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Part Of
William Stern fonds
Toronto Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 33; Series 4; Item 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Toronto Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
33
Series
4
Item
20
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1970]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Admin History/Bio
Benjamin Gershon Kayfetz was born on December 24, 1916 in Toronto, graduating from the University of Toronto in 1939, with a B.A. in modern languages. Between the years 1941 and 1943, he worked as a high school teacher in Huntsville and Niagara Falls. In 1943, he joined the war effort, working for the Department of National Defense in Postal Censorship and was responsible for reviewing prisoner of war mail. After the war, Kayfetz traveled to British Occupied Germany where he worked as a censor of telecommunications with the Control Commission until 1947.
Upon returning to Toronto, he was hired as the National Director of Community Relations by the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), and as the Executive (National) Director of the Joint Community Relations Committee (JCRC), a CJC - B'nai B'rith cooperative organization. He also served as the Central Region Executive Director of the CJC between 1973 and 1978. During his tenure, he worked with various churches, unions and minority groups to develop anti-discrimination laws and for the protection of minority and religious rights. Kayfetz was also actively involved in promoting the welfare of Jewish Communities worldwide, and made visits to Cuba in 1962 and 1965, and Russia in 1985, to study and report on the state of these Jewish Communities. After his retirement in 1985, he was awarded the Samuel Bronfman Medal by the Canadian Jewish Congress. In recognition of his efforts to promote Human Rights, he was also awarded the Order of Canada in 1986.
In addition to his professional activities, Kayfetz wrote articles for various Jewish publications under both his own name and the pseudonym, Gershon B. Newman, and gave a weekly radio address on CHIN radio addressing various contemporary Jewish issues. He was also actively involved in the Toronto Jewish Historical Society (serving as its president), Canadian Jewish Historical Society and Yiddish Luncheon Circle. Ben Kayfetz died in 2002 and is survived by his wife Eva.
Scope and Content
This item is a portrait of Ben Kayfetz.
Name Access
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Subjects
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Accession Number
2004-5-96
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 5; File 74
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
5
File
74
Material Format
textual record
Date
1970-1973
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of correspondence with His Excellency, Ephraim Evron, and His Excellency, Theodor Meron, Israeli ambassadors to Canada and consular staff concerning celebrations of the anniversary of Israel's independence, and a message from Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir.
Name Access
Meir, Golda, 1898-1978
Subjects
Prime ministers--Israel
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 125
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
125
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1963-1964
Physical Description
8 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of photographs taken during a reception held for Ambassador Yaacov Herzog on 4 July 1963 and a reception for Ambassador Gershon Avner in 1964. Included in the photographs are Rabbi Plaut; Elizabeth Plaut; George Liban; Ben Keyfetz; Louis Lockshin; Yaacov Herzog and Shira Herzog.
Name Access
Gershon Avner
Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut
Elizabeth Plaut
George Liban
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Louis Lockshin
Yaacov Herzog
Shira Herzog
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 5; File 128
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
5
File
128
Material Format
textual record
Date
1970-1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of general correspondence. The file includes correspondence regarding the Shalom television programme, Schlichim of Canadian Young Judaea, Rabbi Reuven Slonim, requests for information regarding a screening of the film "Hester Street" and memoranda concerning the 1972 national convention.
Name Access
Rabbi Reuven Slonim
Source
Archival Descriptions
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