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Accession Number
2014-8-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-8-11
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
7 photographs : b&w
Date
1931-1935
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting the activities of Motel Bergstein and Borris Litman. Included are images documenting Hat Cap and Milinery workers banquets, conventions and Executive members, as well as images documenting Camp Yungvelt and the Workmen's Circle 35th anniversary. Motel Bergstein is identified in the photos.
Custodial History
The photographs were in the possession of Carrie Grossman, the daughter of Motel Bergstein and step-daughter of Borris Litman.
Administrative History
Motel Bergstein was born in 1898 in Buckawchevitz, Galicia. He came to Toronto in 1920 or 1921 and initially worked as an operator in a hat factory. He met and married Rita Katz in 1922. Motel was a member of the communist party and in the early 1930s he replaced JB Salsberg as the union organizer for the Hat, Cap and Millinery Workers Union. He was eventually excommunicated from the communist party for refusing to call a strike after the party's headquarters ordered him to. After his excommunication, he became an active member of the Workmen's Circle. Around 1937 or 1938, Motel began selling life insurance as a sub-agent for his uncle, Max Bergstein. Motel passed away on December 25, 1941.
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.
Subjects
Labour and unions
Name Access
Bergstein, Motel, 1898-1941
Litman, Boris
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-4-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-4-4
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
2 photograhs : tif
Date
[1955 or 1956]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two electronic copies of original photographs. The first depicts Abe Blankenstein with his wife Freda. The second is Abe Blankenstein with his business partner, Joe Fialkov. Both photographs feature Falco Electric trucks.
Subjects
Occupations
Name Access
Blankenstein, Abe
Falco Electric Co.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-3-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-3-8
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
18 photographs : tiff
Date
1969, 1974-2014
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual and graphic material documenting the Cohen family, their immigration to Canada from South Africa and life in Toronto. Textual records include photocopies of correspondence and paperwork relating to the Cohen's immigration, certificates, and a typed document containing humorous stories their South African friends shared at a "10 Years Out Of Africa" party relating to their adjustment to Canadian life. Also included are family portraits and photographs documenting family celebrations such as, weddings and bar mitzvahs. Of note is an image of Vivien and John at the "10 Years Out of Africa" party.
Administrative History
John Cohen was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1944 to Phil and Flora Cohen. Viviane (nee Lehwess) Cohen was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1947 to Henry and Isla Lehwess. John's cousin was in physiotherapy school with Viviane and they were introduced to each other. They married on Dec. 3, 1969 and had three children together: Nicole (b. 1972), Steven (b. 1974), and Jeremy David (1979). Viviane was a physiotherapist and John was a textile sales agent. Due to the unstable political situation in South Africa, they immigrated to North York in March 1977. For the first few weeks, they lived in a rental apartment in North York. They soon moved into a townhouse nearby. In 1980, they bought their first house in Thornhill. They were both able to continue in thier professions after immigrating to Canada. Both of their mothers and many of thier friends also moved to Toronto. John and Viviane were members of Shaarei Shalom synagogue for 25 years and are now members of Darchei Noam.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Name Access
Cohen, John
Places
Johannesburg, South Africa
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-6-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-6-3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record
Physical Description
8 cm of textual records
140 photographs : tiff
Date
[194-?]-2015
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual and graphic material documenting the activities of Ivor Simmons. Included is personal correspondence and photographs of Ivor's early life in South Africa and his family life and activities in Toronto. Of note are family portraits, Bialik Hebrew Day School class photos, Holy Blossom Temple Religious school images, images of the Toronto Island Yacht Club, images of Camp New Moon, Camp Ahmek, and Camp Walden, an image at Crystal Beach, and images of Ivor and his family visiting South Africa. Identified in the photographs are: Ivor Simmons, Milly Simmons, Jack Simmons, Renee Simmons, Gail Simmons, Alan Simmons, Eric Simmons, Anthony Giffard, Theo Wardaugh, Ruth Gold, Marlene Goldbach, Vicki Feraris, and Kim Bresge.
Administrative History
Ivor Simmons was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa in 1937 to Milly and Jack Simmons. He has two younger brothers: Michael (B. 1941) and David (b. 1945). Ivor's father owned a printing business. Ivor studied chemical engineering at the University of Capetown and found work at a petroleum refinery near Johannesburg soon after graduating. Around 1961, Ivor moved to London, England where he worked for the Lummus Company. He moved to Canada in 1963 and settled in Toronto. He worked for Union Carbide for a few years conducting industrial market research and then took a job performing the same work for Falconbridge Nickelmines. Around 1970, he opened his own business called A&A Liquid Waste Removal Company.
Ivor married Renee Rothman in 1966. Together they had three children: Alan, Eric, and Gail. Ivor sold his business in 1997. In his retirement, Ivor has volunteered with a variety of organizations including, animal and bird rehabilitations centres, Friends of Cedarvale, the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy, and Trinity College (assisting with its annual book fair). Ivor is a member of Adath Israel Synagogue and was a member of B'nai Brith for many years.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Name Access
Simmons, Ivor, 1937-
Places
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-6-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-6-6
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
17 photographs : b&w (tiffs)
Date
1958-1970
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 17 scanned photographs from Joe Solomon's time as a camper and tripper at Camp Timberlane, an overnight camp founded in 1957 by Barry and Philomena Lowes on Lake of Two Islands in the Haliburton Highlands. Since it's founding, Camp Timberlane has catered to Jewish campers from Toronto. There is a finding aid in the folder with the scanned photos.
Administrative History
Joseph Nathan Solomon was born on September 4, 1944 to Myer and Sarah (nee Grafstein) Solomon. He is their middle son. He has two brothers David (deceased 2013) and Robert. Solomon attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, University of Toronto for his Bachelors and Osgoode Law School. A highlight of Solomon's life is being a tripper at Camp Timberlane for over 15 years. Solomon practiced law with his father Myer Solomon for the firm Solomon & Solomon and independendly following Myer's retirement and death in the late 1980s. Solomon married Maureen (nee Kokotow) Solomon from Kirkland Lake, ON in 1968. They have two daughters Alida Solomon and Dara Solomon, who started serving as the director of the Ontario Jewish Archives in 2012. Alida Solomon is a chef and restaurant owner.
Subjects
Children
Camps
Name Access
Solomon, Joseph, 1944-
Camp Timberlane
Places
Haliburton, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-5-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-5-4
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Date
1949
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one copy print of the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Mitchell from Welland, Ontario.
Subjects
Wedding anniversaries
Name Access
Mitchell, Samuel
Places
Welland, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-7-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-7-9
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (tif)
Date
[193-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one digital photograph of a group of men inside Shaw Street Synagogue in the early 1930s. Identified in the image are: Avraham Calstein (far right) and Harry Weinstein (2nd from the left).
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Shaw Street Synagogue
Calstein, Avraham
Weinstein, Harry
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-1
Material Format
sound recording
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
2 mp3 files (ca. 2 hours)
2 photographs (jpg)
Date
[ca. 1940]-1975
Scope and Content
Accession consists of sound recordings created by Kay Radio. Included is a recording of the North Y groundbreaking ceremonies at 4600 Bathurst Street in the winter of 1958. Some of the individuals identified speaking are: Rabbi Feinberg, Ellis I. Shapiro, Sam Granatstein, Kelso Roberts (Attorney General of Ontario), Fred Gardiner, Vernon Singer, and Mayor Nathan Phillips.
Also included is a recording of the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Nothern Completion Program at the North Y on April 20, 1975. Finally, accession includes one photograph of the Leonard Kay and other men standing outside Kay Radio and one family photograph taken at a wedding reception.
Custodial History
The donor is the son of Leonard Kay. He found the reels in his parents home in Toronto after they passed away. He had them shipped to his home in Florida and digitized them.
Administrative History
Leonard Kay was born in Winnipeg in 1908. Leonard opened Kay Radio near Bloor and Bathurst Street around 1938. The store later moved to 3419 Bathurst Street in the mid to late 1950s. The business installed sound systems, sound trucks, recorded weddings, bar mitzvahs and other events, repaired TVs and installed TV attenae on apartment buildings. Kay Radio installed the sound systems in many of the synagogues around Toronto. Around 1985, Leonard's son, Michael, took over the business. Leonard passed away in 1991.
Subjects
Occupations
Name Access
Kay, Leonard, 1908-1991
Kay Radio (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-7
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
ca. 70 cm of textual records and other material
Date
1928-2013
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the activities of Ben Zion Shapiro and his family. The bulk of the records document the Shapiro family's involvement in Young Judea. Young Judea material includes: yearbooks, photographs, correspondence, meeting minutes, event programmes, song books, newsletters, and two Camp Biluim flags made by Bunny Shapiro. One flag contains Camp Biluim's crest (1951) and the other one was created for Camp Biluim's colour war and contains the text "We will try and we will succeed Camp Biluim" (1954?). Also included is a VHS tape containing a copy of the Toronto Zionist Council's video about Camp Shalom (1991?). Of note are minute books maintained by Roy Shapiro for the Toronto Young Judea Administrative Board (1928-1934) and for the Leadership Club (1940-1948).
Accession also contains material relating to Roy and Ben Zion's involvement with the following organizations: the Coordinated Services to the Jewish Elderly (Circle of Care), B'nai Israel Beth David Congregation, Beth Tzedec's Mispacha Program, Beth Tzedec's Israel Action Program, Congregation Beth Haminyan, and Holy Blossom Temple's Department for Jewish Living. These records include, minutes, correspondence, newsletters and publications, evaluation reports and other reports. Also included is a demographic report entitied, "Rapid Growth and Transformation: Demographic Challenges Facing the Jewish Community of Greater Toronto" (1995), material from a conference at the University of Toronto on the university's partnership with Israel, CHAT alumni directories, and a CHAT book entitled, "Voices: Jewish Teens of the 90's". Of note are buttons, photographs, reports and correspondence documenting Bunny and Ben Zion's trip to the Soviet Union on behalf of the CJC's Committee for Soviet Jewry.
Finally accession includes material documenting family activities of the Shapiro and Sherman family. Included is a transcript of Bessie Sherman telling her life story (1978), haggadot, PowerPoint presentations created by Ben Zion for his grandchildren and for a family reunion outlining the family history of his family and Bunny's family. There is also a video of Ben Zion presenting his PowerPoint at the Michalski / Cohen family reunion. Also included are family films and videos containing footage of Bunny and Ben Zion's wedding and honeymoon, Camp Biluim, Young Judea events, Bunny on Machon, family wedding anniversaries and birthday parties, trips to Israel, the United States, and Europe as well as footage of the Cousin's Club. Also included is a VHS tape containing a recorded segment from CityPulse News featuring the family's Pesach festivities in 1995.
Photo identification: Back row, left to right: Ray Markus, Michelle Landsberg, Menachem ?, Frank Narrol. Front row, left to right: Gilda Mitchell, Bunny Shapiro, BenZion Shapiro, Malka Rabinowitz.
Administrative History
Ben Zion Shapiro was born in Toronto in 1931 to Roy and Beck (nee Cohen) Shapiro. He has a younger brother, Morden (Mort) Shapiro (b. 1940). His father worked as an office manager at Rotstein Furniture and Maple Leaf Cleaners and his mother worked as a legal secretary until marriage. Roy was active in a number of organizations including: Young Judea, Sons of Jacob Society, Toronto Camera Club, a founding member of Beth David Synagogue, Coordinated Services to the Jewish Elderly (Circle of Care) and President of the Association of Jewish Seniors. Beck was active in Young Judea and Pioneer Women (President of the Golda Meir Club).
Ben Zion received a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and attended the Jewish Agency Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad in Jerusalem, Israel (1951-1952). He has worked for a number of organizations throughout his career, including: Young Judea (he was Director of both Camp Shalom (1962-1969) and Camp Biluim (1954-1956)), B'nai Brith Youth Organization, University Settlement, St. Christopher's House and Director of the Novomeysky Centre in Jerusalem (1957-1961). He was also Professor and Associate Dean of Social Work at the University of Toronto and three times Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Ben married Bunny (Bernice) Shaprio in 1955. Bunny was born in 1934 in Noranda, Quebec to Irving and Bessie (nee Consky) Sherman. Bunny attended public school in Noranda, Noranda High School and Forest Hill Collegiate in Toronto, University of Toronto (BA), the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (M.Ed. in Special Education), and the Jewish Agency Institute for Jewish Leaders from Abroad (1952-1953).
Bunny graduated from the first Camp Biluim Institute for leadership training in 1951 and worked with Ben Zion at Camp Shalom as Camp Mother in 1962 and from 1964-1969. She also worked at Camp Biluim from 1955-1956. In 1983, Bunny and Ben Zion went to the Soviet Union to visit Refuseniks on behalf of the Soviet Jewry Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region.
Bunny and Ben have two children: Ayala and Ilan. Since Ben Zion's retirement in 1996, he and Bunny have been living in Jerusalem for half of each year. In 2015, they moved full-time to Jerusalem.
Descriptive Notes
Physical description note: includes ca. 300 photographs (256 tiff), 2 PowerPoint presentations, 1 textual record (doc), 4 buttons, 2 flags, 5 VHS tapes, and 18 film reels (8 mm).
Subjects
Jewish camps
Jewish youth
Zionism
Name Access
Shapiro, Ben Zion, 1931-
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-11-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-11-4
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
19 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 x 26 cm and smaller
1 folder of textual records
1 poster ; 35 x 51 cm
Date
[194-]-2014
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs and textual records related to the personal and professional life of Morley S. Wolfe. Photographs include a snapshot of Morely dressed in a Harbord Collegiate sweater; his first year law class at Osgoode Hall (1951); attendance at B'nai Brith Wilson Height Heights Lodge events and publicity stills from Branson Hospital. Textual records include a Branson Hospital promotional flyer; correspondence with Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill; email print outs of a series of letter to the editor correspondnece from Morely to the Toronto Star con cerning human rights,immigration and Israel's right to exist.
In addition, there is a photocopy of a Toronto Star photo of Mayor Art Eggleton, awarding Morley S. Wolfe with the William P. Hubbard race relations award; a print out from Harbordite (page 21) of Morely's entry into the Harbord club; a print out of his review of the book Walking with Giants by Saoul Feldberg; and a poster presented to Morely by the Children's Breakfast Club's presdient Rick Gosling, on the occasion of his 75th birthday (2003), in hounour of Morely's volunteer work with the club.
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.
Subjects
Law
Human rights
Name Access
Wolfe, Morley, 1928-
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-10-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-10-6
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 photographs (tiff) : b&w
Date
1897-1960, 1993
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual and graphic material documenting the activities of Eli Bloch. Included are photocopies of correspondence, newsclippings, Eli's Canadian certificate of naturalization, travel documents, South African licenses, and a genealogical family tree for the Bloch family. Also included are two photographs of Eli in his later years.
Custodial History
The original records are in the possession of Gerry Bloch, the grandson of Eli Bloch. Gerry is the son of Eli's son Norman.
Administrative History
Eli (Elias) Bloch was born in 1872 to Nokhum Tevel Rabinovitch in Kishinev Moldava. He had four siblings: Golda, Joseph, Samuel and Bertha. In the 1890s Eli and his siblings (with the exception of Golda) immigrated to South Africa. Bertha married Theodore Dissler (an importer/exporter). During the Boer War, Eli and his brother Joseph fought with the Dutch. After the war, Dissler employed Eli in his business. In 1907, Dissler sent Eli to sell ostrich feathers in various cities around the world, including: London (England), Montreal and Toronto. While in Toronto, Eli attended the First Roumanian Hebrew Congregation Adath Israel where he met his future wife Leah Madnok and chose to remain in Ontario, without completing his task of selling ostrich feathers in the remaining cities on his itinerary. He married Leah in 1909. From about 1911 until 1922, Eli and Leah lived in Gravenhurst and ran a general store on the main street. They had four children together: Harry (1912-1945), Rose (1914-1994), Rachel (Rae) (1916-2000), and Norman (1916-1989). Rachel and Norman were twins.
In 1922, Elias and Leah moved to Mactier and opened a general store. By 1926, Leah and the children were living in London, ON and Elias continued to operate the general store. He saw the family regularly. Around 1935, Elias left Mactier. He remained in London until he moved to Toronto in 1942. Elias passed away in Toronto in 1960.
Descriptive Notes
Language note: English, Yiddish, and Russian
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Jewish families
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-11-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-11-11
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
14 photographs : col. (jpg)
Date
[1981?]-2009
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting various trips Nicole Cohen took to South Africa as a child and adult. Photographs predominatly document Nicole visiting sites around Johannesburg, particularly her family's old apartment building. Also included are photographs of Nicky visiting her grandparents as a child, reconnecting with her family's maid, and visiting the Nelson Mandela Square with her children. Also included is one photograph of Nicole's brother, Jeremy David Cohen, in front of the Cohen family home in Thornhill (1984?).
Administrative History
Nicole (Nicky) Cohen was born in Johannesburg, South Africa to John Cohen and Viviane (nee Lehwess) Cohen in 1972. She has two siblings: Steven (b. 1974), and Jeremy David (1979). Viviane worked as a physiotherapist and John as a textile sales agent. Due to the unstable political situation in South Africa, the family immigrated to North York in March 1977. For the first few weeks, they lived in a rental apartment in North York. They soon moved into a townhouse nearby. In 1980, they bought their first house in Thornhill. Both John and Viviane were able to continue in their professions after immigrating to Canada. The family regularly visited South Africa.
Nicole is a clinical psychologist in Toronto. She married Jordan Kerpinsky on May 16, 1999. They have three children together: Hayley, Justin, and Ryan.
Descriptive Notes
Related Material Note: for an oral history interview with Nicole Cohen see AC 422, for other Cohen family material see accession #2015-3/8.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Jewish families
Photography of families
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Travel
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-4-16
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-4-16
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
3 DVDs
Date
2006-2007
Scope and Content
Video recordings of Transnistria Survivors' Association's annual commemomoration ceremonies (Haskara) that took place at Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue in Toronto in 2006 and 2007.
Administrative History
Founded in 1994, the Transnistria Survivors’ Association works to provide a voice for and raise awareness of a lesser known group of Holocaust survivors. Transnistria was the Romanian authorities’ name for the former Ukrainian region located between the Rivers Dniester and Bug. It was placed under Romanian administration following the German and Romanian conquest of Ukraine in the summer of 1941. Prior to the Second World War, Romania was home to the third largest Jewish population in Europe; but beginning with the Citizenship Revision Laws of 1938, the Jews of Romania were deprived their citizenship rights and became the targets of repressive antisemitic policies and laws. Neighbours turned on neighbours. Thousands of Jews were murdered in pogroms, either by Romanian or German troops, Nazi Einsatzgruppen, or the local population. In 1941, the Jews who remained alive in the Provinces of Bucovina and Bessarabia were deported to camps and ghettos in Transnistria. Thousands were jammed into freight trains while others were marched by foot. Many died along the way. Between 1941 and 1944, it is estimated that German and Romanian authorities, along with Ukrainian collaborators, murdered or caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Romanian and Ukrainian Jews in Transnistria. Some of those who survived these tragic circumstances, especially from Bucovina and Bessarabia, and made a new home in Toronto gathered together to lend each other support and to tell their largely unknown story of oppression and survival. The Transnistria Survivor’s Association organized yearly Hazkarah (memorial) services and its dedicated members continue to share their extraordinary stories of survival through speaking engagements at schools, colleges and synagogues. Past presidents include:
1. Felicia (Steigman) Carmelly
2.Osias Nadel
3.Etti Ziegler
4.Lou (Leizer) Hoffer
As of 2017, the current President is Joe Leinburd.
Subjects
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Name Access
Transnistria Survivors Association
Hoffer, Lou
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-8-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-8-4
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 scrapbook : 29 x 31 cm
1 folder of textual records
4 photographs : b&w ; 30 x 37 cm or smaller
Date
1972-1972
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records pertaining to the volunteer efforts of Shoshana Cole when she served as chair of the Women's Division of the United Jewish Appeal. Included is a gold engraved scrapbook presented to Shoshana by the 1971 United Jewish Appeal, Israel Special Fund. The scrapook includes photographs from Shoshana's installation as chair, with her predecessor Cecily Peters and successor Edith Eason. There are publicity stills of Shoshana with other volunteers from the UJA Women's Division, with Donald Carr Q.C., newly elected President of the United Jewish Welfare Fund, and with Dr. Ralph Halbert, 1971 UJA-ISF General Chairman. In addition, there are newspaper clippings and an official portrait of Shoshana Cole.
Custodial History
The records belonged to the donor's mother-in-law.
Administrative History
Mrs. Louis J. (Shoshana) Cole was elected chair of the 1971 United Jewish Appeal - Israel Special Fund Women's Division in 1971. Born in Toronto, she is the daughter of Edward and Eva Herman.
Name Access
Cole, Shoshana
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-6-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-6-13
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
3 DVDs
112 photographs : col. (tif)
Date
[ca. 1955]-2005, predominant [ca. 1982]-2005
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual and graphic records documenting the history of the Lurie family. Included are a wide variety of photographs documenting family activities such as Lynne and David's wedding; Jewish holiday celebrations; outdoor activities (such as skating and tobogganing); vacations; the Bat Mitzvahs of Danielle, Lisa and Shira and Asher's Bar Mitzvah at Shaar Shalom Synagogue. Also included are speeches and certificates from the children's Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.
Custodial History
Material was in the possession of Lynne and David Lurie. Lynne donated it to the OJA.
Administrative History
David Lurie was born in Klerksdorp, North West Province, South Africa (b. 1955). He was born to Rose (b. 1924-) and Victor (b. 1920–d. 1997). Victor was born in Capetown, South Africa (Grandfather’s family immigrated to South Africa from Latvia after the First World War. Grandmother’s family is of British origin, immigrated in the pre-1880s). Rose was born in Poland and joined her father in Klerksdorp in 1936. Victor and Rose retired to Capetown in 1980 and then Rose moved to Israel after Victor passed away. David attended dental school at Witz University in Johannesburg. He was subsequently conscripted to the army for two years and practiced dentistry. He then had a private practice in Johannesburg.
Lynne was born in Harare, Zimbabwe (b. 1958). Her parents Patricia (b. 1927) and Harry (b. 1923–d. 2012) were both born in South Africa. Pat was a speech pathologist and Harry was in the milling business for 30 years in Australia before retiring to South Africa in 1980-1. Also, Harry had been detained as a POW during the Second World War. Lynne studied drama. She did freelance directing and stage managing for children’s theatre.
Lynne and David were introduced through mutual friends at Witz University and shared a mutual interest in musical theatre and had both been involved in Habonim. They were married in December 1979 and now have four children: Danielle (b. 1982 in South Africa, is married with two children); Lisa (b. 1984 in South Africa); Asher (b. 1987 in South Africa), and Shira (b. 1990 in Canada).
The Luries considered leaving South Africa for many years and eventually emigrated in 1989 because it was becoming increasingly dangerous in the area where David’s practice was located. After completing the National Board Examinations of Canada in 1989 he joined the partnership at Uptowne Dental Centre and Amberwood Dental Centre. David immigrated in May 1989 and then Lynne followed in July 1989. They settled in Thornhill and Lynne now teaches at a drama school for children.
Lynne and David were members at Shaar Shalom Synagogue. Lynne was on the board as VP and secretary. They are Block Parents. David has been involved as a coach, coaching children’s teams, with the Thornhill Soccer Club.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Name Access
Lurie, David, 1955-
Lurie, Lynn, 1958-
Places
South Africa
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-7-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-7-6
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
7 photographs : b&w and sepia ; 20 x 51 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1907]-1960
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of the Michalson and Cooper families. Included is a portrait of Esther (nee Michalson) Cooper; an interior view of Michalson’s crockery store with Meyer Michaleson and his daughter Esther; an exterior view of Michalson’s Wholesale China and Bargain House at Dundas and Parliament; the Executive of the University of Toronto Menorah Society; a Goel Tzedec Sunday School Purim party featuring Bert Cooper, Cecil [Howser?], Selig Greisman, Abe Samuels, Arthur [Bain?], Joe Gurofsky, [?] Cornfield, [Issac?] Levine, May [Stone?], Joe Sklar, Rita Cooper, and Isia Cannon; a group photograph of Camp Winnebago featuring Clarice (nee Wolch) Cooper and Erica Cherney and a group photograph of Camp Winnebago featuring Clarice (nee Wolch) Cooper and the Danson family.
Administrative History
Clarice (nee Wolch) Cooper is the daughter-in-law of Bert Cooper (?-1974) and Esther (Michalson) Cooper (ca. 1904-1996). She was married to their son, Micky. Esther's father was Meyer Michalson, who owned a wholesale china and general goods store first located at 360 Queen St. East and later at the corner of Parliament and Dundas Streets. The store carried imported goods from England along with crockery, tinware, hosiery and undergarments. Esther was active in Hadassah.
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
Related Material Note: See photos 4688 and 4699 for additional Michalson photos.
Name Access
Michaleson, Meyer
Cooper, Esther, 1904-1996
Cooper, Clarice
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-7-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-7-9
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w and sepia toned (.tiff)
Date
[1900?]-[1909?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of Eli Bloch. Photographs include an image of Eli on a horse in uniform during the Boer War, a portrait of Eli, and a wedding portrait of Eli and Leah.
Administrative History
Eli (Elias) Bloch was born in 1872 to Nokhum Tevel Rabinovitch in Kishinev Moldava. He had four siblings: Golda, Joseph, Samuel and Bertha. In the 1890s Eli and his siblings (with the exception of Golda) immigrated to South Africa. Bertha married Theodore Dissler (an importer/exporter). During the Boer War, Eli and his brother Joseph fought with the Dutch. After the war, Dissler employed Eli in his business. In 1907, Dissler sent Eli to sell ostrich feathers in various cities around the world, including: London (England), Montreal and Toronto. While in Toronto, Eli attended the First Roumanian Hebrew Congregation Adath Israel where he met his future wife Leah Madnok and chose to remain in Ontario, without completing his task of selling ostrich feathers in the remaining cities on his itinerary. He married Leah in 1909. From about 1911 until 1922, Eli and Leah lived in Gravenhurst and ran a general store on the main street. They had four children together: Harry (1912-1945), Rose (1914-1994), Rachel (Rae) (1916-2000), and Norman (1916-1989). Rachel and Norman were twins.
In 1922, Elias and Leah moved to Mactier and opened a general store. By 1926, Leah and the children were living in London, ON and Elias continued to operate the general store. He saw the family regularly. Around 1935, Elias left Mactier. He remained in London until he moved to Toronto in 1942. Elias passed away in Toronto in 1960.
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.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
South African War, 1899-1902
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-10
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
9 photographs : col. (jpgs) ; 19 MB
586 KB of textual records
Date
[2015?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 9 digital photographs of Daniel Hoffman, owner of The Cutting Veg, teaching urban farming with the Global Garlic Project, and planting onions and garlic. Also included is one electronic textual document depicting The Cutting Veg's mission statement, issued as promotional material.
Administrative History
The Cutting Veg (TCV) is an eco-social enterprise rooted in organic farming. TCV runs four programs aimed at cultivating personal, social, environmental, and economic health. They cultivate multiple acres of mixed vegetables, making organic food more accessible to vegetable lovers of Southern Ontario. In addition to produce sales, TCV runs the “Global Garlic Project.” Specifically, they grow approximately 20 varieties of garlic from around the world, including Polish, Persian, Italian, Russian, Korean, and Israeli. TCV also provides Food Coaching Services, which offers garden & composting project support, agri-business training, food-based workshops, and part-time farming internships. Finally, TCV offers one-on-one “Wellness Counselling” for individuals who want to take steps forward with their health and happiness. Collectively, these programs are helping TCV towards the achievement of its quadruple bottom line: Personal health, Social health, Environmental health, and Economic health. TCV is owned and managed by Daniel Hoffmann. Daniel is an Organic Farmer, Social Worker (BSW), Counsellor, and has been farming in B.C. and Ontario since 2000.
Descriptive Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: The textual record is in a graphic file format but is a document.
Subjects
Agriculture
Education
Name Access
Hoffmann, Daniel
The Cutting Veg (Sutton, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-12-63
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-12-63
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record
Physical Description
19 photographs : col. (jpgs) ; 72 MB
1 folder of textual records
Date
[2014?]-2016
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 19 digital photos of Shoresh activities including beekeeping, farming, the Kavanah Garden in Vaughan, Maxie's Garden in Kensington Market, a map of Bela Farm in Hillsburgh, and gardening at Baycrest. Also included is a copy of Shoresh 2016 Year in Review.
Administrative History
Shoresh is a grassroots Jewish environmental organization in Southern Ontario. They exist to nurture a regional Jewish community that sees environmental ethics as a core element of Jewish identity, and is actively committed to responsible stewardship of the earth. They do this through educational programs that link Jewish texts and teachings with experiences of awe and wonder of the natural world; leadership opportunities that invest in the next generation of Jewish environmental leaders; and responsive action including environmental advocacy and the production of sustainable products that enrich Jewish life. They operate out of Shoresh’s Kavanah Garden in Vaughan, Bela Farm in Hillsburgh, and through schools, synagogues, camps, and community organizations throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Descriptive Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: There is a PDF version of image #19 of Bela Farm
Subjects
Agriculture
Food
Name Access
Shoresh (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-1-14
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-1-14
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 19 x 14 cm
1 folder of textual records
Date
1938-1984
Scope and Content
Accession consists of an original photograph, copy print and negative of students of the Eitz Chaim Hebrew School attending a school picnic at Toronto's Centre Island. Identified in the photo are Rhoda Pappenheim (née Kabatznik), Jeannette Cohen and Jeannette's sister Lynn Budd. In addition, there is a 1983/84 issue of the Jewish Community Centre of Toronto program with a photo of Sarah Kabatznik on the cover. Sarah, who appears second from the left in the bottom left hand corner, is the Grandmother of Irma Pappenheim and was a regular at the "Y".
Photo Caption 002: Eitz Chaim Hebrew School picnic at Centre Island, (Toronto, ON), 1938. Identified in the back row third and fifth from the right is Lynn Budd and Jeanette Cohen respectively. Identified in the second row from the back, 6th from the left, is Rhoda Pappenheim.
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
Photograph: Jeanette Cohen of Toronto
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Eitz Chaim Schools (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. (jpg) ; 10.3 MB
Date
2013
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 1 digital photo of Ran Goel with produce. This is a publicity photo for Fresh City Farms.
Administrative History
Fresh City Farms is Canada’s largest commercial city farm located on six acres at Downsview Park in Toronto. Its mission is to create and perfect new ways to connect food makers and eaters. Founder Ran Goel lists “his grandmother’s stories about growing up on a Kibbutz, feeling democracy awaken in his childhood home of South Africa and his mom’s stuffed peppers” as inspiration.
Subjects
Agriculture
Farms
Food
Name Access
Fresh City Farms
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-39
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-39
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 16 x 42 cm
Date
1939
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one panoramic photograph of the First Mizrachi Canadian Convention attendees seated at dinner tables. The convention took place on April 21-23, 1939. Identified in the photo is Morris Soberman, future cantor at Beth Tzedec.
Administrative History
Mizrachi is an international religious Zionist movement founded in Vilnius in 1902. Bnei Akiva, founded in 1929 is its youth movement. Mizrachi Canada is its Canadian branch. Allan Soberman is a singer/songwriter/musician and son of Cantor Morris Soberman. Cantor Morris Soberman was the Ba'al Koreh, Chazan Sheni and bar mitzvah teacher at Beth Tzedec Synagogue in Toronto with additional years spent at Goel Tzedec and the McCaul Street Shul.
Descriptive Notes
ASSOCIATED MATERIAL NOTE: There is another photo from this convention in our collection. See photo #2433.
Stamped on the back as taken by E. Mackintosh Photographer.
Subjects
Congresses and conventions
Religious Zionism
Name Access
Soberman, Allan
Mizrachi Canada
Places
Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-1-26
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-1-26
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 poster : col. ; 26 x 37 cm
Date
1973
Scope and Content
The accession consists of a poster for Grine Felder presented by the Toronto Yiddish Theatre, directed by Jacob Sandler and presented at Lawrence Park Collegiate on Sat. March 3, 1973. Poster also lists Canadian Jewish Congress, Negev Book Store and Pollock's as locations to buy tickets.
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MG4A1e
Subjects
Theatrical posters, Yiddish
Name Access
Toronto Yiddish Theatre
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-12-45
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-12-45
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w ; col. ; 8 x 11 cm
1 folder of textual records
Date
1958-2010
Scope and Content
Accession consists of family photos of Victor Latchman and textual records about Victor's business Taylors Shoes. Identified in the photos are: Victor Latchman and Rosalie Greenspan, Donald and Annette Latchman and Victor and Rosalie in Miami (1960s). Textual records include a business card for Taylors Shoes and an article about Latchman's retirement published in the Bloor West Town Crier (February 2010).
Administrative History
Philip and Sally (Sugarman) Latchman were married in 1932. In November 1933, Sally gave birth to identical triplets Donald, Marvin and Victor. In celebration, they were sent the King's Bounty of 3 British pounds. The boys were interviewed every year on their birthday by Toronto newspapers until they decided to stop the publicity. The family lived in the Bloor-Markham area until the boys were 11. The family then moved to Montclair Avenue where the boys attended Forest Hill Public School. They had their bar-mitzvahs at the Hebrew Men of England Synagogue. The triplets' father, Philip Latchman was a founding members of Beth Sholom Synagogue. Donald Latchman was on the board and Rosalie Latchman was active in the congregation.
Philip and his younger brother Morris Latchman started Federal Farms Limited in 1948 on 150 acres of Holland March in Brantford, Ontario. They grew vegetables: potatoes, carrots, celery and rutabegas. They also had a potato chip company Mad Hatter Snack Foods which was Kosher for Passover. Federal Farms Ltd. went public in 1961 and Loblaws bought 51% of the shares.
Donald attended Ryerson business school and founded Latchman Insurance Brokers. He married Annette Bachst, a holocaust survivor who grew up in New York.
Marvin attended Ryerson business school then worked for Federal Farms at the Ontario Food Terminal. Later he became a real estate broker. He married Shirley Wolkofsky.
Victor worked on the family farm and at Federal Fruit Company at the Ontario Food Terminal. Victor took a business course at Shaw's Business School. In 1966 he bought Taylors shoes, a business at 2934 Dundas Street. West started in 1920 by Sid Taylor. Victor helped start the Junction Business Improvement Association and was twice President of Junction Gardens BIA. He retired in 2009. Victor and Rosalie Greenspan (d. 2014) were married at Beth Sholom in 1958 by Rabbi David Monson. Their children are Howard, and Faith and Mitchell Sherman. Their grand-children are Matthew, Jennifer and Russell Sherman. Victor and Rosalie were honoured at Beth Sholom Synagogue on 26 October 2013 for their 55th wedding anniversary.
In 2012 at age 78, the triplets believed themselves to be the oldest male identical triplets alive in Canada.
Descriptive Notes
ASSOCIATED MATERIALS NOTE: See accession 2016-7-5 (Victor Latchman) and 2002-10-66 (Morris Latchman). RELATED MATERIALS NOTE: Federal Farms Limited fonds at Simcoe County Archives.
Subjects
Business
Jewish families
Photography of families
Name Access
Latchman, Victor
Latchman, Rosalie
Latchman, Donald
Latchman, Annette
Places
Toronto, Ont. Miami, Florida.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-2-2
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record
Physical Description
25 cm of textual records
1 photograph : col. (tif)
Date
[ca.1921]-2000
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a Harbord Review (1946-1947), "A History of Harbord Collegiate Institute" (1992), and essays by Phyllis Platnick entitled: "Opening Doors: English Canada ponders immigration in the aftermath of World War II", "The Long, Hot Summer of 1933 - Toronto Jews through the Newspapers," and "Through the Back Door: The Canadian Garment Industry and Bulk Labour Immigration." Accession also includes textual documents related to the death of Dr. David Platnick including: a letter from David Platnick regarding a proposed research project on the History of Wind Energy Utilization in Canada (1982), a copy of Forum (a newspaper of the Information Services Department at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute) with an accompanying obituary for Dr. David Platnick (October 1982) and newspaper clippings of an obituary of David Platnick (1982). Other textual records include a memorial record from the funeral of Lillian Sandler Gordon (1993) and a letter to Phyllis Platnick from Clara ? in Holon, Israel regarding the death of Nahum ? and a donation to the Anne Edell Award at the University of Toronto (2000). Finally, accession also includes a digital scan of Lillian Sandler Gordon's class at Jarvis Collegiate Institute circa 1921.
Custodial History
Records were in the possession of Marilyn Platnick-Glass, the sister-in-law of Phyllis Platnick (sister of Dr. David Platnick).
Administrative History
Phyllis Esther (née Sandler) Platnick was born in Toronto on 21 February 1932 to Michael and Clara Toby (née Edell) Sandler. Her brother's name was Martin Sandler. She was educated at Harbord Collegiate; University of Toronto, Bachelor of Arts; and Syracuse University, Master of Library Sciences. She married David Platnick on 22 June 1952 and had three children: Deborah, Howard and Brian. Anne Edell was Phyllis' aunt. Phyllis was an archivist at Glendon College, York University. Phyllis was married to Dr. David Platnick who was an engineer and professor in the Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) Department at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute from 1968-1982. He was born on Markham St. in Toronto, attended Harbord Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto. He was active at Temple Har Zion in Thornhill. He passed away on October 19, 1982. Lillian Sandler Gordon (1908-1993) graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1931 and established a successful real estate and family law practice during the Depression in an inhospitable environment for women and Jews in her profession. She was married to Sandy Gordon (1914-1992) and they practiced law together. Lillian Sandler Gordon was Phyllis Platnick's aunt (Michael Sandler's sister).
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
ASSOCIATED MATERIAL NOTE: Several accessions related to Phyllis Platnick (1984-1-7, 1984-4-5, 1986-10-6, 1993-5-1). See also 2016-11-12 Platnick and Glass family. Serial Harbord Review (Shelf 52-4 2 boxes). Oral history of Lillian (Sandler) Gordon conducted by Phyllis Platnick AC 209. RELATED MATERIAL NOTE: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History holds an oral history with Lillian Sandler Gordon conducted in 1991. There are letters to Lillian Sandler at the Clara Thomas Archives, York University, F0151, Aplin Family Fonds.
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Platnick, Phyllis
Platnick, David
Harbord Collegiate Institute
Gordon, Lillian Sandler
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-8-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-8-6
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 15 cm
Date
[between 1939 and 1945]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one black and white photograph taken during the Second World War depicting a group of Jewish men and women who met for services and socializing once a week in the basement of the Sons of Jacob Congregation in Belleville, Ontario. Pictured in the photograph are Ruth Wise (back row, far right) and Rabbi Gedaliah Felder (centre).
Custodial History
Michelle Speyer donated the photograph to the Archives at the request of her grandmother Ruth Speyer (née Wise), who is pictured in the photograph.
Administrative History
Ruth Molly Wise was born in 1926 to Eva and William Wise. She grew up in Belleville, Ontario, where she was part of a group of women at Beth Jacob Congregation that prepared meals for Jewish service men stationed at an air force base in Trenton. When she was 16, Ruth moved to Toronto, where she stayed with relatives for two years. She changed her name to Ruth Speyer when she married Mark Speyer. The two were married for 59 years during which time they had three children: Bruce, Michael, and Lloyd. Mark and Ruth were involved with Beth Tzedec for many years and had been part of Goel Tzedec before it merged with the McCaul Street Synagogue. Mark and Ruth were also founding members of the Island Yacht Club, to which they were very devoted.
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
Ruth Speyer has written some additional names on the back of the photograph.
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Name Access
Felder, Gedaliah
Speyer, Ruth
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-8-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-8-9
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 36 x 31 cm
Date
1939
Scope and Content
Accession consists of an original photograph of the Arbeiter Ring (Workmen's Circle), Branch 670, 10th year jubilee celebration. The photo is dated March 1939 and was taken by Daylight Studio Toronto, Photograph by Simon.
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.
Subjects
Anniversaries
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
Workmen's Circle (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-10-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-10-6
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w., mounted on backing board ; 16 x 21 cm on backing board 25 x 30 cm
Date
11 Apr. 1919
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a photograph of the senior fourth class of King Edward Public School taken on April 11, 1919 and mounted on a backing board. Written on the back of the backing board is the following:
April 11th 1919
Senior Fourth Class
Manual Training
King Edward School
Boys of 1918-1919
Jolly Good Fellows
Left to Right.
(1) Alex Mosoff (Mozes)
(2) Sam Rosenbloom ([Liprosy?])
(3) Harry Isaacson (Eggs)
(4) Morris Heller (Heller ["Moishe" in Yiddish])
(5) John Burton (Farmer)
(6) Max Goldberg (Truck-Horse [illegible])
(7) Murray Cooper (Tony)
(8) Leo Friedman (Longzy)
(9) Sol Luxenberg ([Chalk?])
(10) Max Lexchin (Lexshit)
(11) Jacob Kaplan
(12) [Morris?] Stulberg (Koony)
(13) Coo-Coo Jessel
(14) Izzie Shapiro (Knowledge)
(15) Abie Soltz (Epson Saltz)
(16) Harry Bied[illegible]vitz (Bugsy)
(17) Alex Mosoff (Mozas)
(18) Leonard Stein (Shtinker)
(19) Max Mandel
Photo caption (001): Senior fourth class, manual training, King Edward [Public] School, boys of 1918-19, 11 Apr. 1919. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2017-10-6.
Custodial History
Gloria Roden (née Mosoff), the daughter of Alex Mosoff (pictured in photograph), donated the photograph.
Administrative History
Alexander Elliott "Alex" Mosoff (1904-1998) was born in Szydlowiec, Poland on 12 April 1904. Mosoff came to Toronto in 1906. It was there that he married his wife, Fay Layefsky, on 23 March 1924; the two would stay married for 74 years, during which time they had two children: a son, Harold, and a daughter, Gloria.
Mosoff worked for a wholesale groceteria for a time before joining Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1924, eventually becoming a manager at a time when it was unusual for a Jewish person to go beyond the position of salesperson. In all, Mosoff spent 44 years at MetLife, retiring in 1968.
Mosoff passed away on 27 April 1998. He was 94 years old.
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.
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Burton, John
Cooper, Murray
Friedman, Leo
Goldberg, Max
Heller, Morris
Isaacson, Harry
Jessel, Coo-Coo
Kaplan, Jacob
King Edward Public School (Toronto, Ont.)
Lexchin, Max
Luxenberg, Sol
Mandel, Max
Mosoff, Alex, 1904-1998
Rosenbloom, Sam
Shapiro, Izzie
Soltz, Abie
Stein, Leonard
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3663
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3663
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[192-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Notes
Metro Toronto Library Board.
Subjects
Business
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
Kensington Market (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 6619
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
6619
Material Format
graphic material
Date
12 May 1935
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of a workmen's choir during the ten year jubilee celebration for the A.A.C.T. organizations.
There are several Yiddish inscriptions on the photograph that are only partially translated. Translation includes, "Proletarian culture front, worthy member in Yiddishe Arbeiter Culture Centre, 10 year jubilee celebration with Ch' Shaffer, 12 May 1935, the two brothers".
Subjects
Anniversaries
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
Level
Item
ID
Item 572
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
572
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1929]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the Ansonville cheder class, ca. 1929. The photograph was taken outside. Pictured are:
Centre: Mr. Kosoff. Children from left to right: Harry Abramson (lawyer in Windsor), Vera Abramson (Montreal), Esther Abramson (Montreal), Becky Briansky, John Abramson, Mary Crotin, Dorothy Abramson, Art Crotin (killed in war), Lou Crotin (identified this photo), Bill Perlmutter (now in Montreal), and Bella Briansky.
Name Access
Ansonville
Subjects
Heder
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.
Accession Number
Acquired Dec. 1975.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Samuel Posluns fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 70; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Samuel Posluns fonds
Level
File
Fonds
70
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1947
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of memos, reports, and meeting minutes. Also included is a list of procedures to be followed for oral and job testing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Samuel Posluns fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 70; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Samuel Posluns fonds
Level
File
Fonds
70
File
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1947
Physical Description
51 photographs : b&w ; 17 x 12 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of black and white photographs related to the Tailor Project, including photos taken at Bergen Belsen Displaced Persons Camp showing the Tailor Project team testing candidates. Other identified individuals include Max Enkin.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual General Meetings series
Annual Meeting file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 67; Series 1; File 58; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual General Meetings series
Annual Meeting file
Level
Item
Fonds
67
Series
1
File
58
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
9 June 1997
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 16cm x 11cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Leo Baeck Choir performing at the 1997 Annual Meeting of UJA Federation.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual General Meetings series
Annual Meeting file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 67; Series 1; File 58; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual General Meetings series
Annual Meeting file
Level
Item
Fonds
67
Series
1
File
58
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
9 June 1997
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 16cm x 11cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Leo Baeck Choir performing at the 1997 Annual Meeting of UJA Federation.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Second World War album file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 2; Series 6; File 100; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Second World War album file
Level
Item
Fonds
2
Series
6
File
100
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1944]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Major Ben Dunkelman standing alongside an unknown soldier. There is sign behind them that reads: The Greatest Little Place in Canada, Cabbage Town.
Name Access
Dunkelman, Benjamin, 1913-1997
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Soldiers--Canada
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
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 337
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
337
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1953
Physical Description
6 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of photographs of the head table of a meeting at the conference sponsored by Keren Hayesod.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 347
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
347
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1943
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of photographs of the committee members. From left to right they include: J.B. Lubotta; David Dunkelman; J.S. Zacks; M.J Till; Nat Spiegel; Sol Rotenberg; Charles Markson; Arthur Gelber; and Moses Kohl.
Name Access
J.B. Lubotta
David Dunkelman
J.S. Zacks
M.J. Till
Nat Spiegel
Sol Rotenberg
Charles Markson
Arthur Gelber
Moses Kohl
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
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 250
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
250
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[193-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of 1 portrait photograph of Ellis Shapiro.
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
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
15
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm; mounted on a cardboard backing
Scope and Content
The file consists of a portrait photograph of Stephen Berger.
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
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 35
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
35
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1958
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph of the Negev Dinner Tribute presentation to Meyer Gasner by Sam Sable. Gasner is pictured on the left, Sable on the right. An unknown individual is in the middle.
Name Access
Gasner, Meyer
Sable, Sam
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 146
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
146
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a portrait photograph of Mark Levy.
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
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 200
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
200
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a portrait photograph of Samuel Posluns.
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
Level
Item
ID
Item 258
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
258
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1921
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 22 x 27 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of students at the Peretz Shule
Notes
Photograph has an inscription in Hebrew and is dated May 1921.
Name Access
Peretz Shule
Workman's Circle
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.
Creator
Workman's Circle
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 267
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
267
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1900 and 1910]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Admin History/Bio
The Kaufman family settled in Galt, Ontario after immigrating from Kraackow, Poland.
Scope and Content
Item is a formal studio portrait of the Kaufman family.
Name Access
Kraackow
Kaufman
Poland
Rotenberg, Mattie
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.
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Level
Item
ID
Item 268
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
268
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1898
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Mattie Levi (m. Rotenberg) as an infant.
Name Access
Levi, Mattie
Rotenberg, Mattie
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
Level
Item
ID
Item 269
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
269
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1902]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the Levi family in Toronto.
Name Access
Levi, Paul
Rotenberg, Mattie
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
Level
Item
ID
Item 256
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
256
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1923]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 23 x 26 cm and 11 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
The item is a photograph of students of the Peretz Shule.
Notes
This photograph is not the original print.
The photograph has been plaque mounted.
Name Access
Peretz Shule
Workmen's Circle
Arbeiter Ring
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.
Creator
Workmen's Circle
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 257
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
257
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1935
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the Labour League at the Winchevsky Centre on their 10th anniversary. Pictured in the back row, second from right: Jake Weisbrod.
Notes
Photograph has been plaque mounted.
Name Access
Labour League
Winchevsky Centre
Subjects
Labor
Labor unions
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
Level
Item
ID
Item 259
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
259
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1932]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of members of the Labour League.
Notes
Photograph has a signature and an inscription in Yiddish.
Name Access
Labour League
Winchevsky Centre
Subjects
Labor
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
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