69 photographs : b&w and sepia (23 negatives) ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Lipa (Louis) Green (1899-1976) was born on 15 April 1899 in Usupow, Poland. He immigrated to Toronto in 1910 and later began work as a bricklayer. In 1924, Lipa married Fanny Green and had three sons: Abraham (Al), Harold and Sam; and three daughters: Deana (Weiman), Rookie (Goldstein), and Shavy (Tishler). In 1948, with partner, Arthur Weinstock, he founded the Greenview Construction Company, later to be renamed Greenwin. Green's sons, Al and Harold, along with Weinstock's son-in-law Al Latner, later became involved in the business.
Green was a prominent Jewish communal leader and philanthropist in Toronto and was affiliated with organizations such as the Labor Zionists (Farband), the Jewish Vocational Service and the Jewish Public Library. He was a strong advocate of the Yiddish language and was involved with many Yiddish committees, both at the local and national levels. The current building for Jewish agencies in Toronto is named the Lipa Green Building for Jewish Community Services.
The records were in the possession of Lipa's son, Harold, before being donated to the OJA in January 1978.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of records documenting Lipa Green's personal life as well as his professional and philanthropic endeavours. Included are financial documents, event invitations and programs, meeting minutes, photographs, personal, business and organizational correspondence, speeches and writings, a scrapbook, records on a cooperative Jewish summer resort near Pickering, Ontario, as well as some material produced by other organizations and collected by Green during the course of his life. Most of the personal correspondence, speeches and other writings are in Yiddish, including Green's reminiscences on his life in Poland and his Bar Mitzvah. The files have been grouped according to personal records, business records, organizational records and ephemera.
Green, Lipa, 1899-1976
Some of the photographs are in very poor condition and require conservation work.
See Gordon Mendly Fonds 18 for a portrait of Lipa Green.
The records had been previously arranged as MG6 A. Many of the files were kept or combined, but several new files were also created to better reflect the records in the fonds. Several files were also culled as they did not relate to the mandate of the OJA. See the accession record for further information on the culled materials.
68 photographs : b&w and sepia (23 negatives) ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Series consists of records documenting Lipa Green's personal life. Included are donation receipts, greeting and bereavement cards, event invitations, personal correspondence, speeches and writings, photographs, and a scrapbook.
File consists of various documents, including the Constitution for the Co-operative Summer Colony (English and Yiddish versions), general release forms, cash receipts, and a legal document retaining M. W. Kellermann to act as solicitor for the Co-operative in all matters relating to the colony.
File consists of acknowledgements of receipts or pledges to various organizations made by Lipa Green, Mrs. Green or both of them, or by Greenwin Construction Co. Examples are a pledge to UJA, a donation to the Jewish Public Library, a pledge to Bialik Hebrew Day School Building Fund Campaign, and an acknowledgement of a donation to Beth Jacob High School. Other organizations who received donations are Jewish Labour Committee, Toronto Workmen's Circle and Hebrew National Association. There are three certificates issued by the Jewish Natioanl Fund acknowledging a tree planted in Israel, two certificates in honour of Lipa Green, and one in memory of Bella Gladman, Lipa's sister.
File consists of invitations to Lipa and Mrs. Green, for a variety of events including a testimonial dinner, bazaar and auction, and several lunch, tea and dinner fundraisers. A bi-monthly copy of "Technion", published by the Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, is in the file with an invitation to a general meeting for members and friends of its Toronto Chapter.
File consists of cards from various charities to Lipa Green after the death of his wife, Fanny. The cards acknowledge donations made, as an expression of sympathy in her memory, by family, friends and organizations. There are also a few sympathy cards.
File consists of invitations to wedding, anniversary and birthday celebrations. There are also table place cards, personalised Grace after Meals booklets, an announcement of the 35th wedding anniversary of Lipa and Fanny Green, and a songbook for the wedding of a family member. The songs are all in Hebrew.
File consists of an assortment of correspondence, most of which is in Yiddish. English written correspondence include personal letters to family members, a Mothers day card, a poem to Zadie Green, a Bar Mitzvah speech and legal papers.
68 photographs : b&w and sepia (23 negatives) ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of an assortment of photographs belonging to Lipa Green. Included are family portraits and snapshots; photographs documenting Lipa Green's general contracting company; group snapshots of Green with members of some of the organizations that he belonged to; photos of Lipa Green with son Al Green in uniform; snapshots of the the family home dressed to receive Al Green home from the war; photos of an unknown memorial to Lublin victims of the Holocaust; snapshots of an anniversary celebration for an unknown couple; a copy portrait of B. Borochov; as well as pages from a travel scrapbook documenting a trip to Israel and Italy.
Identified individuals include: Lipa Green; Fanny Green; David Green; Avrom Green; Max Shecter; Eddie Richmond; Al Green; Gershon Pomerantz; Abraham Rhinewine; Abraham [Reizler?]; Misha [German?]; Lucy [German?]; Menashe Skulnik; Mandelbaum; Yitzhak (Israel) Weinrot; Abraham [Tz?]; Sarah Skulnik; Bertha [Gutensky?]; Rosen; and Yitzhak Freeman.
Further idenfification of photographs is required.
File consists of a scrapbook containing various newspaper clippings and letters from organizations such as the Bergen Belsen Association, the Canadian Jewish Review, the Labour Zionist Order and Farband.
Series consists of records documenting Lipa Green's business in the building trades. Included are two business patents, Greenview (later Greenwin) Construction Co. business correspondence and tenders, and financial records.
File consists of two business patents Lipa Green filed with the Dominion of Canada Patent Office. One is dated March 1934 and is for "Drain Pipes", and the other, dated Sept. 1938, is for "Fume Safety Lock Pipes and Fume Protectors".
File consists of various documents including the announcement of the opening of a new office of Greenview Construction Co; a legal contract between the Green Construction Co. and the Apter Congregation to build a synagogue on Beverly Street, Toronto; tenders to Greenview for building construction; a land survey of 44 Majestic Court, Lipa's home; and an order book.
Series consists of records documenting the various Jewish organizations that Lipa Green was involved with. Record include general correspondence, invitations, meeting minutes, donation receipts, program books, newsletters and informaiton bulletins, membership cards, and one photograph of the Canadian Committee for Yiddish.
File consists of membership cards; acknowledgement of a donation; a letter of welcome on becoming a life member of the Men's Service group of the Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest Hospital; and a fact sheet about the home and hospital.
File consists of correspondence from the Canadian Society for the Weizman Institute of Science to Lipa Green, plus an unfilled form for a donation for $2,500 to the Weizman Institute in Rehovoth, Israel.
File consists of records pertaining to the Canadian Committee for Yiddish. Records include a book of receipts, requests for donations, various receipts and invoices, a list of membership pledges, payment records and a photograph of the committee.
File consists of records pertaining to the Central Yiddish Cultural Organization (CYCO). The majority of records, written in Yiddish, are from the CYCO, based in New York, USA. There is also a letter from the chairman of the Jewish Book Month Committee of Toronto to the chairman of the CYCO discussing sponsorship. A pledge card belonging to Lipa Green is also in the folder.
File consists of six program books, a seder invitation, donation receipts, a sympathy card and a form in Yiddish. The program books are for the twenty-third-to-twenty-eighth(with the exception of the twenty-fifth) annual theatrical events presented by B. Borochov Branch 124 of the Farband Labor Zionist Order. There is also a fiftieth anniversary program book (1917-1967) commemorating the Branch's golden jubilee.
File consists of records related to the Farband Labour Zionist Order including invitations to meetings and dinners, pledges, newsletters, minutes of a committee meeting, a musical revue program and an almanac directory of committee members.
File consists of records pertaining to the Israel Histadrut Campaign of Toronto of which Lipa Green was a member and canvasser. Records include pledge cards, canvassers' instructions, list of names of prospects to canvass, a Histadrut news bulletin, a Third Seder Haggadah, and a program book commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
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File consists of meeting minutes of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Public Library, a receipt of membership, a letter about the Library's membership campaign and an invitation to a panel presentaiton at the Library.
File consists of various records pertaining to JVS of which Lipa Green was a Board Director. Documents include notifications of meetings, an agenda, a newsletter, an information bulletin, a press cliping, a Vocational Rehabilitation Centre information book, budget data spreadsheet, and a speech written by Lipa Green while president of the board.
File consists of records pertaining to Canadian Women's ORT Toronto Region. They include information bulletins, the Constitution, President's Reports, greetings from the Convection Commitee, an ORT centennial programme (1867-1967) and a book of raffle tickets.