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Level
Item
ID
Item 4761
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4761
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1930
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Admin History/Bio
Joseph Alexandroff was the son of Boris and Rebecca Alexandroff, founders of the Knesseth Israel Synagogue in the Junction. He was one of the first Jewish children born in the Junction in 1907.
Name Access
Alexandroff family
Junction Shul
Knesseth Israel (Toronto, Ont.)
West Toronto Jewish Community
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1989-3-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 99; Item 105
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
99
Item
105
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1978]
Physical Description
1 slide : col. ; 35 mm
Name Access
Junction Shul
Junction
Knesseth Israel (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Architecture
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.)
Accession Number
1980-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 99; Item 106
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
99
Item
106
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1978]
Physical Description
1 slide : col. ; 35 mm
Name Access
Junction
Junction Shul
Knesseth Israel (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Architecture
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.)
Accession Number
1980-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4763
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4763
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[1926 or 1927]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
3rd row right: Joe Alexandroff.
Notes
USE CONDITIONS: As a courtesy, kindly notify Joseph Alexandroff's daughter Cheryl Zener in advance of publishing.
For identification, see accession record.
Name Access
Alexandroff, Joseph
Humberside Collegiate
Junction Shul
Knesseth Israel (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Clubs
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
1989-3-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2013-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-5-2
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
10 cm of textual records and other material
Date
2011-2012
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the 100th anniversary celebration of Congregation Knesseth Israel. The records were compiled in an indexed binder by Edwin Goldstein, president of the synagogue. Included are newsclippings, press releases and advertisements; invitations and programs; a commemorative calendar; a volunteer t-shirt, a kippa and a gift bag; correspondence with the Ontario Trillium Foundation; information on a guided architectural walking tour of the area; an Israel Today DVD featuring the synagogue; the book "One Hundred Years at the Junction Shul" written by Neil Ross and Lorne Miller; and a DVD compilation featuring video and photographic highlights from the various anniversary events.
Administrative History
Congregation Knesseth Israel was established in 1911 at 56 Maria Street in the West end of Toronto. Early 20th century membership in the synagogue consisted mainly of new jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, many of whom lived and worked in the Junction as artisans, peddlers, shop owners and scrap and metal collectors. Known as the Junction Shul, Knesseth Israel Synagogue was built with the labour and funds provided by the founding members and their families.
Orthodox services first began in 1913 and since the 1930s the synagogue has functioned without a rabbi, with services being led by a cantor or the congregants themselves. Some family names associated with this early period include: Alexandroff, Goldstein, Nickolaevsky, Kronis, Greenblatt, Usprich, Tanenbaum, and Naftalin.
Knesseth Israel is the oldest Toronto synagogue still in use as a synagogue today and is now cared for by the descendents of these founding families. Although members of the synagogue are now few (as the Jewish population of the Junction has waned greatly since the 1960s), the synagogue still performs High Holiday services for some 75-80 full members and 300 associate members.
Descriptive Notes
Physical description note: includes 1 text, 3 objects and 2 DVDs.
Subjects
Anniversaries
Synagogues
Name Access
Knesseth Israel (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-10-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-10-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 24 cm
1 folder of textual records
Date
1941-1990
Scope and Content
The accession consists of 1 photograph of the 1941-42 officers of Viceroy Reading Lodge, B'nai Brith, Hamilton; correspondence between Joseph Alexandroff and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Lincoln M. Alexander, 1985; a bencher for the bar mitzvah of Joseph Alexandroff's great nephew, Brandon Alexandroff, May 19, 1990 at Congregation Knesseth Israel; and photocopies of letters written to, and newspaper clippings from, the Hamilton Spectator.
Administrative History
Joseph Alexandroff was born on October 19, 1907, the first-born son of Boris and Rebecca Alexandroff and one of the first Jewish children born in the Junction. He was a long-time member and supporter of Congregation Knesseth Israel.
Use Conditions
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Name Access
Knesseth Israel (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-1-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-1-7
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 ledger
Date
[1910?]-[1930?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the pinkus for the Knesseth Israel Synagogue. Material is in Hebrew and Yiddish.
Name Access
Knesseth Israel (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-4-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-4-3
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
7 watercolours : 11 x 16 cm
Date
1975
Scope and Content
Accession consists of seven watercolour paintings by Hans Plania of Toronto synagogue buildings, including the Kiever, Knesseth Israel, First Narayever, Agudath Israel Anshei Sfard (Palmerston shul), the Beach Hebrew Institute, and the former Beth Jacob on Henry Street.
Name Access
Agudath Israel Anshei Sfard Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Beach Hebrew Institute (Toronto, Ont.)
Beth Jacob Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
First Narayever Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Kiever Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Knesseth Israel (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 99; Item 107
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
99
Item
107
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1978]
Physical Description
1 slide : col. ; 35 mm
Name Access
Junction
Junction Shul
Knesseth Israel (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Architecture
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.)
Accession Number
1980-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 32
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
32
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1995
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 28 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph taken by Trudy Cowan on a visit to Maria Street with her father Saul Cowan on his 85th birthday. It was his first visit to the former Cohen family home and nearby synagogue in over 50 years.
Name Access
Knesseth Israel (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Synagogues
Places
Maria Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Paul fonds
Level
Item
ID
Item 56
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Paul fonds
Level
Item
Item
56
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1929-1930]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 35 mm
Admin History/Bio
Manes Greenblatt was active in the Junction Synagogue, Kehillah, Machzihei Bnei Israel. He worked for Canadian Packers as a Masgiach.
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Manes Greenblatt.
Name Access
Greenblatt, Manes
Knesseth Israel (Toronto, Ont.)
Machzihei Bnei Israel
Subjects
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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