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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
Level
Item
ID
Item 6026
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
6026
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1941
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Admin History/Bio
Founded in the 1920s, Camp Yungvelt was originally situated on Lake Wilcox. It later moved to Pickering, where it operated until it closed in the 1950s. It was established by the Workmen's Circle (Arbeiter Ring), as a Yiddish summer camp for Jewish children. Camp Yungvelt was known for accepting the children of poor immigrants for a small fraction of the regular fee.
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of the staff at Camp Yungvelt, located in Pickering, Ontario. Identified individuals include: Bunny Bergstein, Phil Chasin, Bryna Minachovsky (Mann), Helen Lomage, Bertha Goldenthal, Israel Gang, Mr. Barzilei, Mr. Goldman, Manny Farber, Arthur Lerner, Mr. Altman, Lou Herman, Mr. Riba, Mrs. Barzilei, and Sadie Sherman.
Notes
See accession record for position of identified individuals.
Name Access
Altman, Mr.
Barzilei, Mr.
Barzilei, Mrs.
Bergstein, Bunny
Camp Yungvelt
Chasin, Phil
Farber, Manny
Gang, Israel
Goldenthal, Bertha
Goldman, Mr.
Herman, Lou
Lerner, Arthur
Lomage, Helen
Mann, Bryna
Minachovsky, Bryna
Riba, Mr.
Sherman, Sadie
Subjects
Camps
Portraits, Group
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
Pickering (Ont.)
Accession Number
1991-12-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 6027
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
6027
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1942
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Admin History/Bio
Founded in the 1920s, Camp Yungvelt was originally situated on Lake Wilcox. It later moved to Pickering, where it operated until it closed in the 1950s. It was established by the Workmen's Circle (Arbeiter Ring), as a Yiddish summer camp for Jewish children. Camp Yungvelt was known for accepting the children of poor immigrants for a small fraction of the regular fee.
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of the staff at Camp Yungvelt, located in Pickering, Ontario. Pictured are:
Back row, left to right: J. Abramovitch, Chuck Lestin, Hal Grossman, Helen Lomage, Dave Ritz, John Lomage, Harry [?], Andrew [?], Steve [?].
Fifth row, left to right: D. Lerner, S. Gordener, Chana Goldberg, Percy Lipshitz, Babe Bronstein, Bea Goldman, Berny Wolinsky, Eleanor Smith, Bunny Bergstein, Goldie Grennis, [unidentified], Chonon Fine, Mrs. Mark, Mr. Mark.
Fourth row, left to right: Red Silvers, Mona Gurland, Muni Frumhartz, Bertha Goldenthal, Mr. Brick, Ms. Abkin, Ms. Glazer, Ms. Langbord, [unidentified], Mrs. Niewtkewitcz, Mrs. Niewtkewitcz.
Third row, left to right: Ms. Silverhart, Sonia Olin, Lou Herman.
Second row, left to right: Mr. Riba, Israel Gang, Philip Chasin, Mr. Nodelman, Mr. Abramovitch, Mr. Frumhartz, Mr. Danielak, Mr. Langbord, Esther Levine, Mr. Orenstein.
Front row, left to right: Chasha (Raina) Fishman, Ruth Price, Devy Abkin, Ethel Press, May Hoffman, Eleanor Tolub, Ruth Schwartz, Mitty Krieg.
Notes
See photo for numbered position of identified individuals.
Name Access
Abkin, Devy
Abkin, Ms.
Abramovitch, J.
Abramovitch, Mr.
Andrew
Bergstein, Bunny
Brick, Mr.
Bronstein, Babe
Camp Yungvelt
Danielak, Mr.
Fine, Chonon
Fishman, Chasha
Fishman, Raina
Frumhartz, Mr.
Frumhartz, Muni
Glazer, Ms.
Goldberg, Chana
Goldenthal, Bertha
Goldman, Bea
Gordener, S.
Grennis, Goldie
Grossman, Hal
Gurland, Mona
Harry
Hoffman, May
Krieg, Mitty
Langboard, Mr.
Langboard, Ms.
Lerner, D.
Lestin, Chuck
Levine, Esther
Lipshitz, Percy
Lomage, Helen
Lomage, John
Mark, Mr.
Mark, Mrs.
Niewtkewitcz, Mr.
Niewtkewitcz, Mrs.
Orenstein, Mr.
Press, Ethel
Price, Ruth
Ritz, Dave
Schwartz, Ruth
Silvers, Red
Smith, Eleanor
Steve
Tolub, Eleanor
Wolinsky, Berny
Subjects
Camps
Portraits, Group
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
Pickering (Ont.)
Accession Number
1991-12-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
Format
Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Date
1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
Format
Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
Format
Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Date
1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
Format
Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Date
1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
Format
Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
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English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
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English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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City Directories
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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City Directories
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
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English
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
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English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
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English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Date
1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Date
1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
Format
Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Date
1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
Format
Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
Format
Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Date
1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Date
1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Date
1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Date
1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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International Advertising Agency
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Directory
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1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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1931
Publisher
International Advertising Agency
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Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1931 Toronto Jewish Directory
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