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Joseph "Joe the Orange Man" Fremar was a produce merchant in Kensington Market and opened his location at 234 Augusta Avenue in 1938. Fremar, commonly referred to as the "Orange Man," was a member of the Kiever Synagogue.
Kiever Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Augusta Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Kensington Market (Toronto, Ont.)
Started at location at 234 Augusta Street in 1938.
Only one other merchant on Augusta at that time. He sold vegetables.
His home was on Oxford Street.
Since he arrived in 1938 most of the merchants have “changed around.”
When he arrived in 1938 the Anshe Lida Synagogue was located on Augusta. It was located at the current fish store location.
The congregants were originally from Romania.
There were no religious Jewish schools on Augusta at the time.
Synagogues at the time were: Lubavitcher on Grange, Kiever on Denison, and the Minsker.
A man by the name of Biasky (?) brought Joseph into the Kiever Synagogue, which he attended only on holidays. He also attend the Londoner Synagogue on Spadina.
Joseph is still a Kiever member. He does not attend, but he pays dues to in order to maintain his cemetery plot, which the Kiever holds at the Roselawn Cemetery.
In this clip, Joseph Fremar, also known as "Joe the Orange Man," talks about the social politics and financial expectations around belonging to certain Toronto synagogues versus others.
In this clip, Joseph Fremar, also known as "Joe the Orange Man," talks about the changing population of Toronto