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Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Jewish communal series
Other Jewish organizations sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 9-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Jewish communal series
Other Jewish organizations sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
51
Series
9-8
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
multiple media
Date
[ca.1950] - 1988
Physical Description
2 cm of textual records
34 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 25 cm or smaller
1 presentation piece : b&w ; 42 x 30 cm
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of textual records, photographs, and a presentation piece documenting Phil Givens’ interaction with a wide range of Jewish organizations in Canada, America, and Israel. Included are speeches and correspondence, as well as photographs of Givens attending various events.
Notes
Photographers and photography studios are identified on the photographs.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
17
Material Format
textual record
Date
1977-1984
Physical Description
22 cm of textual records (8 vols.)
Scope and Content
File consists of eight appointment books documenting Phil Givens' various activities as an MPP, Chairman of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission, President of the Canadian Zionist Federation, and private citizen.
Physical Condition
The day-planners / appointment books have been labeled in the top right corner with the old (pre February 2011) arrangement notation. The label on the 1984 volume was successfully removed, but was so difficult that the remaining labels were left on.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Level
File
Fonds
92
File
1
Material Format
textual record
sound recording
Date
1976-1991
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
File consists of oral history interviews primarily documenting J.B. Salsberg's labour Zionist and political career. Included is one transcript of P. Pomerant's interview with J.B., one audio cassette recording of an interview conducted with J.B., and transcripts of interviews conducted by Sharyn Salsberg Ezrin with the following individuals: Al Hershkovitz, Norman Penner, Harry Simon, Robert Nixon, Sam Lipshitz, and Morris Biderman. Also included is correspondence regarding Ezrin's interviews.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Level
File
Fonds
92
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1939-1992, predominant 1981-1987
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of J.B. Salsberg's personal and professional correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Personal series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 92; Series 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Personal series
Level
Series
Fonds
92
Series
1
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1924-1991
Physical Description
28 cm of textual records and other material
Scope and Content
Series consists of graphic and textual records related to J.B. Salsberg's personal life. Of note are records documenting the activities and passing of Salsberg's wife, Dora Wilensky. Included are photographs, portraits, stories, certificates, event invitations and programmes, correspondence, a graduation book, a newsletter, sympathy cards, a drawing, a sketch, and notes.
Notes
Physical description note: includes 19 photographs, 1 sketch, and 1 drawing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Labour Zionism and union activities series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 92; Series 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Labour Zionism and union activities series
Level
Series
Fonds
92
Series
2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
object
Date
1918-1981
Physical Description
5 cm of textual records (1 v.) and other material
Scope and Content
Series consists of records related to J.B. Salsberg's labour Zionism and union activities. Of note are records documenting Salsberg's early Poale Zion activities in New York. Included are photographs, correspondence, a medallion, pins, bulletins, newsletters, booklets, a book, and a pamphlet.
Notes
Physical description note: includes 11 b&w photographs (3 negatives), 3 pins, and 1 medallion.
Subjects
Labor Zionism
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Labour Zionism and union activities series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 2; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Labour Zionism and union activities series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
2
File
2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1923-1981
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 photographs : b&w ; 11 x 7 cm
Admin History/Bio
Poale Zion (Workers of Zion) was a Marxist Zionist Jewish workers movement that originated in the Russian Empire around 1900. This movement spread around the world and in late 1905 the Socialist Jewish Labour Party (Poale Zion) was formed in Canada.
In 1919, the Poale Zion Zionist labour movement split into two factions – Left Poale Zion (later Achdut Avodah Poale Zion) and Achdut Avodah (later Mapai). J.B. Salsberg affiliated with the Left Poale Zion, which was founded on the principals established by Ber Borochov and became known as the Borochov Movement. In Canada the Borochov Movement consisted of various organizations – political, cultural and educational. The political branch was the Achdut Avodah Poale Zion. It promoted Zionism and Socialism both in Canada and Israel.
Scope and Content
File consists of records documenting J.B. Salsberg's involvement in the Achdut Avodah Poale Zion movement. Included is correspondence with the Jewish Socialist Labor Party Poale-Zion of America, Undzer Veg bulletins, Hashomer Hatzair newsletters, and a Yiddish booklet by Chaim Zhitlovsky entitled "From Assimilation to Labour Zionism" (published in New York, 1919). Also included are two photographs of J.B. Salsberg that were taken in Boston likely at the second annual convention of the Poale-Zion of America (1923).
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
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 92; Series 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
Series
Fonds
92
Series
4
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Date
1914-1993
Physical Description
11 cm of textual records (1 v.) and other material
Scope and Content
Series consists of records documenting J.B. Salsberg's involvement with various Jewish organizations, including: the I.L. Peretz School, the Canadian Jewish Congress, UJA Federation, the New Fraternal Jewish Association, the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and the Canadian Zionist Federation. Included are medallions, pins, a coin, a poster, certificates, photographs, meeting minutes, a test, booklets, event programmes, a transcript, bulletins, notes, newspaper clippings, articles, reports, newsletters, a brochure, and a flyer.
Notes
Physical description note: includes 17 photographs, 4 pins, 4 medallions, 1 coin, 1 poster, and 1 certificate.
Related Material
For other records documenting the CJC's Committee for Soviet Jewry see also fonds 17, series 3.
For other NFJA records see MG 2B-1P and MG9 ("Fraternally Yours" publications).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 4; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
4
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1961]-1970, Nov. 1990
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of records documenting J.B. Salsberg's involvement in the CJC's Committee for Yiddish. Included are handwritten notes regarding Yiddish secular culture, a list of Yiddish resources, correspondence, and a study entitled "Jews Reporting Yiddish as Mother Tongue in 1961". Also included is a CJC certificate honouring Salsberg for his work for Yiddish that is signed by Philip Givens.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 4; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
4
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1986-1991
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
In 1970 many Jewish groups in Ontario organized to help Refusniks who were being persecuted in the Soviet Union and to pressure local, national and international governments to address Soviet antisemitism. In early 1971, the Action Committee for Soviet Jewry (ACSJ) was formed by the (then) Central Region of the CJC to coordinate the activities of, and provide stable funding and administrative support for, these various ad hoc committees and action groups that had sprung up across Ontario.
The ACSJ originally reported to the CJC’s Steering Committee for Soviet Jewry (SCSJ), but by the mid-1970s the reporting of the two committees was reversed, with the steering committee reporting to the action committee. By 1977, the action committee and the steering committee were merged into the newly-renamed CJC Ontario Region’s Committee for Soviet Jewry (occasionally referred to as the Toronto Committee). J. B. Salsberg was the first SCSJ Chairman, serving in this capacity until 1976.
Scope and Content
File consists of records documenting J.B. Salsberg's involvement in the CJC's Committee for Soviet Jewry. Included are booklets, reports, agendas, correspondence, meeting minutes, conference material for the Regional Conference on Israel and Soviet Jewry, and newspaper clippings.
Subjects
Committees
Jews--Soviet Union
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 4; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
4
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1971-1993
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of records documenting J.B. Salsberg's involvement in the CJC, Ontario region. Included is correspondence, a press release, Executive Committee meeting notices and minutes, and handwritten notes taken by Salsberg during a meeting of the Executive Committee.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 4; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
4
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
1985-1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of records documenting J.B. Salsberg's involvement with CJC (National). Included is correspondence, a President's Newsletter, a press release, a National Executive meeting notice and minutes, and a list of resolutions for the 1986 CJC Plenary Assembly.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 4; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
4
File
13
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1963-1982
Physical Description
2 folders of textual records
9 photographs : b&w and col. ; 12 x 19 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
The New Fraternal Jewish Organization was established around 1959 by J.B. Salsberg and other ex-members of the United Jewish People’s Order. The NFJO was a fraternal organization open to men and women who shared a common interest in the welfare of Jewish communities around the world, the preservation of Jewish culture, the support of Israel, and democratic rights for all people. J.B. Salsberg served as president for several terms and also edited the organization’s publication “Fraternally Yours”.
Scope and Content
File consists of records documenting J.B. Salsberg's involvement in the New Fraternal Jewish Association. Included are two copies of the NFJA's publication Fraternally Yours (1963 and 1982), notes for an obituary delivered by J.B. Salsberg for member Leo Sax (Nov. 1970), and photographs and a certificate documenting a 70th birthday celebration thrown by the NJFA for Salsberg. Also included are photographs and a newspaper clipping documenting the opening of the medical clinic in Kiryat Yam (Israel) that was built by the NFJA in honour of J.B. Salsberg. Identified in the photographs are: J.B. Salsberg, M. Biderman, Ambassador C.E. McGaughey, Sam Lipshitz, Malka Portugali, Sarah-Gittel Salsberg, David Lewis, and Harry Binder.
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
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 4; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
4
File
15
Material Format
textual record
object
Date
1970-1988, predominant 1987-1988
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 medallion : copper ; mounted on white marble block 7 cm in length
1 coin : 5 cm in diam.
Scope and Content
File consists of records documenting J.B. Salsberg's involvement in the UJA Federation. Included are UJA Day event programmes, Executive Committee meeting minutes, correspondence, a Holocaust Remembrance Committee report, a schedule of budgets, a 1988 Campaign Plan, and a Board of Jewish Education memo. Also included is a UJA medallion and Ben Sadowski Award of Merit that were given to J.B. Salsberg.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 4; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
4
File
17
Material Format
textual record
Date
1975-[ca. 1985]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a Jewish National Fund certificate and newsletters of the B'nai Brith International Council.
Name Access
B'nai B'rith
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 4; File 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
4
File
19
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
[ca. 1980]-1991
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of certificates, a report and a photograph of J.B. Salsberg delivering a speech at a Kupat-Holim event. Kupat Cholim is the term for Israel's national health insurance.
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
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Writing and lecturing series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 92; Series 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Writing and lecturing series
Level
Series
Fonds
92
Series
5
Material Format
textual record
object
Date
[195-?]-[1990?]
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
1 plaque
Scope and Content
Series consists of records documenting J.B. Salsberg's writing and lecturing activities. The bulk of the records are textual and include: correspondence, newspaper clippings, booklets, a Smolar Award plaque, notes, articles, transcripts, lists, and a course outline.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Writing and lecturing series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 5; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Writing and lecturing series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
5
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1968]-1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of letters that were sent to J.B. Salsberg from various authors along with their books. Salsberg kept these letters inside the books with which they were sent.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Writing and lecturing series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 5; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Writing and lecturing series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
5
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956-[ca. 1985]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of lecture notes, a reading list and a course outline for school courses related to Marxism and Canadian working class history.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Writing and lecturing series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 5; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Writing and lecturing series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
5
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
[198-?]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of lists created by J.B. Salsberg of possible writing topics.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Writing and lecturing series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 5; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Writing and lecturing series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
5
File
12
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951-1952, [1990?]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of newspaper clippings and correspondence between N. Shemen and J.B. Salsberg regarding Salsberg's review of Shemen's work.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; Series 4; File 24
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Jewish community involvement series
Level
File
Fonds
92
Series
4
File
24
Material Format
textual record
Date
[1965?]-1966, 1981
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of bulletins of the Montreal Yiddish Committee.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
9
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1925-1989
Physical Description
31.8 m of textual records
319 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
The Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada was established in 1920 by the newly-formed Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC). A Toronto branch was established in Toronto in a storefront office on Spadina Avenue, but the organization was rudimentary, and as the enthusiasm that spurred the founding of CJC died out, JIAS soon faltered. Then in 1922 it was taken over and reactivated under the cooperative support of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of Toronto, B'nai B'rith and the Council of Jewish Women. JIAS was legally incorporated on 30 August 1922. It also operated under the moniker of the Emergency Jewish Immigrant Aid Committee, and it changed its name to Jewish Immigrant Aid Services in 1954.
Charged with organizing emergency relief for European Jews in distress, JIAS became the central agency of the Jewish community to facilitate the lawful entry of Jewish immigrants into Canada, and provided them with welfare services, transportation, and assistance with accommodation and employment after their arrival. In addition, JIAS offered consultation services for sponsors of potential immigrants, ran a competitive foreign remittance service, and campaigned to counter the activities of unscrupulous steamboat agents, lawyers and influence peddlers, or “shtadlanim,” who often victimized immigrants and sponsors alike.
In conjunction with similar efforts by the CJC, JIAS was also actively engaged in negotiating for the increased admission of Jewish immigrants to Canada. In 1923, the federal government instituted a permit-based immigration program and JIAS competed with travel agents and solicitors in the private sector for these limited quota permits. After combating the anti-immigration policies of the Depression era, the outbreak of war in 1939 virtually closed the already limited avenues for immigration.
JIAS Canada was organized into a National Office in Montreal and regional offices in Winnipeg (Western Region), Toronto (Central Region) and Halifax (Eastern Region). The Central Region covered Ontario, and established a full-time head office in 1935 at 399 Spadina Avenue in Toronto (hence the Central Region was sometimes called simply the Toronto Office). The office later moved to 265 Spadina Avenue. JIAS Toronto’s board of directors met on a regular basis at different locations in Toronto, including 206 Beverley Street and in the Talmud Torah building at 9 Brunswick Avenue. The first JIAS Toronto board included notable Toronto residents such as Henry Dworkin, Mrs. Draiman, Mr. Kronick, Dr. Brodey and Mrs. Willinsky. The role of the board was to oversee the operations of the Central Region. It rendered decisions on issues relating to finances, procedures and policies, negotiations with the federal Immigration Branch, as well as individual cases that required their attention.
General meetings of the Central Region membership were held annually. The 1943 JIAS constitution states that regional annual meetings were to be held for “receiving and considering reports,” holding nominations and elections for the executive, and discussing JIAS’s program and policies.
In the post-war era, JIAS shifted its focus to renewed efforts on behalf of individual claimants and community support, while the focus for lobbying for a reversal of Canada's immigration policy fell increasingly under the jurisdiction of the CJC. A boom in immigration between 1947 and 1952 saw the arrival of large numbers of Jewish immigrants to all parts of Canada and the Toronto Office of JIAS renewed its efforts to meet the needs of this new influx. Major world events also sparked other waves of immigration from Hungary, Czechoslovakia, North Africa and Russia, to which JIAS responded in turn. JIAS worked in conjunction with other immigrant aid societies such as HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, in the United States, to facilitate immigration to the United States, and later to Israel, where many of the immigrants and refugees coming to Canada had family and ultimately settled.
Custodial History
Custody of these records was transferred to the Ontario Jewish Archives by JIAS in 1983, as preparations were under way for the move to a new facility in North York. Much of the material was in four-cubic-foot boxes and in file cabinets.
The accession was divided into three sections: files which were at the JIAS office and had been retained in their original order; files which had been retrieved from a flood in the basement of 152 Beverley St. and consequently had been thrown into dry boxes without regard to order; files discovered in the furnace rooms at 150 and 152 Beverley St., intact but covered in coal dust. The bulk of the records were stored off-site, with dirty files being isolated from the rest.
The dust-covered materials were cleaned at an off-site location, placed in temporary boxes and transferred to the Archives and restored, as far as was possible, to their original order.
Clips were removed and replaced as appropriate with archivally acceptable ones. All materials were transferred to acid-free folders and boxes.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains the records of the Toronto Office (Central region) of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada. The fonds consists primarily of textual records: minutes, correspondence, financial records, reports, immigration files, naturalization case files, social service case files and the records of attempts to trace missing individuals. There are also photographs of special events, speakers and arriving immigrants.
The fonds represents an important resource for the study of Canadian Jewry, especially when taken in conjunction with the JIAS National Office records at the Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives in Montreal, and those of the Western Office at the Library and Archives of Canada. It documents the means by which a particular Canadian ethnic community has dealt with the problems of rescue, settlement and government relations. These records also offer insight into the relationship between the Toronto Office and the other branches of JIAS, and invite comparison with similar agencies in the United States, as well as those of other ethnic groups in Canada.
The material collected includes information about the countries of origin, transportation routes, settlement and employment patterns of Jewish immigrants to Canada in the twentieth century. The documents also touch upon important related issues such as advocacy, sponsorship, admission processes, health and social problems.
These records cover several waves of immigration following the Second World War: Holocaust survivors in the late 1940s, Sephardic (North African) and Hungarian Jews in the 1950s, Russian and Czechoslovakian Jews in the 1960s, and additional Russians in the 1970s.
The records also contain significant information for those researchers looking to conduct genealogical research into Jewish immigrants and their descendents.
The fonds has been arranged with one sous-fonds, which contains the records of the National JIAS office in Montreal. In total there are 17 series. The Toronto office (main fonds) series are: 1. Board of Directors and Executive Committee Minutes; 2. Annual meeting proceedings; 3. Reports; 4. Legal ; 5. Administration; 6. JIAS Committees; 7. External committees; 8. Financial ; 9. Arrivals; 10. Immigration case files; 11. Social service assistance case files; 12. Photographs; 13. Miscellaneous. The National Office sous-fonds is divided into the following series: 1. National executive meeting minutes; 2. National annual meeting proceedings; 3. National annual reports; 4. Publications; and Photographs.
Notes
Physical description note: Physical extent is based on fully processed records. Additional accessions are not included (see Related Material note below).
Associated material note: The CJC National Archive, in Montreal, has additional JIAS records from 1920-1989 including 275 m of textual records and graphic materials (3250 photos): collection number I0037; alpha-numeric designation MA 4. The National Archives of Canada, Manitoba branch, in Winnipeg, has Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada JIAS textual records from 1923-1950 on 18 microfilm reels: Former archival reference number MG28-V114 (no replacement listed). The originals of these records are maintained by the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada.
Name Access
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Nonprofit organizations
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Related Material
Other OJA records relating to JIAS may be found in the following accessions: 1979-9-5; 1988-5-2; 1991-10-5; 2006-3-11.
Creator
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto
Accession Number
1983-8-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Social service assistance case files series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 9; Series 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Social service assistance case files series
Level
Series
Fonds
9
Series
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950-1982
Physical Description
7.2 m of textual records
Scope and Content
This series consists of case files created by JIAS for those immigrants who required ongoing assistance after their arrival in Toronto. The files consist of correspondence with other Jewish social service organizations, case reports detailing financial loans, job prospects, employment and housing reports and other situational information.
Notes
This series was formerly known as MG2 I1a J1
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Arrangement
The title of each file is either the name of the prospective immigrant or the name of their sponsor in Canada. JIAS had originally arranged these files chronologically based upon the date a case was first opened by the office, such as the date of their first interview with a prospective immigrant, or the date they first corresponded with an international agency.
A suffix following the file number (eg. A, B) indicates a separate file opened for the individual, rather than the same file divided into two folders. For example, an individual may have immigrated to Canada and then sponsored a family member, in which case JIAS would have created two separate files. Some appear with the prefix A, meaning assistance, and others with S.S., meaning social service.
Accession Number
1983-8-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 9; Series 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
9
Series
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1925-1984
Physical Description
33 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of agendas and minutes of meetings, predominantly those of the Toronto (Central Region) executive committee and board of directors. Other committees represented include the General Membership, Management, Nominations, Arrangements, Personnel, and Case committees. The series also contains some reports on specific topics presented at Executive meetings, and a small amount of correspondence. The series includes a gap for the years 1932-1933, which appear to be missing.
Notes
This series was formerly known as MG2 I1a A1.
Arrangement
The records are arranged chronologically.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 1; File 53
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
1
File
53
Material Format
textual record
Date
1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 1; File 54
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
1
File
54
Material Format
textual record
Date
1981
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 1; File 55
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
1
File
55
Material Format
textual record
Date
1982
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 1; File 56
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
1
File
56
Material Format
textual record
Date
1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 1; File 57
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
1
File
57
Material Format
textual record
Date
1984
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
JIAS National Office sous-fonds
National Executive meeting minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
9-1
Series
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1943-1965, 1980
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of meeting minutes of the JIAS National Executive from 1943-1950 and 1961-1965 and the National Offiers for 1980. Years 1945 and 1948 are missing. Not all meetings are represented. The meetings alternated between Montreal, at the JIAS Headquarters on Esplanade Avenue, and various locations in Toronto, including the 455 Spadina office.
The minutes document the business of the executive during these periods, and several include memoranda and reports. Some minutes include regional reports with activity statistics. The 1940s records reflect JIAS’s growth within Canada, in particular the establishment of the Winnipeg office. The later years evidence JIAS’s increasingly international scope and involvement with projects around the world.
The series is arranged chronologically.
Notes
This series was formerly known as MG2 I1a A2.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 9; Series 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
Series
Fonds
9
Series
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1926, 1940-1984
Physical Description
17 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of records pertaining to the JIAS Toronto annual meetings in 1926, and 1940 through 1984. Missing are meetings for 1944-1949, 1951, 1952, 1954-1959, and 1979. The records include agendas, proceedings, addresses of the president and executive director, secretary’s reports, financial reports, invitations, programmes, member and committee lists, and correspondence. There is often also a short biography of the guest speaker. The speeches of the various executive members give an overview of the issues of concern in a particular period.
Notes
This series was formerly known as MG2 I1a C.
Arrangement
The records are arranged chronologically
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
Series
Fonds
9
Series
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949-1986
Physical Description
76 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series contains records of immigrant arrivals in Canada from 1949 through 1986. The "sailings" files are basically passenger lists from Atlantic voyages between 1949 and 1953 that brought immigrants to Canada. These lists are marked, showing which immigrants were sponsored by JIAS. Not all of the immigrants were Jews. Information included indicates the ship name; date and place of departure; date and place of arrival; names of passengers; their children and ages; sponsors and their address. Some lists include age, sex, occupation and destination information for sponsor or immigrant. The later "record of arrivals" files (1959 to 1986) contain lists, letters, telegrams and memoranda, as well as "agency notification cards" that list the immigrant arriving, citizenship and destination (sponsor) in Canada, and number of dependents. The series is arranged in chronological order.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Physical Condition
Records are foxed, some have rust or water stains.
Arrangement
Series has been arranged by the archivist in a combination of two previous series. The original "Sailings" series (MG2 I1a I) was arranged in two separate groups, the first of sailings for which JIAS had an official number (these numbers are still on the folders), and the second of those without a number. These two groups have been integrated into a single chronological series. The Record of Arrivals files were formerly part of the MG2 I1a K2 series, "Immigrant Files - Administration, Projects."
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Level
Sous-fonds
ID
Fonds 9-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Level
Sous-fonds
Fonds
9-1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1926-1982
Physical Description
51 cm of textual records
14 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
The Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada was organized into a national office in Montreal and regional offices in Winnipeg (Western Region), Toronto (Central Region) and Halifax (Eastern Region). The national office was responsible for directing and managing all the affairs of the organization, including defining national and international policy; administration of regional offices; national budget; fundraising; external relations with other organizations, such as the United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) and Jewish Family & Child Services (JF&CS); and publicity. It also organized the annual meeting, special events and conventions.
Membership in JIAS was open to individuals, organizations or companies who paid an annual fee. General meetings of the membership were held at least once every two years, where reports were presented and considered, nominations and elections held for national officers and the national executive committee, policies, programs and problems discussed, and decisions taken.
The National Executive Committee of JIAS was composed of the following members: national president; three vice-presidents (the presidents of the Western, Central and Eastern regions), with the addition in the 1950s of a vice-president at large; three regional treasurers, eventually reduced to one national treasurer; secretary; and twelve members comprising four representatives from each region. In 1929 the ‘executive secretary’ position was renamed ‘executive director.’ According to the 1943 constitution, the executive was required to hold meetings at least three times a year, in alternate cities. In 1954 this was amended to twice a year.
During the early stages of JIAS's operations, it had to face the difficulty of being overstretched financially, as it sought to respond to and to change the often oppressive living conditions of new immigrants and the situation of those held in federal detention centres. The organization’s principled approach to immigrant welfare won JIAS much of its early success, as it became the preferred contact for government officials who had formerly dealt with numerous independent agencies, many of which had profited from the exploitation of desperate immigrants. This situation also profited the government, however, as the responsibility for establishing the priority of applications reverted increasingly to JIAS as it had to limit its appeals by the quotas imposed by the federal government.
JIAS was one of the founding organizations responsible for the establishment of the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) in 1978, which has since operated as a non-profit umbrella organization to coordinate the efforts of immigrant and refugee advocacy groups. JIAS continues to operate offices across Canada in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Windsor and Winnipeg. The JIAS National Office moved from Montreal to Toronto in 1989, with the appointment of Susan Davis to National Director, and is now located at 4580 Dufferin St., Suite 306, Toronto, Ontario.
Scope and Content
Sous-fonds consists of National Office records retained by the Toronto JIAS office as reference copies. Records include meeting minutes, speeches and reports from annual meetings, and the published annual reports produced from the annual meetings. The sous-fonds covers the years 1926 to 1982 and is divided into the following series: 1. National Executive meeting minutes; 2. National annual meeting proceedings; 3. National annual reports; 4. Publications; and 5. Photographs.
Name Access
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada (creator)
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Nonprofit organizations
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 2; File 29
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
2
File
29
Material Format
textual record
Date
1981
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of proceedings of meeting held 10 May 1981.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 2; File 31
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
2
File
31
Material Format
textual record
Date
1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a program from the annual meeting held 29 May 1983.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 2; File 32
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
2
File
32
Material Format
textual record
Date
1984
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains copies of speeches from the annual meeting for 1983, which was a joint national/regional meeting.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 2; File 30
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
2
File
30
Material Format
textual record
Date
1982
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of proceedings for meeting held 16 May 1982.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 4; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
4
File
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
[n.d.]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 4; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
4
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
[Photocopied 19-- (originally created 1955)]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Miscellaneous series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 9; Series 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Miscellaneous series
Level
Series
Fonds
9
Series
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
1935-[ca. 1983]
Physical Description
10 cm of textual records
Custodial History
This series’ original provenance is difficult to pinpoint, but the files before 1937 are likely to have belonged to Maurice A. Solkin when he was Executive Secretary of the Toronto office in the 1930s. Since the original series included correspondence addressed to Solkin’s successors, it is possible that Solkin’s files were inherited by them, used and/or added to: by Mandel Kraicer in the 1940s, Dan Drutz in the 1950s and Louis Poch in the 1960s and 1970s.
Scope and Content
Series consists of subject files relating to a variety of JIAS functions and relations with other organizations, along with reports and published documents, dating from 1935 to the early 1960s.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Arrangement
Series has been created and arranged by the archivist in chronological order. It was formerly a part of a series (MG2 I1a F) called “Executive Director’s reference files” which was a mixture of administrative records, correspondence, subject files, legal documents, and miscellaneous files that have now been separated into different series.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Miscellaneous series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 13; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Miscellaneous series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
13
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1983]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
Series
Fonds
9
Series
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949-1980
Physical Description
45 cm textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of monthly (cumulative) audited financial reports summarizing JIAS Toronto’s assets, liabilities, deficits, receipts, and disbursements. The reports cover the years between 1950 and 1980. After 1972 they become more detailed, with main headings broken down into sub-categories detailing figures for such areas as revenue receipts, support from the general public, relief costs and special projects. A number of files contain details of salaries and departmental expenses, with a small amount of correspondence and decisions taken at meetings relating to salaries. Series also contains files on the National Budgeting Committee (Conference) of Canadian Jewry, an overseeing body established in 1974 that brought together eleven leading federations and the United Israel Appeal to coordinate and manage the allocation of funds. The NBC files in this series contain minutes of the Study Committee on Immigrant Aid, statistical reports on JIAS expenditures, and correspondence.
Arrangement
The records have been weeded of duplicates, and repeating years combined into single folders. The audit reports formerly constituted the series known as MG2 I1a G. The National Budgeting Committee files were originally part of the series known as MG2 I1a K2, "Immigration Files - Administration, Projects." In the JIAS office, these files were maintained in a central registry system of random numerical classification.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 35
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
35
Material Format
textual record
Date
1974-1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains minutes from meetings 1974-1980 regarding salary decisions; salary distribution schedules, and audited financial statements.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 9; Series 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
Series
Fonds
9
Series
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1937-1989
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of JIAS Toronto Office legal records including various drafts of the JIAS Constitution, letters patent, wills, bank documents, contracts, leases, mortgages, and clients' sworn declarations. Bank documents include contracts and resolutions that name the Toronto Dominion Bank as the banker of JIAS, appoint signing privileges to executive members, and authorize borrowing and pledging documents. Wills are those naming JIAS as a beneficiary, whereas mortgages relate to property for which JIAS held a mortgage. Leases relate to the premises occupied by JIAS. The files are arranged by category of document.
Notes
This series was formerly known as MG2 I1a E.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 4; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
4
File
12
Material Format
textual record
Date
1982-1989
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 4; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
4
File
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
1980-1988
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 8; File 36
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Financial series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
8
File
36
Material Format
textual record
Date
1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 4; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Legal series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
4
File
17
Material Format
textual record
Date
1979-1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains clients' sworn declarations regarding responsibility for visiting relatives or as sponsors, proof of relationship, proof of age, power of attorney, and educational and occupational background declarations.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
JIAS National Office sous-fonds
National Executive meeting minutes series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9-1; Series 1; File 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
JIAS National Office sous-fonds
National Executive meeting minutes series
Level
File
Fonds
9-1
Series
1
File
16
Material Format
textual record
Date
1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
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