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Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 319
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
319
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1955
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a photograph of the head table of the Herzl Zion Club Charter Presentation. At the head table are Sol Granek; George Liban; and Robert Soren.
Name Access
Sol Granek
George Liban
Robert Soren
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 323
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
323
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1950
Physical Description
5 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of photographs of the 2nd anniversary celebrations for the State of Israel. this celebration happened at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Included in the photographs are Edward Gelber; Robert Soren; and Sam Zacks.
Name Access
Edward Gelber
Robert Soren
Samuel Zacks
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 324
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
324
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1953
Physical Description
7 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of photographs taken during the celebrations of the the 5th anniversary of Israeli independence. Inlcuded in the photographs are: Robert Soren; Sam Cohen; Jack Posen; Abe Levine; Sid Beube; Yaacov Gerstel; Irving Matlow; Wally Ritter; Bob Chappelle; Jack Aarons; the General Wingate Legion Colour Guard; and Rabbi Reuven Slonim.
Name Access
Robert Soren
Sam Cohen
Jack Posen
Levine, Abe
Sid Beube
Yaacov Gerstel
Irving Matlow
Wally Ritter
Bob Chappelle
Jack Aarons
Reuven Slonim
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 325
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
325
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1955
Physical Description
5 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of photographs taken during the 7th anniversary of Israeli independence. Individuals in the photographs include: Meyer Gasner; Robert Soren; George Liban; Maurice Samuel; George Bezalel Sherman; David Peters and Rabbi Wurzburger.
Name Access
Meyer Gasner
Robert Soren
Maurice Samuel
George Bezalel Sherman
David Peters
Rabbi Wurzburger
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Conventions series
Central Region conventions sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 5-1; File 26
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Conventions series
Central Region conventions sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
5-1
File
26
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1952
Physical Description
6 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of photographs taken during the 21st conference held in St. Catharines. At the head table are: George Liban; Jack Pearstein; Shamai Degen; Lou Harris; Eddie Gelber; Chana Gelber; and Robert Soren.
Name Access
George Liban
Jack Pearstein
Shamai Degen
Lou Harris
Eddie Gelber
Chana Gelber
Robert Soren
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 252
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
252
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1952
Physical Description
6 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of photographs of Moshe Sharett, Israel's Foreign Minister, during his visit to Canada and lecture at Massey Hall in Toronto. Included in the file are a publicity photograph of Mr. Sharett and photographs of Sharett with Robert Soren; Eddie Gelber; Samuel Bronfman; David Croll; and photographs of the audience in Massey Hall.
Name Access
Moshe Sharett
Robert Soren
Eddie Gelber
Samuel Bronfman
David Croll
Subjects
Prime ministers--Israel
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 287
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
287
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-?]
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of photographs of the executive members of the United Zionists of Toronto Council. Included in the photographs are: Harry Zifkin; Robert Soren; Mark Zimmerman; Allan Small; Mirial Small; Louis Lockshin; John Devor; and Max Goody.
Name Access
John Devor
Max Goody
Louis Lockshin
Allan Small
Mirial Small
Robert Soren
Harry Zifkin
Mark Zimmerman
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 293
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
293
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a photograph of Rabbi Washer giving a speech Also at the head table are Samuel Zacks; Robert Soren; and Eddie Gelber.
Name Access
Rabbi Washer
Samuel Zacks
Robert Soren
Eddie Gelber
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 300
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
300
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Group portrait.
Name Access
Harry Zifkin
Allan Small
Mirial Small
Mark Zimmerman
Robert Soren
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 37
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
37
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a photograph of the head table during a meeting. Seated at the table are Edward Gelber and Robert Soren.
Name Access
Edward Gelber
Robert Soren
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Conventions series
National conventions sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 5-2; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Conventions series
National conventions sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
5-2
File
15
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Name Access
Robert Soren
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
J.B. Salsberg
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
Sept. 1985
Source
Oral Histories
Name
J.B. Salsberg
Number
AC 071
Subject
Labor movement
Labor unions
Women
Demonstrations
Interview Date
Sept. 1985
Quantity
1
Total Running Time
071A: 44:50 minuets 071B: 35:55 minuets
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Joseph Baruch Salsberg (1902-1998) was a labour leader, political activist, politician, newspaper columnist and a man who dedicated his life to Yiddishkeit and the advancement of social justice. He was active in various Jewish organizations, including; the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto, and the New Fraternal Jewish Association. In 1938 he was elected as Alderman on Toronto’s City Council and elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1943. He is well remembered by contemporaries, such as Sam Lipshitz, as a "champion of the people', committed to social justice, the plight of the working-class, and the preservation of Jewish culture.
This oral history includes Salsberg's personal reminiscences on the Toronto Jewish community, the Polish Jewish community and issues related to women's labour and the unions in the garment industry.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
International Ladies' Garment Workers Union
Salsberg, J. B. (Joseph B.), 1902-1998
Geographic Access
Toronto
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
Side 1:
0.0-6.30: Joseph Baruch Salsberg was born in Poland in 1902 to Abraham and Sara Salsberg. Abraham migrated to Toronto in 1910 and Joseph followed with his mother and two younger sisters in 1913.
6.30-18.39: Prior to 1913 Poland was primarily a peasant and agricultural society with the majority of the Jewish population living and working as tradesmen in the villages. Salsberg discusses the difficult relationship between the Poles and Jews under the power of the Czar.
18:40-24.14: Salsberg discusses the Canadian government’s collaboration with the CP Railroad to launch advertising campaigns attracting potential immigrants to come and live in Canada.
24.22-33.24: Salsberg discusses the experiences of his mother as a young Jewish immigrant and her adjustment to life in Toronto.
33.25-37.30: Salsberg discusses the Ward, an area between University and Yonge as being the heartland of early Jewish settlement. He describes the area as being the natural choice for Jews to live, the rents were cheap, Synagogues and community centers were nearby as were and their places of employment. The center for Jewish shopping was Kensington Market with shops along McCaul and Baldwin Streets, shopping at Eatons was reserved for “special occasions”.
37.32-39.50: Salsberg discusses the hardships faced by Polish immigrant Jews arriving in Toronto after World War One.
39.52-44.45: Salsberg discusses his father an Orthodox man who eventually went into the junk business and became one of the founders of the first Talmud Torah, his mother was active in the Ladies Auxillary of the School and remained it’s President for 50 years.
End
Side 2:
0.03-5.37: Salsberg discusses the religious and cultural divisions that dominated social and communal living in Poland under Czarist rule and the resulting division between Jews and non- Jewish Polish immigrants in Toronto
5.38-8.28: Salsberg discusses the example set by his mother on matters of religious observance and importance of the woman’s role in the family.
8.29-11.08: Salsberg discusses his mother’s activities outside the home. Sarah Salsberg was the first woman to challenge the burial custom of not allowing husband and wife to be buried side by side. Sarah won her challenge and was buried alongside her husband.
11.10-12.28: Salsberg discusses his orientation towards labor Zionism and his parent’s reaction to his political views. Sarah Salsberg was a “broad-minded” woman and friendly with those active in the movement, while his father clung to his own group.
12.29-13.53: Salsberg discusses the garment trade and the organizers who become members of the Ladies Garment Workers Union. Salsberg goes on to speak of his mother’s approval and secret admiration of the women in the Ladies Garment Union.
13.54-14.44: Salsberg discusses the role of Jewish immigrant women using the example of the Eatons strike in 1911 led by Jewish tailors, both men and women.
14.45-15.00: Salsberg discusses the Triangle Fire in New York as the impetus that led to the birth of the ILGWU in America and the ILGWU’s influence on the Canadian Garment industry.
15.03-15.40: Salsberg discusses the New York Yiddish Dailies the “Forward” and Tagblat delivered and read daily by Toronto’s Jewish community as another factor in the establishment of the Ladies Garment Workers Union in Canada.
15.41-20.39: Salsberg discusses the introduction by Eatons to changes in production methods that would have tailors, mostly men, taking on the job of women finishers. The refusal by the tailors to take away the jobs of women would lead to the first sit down strike by tailors in Canada.
20.40-21.20: Salsberg discusses the recognition of women’s rights in the early garment workers unions. The Dressmakers section of the ILGWU in Toronto was predominantly women who led strikes and fought on picket lines.
21.21-23.44: Salsberg discusses Union sentiment within the Jewish community and the enforcement by some of the more militant women on community shopkeepers to use Union labels on their products.
23.45-24.39: Salsberg discusses single Jewish women who confronted with financial hardship worked in predominately Jewish factories.
24.40-26.07: Salsberg discusses the economic nature of the garment industry, the competition and undercutting in the industry factories and the continuous strikes and stoppages by employees opposed to wage cuts.
26.08-31.15: Salsberg discusses the important contributions in the areas of the labor force, education and social responsibility made to Ontario by Jewish immigrant women. Women worked alongside men in order to improve their economic position and establish themselves within the community. Jewish women placed a great emphasis on education and as a result a high percentage of their children would graduate from institutions such as Harbord Collegiate and Jarvis Collegiate with scholarships. Salsberg speaks of his late wife Dora Wilensky who graduated from Jarvis Collegiate with the highest mark of any girl student in Ontario earning a five-year scholarship to McMaster University and becoming a prominent Social Worker within the Jewish community.
31.16-33.09: Salsberg discusses the differences in opportunity for young Jewish men and young Jewish women. As the only boy in the family he was expected to set the path by going to a theological school in NY but to the dismay of his parents he became radicalized in leftist politics.
33.10-35.55: Although Salsberg’s parents were never involved in the labour movement and disagreed with his leftist philosophy, they were pleased by his election in 1938 as Alderman on Toronto’s City Council and his election to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1943.
End
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Joseph Salsberg discusses the events that led to the birth of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) in America and the ILGWU's influence on the Canadian Garment Industry.

In this clip, Joseph Salsberg discusses Canada

Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Conventions series
National conventions sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 5-2; File 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Conventions series
National conventions sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
5-2
File
14
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of a letter informing Robert Soren that he had been designated as the Chair of the convention.
Name Access
Robert Soren
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Conventions series
Central Region conventions sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 5-1; File 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Conventions series
Central Region conventions sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
5-1
File
18
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of a copy of the Presidential Address given by Robert Soren at the 19th conference.
Name Access
Robert Soren
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Conventions series
Central Region conventions sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 5-1; File 77
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Conventions series
Central Region conventions sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
5-1
File
77
Material Format
textual record
Date
1964
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of drafts of resolutions and the adopted resolutions submitted at the 26th Central Region Conference. The file also includes a memorial resolution commemorating Dr. Robert Soren.
Name Access
Robert Soren
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Conventions series
Central Region conventions sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 5-1; File 93
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Conventions series
Central Region conventions sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
5-1
File
93
Material Format
textual record
Date
1966
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of a list of individuals who had died during 1966. This list includes Martin Buber, Moshe Sharett and Robert Soren. The file also includes general correspondence between conference chairs and delegates regarding the election of delegates and people with observer status, registration and meals.
Name Access
Sharett, Moshe, 1894-1965
Martin Buber
Robert Soren
Subjects
Prime ministers--Israel
Source
Archival Descriptions
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