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Accession Number
1983-10-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1983-10-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
13 cm of textual records
Date
1941-1946
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting B'nai Brith and its Aleph Zadik Aleph youth fraternal organization. Included are: correspondence, an AZA member's manual, a questionnaire for high school students prepared by the Committee on Vocational Guidance and filled out by the donor, correspondence, programs, and newsletters.
Custodial History
Evelyn Goodman passed along the material that Jack Schwartz left for the archives to Stephen Speisman, the then director of the Ontario Jewish Archives.
Subjects
Fraternal organizations
Youth
Name Access
Aleph Zadik Aleph
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1984-12-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1984-12-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
2.1 m of textual records
1 photograph
Artifacts
Date
1918, 1940-1971
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records of the B'nai Zion Association. Included are the pinkus, financial records, photographs, correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, membership records, inviations and programs. Also included is a 1918 photograph of a manual training class at either the King Edward School or the Manning Ave. School.
Administrative History
In the years following the 1st Zionist Congress held in Basle, Switzerland in 1897, Zionist organizations were established around the world.
In Toronto one of the first Zionist societies to be founded was the B'nai Zion Association. This organization was established as a mutual benefit society in 1903. It provided sick, funeral and unemployment benefits to its members.
However, its main purpose was the promotion of Zionism. It was involved in the dissemination of Zionist material, and sponsored lectures and meetings, in addition to raising funds to suppo~t the establishment of Jewish settlements in Palestine. It continued to perform these same activities following the establishment of the state of Israel.
B'nai Zion has also been involved in local activities. It was active in anti-missionary efforts and also provided educational and cultural programming for children.
MG_RG
MG20 J1F
Subjects
Zionism
Name Access
B'nai Zion Association (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2002-10-28
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2002-10-28
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
45 cm of textual records
Date
[1930-?]-[198-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the activities of the B'nai Brith Lord Melchett Lodge in St. Catharines, Ontario. Included is correspondence, booklets, ledgers, financial records, and lists.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-10-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-10-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
ca. 13 cm of textual records
Date
1937–1968
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records belonging to two manuscript groups.
The first manuscript group (MG2 B5) consists of material documenting B'nai Brith Lodge 1234 of Timmins, Ontario. Included are a minute book for the years 1962–1968, an attendance register for the years 1947–1951, a fifteenth anniversary souveneer program from September 1950, two copies of a program for an event featuring guest speaker Senator J. Bradette that was held on 10 January 1954, correspondence for the years 1956–1968, minutes from 1950–1968, and a constitution from 18 June 1936.
The second manuscript group (MG3 B22) consists of material documenting Congregation B'nai Israel of Timmins. Included are six membership cards for the years 1939–1940 and 1940–1941, three seat number cards (no date), a membership account ledger for the years 1942–1948 and 1948–1950, a general financial ledger for the years 1941–1949, membership assessment lists for the yeras 1942–1943 and 1946–1947, and financial statements for the years 1937–1954.
MG_RG
MG 2 B5
MG 3 B22
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
B'nai Israel Congregation (Timmins, Ont.)
Places
Timmins (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-7-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-7-9
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1927-1962
Scope and Content
Accession consists of materials pertaining to the life of Saul Einhorn of Oshawa, Ontario. Included are his Canadian naturalization certificate, ketubah for his first marriage, newspaper obituaries, and a letter of condolence to his widow from the Canadian Jewish Congress.
Subjects
Ketubah
Letters
Obituaries
Name Access
Einhorn, Saul
Places
Oshawa, Ont.
St. Catharines, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-5-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-5-11
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1972-1984
Scope and Content
This accession consists of meeting minutes and correspondence relating to Congregation B'nai Israel and the Cambridge Jewish community, as well as a plan for a synagogue to be built in Moshav Bar-Giora in the Jerusalem corridor.
Name Access
Congregation B'nai Israel (Cambridge, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-11-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-11-6
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm
1 folder of textual records
Date
1961
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a group photo of men of B'nai Brith A.Z.A. Chapter 103 (BBYO) and a reunion card featuring a photo of the same group in 1929.
Some individuals have been identified. They include: Morris Mink, Sam Solway, Hart Wintrob, Percy Kopman, Larry Pifko, and Joe Lokach.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1998-3-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1998-3-13
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1974-1980
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records of Congregation B'Nai Israel in Galt, Ontario. Included are minutes of general and executive meetings, letters to the congregation from the executive, a list of congregation members and non- members in the community, a list of the executive, sisterhood,and committee chairs, and information about religious services and cultural activities.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1977-8-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1977-8-11
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1940-1966
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material from B'nai Jacob Congregation in Niagara Falls, Ontario. These include bank cheques, utility and hardware bills, insurance policy statements from the 1940s, general correspondence, as well as a report on the dedication of the rebuilt synagogue.
Subjects
Synagogues
Communities
Name Access
B'nai Jacob Congregation (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
Places
Niagara Falls, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1977-8-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1977-8-12
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
28 photographs : col (20 negatives) ; 9 x 13 cm and 35 mm
1 folder of textual records
Date
1955-[ca. 1970]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the B'nai Jacob Congregation Sisterhood of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Included are general and executive meeting minutes as well as photographs of a Shavuot event at the synagogue. Beverly Blackstien is identified in one of the photographs.
Subjects
Synagogues
Women
Name Access
B'nai Jacob Congregation (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
Places
Niagara Falls, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-7-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-7-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
27 cm of textual records
Date
1942–1968
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two manuscript groups: MG 2 B-16A and MG 3 B 14.
The first manuscript group (MG 3 B 14) consists of material documenting the Adath Israel Congregation of Kirkland Lake. Included are miscellaneous correspondence from 16 September 1952–18 September 1958; accounts from 1949–1954; schedule of services for the years 1955–1956, 1956–1957, 1961–1962, 1962–1963, 1963–1964, and 1965–1966; Board of Education minutes from 25 November 1951–17 June 1955; and a letter to Rabbi B[?] dated 1956.
The second manuscript group (MG 2 B-16A) consists of material documenting B'nai Brith Lodge 1123 of Kirkland Lake. Included are executive meeting minutes from 3 September 1942—3 March 1948; correspondence for the periods 1944–1954, 1947—1949, July 1948–November 1948, and 1960; membership applications for 1947; and a dues book for the years 1944–1946.
MG_RG
MG 2 B-16A
MG 3 B 14
Subjects
Synagogues
Places
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-1-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-1-6
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
22 photographs : col. (11 negatives) ; 10 x 15 cm and 35 mm
Date
1989
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs and negatives docmenting a B'Nai Brith "Never Again" rally in Minden, Ontario against white supremacists, and thanking the Minden United Church and other concerned citizens for their support.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-92
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-92
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
9 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 19 cm or smaller
Date
1954-1973
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material pertaining to Congregation B'Nai Israel of Galt/Cambridge, Ontario and the Jewish communities of Galt/Cambridge, Preston, and Hespeler, Ontario. Materials include newspaper clippings, photographs, minutes of the synagogue executive and general meetings, a program for an arts and crafts sale at B'Nai Israel, and a 1954 survey of the three communities prepared by the Research Committe of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region.
Administrative History
The City of Galt changed it's name to Cambridge in 1973.
Name Access
Congregation B'nai Israel (Cambridge, Ont.)
Places
Cambridge, Ont.
Galt, Ont.
Preston, Ont.
Hespeler, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-6-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-6-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
13 cm of textual records
2 photographs
Date
[ca. 1968]-1978
Scope and Content
Accession consists of minutes of meetings and other records of the Mizrachi-Hapoel Hamizrachi Women's Organization of Toronto Minnie Etlin Chapter (ca.1972-ca.1978), and the B'nai Brith Young Adults Southern Ontario Region (BBYA SOR), ca.1968-1972. Accession also includes two polaroid photographs taken at a BBYA social event (ca. 1970).
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-22
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-22
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
19 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
1973
Scope and Content
This accession consists of photographs documenting Dora Wasserman's theatre group (Montreal) at Toronto's Central Tech for Israel's 25th Anniversary.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-38
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-38
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
2 folders of textual records
Date
1953-1968
Scope and Content
Accession consists of synagogue material including minutes of meetings, a list of members, bulletins, school information, correspondence, and a JNF tree order application form.
Administrative History
In 1973 the City of Galt, the towns of Preston and Hespeler, and the hamlet of Blair were amalgamated to form the City of Cambridge.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-49
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-49
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1950-1961
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a brief prepared by Irving Paisley, interim chair of the York General Hospital, for the Reeve and Council of the Township of North York and documents, correspondence, financial records and newspaper clippings pertaining to the activities of the B'Nai Brith Empire Lodge Charitable Foundation.
Administrative History
The Empire Lodge raised funds for medical research and hospital facilities in Toronto.
Irving Paisley was was active in politics in North York and Metropolitan Toronto from 1951-1984.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-58
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-58
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual reccords
Date
1926-[ca. 1936]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of letters patent and ledger of B'nai Israel Hushatine Kloise Synagogue, Toronto.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-62
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-62
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
180 photographs : b&w and col. ( 24 negatives) ; 21 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
1928-2004
Scope and Content
Accession consists of original and copy photographs and 35 mm slides documenting activities of the Jewish communities in Toronto and other cities, including organizations, synagogues, and schools. There are photographs of rabbis, cantors, and community leaders, as well as publicity photos of prominent politicians, artists, journalists, actors, and academics. Included are photos of Israeli politicians and events, as well as a few historic images from Toronto and archives in other cities. In addition there are several photos from newspapers and magazines and some 1990 textual material from Beit Halochem (Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel).
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-94
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-94
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
35 photographs : b&w ; 15 x 11 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1940]-1951
Scope and Content
Accession consists of correspondence and documents in Russian and Yiddish. One letter was written in Havana, Cuba. There is what appears to be a fundraising ticket for the Warsaw Ghetto, and several copies of memorial tree planting certificates in Palestine. The certificates were created by Karen Kaymeth of Israel for tree planting donations in memory of victims of the Nazis regime in the Polish Martyrs Forest. All donation certificates were issued to Moshe Salsberg in memory of the following victims: Leon Rothblatt, Yisroel Shlomo Salsberg, Anna Salsberg, Yedidiah Salsberg, Faygie Salsberg and Shimon Salsbeg The photographs were taken in diverse locations including concentration camps, war memorials, concert halls, and bomb-damaged cities.
Descriptive Notes
Language note: Russian and Yiddish
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-102
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-102
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
56 photographs : b&w (48 negatives) ; 12 x 8 cm or smaller
Date
1947
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs and negatives documenting campers, staff, and activities during the summer of 1947. At the time these photographs were taken, Camp B'nai Brith was located near Longford Mills, Ontario. In addition to the photographs and negatives the accession includes an envelope with the camp's name and location on the back flap.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-159
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-159
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w
Date
1924
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 2 photographs. "John St." is written on the back of one photo.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1975-006
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1975-006
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
Date
1912-1922
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a financial and meeting minute ledger book (1912-1922) and a photocopy of a financial and meeting minute ledger book (1914-1922) of the B'nai Zion Synagogue in Cobalt, Ontario.
MG_RG
MG3 B15
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
B'nai Zion Synagogue (Cobalt, Ont.)
Places
Cobalt, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-6-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-6-4
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
6 photographs : b&w
Date
[ca. 1901]-1952
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of B'nai Israel Congregation in Galt, Ontario (now Cambridge, 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
Synagogues
Name Access
B'nai Israel Congregation (Galt, Ont.)
Places
Galt (Cambridge, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-6-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-6-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm
Date
Aug. 1925
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one photograph of a group of boys from the Jewish Boys Club at Camp Bnai Brith. The boys are having their hands inspected for cleanliness. One of the counsellors in the background is reading from a merit book and another is setting up a tent. Pictured are:
Standing, third from the left: Sydney Blinick.
Inspecting the hands: Nadie Bronstein
Administrative History
The Jewish Boys’ Club was formed in 1921, under the leadership of M. M. Cohen, and was funded by the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies. The club operated out of a house on Simcoe Street, which had a games room, meeting rooms, library and offices. The Boys’ Club used various facilities around the city for its athletic programming.
The club primarily targeted disadvantaged boys from low income homes. It addressed the YMHA’s gap in programming, since their focus at the time was on young adults rather than boys. The club offered cultural programming, had basketball teams and ran a summer camp in cooperation with B’nai Brith
Name Access
Jewish Boys' Club.
Camp B'nai Brith.
Blinick, Sydney.
Bronstein, Nadie.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-31
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-31
Material Format
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
1 document (4 jpgs) : col.
Date
[19--]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of scanned copy of the constitution of the B'nai Jacob Congregation of Niagara Falls, 4 pages in four separate files.
Subjects
Synagogues
Communities
Name Access
B'nai Jacob Congregation (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
Places
Niagara Falls, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-8-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-8-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1935
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a program from the installation dinner and dance of the Toronto Lodge B'nai Brith, held on 14 January 1935 at the Royal York Hotel.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-11-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-11-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
Date
1953, 1956-1957
Scope and Content
Accession consists of three cookbooks produced by the Toronto B'nai Brith Women. The first is entitled "Party Book", the second is "Oven Magic", and the third is "What's Cooking?".
Subjects
Food
Women
Name Access
Toronto B'nai B'rith Women
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-11-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-11-12
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
technical drawing
Physical Description
56 cm textual records
172 photographs
2 technical drawings
Date
[194?]-1998
Scope and Content
Accession consists of minutes of meetings, ledgers, correspondence, notes and photographs documenting the former B'nai Jacob Congregation in Niagara Falls. The material includes records of the Rose Dunkelman chapter of Hadassah (1940s-1950s), Sisterhood (1970s), the merged Hadassah-Sisterhood (1977-1986), Lundy's Lane Cemetery and the Niagara Falls Jewish Federation (1943-1966). The records include a file with lists of Torah Fund donations, the constitutions of Sisterhood and of B'nai Jacob, many copied newspaper clippings about the Greenspans and Barbara Frum, and a copy of the 1953 CJC Community Self-Survey. There are also two copies of the 1977 Sisterhood New Year's community directory and textual and graphic material on the Holocaust Memorial at the cemetery. Records also include a photocopied chapter from a young adult book telling the story of Niagara Falls resident Irving Milchberg and how as an adolescent he survived World War II in Nazi-occupied Warsaw after escaping from the ghetto.
Accession includes 172 photographs; 96 are colour prints from the 1998 Holocaust Memorial dedication ceremony in the cemetery and the rest are special events and shul members in the 1960s and 1970s. In addition there is a collage of 12 photographs picturing music classes and performances. Finally, two oversized landscape technical drawings also relate to the proposed Holocaust Memorial.
Photo Caption 001-007: Festival of Holidays at B’nai Jacob Congregation, Niagara Falls, 1980.
Administrative History
B'nai Jacob Synagogue was a conservative shul founded in 1918. It amalgamated with the Reform congregation in St. Catharines and became B'nai Tikvah in 1998, and is still located in the original shul building in Niagara Falls.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Communities
Synagogues
Name Access
B'nai Jacob Congregation (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
Places
Niagara Falls, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-8-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-8-1
Material Format
object
Physical Description
1 window : glass, wood ; 66 x 66 cm
Date
[1955?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one stained glass synagogue window. The wooden-framed window features a blue Star of David on a yellow background. The window was likely created when the building was extensively renovated in 1955. It is possible, however, that it was created for the 1924 building and was retained after the 1955 renovations.
Custodial History
Sidney Holtzkener, the donor's husband, was a house chairman and volunteered to take the window. The window was displayed in the donor's home until the couple moved in 2009.
Administrative History
The London Jewish community had a single congregation until disagreements led to Moses Leff organizing an alternative minyan. This became Congregation B'nai Moses Ben Judah, named after Moses Pollock. Their first synagogue building, a remodelled wooden church, opened in 1907. This building was supplanted by a new and enlarged structure in 1924. The building was renovated and enlarged again in 1955, but did retain some elements of the old structure. In 1966 B'nai Moses Ben Judah almagamated with B'nai Israel, and consequently Congregation Or Shalom was created. The B'nai Israel building was chosen to house the new congregation and the the B'nai Moses building was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese. Accordingly, its stained glass windows were removed. Edward's Glass Company Limited held on to the windows and later contacted the Holtzkeners to give them one. The Holtzkeners were members of B'nai Moses and later Congregation Or Sholom from at least 1944 until they moved to Toronto in 2009.
Descriptive Notes
Related material note: see MG 3 B-7 for further Congregation Or Shalom records
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-10-13
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 videocassette (ca. 12 minutes)
Date
2000
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one B'nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO Toronto) tribute video for the 75th anniversary of Aleph Zadik Aleph, B'nai B'rith Girls.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-5-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Date
[ca. 1942]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one copy print of a photograph taken circa 1942. The photograph depicts the congregation of the B'nai Moses ben Judah Synagogue in London, Ontario standing in front of the synagogue. Murray Brickman, the late husband of the donor is pictured as a child in the second row on the far right, wearing a cap.
Custodial History
This item was in the possession of Elaine Brickman. It was mailed to Stan Federman who subsequently gave it to the Archives.
Administrative History
The London Jewish community had a single congregation until disagreements led to Moses Leff organizing an alternative minyan. This became Congregation B'nai Moses Ben Judah, named after Moses Pollock. Their first synagogue building, a remodelled wooden church, opened in 1907. This building was supplanted by a new and enlarged structure in 1924. The building was renovated and enlarged again in 1955, but did retain some elements of the old structure. In 1966 B'nai Moses Ben Judah amalgamated with B'nai Israel, and consequently Congregation Or Shalom was created. The B'nai Israel building was chosen to house the new congregation and the the B'nai Moses building was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese.
Subjects
Synagogues
Places
London (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-2-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-2-7
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1951, 1968, 1970
Scope and Content
Accession consists of publications produced by the Toronto Lodge B'nai B'rith, the Canadian District of the B'nai B'rith and the District Grand Lodge No. 22 of B'nai B'rith. Titles include the B'nai B'rith Digest, Notes to Leaders and the Covenant.
Custodial History
The provenance and custodial history for these publications is unknown. They were assigned the accession number by the archivist.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-5-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-5-7
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
12 photograph : b&w and col. (tiff and jpgs)
Date
1973-1983
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 12 photographs documenting the activities of the Kieltzer Mutual Benefit Society including the Society's 75th Anniversary, various meetings at the UJA, and UJA Society luncheons.
Identified in the photographs are: Henry Sokolovski, Kalman Sokolovski, Ruben Sokolovski, Morris Blejwas, Harry Lederman, Aaron Geller, Stanley Garnick, Miriam and Philip Platt, Morris and Faye Lazebnik, Myer Rosenberg, Percy Goodman, Philip Platt, Sam Cohn, Charlie Gordon, Betty and Sam Cohn, Percy and Yollie Goodman, Aaron Geller, Mr. and Mrs. David Wiener, Ruby Okolovsky, Lozer Brutman, Shirley Lehrer, Sara Mendly (representing Baycrest)
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.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-5-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-5-9
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
9 photographs (tiffs)
Date
2005, 1989-1993
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 9 photographs documenting various events of the Masada Chapter of Lithuanian Jews in Toronto.
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.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-8-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-8-5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 scrapbook
Date
1955-1961
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one BBYO Naomi Chapter (BBG) scrapbook, which documents the chapter's activities in its first few years. Included are photographs of the chapter's first meeting, conventions, Carmelite Orphanage parties, mother and daughter teas, the chapter's anniversary parties and other events. Also included are event programmes, invitations, newspaper clippings, and lists of the chapter's executive membership. Individuals identified in the photographs include: Shirley (nee Feldman) Worth, Morty Wagman, Rochelle King, Marlene Lipson, Marcia Blumenthal, Honey Silverman, and Thelma Tash.
Custodial History
Shirley Worth, a member of BBG Naomi Chapter, stored the scrapbook in her home until donating it to the OJA.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-10-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-10-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1946-1980
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the B'nai Brith Hillel. Included is promotional material related to the Unite Jewish Appeal youth campaign, as well as Hillel-Lite newsletters from the 1940s and 1950s, other promotional material realted to the Free Jewish University, invitations to events including the burning of the mortgage ceremony for Hillel House on St. George St., as well as miscellaneous brochures and flyers.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition informaiton on these materials. The accession number has been assigned by the archivist.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
2004-2006
Scope and Content
Accession consists of correspondence, newsclippings and event invitations documenting the "La Chaim" Group (L'Chaim Group) for seniors in the apartment buildings at Bayview and Sheppard. Accession also includes correspondence and a phone book documenting SAJAC Seniors.
Name Access
Southern African Jewish Association of Canada
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-1-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-1-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 36 x 34 cm
Date
1935
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one black and white photograph of the B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge, no. 836 installation dinner and dance, which took place at the Royal York Hotel, on January 14, 1935. Individuals identified in the photo include: Carl Kayfetz, Mel Bochner, Dr. Joseph Gollom, Sam Sable, Moe Palmer, Sam Bregman, Sam Staiman and Sol Staiman.
Subjects
Clubs
Name Access
B'nai Brith Canada
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-15
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-15
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
71 negatives ; b&w ; 10 x 13 cm and 13 x 18 cm
Date
[195-]-[196-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of negatives, likely created by Gordon Mendly. Included are the Rabbi at Beth Tzedec; the Bar Mitzvah portrait of a boy named Abella; J. P. Katz; Cantor Cooper; Dr. Tanenbaum Zucker; Guttman couple; Cantor Zigelman; Joe Lottman; graduation portrait of Cantor Ephraim Rosenberg; Mr. Adler; Dr. Gerry Goldberg; Joe Levine; Cantor Rechter; Mr. [Kraizman?]; Cantor Skurka; Lili Sherizen, Q.C.; Sam Yuchtman; Isaac Matenko; Egelnick family; Mr. and Mrs. Ogden; a Canadian Jewish Congress event; the Ner Israel Yeshiva building; antisemitic graffiti painted on the Shomrai Shabbos Synagogue; the Rabbi or Principal of Eitz Chaim; the son of Jack Orenstein; a Baycrest Men's Service Club event; a B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge event; a Baycrest Men's Service Club event; and several photographs of cheques being presented to Gordon Mendly.
Descriptive Notes
Identification gleaned from contents of negatives and notations on original negative sleeves.
Gordon Mendly may be the creator of these negatives given the similarity to others in his collection.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-33
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-33
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
4 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Date
1989
Scope and Content
Accession consists of four photographs featuring former Jewish sites in Ansonville, Ontario (now Iroquois Falls). Included is the former synagogue, Kideckel's grocery store, stable where Israel Kideckel housed his horse used to deliver groceries, and the sign for Synagogue Avenue.
Subjects
Synagogues
Places
Ansonville (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-11-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-11-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
Date
1958-1976
Scope and Content
Accession consists of B'nai Brith Women Toronto cookbooks from 1958, 1960-1963, 1967-1972, and B'nai Brith Women's Council of Toronto yearbooks from 1973, 1975-1976. Each cookbook has a specific theme: Food for Fun; Dinner Dates; Chef's Choice; Gourmet Goodies; Around the World; Candlelight and Wine; Calories a la Carte; Gourmet's Gallery; Confessions of a Bala Busta; Dinner Magic; and People Helping People. The 1972 issue is both a yearbook and a cookbook. From 1973 on, the yearbooks, entitled Pledged to Serve, no longer contained any recipes and instead focused solely on the work of the B'nai Birth Women's Council of Toronto and its chapters.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information for this accession. The accession number was assigned by the archivist.
Subjects
Food
Women in charitable work
Name Access
B'nai Brith Women's Council of Toronto
B'nai Brith Women (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-2-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-2-5
Physical Description
14 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
[1955]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs from a B'nai Israel Congregation Purim carnival.
Responsibility
Photographs by Lou Lessin, London, Ont.
Administrative History
In 1899, London established its first permanent synagogue at the corner of Richmond and Simcoe Streets. The B'nai Israel Congregation operated from this location until 1917. With the rapid influx of Jewish residents at the turn of century, the congregation eventually relocated to the site of a former church located at the corner of Wellington and Grey. B'nai Israel operated from this new home until 1960. On September 11, 1960, B'nai Israel Congregation consecrated its new purpose built synagogue at the then northern border of the city. Praised for its ultramodern design, the synagogue complex designed by architect Philip Carter Johnson, housed a school, social hall and youth 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.
Descriptive Notes
HISTORY/BIO NOTE: A History of the Jewish Community of London Ontario by Bill Gladstone.
CONSERVATION NOTE: Photos were originally mounted on display boards. The photo backing has been removed where possible. All identifying information included in the photo captions was on the original display board.
Subjects
Synagogues
Purim
Places
London (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-9-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-9-2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
16 cm of textual records
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm
Date
1945-1992
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the Shaar Hashomayim Congregation and B'nai Brith of Sudbury, Ontario. Included are Shaar Hashomayim cash receipt books for donations and membership dues, income and expense ledgers, bank reconciliation statements, a change of address notice, list of members of the Jewish Community of Sudbury, B'nai Brith Sudbury Lodge No. 1592 membership record book, and a letter from the Canadian Jewish Congress with a population list of Jewish communities in Ontario based on the 1971 census. Also included is a photograph taken at a B'nai Brith banquet in the mid-1950s. Pictured in the photograph are David Schwartz, David Greenspan, David Valensky, Sam Speigel and D. Field.
Subjects
Synagogues
Fraternal organizations
Name Access
B'nai B'rith
Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue (Sudbury, Ont.)
Places
Sudbury (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-5-2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
30 cm of graphic material and textual records
Date
1963-2019
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Don Mills Lodge, B'nai Brith. Included are six issues of Planet Observer (2016, 2018--2019); seven issues of the Planet (1994-2008); a twenty-fifth anniversary publication (1982); a program for a fiftieth anniversary gala (2007); a bulletin (October 2015); a copy of the constitution and by-laws; three issues of 2131 News (March 1963, June 1963, and March 1964); a copy of the lodge's charter (1957); and seven albums containing letters, photographs, and printouts documenting events, achievements, and volunteer services (1977-2011).
Administrative History
In 1956, a group of men living in the newly developed area of Don Mills came together to establish a B'nai Brith lodge. On March 16, 1957, District Grand Lodge No. 1 granted a charter to Don Mills Lodge No. 2131 to operate in the city of Toronto. The lodge was one of several that belonged to B'nai Brith Canada; B'nai Brith Canada, in turn, belonged to B'nai Brith International.
An early accomplishment of the lodge was to raise funds for the purchase of North York's first ambulance, which provided the impetus for the development of the area's ambulance service. Other philanthropic endeavours over the years have included Monte Carlo nights, which raised funds for muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis associations, and an annual dinner draw run in cooperation with B'nai Brith Canada. Since the 1990s, the lodge has operated a bingo at two locations in Toronto to raise money for B'nai Brith and other communal activities. In addition, it has given thousands of dollars to a variety of organizations including Camp Oochigeas, the Canadian Association for the Riding Disabled, the Canadian International Scientific Exchange Program, CNIB, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, the International Schizophrenia Foundation, the Magen David Adom, the Pride of Israel Synagogue's Kosher Food Bank, Sheena's Place, and YouthLink.
In the mid-2010s, the Don Mills Lodge began operating with the Leonard Mayzel Ontario Lodge (LMOL) of B'nai Brith. Since beginning to operate jointly, the lodges have ceased to have their own presidents.
As of 2019, the lodge currently participates in and sponsors the following community programs: the Ride Programme, which delivers coffee and donuts to police vans; a Hanukkah party and summer picnic for the foster children of Jewish Family & Child (JF&CS); the Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow; a Shabbat service for veterans at Sunnybrook Hospital; apple-picking for Kadima residents; the ALS walkathon; and the Out of the Cold program.
The lodge's first president was Manny Widman, who served from 1957-1958. Subsequent presidents have included: Herbert Liebman (1958-1959), Joseph Skolnik (1959-1960), Allan N. Lewis (1960-1961), Harold Chapman (1961-1962), Irwin Borins (1962-1963), Gerald Rafelman (1963-1964), Morley Torgov (1964-1965), Murray Page (1965-1966), Lowell Biderman (1966-1967), Earl Segal (1967-1968), Leon Tessler (1968-1969), Sam Brown (1969-1970), Joe Feller (1970-1971), Dave Sugarman (1971-1972), Marvin Cohen (1972-1974), Allen Werger (1974-1975), Murray Stitsky (1975-1976), Syd Feldman (1976-1977), Maurice Wesfield (1977-1978), Michael Brodsky (1978-1979), Shelly Goldstein (1979-1980), David Grader (1980-1981), Howie Cohen (1981-1982), Tom Kolin (1982-1983), Gerry Rowan (1983-1984), Andrew Stevens (1984-1985), Harold Bricks (1985-1987), Jerry Freud (1987-1988), Vic Blackman (1988-1989), Gary Feldman (1989-1990), Charles Bleier (1990-1991), Lou Ginsberg (1991-1992), Len Berk (1992-1994), Debby Goldstein (1994-1995), Esther Saxe (1995-1997), Joanne Bleier (1997-1998), Hermy Gimpel (1998-2000), Allen Burke (2000-2001), Eli Goldberg (2001-2002), Henry Gimpel (2002-2003), Ken Waldman (2003-2005), David Grader (2005-2006), Sheldon Saxe (2006-2008), Allan Wilson (2008-2009), Ava Brodsky (2009-2011), and Brenda Stevens and Robbi Wilson (2012-2013).
Descriptive Notes
Availability of other formats: One of the albums has been scanned and is available as a PDF file.
Name Access
L.M.O.L. Don Mills Lodge B'nai Brith
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-10-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-10-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 newsletter
Date
Apr. 1978
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the first newsletter issued by Congregation B'nai Kehillah of Toronto. Only the first two pages have survived.
Administrative History
Congregation B'nai Kehillah ("Children of the Communtiy") was the successor group to Toronto's first gay Jewish group, Ha' Mishpachah ("The Family"). The group met for approximately two years in the late 1980s, holding Friday night services downtown at Holy Trinity Church. The group also held High Holiday services one year. In addition to holding religious services, the congregation printed newsletters in 1978 and 1979. And, in conjunction with the World Congress of Gay and Lesbian Jewish Organizations, it hosted a Shabbaton in Toronto with visiting members of gay Jewish groups from the United States.
Descriptive Notes
Availability of other formats: Also available as a PDF.
Associated material: Other records documenting Congregation B'nai Kehillah of Toronto can be found at the Arquives: Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archives.
Subjects
Sexual minorities
Synagogues
Name Access
Congregation B'nai Kehillah of Toronto
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Address
7861 Chemin River
Source
Landmarks

B’nai Brith’s Ottawa Lodge 885 was officially founded in February 1921 with 25 members. The Ottawa Lodge supported a Jewish Boy Scouts camp which evolved into the first Ottawa B’nai Brith summer camp for Jewish youth in 1935. Since 1935, the camp has delivered traditional camping programs to their community regardless of affiliation, denomination or financial means. Their mission has been to provide children and youth with the opportunity to experience the outdoors, learn new skills and develop life-long friendships while enhancing Jewish values, traditions, affiliation and community.
Address
7861 Chemin River
Time Period
1935-present
Scope Note
B’nai Brith’s Ottawa Lodge 885 was officially founded in February 1921 with 25 members. The Ottawa Lodge supported a Jewish Boy Scouts camp which evolved into the first Ottawa B’nai Brith summer camp for Jewish youth in 1935. Since 1935, the camp has delivered traditional camping programs to their community regardless of affiliation, denomination or financial means. Their mission has been to provide children and youth with the opportunity to experience the outdoors, learn new skills and develop life-long friendships while enhancing Jewish values, traditions, affiliation and community.
Category
Camps and Resorts
Source
Landmarks
Level
Item
ID
Item 455
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
455
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1928
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of a Girl Guide group in Bronte, Ontario. Pictured left to right are: Molly Lerner, Anna Kernerman, Ida Strauss, and Anne Schroeder.
Notes
Inscribed on front: "April 29/28".
Name Access
Kernerman, Anna
Lerner, Molly
Schroeder, Anne
Strauss, Ida
Subjects
Girl Guides
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
Bronte (Ont.)
Accession Number
Acquired April 7 1975.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 515
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
515
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1925
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Nathan K. Hundert, secretary of the Kiever Synagogue.
Notes
No negative.
Name Access
Hundert, Nathan K.
Kiever Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
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
Acquired 22 June 1975.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 527
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
527
Material Format
graphic material
Date
November 1948
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the wedding ceremony of Mr. & Mrs. M. Rudolph at B'nai Israel synagogue in Toronto.
Name Access
B'nai Israel Synagogue
Rudolph, Mr. M.
Rudolph, Mrs. M.
Subjects
Weddings
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
Acquired June 19, 1975.
Source
Archival Descriptions
50 records – page 1 of 1.

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