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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 tsarist 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), and 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 Street, moving to larger locations on Richmond Street West, then Beverley Street as it grew. Eventually, several more branches opened, such as the Maria Street 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
Arbeiter Ring
Arbeiter Ring Schools
Arbeter Ring
Camp Yungvelt
Frumhartz, Paul
I.L. Peretz
Matenko, Isaac, 1874-1960
Matenko, Percy
National Radical School
Peretz Shule
Workman's Circle
Workmen's Circle
Subjects
Schools
Teachers
Yiddish language
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
Daniluk, Joseph
Frumartz, Paul
Langbord, Morris
Litman, Boris
Riba
Rigelhaupt
Rigelhoff
Subjects
Camps
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.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
2005-4-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1273
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1273
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[before 1918]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Identified in this photograph are: Mr Causen, Mr Frankel, Zalman Cohen, Dave Gold, Mr Mitchell, Lewis Freedman, Gittel Shapiro
Name Access
Farband
Subjects
Picnics
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.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-4-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2466
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2466
Material Format
graphic material
Date
July 1918
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a group photograph of delegates at the first Ontario conference of the Jewish National Workers' Alliance (Farband) in Toronto. Identified in the photograph are Steinhouse (George's father); Moshe [Kirshenbaum?]; Zalman Cohen; H. M. Kirshenbaum; Avrom Freiman; Benny Shatz; Louis Shatz; Abi Shatz.
Notes
From the Seymour and Abi Shatz Collection.
Name Access
Jewish National Workers' Alliance
Farband
Subjects
Congresses and conventions
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.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-12-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2473
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2473
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1918
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a copy print of the members composite of the Borochov Branc 124 of the Jewish National Workers' Alliance.
Notes
From the Seymour and Abi Shatz Collection.
Name Access
Borochov
Farband
Jewish National Workers' Alliance
Subjects
Labor movement
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.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-12-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1455
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1455
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1915 and 1918]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of members of the Toronto Poalei Zion group in front of a house.
Individuals in the photograph include: Abraham Walerstein, Esther Walerstein (child), [?] Lapidus, [Gertler?], Matisyohu Kramer, Leibe Bograd, H. H. Kirshenbaum, Louie Coldoff, S. Shapiro, Minnie Shapiro, Florence Manson, [?] Mitchell, [?] Green, Ziskind Socol, Taibeh Socol, Harry Sher, Mr. & Mrs. Schwartzbaum, [?] Heller, Archie Edelstein, [Kalman?] Wagner, Harry Green, [Mrs. Green?], Dave Gold.
Notes
Photograph was copied by the archives in 1977 and the original was subsequently donated to the archives in 1992.
See accession form for information on the locations of these individuals in the photograph.
Name Access
Poalei Zion
Farband
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
1977-8-27
1992-8-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1454
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1454
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1915 and 1918]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a group photograph of Toronto Poalei Zion members.
Notes
Photograph was copied by the archives in 1977 and the original was subsequently donated to the archives in 1992.
Name Access
Poalei Zion
Farband
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.
Places
Queen's Park (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-8-27
1992-8-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1453
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1453
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1915 and 1918]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the Poalei Zion group standing in front of a statue at Queen's park in Toronto.
Notes
Photograph was copied by the archives in 1977 and the original was subsequently donated to the archives in 1992.
Name Access
Poalei Zion
Farband
Subjects
Statues
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.
Places
Queen's Park (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-8-27
1992-8-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2465
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2465
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[1918 or 1919]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of members of the Poalei Zion assembled in front of an unidentified house in Toronto. Indentified in the photograph are: Archie Edelstein; Izzie Edelstein; Mr. and Mrs. Frankel; [?] Belke; Mr. Feldman; Zalman Cohen; Abie Shatz; David Gold; Abe Wolerstein; Esther Wolerstein (m. Grant); Sholom Katz; Chaim Langer; Mr. and Mrs. Sokol; Harry Sher; Louis Koldoff; H. M. Kirshenbaum; Leibe Bograd; Mr. Shapiro (Ben-Zion's father); Min Shapiro; Kalmen Wagner; David Lewis; Pesach Kates; Mr. Mitchell; Florence Monson; Max Monson.
Notes
From the Seymour and Abi Shatz Collection.
Name Access
Farband
Poalei Zion
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.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-12-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2913
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2913
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1913
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
For identification notes, please see accession record.
Name Access
Borochov, Ber
Farband
Poalei Zion
Subjects
Zionism
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.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1981-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2319
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2319
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1940]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Name Access
Menachovsky, M.
Poalei Zion
Farband
Subjects
Anniversaries
Dinners and dining
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.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-9-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
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