Maurice "Moishe" Berg (1913-1993) was a Toronto businessman who devoted much of his life to Jewish communal work and particularly to Zionist work. He was born on July 29th, 1913 in Russia to Rachel and Jacob Hochberg. He came to Canada in 1920, with his mother, two brothers, and one sister.
Berg was educated in Toronto and became president of Maple Leaf Press, a printing and office furniture company that was founded in 1945. He was also an active member and leader of Canadian Young Judaea and past president of Ajalon Lodge. He became president of the Central Region of Young Judaea, and later, national president. He was also chairman of the Regional Young Judaea Committee and chairman of the Biluim Committee. Berg was instrumental in starting up Camp Shalom. He also served on the Board of Directors of the YM & YWHA and was active with many other Jewish groups and organizations. He was affliliated with Adath Sholom Congregation. Maurice Berg died on February 27th, 1993.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of records related to the personal and professional life of Maurice Berg and his involvement with various Zionist organizations. These organizations include Ajalon Lodge and Canadian Young Judaea. The records include scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs, certificates, programmes, ephemera, clippings, bulletins, and an award certificate.
Includes 111 photographs : b&w and col., 3 scrapbooks, 1 album of philatelic records, and 1 artifact (Artifact #291).
Berg, Maurice, 1913-1993
See also photo #4627, 4628, and 4650
See also fonds 2 : 6 : 62 : Item 1
See also fonds 28-1 : 4 : 12
See also fonds 28-1 : 7 : 22
The fonds has been arranged and described as 21 files and 1 item by the archivist. The original order was maintained where it was discernible. The scrapbooks were kept intact though some were taken out of their original physical enclosure where possible for conservation purposes. The records have been placed in acid-free folders
Accession consists of records related to the activities of Canadian Young Judaea, as well as a small amount of Ajalon Lodge records that belonged to former member Maurice Berg. Berg was also involved in Young Judaea through the Zionist Organization of Canada. Included are CYJ photo albums documenting various social events as well as several Kinus (1950s-1990s); correspondence, newsletters and reports (1960s-1990s); a CYJ alumni reunion book; Hanoar Hatzioni newsletters (1976-1992); meeting minutes, reports and the constitution (1940s-1960s); two books about A.M. Klein; Ajalon Lodge photo albums and tour of Israel photographs (1960s-1980s, 1979); as well as one pencil drawing of Maurice Berg (1977).
File consists of one photograph of Ben Dunkelman signing his book Dual Allegiance. The photograph was taken by the Gordon Mendly Famous Studio in Toronto, and it depicts Ben and Yael Dunkelman, along with Maurice Berg, Anne Brown and Dr. George Liban.
This file consists of photographs related to the Combined Building Campaign to raise money for a new Y.M.-Y.W.H.A. and a new Jewish Old Folks' Home. The photographs are of a meeting held at one of the camps, possibly the Mothers' and Babes' Rest Home and one photograph of members of the executive looking at the new drawings for the Bloor building.
Identified individuals in the photographs include Louis Borsook, Jacob Bailin, H. Max Swartz, Larry Sadoff, Jack Bernstein, Maude Leibert, Maurice Berg, Fred Mann, David Andrews, Betty Zipin, John Bernstein, Bob Pirie, Murray Schiff, Mac C. Cohen, Daisy Green, Nathan Marcus, Joseph Kronick, Moishe Kirsch, Sam Feder, [?] Gilbert, Betty Harris, Jack Berger, Sandy Berger and Irving [Lappin?].
Berg, Maurice, 1913-1993
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