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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
2012-2-4
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
2012-7-21
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
2016-12-35
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
Tour Dates Sunday, May 7 (Free Jane's Walk, click here for more information) Sunday, June 18 Sunday, July 16 Sunday, August
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
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
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
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
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
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
2004-5-12
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
2004-5-38
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
2004-5-58
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
2004-5-74
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-74
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
6 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Date
1948
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs taken on College Street in Toronto of a parade celebrating the establishment of the State of Israel in May 1948.
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
Israel--History--Declaration of Independence, 1948
Parades
Places
College Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-77
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-77
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
16 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Date
1999
Scope and Content
Accession Consists of photographs taken at an Israel Fair and a Purim party at the Bloor JCC, UJA Israel Walkathon, the Yiddish Cultural Club at the Borochov Centre, and dance (Rikudiyah) and choir (Zimriyah) festivals.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-113
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-113
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1965
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Book of the Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society of Toronto.
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
1975-005
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1975-005
Physical Description
15 cm of textual records
Date
1928, 1936-1959
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the account books and constitution for the Adath Israel Congregation in Kirkland Lake, Ontario.
MG_RG
MG3 B14
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Places
Kirkland Lake, 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
1979-9-18
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-18
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1958-1976
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one program to a Celestial Ball held at the Agudath Israel Synagogue in Ottawa, an invitation a Cinderella Ball at the synagogue, invitations to the new synagogue's sod-turning ceremony, installation dinner and dedication ceremonies, bulletins, and a sisterhood newsletter.
MG_RG
MG3 B13
Subjects
Balls (Parties)
Newsletters
Synagogues
Name Access
Agudath Israel Synagogue (Ottawa, Ont.)
Places
Ottawa, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1981-2-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1981-2-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w (2 negatives) ; 21 x 26 cm and 11 x 13 cm
Date
1940-1945
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a photograph of the interior and one of the exterior of the Adath Israel Synagogue in Kirkland Lake with corresponding negatives.
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Places
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-2-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-2-3
Material Format
object
Physical Description
1 key
Date
1921
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a gold key presented on 18 September 1921 to Fred and Sophie Torno at the opening of the Eastern Children of Israel Congregation, popularly known as the Berkeley Street Synagogue.
Descriptive Notes
B'nai Israel Hamizrachim.
MG_RG
MG 3 A 43
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Eastern Children of Israel Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Berkeley Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1985-8-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1985-8-3
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
8 photographs : b&w ; 18 x 12 cm and 13 x 9 cm
1 folder of textual records
Date
1949-1976
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material related to the Israel Histradrut campaign activities in Canada and abroad. Included are photos that document donation plaques in Israel, meeting minutes in Toronto, correspondence with donor organizations, societies and synagogues in Toronto and smaller cities in Ontario, meeting and conference announcements and programs, and newspaper and magazine clippings from North America and Israel. Many of the records are in Yiddish.
Administrative History
In 1946, the Jewish Folk Organizations in Toronto responded to the pioneers and workers in Palestine represented by the Histradrut Ha'Ovdim, and founded an aid organization. Projects in Israel have included medical clinics, hospital wings, trade schools, childrens' homes and the museum in the Kibbutz of the Ghetto Fighters.
Name Access
Israel Histadrut
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-12-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-12-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1957-1960
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a minute book of Congregation Agudath Israel Anschei Sfard (Palmerston Shul).
MG_RG
MG 3 A 58
Name Access
Palmerston Shul.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-7-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-7-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1946
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a bound book of the Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society constitution and by-laws from 1946.
Administrative History
The Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society was founded in 1905 on Chestnut St. for the purpose of providing aid to its members requiring medical support. Each member was required to pay dues to the society and in return was entitled to the following services: doctor's attendance, special medical aid, hostpital care, incurable benefits, a burial plot, funeral arrangements and funeral benefits and sick benefit payments.
As the society grew, the benefit society formed an "Actzia" or credit society for granting loans and in the 1940s established a synagogue on Spadina Ave. so that its members could pray together. It later moved to Wilson Ave. and in 1969 a building was erected at its current location on Bathurst St., south of Steeles.
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-3-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-3-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1.5 m of textual records
Date
[199-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of record related to the United Israel Appeal and the March of the Living.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-8-17
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-8-17
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 DVD
Date
Aug. 2006
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one DVD of the United Jewish Communities Israel Emergency Campaign video from August 2006.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-5-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-5-3
Material Format
object
textual record
Physical Description
14 shirts and other material
Date
1998-2008
Scope and Content
This accession consists of eight Walk with Israel t-shirts (2002-2008), one hat (n.d), one necklace (2008), and two collection envelopes (2006, 2008) from that same event. Contents also include three t-shirts (1998-2000), and one hat (n.d) from Israel Fun Walk. Other items in this accession include one Ilan Ramon Street Festival t-shirt (2007), one Israel Emergency Campaign t-shirt (2007), and one Telethon t-shirt (2006).
Descriptive Notes
Physical description note: includes 2 hats, 1 necklace and 1 folder of textual records.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-12
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 posters : col. ; 54 x 28 cm
Date
1956
Scope and Content
This accession consists of two posters for the Combined Jewish Appeal and United Israel Appeal joint campaign of 1956. This campaign was a national effort and thus, the posters were created in Montreal. The posters are printed on heavy card stock.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-12-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-12-8
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
moving images
Physical Description
98 photographs (jpg)
1 optical disc (5 mins.)
Date
[2000?]-2007
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 98 photographs of the arrival in Israel of a Taglit-Birthright Israel group in May 2007. The trip celebrated Toronto's 10,000th participant in the programme, David Stein, and he is the subject of most of the photographs. The images are of the group's arrival at the airport in Israel and in front of their tour bus. Accession also includes a DVD video about Canadian youth's Mifgashim (encounters) with IDF soldiers as part of the Taglit-Birthright Israel program.
Subjects
Israel
Name Access
Canada Israel Experience
Stein, David
Source
Archival Accessions
Name
Blanche Haber
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
18 Dec. 1987
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Blanche Haber
Number
AC 189
Subject
Boardinghouses
Families
Immigrants--Canada
Occupations
Interview Date
18 Dec. 1987
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Kaylee Gollom Miller
Total Running Time
Side 1 - 31 minutes Side 2 - 31 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Blanche Haber (née Heller) was born in a small town in Russia in 1893. She came to Toronto at age eight. Her father worked as a peddler. She married Isadore Haber in 1915. Three of her five children died from illnesses in their childhood. Before her marriage, Blanche worked as a seamstress. Isadore worked as a tailor, primarily for Eaton's. Like her mother, Blanche took boarders into her home at 112 Parliament Street once married.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Haber, Blanche, 1893-1994
Haber, Isadore, 1887-1982
Manischewitz (family)
Geographic Access
Halifax (N.S.)
Parliament Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\AC 189 Haber\AC 189 notes.pdf
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Blanche Haber describes taking boarders into her mother’s and her own home at 112 Parliament Street.

In this clip, Blanche Haber fondly remembers the warm relationship that developed between her family and the Manischewitz family. She explains that Joe Manischewitz boarded at her family’s home while his family built a matzah factory in Toronto.

Name
Ralph Weber
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
3 Feb. 1987
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Ralph Weber
Number
AC 190
AC 191
Subject
Cemeteries
Hevra kaddisha
Synagogues
Interview Date
3 Feb. 1987
Quantity
3 cassettes (2 copies)
3 WAV files
Interviewer
Stephen Spiesman
AccessionNumber
1987-2-8
Total Running Time
90 min.
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Digitized November 2013
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Samuel Weber was born 1875 in Vilna, Russia and immigrated to Toronto in 1899. He began his career working in real estate and the clothing manufacturing industry. Sam became the largest real estate owner of rental housing in Toronto and was one of first builders of roads in the city. He organized and was president of the Toronto Hebrew Burial Society (Chesed Shel Emes) and in 1906 purchased the property today known as Roselawn Cemetery. Sam was a member of Goel Tzedec Synagogue's building committee.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Roselawn Cemetery
Weber, Ralph
Weber, Sam
Geographic Access
Toronto
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
Side 1: 0:-31.04: Samuel Weber was born in Vilna Russia in 1875. He arrived in New York at the age of 13 and remained there for eleven years. He was married in New York in 1891 and moved to Toronto in 1899 living and working in the area around Elm and Yonge Streets. Weber joined the Goel Tzedec Synagogue and became a member of the Synagogue’s building committee. Weber’s first venture into real estate began with his purchase of 2 houses in Toronto’s East end. Samuel sold the houses for a profit and went on to purchase other properties located between Richmond, Queen and Simcoe Streets. Side 2: Samuel’s Career in Real Estate and Clothing Manufacturing 0:-10:45: Samuel Weber was one of Toronto's first builders of city streets. He was owner of the Adanac Building Corporation, Monarch Clothing and other clothing manufacturing factories in Toronto. Samuel ran his real estate and clothing manufacturing businesses simultaneously. Hebrew Free Burial Society (Chesed Shel Emes) 10:50-21:08: In the early 1900’s Toronto did not have a Jewish undertaker or cemetery in which to bury its poor. Weber, concerned about the welfare of the Jewish community and those in need, purchased a parcel of land on what is now Roselawn Avenue. He donated the land for a cemetery to Chesed Shel Emes, (a Hebrew Free Burial Society), which he himself organized. Chesed Shel Emes was the first of many organizations that would operate the cemetery’s burials. Weber was an admirer and member of the Lubavitchers and donated a parcel of land to the group. Members of the Weber family are interred at the Roselawn Cemetery. 21:25-23.20: Conversation describing the spiritual relationship between Rabbi Gordon (Goel Tzedec Synagogue) and Samuel Weber. In turn Samuel provided financial assistance to Rabbi Gordon. 23:22-25:25: Weber was the largest real estate owner of rental housing in Toronto. As a young man, Weber’s son Ralph would help his father in his real estate business. 25:27-28.00: In 1906 a Jewish man was fatally injured in an accident in the outskirts of the city and buried in a Christian cemetery. Through the efforts of Rabbi Gordon of the Goel Tzedec Synagogue and Samuel Weber, the man was disinterred and became the first person to be buried in the cemetery at Roselawn. 28:10-31:05: Describes how Samuel Weber and his wife Rose would give aid to Jewish refugees arriving in Toronto by providing them with housing, clothing and food.
Source
Oral Histories
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