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Accession Number
1998-3-32
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1998-3-32
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
3 photographs: b&w (negatives) ; 23 x 28 cm
Date
1922
Scope and Content
Accession consists of three black and white photographs depicting the Peretz School at 194 Beverly Street and another location at 131 Maria Street in the West Toronto Junction. Both were actually close-ups of segments of the cover of the 1922 Anniversary Book and are NOT original prints. There is also a class photograph taken in front of the Maria Street school. Standing second from the right in the back row is I. Matenko.
All three photographs were originally produced in a 1922 Workmen's Circle Anniversary Book
Administrative History
The Peretz Shules were affiliated with the Workmen's Circle, Arbeter Ring
Use Conditions
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.
Name Access
Workmen's Circle.
Arbeter Ring.
Peretz Shule.
Peretz School
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1980-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1980-2-2
Material Format
text
graphic material
Physical Description
15 cm of textual records and other material
Date
1940-1962
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Workmen's Circle (Arbeiter Ring). Included are: three architectural drawings of the summer cottage for Camp Yunvelt (Pickering, Ont.); two group portraits (one with identification and one without); a bound periodical/journal from 1935; a hardcopy of Fertsik yor arbeter-ring: a geshikhte in bilder (English: Forty Years Workmen's Circle: A History in Pictures) put out by the National Executive Committee of the Workmen's Circle in 1940; a bound periodical/journal of Kultur un dertsiung (English: Culture and Education) for the year 1942; a bound periodical/journal of Der freynd (English: The Friend) for the year 1942; a booklet by Rev. Nathan Stolnitz's titled Some of the Numerous Comments and Reviews on Music in Jewish Life (1957?); a newspaper clipping titled "A bukh vom oyngt" (English: A Book That Opens) that was published in 1957; a hardcopy of Workmen's Circle, Pioneers and Builders put out by the Workmen's Circle Pioneers and Builders Committee in 1962; and two other Yiddish-language publications that have not been identified.
Administrative History
The Workmen's Circle (Yiddish: Arbeiter Ring) was founded in the United States by Jewish immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Circle branches were established in Canada in Montreal and Toronto in 1907 and 1908. In 1917, the Toronto branches incorporated as nonprofit organization called the Arbeiter Ring. The organization celebrated its centenery in 2017.
Descriptive Notes
Language: Most of the material in the accession is in Yiddish. The drawings are in English and a few of the publications are in English and Yiddish.
Subjects
Camps
Cottages
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
Workmen's Circle (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Pickering (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-105
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-105
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
17 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1930]-[ca. 1958]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs pertaining to activities, committees,and schools affiliated with the Workmen's Circle in diverse locations such as Toronto, Montreal, St. Agathe, Quebec, and New York.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Isaac Matenko fonds
Workmen's Circle series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 89; Series 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Isaac Matenko fonds
Workmen's Circle series
Level
Series
Fonds
89
Series
1
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1911-1971
Physical Description
5 folders of textual records
13 photographs : b&w ; 19 x 23 cm mounted on board 30 x 34 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
The Workmen's Circle (Arbeiter Ring) is a radical left Jewish fraternal organization founded in 1900. It was originally established to protect the rights of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who were entering the North American labour force. The Workmen's Circle's main purpose was to promote the labour movement and ensure economic justice for its members. It also promoted secular Yiddish culture, and ran many schools and summer camps across North America, such as Camp Yungvelt in Pickering.
The I.L. Peretz School began as the Toronto Yiddish National-Radical School in 1911. It was founded by Socialist-Territorialist members Isaac Matenko, Abraham Rhinewine, Paul Frumhartz, Aaron Bromberg, H. Rigelhaupt, L. Goldman, and Louis Koldovsky in order to promote Yiddish culture and language. By 1916, it had been taken over by the Workmen’s Circle and renamed the I.L. Peretz School. The founders overcame many obstacles to establish the school, including opposition from religious groups (which preferred Hebrew over Yiddish); a lack of support from the Jewish community; and a serious lack of funds.
The school began in a rented room in the Zionist Institute on Simcoe St., with about forty students. By the following school year, the number had increased to 330, due to cheap tuition and a good reputation. The growing number of students necessitated several moves to larger spaces, among them 260 Richmond St. W. and 194 Beverley St. Later, other branches and other levels (kindergarten to mittelshul) were established on Maria St., Bellwoods Ave., and St. Clair Ave. The school flourished for about 50 years before its decline and ultimate closure.
Scope and Content
Series consists of records documenting Isaac Matenko's involvement in the Workmen's Circle and the affiliated I.L. Peretz School and Camp Yungvelt. Included are photographs, programmes, certificates, a yearbook, a songbook, and newsclippings.
Name Access
Arbeòter-ring Y.L. Perets-Shuln
Workmen's Circle (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Publications, Speeches, Press Releases and Reports sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-2
File
86
Material Format
textual record
Date
1974
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of an address to the Workmen's Circle by Ben Kayfetz
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Name Access
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Executive Committee series
Executive Director sub-series
Executive Director's Correspondence sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
5-5-1
File
53
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951-1953
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Isaac Matenko fonds
Workmen's Circle series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 89; Series 1; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Isaac Matenko fonds
Workmen's Circle series
Level
File
Fonds
89
Series
1
File
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
[between 1911 and 1918]
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of one certificate for a subscription of two shares to raise money for the Workmen's Circle Home, taken out by A. Nissnevitch.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1184
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1184
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1935
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the Workmen's Circle mandolin orchestra.
Name Access
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Mandolin orchestras
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
1977-1-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1185
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1185
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1936
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Individuals in the photograph include Sam Shopsowitz (with accordian), Mannie Farber, Percy Lipshitz, Muni Frumhartz, [Mr. Gluskin?], and Al Rosenberg.
Name Access
Shopsowitz, Sam
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Mandolin orchestras
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
1977-1-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dorothy Dworkin fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 10; Item 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dorothy Dworkin fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
10
Item
27
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Front row, left to right: Mr. Neslin, Dora Dworkin, [rest unidentified]. Back row: 9th from the left is Boris Litman, 10th from the left is Rita Bergstein.
Name Access
Neslin, Mr.
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
2005-4-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dorothy Dworkin fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 10; Item 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dorothy Dworkin fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
10
Item
28
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Standing at right behind Dora Dworkin: Louis Judkin Second from right: Carl Langbord, fourth from right is Boris Litman.
Name Access
Judkin, Louis
Langbord, Carl
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
2005-4-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2018-8-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-8-4
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 25 cm (sight) in mat 24 x 34 cm
Date
1939
Scope and Content
Item is a group portrait of Workmen's Circle Branch 384. The photograph was taken on the occasion of the branch's thirtieth anniversary. Leo Badash of Hamilton is seated in the front row, third right.
Custodial History
George Leaf (né Lipshitz), who is depicted in the group portrait fourth from the left in the top row, was a member of Workmen's Circle Branch 384. He died in 1945.
George's youngest daughter, Rose, who lived in the family home from her birth in 1922 until her death in 2012, had two copies of the framed photograph in her possession when she died.
A neighbour and good friend of Rose's, who received much of Rose's estate, saved photographs and personal possessions, which she gave to Jeffrey Levinn, Rose's first cousin once removed.
In 2018, Jeffrey Levinn donated a copy of the framed photograph to the Ontario Jewish Archives.
Administrative History
The Workmen's Circle (Yiddish: Arbeiter Ring) was founded in the United States by Jewish immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Circle branches were established in Canada in the first decade of the twentieth century. The Hamilton branch's number was 384.
Use Conditions
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.
Descriptive Notes
Language: Title is in English; text below is in Yiddish.
Subjects
Jewish socialists
Nonprofit organizations
Portraits, Group
Name Access
Workmen's Circle (Hamilton, Ont.)
Places
Hamilton (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-10-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-10-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Date
[1944?]
Scope and Content
Item is a group portrait of the Workmen's Circle Hamilton branch probably taken in the 1940s. The people in the photograph are posing with an ambulance they donated, possibly during the Second World War. Identified in the photograph is Lew Badacz (back row, seventh from left). Additional identifications can be found on the back of the photograph.
Administrative History
The Workmen's Circle (Yiddish: Arbeiter Ring) was founded in the United States by Jewish immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Circle branches were established in Canada in the first decade of the twentieth century. The Hamilton branch's number was 384.
Use Conditions
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.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Name Access
Workmen's Circle (Hamilton, Ont.)
Places
Hamilton (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 196
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
196
Material Format
textual record
Date
1960-1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 197
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
197
Material Format
textual record
Date
1981
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 3-2; File 40
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Director of school finances series
School audited financial statements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
3-2
File
40
Material Format
textual record
Date
1961-1964
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 223
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
223
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949-1953
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2004-5-104
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-104
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
20 photographs : b&w (10 negatives) ; 25 x 20 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Date
[ca. 1920]-[ca. 1955]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs (many marked with "by Simon") and negatives of group photos taken at Camp Yungvelt and at meetings of Workmen's Circle.The individuals portrayed range from older teenagers to seniors.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-4-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-4-4
Material Format
graphic material
moving images
Physical Description
18 photographs : b&w (9 negatives)
1 film reel
Date
1959-1965
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting the Workmen's Circle (Arbeiter Ring) Peretz School and Camp Yungvelt. Also included is a film reel of activities at Camp Yungvelt from 1959.
Subjects
Camps
Schools
Name Access
Camp Yungvelt
Matenko, Isaac, 1874-1960
Workmen's Circle (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Ontario
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Lipa Green fonds
Organizations series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 20; Series 3; File 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Lipa Green fonds
Organizations series
Level
File
Fonds
20
Series
3
File
18
Material Format
textual record
Date
1972-1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of four programme books for annual concerts performed by the Workmen's Circle Peretz School for 1972-1974 and 1976, and a letter written on paper with Lipa Green's letterhead in Yiddish.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Executive Committee series
Executive Director sub-series
Executive Director's Correspondence sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
5-5-1
File
117
Material Format
textual record
Date
31 May 1954-18 Aug. 1954
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Executive Committee series
Executive Director sub-series
Executive Director's Correspondence sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
5-5-1
File
118
Material Format
textual record
Date
7 Jan. 1954-4 Mar. 1954
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 262
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
262
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1919]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of the Workmen's Circle Peretz Shule in Montreal. The photo features the students and teachers on the front steps of the school.
Notes
Acquired May 1974.
Name Access
Peretz Shule
Workmen's Circle
I.L. Peretz
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Students
Teachers
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
Accession Number
2011-11-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-11-7
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
13 May 1967
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one annual concert programme booklet for the Workmen's Circle Peretz School and Camp Yungvelt.
Subjects
Concerts
Camps
Schools
Name Access
Workmen's Circle (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Workmen's Circle / Arbeiter Ring fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 30
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Workmen's Circle / Arbeiter Ring fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
30
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1919-1921
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
The Workmen's Circle / Arbeiter Ring was founded in 1900. It was originally created to protect the rights of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who were trying to enter the North American labour force. The Workmen's Circle's main purpose was to protect the labour movement and ensure economic justice for its members
Still strong today, the organization promotes Jewish and Yiddish culture through educational and cultural programs, and as well, is a leader against injustice in the Middle East. They also organize protests for a variety of causes, including unethical labour practices, abortion rights, and gun violence prevention
Some of their programs include adult lecture series, secular Jewish children's schools, summer camps, and dramatic and choral organizations
Workmen's Circle / Arbeiter Ring's call to action is "for all to create a more beautiful and better world"
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs depicting the Peretz Shule's students and staff members.
Name Access
Arbeòter-ring Y.L. Perets-Shuln
Workmen's Circle (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Schools
Creator
Workmen's Circle
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
16
Material Format
textual record
Date
1970-1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of yearly addresses by Saul Cowan to the Workmen's Circle to commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto uprisings.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 22; Item 184
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
Fonds
22
Item
184
Material Format
textual record
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
1 item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4233
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4233
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1929
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
For identification, see accession record.
Name Access
Ladies' Auxiliary
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
I.L. Peretz
Subjects
Education
Women
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
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3961
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3961
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1936
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Notes
Photo by Simon.
For identification see accession record.
Name Access
I.L. Peretz
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Education
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
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3963
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3963
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1938
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Notes
Photo by Schlochter.
Name Access
I.L. Peretz
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Education
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
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3962
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3962
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1937
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Notes
For identification see accession record.
Photo by Simon.
Name Access
I.L. Peretz
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Education
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
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 22; Item 185
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
Fonds
22
Item
185
Material Format
textual record
Date
[193-?]
Physical Description
1 item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Address
194 Beverley Street
Source
Landmarks

The precursor to the Peretz School, the Jewish National Radical School was opened in 1911. It was founded on the principles of sympathy for the working classes, secularism, and the desire to perpetuate secular Jewish culture through the Yiddish language. The curriculum consisted mainly of secular subjects--Jewish history and Yiddish language.
Address
194 Beverley Street
Time Period
1911-1960
Scope Note
The precursor to the Peretz School, the Jewish National Radical School was opened in 1911. It was founded on the principles of sympathy for the working classes, secularism, and the desire to perpetuate secular Jewish culture through the Yiddish language. The curriculum consisted mainly of secular subjects--Jewish history and Yiddish language.
History
Due to financial problems, in 1916 the school was taken over by the Workman’s Circle (Arbeiter Ring) and renamed the I.L. Peretz School after the well-known Yiddish author and playwright Isaac Leib Peretz. After seeing great popularity and strong attendance, the school expanded to other branches around the city. After around 50 years as an educational institution, the I.L Peretz School saw a decline and eventually closed its doors. Isaac Matenko (1874-1960) was one of the founding teachers and later, the principal of the Toronto Yiddish National Radical School. He was later affiliated with the Junction branch of the Peretz School, where he was a teacher and principal. He worked tirelessly to preserve and promote secular Jewish culture and the Yiddish language in Toronto.
Category
Education
Source
Landmarks
Part Of
Isaac Matenko fonds
Workmen's Circle series
I.L. Peretz School photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 89; Series 1; File 3; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Isaac Matenko fonds
Workmen's Circle series
I.L. Peretz School photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
89
Series
1
File
3
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1929
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 25 cm mounted on board 25 x 35 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of the Women's Auxiliary of the I.L. Peretz Workmen's Circle Schools. Individuals identified are (top row, left to right): ?, ?, Gluskin, Farber, Goldberg, Matenko, ?, ?, ?
(second row, left to right): ?, Saretsky, Goldstein, Soboloff, ?, ?, Lipchitz, ?, ?
(third row, left to right): ?, Nelson, ?, Ginsberg, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Rose
(fourth row, left to right): Lipman, Glazer, Soboloff, Sable, Gordon, Epstein, Seltzer, Frumhartz, ?, ?
(front row, lef to right): ?, Carson, Gerrard, Solway, Gelberg
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Women
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.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 6; File 90
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
6
File
90
Material Format
textual record
Date
17 Sept. 2008
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of the tribute dinner programme and ad-book for Clanton Park's event honouring its founders.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2444
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2444
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1937
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Photo is a group shot of campers and staff at Camp Yungvelt with posters which read: "War is murder, the promoters - murderers" and "We want our fathers with us and not in war."
Name Access
Workmen's Circle
Camp Yungvelt
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Demonstrations
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
Pickering (Ont.)
Accession Number
1979-4-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Address
131 Maria Street
Source
Landmarks

The precursor to the Peretz School, the Jewish National Radical School was opened in 1911. It was founded on the principles of sympathy for the working classes, secularism, and the desire to perpetuate secular Jewish culture through the Yiddish language. The curriculum consisted mainly of secular subjects - Jewish history and Yiddish language.
Address
131 Maria Street
Time Period
1911-1960
Scope Note
The precursor to the Peretz School, the Jewish National Radical School was opened in 1911. It was founded on the principles of sympathy for the working classes, secularism, and the desire to perpetuate secular Jewish culture through the Yiddish language. The curriculum consisted mainly of secular subjects - Jewish history and Yiddish language.
History
Due to financial problems, in 1916 the school was taken over by the Workman’s Circle (Arbeiter Ring) and renamed the I.L. Peretz School after the well-known Yiddish author and playwright Isaac Leib Peretz. After seeing great popularity and strong attendance, the school expanded to other branches around the city, including this branch at 131 Maria Street in the west Toronto Junction. After about 50 years as an educational institution, the I.L. Peretz School closed its doors. Isaac Matenko (1874-1960) was one of the founding teachers and later, the principal of the Toronto Yiddish National Radical School. He was later affiliated with the Junction branch of the Peretz School, where he was a teacher and principal. He worked tirelessly to preserve and promote secular Jewish culture and the Yiddish language in Toronto.
Category
Education
Source
Landmarks
Level
Item
ID
Item 67
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
67
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1918
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
The Zionist Circle was a society formed at the University of Toronto. They were also called the Kadenich Society.
Scope and Content
Item is a black-and-white photograph of the University of Toronto Zionist Circle in March 1918. A group of men are standing outside of the Zionist Building at Cecil and Beverley Streets. From left to right are: David Eisen, S. Appel, R. Lieberman Levic Jessel, Aaron Glassberg and Volpe I. Lavine.
Name Access
Eisen, David
Kader
University of Toronto
Zionist Circle
Subjects
Societies
Zionism
Repro Restriction
Permission required from Dr. Eisen.
Physical Condition
Good.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Koffler Centre of the Arts fonds
Committees series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 100; Series 2; File 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Koffler Centre of the Arts fonds
Committees series
Level
File
Fonds
100
Series
2
File
18
Material Format
textual record
Date
2005-2006
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of records documenting the BJCC board of directors. Included are board of director meeting minutes and minutes for the Audit Committee.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2856
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2856
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[197-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : col.
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the founder's plaque of the Jewish Childrens Home, May 1909, Toronto. Identified founders are: Rev. M. Kaplan, Hon. President; Mrs. A. Rafelman; Mrs. I. Cooper, Mrs. N. Smith; Mrs. B. Cooper; Mrs. A. Landsberg; Mrs. M. Cohen; Mrs. N. Helpert; Mrs. S. Fremes; Mrs. M. Kaplan; Mrs. L. Levinsky.
Name Access
Cooper, Mrs. B.
Cooper, Mrs. I.
Cooper, Mrs. M.
Fremes, Mrs. S.
Helpert, Mrs. N.
Kaplan, Mrs. M.
Kaplan, Rabbi M.
Jewish Orphans' Home
Landsberg, Mrs. A.
Levinsky, Mrs. L.
Rafelman, Mrs. A
Smith, Mrs. N.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1981-2-9
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 286
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
286
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[197-?]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a photographic copy of an architectural sketch of the Zionist Centre facility located at 788 Marlee Avenue in Toronto.
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 289
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
289
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-?]
Physical Description
35 photographs : b&w ; 5 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of photographs of meetings held at the Toronto Zionist Centre and of individual members.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 334
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
334
Material Format
textual record
Date
1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4231
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4231
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1915
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
For identification, see accession record.
Name Access
High Park
National Radical School
Workmen's Circle
I.L. Peretz
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Education
Picnics
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.
Accession Number
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1975-001
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1975-001
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
5 cm of textual records
Date
1919-1923
Scope and Content
Accession consists of issues of the Memophian newsletter created by the Young Judaea club (1920-1922), meeting minutes (1919-1923), and correspondence.
MG_RG
MG 2 B1O
Subjects
Newsletters
Zionism
Name Access
Young Judaea (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Ida Lewis Siegel fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 15; File 37; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ida Lewis Siegel fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
15
File
37
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1916
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 21 cm on matte 33 x 24 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of the 8 founders of the Home and School Council, standing in front of a building in Toronto. Mrs. A. C. Courtice is absent from the picutre. Her image was added during the development process.
Back row, left to right: Mrs. Ida Siegel, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Irwin.
Front row, left to right: Mrs. Ferguson, Mrs. Pain-Newton, Mrs. McTavish, Mr. Richard Davidson.
Centre: Mrs. A. C. Courtice, organizer and first president.
Subjects
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.
Physical Condition
Item is in very poor condition. It is broken in half and the edges of the matte are very brittle.
Accession Number
1988-2-13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4491
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4491
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1928
Physical Description
1 photograph
Scope and Content
Composite photograph.
Notes
Photo by M. Schlachter, 452 Queen St. W., Toronto.
Name Access
Sons of Jacob Benevolent Society
Subjects
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.
Accession Number
1987-11-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 99; Item 56
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
99
Item
56
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1978]
Physical Description
1 slide : col. ; 35 mm
Name Access
Lubavitch Centre
Subjects
Habad
Synagogues
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Accession Number
1980-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Toronto Jewish Media Centre series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 48; Series 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Toronto Jewish Media Centre series
Level
Series
Fonds
48
Series
14
Material Format
textual record
Date
1979-2001
Physical Description
18 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The BJE's media centre began in 1971, with the appointment of a full-time director of educational services, whose responsibilities included developing a collection of audio-visual materials, providing audio-visual services to affiliated schools, developing the BJE's pedagogic library, and assisting teachers in the preparation of educational materials. In the mid-1970s, responsibility for the pegadogic library was transferred to the BJE senior consultant, and the director of educational services became the director of the Media Resources Centre. By 1980, the media centre's collection had grown to over 5,000 items.
In the early 1980s, discussion began between the BJE and CJC Ontario Region on developing an integrated media centre in the new Lipa Green Building for Jewish community services, where both organizations moved in 1983. The CJC had their own media services department and a small collection of audio-visual materials, which they used to provide similar services as those offered by the BJE Media Resources Centre, to Jewish schools and adult education groups outside of Toronto. The BJE media centre had previously provided assistance to the CJC media services department on an informal basis.
The first meeting of the Joint Media Centre Committee -- soon renamed the Toronto Jewish Media Centre (TJMC) Committee -- took place on 3 June 1983. The committee consisted of four representatives from the BJE and three from CJC Ontario Region. The TJMC was formally described as a joint project of the BJE and the Toronto Jewish Congress' Jewish Cultural Council, which, in turn, was a joint committee of the TJC and CJC Ontario Region. The CJC's Educational and Cultural Committee was responsible for distributing and delivering materials to communities outside of Toronto, while the TJMC was responsible for managing the media collections and offering services to schools within Toronto.
The TJMC's activities included those previously performed by the BJE and CJC media centres, as well as such community projects as tape-recording public talks sponsored by other organizations, and organizing film festivals. The Toronto Jewish Film Society was an outgrowth of these festivals. By the late 1980s, the TJMC's formal structure, with representation from both the BJE and CJC, had ended and committee members were chosen based on their committment to the committee's goals of encouraging the use of audio-visual materials in the classroom and in support of community events. Representatives from the Toronto Jewish Cultural Council and the Jewish Public Library also sat on the committee.
During the 1990s, lack of funding prevented the TJMC from pursuing its broader activities in the community, and it again focused on assisting teachers, providing media services to schools, and supporting the CJC Ontario Region's programs for providing audio-visual materials to smaller communities. In 2006, the Toronto Jewish Media Centre became part of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto's new Latner Centre for Jewish Knowledge and Learning, along with the Holocaust Education and Memorial Centre of Toronto, the Jewish Information Service of Greater Toronto, the Jewish Public Library, and the Ontario Jewish Archives.
Scope and Content
The series documents the formation of the Toronto Jewish Media Centre Committee in the early 1980s, its fundraising efforts for the media centre, and the media centre's work through the 1980s and early 1990s in providing audio-visual materials and media services to Jewish schools and community groups in Ontario. The series consists of meeting minutes, correspondence and memoranda, and newspaper clippings documenting the media centre and the film festivals sponsored by the committee. The series also includes catalogues of media centre holdings.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2016-12-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-12-13
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
February 1955
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a booklet of the 5th Anniversary of Cloakmakers Branch of the Independent Workers Circle Saturday evening Feb. 26, 1955. Booklet is in Yiddish.
Source
Archival Accessions
50 records – page 1 of 1.

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