The theme of the 1992 Walk for Israel was "From Toronto to the Heart of Our Homeland." This Jerusalem-centred theme was selected because the day of the walk, Sunday May 31st, coincided with the 25th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification, hence the festival held this year was named the 'Yom Yerushalayim Celebration.' The Walk was chaired by Judy Engel and Judy Shulman, and coordinated by UJA Federation staff member Pearl Gropper. The Yom Yerushalayim Celebration was first to be held at Earl Bales Park until logistical difficulties necessitated a change to the northern JCC/Lipa Green Building area. The Celebration was chaired by Moishe and Jodi Gottesman. As in the past three years, the checkpoints along the route were run by affiliates of UJA.
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series contains textual records, photographs, design products and a t-shirt for the 1992 Walk for Israel and the Yom Yerushalayim Celebration. The files are arranged by function, in this order: Walk oversight (the Cabinet Committee and chairs), recruitment of participants and volunteers, logistics, publicity and design, sponsorship and prizes, the Walk event itself, the Festival and post-event evaluation.
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Expenses of the 1992 Walk (from July 1991 to June 1992) are in a report in Series 17-1-19, file 18 (1993).
File consists of statistics sheets for the 1991 and 1992 Walks. The 1991 statistics relate to numbers of participants and the number of those who obtained any sponsors. The 1992 statistics record the number of items produced (posters, passports, letters, books, stationery, hats, etc.), and the cost of each category.
File contains records relating to the recruitment of school-age participants through presentations made in schools. The records include letters, lists, a presentation schedule, and a presentation script.
The Special Interest Groups Committee was in charge of recruiting participants from sisterhoods, synagogues, Federation affiliate organizations, the Russian and Ethiopian communities, and other target groups. In 1992, the Committee decided to focus their recruitment efforts on teens, university students, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Scope and Content
File contains minutes of the Special Interest Groups Committee, the Teen Walker Recruitment Committee, as well as a script for school presentations.
File contains sample outgoing letters to volunteers, as well as a letter from the chair of the Jewish Advisory Committee on Scouting reporting their consternation at being declined a checkpoint to staff at that year's Walk.
File contains records relating to the procurement and organization of food services for the day of the Walk. Records include lists of positions and volunteers; a sitemap of the lunch stop checkpoint; a list of food donations; a schedule of checkpoint refreshments and their delivery; outgoing letters; an outline of sponsorship opportunities and sample content (copy) for solicitation letters; a list of recipients for a sponsorship thank-you letter; and meeting minutes of the Food Committee. Some letters are from earlier years and were reworked for 1992.
File contains Checkpoint Committee meeting minutes; a route map, checkpoint sitemaps, and checkpoint schedules; an entertainment schedule; letters and memos; property use permits; the "job description" package for agencies running the checkpoints; and a list of checkpoint captains.
File contains records relating to safety and security, first aid, communications, checkpoints, refreshments, entertainment, and police coverage. The records include: outgoing letters; Security Committee meeting minutes; correspondence regarding water procurement; a list of photo "ops"; a checkpoints list and schedule; a printed route map; a list of staff assignments; the emergency services proposal and contract; and checkpoint information sheets.
The lunch stop was located at the northern end of the route at Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto (BAYT) Congregation, at 613 Clark Ave. West. Its set-up, procurement of food, observation of kashruth, etc., were organized by a special sub-committee.
Scope and Content
File contains memos, sitemaps, organizing list, and letters regarding the lunch stop (barbecue) along the route of the 1992 Walk.
Marshalling was overseen by a special sub-committee, which was responsible for determining the number of marshalls needed to control traffic and oversee walker crossings, for recruiting and training marshalls and for co-ordinating security needs with the police.
Scope and Content
File contains memos, meeting minutes, lists, and outlines for each of the 7 marshall captains. The outlines list the points along the route where each marshalling team was to place its volunteers.
File contains correspondence between UJA and the municipal Transportation Department regarding permission to hang pennants on hydro poles along the Walk route. File also includes a copy of the city by-law on banner signs and pennants.
The Transportation Committee was charged with renting vans and buses to transport equipment and supplies; distributing food in conjunction with the Food Committee; organizing a shuttle bus service from the Promenade Mall in northern North York to the first checkpoint at Bathurst and Sheppard, and from the endpoint, Earl Bales Park, back to the Promenade Mall; recruiting drivers; and shutting down the checkpoints at the end of the day in conjunction with the Checkpoints Committee.
Scope and Content
File contains lists, memos and correspondence regarding transportation arrangements for the Walk, in particular the organization of shuttle buses. There is also a sitemap of the Festival in the BJCC area, and minutes from the Transportation Committee.
File contains a letter to store owners hanging posters on their premises, two rough drafts of a poster, and a press release. It also contains a photograph of Rachel Kanner, a seasoned participant in the Walk, wearing a Walk hat and collection of buttons and holding a poster card for the 1992 Walk.
File contains textual records relating to the design and procurement of the buttons and hats that were giveaways at the 1992 Walk. The records include memos (faxes), design mock-ups and logos, and price lists.
File contains a collection of published and promotional material from several years of the Walk. The records include: the "Operation Exodus quiz" from 1990; facsimile copies of the 1986 and 1989 posters; a promotional booklet on the 1991 Walk; a 1987 passport with the routemap; a programme from the 1987 Festival; a walk sponsor book and collection envelope from 1992; a 1987 sponsor/collection booklet; two packages of quotations, cartoons, articles and stories about tzedakah; a full-page newspaper adverstisement for the 1987 Walk for Israel; a collection book for the 1988 Israel 40 Walk; and a sheet of passport stickers from a checkpoint at a early 1990s Walk. Also included is a Baycrest fun run/walk sponsor form for 1992.
File contains correspondence between UJA and the City of North York about having the day of the Walk, May 31st, proclaimed as "United Jewish Appeal Walk for Israel Day" in honour of its taking place on Yom Yerushalayim.
File contains 202 photographs of the 1992 Walk. The images are of staff at the Lipa Green Building wearing Walk sweatshirts; a ribbon-cutting ceremony; a little boy with "Elephant", the costumed character from TVO's The Elephant Show; volunteers setting up and at a checkpoint; the communications hub in the Lipa Green Building; two men barbecuing hotdogs; and a reporter from CityTV interviewing two clowns. The negatives include pictures of cyclists and others along the route, the registration table, an Israel flag, the ribbon cutting ceremony, the barbecue lunch and crowd shots.
File contains correspondence, rental and service agreements, memoranda, food vendor information, and meeting minutes, all relating to the picnic held at the end of the Walk at the "northern JCC." There are also photographs of performers and the audience, groups, families and couples, the "Elephant" character from TVO's The Elephant Show, and the petting zoo. This file also includes two booklets about Jerusalem (reference material), and sample parking pass and ride/concession stand tickets.
File contains correspondence, meeting minutes, and an outline of the proceedings for the closing ceremony of the Yom Yerushalayim Celebration following the Walk. The records include thank-you letters to the event's VIP's: M.P.P. Monte Kwinter, North York Mayor Mel Lastman, Premier Bob Rae, and Israel Consul General Oren David. There are also brief biographies of Oren David and Monte Kwinter.
File contains a memo and letters written by the Walk coordinator and Walk chairs after the event. The items relate to the collection of students' sponsor books, and thanking Walk Committee members, volunteer marshalls, teen recruiters, donors and Celebration volunteers.