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Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
17
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1936-1992
Physical Description
47 m of textual records and other material
Admin History/Bio
By 1919 the plight of post-war eastern European Jewry and the need for a united community voice for Canadian Jewry led to the creation of the Canadian Jewish Congress. Its founding meeting was held on March 16, 1919 in Montreal. Though it briefly maintained a tiny regional office in Toronto, the CJC remained inactive until 1933, when it fully reconvened by opening offices in Winnipeg, Montreal, and Toronto. Egmont L. Frankel was the first president of the new central division in Toronto. While the national office in Montreal focused on the overarching issues of the social and economic rights of European Jewry, assistance for Jewish immigrants, and combating prejudice in Canada, the Toronto office dealt with local, violent anti-Jewish demonstrations as well as continuing discrimination both in employment and in access to public recreational facilities. The structure was based on regular national biennial plenary conferences, at which policies were delineated and national and regional executives were elected. Between plenary sessions, national and regional councils were in charge. These were augmented by the following standing committees: administrative, officers, fersonnel, financial, publications, and educational and cultural. Special committees were created to deal with issues such as: youth, community loans, kashruth, fundraising, Israel, Russian Jewry, and various emergency issues such as refugees, immigration, and housing.
During the 1930s the central division office moved several times and occupied offices in the following locations: Yonge Street, the Bond Street Synagogue, Scheuer House, the Zionist Building, and its long-term home at 150-152 Beverley Street, where it remained until its July 1983 move to the Lipa Green Building in North York.
The CJC's activities expanded to include taking responsibility for Jewish educational standards, but by 1941 its main efforts shifted to support for Canada’s war effort. Immediately after the end of the war, the focus again shifted to Jewish immigration projects and the maintenance of Jewish identity in small communities. By 1950, the CJC’s use of the title “division” was changed to “region” to accommodate internal operational divisions within each region. Also, by then, the central region was busy expanding its programs for all Ontario Jewish communities, creating a province-wide council of youth groups, and working with the newly-created Bureau of Jewish Education (later Board of Jewish Education, now Mercaz). Standardization of kashruth rules in Ontario was implemented. As well, regular educational conferences and cultural events were held throughout the province, while province-wide fundraising efforts in support of Moess Chittin for relief projects in Israel and for local Congress activities were expanded. Many of its educational and cultural responsibilities necessitated working with other Jewish organizations such as the United Jewish Welfare Fund, Jewish Immigrant Aid Society (JIAS), Hadassah, the Canadian Legion, B’nai Brith, the World Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Congress, and the many landsmenshaften (Jewish mutual benefit societies, each formed by immigrants originating from the same Eastern European community).
During the 1960s, the central region began sending Moess Chittin relief shipments to Cuban Jews unable to acquire kosher foods for Passover. Its lobbying efforts included participation in the Royal Commissions on Hate Propaganda, and its greatest success came with the introduction and implementation of Ontario’s fair employment and fair accommodation practices legislation, an achievement in which Congress played a pivotal role.
From 1971 to 1989 the major focus became international and national lobbying for, and providing support to, Soviet Jewry. Virtually all local and Canadian efforts to assist the Soviet Jewish “refusniks” were organized and coordinated in Toronto by the Ontario region office, which provided staff and funding for the many lobbying activities and public demonstrations that characterized this successful effort.
As of November 1975, the central region’s responsibilities in Toronto were radically altered. To improve cost efficiency in Toronto, CJC educational and social service program activities were merged with similar programs already provided by Toronto’s United Jewish Appeal. The UJA assumed sole responsibility for these amalgamated programs in Toronto and was renamed Toronto Jewish Congress. The central region still retained province-wide responsibilities for Ontario’s smaller Jewish communities, and its office remained in Toronto. Also, following this reorganization, its name was changed to Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region. Although CJC no longer provided direct social and educational programs to Toronto, the TJC’s senior executive was, at the time, still obliged to continue to keep it notified about developments concerning previous Congress responsibilities.
From 1983, the Ontario Region's offices were located in the Lipa Green Building at 4600 Bathurst Street. It continued its work of financially supporting various Israeli institutions and fostering Canada-Israel relations. It also spearheaded the movement to support and protect Jews in Arab lands, especially in Syria. Funding for the CJC came from the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy, which restributed a portion of the funds raised by the local Jewish federations across Canada.
The CJC dissolved in 2011. Today, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) acts as the Jewish community's primary lobby group.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the records of the Ontario Region office of the Canadian Jewish Congress. Of primary importance in documenting this organization’s history are its minutes of the Executive and Administrative Committees and the various standing, and short-term committees such as Community Organization, Finance, Fund Raising, Educational and Cultural, Research, Immigration, War Efforts, and Jewish Education. Most of these records are still managed all together within Fonds 17, Series 1. Fonds 17, Series 2 contains the general subject and correspondence files of these committees. Records in both series require further processing.
Records now found in Series 3 document the efforts of the Committee for Soviet Jewry in coordinating the activities of the many Toronto and Ontario organizations involved in assisting Soviet Jewry during the 1971 to 1989 period.
Series 4 consists of administrative and committee records of the United Jewish Refugee and War Relief Agencies in Toronto from 1938 through 1967. These document its work rescuing the survivors of European Jewish communities, settling as many as possible in Ontario, and providing assistance to those attempting to obtain restitution payments.
Series 5 consists of the records of the Community Relations Committee (1938-1976). Responding to depression-era anti-Semitism in Canada, the Canadian Jewish Congress and B’nai Brith together established in 1938 a new joint committee. Since then this Committee has documented racist threats in Canada; initiated advocacy activities to work for improved civil rights; promoted legislation combating hate; worked to ensure equality of access to employment, education and accommodation; and investigated specific incidents of discrimination. The Committee, for example, played a key role in achieving the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1944, and the Fair Employment Practices Act of 1951, key steps leading to Canada’s current Human Rights Code. Although originally named Joint Public Relations Committee in 1938, a series of name changes later occurred; s follows: Joint Community Relations Committee, Central Region (1962-1978), Joint Community Relations Committee, CJC, Ontario Region (ca. 1978-ca. 1991) Community Relations Committee, CJC, Ontario Region (ca. 1991-present) Records in this series were reorganized into 5 sub-series and a further 9 sub-sub-series during the 2009 to 2011 period. For further details please view the database records for Fonds 17, Series 5. Although this series will eventually hold all CRC records up to 1992, only those prior to 1979 are currently fully processed.
Notes
Physical description note: Includes 1839 photographs, 89 audio cassettes, 11 videocassettes, 4 drawings, and 6 microfilm reels (16 mm).
Processing note: Processing of this fonds is ongoing. Additional descriptive entries will be added in future.
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress. Ontario Region
Subjects
Pressure groups
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the Archivist prior to accessing some of the records
Arrangement
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the Archivist prior to accessing some of the records.
Creator
Canadian Jewish Congress. Ontario Region (1919-2011)
Places
Ontario
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Immigration series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Immigration series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
27
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Canadian Jewish Congress was involved in all aspects of immigration services. It facilitated the entry of immigrants into Canada, providing social assistance and finding employment for the new arrivals. It also assisted those immigrants who were filing restitution claims against Germany.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of Immigration.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG259.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Internees series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 41
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Internees series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
41
Material Format
textual record
Date
1940-1949
Physical Description
1.6 m of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Following the outbreak of World War II, German and Austrian citizens living in Britain were arrested and interned in prison camps in Canada and Australia. Some of these internees were Jewish. Canadian Jewish Congress lobbied the Canadian government to release Jewish prisoners and provided social assistance and employment for those freed. Although this was a national effort, the project operated out of the Toronto (Central Region) office and so the case files formed part of the Central Region records.
Scope and Content
Series consists of Internee case files.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG282.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Publicity series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 43
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Publicity series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
43
Material Format
textual record
Date
1957-1959
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This group dealt with the preparation of press releases and articles publicizing the activities of Canadian Jewish Congress.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files relating to Publicity.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG284.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Financial series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 49
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Financial series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
49
Material Format
textual record
Date
1939-1960
Physical Description
4.5 m of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files regarding financial records of the Canadian Jewish Congress and United Jewish Relief Agencies.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG298.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Publications series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 50
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Publications series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
50
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950-1961
Physical Description
48 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Canadian Jewish Congress published various periodicals which contained articles publicizing their activities.
Scope and Content
Series consists of Congress Bulletin (1953-1961), Inter-Office Information (1952-1956), Program Helps (1950s) and Program News (1954).
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG299.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Arbitration Committee series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Arbitration Committee series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
19
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951-1960
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This committee dealt with internal disputes within the Jewish community, often having to do with religious functionaries and teachers. Its objective was to minimize the number of these cases that might reach the courts.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Arbitration Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG251.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Budget Committee series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Budget Committee series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
21
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951-1959
Physical Description
18 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This body determined the annual budget for the Central Region. It consisted of committee chairmen and other nominees.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Budget Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG253.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Cemetery Committee series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Cemetery Committee series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
22
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951-1959
Physical Description
18 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Ontario government was putting pressure on the Jewish cemeteries spread around Toronto to clear up the disorder in the burial grounds to ensure a system of perpetual care. The cemeteries were approached with this in view. In the end, through the efforts of Al Ginsburg of Beth Tzedec, the Dawes Rd. and Jones Avenue properties were reorganized, a permanent fulltime groundskeeper was engaged (A.M. Levy) and adminstration was improved. The other cemeteries remained outside of this new organization which was named the Amalgamated Dawes Road Trustees. Some of these made their own arrangements. Canadian Jewish Congress lent its administrative help to the Amalgamated Dawes Rd. Trustees, hence this committee.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Cemetery Commitee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG254.
Subjects
Committees
Cemeteries
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Organization series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Organization series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
25
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950-1956
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Many of the smaller Jewish communities in Ontario could not support a central communal organization. The Canadian Jewish Congress, therefore, assisted them in all aspects of their communal activities. Congress field workers would visit on a regular basis, assess local problems and refer them to the appropriate agencies for resolution. The name was later changed to Community Services.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Community Organization.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG257.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Services series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 26
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Services series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
26
Material Format
textual record
Date
1958-1968
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Many of the smaller Jewish communities in Ontario could not support a central communal organization. The Canadian Jewish Congress, therefore, assisted them in all aspects of their communal activities. Congress field workers would visit on a regular basis, assess local problems and refer them to the appropriate agencies for resolution. The name was formerly known as Community Organization.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Community Services.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG258.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Jewish Education series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Jewish Education series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
28
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950-1960
Physical Description
3.6 m of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Canadian Jewish Congress assisted the communities in all aspects of Jewish education for both youth and adults. It recruited qualified teachers, provided pedagogical training, established a uniform curriculum and evaluated school programmes. It also helped the smaller communities in organizing cultural activities such as Jewish Book Month and Jewish Music month and supplied guest speakers in support of these projects.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of Jewish Education.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG260.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Personnel Committee series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 30
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Personnel Committee series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
30
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1959
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This committee dealt with salaries, appointments, increases and staff relations. It consisted largely of committee chairmen.
Scope and Content
Series consists of minutes of the Personnel Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG262.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Research Committee series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 31
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Research Committee series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
31
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949-1960
Physical Description
80 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This committee conducted studies of various aspects of Jewish community life in Ontario. These studies included "self surveys" of smaller Jewish communities in the province, interviews with immigrants from Israel and a study of the consumption of kosher meat in Toronto. Its objective was to study the nature and needs of the Jewish community so that proper services could be provided.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Research Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG263.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Societies Division series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 33
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Societies Division series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
33
Material Format
textual record
Date
1946-1950
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This was a very active committee consisting of representatives from the fraternal orders, sick benefit societies and landsmanshaften. An early chairman was Alfred Green. In 1947, it was Carl Herlick, K.C. The committee dealt - or tried to deal - among other issues, with the relationship of the societies and the medical profession. After the expulsion of the United Jewish Peoples Order in 1950, it seemed to peter out. The Societies Division held annual social events - one year at the Prince George Hotel.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Societies Division.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG265.
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region (creator)
Subjects
Societies
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Youth Division series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 35
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Youth Division series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
35
Material Format
textual record
Date
1934-1949
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The youth division was composed of adults who determined how Congress in the Region could best serve the needs of youth.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Youth Division.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG267.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Fund Raising series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 39
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Fund Raising series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
39
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950-1959
Physical Description
1.2 m of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Canadian Jewish Congress operated fundraising campaigns jointly with the Zionist Organization of Canada. Monies collected financed local activities of both organizations, as well as projects in Europe and Israel. Canadian Jewish Congress took the lead in campaign organization, and provided speakers and publicity material.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of Fund Raising.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG280.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Plenary Assembly series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 42
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Plenary Assembly series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
42
Material Format
textual record
Date
1947-1959
Physical Description
40 cm of textual material
Admin History/Bio
The Plenary Sessions (as they were then known) were the final legislative resort of Canadian Jewry. They were held every second year, alternately in Toronto and Montreal, though this was not adhered to every time. (Once Montreal had two sessions in sequence). The Central Region held voting sessions in Toronto, at which delegate would be elected. The programme involved all the activities and projects of Congress by way of written and oral reports. Efforts were made - not always successful - to allow opportunity for discussion. The Resolutions Committee was a particularly hard-working unit. Resolutions embodied the policies and programme of Canadian Jewish Congress for the following 2 or 3 years. International speakers were always a feature of the Plenary.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Plenary Assembly.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG283.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Regional Conference series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 44
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Regional Conference series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
44
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950-1954
Physical Description
80 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Regional conferences tooks place in this period every three years. This record group includes material relating to the organization of the conference and registration of delegates, as well as preparation of publicity material and the programme.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files relating to the Regional Conference.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG285.
Subjects
Congresses and conventions
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Regional Executive minutes series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Regional Executive minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950-1959
Physical Description
18 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Regional Executive, the principal legislative body of Canadian Jewish Congress in Ontario, was named from among the members of the Dominion Council, itself named at Plenary Assemblies. Consisting of between 25 to 40 people, the Regional Executive usually met monthly. Its function was to approve or veto issues of policy and to consider matters arising from comittees.
Scope and Content
Series consists of meeting minutes, notices and correspondence of the Regional Executive Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG200.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Dominion Council minutes series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Dominion Council minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950-1959
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Dominion Council is the supreme authority of Canadian Jewish Congress between Plenary Assemblies and the members were named from among the delegates to the Plenary. It convened only occasionally and usually to deal with extraordinary issues.
Scope and Content
Series consists of minutes and meetings of the Dominion Council.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG202.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
National Executive minutes series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
National Executive minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1957-1958
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The National Executive met alternately in Toronto and Montreal approximately every six or seven weeks. Consisting of about 50 members, it dealth with national and international concerns ranging from the World Jewish Congress and the Joint Distribution Committee to antisemitism and Jewish teacher training.
Scope and Content
Series consists of minutes of the National Executive.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG203.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Research Committee minutes series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Research Committee minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
15
Material Format
textual record
Date
1947-1959
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This committee conducted studies of various aspects of Jewish community life in Ontario. These studies included "self surveys" of smaller Jewish communities in the province, interviews with immigrants from Israel and a study of the consumption of kosher meat in Toronto. Its objective was to study the nature and needs of the Jewish community so that proper services could be provided.
Scope and Content
Series consists of minutes of the Research Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG209.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Zone Councils minutes series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Zone Councils minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
17
Material Format
textual record
Date
1947-1951
Physical Description
24 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Ontario was divided into four zones - East, West, North and South. The communities in each zone formed a Zone Council, which coordinated the activities of the communities within that zone.
Scope and Content
Series consists of minutes of Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Zone Councils.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG212, RG212A, RG212B, RG212C and RG212D.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Civil Rights Committee series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 23
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Civil Rights Committee series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
23
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
In 1950, Canadian Jewish Congress through the Joint Public Relations Committee, was heavily involved in promoting and influencing public opinion in favour of an anti-discrimination law in employment. While this heading is a misnomer, Canadian Jewish Congress did its utmost to popularize the concept of civil rights, at that time not a widely accepted one.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Civil Rights Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG255.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Labour Division Committee series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 29
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Labour Division Committee series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
29
Material Format
textual record
Date
1954-1955
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
At some point in the 1950s, there was talk of establishing a Congress committee on labour. A meeting was convened of representatives chaired by David Lewis. There was no follow-up, probably because the Jewish Labour Committee already existed.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Labour Division Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG261.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Self Study Committee series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 32
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Self Study Committee series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
32
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950-1951
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
In Toronto, there was overlap between the services offered by Canadian Jewish Congress and by the United Jewish Welfare Fund which was established in 1937. This committee was set up to reduce the duplication of service and redefine the mandates of both organizations.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Self Study Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG264.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Toronto Centenary Committee series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 34
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Toronto Centenary Committee series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
34
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956-1958
Physical Description
24 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This committee was charged with organizing community events and publications to commemorate what was thought to be the centenary of Jewish settlement in Toronto. It in fact republished a number of relevant articles and pamphlets, some of which co-sponsored with the United Jewish Welfare Fund. Much of its proposed programme, however, never came to fruition.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Toronto Centenary Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG266.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General Subject Files series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 40
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General Subject Files series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
40
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1958
Physical Description
64 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The files relate to the broad activities of the Canadian Jewish Congress. They are organized chronologically.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG281.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Chronological Correspondence Files series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 46
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Chronological Correspondence Files series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
46
Material Format
textual record
Date
1942-1958
Physical Description
6 reels of microfilm and 19 m of textual records
Admin History/Bio
During this period, Congress staff in Toronto maintained a central correspondence file arranged alphabetically by subject and by community within each year. The file rubrics tended to repeat themselves annually. Incoming and outgoing correspondence were integrated by subject. The purpose of this system was to enable staff members to be cognizant of developments in all departments. One had simply to peruse the central file to learn of activity in any particular area. The various standing committees also maintained their own correspondence files which overlap these years, as do the thematic files. The original arrangement was maintained in all of these record groups.
Scope and Content
Series is organized chronologically first and alphabetically by name or subject second. Also included are correspondence files specifically related to Shangai refugees from 1949-1950.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG290.
Files list for Shanghai refugees have not been scanned as part of this finding aid.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
War Efforts Committee series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 48
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
War Efforts Committee series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
48
Material Format
textual record
Date
1939-1942
Physical Description
1.7 m of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This committee was in charge of supplying recreational furniture and equipment for the Armed Services. It also was responsible for providing for the welfare of Jewish soldiers on bases in Canada.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the War Efforts Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG297.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1938-1978, 1991
Physical Description
6.5 m of textual records
15 photographs
Admin History/Bio
The Joint Community Relations Committee was created in 1938 by the Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region and the Toronto Lodge B’nai Brith. It was originally named the Joint Public Relations Committee and was responsible for combating antisemitism in Ontario. Public statements, by agreement, were made only by the Canadian Jewish Congress as B’nai Brith recognized the uniqueness of its national constitution. The committee was led by lay leaders from the community and a staff representative from the CJC. Shortly thereafter, similar committees were set up in Montreal and in Western Canada, and soon a National Joint Community Relations Committee was established.
The committee played a key role in achieving the early anti-discrimination act of 1944, and the Fair Employment Practices Act of 1951, leading to the Human Rights Code of today. It was prominent in the action against the spread of sectarian religious teachings in the public schools and took the lead in pressing for legislation against the dissemination of racial hatred. It acted for the preservation of religious and human rights and worked with numerous religious, fraternal and ethnic organizations in the wider community. The committee also investigated and acted upon all complaints of discrimination, antisemitism and other such incidents. They supplied Jewish and secular schools with educational materials including pamphlets and books, and conducted intercultural and inter-religious work in the community through organized lectures, seminars, institutes, and plenary sessions.
The committee was composed of equal representation from both the Canadian Jewish Congress, and the B’nai Brith. The money for the operation of the Committee was first provided by both organizations, however, in a 1947 agreement between the National CJC and B’nai Brith Canada, the parties stated that the finances for the committee would be raised in the name of the CJC, with B’nai Brith agreeing to make “token” contributions and co-operate with Congress’ fundraising campaign. As well, the professional staff and support persons for the committee, along with their salaries, came solely from the Central Region CJC.
The executive director (also referred to as the executive secretary) was the primary staff person responsible for carrying out the policy and activities of the JPRC, which included preparing press releases, liaisoning with affiliated groups, organizations, individuals, journalists, government representatives and any others wanting or needing information on issues relating to the JPRC’s work. The executive director acted as the recording secretary at all committee meetings and was the keeper of all official documents.
Around 1978, due in part to the earlier creation of the B’nai Brith’s League for Human Rights in 1970, the Canadian Jewish Congress and the B’nai Brith terminated their joint relationship with the committee. At the time, the CJC felt that B’nai Brith was playing a dual role in advocacy through the League and through the JPRC. B’nai Brith, in turn, felt that the CJC was shutting out the B’nai Brith’s voice. Nevertheless, the “Joint” was not dropped from the name until around 1991.
In 2011 the Community Relations Committee ceased to exist when the CJC Ontario office was closed and the functions of the CJC were folded into the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).
Committee name changes were: Community Relations Committee, CJC, Ontario Region (ca. 1991-2011) Joint Community Relations Committee, CJC, Ontario Region (ca. 1978-ca. 1991) Joint Community Relations Committee, Central Region (1962-1978) Joint Community Relations Committee, (1938-1962)
Scope and Content
Series consists of five sub-series. Sub-series 1 contains the agendas, minutes and associated documentation supporting meetings of the Community Relations Committee. Sub-series 2 contains speeches , publications, press releases and reports presented and/or distributed by the Committee. Sub-series 3 consists of case files documenting the Committee's activities of combating specific antisemitism and Holocaust-denying activities in Canada. Extensive documentation about Ernst Zundel is included Sub-series 4 contains 9 sub-sub-series documenting various categories of research files accumulated by the Committee. Sub-series 5 contains the general office records of the Committee and includes correspondence and memos of the Executive Director and records providing insight to the internal organization and management of the Committee's internal functions.
For more details see descriptions within the scope and contents notes at the sub-series and sub-sub-series levels
Notes
Previously processed and cited a MG8 S
Physical extent note: when originally listed in 1988, this series contained about 20.5 metres of textual records. When partial processing and reorganization had been completed in 2013, 14 metres had been culled because those documents were duplicates, newspaper clippings, created by outside agencies or maintained in other agencies.
Associated material note:Library and Archives of Canada holds the records for the National B’nai Brith which does contain 30cm of material on the National Joint Community Relations Committee. The Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives in Montreal holds the records for the National Joint Community Relations Committee, which contains some files on the Ontario Region, as they reported to the National office. The whereabouts of the B’nai Brith records pertaining to the Central Region activities are currently unknown.
Subjects
Committees
Arrangement
Because records in this series had been previously organized in a manner that proved difficult for use by archivists and researchers, the records, during 2010 and 2011, were totally rearranged and described to comply with RAD standards, to provide ease of access by researchers, and to fully reflect the activities and organizational history of the Community Relations Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress during and after the period when it was a joint committee with the B'Nai Brith.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Combined Fundraising Committee minutes series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Combined Fundraising Committee minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1957-1959
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This committee operated fundraising campaigns jointly with the Zionist Organization of Canada. Monies collected financed local activities of both organizations, as well as projects in Europe and Israel. Canadian Jewish Congress took the lead in campaign organization, and provided speakers and publicity material.
Scope and Content
Series consists of minutes of the Combined Fundraising Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG204.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Conference Planning Committee minutes series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Conference Planning Committee minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
14
Material Format
textual record
Date
1954-1958
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Regional conferences took place in this period every three years, usually midway between national Plenary Assemblies. This commitee organized these conferences, providing publicity material, registering delegates and preparing the programme. Following each conference, the commitee engaged in an evaluation procedure.
Scope and Content
Series consists of minutes of the Conference Planning Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG208.
Subjects
Congresses and conventions
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Yiskor Fund Committee minutes series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Yiskor Fund Committee minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
16
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956-1959
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Yiskor appeal was made during the High Holy Days synagogue services, the funds raised being used to provide assistance to the poor. The committee organized the appeal, providing speakers and publicity material.
Scope and Content
Series consists of minutes of the Yiskor Fund Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG211.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Assembly of Jewish Organizations series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Assembly of Jewish Organizations series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
20
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949-1951
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This was a short-lived effort to bring Canadian Jewish Congress and the United Jewish Welfare Fund "closer to the masses". It had very little success.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Assembly of Jewish Organizations.
Notes
Series formerly described anc cited as RG252.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee on Community Organization series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 24
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee on Community Organization series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
24
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950-1957
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Many of the smaller Jewish communities in Ontario could not support a central communal organization. This committee, therefore, assisted them in all aspects of their communal activities. Congress field workers would visit on a regular basis, assess local problems and refer them to the appropriate agencies for resolution. The name was later changed to the Committee on Community Services.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Committee on Community Organization.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG256.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Ontario Jewish Youth Council series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 36
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Ontario Jewish Youth Council series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
36
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949-1950
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Comprised of representatives of the various Ontario communities, this body provided assistance in Jewish programming for young people.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Ontario Jewish Youth Council.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG268.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Toronto Jewish Youth Council series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 37
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Toronto Jewish Youth Council series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
37
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949-1955
Physical Description
58 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This body was made up of representatives of Toronto youth organizations: AZA, synagogue and various Zionist groups (Young Judea, Hashomer Ha'tzair etc). It proposed to coordinate youth activities in the city and foster joint programmes whenever possible. A major event it sponsored, jointly with the Bureau of Jewish Education, was an adult education programme held at Oakwood Collegiate.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Toronto Jewish Youth Council.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG269.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Congress Committee on Youth series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 38
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Congress Committee on Youth series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
38
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956-1959
Physical Description
52 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This committee was composed of adults who determined how Congress in the Region could best serve the needs of youth. By this time, the Jewish Youth Council had ceased to exist.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of the Congress Committee on Youth.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG270.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
47
Material Format
textual record
Date
1947-1951, 1963-1964
Physical Description
1.18 m of textual records
Admin History/Bio
In late 1947 and early 1948 representatives of the Canadian garment industry organized what became known as the Tailor Project, an immigration program planned to select more than 2,200 skilled tailors from the Displaced Person camps of Europe, facilitate their immigration, and give them jobs in the garment trade and housing in Canada. The Tailor Project was based on similar schemes that had alleviated labour shortages in the logging and mining industries. Canadian Jewish Congress, eager to rescue Holocaust survivors from the DP camps, knew the government would approve a plan to bring in skilled workers to fill a shortage in the garment trades. Recognizing the plan had to come from within the garment industry itself, Congress provided guidance from behind the scenes.
The Tailor Project was the first program that permitted large numbers of Jewish adults to immigrate to Canada following the Second World War. More than half of the immigrants were Jewish. Max E. Enkin (men's clothing), Max Federman (fur workers), Joe Mack and others were sent by the Commission to Europe as part of the selection team. Provided they had the requisite skills, both single and married displaced persons were eligible to come to Canada.
Hundreds of tailoring firms in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver were canvassed and many agreed to hire DP workers on 12-month contracts. The Canadian Overseas Commission, the industry's co-coordinating body, had to ensure proper housing for the expected workers. In response to Max Enkin's emphasis on providing accommodation, many individuals and community organizations reached out to those in need. Under the direction of the United Jewish Relief Agency, the office of the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission attended to the many and varying needs of the immigrant tailors, both Jewish and non-Jewish. In addition to providing financial assistance, the Commission gave attention to problems of landlord-tenant relationships, hospital, medical and dental care, gave direction and made referrals to other agencies for specialized services and co-operated with other organizations in their programs for immigrants.
The Tailor Project became the template for the Furrier Project that followed and spurred the formation in 1947 of the Jewish Vocational Service of Toronto, the original purpose of which was to help survivors of the Holocaust find employment.
Scope and Content
Series consists of the operational records of the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission. Records include agreements between garment industry manufacturers (employers) and employees, immigration records and passenger lists, general correspondence relating to the operation of the program, financial records, employee payroll records, contact and membership lists, the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission Toronto program report, statistical summaries, employee certificates of merit, discharge certificates, meeting minutes of the Toronto Program Steering Committee, employee worker cards and employee housing records. Also included is a hand drawn map locating the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada at 455 Spadina Ave., Toronto, circa 1947.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG291.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
3
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1967-1992
Physical Description
4.5 m of textual records
1822 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
The earliest impetus for the creation of a Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) committee to focus on the issue of Soviet Jews was in response to the infamous “Leningrad trials” of 31 dissident Soviet Jews in the winter of 1970. Concurrently, the Soviet government began to systematically persecute almost all Jews who applied for permission to emigrate. The issuing of exit visas was refused (the genesis of the term “Refusnik”), usually on exaggerated claims of national security, after which the applicants were often dismissed from their jobs, recalled to military service, or similarly persecuted by state authorities. Those who publicly protested such treatment were subsequently arrested, detained for long periods, or tried as examples to others and sent to Siberian labour camps.
When information about the plight of Soviet Jews reached Canada, Toronto’s Jews responded immediately and decisively. Synagogue congregations, student groups, women’s organizations, professional organizations and community groups all established independent committees to aid Soviet Jews directly and to pressure local, national and international governments to address Soviet antisemitism. Very quickly these committees began organizing mass rallies, letter writing campaigns, petitions, targeted protests and direct aid involving large numbers of people and considerable fundraising efforts. From 1971 to the late 1980s the cause of Soviet Jewry remained, along with support for The State of Israel, the most significant issue to the Jewish community.
The Action Committee for Soviet Jewry (ACSJ) was formed by the (then) Central Region of the CJC in early 1971 in order to coordinate the activities of, and provide stable funding and administrative support for, the various ad hoc committees and action groups that had sprung up across Toronto and the rest of Ontario. Organizations coordinated by the Action Committee included university student groups, the Group of 35, Women for Soviet Jewry (WSJ), B’nai B’rith, and the Canadian Zionist Federation (CZF). The ACSJ originally reported to the CJC’s Steering Committee for Soviet Jewry (SCSJ), but by the mid-1970s the reporting of the two committees was reversed, with the Steering Committee reporting to the Action Committee. By 1977, the Action Committee and the Steering Committee were merged into the newly-renamed CJC Ontario Region’s Committee for Soviet Jewry (occasionally referred to as the Toronto Committee).
The first Chairman of the SCSJ was the prominent Toronto politician and activist Joseph B. Salsberg. Later chairs, including Sam Filer, Phyllis Sugar, Reg Adelman, author Jeanette Goldman, Joyce Eklove, and Judge Ted Matlow were also involved with affiliated local groups whose activities were coordinated by the SCSJ. Sam Filer, its first permanent Secretary, became in 1976 its second Chairman. He also served as Chairman of the Toronto Action Committee for Soviet Jewry and was an original co-founder of Lawyers and Jurists for Soviet Jewry. Similarly, Phyllis Sugar was a Co-chair of the ACSJ with Reg Adelman in the early to mid-1970s, while simultaneously serving as the Chair of WSJ. Genya Intrator, the first Chair of WSJ in the early 1970s, later served as first Chair of the Canadian Committee for Soviet Jewry. Despite having its first meeting in Winnipeg, the Canadian Committee had most of its leadership and activities in Toronto. Toronto residents Sydney Harris (later Judge Harris), David Satok, Genya Intrator and David Sadowski all chaired this committee as it developed a national agenda through contacts with affiliated organizations across the country, while coordinating internationally with groups such as the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews based in New York.
Towards the end of the 1980s, many of the restrictions regarding exit visas for refusniks were removed and increasingly Russian Jews began to immigrate to Israel, the United States and Canada. A large percentage of the latter settled in Toronto. By 1991, in response to the changes in Russia and the former Soviet republics, the CJC’s local and national Soviet Jewry Committees were wound up and their leadership began to focus on new issues, such as the integration of Soviet Jewish immigrants into Canada and the continuing struggle to fight antisemitism in the successor states of the former Soviet Union. To this end, the CJC formed a Political Liaison Committee in the early 1990s. Internationally, however, many Russian Jewish advocacy groups continued to operate on the foundation of activism and community organization established during the decades of solidarity built around the Soviet Jewry cause.
Custodial History
The records in this series were accumulated and maintained in the offices of the CJC under the jurisdiction of Samuel Resnick, in his role as the Director of the Community Action for Israel Committee, and as the main CJC staff employee for overseeing the Action Committee for Soviet Jewry and Steering Committee for Soviet Jewry, which eventually coalesced as simply the Committee for Soviet Jewry circa 1977. By 1980, Resnick’s title was Director of the Committee for Soviet Jewry, Central Region, making him the primary full-time staffer of the CJC involved in the Soviet Jewry cause.
Scope and Content
Series consists of extensive planning, administrative and operational records including meeting minutes, correspondence, budgets and membership lists. Records pertaining to activities include numerous event and protest photographs, articles, petitions, posters and other press materials. Records related to the gathering of information regarding Soviet Jewry include transcripts of telegrams and telephone conversations, background fact sheets and many individual case files.
This series has been arranged into six sub-series. Sub-series 1 consists of Ontario Region committee meeting agendas and minutes. Sub-series 2 consists of the correspondence files documenting various activities of that committee. Sub-series 3 consists of the agendas, minutes and general correspondence of the National Committee for Soviet Jewry. Sub-series 4 consists of records documenting affiliated Jewish organizations that collaborated with the CJC in protesting the persecution of Soviet Jews. Sub-series 5 consists of records documenting the various protest activities such as lobbying, letter writing, public rallies, marches and demonstrations. Sub-series 6 , Rufusnik Cases, consists of 3 sub-sub-series, containing individual case files, large published lists, and reference publications about Soviet Jews who were refused permission to emigrate (refusniks).
Notes
Physical extent note: although over 28 m of Soviet Jewry records were originally transferred to the OJA, more than 23 m of those records have been culled due to their origin (non-Canadian sources), format (outside periodicals and publications), because they were merely externally-created reference materials, or because they were part of the very large volumes of duplicates that made up the majority of the box contents. Records documenting the activities of other CJC Committees have also been removed for future processing within more appropriately-titled series within Fonds 17.
Subjects
Committees
Jews--Soviet Union
Arrangement
Because the Soviet Jewry records donated by the Canadian Jewish Congress had not been maintained in a discernable original order, they had to be reorganized into their current arrangement by the processing archivist.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Administrative Committee (Inner Executive) minutes series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Administrative Committee (Inner Executive) minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1952-1959
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Originally the "Inner Executive", the name of this body was changed to Administrative Committee because the old name sounded too conspiratorial. It consisted of all regional committee chairmen, those national officers of Canadian Jewish Congress resident in Ontario and individuals named by the regional chairman. It met between meetings of the Regional Executive, its duties being to prepare legislation for the latter. It usually comprised about twelve individuals.
Scope and Content
Series consists of minutes of the Administrative Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG201.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee on Community Organization minutes series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee on Community Organization minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951-1958
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Many of the smaller Jewish communities in Ontario could not support a central communal organization. This committee, therefore, assisted them in all aspects of their communal activities. Congress field workers would visit on a regular basis, assess local problems and refer them to the appropriate agencies for resolution. The name was later changed to the Committee on Community Services.
Scope and Content
Series consists of minutes of the Committee on Community Organization.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG205.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Educational and Cultural Committee minutes series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Educational and Cultural Committee minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
1946-1959
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
This committee assisted the communities in all aspects of Jewish education for both youth and adults. It recruited quialified teachers, provided pedagogical training, established a uniform curriculum and evaluated school programmes. It also helped the smaller communities in organizing cultural activities such as Jewish Book Month and Jewish Music month and supplied guest speakers in support of these projects.
Scope and Content
Series consists of minutes of the Educational and Cultural Committee.
Notes
Series formerly desrcibed and cited as RG207.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Settlement of Refugees in Canada series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 45
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Settlement of Refugees in Canada series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
45
Material Format
textual record
Date
1939-1950
Physical Description
40 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
In 1939, The Canadian Jewish Congress Committee for Refugees was established in response to the persecution of Jews in Europe. It facilitated the entry into Canada of as many refugees as possible and provided assistance to those admitted. At the outbreak of World War II, it merged with other national and international organizations to form the United Jewish Refugee and War Relief Agencies, providing assistance to Jewish refugees in Canada and abroad. Following the war, the name of the organization was changed to United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA).
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files relating to the Settlement of Refugees in Canada.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG286.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 383
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
2
File
383
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
35 photographs : 35 negatives ; 35 mm
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 384
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
2
File
384
Material Format
textual record
Date
1984 - 1985
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 385
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
2
File
385
Material Format
textual record
Date
1985 - 1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 386
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
2
File
386
Material Format
textual record
Date
1982
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
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