From 1949 to 1968, the Budget and Finance Committee was the standing committee responsible for financial matters of the board and affiliated schools. The committee's work involved reviewing the budgets of affiliated schools on an ongoing basis, calculating the subsidies to be granted to schools, and also developing the budget for the BJE itself. Following the reorganization of the bureau as the Board of Jewish Education, in 1968, the Fiscal Committee was one of two permanent committees of the board. The functions of the committee include receiving school budgets and reviewing them as a check on the spending of subsidized schools, negotiating teachers' contracts with teachers' unions, reviewing areas for possible savings for schools, establishing tuition fee assessment guidelines and determining the actual tuition levied in all subsidized schools, regulating and enforcing a uniform salary scale for teachers in subsidized schools, and periodically recommending policies to the BJE board on fiscal management.
The formulae used to determine school subsidies have changed several times over the decades, as the Fiscal Committee sought to balance the financial needs of the schools against the ever-increasing costs to the UJWF and its successors of supporting the school system. Initially, subsidies were simply calculated based on the gap between a school's budget and the money raised by the school through tuition fees and other forms of fundraising. In the late 1950s, the BJE attempted to cut costs by eliminating building maintenance from the budget items eligible for subsidization, but this resulted in many schools developing large deficits by the early- to mid-1960s. This, in turn, led to special fundraising programs sponsored by the UJWF to assist the schools in eliminating those deficits. In the 1970s, following the recommendations of the UJWF Study Committee on Jewish Education, efforts were made to develop a funding formula based on budget models for different categories of schools. Since the schools and BJE were unable to reach a consensus on these models, the actual school budgets of 1977-1978 were used as a base for calculating future budgets, with changes calculated based on the rate of inflation, changes in enrollment and school staffing, and other factors. Budgets submitted by the schools were assessed against these calculations. Further changes to the formulae were made in the 1980s and 1990s, with a shift towards calculating the grants to schools as tuition subsidies in support of families unable to pay the full cost of their children's education, with full tuition calculated as the per capita cost of the school's operations.
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The sub-series documents the work of the Fiscal Committee in reviewing school budgets and working with the schools on new funding formulae. The sub-series includes meeting minutes and reports of both the Fiscal Committee and its predecessor, the Budget and Finance Committee, correspondence with schools and memoranda. The sub-series also includes records of the "Fiscal Forums", organized by the Fiscal Committee in the early 1990s to work with affiliated schools to address funding reductions caused by shortfalls in the annual UJA fundraising campaigns, and of the Mandate Sub-Committee, formed in 1997 to evaluate new school funding models, including school voucher and tuition loan systems.
File consists of general correspondence documenting the Koffler Centre of the Arts performances and events. Included in the file are letters from Marvelle Koffler to Elie Wiesel and Orson Welles inviting them to speak at the Koffler Centre of the Arts inaugeration in June 1977.
56 photographs : col. (20 slides) : 21 x 6 cm or smaller
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Series consists of records documenting the Koffler Centre art exhibitions. Included are catalogues highlighting works by the artist, artist statements, bios and CVs, promotional material for Koffler Gallery and off-site exhibits, press releases and clippings, art reviews, exhibit program guides, exhibit proposals, program overviews, correspondence, legal contracts with artists, photographs and slides of works by the artist.
Series consists of records documenting the Koffler Centre of the Arts' performances and events. Included are program guides, promotional material highlighting visiting Israeli artists and Koffler Centre of the Arts fundraisers, Stars of the 21st Century Galas and off-site performances, correspondence, administrative material, legal contracts, perfomance videos and photographs, media releases, press clippings and reviews.
The Koffler Centre of the Arts was established in 1977, as part of the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre at Bathurst Street and Sheppard Avenue, to enrich the cultural life of Toronto through arts education and exhibitions. The Koffler exists to encourage and develop the creative and artistic potential of the diverse community it serves. The Koffler Gallery as a public gallery and member of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries exhibits, interprets, and documents works of excellence in the visual arts with a focus on contemporary Canadian art, including the work of visual artists, emerging artists, and programming of special interest in the Jewish community.
The Koffler has offered an array of programmatic, education, and learning programs, including national and international art exhibitions, educational tours, and workshops, literary arts programs, art classes, lectures, concerts, film screenings, and theatre performances. The Koffler has also served public and private school students and their teachers through Koffler Gallery exhibition tours and workshops.
The Koffler Centre is governed by an executive board and standing and ad-hoc committees and is funded by endowments, donations, and sponsorhips as its primary sources of funding. The Koffler also receives annual operating support from the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and all levels of government, including the City of Toronto, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council. The staff consists of an executive director, curators, and administrative support staff.
In 2013, after five years of off-site programs, the Koffler Centre of the Arts opened its administrative offices and the new Koffler Gallery at Artscape Youngplace on Shaw Street in downtown Toronto. The Artscape Youngplace facilities showcase Koffler Gallery exhibitions, public programs, and expanded school and education programs, as well as Koffler cross-disciplinary programs: literary events, theatre readings and performances, concerts, workshops, and more.
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Fonds consists of records documenting the activities and functions of the Koffler Centre of the Arts and its role in bringing Jewish-inspired visual, dance, dramatic and musical arts to the community. Included are records related to its board of directors and committees, its former affiliation with the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre and the YM-YWHA, building campaigns, financial operations, art exhibitions, the Jewish Book Fair and Bookmark Project, educational programming, performances, and special events. Records include meeting minutes, memoranda, correspondence, committee reports, budget and financial statements, press clippings and reviews, program guides, art exhibition catalogues, artist statements and CVs, promotional material, photographs, architectural drawings, a sound recording, and moving images. The fonds is arranged into the following ten series: Board of Directors, Committees, Planning and Development, Financial and Administrative, Public Relations, Educational Programming, Book Fair, Art Exhibitions, Performances and Events and the Bookmark Project.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Includes 672 photographs, 3 architectural drawings, 1 sound recording, and 7 moving images.
Activities undertaken by the Committee for Soviet Jewry in Ontario and its affiliated partner organizations included political lobbying, telephone and letter-writing campaigns, product boycotting, symposiums, public rallies, petitions, marches and demonstrations. Among the highest profile activities were the annual Simcha Torah rallies in October and the annual commemorations of the execution of twenty-four Soviet Jewish writers and intellectuals, which had occurred on August 12, 1952 at Moscow's Liubianka prison. As well as organizing public protest activities, the Committee for Soviet Jewry established, in the 1980s, the Ida Nudel Humanitarian Award which emphasized the humanitarian work of a number of prominent Canadian women. Other non-protest activities included bar/ bat mitzvah twinning, family and prisoner sponsorships, and holiday greetings, all programmes that tied the daily lives of Soviet Jews to their Canadian counterparts.
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Sub-series consists of records documenting the wide range of above-listed protest activities in which the CJC and various affiliated organizations participated. The files include numerous photographs of mass rallies and group demonstrations, planning notes, correspondence, event notices and other promotional materials.
Records of protest activities in this sub-series have been organized chronologically and by event. Indicated date ranges at the file level are of the documents themselves and are not necessarily indicative of the dates of specific events, such as rallies or marches, though such dates are noted in the file description where known.
File consists of records documenting the Y-Arts Coucil. Included are meeting minutes, correspondence regarding the development of the Y-Arts Council and its future role, a "Y" programme guide from 1971-1972, a Y-Arts Council interim report from June 1971 and news clippings. Of note is a Y-Arts Council proposed five-year programme, dated November 1970.
File consists of meeting minutes of the Theatre Arts Committee of the YM-YWHA and correspondence regarding the proposed School of Theatre Arts. Included in the file is the Leah Posluns Theatre School programme guide and a proposal for library programming outlining the aim of the Leah Posluns Theatre School.
File consists of records related to the Visual Arts Committee of the YM-YWHA, also known as the Fine Arts Committee. This Committee predated the establishment of the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Records include membership lists, correspondence, job descriptions, meeting minutes and agendas, background material for the planning of the Cultural Arts Centre, and a basic outline for the School of Fine Arts.
File consists of records related to the Music School Committe of the YM-YWHA. This Committee predated the establishment of the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Records include memebership lists, a member description for the music committee, correspondence regarding co-operation between the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation and the YMHA, meeting minutes and agendas, outline for further development of the existing music school, program guide for the music school, proposals for the establishment of music school scholarships, and the Co-Opera Theatre Proposal.
File consists of records related to the Cultural Arts Managment Committe of the YM-YWHA. This Committee predated the establishment of the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Records include meeting minutes and agendas, member lists for the Cultural Arts Committe, the School of Dance, School of Theatre Arts and Fine Arts. Memos regarding Victor Polley, Theatre Manager of St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Dedication and Inaugural Week projected budget requirements and a Canada Works Program grant application for Community Theatre Programme.
Files consists of records related to the Cultural Arts Management Committee of the YM-YWHA. This Committee predated the establishment of the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Records include meeting minutes, memos, and correspondence discussing the possiblility of a co-operative venture between the Canada Israel Cultural Foundation (CICF) and the YM-YWHA.
File consists of records related to the Cultural Arts Management Committee of the YM-YWHA. This committee predated the establishment of the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Records include meeting minutes and agendas, a definition of the YW-YMHA's role and functions, a statement of the long range goals for the Koffler Centre of the Arts, a letter from Marvelle Koffler to Wilfred Posluns regarding the Annual Meeting at the North 'Y" for the election of new officers to the Board and Executive Committee, a K.C.O.A Fall/Winter music program guide, JCC Executive Committe list for 1979-80, financial summaries for the Music School, Dance School, Theatre School, Visual Arts Department, Cultural Department and Human Affairs. Also included are program and lecture series brochures for the 92nd St. YM-YWHA in New York.
File consists of records related to the Cultural Arts Management Committee of the YM-YWHA. This Committee predated the establishment of the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Records include meeting minutes and agendas of the Cultural Arts Management Committee and the Cultural Management Committee, a letter from Marvelle Koffler to Rabbi Jordan Pearlson and a proposal from the Dean of Liberal Arts at York University to offer York Credit courses at the Koffler Centre of the Arts.
File consists of records related the the Visual Arts Committe of the YM-YWHA and the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Records include meeting minutes and agendas, Visual Arts and Koffler Gallery list of classes, programs and special workshops, Koffler Centre fee recommendations, a summary of recommendations made by the Visual Arts Committee, Koffler Centre statement of long range goals, annual events five year projection, a letter from the ROM regarding the exhibition Danzig: Treasures from a Destroyed Community and a letter from Marvelle Koffler to the Jewish Museum in New York regarding their traveling exhibitions. Aslo included is a Koffler Centre of the Arts progam guide, invitations to exhibits at the Koffler Gallery for the artists, Anita Aarons, David Wright, John Phillips and contributing artists for the exhibit Raku and Smoke Fired Clay "1980".
2 drawings : blackline, pencil and crayon ; 89 cm x 58 cm
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File consists of records related to the Visual Arts Advisory Board of the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Records include meeting minutes and agendas, a Koffler Gallery 'Update', the Koffler Gallery list of goals and recommendations, registration form for the Koffler Gallery Hopping 1 exhibit in Detroit-57 Masterpieces from the collection of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza. Aslo included are architectural drawings for the Koffler Centre of the Arts Main Lobby Study #1 by Jane's Studio and the Jewish Community Centre Koffler Centre of the Arts, Art Wing Floor Plan, by Jerome Markson Architects.
Series consists of records documenting the activities and functions of the various cultural committees of the Koffler Centre, the YM-YWHA and the BJCC. Included are meeting minutes, correspondence and reports, correspondence with the Canada Israel Cultural Foundation and 2 architecutural drawings of the Koffler Centre of the Arts.
File consists of records documenting the YM-YWHA during a five year period. Included are meeting minutes, correspondence, the "Y" Arts Council report on the new programs and facilities projected for the next five years, and a Table of Organization for the YM-YWHA. Also included is the YM-YWHA at the Koffler Centre of the Arts summer 1997 program guide and associated media coverage.
Series consists of records documenting the various building campaigns on what is now the Sherman Campus at Bathurst Street and Sheppard Avenue. Records relate to the planning for the North YM-YWHA, Bathurst Jewish Community Centre, the Koffler Gallery and the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Documents include meeting minutes, projection reports, correspondence, and newspaper clippings.
File consists of records documenting the activities of the YM-YWHA archives committee. Included is the agenda and minutes for the first meeting of the archives committee, correspondence from Stephen Speisman, Director of the CJC Central Region Archives to Max Swartz, Q.C. and Martin Park, Executive Director of the YM-YWHA, a CJC Central Region Archives information brochure and a letter to the editor of the Canadian Jewish News citing the Jewish Public Library in Montreal.
File consists of records documenting the history of the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Included is a report on the background of the KCOA, a report on the history and profile of the Koffler Gallery, and the KCOA mission statement.
Series consists of records documenting the financial and administrative functions of the Koffler Centre of the Arts Gallery, the CJC Central Region Archives, the Leah Posluns Theatre, the School of Music and the Bathurst Jewish Communty Centre. Included are bugets, financials, fundraising reports, meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence with Stephen Speisman of the CJC Central Region Archives and the KCOA mission statement.
File consists of records documenting the opening of the YM-YWHA Koffler Centre of the Arts. Included is correspondence with Marvelle Koffler regarding the development of a communications program for the KCOA, and newspaper clippings highlighting the opening and dedication of the KCOA.
Series consists of records documenting public relations for the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Included are newpaper clippings reporting on the Koffler Gallery art exhibits, theatre and dance productions at the Leah Posluns Theatre and summer programs for children. Also included are letters to Marvelle Koffler regarding proposed public relations programming for the KCOA, a proposal for outreach and marketing within the community, and a news release announcing the appointment of Lori Starr as the new executive director of the KCOA.
File consists of records documenting the Jewish Community Centre, YM-YWHA. Included are meeting minutes of the Human Affairs Committee, a memo to Wilfred Posluns regarding the the direction of the YM-YWHA for the next decade, an evaluation report of the JCC volunteer department, programming and educational material prepared by the Centre for Human Affairs, Women's Resource Centre. Also included is a program guide for a one-day symposium presented by the New York Cultural Showcase Foundation in 1967 and a newspaper clipping recounting the story of a Toronto career woman who quits city life for life in the Yukon.
File consists of program guides for the YM-YWHA Northern and Bloor branches, and a YM-YWHA Dedication Week program guide highlighting an Oneg Shabbat with guest speakers Isaac Bashevis Singer and Cantor Louis Danto.
Series consists of records documenting the educational programming for the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Included are program and educational guides for the School of Music, Theatre, Dance, and Visual Arts. Also included is a program guide for the Kallah, the Gathering lecture series, an education plan, and a guide for Dedication Week highlighting guest speaker Isaac Bashevis Singer and Cantor Louis Danto.
An annual Jewish Book Week had been considered for several years before the completion of the new Jewish Community Centre (formerly the Y.M.-Y.W.H.A) in 1977 made it feasible. After considerable research, and communication with other communities which had sponsored similar programs (such as Detroit), it was agreed that the success of of the projected Fair would be dependent upon the ability to achieve total community sponsorship. An approach to the Federation of Jewish Women's Organization led to their agreement to serve as co-sponsors; they in turn were followed by the Jewish Cultural Council of the Toronto Jewish Congress and the Jewish Public Library. These four organizations were the initial sponsors, and provided the first representatives to the newly formed Board of Directors.
The first Jewish Book Fair was held in 1977 and featured a large book mart with books of Jewish relevance as well as programming for children and adults.
The Canadian Jewish Book Awards was founded in 1988 by Adam Fuerstenberg whose ambition was to celebrate excellence in Canadian Jewish writing. The Koffler Centre of the Arts was approached to manage the Awards in 1994 and has been administering the Awards program ever since. The name was eventually changed to the Canadian Jewish Book Awards and then again in 2004 to the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards following a 10-year donation from Lillian and Norman Glowinsky. In 2015, the Koffler Centre of the Arts put the Awards on hiatus for one year in order to reframe the program. It was relaunched in 2016 as The Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature.
In 2012, the annual event evolved into Toronto Jewish Book Festival, combining the Book Fair and the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards into one week-long event. In 2013 its name was changed to the Toronto Jewish Literary Festival.
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Series consists of records documenting the Jewish Book Fair. Included in the files are meeting minutes, correspondence, press releases, award ceremony program guides, book award submissions and award winner lists, jury citations, financial statements, committee member lists, sales reports, book evaluation and submission criteria, mission statement, the 25th anniversary tribute book, an architectural drawing of the Lipa Green building, a letter from the Canadian Holocaust Remembrance Association addressing the participation of Edward Greenspan, lawyer for Ernst Zundel, at the Jewish Book Fair and a contract letter outlining the details of the donation made by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Glowinsky to the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto and the subsequent renaming of the Canadian Jewish Book Awards to the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book awards for a period of ten years commencing May 2005-June 2014.
File consists of the Eleph Milim Hebrew-Russian dictionary primer and various correspondence concerning the dissemination of the dictionary and the promotion of the project to send Hebrew texts to the Soviet Union.