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Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
17
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
1927
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 254 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Bella Diamant (fourth from right) aboard the S.S. Estonia en route to Canada. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. Written on the back in Polish are several names including Turek and [Mr. Wasszawski?] and the address Reid Ave. 295.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. Both recto and verso were digitized as tiff files and a jpg access copy was made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
18
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[192-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (tiff) ; 198 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Bella Diamant (on left) possibly with her sister Ruth (on right). The woman in the middle and children are unknown.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy was made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
19
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
1930
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 101 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Esther Diamant, Bella's sister. The photograph was given to Chaim Myer by Esther prior to him leaving for Canada to live with Bella and Samuel. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. The inscription written on the back in Polish reads: Brother, in the day you are leaving Poland for Canada.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. Both recto and verso were digitized as tiff files and a jpg access copy was made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
20
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
April 1927
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (tiff) ; 208 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Bella Diamant. The picture was taken in April 1927, before the trip from Poland to Canada.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
21
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[ca. 1930]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (tiff) ; 208 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Myer Diamant.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
22
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
1927
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 263 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Bella Diamant (centre) with cousin on left and [unknown woman] on right. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. An inscription in Polish is written on the back.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 23
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
23
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
1926
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 257 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Bella Diamant (centre) with [siblings], likely Ruth and Myer. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. The inscription written on the back in Polish reads: To my brother-in-law, Ruth.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 24
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
24
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 85 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of an unknown woman. This may be Esther Diamant, Bella's sister. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. The inscription written on the back is written in Yiddish.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
25
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[192-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (tiff) ; 48 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of an unknown man.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 26
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
26
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
1927
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 144 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Bella Diamant's cousin Bela (on left) with another cousin (on right). The cousins were the daughters of Bella's father's brother. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. The inscription written on the back in Polish reads: To think of me forever, your cousin, we are giving you our picture.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 117; Item 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Bella Diamant fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
117
Item
27
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[1940?]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (tiff) ; 228 MB
Scope and Content
This item is a scanned photograph of Yeheskel Borenstein son of Ovadya and Ruth Borenstein. Included is a scan of the recto and verso of the photograph. Written on the back in Polish are the dates (19 March 1938 and 11 October 1942) with the name Yeheskel Borenstein son of Ovadya and Ruth.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Digitization of the original photograph was done by the OJA Archivist. A master tiff file and a jpg access copy were made.
Subjects
Holocaust victims
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal life series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal life series
Level
Series
Fonds
51
Series
1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[192-]-1988
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
74 photographs : b&w and col. (8 negatives) ; 36 x 26 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records and graphic material related to the personal life of Phil Givens. This includes general correspondence, family portraits and personal snapshots, school materials and biographical writings.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[ca. 1925] - [ca. 1963]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w and col. (tiff)
Admin History/Bio
Fanny (nee Machtinger) Rubin immigrated to Toronto with her family from Drildz, Poland in 1909. Prior to immigrating, Fanny had begun dating Paul Rubin. In 1910, Paul immigrated to Toronto from Lodz, Poland to be with Fanny and they married soon after in 1911. Paul worked as a ladies coat and suit designer and had a "Twix-teen" clothing line for petite women.
Paul and Fanny had four daughters: Nelly (b. Aug. 1913), Sarah (b. 10 Aug. 1915), Pauline "Peppy" (b. 21 Feb. 1920), and Minnie "Min" (b. 17 Feb. 1924). Nelly later married Joe Allen, Sarah married Gordon Donsky, Minnie married Phil Givens and Pauline married Sol Mandlsohn, the founder of Bay Bloor Radio.
Scope and Content
File consists of two family portraits of the Rubin family. Included is one early portrait [ca. 1925] and one later portrait [ca. 1963] that includes grandchildren and spouses.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Rubin Family file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Rubin Family file
Level
Item
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[ca. 1925]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (tiff)
Scope and Content
Item is a family portrait of the Rubin family. Identified is (left to right): Fanny, Nelly (Allen), Minnie (Givens), Sarah (Donsky), Pauline "Peppy" (Mandlsohn) and Paul.
Subjects
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Rubin Family file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Rubin Family file
Level
Item
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[ca. 1963]
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. (tiff)
Scope and Content
Item is a family portrait of the Rubin family. Identified is:
Back row (left to right): Eleanor (Baker), Phil Givens, Sol Mandlsohn, Mark Mandlsohn, Gordon Donsky, Ruth Donsky, Joe Allen, and Dianne Allen.
Front row (left to right): Min Givens, Pauline Mandlsohn, Paul Rubin, Fanny Rubin, Sarah Donaky, and Nellie Allen.
Seated on floor (left to right): Michael Givens, Annie Mandlsohn, and Jeff Donsky.
Subjects
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual General Meetings series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 67; Series 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual General Meetings series
Level
Series
Fonds
67
Series
1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
sound recording
Date
1939-2008
Physical Description
27 cm of textual records
990 photographs (338 negatives, 489 jpgs)
13 cassettes
Admin History/Bio
United Jewish Welfare Fund's annual general meeting is the annual gathering of general delegates and members of the UJA Federation Council. In general, the Annual Meeting is adjourned after the introductory speeches, then the Council convenes for its meeting, adjourns and the Annual Meeting is re-convened. The Council is made up of delegates representing synagogues, agencies, schools, communal organizations, societies and landsmenshaften of the Toronto community. It is responsible for electing the Federation President, Governors and directors of UJA Federation, as well as appointing auditors, introducing and approving the by-laws of UJA Federation/UJWF. Until 2005, the AGM included the presentation of the Shem Tov volunteer recognition awards, the Leadership Development Awards, the Ben Sadowski Award of Merit for outstanding volunteer contributions, and beginning in 1997, the Phil Granovsky Award for Campaign Excellence. The AGM was usually followed by a reception.
Starting in 1975, when the merger of CJC's Central Region and UJWF was initiated, there continued to be multiple annual meetings for the organizations that today are encompassed by the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. In the second half of the 1970s, during the interim period before the adoption of a constitution for the new Toronto Jewish Congress, CJC and UJWF, though they began to have joint meetings and programs, continued to operate separately with separate executives. Once the establishment of TJC was finalized, UJWF "ceas[ed] to exist as a functional community organization" but remained as a "wholly owned subsidiary" of TJC. UJWF remained a legal entity and a partner in the United Jewish Appeal campaign, and was separate insofar as it produced its own financial reports and held its own annual meetings. Similarly, the UJA, as a program of UJWF, held its own annual meetings.
Scope and Content
Series consists of meeting agendas, minutes, programmes, speeches, delegate and nominee lists, correspondence and audio recordings of annual meetings of the United Jewish Welfare Fund/Toronto Jewish Congress/Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto/UJA Federation from 1939 to 2009, and photographs from annual meetings and awards receptions from 1978 to 2004.
Related Material
See Fonds 66, Series 2 for minutes of the annual meetings of the predecessor organization, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.
See Series 2 for the Annual Reports of UJWF, produced each year in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.
Accession Number
2004-6-9
2005-2-10
1993-6-3
1994-5-1
2002-10-63
2009-7-10
1996-2-1
2000-5-5
2009-12-10
2009-9-9
2010-3-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2010-5-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-5-8
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
5 photographs : b&w, some sepia toned (jpg)
1 textual record (jpg.)
Date
[ca. 1940]-1946
Scope and Content
Accession consists of scanned photographs and one scanned discharge certificate documenting Isaac's experience in the Royal Canadian Army during the Second World War.
Administrative History
Isaac served in the Royal Canadian Army in Europe during the Second World War. He had a menswear store in Brantford.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-5-16
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-5-16
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (jpg)
Date
1952
Scope and Content
Acccession consists of two photographs of the Singer Furniture store sign.
Administrative History
Fred Singer, father of Leslie Singer, owned and operated the Singer Furniture store from about 1936-1958. It was located on 1366 Danforth Ave. Fred and his family lived above the store.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-5-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-5-9
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
12 photographs : b&w and col. (jpg)
1 cm textual records (jpg)
Date
[ca. 1942] - 2007
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs, certificates, newspaper clippings, military routine orders and ephemera that document Harold Kates's service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.
Administrative History
Harold Kates was born in Toronto on August 4, 1921 to Rose and Sholom Katz. The family lived on Roberts Street and Harold went to Lansdown school. He enlisted in the army in September 1939, but left in 1940 to join the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airplane mechanic after realizing his regiment would not be going overseas. While serving overseas, Harold was stationed in England, Africa and Greece. After the war, Harold returned to Toronto and received his auto mechanic license. He soon became interested in electricity and opened his own business, Kates Elect, which he operated for sixteen years. In addition, Harold was a member of Toronto's Auxillary Police Force. On October 20, 1954 he married Terry Rafalove.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
Last name was previously Katz
Related material note:See also oral history 391
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-6-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-6-3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (jpg)
Date
[194-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a scanned photograph of a bar mitzvah celebration at the Shedlover Synagogue. The photograph was taken from the balcony where the women would sit during services. The man standing in front of the leaded window in the centre is Max Fruchtman, who was president of the shul at that time.
Custodial History
Linda Fruchtman, the secretary of the Shedlover Young Men's Society, brought in the photograph. She retains the original.
Administrative History
The Shedlover shul was located at 134 D’Arcy. It was a small synagogue of immigrants from Szylow, Poland. It has been completely torn down.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Descriptive Notes
The synagogue is sometimes referred to as the Shidlower shul.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-6-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-6-4
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
9 photographs : col.
Date
2010
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a DVD containing images which document the Aba Bayefsky mural located in the BJCC. The images are saved in DNG, TIF and JPEG format.
Custodial History
The DVD was transferred to the archives by Stephanie Olin Chapman.
Administrative History
The Aba Bayefsky mural, titled "Swifter than Eagles, Stronger than Lions," was located in the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre until 2010, when the building was demolished.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-6-14
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-6-14
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
16 photographs : b&w (jpg)
2 textual records (pdf)
Date
[ca. 1910] - [ca. 1955]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of scanned photographs and textual records that document the professional activities of members of the Natanson family and their family life. Photographs include images of the family's pickle business (ca. 1910) and store Moffat's North York Bargain House (ca. 1955), portraits of Nathan Natanson with his violin (ca. 1925) and Albert Natanson in his tap dancing outfit (ca. 1925), as well as images of Ida Natanson as a nurse (1938) and childhood photographs of Lazar and Bob. Textual records include a brochure for Nathan's dancing school and a notice announcing the employment of Albert at Helwig & Leitch, Inc.
Administrative History
Originally from Romania, Benjamin and Rose (nee Gratz) Natanson immigrated to Ottawa in 1902 and eventually settled in Toronto in 1905. Benjamin owned a pickle company at 3242 Dundas Street West which he operated until it was destroyed in a fire on August 13, 1930.
Benjamin and Rose had six children together: Albert (b. 1900), Freida (b. 1902), Celia (b. 1905), Nathan (b. 1909), Ida (b. 1916) and Lazar (b. 1918). Three of their children were involved in the arts; Celia and Nathan were both musicians and Albert was a tap dancer. At 15 years of age, Nathan won a scholarship at the Institute of Musical Art (now known as the Julliard School) and moved to New York with Celia and Freida. As a child, Albert was a tapdancer in Showboat on Broadway and later operated his own dancing school in Montreal; Nat Anson's Dancing School.
Ida became one of the first Jewish nurses in Ontario. She moved to Saskatchewan after marrying Doctor Nathan Jacks. Lazar married Muriel Weinstein (b. 1923) in 1951 and they opened a store, Moffat's North York Bargain House, at 1291 Wilson Avenue that same year. They were likely one of the first Jewish families to move to the Downsview area. Lazar and Muriel had two children: Eileen and Bob.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Families
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-6-18
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-6-18
Material Format
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
222 photographs (negatives, prints, jpg) : col. and b&w ; 18 x 13 cm and smaller
Date
[191-]-[ca. 1970]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs which document the Gilbert family and Gilbert Studios. Photographs of the Gilbert family are predominately portraits of Nina and the children during the 1920s and 1930s. The Gilbert Studios material largely consist of portraits of members of the Jewish community and fashion and wedding photographs. Also included in the accession are both negatives and a print of the Elite Studios storefront taken in 1923. Other notable photograph subjects in the accession include the B. Sherman Hardware storefront, Lou and Nat Turofsky, Harry Sonshine, Leon Weinstein, J. Irving Oelbaum, and Alex Levinsky. All images in the accession are black and white except for a print of Nathan Phillips.
Custodial History
The photographs were donated in 2008 and notes indicate that the archivist was awaiting documentation from Jack Gilbert. Since that time, some materials have been returned to the donor upon request. Previous archivists placed the negatives in acid-free envelopes and scanned a portion of the material. The original conservation report for the glass negatives completed in 2008 evaluated 42 glass negatives, but only 26 remain in this accession.
Administrative History
Nachman "Nathan" Gittelmacher was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1898, the son of Shloima and Mattie Gittelmacher. Suffering terribly during the pogroms of 1918 and 1920, he fled from place to place and then emigrated to Canada in 1921. Trained as a photographer in Europe, he opened his own photography studio in Toronto in 1922, called Elite Studios. First located at 513 Queen Street West, he soon moved to 615 Queen Street West. Nathan serviced a largely Jewish clientele, photographing weddings, bar mitzvahs, as well as Jewish community events.
Nathan was married to Nina Sokoloff and they had three sons and a daughter: Louis ("Lou"), Albert ("Al"), Jack, and Ruth.
During the early 1940s, the family legally changed their name from Gittelmacher to Gilbert and subsequently altered the name of the business to Gilbert Studios. When Nathan moved to the United States, Al, who had been working there since a young age, took over the business and under his management it thrived. In order to accommodate his growing clientele, he moved the studio to Eglinton Avenue and later to 170 Davenport Road, where it is situated today.
Al made a name for himself as a portrait photographer, using natural light in innovative ways to create more natural looking portraits. Al’s primary work involved producing portraits of families, weddings, bar mitzvahs, special events, and dinners. Most of his early clients were from the Jewish community. In turn, he also was paid to produce portraits of local entrepreneurs, and his multi-year contract with the city gave him sole responsibility for the production of portraits of the mayors and councilmen and women. He later branched out beyond the Jewish community, and began to produce images of businessmen and leaders from the Italian community in Toronto.
In addition to the paid contracts involving local personalities and groups, Al Gilbert has produced many artistic portraits of local, national, and international celebrities as well as artists and leaders such as Wayne and Shuster, Howie Mandel, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robertson Davies, several Canadian prime ministers, Prince Charles, Israel's prime ministers (these portraits were made into stamps by Israel's government), and, finally, the last pope. Gilbert’s work therefore captures a huge range of individuals from the ordinary bride to extraordinary world leaders.
Al has won many awards as well as accolades from his peers throughout his career. He is the three-time recipient of the prestigious Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Photographer of the year honour. He has been named Fellow of the photographic societies in Canada, Britain and the United States. In 1990, he was awarded the Order of Canada. In January 2007, the Professional Photographers of America presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the highest honor PPA can bestow on a person for their body of work and influence on professional photography.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
Related material note: see fonds 37 and accessions 2007-12-17, 2007-12-18, 2008-4-7, 2008-6-12, 2009-5-2, 2009-7-8
Subjects
Commercial photography
Families
Name Access
Gilbert Studios
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-7-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-7-6
Material Format
textual record (electronic)
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w (jpg)
1 letterhead (jpg)
Date
[ca. 1938]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of scans of three black and white photographs of Arthur Warren with others in Geraldton and one Warren's Mens Wear letterhead.
Custodial History
Margaret Warren Singer is married to OJA volunteer Les Singer, who brought in the materials. Margaret provided the history of her family and Geraldton and retains the original documents.
Administrative History
Margaret Warren Singer's parents, Arthur and Lucille Warren, lived in Geraldton for five years during the Depression. Geraldton is a mining town 200 miles north of Thunder Bay. The family moved there as they had difficulties making a living in Toronto. At the time, Geraldton had no road leading to the town, just a daily train. It has been said that it took only five minutes to sort the mail when the train arrived.
Arthur had a men's wear store which catered to the miners and residents. Their first daughter, Carole, was born in Toronto, but spent her early years in the town. When she slept in her carriage outside the store, the miners would occasionally toss money into it.
There were several Jewish families in the town who met for social occasions. Alfie Schwartz, a Toronto lawyer who told Arthur of the town, lived there with his wife Myra for a number of years. There was also a pharmacist named Leon [Sher?]. Others living in Geraldton were Sam and Mary Chesin, and Gladys Hurtig and her husband. Gladys was not Jewish, but her husband was a distant relative of Mel Hurtig, the publisher and political activist. Myra Schwartz now lives in Toronto.
Arthur's brother, Sydney Warren, and brother-in-law, Irving Rother, were both medical students at the time and spent summers in Geraldton with the Warren family. They lived with the family and had jobs in the copper mines. Dr. Sydney Warren is now deceased, but Dr. Irving Rother is 91 and lives in Toronto.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-8-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-8-3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
1 DVD
Date
1921 - [ca. 1948]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one scanned document (the birth certificate of Jacob Offstein) and four digital images of family photographs taken during the 1940s.
Custodial History
The photographs and certificate were scanned by the donor and were sent to us on a DVD.
Administrative History
Jacob Offstein (b. 1871) was born in Minsk, Russia. He married Gussie meyer in 1898. He came to Canada around 1904 and settled in St. Catharines, Ontario. He sent for his wife and three kids in 1908. They had several more children after that time. Their offspring included: David (b. 1899), Edward (b. 1900), Harry (Bunny) (b. 1902), Bertha (b. 1908), Hattie (b. 1910), Norman (b. 1914), Michael and Samuel (b. 1917). Unfortunately, their youngest died in 1918, due to what was described in the death certificate as a result of "scalding". The family resided at 11 Queenston Street during the early years where Jacob worked as a junk dealer. The family later moved to 24 Queenston Street where Jacob toiled as a grocer and junk dealer. On 31 August, 1921, Jacob was hit by a street car and perished at the age of 47.
Many of the children remained in Ontario. David married Ida. Harry married Eve. Edward married Edna and they had two daughters: Honey and Dena. Norman and his wife Belle relocated to California after the Second World War. They had two children: Gerald (b. 1941) and Gary (b. 1945). Gerald married Elaine Katz and Gary married Louis Nathanson. Gerald had one son, Norman (b. 1969), whom he named after his father, who passed away in July of 1965 in Los Angeles.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-4
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
ca. 90 cm of textual records
1 scrapbook
ca. 24 photographs : b&w and col. (17 jpg)
Date
[ca. 1907] - 2008
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs and textual material that document Morley Wolfe’s community involvement and personal and professional life. Personal records include photographs of Morley and his family, correspondence with family and friends, his marriage certificate and school diplomas.
Professional records include his curriculum vitae, photographs, reports, correspondence, nomination letters for various awards, such as the Order of Canada, news clippings, certificates and awards, newsletters, event invitations and records documenting his involvement in a court case between the Ontario Deputy Judges Association and the Attorney General of Ontario. Also included are scanned photographs of Morley presenting an award to Rosa Parks (1999), receiving his Ontario Senior Achievement award (2000), and meeting with Jean Chrétien (2001).
Accession also includes one scrapbook documenting Morley's term as national president of BBC. Finally, accession contains records documenting the various appeals filed against BBC by Wolfe, Wilson Heights Lodge No. 1998 and CMOBBC, such as, the appeal notices filed with BBI’s Court of Appeal, correspondence, various BBC constitutions and by-laws, Wilson Heights Lodge executive meeting minutes, CMOBBC newsletters, and news clippings.
Administrative History
Morley S. Wolfe was born in Winnipeg in 1928 to Cecil (b. 1895) and Betty (nee Davidow) Wolfe. He spent his early childhood in various cities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba until moving to Toronto in 1940. Soon after graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1955 he started his own practice as a senior member of the law firm Burt, Burt, Wolfe and Bowman. In 1971 he was appointed Queen’s Council, and from 1973 to 1977 he served as counsel for B’nai Brith Canada. After his retirement from practice in 1993, the Province of Ontario appointed him presiding Justice of the Peace for Ontario and Deputy Judge in Small Claims Court.
His first marriage was to Sandra Newman in 1958 and they had three children together: Leslie, Lee, and Melanie. He later married Joan and became the step-father to her daughter, Erin.
Throughout his life Morley was passionate about fighting prejudice and discrimination and became involved with organizations, such as the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. He was also a member of the Toronto Police Services Board Committee on Race Relations, served as Chair of the North York Committee on Community, Race and Ethnic Relations, and was appointed to the Canadian Multiculturalism Council. In addition, he was the founding president of Toronto Residents in Partnership (TRIP) from 2003 to 2006.
His involvement extended to Jewish organizations. He served as National President of B’nai Brith Canada (BBC) from 1982 to 1983 and was a founding member of its League for Human Rights. He was also President of BBC’s Toronto Regional Council and Wilson Heights Lodge No. 1998, and of the Jewish Camp Council of Toronto as well as many other organizations.
Morley’s hard work and involvement in the community earned him many awards, including, City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award, the YMCA Canada Peace Medal, B’Nai Brith Canada Service Award, and the Province of Ontario’s Senior Achievement Award.
Around 2002, Wilson Heights Lodge No. 1998 began filing a series of appeals with B’nai Brith International (BBI) over concerns that BBC’s national executive was governing undemocratically. Morley played a key role in filing these appeals and was the centre of one appeal filed after BBC censured him without advance notice or the opportunity for a hearing. These appeals were not all successful.
Around 2006, Morley became involved in another appeal against BBC that was filed by a group of members who called themselves the Concerned Members of B’nai Brith Canada (CMOBBC). They alleged that BBC’s national executive had too much centralized power, was not governing transparently, failed to provide members with audited financial statements at multiple annual general meetings (AGMs), passed a constitution that members had defeated at the 2005 AGM, and was threatening and harassing some members. BBI’s appeal court rendered its verdict in 2007 in favour of BBC. Soon after this judgment was made BBC took steps to expel all the members of CMOBBC. In response, Morley resigned from the organization.
Morley currently resides in Brampton.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-7
Material Format
architectural drawing (electronic)
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
3 compact discs
Date
1976-2008
Scope and Content
This accession consists of three CDs containing 1. The original plans created by Jerome Markson for the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre along with relevant photographs and documents. These records were created between 1976 and 1984 and were digitized in 2007. 2. The mechanical as-builts for the Lipa Green Centre's Family Pavillion, created in 2008. 3. The drawings and specs issued for construction of the Lipa Green Centre's Family Pavillion created in May 2008.
Custodial History
The discs were in the possession of Stephanie Olin Chapman, Facilities Developer for the UJA Federation's Tomorrow Campaign.They were loaned to the Archives for copying and returned on Oct. 28, 2010.
Administrative History
UJA Federation's Tomorrow Campaign is Canada’s largest non-profit community development project. It is Federation's response to the need for new facilities and services brought about by the growth of Toronto’s Jewish community. The Tomorrow Campaign is mandated with the fundraising and creation of three campuses for Jewish life in the GTA. The Downtown District, serving Toronto's growing Jewish population in the city core, is anchored by the new Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre at Bloor & Spadina and the Wolfond Centre for Jewish Campus Life at Harbord & Huron. The new Sherman Campus, on Bathurst north of Sheppard, will include the new Prosserman Family Jewish Community Centre, where the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre is currently located, a new Koffler Centre for the Arts, a new National Centre for Jewish Heritage including the Canadian Jewish Musuem, the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre and a renovated Lipa Green Building for Jewish Community Services. The Lebovic Jewish Community Campus, at Bathurst & Weldrick north of Rutherford, is designed to provide programs and services for York Region's Jewish community of 60,000 - the fastest growing in Canada. The Lebovic Campus will be highlighted by the Kimel Family Education Centre, housing the northern branch of the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT); the Schwartz-Reisman Centre offering recreational, educational, cultural, social and fitness facilities; community services; a United Synagogue Day School and other schools as well.
Use Conditions
UJA Federation meeting minutes and general correspondence are closed for 10 years from date of creation. Contracts and donor agreements are permanently closed.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-12
Material Format
textual record
textual record (electronic)
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
5 photographs (tiff and jpg) : b&w and col.
4 textual records (jpg)
Date
1965-2009
Scope and Content
This accession consists of records relating to the military career of Mikhail Lakrets. Included are five photograhs of Mikhail in uniform, two of which are attached to military documents detailing Mikhail's injury in the line of duty and his military file. Also included is a certificate of disability and a certificate confirming an official statement that he made about 3811 Jews being murdered in the town where his parents grew up. There are also photocopies of several newsclippings and a letter from the Canadian government relating to Russian veterans and social benefits.
Custodial History
The original records are in the possession of the donor. They were loaned to the Archives for copying as part of the Russian Jewish war veteran oral history program. The orignals were returned to the the donor by taxi cab on 22 November 2010.
Administrative History
Mikhail Lakrets was born in Proskurov, Ukraine. He was nineteen years of age when the war began. Lakrets was a private in aviation and reconnaissance and he later graduated from Tank College as a lieutenant. Lakrets was involved in the liberation of Leningrad, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. He received many decorations for his involvement in the liberation of these territories, as well as the Order of Patriotic War First Class, the Order of Red Star, two medals for courage and one medal for combat service.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
Language note: Records are in Russian.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-11
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
5 photographs : b&w and sepia (4 tiffs)
1 folder of textual records
Date
1941-2007
Scope and Content
This accession consists of records relating to the military career of Grigory Genin. Included are three photographs of Grigory in uniform as well as two photographs of him with his Soviet troop. Also included are copies of newclippings as well as a poem about his experience written by a friend.
Custodial History
The original records are in the possession of the donor. They were loaned to the Archives for copying as part of the Russian Jewish war veteran oral history program.
The original records were returned to the donor by taxi cab on 22 November 2010.
Administrative History
Grigory Genin was born in Astrakhan, in southwestern Russian and later moved to Moscow. After finishing military high school he enrolled in the Riazan Artillery College on 1 June 1941. Genin was first sent to the front at the age of 18 and participated in the Stalingrad siege. For his military service, Genin received the Order of Patriotic War, the Order of Red Star, as well as several medals for the liberation of various territories and for the storming of Vienna and Budapest.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-14
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-14
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
7 textual records (jpgs)
4 photographs (tiff and jpgs)
Date
1943-1999
Scope and Content
This accession consists of electronic copies of documents and photographs related to Isaak Zarembo's military career. The documents include certificates of disability, illness and participation in the war, a discharge booklet, and two booklets that accompanied his medals. The four photographs are of Isaak in his uniform, two of which are attached to documents.
Custodial History
The originals are in the possession of the donor. They were loaned to the Archives for copying and returned to the donor on 22 November 2010 as part of the Russian Jewish war veteran oral history program.
Administrative History
Isaak Zarembo was born in 1925 in Riga, Latvia. He was 16 years old when the Second World War began and joined the 43 Guards Latvian Division, 1st Attack Army in 1943 at the age of 20. He began as a private but later became a sergeant. He participated in battles of the Central Front in Latvia, on the river Ivekstve. He was wounded twice and was demobilized in 1945 due to his injuries. Zarembo received the Conspicuous Gallantry medal, the Order of Glory 3rd Class medal and the Order of Patriotic War 1st Class medal.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-9
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff)
11 photographs (jpg)
1 cm of textual records (jpg)
Date
1933-1985
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs and textual records that document Liya's experience in the Soviet Union's military during the Second World War. Included are photographs of Liya with her battalion, the military portraits of her husband, Vladimir Liberova, and portraits of other relatives. Also included are scans of her military identification card, her certificate of injury, credentials for medals that she earned, her discharge certificate, and a document certifying that she was a member of the defense of Leningrad.
Administrative History
Liya was born in 1923 in Novozybkov, and later moved to Leningrad. She was drafted in 1942 to serve in the Soviet Union's anti-aircraft battalion. She was in the administration platoon where she was responsible for enforcing (?) blackouts, and searching the ruins for survivors to provide medical assistance. She was demobilized in 1945 and participated in the Victory Parade in Leningrad.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Soviet Union--Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Places
Soviet Union
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-15
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-15
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
2 photographs (tiff)
1 cm of textual records (jpg)
Date
1946-2000
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs and textual records that document Boris' service in the Soviet Union's military during the Second World War. Included are two military portraits of Boris, letters from the Russian government to commemorate various anniversaries of the military's victory, Boris' Soviet Union travel pass (1990), and Boris' membership renewal booklet for the Association of Second World War Veterans Newkomers from USSR in Israel (1992-2000).
Custodial History
The originals are in the possession of the donor. They were loaned to the Archives for copying and returned to the donor on the same day as part of the Russian Jewish war veteran oral history program.
Administrative History
Boris was born in Belarus, but moved to Israel later in his life. He was 14 when the war began. He served in Frontier Troops, NKVD (predecessor of KGB). Boris was a student in a military college until 1952. He began his military service as a private soldier, but later became an officer. In 1944, he participated in the battles of Eastern Prussia, Latvia and Belarus. He earned the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal and the Order of Patriotic War, 2nd class for his war service.
Descriptive Notes
Language note: documents are in Russian.
Subjects
Soviet Union--Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-20
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-20
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
5 photographs (tiff) : b&w
Date
[ca. 1947] - [ca. 1970]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting Zinoviy's experience in the Soviet army. Included are photographs of Zinoviy with his army friends while they were stationed on the Far Eastern Front, images of Zinoviy with the army's gymnastics team in North Korea, and a portrait of Zinoviy that was taken after the Soviet army's demobilization.
Custodial History
The original records were loaned to the Archives to be copied as part of the Russian Jewish War Veterans oral history program. They were returned to the donor.
Subjects
Soviet Union--Armed Forces
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-21
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-21
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
3 photographs (tiff)
5 cm of texual records (jpg)
Date
1943-2010
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs and textual records that document Yakov's experience in the Soviet army during the Second World War. Included is a photograph of Yakov in uniform with his family, Yakov's graduation portrait from pharmacy school (1951) and a photograph of Yakov's father (Gregory) in his military uniform, which he sent home from his military base in Lithuania (1944). Also included are various credential cards for medals Yakov received and a letter that was sent to Yakov from Toronto's Russian consulate.
Custodial History
The originals are in the possession of the donor. They were loaned to the Archives for copying and returned to the donor the same day as part of the Russian Jewish war veteran oral history program.
Administrative History
When the Seond World War began Yakov lived in Odessa, and assisted the Soviet Union's war effort by digging trenches. He was army unit was mobilized in 1943, just after he graduated from military college. After serving for three months he was wounded in an attack. He recovered from his wounds and went on to fight in Northern Donetsk and Dneper. His unit also passed the Kharkov and Poltavskaya regions. After his unit forced the crossing of Dneper the Khrushchev got involved and transported the army to Kiev where they were supported by 209 Armoured Brigade. Here, Yakov's unit sometimes experienced up to 20 bombing and shooting attacks per day. During these attacks, Yakov was wounded twice in his legs. First, a bullet hit his leg, and then a mine exploded. He still has shrapnel in his legs from this explosion.
Descriptive Notes
Language note: Russian
Subjects
Soviet Union--Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Places
Soviet Union
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
8 photographs (jpg and tiff) : b&w
Date
1925-2005
Scope and Content
This accession consists of eight digital scans of original photographs belonging to Russian war vet Arkady Novokolsky.The photographs include a portait of Novokolsky in military dress, several photos taken during the Second World War and a family photograph from the 1920s.
Custodial History
The original records were loaned to the Archives for copying as part of the Russian Jewish War Veterans oral history program. They were returned to the donor.
Administrative History
Arkady Novokolsky was born in 1921 in Voznesensk, Ukraine. He was eighteeen years of age when the Second World War began and when he enlisted in the Military Aviation Navigation school in Krasnodar. He was later diagnosed with colour blindness, a condition which marked him as unfit for military service. However, he was later sent to a military technical school in Moscow and graduated with the rank of Lieutenant. He served in West Belarus as part of the Baranovichi Reconnaissance Party, assigned to process and decipher air photography. In 1944 he was sent to study at the Zhukovsky Military Academy and was then sent to Vilnius, Lithuania where he lived for 37 years until immigrating to Canada in 1981.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-4
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
6 photographs (jpg and tiff) : b&w and col.
4 textual records (jpg)
Date
1937-2009
Scope and Content
This accession consists of digital copies of several photograhps and documents related to the military career and the famiy of Eugene Katz. Included are two photos of Katz in military dress, one family photo, two photos and an accompanying letter about a memorial to his brother Ephraim, a portrait of Katz and his wife Mara and a few scanned copies of commemorative and Russian war medal booklets, which originally accompanied the medals bestowed on Katz.
Custodial History
The original records are in the possession of the donor. They were loaned to the Archives for copying as part of the Russian Jewish War Vet oral history program and were returned to the donor.
Administrative History
Eugene (Zalman) Katz was born in Vilnius, Latvia in 1925. He was fifteen years old at the onset of the Second World War and witnessed the destruction of his village, Disna, and the murder of his entire family by the Nazis. Katz was one of only twelve people to escape. He later became a partisan and then enlisted in the Soviet army, participating in battles near Konigsberg and Belarus. He was a machine-gunner in the infantry and artillery and helped halt a number of German attacks, including shooting down two tanks. For his heroism, he was decorated with eighteen medals, including the prestigious medal for Courage.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
Related material note: See vertical file under "Katz, Eugene"
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-5
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
2 photographs (jpg and tiff) : col. and sepia
2 textual records (jpg)
Date
1942, 2005-2010
Scope and Content
This accession consists of digital copies of two photographs and two documents related to the military career of Russian war vet, Shlomo Mushkat. The phtoographs are two portaits of Mushkat in military dress and the documents are a letter detailing his participation in the war as well as a letter from the Ukrainian Embassy on the 65th anniversary of the end of the war.
Custodial History
The original records are in the possession of the donor. They were loaned to the Archives for copying as part of the Russian Jewish War Vet oral history program.
Administrative History
Shlomo Zalmanovich Mushkat was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 1940, he was drafted into the Soviet Army and a year later he was sent to the front. He was wounded in battle in 1941, but after recuperating in hospital was again sent back to the front. He participated in the battles of Smolensk and Leningrad. He received many medals for liberating Russian territories and cities, inlcuidng the Order of Glory.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-10
Material Format
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
68 photographs : b&w and col. (34 jpgs and tifs) ; 41 x 51 cm and 300 dpi
Scope and Content
The accession consists of 34 portrait prints produced by photographer Al Gilbert. It also includes the corresponding digital images. The individuals documented are prominant Toronto Jews and include: Ronald Appleby, Michael Benjamin, Avi Bennett, Edward Bronfman, Judy Feld Carr, Lou Copeland, Dan Leslie, John Daniels, A. E. Diamond, Dr. Martin Dobkin, Anne Golden, Ed Goodman, Al Green, Alex Grossman, Carl Keifitz, Marvelle Koffler, Joseph and Wolf Lebovic, Murray Menkes, Miles Nadal, Sam Pencer, Nathan Phillips, Lou Posluns, Wilfred Posluns, Alex Schanider, Seymour Schulich, Izzy Sharpe, Sam Shopsowitz, Edward Sokolowski, Ed Sonshine, Fran Sonshine, Joseph Tanenbaum, Larry Tanenbaum, Max Tanenbaum, and Ray Wolfe.
Administrative History
Nachman (Nathan) Gittelmacher was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1898, the son of Shloima and Mattie Gittelmacher. Suffering terribly during the pogroms of 1918 and 1920, he fled from place to place and then emigrated to Canada in 1921. Trained as a photographer in Europe, he opened his own photography studio in Toronto in 1922, called Elite Studios. First located at 513 Queen Street West, he soon moved to 615 Queen Street West. Nathan serviced a largely Jewish clientele, photographing weddings, bar mitzvahs, as well as Jewish community events.
Nathan was married to Nina Sokoloff and they had three sons and a daughter: Louis (Lou), Albert (Al), Jack, and Ruth.
During the early 1940s, the family legally changed their name from Gittelmacher to Gilbert and subsequently altered the name of the business to Gilbert Studios. When Nathan moved to the United States, Al, who had been working there since a young age, took over the business and under his management it thrived. In order to accommodate his growing clientele, he moved the studio to Eglinton Avenue and later to 170 Davenport Road, where it is situated today.
Al made a name for himself as a portrait photographer, using natural light in innovative ways to create more natural looking portraits. Al’s primary work involved producing portraits of families, weddings, bar mitzvahs, special events and dinners. Most of his early clients were from the Jewish community. In turn, he also was paid to produce portraits of local entrepreneurs, and his multi-year contract with the city, gave him sole responsibility for the production of portraits of the mayors and councilmen and women. He later branched out beyond the Jewish community, and began to produce images of businessmen and leaders from the Italian community in Toronto.
In addition to the paid contracts involving local personalities and groups, Al Gilbert has also produced many artistic portraits of local, national and international celebrities, artists and leaders such as: Wayne and Shuster, Howie Mandel, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robertson Davies, several Canadian prime ministers as well as Prince Charles, all of the Israeli prime ministers, which were made into stamps by the Israeli government, and finally, the last Pope. Gilbert’s work therefore captures a huge range of individuals from the ordinary bride to extraordinary world leaders.
Al has won many awards as well as accolades from his peers throughout his career. He is the three-time recipient of the prestigious Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Photographer of the year honour. He has been named Fellow of the photographic societies in Canada, Britain and the United States. In 1990, he was awarded the Order of Canada. In January 2007, the Professional Photographers of America presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the highest honor PPA can bestow on a person for their body of work and influence on professional photography.
Use Conditions
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-3-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-3-4
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : b&w ; 187 MB
Date
May 1945
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one scanned photograph that was taken by Noah of Soviet and likely American soldiers just after the war ended. The soviet soldiers are from a special reconnaisance detachment of the Soviet Cavalry Corp. Some of the Soviet and American soldiers traded hats in a sign of friendship.
Custodial History
Record was loaned to the Archives to be copied as part of the Russian Jewish War Veterans oral history program. The original was returned to the donor.
Administrative History
Noah Sneidman was born in Vilnius and was placed in a ghetto in occupied Vilnius during the Second World War. While in the ghetto he was forced to participate in boxing matches. He managed to escape from the ghetto in 1943 and joined the partisans.
Noah served in the Soviet Army for three years and was stationed in Germany, Ukraine and Poland. He was initially a private in a reconnaissance unit, but was later transferred to the Counterintelligence Corps due to his knowledge of five languages. While stationed in Lensen, a small town in East Prussia on the river Elbe, the officers of his unit used his limited knowledge of English to establish contact with the Allies (British and American). For his service in counterintelligence he was later decorated with the Order of the Red Star (a prestigious Soviet decoration, mostly awarded to officers). Other medals awarded to Noah include: Order of Patriotic War second class, Partisan Medal first Class, Medal for Liberation of Kenigsberg and Medal for Victory over Germany, as well as many Commemorative Medals.
After the war, Noah returned to Vilnius and remained there until 1957 when he left for Poland. In 1958 he immigrated to Canada.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Descriptive Notes
A copy jpg was created from the tiff image.
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945
Soviet Union--Armed Forces
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-3-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-3-7
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : b&w ; 355 MB
1 folder of textual records
Date
1941-1945
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one photograph of Eduard Seyder in military uniform that was taken between 1944 and 1945, and one Russian-German dictionary that was printed in Moscow to help soldiers interrogate German prisoners of war.
Administrative History
Eduard Seyder was born in Odessa in 1926. He enlisted as a volunteer in the Russian military as a (sub) machine-gunner in December 1943 and participated in the 3rd Belarusian Front. His detachment pursued, disarmed and captured Germans who were retreating. His company consisted of 120 men, but only 32 survived over 2 months. He later fought near Kenigsberg, East Prussia, in Signals Regiment.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Descriptive Notes
A copy jpg was created from the tiff image.
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945
Soviet Union--Armed Forces
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-3-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-3-6
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
6 photographs (electronic) : b&w and col. ; 28 MB
3 textual records (electronic) ; 13 MB
Date
1945-2010
Scope and Content
Accession consists of electronic copies of photographs and textual records related to the Vesyoly's service with the Soviet army during the Second World War. There are also photocopies of a newspaper article and other documents detailing their military service attached to the accesssion form.
Administrative History
Yeugeny was born in Gomel Region, Belarus. He moved to Canada in 1981 with his wife, Sima. At the start of the Second World War, Sima was working in a hospital in Belarus as a civilian. She was drafted in 1943 at the age of nineteen and went to the Third Belarusian Front and served in Berlin and both North and South Korea as a nurse to Japanese prisoners.
Yuegeny was eighteen years of age at the start of the war and served in the air force in the Normandy Regiment and at the Ukrainian Front. He worked as a mechanic on the planes returning from battle. After the end of the war, Stalin sold the Soviet planes to the Chinese and Yeugeny tought their pilots how to operate them. He served for twenty-five years in the Soviet military.
Subjects
Soviet Union--Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-3-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-3-3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
8 photographs (electronic) : b&w and col. ; 90 MB
Date
1950-2010
Scope and Content
Accession consists of eight electronic copies of original photographs of Avgust Vikhnina. The photos relate to his career in the Soviet military during the Second World War. The photographs consist of one portrait of Avgust in military dress, several snapshots taken at a Moscow parade in commemoration of the sixty-fifth anniversary of the end of the war, as well as snapshots taken at the Russian Embassy in Ottawa.
Administrative History
Avgust Vikhnina was born in Kharkov, in 1926. He was 15 when the war began and was drafted in 1943. Vikhnina served in the Artillery and fought in the Ukraine, Pribaltika and Prussia. He was decorated with the Order of Patriotic War First Class, the Medal for Valour, and the Medal for Combat Merits.
Subjects
Soviet Union--Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-3-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-3-10
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
5 photographs (jpgs) : b&w ; 1.06 MB
Date
1939-1961
Scope and Content
Accession consists of electronic copy photographs of Iosif Zibenberg. Three photographs are of Iosif with fellow Russian servicemen, one is with his brother Yaacov, and one is of Iosif and his wife and son visiting his brother's grave and monument in the Ukraine.
Photo captions:
001. Left to right: unidentified, Iosif Zibenberg, Vasia Ulianov. Taken in Germany, 1945.
002. Left to right: Iosif Zibenberg, Vasia Ulianov, unidentified man. Taken in Germany, 1945.
003. Iosif with wife Clara and son Yaacov visiting the monument and grave of his brother, Yaacov, Kielce, Ukraine, 1961.
004. Iosif with brother Yaacov (age 17 and 19 years), 1939.
005. Iosif and Vasia Ulianov in Hungary, 1945.
Custodial History
The photographs were loaned to the OJA by the donor for copying as part of the Russian Jewish War Veterans initiative. They were returned to the donor the same day.
Administrative History
Iosif Zibenberg was born in Falest, Moldova in 1922. He was 19 years old when the Second World War began and was mobilized in 1941, fighting in the battle of Stalingrad. He was in Kursk, Prohorovka and then Poland when the war ended. He participated in the release of Prague and was then demobilized in Germany in 1946. Iosif received many military awards for his participation. He has a wife Clara and a son Yaacov, named after his deceased brother.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
USE CONDITION NOTE: Copyright for photos 001, 002, 004, 005 are in the public domain. Permission for use is not required. Please credit the OJA as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945
Soviet Union--Armed Forces
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-4-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-4-7
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
2 photographs (tiff) : col. and b&w
Date
1965, 1985
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two photographs documenting Lev Mikhailovich Pikus's involvment with the partisans in the Brest Underground during the Second World War. Included is one photograph of Lev meeting with other partisans in Minsk in 1965. Identified are (left to right): Alexander Poliakov, Vasily Nesterenko, Lev Pikus, Alexandra Nesterenko, and Tzila Vladiminova. Also included is one portrait of Lev in military uniform that was taken in 1985.
Custodial History
Records were loaned to the Archives for copying as part of the Russian Jewish War Veterans oral history program. The originals were returned to the donor.
Administrative History
Lev was fourteen when the Second World War began and living in Brest, Belarusia. He joined the Brest Underground (podpolye), which was linked to partisan detachment. As part of his service in the underground he collected arms and sent them to partisans and spread anti-Nazi leaflets among the Brest population. Under the cover of a beggar, he went to railway stations to collect information about Nazi trains. He sent this information to the partisans so they could blow up the trains.
Subjects
Guerrillas
Places
Minsk (Belarus)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-4-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-4-9
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
5 photographs (tiff) : col. and b&w
Date
1944-2008
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting Isaak Kogan's participation in the Russian military during the Second World War. Included are two photographs of Isaak at the Moscow hospital where soldiers were being treated for wounds to their legs and heads. One photograph is a portrait taken of Isaak while he was being treated here (16 Aug. 1944) and the other shows his father, also named Isaak and a captain who served in Berlin, visiting him on 14 August 1944. There is also one photograph of Isaak standing with his father and cousin Zachar Mendelson (served as an officer in the Soviet army) in Kiev just after the war ended on December 25,1946.
Accession also consists of one portrait of Isaak that was taken in Toronto on the sixtieth anniversay of the end of the war (2005), and one group portrait of Isaak with other Russian veterans who live in his apartment building at 6101 Bathurst Street (2008). Identified in the photograph is: (back row left to right) Vladimir (?) (a partisan during the war), Lev Pikus (partisan), Isaak Kogan, and (?). Bottom row (left to right): Anna Khaliavskaya, Mrs. Lev Pikus, and Sophia (?). This photograph currently hangs in the building's recreation room.
Custodial History
Records were loaned to the Archives for copying as part of the Russian Jewish War Veterans oral history program. The originals were returned to the donor.
Administrative History
Isaak Kogan was born in 1926 in Ukraine. He was fifteen when the war began, and was evacuated to Cheliabink, Ural. In 1943, he was drafted to the Belarusian Front. He served in the infantry as a submachine gunner. During a hard fight for the village of Butino, he was wounded in both legs and the fragments still remain in his legs today. He was injured two more times during the war and was demobilized in 1944. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife.
Subjects
Soviet Union--Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-8-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-8-5
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
8 photographs (jpg) : b&w ; 6.4 MB
Date
[ca. 1930]–[ca. 1950]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of the Rogow family and business in Peterborough, Ontario. Included are images of Ralph, Sam, Mary, Itzhak Rogow, and Herbert and Stephen Shacher. There is also one image of the window display in the Rogow's ladies' wear store at the corner of Brock and George Streets.
Custodial History
These photographs were originally loaned to the OJA to scan and return as part of the Ontario's Small Jewish Communities exhbit. However, the copies were never accessioned at that time and thus the donor was asked to donate the copies in August, 2011.
Administrative History
Benjamin and Mary Rogow and had four sons–Alex, Joseph, Sam, and Ralph–as well as four daughters–Mrs. M. Levine, Mrs. Sam Davis, Mrs. Phil Moscoe, and Rose Rogow. In 1918, Benjamin Rogow established a ladies ready-to-wear store on the southeast corner of Brock and George Streets. For twenty-five years the family of four sons and four daughters lived in rooms above the store until they moved to 623 Walkerfield Avenue. Carried on by son Joseph Rogow, it was possibly one of Peterborough’s longest-running ladies’ wear store. In the early days, coats and suits were made on the premises but by the 1950s the store’s offering of suits and coats and dresses has expanded to skirts and slacks.
On 25 April 1942, Sgt-Instructor Sam Rogow died in a plane accident near Trois Rivieres, Quebec, three months after earning his wings as a training instructor.
Use Conditions
None
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Rogow (family)
Places
Peterborough (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-9-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-9-5
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
4 jpgs : b&w and sepia ; 3 MB
Date
[ca. 1910]-1934
Scope and Content
Accession consists of four scanned photographs of original prints documenting the Hurtig family of Thunder Bay. Included is a photo of Mandy Helper with a truck he operated for International Transit Limited, a Hurtig family business (19 January 1934); the Mariaggi Hotel (ca. 1930); Max and Eva Hurtig (nee Gertler) around the time of their marriage in Winnipeg (ca. 1910); and Max Hurtig with his cousin Haber from New York (ca. 1910).
Custodial History
The items were originally scanned for the OJA's Ontario Small Jewish Communities exhibit, however they were never formally accessioned into our holdings. A letter was sent to Sheila Robertson requesting permission to accession the scans in September 2011.
Administrative History
Max Hurtig was born in Roumania and moved to Switzerland in 1903, in order to train to become a watchmaker. He wasn’t happy with the trade or the country and moved to England in order to secure a job and earn funds to travel to Canada. He landed a job on a cattle boat and worked his way across the Atlantic to Montreal, where he worked in a restaurant for a few weeks. He then decided to relocate to Winnipeg in 1904. Shortly thereafter, he located a job at the stone quarries in Tyndall and Garson. After a few months, he bought a team of horses and became a contractor hauling the cut stones. In 1907, he married Eva Gertler, who was from his shtetl, and they lived together in Tyndall. Their two eldest children, Dora (Dot) and Ben, were born there. In 1910, Max was joined by his brothers Dave and Bert and their father Mayer. Their mother Dvora had passed away in 1903.
Max returned to Winnipeg in 1911 with Eva, where he became a partner in Hurtig and Abraim Coal and Wood Company. In 1913, he started M.B. Hurtig Coal, Wood, and Building Supplies. Max also ran a livery business from the family home on Dufferin Avenue, where the stables were located at the back of the property. He became acquainted with the Bronfman brothers, who were engaged in running whisky across to American border. He made a few trips with them, but eventually gave up the work because he found it too risky. Instead, he went to work at the Bronfman-owned Bell Hotel.
In 1914, Max moved to Port Arthur to manage the Mariaggi Hotel, which had been purchased by the Bronfmans. Hurtig soon expanded his business and started a sizeable business empire that included: the Pigeon River Resort Hotel, International Transit Limited (the first bus line to serve that area), the Northland Hotel in Beardmore, the Mariaggi Hotel in Geraldton, the Empire Hotel in Fort William, the Port Arthur Café, and the Cloud Lake Sawmill. His hotels also served as bus depots for his bus line.
Max’s sons Morley and Harry helped manage the bus company which operated local service routes to Kenora, Fort Frances, Pigeon River, Red Lake and Marathon. All of the branches of the Hurtig family established roots in Fort William and Port Arthur, becoming one of the pre-eminent local families. Bert’s son, Larry Hurtig, became a prominent member of the Winnipeg Jewish community, in his capacity as the president of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-11-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-11-3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
3 photograps (jpgs) : b&w ; 12 MB
Date
1943
Scope and Content
Accession consists of three electronic copies of original photographs documenting Esther Mager's military service during the Second World War. Included is a photograph of Esther and a friend, Judith Pictin, in Montreal; Esther and two other people attending to a downed aircraft in Quebec; Esther helping to shovel snow from Mount Joli with LAC Beauchemin, LAC McEnroe, LAW Frances Coghill, and AWZ Laura Larsen.
Custodial History
The photographs were loaned to the OJA for copying in preparation for a possible Remembrance Day exhibit in 2011.
Administrative History
Esther (née Mendelson) Mager was born in Montreal on 3 December 1917 to Max and Lillian Ray (née Bloomfield) Mendelson. Her mother passed away nine months after her birth, duing the flu epidemic of 1918, and her father remarried Sarah Wallman. Max had six additional children with Sarah. From the age of tweleve to about the age of eighteen, Esther worked in her father's jewellery store, Thompson's Jewellery, located on Philips Square. There she performed various jobs such as, polishing jewellery and assisting customers. Around the age of eighteen she began work as an assistant bookkeeper for a company that manufactured refrigerators where she was paid $25 per week.
In 1941, Esther joined up with the Canadian Air Force, where she performed motor transport and was paid $28 per week. She met her husband, Saul Mager, on a blind date in Montreal while on leave from her post in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Saul was in the dress manufacturing business in Toronto. They married in 1945 and had two sons together; Mark (b. 1946) and Howard (b. 1949).
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-11-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-11-6
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w (jpg) ; 15 MB
Date
[between 1940 and 1945]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of four electronic copies of original photographs documenting David Smith during the Second World War.
Custodial History
The photographs were loaned to the Archives to be copied and returned. They were returned by courier on 21 November 2011.
Administrative History
Max and Rose Smith opened a resort for Jewish singles in Port Carling, Muskoka in 1938. The resort was kosher and offered Jewish content to visitors. Boys and girls bunked seperately.
Suzanne Smith (née Beskin) and David Samuel Smith met at Cornell University in the spring of 1946, after David returned from service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Suzanne was living in the United States and attending Columbia University. She worked as a libraian at Cornell. David studied hotel administration. They married in 1947 and moved back to Toronto in 1948.
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-2-2
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
37 photographs (jpg) : b&w and col. ; 33 MB
Date
1958-2005
Scope and Content
Accession consists of born-digital images and digital scans of original photographs depicting the 2005 closing ceremonies of the Beth El Synagogue in Cornwall as well as exterior and interior images of the synagogue, the congregants, community events and B'nai Brith members.
Custodial History
The photographs were acquired by the OJA for the Ontario's Small Jewish Communities exhibit, but they were never accessioned until February 2012.
Source
Archival Accessions
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