the Zionist Organization of Canada. Included are CYJ photo albums documenting various social events as well as several Kinus (1950s-1990s); correspondence, newsletters and reports (1960s-1990s); a CYJ alumni reunion book; Hanoar Hatzioni newsletters (1976-1992); meeting minutes, reports and the constitution (1940s-1960s); two books about A.M. Klein; Ajalon Lodge photo albums and tour of Israel photographs (1960s-1980s, 1979); as well as one pencil drawing of Maurice Berg (1977).
Subjects
Recreation
Zionism
Name Access
Berg, Maurice, 1913-1993
Canadian Young Judaea
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3871
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3871
Material Format
graphic material
Date
7 March 1936
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
For identification see accession record.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1984-1-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1996-11-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1996-11-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
10 cm of textual records and some graphic material
Date
[196-]-1994
Scope and Content
This accession consists of meeting minutes and correspondence relating to the Ajalon Chapter of Hadassah and the Ajalon Lodge Auxilary from the 1960s to 1994. There are many thank-you notes and letters to and from Ajalon Chapter members.
Administrative History
Ajalon was a Chapter of Toronto Hadassah-Wizo. Maita Newton was President of the Ajalon Chapter for a term which ended in 1982. The Ajalon Lodge was a men's club for members of the Zionist Orgainization of Canada and its affiliates.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
B'nai Brith Lodge No. 1154 fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 91; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
B'nai Brith Lodge No. 1154 fonds
Level
File
Fonds
91
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
31 Dec. 1931-15 Apr. 1932
Physical Description
2 certificates : 57 x 46 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of certificates documenting the lodge's founding. Included is a certificate of incorporation from New York's Grand Lodge No. 1, and one certificate from the Order of Aleph Zadik Aleph documenting the lodge's charter members.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5-3; File 69
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-3
File
69
Material Format
textual record
Date
1957
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of letters related to signs describing the Gateway Lodge as "Ontario's Largest Jewish Summer Resort", and a request to change this description.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Berg fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 41; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Berg fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
41
Item
1
Material Format
object
Date
1954
Physical Description
1 trophy : silver and brass, mounted on black plastic ; 15 x 15 cm circumference
Admin History/Bio
Ajalon Lodge was originally established in 1927 as a Young Judaea Club. In September 1935, it officially became a Lodge of the Zionist Order Habonim. The Lodge was very involved in raising money for Israel (mostly through the UJA), promoting Zionism, and recruiting new members for the Zionist Organization of Canada. Many members fought in the Second World War. The wives of some of the members formed the Ajalon Ladies Auxiliary in 1944. Maurice Berg became a member of Ajalon Lodge in January, 1933.
Scope and Content
Item is an Ajalon Lodge award given to Maurice Berg in 1954. The award consists of a silver cup with two handles mounted on a black plastic stand. A gold plaque is mounted on the stand with a description of the award which reads: "Ajalon Award 25th Anniversary 1954 Maurice Berg".
Notes
Artifact #291.
Subjects
Awards
Physical Condition
In poor condition.
Tarnished and scratched.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
General office records sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5-5; File 65
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
General office records sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-5
File
65
Material Format
textual record
Date
1971
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of general correspondence from and to the B'nai B'rith related to various issues.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
18
Series
3-1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1958]-1973
Physical Description
226 negatives : b&w ; 20 x 26 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
B’nai Brith is the oldest Jewish service organization in North America. It was founded on October 13, 1843 by a group of eleven men in New York City.
Originally called Bundes-Brueder [League of Brothers], with the alternate title of “The Independent Order of B’nai Brith”, they later shortened their name to simply “B’nai Brith”, meaning sons of the covenant.
In an attempt to unite Jewish communities, they developed an inclusive membership mandate that does not discriminate against ethnic or religious sects. The initial vision of the organization was to develop a national Jewish organization, which would provide aid to all Jewish citizens. These goals have long since been realized. The organization currently has lodges internationally and B’nai Brith membership is in the millions.
B’nai Brith cites its main goals to be: reaching out to those in need, fighting antisemitism and prejudice of any kind, and promoting human rights and world peace. One of their most recognized accomplishments is the formation of the Anti-Defamation League, which combats antisemitism and promotes human rights.
In Canada, the first B'nai Brith lodge was founded in Toronto, the Canada Lodge, in 1875, but it folded in 1894. Other lodges were formed in Montreal, in 1881, and Victoria, in 1886. These lodges were disbanded around the turn of the century and the organization did not have much of a presence in Canada until the outbreak of the first World War. Shortly afterwards, in Toronto, B’nai Brith had fifteen lodges and eleven chapters. The lodges were the men’s groups and the chapters were for the women; in addition, there was also the B’nai Brith Youth Organization, called the Hillel Foundation, which was located at the University of Toronto.
The lodges primarily work in the community in a fundraising capacity, but many of the lodges also support various causes, such as youth and senior programs.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of negatives documenting the events and activities of several B'nai Brith lodges in Toronto. The images depict meetings, installation banquets, special events, theatrical productions, and group photographs of the executive and officers of the various lodges. The negatives have been arranged chronologically by event and are described at the file or item level.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1992-7-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-7-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[193-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one original and one copy of a New Moon Lodge brochure. The brochure advertises that it "caters to a gentile clientele".
Administrative History
The New Moon Lodge was located on the Lake of Bays in the Muskoka area of Baysville. It was owned by the Simpson family. Al Goodman purchased the property in 1961 and operated it as a Jewish camp called Camp New Moon.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-12-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-12-8
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[197-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a framed certificate from Palestine Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 559 G.R.C. awarded to Jacob Harry Davis honouring his fifty years of service.
Administrative History
The Palestine Lodge was founded in 1920.
MG_RG
MG 2 B 1JJ
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Jewish communal series
Other Jewish organizations sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 9-8; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Jewish communal series
Other Jewish organizations sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
9-8
File
13
Material Format
graphic material
Date
25 Oct. 1978
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 9 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
The Palestine Lodge was a Jewish Masonic lodge located in Toronto. It was instituted as Palestine Lodge No. 559 G.R.C. in June of 1920.
Scope and Content
File consists of one groupshot of the attendees at a Palestine Lodge meeting. Phil Givens is present in the front row, 5th from the right. It is unclear if he was a visitor or a member.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2016-1-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-1-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 36 x 34 cm
Date
1935
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one black and white photograph of the B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge, no. 836 installation dinner and dance, which took place at the Royal York Hotel, on January 14, 1935. Individuals identified in the photo include: Carl Kayfetz, Mel Bochner, Dr. Joseph Gollom, Sam Sable, Moe Palmer, Sam Bregman, Sam Staiman and Sol Staiman.
Subjects
Clubs
Name Access
B'nai Brith Canada
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 488
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
488
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1919]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a copy photograph of the Odd Fellows Lodge, Toronto. Second from left in front row is Harry Shaberman who had a tailor shop at 518 Queen Street West and lived above the store.
Notes
A 4 x 5 negative is also available.
Name Access
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Shaberman, Harry
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Societies
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
Acquired July 8, 1975.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Henry Weingluck fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 44; Item 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Henry Weingluck fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
44
Item
28
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm
Scope and Content
This item is an original postcard of the exterior of Taub's Lodge in Port Carling, Muskoka. The image on the postcard features several people sitting in front of the lodge house in the summertime.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Port Carling (Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-2-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Larry Becker collection
Level
File
ID
Fonds 34; File 65
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Larry Becker collection
Level
File
Fonds
34
File
65
Material Format
textual record
Date
1946
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Passenger Names
Lodge, Mrs. A. J. & Geo.
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Lodge, Mrs. A. J. & Geo.
Page Number
458
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Accession Number
2019-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-5-2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
30 cm of graphic material and textual records
Date
1963-2019
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Don Mills Lodge, B'nai Brith. Included are six issues of Planet Observer (2016, 2018--2019); seven issues of the Planet (1994-2008); a twenty-fifth anniversary publication (1982); a program for a fiftieth anniversary gala (2007); a bulletin (October 2015); a copy of the constitution and by-laws; three issues of 2131 News (March 1963, June 1963, and March 1964); a copy of the lodge's charter (1957); and seven albums containing letters, photographs, and printouts documenting events, achievements, and volunteer services (1977-2011).
Administrative History
In 1956, a group of men living in the newly developed area of Don Mills came together to establish a B'nai Brith lodge. On March 16, 1957, District Grand Lodge No. 1 granted a charter to Don Mills Lodge No. 2131 to operate in the city of Toronto. The lodge was one of several that belonged to B'nai Brith Canada; B'nai Brith Canada, in turn, belonged to B'nai Brith International.
An early accomplishment of the lodge was to raise funds for the purchase of North York's first ambulance, which provided the impetus for the development of the area's ambulance service. Other philanthropic endeavours over the years have included Monte Carlo nights, which raised funds for muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis associations, and an annual dinner draw run in cooperation with B'nai Brith Canada. Since the 1990s, the lodge has operated a bingo at two locations in Toronto to raise money for B'nai Brith and other communal activities. In addition, it has given thousands of dollars to a variety of organizations including Camp Oochigeas, the Canadian Association for the Riding Disabled, the Canadian International Scientific Exchange Program, CNIB, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, the International Schizophrenia Foundation, the Magen David Adom, the Pride of Israel Synagogue's Kosher Food Bank, Sheena's Place, and YouthLink.
In the mid-2010s, the Don Mills Lodge began operating with the Leonard Mayzel Ontario Lodge (LMOL) of B'nai Brith. Since beginning to operate jointly, the lodges have ceased to have their own presidents.
As of 2019, the lodge currently participates in and sponsors the following community programs: the Ride Programme, which delivers coffee and donuts to police vans; a Hanukkah party and summer picnic for the foster children of Jewish Family & Child (JF&CS); the Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow; a Shabbat service for veterans at Sunnybrook Hospital; apple-picking for Kadima residents; the ALS walkathon; and the Out of the Cold program.
The lodge's first president was Manny Widman, who served from 1957-1958. Subsequent presidents have included: Herbert Liebman (1958-1959), Joseph Skolnik (1959-1960), Allan N. Lewis (1960-1961), Harold Chapman (1961-1962), Irwin Borins (1962-1963), Gerald Rafelman (1963-1964), Morley Torgov (1964-1965), Murray Page (1965-1966), Lowell Biderman (1966-1967), Earl Segal (1967-1968), Leon Tessler (1968-1969), Sam Brown (1969-1970), Joe Feller (1970-1971), Dave Sugarman (1971-1972), Marvin Cohen (1972-1974), Allen Werger (1974-1975), Murray Stitsky (1975-1976), Syd Feldman (1976-1977), Maurice Wesfield (1977-1978), Michael Brodsky (1978-1979), Shelly Goldstein (1979-1980), David Grader (1980-1981), Howie Cohen (1981-1982), Tom Kolin (1982-1983), Gerry Rowan (1983-1984), Andrew Stevens (1984-1985), Harold Bricks (1985-1987), Jerry Freud (1987-1988), Vic Blackman (1988-1989), Gary Feldman (1989-1990), Charles Bleier (1990-1991), Lou Ginsberg (1991-1992), Len Berk (1992-1994), Debby Goldstein (1994-1995), Esther Saxe (1995-1997), Joanne Bleier (1997-1998), Hermy Gimpel (1998-2000), Allen Burke (2000-2001), Eli Goldberg (2001-2002), Henry Gimpel (2002-2003), Ken Waldman (2003-2005), David Grader (2005-2006), Sheldon Saxe (2006-2008), Allan Wilson (2008-2009), Ava Brodsky (2009-2011), and Brenda Stevens and Robbi Wilson (2012-2013).
Descriptive Notes
Availability of other formats: One of the albums has been scanned and is available as a PDF file.
Name Access
L.M.O.L. Don Mills Lodge B'nai Brith
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-1; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
18
Series
3-1
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
25 Oct. 1971
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 6 x 6 cm
Scope and Content
Item is an image of four officers of the B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge standing in front of a cake. There is also a poster on the wall for the Youth Service Fund campaign.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2004-5-29
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-29
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 27 x 95 cm
1 folder of textual records
Date
1929
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a photograph depicting the members of the Judea Lodge Knights of Phythias standing in front of the Ash-Lodge in Toronto, 1929. There is also a Pythian diploma issued in 1929 to Simon Sibulash.
Administrative History
Judea Knights of Pythias Lodge #52, Toroonto is affiliated with the international fraternal order Knights of Pythias. The Toronto Lodge is located on 20 Shallmar Boulevard in Toronto.
The international fraternal order was founded in Washington D.C. by Justus H. Rathbone. The main principles of the Knights of Pythias are friendship, charity, and benevolence. They are dedicated to helping promote world peace
Descriptive Notes
Photograph taken by Dominion Panoramic Photographers, N.L. Jones, 56 Carlton St., Toronto.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
B'nai Brith Lodge No. 1154 fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 91
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
B'nai Brith Lodge No. 1154 fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
91
Material Format
multiple media
Date
31 Dec. 1931-[ca. 1974]
Physical Description
16 photographs and other material
Admin History/Bio
Brantford’s B’nai Brith Lodge No. 1154 was formed on December 31, 1931 with Max White as its first president. B’nai Brith is an international service organization that was first formed in New York in 1843 to unify the American Jewish Community. B’nai Brith lodges began appearing in Canada in the late 1800s and by 1981 Canadian membership in the organization had grown large enough for the establishment of a separate Canadian district, B’nai Brith Canada. As a member of B’nai Brith, the Brantford lodge shared its mandate of assisting those in need both at home and abroad, supporting the state of Israel, and promoting human rights. The Brantford lodge has not been active since 1974. Brantford’s Jewish community has been largely inactive since 2001, when the diminishing Jewish population finally forced the closure of Brantford’s synagogue, Congregation Beth David.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records documenting the founding, presidents, and charitable activities of Brantford's B'nai Brith lodge No. 1154. Included are photographs, certificates, banners, a bell, plaques, a chanukiah, a charity box, pins, and a medal. Records are arranged at the file-level, with two items attached directly to the fonds-level.
Notes
Includes 4 plaques, 4 certificates, 1 photo album, 6 objects, and 2 banners.
Photographers and photography studios are identified on the photographs.
Name Access
B'nai B'rith. Brantford Lodge, No. 1154
Creator
B'nai Brith Lodge No. 1154 (Brantford, Ont.)
Accession Number
2001-10-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5-3; File 73
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-3
File
73
Material Format
textual record
Date
1963
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of letters and documents related to the inclusion of "Religion" on employment applications from the Gilbert Lodge and the Fern Resort.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
13
Material Format
textual record
object
Date
1969-1979
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 plaque
Scope and Content
File consists of material pertaining to Saul Cowan's participation In Manor-Metropolitan Lodge of B'nai Brith. Included is a news clipping, bulletins, a program for a Diamond Jubilee event, an International Human Rights Covenant card, and a plaque presented to Saul Cowan for his work in the "Clowns Unlimited" program.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 36
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
36
Material Format
sound recording
Date
1948
Physical Description
1 audiotape
Scope and Content
File consists of a magnetic audiotape of Trudy Cowan, age about 7 years, singing "Robin in the Rain" at the Wapaska Lodge in Gravenhurst, Ontario.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 96
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
96
Material Format
textual record
Date
1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of the minutes of a meeting of the Geulah-menorah lodge held on September 25 1975.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 6571
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
6571
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1929
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 95 x 27 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph depicting the members of the Judea Lodge Knights of Phythias standing in front of the Ash-Lodge in Toronto, 1929.
Notes
Photo by Dominion Panoramic Photographers.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
2004-5-29
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Larry Becker collection
Level
File
ID
Fonds 34; File 58
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Larry Becker collection
Level
File
Fonds
34
File
58
Material Format
textual record
Date
1924
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a booklet listing meetings of the Sunnyside Lodge, a list of officers and committees and soft ball events for June 1924.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3189
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3189
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1925
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
This is a copy print of Officers of the Palestine Lodge. A negative has been made from copy.
Notes
Identification information available with photograph.
Name Access
Palestine Lodge
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1982-4-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
B'nai B'rith Sportsmen Lodge dinners series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 37; Series 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
B'nai B'rith Sportsmen Lodge dinners series
Level
Series
Fonds
37
Series
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-]-1970
Physical Description
125 negatives : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm and 6 x 6 cm
Admin History/Bio
B’nai B’rith is the oldest Jewish service organization in North America. It was founded on October 13, 1843 by a group of eleven men in New York City.
Originally called Bundes-Brueder [League of Brothers], with the alternate title of “The Independent Order of B’nai B’rith”, they later shortened their name to simply “B’nai B’rith”, meaning sons of the covenant.
In an attempt to unite Jewish communities, they developed an inclusive membership mandate that does not discriminate against ethnic or religious sects. The initial vision of the organization was to develop a national Jewish organization, which would provide aide to all Jewish citizens. These goals have long since been realized. The organization currently has lodges internationally and B’nai B’rith membership is in the millions.
B’nai B’rith cites its main goals to be: reaching out to those in need, fighting antisemitism and prejudice of any kind, and promoting human rights and world peace. One of their most recognized accomplishments is the formation of the Anti-Defamation League, which combats anitsemitism and promotes human rights.
In Canada, the first B'nai B'rith lodge was founded in Toronto, the Canada Lodge, in 1875, but it folded in 1894. Other lodges were formed in Montreal, in 1881, and Victoria, in 1886. These lodges were disbanded around the turn of the century and the organization did not have much of a presence in Canada until the outbreak of the first World War. Shortly afterwards, in Toronto, B’nai B’rith had fifteen lodges and eleven chapters. The lodges were the men’s groups and the chapters were for the women; in addition, there was also the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, called the Hillel Foundation, which was located at the University of Toronto.
In Toronto, the Sportsmen Lodge began as a modest sized group of 100 members in 1954, and doubled in membership over the next 10 years. They sponsored an annual baseball night and a sportswriters dinner that honoured an outstanding sports journalist. The dinner was well known amongst journalists and was well attended. The Sportsmen Lodge also hosted an annual Celebrity dinner, at which a outstanding Canadian personality was chosen and honoured for his or her achievements.
The lodge was also active in working with handicapped children and in fundraising campaigns.
Scope and Content
Series consists of images taken by Al Gilbert of the B’nai B’rith Sportsmen Lodge Dinners at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The files in this series document three different dinners for the years 1969, 1970 and an unidentified dinner from the 1960s.
Notes
Selection for this series was based on the various activities and functions of the event. The dinner was held as an annual award ceremony and installation for the newly appointed officers of the Sportsmen Lodge. The criteria used for selection included: awards, speeches, installation oaths, entertainment, and dinner tables.
Name Access
B'nai B'rith
Sportsmen Lodge
Hillel
Subjects
Dinners and dining
Sports
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-1; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
3-1
File
8
Material Format
graphic material
Date
23 Jan. 1961
Physical Description
3 negatives : b&w ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
This file consist of images of the B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge Executive at Papio's restaurant with a group of teenage boys wearing insignia jackets. One image is of the executive posed with a hockey stick and puck.
Subjects
Hockey
Restaurants
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-1; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
18
Series
3-1
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
16 Dec. 1964
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Item is one image of six members of the B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge bowling group standing with a large trophy.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-1; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
3-1
File
11
Material Format
graphic material
Date
10 Feb. 1965
Physical Description
2 negatives : b&w ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of two images of members of the B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge at Papio's restaurant, with a group of teenage boys, wearing insignia jackets. One boy is shaking the hand of Mayor Phil Givens, while sitting in a wheelchair.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-1; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
3-1
File
13
Material Format
graphic material
Date
14 Feb. 1966
Physical Description
2 negatives : b&w ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of two images of the B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge presenting a cheque to the Anti-Defamation League, and to a group of bar mitzvah boys.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-1; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
3-1
File
15
Material Format
graphic material
Date
14 Nov. 1966
Physical Description
4 negatives : b&w ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of images taken at a B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge event, which featured several military veterans, and the presentation of a man of the month award to Montague Raisman, for his service to the lodge.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-1; File 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
3-1
File
16
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1 Dec. 1966
Physical Description
8 negatives : b&w ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of images of performers on stage during a theatrical production held at Beth Tzedec Synagogue. The show was sponsored by the B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge. Some of the images also depict residents of the Jewish Home for the Aged, who were bused in for the production.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-1; File 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
3-1
File
18
Material Format
graphic material
Date
16 Oct. 1967
Physical Description
5 negatives : b&w ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of images taken at a B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge fundraising event. The images depict members of the lodge engaged in a lottery draw and one member pinning a pin on the lapel of another member.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-1; File 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
3-1
File
19
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[14 Feb. 1968?]
Physical Description
3 negatvies : b&w ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one image of members of the B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge at Papio's restaurant, with a group of teenage boys wearing insignia jackets. There is also one image of the lodge members standing with a cake that has "Happy 13th Anniversary".
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-1; File 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
3-1
File
21
Material Format
graphic material
Date
2 Feb. 1969
Physical Description
6 negatives : b&w ; 6 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of images taken at a meeting of the B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge at the Noshery restaurant on Eglinton Avenue. The Noshery was owned by Tom Brown and Max Crystal, and was a popular after-theatre restaurant. The images depict members seated at several tables.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-1; File 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
3-1
File
22
Material Format
graphic material
Date
April 1969
Physical Description
2 negatives : b&w ; 6 x 6 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of two images of a B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge. One member is seated at a piano, while others are playing violins.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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