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Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 102
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
102
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1902-2002
Physical Description
90 cm of textual records and other material
Admin History/Bio
Saul Cowan (1910-2002) was the seventh of nine children born to Zvi Hirsh (Harris) Cohen (1872-1954) and Chana Leah (Annie) (née Gollom) Cohen (1873-1960). His siblings were Woolf Cowan (Colvin) (1896-1987), Kate Cowan (b.1898) (m. Wener), Jack Cowan (1900-1992), Rivka (Reva) Cowan (1902-ca.2002) (m. Lieberman), Moe Cowan (b.1904), Jeanne Cowan (b.1906) (m. Kallman), Norman Cowan (b. 1909) and Miriam Cowan (b. 1919) (m. Rose).
The Cowan family immigrated to Toronto from England with their six oldest children about 1908. Harris worked as a tailor in England and an operator in men's clothing factory Tip Top Tailors in Toronto.
Saul graduated from the University of Toronto in 1931 in Honours Philosophy.
In 1932, Cowan married Lillian Rosenthal (1910-1978) the daughter of Morris (1883-1967) and Nessie (Celia) (née Soren) Rosenthal (1881-1969). Together, they had two children, Michael (b. 1939) and Trudy (b. 1941). The Rosenthal family ran a boarding house on Hanlan's Point and had a place at Belle Ewart. In 1945, Morris and Celia purchased Wapaska Lodge on Muskoka Bay just outside Gravenhurst and ran it as a family resort from 1948-1965.
Lillian, who was a public school teacher, passed away in 1978 and the following year Saul married Libbie Aiken (d. 2006) Libbie had been the head physiotherapist at the Toronto General Hospital during the late 1940s.
Saul pursued a career with the North York Board of Education serving as both Trustee and Chairman from 1958 to 1976. He was also very involved with the Jewish community and the growing North York community, involved with organizations such as B'Nai Brith, Canadian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (CPPNW), the North York Social Planning Committee, and was a founder of the York Finch General Hospital.
Trudy studied physical and occupational therapy at the University of Toronto but changed career direction when she moved to Calgary in 1969 and became involved in historical organizations such as the Glenbow Museum, the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, and the Lougheed House Conservation Society. She married Leonid Luker (b. 1937) in 1982.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records documenting the Cowan (Cohen) family and their connected branches including the Rosenthal, Soren, Gollom, Aiken, and Altshuller families. The records originated from Saul Cowan, his first and second wives, Lillian Rosenthal and Libbie Aiken, and his daughter, Trudy Cowan Luker. Records include photographs of family members at graduations, weddings, school, religious events, camping activities, and milestone celebrations. Textual records include traditional and email correspondence, marriage certificates, passports, immigration documents, family histories, theatre and concert programmes, and newspaper clippings. Many of the records document Saul Cowan's personal and professional activities. The majority of the material relates to the Cowan and Rosenthal families.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Includes 386 photographs, 2 audiotapes, and 6 objects.
Four books from the collection have been removed and integrated into the OJA's library holdings. These include titles Have I Ever lied To You Before? by Jerry Goodis, My Outlook by Jack Cowan, When Partners Become Parents by Carolyn Pape Cowan and Philip A. Cowan, and Front Page Challenge - History of a Television Legend by Alex Barris.
Name Access
Cowan (family)
Subjects
Families
Accession Number
2008-6-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 267
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
267
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1900 and 1910]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Admin History/Bio
The Kaufman family settled in Galt, Ontario after immigrating from Kraackow, Poland.
Scope and Content
Item is a formal studio portrait of the Kaufman family.
Name Access
Kraackow
Kaufman family
Rotenberg, Mattie
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Poland
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 269
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
269
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1902]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the Levi family in Toronto.
Name Access
Levi, Paul
Rotenberg, Mattie
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3759
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3759
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1915
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm
Admin History/Bio
Isaac Sorosky was an early member of Knesseth Israel synagogue.
Scope and Content
Copy photograph of Isaac and Layka Sorosky and family. Boy standing in center is Daniel Serott and children from left to right are cousins Morris Cait, Sadie Sorosky, and Sophie Cait.
Notes
See also: photos #3757, #3758, and #3760.
Name Access
Sorosky, Isaac
Sorosky, Layka
Sorosky, Sadie
Cait, Morris
Cait, Sophie
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1985-5-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 6059
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
6059
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1900]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of the Rosenthal family of London, Ontario. Pictured are:
Back row, left to right: Louis, Maurice, and Minnie.
Seated, left to right: Gittel (mother), Mollie, Libby, and Samuel (Shmiel) (father). Libby died of influenza in Los Angeles in 1918.
Notes
Original photograph by Westlake's Famous Studio, London, ON.
Name Access
Rosenthal (family)
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
London (Ont.)
Accession Number
1993-6-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Responsibility
Duke Studio
Date
[ca. 1950]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Eddie and Mildred Duke and children, Lorne and Libby from Kirkland Lake, Ontario.
Notes
Acquired in 1976.
Name Access
Duke, Eddie
Duke, Mildred
Duke, Lorne
Duke, Libby
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Related Material
2003-12-5
Places
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1947]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of the Finkelman wedding party and family.
Notes
Acquired in 1976.
Photo by Duke Studio.
Name Access
Finkelman
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Weddings
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 45; Item 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
45
Item
27
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1912
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w ; 15 x 10 cm in mat 27 x 19 cm
Admin History/Bio
Dorothy Dworkin (Goldstick) married Henry Dworkin in 1911. They had one child named Ellen, whom they called Honey. She was born 12 June 1912. Ellen married Lewis Raxlan in 1932. They divorced, and she then married Leon Arthurs. They had two children Harry and Linda. Harry later became the Dean of Osgoode Law School.
Scope and Content
Potrait of the Dworkin family.
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1978-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 45; Item 42
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
45
Item
42
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 10 cm (sight) on mat 24 x 16 cm
Scope and Content
Family portrait of Harry, Dora and Honey Dworkin taken at a photo studio in Toronto.
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 45; Item 38
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
45
Item
38
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 8 cm on mat 15 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Goldstick family in what is likely the house they had on Manning Avenue, Toronto. Henry and Dorothy Dworkin are in the middle second and third from the right.
Notes
The photograph was taken at the same time as item #39.
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Manning Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 45; Item 39
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
45
Item
39
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 10 x 8 cm in mat 15 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Goldstick family at what is probably their Manning Avenue house in Toronto.
Notes
Photograph was taken at the same time and event as item #38.
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Manning Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 443
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
443
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1910
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w, mounted on board ; 14 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
The item is an original photograph of Carl and Rose (Rosen) Strauss and (L-R) (Dr.) Samuel, (Dr.) Harry, and Nathan. Mr. Strauss was a plasterer and one of the founders of the Workmen's Circle in Toronto.
Notes
A negative is available. .
Name Access
Strauss, Carl
Strauss, Rose
Strauss, Samuel
Strauss, Harry
Strauss, Nathan
Workmen's Circle
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
Acquired April 7, 1975
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 497
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
497
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1887
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 26 x 21 cm and 4 x 5
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Barney and Goldie Allen and children, Bradford Penn. Left: Jay J. Right: Jule.
Notes
A 4 x 5 negative is available.
Name Access
Allen, Barney
Allen, Goldie
Allen, Jay J
Allen, Jule
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Bradford (Pa.)
Accession Number
Acquired December 1974.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 530
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
530
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1927
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a copy photograph of the Sokolsky family, taken in a photo shop at Queen and Cameron Streets, Toronto. Top row, L-R: Benjamin Sokol, Aaron Sokolsky, Sam Sokol, Doris Sokol. Middle: Clara Sokolsky, Bryna Sokol, Dave Sokol. Bottom: Leonard Sokolsky, Lily Sokolsky.
Notes
A 4 x 5 negative is available.
Name Access
Sokol, Benjamin
Sokol, Bryna
Sokol, Dave
Sokol, Dorris
Sokol, Sam
Sokolsky, Aaron
Sokolsky, Clara
Sokolsky family
Sokolsky, Leonard
Sokolsky, Lily
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Cameron Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Queen Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
Acquired June 22, 1975.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 536
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
536
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1926
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (i negatve); 18 x 13 cm and 4 x 5 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a copy photograph of Yaakov and Malka Liberman and son, Poland, June 13, 1926.
Name Access
Liberman, Yaakov
Liberman, Malka
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Poland
Accession Number
Acquired June 22, 1975.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 556
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
556
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1911
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative); 18 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of Albert Fine and family, duplex at 57 Augusta Avenue, Toronto.
Name Access
Fine, Albert
Fine family
Subjects
Dwellings
Families
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Augusta Avenue (Toronto. Ont.)
Kensington Market (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1906
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of a Florence family portrait. Pictured from left to right is Fayge Florence, Arthur (baby), Louis (standing), Harry (beside baby), Rose, David, and Annie.
Name Access
Florence, Annie
Florence, Arthur
Florence, David
Florence family
Florence, Fayge
Florence, Harry
Florence, Louis
Florence, Rose
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Peterborough (Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-7-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1214
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1214
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1915]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a studio portrait of Samuel and Rebecca Weinberg with their son, Bernard on the occasion of his bar mitzvah.
Name Access
Weinberg, Samuel
Weinberg, Rebecca
Weinberg, Bernard
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-1-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1281
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1281
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1917
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
George Dickler was one of the founders of Adath Israel Congregation, as was Mrs. Dickler's brother Sam Greenberg. Their uncle was David Haimovitz, first President of Adath Israel.
Scope and Content
Pictured in this photograph is George Dickler, Mrs. Dickler, and their children, Irving P. Dickler, Q.C.
Name Access
Dickler, George
Dickler, Irving P.
Dicker, Mrs.
Princess Grocery (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Storefronts
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
King Street East (Toronto, Ont.)
Princess Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-5-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1555
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1555
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1917]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Identified in this photograph are: Nathan (Nuchum) Hoffman and his wife Rivka with their three children. Standing from left to right are Polly, Sam and Anne Hoffman.
Name Access
Hoffman family
Hoffman, Anne
Hoffman, Nathan
Hoffman, Nuchum
Hoffman, Polly
Hoffman, Rivka
Hoffman, Sam
Subjects
Families
Storefronts
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
Kensington Market (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-9-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1312
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1312
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1913
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the Wolfish family of Toronto standing in front of their store on Elizabeth Street.
Name Access
Wolfish family
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Storefronts
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
Elizabeth Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2439
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2439
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1915
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of members of the Gerston family front of their general dry goods store on Queen Street West in Toronto. Pictured in the doorway, left to right: Mrs. Gerston, Salesman, Mr. Gerston.
Children, left to right: Harold Gerston, (Dr.) Harry Gerston, Helen Gerston (m. Sturman).
Name Access
Gerston family
Gerston, Harold
Gerston, Dr. Harry
Gerston, Helen
Sturman, Helen
Subjects
Families
Storefronts
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
Queen Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-12-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Henry Weingluck fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 44; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Henry Weingluck fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
44
Item
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1940]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Ben, George and Irving were the sons of Etta and Ephraim Simon.
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Ben, George, and Irving Simon in front of Simon's Book Store at 549 Dundas St., Toronto.
Name Access
Simon, Al
Simon, Ben
Simon, George
Simon's Book Store
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Storefronts
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
Dundas Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-2-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Frankel and Draper family fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 104
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Frankel and Draper family fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
104
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1895-2009
Physical Description
21 cm of textual records and other material
Admin History/Bio
Gottschall Frankel (1832-1918) and his wife Mina Meyer (1841-1921) were born in Biblis (Hessen) and Aschaffenburg, Germany respectively. Gottschall died in Biblis and is buried in Alsbach, Germany. Mina passed away in Toronto and is interred in the old Holy Blossom Cemetery. Leo Frankel (1864-1933) was one of nine children born in Biblis, Germany to Gottschall and Mina. His siblings were Salmon (1874-1906), Benno (d. 1921), Ike (d. 1950), Louis (1879-1952), Maurice (1865-1935), Sigmund (1866-1936), Ida (1870-1952) (m. Levy) and Herman (1871-1939). Three of the siblings are buried in Montreal, and the rest in Toronto. Leo immigrated to Canada in 1881 at the age of 17 and in 1886 established Frankel Brothers (scrap metal and processing) in association with his brothers. The siblings were eventually succeeded by several sons of the original partners. The company subsequently became Frankel Steel Ltd. and Steel Structures Corporation. Leo married Helena (Lena) Mayer of Florsheim, Germany on July 2, 1890 in New York City. They had three sons - Egmont Leo (1891-1964), Carl Milford (1894-1984), and Roy Hecker (1896-1983). The family lived at 504 Jarvis Street in Toronto from 1908, which was the former Gooderham residence. Carl married Dorothy Jacobs (1903-1987) who was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents were Bernard Jacobs of Texas and Henrietta Altheimer of Arkansas. Carl and Dorothy had two daughters - Nancy Jean Frankel (b. 1928) and Carol Nina Frankel (1930-1999). Carl was a prominent member of the Toronto Jewish community, active in Holy Blossom Temple, several masonic lodges, and was a founder of the North Toronto Y.M.-Y.W.H.A. His daughter Nancy attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute and was confirmed at Holy Blossom Temple. She married Darrell (Drapkin) Draper (1922-1992) of Fort William/Port Arthur in 1949. Darrell had studied at the University of Toronto and became a lawyer and judge. The couple's three children are Dr. Paula Jean Draper (b. 1953) a historian, Phillip Jacobs (b. 1954) a real estate lawyer, and Kenneth Lewis (b. 1957). Collectively the siblings have six children and several grandchildren. Nancy Draper has been a long time volunteer at the Ontario Jewish Archives. Nancy's sister Carol married Mandel Sprachman (1925-2002), the son of a renowned architect Abraham Sprachman of the firm Kaplan and Sprachman. Mandel followed his father into the profession, specializing in cinemas and theatres, including the award-winning restoration of the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres (1985-1989). The Frankel family genealogy is wide in scope, extending from Germany and England, to the United States and Canada. One notable ancestor with German lineage is Israel Beer Josephat who changed his name to Paul Julius Reuter and founded the Reuters News Agency.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records documenting the Frankel and Draper (Drapkin) families and their connected branches, such as the Jacobs (English in origin), Josephat, Meyer, and Altheimer (all German in origin) families. Records include: photographs of the exterior and interior of the Frankel home at 504 Jarvis Street, Toronto; formal individual and group photographs taken in Toronto and other cities of family members at various gatherings and of Nancy Frankel's confirmation class at Holy Blossom; pictures of Darrell Drapkin (later Draper) and his Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity brothers at the University of Toronto; group photographs of members of the Palestine Lodge of Masons of which Carl and his brother Egmont were members; as well as a variety of candid shots in many locations including outside the Frankel family home in Biblis, Germany. Textual records include, essays and programmes concerning Holy Blossom, publications from Camp Wabi-Kon and Jarvis Collegiate yearbooks, and material from the Ulyssean Society at Hart House, the Oakdale Golf and Country Club, and the Carmel Chapter of Hadassah documenting Nancy's involvement with these organizations. Objects include a souvenir matchbook from the wedding of Darrell Draper and Nancy Frankel and a membership coin and badge in a leather case documenting Carl Frankel's involvement with Masonic lodges.
Notes
Physical description note: Includes 250 photographs, 3 objects,1 CD, and 1 video cassette.
Name Access
Draper (family)
Draper, Nancy (1928-)
Frankel (family)
Subjects
Families
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 33
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
33
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
[ca. 1913]-1984
Physical Description
264 photographs (98 negatives) : b&w and col. ; 28 x 35 cm or smaller
2 folders of textual records
Admin History/Bio
William (Bill) I. Stern (1921-2007) was born Izick Stern in Toronto on 24 February, 1921, to Moishe (Morris) Shternshis (ca. 1893-1976) and Fanny Rumianek (ca. 1896-1991). He was an active and respected member of both the Toronto and Hamilton Jewish communities.
Bill began his education in Toronto at Grace Street and Givens Street elementary schools. He later attended the Central Technical Institute for chemistry. In the late 1930s, Bill left Central Tech to work for his father, but eventually returned to school until the start of the Second World War. At this time, Bill enlisted in the Royal Canadian Airforce and served as a Leading Aircraftsman for three years in France, Belgium and Germany. At the end of the war, he returned to Central Tech and completed his junior matriculation (grade 12) in January of 1946. In December 1946, Bill married his first wife, Toronto-born Laura Rubinstein (1923-1963). The couple had two children, Hershel (1953-) and Sheila (1957-1996).
From 1946 to 1951, Bill studied social work at the University of Toronto through a government sponsored program for war veterans. When he graduated, he practiced social work at several community institutions such as the Children's Aid Society, the University Settlement House and St. Christopher House, in Toronto. In 1956, he was offered a position as director of activities for the Hamilton Jewish Community Centre (JCC). He remained in Hamilton at this post until 1960 and then returned to Toronto as a divisional director of the United Jewish Welfare Fund, where he initiated the fund's Social Planning Department. In 1963, upon the death of his wife Laura, Bill returned to Hamilton as the director of the JCC, and later the executive director of the Hamilton Council of Jewish Organizations (CJO), a position which he held for nine years from 1964 until 1973.
After two years with the United Jewish Welfare Fund of Buffalo, Bill returned to Toronto in 1975 and briefly served two years as the executive director of the Canadian Zionist Federation, Central Region. He then returned to private practice, working as a community consultant and later as a job placement coach at the University of Toronto's School of Social Work.
Bill was an active supporter of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival and the author of "You Don't Have to Be Jewish", a book on Jewish film. He held several positions with philanthropic organizations such as the United Jewish Welfare Fund, the Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest, and the Canadian Society for the Weizmann Institute of Science. He was also a volunteer at the Ontario Jewish Archives. Bill lived in Toronto with his second wife of more than thirty years, Elizabeth Uptegrove (1952-), until his passing on 18 April 2007.
Custodial History
Records were in the possession of Bill Stern until they were donated to the Archives.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of photographs documenting the Stern and Rumianek families, individuals and organizations from the Hamilton and Toronto Jewish communities, as well as Bill Stern and his fellow servicemen during the Second World War.
The fonds has been arranged into the following series: Family photographs; Military photographs; Hamilton Jewish community photographs; Toronto Jewish community photographs; and Camp photographs. The photographs have been described at the item level and have been arranged chronologically. The textual material consists of two files containing records related to Bill Stern's professional and philanthropic career, as well as some family invitations.
Name Access
Stern, William, 1921-2007
Subjects
Communities
Families
World War, 1939-1945
Related Material
See "Stern family" clipping file
Creator
Stern, William, 1921-2007
Accession Number
1980-2-1
1981-9-4
1985-6-6
1986-1-8
1991-5-5
1991-5-6
1994-1-4
2004-5-96
2004-5-135
2004-5-141
2005-5-2
2005-5-9
2006-2-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 49; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
49
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1902
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 17 x 25 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a family portrait of Benjamin Brown (aged about twelve) with his father Meyer, mother Tema, brothers Manny and Peter and sister Sophie. The photograph was taken in Toronto in 1902.
Notes
One image is a photocopy. See image of photocopy for identification information of Brown and his family.
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Related Material
See photo #1709.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sadie Stren fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 78; File 3; Item 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sadie Stren fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
78
File
3
Item
15
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1916]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of Max (Motle) and Sarah (née Rovinsky) Moldaver, of Brantford, Ontario, with their sons David and Samuel and their daughter Bertha (Brucha).
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Related Material
This photograph is a copy of photo #1149.
Accession Number
1978-11-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1152
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1152
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1900 and 1912]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 11 cm on card 17 x 11 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a cabinet card of the Moldaver family, of Brantford, Ontario in Kiev, Ukraine.
Name Access
Moldaver family
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Ukraine
Accession Number
1976-6-13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sadie Stren fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 78; File 3; Item 38
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sadie Stren fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
78
File
3
Item
38
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca 1900]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of the Strenkovsky (Stren) family of Brantford, Ontario. The photograph was taken in Toronto.
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Brantford (Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-11-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sadie Stren fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 78; File 3; Item 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sadie Stren fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
78
File
3
Item
19
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1910]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of the Rapoport family of Brantford, Ontario.
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Brantford (Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-11-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1150
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1150
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1916]
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 14 x 10 cm on mat 23 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Annie and Sam (Shoika) Rovinsky with their son Jack (Rowan), of Brantford, Ontario. The photograph is a studio portrait.
Name Access
Rovinsky, Annie
Rovinsky family
Rovinsky, Sam
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Brantford (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-6-13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1149
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1149
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1916]
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 15 x 10 cm on matte 23 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Max (Motle) and Sarah (née Rovinsky) Moldaver of Brantford, Ontario, with their sons David and Samuel and their daughter Bertha (Brucha). The photograph is a studio portrait.
Name Access
Moldaver, Bertha
Moldaver, Brucha
Moldaver, David
Moldaver family
Moldaver, Max
Moldaver, Samuel
Moldaver, Sarah
Rovinsky, Sarah
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Brantford (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-6-13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1146
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1146
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1910]
Physical Description
3 photographs : sepia and b&w (1 negative) ; 26 x 21 cm and smaller
Scope and Content
This item is an original and copy photograph and corresponding negative of Mike and Sheva (née Moldaver) Corsonsky (Corson), of Brantford, Ontario, with their son Jack. The three are dressed in formal attire and Mike is seated in a chair.
Name Access
Corson family
Corson, Jack
Corson, Mike
Corson, Sheva
Corsonsky family
Corsonsky, Mike
Corsonsky, Sheva
Moldaver, Sheva
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Brantford (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-6-13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1134
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1134
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1912]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of Luis and Bayla (Trayanko) Rapoport of Brantford, Ontario, with their sons Max and Sam.
Name Access
Rapoport family
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Brantford (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-6-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1129
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1129
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1916]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of Louis and Bayla (Trayanko) Rapoport, of Brantford, Ontario, with their sons Max, Sam and Karl.
Name Access
Rapoport, Bayla
Rapoport family
Rapoport, Karl
Rapoport, Louis
Rapoport, Max
Rapoport, Sam
Trayanko, Bayla
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Brantford (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-6-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 437
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
437
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1912
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w (1 negative) 21 x 26 cm and 17 x 22 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Admin History/Bio
The Davidovitch (Davidson) family were the only Jewish family in Burks Falls. They owned a general store and lived there for five years. A Rabbi, a Mohel and a Shoichet would visit Burks Falls for the benefit of their family only.
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and two corresponding negatives of the Davidovitch (Davidson) family seated around the Seder table. Pictured are:
Standing, left to right: Hym Davidson, Harry Davidson, Isaac Davidson, Rabbi.
Seated, left to right: Mrs. Gert Sher, Mrs. Lillian Fink, Irving Fink, Ada Davidson, Mohel, Shoichet, Mrs. Davidson's father.
Notes
Scope and content note: It has been pointed out that the sideboard mirror is covered with a cloth, indicating that this may be a family sitting shiva.
Name Access
Davidovitch family
Davidson, Ava
Davidson family
Davidson, Harry
Davidson, Hym
Davidson, Isaac
Fink, Irving
Fink, Lillian
Sher, Gert
Subjects
Families
Seder
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
Burk's Falls (Ont.)
Accession Number
Acquired June 3, 1975.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1321
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1321
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1917]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This is item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of the Sky family of Elk Lake, Ontario. The photo was taken at Camp Custard (Custer?) in the United States. Pictured are:
Left to right: Sol Sky, Barney Sky, Fanny Sky.
Name Access
Camp Custard
Camp Custer
Sky, Barney
Sky family
Sky, Fanny
Sky, Sol
Subjects
Camps
Families
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
United States
Accession Number
1977-6-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Newman
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
4 January 1975
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Newman
Number
AC 019
Subject
Families
Interview Date
4 January 1975
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Stephen Spiesman
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Notes
May also include interview with Mr. and Mrs. Sam Newman
Early life in Toronto
Use Restrictions
Conditional access. Researchers must receive permission from the interviewee or his/her heir prior to accessing the interview. Please contact the OJA for more information.
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Ben Newman was born in July 1920 in St Catharines. He married Sheila Gould from Winnipeg. Ben's father, Abraham emigrated to St. Catharines from Russia in 1909, living with his aunt and uncle and helping them with their junk business. His wife, Mary and two children followed later. Four more children were born in Canada: Norman, Benjamin, Rebecca and Gordon. Benjamin took over the company after Abe’s retirement and turned it into one of the largest steel manufacturers in Canada. Ben Newman was active in all phases of Jewish life in the community and was the first Jewish Alderman in St Catharines, a position he held for several years.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Newman, Benjamin
Newman, Sheila
Geographic Access
St. Catharines, Ont.
Toronto, Ont.
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Cyrus Coppel
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
21 July 1976
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Cyrus Coppel
Number
AC 061
AC 062
Subject
Communities
Families
Interview Date
21 July 1976
Interviewer
Larry Troster
Total Running Time
061A: 46:22 minuets 061B: 45:27 minuets 062A: 45:55 minuets 062B: 28:58 minuets
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Cassette tapes were digitized in 2012
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Cyrus Coppel son of Aaron Coppel and Chaya (Gertrude) Seigel was born in 1911 in Galt Ontario. Cyrus remained in Galt throughout his life and became a central figure within it's Jewish community. Cyrus initially worked as a mechanic and later worked in the office of an auto shop trading in auto parts. Cyrus also traded in livestock as a hobby. Cyrus Coppel was one of the founders of the B'nai Israel Synagogue in Galt.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Coppel, Cyrus
Troster, Larry
B'nai Israel Synagogue (Galt, Ont.)
Geographic Access
Galt
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Cyrus Coppel discusses the growth of Galt's Jewish community following the Second World War and the need to purchase a new and larger synagogue to accommodate the growing population.

In this clip, Cyrus Coppel discusses the difficulties of raising Jewish children in a small town.

Name
Fay (Haber) Gardner
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
19 November 1974
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Fay (Haber) Gardner
Number
AC 003
Subject
Families
Interview Date
19 November 1974
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Sophie Milgram
Total Running Time
Side one: 30 minutes Side two: 2 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
Fay Gardner (nee Haber) was born in Toronto in December 1896. Her parents came from Austria. They met and married in New York and moved to Toronto in about 1894. As a child, Fay's family lived on King Street, LaPlante Street and Walton Street. She attended Elizabeth Street (later Hester Howe) Public School and Wellesley Street Public School. At age 16, Fay and her family moved to Margueretta Street. She got married at age 18.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Gardner, Fay
Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Transcript
AC 003 Side A:
0.14: Fay was born in Toronto in 1896. Her parents came from Austria. They met and were married in New York.
1.11: Fay’s parents moved to Toronto. Her father was a fur cutter for Fairweather’s on Yonge St. for about 30 years and her mother looked after a second hand shop on King St. for a short time.
2.37: Fay’s family moved to LaPlante Ave. There were few Jewish families in the neighbourhood. Across the street from their home was a mission and the old Sick Children’s Hospital.
4.19: At around age 10, Fay’s family moved to Walton St.
4.33: Fay and her sister attended Elizabeth St. School (which later became Hester Howe School). Hester Howe was the Principal. Fay reminisces fondly about Hester Howe. Fay recalls that she experienced no incidents of antisemitism at school or in the neighbourhood.
6.40: Fay graduated to Wellesley School.
7.00: Fay warmly recalls a welcoming incident with a non-Jewish neighbour, Mrs. Denson.
7.54: Fay recalls that when she came down with diphtheria she was sent to an isolation hospital located next door to the Don Jail. She recalls that Sam Factor (later a Judge) was in the hospital with her at the same time.
8.50: Fay remembers other Jewish families in the area near her Walton St. home – the Factors, the Goldhars and the Baers (?). Gradually, more Jewish families moved into the area.
9.39: Fay reminisces about first meeting Esther Manilla (Rosen) who became a lifelong friend.
10.54: Fay’s family moved to Margueretta St.
11.06: While still living on Walton St., Fay’s family belonged to the Bond St. Synagogue. Fay and her sister attended Sunday school at Bond St. Shul (Holy Blossom) until they moved to Margueretta St.
11.45: Fay’s in-laws belonged to the Rumaneshe Shul on Centre Ave.
12.53: Fay’s sister worked in the millinery at Fairweather’s.
13.06: Fay recalls that the old Toronto Star building was next door to Fairweather’s. She identifies Greg Clark as a journalist & Jimmy Fries as a cartoonist at the time.
13.44: Fay stayed at home to help her mother look after her younger siblings (2 brothers and a sister). She then became an apprentice for Mrs. Holmes in a dressmaking shop on Queen St.
14.33: Fay recalls the few Jewish families near her Margueretta St. home – the Greenwoods (Sol. There were no synagogues in the area.)
16.41: Fay’s younger brothers and sisters attended Kent School at Dufferin and Bloor.
17.26: Fay recalls how she met her husband at age 18. His family lived around Dovercourt Road near Bloor.
19.16: Fay discusses the start of Temple Sinai. Fay’s daughter, Kay, married to Lorne Sandy joined Temple Sinai and Fay followed suit.
20.00: Fay reports no awareness of discrimination against Jews or Blacks when she lived on Margueretta St. Her family was friendly with the neighbours.
21.30: Fay continued to live with her parents after she was married. Her first daughter was born there. Then she and her husband moved to a house on Beatrice and College. Then they moved to Bloor and Gladstone Ave. for more than 30 years.
23.02: Fay recalls shopping on Thursdays in Kensington Market with her mother. (Kaplan’s Creamery, Permutter’s Bakery).
25.11: Fay recounts a visit to Hester Howe School.
26.36: Fay recalls her home on LaPlante St. – outdoor plumbing, potbelly stove, coal oil lamps, chimney lamps. On Walton St. they had indoor plumbing.
28.38: Fay recounts a story from her childhood. Her father purchased a goat to provide milk for her mother’s health. The goat that was kept in an empty neighbouring lot escaped and the neighbourhood ran after the goat to catch it.
AC 003 Side B:
0.0: Fay describes the condition of the sidewalks and roads from her childhood. She mentions an aunt and uncle living on Haggerman St. and Brenner’s Junk Shop.
1.41: Sophie Milgram clarifies a few points made in the interview. Fay was born in December 1896. Her family moved to Margueretta St. when she was age 16. The club she mentioned was the Nordau Club. Fay recalled that while living on Walton St., there was a convert named Singer who attempted to proselytize in the neighbourhood and operated out of the mission.
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Barney and Tillie Nosov [with Wilfred Kideckel]
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
22 September 1975
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Barney and Tillie Nosov [with Wilfred Kideckel]
Number
AC 011
Subject
Families
Religion
Interview Date
22 September 1975
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Fred Schaeffer
Total Running Time
side 1: 43:39 minutes
side 2: 43:36 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Notes
Most of the interview is conducted with Barney Nosov. Wilfred Kideckel is also featured on the tape, and Tillie Nosov is interviewed briefly.
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Conditional access. Researchers must receive permission from the interviewee or his/her heir prior to accessing the interview. Please contact the OJA for more information.
Biography
Barney Nosov arrived in Canada in 1916. Nosov lived in Ansonville, Ontario. He was a merchant, owned a store, and was also in politics for many years.
Wilfred Kideckel was born in Kreugerdorf on a farm in 1917. His father was one of the first immigrants to the area. Kideckel had 10 people in his family. He moved to Ansonville and got married. Kideckel moved to Toronto in 1942.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Nosov, Barney
Nosov, Tillie
Kideckel, Wilfred
Geographic Access
Kriegerdorf, Ont.
Cochrane, Ont.
Cobalt, Ont.
Ansonville, Ont.
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Transcript
AC 011: SIDE 1
BARNEY NOSOV
0.24: Nosov talks about how he came to Ansonville, Ontario. Talks about his aunt, Mrs. Perkiss?
1.14: Nosov talks about the families in Cochrane – was about 6 families. Rothchild, Kurtzer? Perkiss, Bernstein. Rothchild’s son was mayor at that time.
2.16: First Jewish people in Cochrane were peddlers. Cochrane is close to Cobalt, which had more Jews.
3.29: Nosov arrived in Canada in 1916. Opened a store in 1917.
4.37: Nosov talks about other Jewish families who were there when he arrived, and who came later. Mentions Korman.
5.18: There was religious instruction at that time; was a cheder; Korman was a teacher.
5.46: 1922 Korman decided to build a synagogue. Was about 16 Jewish families at that time.
6.44: Rabbi Gordon donated a sefer Torah .
7.25: Nosov tells a story about the Lubachitcher Rabbi.
8.10: Nosov talks about children being sent (conscripted?) into the army [unsure where this took place]. When the children were allowed to leave the army, they all prayed at a specific synagogue.
9.56: Nosov talks about a synagogue located on Synagogue Street.
10.52: Nosov talks about the synagogue they built. Rabbi was named Rabinovitch.
11.44: Congregation functioned until 1930, and then Nosov sold the building.
11.55: Nosov talks about himself – he was a merchant, owned a general store, was in politics. Nosov was a councilor for many years from 1930 to 1944.
13.43: Nosov explains how he got started in politics – he felt discriminated against in business, so he decided to tell the public what was going on. He ran for fun; never believed he would even get elected.
16.25: Nosov talks about antisemitism
19.43: Nosov tells a story to describe the antisemitism. a Jewish dentist wanted to go to a small town (Hansville?). Came to Nosov’s store and Nosov told him he had no chance of getting a job, because he was Jewish. No Jewish dentists allowed in that time. They would rather have no dentist at all in town.
22.23: Nosov talks about the first mayor of Ansonville who was a gentile; used to hire Jews in early 1920s.
23.18: Nosov talks about talked about a farming settlement in Kreugerdorf (most settlers there were Russian immigrants)
25.25: Kreuger was a German (not Jewish), and he taught people how to work the land. That’s why the land is named Kreugerdorf
WILFRED KIDECKEL
Born in Kreugerdorf on a farm in 1917. His father was one of the original immigrants. Family of 10. Doesn’t have too many memories of the farm.
26.57: Kideckel talks about how his father got to Krugerdorf (thought he would get free land).
27.45: Kideckel talks about Jewish life in Kriegerdorf. Talks about how his father used to chop wood in return for someone teaching his children to read Hebrew. Still a cemetery there, but no people living there.
28.57: Kideckel moved to Ansonville, got married, moved to Toronto in 1942.
30.17: [no sound audible for the rest of the recording]
43.39: End
AC 011: SIDE 2
TILLIE NOSOV
0.08: Nosov came to farm in Kreugerdorf in 1906. Maiden name Abromson?, 11 children in her family.
0.59: Nosov talks about her childhood and her family; what her house looked like.
2.15: Nosov talks about her father working on the railroad and on the farm.
2.54: Nosov talks about what she did on the farm; life on the farm; religious life on the farm. People kept kosher; women’s roles on the farm equal to men.
WILFRED KIDECKEL
4.33: Kideckel talks about inter-dating – the Jewish mayor used to discourage it.
5.05: [no sound audible for the rest of the recording]
43.36: End
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Dr. Hana (nee David) Gelber
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
29 July 1973
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Dr. Hana (nee David) Gelber
Number
AC 013
AC 014
Subject
Antisemitism
Families
Israel
Occupations
Interview Date
29 July 1973
Quantity
2
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
013 Side One 30 minutes
014 Side One 30 minutes
014 Side Two 30 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.
Conditional access. Researchers must receive permission from the interviewee or his/her heir prior to accessing the interview. Please contact the OJA for more information.
Biography
Hana Gelber (nee David) was born in Safed (Tzfat), Palestine in 1907. She studied sciences at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and prepared her thesis at Hebrew University. She graduated from University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1929. Hana moved to Toronto in December 1929 and married Eddie Gelber in March 1930. Hana and Eddie moved to New York where Eddie was completing his final year at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hana conducted research at the Rockefeller Institute. They returned to Toronto in July 1930. Hana graduated from Medical School at the University of Toronto in 1934. She completed her medical internship in Palestine. Hana and Eddie lived in Palestine from 1934-1939. They returned to Toronto in 1939 where they remained until 1954 at which time they made Aliyah. Hana worked at Women's College Hospital until 1954. Hana had 3 children; Edna, Lynn and David.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Gelber, Hana
Gelberg, Eddie
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Belle James
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
21 April 1975
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Belle James
Number
AC 016
Subject
Families
Rabbis
Interview Date
21 April 1975
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
Side One: 46 minutes
Side Two: 5 minutes
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Belle James (nee Levy) was born in Toronto in 1908. Her father, Rabbi Meyer Levy became chief rabbi of Toronto in 1905/6.
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sound recording
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James, Belle
Levy, Meyer
Weiss, Lottie
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Toronto, Ont.
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AC 16: Side A.
0.00 - 1.57: Sound quality is poor.
2.04: Belle refers to an autobiography written by her father, Rabbi Meyer H. Levy. Her father was ordained at age 22 in 1891 in Vilna. He immigrated to New York in 1892. He worked in Syracuse as a rabbi for 5 years. He left the rabbinate and entered business but business failed.
5.58: Rabbi Levy returned to the rabbinate to serve as Chief Rabbi in Toronto in 1905/6.
6.18: While in business, Rabbi Levy worked in Rochester and Detroit and knew Henry Ford.
7.18: Belle’s parents were married in Europe.
7.54: Belle was born in 1908.
7.59: Rabbi Levy came originally to the Chestnut Street Synagogue and then went to the Russishe Shul.
8.50: Belle recalls where the family lived. She was born on University Ave., next door to Mary Pickford. They then moved to 2 homes on Alice Street, 2 homes on Baldwin, 288 Bathurst St. and 2 homes on Palmerston St.
11.35: Belle’s sister is Lottie Weiss.
11.52: Belle recounts the synagogues with which Rabbi Levy was affiliated. Russishe Shul, Adath Israel, Rumainishe Shul, Hebrew Men of England, Berkley Street Shul, Palmerston Avenue Shul.
12.44: Belle explains how Rabbi Levy was remunerated for his services.
13.18: Belle describes her mother’s charitable acts. She was a founder of the Home for the Aged.
14.16: Belle recalls travelling with her father to open synagogues in Niagara Falls, St. Catharine and Welland, ON.
14.51: Belle recalls Rabbi Levy’s visits to Kingston to visit Jewish in-mates and to the jail farm north on Yonge Street.
16.04: Belle recalls the good relationships between her father and other rabbis in the city. e.g. Rabbi Jacob, Rabbi Brickner and Rabbi Isserman.
18.00: Belle describes the controversies concerning kashrut.
20.00: Rabbi Levy gave hashgacha (supervisory overseer) for some products. Belle recalls his relationship with George Weston.
21.07: Rabbi Levy had some political influence.
22.58: Belle describes her father as charismatic and more liberal in behaviour. Other orthodox rabbis tended to be less approachable.
25.58: Belle describes her Jewish education.
29.40: Belle’s brothers studied at the Simcoe Street Talmud Torah with Nathanson.
30.42: Belle recalls that her father was close with other Orthodox rabbis.
31.40: Rabbi Levy remained active in the rabbinate until 1951, when Belle’s mother passed away.
32.43: Belle and Stephen Speisman discuss the names and locations of some of the downtown synagogues.
33.37: Belle relates a story involving Rabbi Levy and a mashgiach, Reverend Margolis.
34.43: Belle recalls the shachtim of the time in Toronto. Mittel Farber, Yankel David Farber, Garfinkel.
35.18: Belle recalls accompanying her father to the cemetery to an event that seemed like a party.
36.18: Belle explains why Rabbi Levy is buried in the Lubavicher section of Mount Sinai Cemetery.
37.08: Belle notes that her parents did not eat meat for many years because they did not recognize the hashgacha. Belle recounts a story involving her mother tempted to eat meat immediately before she died but in the end not succumbing.
41.42: Rabbi Levy was responsible for the Yiddish Hebrew Journal. Helped to bring Hirsch.
42.18: Belle recalls her father dancing on the table in response to the signing of the Balfour Declaration
43.05: Rabbi Levy requested in his will to be buried in Israel.
43.40: Belle reminisces about mishalachim from Rishon LeTzion in Palestine staying with her family.
AC 16: Side B
0.20: Rabbi Levy was instrumental in starting a matzah factory in Toronto on Dundas Street.
1.50: Rabbi Levy secured a permit for Jews to buy Passover wine during the Prohibition. Additionally, he got a wine permit for Rabbi Gordon who later sold the permit to Parkdale wines.
3.49: Rabbi Levy had connections with Hirsch-Manischewitz.
End
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Dora Till
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
May 4, 1983
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Dora Till
Number
AC 151
Subject
Immigrants--Canada
Families
Labor
Labor unions
Women
Occupations
Interview Date
May 4, 1983
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
46 minutes
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Biography
Dora Till (nee Tobias) was born in New York City in 1896. She came to Toronto in 1900. She married Morris Till in 1918. They had one daughter, Cecile. As a youth, Dora was involved with Herzl Girls and the Boot and Shoe Society. Dora was active in community service and contributed greatly to social service work. She was co-founder and first President for Mothers' and Babes' Summer Rest Home, Vice-President of the Hebrew Maternity Aid Society, a board member for the Jewish Family and Child Services, an executive for the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Honourary Vice-President of United Jewish Welfare Fund, on the board of Canadian Jewish Congress and past President of the Naomi Chapter of Hadassah-WIZO.
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sound recording
Name Access
Herzl Girls Boot and Shoe Society, 1920
Mothers and Babes Summer Rest Home
Baycrest Hospital
United Jewish Welfare Fund
Beth Tzedec Synagogue
Timothy Eaton Company
Till, Dora
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Toronto
Bronte
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In this clip, Dora Till discusses some of the services provided by Hebrew Maternity Aid.

Dora Till was co-founder and first President for Mothers and Babes Summer Rest Home. In this clip, Dora describes the efforts to solicit and fundraise on behalf of the Mothers and Babes Summer Rest Home.

Name
Lillian (Slovens) Gollom
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
December 8, 1986
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Lillian (Slovens) Gollom
Number
AC 122
Subject
Families
Women
Occupations
Antisemitism
Hospitals
Interview Date
December 8, 1986
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Morris Silbert and Nancy Draper
Total Running Time
Side 1 31 minutes
Side 2 17 minutes
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Copied August 2003
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Lillian Gollom (nee Slovens) was born in Russia in1903. She came to Toronto around 1907. She attended Ogness Public School and Canada Business College. She married Nat Gollom in 1924 and had a son and a daughter. Lillian was actively involved with the "Sinais" and served as President of the organization in 1939. The fund-raising efforts of the the "Sinais", Ezrat Nashim and "Twigs" assisted with the establishment of the first Mount Sinai Hospital on Yorkville Ave. Lillian was an involved volunteer at the hospital. Lillian remained active with the Sinais following the building of the second Mount Sinai Hospital on University Ave. when the organization's focus shifted to fund-raising for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Mount Sinai Hospital
Dworkin, Dorothy
Canadian Cancer Society
Singer, E.F.
Gollom, Lillian
Geographic Access
Toronto
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Oral Histories

In this clip, Lillian Gollom discusses the establishment and early days of the first Mount Sinai Hospital. She describes the fund-raising efforts of Ezrat Nashim, the Sinais and the Twigs.

In this clip, Lillian Gollom relates anecdotes pertaining to the impact of the Great Depression on Jewish families in the early 1930s.

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
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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.
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sound recording
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Toronto Girl's Club
Toronto Council of Jewish Women
Geographic Access
Toronto
Germany
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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
Dr. Esther Volpe and Ida Siegel
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
January 4, 1971
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Dr. Esther Volpe and Ida Siegel
Number
AC 161
AC 162
Subject
Immigrants--Canada
Families
Nonprofit organizations
Interview Date
January 4, 1971
Quantity
2
Interviewer
Eva Kayfetz and Stephen Spiesman
Total Running Time
AC161 Side 1: 47 minutes AC161 Side 2: 47 minutes
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Copied August 2003
Notes
Toronto Historical Society lecture
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Biography
Esther Volpe (nee Shulman) was born on February 24, ?1898. As a child, she and her family briefly lived in Romington, ON and Havlock, ON. Her family later settled in Toronto. In her youth, she participated in the Herzl Girls' Club. She attended University of Toroonto in the Faculty of Arts. She married Dr. Aaron Volpe in 1921. Esther was involved in several Jewish organizations, including the old Mount Sinai Medical Auxillary, Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, UJA Appeal, JIAS and BBYO and non-Jewish organizations, including Toronto Local Council of Women. She represented the Jewish community of Toronto on the Wartime Price and Trade Board and helped organize the Ontario Food Council.
Ida Siegel (nee Lewis) (1885-1982) was born 14 February 1885 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1894, Ida and her family moved to Toronto. On 14 February 1905, Ida married Isidore Hirsch Siegel. They had six children. An extremely active communal leader, Ida helped found Daughters of Zion in 1899, the Herzl Girls Club in 1904 and Hadassah in 1916. In the mid-1920s, Ida established The Mothers' and Babes' Rest Home,a camp for poor women with young children. She helped organize the first free Jewish dispensary in Toronto which eventually developed into Mount Sinai Hospital. Ida was also very active in womens peace movements, the Toronto Board of Education and the Toronto Bureau (elected to Board, 1930-36) of Jewish Education. In 1917, Ida helped to organize Federation of Jewish Philanthropies which later became the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
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sound recording
Name Access
Volpe, Esther
Siegel, Ida
Kayfetz, Eva
Speisman, Stephen
Hadassah-WIZO
National Council of Jewish Women
Geographic Access
Toronto
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In 1947, Esther Volpe was elected President of the National Council of Jewish Women. In this clip, Esther discusses how, with the support of the United Welfare Fund, the Canadian Jewish Congress and JIAS, she helped make arrangements for groups of Jewish refugees who settled in Toronto.

In this clip, Esther Volpe explains her involvement in the creation of the "Good Age Club" the first recreational program for Jewish seniors.

In this clip, Ida Siegel relates anecdotes from her childhood growing up in downtown Toronto.

Name
Blanche Haber
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
December 18, 1987
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Blanche Haber
Number
AC 189
Subject
Families
Occupations
Immigrants--Canada
Food
Antisemitism
Interview Date
December 18, 1987
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Kaylee Gollom Miller
Total Running Time
Side 1 - 31 minutes Side 2 - 31 minutes
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Biography
Blanche Haber (nee Heller) was born in a small town in Russia in 1893. She came to Toronto at age 8. Her father worked as a peddler. She married Isadore Haber in 1915. Three of her five children died from illnesses in their childhood. Before her marriage, Blanche worked as a seamstress. Isadore worked as a tailor, primarily for Eaton's. Like her mother, once married, Blanche took boarders into their home at 112 Parliament Street.
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sound recording
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Toronto
Halifax
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In this clip, Blanche Haber describes taking boarders into her mother’s and her own home at 112 Parliament Street.

In this clip, Blanche Haber fondly remembers the warm relationship that developed between her family and the Manischewitz family. She explains that Joe Manischewitz boarded at her family’s home while his family built a matzah factory in Toronto.

Name
Frank Schleifer
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
June 29, 1976
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Frank Schleifer
Number
AC 084
Subject
Canada--Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Recreation
Families
Interview Date
June 29, 1976
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Larry Troster
Total Running Time
084A: 46 minutes 084B: 11 minutes
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Biography
Frank was born January 4, 1916 in Toronto. His parents were Charles and Mary (nee Noble) Schleifer. At age 3, his family moved to Sturgeon Falls. At age 6 in 1922, his family moved to Brantford where his mother's family lived. Frank left school at age 16 to work at the family Cigar and Soda Fountain store when his father became ill. He opened Frank’s Billiard Parlour from 1941 to 1946. He was drafted into the army in 1943 where he served in the artillery and infantry. He started to work in Unemployment Insurance with the Federal government. Frank married Bertha (nee Maltifer ?) in 1937. They had one son, Charles, born in 1947. As a youth Frank was involved with AZA (B'nai Brith youth organization). He was a member of B'nai Brith and served on the executive of the synagogue in Brantford.
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sound recording
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Schleifer, Frank
Troster, Larry
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Brantford
Sturgeon Falls
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In this clip, Frank Schleifer shares some early memories of growing up in Brantford, Ontario. He mentions some of the original Jewish families who settled in Brantford.

In this clip, Frank Schleifer describes his involvement in a variety of Jewish activities and groups during his youth, including AZA, summer camp and baseball.

Name
Mel Lastman
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
June 1, 2006
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Mel Lastman
Number
AC 290
Subject
Religion
Families
Interview Date
June 1, 2006
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Ellen Scheinberg
Total Running Time
60 min.
Conservation
Copied November 2006
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Biography
Melvin Douglas Lastman was born in Toronto on March 9, 1933, the son of Rose and Louis Lastman. Raised in the Kengsington Market area, he attended Ryerson Public School and Central High School of Commerce where he was president of the school council. Lastman left high school to work at an appliance store and, in 1955, opened his own appliance store. By the late 1960s, he owned a chain of 40 stores, Bad Boy Appliances, throughout Ontario. Lastman lived in North York and, in 1969, ran successfully for the North York Board of Control. In the 1972 municipal election, he was elected as mayor of North York, a position he held for 25 years until North York became part of the newly created City of Toronto on January 1, 1998. With the provincially mandated creation of the new City of Toronto by the amalgamation of Metropolitan Toronto and the six local municipalities, Lastman decided to run for mayor against the other major contender, former City of Toronto mayor Barbara Hall. He won the 1997 election and was sworn in on January 1, 1998. Lastman was easily re-elected in the 2000 mayoralty election; however, in February 2003, Lastman announced that he would not be seeking re-election in the November municipal election.
In 1953, Mel Lastman married Marilyn Bornstein. They have two married sons and six grandchildren.
Material Format
moving images
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Lastman, Mel
Scheinberg, Ellen
Geographic Access
Toronto
Kensington Market
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Digital videocassette
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Oral Histories

In this clip, former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman remembers playing as a child at the Minsk Shul in Kensington Market.

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