File contains correspondence, guest book, programme, promotional materials and newspaper clippings concerning the inaugural award given to Pauline McGibbon at a ceremony in Queen's Park, Toronto held 28 Apr. 1981.
File contains correspondence, programme, promotional materials, newspaper clippings and photographs concerning the award given to Sister Mary Jo Leddy at a ceremony held in Queen's Park, Toronto, on 3 May 1984.
In 1924 the first official Toronto annual Hadassah Bazaar was held at the Masonic Temple at Davenport and Yonge. Over the years, venues changed with increasing demands for space as the popularity of the event grew. These locations included Varsity Stadium (1945-1948), the Automotive Building at the CNE (1949-1999), and currently the CNE’s National Trade Centre (Direct Energy Centre).Toronto pioneered the mammoth volunteer-run bazaar concept and was followed by other cities – Montreal (ca.1932), Vancouver (1951) and a number of smaller communities.
Admission fees were documented from 25 cents in 1934 to $4 in the 1990s.In most instances throughout the years, reduced or free admission was offered to preschoolers and seniors.
The early bazaars sold used clothing, hand sewn articles and home cooked kosher specialties. The 1930s saw the introduction of “carnival elements” such as fortune telling and bingo, and social events that included dinners, floor shows and dancing to the music of well known bands. The “Beautiful Child Photography Contests”, fashion shows, art exhibits, and the Hadassah Exposition and Bazaar Cooking Schools were inaugurated during the same decade.
During the Second World War, the Red Cross and war efforts were incorporated into bazaar activities. In the 1950s auctions were introduced.1963 saw the first Eilat Lighthouse – a colossal advertising pyramid. From the 1970s to the 1990s, new features such as clothes boutiques, mini-stores, and disco contests appeared.
Proceeds from the fairs and bazaars from the Bazaar’s inception until recent years rose exponentially from a thousand or so dollars to hundreds of thousands. These funds have generally been directed to medical and welfare services for needy women and children in Israel. From 1939-45, some of the monies were directed to war projects in Palestine, England, and Egypt. Recent beneficiaries include Asaf Harofe Rehabilitation Hospital, Nahalal (a co-educational secondary school focusing on farming technology), and medical research at the Hebrew University.
Enthusiastic crowds of up to 60,000 continue to line up at 6 am on the last Wednesday of October every year. The City of Toronto has recognized the Bazaar since 1989 with it’s proclamation of “Hadassah – Wizo Bazaar Day”.
From modest beginnings, Toronto’s Hadassah Bazaar has evolved into what is billed as the “largest one day bazaar in the world”.
The 84th was the last bazaar held in October 2008.
Scope and Content
The series consists of records in the form of textual documents, photographs, posters, scrapbooks and audio- visual recordings that document the history of the Toronto Hadassah Bazaar from 1924-2006.These include activities such as social events, meetings, rallies, as well as records including press clippings, memorabilia, correspondence, and financial reports.
028 - [Unidentified], Ella Fleischmann, [Unidentified], Israel Booth at Hadassah Bazaar, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario [ca. 1965].
Physical description note: Includes 2472 photographs, 3 posters, 2 audio recordings, 4 video recordings, 2 artifacts, and 8 scrapbooks.
The textual records are aranged in chronological order and then by activity such as planning, correspondence and publicity.
The Sharon Chapter’s first annual bazaar was held on November 14, 1952 at Brantford’s Armouries. Over the years, both the Armouries and Congregation Beth David were used a venues. Items sold at bargain prices included used clothing, homemade foods, baked goods, toys, jewelry, books, records, and candy. The event often included some “carnival elements,” such as raffles and musical entertainment. Items were donated by individuals in the community and various companies. Proceeds from the first bazaar totaled $570.00 and steadily increased to $5224.87 in 1962. By the mid 1970s, the Sharon Chapter appears to have ceased organizing the annual event likely due to difficulty securing volunteers and donations.
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records documenting the Sharon Chapter's annual bazaar. Included is correspondence, reports, news clippings, financial statements, invitations, memos, lists, notebooks, recipes, a donation ledger, and a contract.
File consists of textual records documenting the Sharon Chapter's annual bazaar, which was held on November 8, 1952. Included are convener reports, donation lists, and financial statements. Bazaar conveners were: Ruth Zaltz, Sadie Stren, and Mollie Miller.
File consists of textual records documenting the Sharon Chapter's annual bazaar, which was held on November 23, 1954. Included is correspondence, a notebook, a newspaper clipping, convener reports, general bazaar reports, notes for bazaar tables, and lists of thank you cards to be written.
File consists of textual records documenting the Sharon Chapter's annual bazaar, which was held on November 11, 1958 at the Beth David Synagogue. Included is correspondence, convener reports, and one invitation.
File consists of textual records documenting the Sharon Chapter's annual bazaar, which was held on November 17, 1959 at the Beth David Synagogue. Included is correspondence, index cards with table notes and convener reports, a general bazaar report, and invitations.
File consists of textual records documenting the Sharon Chapter's annual bazaar, which was held on November 15, 1960. Included is correspondence, index cards with table notes and convener reports, Lists of table incomes, and lists of thank you cards to be written.
File consists of textual records documenting the Sharon Chapter's annual bazaar, which was held on November 14, 1962 at the Armouries. Included is correspondence, a contract for musicians from the Hamilton Musicians Guild, convener reports, financial statements, and a Hadassah membership list.
File consists of textual records documenting the Sharon Chapter's annual bazaar, which was held on November 6, 1963 at the Armouries. Included is correspondence, donation lists, memos, an invitation, a convener report, and a financial statement.
File contains correspondence, programmes and newspaper clippings concerning the inaugural award of the Scharansky Lectureship to Professor Irwin Cotler, 29 April 1980 at Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Toronto.
File contains correspondence, transcripts, and promotional materials concerning a rally in support of refusnik Ida Nudel held 22 June 1981 at Nathan Phillips Square. Photographs of the event are also included on two contact sheets in the folder.