42 photographs : b&w and col. (21 jpgs) ; 41 x 51 cm and 300dpi
Scope and Content
The accession consists of 21 portrait prints and corresponding digital images. These items document national and international figures and include: Bill Barber, Tony and Elizabeth Comper, Barney Danson, Tony Esposito, Victor Feldbrill, Monty Hall, Beverley Harvard, Pope John Paul II, Robert Kaplan, Sophie Milman, Henry Moore, Benjamin Netanyahu, Brad Park, Shimon Peres, Gilbert Perreault, Marjorie Pigott, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Vladislav Alexander Tretiak, Pamela Wallen, Sara and Al Waxman, and Micahel Wilson.
Nachman (Nathan) Gittelmacher was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1898, the son of Shloima and Mattie Gittelmacher. Suffering terribly during the pogroms of 1918 and 1920, he fled from place to place and then emigrated to Canada in 1921. Trained as a photographer in Europe, he opened his own photography studio in Toronto in 1922, called Elite Studios. First located at 513 Queen Street West, he soon moved to 615 Queen Street West. Nathan serviced a largely Jewish clientele, photographing weddings, bar mitzvahs, as well as Jewish community events.
Nathan was married to Nina Sokoloff and they had three sons and a daughter: Louis (Lou), Albert (Al), Jack, and Ruth.
During the early 1940s, the family legally changed their name from Gittelmacher to Gilbert and subsequently altered the name of the business to Gilbert Studios. When Nathan moved to the United States, Al, who had been working there since a young age, took over the business and under his management it thrived. In order to accommodate his growing clientele, he moved the studio to Eglinton Avenue and later to 170 Davenport Road, where it is situated today.
Al made a name for himself as a portrait photographer, using natural light in innovative ways to create more natural looking portraits. Al’s primary work involved producing portraits of families, weddings, bar mitzvahs, special events and dinners. Most of his early clients were from the Jewish community. In turn, he also was paid to produce portraits of local entrepreneurs, and his multi-year contract with the city, gave him sole responsibility for the production of portraits of the mayors and councilmen and women. He later branched out beyond the Jewish community, and began to produce images of businessmen and leaders from the Italian community in Toronto.
In addition to the paid contracts involving local personalities and groups, Al Gilbert has also produced many artistic portraits of local, national and international celebrities, artists and leaders such as: Wayne and Shuster, Howie Mandel, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robertson Davies, several Canadian prime ministers as well as Prince Charles, all of the Israeli prime ministers, which were made into stamps by the Israeli government, and finally, the last Pope. Gilbert’s work therefore captures a huge range of individuals from the ordinary bride to extraordinary world leaders.
Al has won many awards as well as accolades from his peers throughout his career. He is the three-time recipient of the prestigious Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Photographer of the year honour. He has been named Fellow of the photographic societies in Canada, Britain and the United States. In 1990, he was awarded the Order of Canada. In January 2007, the Professional Photographers of America presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the highest honor PPA can bestow on a person for their body of work and influence on professional photography.
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Accession consists of material documenting the Kirschner family, in particular Maurice and Gertrude Kirschner. Included are family photographs, wedding telegrams, marriage certificates, certificates of naturalization, and passports. Individuals identified in the photographs include: Ann Kirschner, Chaim Kirschner, Gertrude Kirschner (née Taylor), Hannah Kirschner, Helen Kirschner, Joseph Kirschner, Maurice Kirschner, Shlomo Kirschner, Ruth Lowe, Bernice Taylor, Leah Taylor, and Saul Taylor.
Gertrude Kirschner (née Taylor) was born on 29 November 1907 in Toronto, Ontario. She lived with her parents at 770 Markham Street and finished high school. On 3 July 1932, she married Maurice Kirschner, with whom she had two daughters: Helen (b. 1934) and Elaine (b. 1942). The couple lived at 770 Markham Street until they bought their first home at 46 Gloucester Grove. They became founding members of Beth Sholom Synagogue on Englinton Avenue. Gertrude died 7 June 1982.
Maurice Kirschner was born on 13 August 1904 in Lyck, Germany. He was trained as a watchmaker and opened a watch repair shop on Bay Street, just north of Queen. The shop was demolished to make way for the new city hall. Maurice subsequently went to work for Sayvette, where he remained for the rest of his career. He died on 15 February 1980.
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Availability of other formats: Digital copies (jpg, tif) have been created for thirty-one documents.
Accession consists of records documenting Louise Starkman's involvement with the Mount Sinai Women's Auxiliary; Mount Sinai Hospital reports; and records documenting Dr. Stanley Starkman's involvement with Alpha Omega, Beta Sigma Rho, Kappa Sigma Rho, and the YMHA.
Accession consists of material documenting Glen Barry Eker. Included are university diplomas including graduation certificates from McMaster University, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Ontario. There is also an undated graduation photograph of Mr. Eker and a card given to Dorothy Eker, Glen Eker's mother, by her husband, Paul Eker.
Glen Eker was born in Toronto, Ontario to Paul Eker and Dorothy Horwitz. He grew up in the Forest Hill neighbourhood of Toronto before moving with his family to Hamilton. He received two master’s degrees (one in sociology, the other in political science) from McMaster University and a third master’s degree (in library science) from the University of Toronto.
Glen's wife, Deborah Pekilis, was born in Montreal and lived there until her parents moved to Toronto. She was the librarian for the Jewish Genealogical Society and sat on the Hamilton Historical Board. She is currently a writer.
Glen has worked as a research assistant and a teaching assistant at McMaster and has taught at Ryerson University and Mohawk College. At present, he works as an estate and genealogy researcher.
Glen has published a book on Karl Marx, five indexes of Jews in Canada, and one index of Amish and Mennonites in Canada. His genealogy articles have appeared in various magazines and his short stories and poems have appeared in print as well.
Glen has worked on his family genealogy for a number of years. His paternal family line derives from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland while his maternal line derives from Byelorussia and Romania. He is descended from the Horwitz and Strachman families on the latter.
File consists of records documenting the appeal hearings in the court case of Ernst Zundel, who was under trial for distributing antisemitic literature. Included is correspondence, court transcripts, press releases, memos, and newspaper clippings.
43 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting persons and events connected with the United Jewish Appeal of Toronto including the Campaign Cabinet, Advanced Gifts division, Womens' Campaign, Walk For Israel, and United Jewish Wefare Fund and a mission to Israel.Identified individuals include Shimon Peres, Menachem Begin, Pierre Trudeau, Murray and Marvelle Koffler, Isadore Sharp, Charles Bronfman, lawrence Bloomberg, Phil Granovsky, Gerald Halbert, Alvin Rosenberg, Sheila Engel, Carol Kassel, Al Green, Harold Green, J.B. Salsberg, and George Cohon.
2004-5-4_003: Foreign Minister Shimon Peres meets with representatives from UJA Toronto. From left to right: Gerald Sheff, Paul Morton, Shimon Peres, Lisa Morrison and Neil Nisker, 1986
2004-5-4_004: Rabbi Plaut and Barbara Frum, [197-]
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This accession consists of a sheet of 15 postage stamps of former Prime Minister of Israel Levi Eshkol, printed in 1970 and featuring a portrait taken by Gilbert in 1968; a sheet of 6 postage stamps of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog printed in 1998 and featuring a portrait taken by Gilbert in 1989, as well as a CD featuring several Israeli stamps from the donor's personal collection. There is also a photograph of Conrad Black and American President Richard Nixon.
Accession consists of scanned photographs documenting the professional and personal lives of Libby Rosenberg and her husband, Ronald Rosenberg. Included are photographs of the Canadian Jewish Congress Servicemen's Centre, Libby and Ronald's wedding, and the Royal Canadian Air Force at Fort William. The accession also includes a scan of an invitation to Ronald and Libby's wedding in 1944.
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File consists of a portrait of Libbie and Saul Cowan at their wedding in June 1978 at Temple Sinai, Toronto, a photo of Libbie and Saul with Belle and Phil Aiken (Libbie's brother) at the Cowan wedding, and a portrait of Libbie and Saul in 1985.
File consists chiefly of correspondence and notes relating to a 1973 Seventh Brigade reunion in Israel which Ben Dunkelman attended. The correspondence includes letters from Golda Meir, the Israeli Prime Minister, as well as from Yossie Mann, who invited Dunkelman to the reunion. Also included in the file are single copies of the magazines Haolan Haza (This World), Bamachane G'danya, and Bamachane. The first of these contains an article about Yitzhak Sade, a Palmach commander during the Arab-Israeli War; the second, published by the youth wing of the IDF, contains general army information; and the third, published by the IDF in an independence day edition, includes an article about Shlomo Shamir and the Battle of Latrun during the Arab-Israeli War.
File consists of correspondence between former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and Ben Dunkelman. In addition, the file contains a newspaper clipping reporting a trip by Ben-Gurion to Canada. Further correspondence in the file reveals that the Israeli government has decided to grant Dunkelman the rank of Colonel.