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Accession Number
2011-3-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-3-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
7 photographs : b&w ; 8 x 8 cm and 7 x 9 cm
Date
1945
Scope and Content
Accession consists of seven photographs taken by Alfred Longmore at Bergen-Belsen Concentration camp in 1945. The images are extremely graphic and document desecrated bodies, several mass graves and German soldiers loading corpses onto a truck.
Custodial History
The photographs were in the possession of Larry Longmore, the son of Alfred Talbot Longmore. They came to the archives via John Komlos, a docent at the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre.
Administrative History
Alfred Talbot Longmore was born May 1923. From 1943 to 1945 he was a Corporal in the Royal Canadian Air Force, stationed in England and assigned to a British unit. He was trained to rewire incoming planes after action at the front. Longmore was an amateur photographer and film developer and acquired film equipment during the war through the sale of contraband cigarettes. At the end of the war he volunteered for clean up and burial detail at Bergen-Belsen Concentration camp. Volunteers from all three branches of the armed forces were selected for this task. As part of the process, German SS guards were forced to participate in order to remove any deniability on their part of the atrocities committed.
Longmore was not Jewish. He died in February 2007 and is survived by his wife Aileen Mary and their four children, Robert, Susan, Larry and Judy.
Subjects
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-9-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-9-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 9 cm
Date
[between 1960 and 1962]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one photograph of the sign from the Eastern Children of Israel Congregation, located on Parliament Street, just north of Shuter Street, in Toronto. The sign is in the shape of an arc and was situated on the second floor of a brick building between two windows. It was written in Hebrew and mentions both the synagogue and a Talmud Torah.
Custodial History
The photograph was in the possession of Dr. Dorothy Pullan. She mailed it to the OJA in September 2011.
Administrative History
The Eastern Children of Israel Synagogue (Bnai Israel Hamizrachim or Eastern Children's Congregation) was founded in a house on Berkeley Street before the First World War. Its first synagogue was built at 177-179 Berkeley Street and officially opened in 1918. A Talmud Torah was later added onto the back. The synagogue was bulldozed in 1960 to make way for the Moss Park housing project, although the land sat vacant until 1962. The synagogue subsequently moved to 270 Parliament street until 1962, just north of Shuter Street, but is no longer in existence.
Descriptive Notes
Availability of other formats: Also available as a JPEG file.
Subjects
Signs and signboards
Synagogues
Name Access
Eastern Children of Israel Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Parliament Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-1-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-1-8
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w ; 24 x 19 cm on matte 30 x 35 cm or smaller
Date
[189-]-1916
Scope and Content
Accession consists of three photographs documenting the Franklin family of Toronto, an early and prominent family of the Jewish community. The photographs consist of of the wedding dinner of Annie Franklin and Elias Robinson (12 June 1916) as well as two exterior views of A. Franklin, the pawn and bicycle repair shop with Franklin family members standing outside.
Custodial History
These items were discovered in the processing room. Their custodial history is unknown, although it is certain that they arrived at the Archives prior to 2001. They were assigned this accession number by the archivist.
4/18/2012: the original accession form was found for these photographs, donated in 1977, but an accession number had never been assigned at the time.
Administrative History
Abraham Franklin (ca. 1844-1905) and his wife Frances (Fanny) Franklin (ca. 1844-1908) came to Canada from Germany in 1865, via the United States. Together they had seven children: Jacob (John), Henry (Harry), Hyman (Herman), Annie (m. Robinson), Simon (Sam), Dora and Katie.
Abraham began as a picture frame dealer on York Street, later becoming a second hand clothing store owner with his wife on Queen Street West. By 1890, Abraham had established a jewellery store named Franklin Brothers, with his sons Jacob and Henry, and by the early 1910s also owned A. Franklin & Sons. The two businesses continued to operate simultaneously as a pawn shop, a jewellery store, and even a bicycle repair shop.
The Franklin family owned many large plots of valuable land in downtown Toronto, which they leased out to individuals and businesses, including Eaton's. Their land was located on the north side of Albert Street from James Street to Bay Street; along Gerrard Street from Yonge to Elizabeth streets; and along Walton Street from Yonge to Elizabeth streets. Later, the children inherited the property held by their parents, which had extended around the Queen Street West and Portland Avenue area.
In 1916, stemming from family concerns over her upcoming marriage to Elias Robinson, Annie Franklin transferred ownership of her portion of the inherited Franklin estate to her brothers, Henry, Hyman, and Simon for a cost of $25,000 to be held in trust for her.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-2-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-2-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
26 October 2006
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two copies of the original signed agreement between representatives of UJA Federation and the Israeli forum in Canada regarding the creation of a "fusion model" between the two organizations in order to better reach and represent the Israeli community in Toronto.
Custodial History
The records were transfered to the Archives by Gary Siepser, who was one of the signatories on the agreement.
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.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-4-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-4-7
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 8 cm
Date
[194-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one photograph of Israel Feldman (left) and an unknown Ukranian soldier.
Custodial History
The photo was donated by Vardit Feldman, the daughter of Israel Feldman.
Administrative History
Israel Ignac Feldman was the son of Jakub Moszek and Pisarek Rajzla Feldman. On 15 March 1936, Feldman was drafted for military service in the Polish army and enlisted in the 31st Infantry Rifles Regiment of Kaniowski at Lodz, Poland. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion under the command of Major Holowka and attached to the 4th Company under the command of First Lieutenant Jarzecki. He was discharged on 15 June 1947.
On 1 October 1936, Ignac Feldman was promoted to the rank of First Class-Lance Corporal. On 15 September 1937, he was honourably discharged. He was called up again in 1938 for field exercises with the 18th Infantry Regiment at Skierniewice and was mobilized on 24 August 1939. Feldman was involvedin active operations in Skierniewice, Grojec, Garwolin, Zelechow, Ryki, Lubartow, Celestynow and Falenica between 1 September until 26 September 1939, when he as taken into German captivity in Falenica as a prisoner-of-war. On 20 October 1939, Feldman escaped from the prisoners convoy. He was honourably discharged from the Polish Armed forces while in Germany on 15 June 1947. That December, he immigrated from Germany to Holland. He later moved to Toronto with his family. Fedlman was awarded the Army medal 1939-1945 for his participation in the Second World War.
Descriptive Notes
"The Lost Dream" written by Israel Feldman is held by the Jewish Public Library.
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
2012-7-21
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-7-21
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
2.7 m of textual records
Date
[199-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records documenting the activities of the United Israel Appeal.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information for these records. The accession number has been assigned by the archivist.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Name Access
United Israel Appeal (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-5-2
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
10 cm of textual records and other material
Date
2011-2012
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the 100th anniversary celebration of Congregation Knesseth Israel. The records were compiled in an indexed binder by Edwin Goldstein, president of the synagogue. Included are newsclippings, press releases and advertisements; invitations and programs; a commemorative calendar; a volunteer t-shirt, a kippa and a gift bag; correspondence with the Ontario Trillium Foundation; information on a guided architectural walking tour of the area; an Israel Today DVD featuring the synagogue; the book "One Hundred Years at the Junction Shul" written by Neil Ross and Lorne Miller; and a DVD compilation featuring video and photographic highlights from the various anniversary events.
Administrative History
Congregation Knesseth Israel was established in 1911 at 56 Maria Street in the West end of Toronto. Early 20th century membership in the synagogue consisted mainly of new jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, many of whom lived and worked in the Junction as artisans, peddlers, shop owners and scrap and metal collectors. Known as the Junction Shul, Knesseth Israel Synagogue was built with the labour and funds provided by the founding members and their families.
Orthodox services first began in 1913 and since the 1930s the synagogue has functioned without a rabbi, with services being led by a cantor or the congregants themselves. Some family names associated with this early period include: Alexandroff, Goldstein, Nickolaevsky, Kronis, Greenblatt, Usprich, Tanenbaum, and Naftalin.
Knesseth Israel is the oldest Toronto synagogue still in use as a synagogue today and is now cared for by the descendents of these founding families. Although members of the synagogue are now few (as the Jewish population of the Junction has waned greatly since the 1960s), the synagogue still performs High Holiday services for some 75-80 full members and 300 associate members.
Descriptive Notes
Physical description note: includes 1 text, 3 objects and 2 DVDs.
Subjects
Anniversaries
Synagogues
Name Access
Knesseth Israel (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-2-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-2-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1903-1939
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two marriage certificates documenting the marriage of Israel Cohen and Bessie (nee Cohen) Cohen from 1903. It also includes early Jewish National Fund (Karen Hayesod) tree planting donation certificates from both the Cohen family and the family of Mr. Saul Greenwood. There are JNF certificates honouring the Daughters of Zion Chapter of Hadassah. There is also a Youth Aliyah Certificate of Honour.
Custodial History
Sheila Smolkin from the Holy Blossom Archives found this in their collection and identified it as not appropriate so she has transferred it to the OJA
Subjects
Clubs
Marriage records
Zionism
Name Access
Greenwood, Saul
Cohen, Israel
Cohen, Bessie
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-3-28
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-3-28
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 VHS : col. ; 8 min.
Date
21 May 2001
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one VHS tape produced for publicity purposes for the UJA Federation's annual funwalk. It features Corey Mandell of Mandell Entertainment interacting with and interviewing kids at the Leo Baeck Day School.
Custodial History
This VHS was found loose on a shelf at UJA Federation's offsite storage. It was retrieved and brought back to the archives.
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.
Subjects
Israel
Philanthropy and fundraising
Name Access
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-30
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-30
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w ; 5 x 8 cm or smaller
Date
1938-1941
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs including the gravestone in Napoli of Jenny Weinstein Eisner; a photograph of cars on a Toronto street with an inscription on the back that reads: Deiner Herrand, [Father?]; a photograph of Eisner with his wife taken in Wien, Germany (Vienna, Austria) in October 1938; a photograph of Eisner with unknown individuals in Michigan; and a passport-sized photograph of Eisner's [wife?].
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-12-35
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-12-35
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
18 photographs : b&w (9 negatives) : 25 x 25 cm and 9 x 12 cm
Date
1911-1942
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 18 photos of the members of the Adath Israel Congregation at several functions at the synagogue. Some of the photos are in the sanctuary but many are in the social hall at celebratory activities.
Name Access
Adath Israel Congregation (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
2018-6-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-6-8
Physical Description
ca. 20 cm of textual records
3 photographs : b&w ; 28 x 36 cm or smaller
Date
1913-1977, predominant 1930-1977
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Toronto Grand Order of Israel. Included are eight oath books (Jul. 1930-Jan. 1977) containing information about new members, such as their address, marital status, number of children, affiliations with other groups, occupation, and state of health. Also included is one composite group photograph of officers and members (1913), a group photograph of members of the Grand Lodge (which consisted of both the Toronto and Hamilton Lodges), and a group photograph likely of members of the Toronto Lodge and its women's auxiliary (ca. 1928). Finally, accession also consists of one newspaper clipping relating to the Lodge's establishment of an endowment for the Perpetual Student Aid at the Hebrew University. Identified in the photographs are: Paul Albright and Percy Wright.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Subjects
Societies
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-6-24
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-6-24
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
90 cm of textual records and graphic material
5 architectural drawings
1 VHS : col. ; 33:50 min.
1 Hi8 video cassette
Date
[198-]-2011
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the operations of the Knesseth Israel Synagogue, including the preparations for the 100th anniversary celebrations in 2011. Records include meeting minutes for the Davening Committee, Fundraising Committee, Media Committee, Archives Committee, Book Committee, and the Board of Directors; membership lists; programming materials; notices for meetings and services; records related to the repair and restoration of the synagogue in the late 1980s including five architectural drawings of the synagogue showing required restorative work; general correspondence; a small amount of financial materials; planning records, research materials and publicity records related to the 100th celebrations; and a photo album and VHS recording of the provincial heritage plaquing of the synagogue in 2001. The video features remarks by Edwin Goldstein and Joey Tanenbaum as well as a short historical lecture by Dr. Stephen Speisman.
Custodial History
Records were housed in a storage locker belonging to the synagogue.
Subjects
Synagogues
Anniversaries
Name Access
Congregation Knesseth Israel (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
West Toronto Junction (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1983-7-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1983-7-1
Material Format
textual record
architectural drawing
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records and other material
Date
1948-1977
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Beth Israel Synagogue in Toronto. Included are a Hebrew prayer book, a plan showing the Beth Israel Synagogue cemetery, correspondence, an inventory, a general by-law (constitution) of the Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, a journal listing members and disbursements, a folder of indentures, minutes, and other materials.
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Beth Israel Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Shaarei Shomayim (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1978-7-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1978-7-1
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 box of textual records
16 photographs
Date
[ca. 1906-1960]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of photographs, Beth Israel Congregation annual almanacs, an account book, scrapbooks, and other material relating to the Florence and Collis families and the history of the Oshawa and Peterborough Jewish communities
Administrative History
Beatrice Collis (nee Florence) was married to Allan B. Collis, who owned a department store in Peterborough, Ontario called Allan B. Collis Limited. It was located on the west side of George Street, just north of Simcoe Street, and sold ladies' wear, mens' wear, and children's wear. Beatrice was active in the Peterborough Chapter of Hadassah. They had three children and later moved to Toronto.
MG_RG
MG 3 B 9
Places
Peterborough (Ont.)
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
1992-2-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-2-3
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
12 cm of photographs and negatives
Date
1990-1992
Scope and Content
This accession consists of photographs taken by Allan Anshan for the Canadian Jewish News.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1998-3-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1998-3-10
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[ca. 1930]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a High Holiday ticket for Beth Hamidrash Achdus Israel Umerchoz Harav Synagogue at 257 Euclid Avenue, Toronto.
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
1990-12-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-12-8
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 10 x 8 cm and 2 x 4 cm
Date
[ca. 1912]-[ca.1945]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of a copy negative of Joseph and Annie Levine and Family, Toronto, ca. 1912 and one mounted photograph of Manny Pullan in RCAF uniform, early 1940s.
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
1992-2-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-2-6
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w and col. ; 25 x 21 cm or smaller
Date
1991
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a colour photograph of Hanna Schusheim, Emunah Toronto Council co-president (centre) with bazaar co-chairman Agnes Deutsch (left) and Malka Deutsch; a photograph of the entrance to Pardes Shalom cemetery with (L-R) Rabbi Sheldon Steinberg, Jewish community chaplain; Sidney Freedman, founding president of Toronto Hebrew Memorial Park; Bill Draimin, current president; and Lorna Jackson, mayor of the city of Vaughan; a photograph of Rabbi Yitzchak Witty (right) and Mr and Mrs. Yitz Feldman; and a photograph of Anna Cohen and family.
Custodial History
Thes pohtographs came to the OJA from the Canadian Jewish News through Leila Speismanm, a former journalist with the paper.
Subjects
Cemeteries
Newspapers
Name Access
Canadian Jewish News
Pardes Shalom Cemetery (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1994-12-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1994-12-8
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
173 photographs : b&w (136 negatives) ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
1994
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs from the Canadian Jewish News documenting activities of a number of organizations and activities including United Synagogue Day Schools, Associated Hebrew Schools, Jewish War Veterans, Baycrest Terrace, Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, Cummer House, the Rabbi Sheldon Steinberg Memorial at the Lipa Green Building, and the Ontario Jewish Archives staff and volunteers. There are two photographs of the Hudson's Bay store at Lawrence and Bathurst Streets in Toronto.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1996-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1996-5-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1926-1995
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material pertaining to the lives of Lillian and Israel Marder. Included are Polish passports used for entry to Canada by Lillian (1926) and Israel (1928), Canadian Naturalization Certificates for Lillian and Israel (1935), and a 1946 English translation by JIAS of a Polish application for a birth certificate by Skul Merder (Israel Marder) in 1928. In addition, there is a certificate honouring Israel for fifty years of participation in the Workman's Circle (1990), a testament to the Marder family for a "Sacred Bridge" concert by Toby Marder Cyglen (1992), and documents concerning the 1995 deaths of Israel and Lillian. These include information from Mount Sinai Cemetery, a eulogy delivered by their son-in-law Gordon Ciglen, and a faxed copy of their tombstone inscription.
Administrative History
Israel and Lillian Marder died on the same day in the same hospital.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1996-9-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1996-9-3
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
66 photographs : b&w and col. ; 19 x 24 cm or smaller
Date
1908-1972
Scope and Content
Accession consists of group photos of organizatons including delegates to the 1910 Zionist convention in Toronto on the steps of the Goel Tzedec Synagogue, volunteer collectors for the War Relief Conference in Toronto during the First World War, founders of the Toronto Hebrew Students Association, the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine holders of "T" for athletics, the University of Toronto Medical Alumni Association, the University of Toronto Zionist Circle, the University of Toronto Menorah Society, the Nordau Zion Club picnic at Long Branch, and the Associated Hebrew Charities Childrens Home (orphanage). Many of the photos have identification of individuals including David Eisen, Henry Dworkin, Morris Goldstick, A.G. Volpe, Jacob Singer and Fred Catzman.
In addition there are a series of photographs of the University of Toronto St. George Campus, and buildings along Queen Street West, Nathan Phillips Square, New City Hall, Kensington Avenue and other downtown locations taken in 1965 and 1966. Some of the buildings have since been demolished.
Finally, a clipping from the Canadian Jewish Congress Supplement written by Stephen Speisman outlines the history of the Central Region Archives Committee, later the Ontario Jewish Archives. Photo Captions: 002 Associated Hebrew Charities Children's Home, Simcoe St., (Toronto, ON), 1916. Adults indtified in the back row (L to R): [Unknown], Sam Miller (Dr. Miller of Chicago), [unkown woman], [Unkown woman], [unknown man], Reuben Lieberman (Toronto Lawyer), A.G. Volpe. 003 "T" holders in the Faculty of Medicine, 1920. See reverse for identification of the members of the boxing and wrestling teams. 005 Founders of Toronto Hebrew Students Association, September 1918. Front Row (L to R): P. Phillips, Henry Lipsett, A. Glassberg-Volpe, and Harry Fine. Back Row (L to R): Sam Moss, Henry Papernick, A. Kaminsky, Reuben Lieberman. 006 Members of the Hebrew Club, 1921. Front Row: K.I. Freeman, Fred Catzman, and Goodman; Middle Row: Reuben Hurwich, Shirley Freeman (Kraicer), I. Wallerstein, Miss Madorsky, S.W. Leslie, Riva Bronstein and Sam Hurwich. Back Row: Himel, Unidentified, Miss Wallerstein, Unidentified, Miss Goodman, Tomashinsky (Tomson), Unidentified, Lachovsky, Yitzhak (Itche) Goldberg and Abe Katz. 007 Toronto Hebrew Student Association cast of actors in sketch presented at Orange Hall, (College at Euclid), Toronto, ON JAN 7, 1918.
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
Tour Dates Sunday, May 7 (Free Jane's Walk, click here for more information) Sunday, June 18 Sunday, July 16 Sunday, August
Address
10 St Andrew Street
Source
Landmarks
Address
10 St Andrew Street
Time Period
1930
History
It was founded by poor Jewish immigrants from Russia (mostly Minsk) in 1912. The current Byzantine Revival building was completed in 1930. The congregation has had only three full-time rabbis: Meyer Levy (1916–1921), Meyer Zimmerman (1940–1954), and Shmuel Spero, who has served from 1988 to the present. It is the only Orthodox synagogue in downtown Toronto with a full-time rabbi, and the only one that holds daily services.
Category
Religious
Source
Landmarks
Address
151 Palmerston Avenue
Source
Landmarks

Congregation Agudath Israel Anshei Sfard was established in 1914 and services were first held in a house. In 1924, a building was erected at 151 Palmerston Ave. It was one of the first congregations built west of Spadina Ave. It was a thriving shul until the community began to move North in the 1950s. They decided to close their doors in 1978 and the building was subsequently destroyed the following year.
Address
151 Palmerston Avenue
Time Period
1914-1978
Scope Note
Congregation Agudath Israel Anshei Sfard was established in 1914 and services were first held in a house. In 1924, a building was erected at 151 Palmerston Ave. It was one of the first congregations built west of Spadina Ave. It was a thriving shul until the community began to move North in the 1950s. They decided to close their doors in 1978 and the building was subsequently destroyed the following year.
Category
Architecture
Religious
Source
Landmarks
Address
56 Maria Street
Source
Landmarks

Congregation Knesseth Israel was built in 1911 at 56 Maria Street in the Junction. Its architect was James Ellis, who between 1890 and 1912 designed over fifty buildings in the area. Early 20th century membership consisted mainly of new Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, many of whom lived and worked in the Junction as artisans, peddlers, shop owners and scrap and metal collectors. It is the oldest Toronto synagogue still in use as a synagogue today. The synagogue was restored in the early 1990s and remains active today. It is cared for by the descendants of the founding families.
Address
56 Maria Street
Time Period
1911-present
Scope Note
Congregation Knesseth Israel was built in 1911 at 56 Maria Street in the Junction. Its architect was James Ellis, who between 1890 and 1912 designed over fifty buildings in the area. Early 20th century membership consisted mainly of new Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, many of whom lived and worked in the Junction as artisans, peddlers, shop owners and scrap and metal collectors. It is the oldest Toronto synagogue still in use as a synagogue today. The synagogue was restored in the early 1990s and remains active today. It is cared for by the descendants of the founding families.
Category
Religious
Architecture
Source
Landmarks
Accession Number
2004-1-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-1-7
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 ledger
Date
[1910?]-[1930?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the pinkus for the Knesseth Israel Synagogue. Material is in Hebrew and Yiddish.
Name Access
Knesseth Israel (Toronto, 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
1988-5-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-5-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1912
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the Constitution of the Beth Israel Men of Minsk (Congregation Anshei Minsk) in the form of a small booklet. Material is in Yiddish and English.
Administrative History
The booklet belonged to Joshua Meslin, the grandfather of the donor. Joshua was a member of the congregation from its inception and its Shames for forty-two years. It was printed by the Royal Printing Company owned by Benjamin Meslin, Joshua's son.
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
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
2004-6-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-6-11
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w ; 26 x 20 cm or smaller
Date
1930-1939
Scope and Content
Accession consists of four photographs depicting the Jewish community of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Two photos are of Joe Atkin's birthday parties. There is a photograph of the Dubinski familiy and another of a fireman service held in a Kirkland Lake synagogue. This last photograph includes Rabbi Rabinovitch along with members of the Kirkland Lake firefighters
Administrative History
Joe Atkins was a prominent member of the Kirkland Lake Jewish community. His family came to Canada from Lithuania in the early 1900s
Name Access
Atkins, Joe.
Dubinski.
Rabinovitch, Rabbi.
Places
Kirkland Lake.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-4
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
43 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Date
1973-1992
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting persons and events connected with the United Jewish Appeal of Toronto including the Campaign Cabinet, Advanced Gifts division, Womens' Campaign, Walk For Israel, and United Jewish Wefare Fund and a mission to Israel.Identified individuals include Shimon Peres, Menachem Begin, Pierre Trudeau, Murray and Marvelle Koffler, Isadore Sharp, Charles Bronfman, lawrence Bloomberg, Phil Granovsky, Gerald Halbert, Alvin Rosenberg, Sheila Engel, Carol Kassel, Al Green, Harold Green, J.B. Salsberg, and George Cohon.
Photo Captions:
2004-5-4_003: Foreign Minister Shimon Peres meets with representatives from UJA Toronto. From left to right: Gerald Sheff, Paul Morton, Shimon Peres, Lisa Morrison and Neil Nisker, 1986
2004-5-4_004: Rabbi Plaut and Barbara Frum, [197-]
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Presidents--Israel
Prime ministers--Israel
Name Access
Peres, Shimon, 1923-2016
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
59 photographs : b&w and sepia ; 18 x 13 cm or smaller
1 folder of textual records
Date
[189-]-1928
Scope and Content
This accession consists of photographs from London and Warsaw of the Rhinewine family and friends.In addition there are two Jewish New Year cards written in Polish.
Administrative History
Abraham Rhinewine (1887-1932) was born in Poland and immigrated to London, England in 1902, at the age of 15. There he met his wife, Annie and together they immigrated to Toronto in 1907. They had two (possibley three) children, Shulamith and Avivah (Bakerspigel). Abraham had a sister named Sarah, who was involved with UNRAA after the Second World War and was the Assistant Director of Jewish Family and Child Services for many years. Abraham was a prominent scholar and the editor of the Toronto Daily Hebrew Journal.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-12
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1927-[ca.1930]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a large certificate of membership in the Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society awarded to S. Rath and a one thousand dollar share in the Toronto Jewish Old Folks Home in the form of "money".
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-15
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-15
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
11 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 25 cm and 18 x 13 cm
Date
1971-1992
Scope and Content
Accession consists of United Jewish Appeal photographs documenting events including those of the Major Gifts and Women's Campaign Divisions. Identified individuals include Phil Granovsky, Ralph Halbert, Jack Chisvin, Issy Sharp, Tom Beck, David Azrieli, Lawrence Bloomberg, Roz Davidson, Didi Urbach and Carol Kassel.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-24
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-24
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
76 photographs : b&w (3 negatives) ; 13 x 18 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1960]-[ca.1980]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting the Jewish community of Hamilton, Ontario. They include portraits of individuals, group and committee activities, a sculpture, and scenes from a "peaceful protest for Russian Jews".
Subjects
Communities
Places
Hamilton (Ont.)
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
2004-5-51
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-51
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[ca. 1955]-[ca. 1965]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of High Holy Day appeal cards for Jewish National Fund of Canada and Israel Bonds issued to Mr. J. Kornish of King David Congregation in Toronto.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-54
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-54
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
23 photographs : b&w (11 negatives) 13 x 18 cm or smaller
Date
1915-[ca. 1966]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of copy photographs documenting the military career of Jack Aarons in England, Egypt, and Palestine during the First World War and at military parades in Toronto after the Second World War. There is also a photograph of the inerior of the Murray House catering kitchen on Steeles Avenue about 1966.
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
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