Accession consists of copy photographs of Sydney Bendahan addressing a Sephardic congregation at a Purim dance and Sydney Bendahan delivering a speech at a regional CJC conference ca. 1973. Ben Kayfetz and J.B. Salsberg are in the audience. In addition there are two photographs taken by Raphael Bendahan. First is an unidentified man (with son) holding a Torah (possibly the donor). Second is Rabbi Elias Toby, a Magen David Congregation leader holding the Torah outside the Viewmount Building.
Also included is photocopied correspondence between Bendahan and a number of individuals regarding the Magen David Congregation, copies of meeting minutes and a constitution and by-laws from the congregation, speeches written by Bendahan on the history of Moroccan Jewry in Toronto as well as copies of newsclippings regarding Sephardic Jewry and the Mogen David Congregation.
Sydney Bendahan was born and raised in English speaking Gibraltar before coming to Casablanca, Morocco at the age 13. He spoke English, French and Spanish. He was the first representative of the Moroccan Jewish community in Toronto to JIAS and president of the Magen David congregation.
Magen David Sephardic Congregation's first location was a home converted into a synagogue across the street from the Labour Farband Zionist Building (which had housed their initial meetings until they had their own building). As of 2016 the Congregation is located at 10 McAllister Road.
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Magen David Sephardic Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)