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Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
International Council of Jewish Women series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
International Council of Jewish Women series
Level
Series
Fonds
38
Series
6
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1940-1996
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
11 photographs
Admin History/Bio
The International Council of Jewish Women is made up of Jewish women's organizations from across the world. Founded in 1912 and revived in 1949, the ICJW's goals were to promote equal rights, women's rights, understanding, and peace throughout the world. It sought to spread knowledge about and strengthen Jewish cultural traditions, to help build Israel, and to encourage women to participate in community services. It cooperated actively as a non-governmental organization with UNESCO, and was an accredited observer at the United Nations. The National Council of Jewish Women has been a vital member of the ICJW, with a number of its members having served on the executive and as vice-presidents and presidents of the ICJW.
In a first attempt to form an international council of Jewish women, representatives from the National Council of Jewish Women in the United States, along with similar organizations in Great Britain and Germany, met in Rome in 1912. Their efforts were aborted with the onset of World War I, but in the 1920s, Jewish women's groups reconvened and ended up holding three meetings. After a long hiatus due to the devastation of World War II and the Holocaust, the International Council of Jewish Women was officially re-born in 1949 in Paris. The ICJW has held conventions every three years since 1954, and in countries around the world, including in Toronto in 1972, and in Vancouver in 1987.
The ICJW was organized in a committee system which communicated through a network of newsletters, mailings, and triennial meetings. Committees have included By-Laws, Community Services, Herczeg Israel Seminar, Newsletter, North American Committee, Public Relations, Resolutions, Soviet Jewry, Status of Women, and United Nations. The ICJW also held regional meetings, seminars such as the Rosa and Esteban Herczeg seminars in Jerusalem, and field trips.
Canadian presidents of the ICJW have included Antonia S. Robinson (1957-1960), and Helen Marr (1990-1993). While serving as president, Tony Robinson represented Jewish women of Canada at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Helen Marr served as president of National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Toronto Section from 1973 to 1976, and as president of the NCJWC from 1981 to 1985. She married Gerald Marr, and has three children. Helen served as Canada's Vice-President to the ICJW from 1986-1989, and chaired the ICJW's triennial convention in Vancouver in 1987. She also held leadership positions with the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Ben Gurion University, Canadian Jewish Congress, and the Skylight Theatre.
Scope and Content
Series contains records documenting the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada's involvement in the International Council of Jewish Women. It includes pamphlets and publicity material, newsletters, the 75th anniversary tribute book, by-laws and resolutions, material from conventions and other activities, correspondence, and photographs.
A portion of the records were generated during Helen Marr's presidency of the ICJW. These records include by-laws and guidelines, committee files, and mailings.
Notes
The International Council of Jewish Women was variously called the World Congress of Jewish Women, the World Conference of Jewish Women, and the World Organization of Jewish Women between 1912 and 1929.
Name Access
Helen Marr
World Congress of Jewish Women
World Conference of Jewish Women
World Organization of Jewish Women
Subjects
Human rights
Women
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 38
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
38
Material Format
multiple media
Date
[190-]-2002
Physical Description
2.6 m of textual records and other material
Admin History/Bio
The National Council of Jewish Women of Canada (NCJWC) was the first national Jewish women's organization in Canada. The council had its beginnings among the urban elite, and played a strong role over the years in influencing public policy in such areas as relations with Israel, national unity, and the plight of world Jewry. The NCJWC is dedicated, in the spirit of Judaism, to furthering human welfare in the Jewish and general communities -- locally, nationally and internationally. It operated around three main pillars: service, education, and social action.
The National Council of Jewish Women was founded in the United States in 1893 by activist Hannah G. Solomon. In 1897, its first Canadian chapter was established in Toronto. In 1925, with seven chapters in Canada, a Canadian liaison position to the National Council of Jewish Women was created. A full-fledged “Canadian Division” of the NCJW was formed in 1934, with rules drafted at the first conference in Winnipeg three years later. Irene Samuel served as the Canadian Division’s first national president. In 1943, the division was renamed the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, and was officially incorporated in 1944, though it did not receive its letters patent until three years later. Even so, the NCJWC still retained some affiliation with the NCJW, whereby they paid per-capita dues to the Americans in return for program and administrative materials. In 1967 the NCJWC ceased these payments altogether, thereby separating from NCJW completely.
The early NCJWC focused on providing service to young girls and immigrants. They also involved themselves in contemporary politics through support for the war effort; the council donated vehicles to the Red Cross, turned Council House into a servicemen's centre, and even built several libraries at Canadian army camps. A national office opened ca. 1950 in Toronto, but until 1966 it moved to the national president's home city with every election. That year the office was permanently anchored in Toronto. In the 1950s and 1960s the council established Good Age clubs, the Irene Samuel Scholarship Fund, and developed the national Higher Horizons child-care and Newer Horizons elder-care programs. It expanded its overseas programs with support for the Israel Family Counseling Association and Ship-a-Box. The Soviet Jewry projects in the 1970s and 1980s reflected the council’s increasing emphasis on social action. Since the late 1990s, the council has focused on women's issues with efforts such as the Breast Self-Examination (BSE) program.
The NCJWC was governed by an executive council, led by a president. Vice-presidents were each responsible for one portfolio, such as membership, public affairs, etc., which were in turn made up of a number of national committees. The national executive was responsible for producing by-laws, guidelines, policies and procedures, as well as developing national service and social action programs. National also provided support and program materials to the sections, and held biennial meetings every other year from 1937 in cities across Canada. Its decentralized structure meant that while the national office remained in Toronto, officers of the executive have resided right across the country.
As of 1997, the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada was an affiliate member of the International Council of Jewish Women, a member of UNESCO Canadian Subcommission of the Status of Women, and a member of the Coalition of Jewish Women Against Domestic Violence and the Coalition for Agunot Rights. Prominent past presidents include Mrs. Harry (Irene) Samuel, Mrs. Lucille Lorie, Dr. Reva Gerstein, Mozah Zemans, Mina Hollenberg, Sophie Drache, Thelma Rolingher, Helen Marr, Bunny Gurvey, Sheila Freeman, Penny Yellen, and Gloria Strom. The council’s national office moved to Winnipeg in November, 1993. As of 2006, the council still had 5 active sections in Canada: Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal.
Custodial History
NCJWC donated these records to the OJA after they had finished a historical exhibit and catalogue in 1997 called "Faith and Humanity," celebrating 100 years of NCJWC.
Scope and Content
The fonds documents NCJWC’s fundraising, social service and social action work in Toronto, in other cities across the country, and overseas. Records include conference and meeting programs, minutes, hand-written correspondence, speeches and reports, national newsletters, published histories, by-laws and policies, photographs, publicity material, historical subject files and artifacts. The records have been arranged into nine series: National biennial conventions and annual meetings; National Executive Council; National portfolios and committees; National program and event materials; National history research and subject files; International Council of Jewish Women; Toronto Section; Photos and audio-visual material; and National Council of Jewish Juniors, Toronto Section.
Notes
Physical description note: includes ca. 2470 photographs, 13 architectural drawings, 2 artistic drawings, 3 badges, 3 medals, 1 pin, 28 audio cassettes, and 1 videocassette.
Name Access
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada
Subjects
Women
Related Material
See also: photographs 3207, 3192, 4140, 4067, 4066, 4434; Accession 1977-8-7 for National Council of Jewish Women of Welland; National Council of Jewish Juniors, photographs 458, 459, 460, 463, 464, 465, 466, 468; MG2 B-1K
Arrangement
Records have been arranged by function, in accordance with information gleaned from NCJWC's organizational charts and annual reports
Creator
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada
Accession Number
2001-8-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
6
Material Format
sound recording
Date
28 Aug. 1984
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette of an interview with Levy Conglin. The survey results of a statistical analysis of disabled Jews are discussed.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Level
File
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Material Format
sound recordings
Date
1981-1997
Physical Description
26 audio cassettes
Scope and Content
File consists of 26 audio cassette recordings, most pertaining to the 1981 Conference on the Disabled Jewish and a Task Force on Jewish Disabled Persons.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
7
Material Format
sound recording
Date
19 June 1985
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette of an interview with Patti Starr, Nita Goldband and Lesley (Mills?) about a Task Force (for Jewish Disabled Persons?) report.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
9
Material Format
sound recording
Date
22 July 1985
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette of a Task Force (for Jewish Disabled Persons?) report, and brainstorming ideas for a book (tape 2 of 2).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
10
Material Format
sound recording
Date
June 1980
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette of the Israel Family Counselling Association, which was recorded in Tel Aviv.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
8
Material Format
sound recording
Date
22 July 1985
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette of a Task Force (for Jewish Disabled Persons?) report, and brainstorming ideas for a book (tape 1 of 2).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
11
Material Format
sound recording
Date
22 June 1982
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette of students who are working on a Task Force for Jewish Disabled Persons interviewing members of the Jewish community, including Jewish disabled persons, to gather information in order to produce 5 minute trigger films.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
12
Material Format
sound recording
Date
24 Aug. 1982
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette recording of Patti Starr discussing the format for the Task Force for Jewish Disabled Persons report and film.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
13
Material Format
sound recording
Date
1981
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette related to an education session on learning disabilities at the Conference on the Jewish Disabled. Speaking on tape are Rabbi I. Witty (Chairman), Rabbi Ebstein from New York, Mrs. R Fleishman and Dr. Hillel Goelman.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
14
Material Format
sound recording
Date
1981
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette discussing social services at the Conference on the Jewish Disabled, with R. Shriar and others.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
15
Material Format
sound recording
Date
1981
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette discussing education at the Conference on the Jewish Disabled.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
16
Material Format
sound recording
Date
1981
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette of Ernie Ginsler giving the keynote speech at the Conference on the Jewish Disabled.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
17
Material Format
sound recording
Date
21 June 1982
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette of an interview with Mel Horwich.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
18
Material Format
sound recording
Date
April 1984
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette related to Task Force newsletter #4.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
19
Material Format
sound recording
Date
1981
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette recording of the religion session at the Conference on the Jewish Disabled.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
22
Material Format
sound recording
Date
25 Nov. 1981
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette recording of the religion session, with Felder and Rose as speakers, at the Conference on the Jewish Disabled.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 23
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
23
Material Format
sound recording
Date
25 Nov. 1981
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette recording of the morning plenary address by Dr. Jerry Cooper and Ron Goldman, at the Conference on the Jewish Disabled.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 24
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
24
Material Format
sound recording
Date
1981
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette related to various reports on sessions at the Conference on the Jewish Disabled.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
25
Material Format
sound recording
Date
Sept. 1983
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette related to Task Force (on Jewish Disabled Persons?) news.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 26
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
26
Material Format
sound recording
Date
June 1984
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette of the Weekly News Digest, published by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, NYC, New York. It is recorded by volunteers under the auspices of the Canadian Jewish Congress for use by physically and visually handicapped persons. Side 1 is dated June 8-15, 1984, and side 2, June 15-22, 1984.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
20
Material Format
sound recording
Date
1981
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette recording of the social and recreation session at the Conference on the Jewish Disabled (tape 1 of 2).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
21
Material Format
sound recording
Date
1981
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette recording of the social and recreation session at the Conference on the Jewish Disabled (tape 2 of 2).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National Executive Council series
Presidents sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 2-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National Executive Council series
Presidents sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
2-1
Material Format
textual record
Date
[193-?]-1987
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of speeches, reports and correspondence generated by various presidents of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada. It includes Irene Samuel's handwritten speeches and reports from the 1930s. Samuel, the first president of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, was involved in the formation of council's Canadian division.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National Executive Council series
Administration sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National Executive Council series
Administration sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
2-2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1957-1988
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of one-time publications and communications produced by the administrative function of the National Excecutive Council for use by executive, as well as general, members of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada. These publications document council's history, functions and goals.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National portfolios and committees series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National portfolios and committees series
Level
Series
Fonds
38
Series
3
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1937-1995
Physical Description
8 cm of textual records
2 photographs
Admin History/Bio
The National Council of Jewish Women of Canada conducted its activites through a number of national portfolios, each headed by a national vice-president and composed of a number of committees.
Scope and Content
Series consists of reports, publicity, guidelines, by-laws, and other material generated by these various national committees and portfolios. It also includes fairly full sets of the national periodicals Canadian Council Women, Keeping You Posted and The New Edition.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National Executive Council series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National Executive Council series
Level
Series
Fonds
38
Series
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1933-1988
Physical Description
8 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The National Executive Council was the main governing body of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada.
Scope and Content
Series is composed of two sub-series: National Presidents and National Administration.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National program and event materials series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National program and event materials series
Level
Series
Fonds
38
Series
4
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1960-1997
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
8 photographs
Scope and Content
Series consists of publicity, programs, correspondence, photographs and other material related to national workshops, awards, campaigns and programs.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National history research and subject files series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National history research and subject files series
Level
Series
Fonds
38
Series
5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1928-1997
Physical Description
23 cm of textual records
73 photographs (18 slides)
Admin History/Bio
The National Council of Jewish Women of Canada made a number of efforts over the years to compile historical and archival collections.
Scope and Content
Series consists of news clippings, published histories, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, listings of presidents and other materials, which were gathered as part of the effort to document the NCJW's history. Records include a clippings scrapbook and photographs of prominant president Lucille Lorie, two published national histories, and photographs from a 1947 or 1954 presidential installation. There are also subject files generated by the various sections across Canada, which include section bulletins and publications, year books, photographs and newsclippings.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Presidents sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Presidents sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
7-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
[1947?]-1989
Physical Description
5 cm of textual records
16 photographs
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists predominantly of correspondence, photographs, lists, and newsletters which were generated by past Toronto Section presidents.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Executive sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Executive sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
7-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1932-2002
Physical Description
25 cm of textual records
61 photographs
Admin History/Bio
Toronto Section's executive was composed of the president and all other elected officers, plus branch and committee chairmen. They were responsible for planning and carrying out council's programs and activities.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of sets of Toronto Section's annual reports and exectuive meeting minutes, as well as executive and branch lists, photographs, and annual meeting programs.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Board of Directors sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Board of Directors sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
7-3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1955-1999
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Toronto Section's Board of Directors was responsible for ensuring the section's awareness of and subscription to national programs and policies.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of a fairly complete set of Board of Directors meeting minutes from 1955 to 1979. It also includes two folders of minutes from meetings held betweeen 1980 and 1995.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Communication Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Communication Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
7-4
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
sound recording
Date
1951-1997
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
1 audio cassette
345 photographs : (342 slides)
Admin History/Bio
Toronto Section's executive historically incorporated five or six vice-presidents, each in charge of a portfolio made up of a group of related committees. The Communication portfolio was responsible for Toronto Section's public relations and publicity.
Scope and Content
This sub-series includes copies of the Toronto Section's Bulletin (1951-1975), and Council Communiques (1975-1988). It also contains parts of scrapbooks, slide shows, and audio-visual presentations created between the late 1970s and the mid-1980s in an effort to document and advertise the section's activities.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Membership Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Membership Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
7-5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1957-1987
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
22 photographs
Admin History/Bio
Toronto Section's executive historically incorporated five or six vice-presidents, each in charge of a portfolio made up of a group of related committees. The membership portfolio was responsible for the recruitment and retention of members.
Scope and Content
Sub-series documents the activities of the membership portfolio and its various committees, predominantly from the 1970s and 1980s. It consists of publicity material, resource handbooks, by-laws and photographs.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Education Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Education Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
7-6
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1936-1996
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
225 photographs : (130 negatives and 14 slides)
Admin History/Bio
Toronto Section's executive historically incorporated five or six vice-presidents, each in charge of a portfolio made up of a group of related committees. The education portfolio oversaw workshops and speakers, and engaged in research and social action projects. This portfolio often organized programs and activities in conjunction with the membership and service portfolios.
Scope and Content
This sub-series comprises photographs, reports, programs and brochures generated by the portfolio and predominantly covers the late 1970s through to the early 1980s.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Thrift Shop Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Thrift Shop Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
7-7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1968-1971
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Toronto Section's executive historically incorporated five or six vice-presidents, each in charge of a portfolio made up of a group of related committees. The thrift shop was a significant generator of revenue until the shop discontinued in 1971.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of one file of newsclippings, meeting minutes and correspondence from the thrift shop's final few years.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Ways and Means Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Ways and Means Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
7-8
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1963-1985
Physical Description
5 cm of textual records
144 photographs : (92 negatives)
Admin History/Bio
Toronto Section's executive historically incorporated five or six vice-presidents, each in charge of a portfolio made up of a group of related committees. The Ways and Means Portfolio was Toronto Section's fundraising arm.
Scope and Content
Sub-series contains publicity materials, photographs, invitations and programs from various fundraising events, including the popular Angel's Ball.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Finance Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Finance Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
7-9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1964-1983
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Toronto Section's executive historically incorporated five or six vice-presidents, each in charge of a portfolio made up of a group of related committees. The Finance Portfolio was headed by Toronto Section's treasurer.
Scope and Content
Sub-series includes a selection of Toronto Section financial statements and budgets.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
House Committee sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
House Committee sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
7-10
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
architectural drawing
Date
1961-[198-?]
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
37 photographs
2 artistic drawings : 52 x 53 cm or smaller
13 architectural drawings : 92 x 60 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Toronto Section's executive historically incorporated five or six vice-presidents, each in charge of a portfolio made up of a group of related committees. In 1963, Toronto Section moved to a new Council House at 4700 Bathurst Street.
Scope and Content
Sub-series includes drawings, photographs, minutes, contracts and correspondence relating to the builiding's construction and later renovations.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Service Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Service Portfolio sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
7-11
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Date
1936-1995
Physical Description
25 cm of textual records
921 photographs : b&w and col. (288 negatives and 25 slides)
1 object
Admin History/Bio
Toronto Section's executive historically incorporated five or six vice-presidents, each in charge of a portfolio made up of a group of related committees. The service portfolio has been a cornerstone of Toronto Section throughout its existence. This portfolio's early progressive programs included the Jewish Girls' Club and Camp Camperdown, and later evolved into a blood donor drive, ESL programs, nursery, and aid to seniors and the disabled. In the 1960s they began to operate as a clearing-house for Jewish commmunity volunteers.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of photographs, program materials, reports and newsletters which document the Service Portfolio's activities.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Special events sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Special events sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
7-12
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1947-1977
Physical Description
5 cm of textual records
19 photographs
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of anniversary books, scripts and programs from Toronto Section's theatrical productions, as well as other celebratory events.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Toronto Section archival material sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Toronto Section archival material sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
38
Series
7-13
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1908-1996
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
290 photographs : (37 negatives)
Admin History/Bio
The National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Toronto Section celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1997. These files, organized chronologically by year, were likley assembled in conjunction with a commemmorative exhibit and book produced by the centennial committee.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of programs from anniversary celebrations, photographs of early Council House buildings, bulletins, handwritten correspondence, telegrams and newsclippings. Of note is a series of letters from Ida Siegal which she wrote upon making several cross-country trips for the NCJW between 1931 amd 1936.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National Council of Jewish Juniors, Toronto Section series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National Council of Jewish Juniors, Toronto Section series
Level
Series
Fonds
38
Series
9
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1933-1940
Physical Description
7.5 cm of textual records
1 photograph
Admin History/Bio
The National Council of Jewish Juniors section opened in Toronto circa 1932. Members of the Junior Council conducted the Jewish Girls' Clubs as well as other study and cultural groups. Its social service activities ran parallel to those of Toronto Section of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada (referred to as Senior Council). The juniors disbanded in 1946, and integrated into the NCJWC's evening groups.
Scope and Content
Series consists of scrapbook pages and newsletters from the 1930s. The scrapbooks contain programs, news clippings, and photographs from Junior Council productions and conventions.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Level
Series
Fonds
38
Series
8
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1920-1996
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
26 audio cassettes
1 video cassette
241 photographs
Scope and Content
Series consists of various photographs and audio-visual records. The photographs are grouped mainly by decade. A majority of audio cassettes pertain to the 1981 conference on disabled Jewish people and associated activities. The video cassette is a narrated history of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Level
Series
Fonds
38
Series
7
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1932-2002
Physical Description
1.56 m of textual records and other material
Admin History/Bio
The first Canadian section of the National Council of Jewish Women was founded in Toronto in 1897. Toronto Section has been one of the most active sections of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada and has provided many of its leaders. This series charts the growth of Toronto Section, predominantly from the 1930s through the early 1990s.
Scope and Content
Series consists of annual reports, bulletins and Council Communiqués, executive and board minutes, chairmen's handbooks, event and Angel's Ball programs and invitations, publicity material, scrapbooks, photographs, newsclippings, published histories, reports, anniversary booklets, architectural drawings of Council House, certificates, playscripts, audio recordings and a videocassette of the council's history.
The series is divided into 13 sub-series: Presidents; Executive; Board of Directors; Communication porfolio; Membership portfolio; Education portfolio; Thrift shop portfolio; Ways and means portfolio; Finance portfolio; House committee; Service portfolio; Special events; and Toronto Section archival material.
Notes
Physical decscription note: Includes 2080 photographs, 2 artistic drawings, 13 architectural drawings, 1 object and 1 sound recording.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 1; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
1
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
June 1956
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Sophie Drache and Dr. Reva Gerstein standing in front of a lodge at the Banff workshop in June 1956.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
National Executive Council series
Presidents sub-series
Mrs. Irene Samuel speeches and reports file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
2-1
File
1
Item
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1933
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
Item is a speech written by Irene Samuel on the Jewish Girls Club. The speech was written in support of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies annual campaign.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
3
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1967-1992
Physical Description
4.5 m of textual records
1822 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
The earliest impetus for the creation of a Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) committee to focus on the issue of Soviet Jews was in response to the infamous “Leningrad trials” of 31 dissident Soviet Jews in the winter of 1970. Concurrently, the Soviet government began to systematically persecute almost all Jews who applied for permission to emigrate. The issuing of exit visas was refused (the genesis of the term “Refusnik”), usually on exaggerated claims of national security, after which the applicants were often dismissed from their jobs, recalled to military service, or similarly persecuted by state authorities. Those who publicly protested such treatment were subsequently arrested, detained for long periods, or tried as examples to others and sent to Siberian labour camps.
When information about the plight of Soviet Jews reached Canada, Toronto’s Jews responded immediately and decisively. Synagogue congregations, student groups, women’s organizations, professional organizations and community groups all established independent committees to aid Soviet Jews directly and to pressure local, national and international governments to address Soviet antisemitism. Very quickly these committees began organizing mass rallies, letter writing campaigns, petitions, targeted protests and direct aid involving large numbers of people and considerable fundraising efforts. From 1971 to the late 1980s the cause of Soviet Jewry remained, along with support for The State of Israel, the most significant issue to the Jewish community.
The Action Committee for Soviet Jewry (ACSJ) was formed by the (then) Central Region of the CJC in early 1971 in order to coordinate the activities of, and provide stable funding and administrative support for, the various ad hoc committees and action groups that had sprung up across Toronto and the rest of Ontario. Organizations coordinated by the Action Committee included university student groups, the Group of 35, Women for Soviet Jewry (WSJ), B’nai B’rith, and the Canadian Zionist Federation (CZF). The ACSJ originally reported to the CJC’s Steering Committee for Soviet Jewry (SCSJ), but by the mid-1970s the reporting of the two committees was reversed, with the Steering Committee reporting to the Action Committee. By 1977, the Action Committee and the Steering Committee were merged into the newly-renamed CJC Ontario Region’s Committee for Soviet Jewry (occasionally referred to as the Toronto Committee).
The first Chairman of the SCSJ was the prominent Toronto politician and activist Joseph B. Salsberg. Later chairs, including Sam Filer, Phyllis Sugar, Reg Adelman, author Jeanette Goldman, Joyce Eklove, and Judge Ted Matlow were also involved with affiliated local groups whose activities were coordinated by the SCSJ. Sam Filer, its first permanent Secretary, became in 1976 its second Chairman. He also served as Chairman of the Toronto Action Committee for Soviet Jewry and was an original co-founder of Lawyers and Jurists for Soviet Jewry. Similarly, Phyllis Sugar was a Co-chair of the ACSJ with Reg Adelman in the early to mid-1970s, while simultaneously serving as the Chair of WSJ. Genya Intrator, the first Chair of WSJ in the early 1970s, later served as first Chair of the Canadian Committee for Soviet Jewry. Despite having its first meeting in Winnipeg, the Canadian Committee had most of its leadership and activities in Toronto. Toronto residents Sydney Harris (later Judge Harris), David Satok, Genya Intrator and David Sadowski all chaired this committee as it developed a national agenda through contacts with affiliated organizations across the country, while coordinating internationally with groups such as the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews based in New York.
Towards the end of the 1980s, many of the restrictions regarding exit visas for refusniks were removed and increasingly Russian Jews began to immigrate to Israel, the United States and Canada. A large percentage of the latter settled in Toronto. By 1991, in response to the changes in Russia and the former Soviet republics, the CJC’s local and national Soviet Jewry Committees were wound up and their leadership began to focus on new issues, such as the integration of Soviet Jewish immigrants into Canada and the continuing struggle to fight antisemitism in the successor states of the former Soviet Union. To this end, the CJC formed a Political Liaison Committee in the early 1990s. Internationally, however, many Russian Jewish advocacy groups continued to operate on the foundation of activism and community organization established during the decades of solidarity built around the Soviet Jewry cause.
Custodial History
The records in this series were accumulated and maintained in the offices of the CJC under the jurisdiction of Samuel Resnick, in his role as the Director of the Community Action for Israel Committee, and as the main CJC staff employee for overseeing the Action Committee for Soviet Jewry and Steering Committee for Soviet Jewry, which eventually coalesced as simply the Committee for Soviet Jewry circa 1977. By 1980, Resnick’s title was Director of the Committee for Soviet Jewry, Central Region, making him the primary full-time staffer of the CJC involved in the Soviet Jewry cause.
Scope and Content
Series consists of extensive planning, administrative and operational records including meeting minutes, correspondence, budgets and membership lists. Records pertaining to activities include numerous event and protest photographs, articles, petitions, posters and other press materials. Records related to the gathering of information regarding Soviet Jewry include transcripts of telegrams and telephone conversations, background fact sheets and many individual case files.
This series has been arranged into six sub-series. Sub-series 1 consists of Ontario Region committee meeting agendas and minutes. Sub-series 2 consists of the correspondence files documenting various activities of that committee. Sub-series 3 consists of the agendas, minutes and general correspondence of the National Committee for Soviet Jewry. Sub-series 4 consists of records documenting affiliated Jewish organizations that collaborated with the CJC in protesting the persecution of Soviet Jews. Sub-series 5 consists of records documenting the various protest activities such as lobbying, letter writing, public rallies, marches and demonstrations. Sub-series 6 , Rufusnik Cases, consists of 3 sub-sub-series, containing individual case files, large published lists, and reference publications about Soviet Jews who were refused permission to emigrate (refusniks).
Notes
Physical extent note: although over 28 m of Soviet Jewry records were originally transferred to the OJA, more than 23 m of those records have been culled due to their origin (non-Canadian sources), format (outside periodicals and publications), because they were merely externally-created reference materials, or because they were part of the very large volumes of duplicates that made up the majority of the box contents. Records documenting the activities of other CJC Committees have also been removed for future processing within more appropriately-titled series within Fonds 17.
Subjects
Committees
Jews--Soviet Union
Arrangement
Because the Soviet Jewry records donated by the Canadian Jewish Congress had not been maintained in a discernable original order, they had to be reorganized into their current arrangement by the processing archivist.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Committee meeting agendas and minutes sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
3-1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1970-1988
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of agendas and minutes of meetings of 1), the Toronto Committee for Soviet Jewry (its best-known name) and its predecessors 2), The Steering Committee for Soviet Jewry, 3), the Committee for Soviet Jewry and 4), the Action Committee for Soviet Jewry. Each file title reflects the name of the creator committee at that time. With the exception of 1984, there are agendas and minutes for each year of committee activity until 1988, after which time the activities of the committee were considerably reduced. 1989 and 1990 committee meeting minutes were either not created or never transferred.
Related Material
Committee correspondence may be found at Fonds 17, Series 3, Sub-series 3-2
Arrangement
Files have been arranged in chronological order and by committee name.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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