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 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 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 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 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 Cultural Management Committee. Included are meeting minutes, agendas and reports, research regarding the special needs program, proposed budgets and the Ministry of Culture and Recreation Operating Grant Program for Art Galleries information guide.
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 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.
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.
File consists of press clippings and an article in Events magazine noting Jewish authors Elie Wiesel, Mordecai Richler, Chaim Potok, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Raul Hilberg, and Fania Fenelon as having at one time addressed the Jewish Book Fair.
File consists of correspondence from the Canadian Holocaust Remembrance Association to Marlene Ruderman, chairman of the Jewish Book Fair and a letter from the Canadian Holocaust Remembrance Association expressing disapproval at the participation of Edward Greenspan, lawyer for Ernst Zundel, at the Jewish Book Fair.
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 a catalogue for the exhibit entitled From Bundle Boards to Paravents, Contemporary Glass Screens feturing artists Stephen Brathwaite, Margaret Cavanaugh, Mimi Gellman, Wayne Kelly, Barbara Laffey, Ken Pellar, Pertegaz and Hernandez, Aren Sepanski, Ernestine Tahedi, and David Wilde and a brief history of the decorative screen.
File consists of promotional material for Beyond Electronics, a series of three exhibitions involving 11 artists and an article published in Leonardo, Vol 33 entitlted Nature, Technology and Art: The emergence of a new relationship? Artisits included in the exhibit are Diana Burgoyne, Gerhard Gehrmann, Christine Hawkes, Juan Gomez-Perales, David Robeby, Alan Bouch, Laura Kikauka, Norman White, Nell Tenhaaf, Marshalore and Tom Sherman.
File consists of records documenting the Koffler Gallery Art Exhibitions. Included in the file are reviews, promotional material, media releases, press clippings and catalogues highlighting the works of Jane Buyers. Also included is Jane Buyers' CV.