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Accession Number
2010-11-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-6
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
sound recording
Physical Description
ca. 60 cm of textual records and other material
Date
[ca. 1930] - 2002
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the personal and professional activities of Ben Kayfetz. Personal records include correspondence with family and friends, including letters home while serving overseas, Kayfetz's marriage and high school certificates, Kayfetz's memoirs, tributes and obituaries written about Kayfetz, as well as a portrait of him. Personal records also include audio cassettes of Yiddish music by Toronto musicians Honey Novick and Faye Kellerstein.
Professional records include articles, book reviews and newspaper clippings written by Kayfetz, event invitations, correspondence, lecture notes, and speeches. Professional records also include an Order of Canada membership book and event programme, meeting minutes for various organizations Kayfetz was involved in, such as, the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies, photographs of Kayfetz receiving various awards, and photographs of various Canadian Jewish Congress and B'Nai Zion Club events. Finally, professional records include sound recordings of interviews, lectures given at various events, and the meeting minutes of various organizations, such as, CJC, JCRC and the Yiddish Dialects in Toronto.
Administrative History
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.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Descriptive Notes
Physical description note: includes ca. 20 audio cassettes, 1 audio reel, and ca. 25 photographs (4 negatives)
Name Access
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-3-69
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-3-69
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1950-1991
Scope and Content
Accession consists of interviews with various persons concerning their link with Goel Tzedec and its successor synagogue, Beth Tzedec. The interviews were primarily conducted by Ben Keyfetz and Jack Orenstien, the latter serving as the Executive Director of Beth Tzedec, at that time. Persons interviewed included Carl Keyfetz, N.N. Levine, Meyer Axler, and Bert Godfrey. There is also other information in the file concerning Cantors and Rabbis who served at Goel Tzedec, including Julius Price, Bernard Wladowsky, Jacob Gordon, and Samuel Sachs. There is a document from Bert Godfrey, undated but with a reference to 1950, titled 'Report of Construction Sub-Committee'. This presumably preceded the construction of the building housing the Beth Tzedec Synagogue on Bathurst Street. Also included is a 1955 publication of the Ne'ilah Service of Beth Tzedec to take place on February 6, 1955, concluding a half century of worship at the synagogue on University Avenue. Lastly, there are several pages of notes concerning the synagogue and its history.
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of this material.
Subjects
Committees
Synagogues
Rabbis
Name Access
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Places
Toronto, Ontario
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-4-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-4-13
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1984-1992
Scope and Content
Accession consists of letters to Ben Kayfetz from Florence Hutner and Bernard Wind, a memoriam for Florence Hutner and general writings.
Name Access
Kayfetz, Ben, 1916-2002
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 62
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
62
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1919-2001
Physical Description
93 cm of textual records and other material
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.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of materials produced or acquired by Ben Kayfetz in both his personal and professional capacity. It includes biographical materials, minutes, correspondence, recorded CJC and JCRC meetings, memorabilia, transcripts and recorded versions of CHIN radio broadcasts he delivered, as well as various interviews, speeches, articles, book reviews and works he composed. Fonds also consists of minutes, agendas and other records of various Yiddish and historical associations Mr. Kayfetz was involved in.
Notes
Physical Description note: includes 20 photographs, 107 audio cassettes, 1 Beta video cassette and 1 object.
Fonds includes audio tapes 1-5, 7-32, 35-37, 39-42, 44-45, 47-50, 53-56, 58-64, 66-67, 70-85, A1-A5, A7-A9, A12-A14, A16-A20, A23-A28, A30, A32-A38 and A40-A43.
Name Access
Kayfetz, Ben, 1916-2002
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Related Material
Audio tapes AC 246-AC 275 belonged to Ben Kayfetz and are related to this fonds.
Creator
Kayfetz, Ben, 1916-2002
Accession Number
1975-012, 1976-10-4, 1980-12-13, 1982-2-2, 1983-6-2, 1985-4-2, 1987-2-3, 1996-5-4, 1998-3-22, 2000-11-4, 2004-3-1, 2004-5-20, 2006-2-9, 2006-8-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 62; Series 1; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
62
Series
1
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1927-1999
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of certificates of honour, a high school diploma, a university diploma and other memorabilia of Ben Kayfetz and his family.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Published and unpublished works and research series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 62; Series 8; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Published and unpublished works and research series
Level
File
Fonds
62
Series
8
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1985]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains a draft article by Ben Kayfetz about the visit of Edmond Lipsitz, former president of the Canadian Jewish Congress Ontario Region, to Cuba and of the state of the Jewish Community there.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Published and unpublished works and research series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 62; Series 8; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Published and unpublished works and research series
Level
File
Fonds
62
Series
8
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
[1987?]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Published and unpublished works and research series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 62; Series 8; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Published and unpublished works and research series
Level
File
Fonds
62
Series
8
File
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
1985
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains a report of Ben and Eva Kayfetz's visit to the Soviet Union and with members of the Jewish community in Leningrad (St.Petersburg) and Moscow.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 62; Series 1; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
62
Series
1
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
[1985?]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Speeches series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 62; Series 5; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Speeches series
Level
File
Fonds
62
Series
5
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1985
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a brochure advertising Ben Kayfetz as a speaker. The topic of the speech was his personal experiences working in the Jewish Community for the previous thirty-seven years.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Published and unpublished works and research series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 62; Series 8; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Published and unpublished works and research series
Level
File
Fonds
62
Series
8
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
[1984?]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains an autobiography of Maria Gersin (Gersen) and includes her experiences during the First and Second World Wars. Autobiography was translated by Ben Kayfetz and derived from taped interviews conducted in the early 1980's - these are tapes A1, A2, A3 and A25.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 62; Series 1; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
62
Series
1
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1984-1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of newspaper clippings and congratulatory correspondence received by Ben Kayfetz upon his receiving the Order of Canada and Bronfman Medal.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2011-4-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-4-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
15 cm of textual records
Date
1989-1991
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting Ben Libman's involvement with the Kielcer Synagogue and the Amalgamated Dawes Road Trustees during the early 1990s. The records primarily consist of financial documents and correspondence.
Custodial History
Records were in the possession of Dena Libman, the granddaughter of Ben Lipman.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-9-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-9-5
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
3 photographs : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm
Date
1943-2001
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of Ben Grossman's graduation from the University of Toronto in 1943 and a photograph of his parents Etta and Jacob Grossman. Also included is Ben Grossman's 2001 memoir entitled "Toronto to Jerusalem".
Administrative History
Ben Grossman (d. 2011) was the son of Etta dn Jacob Grossman. Ben's father was the founder of Billy Bee Honey which started in the Kensington Market neighbourhood in the late 1920s. Ben had his Bar Mitzvah at Beth Jacob Synagogue on Henry Street. He helped in the family business, especially during the war when his brother Jack was overseas. He went on to law school at the University of Toronto and eventually practiced immigration law. He helped many survivors navigate the Canadian immigration laws.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Correspondence series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 62; Series 2; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ben Kayfetz fonds
Correspondence series
Level
File
Fonds
62
Series
2
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1979-1992
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Personal series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 2; Series 1; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Personal series
Level
Item
Fonds
2
Series
1
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[198-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a formal portrait of Ben Dunkelman.
Notes
Photograph is by Leo Hausman.
Name Access
Hausman, Leo, 1912-1982
Subjects
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Physical Condition
Item is in good condition.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 2; Series 6; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Level
File
Fonds
2
Series
6
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1954-1984
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence between former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and Ben Dunkelman. In addition, the file contains a newspaper clipping reporting a trip by Ben-Gurion to Canada. Further correspondence in the file reveals that the Israeli government has decided to grant Dunkelman the rank of Colonel.
Name Access
Ben-Gurion, David, 1886-1973
Subjects
Prime ministers--Israel
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 2; Series 1; File 30
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
2
Series
1
File
30
Material Format
textual record
Date
1976-1990
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains correspondence between Dunkelman and National Archives archivist Lawrence Tapper relating to Dunkelman's papers at the Archives. The file also contains a list of files from the National Archives Dunkelman collection.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 61; Series 2-2; File 37
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
61
Series
2-2
File
37
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1984
Physical Description
12 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 and 18 x 13 cm
1 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of twelve photographs taken at the Ben Weider weight room dedication at the northern branch of the Y.M.H.A. The photographs are of Ben Weider standing with members of the Y.M.H.A. executive and staff and speaking at a podium. There is also one photograph taken of him seated on a machine in the weight room. There is also an invitation to the official opening, along with a press release and some news clippings.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Second World War series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 2; Series 4; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Second World War series
Level
File
Fonds
2
Series
4
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1981-1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains photocopies from a book about the liberation of Holland signed for Dunkelman by the author, Margot van Boldrik. The file also includes a newspaper article by Lew Gloin about Canadians--including Dunkelman--fighting in the Second World War.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 2; Series 6; File 67
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Level
File
Fonds
2
Series
6
File
67
Material Format
textual record
Date
1976-1984
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains reviews and correspondence related to Dual Allegiance.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 2; Series 6; File 84
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Level
File
Fonds
2
Series
6
File
84
Material Format
textual record
Date
1976-1996
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence and clippings related to Dual Allegiance. Much of the correspondence, from people such as Irene Aspin, Thomas Hockin, Gerry Lynch, and Meyer Weisgal, comments on Dunkelman's autobiography.
Physical Condition
Some records are fragile.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 2; Series 6; File 85
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Level
File
Fonds
2
Series
6
File
85
Material Format
textual record
Date
1976-1997
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of letters and cards sent between Ben and Yael Dunkelman and their acquaintances. The correspondence relates to Ben's book Dual Allegiance. Many of the original envelopes are included.
Physical Condition
Some records are fragile.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 2; Series 6; File 80
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Level
File
Fonds
2
Series
6
File
80
Material Format
textual record
Date
1976-1992
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains correspondence relating to Dual Allegiance.
Physical Condition
Some records are fragile.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 11; File 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Events series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
11
File
16
Material Format
textual record
Date
4 May 1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
file consists of an invitation and programmes.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 162
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
162
Material Format
textual record
Date
1994-1997
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
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