73 photographs : b&w (42 negatives) ; 26 x 21 cm and 11 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of negatives documenting the 1956 Negev dinner held in honour of the Toronto Jewish community's centennial. The dinner was hosted by the Jewish National Fund at Toronto's Royal York Hotel. This honourary dinner was bestowed on the community in celebration of the ongoing committment to fostering a strong, supportive and vibrant Jewish community in Toronto.
The dinner was attended and officiated by prominent members of the Toronto Jewish community, including: Rabbi Stuart Rosenberg, Rabbi David Monson, D. Lou Harris, Stephen E. Berger, Rabbi Charles Bender, Manny Rotman, Sol D. Granek, J. Irving Oelbaum, Meyer W. Gasner, Samuel Feldt, Edward E. Gelber, and Rabbi Abraham L. Feinberg. The images in this file reflect these individuals' participation in the event.
Bert Godfrey was born on June 1, 1908 to Minnie Reisman and Solomon Godfrey. He married Ruth Grossman and they had two children named Corrine Leigh and Sheldon. Bert Godfrey was president of S. Godfrey Co. Ltd, a wool import and export company founded by Samuel Godfrey.
Godfrey contributed much time and energy to the cause of Israel and other philanthropic pursuits. Mr. Godfrey was founding president of Beth Tzedec and former president of Goel Tzedec. He served as president of the Bureau of Jewish Education and was founding president of of the United Synagogue Day School. He also sat on several different boards including: Mount Sinai, Jewish home for the Aged, United Jewish Welfare Fund and the Canadian Jewish Council.
Other awards presented to Bert Godfrey include, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America's Louis Marshall Award in 1961 and the National Human Relations Award from the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews in 1964.
Scope and Content
File consists of negatives documenting the 1966 Negev Dinner held in honour of Bert Godfrey. The dinner was hosted by the Jewish National Fund at the Royal York Hotel and was attended by members of the Toronto Jewish community.
Images are of the main activities and participants of the event including speeches and presentations from the following guests: Alfred Green, Rabbi Gedalia Felder, Rabbi Erwin Schild, Nat Hurwich, Manny Rotman, Honourable Gabriel Lourie, Honourable Allan A. Grossman, Mayor Philip G. Givens, Samuel Shainhouse, Morris B. Kaufman, Rabbi David Monson, Max Schecter, Honourable Mr. Justice Abraham H Lieff, Rabbi Stuart E. Rosenberg, Louis L. Lockshin, Rabbi Louis J Cashdan, and Julius Hayman.
77 photographs : b&w (53 negatives) ; 9 x 9 cm and 6 x 6 cm
Philip Gerald Givens (1922-1995) was born to Hyman and Mary Givens. He was married to Minnie Rubin and they had two children named Eleanor and Michael. He worked as a lawyer for the firm Pivnick, Givens, & Chusid, was Senior Alderman for the City of Toronto for ten years, a member of the Metropolitan Council for seven years, and in 1961, he was elected Controller of City of Toronto. After his term as mayor expired, Givens was elected into the House of Commons for York West in 1968.
Philip Givens was founder and first president of the Upper Canada Lodge of B'nai Brith and past president of the Metropolitan Coordinating Council of B'nai B'rith. He was an active member of the Jewish community.
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs documenting the 1968 Negev dinner held in honour of Philip G. Givens.The dinner was hosted by the Jewish National Fund at the Royal York Hotel and was attended by members of the Toronto Jewish community.
The programme for the evening included speeches and presentations made by the following guests: Morley J. Pape, Rabbi Erwin Schild, Rabbi David Monson, Honourable Dr. Aba Gefen, Wm. R. Allen, Louis L. Lockshin, Charles Kent, Nathan Silver, Samuel Shainhouse, Nathan O. Hurwich, Stuart E. Rosenberg, Honourable Allan Grossman, and Leon E. Weintstein.
Givens, Philip G.
Grossman, Allan, 1910-1991
Pape, Morley J.
Schild, Rabbi Erwin
Monson, Rabbi David
Gefen, Hon. Dr. Abba
Allen, Wm. R.
Lockshin, Louis L.
Hurwich, Nathan O.
Rosenberg, Stuart E.
Weinstein, Leon E.
See also Accession # 1990-9-7 for materials related to Phil Givens
Leon E. Weinstein was born in the back room of his family's grocery store in Toronto on August 19, 1909. His parents names were Sam and Sarah Weinstein. Leon married Anna Sackin and together they had three children named: Carol Joy, Frances Lee, and Henry Jacob. Continuing in his family's line of work, Leon was President and General Manager for a large grocery corporation called Power Super Markets Limited.
He was also actively involved in the Toronto Jewish community and held several appointments with B'nai B'rith, United Jewish Appeal Toronto, Israel Bond Drive, United Appeal of Greater Toronto, United Jewish Welfare Fund, Toronto Jewish Home for the Aged and many more. He was a member of the Holy Blossom Temple.
Scope and Content
File consists of negatives documenting the Negev dinner held in tribute to Leon E. Weinstein. The dinner was hosted by the Jewish National Fund at the Royal York Hotel and was attended by members of the Toronto Jewish community.
The programme for the evening included speeches and presentations made by the following guests: Robert R. Hall, Rabbi Dr. Moses J. Burak, James F. Kay, Rabbi Harold Lerner, Eric Exton, Charles A. Kent, Lewish J. E. Moses, Philip Granovsky, David L. Dennis, Mrs. Arnold Finkler, Hon. Dr. Aba Gefen, Hon. Allan Grossman, Philip Givens, Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, and Abraham Ephraim Diamond.
John G. Diefenbaker was born in Neustadt, Ontario on Sept. 18, 1895 to William and Mary. He joined the Canadian Officers' Training Corps and served as lieutenant with the 105th Saskatoon Fusiliers' Regiment between the years 1916-1917. Afterwards, he returned to school in Saskatchewan and became a lawyer starting up a practice in Wakaw.
He married Edna Brauer, then after her death, he remarried in 1953 to Olive E. Freeman Palmer. He had no children.
John G. Diefenbaker was elected to the house of Parliament in 1940 and won the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1956. The Party won the 1957 election and John G. Diefenbaker became Canada's 13th Prime Minister. He was defeated in 1963 by the Liberals, and in 1967 Diefenbaker was replaced as the P.C. leader by Robert Stansfield.
During his reign as Prime Minister, he initiated the Canadian Bill of Rights, which was later adopted in 1960. John G. Diefenbaker died on Aug. 16, 1979.
The 1973 Negev dinner, along with the erection of the John G. Diefenbaker Parkway in Israel, was the Toronto Jewish Community's recognition of his humanitarian efforts and his commitment to Israel.
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs documenting the Negev dinner held in honour of John G. Diefenbaker at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
The programme for the evening included speeches and presentations from the following guests: Robert R. Hall, Rabbi David Monson, Leona Finkler, Cantor Joseph Cooper, Hon. Allan Grossman, Ambassador Theodor Meron, James F. Kay, Bernard M. Bloomfield, Philip G. Givens, Murray B. Koffler, and David L. Dennis.
Philip Granovsky was born in Romania to Abraham and Pearl Granovsky. He moved to Toronto with his family at the age of five. He was a student at the Brunswick Talmud Torah. Philip married Shirley Rockfeld in 1946 and they had four children named: Fahla, Stanley, Maxine and Ronald. Phil and his brother Irv took over their father's business, Atlantic Packaging Company in 1959, which in turn, was expanded and became a thriving organization.
In addition to his professional success, Phil Granovsky was regarded as a formidable fund raiser and devoted many years of his life assisting the United Jewish Appeal in their annual fundraising campaign. He was also past president of the United Jewish Welfare Fund of Toronto. Under the auspices of the United Jewish Appeal, and of his own initiative, Phil Granovsky was a frequent visitor and supporter of Israel.
Scope and Content
File consists of negatives documenting the Negev dinner honouring Philip Granovsky held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
The programme for the evening included speeches and presentations made by the following guests: Robert R. Hall, Jack Gwartz, Rabbi Erwin Schild, Charles A. Kent, Rabbi J. Benjamin Friedberg, Hon. Allan Grossman, Shmuel Ovnat, James F. Kay, Philip G. Givens, Rabbi Dr. W. Gunther Plaut, Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld, and George A. Cohon.
50 negatives : b&w and col. ; 11 x 13 cm and 6 x 6 cm
Eric Exton (1907-1997) was born in Potschappel, Germany. He was expelled in the "Kristall Nacht" purge of students from his college in November 1938, where he studied industrial chemistry. He fled to England, where he was interned and then sent to Canada in 1940, where he spent a year in the Sherbrooke internment camp for refugees.
Eric and Esther Exton were married on August 17, 1948. They had two children named Sybil and Lennie. Esther was a dressmaker for many years and Eric worked in a variety of different positions, eventually starting the first mortgage investment corporation to be publicly traded in Canada.
Eric was president of the Eglinton Lodge B'nai B'rith in 1959, President of Hillel in 1970, and Chairman of the Inaugural Convention of the Federated Zionist Organization of Canada in 1967. He also held the positions of Treasurer, Vice-President, and President of the Toronto organization of the Jewish National Fund. Finally, he served as President of Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care for a three year term.
Esther Exton was also a member of the Eglinton Chapter B'nai B'rith and was President for one term and co-chairman of B'nai B'rith Women's Israel Bond Committee. She was also co-chairman for the Women's Division of United Jewish Appeal Israel Special Fund campaign and President of the Women's Auxiliary of Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.
Both Eric and Esther were devoted to the cause of Israel and the Jewish community in Toronto. Their dedication was passed on to their two children who, following their parents lead, have taken active roles within the Jewish community.
Scope and Content
File consists of negatives documenting the Negev dinner held in tribute to Eric and Esther Exton.
The evening's programme included presentations and speeches from the following: Robert R. Hall, Frank Wolfe, Rabbi Erwin Schild, Rabbi J. Benjamin Friedberg, Hon. David Ariel, Nathan Scott, Jack Gwartz, Jack Friedman, Abe Posluns, Nathan Starr, Dr. Mark A. Siegal and Joseph Kerzner.
Nathan Silver was born in Warsaw, Poland to Blima and Shul Silver. He married Lily Anne Cooper and they had four children: Shul David, Deborah Ruth, Joseph Baruch, and Bonnie Suzanne. Nathan served in the Second World War as an artillery gunner in the Canadian Army. His occupation was that of a builder and developer and he played an active role within the Toronto Jewish community, operating as National Chairman of the Zionist Revisionist Organization of Canada, executive member of the United Zionist Congress, and, as well, he was a member of the World Executive Zionist Revisionist Movement. Nathan Silver was also an advocate of Jewish education and was Chairman for the Executive of the Associated Hebrew Schools.
Scope and Content
File consists of images documenting the Negev dinner held in honour of Nathan Silver at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
Included on the evening's programme were: Lewis J.E. Moses; Rabbi Emanuel Forman; Rabbi Joseph Kelman; Hon. Dr. Aba Gefen; Louis L. Lockshin; Eric Exton; Rabbi Dr. David Monson; Cantor Zvee Aroni accompanied by Leo Spellman; Philip G. Givens; William Stevenson; Samuel Shainhouse; and Stephen Berger. This file features several images of the aforementioned individuals participating in their assigned roles for the event.
File contains a certificate granting Sarah Levine (née Cass) life membership at the Women's Auxiliary Baycrest Center for Geriatric Care (1973); 1 small box containing plaque honouring occasion of 90th birthday (1966); a 94th birthday certificate from the Government of Ontario (1970); a 100th birthday certificate from the Government of Ontario (1976) and, three telegrams honouring the occasion of her 94th birthday (1970).
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