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Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
47
Material Format
textual record
Date
1947-1951, 1963-1964
Physical Description
1.18 m of textual records
Admin History/Bio
In late 1947 and early 1948 representatives of the Canadian garment industry organized what became known as the Tailor Project, an immigration program planned to select more than 2,200 skilled tailors from the Displaced Person camps of Europe, facilitate their immigration, and give them jobs in the garment trade and housing in Canada. The Tailor Project was based on similar schemes that had alleviated labour shortages in the logging and mining industries. Canadian Jewish Congress, eager to rescue Holocaust survivors from the DP camps, knew the government would approve a plan to bring in skilled workers to fill a shortage in the garment trades. Recognizing the plan had to come from within the garment industry itself, Congress provided guidance from behind the scenes.
The Tailor Project was the first program that permitted large numbers of Jewish adults to immigrate to Canada following the Second World War. More than half of the immigrants were Jewish. Max E. Enkin (men's clothing), Max Federman (fur workers), Joe Mack and others were sent by the Commission to Europe as part of the selection team. Provided they had the requisite skills, both single and married displaced persons were eligible to come to Canada.
Hundreds of tailoring firms in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver were canvassed and many agreed to hire DP workers on 12-month contracts. The Canadian Overseas Commission, the industry's co-coordinating body, had to ensure proper housing for the expected workers. In response to Max Enkin's emphasis on providing accommodation, many individuals and community organizations reached out to those in need. Under the direction of the United Jewish Relief Agency, the office of the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission attended to the many and varying needs of the immigrant tailors, both Jewish and non-Jewish. In addition to providing financial assistance, the Commission gave attention to problems of landlord-tenant relationships, hospital, medical and dental care, gave direction and made referrals to other agencies for specialized services and co-operated with other organizations in their programs for immigrants.
The Tailor Project became the template for the Furrier Project that followed and spurred the formation in 1947 of the Jewish Vocational Service of Toronto, the original purpose of which was to help survivors of the Holocaust find employment.
Scope and Content
Series consists of the operational records of the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission. Records include agreements between garment industry manufacturers (employers) and employees, immigration records and passenger lists, general correspondence relating to the operation of the program, financial records, employee payroll records, contact and membership lists, the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission Toronto program report, statistical summaries, employee certificates of merit, discharge certificates, meeting minutes of the Toronto Program Steering Committee, employee worker cards and employee housing records. Also included is a hand drawn map locating the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada at 455 Spadina Ave., Toronto, circa 1947.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG291.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Quebec synagogues series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 64; Series 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Quebec synagogues series
Level
Series
Fonds
64
Series
1
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1978
Physical Description
ca. 1350 photographs : col. slides and b&w prints and other material
Scope and Content
Series consists of the records of sixty-nine Quebec synagogues, fifty-nine of them in Montreal. The records include black and white Polaroid prints of the exterior and interior of synagogues and 35 mm colour slides of the same. Series also contains forms filled out for each synagogue for the Canadian Inventory of Historic Buildings. These forms detail the buildings' architectural details such as size, shape, construction, windows, doors, trim, stairs, etc. Series includes one audio cassette from Temple Emanu-el in Montreal, containing a recorded interview with Rabbi Stern.
The series is arranged alphabetically by city, then synagogue.
Notes
Physical description note: includes 28 cm of textual records, 1 audio cassette, and 1 architectural drawing.
Subjects
Synagogues
Places
Québec (Province)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 64; Series 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
Series
Fonds
64
Series
2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1979
Physical Description
5 cm textual records
ca. 3187 photographs : col. slides, b&w prints, b&w negatives
Scope and Content
Series consists of the records of 111 Ontario synagogues, sixty-seven of them in Toronto. The records include black and white Polaroid prints, some with negatives, of the exterior and interior of synagogues, including cornerstones and interior artifacts and furnishings; 35 mm colour slides of the same; and 35 mm black and white negatives with images of dedication, memorial and donor plaques. Series also contains forms filled out (for some synagogues only) for the Canadian Inventory of Historic Buildings. These forms detail the buildings' architectural details such as size, shape, construction, windows, doors, trim, stairs, etc. As well, most files contain an inventory sheet of resources gathered (eg. articles, synagogue booklets), including a listing of photographs taken.
The series is arranged alphabetically by city, then synagogue.
Subjects
Synagogues
Places
Ontario
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
Series
Fonds
64
Series
5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
architectural drawing
Date
1859-1980
Physical Description
35 cm of textual records
10 photographs
41 architectural drawings
Scope and Content
Series contains reference materials created by and written about the synagogues. Primary records include commemorative booklets, a small number of newsletters, brochures, and programs from special events. There are also newspaper clippings and copied articles providing histories of synagogues. There is a small number of photograph prints and negatives, but many of the files also include photographs from books, magazines or photocopies. The series is arranged in alphabetical order by city, then by synagogue. Not every synagogue the project team researched has a reference file, and there may be reference files for shuls for which no photographs survive.
Subjects
Synagogues
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Western Canada synagogues series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 64; Series 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Western Canada synagogues series
Level
Series
Fonds
64
Series
3
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
sound recording
Date
1977
Physical Description
350 photographs and other material
Scope and Content
Series consists of the records of 52 synagogues in communities west of Winnipeg. The records include black and white Polaroid prints, some with negatives, of the exterior and interior of synagogues, and 35 mm colour slides of the same. Series also contains forms filled out for the Canadian Inventory of Historic Buildings. These forms detail the buildings' architectural details such as size, shape, construction, windows, doors, trim, stairs, etc. As well, most files contain an inventory sheet of resources gathered (eg. articles, synagogue booklets), including a listing of photographs taken. The series also include two audio cassettes containing recorded interviews and shul tours in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The series is arranged alphabetically by city, then synagogue.
Notes
Physical description note: includes 16 cm of textual records, 2 audio cassettes, and 1 drawing.
Subjects
Synagogues
Places
Canada, Western
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Eastern Canada synagogues series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 64; Series 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Eastern Canada synagogues series
Level
Series
Fonds
64
Series
4
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1978
Physical Description
8 cm textual records and graphic material
281 photographs
Scope and Content
Series consists of the records of 12 synagogues in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. The records include black and white Polaroid prints and 35 mm colour slides of the exterior and interior of synagogues, including cornerstones and interior furnishings and objects. Series also contains forms filled out for the Canadian Inventory of Historic Buildings. These forms detail the buildings' architectural details such as size, shape, construction, windows, doors, trim, stairs, etc. As well, most files contain an inventory sheet of resources gathered (eg. articles, synagogue booklets), including a listing of photographs taken.
The series is arranged alphabetically by city, then synagogue.
Subjects
Synagogues
Places
Canada, Eastern
Source
Archival Descriptions
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