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Accession Number
2010-10-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 photographs: b & w ; 9 x 14 cm
Date
1922
Scope and Content
The donation includes two photographs that were taken at Gittelmacher's Studio in 1922. The first is a portrait of Leona, Ida and Albert Lenchner from Pittsburgh. The second is a portrait of Albert and Leona Lenchner with their cousin Bernard Segal, who was also from Pittsburgh.
Subjects
Portraits
Places
Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-11-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-11-4
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 26 cm
Date
[193-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one photograph of a Camp Naivelt group, taken indoors. Pictured is Wolf (centre, standing) and Chana (centre seated with glasses) Berger, the parents of the donor.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-6-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-6-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
24 photographs : b&w and col. ; 13 x 18 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Date
1991-2002
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the activities of the Jewish Theatre Committee. Included is correspondence, press releases, theatre programs and handbills, scripts, meeting minutes and agendas and photographs of members of the committee.
Custodial History
The records were in the possession of Ralph Wintrob, chair of the Jewish Theatre Committee during the late 1980s and 1990s.
Administrative History
The Jewish Theatre Committee was founded in 1984 as a standing committee of the Toronto Jewish Cultural Council of the Toronto Jewish Congress. Its goal was to promote dramatic activities as a medium of Jewish cultural programming by encourageing new theatre groups, offering guidance in Jewish drama programming, to promote and develop new talent and scripts, and to work towards a Jewish Drama Festival. In 1984, a series of developmental workshops resulted in the formation of the Medina Theatre Ensemble, which presented creative theatrical programmes of Jewish content. The committee also organized workshops, school programmes, symposiums, lectures and readings and a yearly playwriting competition. The Jewish Theatre Committee disbanded sometime in the early 2000s.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-9-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-9-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
45 cm of textual records
Date
2003-2009
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records related to the operations and activities of the Committee for Yiddish. Included are meeting minutes, correspondence, programming material, publicity material, budgetary and financial records, material related to special events and tributes and Yiddish educational and instructional records.
Custodial History
The records were in the file cabinets once used by Ethel Cooper, the former UJA Federation staff person responsible for the Committee for Yiddish. They were donated to the OJA by Barbara Barak in September 2012, after assuming the role as UJA Federation staff liason.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-6-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-6-4
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
13 photographs : b&w (11 tif, 2 jpg)
Date
1909-[ca. 1952]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting the Gryfe, Silverman, Saul and Greenberg families. The majority of the images are family portraits, however, also included is a school photograph of Sandy Greenberg at Charles G. Fraser School in Toronto, a photograph of Feda and Izzy Greenberg in Ottawa, a photograph of the Silverman family at Crystal Beach, and a photograph of a family celebration for Morris Silverman's birthday. Also identified in the photographs are: Sam Silverman, Bill Gryfe, Esther (Gryfe) Silverman, Lizzie Gryfe, Bayla Gryfe, Fae Silverman, Tillie Silverman, Sam Silverman, Bertha Silverman, Sam Saul, Joseph Saul, Ida Saul, Anna Saul, Rachel Saul, Nancy Silverman, Ruth Silverman, Lou Weitzman, and Ruth Weitzman.
Administrative History
Izzy Greenberg and Anna (nee Nathan) Greenberg immigrated to Ottawa from Romania around 1910. They had six children together: Freda, Harry, Joe, Anne, Helen, and Earl (b. 1920). Izzy likely worked as a peddler. When Anna passed away in 1923 all of the children, except for Freda, were sent to a Jewish orphanage in Montreal (the Montefiore orphanage). The orphanage closed in 1936 when Earl was 16 years old. He came to Toronto where he met Sandy (or Sylvia) Silverman. They were married in 1947. Earl initially worked as a shoe salesman, but later opened his own business, Sanmarcoda, where he bought and sold electronic surplus. He and Sandy had three children together: Marsha, Corey, and David. Sandy worked as a secretary with the provincial government and sold baby's clothing at flea markets on Sundays.
Joseph and Anna Saul came to Canada from Romania in the early 1900s. They had six children together: Sam (b. 1908), Rachel (Rae, b. 1910), Ida, Jeanette, Bonnie, and Dorothy. Joseph abandoned the family around 1923 and travelled to California to become an actor. Although his family never heard from him again, they later recognized him in movies under the name Maurice Samuels. Anna was deaf and mute and worked as a seamstress, making ladies clothing out of her own home. Rae obtained work in a hat factory when she was 13 years old and continued in this trade throughout the remainder of her life. Around 1950 she opened her own hat store at Eglinton and Dufferin called Rae's Hats. She briefly lived above the store with her husband, Sam Silverman.
Morris Silverman, Esther (Gryfe) Silverman, and their two daughters Fae and Tillie immigrated to Hamilton from Romania in 1907. Esther's sister, Lizzie Gryfe, was already living in Hamilton at the time. In 1909, Morris and Esther had another son together, Sam. By 1922, the family had moved to Nassau Street in Toronto where Morris worked as a tailor for Tip Top Tailors. They lived next door to the Saul Family. Sam married Rae Saul in 1927. Sam had had various jobs throughout his life including, cab driver, venetian blind salesman, and driver for a cleaner's.
Subjects
Families
Portraits
Name Access
Greenberg, Sandy
Places
Crystal Beach (Fort Erie, Ont.)
Ottawa (Ont.)
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 34 x 28 cm
Date
[ca. 1970]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two portraits of past presidents of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Included is a portrait of M. Brown and Jacob Lowy.
Use Conditions
UJA Federation meeting minutes and general correspondence are closed for 10 years from date of creation. Contracts and donor agreements are permanently closed.
Subjects
Portraits
Name Access
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-8-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-8-4
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
13 photographs : col. ; 52 x 41 cm
Date
[195-]-1992
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 13 portrait photographs of past presidents of the YM-YWHA and the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre. Included are: Sam Granatstein; Bernard J. Kamen, Q.C., 1985-1989; Allan B. Zender, 1989-1992; Jack Wahl, 1972-1974; Wilfred Posluns, 1974-1978; Irwin Soren; Bert Fine; Louis Borsook; Alex Fisher; Martin Mendelow, 1982-1985; Ellis I. Shapiro; Bernard S. Dales, 1978-1982; and Max Schwartz.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information for these photographs. The accession number has been assigned by the archivist. It is likely that the photographs originated at the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre.
Subjects
Community centers
Portraits
Name Access
Bathurst Jewish Community Centre (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-12-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-12-3
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w with watercolour retouching ; 26 x 41 cm
Date
[ca. 1906]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a portrait of Samuel Helpert of Sudbury, shortly after arriving from Minsk, Russia. The photograph was originally a glass plate negative that was blown-up and printed. Watercolours were then used to colourize the image and as a way of emphasising the contrast and other features that were lost during the printing process.
Administrative History
Samuel Helpert was the paternal great uncle of the donor. He was born in Minsk, Russia and immigrated to Canada where he lived in Sudbury and Toronto.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Portraits
Name Access
Helpert, Samuel
Places
Russia
Sudbury (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
moving images
Physical Description
ca. 30 cm of textual records and other material
Date
1996-2010, predominant 2004-2009
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual, graphic and audio-visual material created and accumulated by UJA Federation's Creative Department. Included are DVDs and VHS tapes containing annual campaign videos, tommorrow campaign videos and footage, as well as footage of other events, such as an Israel Emergency Campaign event. Also included is a binder of CDs containing photos of various events, such as, Walk with Israel, Book of Life, Holocaust Education Week, Annual General Meetings and Major Gifts events. There are also binders containing invitations, flyers and other promotional material for a variety of events related to campaign, the Israel Emergency Campaign, leadership development, Impact Toronto and the Walk with Israel. Finally, accession also includes one binder of meeting minutes for UJA Federation's Pension Plan Committee (2005-2010).
Custodial History
Material was located in the Creative Department and transferred to the OJA during the department's move to another office.
Use Conditions
UJA Federation meeting minutes and general correspondence are closed for 10 years from date of creation. Contracts and donor agreements are permanently closed.
Descriptive Notes
Physical description note: includes ca. 40 DVDs, ca. 30 CDs, and ca. 8 videocassettes (VHS)
Use Conditions note: UJA Federation records are closed for 10 years from date of creation.
Name Access
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-6-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-6-7
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records and other material
Date
1964-2003
Scope and Content
Accession consists of Canadian Jewish Congress Joint Community Relations Committee files pertaining to incidents of antisemitism in Canada. Files include examples of material distributed by Neo-Nazi groups, clippings documenting hate crimes trials and antisemitism in scholarship, as well as JCRC correspondence.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Subjects
Antisemitism
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-8
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1950-1953
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a letter from Rabbi Slonim convening a meeting and minutes of meetings of the Rabbinical Welfare Committee over the period.
Custodial History
There is no information on the aquisition of the documents. However, the first letter in the textual records is from Rabbi Reuben Slonim and his name is included on all of the documents in the textual record.
Administrative History
The purpose of the Rabbinical Welfate Committee was (quoting from a document dated March 22, 1950) 'to consider matters that are strictly religious in nature. In matters of a community or public relations nature, the Committee will work closely with Congress.'
Subjects
Committees
Meetings
Religion
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-9
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1941-1942
Scope and Content
Accession consists of minutes of meetings of the War Efforts Committee, various newspapers from the USA (The Sentinel) and Canada (Army Week) and a Jewish Calendar for Men in the Canadian Armed Forces (1941-1942).
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of this material.
Administrative History
One of the main roles of the committee was to raise funds from Jewish communities across Canada for the purchase and donation of furniture. According to a document 'Special bulletin on Furnishing project', Congress is the only organization supplying furniture under an agreement with the Department of National Defence. The Chairman of the committee was Gurston Allen of Toronto.
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Meetings
World War, 1939-1945
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, War Efforts Committee
Allen, Gurston
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
2016-3-69
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-3-69
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1950-1991
Scope and Content
Accession consists of interviews with various persons concerning their link with Goel Tzedec and its successor synagogue, Beth Tzedec. The interviews were primarily conducted by Ben Keyfetz and Jack Orenstien, the latter serving as the Executive Director of Beth Tzedec, at that time. Persons interviewed included Carl Keyfetz, N.N. Levine, Meyer Axler, and Bert Godfrey. There is also other information in the file concerning Cantors and Rabbis who served at Goel Tzedec, including Julius Price, Bernard Wladowsky, Jacob Gordon, and Samuel Sachs. There is a document from Bert Godfrey, undated but with a reference to 1950, titled 'Report of Construction Sub-Committee'. This presumably preceded the construction of the building housing the Beth Tzedec Synagogue on Bathurst Street. Also included is a 1955 publication of the Ne'ilah Service of Beth Tzedec to take place on February 6, 1955, concluding a half century of worship at the synagogue on University Avenue. Lastly, there are several pages of notes concerning the synagogue and its history.
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of this material.
Subjects
Committees
Synagogues
Rabbis
Name Access
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Places
Toronto, Ontario
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-8-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-8-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Date
[ca. 1941]
Scope and Content
Acession consists of one black and white photograph of Charlotte Bochner ca. 1941. The photo appears to have been an official portrait, used when she served as Chairman of the Women's Division of the United Jewish Welfare Fund. The notes on the back of the photo are as follows: Charlotte Bochner, return to Toronto Jewish National Fund committee, 651 Spadina Ave.
Custodial History
The photograph was in the posession of Charlotte's Daughter Anne Bochner Stein.
Administrative History
Charlotte Bochner (1906-1979) was born in 1906 to Abraham and Annie (née Garofsky) Andrews. She married Maxwell Bochner (1900-1968) in Dec. 1928 and they had two children named Anne Constance and Joseph Harvey. Dr. Maxwell Bochner was born on October 8, 1900 to Charles and Ann (née Kurtz) Bochner.
Dr. Maxwell Bochner was an ophthalmologist and Chief of Staff and Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology for New Mount Sinai Hospital and Scarborough General Hospital. He was also Chief of the Eye Department for the Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest Hospital. He belonged to numerous medical associations, B'nai B'rith, the Primrose Club, Phi Delta Epsilon Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity and was a member of the Holy Blossom Temple. He founded the Bochner Eye Institute in 1929.
Charlotte served as chair of the Women's Division of the United Jewish Welfare Fund in 1941.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Women
Portraits
Name Access
Bochner, Charlotte, 1906-1979
Bochner, Maxwell, 1900-1968
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-3-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-3-4
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w and col. ; 10 x 15 cm and 12 x 11 cm and 9 x 9 cm
Date
1950, [196-], 1982
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 3 photographs of Henry Weingluck. Included is Weingluck's wedding photo to Rae Simon in 1950, a photo of Henry and Rae at Simon's Restaurant on their 32nd anniversary on 26 March 1982, and a photograph of Weingluck riding a camel in Israel, possibly in the late 1960s.
Subjects
Wedding anniversaries
Portraits
Name Access
Weingluck, Henry, 1902-1987
Places
Israel
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-6-15
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-6-15
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm
Date
1946
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Beverley Kelman on her first birthday. Pictured in the photograph with Beverley are her father Marvin Lister, mother Ruth Lister, grandfather Rabbi Leibish Noble, and grandmother Bella. Rabbi Noble was the first principal of Eitz Chaim, Toronto's second-oldest Jewish day school. the photograph was taken at the family home that Ruth and Marvin Lister shared with Ruth's parents Bella and Rabbi Leibish Noble at 73 Borden St., Toronto.
Administrative History
Rabbi Leibish Noble immigrated to Toronto in 1912. The outbreak of World War I hampered his effort to bring over his wife Bella and two young daughters Gertrude and Mary (Miriam).
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Birthdays
Families
Portraits, Group
Name Access
Noble, Leibish
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-8-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-8-4
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 25 cm (sight) in mat 24 x 34 cm
Date
1939
Scope and Content
Item is a group portrait of Workmen's Circle Branch 384. The photograph was taken on the occasion of the branch's thirtieth anniversary. Leo Badash of Hamilton is seated in the front row, third right.
Custodial History
George Leaf (né Lipshitz), who is depicted in the group portrait fourth from the left in the top row, was a member of Workmen's Circle Branch 384. He died in 1945.
George's youngest daughter, Rose, who lived in the family home from her birth in 1922 until her death in 2012, had two copies of the framed photograph in her possession when she died.
A neighbour and good friend of Rose's, who received much of Rose's estate, saved photographs and personal possessions, which she gave to Jeffrey Levinn, Rose's first cousin once removed.
In 2018, Jeffrey Levinn donated a copy of the framed photograph to the Ontario Jewish Archives.
Administrative History
The Workmen's Circle (Yiddish: Arbeiter Ring) was founded in the United States by Jewish immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Circle branches were established in Canada in the first decade of the twentieth century. The Hamilton branch's number was 384.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Descriptive Notes
Language: Title is in English; text below is in Yiddish.
Subjects
Jewish socialists
Nonprofit organizations
Portraits, Group
Name Access
Workmen's Circle (Hamilton, Ont.)
Places
Hamilton (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-9-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-9-5
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 20 x 90 cm
Date
1942
Scope and Content
Item is a panoramic group portrait of Camp Winnebagoe campers taken in 1942. Identified are brother and sister Lyle Steinberg (third row up, the sixth boy from the right) and Shiela Steinberg (seated in the front row, second from the left). Later—possibly in 1947—the family changed its name to Stanway.
Custodial History
Margot Freedman, the daughter of Lyle Stanway (né Steinberg), one of the children identified in the portrait, donated the photograph to the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Camps
Portraits, Group
Name Access
Camp Winnebagoe
Places
Muskoka (Ont. : District municipality)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-10-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-10-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Date
[1944?]
Scope and Content
Item is a group portrait of the Workmen's Circle Hamilton branch probably taken in the 1940s. The people in the photograph are posing with an ambulance they donated, possibly during the Second World War. Identified in the photograph is Lew Badacz (back row, seventh from left). Additional identifications can be found on the back of the photograph.
Administrative History
The Workmen's Circle (Yiddish: Arbeiter Ring) was founded in the United States by Jewish immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Circle branches were established in Canada in the first decade of the twentieth century. The Hamilton branch's number was 384.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Name Access
Workmen's Circle (Hamilton, Ont.)
Places
Hamilton (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-2-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-2-5
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Date
[ca. 1959]
Scope and Content
Item is a group portrait of the Forest Hill Junior High School band and majorettes that was taken in or around 1959. Identified in the photograph are: Paul Appleby, Ron Agar, Sheila Bookspan, Ellen Breuer, Joe Cappe, Michael Cole, John Dallas, Elliott Doran, Linda Feinberg, Stanley Feinberg, Judy Feinstein, Martin Fingerhut, Michael Garfin, Frank Gold, Neil Gold, Sheldon Goldenberg, Joey Goodman, Stephen Greenberg, Fred Grossberg, Peter Herman, Ron Hirshorn, John Kastner, Wilma Levinne, Jo-Ann Levy, Joey Liberman, Judy Lipson, Jill Lister, Carole Lokash, Karen Mactinger, Corinne Manace, Judy Marrus, Lesley Marrus, Barbara Martin, Susan Miller, Peter Model, Peter Morrison, Wendy Papernick, Steve Pearl, Wendy Porter, Mr. Rutherford, Elaine Schaffran, Rozzi Shuster, Eric Slavens, Larry Smith, Louis Solnicki, Luby Sone, Gary Soupcoff, Barbara Spencer, Howard Stulberg, Jerold Winter, Heather Wintre, Rhoda Wintre, Irwin Wortsman, Frankie Zaid, and Michael Zimmerman. Other individuals remain to be identified.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Public schools
Name Access
Forest Hill Junior High School (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Forest Hill (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-4-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-4-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
ca. 3 cm. of textual records 1 photograph
Date
1976-1990
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Glen Barry Eker. Included are university diplomas including graduation certificates from McMaster University, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Ontario. There is also an undated graduation photograph of Mr. Eker and a card given to Dorothy Eker, Glen Eker's mother, by her husband, Paul Eker.
Administrative History
Glen Eker was born in Toronto, Ontario to Paul Eker and Dorothy Horwitz. He grew up in the Forest Hill neighbourhood of Toronto before moving with his family to Hamilton. He received two master’s degrees (one in sociology, the other in political science) from McMaster University and a third master’s degree (in library science) from the University of Toronto.
Glen's wife, Deborah Pekilis, was born in Montreal and lived there until her parents moved to Toronto. She was the librarian for the Jewish Genealogical Society and sat on the Hamilton Historical Board. She is currently a writer.
Glen has worked as a research assistant and a teaching assistant at McMaster and has taught at Ryerson University and Mohawk College. At present, he works as an estate and genealogy researcher.
Glen has published a book on Karl Marx, five indexes of Jews in Canada, and one index of Amish and Mennonites in Canada. His genealogy articles have appeared in various magazines and his short stories and poems have appeared in print as well.
Glen has worked on his family genealogy for a number of years. His paternal family line derives from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland while his maternal line derives from Byelorussia and Romania. He is descended from the Horwitz and Strachman families on the latter.
Subjects
Married people
Portraits
Postsecondary education
Name Access
Eker (family)
Eker, Glen
Places
Hamilton (Ont.)
London (Ont.)
Waterloo (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-8-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-8-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[195-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one Oakwood Oracle yearbook (1953) and two photographs of Oakwood Collegiate basketball teams (1950s?).
Subjects
Basketball teams
Portraits, Group
School yearbooks
Name Access
Oakwood Collegiate Institute
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1999-11-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1999-11-7
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 20 x 25 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Date
1999
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a group portrait of the University of Toronto Medical School class of 1939 taken at their sixtieth reunion in June 1999. Identified in the top row from the left are Dr. Harold Linton, Dr. Cam Gray, Dr Bernard Laski, and Dr. Dave Rogers. In the middle row from the left are Dr. Jack Birrell, Dr. C. McCulloch, Dr. Roger Barron, Dr. Harold Fine, and Dr. Alan Basset. In the front row from the left are Dr. J. Walmseley, Dr. Sydney Wise, Dr. Charles Sheard, Dr. McQuaid, and Dr. Phil Ryan.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Name Access
Wise, Sydney, 1915-2013
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-11-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-11-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 21 cm on mat 17 x 21 cm
Date
[192-]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of the Cohen family wedding portrait in Liverpool, England.
Subjects
Portraits
Weddings
Places
Liverpool (England)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1993-11-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1993-11-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of texual records
Date
1943
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one postcard to the War Efforts Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress, dated Nov. 2, 1943, signed David ?, RCAF, India Command, expressing thanks for receiving a message of cheer from Canada during the war.
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress
Moscoe, Sydney
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-5-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-5-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1943-1944
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records relating to the work of the JPRC Summer Resorts Sub-Committee, which Hart D. Wintrob chaired. Material includes advice offered to Jews on appropriate behaviour at resorts frequented by non-Jews, and efforts to have "Gentiles only" signs removed from resorts and other businesses. Also included is a list of JPRC members from which the members of the subcommitte were chosen, and an agenda for a meeting of this group.
Subjects
Antisemitism
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-6-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-6-12
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
3.3 m of textual records
Date
[ca. 1970]-[ca. 1990]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records created or accumulated by the Committee for Yiddish, which operated under the auspices of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region and later, the Toronto Jewish Congress (UJA Federation of Greater Toronto).
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Name Access
Committee for Yiddish (Toronto, Ont.)
Toronto Jewish Congress
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-25
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-25
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
5 photographs
Date
[between 1980 and 1987]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting the Toronto Jewish Congress Social Planning Committee's Institute on the Elderly and other activities / events.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-89
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-89
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
15 photographs : b&w and sepia ; 25 x 18 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1900]-[ca.1925]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of Lawrence Richmond's family, most of which are formal portraits. Some are in folders and on mattes.
Subjects
Families
Portraits
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-123
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-123
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1979
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the activities of the Community Action for Israel Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region and the role of Rabbi Harvey Fields as Chairman. Included are memos, correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, list of committee members, press releases, newspaper clippings, and a seminar program. As well there are a few letters to Stephen Speisman, Director of the Ontario Jewish Archives from individuals in small Jewish communities in Ontario.
Administrative History
The Community Action Committee for Israel was constituted on March 1978. Rabbi Harvey Fields served congregations in Boston, New Jersey, and Holy blossom Temple in Toronto before becoming the senior rabbi of the Wiltshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles from 1985-2003. He passed away on January 23, 2014 at the age of 78.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-140
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-140
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder textual records
Date
1968-1979
Scope and Content
Accession consists of meeting minutes and correspondence related to the annual Ben Sadowski Award.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-11-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-11-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
60 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records created by the Yiddish Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Toronto Jewish Congress.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1974-005
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1974-005
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Date
[ca. 1948]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one photograph of members of the Herzl Zion Club executive inside the Zionist Building at 651 Spadina Avenue, Toronto.
Subjects
Clubs
Portraits, Group
Name Access
Pearlstein, Jacob D., 1894-1983
Places
Spadina Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-4-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-4-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w (2 negatives)
Date
[ca. 1904]-1916
Scope and Content
The accession consists of two photographs. The first is a portrait of the Sprachman family taken around 1900 at Price's Lane, Toronto. The second is a wedding photograph of Hyman James and Gussie Rumm, taken on 22 February 1916 at the University Avenue Synagogue.
The Sprachman photograph includes the following family members from left to right and top to bottom: Hyman Sprachman, Sheindel Sprachman, Beckie Sprachman (?), unknown, unknown, Fanny Sprachman, Lena Sprachman, Abe Sprachman and Jacob Sprachman.
The second photograph include the newly married couple in the middle with the top hat and large white hat.
Administrative History
Hyman (Chaim) Sprachman (b. 1856) arrived in Toronto at the end of the nineteenth century with his eldest son Benjamin (b. 1877), who was twenty at the time. They both worked as peddlers and resided in a boarding home for a while. Hyman sent for his family in Austria and they arrived in 1904. His family included his wife Sheindel and children Rebecca (b. 1887), Lena (b. 1891), Fanny (b. 1892) and Abraham (b. 1894). The family originally lived at 30 Gerrard and then relocated to 123 Baldwin around 1914. Abraham became a prominent architect and married his cousin Mina Sprachman (b. 1900) in 1921. They had two children: Mendel and Sheila. Mandel followed in his father's footsteps and also became a nationally recognized and acclaimed architect. Both specialized in theatre design and renovations.
Hyman James ran a successful company called Men's Clothing Manufacturing Company. The company was later renamed to H. James Co. He married Gussie Rumm, who was 15 years his junior, on 22 February 1916 at the University Avenue Synagogue.
Subjects
Families
Portraits
Weddings
Places
Price's Lane (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-8
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
April 1977-March 1978
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one Information Bulletin on Soviet Jewry (vol. 3, issue 4) and two Communique (No. 10, No. 21), both produced by the Canadian Committee for Soviet Jewry.
Subjects
Human rights
Name Access
Canadian Committee for Soviet Jewry
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-5-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-5-8
Material Format
sound recording
moving images
Physical Description
18 sound tape reels (ca. 12.5 hrs.)
1 sound cassette
1 film reel (18 min.; 198 m)
Date
1972
Scope and Content
Accessions consists of interview tapes and films for a project commemorating the Jewish Labour Committee's (JLC) work in rescuing Jewish refugees after the Second World War.
Interviewees include refugees who were assisted by the JLC and former JLC officials who were involved in the project
Custodial History
Materials were donated by Stan Adleman (one of the interviewers for the commemorative project) in 1978 to the Multicultural History Society of Ontario. The MHSO passed on the collection to the Archives of Ontario.
The materials were never accessioned by the Archives of Ontario, but they did create a brief finding aid for the materials in 1985 and identified the collection as Archives of Ontario Audio-Visual Collection #190.
In 1991, the Archives of Ontario offered the collection to the Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives, which in turn notified the Ontario Jewish Archives that the collection was available for acquisition.
The OJA apparently acquired the collection in late 1991 or early 1992, but it was not accessioned at that time.
Administrative History
The Jewish Labour Committee (JLC) was founded in 1936, an offshoot of the American Jewish Labor Committee (AJLC), a trade union umbrella group with roots in the Workmen’s Circle, a radical left Jewish fraternal organization that had its origins in Eastern Europe. At its peak it claimed about 50,000 members, coming largely from such Jewish-dominated trade unions as the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union (ACWU), and the United Cap, Hat and Millinery Workers Union (UCHMWU).
The JLC was social democratic and anti-communist. In the early part of the century, most socialist Jews in Canada were members of the Workmen’s Circle, but in the wake of the Russian Revolution the "left" communists began to move away from the "right" social democrats. By 1926 the two factions had split completely, with the communists leaving to create an organization called the Labour League and the social democrats remaining in the Workman’s Circle. The latter continued to be the social and intellectual home of the JLC labour activists, while the former performed the same function for Jewish communists, even after it changed its name in 1945 to the United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO). Over the years these two factions remained bitter rivals.
Not surprisingly, the JLC had close ties with the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), a party that was social democratic on economic matters and liberal on human-rights.11 For example, David Lewis, the CCF’s first National Secretary, was the son of Morris Lewis, a Workman’s Circle socialist, and for many years the Secretary of the JLC. Similarly, Maurice Silcoff, a vice-president of the JLC, was a CCF activist.
During World War II, one of the most pressing issues for the Canadian Jewish community was refugee relief, especially assistance for those few Jews who had managed to escape the Nazi Holocaust. As the war began to draw to a close, however, Jewish activists began to shift from their short-term project of helping victims of foreign antisemitism to the longer-term goal of attacking domestic antisemitism. At the same time, they broadened their scope, viewing antisemitism as simply one part of a larger problem — racial and religious prejudice.13 In the words of an early JLC report, "Anti-Semitism, anti-Negroism, anti-Catholicism, anti-French or anti-English [sentiments] ... and union-smashing are all part of a single reactionary crusade of hatred and destruction.".
Consequently, by 1946 the JLC executive had appointed a national director to combat racial and religious prejudice within the trade union movement in Canada. Their choice, Kalmen Kaplansky, was Polish-born, fluent in Yiddish and English, a war veteran (with the rank of sergeant), a member of the International Typographical Union, Montréal vice-chair of the JLC, and a social democrat with strong ties to the Workmen’s Circle and the CCF.
[Taken from: Ross Lambertson. (2001). "The Dresden Story": Racism, Human Rights, and the Jewish Labour Committee of Canada. Labour/Le Travail Issue 47. http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/llt/47/03lamber.html Viewed May 27, 2005 9:38 EDT
Use Conditions
The archives does not have the release forms signed by interviewees.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-11-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-11-9
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1934-1956
Scope and Content
Accession consists of historical material collected by the CJC Central Region Centenary Committee or Historical Committee (both committee names appear in the file). These materials include several CJC Ontario Division documents dating from 1934. The bulk of the accession consists of reports of interviews conducted in 1956 with members of Holy Blossom as part of a Holy Blossom Centennial research project.
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Holy Blossom Temple (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-2-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-2-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 item : 58 x 43 cm
Date
1 Mar. 1950
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a proclamation to the Jewish community of Toronto by the Committee of Rabbis urging all individuals and organizations to dedicate the period of March 5th to June 30th as U.J.A. months and the importance in helping rebuild and resettle Israel.
The rabbis who signed the proclamation included Rabbis: Abraham L. Feinberg; Abraham Kelman; Dr. David Ochs; Norman Shapiro; Abraham A. Price; Reuben Slonim; David Monson; Erwin Schild; and Judah Washer.
Name Access
Feinberg, Abraham L.
Kelman, Abraham.
Ochs, Dr. David.
Shapiro, Norman.
Price, Abraham A.
Slonim, Reuben.
Monson, David.
Schild, Erwin.
Washer, Judah.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-3-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-3-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1.8 m of textual records
Date
[195-]-[196-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records created by Sydney Harris in his role with the CJC's Joint Community Relations Committee.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-3-9 [Processed]
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-3-9 [Processed]
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
2.4 m of textual records
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the CJC's Joint Community Relations Committee. Some of the records appear to have originated from Ben Kayfetz.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-6-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-6-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 22 cm on matte 25 x 30cm
Date
1913
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a group portrait of the employees of the Ontario Cloak Co. on a picnic in Oakville. The photo was taken in a park
Descriptive Notes
Ontario Cloak Co.
Oakville.
Subjects
Employees
Picnics
Portraits, Group
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-9-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-9-5
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm
Date
2003
Scope and Content
Accession is a portrait photograph of Howard Sokolowski, UJA Federation campaign chair of 2003, taken by Al Gilbert for Lifestyles magazine. The photograph is signed by Gilbert in the bottom left hand corner.
Subjects
Portraits
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-5-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 item
Date
1981
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one oversized portrait photograph of Joseph Shoham, the first director of the BJE Media and Resource Centre, from 1972 to 1980. The photograph is a print created in 1981 from an original negative and is fixed onto a matte. The original frame has been discarded.
Custodial History
The portrait was in the possession of the BJE Media Library until donated to the Archives on 2007-05-03.
Subjects
Portraits
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-15
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-15
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 11 cm
Date
1919
Scope and Content
Accession contains a portrait of an unidentified couple. Writing on the original folder of the photo says Mr. & Mrs. Sheinberg, 1919.
Subjects
Married people
Portraits
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-21
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-21
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 slide : b&w ; 35 mm
Date
[194-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a portrait of Mr. D. M. Levy's father.
Subjects
Portraits
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-2-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
13 cm of textual records
Date
1988-1990
Scope and Content
This accession consists of material related to a Jewish community survey of Toronto, developed and administered by the Toronto Jewish Congress' Planning and Allocations Committee. The records include correspondence, primary originating from and sent to, Jay Broadbar-Nemzer, as well as reports, budgetary records and statistical data.
Administrative History
The Community Planning and Allocations Committee was a committee under the auspices of the Toronto Jewish Congress, which was responsible for awarding financial grants to chosen community organizations and projects. They were involved in the selection and allocation processes. As well, the oversaw the demographic studies, undertaken to provide Congress with better social planning policies and implementation strategies.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-7-14
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-7-14
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
3 photographs (jpg)
Date
1942-1944
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one military portrait of Frank Gishman and two wedding portraits of Frank and Ruth Gishman of Peterborough, Ontario.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Portraits
Places
Peterborough (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-9
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 28 x 36 cm on matte 44 x 36 cm
Date
[193-?]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one orignal portrait of Chaim Greenberg. The photo has Hebrew writing on the front which reads: In memory of [?] Levinsky.
Subjects
Portraits
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-16
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-16
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 41 x 51 cm
Date
[196-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of an original oversized portrait of Archie B. Bennett.
Subjects
Portraits
Source
Archival Accessions
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