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Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abraham Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 3; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abraham Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
3
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[193-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Harry Levine taken in Toronto. He is wearing a tuxedo.
Notes
Mounted in cardboard oval frame.
Photographer: A. A. Gray and co., Toronto.
Name Access
Levine, Harry
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
Levine and Cass family fonds
Moses Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 1; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Moses Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
1
Item
17
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1925]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Harry Levine taken in a Toronto studio when he was approximately twenty-two years old.
Notes
Photographer: Lyttle & Kennedy Studios.
Name Access
Levine, Harry
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.
Physical Condition
Photograph is in good condition.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2015-3-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-3-3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
34 photographs (tiff)
Date
[between 1914 and 1916?], 1986-1998
Scope and Content
Accssion consists of photographs documenting the Levine family's immigration to Canada and activities in Saskatchewan and Ontario. Included are images of Mark and Bev during their first few years in Melford, Saskatchewan, family holiday celebrations (Chanukah and Pesach dinners), shabbat dinners, the Edenbridge synagogue, trips to Niagara Falls, and images taken during trips Elfreda and Alec made to Canada from South Africa to visit Mark. Of note are images taken of Mark and Bev with other South African immigrants at a ski hill in Saskatchewan and at shabbat dinners in Melford. Also included is a Sweiden family portrait taken in South Africa in the early 1900s.
Administrative History
Leible and Esther Sweiden moved from Lithuania to Capetown in 1890. Leible's brother, Jacob followed him to Capetown around 1902. In 1906, Jacob and his wife Fanny (nee Vickers) immigrated with a small group of other Jewish South Africans to Edenbridge, Saskatchewan. Leible remained in South Africa. Leible's son Israel married Edith (Eadie) in 1934. Israel and Edith's daughter Elfreda (b. 1936) married Alec Levine in 1958. Elfreda was a bookkeeper for various companies and Alec worked for his family's plumbing business. They had three children together: Mark (b. 1959), Carol (b. 1962), and Adrian ( b. 1966).
Mark Levine married Beverley in 1983. They immigrated to Melford, Saskatchewan in 1986. Mark did not know at the time that his great grandfather's brother had immigrated to a nearby area decades earlier and only learned of his story and the Edenbridge Jewish community soon after arriving there. Mark worked as a physician at a local hospital. Beverley had been a pharmacist in South Africa, however, her qualifications were not recognized in Canada and she focused on raising her family. Mark and Bev's daughter, Romi, was born in August 1987. After 18 months in Melford, they moved to Toronto after Mark found work as a pediatric anesiologist at Sick Kids Hospital. In 1998, thier second daughter, Jade, was born. Mark's parents, Elfreda and Alec, immigrated to Toronto in 1999. Mark and other relatives encouraged them to immigrate due to the increasingly dangerous political situation in South Africa. Mark is also an assoicate professor at the University of Toronto. Alec and Elfreda's daughter Carol lives in England and their son Adrian remains in South Africa.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Families
Immigrants--Canada
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Name Access
Levine, Mark
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Moses Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 1; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Moses Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
1
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1906]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Abe and Harry Levine in matching sailor's outfits.
Name Access
Levine, Abe
Levine, Harry
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.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Moses Levine family series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 25; Series 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Moses Levine family series
Level
Series
Fonds
25
Series
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[189-]-1976
Physical Description
28 photographs : b&w and sepia toned (3 negative) ; 28 x 18 cm or smaller
3 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Moses (Moishe) Joseph Levine (1864-1919) immigrated to Toronto from Minsk in 1887. He was the son of Aaron and Sarah Levine (née Snider) (1832-1915). He began working as a peddler and later became a grocer. Sarah Levine (née Cass) (1876-1978) emigrated from Russia to Montreal around 1891, with her younger brother, Phillip. She then came to Toronto and initially lived with her sister, possibly Annie Smith, on York Street. Her first employment in the city was as a dressmaker. She was the daughter of Abraham Cass (1840-1897) and Rachel Rebecca Cass (née Cowart?) (1838-1903), who both immigrated to Canada in 1892.
Moses and Sarah met in Toronto and were married in 1895. They went to Midland with Moses' brother, Michael, and opened a store there. Their first daughter, Mary Soskin (1895-1990), was born in Midland that same year. However, after a few years, Moses and Sarah decided to move back to Toronto while Michael stayed in Midland with his wife, Anne Woods, and their children.
Moses and Sarah Levine first lived on Chestnut Street, then moved to Centre Avenue, then 115 Spadina Avenue near Dundas around 1903, and finally to 224 Beverley Street near College. Moses' mother, Sarah, lived with them for thirteen years. They had six additional children: Fanny (1898-1923), Anne Thuna (1899-1964), Abe (b. 1901), Harry (b. 1903), Rita (1905-1975), and Dorothy Bliss (1909-1992).
In the 1910 Toronto City Directory, Moses is listed as a grocer at 115 Spadina Avenue at Adelaide. Once he was able to, he moved into a larger wholesale grocery at 25 Jarvis Street in Toronto and is listed there in the 1920 Toronto City Directory.
The Levine family belonged to Goel Tzedec Congregation, which was located in a small church building purchased for the synagogue on University Avenue at Elm Street. A larger building was later built on University Avenue.
Moses died in 1919 after accidentally falling down an elevator shaft at his grocery store. The family closed the business shortly thereafter and the family continued to live on Beverley Street.
Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs which include the immediate family members and friends of the Moses Levine family. Series also contains one file of textual records relating to Sarah Levine's 90th and 94th birthdays and life membership in the Baycrest Women's Auxiliary.
Name Access
Levine, Moses
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Michael Levine family series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 25; Series 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Michael Levine family series
Level
Series
Fonds
25
Series
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1892]-[191-?]
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w ; 16 x 11 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Michael Levine (1869-1918) and Anne Woods (1876-1933) immigrated to Canada in 1889 from Russia and England respectively. They were married in 1892 in Toronto. They lived at 116 Agnes Street around this time. Michael was a merchant and opened a store in Midland, where the family lived for some years, before eventually moving back to Toronto. Their children were Martha (m. Samuels) (b. 1893), Rachael “Rae” (m. Rose) (b. 1894), Aaron “Harry” (b. 1896), Fanny (m. Gunn) (b. 1897), Mary (m. Ginsberg) (b. 1899), Rebecca “Rita” (b. 1901), Moses “Morris” (b. 1904), Abe (b. 1905), and Lillian (b. 1909). In the 1901 Canada Census, a Joe Woods is also listed in Simcoe East, Midland. Joe was likely the brother of Anne Woods Levine. By 1911, the family was living in Toronto at 65 Sullivan Avenue.
Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs of members of the Michael Levine family.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abe Levine family series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 25; Series 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abe Levine family series
Level
Series
Fonds
25
Series
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[192-]-[ca. 1940]
Physical Description
6 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 15 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Abe Levine (b. 1901) was the son of Moses and Sarah Levine. He was married to Emma Ciglen Levine (b. 1903), an actress, originally from Meaford, Ontario. Emma was born in Wellington County to Jacob and Minnie Ciglen. Abe and Emma lived in Hanover, Ontario and had a daughter in 1925 named Frances. They eventually moved to Toronto. Frances' married name was Bederman. She became a drama teacher.
Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs of members of the Abe Levine family.
Name Access
Levine, Abe
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abraham Levine family series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 25; Series 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abraham Levine family series
Level
Series
Fonds
25
Series
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1900-[193-]
Physical Description
5 photographs : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm and 14 x 10 cm and 10 x 5 cm
Admin History/Bio
Abraham [Avram?] Levine, was Moses Levine’s brother. He died young, possibly in 1908. He married Sarah Freinkelstein (d. 1948) in 1894, and they lived at 100 Elizabeth St., in Toronto. They had two sons Harry (1899-[1966?]) and Philip, both of whom worked in the building industry. Abraham worked as a dry goods merchant.
Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs of the Abraham Levine family.
Name Access
Levine, Abraham
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 115; Series 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Level
Series
Fonds
115
Series
1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Date
1880-2004
Physical Description
535 photographs : b&w, sepia and col. (148 negatives) ; 15 x 20 cm on mat 23 x 30 cm or smaller
2 folders of textual records
1 artifact
Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs documenting the various members of the Harris family, including the patriarch and matriarch, Samuel and Sarah Harris, and the families and descendants of their three sons, Samuel Aaron, William and Louis. Also included is a small amount of textual records related to Sgt. Fred Harris' service in the Canadian Armed Forces, certificates belonging to Samuel Aaron Harris, and wedding memorabilia related to Rose Geldzaeler Harris' marriage to Samuel A. Harris, including a section of Rose’s bouquet.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
25
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
[188-]-1973
Physical Description
188 photographs : b&w, some sepia toned ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
3 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Aaron and Sarah (née Snider) Levine (1832-1915) were from Minsk. Sarah immigrated to Toronto with her children in 1887. In 1892, Abraham (1940-1897) and Rachel Cass (1838-1903) came to Toronto with their younger chilldren, following their elder children who had immigrated before them.
The Levine children consisted of the following individuals: Annie (m. Salamansky) (1861-1931); Moses (Moishe) Joseph (1864-1919); Michael (1869-1918); Abraham; Sam; and Rebecca (m. Samuels) (b. 1875).
The Cass children consisted of: Fayge (m. Sax) (1861-1942); Anna (Hannah) (m. Segel) (1863-1930); Martha (m. Soskin) (1866-1946); Dave Cass (1869-1959); Dora (m. Levy) (b.1870); Sarah (m. Levine) (1876-1978); Annie (m. Smith) (1880-1952); Bill Cass; and Phillip Cass.
Sarah Snider Levine lived with her son, Moses, and daughter-in-law Sarah for thirteen years. The couple first lived on Chestnut Street and then moved to Centre Avenue. They later relocated to Spadina Avenue near Dundas around 1903, and finally, moved to 224 Beverley Street near College.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of family photographs that document the Cass and Levine families of Toronto. The records were donated by Mary Soskin, who was the daugher of Moses and Sarah (née Cass) Levine. The records document the donor's matriarchal and patriarchal families. In turn, the records also include photographs of her own family, as well as families related to her or her parents through marriage, such as: the Salamansky (Salem), Thuna, Bliss, Samuels, Soskin, Cass, Segel, Sax, Weiner, Levy, and Rosenbes families. The photographs date from the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century. The fonds also contains one file of textual records
The fonds has been arranged into 18 series by family, as well as one series for photographs that cannot be linked to an individual family and another for images that could not be identified. The series consist of the following: Series 1, Moses Levine family; Series 2, Michael Levine family; Series 3, Abraham Levine family; Series 4, Abe Levine family; Series 5, Harry Levine family; Series 6, Salamansky (Salem) family; Series 7, Thuna family; Series 8, Bliss family; Series 9, Samuels family; Series 10, Soskin family; Series 11, Cass family; Series 12, Segel family; Series 13, Sax family; Series 14, Weiner family; Series 15, Levy family; Series 16, Rosenbes family; Series 17, Miscellaneous family members; Series 18, Unidentified photographs.
The items have been arranged chronologically within each series.
Name Access
Cass (family)
Levine (family)
Subjects
Families
Related Material
1982-8-3
AC 1: Soskin, Mary (Levine)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1986-7-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-7-6
Material Format
graphic material
object
Physical Description
Artifacts
Photographs
Scope and Content
Accession consists of Harris and Shayne Family photographs and two pins: one pin of five military medals awarded to Sgt. Fred Harris for his service in the Second World War; and a 'G R' metal pin with a cross medal awarded to Sgt. Fred Harris for his service in the Second World War.
Administrative History
Sgt. Fred Harris, born in Toronto in 1921, became a member of the reserve army and volunteered for active service upon the outbreak of the Second World War. He was reported killed in action in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He is buried in the Canadian Military Cemetery in France. Jack Harris is the son of Dr. William Harris and the brother of Fred Harris.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Samuel Aaron and Rose Harris sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 115; Series 1-2; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Samuel Aaron and Rose Harris sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
115
Series
1-2
File
11
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1924-1934
Physical Description
60 negatives : b&w : 7 x 11 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File contains negatives of family activities and portraits. The Geldzaeler family members are also included in some of the photos.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Geldzaeler family series
Harris and Geldzaeler families sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 115; Series 2-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Geldzaeler family series
Harris and Geldzaeler families sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
115
Series
2-4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1916-[ca. 1945]
Physical Description
33 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of one file of photographs of members of the Harris and Geldzaeler families, including one taken at a celebration for Yetta Geldzaeler.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Passenger Names
Vos, Harry & family
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Vos, Harry & family
Page Number
726
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Level
Item
ID
Item 4691
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4691
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1936 and 1938]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Admin History/Bio
Sam Levine is Nancy Lusher's maternal grandfather.
Scope and Content
Copy photograph of the family of Sam and Sarah Levine, Toronto.
Back row, left to right: Sylvia Levine (youngest sister), Bessy Levine (oldest sister), Max Bloomberg (Bessy's husband), Percy Brenzel (Betty/Rifka's husband), Betty Levine (Nancy's mother), Ethel Levine (2nd youngest sister).
Middle row: Eli Levine (Sam Levine's father, Nancy's great-grandfather), Unknown relative, Sarah Levine (Sam's wife, Nancy's grandmother), Sam Levine (blacksmith, Nancy's grandfather).
Children: Jack Bloomberg (Max and Bessy's oldest son), Irving Bloomberg (Max and Bessy's second son), Miriam Brenzel (Percy and Betty's daughter, Nancy's half sister).
Name Access
Levine, Sam (1885-1976)
Levine, Sarah
Levine, Sylvia
Levine, Bessy
Bloomberg, Max
Brenzel, Percy
Levine, Betty
Levine, Ethel
Levine, Eli
Bloomberg, Jack
Bloomberg, Irving
Brenzel, Miriam
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
1988-11-12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Salamansky family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 6; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Salamansky family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
6
Item
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1913]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of some of the female members of the Levine family including Mrs. Sarah Levine (1832-1915), Mrs. Chana (Annie) Salamansky, Mary Salamansky, and Ettie Salamansky. On the left is Mrs. Sarah Levine and on the far right is her daughter, Mrs. Chana (Annie) Salamansky. Standing behind them is Mrs. Lou (Mary) Salamansky and standing in the front is her daughter, Ettie.
Notes
A 4 x 5 negative is available
Photographer: Gledhill, 294 Queen W., Toronto
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.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Samuel Aaron and Rose Harris sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 115; Series 1-2; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Samuel Aaron and Rose Harris sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
115
Series
1-2
File
12
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1925]-[ca. 1937]
Physical Description
49 photographs : b&w (37 negatives) ; 11 x 18 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File includes negatives and photographs of informal family outings and trips. Destinations include beaches, Centre Island and the Humber river.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Samuel Aaron and Rose Harris sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 115; Series 1-2; File 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Samuel Aaron and Rose Harris sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
115
Series
1-2
File
14
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1940]
Physical Description
22 photographs : b&w (12 negatives) ; 7 x 11 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs and negatives from a trip the family took to Washington D.C.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Samuel Aaron and Rose Harris sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 115; Series 1-2; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Samuel Aaron and Rose Harris sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
115
Series
1-2
File
15
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Aug. 1951
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w ; 7 x 11 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of three photographs of Samuel Aaron and Rose with family at William and Tillie Harris’ cottage.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Geldzaeler family series
Harris and Geldzaeler families sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 115; Series 2-4; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Geldzaeler family series
Harris and Geldzaeler families sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
115
Series
2-4
File
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1916-[ca. 1945]
Physical Description
33 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of members of the Harris and Geldzaeler families. Included are snapshots taken in parks and backyards and a family portrait taken at a celebration for Yetta Geldzaeler, possibly her 75th birthday. A legend for the 75th birthday photo is included in the file. Some of the photographs are adhered to album pages.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Passenger Names
Rosenberg, Harry & Sprime & family
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Rosenberg, Harry & Sprime & family
Page Number
398
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Samuel Aaron and Rose Harris sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 115; Series 1-2; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Samuel Aaron and Rose Harris sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
115
Series
1-2
File
10
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1928]-[ca. 1935]
Physical Description
51 photographs : b&w (28 negatives) ; 11 x 18 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File contains negatives and photographs documenting the family’s trips to Niagara Falls. Pictured in the photographs are Samuel Aaron, Rose, Sydney, Thelma and Yetta Geldzaeler.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Samuel Aaron and Rose Harris sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 115; Series 1-2; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Samuel Aaron and Rose Harris sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
115
Series
1-2
File
13
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1929
Physical Description
6 photographs : b&w ; 7 x 11 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of six photographs of a family trip that Samuel Aaron and Rose took with their kids to Wasaga Beach. Pictured are Sydney and Thelma on horses, the family in the water, and Thelma standing in front of the Hiawatha Hotel.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Sydney and Enid Harris sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 115; Series 1-3; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Harris family series
Sydney and Enid Harris sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
115
Series
1-3
File
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1960, 1964
Physical Description
10 photographs : b&w ; 9 x 9 cm and 9 x 6 cm
Scope and Content
File includes photographs of two family trips taken in 1960 and 1964. One trip was to the family cottage at Hawkestone, Ontario.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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 2
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
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]-[194-]
Physical Description
8 photographs : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of William and Tillie (née Shayne) Harris and their three sons including photographs of Sgt. Fred Harris in military dress and of William Harris ca. 1918, possibly during military training.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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 3
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
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1930]-[195-]
Physical Description
19 photographs : b&w (3 negatives) ; 19 x 22 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Reva Levinson was Fred Harris' finance. Sophie Marcus was Tillie Harris' aunt.
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of William and Tillie Harris and their family at the cottage at Young's Point, Ontario. Images include group shots with fish, lounging on lawn chairs and in swimsuits and canoeing. Also pictured are Samuel Aaron and Rose Harris, Sydney Harris, Thelma Harris, Fred Harris, Jack Harris, housekeeper Nellie Zepp, Reva Levinson, Lawrence Harris, and Sophie Marcus,
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Photo albums series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 115; Series 10; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Photo albums series
Level
File
Fonds
115
Series
10
File
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1909-1944
Physical Description
188 photographs (1 vol.) : b&w and sepia ; 8 x 14 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of one photo album documenting the Harris and Geldzaeler families. Included are a variety of images documenting the extended families of Samuel Aaron and Rose (née Geldzaeler) Harris. Many of the images are snapshots of family members, vacation and leisure outing photographs of places such as Bobcaygeon, Niagara Falls and Hanlan's Point.
Notes
Photo album has been scanned in its entirety.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 115
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Thelma Harris Rose Family fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
115
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Date
1880-2017
Physical Description
1040 photographs (2 vol.) : b&w, sepia and col. (168 negatives)
5 cm textual records
13 artifacts
Admin History/Bio
Thelma Harris Rose was born in 1922 in Toronto. Her parents were Samuel Aaron Harris (1888-1982) and Rose Geldzaeler Harris (1892-1966). Thelma had one sibling, Sydney Harris (1917-2009). Samuel Aaron’s parents, Samuel (1869-1936) and Sarah Ruben Harris (1869-1940) immigrated to North America from Lithuania and Belarus respectively during the 1880s. They met in Michigan and married in 1892 in Detroit. The couple raised Sarah’s son from a prior relationship, Samuel Aaron, and had two more boys, William (1895-1955) and Louis (1906-1986). The Harris family moved to Toronto around 1900 and opened up the first Jewish delicatessen in the city at 233 Queen Street West. They constructed a purpose-built deli across the street from that location and relocated to the new shop at 178 Queen St. West in 1910. A couple of years later, Samuel purchased the tobacco store next door to their business, operating it from around 1913 until his death. Samuel Aaron worked with his parents in the deli for a number of years, and after marrying Rose in 1916, he ventured into the clothing industry and later sales. His brothers William and Louis went on to become successful local doctors and respectively married Tillie Shayne and Helen Gallander.
Rose’s parents, Yetta Shumer Geldzaeler (1870-1952) and Mark Geldzaeler (1862-1932), hailed from Galicia and married in Toronto in 1890. The Geldzaeler’s had 5 children who survived to adulthood: Ben (1891-1974) who married Hortense Cohen; Rose (1892-1966); Rachel (1897-1941) who married Isidore W. Ruskin; Alfred (1901-1918); and Frances (1907-2002) who married Simon Ramm. Tragically, Solomon (1899-1902) passed away as a young child and Alfred perished of the Spanish flu during the great pandemic at the end of the First World War. Mark was a religious instructor who also served as the assistant chazan and the shamus at Holy Blossom Synagogue on Bond Street. During that period, the family lived in accommodations behind the shul. Because of his religious expertise and position, Mark Geldzaeler commanded tremendous respect within the Jewish community.
Rose and Samuel Aaron Harris lived at 107 Yorkville Avenue, across from the early Mount Sinai Hospital. Thelma married Albert Rose (1917-1996) in June, 1942. The couple eventually had two sons and a daughter. Thelma earned an undergraduate degree and an M.Ed. at the University of Toronto. Albert was gold medallist in Political Science and Economics at the University of Toronto and pursued his graduate studies at the University of Illinois, receiving his PhD in macroeconomics and statistics in 1942. He then enlisted in the Canadian Army and served in the Intelligence Corps until he was demobbed at the end of 1945. During most of his career, he was a professor and later Director of the School of Social Work at the University of Toronto, ultimately becoming the first Dean of their Faculty of Social Work. Albert Rose was an expert in and advocate for public housing and social welfare, as well as a prominent community leader who was actively involved in variety of municipal and Jewish organizations.
Thelma’s older brother, Sydney Harris, completed a law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School, and married Enid Perlman in November, 1949. The couple eventually had two sons. Sydney engaged in the general practice of law for three decades before being appointed Judge of the Ontario Provincial Court (Criminal Division) in 1976. He retired in 1992 but went on to serve as a Small Claims Court Judge, referee for the LSUC and lay appointee of Council for the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors. He was also active in Jewish causes and organizations, primarily the Canadian Jewish Congress, of which he was national president from 1974 to 1977, and the Canadian Council of Reform Congregations. He was also a civil liberties activist who promoted legislation aimed at eradicating hate speech and literature, along with capital punishment. Sydney Harris was also an active supporter of the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.
For more details about the many families documented within this fonds along with their respective businesses, careers and achievements, please consult the biographical and published reference materials in box 8.
Custodial History
The records in the fonds were assembled by the donor, Jeff Rose, from accumulations created and/or collected by Rose and Samuel Aaron Harris, Thelma Rose, Sydney and Enid Harris, Ruthe Rosenberg, Frances Ramm, Alfreda Henry, Tillie Harris, Marion Harris with permission, and by the donor himself. The donor hired Heritage Professionals to conduct the archival work – appraisal, selection, processing, preservation, arrangement and description – of the records. There was some specialized preservation and digitization work conducted on the photo albums to protect them and enhance their longevity. Finally, two conservators were commissioned to produce around ten high quality archival prints from the negatives and repair one of the artifacts.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records relating to the Rose, Harris, and Geldzaeler families, and some of their connected branches, including the Perlman, Ruskin, Ruben, Shumer, Shayne, Spiegel, and Rothbart families. The fonds is mainly comprised of loose photographs, photo prints, negatives and two photo albums documenting the different branches of the donor’s family. There are also some textual records and thirteen artifacts. One of the artifacts has been housed with the textual records. The remaining twelve artefacts are located in boxes 6 and 7. The two photo albums have been scanned for preservation purposes and are available in digital form.
The photographs mainly document the Harris and Geldzaeler families, and to a lesser extent, other branches of the family. The images capture the families’ lives and activities in Toronto and surrounding areas from the late nineteenth century to the early 2000s. The visuals include individual and family portraits, photobooth strips, and informal images of the family engaged in a variety of activities. Examples of the activities include: family get togethers, children playing outdoors, outings to the park or other Toronto locales, graduations, and military images. There are also many images capturing family vacations to the cottage, Bobcaygeon, Wasaga Beach, Niagara Falls, and Washington D.C. Finally, the fonds includes a photograph of Sydney Harris with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Chicago. Some of the files in the fonds contain negatives that were mostly grouped with and correspond to the photographs.
The fonds is arranged into twelve series: 1. Harris family, 2. Geldzaeler family, 3. Ruben family, 4. Shayne family, 5. Shumer family, 6. Perlman family, 7. Ruskin family, 8. Rose family, 9. Spiegel family, 10. Photo Albums, 11. Artifacts, 12. Reference materials. The first nine series are arranged by family and the last three pertain to special types of materials within the fonds. The sub-series are arranged by individual family member, couple, or family within each branch of the family.
Notes
ACCESS RESTRICTION NOTE: The records are open to the public except for series 1-3, file 4; and series 1-4, file 2. Researchers interested in viewing these files require permission from the donor. The photo albums are restricted for preservation purposes. The albums have been digitized and researchers can review the PDF copies of those records. There is also a family portrait of the Geldzaeler children in series 2-1, file 2 that is encased in glass and very fragile. It has been preserved and protected and a corresponding copy print is available and can be viewed by the public.
ATTRIBUTION NOTE: When citing records from this fonds, the full name of the fonds – Thelma Harris Rose Family Fonds – must be used by all parties and for all purposes as part of the reference.
Access Restriction
Conditional Access. Researchers must receive permission from the donor prior to accessing the records. Please contact the OJA for more information.
Physical Condition
The records are in good condition except for a small number of photographs that have some mirroring and tears. Some of the metal artifacts are also slightly tarnished.
Related Material
For other fonds and records documenting Sydney Harris, please see accessions 1976-7-1, 2015-4-3, 2008-8-10, 2008-11-14, 2016-3-56 and fonds 17 (CJC) and fonds 75 (JVS). For records relating to Mark Geldzaeler, Yetta Shumer Geldzaeler, Benjamin Geldzaeler and the Shumer family, see accession 1977-2-1 (items 1229, 1228, 1230, 1231, 1232). For additional records documenting Mark Geldzaeler's writing, see accession 2014-6-5. For records relating to the Harris family there are photo albums in accession 1986-7-6 and a photo of the Harris Delicatessen in accession 1982-6-5 (item 3283). For documentation relating to Albert Rose’s activities within the Jewish community one can consult the following fonds: 9 (JIAS), 14 (Baycrest), 61 (JCC), 67 (UJWF) and 75 (JVS). Finally, there is also a portrait of Albert Rose from the 1940s in item 748.
Arrangement
The fonds is arranged in series, sub-series and files. Artifacts are described at the item level.
Creator
Rose, Jeff
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 164
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
164
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1963
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a portrait photograph of B.D. Levin.
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 142
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
142
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a portrait photograph of Archie Levine.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1982-8-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-8-3
Material Format
object
textual record
Physical Description
4 plaques
1 folder of textual records
Date
1966-1976
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a four plaques awarded to Sarah Levine including a 94th birthday plaque from the Government of Ontario (1970); a 100th birthday plaque from the Government of Ontario (1976); a 90th birthday plaque from Baycrest (1966); a life membership plaque from Baycrest (1973); and 3 congratulatory telegrams honouring the occasion of her 94th birthday in 1970.
Name Access
Levine, Sarah
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1997-4-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1997-4-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
50 photographs : b&w and col. (24 negatives)
Date
1916-1988
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs and newspaper clippings documenting the life of the Levine Family. Photographs include class pictures from Port Whitby's Brock School, Purim celebrations at Oshawa's Beth Zion Synagogue, Camp Ogama staff and camper photos, Camp Winnibagoe cabin photos and Royal Winter Fair prize winning photos.
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
Camp counselors
Camps
Farms
Farm tractors
Purim
Name Access
Camp Winnebagoe
Places
Oshawa (Ont.)
Whitby (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds.
Abraham Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 3; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds.
Abraham Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
3
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1902]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Mr. Abraham Levine, taken in Toronto.
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
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abraham Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 3; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abraham Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
3
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1902]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 14 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a studio portrait of Abraham Levine. There are two identical copies.
Notes
Albumen print mounted on card.
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.
Physical Condition
One photograph is bent and both are fading.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abraham Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 3; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abraham Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
3
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1900
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 5 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait identified as Abraham [Avram?] Levine.
Notes
Mounted on card.
Photographer: Shorey, 324 Yonge Street, Toronto.
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.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Michael Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 2; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Michael Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
2
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 191-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Martha Levine, eldest child of Michael Levine and Anne Woods Levine, taken at a studio in Toronto. She is standing, leaning against the back of a large chair.
Notes
Mounted in cardboard frame.
Photographer: Gledhill, 294 Queen St. West, Toronto.
Name Access
Levine, Martha
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.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abe Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 4; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abe Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
4
Item
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1930]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Frances Levine when she was approximately five years old in Hanover, Ontario.
Notes
The photograph is inscribed in black script: "Love, Frances".
Mounted in cardboard frame. The frame has a silver border with flowers.
Photographer: N. Lorenz, Hanover.
Name Access
Levine, Frances
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
Hanover (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abe Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 4; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abe Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
4
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1924]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm (oval)
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Emma Levine taken in Toronto. She is wearing a pearl necklace and has a flower in her hair.
Notes
Silver gelatin print.
Mounted in card frame.
See also photo #128.
Name Access
Levine, Emma
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.
Physical Condition
There is some silver mirroring.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abe Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 4; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abe Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
4
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1924]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm (oval)
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Emma Levine taken in Toronto. Emma is facing away from the camera and has her head turned to one side. She is wearing a pearl necklace and has a flower in her hair.
Notes
See also photo #127.
Name Access
Levine, Emma
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.
Physical Condition
There is some silver mirroring.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abe Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 4; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abe Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
4
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1924]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Emma Levine wearing a white dress and pearl necklace. She is standing in front of a curtained backdrop and appears to be pregnant.
Notes
Inscribed in bottom right-hand corner: "Love, Emma".
Name Access
Levine, Emma
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
The photograph is scratched.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abe Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 4; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Abe Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
4
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[192-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm (oval)
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Emma Levine. She is wearing a pearl necklace and is dressed in a coat with a fur collar.
Notes
Inscribed in the bottom righthand corner: "Love, Emma".
Name Access
Levine, Emma
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.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Harry Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 5; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Harry Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
5
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photographic portrait of Richard Levine, which may have been taken in San Francisco.
Name Access
Levine, Richard
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
San Francisco (Calif.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Moses Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 1; Item 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Moses Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
1
Item
14
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1915]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Fanny Levine likely taken in Toronto.
Notes
Postcard photograph.
Name Access
Levine, Fanny
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.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Moses Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 1; Item 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Moses Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
1
Item
15
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1915]
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Fanny Levine likely taken in Toronto. She is seated on a chair with her hands folded on her lap.
Notes
Postcard photograph.
There are four copies of this photograph.
Name Access
Levine, Fanny
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
Image is faded.
Photo #201 has been torn in half.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Jewish military portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 2; Item 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Jewish military portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
2
Item
21
Material Format
graphic material
Date
31 Mar. 1945
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 10 cm and 14 x 10 cm
Admin History/Bio
Eddie Levine served overseas during the Second World War.
Scope and Content
The item is a portrait of Eddie Levine.
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
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Jewish military portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 2; Item 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Jewish military portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
2
Item
22
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Apr. 1944
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 10 cm and 11 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Gordon Levine was a Group C Tradesmen for the Canadian Army during the Second World War.
Scope and Content
The item is a portrait of Gordon Levine.
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
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Refusnik cases sub-series
Individual Refusnik cases sub-sub series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
3-6-1
File
145
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1985]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2010-7-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-7-7
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1909-1939
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records that document Sam's involvement in the Russian army and his immigration to Canada. Included is a copy of his naturalization certificate (1919), a JIAS shipping receipt for a package sent to Russia (1939), Russian army documents, and a temporary Russian passport (1914).
Administrative History
Sam Levine was born in Postov, Vilna, Russia on April 10th, 1885 to Mr. and Mrs. Eliahu Levine. Prior to immigrating to Canada, he received training as a blacksmith in the Russian army and had two daughters with his wife Sarah (d. 1968): Bessie (b. 1909) and Betty (b. 1913). His wife and daughters joined him in Canada around 1921; a year after he became a naturalized Canadian. After their arrival, Sam and his wife had two more daughters: Ethel (b. 1922) and Sylvia (b. 1924).
The Levine family resided at 11 Euclid and owned a stable at 22 Euclid, which Sam used as a place to shoe horses for profit. Throughout his career, Sam took on various metal work jobs, including building gates for residences and cemeteries, such as Roselawn Lambton. He often did the metal work at home and soldered the completed pieces together on site. During the Second World War, Sam had a contract with Lincoln Electric to build casings for motors.
Sam was part of the Grand Order of Israel and Sarah was a member of Folks Farein. Sam taught himself how to read English, and regularly frequented horse races. Sam passed away in 1976.
Descriptive Notes
Language note: some documents are in Russian and Yiddish
Related material note: see also accession #1988-11-12.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-6-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-6-9
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
6 photographs : b&w (jpg)
4 documents (jpg)
Date
[195-?]-1979
Scope and Content
Accession consists of six electronic copies of photographs of Irving Levine and the Levine family and electronic copies of three invitations to Irving Levine's birthday party, and one newspaper clipping. Included is Irving and Ruth's wedding portrait and wedding photo with their parents (Sept. 6, 1952), two photographs of Irving with his mother Anne at Cyrstal Beach, a photograph of the Irving brothers in Grimsby, and a photo of Irving with business partner Lionel Robins (ca. 1978). Identified individuals in the photographs include: Irving Levine, Lionel Robins, Harry Levine, David Levine, Anne Levine, Ruth Levine, Sam Levine, Abraham Feldman, and Jennie Feldman.
Administrative History
Irving Levine was born in 1929 to Sam and Anne Levine. He was born in Grimsby, Ontario, where his father owned a junior department store. They were members of Beth Jacob Synagogue in Hamilton. Irving moved to Toronto in 1953, he married Ruth Fern in 1952 and they had three children: Alan, born in 1953, Suzy, born in 1956 and Michael, born in 1961. He has six grandchildren. He purchased Braemar clothing store in the early 1960s, with the first location in Cloverdale Mall. He became the top vice-president of Dylex, Ltd.,one of Canada's largest retail clothing companies, and general manager of Fairweather's division. Lionel Robins became his business partner in 1964.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
Further identification can be found with the accession record.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Levine, Irving, 1929-
Places
Crystal Beach (Fort Erie, Ont.)
Grimsby (Ont.)
Hamilton (Ont.)
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-10
Material Format
textual record
graphic material (electronic)
moving images (electronic)
Physical Description
10 cm of textual records
2240 photographs (jpg and gif)
8 moving images
Date
1944-2015 (predominent 2008-2015)
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the activities of Alex Levin, a Jewish war veteran and Holocaust survivor. Records include letters written to Levin from school children following various speaking engagements; interviews with Crestwood School, CHAT, and Netivot Hatorah; a recording of the Saluting Our Italian Heroes commemorative event; recordings of Remembrance Day ceremonies hosted by the Canadian Jewish War Veterans (Toronto Post); and photographs documenting events attended by Levin including Holocaust remembrance events, Yom Hashoah, Remembrance Day ceremonies, March of the Living, Miracle Dinners and Proms, Azrieli Foundation events including the launch of Levin's book "Under the Yellow and Red Stars", school visits, JWV programs with Sunnybrook veterans, portraits of Levin through the years and various scanned images of Levin's family.
Administrative History
Alex Levin (1932-2016) was born in 1932 in Rokitno, Poland. In 1941, the Germans invaded Rokitno and established a ghetto and formed a Judenrat to carry out their orders. In 1942, the Ghetto was evacuated and the Jews were brought to the town's marketplace to be transported by train to be killed. Levin was ten years old when he escaped into the nearby forest with his brother Samuel where he lived for 18 months in a hole in the ground. He was twelve when he emerged from hiding to find that his parents and youngest brother Moishe had been murdered. In 1944, he joined the Soviet forces as a messenger boy. After the war, he was sent to the USSR and enrolled in cadet school, remaining in the Soviet army until forced out for being Jewish in the 1970s. An engineer by training, Alex came to Canada in 1975 via Austria and Italy, and now lives in Toronto where he regularly speaks about his experiences in the Holocaust.
Subjects
Education
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
World War, 1939-1945
Name Access
Levin, Alex, 1932-2016
Source
Archival Accessions
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