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Accession Number
2007-6-34
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-34
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (jpg)
Date
[1933?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a scanned copy of a photograph taken at the Lambert family's Port Dalhousie cottage. The donor, Eleanor Lambert (née Friedman), and her mother Channa Friedman are at the bottom right. Back row: Minna Anderson, Patty Walman, Sarah Meyers. Front row: Jean Matlow, Goldie Matlow, Esther Rivka Pomerantz, Channa Friedman, Eleanor Friedman.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Outdoor recreation
Name Access
Lambert family
Places
Port Dalhousie, Ont.
St. Catharines, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Ida Lewis Siegel fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 15; File 37; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ida Lewis Siegel fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
15
File
37
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1938]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 12 cm
Admin History/Bio
Camp Winnebagoe is still operating today as a private co-ed Jewish summer camp for children eight to sixteen years of age. It was founded by Joseph B. and Sadie Danson and was located on 500 acres of land near Huntsville in Ontario's Muskoka region. The camp catered to the Jewish community and provided a variety of different athletic and social programmes, such as arts and crafts, canoeing, baseball, swimming, music and nature studies. Ida Siegel's son David, was a counsellor at the camp.
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of a group of swimmers at Camp Winnebagoe in Huntsville, Ontario. The image shows both male and female swimmers in the lake.
Subjects
Camps
Outdoor recreation
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Huntsville (Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-2-13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2005-9-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-9-4
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 17 x 10 cm
Date
1951
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two copy photographs of Mr.and Mrs. Louis and Irene Miller with Sarah Zeidenber and Mrs. Irene Miller with Sarah Zeidenber and Thelma (Zeidenber) Greenblatt in Pontypool
Administrative History
Louis and Sarah Zeidenber lived in Toronto but spent most of their summers at their cottage on Bornstein hill in Pontypool, which was a popular summer resort spot for vacationing Jews from the 1940s to the 1960s. The area was relatively cheap and had a pond as its swimming spot. Kosher meals would often be brought in for the vacationers who arrived on two trains daily from Union station.
For approximately three years the Zeidenber's rented the rear half of their cottage to their friends Louis and Irene Miller, until the Miller's started to rent a cottage from the Bornsteins.
The Zeidenber's are the parents of the donor, Thelma (Zeidenber) Greenblatt
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Outdoor recreation
Vacations
Name Access
Miller, Louis
Miller, Irene
Zeidenber, Thelma
Zeidenber, Sarah
Zeidenber, Louis
Places
Pontypool, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-8-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-8-6
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 videocassette : VHS
Date
1959
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one VHS cassette of approximately 10 minutes of original family home movies of the Weinstock family vacationing in Pontypool. The video begins with an introduction to the home movies by Nathan Weinstock. The video contains scenes of activities including swimming, dancing, fishing, and playing cards.
Administrative History
Nathan Weinstock (b. 1950) is the son of Abraham (b. 1917) and Chanah (b. 1922) Weinstock who were both born in Poland. He has an older brother, Joseph (b. 1946) and a younger sister, Lily (b. 1954). The Weinstock family vacationed in Pontypool between 1956 and 1962.
Subjects
Outdoor recreation
Communities
Name Access
Weinstock, Nathan
Weinstock, Abraham
Weinstock, Chanah
Places
Pontypool, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-4-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-4-3
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
2 film reels (ca. 6 min.) : b&w, si. ; 8 mm
Date
1951-1952
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two 8 mm film reels documenting the activities of Norman Burns and his family. Included is a film with footage of a Jewish resort near Muskoka (likely Arcadia House in Port Carling), such as shots of men leaving their cabins, diving in the water, men and women sun tanning and playing on a beach, men and women dressed in costume and men playing cards. Also included is a film documenting a family Passover seder.
Subjects
Outdoor recreation
Vacations
Name Access
Burns, Norman
Places
Port Carling, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3775
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3775
Material Format
graphic material
Date
July 1914
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
The item is a photograph of Sam Berger (top left) with several of his friends in the countryside.
Name Access
Berger, Sam
Subjects
Outdoor recreation
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1985-7-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4651
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4651
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
No place specified.
Front left: David E. Newman.
Name Access
Newman, David E.
Subjects
Outdoor recreation
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1981-11-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2491
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2491
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1921]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
No place specified, but probably Toronto.
Subjects
Outdoor recreation
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-2-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gary family fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 97; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gary family fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
97
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Aug. 1964
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Nancy Halter is the granddaughter of Joseph and Goldie Gary and the youngest daughter of Jack Halter and Ethel Halter (née Gary). The Manettas also owned resort cabins and had the only pool in Pontypool.
Scope and Content
Copy photograph of Nancy Halter wading in the Manettas pool in Pontypool. Nancy's sister, Frances, is seen in the background with her bathing cap on.
Name Access
Manetta family
Gary, Ethel
Gary, Goldie
Gary, Joseph
Gary, Leslie
Halter, Nancy
Subjects
Outdoor recreation
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Pontypool (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gary family fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 97; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gary family fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
97
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Aug. 1962
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 10 cm
Admin History/Bio
Frances and Nancy Halter are the daughters of Jack Halter and Ethel Halter (née Gary) and the granddaughters of Joseph and Goldie Gary.
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Nancy Halter (sitting) and her older sibling Frances (standing) in a children's wading pool on the property of the Gary homestead in Pontypool.
Notes
Title taken from writing on back of original photo.
Name Access
Gary, Ethel
Gary, Leslie
Gary, Shirley
Gary, Goldie
Gary, Joseph
Halter, Nancy
Halter, Frances
Subjects
Outdoor recreation
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Pontypool (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gary family fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 97; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gary family fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
97
Item
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1950]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Ethel Halter (née Gary) reclining on a lawn chair in her bathing suit at Gary's Cottages.
Notes
Title taken from writing on back of original photograph.
Name Access
Gary, Ethel
Gary, Leslie
Gary, Shirley
Gary, Goldie
Gary, Joseph
Subjects
Outdoor recreation
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Pontypool (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gary family fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 97; Item 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gary family fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
97
Item
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
August 1964
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 10 cm
Admin History/Bio
Nancy Halter is the daughter of Jack Halter and Ethel Halter (née Gary) and the granddaughter of Joseph and Goldie Gary.
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Nancy Halter in her bathing suit, standing in front of Gary's cottages in Pontypool. She is holding a bucket of sand and there is a wooden chair directly behind her.
Notes
Title taken from writing on back of original photograph.
Name Access
Gary, Ethel
Gary, Leslie
Gary, Shirley
Gary, Goldie
Gary, Joseph
Halter, Nancy
Subjects
Outdoor recreation
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Pontypool (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 6059
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
6059
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1900]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of the Rosenthal family of London, Ontario. Pictured are:
Back row, left to right: Louis, Maurice, and Minnie.
Seated, left to right: Gittel (mother), Mollie, Libby, and Samuel (Shmiel) (father). Libby died of influenza in Los Angeles in 1918.
Notes
Original photograph by Westlake's Famous Studio, London, ON.
Name Access
Rosenthal (family)
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
London (Ont.)
Accession Number
1993-6-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 5; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Nathan Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
5
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1932]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Nathan Gittelmacher was an immigrant from the Ukraine who moved to Toronto and first worked as a photographer at Empire Studios. In 1922, he opened up his own business called Elite Studios, located at 615 Queen Street West. He specialized in portraits and catered to a largely Jewish clientele.
Nathan Gittelmacher changed his family's name to Gilbert in the early 1940s and subsequently altered the family business name to Gilbert Studios. Nathan was married to Nina and they had four children named: Lou, Jack, Albert and Ruth.
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Gilbert family in swimming suits posing in front of their automobile with the Elite Studio insignia at Sunnyside Beach in Toronto.
Boris Waxer is lying on top of the car and Nina Gilbert is behind the wheel. In front of the car from left to right are: Nathan Gilbert, Albert Gilbert, Jack Gilbert, Lou Gilbert, Evelyn Stacker and reclining in front is Joe Gilbert. Standing at the far right is the driver.
Name Access
Stacker, Evelyn
Waxer, Boris
Subjects
Automobiles
Outdoor recreation
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1321
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1321
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1917]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This is item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of the Sky family of Elk Lake, Ontario. The photo was taken at Camp Custard (Custer?) in the United States. Pictured are:
Left to right: Sol Sky, Barney Sky, Fanny Sky.
Name Access
Camp Custard
Camp Custer
Sky, Barney
Sky family
Sky, Fanny
Sky, Sol
Subjects
Camps
Families
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
United States
Accession Number
1977-6-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1991-1-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-1-11
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm
Date
1909
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one photograph of the Rosenthal family at their home at 328 Shaw Street in Toronto. From left to right are Adolph, Ben, Harry, Fanny, and Eva
Administrative History
Adolph Rosenthal was Geri Clever's maternal grandfather. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky on 29 July 1864 and died in Toronto on 26 September 1933. Adolph sold and traded in books, stamps, coins and manuscripts at his store at 179 York Street. The Rosenthal family lived above the store prior to their purchase of 328 Shaw Street in 1908. Adolph continued to conduct business at the store until his death in 1933.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Farb family fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 96
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Farb family fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
96
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1919-1944
Physical Description
21 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm
Admin History/Bio
Nathan Farb was one of the first Jews to arrive and settle in Pontypool, which was a popular summer resort spot for vacationing Jews from the 1940s until the 1960s. The area was relatively inexpensive and had a pond as its swimming spot. Kosher meals would often be brought in for the vacationers who arrived on two trains daily from Union Station.
Custodial History
The original photographs were loaned to the archives for copying in 2005. They were subsequently returned to the donor.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of twenty-one copy photographs of the Farb family as well as the Bernsteins, Crystals, and other Jewish families who lived and owned resorts in the Pontypool area.
Name Access
Bernstein family
Crystal family
Farb (family)
Subjects
Recreation
Creator
Farb family (Pontypool, Ont.)
Places
Pontypool (Ont.)
Accession Number
2005-8-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gary family fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 97
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gary family fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
97
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1947-1967
Physical Description
10 photographs : b&w ; 9 x 15 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Joseph Gary and Goldie Gary (née Lawrence) married in 1921 in Rochester, New York. Shortly thereafter they moved to Toronto. Joseph and Goldie had three children: daughters Ethel (Halter) and Shirley (Cohen) and son Leslie. In 1950, after three years of visiting the region, Joseph and Goldie purchased a home on Amelia Street in Pontypool, Ontario. As the area was a popular summer resort spot for vacationing Jews from the 1940s to the 1960s, Joseph and Goldie decided to build ten cottages on their land for rental, which they named Gary's Cottages. The cottages were sold around 1970 and are no longer in existence; however, their home is still standing.
Custodial History
The original photographs were loaned to the archives for copying and were subsequently returned to the donor.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of ten copy photographs documenting the Gary family and their cottages in Pontypool.
Name Access
Gary (family)
Gary, Goldie
Gary, Joseph
Subjects
Recreation
Creator
Gary family (Pontypool, Ont.)
Places
Pontypool (Ont.)
Accession Number
2005-9-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2018-7-22
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-7-22
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
47 photographs : b&w and col. ; 19 x 14 cm or smaller
Date
1949-2007
Scope and Content
Accession consists of forty-seven photographs documenting Lilian Rosenthal's family.
Identified in the photographs are: Emy Berman (née Rosenthal), Ella Fleischmann (née Schwarcz), Esther Fleischmann, Jack Fleischmann, Ivan Fleischmann, Joanne Howe (née Fleischmann), Livia Bitton Jackson, Leah Kedar, Allan Leibler, Mary Leibler (née Schwarcz) Bram Morrison, Ruth Raphael, Amir Rosenthal, Annette Rosenthal, Arthur Rosenthal, Eddie Rosenthal, Herschel Rosenthal, Jack Rosenthal, Keren Rosenthal, Leslie Rosenthal, Lilian Rosenthal, Miriam Rosenthal (née Schwarcz), Murray Rosenthal, Nili Rosenthal, Ron Rosenthal, Shira Rosenthal, Valerie Rosenthal, William Rosenthal, Carmelle Rutman, Serena Rutman, Tami Rutman (née Rosenthal), Yasmin Rutman, Alexander Schwarcz, Manci Schwarcz, Susan Schwarcz, Miriam Sharon (née Stern), Mr. Shoychet, Mrs. Shoychet, Rochelle Treister (née Fleischmann), and Ugo Vero.
Administrative History
Lilian Rosenthal is the daughter of Holocaust survivors Miriam Rosenthal (née Schwarcz) and Rabbi William Rosenthal. She grew up in Sudbury, Ontario with her siblings, Leslie and Murray.
Lilian's parents were born in eastern Europe and came to Canada in 1947. They lived in Timmins for a year before moving to Sudbury, where William ("Bela") served as a rabbi, cantor, and teacher for sixteen years.
In 1965, the family moved to Toronto and Miriam and William opened a Judaica store at the corner Bathurst Street and Caribou Road. Together, Lilian's parents ran the store for more than forty years until retiring in 2007. William died on 11 April 2008; Miriam died on 10 February 2018.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
Availabilityusc of other formats: Digital access copies (jpg) have been created.
Finding aids: A short description including dates and identification is available for each photograph.
Associated material: The USC Shoah Foundation produced an oral history with Miriam Rosenthal, which has been digitized.
Subjects
Families
Family-owned business enterprises
Holocaust survivors
Name Access
Rosenthal (family)
Rosenthal, Lilian
Rosenthal, Miriam, 1922-2018
Rosenthal, William, 1911-2008
Places
Bathurst Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Caribou Road (Toronto, Ont.)
Sudbury (Ont.)
Timmins (Ont.)
Toronto Islands (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-8-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-8-1
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
9 cm of textual records
25 photographs : col., sepia and b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
1 crayon enlargment portrait : col. ; 12 x 19 cm
Date
1925-2003
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a colour crayon enlargement portrait of Bessie and Joseph Brown, "A Tribute to Bessie Brown" photograph album (Beth Jacob Synagogue and Sisterhood, Kitchener Ontario, 1976), photographs of Joseph, Bessie and Phillip Brown and [Beth Jacob Congregation's Sisterhood?] in 1964, a certificate of service and affiliaton at Beth Jacob for Bessie Brown, and newsletters from Beth Jacob and Beth Tikvah in Montreal (1980-2004).
Custodial History
Materials were donated by Cantor Avraham Fisher, who served at Beth Jacob from 1985-1994 and was a friend of the Brown family.
Administrative History
Bessie and Joesph Brown lived in Kitchener, Ontario. They had two children: Harry (b. 1926-?) and Phillip (1930-1939).
Descriptive Notes
ASSOCIATED MATERIAL NOTE: Bessie, Joseph and Harry Brown appear in Beth Jacob membership lists in accession 2008-6-7
Subjects
Families
Synagogues
Name Access
Beth Jacob Congregation (Kitchener, Ont.)
Brown, Bessie
Brown, Harry
Brown, Joseph
Brown, Phillip, 1930-1939
Places
Kitchener (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 70
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
70
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1905]-1995
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w and col. ; 10 x 15 cm and 14 x 8 cm and 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a photo postcard with an image of two young men addressed to one of the men's sister Miss S. Rosenthal, 16 Baldwin Street, Toronto; a photograph of Roy and Temi Rosenthal and their children Maidee and Paul; and two photographs of Bob and Ethel Coffin (Lillian Cowan's cousins) at Ethel's 80th birthday celebration in Vancouver.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2005-11-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-11-5
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm
Date
[ca. 1930]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one photograph of Sadie and Nathan Friedman standing in a field at Crystal's Resort in Pontypool around the summer of 1930.
Administrative History
Nathan Friedman (b. 1906-d. 1954) was born in Poland and Sadie (Book) Friedman (b. 1911- d. 1991) was born in Hamilton, ON. They were married in Toronto in June 1929. Nathan worked as a furrier in Toronto. They began vacationing in Pontypool during the early 1930s and originally rented a loft in the Crystal's barn. Later they rented a cabin at Crystal's Resort. The donor, Jerry Friedman, is the son of Nathan and Sadie.
Pontypool was a popular summer resort spot for vacationing Jews from the 1940s to the 1960s. The area was relatively cheap and had a pond as its swimming spot. Kosher meals would often be brought in for the vacationers who arrived on two trains daily from Union station. Charlie and Surah Crystal were the owners of several resort cabins resort that was popular amongst the Jewish vacationers.
Subjects
Charities
Outdoor recreation
Vacations
Name Access
Friedman, Nathan
Friedman, Sadie
Places
Pontypool, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3804
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3804
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[193-?]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Name Access
Nekoa Club
Young Men's Hebrew Association
Young Women's Hebrew Association
YWHA
YMHA
High Park
Subjects
Outdoor recreation
Women
Societies
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1985-7-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2014-5-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-8
Material Format
textual record
moving images
graphic material
Physical Description
2 m of textual records
10 film reels : 8mm
ca. 300 photographs
Date
[192-]-[200-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Steinberg family. The bulk of the material was collected and created by Elise Steinberg. Included are photographs and slides, family films, Israel and Miriam's wedding album and honeymoon scrapbook, correspondence and greeting cards, newsletters, Holy Blossom Temple bulletins, newsletters, certificates, Elise's school notebooks and assignments, and financial and legal records pertaining to the estate of Joseph Steinberg. Of particular note are Elise Steinberg's diaries which span the years from 1974 to 1984. Also of note is material documenting the family's resignation from Holy Blossom Temple.
Custodial History
The material came into the possession of Charles Levi and his parents after the death of Israel and Miriam Steinberg.
Administrative History
Irving (Israel) Steinberg was born to Joseph and Leah Steinberg (Schindermann) on January 16, 1919. Joseph and Leah had immigrated to Canada in 1914. They initially lived in Peterborough, but moved to Toronto by 1921. They lived in Toronto for a few years, but evetually settled in Sudbury and opened the Toronto Bargain Store.
Irving joined the Canadian army in 1942 and served in Canada. He married Miriam (from Philadelphia) and they lived in Toronto. They had one daughter, Elise, on September 25, 1955. Israel worked as an accountant and Miriam was a musician and patron of the arts. In her teen years, Elise developed an intellectual and physical disability (possibly scoliosis). Elise was an avid doll collector and volunteered for many years at Holy Blossom Temple's library. The family were members of Holy Blossom Temple for many years and tried advocating for better access to the synagogue for individuals with disabilities. They resigned their membership in the 1990s.
Elise passed away on April 5, 2005. Miriam passed away on February 28, 2011. Irving passed away the following day on March 1, 2011.
Subjects
Diaries
Families
Synagogues
Name Access
Holy Blossom Temple (Toronto, Ont.)
Steinberg, Elise, 1955-2005
Steinberg, Irving, 1919-2011
Steinberg, Miriam, ?-2011
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1987-6-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1987-6-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
ca. 7 cm of textual records
Date
1948–1966
Scope and Content
Accession consists of synagogue material, attendance records, and other information relating to the Jewish community of Sudbury, Ontario.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Communities
Rabbis
Synagogues
Name Access
Rosenthal, William, 1911-2008
Places
Sudbury (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Family series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 80; Series 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Family series
Level
Series
Fonds
80
Series
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1936-[ca.1960]
Physical Description
107 photographs : b&w and col. (88 negatives) ; 18 x 12 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Sylvia Schwartz's parents were Joseph and Gertrude Schwartz. She had three sisters; Fanny, Helen and Ruth. Fanny married Alex Solway and had two children, Carol and Herbert. Helen married Dr. Isaac Shleser, a doctor of internal medicine, and had two daughters, Jill and Jan. Sylvia was a part of a large extended family that remained close throughout her life as they shared many similar interests and a family cottage in Bobcaygeon.
Many members of her family were and are prominent individuals of the Jewish community in Toronto. Faye Halbert was Sylvia's cousin on her mother's side whose children, Ralph and Gerald, went on to become prominent doctors and members of the Jewish community. Jack Schwartz, Sylvia's uncle, was also in the fur business and was married to Minnie Schwartz. Their daughter was Jewell, who owned an art gallery in Yorkville for many years.
Other related families include the Haussers and the Wintrobs.
Scope and Content
This series consists of negatives and proofs created by Sylvia Schwartz of members of her family. Images are primarily of the Schwartz, Solway, Shlesser and Halbert families. Types of photographs include formal portraits in the studio and home and informal and candid portraits of the family at leisure and at events.
This series has been divided into three sub-series. Sub-series 1 contains formal portraits, Sub-series 2 contains images of the family at recreation and Sub-series 3 contains images of the family at events.
Sub-series 1 consists of negatives and proofs of formal portraits done by Sylvia of her immediate family. They were taken both in her studio and in her family home. Those done in the home date from an earlier time. Generally, they are images of the head and upper body of the sitter. Some images feature full body shots of the sitter and some interior views of the Schwartz family home. Those photographed include Gerald, Ralph and Rhoda Halbert, Gertrude, Joseph, Ruth, Jack and Jewell Schwartz, Isaac, Jill and Jan Shleser, and Fanny, Alex, Herbert, Carol and Gary Solway. There are multiple portraits of Ruth Schwartz, the majority of them showcasing Sylvia's early experimentation with portraiture. There are also six self-portraits of Sylvia.
Sub-series 2 consists of thirty-nine negatives and five prints taken by Sylvia Schwartz of the family at recreation. The majority of the images are of the family relaxing at their cottage in Bobcaygeon. There is one print of Herbert Solway reading the newspaper with his son Gary that may or may not have been taken at the cottage. Images consist of photographs of the family on the lawn, in the cottage and at the lake. There are both candid and staged photographs. Family members featured include Gertrude, Joseph, Ruth, Jack and Jewell Schwartz, Helen, Isaac, Jill and Jan Shleser, Fanny, Alex, Herbert, Carol and Gary Solway. Also pictured are members of the Hausser, Halbert and Wintrob families. Friends of the family also appear in these images, such as, Judith Wolfson, Frances and David Gruber and David Rotenberg and his brothers. Sylvia Schwartz is in some images. There is one print that is a view of the cottage from the lake.
Sub-series 3 consists of thirty-one negatives taken by Sylvia Schwartz of family related events that she attended. These include a Pidyon Ha'Ben ceremony for Gary Solway, the first born son of Herbert, Sylvia's nephew and an opening at the Park Plaza Hotel. Images of the Pidyon Ha'Ben include Gertrude, Joseph, Ruth, Jack, Minnie and Jewell Schwartz, Helen, Jill and Jan Shleser, and Fanny, Alex, Herbert, Elaine and Carol Solway. Also included is David Rotenberg who acted as the Kohen at the ceremony. Images from the Park Plaza Hotel include views of the ballroom, the entertainers and family members. The Wintrob, Halbert and Yolles families are also present. Sylvia Schwartz is in two images.
Subjects
Families
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2008-8-26
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-26
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
8 photographs : b&w and col. ; 10 x 15 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1920]-1994
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs pertaining to the Salit family and the Jewish community of Niagara Falls, Ontario. There is a newspaper clipping, an advertisement for Myer Salit Limited and a fiftieth-anniversary commemorative book for Congregation B'Nai Israel, St Catharines, Ontario (1975).
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Synagogues
Places
Niagara Falls (Ont.)
St. Catharines (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-11-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-11-4
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 photographs : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm and 9 X7 cm
1 matchbook
Date
1928-2009
Scope and Content
Accession consists of mementos, family documents and clippings from Nancy Draper (née Frankel). The records include a birth announcement card for Nancy in 1928 and a matchbook party favour from her wedding to Darrell Draper in 1949. There is also a scholarship application letter from the donor's granddaughter, Haley Draper, to UJA. Other records include a staff list from Camp Wabi-Kon in 1946; a Globe and Mail obituary of Dr. Martin Wolfish, a past volunteer of OJA; a photograph of David Steinhauer; a clipping about an Inuit sculpture inspired by the experience of Holocaust survivor Leon Kahn; and three eulogies for Patricia Drevnig Goldstein (1940-2005) (née Jacobs). Patricia was the granddaughter of Rabbi Solomon Jacobs of Holy Blossom, and her mother, Edna, was a Frankel. Finally, the accession includes a photocopy of a photograph of members of the Siglen family of Meaford with Maurice Frankel, the great-uncle of the donor, and Irwin Rosen, ca. 1928.
Administrative History
Nancy Frankel (b. 1928) is the daughter of Carl and Dorothy Jacobs Frankel, past prominent members of the Toronto Jewish community and members of Holy Blossom Temple. Nancy attended Camp Wabi-Kon, a Jewish camp in northern Ontario near Temagami, and then worked there as a teenager. She married Darrell Draper on December 10th, 1949. Nancy is a longtime volunteer at the OJA.
Subjects
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Camps
Families
Letters
Obituaries
Name Access
Draper, Nancy
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-12-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-12-1
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 DVD (43 min, 55 sec.) : col.
Date
1964-1967
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one copy DVD featuring Rabbi William Rosenthal and his family and other Jewish community members of Sudbury and Toronto. The DVD depicts a graduation at an unidentified Yeshiva in New York, a farewell party for the Rosenthal family thrown by the Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, the opening of the Carmel nursing home and other family events involving the Rosenthal's, such as playing outside in the snow.
Custodial History
The VHS was loaned to the Archives by the donor for copying into digital format. Lilian Rosenthal is the daughter of Rabbi William and Miriam Rosenthal.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 34
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
34
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[199-?]
Physical Description
3 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph of 420 Vaughan Road, where Saul Cowan and his family lived from 1943-1946, and 268 Wychwood, the family home from 1946-1951. The third photograph is of a small apartment building at 425 Crawford Street where Celia and Morris Rosenthal (in-laws of Saul Cowan) lived in the 1940s and 1950s.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 89
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
89
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1905]-[ca. 1946]
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w and sepia with hand tinting ; 25 x 21 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of a group photograph of members of the Soren and Rosenthal families taken early in the twentieth century, a photo of Lillian Rosenthal Cowan with her baby son Michael and the two grandmothers Celia Soren Rosenthal and Annie Harris Cohen, and a photograph of Lillian Cowan and her children Michael and Trudy with the same grandmothers about seven years later.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2015-8-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-7
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
ca. 70 cm of textual records and other material
Date
1928-2013
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the activities of Ben Zion Shapiro and his family. The bulk of the records document the Shapiro family's involvement in Young Judea. Young Judea material includes: yearbooks, photographs, correspondence, meeting minutes, event programmes, song books, newsletters, and two Camp Biluim flags made by Bunny Shapiro. One flag contains Camp Biluim's crest (1951) and the other one was created for Camp Biluim's colour war and contains the text "We will try and we will succeed Camp Biluim" (1954?). Also included is a VHS tape containing a copy of the Toronto Zionist Council's video about Camp Shalom (1991?). Of note are minute books maintained by Roy Shapiro for the Toronto Young Judea Administrative Board (1928-1934) and for the Leadership Club (1940-1948).
Accession also contains material relating to Roy and Ben Zion's involvement with the following organizations: the Coordinated Services to the Jewish Elderly (Circle of Care), B'nai Israel Beth David Congregation, Beth Tzedec's Mispacha Program, Beth Tzedec's Israel Action Program, Congregation Beth Haminyan, and Holy Blossom Temple's Department for Jewish Living. These records include, minutes, correspondence, newsletters and publications, evaluation reports and other reports. Also included is a demographic report entitied, "Rapid Growth and Transformation: Demographic Challenges Facing the Jewish Community of Greater Toronto" (1995), material from a conference at the University of Toronto on the university's partnership with Israel, CHAT alumni directories, and a CHAT book entitled, "Voices: Jewish Teens of the 90's". Of note are buttons, photographs, reports and correspondence documenting Bunny and Ben Zion's trip to the Soviet Union on behalf of the CJC's Committee for Soviet Jewry.
Finally accession includes material documenting family activities of the Shapiro and Sherman family. Included is a transcript of Bessie Sherman telling her life story (1978), haggadot, PowerPoint presentations created by Ben Zion for his grandchildren and for a family reunion outlining the family history of his family and Bunny's family. There is also a video of Ben Zion presenting his PowerPoint at the Michalski / Cohen family reunion. Also included are family films and videos containing footage of Bunny and Ben Zion's wedding and honeymoon, Camp Biluim, Young Judea events, Bunny on Machon, family wedding anniversaries and birthday parties, trips to Israel, the United States, and Europe as well as footage of the Cousin's Club. Also included is a VHS tape containing a recorded segment from CityPulse News featuring the family's Pesach festivities in 1995.
Photo identification: Back row, left to right: Ray Markus, Michelle Landsberg, Menachem ?, Frank Narrol. Front row, left to right: Gilda Mitchell, Bunny Shapiro, BenZion Shapiro, Malka Rabinowitz.
Administrative History
Ben Zion Shapiro was born in Toronto in 1931 to Roy and Beck (nee Cohen) Shapiro. He has a younger brother, Morden (Mort) Shapiro (b. 1940). His father worked as an office manager at Rotstein Furniture and Maple Leaf Cleaners and his mother worked as a legal secretary until marriage. Roy was active in a number of organizations including: Young Judea, Sons of Jacob Society, Toronto Camera Club, a founding member of Beth David Synagogue, Coordinated Services to the Jewish Elderly (Circle of Care) and President of the Association of Jewish Seniors. Beck was active in Young Judea and Pioneer Women (President of the Golda Meir Club).
Ben Zion received a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and attended the Jewish Agency Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad in Jerusalem, Israel (1951-1952). He has worked for a number of organizations throughout his career, including: Young Judea (he was Director of both Camp Shalom (1962-1969) and Camp Biluim (1954-1956)), B'nai Brith Youth Organization, University Settlement, St. Christopher's House and Director of the Novomeysky Centre in Jerusalem (1957-1961). He was also Professor and Associate Dean of Social Work at the University of Toronto and three times Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Ben married Bunny (Bernice) Shaprio in 1955. Bunny was born in 1934 in Noranda, Quebec to Irving and Bessie (nee Consky) Sherman. Bunny attended public school in Noranda, Noranda High School and Forest Hill Collegiate in Toronto, University of Toronto (BA), the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (M.Ed. in Special Education), and the Jewish Agency Institute for Jewish Leaders from Abroad (1952-1953).
Bunny graduated from the first Camp Biluim Institute for leadership training in 1951 and worked with Ben Zion at Camp Shalom as Camp Mother in 1962 and from 1964-1969. She also worked at Camp Biluim from 1955-1956. In 1983, Bunny and Ben Zion went to the Soviet Union to visit Refuseniks on behalf of the Soviet Jewry Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region.
Bunny and Ben have two children: Ayala and Ilan. Since Ben Zion's retirement in 1996, he and Bunny have been living in Jerusalem for half of each year. In 2015, they moved full-time to Jerusalem.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
Physical description note: includes ca. 300 photographs (256 tiff), 2 PowerPoint presentations, 1 textual record (doc), 4 buttons, 2 flags, 5 VHS tapes, and 18 film reels (8 mm).
Subjects
Camps
Youth
Zionism
Name Access
Shapiro, Ben Zion, 1931-
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
60 cm of textual records
Date
1956-2006
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto related to the Tomorrow Campaign as well as the legal and corporate operations departments. Included are JAA Integrated Development Steering Committee records (2001-2004); the Vaughan Campus Strategic Plan (2003); Lebovic Campus Steering Committee meeting minutes and correspondence (2006); records related to the legal department's involvement in the Truth, Light and Freedom: Iran Exposed event (2006); Miles Nadal JCC Construction Committee records (2002-2003); governance documents for the UIA, CIJA, CIC, CJC and the NJCL; as well as legal documents and meeting minutes for the Tent City Association, which ran a camp in Innisfil Ontario for the children of cottagers on Lake Simcoe (1956-1990s).
Use Conditions
UJA Federation meeting minutes and general correspondence are closed for 10 years from date of creation. Contracts and donor agreements are permanently closed.
Descriptive Notes
Use Conditions note: UJA Federation records are closed for 10 years from date of creation.
Subjects
Nonprofit organizations
Outdoor recreation
Philanthropy and fundraising
Name Access
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Tent City Association
Places
Toronto
Innisfil, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-3-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-3-4
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 20 x 25 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Date
[ca 1921]-1978
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one photograph and negative of (L-R) Molly, Anne, and Harold Haberman posing with their musical instruments in Toronto ca. 1921-23; a photocopy of the photo, identifying the children in the photo; and a pamphlet from Adath Israel Congregation regarding the consecration of the new cemetery, Pardes Shalom Memorial Park, 8 October 1978.
Administrative History
Harold Haberman was adopted by the Haberman family as a Russian war orphan when he was 11 years old in 1921 after their son Jack Haberman, a well-known Toronto saxophone player, drowned in the lagoon at Centre Island in Toronto on July 15, 1920, at 18 years old.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Haberman, Jack
Haberman, Harold
Haberman, Anne
Haberman, Molly
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-2-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-2-5
Material Format
object
textual record
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
1 artifact
Date
1902-1981
Scope and Content
The records consist of material produced by Rabbi Saul Gringorten and his son I. M. Gringorten. They include certificates and identification for Rabbi Gringorten and his wife, along with his son I. M. Gringorten. In addition, the accession includes a great deal of correspondence in both English and Yiddish from the father and son during the 1940s, particularly during the period when the rabbi resided in the United States. Some material also documents I. M. Gringorten's involvement in the United Zionists organization during the 1940s. Finally, this accession includes a chuppah (marriage canopy) that was first used in 1910 by Saul Wolf Gringorten in Brantford, Ontario. The chuppah is made out of a tallis with embellishments sewn into the centre. The chuppah was subsequently used by various members of the Gringorten family.
Administrative History
Saul Wolf Gringorten and his wife Rachel Gringorten (nee Melnick) were born in Poland in 1876 and 1881 respectively. They moved to Canada in 1910 with their eldest child Morris. They subsequently had five more after their arrival. Their children included: Israel Morris (I. M.), Jennie, Jacob, Esther, Louis and Isaac.
Rabbi Gringorten served as spiritual leader, teacher, shochet and mohel for the Brantford Jewish community after his arrival for thirteen years. He would also be on call in northern and western Ontario where the communities were too small to support a rabbi. He then moved to Toronto during the early 1920s and became the principal of a Jewish school. The family lived at 26 Cecil Street at that time and then moved to 393 Markham Street during the late 1920s or early 1930s. He became active in the Jewish community, serving as Vice-President of the Sons of Jacob, a board member of the Folks Farein and the first Trustee of the Old Folks Home.
Rabbi Gringorten and his wife moved to California during the mid-1940s in order to live in a climate that was better for their health. Rachel passed away in 1947 and the Rabbi followed in 1959.
Their oldest son, Israel Morris Gringorten, was born in Poland in 1904. He was educated in Brantford and later graduated from the University of Toronto. He served during the Second World War from 1943 until 1945. After his discharge, he spent his career working as an auto parts manufacturer with Canada Motor Products Ltd. He was an ardent Zionist who served as president of the United Zionists - Revisionists of America during the 1940s. He and his wife had four children.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Descriptive Notes
Language: Records are in Yiddish and English.
Access restriction: One file contains medical information and is closed.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Gringorten, Saul Wolfe
Gringorten, Rachel
Gringorten, Israel Morris
Places
Brantford (Ont.)
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 81; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. A.I. Willinsky fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
81
Item
17
Material Format
moving images
Date
[ca. 1928]-[ca. 1940]
Physical Description
3 film reels (ca. 1 hr., 40 min.) : b&w, si. ; 16 mm
1 digi-beta cassette (ca. 49 min.) : master, digital, b&w, si.
1 dvcam (ca. 51 min.) : master, digital, b&w, si.
2 DVDs (ca. 1 hr., 40 min.) : duplicate, digital, b&w, si.
Scope and Content
Item is a film of Dr. Willinsky's amateur home movies. Included is footage of Bernard Willinsky and Florence Samuel's wedding, Dorothy Willinsky on her graduation day, visitor's day at Camp Arowhon, trips to family cottages around Bobcaygeon and Longbranch (Kronick family cottage), picnics near Oshawa and the Bloor Viaduct on the Don River, a trip to Niagara Falls, a family Passover dinner, shots of the exterior of Dr. A.I. and Bernard Willinsky's office at 569 Spadina Crescent, and clips shot inside Dr. Willinsky's home theatre. Also included is a short film entitled, "Before and After", which Dr. Willinsky created to help the Holy Blossom Synagogue fundraise for the construction of a new building. Throughout the footage, Dr. Willinsky occassionally experiments with various camera tricks, such as, double exposure and showing scenes in reverse.
Individuals identified in the footage include: Sadie Willinsky, Lila Willinsky, Myer Willinsky, Sarah Vise Willinsky, Bernard Willinsky, Sam Kronick, Joe Kronick, Etta Vise, Minnie Willinsky, Moses Kronick, Myra Willinsky, Jack Willinsky, Dorothy Willinsky Cass, Sylvia Schwartz, Garfield Cass, Donna Cass, Gertrude Willinsky Kronick, Faly Willinsky, Max Manson, Sigmund Samuel, Leah Samuel, Florence Samuel, Bella Dobensky, and Jack Webster (or Jacob Dobensky). Dr. A.I. Willinsky appears briefly in a few clips riding a bicycle, likely filming "Coronation Tree", and drinking wine at the family Passover dinner.
Notes
Previously reels # 13, 23 and 62.
Subjects
Families
Physical Condition
Reel # 13 has 1.2 % Shrinkage
Related Material
See Fonds 81, Item 18 for another film Willinsky created about the construction of a new building for the Holy Blossom Synagogue, entitled "The Coronation Tree".
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2010-6-14
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-6-14
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
16 photographs : b&w (jpg)
2 textual records (pdf)
Date
[ca. 1910] - [ca. 1955]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of scanned photographs and textual records that document the professional activities of members of the Natanson family and their family life. Photographs include images of the family's pickle business (ca. 1910) and store Moffat's North York Bargain House (ca. 1955), portraits of Nathan Natanson with his violin (ca. 1925) and Albert Natanson in his tap dancing outfit (ca. 1925), as well as images of Ida Natanson as a nurse (1938) and childhood photographs of Lazar and Bob. Textual records include a brochure for Nathan's dancing school and a notice announcing the employment of Albert at Helwig & Leitch, Inc.
Administrative History
Originally from Romania, Benjamin and Rose (nee Gratz) Natanson immigrated to Ottawa in 1902 and eventually settled in Toronto in 1905. Benjamin owned a pickle company at 3242 Dundas Street West which he operated until it was destroyed in a fire on August 13, 1930.
Benjamin and Rose had six children together: Albert (b. 1900), Freida (b. 1902), Celia (b. 1905), Nathan (b. 1909), Ida (b. 1916) and Lazar (b. 1918). Three of their children were involved in the arts; Celia and Nathan were both musicians and Albert was a tap dancer. At 15 years of age, Nathan won a scholarship at the Institute of Musical Art (now known as the Julliard School) and moved to New York with Celia and Freida. As a child, Albert was a tapdancer in Showboat on Broadway and later operated his own dancing school in Montreal; Nat Anson's Dancing School.
Ida became one of the first Jewish nurses in Ontario. She moved to Saskatchewan after marrying Doctor Nathan Jacks. Lazar married Muriel Weinstein (b. 1923) in 1951 and they opened a store, Moffat's North York Bargain House, at 1291 Wilson Avenue that same year. They were likely one of the first Jewish families to move to the Downsview area. Lazar and Muriel had two children: Eileen and Bob.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Families
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-8-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-8-5
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
8 photographs (jpg) : b&w ; 6.4 MB
Date
[ca. 1930]–[ca. 1950]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of the Rogow family and business in Peterborough, Ontario. Included are images of Ralph, Sam, Mary, Itzhak Rogow, and Herbert and Stephen Shacher. There is also one image of the window display in the Rogow's ladies' wear store at the corner of Brock and George Streets.
Custodial History
These photographs were originally loaned to the OJA to scan and return as part of the Ontario's Small Jewish Communities exhbit. However, the copies were never accessioned at that time and thus the donor was asked to donate the copies in August, 2011.
Administrative History
Benjamin and Mary Rogow and had four sons–Alex, Joseph, Sam, and Ralph–as well as four daughters–Mrs. M. Levine, Mrs. Sam Davis, Mrs. Phil Moscoe, and Rose Rogow. In 1918, Benjamin Rogow established a ladies ready-to-wear store on the southeast corner of Brock and George Streets. For twenty-five years the family of four sons and four daughters lived in rooms above the store until they moved to 623 Walkerfield Avenue. Carried on by son Joseph Rogow, it was possibly one of Peterborough’s longest-running ladies’ wear store. In the early days, coats and suits were made on the premises but by the 1950s the store’s offering of suits and coats and dresses has expanded to skirts and slacks.
On 25 April 1942, Sgt-Instructor Sam Rogow died in a plane accident near Trois Rivieres, Quebec, three months after earning his wings as a training instructor.
Use Conditions
None
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Rogow (family)
Places
Peterborough (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-9-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-9-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 items
3 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1940]–1951
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two photographs of Jean and Joseph Shaffer of Thunder Bay, one photograph of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Thunder Bay B'nai Brith, a last will and testament for Sam Shaffer drafted while in the military, a Magen David pin, and a veteran's unit coin worth ten cents.
Custodial History
The items were in the possession of Nancy Shaffer. They were donated to the Archives following the death of Sam Shaffer in August 2011.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Shaffer (family)
Places
Thunder Bay (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-6-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-6-7
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
58 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
[190-]-2003
Scope and Content
Accession consists of original and photocopies of photographs related to the Lyons, Agranove, Rotenberg, Pollock families from Toronto and Hamilton. Included are family portraits, wedding portraits, the family likely at community events, and a photo of the family at Crystal Beach. There is also a photocopy of a story in the Canadian Jewish News about a Rotenberg family reunion in 2003.
Administrative History
William Agranove was active in Keiltzer Society and was in the furniture manufacturing business. He was also a major fundraiser for the UJA, a close friend of Sam Kronick. He is mentioned in Hesh Troper's book "None is Too Many" as helping Jews come to Toronto from Europe.
Rotenberg Family were a large family with 10 children. Saul Rotenberg raised horses and was partners with Lyons in the furniture business that had many locations, one on Yonge Street.
Descriptive Notes
Donor's cousin Judy will be in touch with OJA to provide more information.
Subjects
Families
Places
Hamilton (Ont.)
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-11-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-11-5
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
ca. 20 photographs
1 folder of textual records
Date
[190-?]-1963
Scope and Content
Accession consists of graphic and textual material documenting Mark Hazza and his family. Included are family and individual portraits, unidentified school and sports team photographs, and a Rocky Mountain Polo Ranch greeting card. Of note are promotional sight-seeing photographs for Toronto and a photograph of Bob Hope at a Paramount Theatre event in Toronto. Also included are obituaries and other genealogical information that was collected by Nessa Herman.
Identified in the photographs are: Mark Hazza, Mary Hazza, Phillip Hazza, John Hazza, Reuben Hazza, Racheal (nee Hazza) Harris, David Cainer, Sadie (nee Hazza) Cainer, Isadore Harris, Annie (nee Hazza) Cohen, Sam Cohen, Evelyn Cohen, Shirley Harris, Hershel Harris, Sidney Cohen, Ruth Cohen, and Theresa Harris.
Custodial History
Nessa Herman collected the material from various family members and donated it to the OJA.
Administrative History
Mark Hazza was one of the earliest Jewish immigrants to settle in Toronto. He was born in Russian Poland in 1845. To escape the draft he was smuggled into Holland and later went to England in 1866. He finally settled in Toronto around 1871. Soon after arriving in Toronto, Miriam (Marion or Mary) Barnett from Bristol, England joined him here and they were married in the small hall where Holy Blossom Synagogue's services were being conducted at the time. They settled in Yorkville and Mark ran a tailoring business in what was the north end of the city.
Mark and Miriam had six children together: Racheal (Rae), Annie, Phillip, John (Hyman or Imy), Reuben (Rubin or Bun), and Sadie. Reuben went to to become a sports trainer, Phillip worked in the film business as a general manager for Famous Players, and John opened the Rocky Mountain Polo Pony Ranch in Alberta and was the first manager of Capitol Theatre in Calgary.
Mark passed away in 1918.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Families
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-6-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-6-4
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
ca. 40 photographs
3 CDs
Date
1919-2013, predominant 1919-1974
Scope and Content
Accession consists of scanned photographs and textual records that document the Natanson family. Photographs include images of the Lazar and Muriel Natanson's wedding, family portraits, portraits inside and in front of the store, class portraits and Lazar in his military uniform, Textual records consist of the eulogies for Lazar and Muriel Natanson, and copy of a summary of the history of the Weinstein family, and scanned copies of letters from Muriel Natanson to Eileen Bellan (nee Natanson) while Eileen was at Camp B'Nai Brith. Of note is the brief description of Muriel as an eyewitness to the Christie Pitts riot in 1933. CDs consist of digital copies of the photo reproductions in this accession.
Administrative History
Lazar Natanson (1918-1984) was born to Benjamin and Rose (nee Gratz) Natanson. He had five siblings, Albert (b. 1900), Freida (b. 1902), Celia (b. 1905), Nathan (b. 1909) and Ida (b. 1916). Soon after the end of the Second World War Lazar took ill and went to Montreal to recover and returned to Toronto several years later. Muriel Natanson (nee Weinstein) (1923-2013) was born in Bucharest, Romania, to Solomon (Shlomo) and Sylvia Weinstein. She had two brothers, David (1924-2010) and Albert (b.1933). Solomon was a housepainter and wallpaper hanger. Muriel left school at the age of 16 to help support her family, working at Tip Top Tailors and later Reader Mail. She went to night school to obtain her high school diploma. Muriel worked for her father when he opened a confectionary store in 1950. Lazar married Muriel in 1951 and they opened a store, Moffat's North York Bargain House, at 1291 Wilson Avenue that same year. They later changed the store's name to Les and Muriel's. They were likely one of the first Jewish families to move to the Downsview area, and lived above the store. Lazar and Muriel had two children, Eileen and Bob. While caring for their their children Muriel worked alongside Lazar at Les and Muriel's, and when he suffered a stroke in 1968 they sold the store. Eileen Natanson married Stanley Bellan and they had two children, Chad and Renee. Bob Natanson became a stockbroker. Lazar died in 1984 after suffering from a long-term illness. Murial passed away in 2013.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
Donor provided photo identification on the back of reproduced photos.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Natanson family
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-8-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-8-12
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
7 photographs : b&w and col. (tiff)
Date
[1970?]-2011
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of Ben and Carrie Grossman and their family at family gatherings. Identified in the photographs are: Carrie Grossman, Ben Grossman, Jack Grossman, Warren Grossman, Rita Bergstein, Borris Litman, Ruth Malka Grossman, Miriam (Mimi) Grossman, Lillian Rose, Martha Sud, Hilda Grossman, and David Sud.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Bergstein, Rita
Grossman, Ben
Grossman, Carrie
Grossman, Hilda
Grossman, Jack
Grossman, Miriam
Grossman, Ruth
Grossman, Warren
Litman, Borris
Rose, Lillian
Sud, David
Sud, Martha
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-11-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-11-5
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
11 photographs : b&w, some sepia toned ; 13 x 18 cm or smaller
Date
[192-?] - [193-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 9 photographs documenting the Horwitz family including a number of individuals presumed to be relatives living in Europe.
Photo Caption (002): Jacob "Jack" Horwitz (left) and six other men, November 1920. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2017-11-5.
Photo Caption (004): Eva Horwitz (centre) and two other women, Mlawa, Poland, [192-?]. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2017-11-5.
Photo Caption (007): Jack Horwitz posing with book, [192-?]. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2017-11-5.
Photo Caption (009): Marian Horwitz (first row standing, right) with other students, Clinton Street Public School, Toronto, Ont. [193-]. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2017-11-5.
All other photos unidentified.
Custodial History
Marian Horwitz, daughter of Eva Horwitz, came into possession of the photographs subsequent to the death of her mother in 1983. Marian gifted the records to Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre on 16 November 2017.
Administrative History
Eva Horwitz (née Lipshitz, 1897-1983) was born in Mlawa, Poland on 20 June 1897. She married Jack Horwitz in Toronto on 30 October 1924. Thereafter, she raised three children: Gloria, Marvin, and Marian. In addition to her duties as a homemaker, Eva was an active member of the Workmen's Circle with her husband. She passed away on 17 February 1983.
Jack Horwitz (1900-1980) was born in Polaniec, Poland on 13 December 1900. In 1920, he set sail from Antwerp and arrived in Canada. Four years later, on 30 October 1924, he married Eva Lipshitz. On 23 April 1927, he was naturalized as a British subject with his occupation listed as tailor. He passed away on 26 February 1980.
Marian Horwitz is the daughter of Eva and Jack Horwitz. The youngest of three children, she grew up with her two siblings in Toronto and attended Clinton Street Public School. Later, she moved to New York where she attended Fordham College at Lincoln Center and held a number of jobs. Eventually, she returned to Toronto where she currently resides.
Use Conditions
Restricted. See administrative notes.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Clinton Street Public School (Toronto, Ont.)
Horwitz, Eva, 1897-1983
Horwitz family
Horwitz, Jack, 1900-1980
Horwitz, Marian
Places
Poland
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-8-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-8-13
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records and architectural drawings
1 videocassette (ca. 27 min.)
Date
2006
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Eker family. Included are: a videocassette of home video footage; a memoir written by P. M. Eker, Glen Eker's father, in 2006; and architectural drawings of Eker residences at 1050 College Street in Toronto and 5034 Esplanade Avenue in Montreal.
Administrative History
Glen Eker was born in Toronto, Ontario to Paul Eker and Dorothy Horwitz. He grew up in the Forest Hill neighbourhood of Toronto before moving with his family to Hamilton. He received two master’s degrees (one in sociology, the other in political science) from McMaster University and a third master’s degree (in library science) from the University of Toronto.
Glen's wife, Deborah Pekilis, was born in Montreal and lived there until her parents moved to Toronto. She was the librarian for the Jewish Genealogical Society and sat on the Hamilton Historical Board. She is currently a writer.
Glen has worked as a research assistant and a teaching assistant at McMaster and has taught at Ryerson University and Mohawk College. At present, he works as an estate and genealogy researcher.
Glen has published a book on Karl Marx, five indexes of Jews in Canada, and one index of Amish and Mennonites in Canada. His genealogy articles have appeared in various magazines and his short stories and poems have appeared in print as well.
Glen has worked on his family genealogy for a number of years. His paternal family line derives from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland while his maternal line derives from Byelorussia and Romania. He is descended from the Horwitz and Strachman families on the latter.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Eker (family)
Eker, Glen
Places
College Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-10-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-10-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
ca. 50 photographs : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm or smaller
Date
[194-?]-[197-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Glek Eker and his family. Included are approximately fifty black and white photographs of Eker as a child; Eker's uncle, Irving Howard; Eker's maternal grandparents, Joe and Rebecca Horwitz; and Eker's cousin, Wand Gordon.
Administrative History
Glen Eker was born in Toronto, Ontario to Paul Eker and Dorothy Horwitz. He grew up in the Forest Hill neighbourhood of Toronto before moving with his family to Hamilton. He received two master’s degrees (one in sociology, the other in political science) from McMaster University and a third master’s degree (in library science) from the University of Toronto.
Glen's wife, Deborah Pekilis, was born in Montreal and lived there until her parents moved to Toronto. She was the librarian for the Jewish Genealogical Society and sat on the Hamilton Historical Board. She is currently a writer.
Glen has worked as a research assistant and a teaching assistant at McMaster and has taught at Ryerson University and Mohawk College. At present, he works as an estate and genealogy researcher.
Glen has published a book on Karl Marx, five indexes of Jews in Canada, and one index of Amish and Mennonites in Canada. His genealogy articles have appeared in various magazines and his short stories and poems have appeared in print as well.
Glen has worked on his family genealogy for a number of years. His paternal family line derives from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland while his maternal line derives from Byelorussia and Romania. He is descended from the Horwitz and Strachman families on the latter.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Eker (family)
Eker, Glen
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-10-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-10-3
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
7 cm of textual records and graphic material
1 photo album
Date
1942-1986
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Strauss family. Included are: an invitation to a testimonial dinner in honour of Carl Strauss (1965), family photographs, interviews with Nathan Strauss (1983 and 1986), family trees, certificates for Naomi Fay Strauss, and a photo album made by Irene Strauss for her father.
Custodial History
Records were donated by Aviva Shiff Boedecker, the daughter of Naomi Fay Shiff (née Strauss).
Administrative History
Nathan Strauss was born on 8 July 1906 in Brooklyn, New York to Carl and Rose Strauss (née Rosen). In 1910, Nathan and his family immigrated to Toronto. The family lived on Benale Street for a short time before moving to Manning Avenue.
Nathan attended Manning Avenue Public School from 1911-1918. In 1918, he began attending Parkdale Collegiate Institute. In 1921, he began his postsecondary studies at University of Toronto, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1925. From 1925-1928, he trained as a lawyer at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Nathan began practicing law soon after graduating from Osgoode Hall. He founded a law firm and was active in the profession until his retirement in 1994.
Nathan also volunteered in the legal field. In 1961, he was elected president of the County of York Law Association. One year later, in 1962, he became bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Sixteen years later, in 1978, he became life bencher.
Nathan married twice. His first wife, Lena Fisher, died in 1952. His second wife was Dr. Lilly Offenbach Strauss. He had two children: Albert and Irene. Nathan died on 22 November 1999.
Descriptive Notes
Availability of other formats: JPEG and TIFF copies are available for many of the photographs.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Strauss (family)
Places
Ontario
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-10-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-10-4
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
7 cm of graphic material and textual records
Date
[193-?]-[196-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Glen Eker and his family. Included are photographs of Glen Eker and his parents in Banff Alberta, Glen's graduation pictures from McMaster University, and other family photographs.
Administrative History
Glen Eker was born in Toronto, Ontario to Paul Eker and Dorothy Horwitz. He grew up in the Forest Hill neighbourhood of Toronto before moving with his family to Hamilton. He received two master’s degrees (one in sociology, the other in political science) from McMaster University and a third master’s degree (in library science) from the University of Toronto.
Glen's wife, Deborah Pekilis, was born in Montreal and lived there until her parents moved to Toronto. She was the librarian for the Jewish Genealogical Society and sat on the Hamilton Historical Board. She is currently a writer.
Glen has worked as a research assistant and a teaching assistant at McMaster and has taught at Ryerson University and Mohawk College. At present, he works as an estate and genealogy researcher.
Glen has published a book on Karl Marx, five indexes of Jews in Canada, and one index of Amish and Mennonites in Canada. His genealogy articles have appeared in various magazines and his short stories and poems have appeared in print as well.
Glen has worked on his family genealogy for a number of years. His paternal family line derives from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland while his maternal line derives from Byelorussia and Romania. He is descended from the Horwitz and Strachman families on the latter.
Descriptive Notes
Availability of other formats: JPEG and TIF copies are available for 30 of the photographs.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Eker (family)
Eker, Glen
Places
Canada, Western
Ontario
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-11-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-11-3
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
7 cm of graphic material
Date
[191-?]-[197-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Glen Eker and his family. Included are photographs of Glen Eker, his parents Paul and Dorothy Eker, his uncle Irving Howard, and his grandparents Joseph and Rebecca Horwitz.
Administrative History
Glen Eker was born in Toronto, Ontario to Paul Eker and Dorothy Horwitz. He grew up in the Forest Hill neighbourhood of Toronto before moving with his family to Hamilton. He received two master’s degrees (one in sociology, the other in political science) from McMaster University and a third master’s degree (in library science) from the University of Toronto.
Glen's wife, Deborah Pekilis, was born in Montreal and lived there until her parents moved to Toronto. She was the librarian for the Jewish Genealogical Society and sat on the Hamilton Historical Board. She is currently a writer.
Glen has worked as a research assistant and a teaching assistant at McMaster and has taught at Ryerson University and Mohawk College. At present, he works as an estate and genealogy researcher.
Glen has published a book on Karl Marx, five indexes of Jews in Canada, and one index of Amish and Mennonites in Canada. His genealogy articles have appeared in various magazines and his short stories and poems have appeared in print as well.
Glen has worked on his family genealogy for a number of years. His paternal family line derives from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland while his maternal line derives from Byelorussia and Romania. He is descended from the Horwitz and Strachman families on the latter.
Descriptive Notes
Availability of other formats: JPEG and TIF copies are available for 22 of the photographs.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Eker (family)
Eker, Glen
Places
Ontario
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-11-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-11-12
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
ca. 7 cm of textual records and other material
Date
1930-[200-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Wahl family. Included are: certificates, clippings, correspondence, graduation exercises, ephemera, invitations, and photographs. Individuals documented in the records include: Carole Rohold, Charis Wahl, John "Jack" Wahl (1907-1994), Michael Wahl, Pauline Wahl, Stephen Wahl, and Sydney Wahl (1913-2015).
Administrative History
John "Jack" Wahl was born on 29 December 1907; Sydney Wahl (née Katzman) was born on 14 August 1913. The couple had three children: Pauline Willis (née Wahl), Stephen "Steve" Wahl, and Charis Wahl. Jack was a lawyer while Sydney was a homemaker. Jack died on 22 December 1994; Sydney died on 8 August 2015.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Wahl (family)
Places
Ontario
Source
Archival Accessions
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