The first National Convention of Zionists in Canada was held in 1907. National conventions held between 1907 and 1946 occurred annually and rotated locations between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Beginning in 1946, with the 28th Convention held in Toronto, the Zionist Organization of Canada held a national convention biennially until the 41st convention which was held in Israel.
It was during the national conventions that the national executive was elected for a two year term. Delegates to national conventions were nominated and elected from communities in each region of Canada which included: Eastern, Central, Mid-West, Western and Pacific.
Scope and Content
The National conventions series contains files documenting the 40th and 41st national conventions, held in 1972 and 1975. The files in this series includes documents such as: agendas, programs, reports, delegate lists, minutes from committees, resolutions and photographs.
See also fonds 28-1, sub-series 5-2 for records accumulated by the ZOC Central Region, relating to earlier national conventions.
The file consists of correspondence confirming the booking of events into the calendar, correspondence with the 4 Seasons Sheraton Hotel, with Rabbis who will conduct Shabbat services during the conference, memoranda, lists of hotel staff requiring identification, contact telephone numbers for security and police.
The file consists of correspondence between the Zionist Organization of Canada and members of the Knesset in Israel, the Ambassador of Canada to Israel, the Ambassador of Israel to Canada and the Premier of Ontario.
The file consists of a memorandum regarding the convention tour finances, comments on the proposed budget, proposed budget, statement of expenses, cost of free seats, and a comparative financial statement.
The file consists of statements by the convention chair and national president, presidential report, treasurer's report, report on the Shalom television programme, report on Zionist Organization of Canada camps, a reprint of "Toronto Jewry's radio, tv voices" from The Canadian Chronicle Review December 1974, Zionist Organization of Canada Report, and a report on the convention.
The file consists of the promotional invitation to the convention, newspaper articles in the Israeli press announcing and promoting the convention, correspondence, advertisements, press releases and promotional posters.
The file consists of the musical score for the Adagio - T'flat Shalom for violin and piano. This score was composed by Murray Adaskin and commissioned for the convention by the Zionist Organization of Canada.
145 photographs : b&w (14 negatives) ; 25 x 30 cm or smaller
The Zionist Organization of Canada was created in 1921 to represent the Jewish Community in Canada. ZOC held a national conference as well as regional conferences. The Central Region held its first annual conference in 1909. After that point, they continued to hold conferences, however, no conferences were held during the war years of 1914-1917 and 1939-1945. Beginning in 1950, at the 20th Conference, the Central Region of the Zionist Organization of Canada began to hold their regional conference every two years.
Scope and Content
The series is organized into two sub-series, for national conventions and Central Region conventions. The records in these sub-series include: correspondence; agendas; reports; programs of the conferences; committee lists; delegate lists; resolutions and photographs. While it was generally the case that Central Region officials were participants in the national conventions and organizers of their Central Region conventions, thereby suggesting functional differences in the contents of the two sub-series, Central Region officials were often involved in the organization of the national conventions as well.
This series includes files concerning the 16th to 28th Plenary Conferences of the Zionist Organization of Canada - Central Region. These conferences occurred during the period between 1946 and 1968 and were held in communities across Ontario.
The National conventions series contains files documenting the 28th to the 41st National Conventions that were held every two years between 1946 and 1975. The files in this series includes documents such as: agendas, programs, reports, delegate lists, minutes from committees, resolutions and photographs.
The file consists of photographs taken during the 28th national convention held in Toronto. One photograph is of Dave Peters, William Zimmerman, Irving Frisch, Max Goody and Faye Jesse sitting at a table.
117 photographs : b&w (14 negatives) ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
This sub-series includes files concerning the 16th to 28th Plenary Conferences of the Zionist Organization of Canada Central Region. These conferences occurred during the period between 1946 and 1968 and were held in communities across Ontario. The sub-series contains files that document the activities that took place during each conference. The records include: correspondence; agendas; reports; programs of the conferences; committee lists; delegate lists; resolutions and photographs.