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Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1930 and 1935]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
This item is an original and copy photograph of the engagement party of Mr. Mont's eldest daughter in the social hall of the Kirkland Lake synagogue (Legion Hall) in the early 1930s. Outside, left to right: Fanny Scott, Alter Scott, Eli Dubinsky, Mrs. D., Mrs. Friedman and husband, Rabbi Rabinowitz, Mr. Mont, Mary Mont, Mont family.
In corner, a young Bill Jacks and wife Bella, Kay Kadish and wife.
Facing camera, starting left corner: Mrs. Ben Portnoy, Mrs. Faye (Kaplan) Atkins, Mrs. Nathan Kaplan, Max Berjansky, Rose Berjansky, next unknown.
Back to camera with hat on: Hyman Kaplan, Mr. and Mrs. S. Garshon, Mrs. Rabinowitz, her daughter and son-in-law, Rabbi now in Detroit.
Notes
Photo by Duke Studio.
Acquired in 1976.
Identifications of individuals on sheet included with photo; also see accession 2003-12-5 for further identifications.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Atkins, Faye
Berjansky, Max
Berjansky, Rose
Dubinsky, Eli
Mont, Mary
Scott, Alter
Scott, Fanny
Jacks, Bill
Kaplan, Hyman
Kadish, Kay
Kaplan, Nathan
Portnoy, Ben
Subjects
Bethrothal
Parties
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.
Related Material
2003-12-5
Places
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 499
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
499
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1950-1999
Physical Description
1 photograph
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the CJC Committee for Jewish Music Month in Kitchener, Ontario
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress
Subjects
Committees
Jews--Music
Repro Restriction
Credit Kitchener-Waterloo Record
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
Kitchener (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1896
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1896
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Jan. 21-23, 1939
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress
Royal York Hotel
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
1979-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2344
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2344
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1945
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress
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
1980-9-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2002-10-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2002-10-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records of the Amalgamated Dawes Road Trustees, responsible for the maintenance and operations of the Dawes Road Cemetery. The Trustees reported to the Canadian Jewish Congress Central Region.
Subjects
Cemeteries
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Amalgamated Dawes Road Trustees (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1993-11-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1993-11-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of texual records
Date
1943
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one postcard to the War Efforts Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress, dated Nov. 2, 1943, signed David ?, RCAF, India Command, expressing thanks for receiving a message of cheer from Canada during the war.
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress
Moscoe, Sydney
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-7-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-7-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1939-1947
Scope and Content
Accession consists of Canadian Jewish Congress records related to a study carried out by Saul Hayes and Jacob Finkelman on discriminatory employment practices in Ontario. The title of the resulting report is "Evidence of Unequal Opportunity in Employment and a Suggested Fair Employment Practices Legislation". Included are reports, memorandi, correspondence, sample applications from different employers, and a booklet by Gurston Allen entitled "Jewish Occupational Difficulties" (1939).
Subjects
Antisemitism
Name Access
Hayes, Saul
Finkelman, Jacob
Allen, Gurston
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1996-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1996-2-2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
1 folder of textual records
Date
1956-1976
Scope and Content
Accession consists of copy photographs of Sydney Bendahan addressing a Sephardic congregation at a Purim dance and Sydney Bendahan delivering a speech at a regional CJC conference ca. 1973. Ben Kayfetz and J.B. Salsberg are in the audience. In addition there are two photographs taken by Raphael Bendahan. First is an unidentified man (with son) holding a Torah (possibly the donor). Second is Rabbi Elias Toby, a Magen David Congregation leader holding the Torah outside the Viewmount Building.
Also included is photocopied correspondence between Bendahan and a number of individuals regarding the Magen David Congregation, copies of meeting minutes and a constitution and by-laws from the congregation, speeches written by Bendahan on the history of Moroccan Jewry in Toronto as well as copies of newsclippings regarding Sephardic Jewry and the Mogen David Congregation.
Administrative History
Sydney Bendahan was born and raised in English speaking Gibraltar before coming to Casablanca, Morocco at the age 13. He spoke English, French and Spanish. He was the first representative of the Moroccan Jewish community in Toronto to JIAS and president of the Magen David congregation. Magen David Sephardic Congregation's first location was a home converted into a synagogue across the street from the Labour Farband Zionist Building (which had housed their initial meetings until they had their own building). As of 2016 the Congregation is located at 10 McAllister Road.
Use Conditions
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Sephardim
Name Access
Magen David Sephardic Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1977-4-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1977-4-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1926-1965
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material relating to the Associated Hebrew Schools including correspondence and a certificate awarded to the school choir. In addition there is a Canadian Jewish Congress Central Region timeline of the history of the Toronto Jewish Community (1954), a CJC abstract of the proceedings of the Sixth Regional Conference on Jewish Education (1957), as well as editions of The Jewish Herald, The Jewish Standard, and the Canadian Jewish News. In addition, there is material documenting the activities of the Kehillah of Toronto, a religious organization of synagogues and organizations such as mutual benefit societies. Included are correspondence, a ballot page listing congregations and organizations, a financial report, and a legal document in the form of an agreement between the Kehilla of Toronto and shochtim regarding the ritual slaughter of beef.
Administrative History
Samuel Kurtz was the Executive Vice President of the Associated Hebrew Schools.
MG_RG
MG 3 A 5
Name Access
Kurtz, Samuel A.
Associated Hebrew Schools
Kehilla of Toronto
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-5-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-5-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1943-1944
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records relating to the work of the JPRC Summer Resorts Sub-Committee, which Hart D. Wintrob chaired. Material includes advice offered to Jews on appropriate behaviour at resorts frequented by non-Jews, and efforts to have "Gentiles only" signs removed from resorts and other businesses. Also included is a list of JPRC members from which the members of the subcommitte were chosen, and an agenda for a meeting of this group.
Subjects
Antisemitism
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-6-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-6-12
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
3.3 m of textual records
Date
[ca. 1970]-[ca. 1990]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records created or accumulated by the Committee for Yiddish, which operated under the auspices of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region and later, the Toronto Jewish Congress (UJA Federation of Greater Toronto).
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Name Access
Committee for Yiddish (Toronto, Ont.)
Toronto Jewish Congress
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1975-005
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1975-005
Physical Description
15 cm of textual records
Date
1928, 1936-1959
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the account books and constitution for the Adath Israel Congregation in Kirkland Lake, Ontario.
MG_RG
MG3 B14
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Places
Kirkland Lake, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1981-2-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1981-2-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w (2 negatives) ; 21 x 26 cm and 11 x 13 cm
Date
1940-1945
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a photograph of the interior and one of the exterior of the Adath Israel Synagogue in Kirkland Lake with corresponding negatives.
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Places
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-10-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-10-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1.2 m of textual records
Date
1986-1987
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the Executive Director files of the CJC, Central Region. The files were created and accumulated by E. Y. Lipsitz.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Subjects
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-5-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-5-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
12 m of textual records
Date
[197-]-[199-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting various activities of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region, including the small communities, regional committees, eduction and culture. The records appear to have originated with E. Y. Lipsitz.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Subjects
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Material Format
textual record
sound recording
Physical Description
ca. 92 m of textual records and sound recordings
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records created by the CJC, Central Region. The records cover a variety of topics but primarily consist of general office files from E.Y. Lipsitz.
Also included are audio recordings, including one of Golda Meir's visit to Toronto in 1970, and a community meeting following the Allen Gardens open-air speech by William John Beattie in 1965.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-7-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-7-3
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
ca. 300 slides : col. ; 35 mm
Date
1977-1978
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs taken during visits by CJC Central Region officers to Ontario Jewish communities, and at Canadian Jewish Congress events and meetings in various communities. Accession also includes photos of Jewish interest in Italy.
Subjects
Communities
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Friedman, Morris
Markish, Esther
Eisenberg, Joe
Wexler, Boris
Acker, Abe
Brownstone, Sam
Klafter, Gershon
Rosen, Marty
Fackenheim, Emil
Rosensweig, Philip
Saiger, Norman
Sadowski, David
Gryfe, Mark
Hillel (Kingston, Ont.)
Frey, Marcus
Horowitz, Shlomo
Katz, Stan
Pliscow, Morris
Places
Cambridge (Ont.)
Chatham (Ont.)
Sudbury (Ont.)
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Thunder Bay (Ont.)
Sault Ste. Marie (Ont.)
North Bay (Ont.)
Oshawa (Ont.)
Belleville (Ont.)
Windsor (Ont.)
Pembroke (Ont.)
Peterborough (Ont.)
Guelph (Ont.)
Hamilton (Ont.)
London (Ont.)
Kitchener (Ont.)
Owen Sound (Ont.)
Toronto (Ont.)
Barrie (Ont.)
Orillia (Ont.)
Kingston (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-11-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-11-9
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1934-1956
Scope and Content
Accession consists of historical material collected by the CJC Central Region Centenary Committee or Historical Committee (both committee names appear in the file). These materials include several CJC Ontario Division documents dating from 1934. The bulk of the accession consists of reports of interviews conducted in 1956 with members of Holy Blossom as part of a Holy Blossom Centennial research project.
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Holy Blossom Temple (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-5-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-5-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
3.3 m of textual records
Date
2001-2003
Scope and Content
This accession consists of the files of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Regions' Community Relations Committee. Included are meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, incidence reports and complaints, interventions, newsclippings and a small amount of other reference material.
Custodial History
The records were created and used by Len Rudner, former director of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region Community Relations Committee. They were donated to the Archives by the CJC's executive assistant, Cindy Osheroff on 4 May, 2009.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-6-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-6-4
Material Format
object
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
6 artifacts
1 postcard
1 textual record
Date
[193-?]-[195-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a Tip Top Tailors wall clock and five tzedakah boxes from Israel. Also included is a postcard of the Mossington Park resort on Lake Simcoe featuring a Gentiles Only sign, several copies from the mid-1940s of the CJC Committee on Social and Economic Studies Information and Comment bulletins, as well as a programme for the 27th anniversary celebrations for the Soviet Union, held at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1944. The program included a message from the Prime Minister, W. L. MacKenzie King, and a broadcast from Paul Robeson. The Master of Ceremonies was Lorne Greene. The content of the CJC studies include: research projects of the CJC (1946), racial discrimination and public policy (1946), the use of the terms "racial origin" and "religion" in the Canadian census (1946), opinion polls and social control (1946), intermarriage and children of intermarriages (1946), prejudice and Canadian unity (1946), comparative occupational distribution (1947), community action versus racial prejudice (1947), audience reaction analysis to the film "Don't Be a Sucker" (1947), Fair Employment Practices Laws for Canada (1947), age distribution of Jewish population in Ontario (1949), Immigration of Jews to Canada (1948), Saskatchewan Bill of Rights Act (1949), Jews in the professions in Canada (1949), answering the bigot: a summary of the Incident control project (1949), Canadian public opinion on racial restrictive covenants (1949), anti-minority discrimination and the law: a Canadian progress report (1950), immigration to Canada 1945 to 1949: official figures, refugee industries in Canada: latest available statistics (1947), and from juvenile immigrant to Canadian citizen (1950). Authors of CJC reports include Dr. A. F. Citron, Dr. J. Harding, Dr. Louis Rosenberg, Dr. Manfred Saalheimer, Prof. F.R. Scott and Dr. Morris C. Shumiatcher.
Custodial History
The items were bought by Morris Norman, a collector of Judaica and donated to the Archives on June 3, 2009.
Subjects
Human rights
Discrimination in employment
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Tip Top Tailors
Places
Lake Simcoe
Source
Archival Accessions
Name
Montague Raisman
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
11 Jul. 1982
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Montague Raisman
Number
OH 64
Subject
Nonprofit organizations
Human rights
Antisemitism
World War, 1939-1945
Interview Date
11 Jul. 1982
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Jack Lipinsky
Total Running Time
064: 39 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Notes
Low sound quality
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Montague Raisman came to Canada from England in 1926. He was actively involved in B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge and held positions of office. He served as the commanding officer for the B'nai Brith Air Cadet Squadron in Toronto during the Second World War. He was instrumental in the formation of the Joint Public Relations Committee, a united Jewish voice in response to pro-Nazi activity.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Raisman, Montague
B'nai Brith
Lipinsky, Jack
Canadian Jewish Congress
Geographic Access
Toronto
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Montague describes the formation of the B'nai Brith Air Cadet Squadron during the Second World War. He discusses the recruitment and training of the officers and cadets. He explains how this squadron was instrumental in changing recruitment qualifications to allow entry of new immigrants and black cadets.

In this clip, Montague Raisman discusses the events leading up to an association between B

Name
Ben Kayfetz
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
4 Mar. 1984
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Ben Kayfetz
Number
OH 210
Subject
Antisemitism
Human rights
Law
Nonprofit organizations
Interview Date
4 Mar. 1984
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Phyllis Platnick
Total Running Time
46 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Notes
Christie Pits riot at approximately minute 16:00
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Benjamin "Ben" Gershon Kayfetz was born on 24 December 1916 in Toronto. He married Eva Silver and had two children. Ben graduated from the University of Toronto in 1939, with a bachelor of arts in modern languages. He worked as a high school teacher in Huntsville, Ontario and Niagara Falls, Ontario between 1941 and 1943. 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. He worked 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. He was awarded the Samuel Bronfman Medal by the Canadian Jewish Congress in 1985 and 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. He also gave a weekly radio address on CHIN radio addressing various contemporary Jewish issues and was actively involved in the Toronto Jewish Historical Society (serving as its president), the Canadian Jewish Historical Society, and the Yiddish Luncheon Circle. He died in 2002.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Balmy Beach Swastika Club
Canadian Jewish Congress
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Geographic Access
Toronto
Kew Beach
Christie Pits
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\AC 210, Ben Kayfetz\AC 210 notes.pdf
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Ben Kayfetz describes the skirmish between antisemitic and Jewish youths at Kew Beach in July 1933.

In this clip, Ben Kayfetz discusses the laws that restricted “Jews or other objectionable races” from purchasing, owning or renting properties in Toronto and summer resort areas. He describes the steps taken to change the law.

Name
Genya Intrator
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
26 Nov. 1990
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Genya Intrator
Number
OH 223
OH 224
Subject
Antisemitism
Women
Human rights
Interview Date
26 Nov. 1990
Quantity
2
Interviewer
Mindy A. Skapinker
AccessionNumber
1993-9-1
Total Running Time
OH 223A: 46 minutes OH 223B: 46 minutes OH 224A: 16 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Genya Intrator was born in Moscow and moved as a child to Palestine in the 1930s. She was a member of the Israeli underground and served in the Israeli army during the War of Independence. She played a central leadership role in the Soviet Jewry movement in Canada. She founded Women for Soviet Jewry and served as chair of the National Soviet Jewry Committee. She helped with the creation of the Group of 35, a Soviet Jewry activist group in Toronto. Genya had regular contact by phone with Soviet activists and relayed their information back to Israeli consuls. She was an advisor to B'nai Brith on Soviet Jewry. She started an inter-religious Task Force for Soviet Jewry in Canada.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Intrator, Genya
Skapinker, Mindy A.
Canadian Jewish Congress
Geographic Access
Toronto
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Genya Intrator discusses the formation of the "Group of 35", a Soviet Jewry OHtivist group.

In this clip, Genya Intrator describes how information about Soviet Jews was passed on to the Israeli consulate in New York who trOHked all the data. She explains how she was appointed as a "secret agent" who would report information from her many phone calls to the Soviet Union.

Name
Harvey Brownstone and Howard Levine
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
18 Oct. 2019
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Harvey Brownstone and Howard Levine
Number
OH 451
Subject
AIDS (Disease)
Homophobia
Judaism--Relations--Christianity
Same-sex marriage
Sexual minorities
Social movements
Synagogues
Interview Date
18 Oct. 2019
Interviewer
Michael Friesen
Total Running Time
1 hr. 18 min.
Notes
Associated material: Records of Chutzpah are located in the ArQuives: Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archives.
General note: The OJA has a copy of Harvey Brownstone's article "I Now Pronounce You Wife and Wife," which was originally published in the fall 2014 edition of Reform Judaism Magazine. The article mentions Chutzpah and may be of interest to researchers.
Use Restrictions
See administrative notes.
Biography
Harvey Brownstone was born on 24 July 1956 in Paris, France and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. His father was a social worker who worked at the Hamilton Jewish Community Centre for thirty-five years and was director for twenty-one years (from 1967–1988). Brownstone obtained his LLB degree from Queen's University and was appointed a provincial judge with the Ontario Court of Justice in 1995. He was the first openly gay judge appointed in Canada. He resides in Toronto.
Howard Levine was born in Toronto on 29 June 1947. He earned his bachelor of arts (political science with urban planning) from the University of Waterloo and his master in environmental studies (urban planning and public transportation) from York University. From 1973 to 1975, he worked as a consultant with Peat, Marwick and Partners. From 1976 to 1982, he worked as an area and general planner with the City of Toronto's Planning and Development Department. From 1982 to 1988, he was sole proprietor of HJL Consulting. From 1988 to 1994, he served as councillor for Ward 14. After serving his second term as city councillor, Levine returned to HJL Consulting.
Material Format
moving images
Language
English
Name Access
Bolton, Elizabeth
Brownstone, Harvey, 1956-
Canadian Jewish Congress
Canadian Jewish News
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
Casey House (Toronto, Ont.)
Cecil Community Centre (Toronto, Ont.)
Church of the Holy Trinity (Toronto, Ont.)
Chutzpah (Toronto, Ont.)
Congregation B'nai Kehillah of Toronto
Eggleton, Art, 1943-
Farber, Bernie
Hamilton JCC
Hawkes, Brent, 1950-
Hudson, Rock, 1925-1985
Holy Blossom Temple (Toronto, Ont.)
Keshet Shalom (Toronto, Ont.)
Levine, Howard, 1947-
Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
Primrose Club (Toronto, Ont.)
Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.)
Robinson, Svend, 1952-
Royal Ontario Museum
Slater, Ruth
Temple Emanu-El (Toronto, Ont.)
World Congress of Gay & Lesbian Jewish Organizations
York University (Toronto, Ont.)
Geographic Access
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Hamilton (Ont.)
Kingston (Ont.)
Toronto (Ont.)
Waterloo (Ont.)
Original Format
Digital file
Transcript
0:00.20 Harvey Brownstone and Howard Levine introduce themselves.
0:00:27 Harvey discusses what it was like coming of age as a gay Jewish man in Ontario. Harvey grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, where his father was the director of the Hamilton JCC. His mother had a French-imported ladies' wear store. After coming out to his parents in the 1970s, he moved to Kingston, Ontario, where he attended Queen's University.
0:03:13 Howard discusses how his experience was different. He was born and raised in downtown Toronto. His father died when he was a teenager; his mother got sick soon after. As a result, Harvey was largely on his own. He went off to Waterloo for university and then York for graduate school. It's around that time he came to terms with who he was.
0:05:05 Howard discusses a gay Jewish group, B'nai Kehillah, that existed before Chutzpah. It met at the Church of the Holy Trinity, an Anglican church in Toronto.
0:06:19 Harvey and Howard discuss what Chutzpah was, when it started, and how they became involved.
0:09:40 Harvey discusses a trip Chutzpah took to the Royal Ontario Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were being exhibited. It was on this trip that Harvey "really met" Howard.
0:10:10 Harvey discusses how he and Howard came to the conclusion that Chutzpah could be more than "just a place to meet."
0:11:11 Harvey discusses the impact the AIDS epidemic had on Chutzpah's focus. Harvey explains that after American Actor Rock Hudson's death, AIDS was front page news in big cities like Toronto.
0:12:03 Harvey discusses the decision to have Friday night Oneg Shabbats in the late 1980s. Initially, these were held at the Cecil Community Centre on Cecil Street in Toronto. Howard used his position as city councillor to make this happen.
0:13:14 Harvey discusses why the Cecil Community Centre was not an ideal location for the group's services. Howard, therefore, approached the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and got the group a room for Friday nights.
0:14:52 Harvey discusses Chutzpah’s decision to join the World Congress of Gay & Lesbian Jewish Organization (today, World Congress of GLBT Jews).
0:15:40 Harvey discusses the group's decision to attend a World Congress of Gay & Lesbian Jewish Organizations conference in Amsterdam.
0:17:40 Harvey relates an event hosted by the then mayor of Amsterdam, in which the mayor laid a wreath with a pink triangle to honour gay victims of the Holocaust. Harvey and Howard discuss being moved by this.
0:18:50 Harvey mentions some of the things that came out of the Amsterdam conference.
0:20:05 Harvey and Howard discuss Chutzpah's decision to host a conference in Toronto. The conference, which took place in 1990, was held at the Primrose Hotel.
0:23:16 Harvey and Howard discuss the decision to invite Svend Robinson, Canada's first openly-gay member of parliament, to speak at the conference.
0:23:38 Howard interjects to explain that he was never "out" while on city council. Despite this, he "did a number of things," including getting benefits for same-sex couples and proclaiming Pride Day in Toronto. Howard notes that Art Eggleton, Toronto's mayor at the time, was opposed to proclaiming Pride Day.
0:24:37 Harvey and Howard discuss the Toronto conference some more. Harvey discusses a group of five women cantors who performed at the banquet. The group included Elizabeth Bolton, a cantor at Temple Emanu-El, and Ruth Slater, a cantor at Temple Anshe Sholom.
0:26:50 Harvey and Howard discuss the lack of press coverage for the conference. An exception was the Canadian Jewish News.
0:28:30 Harvey and Howard discuss some of Chutzpah's other initiatives: having a booth at Pride, selling corned beef sandwiches to raise money, and selling rainbow yarmulkes. The group also marched in Pride with a banner.
0:28:56 Harvey discusses Chutzpah's support for Pflag (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). He notes that many gay Jews found the most traumatic part of coming out to be the issue of the parents.
0:29:48 Harvey and Howard discuss the mainstream Jewish community's response to the AIDS crisis. Howard says it was in denial. He also discusses his involvement with the Canadian Jewish Congress' Community Relations Committee and Bernie Farber inviting him to join the committee.
0:31:15 Howard discusses how things have changed. He says Chutzpah dissolved because it wasn't needed anymore.
0:32:55 Harvey expands on Howard's point that there was no more need for Chutzpah.
0:33:30 Harvey and Howard clarify Chutzpah's timeline: Harvey joined the group in the mid-1980s. It lasted until the mid-1990s. At that point, it transformed into Keshet Shalom. That group became defunct in the early 2000s. That's when Howard donated his records to the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (now the ArQuives).
0:34:14 Harvey and Howard discuss how they never agreed that Chutzpah should have become Keshet Shalom (a congregation). They discuss their reasons for not wanting to be a congregation.
0:35:43 Harvey and Howard discuss how many members Chutzpah had at its peak.
0:36:11 Harvey and Howard discuss Chutzpah's relationship with the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto and Brent Hawkes, one of the church's pastors. They also discuss an unnamed member of the church, a reverend, who identified as both Jewish and Christian and who attended several of Chutzpah's Friday night services.
0:39:28 Harvey and Howard discuss the lack of antisemitism they encountered in non-Jewish gay and lesbian communities.
0:40:28 Harvey and Howard discuss the presence (or lack thereof) of Chutzpah ads in the Jewish press. They note that the Canadian Jewish News did cover the Toronto conference.
0:41:59 Harvey and Howard discuss issues facing the Jewish LGBT community in 2019. Harvey mentions the ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) community as one area of concern. He also discusses elevated rates of suicide among gay youth.
0:45:56 Howard discusses the isolation of gay and lesbian Hasids.
0:46:22 Howard discusses the viewpoint of Toronto's established Jewish community today.
0:47:34 Harvey and Howard share their final thoughts.
Source
Oral Histories
Level
Item
ID
Item 866
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
866
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Admin History/Bio
Mr. Katz was a junior school teacher in Kirkland Lake.
Scope and Content
This item is an original print of Mr. Katz standing on the bimah with S. Finkleman in the Adath Israel Synagogue in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. There are some other men and women in the sanctuary.
Notes
Acquired in 1976.
Photo by Duke Studio.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Finkleman, S.
Katz, Mr.
Subjects
Synagogues
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 820
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
820
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1947]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print of people assembled in the synagogue hall in Kirkland Lake for a Purim festival. The woman pictured on the left is Mrs. Sam Goldstein. Her daughter is seated behind her. Mrs. Sam Speigelman, a war bride, is seated on the right.
Notes
Photo by Duke Studio.
Acquired in 1976.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Goldstein, Mrs. Sam
Subjects
Purim
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 795
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
795
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of a tribute dinner held in honour of Sam Davis of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The dinner took place in the Adath Israel Synagogue hall. The photograph depicts several individuals seated at a banquet table.
Pictured from left to right are: [unidentified woman], Rabbi and Rebbetzen Rabinovitch, Esther Davis, Sam Davis, Harry Atkins and Fagie Atkins.
Notes
Photo by Duke Studio
Acquired in 1975
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Atkins, Fagie
Atkins, Harry
Davis, Esther
Davis, Sam
Rabinovitch, Rabbi
Rabinovitch, Rebbetzen
Subjects
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 796
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
796
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of a tribute dinner in honour of Sam Davis. The dinner took place at the Adath Israel Synagogue hall. The photograph features several people seated at a banquet table.
Pictured left to right are: Fay Atkins, Sam Finkleman, Annie Finkleman, Mr. Gashon (Gabbai), Mrs. Gashon, Simcha Kaplan, Hyman Kaplan.
Notes
Photo by Duke Studio.
Acquired in 1975
Finkelman may be an alternate spelling for Sam and Annie Finkleman.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Atkins, Fay
Davis, Sam
Finkelman, Annie
Finkleman, Annie
Gashon, Mr., Gabbai
Gashon, Mrs.
Hyman, Kaplan
Kaplan, Simcha
Subjects
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 819
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
819
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1947]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print of several people on stage at a Purim festival in the Adath Israel Synagogue hall. The adults seated at the table are Mrs. Esther Davis and Rabbi Rabinowitz and Mrs. Goldstein is at the piano.
Notes
Photo by Duke Studio.
Acquired in 1976.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Davis, Esther
Goldstein, Mrs.
Rabinowitz, Rabbi
Subjects
Purim
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 865
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
865
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 16 cm
Scope and Content
This item is an original print of Abraham Duke, Mildred Duke and Fanny Kussner of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The photograph was taken at an unknown event held in the Adath Israel Synagogue social hall.
Notes
Acquired in 1976.
Photo by Duke Studio.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Duke, Abraham
Duke, Mildred
Kussner, Fanny
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 828
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
828
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1948]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print of Mr. and Mrs. Kussner of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The photograph may have been taken at a tribute dinner at the Adath Israel Synagogue, in honour of Sam Davis.
Notes
Photo by Duke Studio.
Acquired in 1976.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Davis, Sam
Kussner, Mr.
Kussner, Mrs.
Subjects
Married people
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 827
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
827
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1948]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print of Sam Wertman with an unidentified man of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The photograph may have been taken at a tribute dinner at the Adath Israel Synagogue, in honour of Sam Davis.
Notes
Photo by Duke Studio.
Acquired in 1976.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Davis, Sam
Wertman, Sam
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 829
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
829
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1948]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print of Mr. and Mrs. Blackstein of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The photograph may have been taken at a tribute dinner at the Adath Israel Synagogue, in honour of Sam Davis.
Notes
Photo by Duke Studio.
Acquired in 1976.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Blackstein, Mr.
Blackstein, Mrs.
Davis, Sam
Subjects
Married people
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 830
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
830
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1948]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print of Bill Jacks, Sam Garshon and W. Skelly (town councilor) of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The photograph may have been taken at a tribute dinner at the Adath Israel Synagogue, in honour of Sam Davis.
Notes
Photo by Duke Studio.
Acquired in 1976.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Davis, Sam
Garshon, Sam
Jacks, Bill
Skelly, W.
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 831
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
831
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1948]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print of Mr. and Mrs. Zacks with their son, Ronald of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The photograph may have been taken at a tribute dinner at the Adath Israel Synagogue, in honour of Sam Davis.
Notes
Photo by Duke Studio.
Acquired in 1976.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Davis, Sam
Zacks, Mr.
Zacks, Mrs.
Zacks, Ronald
Subjects
Families
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 797
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
797
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1948]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Korman at a tribute dinner held in honour of Sam Davis at the Adath Israel Synagogue, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The photograph depicts a group of men and women seated at banquet tables and Mr. Korman standing to say some remarks.
Notes
Photo by Duke Studios.
Acquired in 1976.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Davis, Sam
Korman, Mr.
Korman, Mrs.
Subjects
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 798
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
798
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1948]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of assembled guests at a tribute dinner held in honour of Sam Davis, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The photograph depicts the men and women seated at banquet tables in the social hall of the Adath Israel Synagogue.
Notes
Photo by Duke Studios.
Acquired in 1976.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Davis, Sam
Subjects
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 792
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
792
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1948]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Fanny Scott walking down the aisle at the Adath Israel Synagogue in Kirkland Lake with Mr. Cohen, of Cobalt, Ontario. This photograph was taken before the renovations of the synagogue.
Notes
Photo by Duke Studios.
Acquired in 1975.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Cohen, Mr.
Scott, Fanny
Subjects
Weddings
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 690
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
690
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a copy photograph of Hyman Kaplan and Rabbi Rabinowitch, taken during services at the Adath Israel Synagogue in Kirkland Lake, Ontario.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Kaplan, Hyman
Rabinovitch, Rabbi
Subjects
Rabbis
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Accession Number
Acquired on 15 Oct. 1975.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 691
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
691
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1945]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 19 x 24 cm on matte 30 x 32 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a copy print and corresponding negative of a Young Judaea group from Kirkland Lake, in front of the Adath Israel Synagogue.
Identified individuals include: Lillian Bassett (née Berjansky), Sheila Lazar (née Kaplan), Lorraine Garshon, Beverley Schaeffer (née Kaplan), Riva Leah Nosov (née Atkins) Murray Finkelman, Morris Langer, Mervyn Ross, Allen Atkins, Sidney Kadish, Mervyn Bochner, [Ronald Zack?], David Walters, Jules Silver, Mike Rudman, [?] Mednick, Pearl Rosen (née Berjansky), Rita Finkelman, Fay Estrin (née Berjansky), Sally Scott, Marvin Blackstone, Jean Hyde (née Berjansky), Harry Moscoe, Marian Kadish, Irving Kokotow, Louis Baker (née Kokotow), Sam Finkelman, Marian Aidelbaum (née Kokotow), Joe Kadish, Jerry Kaplan, Sol Linder, Joe Atkins, Morris Feldman, Manley Walters, Moish Korman, Meyer Goldstein, [?] Korman, Ann Linder, Noreen Ross, Abe Aidelbaum, Mary Finkelman, Alice Atkins.
Notes
See photograph for location of identified individuals. Finkleman may be an alternate spelling for Sam Finkelman.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Aidelbaum, Abe
Aidelbaum, Marian
Atkins, Alice
Atkins, Allen
Atkins, Joe
Atkins, Riva Leah
Baker, Louis
Bassett, Lillian
Berjansky, Fay
Berjansky, Jean
Berjansky, Lillian
Berjansky, Pearl
Blackstone, Marvin
Bochner, Mervyn
Estrin, Fay
Feldman, Morris
Finkelman, Mary
Finkelman, Murray
Finkelman, Rita
Finkelman, Sara
Finkleman, Sam
Garshon, Lorraine
Goldstein, Meyer
Hyde, Jean
Kadish, Joe
Kadish, Marian
Kadish, Sidney
Kaplan, Beverley
Kaplan, Jerry
Kaplan, Sheila
Kokotow, Irving
Kokotow, Louis
Kokotow, Marian
Korman, Moish
Langer, Morris
Lazar, Sheila
Linder, Ann
Linder, Sol
Mednick
Moscoe, Harry, 1905-
Nosov, Riva Leah
Rosen, Pearl
Ross, Noreen
Ross, Mervyn
Rudman, Mike
Schaeffer, Beverley
Scott, Sally
Silver, Jules
Walters, David
Walter, Manley
Young Judaea
Zack, Ronald
Subjects
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.
Places
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2385
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2385
Material Format
graphic material
Date
8 May 1934
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of the Jewish community of Kirkland Lake assembled in front of the Adath Israel Synagogue. A man in the front is carrying the congregation's Torah, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Max Berjansky.
Notes
For identification, see accession record.
Photo by Duke Studio.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Berjansky, Max
Berjansky, Mrs.
Subjects
Communities
Torah scrolls
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-12-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2519
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2519
Material Format
graphic material
Date
4 Oct. 1936
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of the Jewish community assembled in the Adath Israel Synagogue banquet hall for the bar mitzvah party of Larry Kussner. The large crowd is seated at several banquet tables in the hall, which is decorated for the occasion.
Notes
Title taken from writing on original photograph matte.
Duke Studio.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Kussner, Larry
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Parties
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Accession Number
1981-2-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 2; File 79
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
2
File
79
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1979
Physical Description
20 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm
Name Access
Magen David Sephardic Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Synagogues
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 79
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
79
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1978]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains several newsletters and flyers.
Name Access
Magen David Sephardic Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Synagogues
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Samuel Posluns fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 70
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Samuel Posluns fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
70
Material Format
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Date
1925-1984
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
91 photographs : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm or smaller
1 map : 46 x 65 cm
Admin History/Bio
Samuel Posluns (1910-1994) was born in Toronto to Abraham Isaac Poslaniec (1870-1922) and Sheindel Saltzman (1872-1960). He had three brothers and three sisters: Joseph, Louis, Abe, Gertrude Miriam, Anne, and Sarah. His father Abraham established the family run clothing firm Superior Cloak Company in 1916. In 1934, it was bankrupted and closed after a lengthy strike. In 1936, Samuel opened his own business, Popular Cloak Company. In 1967, the Posluns family purchased Tip Top Tailors, in partnership with entrepreneur Jimmy Kay. A year later they incorporated their new venture under the name of Dylex as a holding company for the Tip Top chain of stores.
During the Second World War, Samuel Posluns served as a member of the air force reserves. After the war, he was elected president of the United Jewish Welfare Fund in 1947. That same year, in collaboration with the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Jewish Labour Committee, Posluns helped lead the Tailor Project along with Max E. Enkin, which was aimed at helping Jewish displaced persons immigrate to Canada by securing them employment as tailors. A commited advocate for Jewish education, Posluns also served as the first president and founding chair of the Board of Jewish Education (BJE) in 1949. He remained honorary president for life and continued to attend meetings until health problems held back his participation in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Posluns was also a founding board member of the North York General Hospital.
Samuel Posluns died in Toronto in 1994.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records related to the Posluns family and their clothing business, Popular Cloak Company. The records include correspondence, financial records, periodicals and newsletters, photographs, certificates and personal identification. The fonds also includes textual documents and photos documenting Samuel Posluns' involvement in the Tailor Project.
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress
Enkin, Max E.
Jewish Labour Committee
Popular Cloak Company
Posluns, Samuel, 1910-1994
Subjects
Clothing trade
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Immigrants--Canada
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Creator
Posluns, Samuel, 1910-1994
Accession Number
1997-7/6
2004-5/79
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Hoffman family fonds
Community Activities series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 6; Series 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Hoffman family fonds
Community Activities series
Level
Series
Fonds
6
Series
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1957-1969
Physical Description
10 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Max and Celia Hoffman were involved in many community activities including the synagogue and Jewish education. They raised funds on behalf of the community and also made financial contributions to a variety of Jewish organizations.
Scope and Content
Series consists of correspondence, financial reports and programme books relating to educational, religious and fraternal organizations and institutions in Hamilton. Series also contains material from local events such as the dedication of Adas Israel synagogue and regional events such as the convention of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, Ontario Region. In addition, there are correspondence and a certificate from Yeshiva University in regards to a scholarship established by Max and Celia Hoffman. Other material includes a calendar published by the Hamilton chapter of B’Nai Brith and the Hamilton District Jewish Community Telephone Directory.
Name Access
B'nai B'rith
Canadian Jewish Congress
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, Ontario Region
Central Fund for Traditional Institutions
Hamilton Talmud Torah
National Society for Hebrew Day Schools
Hamilton District Jewish Community Telephone Directory
Subjects
Education
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 49
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
49
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1968
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Admin History/Bio
Born in 1904, Monroe Abbey was a barrister/solicitor by profession. He was honourary president of Canadian Jewish Congress, Combined Jewish Appeal, and the Baron de Hirsch Institute as well as being governor, director, or member of many Canadian Jewish and non-Jewish organizations: Jewish Immigrant Aid Services, Zionist Organization of Canada, United Jewish Refugee, and World Relief Agencies. He died in 1993.
Michael Garber, born in 1892, was a barrister-solicitor, community leader, and Zionist. He was also a founder and former president of Canadian Jewish Congress, a civil libertarian, and early fighter for human rights. He was president of the Zionist Organization of Canada. For several years he wrote a column for the Canadian Jewish Chronicle and was a contributor to the Keneder Adler. He died in 1977.
Scope and Content
Item consists of a black-and-white photograph taken of Monroe Abbey and Michael Garber on 20 May 1968 at the plenary in Toronto, where Monroe Abbey assumed the national presidency for the Canadian Jewish Congress.
Notes
Photographed by Graphic Artists Photographers.
Name Access
Abbey, Monroe
Canadian Jewish Congress
Garber, Michael
Subjects
Congresses and conventions
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 73
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
73
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1962
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item consists of a black-and-white photograph of the Canadian Jewish Congress plenary session at the Royal York Hotel in 1962.
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress
Royal York Hotel (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Congresses and conventions
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ellis I. and Fanny Shapiro fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 94; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ellis I. and Fanny Shapiro fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
94
Item
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1961
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 23 x 16 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait photograph of Ellis I. Shapiro. The photograph is attached to the inside cover of a United Jewish Welfare Fund of Toronto annual President's report (1961). The UJWF annual meeting honoured Ellis I. Shapiro.
Name Access
B'nai B'rith
Shapiro, Ellis I.
Northwood Golf and Country Club
Primrose Club
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Goel Tzedec Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Canadian Jewish Congress
Jewish Camp Council of Toronto
YM-YWHA
United Jewish Welfare Fund of Toronto
UJWF
United Jewish Appeal
Beth Tzedec Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
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.
Accession Number
2005-8-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 45; Item 41
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
45
Item
41
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1919
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 51 cm on mat 23 x 57 cm
Admin History/Bio
The first meeting of the Canadian Jewish Congress was held in Montreal from March 16-19, 1919. Their intended goal was to mobilize Canadian Jews and discuss the following issues: the community's self-image and future, national minority rights in Eastern Europe, the future of a Jewish national home in Palestine and the recognition of a Jewish nation by the League of Nations. This conference was followed in May of that year by several district conferences held in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg.
On January 26, 1919, a conference attended by 125 local organizations was held in the Baron de Hirsch Institute. The conference recognized the necessity for a Canadian Jewish Congress, and elected a committee of forty to arrange the first national CJC meeting. The committee divided Canada into three territorial districts: Montreal (Quebec), Toronto (Ontario), and Winnipeg (Western Canada), and each district was to arrange elections to send delegates.
Ontario sent a total of 65 delegates to the first national CJC meeting in March of 1919. 40 of these were from Toronto. Elections for the all the delegates took place on March 2, 1919. A large majority of Canadian Jews participated in these elections.
Across the country, 25,000 ballots were cast during the 1919 election. This indicated that a huge portion of the Canadian Jewish community was involved in the CJC, since the total Jewish population at that time was 125,000.
The first CJC Plenary Assembly, involving the group seen in this photo, was from March 16-19, 1919 (Purim), and the photo was taken on the 18th on the steps of the Baron de Hirsch building at 2040 Bleury St., but the actual meetings were held nearby at the Monument Nationale Theatre, which had a larger auditorium.
Scope and Content
The item is a panoramic photograph of the delegates who took part in the first Canadian Jewish Congress plenary session in Montreal. The photo was taken on March 18, 1919 on the steps of the Baron de Hirsch building on 2040 Bleury St., though the actual meetings were held nearby at the Monument Nationale Theatre, which had a larger auditorium.
Three members of the Goldstick family were elected delegates to this conference from Toronto: Maurice Goldstick, Betty Goldstick and Henry Dworkin. In turn, many prominent members of the Toronto community took part such as: M. Gelber (manufacturer), Ben Zion Hyman (book store owner and scholar), I. Matenko (teacher), Dr. Pollock (physician), Sam Factor (lawyer), and A. Cohen (lawyer).
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress
Subjects
Congresses and conventions
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.
Physical Condition
Photograph is in good condition.
Related Material
A detailed account of the formation of the Canadian Jewish Congress can be found in A.D. Hart's "The Jew in Canada" (1926). An original ballot to elect Toronto's delegates to the meeting is located in accession 2004-5/162. Also, see the ZOC fonds, #27, for minutes documenting CJC from this time period. Finally, MG6E3 in the file cabinet contains 2 files documenting Maurice Goldstick and Betty's involvement in the CJC in 1919, and later Maurice and Dorothy's involvement in Congress during the 1930s. Some of the individuals have been identified in a photocopy of this item which is available in the accession records. A full delegates list can be found in Hart's "The Jew in Canada.".
Places
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
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