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Name
Mina Sprachman
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
12 Dec. 1978
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Mina Sprachman
Number
OH 142
Subject
Architects
Buildings
Occupations
Interview Date
12 Dec. 1978
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
AC142: 31:34 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Abraham Sprachman (1896–1971) was as Toronto-based architect who, in partnership with Harold Kaplan in the firm Kaplan & Sprachman, was well-known for the design of art deco and art moderne movie theatres during the 1930s and 1940s and for designing buildings for Jewish communities across Canada from the 1930s to 1960s.
Abraham married his cousin Mina Sprachman in 1921. They had two children, Mandel and Sheila. Mandel followed in his father's footsteps and became a nationally-recognized and acclaimed architect. Both specialized in theatre design and renovations. Mandel became an architect best known for his restoration of the Elgin Wintergarden.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Kaplan & Sprachman
Kaplan, Harold
Sprachman, Abraham, 1896-1971
Speisman, Stephen
Sprachman, Mina
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Mina Sprachman discusses her husband's architectural firm of Kaplan and Sprachman, its Jewish clientele and the firm's commissions to design and renovate theatres, hospitals and synagogues across Canada.

Accession Number
2005-9-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-9-7
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1939
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a notice in Yiddish from Rabbi Meir Levy announcing to the Jewish community that shochtim Yichiel Wagman and Soloway, Hymie Weisfeld, Lazar Salkovitch, and Moishe Gross are valid, certified kosher butchers. These shochtim, it states, are well known in Toronto, learned in Torah, and they have been certified under the strictest rules of kashrut.
Subjects
Religion
Food
Occupations
Name Access
Levy, Meir Zvi
Wagman, Yichiel
Weisfeld, Hymie
Salkovitch, Lazar
Gross, Moishe
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 49
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
49
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1902-1949
Physical Description
ca. 1500 architectural and technical drawings
6 photographs : b&w ; 38 x 30 cm or smaller
16 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Benjamin Brown (ca. 1888-1974) was the first practicing Jewish architect in Toronto. Born in what is now Lithuania, he arrived in Toronto at an early age and soon after, quit school to take a job in a garment manufacturing factory to help out his impoverished family. Not finding this career to his liking, Brown enrolled in the Ontario School of Art and Design with the intention of becoming an artist. When this profession proved financially unfeasible, Brown decided to pursue a career in architecture. After completing his high school equivalency, he enrolled in the University of Toronto architectural program, graduating in 1913. Soon after, Brown opened up a practice with fellow architect Robert McConnell, which lasted until the early 1920s. After the partnership ended, Brown set up an independent practice, which he maintained until his retirement in 1955.
Scope and Content
The fonds documents Brown’s design work and renovations of existing buildings through his original drawings, renderings, and building blueprints. The fonds consists of approximately 1500 drawings that are organized into about 150 projects. These projects include single-family residences, apartment buildings, commercial and industrial buildings, as well as synagogue and other community buildings. Many of Brown's buildings were designed in the Art Deco style, with some containing Georgian, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Tudor and Romanesque elements.
Brown's most important commissions include the Beth Jacob Synagogue located on Henry Street, which was one the largest synagogues in Toronto, and the Balfour Building, an office tower built in the Art Deco style. The designs of Mendel Granatstein’s mansion, which contained a retractable roof for Sukkoth, and a colour sketch of the Primrose Club, which is currently the University of Toronto Faculty Club, may also be of interest to researchers. The fonds also includes some of Brown's files containing articles and illustrations from architecture and design journals of the early twentieth century, which he used as a resource to assist him with his work.
Fonds includes six photographs, one of the Balfour Building, one of Cumberland Hall, and four of Brown as a young man.
Notes
Architectural plans of a lead mine in Burnt River Ontario have been sent to the Kawartha Lakes Archives.
Name Access
Brown, Benjamin, 1890-1974
Subjects
Architects
Creator
Brown, Benjamin, 1890-1974
Accession Number
1975
1987-9-3
1989-10-6
2004-5-109
2004-5-139
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5-3; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-3
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a copy of letter from Marsel Konforti (professional engineer) to MacKenzie Waters (architect) regarding an antisemitic comments made by Mr. Waters.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Subjects
Architects
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 624
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
624
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1975
Physical Description
1 photograph
Notes
No restrictions on access.
Name Access
Beach Hebrew Institute (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Architects
Synagogues
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4198
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4198
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1913
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Name Access
Brown, Benjamin, 1890-1974
University of Toronto
Subjects
Architects
Portraits
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
1987-9-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2015-4-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-4-5
Material Format
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
6 photographs : b&w and col. ; 9 x 13 cm or smaller
1 photograph (electronic) : b&w
Date
[193-]-[197-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of six photographs and one scanned photograph of architect Benjamin Brown with various members of his extended family. The scanned photograph pictures Meyer Brown, Benjamin's father, with his brother.
Administrative History
Benjamin Brown was one of the first Jewish architects in Toronto. Alice Waldman is the daughter of Brown's sister, Sophie Blackstone.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Architects
Families
Name Access
Brown, Benjamin
Lewis, Alice Waldman
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4175
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4175
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1938]
Physical Description
2 photographs : sepia (1 negative)
Scope and Content
This is a copy photograph taken from the Holy Blossom Temple dedication book, 1938.
Name Access
Holy Blossom Temple (Toronto, Ont.)
Eisendrath, Rabbi Maurice
Subjects
Occupations
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
Accession Number
2015-4-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-4-4
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
2 photograhs : tif
Date
[1955 or 1956]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two electronic copies of original photographs. The first depicts Abe Blankenstein with his wife Freda. The second is Abe Blankenstein with his business partner, Joe Fialkov. Both photographs feature Falco Electric trucks.
Subjects
Occupations
Name Access
Blankenstein, Abe
Falco Electric Co.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-8-1
Material Format
sound recording
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
2 mp3 files (ca. 2 hours)
2 photographs (jpg)
Date
[ca. 1940]-1975
Scope and Content
Accession consists of sound recordings created by Kay Radio. Included is a recording of the North Y groundbreaking ceremonies at 4600 Bathurst Street in the winter of 1958. Some of the individuals identified speaking are: Rabbi Feinberg, Ellis I. Shapiro, Sam Granatstein, Kelso Roberts (Attorney General of Ontario), Fred Gardiner, Vernon Singer, and Mayor Nathan Phillips.
Also included is a recording of the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Nothern Completion Program at the North Y on April 20, 1975. Finally, accession includes one photograph of the Leonard Kay and other men standing outside Kay Radio and one family photograph taken at a wedding reception.
Custodial History
The donor is the son of Leonard Kay. He found the reels in his parents home in Toronto after they passed away. He had them shipped to his home in Florida and digitized them.
Administrative History
Leonard Kay was born in Winnipeg in 1908. Leonard opened Kay Radio near Bloor and Bathurst Street around 1938. The store later moved to 3419 Bathurst Street in the mid to late 1950s. The business installed sound systems, sound trucks, recorded weddings, bar mitzvahs and other events, repaired TVs and installed TV attenae on apartment buildings. Kay Radio installed the sound systems in many of the synagogues around Toronto. Around 1985, Leonard's son, Michael, took over the business. Leonard passed away in 1991.
Subjects
Occupations
Name Access
Kay, Leonard, 1908-1991
Kay Radio (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 146
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
146
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a portrait photograph of Mark Levy.
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
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 148
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
148
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
3 embossed prints ; 7 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a portrait photograph and embossed prints of Mort Levy.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1981-9-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1981-9-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1928-1936
Scope and Content
Accession consists of S. Levy's licence to operate radio receiving equipment in Toronto (1928-1929); gasoline handling licence granted to I. Levy of Levy's Hardware, Toronto (1934); and Isaac Levy's certificate of membership at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto (1936).
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-8-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-8-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 26 and 13 x 18 cm
Date
1908-1961
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a photograph of a group of people in front of the Ontario Legislative Building at Queens Park in the 1930s, a photograph of J. Irving Oelbaum, National Vice President of Canadian Jewish Congress, presenting a Scroll of Honour to Mr. and Mrs. J. Donnenfeld (1961), and a United Zionists of Toronto certificate awarded to Paul Levi in 1908.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 61; Series 2-2; File 81
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
61
Series
2-2
File
81
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1951-1961
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 10 x 7 cm and 7 x 10 cm
0.5 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of two photographs of Mort Levy. One features Mort Levy standing with Mr. A. Lipson on a dirt road and the other is Mort Levy sitting on the front steps of a cabin at Camp Frailoch, surrounded by campers. The cabin was probably the original Willison farmhouse, which was later bought by the YMCA in the 1940s and was destroyed by fire in the 1950s.There is also a letter from the Globe and Mail addressed to Mort Levy regarding the presentation of an engraving to Bobbie Rosenfeld and a membership certificate for the North Toronto Y.M.-Y.W.H.A., signed by Sam Granatstein and Alex Fisher.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 38; Series 8; File 11; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Photographs and audio-visual material series
Audio cassettes file
Level
Item
Fonds
38
Series
8
File
11
Item
6
Material Format
sound recording
Date
28 Aug. 1984
Physical Description
1 audio cassette
Scope and Content
Item is an audio cassette of an interview with Levy Conglin. The survey results of a statistical analysis of disabled Jews are discussed.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Levy family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 15; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Levy family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
15
Item
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[192-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Rose Levy.
Name Access
Levy, Rose
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
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Levy family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 15; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Levy family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
15
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[192-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photographic portrait of Rose Levy taken at a studio in Toronto likely in the 1920's.
Notes
Mounted in card frame
Photographer: Rembrandt Studio, 141 Yonge Street, Toronto
Name Access
Levy, Rose
Subjects
Portraits
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.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 68
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
68
Material Format
textual record
Date
1967-1968
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of correspondence, invitations to receptions, press releases, biographical information and programmes of events.
Name Access
Eshkol, Levi, 1895-1969
Subjects
Prime ministers--Israel
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Levy family series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 25; Series 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Levy family series
Level
Series
Fonds
25
Series
15
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1902]-[192-?]
Physical Description
5 photographs : b&w ; 24 x 17 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Mrs. Dora Levy was the daughter of Abraham and Rebecca Cass and the sister of Sarah (Cass) Levine. She was born in Russia in 1870 and immigrated to Canada in 1889. She married Charles Levy (b. 1869) on 10 February 1892 in Toronto.
Shortly thereafter, they moved to Allerston, Ontario, where he opened up a store. The couple had four children: Tobias (b. 1892), Louis (b. 1894), Benjamin (b. 1897) and Esther (b. 1899). Tobias, who was also referred to as Theodore or Ted, married Rhoda Davis on 12 June 1919. His sister, Esther, married Joseph Kert on 6 November 1921.
Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs of members of the Levy family.
Name Access
Levy family
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 2-4; File 255
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
2-4
File
255
Material Format
textual record
Date
1960-1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2015-9-33
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-33
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
2 VHS tapes
13 film reels : 8 mm
Date
1957-1967
Scope and Content
Accession consists of home movies documenting the Levy family of Hamilton, Ontario. Included is footage of birthday parties, children playing at their home and in parks, swimming, sailing, a football game at Ivor Wynne Stadium, a trip to Algonquin Park, family picnics, and trips to Quebec and New York.
Administrative History
Nancy Levy was born in 1951 to Corinne (née Cohn) and Edgar Levy. (Corinne and Edgar's name was originally Moshe Noss. He was born in the Ukraine and orphaned at an early age. Around 1921 he immigrated to Canada through the help of a Mr. Grafstein. Once in Canada, Edgar and his brothers were adopted into different families. The Levy family adopted Edgar and he took their name.
Edgar married Corrine Cohn in 1946. Edgar had a business in Hamilton called Piston Service, which was a wholesaler for car parts. Corrine drove a truck for this business and eventually became the bookkeeper for another firm. After marriage, they lived in Hamilton at 18 West Third.
Nancy had two younger siblings: Ann (1956–) and Lois (1958–2018). She married Wayne Greenberg in 1979 and they divorced around 1985. She studied medical lab technology at a community college and worked at various hospitals and businesses, including Henderson Hospital in Hamilton and Baycrest.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Levy family
Places
Hamilton, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-12-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-12-3
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
ca. 33 cm of textual records and other material
Date
1913-2014
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the maternal (Cohn) and paternal (Levy) branches of the donor's family. Included are cards, certificates, death certificates, degrees, diplomas, family trees, letters, an oral history transcript, passports, photographs, reference materials, telegrams, and other records.
Individuals documented in the records include: Al Berns, Etta Cohn, Judah Cohn, Natalie Cohn, Stanley Cohn, Sylvia Cohn, Al Cole, Myer Drazin, Manny Godfrey, Bert Gold, Dan Gold, Jonah Gold, Yenta Kohl, Ann Levy, Corinne Levy, Edgar Levy, Lois Levy, Nancy Levy, Joan Lipton, Joy Matsuzaki, Raymond Mock,Edythe Noss, Harvey Noss, Mark Noss, Walter Lyons, Judy Rubin, Richard Seymour, and Elaine Zimmerman.
Caption (030): Edgar Levy shortly after arrival in Canada, [ca. 1921]. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2019-12-3.
Administrative History
The Noss family traces its origins to Russia/Ukraine. The patriarch, Avraham Noss, died after contracting typhus after being badly beaten in a pogrom. His wife, Toiba, died of either cholera, typhus, or influenza (accounts vary). They left behind four children: Raisa, Meyer, Joseph, and Moshe. The extended family took care of the four orphans but did not have enough food to feed them, so the three youngest were put in a Jewish orphanage. The eldest, Raisa, was too old but came every day to visit her brothers. One day, she arrived only to be told, "The missionaries took them away." The entire orphanage was brought to Canada. A Mr. Hershman from Toronto was involved as was a congregation of Christadelphians from Hamilton including a Mr. Farrar who owned a good-quality clothing store.
Raisa remained in Russia, where she received an education from the Communist Party and became an engineer. Meyer kept in touch with his sister for as long as possible, but the two eventually lost touch.
The Drazin family took in Meyer, the eldest brother, although the family never adopted him. Despite this, he changed his name to Drazin. Joseph ("Joe") was adopted but was returned to Children's Aid, where he went from foster home to foster home. He eventually took back the Noss family name. As for Moshe, he was adopted by Moses Levy and Marietta Steinert. Moshe's new parents changed his name to Edgar Steinert Levy. Edgar Levy is thus the same individual as Moshe Noss. Marietta was well-known in the Hamilton community, and a chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women was named after her.
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
Accompanying material: After donating the records in her possession, the donor emailed the archivist a document titled "Noss Family Story," which the archivist used to compose the biographical sketch. The document has been saved with other supporting documentation.
Subjects
Families
Genealogy
Name Access
Cohn (family)
Levy, Corinne,1917-1978
Levy, Edgar, 1915-1980
Levy (family)
Levy, Marietta Steinbert, 1858-1928
Noss (family)
Places
Canada
Source
Archival Accessions
Passenger Names
Levy, Abraham
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Levy, Abraham
Page Number
518
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Levy, Abraham
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Levy, Abraham
Page Number
740
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Levy, David
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Levy, David
Page Number
312
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Levy, Issy
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Levy, Issy
Page Number
398
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Accession Number
2017-8-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-8-11
Material Format
object
textual record
Physical Description
1 artifact
1 birth certificate
Date
1929-1977
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the life of Ubby Dashkin of Lipson & Dashkin Architects. Included are: Dashkin's birth certficate (1929), an artifact given in appreciation to Dashkin for supporting the Canadian Centre for Nuclear Physics Weitzman [sic] Institute of Science, Israel (1977).
Administrative History
Ubby Dashkin (1929-1981) was born Aaron Abi Dashkin on 4 April 1929 in Toronto to and David and Ethel Dashkin. As an adult, he was part of Lipson & Dashkin Architects. He passed away on 17 July 1981 and is buried in Dawes Road Cemetery in Scarborough, Ontario. Ubby was the younger brother of Yiddish literature translator Miriam Beckerman (1927- ).
Subjects
Architects
Birth certificates
Name Access
Dashkin, Ubby, 1929-1981
Lipson & Dashkin Architects (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto
Israel
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 22; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
Fonds
22
Item
2
Material Format
object
Date
[between 1912 and 1932]
Physical Description
1 item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 69
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
69
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1968
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w ; 33 x 28 cm and 16 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of 2 portraits of Levi Eshkol and one of Miriam Eshkol.
Name Access
Eshkol, Levi, 1895-1969
Subjects
Prime ministers--Israel
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2007-6-21
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-21
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 slide : b&w ; 35 mm
Date
[194-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a portrait of Mr. D. M. Levy's father.
Subjects
Portraits
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Levy family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 15; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Levy family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
15
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1902]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 7
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Esther Levy (Kert) taken in a studio in Alliston, Ontario when she was approximately three years old.
Notes
Mounted on card
Photographer: Lawrence, Alliston, Ontario
Name Access
Kert, Esther
Levy, Esther
Subjects
Children
Portraits
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
Alliston (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Levy family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 15; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Levy family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
15
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1905]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 4 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Ted and Louis Levy taken in Toronto. The oldest brother, Ted, was approximately three years old when the photograph was taken and the younger one, Louis, was about one years old.
Notes
Mounted on card
Photographer: A. R. Ward, 311 Yonge Street, Toronto
There is a corresponding 4 x 5 negative for this photograph
Name Access
Levy, Louis
Levy, Ted
Subjects
Children
Portraits
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.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4439
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4439
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1909 and 1911]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Admin History/Bio
Morris Levi lived at 48 Nelson St.
Notes
Photo by The Dutch Studio, 318 Yonge St., Toronto.
Name Access
Levi, Morris
Nelson St
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
1988-11-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 2-4; File 199
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
2-4
File
199
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949-1970
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2013-8-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-8-6
Material Format
textual record (electronic)
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records and graphic material : b&w and sepia (tiff and jpg) ; 780 MB
Date
1915-[ca. 1955]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of electronic copies of original records documenting the Zack and Levy families from Hamilton and Toronto. Records included family photographs, a border crossing identification card, a military identity document and a war service badge certificate, Irving Levy's intern registration card for Barnert Memorial Hospital, a graduation diploma and a sworn declaration regarding Irving Levy's name.
Administrative History
Isaac (d. 1955) Zack and Rose (d. ca 1965) Chertkoff were both born in Russia and came separately to Canada in the early 1900s. They married in Toronto in 1907 and then moved to Hamilton. Together, they had five children: Hy (b. ca. 1909); Betty (Joseph) (b. ca. 1911); Sadie (Levy) (1913-2013); Mannie (b. ca. 1915); and Gordie (b. ca. 1922). Isaac and Rose ran "Zack's Furniture" store on York Street in Hamilton. They were ardent Labour Socialists.
Nathan (d. 1965) Levy and Annie (d. 1975) Persofsky both came spearately to Toronto with their families. They married in Toronto sometime before 1908 and had seven children: Frances (Hendricks) (b. ca. 1908); Morris; Mary (Rubin); Irving (1916-ca. 1998); Godie (Nass); Larry (b. ca. 1924); and Jackie. Nathan was a barber.
Nathan's son Irving studied medicine at the University of Toronto. Following graduation in 1941, Irving went to the United States and interned for one year at the Barnert Memorial Hospital in Patterson, New Jersey. Following his internship, Irving returned to Canada and married Sadie Zack sometime after February 1943. The two had met at a National Council of Jewish Women's party in Hamilton. Irving enlisted in the Royal Canadan Army Medical Corps in February of 1943 and served on active duty until 1946. He attained the rank of Captain and served in Italy as a physician. Upon returning to Canada, Irving opened his own medical practice in Hamilton. Together, Irving and Sadie had three children: Marsha (Slavens) (b. 1947); Richard (b. 1949); and Ira (b. 1952). Irving and Sadie were active memebers of the Hamilton Jewish community, Sadie being a long-time member of the National Council of Jewish Women and the Temple Ahshe Shalom Sisterhood and Irving a member of B'nai Brith. Irving died ca. 1998 and Sadie died in 2013 in Hamilton.
Name Access
Slavens, Marsha, 1947- (subject)
Levy, Irving, 1916-1998 (subject)
Levy, Sadie, 1913-2013 (creator)
Zack, Isaac, -1955 (subject)
Zack, Rose, -1965 (subject)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-6-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-6-4
Material Format
object
Physical Description
1 book, 8 x 12 cm
Date
1989-1990
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a day planner produced by the Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-4-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-4-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
ca. 100 photographs : b&w and col. ; 61 x 27 or smaller
3 cm of textual records
Date
[ca. 1900]-1994, predominent 1920-1960
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a scrapbook compiled by Edward J. Levy documenting the personal lives and musical careers of Sidney Levy and Philip and Elie Spivak. The scrapbook primarily consists of photographs of the Spivak and Levy families but also includes the musical score for Dirge for Orchestra composed by Oskar Morawetz in memory of Elie Spivak, naturalization papers for Philip Spivak and Bella Spivak, bulletins of the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, photographs of other musicians including Zara Nelsova, newsclippings, Ed Levy's bar mitzvah certificate, postcards and invitations. There is also an oversized photograph of the 19th Season of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, featuring Elie Spivak, Philip Spivak and Sidney Levy.
Administrative History
Sidney (Solomon) Levy (1898-1971) was born in London, England in 1898, the son of Elizabeth (nee Goldstein) Levy. He was the oldest brother to six younger sisters. Sidney was a violist who first played in movie houses in East London, where he met Phillip and Elie Spivak. During the 1920s, he played on touring ocean liners. He immigrated to Toronto in 1929 where he again played movie theatres and then built a career with the CBC radio orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He also played the O'Keefe Centre's opening night performance of Camelot.
Elie (2 Feb. 1902-23 July 1960) and Phillip (1906-ca. 1962) Spivak were born in Uman, Ukraine, the sons of Reverend Joseph (d. 1965) and Bella (nee Finkler) (d. 1962) Spivak. They were two of five children: Elie, Clara (1904-1984), Philip, Siam (d. ca. 1964, New York) and Thelma (m. Heller) (1917-2008).Their paternal grandfather, Yankel Spivak, was a famous chazzan. Their maternal grandfather, Ezra Finkler, was a successful wheat merchant in Ukraine, who was killed during the pogroms. Joseph and Bella Spivak, who were living with their children on the Finkler's large estate at the time, managed to escape through Poland and Germany, eventually arriving in Paris in 1910. At this time, Elie entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of seven and studied violin with Henri Berthelier from 1910-1915. Around 1915, the Spivak family immigrated to England, where Clara later met Sidney Levy through her brothers, who at the time was a theatre musician. Elie continued his studies at the Royal College of Manchester with Adolphe Brodsky in 1916. In 1923, he founded the Elie Spivak String Quartet in Manchester, the first ensemble to give chamber music concerts over the new BBC network.
The Spivak family left London for Canada in the late 1920s. Elie was the first of the siblings to immigrate and after resideing for one year in New York City, he moved to Toronto in 1926. Philip and Clara followed in 1929, as did Sidney Levy. Joseph and Bella Spivak, along with their children Siam and Thelma, ended up settling in New York City. Sidney married Clara Spivak in a ceremony in New York in the year they immigrated. They had one son, Edward (b. 1934). Clara was active in the TSO's Women's Committee.
In Toronto, Elie Spivak was first violin (1929-1942) of the Conservatory String Quartet and concertmaster (1931-1948) of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In 1945, he gave the North American premiere of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto with the Boston Pops Orchestra. He was the first Canadian musician invited to Israel, touring the country for five months in 1950 as guest of the Jerusalem String Quartet. He led the Spivak String Quartet (1951-1956) and was heard frequently over CBC radio. He examined for the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Toronto and adjudicated for Kiwanis Festivals and the Canadian National Exhibition. He taught violin at the RCM from 1922 until his death. He also taught in the University Settlement Music School. Elie was a member of Goel Tzedec Synagogue and was married to Hilda (nee Narrol) Spivak. He had two sons, David and Michael.
Philip Spivak played the cello and was first stand with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He also played in a chamber orchestra. He married the famous cellist Zara Nelsova, later divorced and remarried Iris Cooper. Philip was a member of Holy Blossom Temple.
Subjects
Jews--Music
Name Access
Spivak, Elie, 1902-1960
Spivak, Phillip, 1906-ca. 1962
Levy, Sidney, 1898-1971
Levy, Edward, 1934-
Source
Archival Accessions
Passenger Names
Levy, Eli, Fanny
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Levy, Eli, Fanny
Page Number
271
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Accession Number
1976-10-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-10-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph
Date
[ca. 1935]-[ca. 1970]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records of Cantor B. Charloff, including a photograph of Cantor B. Charloff and choir, a book of music entitled "Tfilas N'yiloh", a composition for Psalm 30, and music for Chanukah.
Subjects
Religion
Occupations
Name Access
Charloff, Boris
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-32
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-32
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
2 b&w photographs (copies)
Date
[193?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two scanned photographs of work scene in front of the Myer Salit Scrap Metal yard, Niagara Falls.
Custodial History
The records were transferred to the OJA as part of the Ontario Small Jewish Communities initiative.
Administrative History
The donor, Larry Cohen, was born 1931. His grandfather, Myer Salit, was born in Brest Litovski, Poland. At the age of twenty-three he booked passage to America on the S.S. Norge. On June 28, 1904 the ship struck a reef off the coast of Scotland and sank. Mr. Salit survived, along with approximately 160 other passengers, and made his way to New York and then St. Catharines, where his brother-in-law, Harry Rubin, was a scrap metal dealer. In 1905 he moved to Niagara Falls and set up his own scrap metal business. He was the first Jewish resident of that community.
Over time, the business prospered and grew. After the Second World War, his son-in-law Irvin Feldman and grandson Larry Cohen joined the business. The company began to diversify, selling new and used steel products to local industry. Myer Salit passed away in 1958 and left the business in the hands of Irvin and Larry. By the 1960s, the company branched out and became a reinforcing steel (rebar) fabricator and changed its name to Salit Steel.
During the 1980s the family sold off the scrap metal division of the company. Mr. Feldman retired and the responsibility for managing the firm was shared by Larry Cohen and Steven Cohen, Myer's great-grandson. The company has continued to expand and diversify and currently serves the needs of Southern Ontario.
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.
Descriptive Notes
Related Material Note: See AC 302 for an oral history for Larry Cohen.
Subjects
Occupations
Communities
Name Access
Salit, Myer
Places
Niagara Falls, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Marc Bernstein fonds
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Marc Bernstein fonds
Level
Item
Date
[ca. 1927]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm
Scope and Content
Item is an original and copy photograph of Rabbi Mendel Berman who performed in Toronto during the 1920s and moved to Israel later on and died there around 1935.
Name Access
Berman, Mendel
Subjects
Occupations
Religion
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
1992-7-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1707
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1707
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1911
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy photograph of an original half-toned proof featuring the family of Toronto architect, Benjamin Brown. The original photograph was taken in Baremly, Poland.
Name Access
Brown, Benjamin, 1890-1974
Brown family
Subjects
Architects
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
Poland
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1709
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1709
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1902
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
The Brown family lived on Kew Beach Ave.
Scope and Content
Identified in this photograph, seated left to right are: Meyer Brown (insurance agent and secretary of McCaul St. Shul); Manny Brown; Sophie Brown; Tema Brown.
Standing left to right: Peter Brown; Benjamin Brown (first Jewish architect and ladies designer for T. Eaton Co.).
Name Access
Brown, Benjamin, 1890-1974
Brown family
Brown, Meyer
Brown, Tema
Brown, Peter
McCaul St. Synagogue
Subjects
Architects
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.
Related Material
See fonds 49, item 1.
Places
Kew Beach Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1979-3-7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 22; Item 101
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
Fonds
22
Item
101
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1911]
Physical Description
1 item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 147
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
147
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a group photograph. Mark Levy stands at the centre-right with Frank Rubenstein.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Levy family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 15; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Levy family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
15
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1925]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 24 x 17 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photographic portrait of Charles and Dora Levy taken at a studio in Toronto.
Name Access
Levy, Charles
Levy, Dora
Subjects
Married people
Portraits
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.
Physical Condition
Photograph is in good condition
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3284
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3284
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1909]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Name Access
Levy, Alec
Levy, Masha
Subjects
Married people
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
1982-6-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Passenger Names
Levy, Reuben, David, Becky
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Levy, Reuben, David, Becky
Page Number
258
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Levy, Wolf, Minnie, Annie
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Levy, Wolf, Minnie, Annie
Page Number
258
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
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