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Accession Number
2007-3-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-3-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
Date
1984-1995
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records documenting Fred M. Catzman's regular column, “The Name Game”, in the Canadian Jewish News. As well as correspondence with readers and fans, the records include more than a thousand individual column topics (family names). A chronological publication date list and an alphabetical name list are both included in File 13 (Correspondence with the Canadian Jewish News). Column copies and typescripts include not only original meanings of surnames, but details on alternative spellings and European geographical origins: excellent clues for discovering previously unknown relatives. Correspondence files include letters from many grateful readers reporting this additional unexpected and exciting outcome from his responses to their requests. The research files also offer family historians a wide range of valuable information concerning name and family research information sources identified during Mr. Catzman’s many years of research.
Custodial History
Records were in the custody of Marvin and Lynn Catzman, the son and daughter-in-law of Fred Catzman, until donated to the Archives.
Administrative History
Fred M. Catzman, Q.C. (1906-2003) practiced law in Toronto from 1929 until his 1995 retirement. A long-time senior partner in the Toronto legal firm of Catzman and Wahl, he was honoured with the Law Society of Upper Canada Medal in 1986 and received the Order of Ontario in February, 2003. He also chaired a special four-year-long “Advisory Committee on the Personal Property Security Act” for the Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relation.
As important as his successful law practice, was his life-long fascination with family names, their origins and meanings. While assembling his extensive research into a manuscript for a book on this topic, he began writing a regular column, “The Name Game”, for the Canadian Jewish News in June 1985. The column was published until mid-1995. It contained brief essays on the origins, meaning of, and variations on Jewish family names. The resultant letters from readers and family historians inevitably requested his assistance in researching their own family names. These requests served both as guides to further research and subjects for future columns.
Descriptive Notes
ASSOCIATED MAERIALS NOTE: Records donated to the Ontario Jewish Archives by Fred Catzman may be found in Accessions 1981-3-12, 1985-4-1 and 1987-12-4.
Subjects
Newspapers--Sections, columns, etc.
Name Access
Catzman, Fred, 1906-2003
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 65
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
65
Material Format
textual record
Date
1974-1995
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 297
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
297
Material Format
textual record
Date
1970-1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
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 220
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
220
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of portrait photographs of Harry Rosenberg, QC.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1984-12-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1984-12-6
Material Format
text
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1927-1944
Scope and Content
Accession consists of books, periodicals and pamphlets relating to Jewish history in Canada. Included is a Balfour Manor Camp booklet (1944), a souvenir program of the Daughters of Zion Scopus Chapter theatre night, and a Jewish Old Folks Home directory of Toronto from 1935-6.
Photo 018: The "Ot-As-Ells" cabin photo. Identified in the second row (L to R): [Ralf Brown], [unidetified], Sheldon Friedland, and [David Merker]. Counsellors seatted on railing (L to R): [unidentified], and Cuffy Farber.
Name Access
Jewish Old Folks Home
Balfour Manor Camp
Daughters of Zion Scopus Chapter
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Soskin family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 10; Item 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Soskin family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
10
Item
11
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1932
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Fred Soskin at two and a half years of age. He is standing in front of a door and is wearing a coat and hat. He has his hands in his pockets and is smiling. The photograph was taken in Los Angeles in 1932.
Notes
Mounted in card frame.
Name Access
Soskin, Fred
Subjects
Children
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
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 2; Series 1; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
2
Series
1
File
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains correspondence between Ben Dunkelman and Fred Johnson. Ben and Yael Dunkelman met Johnson while living in Tel-Aviv in 1949.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 5; File 90
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
5
File
90
Material Format
textual record
Date
1972
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of correspondence concerning Mr. Fred Kingsley The file also contains press releases, newspaper articles written in The Standard, and announcements.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Koffler Centre of the Arts fonds
Art Exhibitions series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 100; Series 8; File 64
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Koffler Centre of the Arts fonds
Art Exhibitions series
Level
File
Fonds
100
Series
8
File
64
Material Format
textual record
Date
1998
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a catalogue entitled Photographs of Family, Friends and Community
Source
Archival Descriptions
Passenger Names
Baynes, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Baynes, Fred
Page Number
398
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Bell, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Bell, Fred
Page Number
701
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Bonner, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Bonner, Fred
Page Number
611
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Evans, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Evans, Fred
Page Number
487
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Foster, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Foster, Fred
Page Number
341
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Gill, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Gill, Fred
Page Number
347
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Gordon, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Gordon, Fred
Page Number
690
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Hiley, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Hiley, Fred
Page Number
727
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Joyce, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Joyce, Fred
Page Number
799
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Lamvirth, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Lamvirth, Fred
Page Number
326
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Longbottom, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Longbottom, Fred
Page Number
650
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Maitland, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Maitland, Fred
Page Number
352
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Simon, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Simon, Fred
Page Number
464
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Sourbutts, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Sourbutts, Fred
Page Number
246
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Thornton, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Thornton, Fred
Page Number
310
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Wilcox, Fred
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Wilcox, Fred
Page Number
625
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Level
Item
ID
Item 571
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
571
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1924]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 22 on matte 29 x 32 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Henrietta Szold, taken in Montreal, Quebec. The image is a studio portrait of Szold, seated on the armrest of a sofa.
Notes
Photo by Posen's Studio, 491 St. Lawrence St., Montreal.
Name Access
Szold, Henrietta
Subjects
Portraits
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
Montréal (Québec)
Accession Number
Acquired Sept. 1975.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 570
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
570
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1924]
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 22 x 17 cm on matte 32 x 29 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Chaim Weizmann, taken in Montreal, Quebec.
Name Access
Weizmann, Chaim, 1874-1952
Subjects
Presidents--Israel
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
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2529
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2529
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[1908 or 1909]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
Abraham Walerstein came from Europe alone. This photo was taken to send back to his family.
Notes
Photo by Wilfrid Joron, 69 St. Lawrence St., Montreal.
Name Access
Walerstein, Abraham
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
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
Montréal (Québec)
Accession Number
1981-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Radio and television scripts series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 22; Series 3; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Radio and television scripts series
Level
File
Fonds
22
Series
3
File
15
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1949]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Fred Allen (1894-1956) was a well-known comedian who starred in productions on Broadway, radio, television and film. His credits include the Broadway shows "The Passing Show of 1922" and "The Greenwich Village Follies", the television show "Judge for Yourself" and the films "Thanks a Million" and "Love Thy Neighbor". He also produced, wrote, and starred in the radio program "The Fred Allen Show" from 1939 to 1949.
Scope and Content
This file consists of an original annotated radio script written by an unknown author for Fred Allen, as well as a fake commercial about bagels. The script is a dialogue between Fred, a man named Kenny and another person named Portland, which may be a reference to Fred Allen's wife, Portland Hoffa.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1985-12-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1985-12-9
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1939
Scope and Content
Accession consists of books and pamphlets documenting the Jewish community of Toronto and Ontario. Included is a Labor Lyceum Association souvenir programme for the Grand International Union Picnic in Woodbridge. The program includes a list of activities including races and tug-of-wars, wrestling, boxing and weightlifting competitions, softball games and musical programs.
Name Access
Labor Lyceum Association
Schaeffer, Fred
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-12-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-12-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1.2 m of textual records
ca. 250 photographs : b&w and col.
Date
1776, [191-]-2012
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records related to the life and career of Dr. Fred Wienberg. Included are textual and photographic records documenting his personal and family life, his medial career, scholarly activities, involvement with the Jewish community, his collecting of Judaica, medical antiques and art, and his synagogue involvement. Other items include the Ostrovtzer Mutual Benefit Society minute book and a 1776 letter from Jonas Phillips, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War and an American merchant in New York City and Philadelphia.
Administrative History
Fred Weinberg (1919-2003) was born in Ostrawiec, Poland on July 6, 1919 to Rose and Israel Weinberg. Israel immigrated to Canada in 1920 and his wife and children joined him several years later in March of 1924. The family settled in Toronto where Israel worked in the fur manufacturing business. Israel was a supporter and aficionado of cantorial music as well as a founder of the Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto and the Ostrovtzer Synagogue on Cecil Street.
Fred completed his primary and secondary education at Clinton Street Public School and Harbord Collegiate. He also attended the Brunswick Talmud Torah, celebrating his bar mitzvah in 1932. Fred decided to pursue a medical career, graduating from the University of Toronto’s medical school in 1944. During his studies he enlisted in the army and completed officers’ training in April 1945, attaining the rank of Captain. During his military career he served in the RCAMC at Camp Borden, Christie St. Hospital and at the Stanley Barracks in Toronto. Towards the end of the war he served as Officer in charge of repatriation of the POWs.
After the war Fred pursued his post-graduate work at Seaview and Bellevue hospitals in New York City from 1946 to 1947 and then moved on to the Children’s and Washington University hospitals in St. Louis, Missouri the following year. He was subsequently accepted as a resident at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and was ultimately appointed Chief Resident under the supervision of the internationally renowned paediatrician, Dr. Alan Brown. In 1950, Dr. Weinberg was hired as a physician in paediatrics at Sick Kids Hospital, making him the first Jewish doctor on staff. In addition to his staff responsibilities, he also lectured and was a faculty member at the University of Toronto’s Medical School for many years.
By the mid-point of his career, Dr. Weinberg went on to specialise in Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), delivering lectures and publishing articles in medical journals. He also ran his own practice, which operated from 1950 to 1976, and later become Associate Medical Director of the Child Development Clinic, Neurology Division of Sick Kids until his retirement in 1984. He later continued his service at Sick Kids as a senior staff consultant and ran a specialized practice in Developmental Pediatrics for close to twenty years, which was later situated at 208 Bloor Street West.
Fred married Joy Cherry on December 16, 1952 at Goel Tzedec Synagogue. The couple had four children: Joel (b. 1953), Barry (b. 1955), Sari (b. 1956) and Deena (b. 1961). Throughout his life, Fred was actively engaged in Jewish communal work in a variety of capacities: assisting with the establishment of the United Synagogue Day School during the 1950s; as a fundraiser for the United Jewish Appeal (UJA); and as a participant in two of UJA’s early study missions to Israel in 1960 and 1961. He was also an influential figure within his synagogue, joining the Board of Directors of Beth Tzedec Synagogue during the late 1960s and serving as President from 1972 to 1975.
Fred and his wife Joy also collected Judaica, antiques and artwork. As a physician, Fred developed a passion and expertise in the area of medical antiques. He published articles in both the mainstream and Jewish press on subjects related to Jewish rituals, Judaica and art. He also had a regular column in the Canadian Journal of Diagnosis from 1998 to 2002 entitled “Antique instruments”. Over time, the Weinberg’s assembled a world-class collection of Judaica and became increasingly active in the museum world. Fred assisted in the establishment of Beth Tzedec’s Helene and Rubin Dennis Jewish Museum, contributing items from the couple’s Judaica collection and securing the acquisition of the renowned Cecil Roth collection for the Museum during the early to mid-1960s. As a result of his significant contributions, he was bestowed the title of honourary curator to the Museum. Dr. Weinberg later branched out and assisted with the Koffler Gallery’s Lifecycle exhibition in 1984 as guest curator. The following year, he served as a special presenter and instructor to the docents at the “Precious Legacy” Czech Judaica exhibition at the ROM. The Weinberg’s most significant contribution to the museum world, however, was marked in September of 2000, when they were honoured at the opening of the Dr. Fred and Joy Cherry Weinberg Gallery of Judaica at the ROM, featuring some of their most valuable and treasured pieces.
Dr. Fred Weinberg passed away on October 30, 2003 at 84 years of age. The Weinberg Endowment Fund was established by the family at the University of Toronto’s Jewish Studies Program to honour Fred’s passion for Jewish history, rituals and artefacts. That year the Weinberg family also set up a fund in Fred’s name in support of the Therapeutic Clown Program, a highly visible and successful program within Sick Kids’ Pediatric Division.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Descriptive Notes
Use Conditions Note: Records contain patient names and medical information.
Subjects
Families
Physicians
Societies
Name Access
Weinberg, Fred, 1919-2003
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
William and Tillie Harris sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 115; Series 1-5; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
William and Tillie Harris sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
115
Series
1-5
File
6
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
[ca. 1939]-1944
Physical Description
14 photographs : b&w and sepia ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File includes a number of portraits and snapshots of Fred Harris, son of William and Tillie Harris, during the Second World War when he served in the Canadian military. There are also copies of textual records related to his service in the Queen's Own Rifles and his death at Normandy on D-Day on June 6, 1944.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Passenger Names
Mishko, Fred, Olesky
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Mishko, Fred, Olesky
Page Number
509
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Wilson, Fred & Harry
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Wilson, Fred & Harry
Page Number
679
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Level
Item
ID
Item 927
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
927
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1937
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 11 x 19 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of Manny Gurevitch of Kirkland Lake with three friends in Rouyn, Quebec. Manny is pictured on the far right.
Name Access
Gurevitch, Manny
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
Rouyn (Québec)
Accession Number
1976-7-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Fred Schaeffer
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
11 July 1980
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Fred Schaeffer
Number
AC 024
Subject
Communities
Immigrants--Canada
Rabbis
Synagogues
Interview Date
11 July 1980
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
Side 1: 31 minutes
Side 2: 9 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Fred Schaeffer's wife, Beverley, grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Beverley's grandfather, Hyman Kaplan, emigrated from Vilna, Lithuania in 1907, and after a few years in New York, moved to Toronto. Shortly afterwards he became the first Jew to settle in Kirkland Lake in 1914.
In the 1920s the Jewish community in Kirkland Lake built a permanent synagogue, and acquired the aron kodesh of eastern European design, its lamps, railings, pews and reader’s desk, from the disbanded Ukrainishe Shul in Montreal. In the 1970s the Kirkland Lake Synagogue disbanded and Fred and Beverly Schaeffer acquired the aron kodesh, all of its furnishings, the ner tamid and the parochet. They generously donated these Jewish artifacts to Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Toronto, in 1988, in memory of Isadore Kaplan, father of Beverly Schaeffer and Erich Schaeffer, father of Fred Schaeffer.
Fred, married Beverley in Toronto. Like many children from Kirkland Lake, Beverley had moved to the city to attend university. Fred and Beverley are keen collectors of Canadian art. He is a retired civil engineer and a former chairman of the Canadian art historical committee at the AGO.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Atkins (family)
Bucavetsky (family)
Cochrane (Ont.)
Etkins (family)
Mallins (family)
Purkiss (family)
Schaeffer, Fred
Geographic Access
Ansonville (Ont.)
Engelhart (Ont.)
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Krugerdorf (Ont.)
Ontario, Northern
Timmins (Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
AC 024: Side A
0.14: Fred discusses the first Jews to settle in Northern Ontario in the area around Krugerdorf/Engelhart. He mentions Edith Atkinson (née Martin) as a good primary source of information. Edith’s father, a Russian Jew who came to Canada via Scotland was employed by Temagami and Northern Ontario Railway to bring Russian Jews to work on the railroad.
1.11: Atkinson is related to Atkins and Etkins families.
2.25: Jewish families received land patents in the area of Krugerdorf (north of Engelhart).
2.44: Kurtz family started a hotel in Engelhart in 1908.
3.07: Mentions some of the earliest Jewish settlers. Gurevitch, Korman, Martin, Henerovsky, Purkiss
4.18: Women farmed during the week while the men worked on the railroad. Men came home on weekend.
5.05: Mentions a diary written by Mr. Martin, Edith Atkinson’s father.
5.42: Earliest records in Jewish cemetery in Krugerdorf were 1906. Relates a story involving a canoe accident. Tells a brief history of the cemetery.
8.00: Railway started to develop in 1908/9 with the opening of the mines in Timmins. Many Jews followed the railroad.
8.45: Mentions that the Purkiss family opened a chain of stores in every town that opened.
9.25: Mentions that the Bucavetsky family was well-known in Timmins.
9.58: Jews had settled in Cochrane.
10.16: First Rabbi in Timmins was Shulman.
11.15: Fred discusses early community organizations. One synagogue on a farm in Krugerdorf area. One synagogue in Engelhart that burnt down. Synagogue in Kirkland Lake built in 1926. Minyans were held in Cochrane and Ansonville (1918/19). Timmins synagogue dates back to 1910/12.
17.15: Fred describes Iroquois Falls as an Abitibi company town. Jews who ran businesses lived in nearby Ansonville.
18.02: Fred notes that there were many prominent Jews in Northern Ontario. He names several and describes their positions. (e.g. Dave Korman as Mayor of Engelhart, Rothschild was alderman in Cochrane, Barnie (?) Nasoff was on council and was Reeve of Ansonville, Max Kaplan Kirkland Lake council, Nicky Korman was Mayor).
21.11: Fred relates anecdotes about Roza Brown, the first Jew in Swastika / Kirkland area.
23.36: Fred relates anecdotes about Hyman and Max Kaplan (brothers-in-law) who ran businesses in Kirkland Lake.
25.26: Rabbi Rabinowitch was a long-standing rabbi in Kirkland Lake.
27.26: Discusses the demise /closure of the synagogue in Kirkland Lake. Remained open until 1979. Last Rosh HaShana services were held in 1977.
28.05: Discusses the situation with the Timmins Jewish community.
30.05: Discusses the plight of a poor Jewish family, the Mallins.
AC 024: Side B
0.15: Fred suggests some reference material. “Northland Post” – good source for info about Jewish community in Northern Ontario. “Silverland” – book that describes Kurt’s Hotel. Special edition of a newspaper that published an article on the history of the Jewish community.
1.48: The Jews of the North have themselves as self-sufficient community during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. They were represented in the first Jewish Congress.
3.33: Fred notes that there was a Jewish presence in most towns in Northern Ontario. He suggest that Haileybury may have been the exception due to antisemitic sentiments.
4.10: Mentions a fire in Haileybury in 1916/17 and the Jewish contribution to fire relief.
4.25: Relates an anecdote re. Hyman Kaplan and Haileybury.
5.48: Describes the location of a few small communities (Elk Lake, Charlton)
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Fred Schaeffer and Stephen Speisman discuss some of the earliest synagogues established in Northern Ontario.

In this clip, Fred Schaeffer relates colourful anecdotes about the first Jewish settler in the Swastika-Kirkland area, Roza Brown.

Passenger Names
Anent, Mr. & Mrs. Fred infant
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Anent, Mr. & Mrs. Fred infant
Page Number
651
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Level
Item
ID
Item 3355
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3355
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1902]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 10 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Admin History/Bio
David Wichefsky came to Sudbury from Montreal as a Rabbi, shochet and teacher.
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of David and Esther Miriam Wichefsky and their family. Pictured are:
Standing, left to right: Lena Wichefsky (m. Magder), Annie Wichefsky (m. Moses), Jake Wichefsky.
Seated, left to right: David Wichefsky, Esther Miriam Wichefsky (née Caplan), Sol Wichefsky.
Front, left to right: Adelle Wichefsky, Lazarus Wichefsky.
Notes
Also spelled as Witchefsky.
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
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
Montréal (Québec)
Sudbury (Ont.)
Accession Number
1982-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3527
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3527
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[1913 or 1914]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm, (oval) on matboard, 16 x 23 cm
Notes
Photo by C. Burgess, Guelph.
Name Access
Bochner, Mosie (Moses Fred)
Subjects
Children
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
Guelph (Ont.)
Accession Number
1981-4-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harry Simon fonds
Jewish Labour Committee file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 23; File 4; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harry Simon fonds
Jewish Labour Committee file
Level
Item
Fonds
23
File
4
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1968
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 26 x 21 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy photograph and negative of Harry Simon speaking at a Jewish Labour Committee conference in Montreal, Quebec. He is standing behind a banquet table, speaking into a microphone. Pictured from left to right are: David Orlikow (MP), Kalman Kaplansky, Stanley Knowles, Harry Simon, and Emanuel Murawchick (Director, Jewish Labor Committee, New York).
Subjects
Congresses and conventions
Speeches, addresses, etc
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Henry Weingluck fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 44; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Henry Weingluck fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
44
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1941]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
George Simon (1919-1981) was the son of Etta and Ephraim Simon. Fred is Ben and Sue Simon's son.
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of George Simon with nephew Fred in front of Simon's Book Store at 549 Dundas St., Toronto.
Name Access
Simon, George
Simon's Book Store
Subjects
Portraits
Storefronts
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
Dundas Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-2-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Events series
Official opening of the Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest Hospital file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 14; Series 11; File 2; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Events series
Official opening of the Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest Hospital file
Level
Item
Fonds
14
Series
11
File
2
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
12 Dec. 1954
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 10 cm
Notes
Photographer unknown.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 61; Series 2-2; File 50; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
61
Series
2-2
File
50
Item
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1973
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph taken at the Hanukkah party at the Bloor JCC. Pictured in the photograph are Fred Tittel, Alex Soloman, Hary Kay, Leon Takefman, Lieberman, and Moe Stern.
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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