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Accession Number
2008-4-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-4-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
29 drawings : pen and ink ; 61 x 44 cm and smaller
2 paintings : oil and acrylic ; 49 x 22 cm and 40 x 31 cm
Date
1947-1948
Scope and Content
This accession consists of 29 pen and ink drawings by artist Norman Hersch, and two paintings. The drawings represent the history of the Jewish people, created for the magazine Jewish Life in 1947 or 1948. The paintings are an oil portrait of the artist's father and an acrylic abstract piece. There are also several magazine pages showcasing the final printed version of the drawings.
Custodial History
The records were in the possession of the artist, Norman Hersch until his death in the mid-1980s, at which point the donor took possession of the records and stored them in his garage, until donating them to the Archives on April 1, 2004.
Administrative History
Norman Hersch was a special effects technician for the CBC from the early 1950s until his retirement in the mid-1980s. He served in the Canadian military during the Second World War and graduated from Central Technical School upon his return. In later years, he started P & M Display in Yorkville. Doug Wardle was a friend and colleague of Hersch's at CBC in the Special Effects Department.
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4162
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4162
Material Format
graphic material
Date
January 1948
Physical Description
2 photographs : (1 negative)
Notes
For identificaiton, see accession record.
Name Access
Grosbein, Norman
Shaw Street Synagogue
Weber family
Grosbein family
B'nai Israel Synagogue
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1986-10-10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2017-7-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-7-6
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
65 photographs : b&w and col. (tiff)
Date
1948-1964
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Gary Wagman and his family. Included are: 65 photographs of the Gold-Wagman family. 28 of the photographs were taken at Gary's bar mitzvah party, which was held on 8 March 1964 at the North Bathurst Talmud Torah.
Administrative History
Gary Irving Wagman (1951-) was born 19 March 1951 and is the youngest son of Ann Wagman (née Gold, 1926-2017) and Sollie Wagman (1921-2014). His older brother Howard, known as Hushy (1947-2001), was born 9 October 1947. Gary is the grandson of David and Rose Gold (his maternal grandparents) and Celia and Jacob Wagman (his paternal grandparents).
Photo Caption (027): Gary Wagman holding chumash given to him by his grandmother, 8 Mar. 1964. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2017-7-6.
Photo Caption (017): Gary Wagman swinging baseball bat, 1964. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2017-7-6.
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
ASSOCIATED MATERIALS: Other records relating to the Wagman family can be found in Accessions 2009-11-1 and 2017-8-13.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Families
Name Access
North Bathurst Talmud Torah
Wagman family
Wagman, Gary, 1951-
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-3-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-3-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
6 photographs : col. ; 21 x 15 cm or smaller
Date
[197-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Airst family. Included are five photographs taken at Malcolm Airst's bar mitzvah, which was held at Beth Tzedec in Toronto, and one photograph of Malcolm's sister, Lisa. Also depicted in the bar mitzvah photographs are: maternal grandfather Alexander Stolberg; parents Herman Airst and Faye Airst; and younger brother Randall Airst.
Descriptive Notes
Physical description: The five bar mitzvah photographs are glued to a matte board.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Families
Name Access
Beth Tzedec Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-12-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-12-4
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
moving images
Physical Description
7 cm of graphic material and textual records
1 film reel
Date
[194-]-1960
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records and photographs documenting Gerry Freiman and his family. Included are Gerry Freiman's Camp Föhrenwald identity card, an assignment card and meal ticket, photographs taken at the camp, photographs taken at Jack Freiman's bar mitzvah, and film footage of the bar mitzvah that was held at Murray House in Toronto on 24 April 1960, as well as other records documenting the Freiman family's immigration process.
Administrative History
Gerry Freiman was born on 20 June 1910 in Poland. Rose Freiman was born on 4 November 1914. After the Second World War, Freiman found himself at the Föhrenwald displaced persons camp in Bavaria, Germany. On 13 September 1948, Gerry, Rose, and their son Jack departed Germany on the USS General Heintzelmann for Canada.
Upon arriving in Canada, the Freimans stayed with a family they met in Föhrenwald. (The name of the family has, unfortunately, been lost.) This family offered Gary and Rose employment in the shoe manufacturing trade. The Freimans subsequently moved to 348 Northcliffe Boulevard, where they bought a fourplex and lived in one of the units on the ground floor. Gary and Rose remained at this address until their deaths: Gerry died on 8 November 1960; Rose Freiman died on 13 June 1983.
Jack Freiman attended Rawlinson Community School and then Vaughan Road Collegiate. He did his postsecondary studies at the University of Toronto, where he studied pre-medicine and medicine. After graduating, he went on to specialize and practice as an internist in a hospital in Brampton, Ontario. Jack died on 6 November 2016.
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
Availability of other formats: Film also available as MP4 file. Photographs also available as JPEG and TIFF files.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Immigrants--Canada
Refugee camps
Name Access
Föhrenwald (Displaced persons camp)
Freiman (family)
Freiman, Gerry, 1910-1960
Freiman, Rose, 1914-1983
Places
Bavaria (Germany)
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Family photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 33; Series 1; Item 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Family photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
33
Series
1
Item
19
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1931
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 25 x 19 cm
Admin History/Bio
Max was bar mitzvahed at the Hebrew Sick Benefit Society at 350 Dundas Street West, on the second floor.
Scope and Content
This item is a bar mitzvah portrait of Max Stern, taken at Hardy Studio in Toronto.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
Dundas Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1991-5-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Family photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 33; Series 1; Item 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Family photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
33
Series
1
Item
25
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1934
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 35 mm
Scope and Content
This item is a bar mitzvah portrait of Bill Stern at age thirteen. The portrait was used on the front of his invitation card.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
2006-2-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 1316
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
2
File
1316
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1965 and 1975?]
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of four photographs of a bar mitzvah at the Kiever Shul. They depict a young man at various points in the temple.
Name Access
Kiever Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 6; File 26
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
6
File
26
Material Format
textual record
Date
1957
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of newspaper article about Eddy Weisblatt who learned to recite his bar mitzvah Torah and Haftorah readings even though he was deaf.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
General correspondence series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 55; Series 3; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
General correspondence series
Level
File
Fonds
55
Series
3
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1926
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of an invitation for the bar mitzvah of Bennie, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Katz.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2012-10-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-10-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1970
Scope and Content
Accession consists of an invitation and guest list for the Bar Mitzvah of Dale Lastman, the son of former mayor Mel Lastman. The Bar Mitzvah took place at Adath Israel Synagogue on 28 March 1970, was followed by a luncheon the same day and then a dinner at the Royal York Hotel the following night.
Custodial History
There is no aquisition information for this material. The documents were found in the processing room in a box containing other unprocessed and orphaned material.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Name Access
Adath Israel Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-2-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-2-8
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 folders
Date
1970-1973
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Airst family. Included are photographs of Malcolm Airst at his bar mitzvah in 1970 and Randall Airst at his bar mitzvah in 1973. The b'nai mitzvah took place at Beth Tzedec in Toronto where the family were members and Malcolm completed ninth grade at the United Synagogue Day School.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Name Access
Beth Tzedec Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 1-5; File 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
1-5
File
14
Material Format
textual record
Date
[1989?]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of lyrics for songs that were written for the bar mitzvah of Yoel Micha Meir.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 4; Series 1-5; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Life cycle and family events sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
4
Series
1-5
Item
7
Material Format
moving images
Date
June 1954
Physical Description
1 film reel (ca. 4 min.) : col., si. ; 16 mm
Scope and Content
Item is a film reel containing home movie footage of the reception party for David Freed's bar mitzvah. David was the son of Ruth Free (née Weinreb) and Murray Freed. He was the grandson of Rabbi Joseph Weinreb.
Notes
During processing, reel was assigned reel #16
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Lifecycle Events series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 7; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Lifecycle Events series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
7
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Oct. 1952
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 11 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Melvin Himel is the son of Benjamin.A. Himel and Edith Mayzell, and is the younger brother of Pearly Banks and Irving Himel.
Scope and Content
This item consists of a portrait of Melvin Himel at his bar mitzvah.
Notes
This negative has two images.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 100
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
100
Material Format
textual record
Date
1963-1964
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of correspondence, memoranda and a copy of "Bar Mitzvah in Lusaka: A Tale of Judasim in Northern Rhodesia" written by Mildred Teicher and reprinted from the Jewish Digest, June 1963.
Name Access
Mildred Teicher
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sammy Luftspring fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 82; Item 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sammy Luftspring fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
82
Item
28
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1953
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Sammy, Elsie, and Brian Luftspring at Brian's bar mitzvah at the Barclay Hotel, Toronto.
Notes
Image is located on page 55 of the 65 x 48 cm scrapbook.
Name Access
Barclay Hotel (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
2009-10-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Thuna family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 7; Item 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Thuna family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
7
Item
10
Material Format
graphic material
Date
14 July 1941
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of family and guests of Mortimer Thuna's bar mitzvah, which was held at the Tic-Tac Club in Montreal on 14 July 1941. Mortimer is seated in the center, with his father Jack on his right and his mother Anne on his left. Sarah Levine is in the front row, seventh from the left. Abe Levine is the second from the left, his daughter is next to him, and his wife next to her.
Notes
Photographer: Society Studio, Montreal
Name Access
Levine, Abe
Levine, Sarah
Thuna, Jack
Thuna, Mortimer
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
17
Material Format
textual record
Date
1960-1961
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Client Agency Correspondence series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 18; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Client Agency Correspondence series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
18
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1962-1963
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence with the Bar Mitzvah Foundation.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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 276
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
276
Material Format
textual record
Date
1955-1957
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
Zionist Organization of Canada sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-5; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
Zionist Organization of Canada sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
3-5
File
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
20 April 1961
Physical Description
11 negatives : b&w ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of images taken at the State of Israel's bar mitzvah celebration, held by the Zionist Organization of Canada, Central Region, at Massey Hall. The images depict speakers at the podium, overhead photographs of the stage, several bar mitzvah boys taking part in the ceremonies, and group photographs of members of ZOC.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
Gordon Mendly fonds
Weddings, anniversaries and Bar Mitzvahs series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 4; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Weddings, anniversaries and Bar Mitzvahs series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
4
File
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1958]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one bar mitzvah portrait of [Howard?] Reitapple. The boy is holding a prayer book and has a tallis wrapped around his shoulders.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
Gordon Mendly fonds
Weddings, anniversaries and Bar Mitzvahs series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 4; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Weddings, anniversaries and Bar Mitzvahs series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
4
File
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1 June 1963
Physical Description
4 negatives : b&w ; 10 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of images taken at the bar mitzvah celebration for [?] Rotstein. The images depict the Rotstein family in their home, the bar mitzvah boy lighting the candles on his cake, and a group photograph of the invited children standing behind a beverage table.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 6; File 315
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
315
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1961
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a photograph taken during the thirteenth anniversary celebration of Iaraeli Statehood. From left to right are: Al Brown; Leslie Raetzen; Julius Hayman; Mrs. James Wexler; Rabbi Gene Klein; Karl Silberman; Syd Brown; and Simon Witt.
Name Access
Al Brown
Leslie Raetzen
Julius Hayman
Mrs. James Wexler
Rabbi Gene Klein
Karl Silberman
Syd Brown
Simon Witt
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 489
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
489
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1899]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 18 x 12 and 9 x 12
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph William Samuel on the occassion of his bar mitzvah.
Name Access
Samuel, William
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Social Planning Committee series
Correspondence with Funded Agencies sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 9-13; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Social Planning Committee series
Correspondence with Funded Agencies sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
9-13
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1961-1962
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence about funds donated to the Bar Mitzvah Foundation.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Women's Auxiliary series
Events sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 4-13; File 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Women's Auxiliary series
Events sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
4-13
File
21
Material Format
textual record
Date
17 Mar. 1981
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a lunch menu.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1986-4-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-4-4
Material Format
moving images
graphic material
Physical Description
1 film reel (app. 30 mins) : pos., col., si, ; 8mm
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Date
1 Apr. 1959, 1962
Scope and Content
Accession consist of one film reel of Hersh Cohen's bar mitzvah, which was held at the Hebrew Men of England Synagogue on Spadina Avenue on 1 April 1959. Also seen is the post-ceremony reception for family and friends at the Barclay Hotel in Toronto. Shots include: removal of Torah scrolls, portions of the service with bar mitzvah and others reading from the Torah, family members at the bimah, Hersch Cohen and family members walking to car after services, family and friends at post-service reception.
Also included is a photograph of the staff of Camp Winnebagoe, near Huntsville, Ontario.
Custodial History
Film was created by the parents of Hersh Cohen and later maintained by him until donated to OJA.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Protest activities sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 3-5; File 110
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Protest activities sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
3-5
File
110
Material Format
textual record
Date
1981-1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains correspondence, administrative records and promotional materials concerning the programme to twin bar mitzvah celebrations between Jewish youth in Canada and the Soviet Union.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Bat mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
1977-1994
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Bat mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2009-6-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-6-9
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 photograph (jpg)
Date
1926
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one scanned family photograph of Eve's family shortly before their emigration from Russia to Canada.
Back row, left to right: Raizel Rosen, Yisroel Rosen. Front, left to right: Pesa Rosen holding Edith Rosen, Eve Rosen and Avraham Rosen.
Administrative History
Eve Rosen Gordon was born in Russia in 1923. When she was three years old, her parents and paternal grandparents came to Canada with Eve's sister and brother. Her uncle Aaron Rosen had been in Kitchener, Ontario since 1903. His business was scrap metal, and Eve's father joined him in the work to pay off their tickets from Russia. Following that, he peddled with a horse and buggy. In 1933 he launched his own business, clearing and filling the swampy land by hand to build a multi-generation business, Rosen and Sons, which eventually moved into industrial waste.
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
Immigrants--Canada
Places
Kitchener (Ont.)
Russia
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-3-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-3-1
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
ca. 55 photographs
1 folder of textual records
Date
1919-1939, [ca. 2005]
Scope and Content
Accession consists primarily of photographs documenting the early life of Bella Wilder (née Goldbach) and her family in Poland. Included are images of Bella with her siblings and friends, group photos of Bella at her Jewish school in Poland, a group image of Victor in the Polish army, and other photographs of Bella's family and friends. Also included are two family histories documenting the story of Bella's mother, Shifra Frimeth Goldbach, and the story of Max and Bella Wilder, which was written by their granddaughter Sandee Sharpe. Of particular note is a 1925 school photograph of the Workers Evening School in Opatow (?), which has Yiddish writing suggesting that the school may have received aid from an organization referred to as "Gives Relief" in Toronto.
Custodial History
The records were originally donated to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto section) by Bella's daughter Ann Sharpe. JGS Toronto donated the material to the OJA a few months later with her consent.
Administrative History
Bella (nee Goldbach) Wilder was born on May 12, 1910 in Opatow, Poland to Chaim Shlomo Goldbach and Shifra Frimeth Schatz Goldbach. Bella's older brothers, Victor, Jack and Hymie began immigrating to Toronto in the 1920s and had saved enough money by 1936 to bring Bella and her mother to Toronto. After arriving in Toronto Bella found work sewing in a factory.
Bella married Max Wilder on September 29, 1939. Max worked at Superior Men's Tailoring where he sewed zippers into men's pants. They had two children together: Ann (born 5 April 1940, married Norman Sharpe) and Stan (born 21 Jan. 1945, died June 1974). Max passed away in 1999 and Bella passed away in 2002.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Families
Name Access
Goldbach, Shifra
Sharpe, Ann
Wilder, Bella, 1910-2002
Wilder, Max, ?-1999
Places
Poland
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-1-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-1-5
Material Format
textual record
object
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
3 objects
Date
[190-?]-1967
Scope and Content
Accession consists of materials documenting the Grosman family, in particular Max Grosman. Included are Max's certificate of naturalization, various Polish-language documents including Max's Polish passport, an old age security application, and an insurance book. The accession also includes a pin commemorating the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union's fortieth anniversary and two rings that belonged to Max.
Custodial History
Max Grosman's son, Wilfred Grosman, came into possession of the records constituting Accession 2018-1-5 following the death of his father. He donated the records to the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre on 17 January 2018.
Administrative History
Max Grosman was born 25 March 1884 in Novoradomsk, Poland. He became a naturalized British subject in 1914. Max's wife, Minnie "Majja" Grosman (née Bocian), came to Canada in 1913. Together, they had four sons: Jack, Morris, Samuel, and Wilfred. Max made his living as a tailor. He passed away on 17 October 1960 at the age of seventy-seven.
Descriptive Notes
LANGUAGE: Accession contains records in both English and Polish.
Subjects
Families
Immigrants--Canada
Name Access
Bocian, Majja
Bocian, Minnie
Grosman, Majja
Grosman, Minnie
Grosman, Max
Grosman, Wilfred
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Places
Canada
Poland
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-11-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-11-9
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1922–1953
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Cohen family. Included are an agreement between Moses Nepomjesze and J. L. Shekter dated 18 April 1922 regarding the bringing of three individuals–Hannah Nepomjesze and, A. Yudel Nepomjesze, and Raphuel Nepomjesze–to Toronto on or before 20 July 1922; an unsigned document in which Goldie Sherman appoints Moses Nepomjesze (Cohen) as her attorney; an agreement made in duplicate on 17 July 1922 between Morris Cohen and Jas. L. Shekter; landing cards for Chana Niepomieszcze (the donor's grandmother) and Rafael Niepomieszcze (the donor's father) stamped 14 September 1922; a receipt of payment for $6 dated 29 December 1931 and issued to Morris Cohen; an undated application for vise [sic] form with Chana's signature in Yiddish; a youth aliyah certificate of honour issued to Mrs. M. Cohen in May 1942; a sworn oath dated 9 June `1953 by Benjamin Sherman saying he knew Morris Cohen as Moshe Gersch Nepomyashtski Berkovitch when he resided in Uman in Kiev, Russia; a sworn oath by Asher Olshinetsky saying he has known Morris for forty-two years; and the second page of a document signed by Goldie Herman and Jas L. Shekter.
Custodial History
Records were discovered in the house the donor's uncle, Harold Cohen, after he passed away.
Administrative History
Originally from Russia, Morris Cohen came to Canada in 1911. His wife, Chana, and son, Ralph (1911–2000), stayed behind until such time as Morris was able to bring them over. In 1922, Chana and Ralph made the trip to join Morris in Canada. Chana's visa application from that year gives her age as thirty-one and her son's age as nine. The same visa indicates that Morris was living at 537 Cannon Street in Hamilton, Ontario and that he was working as a merchant/tailor. Once in Canada, Morris and Chana had one more child, Harold. At some point, Morris, Chana, and their family relocated to 350 Euclid Avenue.
A note on names: Several of the individuals documented in the records changed their names. According to one record signed by an acquaintance of Morris' from Russia, Morris was originally named Moshe Gersch Nepomyashtski Berkovitch and changed his name Morris Cohen shortly after coming to Canada. In other records, the same individual is referred to as Moses Nepomjesze (Cohen). According to his granddaughter, Carol, Morris was told he could not keep his name and was given the surname Cohen–this despite the fact Morris was not a kohen. After arriving in Canada, Chana adopted her husband's new surname: a certificate issued to the former is made out to "Mrs. M. Cohen." In writing the above account, the archivist has used the names by which the individuals were best known.
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
Availability of other formats: Also available as PDF files.
Subjects
Families
Immigrants--Canada
Name Access
Cohen (family)
Places
Ontario
Russia
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Gordon Melamed fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 7; Item 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Melamed fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
7
Item
20
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1935
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Admin History/Bio
David Greenberg was an electrical engineer, who married at the age of nineteen. He later became a chiropracter in Toronto. His father, Louis Greenberg, was a tailor whose shop was located in the Jarvis and Parliament area on Queen Street East. The family originally belonged to the Berkeley Street Synagogue, but there was no minyan for David's bar mitzvah and they moved to the McCaul Street Synagogue. David's stepmother's name was Sadie.
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of David Greenberg, his father Louis Greenberg and his stepmother Sadie. The picture was taken for David's bar mitzvah on October 13, 1935.
Name Access
Greenberg, David
Greenberg, Louis
Greenberg, Sadie
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2010-1-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-1-1
Material Format
graphic material
object
Physical Description
2 objects
1 photograph : col. ; 36 x 28 cm
Date
1971
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a large portrait of Martin Shaffer during his bar mitzvah at Shaarey Shomayim Synagogue in 1971. There are also two Shaffer family kiddish cups, one inscribed with Hebrew lettering. Nancy's husband, Sam, received one of the cups at his bar mitzvah and the second was given to Martin.
Custodial History
Photograph and cups were mailed in by Nancy Shaffer to be included with the Shaffer family records.
Descriptive Notes
For related material see accessions 2007-7-4, 2009-8-4, 2009-9-3
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Families
Kiddush cups
Places
Thunder Bay (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1214
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1214
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1915]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a studio portrait of Samuel and Rebecca Weinberg with their son, Bernard on the occasion of his bar mitzvah.
Name Access
Weinberg, Samuel
Weinberg, Rebecca
Weinberg, Bernard
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-1-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 33; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Level
File
Fonds
33
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1917-1934
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of one invitation to the wedding of Esther Rumianek and Joe Glass and an invitation to Bill Stern's bar mitzvah.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Weddings
Accession Number
1994-1-4
2004-5-135
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2519
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2519
Material Format
graphic material
Date
4 Oct. 1936
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of the Jewish community assembled in the Adath Israel Synagogue banquet hall for the bar mitzvah party of Larry Kussner. The large crowd is seated at several banquet tables in the hall, which is decorated for the occasion.
Notes
Title taken from writing on original photograph matte.
Duke Studio.
Name Access
Adath Israel Synagogue (Kirkland Lake, Ont.)
Kussner, Larry
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Parties
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Accession Number
1981-2-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
28
Material Format
textual record
architectural drawing
Date
1978
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
3 architectural drawings
Scope and Content
File contains bar mitzvah year program for synagogue (1978) and photocopied architectural drawings.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Synagogues
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 46
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
46
Material Format
textual record
Date
1978
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains bar mitzvah anniversary book (1978).
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Synagogues
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 6; File 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
6
File
21
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1985
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records and other material
Scope and Content
File consists of records documenting the bar mitzvah anniversary celebration in honour of Rabbi Kerzner. Included is an invitation, a programme, a tribute poem, a congratulatory telegram, and audiovisual recordings of the event. Also included are photographs of speakers, the head table, and guests at their tables.
Notes
Includes 93 photographs (57 negatives), 2 videocassettes, and 2 audio cassettes.
Subjects
Anniversaries
Bar mitzvah
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Frankel and Draper family fonds
Carl and Dorothy Frankel photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 104; File 2; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Frankel and Draper family fonds
Carl and Dorothy Frankel photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
104
File
2
Item
6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1907
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 10 cm on matte 22 x 17 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a studio portrait of Carl Frankel at age thirteen dressed in formal attire.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Thuna family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 7; Item 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Thuna family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
7
Item
11
Material Format
graphic material
Date
14 July 1941
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 11 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the Thuna family taken for Mortimer Thuna's bar mitzvah. Included are Jack and Anne Thuna with their sons Mortimer and Alvin. The portrait was taken on July 14th, 1941 by the Society Studio in Montreal.
Notes
Photographer: Society Studio, Montreal
Mounted in card frame
Inscription on frame, bottom righthand corner: "The Thuna's Bar Mitzvah July 14, 1941"
Name Access
Thuna, Anne
Thuna, Jack
Thuna, Mortimer
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 18; Series 1; Item 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
18
Series
1
Item
27
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1965]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 12 x 8 cm
Admin History/Bio
Martin Irwin Lockshin was born in Toronto in 1952, the son of Louis Leon and Sylvia Lockshin (née Freedman). He received his PhD from Brandeis University in 1984 and is also an ordained rabbi.
Currently, Professor Martin Lockshin is an associate professor of humanities in the Department of Languages, Literature, and Linguistics at York University. He has published extensively and recently completed a term as director of York's Centre for Jewish Studies.
Scope and Content
Item is a bar mitzvah portrait of Martin Lockshin.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Rabbis
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 947
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
947
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1942
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Admin History/Bio
David Day and his brother Jacob Day started a Hebrew school in Toronto on Major Street. Eventually, David Day started his own cheder on Markham Street and Jacob Day operated another cheder on Ulster Street. They both taught during the mid 1900s, from approximately 1925 to 1940.
David Day had two sons named Sam and Nat. Nat Day was in the army and was married to Evelyn Day.
Scope and Content
Copy photograph of Mr. Day's cheder that was taken for a student's Bar Mitzvah. David Day is in the middle of the group and his son is standing behind him in uniform. The photograph was taken in 1942.
Name Access
Day, David
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
Heder
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 accession #2003-8-3 for another copy of the same photograph
Accession Number
1975-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2456
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2456
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1920]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Notes
Photo by L. Surdin, 26 Cameron Street, Toronto.
Subjects
Bar mitzvah
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
1980-12-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Sarah Green
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
7 Jan. 1975
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Sarah Green
Number
OH 4
Subject
Families
Immigrants--Canada
Neighborhoods
Interview Date
7 Jan. 1975
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Sophie Milgram
Total Running Time
38 minutes 44 seconds
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contOHt the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Sarah Green (née Patlik) grew up living in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood. The family home and scrap yard business were both located on Maria Street, which served as the centre for Jewish life in the Junction during the early 1900s. Sarah Patlik was involved with numerous charitable organizations including the Ontario Hospital School of Orilla and the Rubinoff and Naftolin Mishpocha.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Name Access
Green, Sarah
Geographic Access
Kingston (Ont.)
Maria Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Portland Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Stanley Street (Toronto, Ont.)
West Toronto Junction (Toronto, Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 4 - Green\OH4_Log.docx
Source
Oral Histories
Accession Number
2011-4-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-4-3
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 DVD
Date
July 1985
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one DVD copy of a July 1985 interview of Dr. Stephen Speisman by the donor, recorded at the TJC Archives. Dr. Speisman discusses his family's connections with the Gold family because of their common background in Ostrow, Poland. He also talks about the socialist views of many Jewish immigrants, the factors influencing their desire to emigrate in the First World War era, their early experiences learning English, the reasons for Anglicizing their names, and the cultural values that Polish Jews brought to Canadian life.
Custodial History
DVD copy created from original videocassette created by the donor.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
Use Conditions: Any re-use requires written permission of the donor.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Families
Socialism
Name Access
Speisman, Stephen A., 1943-
Source
Archival Accessions
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