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Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Women's Auxiliary series
Events sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 4-13; File 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Women's Auxiliary series
Events sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
4-13
File
21
Material Format
textual record
Date
17 Mar. 1981
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a lunch menu.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1979-9-16
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-16
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1975
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records relating to a "Teach-In on Israel" held at the university on 22 January 1975. There is also an announcement of a meeting of the Revolutionary Marxist Group at York.
MG_RG
MG2 P1d
Subjects
Education
Children
Politics and government
Name Access
Jewish Student Federation (York University)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-4-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-4-4
Material Format
moving images
graphic material
Physical Description
1 film reel (app. 30 mins) : pos., col., si, ; 8mm
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Date
1 Apr. 1959, 1962
Scope and Content
Accession consist of one film reel of the April 1, 1959 Bar Mitzvah of Hersh Cohen held at the Hebrew Men of England Synagogue, Spadina Ave., Toronto . Also seen is the post-ceremony reception for family and friends at the Barclay Hotel, Toronto. Shots include: removal of Torah scrolls, portions of the service with Bar Mitzva and others reading from the Torah, family members at the Bima, Hersch Cohen and family members walking to car after services, family and friends at post-service reception.
Also included is a photograph of the staff of Camp Winnebagoe, near Huntsville, Ontario.
Custodial History
Film was created by the parents of Hersh Cohen and later maintained by him until donated to OJA.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-1-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-1-1
Material Format
graphic material
object
Physical Description
2 objects
1 photograph : col. ; 36 x 28 cm
Date
1971
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a large portrait of Martin Shaffer during his bar mitzvah at Shaarey Shomayim Synagogue in 1971. There are also two Shaffer family kiddish cups, one inscribed with Hebrew lettering. Nancy's husband, Sam, received one of the cups at his bar mitzvah and the second was given to Martin.
Custodial History
Photograph and cups were mailed in by Nancy Shaffer to be included with the Shaffer family records.
Descriptive Notes
For related material see accessions 2007-7-4, 2009-8-4, 2009-9-3
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Families
Kiddush cups
Places
Thunder Bay (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 1-5; File 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
1-5
File
14
Material Format
textual record
Date
[1989?]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of lyrics for songs that were written for the bar mitzvah of Yoel Micha Meir.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 1-5; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
1-5
File
15
Material Format
textual record
Date
1962-1997
Physical Description
5 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations.
Notes
A finding aid listing the names, dates, and locations for the celebrations can be found in the file.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Bat mitzvah
Invitation cards
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 4; Series 1-5; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
4
Series
1-5
Item
7
Material Format
moving images
Date
June 1954
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 4 min.) : col., si. ; 16 mm
Scope and Content
Item is a film reel containing home movie footage of the reception party for David Freed's Bar Mitzvah. David was the son of Ruth (nee Weinreb) and Murray Freed. He was the grandson of Rabbi Joseph Weinreb.
Notes
During processing, reel was assigned reel #16
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Lifecycle Events series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 7; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Lifecycle Events series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
7
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Oct. 1952
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 11 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Melvin Himel is the son of Benjamin.A. Himel and Edith Mayzell, and is the younger brother of Pearly Banks and Irving Himel.
Scope and Content
This item consists of a portrait of Melvin Himel at his Bar Mitzvah.
Notes
This negative has two images.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ida Lewis Siegel fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 15; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ida Lewis Siegel fonds
Level
File
Fonds
15
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1905-1929
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of 1 scrapbook containing telegrams and cards with notes of congratulations to mark occasions of wedding, anniversaries and son's bar mitzvah
Subjects
Anniversaries
Bar mitzvah
Scrapbooks
Weddings
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ida Lewis Siegel fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 15; File 34
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ida Lewis Siegel fonds
Level
File
Fonds
15
File
34
Material Format
textual record
Date
1896-1979
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of personal letters written by Ida to her daughter, Rivka. Also included is the Bar Mitzvah speech written by Ida Lewis to her father's dictation in 1896 for Charles S. Siegel.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Speeches, addresses, etc
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Protest activities sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 3-5; File 110
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Protest activities sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
3-5
File
110
Material Format
textual record
Date
1981-1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains correspondence, administrative records and promotional materials concerning the programme to twin bar mitzvah celebrations between Jewish youth in Canada and the Soviet Union.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Bat mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sammy Luftspring fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 82; Item 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sammy Luftspring fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
82
Item
28
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1953
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Sammy, Elsie and Brian Luftspring at Brian's Bar Mitzvah at the Barclay Hotel, Toronto.
Notes
Image is located on Page 55 of the 65 x 48 cm scrapbook.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Accession Number
2009-10-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1930
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Admin History/Bio
Jack Bernstein was born in Toronto in 1918. He was the son of Akiva Bernstain, the famous cantor at Beth Tzedec. They lived for some time on Major Street and then moved to 516 Palmerston Street during the 1930s.
Jack began his career at RKO as a contract clerk and moved up the ranks to become Toronto Branch Manager and Sales Manager during the late 1940s. He later became president of Famous Players Theatres Canada.
He married Mary and they had two children: Harriet and Mark. Bernstein passed away in 1988.
Scope and Content
The item is an original portrait along with a copy of Jack Bernstein wearing a tallis during his bar mitzvah.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1992-7-1.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Client Agency Correspondence series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 18; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Client Agency Correspondence series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
18
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1962-1963
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence with the Bar Mitzvah Foundation.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 315
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
315
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1961
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a photograph taken during the 13th anniversary celebration of Iaraeli Statehood. From left to right are: Al Brown; Leslie Raetzen; Julius Hayman; Mrs. James Wexler; Rabbi Gene Klein; Karl Silberman; Syd Brown; and Simon Witt.
Name Access
Al Brown
Leslie Raetzen
Julius Hayman
Mrs. James Wexler
Rabbi Gene Klein
Karl Silberman
Syd Brown
Simon Witt
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1944]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of the Jewish community of Kirkland Lake assembled for the Bar Mitzvah of Joe Atkins, now a chartered accountant in Toronto. The photograph depicts that group seated at several banquet tables in the Legion Hall.
Notes
Typed notes on the back continue: "Rare view of Hyman with his hat off, the grandfather, standing next to Harry. The only one missing is the photographer - Eddie Duke - and to this day I wish I could have been included. Picture taken in the Legion Hall which was koshered for the occasion.".
Acquired in 1976.
Photo by Duke Studio.
Name Access
Atkins, Joe
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Communities
Dinners and dining
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 947
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
947
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1942
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Admin History/Bio
David Day and his brother Jacob Day started a Hebrew school in Toronto on Major Street. Eventually, David Day started his own cheder on Markham Street and Jacob Day operated another cheder on Ulster Street. They both taught during the mid 1900s, from approximately 1925 to 1940.
David Day had two sons named Sam and Nat. Nat Day was in the army and was married to Evelyn Day.
Scope and Content
Copy photograph of Mr. Day's cheder that was taken for a student's Bar Mitzvah. David Day is in the middle of the group and his son is standing behind him in uniform. The photograph was taken in 1942.
Name Access
Day, David
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Heder
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 accession #2003-8-3 for another copy of the same photograph
Accession Number
1975-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 489
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
489
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1899]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 18 x 12 and 9 x 12
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph William Samuel on the occassion of his Bar Mitzvah.
Name Access
Samuel, William
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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 3420
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3420
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1941
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
Dovercourt Road (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1982-5-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3425
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3425
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1941
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Synagogues
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Dovercourt Road (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1982-5-6
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 2456
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2456
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1920]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Notes
Photo by L. Surdin, 26 Cameron Street, Toronto.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-12-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 45; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
45
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
18 Oct. 1969
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 13 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Robert Joel Kamin was the son of Sylvia Goldstick and Dr. Izzy Kamin. Sylvia was Betty Goldstick Lindgren's niece and the daughter of Maurice and Regina (Blaum) Goldstick. The couple married in 1940 and lived in San Fransisco. The other children included David and Bruce.
Scope and Content
The photograph includes from left to right: Bruce, Shifra [Sylvia], Bobby, Kamil [Dr. Kamin] and David. In front of the group is Bobby's grandma Regina Goldstick.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Accession Number
1978-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Thuna family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 7; Item 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Thuna family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
7
Item
11
Material Format
graphic material
Date
14 July 1941
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 11 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the Thuna family taken for Mortimer Thuna's bar mitzvah. Included are Jack and Anne Thuna with their sons Mortimer and Alvin. The portrait was taken on July 14th, 1941 by the Society Studio in Montreal.
Notes
Photographer: Society Studio, Montreal
Mounted in card frame
Inscription on frame, bottom righthand corner: "The Thuna's Bar Mitzvah July 14, 1941"
Name Access
Thuna, Anne
Thuna, Jack
Thuna, Mortimer
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Thuna family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 7; Item 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Thuna family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
7
Item
10
Material Format
graphic material
Date
14 July 1941
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of family and guests of Mortimer Thuna's bar mitzvah, which was held at the Tic-Tac Club in Montreal on 14 July 1941. Mortimer is seated in the center, with his father Jack on his right and his mother Anne on his left. Sarah Levine is in the front row, seventh from the left. Abe Levine is the second from the left, his daughter is next to him, and his wife next to her.
Notes
Photographer: Society Studio, Montreal
Name Access
Levine, Abe
Levine, Sarah
Thuna, Jack
Thuna, Mortimer
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1251
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1251
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1905]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a studio portrait, probably taken at Egmont Frankel's Bar Mitzvah. From left to right: Carl Frankel (b. 1894); Egmont Frankel (b. 1891); Roy Frankel (b. 1896).
Name Access
Frankel, Roy
Frankel, Egmont
Frankel, Carl
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Brothers
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-4-7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4162
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4162
Material Format
graphic material
Date
January 1948
Physical Description
2 photographs : (1 negative)
Notes
For identificaiton, see accession record.
Name Access
Grosbein, Norman
Shaw Street Synagogue
Weber family
Grosbein family
B'nai Israel Synagogue
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
1986-10-10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2012-10-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-10-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1970
Scope and Content
Accession consists of an invitation and guest list for the Bar Mitzvah of Dale Lastman, the son of former mayor Mel Lastman. The Bar Mitzvah took place at Adath Israel Synagogue on 28 March 1970, was followed by a luncheon the same day and then a dinner at the Royal York Hotel the following night.
Custodial History
There is no aquisition information for this material. The documents were found in the processing room in a box containing other unprocessed and orphaned material.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Name Access
Adath Israel Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-3-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-3-2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
ca. 100 photographs
1 folder of textual records
Date
1920-1980
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of the Hersch family, a screenplay by Phillip Hersch, school certificates from Landsdowne School, Canadian naturalization certificates, thank you notes, a New Year's greeting card, and a Polish passport. Included are photographs of weddings, Europe vacations, class photos, houses in Toronto, bar mitzvah, Niagara falls, Channukah, Farms, studio sets, the beach, and snow scenes
Custodial History
The records were in the possession of Norman Hersch until his death in the mid-1980s, at which point the donor took possession of the records and stored them until donating them to the OJA in March 2015.
Administrative History
Norman Hersch was a special effects technician for the CBC from the early 1950s until his retirement in the mid-1980s. He was married to a French woman from Western Canada named Margaret. He is buried in the Mount Albert area with his wife. He served in the Canadian military during the Second World War and graduated from Central Technical School upon his return. In later years, he started P & M Display in Yorkville. Norman's older brother Phillip was a screenwriter in Toronto. He wrote the CBC series Wojek. Their mother Lily (Polish) volunteered at Mount Sinai Hospital. Their father Alexander (Romanian) worked in stainless steel manufacturing. They lived around Cecil Street. Doug Wardle was a friend and colleague of Hersch's at CBC in the Special Effects Department.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Immigrants--Canada
Families
Name Access
Hersch, Norman
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-23
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-23
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[194-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a bound document entitled 'This Is Our Faith'. The subtitle is 'The Religion of the Jews' and it appears to have been presented at a seminar of religions, under the auspices of Community Programs Branch, Department of Education, Province of Ontario.
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of this material.
Subjects
Religion
Politics and government
Name Access
Cohen, Julius
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-6-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-6-12
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
ca. 60 cm of textual records
11 photographs (3 negatives) : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
1976-[ca. 1990]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual and graphic records that trace Natan Sharansky's history as a prisoner of political conscience; the broader Refusenik issue; and the community advocacy efforts of Debby and Stan Solomon from 1976 and into the late 1980s at the local, national and international scales. Included are memos and newsletters from the Committee for Soviet Jewry (Ontario Region and national-level); background information as well as petition templates, speeches and planning documentation produced by the Committee to Release Anatoly Sharansky and the Beth Tikvah Synagogue in conjunction with community organizations, including the CJC and its Soviet Jewry social action committees, to support on-going advocacy efforts; correspondence with Canadian and American political representatives at the provincial/state and national levels; white papers/grey literature from non-governmental organizations about the persecution of the Soviet Jewry; planning documentation from the First Annual Sharansky Lectureship on Human Rights in 1980; correspondence, articles and ephemera associated with the granting of Sharansky's honourary law doctorate from York University in 1982; 1985 Freedom Rally/Weekend in Ottawa planning documentation and correspondence; 1987 National Conference on the Soviet Jewry and Mobilization for Freedom planning documentation; 1987 Community Rally at Massey Hall promotional materials; and promotional materials from Sharansky's autobiographical "Fear No Evil" 1988 book launch. Graphic material includes photographs of Sharansky's release during the February 11, 1986 American-Soviet prisoner exchange on the Glienicke Bridge in Berlin.
Identified in the photographs are: Debby Solomon; Alan Solomon; Natan Sharansky; Avital Sharansky; U.S. Ambassador Richard Burt;
Custodial History
Material was collected and/or created by Debby Solomon, Natan Sharansky's cousin. Debby donated it to the OJA.
Administrative History
Debby Solomon is the cousin of Anatoly (Natan) Sharansky, the Soviet born Israeli politician, human activist and author who spent nine years in Soviet prisons. Debby's father Boris Landis (born 1900) and Sharansky's father were first cousins.Their grandfathers were brothers. Debby's father immigrated 1929 to Toronto from Russia as his older brothers were already in Toronto. Debby and her husband Stan Solomon got involved in the community's activism efforts to free Sharansky and other Refuseniks.They were worked for many years on these efforts by planning programs through their synagogue Beth Tikvah and with Sam Filer, a lawyer and volunteer at the CJC who was also a member of Beth Tikvah.
Subjects
Antisemitism
Politics and government
Human rights
Demonstrations
Synagogues
Committees
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-2-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-2-12
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
45 cm of textual records and other material
230 photographs : sepia and b&w ; 23 x 30 cm and smaller
8 sound recordings (50 wav files; 1 microcassette)
1 artifact
Date
1937-2004
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records, photographs and audio recordings documenting the lives of Dick Steele, his wife Esther and friend Bill Walsh. The materials are mostly correspondences between Dick and Esther during his internment at the Don Jail and Ontario Reformatory in Guelph, and from Dick and Bill's military service overseas during the Second World War. They also include correspondences between Esther and Bill, Bill and Anne Walsh, "Jack" and Esther, and other family and friends. Some of the letters show evidence of being censored. There are news clippings in English and Yiddish about the family from various newspapers including the Canadian Tribune (a Communist Party paper). There is a letter Esther wrote to campaign for Dick's release from internment, part of women's activism in this period. There is also a photocopy of a memoir written by Moses Kosowatsky and Moses Wolofsky "From the Land of Despair to the Land of Promise" ca. 1930s. The photographs include Dick and Bill in the army during the Second World War, a signed picture of Tim Buck addressed to Esther and the twins and a photo of Dick delivering a speech related to the Steel Workers. Also included is a recording of edited sound clips of Bill and Esther talking about Dick, Esther speaking about the letters, (how she received letters and flowers from Dick after he had already been killed), Bill reading a letter Dick wrote to Esther that he left with friends in England to send her in the case that he was killed (which he was), recordings of "Bill Walsh Oral history" Vols.1 and 2 compiled by Leib Wolofsky's (Bill's nephew), and 5 audio recordings by Adrianna Steele-Card with her grandparents Bill and Esther. There is also a microcassette labelled "Joe Levitt." The accession also includes the stripe of a German corporal that Bill captured as a prisoner, peace stamps and an early copy of Cy Gonick's A Very Red Life: The Story of Bill Walsh, edited by Bill.
Administrative History
Richard (Dick) Kennilworth Steele is the name adopted by Moses Kosowatsky. He was born in 1909 in Montreal to Samuel Kosowatsky and Fanny Held. He lived in a laneway off Clark Street below Sherbrooke where his father collected and recycled bottles. He grew up with his siblings Joseph, Mortimer, Matthew, Gertrude and Edward. Bill Walsh (Moishe Wolofsky) was born in 1910, to Sarah and Herschel Wolofsky, the Editor of the Keneder Adler (Montreal's prominent Yiddish newspaper). He attended Baron Byng and then Commercial High School where he met Dick Steele. Bill recalled that Dick denounced militarism in the school when a teacher tried to recruit students to be cadets. Bill moved to New York City in 1927. His brother, who was living there, helped him get a job as a messenger on Wall Street. He also worked in the drug department at Macy's while attending courses at Columbia University in the evening. Dick worked on a ship for a year and then joined Bill in New York City in 1928. Dick worked at a chemical plant called Linde Air Products while also studying in the evenings at Columbia University. In 1931 Dick and Bill boarded a ship together in New York bound for Copenhagen. Together they travelled across Europe, witnessed a Nazi demonstration in Breslau, Germany and found work in Minsk and Moscow, Russia. This trip inspired them to become Communists. In 1933 Bill's father was on a Canadian trade mission to Poland, which he left to "rescue" his son from the Bolsheviks. Bill agreed to return to Canada after being advised to do so by the Comintern. He then changed his name to Bill Walsh to protect his family. In 1934 Bill moved to Toronto. He worked as the Educational Director for the Industrial Union of Needle Trade Workers and the Communist Party where he met Esther Slominsky/Silver, the organization's office manager. Dick joined Bill in Toronto soon after. Bill introduced Dick and Esther who then married. In 1940, Esther gave birth to twin sons Michael and John Steele. Esther was born in Toronto in 1914 to Joseph Slominsky and Fanny (Blackersany?). Her siblings were Bella, Eileen, Morris and step-sister Eva. Her father Joseph was a cloak maker and Esther also worked in the garment industry. Her mother Fanny passed away in 1920 at the age of 26 from tuberculosis. Dick was a metal worker and became a union organizer in the east end of Toronto. He was the head organizer of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) and the Steel Workers Organizing Committee of Canada (SWOC) until 1940 when he was dismissed for being a Communist. Bill helped organize Kitchener's rubber workers into an industrial union and was also an organizer for the United Auto Workers of Windsor, Ontario. Jack Steele, an alias for Dick's brother Mortimer, fought with the Mackenzie-Papineau Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. Jack Steele was recalled to Canada in October 1937 to rally support for the efforts in Spain, returned to the front in June 1938 and was killed in action in August. Some of Dick's letters to his wife Esther are signed "Salud, Jack" and were likely written in 1940 when the Communist Party (CP) was banned by the Canadian Government under the War Measures Act. In November 1941, after Mackenzie King's call for enlistment, Dick wrote to the Department of Justice to ask permission to join the army. He never received a reply. On 1 April 1942 Dick's home was raided and he was interned at the Don Jail until September 1942 when he was moved to the Ontario Reformatory in Guelph. Esther wrote a letter to Louis St. Laurent, Minister of Justice to appeal on his behalf. Major public campaigning by communists and the wartime alliance with the USSR after 1941 shifted public opinion toward the CP and the Canadian Government slowly began releasing internees in January 1942. Dick was released in October 1942 and enlisted at the end of the month. Dick died on August 17, 1944 in Normandy, France. He was a tank driver in the Canadian Army. Bill was similarly arrested in 1941, spending time in jail and then an internment camp with other members of the CP. He joined the Canadian army in 1943 and fought in Holland and Belgium. Bill was first married to Anne Weir who died of a brain hemorrhage in 1943 just before he enlisted. The family believes this may have been due to drinking unpasteurized milk. Encouraged by Dick Steele to take care of his family should he pass in the war, Bill married Esther Steele in 1946. They had a daughter named Sheri and were members of the United Jewish People's Order. For 20 years Walsh worked for the Hamilton region of the United Electrical Workers (UE). Bill remained a member of the CP until 1967 when we was expelled for criticizing another union leader. He died in 2004. Esther passed away in 2010 at age 96.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Descriptive Notes
RELATED MATERIAL NOTE: Library and Archives Canada has the William Walsh fonds and MG 28, ser. I 268, USWA, vol.4, SWOC Correspondence, has various letters from Dick Steele ca. 1938. Museum of Jewish Montreal has an oral history with Leila Mustachi (daughter of Max Wolofsky, Bill's brother) where she speaks about Bill, Dick and Esther. USE CONDITION NOTES: For "Bill Walsh Oral history" Vols.1 and 2, some contributors stipulate that recordings are restricted to personal use only and must not be used for any commercial purpose.
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945
Politics and government
Labour and unions
Name Access
Steele, Michael
Steele, Dick
Walsh, Bill
Walsh, Esther Steele
Places
Guelph, Ont.
Toronto, Ont.
Hamilton, Ont.
Oshawa, Ont.
Ottawa, Ont.
Montreal, Que.
Fort William/Thunder Bay, Ont.
Germany
England
Holland
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-7-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-7-6
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
65 photographs : b&w and col. (tiff)
Date
1948-1964
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Gary Wagman and his family. Included are: 65 photographs of the Gold-Wagman family. 28 of the photographs were taken at Gary's bar mitzvah party, which was held on 8 March 1964 at the North Bathurst Talmud Torah.
Administrative History
Gary Irving Wagman (1951-) was born 19 March 1951 and is the youngest son of Ann Wagman (née Gold, 1926-2017) and Sollie Wagman (1921-2014). His older brother Howard, known as Hushy (1947-2001), was born 9 October 1947. Gary is the grandson of David and Rose Gold (his maternal grandparents) and Celia and Jacob Wagman (his paternal grandparents).
Photo Caption (027): Gary Wagman holding chumash given to him by his grandmother, 8 Mar. 1964. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2017-7-6.
Photo Caption (017): Gary Wagman swinging baseball bat, 1964. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2017-7-6.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
ASSOCIATED MATERIALS: Other records relating to the Wagman family can be found in Accessions 2009-11-1 and 2017-8-13.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Families
Name Access
North Bathurst Talmud Torah
Wagman family
Wagman, Gary, 1951-
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
1977-1994
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Bat mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
17
Material Format
textual record
Date
1960-1961
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Family photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 33; Series 1; Item 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Family photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
33
Series
1
Item
19
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1931
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 25 x 19 cm
Admin History/Bio
Max was bar mitzvahed at the Hebrew Sick Benefit Society at 350 Dundas Street W., on the second floor.
Scope and Content
This item is a bar mitzvah portrait of Max Stern, taken at Hardy Studio in Toronto.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
1991-5-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Family photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 33; Series 1; Item 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Family photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
33
Series
1
Item
25
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1934
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 35 mm
Scope and Content
This item is a bar mitzvah portrait of Bill Stern at age thirteen. The portrait was used on the front of his invitation card.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
2006-2-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 33; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Level
File
Fonds
33
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1917-1934
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of one invitation to the wedding of Esther Rumianek and Joe Glass and an invitation to Bill Stern's bar mitzvah.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Weddings
Accession Number
1994-1-4
2004-5-135
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 2-4; File 276
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
2-4
File
276
Material Format
textual record
Date
1955-1957
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
28
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1919
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph taken at Leonard Mehr's bar mitzvah in Toronto. Pictured are:
Back row, left to right: Mendel Mehr (father), Ethel, Pincus, Bessie (mother).
Front row, left to right: Lucille, Bernice, Leonard.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
28
Material Format
textual record
architectural drawing
Date
1978
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
3 architectural drawings
Scope and Content
File contains bar mitzvah year programme for synagogue (1978) and photocopied architectural drawings.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Synagogues
Places
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 40
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
40
Material Format
textual record
architectural drawing
Date
1973, 1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
3 architectural drawings
Scope and Content
File contains booklet for bar mitzvah commemoration, 1975, and blueprints for the 1973 extension.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Reconstructionist Judaism
Synagogues
Places
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 46
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
46
Material Format
textual record
Date
1978
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains bar mitzvah anniversary book (1978).
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Synagogues
Places
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Melamed fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 7; Item 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Melamed fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
7
Item
20
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1935
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Admin History/Bio
David Greenberg was an electrical engineer, who married at the age of 19. He later became a chiropracter in Toronto. His father, Louis Greenberg, was a tailor whose shop was located in the Jarvis and Parliament area on Queen Street East. The family originally belonged to the Berkeley Street Synagogue, but there was no minyan for David's Bar Mitzvah and they moved to the McCaul Street Synagogue. David's stepmother's name was Sadie.
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of David Greenberg, his father Louis Greenberg and his stepmother Sadie. The picture was taken for David's Bar Mitzvah on October 13, 1935.
Name Access
Greenberg, David
Greenberg, Louis
Greenberg, Sadie
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.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 6; File 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
6
File
21
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1985
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records and other material
Scope and Content
File consists of records documenting the Bar Mitzvah anniversary celebration in honour of Rabbi Kerzner. Included is an invitation, a programme, a tribute poem, a congratulatory telegram, and audio visual recordings of the event. Also included are photographs of speakers, the head table, and guests at their tables.
Notes
Includes 93 photographs (57 negatives), 2 videocassettes, and 2 audio cassettes.
Subjects
Anniversaries
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 6; File 26
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
6
File
26
Material Format
textual record
Date
1957
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of newspaper article about Eddy Weisblatt who learned to recite his bar Mitzvah Torah and Haftorah readings even though he was deaf.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 1316
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
2
File
1316
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1965 and 1975?]
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of four photographs of a bar mitzvah at the Kiever Shul; depicting a young man at various points in the temple.
Name Access
Kiever Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2519
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2519
Material Format
graphic material
Date
4 Oct. 1936
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of the Jewish community assembled in the Adath Israel Synagogue banquet hall for the Bar Mitzvah party of Larry Kussner. The large crowd is seated at several banquet tables in the hall, that is decorated for the occasion.
Notes
Title taken from writing on original photograph matte.
Duke Studio.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Kussner, Larry
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Parties
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Accession Number
1981-2-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 18; Series 1; Item 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
18
Series
1
Item
27
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1965]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 12 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Martin Irwin Lockshin was born in Toronto in 1952, the son of Louis Leon and Sylvia (née Freedman) Lockshin. He received his PhD from Brandeis University in 1984 and is also an ordained Rabbi.
Currently, Professor Martin Lockshin is an Associate Professor of Humanities in the Department of Languages, Literature, and Linguistics at York University. He has published extensively and recently completed a term as Director of York's Centre for Jewish Studies.
Scope and Content
Item is a Bar Mitzvah portrait of Martin Lockshin.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Rabbis
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
Zionist Organization of Canada sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-5; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
Zionist Organization of Canada sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
3-5
File
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
20 April 1961
Physical Description
11 negatives : b&w ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of images taken at the State of Israel's Bar Mitzvah celebration, held by the Zionist Organization of Canada, Central Region, at Massey Hall. The images depict speakers at the podium, overhead photographs of the stage, several Bar Mitzvah boys taking part in the ceremonies, and group photographs of members of ZOC.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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