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Part Of
Workmen's Circle / Arbeiter Ring fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 30
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Workmen's Circle / Arbeiter Ring fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
30
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1919-1921
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
The Workmen's Circle / Arbeiter Ring was founded in 1900. It was originally created to protect the rights of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who were trying to enter the North American labour force. The Workmen's Circle's main purpose was to protect the labour movement and ensure economic justice for its members
Still strong today, the organization promotes Jewish and Yiddish culture through educational and cultural programs, and as well, is a leader against injustice in the Middle East. They also organize protests for a variety of causes, including unethical labour practices, abortion rights, and gun violence prevention
Some of their programs include adult lecture series, secular Jewish children's schools, summer camps, and dramatic and choral organizations
Workmen's Circle / Arbeiter Ring's call to action is "for all to create a more beautiful and better world"
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs depicting the Peretz Shule's students and staff members.
Name Access
Peretz Shule
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Creator
Workmen's Circle
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3656
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3656
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[193-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (negative)
Name Access
Arbeiter Ring
Labour Lyceum
Cecil Street
Goldman, Emma
Subjects
Labour and unions
Politics and government
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1976-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2444
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2444
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1937
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Photo is a group shot of campers and staff at Camp Yungvelt with posters which read: "War is murder, the promoters - murderers" and "We want our fathers with us and not in war."
Name Access
Workmen's Circle
Camp Yungvelt
Pickering
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Rallies, demonstrations and protests
War and military
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1979-4-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1184
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1184
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1935
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the Workmen's Circle mandolin orchestra.
Name Access
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1977-1-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1185
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1185
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1936
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Individuals in the photograph include Sam Shopsowitz (with accordian), Mannie Farber, Percy Lipshitz, Muni Frumhartz, [Mr. Gluskin?], and Al Rosenberg.
Name Access
Shopsowitz, Sam
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1977-1-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3664
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3664
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1910]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Left to right: Abraham Rhinewine; Mrs. Rhinewine; Max Helfand; [unknown]; [unknown]; [unknown]; [unknown]; Sheiner; Paul Frumhartz.
Name Access
Arbeiter Ring
Arbeter Ring
Workmen's Circle
Rhinewine, Abraham
Rhinewine, Mrs.
Helfand, Max
Sheiner
Frumhartz, Paul
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1984-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4231
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4231
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1915
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
For identification, see accession record.
Name Access
High Park
National Radical School
Workmen's Circle
I.L. Peretz
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Education
Sports, recreation and leisure
Children and youth
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4233
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4233
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1929
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
For identification, see accession record.
Name Access
Ladies' Auxiliary
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
I.L. Peretz
Subjects
Education
Women
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3693
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3693
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1920]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Identified in this photograph in the second row, third from right: Abe Magerman.
Name Access
Magerman, Abe
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Workmen's Circle
Subjects
Children and youth
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1983-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3054
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3054
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1943
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
This is a composite photograph.
Name Access
Workmen's Circle
Arbeiter Ring
Arbeter Ring
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1979-4-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Isaac Matenko fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 89
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Isaac Matenko fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
89
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1911-1971, predominant 1911-1935
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
17 photographs
Admin History/Bio
Isaac Matenko (1874-1960) was a founder, teacher, and principal of the I.L. Peretz School. He worked tirelessly to preserve and promote secular Jewish culture and the Yiddish language in Toronto. He was also a prominent member of local Jewish organizations, such as the Socialist-Territorialist Club and the Yiddish Kultur Gesellshaft.
Isaac was born on February 1, 1874 in the town of Makarov, Kiev, Ukraine. He married Elke Yelia Moshkevitch (1878- November 19, 1953) on August 4, 1900 in Yakatreneslav. They immigrated from Czarist Russia to Toronto in 1906, passing first through New York with their two children, Percy (June 30, 1901-May 1987) and Theodore (1903-1906, died of measles at Ellis Island), Yelia’s three sisters, Dvora, Bracha, and Celia, and Isaac’s younger half-brother, Paul Frumhartz. They had two more children after arriving: Abraham (August 14, 1908-October 24, 1989) and Shoshana (Sue) (1911-2001). Although he had been a teacher in Russia, Isaac worked as an operator in a cloak factory in Toronto, where he was instrumental in forming the union (likely the Cloakmakers’ Union of Toronto, which later affiliated with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union).
As a child, Isaac received a traditional Jewish education. This, combined with his self-taught secular education and the teachings of Yiddish Nationalist Dr. Chaim Zhitlovski, informed his future career and philosophies. He was described as an idealist by his friends, whose dedication to Yiddish culture and language motivated him to bring this knowledge to a younger generation.
On July 11, 1911, Isaac and his fellow Socialist-Territorialist members established the Toronto Yiddish National-Radical School. By 1916, it had been taken over by the Workmen’s Circle and renamed the I.L. Peretz School, after the well-known Yiddish author and playwright. The school began in a rented room at the Zionist Institute on Simcoe St., moving to larger locations on Richmond St. W., then Beverley St. as it grew. Eventually, several more branches opened, such as the Maria St. school that Isaac was affiliated with. He taught at the school for free in the evenings after working during the day in a shop. His brother Paul was also a founding teacher at the school.
Isaac was described by family, friends, and community members as a passionate teacher with an iron will: he was well-versed in Jewish knowledge, with a desire to pass it on to a younger generation and his fellow union members. He remained involved in the school and in teaching, even after retirement. He died on June 2, 1960 at the age of 86.
Custodial History
These records were donated to the OJA by Sue Levy, daughter of Isaac Matenko.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records documenting Isaac Matenko's involvement with the Workmen's Circle and other Jewish organizations. Included are photographs, programmes, certificates, I.L. Peretz School jubilee books, a songbook, a yearbook, articles, and newsclippings.
Fonds has been arranged into one series for the Workmen's Circle. There are also two files attached to the fonds-level. The records are described at the series and file-level, with some item-level descriptions.
Name Access
Matenko, Isaac, 1874-1960 (creator)
Frumhartz, Paul
Matenko, Percy
Peretz Shule
I.L. Peretz
Arbeiter Ring
Arbeter Ring
Camp Yungvelt
Junction Shul
Junction
Workman's Circle
Workmen's Circle
Arbeiter Ring Schools
National Radical School
Subjects
Education
Politics and government
Related Material
For additional Workmen's Circle records, see: accessions 1979-4-4, 1980-2-2, 1983-6-3, 1984-10-1, 1986-4-1, 1992-1-2, 1997-2-1, 1998-3-32, 2004-5-41, 2004-5-105, and fonds 30.
For additional Camp Yungvelt records, see: accessions 1979-4-4, 1986-4-1, 1991-12-4, 1993-6-6, 1999-5-1, 2004-5-37, 2005-6-4, 2006-12-3, photographs # 2964, # 4014, # 6021, MG2N1K, Benjamin Brown fonds 49, and Dorothy Dworkin Fonds 10 (item 14).
Creator
Matenko, Isaac, 1874-1960
Accession Number
1987-11-4
1991-4-2
2007-5-3
2007-6-28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dorothy Dworkin fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 10; Item 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dorothy Dworkin fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
10
Item
14
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1915]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
Identified is: second row (left to right): -- , -- , -- , -- , ? Rigelhaupt, Joseph? Daniluk, -- , --.
Bottom row (left to right) : -- , -- , Boris Litman, Morris Langbord, -- , Paul Frumartz, -- , ? Riba.
Rigelhaupt (or Rigelhoff), was the choirmaster.
Notes
Inscription of title in Yiddish, recto, bottom.
Inscription, recto, lower left: BY SIMON.
Name Access
Arbeiter Ring
Camp Yungvelt
Subjects
Sports, recreation and leisure
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
2005-4-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 256
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
256
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1923]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 23 x 26 cm and 11 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
The item is a photograph of students of the Peretz Shule.
Notes
This photograph is not the original print.
The photograph has been plaque mounted.
Name Access
Peretz Shule
Workmen's Circle
Arbeiter Ring
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Creator
Workmen's Circle
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 262
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
262
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1919]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of the Workmen's Circle Peretz Shule in Montreal. The photo features the students and teachers on the front steps of the school.
Notes
Acquired May 1974.
Name Access
Peretz Shule
Workmen's Circle
I.L. Peretz
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Education
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3961
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3961
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1936
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Notes
Photo by Simon.
For identification see accession record.
Name Access
I.L. Peretz
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Education
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3963
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3963
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1938
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Notes
Photo by Schlochter.
Name Access
I.L. Peretz
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Education
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3962
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3962
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1937
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Notes
For identification see accession record.
Photo by Simon.
Name Access
I.L. Peretz
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Education
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
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