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Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Level
File
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
10
Material Format
moving images
Date
[198-?]
Physical Description
1 video cassette
Scope and Content
File consists of a video with a narrated history of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Toronto Chapter.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
1998 Israel 50 Fun Walk sub-sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-24; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
1998 Israel 50 Fun Walk sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-24
File
2
Material Format
textual record
moving images
Date
1998
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 videocassette
Scope and Content
File contains form letters to participants, organizations, synagogue bulletin editors, recruitment presenters and other organizations; minutes of the Recruitment Committee; and a memo to Campaign volunteers from the chairs. There is also a promotional video that was played in schools.
Accession Number
Videocassette from accession 2009-6-14.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Israel Funwalk 1999 sub-sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-25; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Israel Funwalk 1999 sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-25
File
2
Material Format
textual record
moving images
Date
1999
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 videocassette
Scope and Content
File contains form letters sent to school principals, youth group contacts, participants and presenters. The material for presenters includes notes and instructions. File also includes school population numbers and an agreement with the Promenade Shopping Centre to set up a table there promoting the Walk. File also includes a promotional video shown in schools.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Israel Funwalk 2000 sub-sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-26; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Israel Funwalk 2000 sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-26
File
1
Material Format
textual record
moving images
graphic material
Date
2000
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph
1 videocassette
Scope and Content
File contains a letter to walkers who have returned their collection envelope and thus receive a free t-shirt and a coupon for one or more passes to Ontario Place. Two sample coupons are included. The file also includes a photograph of staff coordinator Naomi Cohen with three representatives from Associated Day School holding a Walk poster.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk with Israel 2004 sub-sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-30; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk with Israel 2004 sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-30
File
2
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
moving images
Date
2004
Physical Description
334 photographs (jpg)
1 optical disc (vob file) : 2 mins. 40 secs.
Scope and Content
File consists of 4 CDs containing digital photographs (jpgs). One disc (Black's Photography) contains images at the Walk opening of entertainment, children, the registration table, the crowd, dancing, Israel flags, sponsor banners, a clown and people along the route. The other 3 discs contain 308 photographs. These document the opening at Coronation Park, the crowd along the route and people at the RioCan Festival at Ontario Place. They include images of special guest, Police Chief Julian Fantino, the co-chairs of the Walk, a huge hora, opening speeches by the Walk chairs, one of the checkpoints, facepainting, games and putting on tefillin.
At the Festival the images are of the marketplace, Ontario Place rides, a CIJA-PAC group and other vendors at tables. Groups represented include Leo Baeck Day School; Congregation BINA (Community of Jews from India); Canadian Jews & Christians (Together for Israel); the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Canada; and Jews for Jesus. There are also pictures of anti-Israel protesters at the entrance to the checkpoint. UJA notables in the photos include Ted Sokolsky and Michelle Golfman.
In addition, the file contains a DVD with video footage of the 2004 Walk set to music.
Notes
Black's-processed photographs by Eve [Marks]. This disc has Fujifilm Image Viewer software on it which must be used to view the photos.
Other photographs by Stephen Epstein. Epstein's discs include thumbnails, high-resolution jpgs and html files forming a "web gallery" index to peruse the images. The three CDs each have 1/3 of the images in high-resolution.
The video is a VOB file and will not play in Windows Media Player. Locate the file and open with another program such as Nero Showtime.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk with Israel 2007 sub-sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-33; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk with Israel 2007 sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-33
File
1
Material Format
moving images
Date
2007
Physical Description
1 optical disc : 3 mins., 41 secs.
Scope and Content
File consists of a recruitment video on DVD for use in schools. It features Anthony Parker of the Toronto Raptors.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk with Israel 2007 sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-33
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk with Israel 2007 sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-33
Material Format
moving images
object
Date
2007
Physical Description
1 optical disc (3 mins., 41 secs.)
2 t-shirts
Admin History/Bio
The 2007 Walk with Israel was held on Sunday, May 27th. It started with a kick-off party in Coronation Park by the waterfront, which featured inflatables and music. Prominent attendees were Federal Liberal leader Stéphane Dion, Environment Minister John Baird and more than 20 other elected officials. The Walk was co-chaired by Ruth Eckstein and Helen Silverstein. The largest incentive for those raising money was to be a "chai walker": if one raised $1800, one had the choice of a $500 prize and was invited onstage during the kick-off party. With a threatening weather forecast, only 7,000 people came out. The fundraising cause was a new daycare centre in northern Israel and providing employment training to Ethiopian women in a community near Tel Aviv.
At the end of the 10 kilometre route, people enjoyed the kosher barbecue, games, rides and arts and crafts at the RioCan Carnival at Ontario Place.
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series consists of a recruitment video and two t-shirts from the 2007 Walk with Israel. One t-shirt is white and the other, for volunteers, is red. The t-shirts read "Heart and Sole!"
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Mel Lastman
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
June 1, 2006
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Mel Lastman
Number
AC 290
Subject
Religion
Families
Interview Date
June 1, 2006
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Ellen Scheinberg
Total Running Time
60 min.
Conservation
Copied November 2006
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Melvin Douglas Lastman was born in Toronto on March 9, 1933, the son of Rose and Louis Lastman. Raised in the Kengsington Market area, he attended Ryerson Public School and Central High School of Commerce where he was president of the school council. Lastman left high school to work at an appliance store and, in 1955, opened his own appliance store. By the late 1960s, he owned a chain of 40 stores, Bad Boy Appliances, throughout Ontario. Lastman lived in North York and, in 1969, ran successfully for the North York Board of Control. In the 1972 municipal election, he was elected as mayor of North York, a position he held for 25 years until North York became part of the newly created City of Toronto on January 1, 1998. With the provincially mandated creation of the new City of Toronto by the amalgamation of Metropolitan Toronto and the six local municipalities, Lastman decided to run for mayor against the other major contender, former City of Toronto mayor Barbara Hall. He won the 1997 election and was sworn in on January 1, 1998. Lastman was easily re-elected in the 2000 mayoralty election; however, in February 2003, Lastman announced that he would not be seeking re-election in the November municipal election.
In 1953, Mel Lastman married Marilyn Bornstein. They have two married sons and six grandchildren.
Material Format
moving images
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Lastman, Mel
Scheinberg, Ellen
Geographic Access
Toronto
Kensington Market
Original Format
Digital videocassette
Copy Format
DVD
Source
Oral Histories

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

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

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

Name
Merle Koven
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
Oct. 17, 2007
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Merle Koven
Number
AC 324
Subject
Antisemitism
Education
Synagogues
Interview Date
Oct. 17, 2007
Quantity
2 mini DVs, 2 archival DVDs, 2 reference DVDs
Interviewer
Sharon Gubbay Helfer
Total Running Time
2 hrs
Notes
Part of Ontario Small Jewish Communities Project.
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Merle Koven grew up in Kingston and attended Kingston Collegiate. After high school, Merle enrolled in teachers college in Toronto, then later taught school in Kingston. Merle married Philip Koven, a well-known local businessman, philanthropist and community volunteer, who died in 2008. He was owner of Rosen Heating and Cooling, which merged with another old, established city business to form Rosen, Triheat and Anglin, now run by their two sons.
During their 45 years of marriage, the Kovens raised three children - Adam, Kenneth and Rebecca. Both Phil and Merle Koven were prominent in the community. In 1982, Merle Koven broke new ground when she became president of Beth Israel, in Kingston, possibly the first woman president of an Orthodox synagogue in North America. She was vice-chair of Queens 1990s, although she did not have a degree.
The Merle and Philip Koven Bursary in Art History at Queen's University was initially established by Philip Koven in honour of his wife, Merle Koven, both passionate supporters of the arts in Kingston. This fund provides financial support for upper-year students in art history. After Philip Koven passed away in 2008, the fund received many gifts in his memory.
Material Format
moving images
Name Access
Queen's University
Hadassah WIZO Organization of Canada
Bader, Alfred
Geographic Access
Kingston
Original Format
Mini DV
Copy Format
DVD
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Irving Milchberg
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
July 26, 2007
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Irving Milchberg
Number
AC 333
Subject
Immigrants--Canada
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Holocaust survivors
Refugees--Canada
Interview Date
July 26, 2007
Quantity
1 mini DV ; 1 archival DVD ; 1 reference DVD
Interviewer
Sharon Gubbay Helfer
Total Running Time
1 hr
Notes
Part of Ontario Small Jewish Communities Project.
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Irving Milchberg, the Holocaust survivor known from Joseph Ziemian's book "The Cigarette Sellers of Three Crosses Square," used to sell cigarettes to Nazis in Warsaw as an orphan Jewish kid during WWII. Milchberg, leader of a group of orphaned Jewish children hiding their identities, used to gather at Three Crosses Square, the center of the German occupation of Warsaw, to sell cigarettes. They wandering around under the very noses of policemen, gendarmes, Gestapo men and ordinary spies. Before joining the cigarette sellers, Milchberg twice escaped from the Nazis. The first time he scaled a fence and fled the Umschlagplatz, where Jews were put aboard trains to the Treblinka death camp. The second time, he managed to break the bars of the train taking him to Treblinka and scramble out. His father, mother and three sisters were all murdered by the Nazis. In 1945, Milchberg made his way to Czechoslovakia, then Austria, then to a camp for displaced people in occupied Germany, where he learned watchmaking, his lifelong occupation. In 1947 he moved to Canada, ending up in Niagara Falls, where he opened his own jewelry and watch business. In 1953 he met his wife, Renee, who had survived the war. They had two children and three grandchildren. Milchberg died in January 2014 at the age of 86 years.
Material Format
moving images
Geographic Access
Niagara Falls, Ont.
Original Format
Mini DV
Copy Format
DVD
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Dr. Joe Greenberg
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
18 Oct. 2013
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Dr. Joe Greenberg
Number
AC 412
Subject
Canada--Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Interview Date
18 Oct. 2013
Quantity
2 DVDs
Interviewer
Dara Solomon
Total Running Time
1 hr. 51 min.
Biography
Dr. Joe Greenberg (1922-2017) was born August 30, 1922 in Toronto. He attended Lansdowne Public School, was briefly enrolled at Central Tech and completed grade 9 at Central Commerce. In his youth, he was actively involved in the Jewish Boys' Club and attended B'nai Brith Camp. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War where he earned the ranking of Sergeant Major and was posted to an anti-aircraft squadron. Following the war, Joe had the opportunity to complete his high school matriculation and was accepted into Medical School at the University of Toronto. Upon graduation, he served his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton. He set up a general medical practice first on Grey Street and later on Bathurst Street. He married Pepi (nee Rosenstein) in 1958 and they had 4 children. Joe was a very active member of the Russisher Shul (Shaare Tzedek) on Markham and Ulster Street. Joe spent his formative years growing up on Major Street. With the help of a local historian, Gus Sinclair, Joe was instrumental in the naming of a small lane branching off Major Street "The Boys of Major Street" in memory of the residents who served during the Second World War but did not return. Another lane was named "Greenberg Lane" in Joe's honour. Dr. Joe Greenberg died on 10 April 2017.
Material Format
moving images
Name Access
Greenberg, Joseph, 1922-2017
Original Format
Digital file
Copy Format
DVD
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Cyrel Troster
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
28 Nov. 2016
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Cyrel Troster
Number
AC 441
Subject
Arts
Charities
Committees
Interview Date
28 Nov. 2016
Interviewer
Melissa Caza
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Material Format
moving images
Name Access
Ontario Jewish Archives
Original Format
Digital file
Transcript
AC 441 Part 1 0:22 Cyrel outlines her academic background and discusses her volunteer & professional positions, including Chair of the OJA, Chair of Cultural Planning & Allocation, served on the Board of the Canadian Jewish Congress & Ontario Jewish Congress and currently serves on the Board of OJA. 0:53 Cyrel discusses the history of the Ontario Jewish Archives. Cyrel. & Susan Cohen obtained federal grants to create a local initiative project with the initial focus to collect information on prominent members of the Toronto Jewish community. Cyrel identifies the organizations & individuals who assisted them initially (e.g. Toronto Jewish Historical Society,Victor Sefton) . She discusses the staff, including Steven Speisman, Bess Shockett & Ruth Ladovsky and the location in Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue. 4:53 Cyrel describes the creation of the Sense of Spadina Walking tours which were an offshoot of a living exhibit designed for the Triennial for the Canadian Jewish Congress in 1974. She discusses the contributors to the project, including Steven Speisman, Bess Shockett, Marty Mendelow, Charlie & Peggy Goldsbie and Mrs. Langner, the wife of the Rabbi from the Kiever Synagogue. 6:05 Cyrel describes the successful Sense of Spadina Walking Tours held in June 1974. 7:47 Cyrel discusses the formation of day & evening volunteer committees to help catalogue material in OJA’s new location in the basement of 150 Beverly St. She discusses some of the archival donations e.g. Sidney Harris, Ben Kayfetz. 9:12 Cyrel recalls the move to Lipa Green building in early 1980’s. 9:48 Cyrel describes the OJA office at 150 Beverly. St. She describes some of the historical documents that were discovered in the basement. She discusses the volunteers’ responsibilities. 11:27 Cyrel discusses the function of the OJA committee. She discusses Photo Committee. 13:00 Cyrel discusses early efforts to acquire material for the OJA. 15:56 Cyrel explains why an archive specific to the Ontario Jewish community was established. The effort to establish the OJA arose from a small group of researchers, including Steven Speisman, who recognized the importance of preserving ethnic Jewish history. 17:18 Cyrel explains how the material collected by OJA is unique to & valued by the Ontario Jewish community. 18:48 Cyrel discusses some of the challenges faced by OJA in the early years. 19:58 Cyrel discusses the end result of the Toronto Jewish Historical Society. 20:45 Cyrel discusses the evolvement of the Sense of Spadina Walking Tours. She explains how Ellen Scheinberg, archivist, was pivotal in the advancement of the walking tours. Spadina Walking Tours became a part of “Jane’s Walk”. 24:02 Cyrel shares an amusing story about Henry Papernick, retired lawyer & OJA volunteer. 25:35 Cyrel discusses the contributions made by Brooky Robins, assistant to Steven Speisman. She spearheaded the collection of material from northern Ontario. Also involved was Fred Schaeffer. 26:46 Cyrel discusses OJA hosting various community events to donate materials to the archives. 27:41 Cyrel explains that due to the volume of donated material, off-site storage facilities were used at Yonge & Eglinton. 28:04 Cyrel describes the changes and improvements that occurred after moving to the facilities at Lipa Green. 28:55 Cyrel discusses her responsibilities as Chair of OJA between 1983 and 1998. She mentions that she also served on the Ontario Jewish Congress, Ontario Region Executive & the Toronto Jewish Congress. 30:11 Cyrel explains that Jewish Communist papers were passed on to the collection of Multicultural History at St. Michael’s. 30:36 Cyrel discusses some of the projects and exhibits that OJA pursued. 32:05 Cyrel discusses the efforts made by Sol Edell & Marty Mendelow to fix up the Kiever synagogue in the early 1980’s. 34:25 Cyrel explains why the Kiever synagogue was chosen as a focus for an OJA project. 35:25 Cyrel discusses the special projects & direction of the OJA during the period she was Chair. 36:19 Cyrel discusses the biggest challenges faced by the OJA during her sevice as Chair. AC 441 Part 2 00:00 Cyrel discusses the changes in leadership and operation at the OJA ca2000. Staff included Brooky Robins, Susan Jackson and Ellen Scheinberg. 1:54 Cyrel discusses the major projects that occurred while Ellen Scheinberg was Director. 3:09 Cyrel discusses her role with the OJA while Ellen served as Director. 4:07 Cyrel discusses the challenges faced by OJA while Ellen served as Director. 5:23 Cyrel discusses the relationship between OJA and other archives and agencies. 8:00 Cyrel addresses the factors that contributed to the success of the Sense of Spadina Walking Tours. 11:13 Cyrel points that out the general groups participating in the Sense of Spadina Walking Tours tend to be Jewish but Jane’ Walk groups are varied & drawn to the neighbourhood. 11:53 Cyrel discusses why the OJA has played a major role in her life. 12:25 Cyrel shares a story from her personal life in order to illustrate the importance of preserving oral histories. 13:51 Cyrel relates a story told to her by Ben Kayfetz about the Strettiner Rebbe on Cecil Street. AC 441 Part 3 00:00 Cyrel describes the efforts of Sol Edell, Susan Brown and Cyrel to put together an audio-visual presentation to mark the opening of the archives. 2:17 Cyrel describes a conceived project that was not realized.
Source
Oral Histories
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 4; Series 1-5; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
4
Series
1-5
Item
3
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1972]
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 10 min.) : col., si. ; 8 mm
Scope and Content
Item is a film reel containing footage of a gangster themed home movie skit likely filmed by Sol Edell's children or step-children. Included are shots of young men driving in a car, pretending to have a gun fight on a residential street and pretending to dump a body in the forest.
Notes
During processing, assigned reel #22.
Physical Condition
A splice near the beginning of the film is damaged.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 4; Series 1-5; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
4
Series
1-5
Item
4
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1972]
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 10 min.) : col., si. ; 8 mm
Scope and Content
Item is a film reel containing home movie footage of various Toronto scenes and a home movie skit likely filmed by Sol Edell's children and step-children based on the story of Frankenstein. The first few minutes includes footage of a woman walking down a Toronto street, a Lubavitch youth van, and various shots of Toronto from a moving car. This is followed by the Frankenstein skit, which includes scenes of Dr. Frankenstein and his hunchbacked assistant bringing the creature to life, the creature escaping from the laboratory, the creature climbing a tree and attacking people passing by, and various characters fighting the creature. The skit is filmed on a residential street.
Notes
During processing, reel was assigned reel #23.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 4; Series 1-5; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
4
Series
1-5
Item
1
Material Format
moving images
Date
1952-[ca. 1965]
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 30 min.) : col. and b&w, si. ; 16 mm
Scope and Content
Item is a film reel containing footage of Sol and Dolly Edell's wedding reception as well as family vacations in the United States of America. Wedding footage includes shots of the greeting line, dancing, and guests socializing at the reception. Vacation footage includes shots of landmarks around Washington D.C. and Miami, Florida. Also included is footage of a family relaxing by a pool likely at a Miami hotel.
Notes
Title on film can was "Sol / Dolly Edell Wedding / Vacation / Home"
During processing, film was assigned reel #12.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 4; Series 1-5; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
4
Series
1-5
Item
5
Material Format
moving images
Date
[21 Aug. 1956?]
Physical Description
2 film reels (ca. 10 min.) : col., si. ; 8 mm
Scope and Content
This item is a home movie of Phyllis Freed's wedding in Toronto. Phyllis Freed was the grand-daughter of Rabbi Joseph Weinreb and the daughter of Ruth (nee Weinreb) Freed and Murray Freed (a pharmacist).
Notes
During processing, reels were assigned reel #13 & #15.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 4; Series 1-5; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
4
Series
1-5
Item
6
Material Format
moving images
Date
1955
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 4 min.) : col., si. ; 16 mm
Scope and Content
Item is a film reel containing home movie footage of an unidentified family celebration. Identified in the footage is Sol Edell, Dolly Edell, the Weinstock family, Ruth Freed, Murray Freed, Aaron Freed, Paul Edell, and the Kurtz family.
Notes
During processing, reel was assigned reel #17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 4; Series 1-5; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
4
Series
1-5
Item
7
Material Format
moving images
Date
June 1954
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 4 min.) : col., si. ; 16 mm
Scope and Content
Item is a film reel containing home movie footage of the reception party for David Freed's Bar Mitzvah. David was the son of Ruth (nee Weinreb) and Murray Freed. He was the grandson of Rabbi Joseph Weinreb.
Notes
During processing, reel was assigned reel #16
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2011-4-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-4-5
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 videocassette (ca. 23 min.) : col., sd. ; VHS
Date
1996
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one VHS tape of a documentary entitled "A Man of Conscience", which details the life of Morris Saxe. The film was directed by Cayle Chernin and produced by Cayle Chernin and David Fleishman, the grandson of Saxe.
Custodial History
This videocassette was collected by Stephen Speisman and found with other unaccessioned videos at the OJA. The donor was contacted and agreed to formally donate the video to us.
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
2011-4-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-4-3
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 DVD
Date
July 1985
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one DVD copy of a July 1985 interview of Dr. Stephen Speisman by the donor, recorded at the TJC Archives. Dr. Speisman discusses his family's connections with the Gold family because of their common background in Ostrow, Poland. He also talks about the socialist views of many Jewish immigrants, the factors influencing their desire to emigrate in the First World War era, their early experiences learning English, the reasons for Anglicizing their names, and the cultural values that Polish Jews brought to Canadian life.
Custodial History
DVD copy created from original videocassette created by the donor.
Use Conditions
Any re-use requires written permission of the donor.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Families
Socialism
Name Access
Speisman, Stephen A., 1943-
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-3-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-3-7
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
2 CDs (1:22 and 52:15)
Date
2009-2010
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two CDs of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto's Book of Life ceremonies from 2009 and 2010. The CDs feature introductions and speeches as well as individual recognition of the honourees.
Custodial History
The CDs were transferred by Janice Benatar, Senior Endowment Associate for the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto.
Administrative History
The Book of Life, established by the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto in 2003, is an ever-growing collection of stories written by donors who have left a legacy to the Jewish community by way of a bequest in their will, a life insurance policy, or with a permanent endowment fund at the Foundation. The Book of Life is stored at the Lipa Green Centre where it is also available in digital format. It is also on the internet (see http://www.feduja.org/bookoflife/)
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
2012-4-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-4-6
Material Format
moving images
sound recording
Physical Description
4 videocassettes (ca. 2.5 hr.) : VHS
4 audio cassettes (ca. 4 hr.)
Date
[198-]-2003
Scope and Content
Accession consists of four VHS tapes:
JIAS, "We Are Our Brother's Keeper", ca. 1982; 22 minutes.
Board of Jewish Education principals and administrators program at Blue Mountain in Colllingwood, Oct. 1995; 1 hour, 35 minutes.
Bernard Betel english language program for Russian seniors graduation, June 27, 1994; 33 minutes.
March of the Living, 2003; 63 minutes.
Accession also consists of 4 cassette tapes:
Julie and Esther Goodbaum's 50th (birthdays?) featuring Cantor David Bagley at Beth Sholom Synagogue, Jne 25, 1994; 90 minutes.
Congregation Habonim presents Esther Ghan-Firestone: Echoes of the Past: a celebration of Yiddish song, 1991.
Toronto Boys Choir, [198-]; 90 minutes.
Toronto's Eitz Chaim Boys Choir, directed by Yehuda Gilden,
Custodial History
There is no acquisiton information on these items. It is quite possible that they all originated from the Toronto Jewish Media Library and were given to the OJA during its restructuring.
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
2012-5-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-5-6
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
6 film reels (ca. 120 min.) : col., si. ; 16 mm
Date
[ca. 1955]-[ca.1965]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of home movies documenting various vacations and graduations of the Shields family. Included are films of trips taken by Harry and Esther to Mexico, Disneyland in California, New York City and other American cities. Also included is footage of a cruise Harry and Esther took on the SS Shalom cruise liner and Mel Shields graduation in California.
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.
Use Conditions
None.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-6-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-6-1
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
20 film reels (ca. 2 hr., 50 min.) : col., si. ; 8 mm
3 DVDs (ca. 2 hr., 50 min.)
Date
[196-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 8 mm home movie films documenting the Goldenberg family of Toronto. Included is footage of Neil Goldenberg's Bar Mitzvah at Clanton Park Synagogue (13 Feb. 1965), various family trips to Florida, California and other cities, the family at a Conklin fair, family gatherings at home, and the family at the Toronto Islands. Also included is every day footage of the family around their house, including shots of the children tobogganing, skating and playing hockey in the winter.
Custodial History
Films were donated c/o Barbara Barak (UJA Federation)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-6-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-6-5
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
6 films : pos. ; 16 mm and 8 mm
Date
[ca. 1957]-1969
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 5 films documenting United Jewish Appeal (UJA) study missions to Israel in 1958, 1959, 1960, 1968 and 1969. A notation on the 1960 study mission reel indicates that there is also material related to Alvin Rosenberg. Two of the reels have notations indicating possible YMHA material as well. The sole 8 mm film dates from approximately 1957 and features the UJA offices at 150 and 152 Beverley Street, the Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest Hospital, the YMHA at Bloor and Spadina, Associated Hebrew Schools on Neptune, and Camp Fundale on the grounds of what would become the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre and the Lipa Green building.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information on these films. The accession number was assigned by the archivist.
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.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-9-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-9-1
Material Format
textual record (electronic)
graphic material (electronic)
moving images
Physical Description
72 CDs and DVDs
Date
1999-2005
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 72 CDs and DVDs containing the records of the Tomorrow Campaign documenting the Downtown (Miles Nadal JCC and Wolfond Centre), Central (Sherman) and City North (Lebovic) campuses. Included are architectural drawings, renderings, photographic images, videos, reports, powerpoint presentations and promotional material.
Custodial History
The records were left in the creative department by an unknown person. They were given to the Archives by Yael Maayani after she failed to locate the owner.
Administrative History
UJA Federation's Tomorrow Campaign is Canada’s largest non-profit community development project. It is Federation's response to the need for new facilities and services brought about by the growth of Toronto’s Jewish community. The Tomorrow Campaign is mandated with the fundraising and creation of three campuses for Jewish life in the GTA. The Downtown District, serving Toronto's growing Jewish population in the city core, is anchored by the new Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre at Bloor & Spadina and the Wolfond Centre for Jewish Campus Life at Harbord & Huron. The new Sherman Campus, on Bathurst north of Sheppard, will include the new Prosserman Family Jewish Community Centre, where the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre is currently located, a new Koffler Centre for the Arts, a new National Centre for Jewish Heritage including the Canadian Jewish Musuem, the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre and a renovated Lipa Green Building for Jewish Community Services. The Lebovic Jewish Community Campus, at Bathurst & Weldrick north of Rutherford, is designed to provide programs and services for York Region's Jewish community of 60,000 - the fastest growing in Canada. The Lebovic Campus will be highlighted by the Kimel Family Education Centre, housing the northern branch of the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT); the Schwartz-Reisman Centre offering recreational, educational, cultural, social and fitness facilities; community services; a United Synagogue Day School and other schools as well.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-1-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-1-1
Material Format
moving images
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
3 film reels (ca. 12 min.) : col., si. ; 8 mm
7 photographs
1 folder of textual records
Date
1939-1993, predominant 1939-1962
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the activities of Cyrel Troster and her family. Included is a Coronet Club invitation to an annual charity ball in aid of German refugees (1939), a fyler advertising the 100th anniversary of Beth Tzedec synagogue, a brochure for a Jewish Women's Voices conference (1993), and photographs of a Brownie group celebrating Purim at Clanton Park synagogue, a talent show at Camp Timberlane, and campers at Camp New Moon and Camp Shalom. Also included are home movies of a Jewish Cub Scout parade featuring Joel Troster and visiting day at Camp Tamarack and Camp Shalom. Identified in the photographs are: Cyrel Troster and Larry Troster. The home movies were filmed by Cyrel's father, Jack Troster.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-4-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-4-3
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
2 film reels (ca. 6 min.) : b&w, si. ; 8 mm
Date
1951-1952
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two 8 mm film reels documenting the activities of Norman Burns and his family. Included is a film with footage of a Jewish resort near Muskoka (likely Arcadia House in Port Carling), such as shots of men leaving their cabins, diving in the water, men and women sun tanning and playing on a beach, men and women dressed in costume and men playing cards. Also included is a film documenting a family Passover seder.
Subjects
Outdoor recreation
Vacations
Name Access
Burns, Norman
Places
Port Carling, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-6
Material Format
sound recording
textual record
moving images
Physical Description
108 audio cassettes
3 open reel audio recordings : 1/4 inch
1 folder of textual records
1 u-matic tape : 3/4 inch
Date
1977-1980
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the Second Encounter program that was held between 1976 and 1980. The records primarily include audio recordings of seminar presentations by a number of speakers including: Prof. Louis Greenspan; Dr. Paul Rayman; Dr. Vivian Rakoff; Ben Kayfetz; Louis Silver, Q.C.; Regina Eisenstein; Prof. E Weinrib; Joseph B. Salsberg; Rena Niedwiecki; Dr. Edmond Y. Lipsitz; Dr. Lita-Rose Betcherman; Prof. Michael R. Marrus; Chava Kwinta; Prof. S. Joshua Langer; Prof. Hesh Troper; Rabbi David Schochet; Hon. Herb Gray; Gordon Wolfe; Prof. Calvin C. Gotlieb; Jean Lee; Dr. Joseph Kage; Louis Applebaum; Harvey Narrol; Prof. Benjamin Schlesinger; Rabbi Dr. Stuart E. Rosenberg; Genya Intrator; Norman May; Jerry Berman; Basya Hunter; Sol Littman; Dr. Emil Fackenheim; Sabina Citron; Dr. Joseph Klinghofer; Dr. Paul Rayman; Israel Kopyto; Bernard Avishai; Rena Niedzwiecki; Dr. Seymour Friedland; Hyman Gelbard; Jack Kuper; Shlomo Perla; Dr. H. Fenigstein; Selma Z. Sage; Charles Wittenberg; Dr. Peter Gilbert; Jeffrey Stutz; Prof. Gabriel Warburg; Prof. Irving Abella; Tsilia Romm Ben-Dor; Rabbi Herbert Feder; Col. Shaul Afek; Bernard Avishai; Prof. Henry Weinberg; Abe Tooch; Prof. Harry Crowe; Dr. Albert I. Goldberg; Miriam Ziev; Yehuda Geva; Sy Langer; Baruch Noy; Moshe Goldner; Nick Simmonds; Irwin Cotler; Julius Hayman; Ben F. Myer; Stuart Schoenfeld; Max Goody; Jill Armstrong; Daniel J. Cappon; Rev. Roland de Corneille; Deborah Littman; Harry Crowe; Bruce McLeod; Morris Wolfe; Rabbi Dr. W. Gunther Plaut; Jerome D. Diamond; Heinz Warshauer; Rabbi Herbert Feder; Seymour Epstein; Rabbi J. Emmanuel Schochet; Malcolm Lester; Michael Kaiser; Dorothy Lipovenko; Morton Manilla; Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro; Rabbi Henry Hoschander; Rose Ruschin; Rabbi Irwin Witty; Morley Wolfe; Enrique Tabac; Rabbi Harvey Meirovitch; Carola Kahn; Prof. Jacques Kornberg; Paula Draper; Prof. Allan Davies; Rabbi Lawrence Englander; Prof. Ruth Schattner; Dr. Harvey Silver; and Rabbi Michael S. Stroh.
Custodial History
The records were in the possession of Sam Hoffer
Administrative History
The Second Encounter was a program first organized in 1976 by a group of young adults at the request of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress. By 1978, the program had morphed into a voluntary organization run by a lay leadership of executive officers. Through the years it had been co-sponsored by the Toronto Jewish Congress and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. The pupose of the program was to explore and discuss themes related to the Holocaust and the Jewish experience during the Second World War. The program would include opening remarks, a keynote speaker, seminars, and film presentations. Speakers included academics, community leaders, rabbis, authors and Holocaust survivors. Themes over the years included: Explorations in the Canadian-Jewish Experience; An Encounter with Israel; Perspectives on Antisemitism; and Judaism: Religion and Identity. Sam Hoffer was the Chairman of the Second Encounter Committee and later the President of the Second Encounter organization.
Use Conditions
There are no release forms for these tapes. Researchers will need permission of the speaker prior to publication.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-10
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 30 min.) : col., si. ; 8mm
Date
1973-1976
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one home movie documenting Eric Slavens and his family. Included is footage of a birthday party, the family playing hockey in front of their home, Eric and his son playing in their front lawn, and Eric's children celebrating Halloween. Also included is footage of Eric and his family at a family farm owned by Eric's parents in Dundalk, Ontario.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Slavens family
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Dundalk, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-8
Material Format
textual record
moving images
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 optical disc (48:20 min.) : col. ; DVD
35 photographs : col. ; 16 x 11 cm
Date
2006-2012
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the military career of Corporal Tamar Freeman, particularly her 6-month deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Included is postcard and email correspondence sent to her parents detailing issues of camp life, her religious observance, as well as her role as a medic; a DVD of the film "Sisters in Arms" written and directed by Tamar's sister, Beth Freeman; newspaper clippings and articles on Tamar and the film "Sisters in Arms"; photographs of Tamar receiving an award from the Canadian Jewish Congress, of her family greeting her at the airport upon return to Canada, a portrait of Tamar with another soldier and General Hillier, as well as images taken of fellow soldiers and the surroundings while in Afghanistan.
Administrative History
Corporal Tamar Freeman (1967-) is the daughter of Harvey and Gilda Freeman. She began her military career as an army reservist in 1990. As a reservist, she committed one day per week and one weekend per month to working in hospitals on board ships and in defence research facilities. In 2006, she joined the regular infantry as a medic in the Second Field Ambulance unit. She served in Kandahar for 6 months between 2006 and 2007 as a medic treating wounded soldiers, Afghan allies and civilians. She also served as part of the Provincial Reconstruction Team at a village medical clinic. She received the Alan Rose Award for International Human Dignity from the Canadian Jewish Congress in 2007. Corporal Freeman is currently stationed at Base Borden in Ontario.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Descriptive Notes
Use restrictions note: Personal emails are confidential and require the permission of Tamar Freeman before accessing.
Subjects
Afghan War, 2001---Participation, Canadian
Soldiers--Canada
Name Access
Freeman, Tamar
Places
Afghanistan
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-13
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
moving images
Physical Description
ca. 100 photographs (jpg)
1 DVD
3 film reels (ca. 25 min.) : col., sd. ; 16 mm and super 8 mm
Date
[ca. 1938]-1982
Scope and Content
Accession consists of scanned photographs and home movies taken by Dr. John E. Ackerman, which document his personal and professional activities. Included are photographs of family gatherings, the grocery store owned by Ackerman's mother, Jarvis Collegiate, Dr. Ackerman's dental practice, the military involvement of Dr. Ackerman and his brother Al, beach activities, families living in North Bay and Sudbury, and individuals living in Dr. Ackerman's Toronto neighbourhood of Dundas and Elizabeth. Of note are photos taken by Al Ackerman of his military service overseas as well as an image of him arriving back in Toronto in uniform in front of Union Station. Also of note is an image of Dr. Ackerman in military uniform standing in front of Anshel Wise's Cigar store at 100 Dundas Street West and images likely of the Hudson Street Tennis Club.
The Home movies include footage of a Jewish War Veterans parade and service in front of a monument at Earl Bales Park (ca. 1980), a Beth Tzedec Sukkot service with the children of its Hebrew school (ca. 1978), other unidentified events at Beth Tzedec (one in its banquet hall), a family seder and family trip to Israel. Also included is footage of the 75th anniversary parade of the boy scouts, performances at Camp Shalom for visitor's day (1982), and a film with footage of a trade fair attended by Larry Grossman.
Administrative History
Dr. John E. Ackerman (1921-2008) was born in Toronto on December 16, 1921 to Jacob and Mindel Ackerman. John was one of four children. Jacob worked as a presser in a factory. Mindel opened and ran a grocery store at Dundas and Elizabeth Street. Jacob died around the age 57.
Dr. Ackerman went to school at Jarvis Collegiate and later enrolled in Dentistry school at the University of Toronto. As part of the school program, Dr. Ackerman had to enlist in the Canadian army's General Corp. While in school, he also met his future wife, Frances, at a Hillel lecture on campus. Frances was a graduate student studying psychology. Dr. Ackerman graduated from university in 1946. He initially worked as a dental intern at the Toronto General Hospital, but after a few years he opened his own practice above the Royal Bank at Dundas and Elizabeth Street.
Dr. Ackerman married Frances on September 12, 1954. They had three children together: Martin (born 1959), Penina (born 1963), and David (born 1965).
As a young teenager, Dr. Ackerman took up photography as a hobby and remained passionate about it for the remainder of his life. He took many photographs of family life, Toronto, his military involvement, and other activities. He also shot many family films and even converted part of his house into a darkroom.
Dr. Ackerman became involved in the Jewish Boy Scouts after his son Martin became a cub. He started out as a cub leader and eventually . He was active in Troop 166 out of Beth Tzedec. Frances initially worked in the outpatient department of the Toronto Psychiatric Hospital, but later worked with the Toronto District School Board until her retirement. Dr. Ackerman retired his practice in 1995 or 1996. He passed away on December 13, 2008.
Use Conditions
Credit Dr. John E. Ackerman for all photos and films
Contact donor for permission to publish footage of the family seder and family trips. OJA has copyright of other film footage.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Ackerman, John, 1921-2008
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-8-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-8-1
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
3 film reels (ca. 1 hr.) : b&w and col. ; 8 mm
Date
[ca. 1939]-[ca. 1957]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of home movie footage documenting the activities of the Snitman and Bernard families. The bulk of the footage is of family activities and celebrations outside the Bernard family home at 410 Crawford Street. Also included is footage of an outing to Niagara Falls, family picnics and trips, and a fire truck in Hastings, Ont. Of note is footage of Seymour Bernard, a tail gunner for the RAF during the Second World War, in uniform playing with children at a family event.
Administrative History
Beatrice Bernard (1913-1998) was born to Louie Bernard (1895?-1956) and Esther Berger (1892-1983) in Toronto in 1913. She had two younger siblings: Seymour (was a tailgunner in the RAF during the Second World War) and Gertrude. The family lived at 410 Crawford Street and Louie owned his own dress store at St. Clair Ave. and Yonge St. Beatrice helped her father in the dress store in the 1930s. Louie eventually owned a coat manufacturing business which was located in the Balfour Building. Beatrice married Michael Snitman in 1935.
Michael Snitman (1910-1978) was born to Harry and Lottie in Russia in 1910. He immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1912 and had two younger siblings who were born in Toronto: Bill (1912-2013) and Judy (Judith). Michael attended Harbord Collegiate and ran his own business called Plastwood Products in the early 1940s. Around 1947 he entered the photographic business as a distributor. He ran the Toronto branch of Montreal-based Anglophoto, which was owned by his brother-in-law, Abe Feigelson.
Michael and Beatrice had two children together: Joel (b. 1943) and Bernard (Bernie) (b. 1948). Joel received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and taught Biology for five years before entering the real estate and property management business. He met his wife Blossom (nee Houpt) in the B'nai Brith Youth Organization and they had their first date on April 9, 1960. They later married in Aug. 1964 and had three children together: Aryeh, Sheri, and Aviella.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-12-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-12-2
Material Format
moving images
textual record
Physical Description
3 DVDs
1 folder of textual records
Date
2007-2013
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records collected by Miriam Beckerman. Included are oral history interviews with Miriam in Yiddish, a video of Miriam reading the Megillah in Yiddish on Purim at the Free Times Cafe on College Street in Toronto, a recording of author Lily Poritz Miller's appearance on the TV Show Israel Today as well as a brochure for her novel The Newcomers. Finally, the accession includes a program booklet for the Simcoe Chapter Lambda Alpha International fraternity's 46th annual meeting. Edward Levy was honoured at this meeting.
Administrative History
Miriam Beckerman (nee Dashkin) is a Yiddish literature translator. She attended the Farband Folkshule in Toronto during the 1930s and later worked as a bilingual secretary (Yiddish and English) at the Ontario Region, Canadian Jewish Congress. In 1946, she travelled to Israel where she met her husband, Moshe Beckerman, at a kibbutz. The couple and their children emigrated from Israel to Toronto in 1952. Beckerman continues to work as a Yiddish translator. She has a number of published translations, including her recent collaborative work "A Thousand Threads: A story through Yiddish letters." Her work has been recognized by the Dora Teitelboim Foundation of Coral Gables, Fla. Moshe passed away in 1993.
Descriptive Notes
Language note: Yiddish and English.
Name Access
Beckerman, Miriam
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-12-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-12-4
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
moving images
Physical Description
11.1 m of textual records and other material
Date
[ca. 2000]-[ca. 2010]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the operations of the CJC Ontario Region. Included are records related to the activities of the Community Relations Committee, reports, correspondence, political affairs records, communications, meeting minutes and agendas, photographs, and moving images of various events.
Descriptive Notes
Physical description note: Includes graphic material and audio-visual records
Subjects
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-1-16
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-1-16
Material Format
moving images
textual record
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 document (electronic)
4 DVDs
1 scrapbook
Date
1988-2001
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material relating to the Maccabees Royal Canadian Legion branch 343, including a 1998 membership register, poppy sale information, correspondence and notes regarding Ben Sussman's application for a lifetime membership, information about the ticket sales and a copy of the certificate from 1997 JNF tribute dinner that honoured Albert and Pearl Cohen, and planning notes for the 50th anniversary banquet of the Maccabees in 1995. The accession also contains the draft of Albert Cohen's speech that he presented at the 50th anniversary dinner, as well as newspaper clippings from the Hamilton Jewish News and the Canadian Jewish News relating to the Maccabees, two certificates from the Grand Order of Israel Benefit Society recognizing Albert Cohen's 40 years of membership and an award of merit, and a eulogy in Yiddish, with some translation, written by a father about the son he lost, Balinson, in the line of duty. The DVDs contain footage from the 1997 JNF dinner honouring the Cohens, including Pearl Cohen speaking about early Hamilton, one clip from 1994 of Albert Cohen telling the history of the Maccabees, and video from the 50th anniversary dinner of the Maccabees where there were various speakers including an address by the guest speaker, Commander Sam Pasternack, who spoke about the contribution of Jewish soldiers in WWII (DVD, Maccabees dinner part 3).
Custodial History
Michael Cohen is the son of Albert and Pearl Cohen, and was in possession of the records prior to donating them.
Administrative History
Albert Cohen (1918-2006) who also went by the nickname "Boomie," was born on November 12, 1918 in Hamilton, Ontario. Pearl Cohen (nee Chaunce) (1919-2008) was born in Hamilton on September 2, 1919. Albert and Pearl married in 1941. In the same year, Albert volunteered to serve in the army as a staff sargeant stationed in Hamilton. He was later discharged in May 1946 after the war. Albert then joined Hamilton's Maccabees, Branch 343 of the Royal Canadian Legion. The branch was founded in 1947 and had a membership of 150 people. The Maccabees' membership was made up of Jewish veterans of WWII, and some veterans of WWI. The branch held meetings in Hamilton's Jewish centre. Albert served as president of the branch for almost 20 years, from 1975 to around 2000. The Maccabees were quite active, and helped raise money by selling poppies for Remembrance Day. The money raised would be sent to general hospitals, veterans hospitals, and families of needy veterans. Albert passed away on August 7, 2006, and Pearl passed away April 18, 2008.
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Name Access
Cohen, Albert, 1918-2006
Cohen, Pearl, 1919-2008
Places
Hamilton, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-2-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-2-3
Material Format
textual record
moving images
sound recording
Physical Description
40 cm of textual records
19 DVDs
11 audio cassettes
Date
2001-2011
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting The Joshua Institute for Jewish Communal Leadership initiative of UJA Federation, material related to Sherman Campus/Central Square/Tomorrow Campaign, Itanu Toronto Community Inclusion Awards 2008-2011, vision interviews for Sherman Campus 2001, and records related to UJA's community planning and programming.
Custodial History
Transferred by Robin Gofine, VP of Strategic Community Planning & Engagement.
Use Conditions
UJA Federation meeting minutes and general correspondence are closed for 10 years from date of creation. Contracts and donor agreements are permanently closed.
Name Access
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-2-2
Material Format
graphic material
moving images
textual record
Physical Description
22 photographs : col. (album)
8 cm of textual records
1 DVD
Date
1998-2013
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and the MNJCC planning and programs from the 2000s, as well as photographs from Israel at 50, a DVD titled SRC Presentation Lebovic Campus, and J.Roots and J.Wave material and newsletters.
Use Conditions
UJA Federation meeting minutes and general correspondence are closed for 10 years from date of creation. Contracts and donor agreements are permanently closed.
Name Access
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-4-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-4-2
Material Format
moving images
textual record
Physical Description
3 videocassettes : VHS
1 folder of textual records
Date
[ca. 1960]-[ca. 1975]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of home movies documenting the activities of Miriam Beckerman and her family. Included is footage of winter activities, birthday parties and family celebrations, a children's Halloween party, and family trips to Montreal, the United States, Israel, and Niagara Falls. Also included are two greeting cards received by Miriam.
Administrative History
Miriam Beckerman (nee Dashkin) is a Yiddish literature translator. She attended the Farband Folkshule in Toronto during the 1930s and later worked as a bilingual secretary (Yiddish and English) at the Ontario Region, Canadian Jewish Congress. In 1946, she travelled to Israel where she met her husband, Moshe Beckerman, at a kibbutz. The couple and their children emigrated from Israel to Toronto in 1952. Beckerman continues to work as a Yiddish translator. She has a number of published translations, including her recent collaborative work "A Thousand Threads: A story through Yiddish letters." Her work has been recognized by the Dora Teitelboim Foundation of Coral Gables, Fla. Moshe passed away in 1993.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
moving images
Physical Description
ca. 30 cm of textual records and other material
Date
1996-2010, predominant 2004-2009
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual, graphic and audio-visual material created and accumulated by UJA Federation's Creative Department. Included are DVDs and VHS tapes containing annual campaign videos, tommorrow campaign videos and footage, as well as footage of other events, such as an Israel Emergency Campaign event. Also included is a binder of CDs containing photos of various events, such as, Walk with Israel, Book of Life, Holocaust Education Week, Annual General Meetings and Major Gifts events. There are also binders containing invitations, flyers and other promotional material for a variety of events related to campaign, the Israel Emergency Campaign, leadership development, Impact Toronto and the Walk with Israel. Finally, accession also includes one binder of meeting minutes for UJA Federation's Pension Plan Committee (2005-2010).
Custodial History
Material was located in the Creative Department and transferred to the OJA during the department's move to another office.
Use Conditions
UJA Federation meeting minutes and general correspondence are closed for 10 years from date of creation. Contracts and donor agreements are permanently closed.
Descriptive Notes
Physical description note: includes ca. 40 DVDs, ca. 30 CDs, and ca. 8 videocassettes (VHS)
Use Conditions note: UJA Federation records are closed for 10 years from date of creation.
Name Access
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-1-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-1-13
Material Format
textual record
moving images
Physical Description
2.1 m of textual records
3 VHS tapes
Date
2000-2010
Scope and Content
Accession consists of demographic records and those documenting the community planning and allocations process of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Included are Agency Relations Committee meeting minutes, reports and correspondence; Jewish Community Employment initiative records; budgetary documents, agency allocation submissions and proposals; funded projects and successful allocations records; census data and reports; records related to UJA Federation's housing program, Orthodox outreach program and Centre Square Seniors Centre program; a few Jewish Foundation newsletters as well as a report on the evaluation of the Supplemental Financial Assistance Program offered by Jewish Family and Child.
Custodial History
The records were in the possession of Kim Smiley, Vice President of Community Capacity Building, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
Use Conditions
UJA Federation meeting minutes and general correspondence are closed for 10 years from date of creation. Contracts and donor agreements are permanently closed.
Descriptive Notes
Use conditions note: UJA Federation records are closed for 10 years from date of creation.
Name Access
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-1-15
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-1-15
Material Format
textual record
moving images
sound recording
Physical Description
ca. 3 m of textual records
ca. 20 video cassettes
ca. 5 audio cassettes
Date
[ca. 1970]-[ca. 2010]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records, and audio-visual material documenting the operations of Hillel and its predecessor organization, the Jewish Students Federation.
Subjects
Education
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
Hillel of Greater Toronto
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-9
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
moving images
Physical Description
90 cm of textual records and graphic material
3 film ; 16 mm
7 VHS
Date
[194-]-1989
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the Labour Zionist Alliance and its precurssor organizations including the Borochov Branches and the Independent Friendly Worker's Circle.Records include photographs of past members, governance documents, correspondence, publicity materials and anniversary and program books for the Cloakmakers Branch of the Independent Worker's Circle, the Zerubavel Branch and the B. Borochov Branch 124 of the Farband. Also included are meeting minutes and membership ledgers for the Independent Worker's Circle (1944-1950; 1962-1971) and the Farband Labour Zionist Order (1959-1961). The films document the intiatives in Israel supported by the Labour Zionist Order.
Custodial History
Records were in the possession of the Labour Zionist Order until they ceased functioning in May 2014.
Subjects
Labor Zionism
Societies
Name Access
Labour Zionist Order (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-8-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-8-13
Material Format
moving images
sound recording
Physical Description
1 videocassette : VHS
1 audio CD
Date
1996-2003
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 1 videocassette of a party honouring Sylvia and Ralph Millrod. The audio CD is a copy of Lachan The Toronto Jewish Chamber Choir Live in Concert.
Name Access
Toronto Jewish Chamber Choir
Milrod, Ralph
Milrod, Sylvia
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-8
Material Format
textual record
moving images
graphic material
Physical Description
2 m of textual records
10 film reels : 8mm
ca. 300 photographs
Date
[192-]-[200-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Steinberg family. The bulk of the material was collected and created by Elise Steinberg. Included are photographs and slides, family films, Israel and Miriam's wedding album and honeymoon scrapbook, correspondence and greeting cards, newsletters, Holy Blossom Temple bulletins, newsletters, certificates, Elise's school notebooks and assignments, and financial and legal records pertaining to the estate of Joseph Steinberg. Of particular note are Elise Steinberg's diaries which span the years from 1974 to 1984. Also of note is material documenting the family's resignation from Holy Blossom Temple.
Custodial History
The material came into the possession of Charles Levi and his parents after the death of Israel and Miriam Steinberg.
Administrative History
Irving (Israel) Steinberg was born to Joseph and Leah Steinberg (Schindermann) on January 16, 1919. Joseph and Leah had immigrated to Canada in 1914. They initially lived in Peterborough, but moved to Toronto by 1921. They lived in Toronto for a few years, but evetually settled in Sudbury and opened the Toronto Bargain Store.
Irving joined the Canadian army in 1942 and served in Canada. He married Miriam (from Philadelphia) and they lived in Toronto. They had one daughter, Elise, on September 25, 1955. Israel worked as an accountant and Miriam was a musician and patron of the arts. In her teen years, Elise developed an intellectual and physical disability (possibly scoliosis). Elise was an avid doll collector and volunteered for many years at Holy Blossom Temple's library. The family were members of Holy Blossom Temple for many years and tried advocating for better access to the synagogue for individuals with disabilities. They resigned their membership in the 1990s.
Elise passed away on April 5, 2005. Miriam passed away on February 28, 2011. Irving passed away the following day on March 1, 2011.
Subjects
Diaries
Families
Synagogues
Name Access
Holy Blossom Temple (Toronto, Ont.)
Steinberg, Elise, 1955-2005
Steinberg, Irving, 1919-2011
Steinberg, Miriam, ?-2011
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-12-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-12-2
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 22 min.) : 16mm
1 videocassette
Date
[ca. 1980]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one film reel and one videocassette copy of the JIAS film entitled "We Are Our Brother's Keeper".
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-3-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-3-10
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
moving images
Physical Description
ca. 20 cm of textual records
ca. 50 photographs
2 videocassettes : VHS
Date
1985-2014
Scope and Content
Accession consists of mixed media material documenting SAJAC Seniors and the SAJAC News. SAJAC Seniors material includes newsletters, certificates, videocassettes, and photographs of events, such as chanukah luncheons and a group trip to 1000 Islands in Gananoque. Also included is one composite photograph with images of all the members in 2002 and a minute book (2000-2010) which contains minutes of general and annual meetings, financial statements, and annual reports. Accession also includes issues of the SAJAC News publication (2010-2014).
Administrative History
Thea was born in Estonia (Liebau) in 1918. She lived with her family in Berlin until they moved to Johannesberg, South Africa in 1923. Thea married Abe Bernard Abramson in 1942 and they had two children: Michael Julian (b. 1964) and Colleen "Chips". Michael passed away at a young age. Thea was a concert pianist and also worked as a bookeeper. She was a first league tennis player in South Africa and also played field hockey. She knits and does needlepoint as a hobby.
Colleen married Paul Klein around 1970. Colleen and Paul immigrated to Guelph in 1975. Thea and Abe immigrated to North York in 1981 (after the passing of Thea's mother). Abe was retired, but Thea continued to work as a pianist and accountant. She became involved with SAJAC Seniors in 1985. She alternated with other members as Chairperson of SAJAC Seniors for a few years, but held the role for over 25 straight years starting around 1990. Abe passed away in 2006.
SAJAC Seniors is a social organization that was formed in 1978 by Nancy Rubenstein for older South Africans who immigrated to Toronto. Many members had immigrated to Canada later in life to join children who had already moved here. The organization raises funds for various causes in Israel, holds luncheons, dinners, lectures and other social occassions, and organizes trips to cities across Canada.
Subjects
Newsletters
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Name Access
Southern African Jewish Association of Canada
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-3-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-3-7
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
moving images
Physical Description
7.2 m of textual records and other material
Date
1923-2014
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the Alpha Omega Fraternity, Pi Chapter, the Ladies Auxiliary, the AO Alumni Association, the AO Foundation and the AO House Association. Records include meeting minutes and reports, convention programs, general correpondence, newsletters, membership rosters, legal records, programs, photographs, budgets and other financial records, scrapbooks, AORTA yearbooks and efficiency reports detailing the activities of the AO during the year. Of particular note are the meeting minutes of the Mount Sinai Dental Society (1939-1946) and the Toronto Jewish Dental Society (1934-1935). There are also early photographs of John Sherman, one of the original founders of the AO, which were collected for an event in his honour.
Custodial History
The records were housed at the Fraternity House on Willowdale Rd. until its sale and the Fraternity's move to 4600 Bathurst St.
Administrative History
Alpha Omega is an international dental fraternity. It is the oldest international dental organization and was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1907 by a group of dental students originally to fight discrimination in dental schools. Today, with headquarters relocated to Glen Rock, NJ, it is primarily an educational and philanthropic organization. There are chapters and members in cities and dental schools in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Israel, South Africa and Australia/New Zealand. Alpha Omega represents about 6,000 active dentists worldwide.
The Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity is dedicated to the following: to be "The Voice of the Jew In Dentistry"; to be "The Voice of Dentistry in all problems concerned with the Jewish Fate"; to uphold "The Image of the Jew in Dentistry"; to fight discrimination in the graduation of dental students from their respective schools, in procedures of licensing boards, in organized dentistry and in the private practice of dentistry.
The objectives of the Fraternity are to promote the profession of dentistry; to establish, foster and develop high standards of Scholarship, Leadership and Character; to inculcate a spirit of fellowship amongst all its members; to create and bind together a body of professional people, who, by scholarly attainments, faithful service and the maintenance of ethical ideals and principles, have achieved distinction; to honour achievement in others; to strive for breadth of vision, unity in action and accomplishment of ideals; to commend all worthy deeds, and if fraternal welfare demands, to call and counsel with its members; to accept, sponsor and develop the cultural and traditional achievements of our faith; to build within our fraternity a triangle, the base of which is Judaism, the supporting sides, professionalism and fraternalism.
The Toronto undergraduate chapter was founded in 1921 at the University of Toronto and the alumni chapter in 1924. The alumni continue to meet regularly and organize a variety of educational, networking, fundraising and social events for its membership.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Descriptive Notes
Physical Description Note: Accession inclucdes scrapbooks, graphic material and a film reel.
Use Conditions Note: Financial materials and executive meeting minutes are closed for 15 years from date of creation. Membership rosters are closed for 50 years from date of creation.
Subjects
Greek letter societies
Occupations
Name Access
Alpha Omega Dental Society (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-7-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-7-4
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
moving images
Physical Description
6 VHS tapes
1 folder of textual records
16 photographs
Date
1940-1978
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs and videos documenting the Solomon family, descendents of Harry and Dora Solomon. There are 6 videos. One video has been transferred to DVD and a finding aid has been created. A finding aid has been created for the photos. There is also a Toronto Life article, "Meet a Slumlord" about Harry Solomon, 1968. There is also a Rosh Hashana (New Years Card) and a baby Record for Stanley Solomon.
Custodial History
Stanley Solomon is the son of Alex and Gert Solomon, and was in possession of the records prior to donating them.
Administrative History
Stanley Solomon is the son of Gert and Alex Solomon. His brother is Leslie. Alex was the eldest son of Harry and Dora (nee Rogow) Solomon. Dora's parents were Sorita and Itche Rogowitch, eventually shortened to Rogow. There were 5 brothers: Alex (Gert), Joe (Ceal), Mike (Sarah Grafstein), Abe (Muriel), and Max (Lillian) and two sisters named Rose (m. Friedman) and Ida (m. Wagman). There was another brother named Sam who died young. Harry was a landlord and the owner of a scrapyard. A number of his sons worked with him in the family business. The family lived on Shaw Street between Dundas and Queen. In the 1930s, he began spending time in Miami, Florida. Harry died in 1972 and Dora died a few months later. Most of the films were shot by Joe Solomon.
Descriptive Notes
There is related material in accession 1980-11-2.
Name Access
Solomon, Stanley, 1939-
Places
North Bay, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
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