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Name
Mel Lastman
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
June 1, 2006
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Mel Lastman
Number
AC 290
Subject
Religion
Families
Interview Date
June 1, 2006
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Ellen Scheinberg
Total Running Time
60 min.
Conservation
Copied November 2006
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Melvin Douglas Lastman was born in Toronto on March 9, 1933, the son of Rose and Louis Lastman. Raised in the Kengsington Market area, he attended Ryerson Public School and Central High School of Commerce where he was president of the school council. Lastman left high school to work at an appliance store and, in 1955, opened his own appliance store. By the late 1960s, he owned a chain of 40 stores, Bad Boy Appliances, throughout Ontario. Lastman lived in North York and, in 1969, ran successfully for the North York Board of Control. In the 1972 municipal election, he was elected as mayor of North York, a position he held for 25 years until North York became part of the newly created City of Toronto on January 1, 1998. With the provincially mandated creation of the new City of Toronto by the amalgamation of Metropolitan Toronto and the six local municipalities, Lastman decided to run for mayor against the other major contender, former City of Toronto mayor Barbara Hall. He won the 1997 election and was sworn in on January 1, 1998. Lastman was easily re-elected in the 2000 mayoralty election; however, in February 2003, Lastman announced that he would not be seeking re-election in the November municipal election.
In 1953, Mel Lastman married Marilyn Bornstein. They have two married sons and six grandchildren.
Material Format
moving images
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Lastman, Mel
Scheinberg, Ellen
Geographic Access
Toronto
Kensington Market
Original Format
Digital videocassette
Copy Format
DVD
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman remembers playing as a child at the Minsk Shul in Kensington Market.

Name
Michele Landsberg
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
August 2006
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Michele Landsberg
Number
AC 294
Subject
Religion
Families
Buildings
Interview Date
August 2006
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Ellen Scheinberg and Aviva Heller
Total Running Time
60 min.
Conservation
Copied November 2006
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
An award-winning columnist, staunch feminist, and tireless activist for social justice and progressive causes at home and abroad, Michele Landsberg was a well-known and prominent Torontonian during the mid to late 20th century. According to a biography posted by the University of Windsor where Landsberg was a Distinguished Visitor in Women's Studies in October 2003, her 'zest for wanting to change the world has its roots in her childhood: growing up as a Jewish girl in 1950s Toronto, where sexual stereotyping and objectification were rampant and overt antisemitism was acceptable.' As a result, Ms. Landsberg tackled a wide-range of related issues, often grounding her columns in events, places, and issues of particular interest to Torontonians.
Born on July 12, 1939, Ms. Landsberg attended Toronto public schools, spent time on a kibbutz in Israel, and graduated from the University of Toronto with honours in English language and literature in 1962. She was dissuaded from pursuing a master's degree by her male professors, and instead became a reporter at the Globe and Mail newspaper and launched a remarkable career as a journalist and writer. In addition to freelance and full-time stints with the Globe and Mail (1962-1965; 1985-1988), Chatelaine magazine(1965-1971), and the Toronto Star (1978-1983 and 1989-2003), Ms. Landsberg frequently appeared on television and radio and wrote three best-selling books She garnered awards, including the first National Newspaper Award for column-writing, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, and the 2002 Governor-General's Award in Commemoration of the 1929 Persons Case, and received honourary degrees from several Canadian universities. She also served on the boards of many community organizations, such as CARAL (Canadian Abortion Rights League) and Opportunity for Advancement.
After her retirement from the Toronto Star in 2003, Ms. Landsberg planned to pursue other writing projects and to spend more time at home in her garden and with her family: husband Stephen Lewis, three grown children, and two grandchildren. In September 2005, she was acclaimed as the new Chair of the Women's College Hospital Board when the Hospital ended its partnership with Sunnybrook Hospital.
Material Format
moving images
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Landsberg, Michele
Scheinberg, Ellen
Heller, Aviva
Geographic Access
Toronto
Original Format
Digital videocassette
Copy Format
DVD
Source
Oral Histories

Canadian author and journalist Michele Landsberg provides recollections of attending the Minsk Synagogue with her grandfather in the 1940s

Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 18; Series 1; Item 42
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
18
Series
1
Item
42
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1955]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Cantor Rubien (Reuben) Schwebel was a well-known cantor in Toronto. Most notably, he became the cantor of the Anshei Minsk Synagogue in Kensington Market in 1949, and led the congregation in Shabbat and holiday services for over fifty years.
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Cantor Rubien Schwebel.
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Schwebel, Rubien
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Kensington Market (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 99; Item 136
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
99
Item
136
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1977]
Physical Description
1 slide : col. ; 35 mm
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Architecture
Synagogues
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 79; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
79
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1968
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 20 cm
Admin History/Bio
In 1968, Jewish Family & Child Services used a mobile treatment centre known as The Trailer to reach out to Jewish youth.
Scope and Content
Item is a reproduction of a photograph of Jewish Family & Child Services' Trailer in the Yorkville neighbourhood of Toronto taken in 1968.
Notes
A digital scan was made from a reproduction of the photograph that appeared on page four of a glossy brochure titled Jewish Family and Child Services: A Tradition of Caring that was published in Spring 1993.
Name Access
Jewish Family and Child (Toronto, Ont.)
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director and head of Jewish Family and Child prior to accessing the records.
Repro Restriction
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 Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 79; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
79
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
12 May 1993
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of past presidents of Jewish Family & Child Service. Standing from left are: Gordon Wolfe, Marshall Kesten, Lorne Wolfson, Paul Forman, Yale Drazin, Les Scheininger, Howard Perlmutter, and Bernie Aaron. Seated from left are: former Jerome Diamond, Henry Goodman, Francis Storm, Morris Wayman, Rose Wolfe, and Gerald Slan.
Name Access
Aaron, Bernie
Diamond, Jerome D.
Drazin, Yale
Forman, Paul
Goodman, Henry G.
Kesten, Marshall
Perlmutter, Howard
Scheininger, Les
Slan, Gerald
Storm, Francis
Wayman, Morris
Wolfe, Gordon
Wolfe, Rose
Wolfson, Lorne
Jewish Family and Child (Toronto, Ont.)
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director and head of Jewish Family and Child prior to accessing the records.
Repro Restriction
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 Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 79; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
79
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Nov. 1988
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a group photograph taken at the Dora Wilensky portrait presentation in Nov. 1988.
Name Access
Jewish Family and Child (Toronto, Ont.)
Wilensky, Dora, 1902-1959
Subjects
Portraits
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director and head of Jewish Family and Child prior to accessing the records.
Repro Restriction
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 Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 79; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
79
Item
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1987
Physical Description
1 flyer : col. ; 28 x 22 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a flyer for an event - Domestic Violence: A Jewish Family Affair - scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 10, 1987 at the Lipa Green Building. It featured Barbara Harris, Executive Director of Transition Center, as its keynote speaker. David Currie, Chief Social Worker, Forensic Services at the Clarke Institute and Director of OPPORTUNITY, and Geraldine Waldman, a practicing family lawyer, were the panelists. Arlene Perly Rae, a local freelance journalist, served as moderator.
Name Access
Currie, David
Harris, Barbara
Rae, Arlene Perly
Waldman, Geraldine
Jewish Family and Child (Toronto, Ont.)
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director and head of Jewish Family and Child prior to accessing the records.
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
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 79; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
79
Item
6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1988]
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of teenagers seeling ribbons for child abuse awareness. Behind them is a poster that reads: "Help Prevent Child Abuse."
Name Access
Jewish Family and Child (Toronto, Ont.)
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director and head of Jewish Family and Child prior to accessing the records.
Repro Restriction
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 Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 79; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
79
Item
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1988
Physical Description
1 photograph : col ; 13 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of a dozen or so individuals in front of a Jewish Family and Child Services banner at the 1988 United Way Walkathon.
Name Access
United Way of Greater Toronto
Jewish Family and Child (Toronto, Ont.)
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director and head of Jewish Family and Child prior to accessing the records.
Repro Restriction
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 Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 79; Item 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
79
Item
8
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1988
Physical Description
1 photograph : col ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of individuals carrying Jewish Family and Child Service banners at the 1988 United Way Walkathon.
Name Access
Jewish Family and Child (Toronto, Ont.)
United Way of Greater Toronto
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director and head of Jewish Family and Child prior to accessing the records.
Repro Restriction
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 Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 79; Item 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
79
Item
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1988
Physical Description
1 photograph : col ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph taken at the 1988 United Way Walkathon. Visible in the photograph is a Jewish Family and Child Services banner.
Name Access
United Way of Greater Toronto
Jewish Family and Child (Toronto, Ont.)
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director and head of Jewish Family and Child prior to accessing the records.
Repro Restriction
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 Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 79; Item 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
79
Item
10
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Jan. 1996
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of three individuals at a mezuzah affixing ceremony at Youthdale.
Name Access
Youthdale
Jewish Family and Child (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Mezuzah
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director and head of Jewish Family and Child prior to accessing the records.
Repro Restriction
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 Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4161
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4161
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1910 and 1920]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
Scheinkman (or Shankman) was the first peddler from Mozir. He arrived in Toronto ca. 1903-1904. He was a founder of the Minsker Shul.
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Shankman, Mordechai Chaim
Mozirer Sick Benefit Society
Scheinkman, Mordechai Chaim
Subjects
Societies
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.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1986-10-10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 99; Item 135
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
99
Item
135
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1977]
Physical Description
1 slide : col. ; 35 mm
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Architecture
Synagogues
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1988-5-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-5-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1912
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the Constitution of the Beth Israel Men of Minsk (Congregation Anshei Minsk) in the form of a small booklet. Material is in Yiddish and English.
Administrative History
The booklet belonged to Joshua Meslin, the grandfather of the donor. Joshua was a member of the congregation from its inception and its Shames for forty-two years. It was printed by the Royal Printing Company owned by Benjamin Meslin, Joshua's son.
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-2-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-2-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records (1 v.)
Date
1958-1984
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the minute book of Congregation Anshe Minsk with entries written in Yiddish.
Descriptive Notes
Language note: Yiddish
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-1-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-1-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 drawing : pen & ink ; 36 x 30 cm
Date
1978
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a drawing by Martin Mendelow of the Anshei Minsk synagogue.
Subjects
Drawing
Synagogues
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 2; File 44
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
2
File
44
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1979
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
73 photographs : col. slides, b&w and (1) col. print, (16) b&w negative ; 35 mm and 12 x 9 cm
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Synagogues
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 87
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
87
Material Format
textual record
Date
1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains the essay of Lynn Milstone and Sidney Tenenbaum, written as students in the University of Toronto School of Architecture, which first sparked their interest and research into synagogues. It considers the architecture of Holy Blossom Synagogue (Both the old location on Bond Street and the new one on Bathurst), the Minsker, the Kiever, the Palmerston synagogue, the Henry Street Synagogue, the Shaw Street Synagogue, and the Maria Street Synagogue (Knesset Yisrael).
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Holy Blossom Temple (Toronto, Ont.)
Kiever Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Synagogues
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 79
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family and Child fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
79
Material Format
multiple media
Admin History/Bio
Jewish Family & Child was established in 1943 from the amalgamation of a variety of different social agencies formed as early as 1868. These included the Ladies Benevolent Fund, the Free Burial Society, Jewish Family Welfare Bureau, Jewish Children’s Bureau, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Ladies Maternal Aid Society. Much of its funding and support after its inception came from the United Jewish Welfare Fund.
The first Executive Director of the agency was Dora Wilensky. She was a trained social worker who served for 28 years, until her untimely death from cancer in 1959. Jerome Diamond took over in 1960 and Gordon Wolfe succeeded him in 1981. Ron Levin briefly replaced Wolfe after his retirement in 2003, and was succeeded in 2006 by Dr. Richard Cummings who then retired in 2015. As of 2017, Brian Prousky is the organization’s current Executive Director.
During the early years, fees were established, but the agency never refused to assist clients because of their inability to pay. JF&CS became one of the first agencies to rely on trained social workers. It was also the first social agency in Canada to become unionized. Over the years the agency’s role has changed and it has expanded significantly, in terms of its staff and services. After the Second World War it played a pivotal role supporting the Holocaust orphans who came to Canada as refugees, particularly in the area of locating foster parents for these children. By 1957, the agency hired its first counsellor and became a member of the United Community Fund of Greater Toronto. The year 1968 marked the start of JF&CS’ new program involving the use of a mobile treatment centre to reach out to Jewish street kids and in 1974 they established the Jerome D. Diamond Adolescent Centre.
In 1981, JF&CS was mandated by the Province of Ontario as a Jewish children’s aid society responsible for the care and protection of all Jewish youth in the GTA. 1983 they established the Just-A-Second Shop at 3101 Bathurst Street, which took in used goods from the community to pass on to needy families. Two years later they established the Henry G. Goodman Home for developmentally handicapped children on Wilmington Avenue. The following year marked the opening of the Elm Ridge Group Living Residence for elderly people. In 1988, they opened a special shelter for abused women and children, and in 1994, they introduced their Homework Club for kids.
The current mission of Jewish Family & Child is to support the healthy development of individuals, children, families, and communities through prevention, protection, counselling, education and advocacy services, within the context of Jewish values. Their services include counselling, rehabilitation and support, foster care, family services and community services. These services are offered in a host of different languages including Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, French and English.
JF&CS is an independent organization that receives its funding from a variety of different sources such as UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, United Way Toronto and York Region, the Ontario Government, as well as individual donations.
As of 2017, JF&CS has nearly 130 staff providing more than 30 community services with a budget of almost $20 million. Their main office is located in the Lipa Green Centre for Community Services at 4600 Bathurst Street. They also maintain offices and run services out of their downtown branch at 35 Madison Ave, their York Region branch inside UJA’s 1 Open Door at the Lebovic JCC, and their Jerome D. Diamond Adolescent Centre in midtown Toronto.
Name Access
Jewish Family and Child
Wilensky, Dora, 1902-1959
Wolfe, Gordon
Diamond, Jerome D.
Subjects
Charities
Children
Families
Nonprofit organizations
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director and head of Jewish Family and Child prior to accessing the records.
Related Material
See also: Jewish Child Welfare Association fonds (fonds 86); Jewish Family Welfare Bureau fonds (fonds 87); Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of Toronto fonds (fonds 66); and, United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds (fonds 67).
Creator
Jewish Family and Child (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
2004-5-101
2004-1-8
2002-10-38
2006-6-7 (Shelf 03-6,Orphan index cards)
2009-12-9
2010-4-1 (Shelf 34-1)
2010-10-5
2015-8/11
2015-9/1
Source
Archival Descriptions
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