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Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 1175
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
2
File
1175
Material Format
moving images
sound recording
Date
24 Nov.-25 Nov. 1990
Physical Description
3 videocassettes (120 min.) : VHS 2 audio cassettes (3 hrs.) :
Scope and Content
File consists of three videocassette recordings of the planning and events and addresses by staff at the 27th Central Region Regional Plenary, held Saturday, November 24, 1990 to Sunday, NOvember 25, 1990, including a segment "In Appreiciation: Eli Rubinstein", and presentations from the Small Community Committee and a presentation on education. ALso includes two audio cassettes labelled "27th Regional Plenary Planning Committee Meeting April 5, 1990"; and "27th Regional Plenary Planning Committee Meeting May 3, 1990".
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 1176
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
2
File
1176
Material Format
moving images
Date
28 Nov. - 16 Dec. 1987
Physical Description
6 videocassettes (2 hrs.) : VHS
Scope and Content
File consists of eight VHS videocassette recordings of events and addresses by staff at the 26th Central Region Regional Plenary, held between Nov. 28 and 29, 1987, with presentations titled "The Universal and the Particular Again : Where Are We Headed?"; "Distortions and Misuse of the Holocaust"; "Let My People Go : Emigration or Aliyah?"; "Assimilation, Intermarriage and Jewish Identity"; "Overview of World Jewry and the State of Israel"; and a segment on multiculturalism. File also includes six audio cassettes labelled "Luncheon Address 26th Regional Plenary SUnday 29/Nov."; "Plenary Sat. Nov. 28/87"; "26th Plenary Assimilation - Morninig 9:00- 10:30"; "Newspaper Workshop 26th Regional Plenary Sunday 29 November"; "Plenary Nov. 30/87 "Universal & Particular"; and "Regional Plenary Evaluation Dec. 16/87".
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 1178
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
2
File
1178
Material Format
moving images
Date
[Nov. 1971?]
Physical Description
1 videocassette (2 hrs.) : VHS
Scope and Content
File consists of one videocassette recordings of an address by Dr. Shapiro, believed to be titled 'Sensitizing Education Community to Tolerance", possibly held at the 16th Plenary Assembly Session on Jewish Education held in Montreal, Quebec.
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 1177
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
2
File
1177
Material Format
moving images
sound recording
Date
28 Nov. - 16 Dec. 1987
Physical Description
1 videocassettes (2 hrs.) : VHS 6 audio cassettes (9 hrs.)
Scope and Content
File consists of one VHS videocassette recording a segment on multiculturalism at the 26th Central Region Regional Plenary, held between Nov. 28 and 29, 1987, as well as six audio cassettes labelled "Luncheon Address 26th Regional Plenary SUnday 29/Nov."; "Plenary Sat. Nov. 28/87"; "26th Plenary Assimilation - Morninig 9:00- 10:30"; "Newspaper Workshop 26th Regional Plenary Sunday 29 November"; "Plenary Nov. 30/87 "Universal & Particular"; and "Regional Plenary Evaluation Dec. 16/87".
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Portraits and publicity sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4-8; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Portraits and publicity sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
4-8
File
6
Material Format
moving images
Responsibility
Produced by Tony Snowsill ; Executive Producer, Al Gilbert ; written by Richard Barrett ; narrator, Bernard Cowan
Date
[196-]
Physical Description
1 DVD (ca. 26 min.) : duplicate, digital
1 videocassette (ca. 26 min.) : duplicate ; VHS
Scope and Content
File consists of two copies of a promotional video about Toronto's New City Hall featuring Phil Givens. Filmed in a documentary style, the film offers an historical overview of City Hall since the founding of Toronto, an interview with Nathan Phillips, a tour of the interior of New City Hall and a look at Toronto's changing infrastructure.
Notes
Film was produced by Tony Snowsill and Executive Producer Al Gilbert.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Portraits and publicity sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Portraits and publicity sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
51
Series
4-8
Material Format
graphic material
moving images
Date
[196-]
Physical Description
12 photographs : b&w, sepia toned and col. ; 34 x 26 cm or smaller
1 DVD
1 videocassette
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of photographs and audio-visual material documenting the portraits and publicity activities of Mayor Phil Givens.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 5-3; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
5-3
File
11
Material Format
moving images
Responsibility
Film was produced by The Metropolitan Toronto Police Public Affairs Unit
Date
17 June 1983
Physical Description
1 DVD (ca. 55 min.) : duplicate, digital
1 videocassette (ca. 55 min.) : duplicate ; VHS
Scope and Content
File consists of two copies of video coverage of the official celebration of the amalgamation of the Toronto Harbour and Port Police with the Metropolitan Toronto Police.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 5-3; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
5-3
File
17
Material Format
moving images
Responsibility
Produced by the Metropolitan Toronto Police
Date
9 Jul. 1985
Physical Description
1 DVD (ca. 36 min.) : duplicate, digital; 1 videocassette (ca. 36 min.) : duplicate ; VHS
Scope and Content
File consists of two copies of video coverage of Phil Givens' retirement dinner celebrating his time with the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission. The dinner was held at the Island Yacht Club and included speeches by long-time friends and colleagues, the presentation of gifts, and some concluding remarks by Phil Givens.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Board of Commissioners series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 5-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Board of Commissioners series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
51
Series
5-3
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
moving images
Date
1978-[198-]
Physical Description
42 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 x 26 cm or smaller and other material
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of textual records, photographs, and moving images that document Phil Givens’ interaction, in his official capacity as chairman, with celebrities, other government officials, and members of the public.
Notes
Includes 1 folder of textual records, 2 DVDs and 2 videocassettes.
Photographers and photography studios are identified on the photographs.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
National politics series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 7; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
National politics series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
7
File
3
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1968]
Physical Description
1 DVD (ca. 25 min.) : duplicate, digital; 1 videocassette (ca. 25 min.) : duplicate ; VHS
Scope and Content
File consists of two copies of an episode of “Our World” (narrated by Charles Templeton) documenting Phil Givens’ day-to-day experiences as a Member of Parliament. Included is footage of Givens in committee meetings and in private discussions with other back-benchers, as well as footage of private interviews of Givens in his office.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2003-10-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2003-10-4
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 videocassette : b&w, si., VHS
Date
1943
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one VHS videocassette copy of an 8mm silent film that was taken by Hy Rossman of campers at Camp Tamarack in 1943. The film includes scenes of the boys engaged in activities at camp as well as "mess hall" gatherings, training sessions and drills
Administrative History
Hy Rossman was the father of one of the campers. The donor, Dr. Martin Wolfish, was a friend of his son and was a camper in 1943 as well.
Descriptive Notes
A clip of the film can be viewed at: //www.youtube.com/embed/eFGNoca4vkw
Subjects
Camps
Children
Name Access
Camp Tamarack
Rossman, Hy
Places
Bracebridge, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-87
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-87
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 film strip : col. ; 43 images
Date
1955
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a U.J.A. film strip narrated by Win Barron, with photography by Graphic Artists, and produced by Bernard Mandel. Images include synagogues and other buildings, children at school, swimmers in a pool, immigrants in Israel, and U.J.A. posters.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-4-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-4-4
Material Format
graphic material
moving images
Physical Description
18 photographs : b&w (9 negatives)
1 film reel
Date
1959-1965
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting the Workmen's Circle (Arbeiter Ring) Peretz School and Camp Yungvelt. Also included is a film reel of activities at Camp Yungvelt from 1959.
Subjects
Recreation
Name Access
Matenko, Isaac
Camp Yungvelt
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1983-5-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1983-5-1
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 60 mins.) : b&w, si. : 16 mm : 16fps
Date
1929-[194-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a 16mm b&w, silent film reprinted (probably in the 1980s) on modern 16mm sound stock from the original group of individual short silent 16mm films shot by Sol Sky from 1929 through the late 1940s. Among the shots are scenes of: Sol Sky in front of his South Porcupine store Sky’s Specialty Shop; Kovetsky’s Ltd. Men’s Store in South Porcupine; downtown main-street in South Porcupine; family members on skis in winter; a very early propeller-pushed “ski doo”; a July 1, 1929 Dominion Day parade in South Porcupine; a family visit to a city; and a winter scene of a bi-plane on a frozen lake. Many country-side and lake-shore family outings are also included. (Note: a complete shot-list has been created for the contents of this film.)
Administrative History
Sol Sky was born in Russia in 1887 and his family arrived in Canada in 1906. He move to South Porcupine in 1911, and was married to Fanny Rosenbloom in 1912. They were among the earliest Jewish merchants to move to South Porcupine, Ontario, where a gold-mining boom was just beginning. Owner of a successful store, he was able to purchase one of the first 16mm silent Kodak home movie cameras, which he used to film family, friends, other residents, businesses and events during the following two decades. The family lived in South Porcupine until 1960.
Name Access
Sky, Sol, 1887-
Places
South Porcupine, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-4-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-4-4
Material Format
moving images
graphic material
Physical Description
1 film reel (app. 30 mins) : pos., col., si, ; 8mm
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Date
1 Apr. 1959, 1962
Scope and Content
Accession consist of one film reel of the April 1, 1959 Bar Mitzvah of Hersh Cohen held at the Hebrew Men of England Synagogue, Spadina Ave., Toronto . Also seen is the post-ceremony reception for family and friends at the Barclay Hotel, Toronto. Shots include: removal of Torah scrolls, portions of the service with Bar Mitzva and others reading from the Torah, family members at the Bima, Hersch Cohen and family members walking to car after services, family and friends at post-service reception.
Also included is a photograph of the staff of Camp Winnebagoe, near Huntsville, Ontario.
Custodial History
Film was created by the parents of Hersh Cohen and later maintained by him until donated to OJA.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-1-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-1-4
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
2 videocassettes (ca. 1 hour) : col., sd. ; VHS
Date
1960
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two VHS tapes documenting UJA Federation's Study Mission to Israel in 1960.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-9-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-9-3
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 videocassette (ca. 30 min.) : duplicate, col., si. ; 3/4"
1 videocassette (ca. 30 min.) : duplicate, col., si. ; VHS
Date
[ca. 1945]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two videocassette copies of the Shopsowitz family's home movies filmed at Monteith Inn, which was located on Lake Rousseau in the Muskokas.
Use Conditions
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-6-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-6-4
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 videocassette : col., sd.
Date
14 Jun. 1992
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one videocassette documenting Florence Hutner-Rosichan's memorial held at Holy Blossom Temple on June 14, 1992.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-8-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-8-6
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 videocassette : VHS
Date
1959
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one VHS cassette of approximately 10 minutes of original family home movies of the Weinstock family vacationing in Pontypool. The video begins with an introduction to the home movies by Nathan Weinstock. The video contains scenes of activities including swimming, dancing, fishing, and playing cards.
Administrative History
Nathan Weinstock (b. 1950) is the son of Abraham (b. 1917) and Chanah (b. 1922) Weinstock who were both born in Poland. He has an older brother, Joseph (b. 1946) and a younger sister, Lily (b. 1954). The Weinstock family vacationed in Pontypool between 1956 and 1962.
Subjects
Outdoor recreation
Communities
Name Access
Weinstock, Nathan
Weinstock, Abraham
Weinstock, Chanah
Places
Pontypool, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-11-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-11-8
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 film reel ; 8 mm
Date
[197-?]
Scope and Content
Accession is an 8mm home movie reel of Succah at an unknown religious school.
Subjects
Religion
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-6-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-6-3
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
moving images
Physical Description
301 photographs : b&w (1 oversized, 2 albums)
16 film reels : 16 mm and 8 mm
7 cm of textual records
Date
[ca. 1900]-1970
Scope and Content
The accession consists of material documenting the Shedlowsky (later Shields) and Iseman families. The records consist of items such as: telegrams, invitations, photographs and home movies.
Custodial History
The records were donated by Mel Shields, who had them in his apartment. He is planning to donate the business records to the OJA as well.
Administrative History
Melvin Shields was born in 1940 and was raised in Toronto. He was the son of Harry and Esther (née Iseman) Shields. Harry came to Canada after the First World War with his parents and attended school in Toronto. His family name was Sheldlowsky, which was changed to Shields before he married Esther in 1937. They had another son Lorne, who was born in 1943.
During their early years of marriage, the couple lived with Esther's parents, Rose and Harry. During the war, the Iseman's helped bring to Canada two Jewish boys, the Furman's, from England. The boys stayed with friends of the family when they arrived in Canada. The boys' parents wrote to the Iseman's and were very appreciative of the sacrifices they made for their children.
The family took many trips together to Niagara Falls, Pontypool and other camping resorts. The couple also took trips with friends and adult family members to Acapulco and Miami. When they were older, the boys were sent to summer camps such as Camp Tamarack and Camp Rockwood, where Mel was a counsellor.
Harry owned a sportswear business called Shields Sportswear Ltd., which was located at 349 Queen Street West. Esther served on the board of the Mozirer Society for many years.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-5-2
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 videocassette
1 DVD
Date
[200-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one video cassette and a DVD documenting the history of Kirkland Lake. The material was originally aired on TV Ontario
Descriptive Notes
The video cassette has been converted to digital format.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-8-16
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-8-16
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 DVD
Date
2006
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one DVD containing Toronto media coverage of the UJA emergency rally and campaign in support of Israel. The television coverage is from July and August of 2006 and was aired on CBC, CTV, City TV (CP 24) and Global.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-8-17
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-8-17
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 DVD
Date
Aug. 2006
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one DVD of the United Jewish Communities Israel Emergency Campaign video from August 2006.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-10-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-10-4
Material Format
textual record
moving images
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 DVD ; 20 min.
Date
2007
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one DVD detailing the history of Ralph and Helen Cohen entitled: 1947: Once Upon a Time. The video was created by Alan, the son of Ralph and Helen, in honour of his parents 60th wedding anniversary. It features still photographs of his parents and family friends with a narrative voice-over. As well, the video features several archival photographs from various institutions, including the OJA. Additionally, there is a publicity brochure for Alan's business producing family commemorative DVDs.
Name Access
Cohen, Helen
Cohen, Ralph
Cohen Alan
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-1-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-1-3
Material Format
textual record
moving images
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records and other material
Date
2007
Scope and Content
This accession consists of material created for the Holy Blossom Temple's 150th anniversary celebrations, held in 2007. Included are pamphlets and a brochure outlining the history of the Temple and highlighting the stained glass windows, as well as a paper copy of the text panels that were on display during the anniversary celebrations. Also included is a colour DVD entitled: Holy Blossom, 150 years of tradition and modernity, a dvd featuring two stories entitled: In the Beginning and the transition from Bond Street to Bathurst Street, as well as a musical cd created in celebration of the Temple's anniversary by Hazzan Benjamin Z. Maissner, entitled: A jubilee celebration.
Descriptive Notes
Physical description note: includes 3 DVDs, 1 CD, and 1 VHS.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-1-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-1-4
Material Format
moving images
graphic material (electronic)
graphic material
Physical Description
4 film reels (57 min., 32 sec.) : 16 mm
1 DVD
8 photographs (jpgs) : b&w
1 photograph : b&w
Date
[195-]-[196-]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of four 16 mm films and one copy DVD, documenting the Moldaver family in Peterborough. The films were taken during the 1950s and 1960s and include images of a Camp Wahanowin family visit featuring people by the lake, boating, playing badminton and softball and waterskiing, as well as other cottage scenes of kids swimming and jumping off the dock, canoeing, and several families sitting by the lake.
The films also document several family and community events, such as a family vacation to Chicago, fancy parties, Chanukah and Purim celebrations, family dinners, and Bar Mitzvahs, including the Bar Mitzvah of the donor Joel Moldaver. There are also several scenes of family life in Peterborough including people skating outdoors, and group shots of people standing outside of their homes and getting into cars.
In addition, the accession contains electronic scans of eight family photographs, including the donor's grandparents and great-parents, his parents' wedding which was the first Jewish wedding in Peterborough, and three images of his own bar mitzvah. There is also one oversize photograph of the 1942 Plenary session of the Canadian Jewish Congress, where the formation of Israel was addressed (photo credit: Federal Photos, Montreal).
Photographs are as follows:
1. Annie and Philip Black in Peterborough, ca. 1939.
2. Bar Mitzvah at Reid Street.
3. Bar Mitzvah at Reid Street.
4. Bar Mitzvah at Reid Street with father Irving Moldaver, Aaron Black and Rabbi Babb.
5. David and Faigh Florence possibly on Aylmer St., ca 1939.
6. Irving Moldaver wedding portrait, 1938.
7. Peterborough wedding, Ernie Fine, Annie Black, Ruth and Irving Moldaver, Clara and Oskar Moldaver, 1938.
8. Ruth (Black) Moldaver wedding portrait, 1938.
9. CJC 5th plenary session, Jan. 10-12, 1942, Montreal.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Communities
Jewish families
Religion
Name Access
Moldaver, Joel
Moldaver, Ruth
Moldaver, Irving
Places
Peterborough, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-1-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-1-5
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
95 video cassettes
Date
Sept. 1998-March 2000
Scope and Content
This accession consists of 95 video cassettes of lectures presented by the Wexner Heritage Foundation at their "Toronto sessions". There are 39 lectures in total, dealing with philosophical and religious based topics as well as one on the history of the Canadian Jewish community. The sessions are set up with a guest speaker at the head of a table facilitating the discussion amongst a group of participants.
The guest speakers and facilitators include Rabbi Norman Laufer, Rabbi Reuven Kimelman, Rabbi Jacob Schacter, Dr. Benjamin Gampel, Dr. Michael Stanislawski, Dr. Steven Bayme, Dr. Michael Brown, Rabbi Shoshana Gelfand, Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, Dr. Larry Hoffman, Erica Brown, Dr. Michal Chernick and Arna Poupko.
The topics of discussion include:
Genesis: cosmos and covenant.
Genesis: Exodus, Abraham and Moses. The nature of leadership and relationship to the covenant.
Books of Deuteronomy, Joshua. Judges, Samuel 1: land and politics.
Prophets and kings or prophets vs. kings.
Judaism and the destruction of the Temple.
The Temple's end and beginnings of modern Judaism.
Judaism in Middle Ages.
Jews in the orbit of Islam.
Sephardic and Ashkenaz Jews: 11th to 15th century.
Crusades and expulsion of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews: 13th to 16th century.
Jews in Ashkenazi lands.
Roads to modernity: 1550-1789.
Jews in Medieval Spain.
Eastern European Jewry through 1981.
Transitions to modernity
Enlightenment and emancipation and the Jewish response to modernity.
Immigration and acculturation.
Zionism first 50 years.
The rise and decline of civic Judaism and the emergence of Jewish continuity agenda.
Canadian Jewish history.
Who are the hero/ines of Rosh Hashanah?
Priest, prophet and kings: authority and rivalry.
Triumphs and failures in biblical leadership.
Refusing leadership: the complex leader.
Judah, Tamar and the Book of Ruth: autonomy and vision as a foundation for leadership.
Leadership as an outgrowth of faith and kindness.
The risk of a leader in the Diaspora: Joseph and the Book of Esther.
The leader as courtier: the Book of Esther.
Suffering divine justice and personal communal redemption.
The leader as nurturer.
The anatomy of the Siddur.
From Bible to Mishna: the process of Midrash.
Rabbinic "liturature": the Mishna.
The Talmud.
The Mishna and its social context.
Codes and responsa.
The Aggadah: the spiritual world of the Talmudic tale.
Custodial History
These video cassettes were donated to the OJA by the Media Library, however they did not contain the usual coding used by the library. Therefore, their origins are unknown. It is possible that they were once used as a resource by the staff at the Board of Jewish Education.
Administrative History
The Wexner Foundation and the Wexner Heritage Foundation (now part of The Wexner Foundation) were established by Leslie Wexner in 1984. The Wexner Heritage program was designed to provide young American Jewish lay leaders with a two-year intensive Jewish learning program, thus deepening their understanding of Jewish history, values, and texts and enriching their leadership skills. By the end of 2007, over 1500 North American Jewish leaders from 31 cities will have participated in the program.
http://www.wexnerfoundation.org/TheFoundation/HistoryandMission/tabid/61/Default.aspx
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-7-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-7-5
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 DVD (ca. 3 min.)
Date
26 Nov. 2007
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one DVD of Ze'ev Bielski, chair of the Jewish Agency, paying tribute to David Engel on the occassion of his end of term as chair of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto's Board of Directors.
Name Access
Engel, David
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-9-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-9-5
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 DVD (2 hrs. 2 mins.)
Date
[ca. 1957]-[ca. 1958]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of family movies from the late 1950s converted to digital format (DVD). The movies document the Nefsky (?) family of Toronto, their celebrations, vacations at the cottage and in Florida. The DVD runs approximately 2 hours. It was likely originally filmed on 8mm film and there appear to have been 13 reels combined onto this DVD, made over a couple of years ca. 1957-1958.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-11-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-11-2
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 DVD : 20 min.
8 videocassettes : 3/4"
1 videocassette (ca. 20 min.) : col., sd.
Date
1991
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one DVD, copied from an original videocassette entitled J.B.! The DVD features an interview with J.B. Salsberg as well as other individuals sharing their memories of Salsberg. The DVD was produced by Gabov Apor and Company Ltd. and was executive produced by Salsberg's niece, Dr. Sharyn A. Salsberg Ezrin. It was created for a dinner honouring J. B. Salsberg, which took place on November 13, 1991.
Also included are the 8 original broadcast U-matic videocassettes containing the raw footage and interviews as well as the finished product.
Custodial History
The DVD was in the possession of Ethel Cooper, Chair of the Yiddish Committee and was donated to the Archives on behalf of Dr. Salsberg Ezrin. The videocassettes were given to the Archives by the donor on 28 November, 2008 and was added on to this original accession.
The videocassette version of the DVD footage was previously donated to OJA by Dr. Salsberg Ezrin and has been added to this accession.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-10-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-10-7
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
moving images
Physical Description
28 cm of textual records
78 photographs : 24 x 19 cm or smaller
3 videocassetttes
Date
1962-2003
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the education and professional life of Rabbi Domb. The photos are mostly of the Rabbi, his family, friends and congregational school students. Also included are files containing many of his speeches and sermons, his marriage register, his personal educational and certification records, correspondence and notes concerning his involvement with the B’nai Shalom North Congregation, and VHS videocassettes of a singing audition and a wedding at which he officiated. The accession also includes records containing many posthumous tributes to his life and work, as well as a DVD, brief obituary and personal history by his nephew, Alan Domb, donor of these records.
Custodial History
Donor was Rabbi's nephew.
Administrative History
Solomon Z. Domb was born in Israel on December 2, 1952. He was the fourth and youngest son of Polish Holocaust survivors Joseph and Golda Domb. The family immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1960, where Solomon received his education at Yeshiva Day School Chaim Talmud Torah. His education continued at the Ner Israel Yeshiva and the Bais Medrash L’Rabonim in Brooklyn, New York. He also studied cantorial singing under famed cantor David Kusevitsky. After graduation as a rabbi in May1970 Rabbi Domb began his career at the House of Jacob in Calgary, Alberta. He then became Rabbi and Chazzan of Beth Isiah Congregation in Guelph and later at Toronto’s Beth Torah Congregation. In 1982 Rabbi Domb founded the B’nai Shalom North Congregation, B’nai Shalom Hebrew School, and B’nai Shalom Day Nursery. He was also a founder of the Vaughan Neighbourhood Support Centre. Rabbi Domb died on October 5, 2003.
Descriptive Notes
Language Note: Many of the speech and semon notes are in Hebrew or Yiddish.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-12-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-12-1
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 DVD (43 min, 55 sec.) : col.
Date
1964-1967
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one copy DVD featuring Rabbi William Rosenthal and his family and other Jewish community members of Sudbury and Toronto. The DVD depicts a graduation at an unidentified Yeshiva in New York, a farewell party for the Rosenthal family thrown by the Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, the opening of the Carmel nursing home and other family events involving the Rosenthal's, such as playing outside in the snow.
Custodial History
The VHS was loaned to the Archives by the donor for copying into digital format. Lilian Rosenthal is the daughter of Rabbi William and Miriam Rosenthal.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-1-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-1-2
Material Format
textual record
moving images
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 videocassettes (each 44 min, 39 sec.)
Date
1969, 1997
Scope and Content
This accession consists of a 1969 letter from Senator A[rthur] W. Roebuck, responding to a thank-you letter sent by Mrs. Sydney Cooper and Mrs. Minden, co-chairs of Crown Gifts division, and Mrs. Allen A. Small, chair of the Women's Division of UJA. The letter refers to the recent visit of a group of women who visited the Parliament buildings in Ottawa and were received by Senator Roebuck. The other items in the accession are a video and guidebook set entitled 'Untying the Bonds... Jewish Divorce: a GET Education Video & Guidebook, Fall 1997."
Custodial History
The records were in the office of Frances Goldstein, Associate Director for Top Gifts at UJA's Centre for Philanthropy, before being transferred to the OJA. Goldstein was formerly the head of Women's Campaign.
Administrative History
The Canadian Coalition of Jewish Women for the GET was composed of all the major Jewish women's organizations, which joined forces in the late 1980s to have the federal Divorce Act amended. The Jewish Women's Federation was one of these organizations; the others were Jewish Women International of Canada, Emunah Women of Canada, Hadassah-WIZO Organization of Canada, Na’amat Canada, Canadian ORT, Women’s Federation CJA, National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Status of Women Committee of Canadian Jewish Congress and Women’s League of Conservative Judaism. In 1990, as part of a lobbying group that included B'nai Brith, Canadian Jewish Congress, and religious groups of all faiths, the Coalition succeeded in having a protective clause added to the Divorce Act, ensuring that no spouse should retain barriers to the religious remarriage of their ex-spouse in a divorce in Canada. The Coalition went on after its successful legislative reform campaign to produce an educational video on Jewish divorce and continue with its activism and public awareness building.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-12-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-12-8
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
moving images
Physical Description
98 photographs (jpg)
1 optical disc (5 mins.)
Date
[2000?]-2007
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 98 photographs of the arrival in Israel of a Taglit-Birthright Israel group in May 2007. The trip celebrated Toronto's 10,000th participant in the programme, David Stein, and he is the subject of most of the photographs. The images are of the group's arrival at the airport in Israel and in front of their tour bus. Accession also includes a DVD video about Canadian youth's Mifgashim (encounters) with IDF soldiers as part of the Taglit-Birthright Israel program.
Subjects
Israel
Name Access
Canada Israel Experience
Stein, David
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-12-15
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-12-15
Material Format
textual record
moving images
graphic material (electronic)
sound recording
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
3 videocassettes
10 optical discs (196 mins., 38 secs.)
1278 photographs (jpg)
Date
2000-2009
Scope and Content
Accession consists of programmes and invitations for Campaign events including Major Gifts, telethons, missions, the Ben Gurion Society, Women's Philanthropy and other divisions' events. There are also three videocassettes with videos for Campaign 2002 ("Israel is Calling"), Campaign 2000 ("The Campaign For Our Children"), and the Campaign 2000 Launch ("Wings of a Butterfly"). Also included in the accession are 10 DVDs, containing: campaign videos for the years 2003 to 2009; a video conference on Jewish morality held for lay leaders in 2003; an audio-only recording of remarks by Professor Alan Dershowitz in 2002; and a canvasser motivation video produced by Federation. There are additional CDs with photographs relating to Hineni, Vision, L.O.J.E., H.O.T. Toronto (Young Leadership Division), Ben Gurion Society, missions and United Israel Appeal Canada; finally, there are audio recordings of speakers from the 2008 2nd Annual UJA Federation Big Ideas Forum. For a detailed list, click here: file://s-oja01\data\Description\Campaign\Creative%20CDs.doc
Use Conditions
Copyright of campaign videos is owned by the production company and NOT by UJA Federation. Researchers must contact Len Pearl to obtain copyright clearance to reproduce these videos. Researchers must be able to specify the exact video and clip when requesting copyright permission.
Subjects
Charities
Fund raising
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-12-16
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-12-16
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
moving images
textual record
Physical Description
1 optical disc (92 mins., 48 secs.)
1 optical disc (8 mins., 40 secs.)
265 photographs (jpg)
1 folder of textual records
Date
2007-2008
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records relating to UJA Top Gifts events. The 2007 records include a printed invitation; an unfinished promotional Top Gifts video; and a professionally-produced DVD containing the Top Gifts Dinner program, including videos of speakers and the polished Top Gifts video (the two promo videos are similar but not identical). Another CD holds the Top Gifts Reception of the Campaign Launch in September 2007. For 2008, the records consist of a printed invitation to the Top Gifts Dinner and a CD with 120 photos from the event.
Descriptive Notes
Photographs from 2008 by Caley Taylor.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-1-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-1-5
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 DVD ( ca. 96 min.)
Date
2006
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 1 DVD recording of the Rally for Truth, Light and Freedom. The DVD covers the entire presentation, including speakers Linda Frum Sokolowski, Father Raymond De Souza, Peter Van Loan, Michael Bryant, Martin Maxwell, Max Eisen, William McBurney; keynote speaker Professer Alan Dershowitz; and also archival footage of a concentration camp liberation that was screened at the rally.
Administrative History
The "Rally for Truth, Light and Freedom: Iran exposed” was held at Beth Tzedec Congregation on Thursday December 21, 2006 to express opposition to Iran's Holocaust denial conference. It was sponsored by a coalition of more than 120 Jewish and non-Jewish organizations, including: the Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Affairs of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese; the National Congress of Italian Canadians; the Canadian Council of Christians & Jews and the Hindu Conference of Canada. Organizational support was provided by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Canadian Jewish Congress Ontario Region and the Holocaust Centre of Toronto. Mark Anshan of UJA coordinated the event.
Subjects
Holocaust denial
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-2-2
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
moving images
Physical Description
87 photographs : col. (jpg)
1 DVD (approx. 10 mins.)
Date
1946-1949, 1980-2009
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of synagogue exteriors, cornerstones and doorways around Ontario and in the cities of Winnipeg, St. John's, Victoria, Rouyn-Noranda, Saint John and Moncton. There is one interior shot of the sanctuary of Beth El in St. John's, Newfoundland. The accession also contains a DVD with three home movies dated 1946 to 1949. The movies are of a wedding in Goel Tzedec synagogue in Toronto, a bar mitzvah and cottage scenes in Beaverton.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
Some jpg files contain two or three images scanned together.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-5-17
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-5-17
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 DVD ( 58 mins., 41 secs.)
Date
2010
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 1 DVD titled "Reclaiming Our Pride: A documentary film about Pride and Prejudice" by Martin Gladstone. The film explores the controversy that surrounded the 2009 Gay Pride Parade generated by the inclusion of groups that branded Israel an apartheid state.
Descriptive Notes
Produced by Queer Films Corporation.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-5-19
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-5-19
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
2 DVDs
Date
2003
Scope and Content
This accession contains one original and one copy of a digital video recording documentary relating to the life of Colonel Jack Marshall. It was produced by his nephew, Dr. Lawrence Gaum in 2003.
Administrative History
Jack Marshall was born in 1919 in Glace Bay, Cape Breton. His parents were Louis and Rose and he was the seventh of 11 children. His father owned a tailor shop and made a fair living. Unfortunately, Louis passed away in 1933 and the family had a difficult time making ends meet after his death during the Depression years. Jack was a fair student and a talented athlete. After he graduated, he completed a year of business studies at Mount Allison University but had to drop out due to lack of funds.
He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps on 6 May 1942. He was first stationed in Aldershot, England, where he was selected as a pre-officer cadet. Rather than attending officer training school, Jack decided to join the North Shore New Brunswick Regiment and head off for battle. His regiment partiicpated in the Normandy Beach invasion in 1944. He served for 58 days and after surviving that bloody battle, he returned to England to complete his officer training courses. After he graduated, he was appointed a Lieutenant with the Canadian Infantry Corps. For the following year he served in Holland and Germany and took over the D Company platoon.
While in England, he married Sylvia Rothman who was from Britain. Towards the end of the war, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. The couple moved to Canada and established roots in Glace Bay and later Cornerbrook, Newfoundland, where they had their three children. Jack opened up a chain of drug stores on the island. In 1950, he joined the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and was promoted in 1953 to Major and Commander. He later was raised to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and ultimately in 1959, was apointed Commander of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
In 1968 he decided to run for office for the Federal Conservative Party.He won his seat and served as the MP for his riding up until 1974. In 1978, Prime Minister Trudeau named him to the Senate. He subsequently established and chaired the Senate Sub-Committee on Veterans Affairs. During this time and later on, he became known as one of the great advocates for Canadian veterans. During the 1990s, in fact, he served as National Commander of the Jewish Veterans and was later appointed Grand President of the Canadian Legion.
He retired from the Senate in 1994 at the age of 75 and opened up a bed and breakfast with his second wife, Evelyn White. In 2004, Jack Marshall passed away at the age of 84.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-8-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-8-4
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
4 film reels (ca. 65 min.) : col. si. ; 8 mm
Date
1952-1967
Scope and Content
Accession consists of film reels that document the Walters family of Toronto. Included is one reel of a family gathering at Niagara Falls and Crystal Beach (1952), two reels of Marshall Walters' Bar Mitzvah (1966), and one reel of Donna Walters' sweet 16 birthday party (1967).
Administrative History
Benjamin Walters was born in Poland in 1922 to Rachael and Max Walters. He immigrated with his family to Toronto, Canada around 1927. His father was a watchmaker and jeweler. Benjamin learned the trade from his father and with his wife Sylvia, operated their own business on Queen Street East called Sunnybrook Credit Jewelers.
Benjamin married Sylvia (nee Midanik) on January 10, 1950. Born in 1926, Sylvia was one of three children born to Sarah (nee Pullen) and Alick “Smokey Joe” Midanik. Alick was a real estate developer on Elizabeth Street.
Together, Benjamin and Sylvia had two children: Donna (b. 8 March 1951) and Marshall (b. 27 March 1953). In his youth, Marshall sold flowers on the streets of downtown Toronto. He died at a young age in a car accident in Africa during his summer vacation from university.
Donna took secretary courses at Seneca College and worked at various law firms until she became a mother. She married Gerald Swartz on November 21, 1976 and they had a son, Mark (b. 6 July 1978), and twin girls, Debra and Shari (b. 21 March 1981). Gerald was an accountant.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-3
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
3 videocassettes (ca. 65 min)
Date
1989-1996
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a UJA Federation Operation Exodus campaign video (1993), a UJA Federation Community Matters campaign video (1996), and a Toronto Jewish Congress video documenting a book award night (1989).
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-12
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
moving images
Physical Description
1 folder of textual recrods
1 videocassette
16 photographs : b&w ; 57 x 20 cm or smaller
Date
1939-1964
Scope and Content
This accession consists of records related to the Montrose Bowling League as well as several softball leagues in the city, including the Lizzies and the E. Baer Fur Supplys (sic) and Associated Furnituver Soft-ball team. Also included is the video of the cornerstone laying at the Temple Anshei Sholom in Hamilton in 1949.
Custodial History
The records belonged to Ben and Sally Robinson, the uncle and aunt of the donor. They were subsequently in the posession of the donor when they were gifted to the Archives on Oct. 26, 2010.
Administrative History
Ben and Sally Robinson were both founding members of the Montrose Bowling League, the first all-Jewish mixed bowling league in the city. The league had an active membership and also organized other social events such as drama groups and general banquets. Ben Robinson was also once involved in several softball leagues in the city, including the Lizzies.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-13
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 videocassette (ca. 12 minutes)
Date
2000
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one B'nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO Toronto) tribute video for the 75th anniversary of Aleph Zadik Aleph, B'nai B'rith Girls.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-1
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 videocassette (ca. 30 min.) : col., sd.
Date
1987
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one VHS copy of the film "No Greater Honour: A Record of Canadian Jewish Military Service"
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 81
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
81
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1928]-[ca. 1956]
Physical Description
29 film reels
1 magnetic sound track
19 digi-beta cassettes
1 dvcam
22 DVDs
Admin History/Bio
Abraham Isaac Willinsky (1885-1976) was born March 29, 1885, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Sarah Rebecca (née Vise) and Myer Lionel Willinsky. Sarah had immigrated to Canada as a child in the 1860s and Myer's family was originally from Lithuania. Abraham had seven siblings: Abey (b. 1885), Ida (b. 1886), Faly (b. 1888), Minnie (b. 1890), Gertrude (b. 1893), Lila (b. 1899) and Bernard (“Bunny”) (b. 1900). Abraham’s family moved to the East end of Toronto in 1890 where his father worked as a merchant
Most of Abraham's siblings eventually married. Ida married Maurice Kamman in 1909. Faly married Sam Mehr in 1912. Minnie married Arthur Jacobs in 1912. Gertrude married Sam Kronick in 1912. Lila married Jospeh Lisson in 1920. Bernard married Florence Samuel in 1930, but divorced soon after.
When Abraham was a child he helped his uncle, Solomon Vise, in his photography business, located at 439 King Street East. Working in the darkroom and studio on Saturdays awakened his interest in photography.
Willinsky graduated from Biological and Physical Sciences at the University of Toronto in 1906, and from Medicine in 1908, earning the George Brown Memorial Scholarship. He married Sadie Dobensky, from Bancroft, Ontario, in July of 1911. They had three children: Dorothy, Jack and Myra. Dorothy eventually married Garfield Cass and worked as a social worker. Jack married Cecily Samuel and became a urologist and, later, a radiologist. Myra married Dr. N. Simon, a dental surgeon.
As one of the early Jewish doctors in Toronto, Willinsky initially had difficulty launching his career due to discrimination and prejudice. After joining the Academy of Medicine in 1910, he began his first practice as a “lodge doctor”, working out of his office and home at College and Henry Streets.
With other possible internships and appointments denied him, A.I. accumulated his early clinical training with resourcefulness, by performing “ghost-surgery” and by studying abroad in Dublin at the Rotunda Hospital, Paris and Vienna. In 1916, under the adopted name of Wills, and with a claim to Greek Orthodoxy, Willinsky managed to secure a position at the Polyclinic in New York, where he began as an ambulance doctor. He also interned at the Mayo clinic in Rochester. His skill was, in time, recognized in Toronto and he was accepted at the Toronto Western Hospital in 1918, where he pioneered spinal anaethesia and began his work as a urologist. In 1923, Willinsky became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In 1925, all forty practicing Jewish physicians formed the Toronto Jewish Medical Association. In turn, the same members would become the staff of Mount Sinai hospital, which was established in 1923 at 100 Yorkville Avenue.
Willinsky was probably the most prominent of Mount Sinai’s original staff, dividing his time between the new Jewish hospital and Toronto Western, where he was the Head of Genito-Urinary Surgery. He became Chief of Surgery at Mount Sinai and produced a number of papers that dealt primarily with spinal anaesthesia. He later opened a practice at 316 Bloor Street West, above which he temporarily resided. In 1928, he set up a clinic and office at 569 Spadina Avenue. His practice remained at this location until his retirement.
Throughout his life, he remained enthralled by photography and prolific in his production of travel movies. In 1934, he became a founding member of the Toronto Amateur Movie Club. Around this same time, he created films to help the Holy Blossom Synagogue fundraise for a new building. In 1941, he gave a lecture on the principles of amateur movie-making before the Royal Canadian Institute, in which he advocated holding the movie camera steady and letting the action move into the frame as a strategy to encourage careful composition. For sound in his early movies, he played records bought in the country where the picture was taken, stacking them in order and playing them at intervals during the commentary. Later on, he manufactured his own gramophone records, and eventually, bona fide soundtracks. Often shooting as much as 3600 feet of film on a single trip, he tended, in his more senior years, to invest long hours editing and framing sequences in the basement of his own home at 120 Madison Avenue. Here, he set up a miniature theatre and often held film evenings for friends. In 1945, Willinsky won an award for a medical film, Cystometrography, in which he used the animation technique of filming drawings. Aortography and advances in X-ray technology provided other cross-overs between medical and filmic experiments, and most of his chronicled travels were the extra-curricular benefits of regular attendance at medical conferences.
Towards the end of his life in 1960, Willinsky dictated the stories for A Doctor’s Memoirs to his transcriber, Margaret Avison. He spent the last 14 years of his life at Toronto's Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest Hospital, and passed away in 1976 at the age of 91.
Custodial History
Film reels were originally collected and created by Dr. A.I. Willinsky and, in 1987, donated to the Ontario Jewish Archives by his grandson, Mr. Michael Simon
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of amateur films created by Dr. Willinsky. The majority of the films are travelogues documenting Dr. Willinsky's various trips to countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America with his wife. Also included are three reels of family home movies and one documentary, "The Coronation Tree", illustrating the construction and move of Toronto's Holy Blossom Synagogue to its Bathurst Street location. Most films have soundtracks consisting of music and Dr. Willinsky's commentary as well as captions.
Notes
Accession originally consisted of 81 reels of a varied selection of films, mostly commercial American-made and distributed short documentaries, travelogues, newsreels and cartoons. Commercial films, films in poor condition, films identified as interim production elements, and those that were unidentifiable have been culled. In addition, four magnetic sound tracks that were digitized were culled since their contents are available in a more accessible and stable format.
Quotes for the remaining digitization work have been obtained and are available here: G:\Conservation&preservation\Film Conservation and Preservation\Willinsky and Zaldin Digitization Quotes from Creative Post.doc
Additional reference and archival DVD copies of some films are stored on shelf 36-4.
Name Access
Willinksy, Abraham Isaac, 1885-1976 (Creator)
Physical Condition
Film on some reels is severely deteriorated
Some reels have a slight vinegar smell
Creator
Willinksy, Abraham Isaac, 1885-1976
Accession Number
1987-4-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
1
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1948]
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 10 min.) : col., sd., composite magnetic track ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 10 min.) : master, digital, col., sd.
1 DVD (ca. 10 min.) : duplicate, digital, col., sd.
Scope and Content
Item is a film of Dr. Willinsky's trip to a snake farm in Miami, Florida. The last few minutes of the film switches to footage of a snake charmer likely taken by Dr. Willinsky in Morocco. Film is in the form of a travelogue with commentary provided by Dr. Willinsky.
Notes
Previously reel # 51
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
2
Material Format
moving images
Date
Jan. 1935
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 27 min.) : b&w, si. ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 27 min.) : master, digital, b&w, si.
1 DVD (ca. 27 min.) : duplicate, b&w, si.
Scope and Content
Item is a film taken by Dr. Willinsky of a trip to Rome, Italy. In the form of a travelogue, footage of landmarks, ruins and the local population are interspersed with captions that were added in by Dr. Willinsky to provide information about the country's history and culture. Included are shots of the Pantheon, the Colosseum, a Roman market, the Appian Way and dinner at a Roman restaurant. Dr. Willinsky's wife, Sadie, is occassionally spotted in the footage with travel companions who are probably relatives or family friends.
Notes
Previously reel # 68
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
3
Material Format
moving images
Date
1934
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 34 min.) : b&w, si. ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 34 min.) : master, digital, b&w, si.
1 DVD (ca. 34 min.) : duplicate, digital, b&w, si.
Scope and Content
Item is a film taken by Dr. Willinsky of a trip to Italy. In the form of a travelogue, footage of landmarks, ruins and the local population is interspersed with captions that were added in by Dr. Willinsky to provide information about the country's history and culture. Although the title highlights the film's documentation of Rome and Naples, other Italian cities are featured as well; including, Pompeii, Florence and Venice. Dr. Willinsky's wife, Sadie, is occassionally spotted in the footage with travel companions who are probably relatives or family friends.
Notes
Previously reel # 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
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