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Level
Item
ID
Item 4153
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4153
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1940]
Physical Description
2 photographs : (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Circled: Norman Grosbein.
Subjects
Children
Education
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
1986-10-10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3917
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3917
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1932
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Identified in this photograph, pictured left to right, are: Israel Gang; Roy Shapiro; Rabbi Samuel Sachs; [unknown]; David Siegel; Sarah Siegel; Mark Zimmerman; [unknown]; [unknown]; [Carl or Murray] Keyfetz. This photograph was taken looking north on University Avenue.
Notes
Photograph is the same as photo 1876.
Name Access
Gang, Israel
Shapiro, Roy
Keyfetz, Carl
Goel Tzedec Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Beth Midrash Hagadol Synagogue
Sachs, Samuel, Rabbi
Subjects
Education
Religion
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
1979-11-15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4687
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4687
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1932
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Photograph of graduating class, University College, University of Toronto. Includes T.K. Draimin, D. Newman, Manny Spring.
Name Access
University College
University of Toronto
Draimin, T.K.
Newman, D.
Spring, Manny
Subjects
Education
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
Item is in poor condition. It is ripped in several places.
Accession Number
1981-11-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4644
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4644
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1932
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Photograph of University of Toronto or Osgoode Hall graduation, Toronto. L. David E. Newman.
Name Access
University of Toronto
Osgoode Hall
Newman, David E.
Subjects
Education
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
1981-11-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4231
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4231
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1915
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
For identification, see accession record.
Name Access
High Park
National Radical School
Workmen's Circle
I.L. Peretz
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Education
Picnics
Children
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
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4233
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4233
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1929
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
For identification, see accession record.
Name Access
Ladies' Auxiliary
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
I.L. Peretz
Subjects
Education
Women
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
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4643
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4643
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1932
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Subjects
Education
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
1981-11-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4840
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4840
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1921]
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia
Scope and Content
Back row, left to right: [unknown]; [unknown]; Dora Ezrin; [unknown].
Front row, left to right: Rose Levine; [unknown]; Edmund Scheuer; [unknown].
Name Access
Levine, Rose
Ezrin, Dora
Scheuer, Edmund
Jewish Organizations
Subjects
Education
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
1989-11-7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2013-7-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-3
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 51 x 44 cm on mat 62 x 55 cm
Date
1909
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one composite photograph of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine's graduating class of 1909. Included is L. J. Solway.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition informaiton for this photograph. It was found in the processing room in July 2013.
Subjects
Education
Physicians
Name Access
University of Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
Date
1950-1989
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the Bureau of Jewish Education (later the Board of Jewish Education). Included is the inaugural meeting invitation, general correspondence, commencement and festival programmes, newsletters, a report on the schools of Beth Tikvah Synagogue and a BJE Dropouts' Study performed in 1989.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information for these records. Cantor Stolnitz's stamp is visible on many of the records and some of the correspondence is addressed to him.
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Board of Jewish Education (Toronto, Ont.)
Stolnitz, Nathan
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 certificate
Date
1930
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a University of Toronto graduation diploma for Sara Selma Mirochnick.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information for this accession. The record was found in the processing room in July 2013.
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Mirochnick, Sara
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-3-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-3-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Date
[ca. 1970]-[ca. 1999]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of various meeting minutes of the Masada Chapter, Farband of Lithuanian Jews. The minutues are written in Yiddish and document different meetings, such as, Chanukah meetings, closing meetings, luncheons, and teas. Also included is one Borochov School Nurseries brochure. Jennie Kernkraut is the teacher in the classroom pictured on the cover of the brochure.
Custodial History
Records were in the possession of Jennie Kernkraut's daughter, Judy Kasman, unitl their donation to the OJA.
Administrative History
Jennie Kernkraut (nee Golomb) was born in 1916 in Vilno. She came to Canada in 1948 and worked as a nursery school and Yiddish teacher at the Borochov school in Toronto. She was an active member of the Masada Chapter, Farband of Lithuanian Jews and served on its executive for many years as Secretary.
Subjects
Societies
Education
Name Access
Kernkraut, Jennie
Farband of Lithuanian Jews (Toronto, Ont.)
Borochov School (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-1-15
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-1-15
Material Format
textual record
moving images
sound recording
Physical Description
ca. 3 m of textual records
ca. 20 video cassettes
ca. 5 audio cassettes
Date
[ca. 1970]-[ca. 2010]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records, and audio-visual material documenting the operations of Hillel and its predecessor organization, the Jewish Students Federation.
Subjects
Education
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
Hillel of Greater Toronto
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-8-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-8-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder textual records
Date
1937-1970
Scope and Content
Accession consists of personal records of Bunny Bergstein. Included is his certificate of graduation from "shule", or Yiddish school, and documents related to the B'Nai Brith Lodge.
Subjects
Education
Yiddish language
Name Access
Bergstein, Bunny
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-8-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-8-7
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
ca. 30 cm textual records
Date
1995-2007
Scope and Content
Accession consists of documents related to Hillel of Greater Toronto. Types of materials include meeting minutes, flyers, correspondence employee manuals and financial statements.
Subjects
Education
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
Hillel of Greater Toronto
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-9-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-9-4
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1.2 m of textual records and other material
Date
[ca. 1936]-2012
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the activities of Eitz Chaim. Included are photographs, yearbooks, class lists and registers, teachers record books and student grade reports, curriculum materials, anniversary books and 2 DVDs from a gala dinner and fundraising event. Also included is the Beth Jacob High School dedication and founders dinner book.
Administrative History
Known then as the Poylishe Talmud Torah, Eitz Chaim began in 1915 with a few students in one classroom guided by one teacher. The school’s first premises were in the Elm Street Shul. Within a year, a second teacher, Reb Leibish Noble, was hired, and he remained actively involved in Eitz Chaim for 30 years. There were now 30 students in two classes. The four-hour nightly sessions were held at the end of the regular public school day with an additional six hours on Sunday. Classes continued throughout the summer as well.
The school’s first building on Chestnut Street was inaugurated in August 1916, with additional classes held at a branch on Simcoe Street. The second president of the school, Yosef Shidlowsky, in a move to be more inclusive of all Orthodox Jews, changed the name of the school to Talmud Torah Eitz Chaim.
In 1917, Mr. Shidlowsky, Itshe Meyer Korolnek, and Joseph Cooper managed not only to obtain a provincial charter to open a religious school, but were also instrumental in purchasing the Italian Club at 68 D’Arcy St. to accommodate the school’s growing enrollment.
In 1920, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Graubart arrived from Stashow, Poland, and assumed the post of spiritual leader of the Talmud Torah. He introduced more Hebrew instruction and a more intensive Torah curriculum.
In 1926, Rabbi Pinchas Ravad became the next principal, a position he retained for the next nine years. During that time, a separate girls’ class was formed and the first female teacher was hired. Although a fire in 1927 destroyed the wooden school building on D’Arcy St., a new, larger school was constructed on the same site and dedicated on December 30, 1927. After moving into the new building, student enrollment increased dramatically. Beginning with 300 students in 1929, the student body grew to 400 in 1931, 503 in 1933, and 600 in 1938.
After the passing of Rabbi Graubart, an evening high school yeshiva, the Maharil Graubart Yeshiva, was founded in 1939 to serve boys 14 years of age and up with Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky acting as rosh yeshiva beginning in 1941. The building next door to the Talmud Torah, at 80 D’Arcy Street, was purchased to provide space for the yeshiva and was connected via a walkway to the Talmud Torah. As the students of Eitz Chaim Talmud Torah graduated from the elementary school, they would eventually attend the Maharil Graubart Yeshiva. That same year, Rabbi Jacob I. Wohlgelernter became principal of the Talmud Torah and a kindergarten was added in 1942.
Seven years later, Rabbi Chaim Nussbaum officially assumed the role of principal of Eitz Chaim Schools. Beginning with only a grade 1, new grades were added every year until grades 1 through 9 were in place. Eitz Chaim gradually broadened its scope, welcoming Jewish students from many diverse backgrounds and establishing afternoon and day classes beginning in 1950 at a branch on Burnside Ave. To meet the growing demand for classes, the Torath Emeth Jewish Centre was established at 1 Viewmount Avenue in 1956.
By 1958, in response to the geographical shift of the Jewish population northward, the Tanenbaum Building was added to the complex, followed by the Korolnek Building in 1961, both at 1 Viewmount Avenue. By this time, Eitz Chaim had two principals: Rabbi Nussbaum, who oversaw Hebrew studies, and Rabbi Shlomo Jakubovitz, who oversaw general studies.
The two buildings on D’Arcy St. were sold in 1966 and the proceeds were designated toward purchasing a new school building to the north of the city. Rabbi Shlomo Jakobovits, Avraham Bleeman, Joe Goldwasser and Sam Wortsman led the way in persuading the Board of Directors to purchase the land at Patricia and Bathurst Streets. Patricia and Bathurst Streets served as the temporary location for portable units until the large, permanent building was completed in 1970. This location evolved into the boys’ campus, servicing students from all areas of the city.
Rabbi Shneur Weinberg succeeded Rabbi Nussbaum in 1969 and served as the Hebrew principal until his retirement in 1995, when Rabbi Aaron Levine took over. The position of Hebrew studies principal for the girls’ school was created in 1974 and was held by Rabbi Leibish Adler for 26 years. Rabbi Mordechai Gewirts succeeded Rabbi Adler in 2002 and was principal of the girls’ school until 2012. Eitz Chaim Schools developed rapidly and acquired an excellent reputation among North American day schools.
The female graduates of Eitz Chaim, for the most part, attended public high school. To counter this trend, Beth Jacob High School, with the guidance of Eitz Chaim, was launched in 1963, with classes conducted near the Viewmount branch. In 1966, the Beth Jacob High School and Teacher’s Seminary was completed on Lawrence Avenue, culminating in the opening of a girls’ high school that became completely independent of Eitz Chaim. Today, many female graduates of Etiz Chaim continue their education at Beth Jacob High School.
The Spring Farm campus, named for the farm formerly on that site, opened its doors in 1988. Currently, Eitz Chaim serves primarily as an elementary educational institute under the guidance of Rabbi Isser Pliner.
History from http://www.eitzchaim.com/index.php?page=history (viewed Oct. 6, 2014)
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Descriptive Notes
Physical Description note: Includes ca. 500 photographs, texts, 2 DVDs and 1 betacam cassette.
Use Conditions note: student grade reports are closed until 30 years after the death of the individual.
Subjects
Education
Children
Name Access
Eitz Chaim Schools (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-12-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-12-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Date
1957-1958
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two photographs of Bernie Shiner's class at Associated Hebrew Schools on Neptune Avenue, Toronto.
Identified individuals from 1957 are: David Zweig; Mitchell (?); Phillip Granovsky; Ian Eckler; Mark Greenspan; Hillel Eisen; Mark Gottlieb; Heidi (?); Mark Shapiro; Bernie Shiner; Gordon Lindsay; Carol Ogden; Vernon Kurtz; Milton Davis; Allan Greenspan; Leonard Feldman; Bobby Posen; Avram Steinman; and Sima Godfrey. The teacher was Mr. Clodman.
Identified individuals from 1958 are: Avram Steinman; David Zweig; Evelyn Klein; Bobby Posen; Emma Applebaum; Vernon Kurtz; Gordon Lindsay; Leonard Feldman; Allan Greenspan; Alan Frankel; Henry Metkiewitz; Bernie Shiner; Ronnie Rosenberg; Phil Granovsky; Deena Mandel; Mitchell (?).
Descriptive Notes
See accession form for location of individuals.
Subjects
Education
Children
Name Access
Zweig, David
Granovsky, Phillip
Eckler, Ian
Greenspan, Mark
Eisen, Hillel
Gottlieb, Mark
Shapiro, Mark
Shiner, Bernie
Lindsay, Gordon
Ogden, Carol
Kurtz, Vernon
Davis, Milton
Greenspan, Allan
Feldman, Leonard
Posen, Bobby
Steinman, Avram
Godfrey, Sima
Shapiro, Mark
Davis, Milton
Klein, Evelyn
Applebaum, Emma
Frankel, Alan
Metkiewitz, Henry
Rosenberg, Ronnie
Mandel, Deena
Associated Hebrew Schools
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-4-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-4-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
6 yearbooks
Date
1988-1993
Scope and Content
Accession consists of six yearbooks from Solomon's school years.
Administrative History
Dara Solomon was born in Toronto in 1975 to Joseph and Maureen (Kokotow) Solomon. Her sister is Alida Solomon. In 2004, she married Jay Rosenthal of Natick, MA in San Francisco, CA. Solomon attended Bialik Hebrew Day School (1980-89), Arlington Senior Public School (1989), CHAT (1990), and Forest Hill Collegiate Institute (1991-93). She went on to the University of Toronto where she received her BA and to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her Masters in Arts Administration. She worked in museums in the San Francisco Bay Area for 11 years before returning to Toronto with her family in 2012. Since 2012, she has been the director of the Ontario Jewish Archives. She has a daughter named Stella Rosenthal and a son named Cy Rosenthal.
Subjects
Children
Education
Name Access
Solomon, Dara, 1975-
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-9
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
2.25 m of textual records
Date
2000-2008
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the Centre for Jewish Education's (formerly, the Board of Jewish Education) Affiliations and Compliance Committee and the records received from affiliated schools and those wishing to affiliate. The records are arranged alphabetically by school. Included is correspondence between staff members of the CJE, the UJA Federation and the various schools; budgets; policy and procedural manuals; legal documents; curriculum; and miscellaneous school publications such as newsletters, flyers, pamphlets and anniversary books.
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Centre for Jewish Education (Toronto, Ont.)
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Mercaz (Toronto, Ont.)
Board of Jewish Education (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-10
Material Format
textual record
graphic material (electronic)
moving images (electronic)
Physical Description
10 cm of textual records
2240 photographs (jpg and gif)
8 moving images
Date
1944-2015 (predominent 2008-2015)
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the activities of Alex Levin, a Jewish war veteran and Holocaust survivor. Records include letters written to Levin from school children following various speaking engagements; interviews with Crestwood School, CHAT, and Netivot Hatorah; a recording of the Saluting Our Italian Heroes commemorative event; recordings of Remembrance Day ceremonies hosted by the Canadian Jewish War Veterans (Toronto Post); and photographs documenting events attended by Levin including Holocaust remembrance events, Yom Hashoah, Remembrance Day ceremonies, March of the Living, Miracle Dinners and Proms, Azrieli Foundation events including the launch of Levin's book "Under the Yellow and Red Stars", school visits, JWV programs with Sunnybrook veterans, portraits of Levin through the years and various scanned images of Levin's family.
Administrative History
Alex Levin (1932-2016) was born in 1932 in Rokitno, Poland. In 1941, the Germans invaded Rokitno and established a ghetto and formed a Judenrat to carry out their orders. In 1942, the Ghetto was evacuated and the Jews were brought to the town's marketplace to be transported by train to be killed. Levin was ten years old when he escaped into the nearby forest with his brother Samuel where he lived for 18 months in a hole in the ground. He was twelve when he emerged from hiding to find that his parents and youngest brother Moishe had been murdered. In 1944, he joined the Soviet forces as a messenger boy. After the war, he was sent to the USSR and enrolled in cadet school, remaining in the Soviet army until forced out for being Jewish in the 1970s. An engineer by training, Alex came to Canada in 1975 via Austria and Italy, and now lives in Toronto where he regularly speaks about his experiences in the Holocaust.
Subjects
Education
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
World War, 1939-1945
Name Access
Levin, Alex, 1932-2016
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-7-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-7-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[2010?]-[2015?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of thank you cards from schools where Alex was a speaker, sharing his story of Holocaust survival.
Administrative History
Alex Levin (1932-2016) was born Joshua Levin in 1932 in Rokitno, Poland. (He was also known as Yehoshua and Shike.) Rokitno was occupied in 1941 by Nazi Germany and Alex escaped the Rokitno ghetto with his brother in 1942, hiding in the woods for eighteen months. Soviet troops found him in January of 1944 and invited him to join the 13th Army as a field hospital unit helper. Because his Yiddish nickname was unfamiliar (Shike, from his Hebrew name, Yehoshua), they called him Shura or Shurik, diminutive forms of Alexander, which became his formal name. He became an officer in the USSR and an engineer. He immigrated to Canada in 1975 and brought his family to join him in 1980.
Subjects
Education
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
World War, 1939-1945
Antisemitism
Name Access
Levin, Alex, 1932-
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1973-1977
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the Rules and Conditions for the Morris Black Memorial Essay Contest, essays submitted, correspondence from the Board of Jewish Education and the vote casting process for the 1976 contest.
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of this material.
Administrative History
The Morris Black Memorial Essay Contest was established by the Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region's Department of Education and Culture. The rules and conditions stated in a booklet dated 1973 was that the 'prize or prizes for the best essay or essays or oral address or addresses on men famous in Jewish history...'. The Contest was open to 'All Jewish children in the Province of Ontario outside of Metropolitan Toronto and Ottawa.' The essays submitted in 1973 appeared to follow the Rules and Conditions. However, in the 1976 contest, now sponsored by The Board of Jewish Education, there were no restrictions on where the Jewish children lived or on the gender of the person in Jewish history being written about.
Subjects
Education
Children
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Board of Jewish Education (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1950-1972
Scope and Content
Accession consists of letters to and from Dr. Joseph Klinghofer, the Educational Director of Canadian Jewish Congress. The correspondence relates to the search for ritual and educational leaders for placement in Jewish communities outside of Toronto such as St. Catharines, Timmins, Belleville, Peterborough, Kirkland Lake, Guelph, Hamilton, Bramalea, North Bay, Windsor, Maritimes, Manitoba and the USA.
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of this material.
Subjects
Education
Religion
Communities
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Klinghofer, Joseph
Places
St. Catharines (Ont.)
Timmins (Ont.)
Belleville (Ont.)
Peterborough (Ont.)
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Guelph (Ont.)
Hamilton (Ont.)
Bramalea (Brampton, Ont.)
North Bay (Ont.)
Windsor (Ont.)
Manitoba
United States
Maritime Provinces
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-11
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1979
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a document titled 'Educational Counseling Centre (Day School) Guidance and Counseling Program of the Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto (JVS).
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of this material.
Administrative History
The Educational Counseling Centre of JVS provided a guidance and counseling program to the seven Hebrew Day Schools in Toronto.
Subjects
Children
Education
Name Access
Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-24
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-24
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[195-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of an undated document 'Rules and Regulations Concerning the Organization of the Hebrew Schools in Ontario'.
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of this material
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-25
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-25
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1945-1968
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a bound document on Religious Instruction in Public Schools of Ontario, presented by Rabbi Abraham Feinberg to the Royal Commission on Education and a fact and discussion sheet of similarities and contrasts between Canadian and US Jewries and Judaism.
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of this material.
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-26
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-26
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1971
Scope and Content
Accession consists of document created by Melvin Shipman entitled 'Tax Support for Denominational Schools'. It would appear that the document was presented to The Board of Education for the Borough of North York.
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of this material.
Administrative History
At the time of the presentation of the paper, Melvin Shipman was a Trustee for Ward 5 in the Borough of North York.
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Shipman, Melvin
Places
North York, Ont.
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-11-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-11-6
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
2 photos (jpgs)
Date
1922, 1955
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 2 electronic copy photographs. One is of a group of 4 men, sitting at a desk smoking cigars. Behind them stands a manikin of a woman wearing a dress. Identified from left to right: Bill Rosenberg (son of Morris), Morris Rosenberg, Hyman Rossman, and Sam Gross. All men owned garment businesses in the Balfour building including Klever Klad, Queen City Dress, and Normandie Frocks. These were the brothers-in-law of Penny's father David Rubinoff.
The second photograph is a class photo from Orde Street School (ca. 1922), Toronto. Penny's mother Rachel Rosenberg is on the far left, second row from the bottom.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Occupations
Fashion and clothing
Education
Name Access
Rubinoff, Penny
Places
Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-11-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-11-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
2015-2016
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records relating to Holy Blossom Temple and includes an Adult Education Guide (2015), L’Shanah Tovah Bulletin (2015) and Family & Youth Education Centre Programs 2015/2016 – 5776.
Administrative History
Nancy Draper is an active member of the Jewish community and has been a volunteer at the Ontario Jewish Archives for many years.
Subjects
Education
Synagogues
Name Access
Draper, Nancy
Holy Blossom Temple (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Bathurst St. (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-12-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-12-4
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
24 photographs : col. ; 20 x 26 cm or smaller
Date
1988-2013
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of the graduating classes of the Downtown Jewish Community School from the first class in 1988 through to 2013. Missing are the photographs from the years 1998, 1999 and 2011. Also included are identification keys as well as class lists detailing student names, addresses, home schools and parent names.
Subjects
Education
Children
Religion
Name Access
Downtown Jewish Community School (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-6-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-6-4
Material Format
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
1 document (docx) ; 13.3KB
Date
June 2016
Scope and Content
Accession consists of Mia Feldman's valedictorian speech deliverd to her graduating class at Bialik Hebrew Day School in June 2016.
Administrative History
Mia Feldman is the daughter of Jonathan and Shlomit Feldman. She was born in New York City and moved to Toronto as a young child. She graduated from Bialik Hebrew Day School in June 2016 and was the valedictorian of her class.
Descriptive Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: A pdf copy has been created of the document for access purposes.
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Feldman, Mia
Bialik Hebrew Day School (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-12-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-12-3
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 poster ; 8 cm (diam.)
Date
[195-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a large printed poster on heavy paper of the Hebrew alphabet in print and script. The poster bears a Bureau of Jewish Education stamp in the bottom left-hand corner. It was likely given out to affiliated schools to hang in their classrooms.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information for this accession. The accession number has been assigned by the archivist.
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Board of Jewish Education (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-10
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
9 photographs : col. (jpgs) ; 19 MB
586 KB of textual records
Date
[2015?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 9 digital photographs of Daniel Hoffman, owner of The Cutting Veg, teaching urban farming with the Global Garlic Project, and planting onions and garlic. Also included is one electronic textual document depicting The Cutting Veg's mission statement, issued as promotional material.
Administrative History
The Cutting Veg (TCV) is an eco-social enterprise rooted in organic farming. TCV runs four programs aimed at cultivating personal, social, environmental, and economic health. They cultivate multiple acres of mixed vegetables, making organic food more accessible to vegetable lovers of Southern Ontario. In addition to produce sales, TCV runs the “Global Garlic Project.” Specifically, they grow approximately 20 varieties of garlic from around the world, including Polish, Persian, Italian, Russian, Korean, and Israeli. TCV also provides Food Coaching Services, which offers garden & composting project support, agri-business training, food-based workshops, and part-time farming internships. Finally, TCV offers one-on-one “Wellness Counselling” for individuals who want to take steps forward with their health and happiness. Collectively, these programs are helping TCV towards the achievement of its quadruple bottom line: Personal health, Social health, Environmental health, and Economic health. TCV is owned and managed by Daniel Hoffmann. Daniel is an Organic Farmer, Social Worker (BSW), Counsellor, and has been farming in B.C. and Ontario since 2000.
Descriptive Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: The textual record is in a graphic file format but is a document.
Subjects
Agriculture
Education
Name Access
Hoffmann, Daniel
The Cutting Veg (Sutton, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-13
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
7 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
1 folder of textual records
Date
2006
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 7 colour photographs of Eisen speaking to students, a thank you card signed by the students and student art work in response to the Holocaust.
Administrative History
Alexander Eisen was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1929. After the Anschluss in 1938, the Eisen family fled to Hungary. In 1939, Alex’s father was arrested and fled to Palestine, leaving his wife alone with their three children. Alex and the rest of the family endured the hardships of the Budapest Ghetto, but later managed to escape and live in hiding until being liberated by the Soviet Army in 1945. He immigrated with his wife Renate to Canada in 1952. Eisen is a Neuberger Holocaust Survivor Speaker and author of A Time of Fear (2010).
Subjects
Children
Education
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Name Access
Eisen, Alexander
Places
Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-2-2
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record
Physical Description
25 cm of textual records
1 photograph : col. (tif)
Date
[ca.1921]-2000
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a Harbord Review (1946-1947), "A History of Harbord Collegiate Institute" (1992), and essays by Phyllis Platnick entitled: "Opening Doors: English Canada ponders immigration in the aftermath of World War II", "The Long, Hot Summer of 1933 - Toronto Jews through the Newspapers," and "Through the Back Door: The Canadian Garment Industry and Bulk Labour Immigration." Accession also includes textual documents related to the death of Dr. David Platnick including: a letter from David Platnick regarding a proposed research project on the History of Wind Energy Utilization in Canada (1982), a copy of Forum (a newspaper of the Information Services Department at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute) with an accompanying obituary for Dr. David Platnick (October 1982) and newspaper clippings of an obituary of David Platnick (1982). Other textual records include a memorial record from the funeral of Lillian Sandler Gordon (1993) and a letter to Phyllis Platnick from Clara ? in Holon, Israel regarding the death of Nahum ? and a donation to the Anne Edell Award at the University of Toronto (2000). Finally, accession also includes a digital scan of Lillian Sandler Gordon's class at Jarvis Collegiate Institute circa 1921.
Custodial History
Records were in the possession of Marilyn Platnick-Glass, the sister-in-law of Phyllis Platnick (sister of Dr. David Platnick).
Administrative History
Phyllis Esther (née Sandler) Platnick was born in Toronto on 21 February 1932 to Michael and Clara Toby (née Edell) Sandler. Her brother's name was Martin Sandler. She was educated at Harbord Collegiate; University of Toronto, Bachelor of Arts; and Syracuse University, Master of Library Sciences. She married David Platnick on 22 June 1952 and had three children: Deborah, Howard and Brian. Anne Edell was Phyllis' aunt. Phyllis was an archivist at Glendon College, York University. Phyllis was married to Dr. David Platnick who was an engineer and professor in the Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) Department at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute from 1968-1982. He was born on Markham St. in Toronto, attended Harbord Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto. He was active at Temple Har Zion in Thornhill. He passed away on October 19, 1982. Lillian Sandler Gordon (1908-1993) graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1931 and established a successful real estate and family law practice during the Depression in an inhospitable environment for women and Jews in her profession. She was married to Sandy Gordon (1914-1992) and they practiced law together. Lillian Sandler Gordon was Phyllis Platnick's aunt (Michael Sandler's sister).
Use Conditions
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.
Descriptive Notes
ASSOCIATED MATERIAL NOTE: Several accessions related to Phyllis Platnick (1984-1-7, 1984-4-5, 1986-10-6, 1993-5-1). See also 2016-11-12 Platnick and Glass family. Serial Harbord Review (Shelf 52-4 2 boxes). Oral history of Lillian (Sandler) Gordon conducted by Phyllis Platnick AC 209. RELATED MATERIAL NOTE: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History holds an oral history with Lillian Sandler Gordon conducted in 1991. There are letters to Lillian Sandler at the Clara Thomas Archives, York University, F0151, Aplin Family Fonds.
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Platnick, Phyllis
Platnick, David
Harbord Collegiate Institute
Gordon, Lillian Sandler
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-10-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-10-6
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w., mounted on backing board ; 16 x 21 cm on backing board 25 x 30 cm
Date
11 Apr. 1919
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a photograph of the senior fourth class of King Edward Public School taken on April 11, 1919 and mounted on a backing board. Written on the back of the backing board is the following:
April 11th 1919
Senior Fourth Class
Manual Training
King Edward School
Boys of 1918-1919
Jolly Good Fellows
Left to Right.
(1) Alex Mosoff (Mozes)
(2) Sam Rosenbloom ([Liprosy?])
(3) Harry Isaacson (Eggs)
(4) Morris Heller (Heller ["Moishe" in Yiddish])
(5) John Burton (Farmer)
(6) Max Goldberg (Truck-Horse [illegible])
(7) Murray Cooper (Tony)
(8) Leo Friedman (Longzy)
(9) Sol Luxenberg ([Chalk?])
(10) Max Lexchin (Lexshit)
(11) Jacob Kaplan
(12) [Morris?] Stulberg (Koony)
(13) Coo-Coo Jessel
(14) Izzie Shapiro (Knowledge)
(15) Abie Soltz (Epson Saltz)
(16) Harry Bied[illegible]vitz (Bugsy)
(17) Alex Mosoff (Mozas)
(18) Leonard Stein (Shtinker)
(19) Max Mandel
Photo caption (001): Senior fourth class, manual training, King Edward [Public] School, boys of 1918-19, 11 Apr. 1919. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2017-10-6.
Custodial History
Gloria Roden (née Mosoff), the daughter of Alex Mosoff (pictured in photograph), donated the photograph.
Administrative History
Alexander Elliott "Alex" Mosoff (1904-1998) was born in Szydlowiec, Poland on 12 April 1904. Mosoff came to Toronto in 1906. It was there that he married his wife, Fay Layefsky, on 23 March 1924; the two would stay married for 74 years, during which time they had two children: a son, Harold, and a daughter, Gloria.
Mosoff worked for a wholesale groceteria for a time before joining Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1924, eventually becoming a manager at a time when it was unusual for a Jewish person to go beyond the position of salesperson. In all, Mosoff spent 44 years at MetLife, retiring in 1968.
Mosoff passed away on 27 April 1998. He was 94 years old.
Use Conditions
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.
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Burton, John
Cooper, Murray
Friedman, Leo
Goldberg, Max
Heller, Morris
Isaacson, Harry
Jessel, Coo-Coo
Kaplan, Jacob
King Edward Public School (Toronto, Ont.)
Lexchin, Max
Luxenberg, Sol
Mandel, Max
Mosoff, Alex, 1904-1998
Rosenbloom, Sam
Shapiro, Izzie
Soltz, Abie
Stein, Leonard
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-6-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-6-10
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
14 cm of textual records
Date
[2003?]-2017
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Limmud Toronto. Included are: filled-out presenter forms for the year 2007, flyers and pamphlets, legal mandate, volunteering notes and materials, project charters, organizational documents, research materials, meeting notes, miscellaneous notes of Sharoni Sibony, planning for the 2017 Tikkum Leit Shavuot, a UJA staff training document from 2009, and a document assigning tasks for the 2009 conference.
Administrative History
Alastair Falk, Michael May, Jonathan Benjamin, and Clive Lawton founded Limmud (Hebrew for "learning") in Britain in 1980. The first Limmud conference was held at Carmel College in Oxfordshire. Over the next two decades, Limmud grew to become Europe's largest Jewish learning event.
In December 2001, Peter Sevitt attended the Limmud conference at Nottingham University with his family. Inspired, he made the decision to bring Limmud to Canada, which he did in 2004. The first Limmud conference in Canada was held on 21 November 2004 at York University's Founders College. Initially slated to run every two years, Limmud Toronto went on hiatus after holding conferences in 2007 and 2009 but returned in 2015. As of 2018, it was still active.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Limmud Toronto
Sibony, Sharoni
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 48
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
48
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1936-2001
Physical Description
21.5 m of textual records
ca. 180 photographs : col. and b&w (ca. 165 col. negatives) ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Established in 1949 as the Bureau of Jewish Education, the Board of Jewish Education (BJE) is the central Jewish agency in Toronto whose mandate is to preserve, enrich, and promote Jewish education in the Greater Toronto area. Its primary tasks are to coordinate and provide leadership in teacher training and professional development, curriculum development, school administration, and inter-school activities, and also to allocate funds to affiliated Jewish schools raised through the annual UJA Federation fundraising campaign.
The BJE was established following the recommendations of a 1948 study of Jewish education in Toronto undertaken by Dr. Uriah Z. Engelman of the American Association for Jewish Education, and sponsored by the United Jewish Welfare Fund (UJWF; now, the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto) and the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), Central Region. In its constitution, the bureau was described as having the dual characteristics of being an autonomous agency of the UJWF and also as acting for the UJWF in the field of Jewish education. The bureau was governed by a board of governors with representatives from affiliated schools, the UJWF, CJC Central Region, and from the community at large. The inaugural meeting of the board took place on 20 March 1950.
The organizational structure of the Bureau of Jewish Education mirrored that of the UJWF, with a board of directors and executive committee, standing comittees, and a professional staff. Samuel Posluns was the first president of the BJE and Dr. Joseph Diamond was its first executive director, serving in this position for 18 years. In the 1950s, the staff consisted of the executive director, an administrative assistant, and a school consultant. Over time, the staff was expanded to meet the increased demand for BJE services as the number of affiliated schools grew. For example, the position of director of school finances was created in 1976 to oversee school budgets, monitor tuition fees and teacher salary profiles, and perform other duties relating to financial management.
The BJE's offices were located with those of the United Jewish Welfare Fund, first on Spadina Avenue and then on Beverley Street, until the 1960s, when the board moved to offices in the Jewish Public Library on Glen Park Avenue. The board remained there until 1983, when the BJE moved into the newly built Lipa Green Building, on Bathurst Street, along with the other departments of the Toronto Jewish Congress, as the UJWF was renamed in 1976.
During the 1950s and early 1960s, the BJE sponsored adult education programs in Toronto through the Institute for Jewish Studies, in collaboration with the Jewish Community Centre (JCC) and CJC. The BJE also provided assistance and advice to the CJC in support of Jewish education in the smaller Jewish communities in Ontario. The BJE's role in adult education diminished significantly after its reorganization in 1968, but this again became a responsibility for the BJE in the late 1990s.
The BJE has gone through several periods of reorganization since it was founded: in 1968, when the bureau became the Board of Jewish Education and its board was reduced in size significantly; in the late 1970s, with the implementation of recommendations of the 1975 UJWF Study Committee on Jewish Education; in the early 1990s, following the development of a strategic plan for the BJE; and in the late 1990s, following the recommendations of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto Commission on Jewish Education (1996). The 1968 reorganization was the most significant of these, with the BJE Board of Directors reduced from over 80 members to just 20 members approved by the UJWF, and the number of standing committees was reduced to two. Stephen Berger was appointed as first chairman of the Board of Jewish Education in 1968, and in 1969, Rabbi Irwin E. Witty became the second executive director of the BJE. Later reorganizations typically involved alterations to the number and responsibilities of BJE committees.
Although its primary function is to support existing educational institutions, the BJE has also participated in establishing several new instititions in Toronto. In 1953, to meet the need for qualified teachers in affiliated schools, the BJE and CJC Central Region founded a Jewish teachers' seminary (Midrasha L'Morim) in Toronto, which was jointly funded by the BJE and CJC for many years. In 1960, the BJE and UJWF sponsored the establishment of a non-denominational Jewish high school, the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT), with the BJE Executive Director as its director. In 1978, the Orah School for Jewish Children from the Soviet Union was established by the BJE, to meet the special needs of the large numbers of recent immigrants from the Soviet Union.
At its founding, the BJE served a total of 21 day and supplementary schools. When it ceased functioning in 2012, the BJE served more than 70 day and supplementary schools in the Greater Toronto area, with the position of chair held by Baila Lubek and the position of executive director held by Dr. Seymour Epstein. The Board was replaced by the Mercaz and later, the Centre for Jewish Education.
Custodial History
The BJE records in accession 1995-8-2 were in the possession of Harvey Raben, formerly a school consultant with the BJE, for several years prior to his donation in 1995, while Raben worked on his Doctor of Education thesis on the history of the BJE.
Scope and Content
The fonds documents the interactions of the BJE with affiliated schools, the UJWF and its successors -- the Toronto Jewish Congress (TJC), Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto (JFGT) and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto -- and the community in its work of facilitating and financing Jewish education in Toronto. The bulk of the records consist of the files of the executive director, associate director and director of school finances, and minutes of the BJE Board of Directors and its committees. As well as meeting minutes, these records include memoranda, correspondence, committee reports, budget and financial statements, and a small number of photographs of individuals and of BJE events.
The fonds is arranged into eighteen series defined by the BJE's organizational units, projects and programs, institutions established by the BJE or its officers, and by record form. These series are as follows: Board of directors and executive committee, Executive director, Director of school finances, Subject files, School files, Chronological correspondence and memoranda, Newsletters and other publications, Midrasha L'Morim, Bible contests, Canada-Israel Secondary School Program, Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, Orah School for Russian Jewish Children, Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School, Toronto Jewish Media Centre, Meyer W. Gasner Memorial Scholarship Fund, Principals councils, Association of Jewish Day School Administrators, and Parents Council of Hebrew Day Schools
Name Access
Board of Jewish Education
Subjects
Education
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Related Material
The records of the Educational and Cultural Committee in the Canadian Jewish Congress Central Region fonds document the CJC's involvement in the establishment of the BJE and the operation and funding of the Midrasha L'Morim. The UJA Federation of Greater Toronto fonds, accessions 2002-10-54, 2004-6-4 and 2004-6-9 contain records on the establishment of the Bureau of Jewish Education, the appointment of UJWF representatives to its board, the reorganization of the bureau as the Board of Jewish Education in 1968, the various studies conducted of the BJE, and the annual review and approval of allotments for Jewish education in Toronto by UJA Federation and its predecessors. Accession 2004-6-4 also contains records on the funding of Jewish education in Toronto by the UJWF in the late 1930s and the 1940s, prior to the establishment of the BJE.
Arrangement
Files at the BJE were typically organized alphabetically by subject with no clear division by function or program. While some files were kept in a central filing system maintained by an administrative assistant and shared by all professional staff, staff members also kept their own series of alphabetical subject files. Since staff responsibilities for programs and support of board committees shifted over time, records relating to these programs and activities became dispersed across several sets of files. The archivist has extracted files relating to programs, committees, and areas of activity from these various sets of subject files and defined series according to these activities, programs and functions. The remaining alphabetical subject files have been integrated into one subject file series. File titles have been edited to bring together records relating to similar topics, events and activities within this series.
The other two common filing methods employed at the BJE were to store correspondence, memoranda and committee minutes chronologically (often in 3-ring binders), and in series of "School files" -- files organized alphabetically by school name, containing correspondence and other records relating to the school. The school files have been brought together into one school file series. The chronological series have been left in their original order.
Creator
Board of Jewish Education (1949-2007)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Harry Finkelman
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
1972
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Harry Finkelman
Number
AC 028
Subject
Antisemitism
Education
Occupations
Pharmacists
Interview Date
1972
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Morris Silbert
AccessionNumber
1978-2-2
Total Running Time
028A: 46 minutes 028B: 7 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Notes
Parts inaudible
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Harry Finkelman was born in 1909 in Hamilton and was one of the first Jewish pharmacists in Hamilton. His father was a tailor and an active member of several Jewish organizations including the Hess Street Synagogue and the Talmud Torah. Harry attended the Talmud Torah and was involved with Young Judea and groups/clubs from the Talmud Torah. In this interview he discusses the early history of Hamilton and descrimination against Jews entering the professions.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Finkelman, Harry
Silbert, Morris
Geographic Access
Hamilton (Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\AC 028, Harry Finkelman\AC 028, Finkleman transcript.pdf
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Oral Histories

In this clip, Harry Finkelman shares some of his early memories of the Hamilton Jewish community in the 1910s. He notes name of shops, shop owners, streets and describes some of the synagogues

In this clip, Harry Finkelman describes the difficulty for a Jew in the 1920s to find a placement to complete a mandatory 3 year apprenticeship before he could enter Pharmacy at University.

Name
Ben Himel
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
Jan 24, 1983
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Ben Himel
Number
AC 135
Subject
Education
Fraternal organizations
Labor unions
Zionism
Interview Date
Jan 24, 1983
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
135A: 26:40 minutes 135B: 29:20 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Notes
Interview does not start at beginning.
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Ben Himel was Vice President and founder of the Borochov School and Kindergarten. Himel was affliated with the Poale Zion,Jewish National Workers Alliance (Farband), the Independent Workers Circle and The Board of Jewish Education
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Himel, Ben
Speisman, Stephen
Geographic Access
Toronto
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Benjamin Himel discusses the ideologies of Canada's Labor Movements during the 1930s and 1940s.

In this clip, Benjamin Himel discusses the Zionist movement within the Toronto Jewish community during the 1930s and 40s.

Name
Dr. Alexander Brown
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
May 4, 1977
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Dr. Alexander Brown
Number
AC 140
Subject
Education
Interview Date
May 4, 1977
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
Side 1: 46 minutes 22 seconds Side 2: 41 minutes 13 seconds good
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
Dr. Alexander Brown was a leader in the field of Jewish education in Toronto. He held various positions with Toronto's Board of Education and the Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto. He was actively involved with other Jewish organizations, such as Canadian Jewish Congress and United Jewish Welfare Fund. Dr. Brown was born in the Ukraine in 1909 and was the son of Louis and Bessie Brown.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Brown, Alexander
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Board of Jewish Education (Toronto, Ont.)
United Jewish Welfare Fund (Toronto, Ont.)
Associated Hebrew Schools (Toronto, Ont.)
Geographic Access
Toronto
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Dr. Brown describes his tenure as Executive Secretary of the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), its organizational structure, and the CJC's position within the Toronto Jewish Community.

In this clip, Dr. Brown discusses the Board of Jewish Education, the Welfare Fund and the Canadian Jewish Congress in relation to the subsidization of Associated Hebrew Schools

Name
Rabbi Elimelech Ittamar
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
May 11, 1976
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Rabbi Elimelech Ittamar
Number
AC 141
Subject
Education
Immigrants--Canada
Rabbis
Synagogues
Zionists
Interview Date
May 11, 1976
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Doris Newman
Total Running Time
Side 1: 46 minutes Side 2: 19 minutes
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
Rabbi Ittamar was born in Poland. He came to Toronto in 1923. He attended Landsdowne and Ryerson Public Schools in Toronto for one year and then continued his education at a theological seminary in New York which later became Yeshiva University. Throughout his life, Rabbi Ittamar was an ardent Zionist. From 1930 until June 1932, Rabbi Ittamar served as Rabbi of Beth Jacob and Adas Yisroel Synagogues in Hamilton. He then worked as principal of the Seattle Talmud Torah and attended graduate school at the University of Washington for three and a half years. He served for 20 years in Detroit as rabbi and president of Yeshiva. He made Aliyah in 5715 (1955) when he was invited by Chief Rabbi Herzog to become secretary of the Chief Rabbinate. He was married (nee Unger) in 1936 and had 2 children, Tamar and Yehoshua.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Ittamar, Elimelech
Geographic Access
Toronto
Hamilton
Detroit
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\AC 141, Rabbi Elmelech Ittamar\AC 141 notes.pdf
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Oral Histories

In this clip, Rabbi Ittamar shares some of his early memories as a boy in Toronto.

While attending Yeshiva in New York, Rabbi Ittamar headed the debating team. In this clip he describes his first English-speaking public presentation while representing the debating team in 1930 at the Jewish People’s Institute in Chicago.

Name
Edna Jacobs
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
December and March 1986
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Edna Jacobs
Number
AC 125
Subject
Families
Travel
Education
Occupations
Antisemitism
Girl Guides
Religion
Volunteers
Interview Date
December and March 1986
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Nancy Draper
Total Running Time
Side 1: 36 minutes Side 2: 46 minutes
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
Edna (nee Frankel) Jacobs was born March 20, 1904 in Toronto, Her parents, Sigmund and Paula Frankel, were early immigrants from Germany. Edna attended Havergal from kindergarten through high school. She studied general arts for two years at the University of Toronto. She married Arthur Jacobs, the son of Rabbi Solomon Jacobs, in 1936. Together, they had one daughter, Patsy and a baby who died during infancy. Edna was involved with the Girls Club and the Junior Council of Jewish Women.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Toronto Girl's Club
Toronto Council of Jewish Women
Geographic Access
Toronto
Germany
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\AC 125 Jacobs\AC 125 notes.pdf
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Edna Jacobs shares memories from a trip she and her family took to Biblis, Germany to celebrate her grandparents’ golden anniversary.

In this clip, Edna Jacobs reminisces about several prominent Toronto Jewish families.

Name
Anne Edell and I.S. Edell
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
February 7, 1984
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Anne Edell and I.S. Edell
Number
AC 208
Subject
Recreation
Education
Occupations
Antisemitism
Interview Date
February 7, 1984
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Phyllis Platnick
Total Running Time
AC 208A: 40 minutes AC 208B: 18 minutes
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
Anne Edell grew up in Toronto. She worked as a bookkeeper in several local Jewish businesses. During summer vacation, Anne would travel to Port Dalhousie, Crystal Beach and Jackson's Point. I.S. Edell grew up in Toronto. He graduated in education from OCE but was unable to find a teaching position. He worked at the post office for a short time and later in his father-in-law's business.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Edell, Anne
Edell, I.S.
Platnick, Phyllis
Geographic Access
Port Dalhousie
Crystal Beach
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Anne Edell shares memories of summer vacations.

In this clip, I.S. Edell discusses the antisemitism encountered by Jewish graduates in the field of education in Ontario in the 1930s.

Name
Merle Koven
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
Oct. 17, 2007
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Merle Koven
Number
AC 324
Subject
Antisemitism
Education
Synagogues
Interview Date
Oct. 17, 2007
Quantity
2 mini DVs, 2 archival DVDs, 2 reference DVDs
Interviewer
Sharon Gubbay Helfer
Total Running Time
2 hrs
Notes
Part of Ontario Small Jewish Communities Project.
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Merle Koven grew up in Kingston and attended Kingston Collegiate. After high school, Merle enrolled in teachers college in Toronto, then later taught school in Kingston. Merle married Philip Koven, a well-known local businessman, philanthropist and community volunteer, who died in 2008. He was owner of Rosen Heating and Cooling, which merged with another old, established city business to form Rosen, Triheat and Anglin, now run by their two sons.
During their 45 years of marriage, the Kovens raised three children - Adam, Kenneth and Rebecca. Both Phil and Merle Koven were prominent in the community. In 1982, Merle Koven broke new ground when she became president of Beth Israel, in Kingston, possibly the first woman president of an Orthodox synagogue in North America. She was vice-chair of Queens 1990s, although she did not have a degree.
The Merle and Philip Koven Bursary in Art History at Queen's University was initially established by Philip Koven in honour of his wife, Merle Koven, both passionate supporters of the arts in Kingston. This fund provides financial support for upper-year students in art history. After Philip Koven passed away in 2008, the fund received many gifts in his memory.
Material Format
moving images
Name Access
Queen's University
Hadassah WIZO Organization of Canada
Bader, Alfred
Geographic Access
Kingston
Original Format
Mini DV
Copy Format
DVD
Source
Oral Histories
Part Of
Ladovsky family fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 83; File 9; Item 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ladovsky family fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
83
File
9
Item
11
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1919
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w and sepia ( 1 negative) ; 17 x 24 cm and 10 x 16 cm on matte 14 x 23 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of an elementary school class at Hester Howe School on Elizabeth Street. Front row: David Wise (4th from left), Harry Greenberg (3rd from right).
Notes
Herman and Samuel Ladovsky are likely in the photograph as they attended the school in 1919, but have not been identified.
Originally cited as photo # 2487.
Name Access
Hester Howe School
Subjects
Children
Education
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
The top of the matte has been cut off and the existing corners are in poor condition.
Accession Number
1981-1-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3760
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3760
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1916-1917]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Two copy photographs of a Folk Shule, probably on Beverley Street, Toronto. Sadie Sorosky (Roebuck) is in the front row, second from right.
Notes
See also: photos #3757, #3758, and #3759.
Name Access
Sorosky, Sadie
Subjects
Children
Education
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
1985-5-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4285
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4285
Material Format
graphic material
Date
5 Dec. 1921
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Notes
Photo by Modern Studio, 452 Queen St. W.
Subjects
Education
Children
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
1985-3-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3961
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3961
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1936
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Notes
Photo by Simon.
For identification see accession record.
Name Access
I.L. Peretz
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Education
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
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3963
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3963
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1938
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Notes
Photo by Schlochter.
Name Access
I.L. Peretz
Workmen's Circle
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Education
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
1986-4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
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