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Accession Number
2015-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-2-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
Date
1948-1949; 1997-2014
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the literary career and personal life of Dr. Gerald Tulchinsky. Included are manuscripts for several short stories and a book, general correspondence and notes, thoughts and ponderings, article and book reviews and records related to his time at Yeshiva in New York.
Administrative History
Dr. Gerald Tulchinsky was Professor Emeritus at Queen's University, Department of History, and author of several books on the history of Canadian Jewry and labour issues in Canada. His books include: Shtetl on the Grand (2015); Joe Salsberg: A Life of Commitment (2013); Canada's Jews: A People's Journey (2008); Branching Out: The Transformation of the Canadian Jewish Community (1998); Taking Root: The Origins of the Canadian Jewish Community (1992); and The River Barons: Montreal Businessmen and the Growth of Industry and Transportation, 1837-53 (1977).
Tulchinsky was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1933 to Harry and Anne Tulchinsky. He resided in Kingston, Ontario until his death on 13 Dec. 2017.
Use Conditions
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Subjects
Authors
Teachers
Name Access
Tulchinsky, Gerald, 1933-2017
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 262
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
262
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1919]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of the Workmen's Circle Peretz Shule in Montreal. The photo features the students and teachers on the front steps of the school.
Notes
Acquired May 1974.
Name Access
Peretz Shule
Workmen's Circle
I.L. Peretz
Arbeter Ring
Arbeiter Ring
Subjects
Students
Teachers
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 1179
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1179
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1937
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Sigmund Sokol with a large group of pupils from his cheder.
Subjects
Heder
Students
Teachers
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
1977-1-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1495
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1495
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1933
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Photograph of teachers at Ogden School. In the rear on the far right is David Siegal.
Name Access
Ogden School
Siegal, David
Subjects
Teachers
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
1977-8-28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3509
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3509
Material Format
graphic material
Date
June 3, 1940
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Notes
The negative shows the complete sign.
For a similar photograph, see also #2918.
Subjects
Students
Teachers
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
1983-1-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Patricia Joy Alpert fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 77
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Patricia Joy Alpert fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
77
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
sound recording
Date
[ca. 1907]-2001, predominant 1990-2001
Physical Description
1.2 m of textual records and other material
Admin History/Bio
Patricia Joy Alpert (1931-2001) was an internationally-acclaimed artist, a teacher, and a dynamic community leader, most notably serving as National President of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO from 1996 to 1999. Pat was born in Toronto in 1931 to parents Oscar and Gertrude Pattenick. Oscar Pattenick, the son of Benjamin Pattenick and Pauline Goldenberg, was born in 1892 in Galicia and immigrated to Canada with his brother as a young man. The brothers ran a retail clothing business that expanded to several locations around Ontario, including Toronto and Bowmanville. Oscar married Gertrude Breslin (1896-1988) in 1917. She was one of 14 children of Hyman Breslin and Sarah Pearl Papernick and had been raised in Toronto. Together the couple raised three children: Bernard (Boon), and twin girls Patricia and Pearl.
Pat and her sister showed artistic talent from an early age. After graduating from Oakwood Collegiate high school, Pat enrolled at the University of Miami and graduated with a B.A. in Art History in 1956. She started her career as a designer and display artist at Simpson’s department store, doing freelance artwork and volunteering at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Pat married Herbert S. Alpert in 1958 and they had two daughters, Lisa and Nancy. Pat went back to school at Toronto Teacher's College and then taught kindergarten for eleven years for the North York Board of Education. She also earned a Supervisor's Art Certificate and taught art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, North York Public Library, and Associated Hebrew Schools. Her artistic career took off in the 1970s, when her drawings were exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around North America. She typically drew human figures using ink.
Pat Alpert’s volunteer work began soon after her marriage, when she joined Toronto's Carmel chapter of Hadassah as a way to make new friends. In 1983, she became president of Toronto Hadassah-WIZO, serving until 1985. She continued with Toronto Hadassah as vice-president and corresponding secretary. Pat was deeply committed to Jewish life and to the State of Israel. Choosing Hadassah as the focus of her passion, she left her professional career in the 1990s to become a full-time volunteer. She served as chair of the Canadian Hadassah-WIZO Foundation, Vice-president of National Hadassah, National President from 1996 to 1999 and president of Toronto Jewish National Fund from 1992 to 1994. Pat also held positions for Israel Bonds, Jewish Women’s Federation, B’nai Brith League for Human Rights, the Holocaust Centre of Toronto, Baycrest Women’s Auxiliary and Board of Governors, and Reena Foundation. Pat Alpert died on October 4, 2001, at the age of 70.
Custodial History
Donated by Herbert Alpert in late 2001 or early 2002. No documentation for this donation could be found when it was assigned an accession number in October 2002 during an inventory of the vault. Pat Alpert's daughter Nancy Spring was contacted in 2009 to sign a deed of gift.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains records documenting Patricia Joy Alpert's personal, professional and volunteer-related activities. The records include textual material, photographs, and a sound recording of a radio show announcing an exhibit of Alpert's work. The records of Alpert's professional career as an artist and a teacher are comprised of curriculum vitae and brief biographies, exhibit records and correspondence. Samples of Alpert's drawings are included, dating from the 1940s to the 1970s. The records relating to Alpert's community leadership include a large number of speeches, clippings, articles, correspondence, cards and letters, meeting minutes, and unique diary entries meticulously detailing Hadassah business, conversations and controversies. There are minutes from the following entities: Hadassah National Officers, Hadassah National Executive Board, World WIZO Executive and Canadian Hadassah Foundation. Other organizations represented in the records include the Jewish National Fund, Baycrest Women’s Auxiliary, Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation, and State of Israel Bonds.
The personal records in the fonds include letters written by Pat to Herbert when he was working in England during parts of 1968-1970, letters exchanged between Pat and her daughters when the girls were at camp in 1971 and 1973, and a collection of clippings spanning twenty years in which Alpert appears. As well, there is a notebook of Pat's Torah observations, thoughts and quotations. The personal series also contains records of Gertrude Pattenick's: a handwritten homemaker's guide and recipe book, ca. 1907, and several letters exchanged between Gertrude and Oscar before and during their marriage. One file contains the obituary of Gertrude and the condolences received by Pat.
There are approximately 3175 photographs (218 negs and 45 slides) in the fonds. These are of Hadassah conferences and annual conventions, meetings, social events, Hadassah projects in Israel (contact sheets) and images of Alpert's drawings. Many of the photographs were originally in four scrapbooks Alpert created: three to highlight the events of her Hadassah presidency and one she titled "Important Moments" that spans the 1980s and 1990s. The scrapbook files (in box 3) contain photographs, clippings and a number of event programs. The photographs include images of Alpert at special events and conventions, as a speaker, meeting people, socializing and travelling in Israel and to international Hadassah events around the world.
The poster in the fonds is for an event organized by the Women's Auxiliary of Baycrest Centre in 1981, the second annual Camerata concert and gala reception.
The fonds is arranged in 6 series: 1. Personal; 2. Professional; 3. Toronto Hadassah; 4. Hadassah-WIZO Canada; 5. Jewish National Fund; 5. Hadassah-WIZO of Canada Foundation; Other organizations.
Notes
Physical description note: Includes ca. 3175 photographs (218 negatives and 45 slides), 1 cassette tape and 1 poster.
Name Access
Alpert, Patricia Joy, 1931-2001
Hadassah-WIZO Organization of Canada (Subject)
Subjects
Artists
Teachers
Volunteers
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Arrangement
The arrangement of the fonds was constructed by the archivist. The scrapbooks were taken apart and the captions for each event provided the titles for the files.
Creator
Alpert, Patricia Joy, 1931-2001
Accession Number
2002-10-65
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1695
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1695
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1929]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of a group of young students with their teachers at the Talmud Torah Yeshiva in Stashov, Poland. Shmiel Nepom is pictured in the third row, fourth from the (left?).
Notes
Shmiel Nepom was the father of the donor.
Name Access
High Yeshiva for Instruction of Stashiver (Stashov, Poland)
Subjects
Students
Teachers
Yeshivas
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
1979-3-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5-3; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-3
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a letter from Ben Kayfetz to the principal of Bathurst Heights Collegiate regarding a complaint against a teacher, and another letter describing the principal's response.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Name Access
Kayfetz, Ben, 1916-2002
Subjects
Teachers
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5-3; File 103
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-3
File
103
Material Format
textual record
Date
1938
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence regarding alleged antisemitic statements by Mr. Campbell, a teacher at Harbord Collegiate.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Subjects
Teachers
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5-3; File 123
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-3
File
123
Material Format
textual record
Date
1985
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of documents rescribing the hate crime trial of James Keegstra.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Subjects
Teachers
Trials
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5-3; File 200
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-3
File
200
Material Format
textual record
Date
1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a letter regarding Mr. Reiter who formerly taught at Forest Hill Junior High and was known to state questionable opinions about the Nazis.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Subjects
Teachers
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5-3; File 236
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-3
File
236
Material Format
textual record
Date
1954
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a note describing antisemitic actions by a teacher against a Jewish student
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Subjects
Discrimination in education
Students
Teachers
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Date
May 1941
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of John Devor standing on the steps of Beth Israel Synagogue with a group of Sunday school children, taken at the closing of the school for the summer. John Devor was the teacher. Pictured are:
Top row, left to right: Jerry Dardick, Bernice Abramsky, John Devor, Betty Cohen, Barry Tenhouse.
Middle row, left to right: Teddy Tevan, [?] Dardick, Jerry Springer, Sydney Lannis, Isadore Lannis.
Front row, left to right: Marilyn Abramsky, Shirley Tenhouse.
Notes
This item is almost identical to photo #3421.
Name Access
Abramsky, Bernice
Abramsky, Marilyn
Beth Israel Congregation (Kingston, Ont.)
Cohen, Betty
Dardick, Jerry
Devor, John
Lannis, Isadore
Lannis, Sydney
Springer, Jerry
Tenhouse, Barry
Tenhouse, Shirley
Tevan, Teddy
Subjects
Children
Portraits, Group
Teachers
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
Kingston (Ont.)
Accession Number
1981-6-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Date
May 1941
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of John Devor standing on the steps of Beth Israel Synagogue with a group of Sunday school children, taken at the closing of the school for the summer. John Devor was the teacher. Pictured are:
Top row, left to right: Jerry Dardick, Bernice Abramsky, John Devor, Betty Cohen, Barry Tenhouse.
Middle row, left to right: Teddy Tevan, [?] Dardick, Jerry Springer, Sydney Lannis, Isadore Lannis.
Front row, left to right: Marilyn Abramsky, Shirley Tenhouse.
Notes
This item is almost identical to photo #3056.
Name Access
Abramsky, Bernice
Abramsky, Marilyn
Beth Israel Congregation (Kingston, Ont.)
Cohen, Betty
Dardick, Jerry
Devor, John
Lannis, Isadore
Lannis, Sydney
Springer, Jerry
Tenhouse, Barry
Tenhouse, Shirley
Tevan, Teddy
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Students
Teachers
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
Kingston (Ont.)
Accession Number
1982-5-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1858
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1858
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1948-1949
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 28 x 36 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is an original composite photograph and copy negative of the students and teachers of the North Bay Hebrew school.
Name Access
North Bay Hebrew School
Subjects
Students
Teachers
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
North Bay (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-1-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1948]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of a junior Hebrew class in Sudbury, Ontario. The photograph depicts a group of students seated a two desks and the teacher standing in the middle.
Pictured from left to right are: Judy Leve, Wally Greenspoon, Bill Braverman, Gilbert Zamonsky, Susan Stickles, Brenda Rubin, Jackie Greenspoon, Harold Nudelman, Claudia Greenspoon.
Teacher: Florrie Smith.
Subjects
Students
Teachers
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
Sudbury (Ont.)
Accession Number
1982-6-10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3351
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3351
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[192-]
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 a group of children and teachers in front of the Anshe Sholom Temple in Hamilton, Ontario. The temple was located on Hughson Street.
Notes
The photograph is somewhat pixilated and may have been copied from a book or newspaper.
Name Access
Temple Anshe Sholom (Hamilton, Ont.)
Subjects
Children
Synagogues
Teachers
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
Hamilton (Ont.)
Accession Number
1982-8-14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 6039
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
6039
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1930]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy photograph of the George Street Talmud Torah class in Ottawa, Ontario. The members of the class are standing on the front steps of the building with the teacher. Pictured are:
Back row, left to right: Albert Rivers, M. Krantzberg (teacher), Moe Polowin, Earl Butovsky.
Middle row, left to right: Dave Appotive, Rabbi David Monson, Joseph Lieff, Q.C.
Front row, left to right: Rabbi Bert (Issie) Rose, Moses Steinberg, Lewis (Sheppie) Moses, Jack Pleet, Moe Slack.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Students
Teachers
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
Ottawa (Ont.)
Accession Number
1992-1-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1733
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1733
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1928
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Reb. Israel Fortinsky in pictured in the second row, extreme right.
Name Access
Fortinsky, Israel
Yeshiva Toras Chaim
Subjects
Students
Teachers
Yeshivas
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
1979-7-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 45; Item 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
45
Item
13
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1910]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 7 cm in mat 18 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Dr. Isadore Goldstick was the son of William and Sarah Goldstick. He was born in Latvia in 1890. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in the Department of Pedagogy in 1928. He married Anna Nathanson in December 1917, and they had two daughters, Reva and Esther. The family lived in London, Ontario. He spent many years teaching at the secondary school level and later became a professor at the University of Western Ontario. He was the author of 8 German and French texts that were used in Canadian schools.
Scope and Content
Portrait of Isadore Goldstick as a young man.
Notes
The image is an albumen print glued on a mat board.
Subjects
Authors
Immigrants--Canada
Teachers
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
There is a fonds for the Isadore Goldstick family at the Ottawa Jewish Archives.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1711
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1711
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1928
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
I. L. Madorsky was a teacher.
Name Access
Madorsky, I. L
Subjects
Teachers
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
1979-3-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1852
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1852
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1929
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Identified in this composite photograph, on the right is: Abraham Greenspan.
Name Access
Greenspan, Abraham
Slobodka-Kovna Yeshiva
Subjects
Students
Teachers
Yeshivas
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1979-12-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Isaac Matenko fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 89
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Isaac Matenko fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
89
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1911-1971, predominant 1911-1935
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
17 photographs
Admin History/Bio
Isaac Matenko (1874-1960) was a founder, teacher, and principal of the I.L. Peretz School. He worked tirelessly to preserve and promote secular Jewish culture and the Yiddish language in Toronto. He was also a prominent member of local Jewish organizations, such as the Socialist-Territorialist Club and the Yiddish Kultur Gesellshaft.
Isaac was born on February 1, 1874 in the town of Makarov, Kiev, Ukraine. He married Elke Yelia Moshkevitch (1878- November 19, 1953) on August 4, 1900 in Yakatreneslav. They immigrated from Czarist Russia to Toronto in 1906, passing first through New York with their two children, Percy (June 30, 1901-May 1987) and Theodore (1903-1906, died of measles at Ellis Island), Yelia’s three sisters, Dvora, Bracha, and Celia, and Isaac’s younger half-brother, Paul Frumhartz. They had two more children after arriving: Abraham (August 14, 1908-October 24, 1989) and Shoshana (Sue) (1911-2001). Although he had been a teacher in Russia, Isaac worked as an operator in a cloak factory in Toronto, where he was instrumental in forming the union (likely the Cloakmakers’ Union of Toronto, which later affiliated with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union).
As a child, Isaac received a traditional Jewish education. This, combined with his self-taught secular education and the teachings of Yiddish Nationalist Dr. Chaim Zhitlovski, informed his future career and philosophies. He was described as an idealist by his friends, whose dedication to Yiddish culture and language motivated him to bring this knowledge to a younger generation.
On July 11, 1911, Isaac and his fellow Socialist-Territorialist members established the Toronto Yiddish National-Radical School. By 1916, it had been taken over by the Workmen’s Circle and renamed the I.L. Peretz School, after the well-known Yiddish author and playwright. The school began in a rented room at the Zionist Institute on Simcoe St., moving to larger locations on Richmond St. W., then Beverley St. as it grew. Eventually, several more branches opened, such as the Maria St. school that Isaac was affiliated with. He taught at the school for free in the evenings after working during the day in a shop. His brother Paul was also a founding teacher at the school.
Isaac was described by family, friends, and community members as a passionate teacher with an iron will: he was well-versed in Jewish knowledge, with a desire to pass it on to a younger generation and his fellow union members. He remained involved in the school and in teaching, even after retirement. He died on June 2, 1960 at the age of 86.
Custodial History
These records were donated to the OJA by Sue Levy, daughter of Isaac Matenko.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records documenting Isaac Matenko's involvement with the Workmen's Circle and other Jewish organizations. Included are photographs, programmes, certificates, I.L. Peretz School jubilee books, a songbook, a yearbook, articles, and newsclippings.
Fonds has been arranged into one series for the Workmen's Circle. There are also two files attached to the fonds-level. The records are described at the series and file-level, with some item-level descriptions.
Name Access
Arbeiter Ring
Arbeiter Ring Schools
Arbeter Ring
Camp Yungvelt
Frumhartz, Paul
I.L. Peretz
Matenko, Isaac, 1874-1960
Matenko, Percy
National Radical School
Peretz Shule
Workman's Circle
Workmen's Circle
Subjects
Schools
Teachers
Yiddish language
Related Material
For additional Workmen's Circle records, see: accessions 1979-4-4, 1980-2-2, 1983-6-3, 1984-10-1, 1986-4-1, 1992-1-2, 1997-2-1, 1998-3-32, 2004-5-41, 2004-5-105, and fonds 30.
For additional Camp Yungvelt records, see: accessions 1979-4-4, 1986-4-1, 1991-12-4, 1993-6-6, 1999-5-1, 2004-5-37, 2005-6-4, 2006-12-3, photographs # 2964, # 4014, # 6021, MG2N1K, Benjamin Brown fonds 49, and Dorothy Dworkin Fonds 10 (item 14).
Creator
Matenko, Isaac, 1874-1960
Accession Number
1987-11-4
1991-4-2
2007-5-3
2007-6-28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Isaac Matenko fonds
Workmen's Circle series
I.L. Peretz School photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 89; Series 1; File 3; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Isaac Matenko fonds
Workmen's Circle series
I.L. Peretz School photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
89
Series
1
File
3
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1915]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Matenko with his younger female pupils at the Junction branch of the I.L. Peretz School.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Students
Teachers
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
Name
Dr. Sam and Rivka Hurwich
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
2 July 1974
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Dr. Sam and Rivka Hurwich
Number
AC 022
Subject
Antisemitism
Hospitals
Rabbis
Schools
Teachers
Interview Date
2 July 1974
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
Side One - 43 minutes
Side Two - 3 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Digitized in 2014
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Dr. Sam Hurwich was involved in a number of organzations including the Canadian Jewish Congress, JIAS and several Labour Zionist groups.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Hospital for Sick Children
Hurwich, Rivka
Hurwich, Sam
Geographic Access
Toronto (Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
AC 22 Side 1:
00:14 Dr. Hurwich explains that while he was in medical school between 1919 and 1926 a number of organizations started Sunday schools to provide Jewish education for children in the community. The earliest schools he recalls were at Holy Blossom established by Edmund Scheuer and at the Zionist Centre. Dr. Hurwich briefly taught at the Zionist Centre.
1:04 The Ladies Group at the McCaul St. Shul asked Dr. Hurwich to organize a school and serve as Principal. Dr. Hurwich list the women involved with the program. 150 students, both boys and girls met once a week on Sundays initially. Later, classes were held twice a week.
3:00 Dr. Hurwich explains that the leaders of the synagogue were very supportive. Outside of Talmud Torah there was no other formal Jewish education.
3:30 Dr. Hurwich list the melameds (private teachers) at the time and discusses his own Jewish education.
4:40 Dr. Hurwich mentions Dr. L.J. Solway (the son of one of Sam’s teachers) and describes his path to study medicine. Dr. Hurwich and Stephen Speisman discuss other members of the Solway family. Two brothers were shochtim (ritual slaughterer) and one brother was a sofer (scribe).
6:39 Dr. Hurwich explains that he was approached to be the school’s principal because of his background knowledge and previous experience as a teacher.
7:20 The students were taught Hebrew, Chumash, tefillah and Yiddish.
8:58 Dr. Hurwich explains that he has no knowledge of school established by Ida Siegal in 1912/13.
9:24 Dr. Hurwich’s family attended the McCaul St. Shul.
9:32 Mrs. Hurwich explains that the National Radical School, the first secular Yiddish school, opened in 1911/12 on Simcoe St. Mrs. Hurwich attended this school.
10:25 The Farband School, Zionistic in spirit, was organized in the 1920’s as an offshoot of the Radical School (which later became the Peretz Shule) that was anti-Zionist. The Farband School taught both Yiddish and Hebrew. Dr. Hurwich briefly discusses the history of the Farband (starting in the U.S., opening first in Montreal and later in Toronto).
12:30 Dr. Hurwich mentions other secular schools and their locations.
13:19 Dr. Hurwich discusses the conflict between the religious community and the National Radical School (later Workman’s Circle). E.g. Religious groups opposed the secular groups because they organized events on Saturday; Workman’s Circle opposed Zionist groups, etc.).
14:58 Dr. Hurwich comments that the signing of the Balfour Declaration had a uniting effect on the Jewish community.
16:19 Mrs. Hurwich describes the inception and growth of the National Radical School between 1911 and 1916. The school was able to revive the spirit of Jewish (Yiddish) revival through the teaching of language, music, literature and folklore. At its peak there were 500 children attending the school 3 times a week.
21:00 Mrs. Hurwich discusses that after the First World War, a school was established by Mr. Morris Goldstick. She explains that each Sunday children would collect money for the school at 194 Beverly.
22:11 Stephen Speisman comments that this type of organization grew into the Canadian Jewish Congress.
23:00 Mrs. Hurwich speaks of the influence this school had on her and other children’s lives. She comments, for example, that the children mourned Peretz’s death as if he were a relative.
24:29 Mrs. Hurwich discusses the leadership and teachers of the National Radical School.
25:58 Stephen Speisman cites an incident in which the National Radical School is accused of attempting to convert children to Christianity. Dr. & Mrs. Hurwich were not aware of this accusation.
26:58 Dr. Hurwich suggests that the signing of the Balfour Declaration was the stimulus for the creation of the Sunday school at the Zionist Centre. The school was designed to augment Jewish education with Zionistic ideology.
28:12 Stephen Speisman cites a second incident involving objections from the religious community to a proposal to hold a picnic in Lambton Park on Shabbat. Dr & Mrs. Hurwich concur that this may have occurred.
29:10 Dr. Hurwich explains that the school at Holy Blossom run by Edmund Scheuer did not have a Zionistic spirit. The Zionist Sunday school was a reaction to this school, as well.
31:10 Dr. Hurwich describes the efforts of Mr. ?Hyman, an engineer turned Hebrew teacher, and Mr. Israel Freeman, a chalutz from Palestine who moved to Canada, to organize a Hebrew Speaking Club for young people at Simcoe St. Talmud Torah.
34:26 Dr. Hurwich discusses the various Yiddish and Hebrew groups available for Jewish youth in Toronto.
36:10 Dr. Hurwich suggests there was no animosity among the Zionists. Young Judea had been founded by that time.
37:16 Dr. and Mrs. Hurwich list people who were active in youth groups and education in that era.
39:30 Dr. Hurwich discusses some shuls from that era: a shul on Richmond St that his grandfather helped found and a shul on Elm St. He recalls learning Gemorah at the Elm St. Shul in 1912.
42:24 Rabbi Yudi Rosenberg was Rabbi at the Elm St. Shul. Dr. Hurwich mentions other Rabbis from that era: Rabbis Weinreb, Gordon and Graubart.
AC 22 Side 2
00:10 Dr. Hurwich discusses his encounters with anti-Semitism while in public school and in an attempt to find a Pediatric internship at Hospital for Sick Children.
(interview ends abruptly at 3:06)
Source
Oral Histories
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 1; Item 37
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
1
Item
37
Material Format
graphic material
Date
30 Sept. 1944
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 11 x 8 cm and 13 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Raphael (Ralph) Wintrob is a former journalist, teacher and teacher-librarian. Since retiring he has taught a variety of courses at the senior studies program (L.I.F.E. Institute), Ryerson University, in the areas of philosophy and literature. He has also taught his Hebrew short novels course at a Toronto synagogue. He is now the co-ordinator of Wintrob Editorial Services.
Ralph married Kitty, the author of "I'm Not Going Back," in 1959 while he was a journalist with the CBC. They have one daughter, Suzanne who is also a writer and editor. He is also the son of Gertrude Schwartz's sister, Zelda Wintrob. In 1989, Ralph was a founding member and chair of the Toronto Jewish Theatre Committee (TJTC), and the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition (CJPC). In 1999, the downtown Toronto Miles Nadal JCC adopted this program.
Scope and Content
The item is a portrait of Raphael (Ralph) Wintrob.
Subjects
Journalists
Teachers
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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