Accession consists of records collected by Miriam Beckerman. Included are oral history interviews with Miriam in Yiddish, a video of Miriam reading the Megillah in Yiddish on Purim at the Free Times Cafe on College Street in Toronto, a recording of author Lily Poritz Miller's appearance on the TV Show Israel Today as well as a brochure for her novel The Newcomers. Finally, the accession includes a program booklet for the Simcoe Chapter Lambda Alpha International fraternity's 46th annual meeting. Edward Levy was honoured at this meeting.
Miriam Beckerman (nee Dashkin) is a Yiddish literature translator. She attended the Farband Folkshule in Toronto during the 1930s and later worked as a bilingual secretary (Yiddish and English) at the Ontario Region, Canadian Jewish Congress. In 1946, she travelled to Israel where she met her husband, Moshe Beckerman, at a kibbutz. The couple and their children emigrated from Israel to Toronto in 1952. Beckerman continues to work as a Yiddish translator. She has a number of published translations, including her recent collaborative work "A Thousand Threads: A story through Yiddish letters." Her work has been recognized by the Dora Teitelboim Foundation of Coral Gables, Fla. Moshe passed away in 1993.
Max Hoffman's brother, David, was vice president of Adas Israel.
Scope and Content
File consists of material relating to the turning of the sod ceremony for the Adas Israel synagogue. It contains an invitation to the membership and the programme as well as the speech Max Hoffman delivered at the ceremony. It also includes a letter outlining the duties that David Hoffman performed during the ceremony and a home movie film of the event.
The film should be digitized to improve access and needs to be housed in an archival canister.