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Accession Number
2019-5-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-5-3
Material Format
textual record
object
Physical Description
ca 104 cm of textual records and other material
Date
1952-2017
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting General Wingate Branch 256 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Included are member records of Jewish Second World War veterans and others; thank you cards written by students to members of the veterans; a pamphlet titled Portraits of Bravery that contains portraits of veterans, a short history of the branch, and a brief biography of Major General Orde Charles Wingate (1903-44); a certificate issued by the Royal Canadian Legion establishing a ladies' auxiliary within its General Wingate Branch; and a certificate issued by the Canadian Legion establishing General Wingate Branch, Ontario No. 2561.
Administrative History
The Jewish Brigade was a member of the Great War Association in the 1920s. After its first president was installed in the early 1930s, the Royal Canadian Legion granted a charter for a Jewish veterans' branch. The brigade was renamed the General Wingate Branch in the mid-1940s after the British army officer Major General Orde Charles Wingate, DSO. Although Major Wingate was not Jewish, he was a passionate Zionist, hence the name.
At first, the branch met at a veteran’s hall at Crawford and College Streets in Toronto, but later purchased its own house at 1610 Bathurst Street. In 1968, the branch moved to Eglinton Avenue West. It was then located at the Zionist Centre on Marlee Avenue.
The branch held an annual memorial march and service at the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, and distributed poppies to raise funds for veterans and their families, hospitals and medical research. Members also gave speeches at schools on Remembrance Day. It closed in September 2018 after more than eighty years.
Subjects
Jewish veterans--Canada
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion. General Wingate Branch 256
Places
Canada
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-5-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-5-9
Material Format
object
Physical Description
2 flags
Date
[between 1940 and 2019]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two flags that belonged to Royal Canadian Legion General Wingate Branch 256. The first is a flag of Israel. The second is a blue ensign bearing the name of the branch. (The blue ensign is a blue flag with the Union Jack in the top corner next to the flagpole; it is similar to the red ensign, which was the flag of Canada until 1965, when it was replaced by the maple leaf.)
Administrative History
The Jewish Brigade was a member of the Great War Association in the 1920s. After its first president was installed in the early 1930s, the Royal Canadian Legion granted a charter for a Jewish veterans' branch. The brigade was renamed the General Wingate Branch in the mid-1940s after the British army officer Major General Orde Charles Wingate, DSO. Although Major Wingate was not Jewish, he was a passionate Zionist, hence the name.
At first, the branch met at a veteran’s hall at Crawford and College Streets in Toronto, but later purchased its own house at 1610 Bathurst Street. In 1968, the branch moved to Eglinton Avenue West. It was then located at the Zionist Centre on Marlee Avenue.
The branch held an annual memorial march and service at the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, and distributed poppies to raise funds for veterans and their families, hospitals and medical research. Members also gave speeches at schools on Remembrance Day. It closed in September 2018 after more than eighty years.
Descriptive Notes
Availability of other formats: Photographs of the flags are available as JPEG files.
Subjects
Flags--Canada
Flags--Israel
Jewish veterans--Canada
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion. General Wingate Branch 256
Places
Canada
Israel
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 74
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
74
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1914-1986
Physical Description
35 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 79 cm or smaller
2 folders of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Jewish Brigade was a member of the Great War Association in the 1920s. After its first president was installed in the early 1930s, the Royal Canadian Legion granted a charter for a Jewish veterans' branch. The brigade was renamed the General Wingate Branch in the mid-1940s after the British army officer Major General Orde Charles Wingate, DSO. Although Major Wingate was not Jewish, he was a passionate Zionist, hence the name.
At first, the branch met at a veteran’s hall at Crawford and College Streets in Toronto, but later purchased its own house at 1610 Bathurst Street. In 1968, the branch moved to Eglinton Avenue West. It was then located at the Zionist Centre on Marlee Avenue.
The branch held an annual memorial march and service at the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, and distributed poppies to raise funds for veterans and their families, hospitals and medical research. Members also gave speeches at schools on Remembrance Day. It closed in September 2018 after more than eighty years.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs and textual records that document the activities and history of the General Wingate Branch 256. Included are images of parades, memorials, picnics and executive members. There is also one 1950s branch newsletter documenting the branch's purchase of Wingate House.
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion. General Wingate Branch 256
Subjects
Jewish veterans--Canada
Related Material
See also Fonds 51, series 5-3, file 15 for images of Remembrance Day ceremonies held by the General Wingate Branch 256.
Creator
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Canada
Accession Number
1976-9-1
1987-12-1
2007-1-3
2007-12-10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2016-1-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-1-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
285 photographs : b&w and col. ; 10 x 12 cm of smaller
Date
1975-1985
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the activities of the Royal Canadian Legion, General Wingate Branch 256. Included are meeting minutes from 1975-1977; an album containing photographs, event materials, and newsclippings celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legion in 1984, remembrance day memorial and an event in tribute to Phil Givens; and one scrapbook containing newsclippings, photographs and other textual records related to various activities of the Branch and its membership, including a tribute to Ben Dunkelman and a 99th birthday celebration for Norman Creed.
Custodial History
The records were originally loaned by the donor to an OJA researcher who arranged to have the materials donated to the OJA.
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion, General Wingate Branch 256 (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
15
Material Format
graphic material
Date
3 Nov. 1957
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 23 x 28 cm
Scope and Content
Holding the flag on the far right is Abe Shinwell who was a First World War veteran and president of the branch. Standing in the background at the far left is Lou Harris who served during the First World War in the air force. Also in the background, at about mid-flag, is Harvey Lister (front row).
Notes
Original photo by Norman Leyton, photographer, Toronto.
Name Access
Monson, Rabbi David
Royal Canadian Legion
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Rabbis
Veterans--Canada
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Accession Number
1987-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Brach 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 26
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Brach 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
26
Material Format
graphic material
Date
30 Apr. 1977
Physical Description
2 photographs : col. ; 13 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Item consists of two identical photographs of past presidents of the General Wingate Branch taken at a banquet at Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue, Elder St. One photograph is annotated with names.
Left to right: Murray Ehrlick; Harvey Lister; Al Perly; Norman Leyton; Cy Townsend; David Elie; Phil Ely; Joel Sacks.
Notes
Credit: Royal Canadian Legion.
Name Access
Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Royal Canadian Legion
Ehrlick, Murray
Lister, Harvey
Perly, Al
Leyton, Norman
Townsend, Cy
Elie, David
Ely, Phil
Sacks, Joel
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Synagogues
Accession Number
1987-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Arab-Israeli War series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 2; Series 5; File 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Arab-Israeli War series
Level
File
Fonds
2
Series
5
File
22
Material Format
textual record
Date
1979
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of two letters. One from Lewis Bend, President of The Royal Canadian Legion's General Wingate Branch, invites Dunkelman and his wife Yael to the branch's President's Ball. Dunkelman replies in the second letter that he and Yael will be unable to attend.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
17
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1957]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 20 cm
Scope and Content
Identified is (front row): Al Pearlstein (far left), Harvey Lister (centre), and Abe Shinwell (far right). Abe Shinwell was a First World War veteran.
Notes
Photo by Norman Leyton Photographer
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Veterans--Canada
Physical Condition
Good
Accession Number
1987-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
22
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1960]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of five members standing outside of Wingate House. On the far left is Harvey Lister and on the far right is Abe Shinwell. Lister and Shinwell were presidents of General Wingate Branch.
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Physical Condition
Good
Accession Number
1976-9-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
11
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1950]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 22 cm
Scope and Content
The man seated in the centre is Joe Morris (Boer War).
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Picnics
South African War, 1899-1902
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
1976-9-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
14
Material Format
graphic material
Date
June 1956
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 9 cm
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Accession Number
1987-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2018-10-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-10-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1937
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one souvenir programme produced by the Jewish Veterans' Branch 256 of the Royal Canadian Legion. This branch was later renamed Wingate. The programme celebrates the First annual benefit dance by the Ladies Auxiliary of Branch 256 and includes a brief history of the branch, which formed in 1934, a list of officers, a report on the year's activities and a number of sponsored advertisements.
Custodial History
Item was donated by the Royal Canadian Legion Brach 187 in Port Colborne.
Subjects
Veterans--Canada
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion. General Wingate Branch 256
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
12
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1950]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph depicts First World War veterans with a boy scout. Second from the left is Jack Aaron (First World War), third from the left is Joe Morris (Boer War) and third from the right is Mike Sandler.
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
South African War, 1899-1902
Veterans--Canada
World War, 1914-1918
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
1976-9-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 22 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph depicts members of the General Wingate Branch. First from the right is Mr. (?) Strawsman.
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
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
1976-9-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
10
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph documents World War One veterans on parade. At the front is Jack Aaron and at the far left with crutches is Joe Moscoe.
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion
University Avenue
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
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
1976-9-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
28
Material Format
graphic material
Date
7 Sept. 1980
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 13 x 9 cm
Notes
Credit: Royal Canadian Legion / Sacks.
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion
Mount sinai Cemetery
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Cemeteries
Accession Number
1987-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Publications, Speeches, Press Releases and Reports sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-2
File
18
Material Format
textual record
Date
1952
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of resolutions from the General Wingate Branch of the Canadian Legion to the Canadian government regarding Second World War German prisoners guilty of war crimes.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
8
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 22 cm
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion
Yonge Street
Subjects
Flags--Israel
Parades
Streets
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
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-9-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 30
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
30
Material Format
graphic material
Date
22 Sept. 1985
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 25 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the General Wingate Branch, Royal Canadian Legion and Jewish war veterans memorial service held at Mount Sinai Cemetery. Identified in the photograph are Barry Goldman (5 yrs.) and Randy Goldman (6yrs.). Their father Israel Goldman is buried in the cemetery. On the far left is Ernie Stein, a Jewish war veteran and member of the colour party.
Notes
Photograph is by Graphic Artists, Toronto
Name Access
Goldman, Barry
Goldman, Randy
Stein, Ernie
Royal Canadian Legion
Mount sinai Cemetery
Goldman, Israel
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Cemeteries
Physical Condition
Good
Accession Number
1986-12-3
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 42
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
42
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a photograph of members of the General Wingate Branch of the Canadian Legion - British Empire Service League Colour Party at a mass rally held at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 29
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
29
Material Format
graphic material
Date
27 Sept. 1981
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 13 x13 cm
Notes
Credit: Royal Canadian Legion.
Name Access
Monson, Rabbi David
Royal Canadian Legion
Mount sinai Cemetery
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Cemeteries
Rabbis
Accession Number
1987-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 31
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
31
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1986
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 25 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the annual remembrance parade of Wingate Branch Royal Canadian Legion, held at Mount Sinai cemetery. Identified in the photograph are Jack Arons (left, with glasses) and Lee Pritzker (centre right).
Notes
Photograph is by Graphic Artists, Toronto
Name Access
Pritzker, Lee
Arons, Jack
Royal Canadian Legion
Mount sinai Cemetery
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Cemeteries
Accession Number
1986-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
25
Material Format
graphic material
Date
27 June 1974
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 28 x 36 cm
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion
Beth Sholom Synagogue
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
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
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-9-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
27
Material Format
object
Date
[19--]
Physical Description
1 medal : bronze
Scope and Content
Item shows a bronze lion standing on a banner with its claws reaching outwards. The banner reads: "Veterans Guard of Canada."
Subjects
Veterans--Canada
Physical Condition
Good.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
16
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1957]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 20 cm
Scope and Content
Item is one group portrait of members standing outside the Jacob N. Goldblatt Jewish Community Centre in Hamilton. Standing in the centre (in the dark suit) is Harvey Lister and to his left is Abe Shinwell. Both Lister and Shinwell were presidents of the branch.
Notes
Photo by Norman Leyton Photographer
Name Access
Jacob N. Goldblatt Jewish Community Centre
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Physical Condition
Good
Places
Hamilton (Ont.)
Accession Number
1987-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1883
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1883
Material Format
graphic material
Date
5 Aug. 1934
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 26 x 58 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a panoramic photograph of veterans and synagogue members standing in front of Goel Tzedec Synagogue, University Avenue, Toronto to mark the consecration and dedication of branch banners and flags
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion
Allenby, Viscount
Subjects
Dedication services
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 74
Places
University Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1974-006
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 3; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
3
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1934
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 50 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a panoramic view of the consecration and dedication of branch banners and flags of the Jewish Branch Canadian Legion B.E. S.L. at Goel Tzedec Synagogue (University Avenue) Toronto. Field Marshall Viscount Allenby receives the salute of honour.
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
Photo is in extremely fragile condition and difficult to handle.
Places
University Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Photographs series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 55; Series 8; File 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Photographs series
Level
File
Fonds
55
Series
8
File
20
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1935
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 24 cm
Scope and Content
This file consists of a group photo taken at the Royal Canadian Tobacco Convention on Nov. 21st, 1935. J. P. Katz is seated at the front table, second from the right.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4-6; File 33
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
4-6
File
33
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1964
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 8 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one photograph of Phil Givens giving the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) salute while wearing the Mayor's Chain of Office at what was likely the RCYC's sailpast.
Physical Condition
There is a small piece of tape on the top left hand corner.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Second World War series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 2; Series 4; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Second World War series
Level
File
Fonds
2
Series
4
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1982
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of two letters, one to Ben Dunkelman from James Erskine, Commissioner and President of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, informing Dunkelman that he has been given life membership in the institute. The second letter is a reply to Erskine from Dunkelman.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
8
Material Format
object
Date
1936
Physical Description
1 medal : silver
Scope and Content
Item is a silver medal hanging from a blue-and-yellow ribbon, which is attached to a silver Canadian Legion pin with a beaver on it.
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion
Physical Condition
Fair. Medal is worn and has white plaque.
Places
Vimy (France)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
19
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1960]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of a General Wingate parade along Bathurst Street in Toronto.
Physical Condition
Good
Accession Number
1987-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4-6; File 56
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
4-6
File
56
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1965
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one photograph of Mayor Phil Givens on the Mariner Minelmike I (?) during the Royal Canadian Yacht Club's sailpast.
Notes
Photograph is by Boris Spremo of the Toronto Daily Star.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2014-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-2
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
15 cm of textual records
8 architectural drawings
2 CDs
Date
1960-2011, predominant 2011
Scope and Content
Accession consists of architectural drawings for the construction of the Northern YM-YWHA at 4600 Bathurst Street (1960) as well as floor plans for the proposed re-development of the site in 1999. Also included are submissions for the competition to design and build the Jewish War Veterans of Canada memorial at the Sherman Campus (2011).
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.
Subjects
Architecture
Charities
Veterans--Canada
Name Access
Young Men's Hebrew Association (Toronto, Ont.)
Bathurst Jewish Community Centre
Jewish War Veterans of Canada
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
1967-1968
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records,
Admin History/Bio
Jewish voluntary military units formed during the First World War to fight with British troops for the liberation of Palestine from Turkish rule after Turkey entered the war in 1914 on the side of Germany and Austria-Hungary. The legion was conceived and promoted by Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky, a Russian-Jewish intelectual and Zionist. The units were gradually demobilized after the war and during the interwar years Haganah was born and eventually the Israel Defense Forces.
Scope and Content
File consists of a a booklet titled History of the Jewish Legion on the 50th Anniversary of the Jewish Battalion 1917-1967 by Dr. J. Schechtman and two typed excerpts from the Story of the Jewish Legion by Zeev Jabotinsky. There is correspondence from Shlomo Perla of the Zionist Revisionist Organization of Toronto to John Glass concerning the donation to Glass of the publications mentioned above. Finally, there is material prepared by Glass including Preface to the History of the Jewish Legion, notes, and a detailed essay "The Unique Saga of the Jewish Legion."
Physical Condition
One of the Zeev Jabotinsky excerpts is badly stained.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2016-5-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-5-11
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w and sepia ; 114 x 25 cm and 54 x 21 cm
Date
1918, 1934
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two photographs: a panoramic of veterans and synagogue members standing in front of Goel Tzedec Synagogue, University Avenue, Toronto to mark the consecration and dedication of branch banners and flags; and a panoramic portrait featuring soldiers making up the 4th Draft of the Jewish Unit at the Imperial Recruits Depot in Halifax Nova Scotia.
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Synagogues
Veterans--Canada
Name Access
Hoffman, Sam
Places
Halifax, N.S.
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Jewish clubs, businesses and organizations series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 8; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Jewish clubs, businesses and organizations series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
8
Item
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1917
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of Army Servicemen, Jewish Legion during the First World War. The Israeli flag has been superimposed onto the original image.
Name Access
Jewish Legion
Subjects
Flags--Israel
Portraits, Group
Soldiers--Canada
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
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
20
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1960]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 12.5 x 17.5 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of a General Wingate parade along Bathurst Street in Toronto.
Physical Condition
Good
Accession Number
1987-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2018-7-24
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-7-24
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
3 photographs : b&w and col. ; 25 x 20 cm or smaller
Date
1988-2016
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Gerald "Jerry" Rosenberg and his involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion's General Wingate Branch 256. Included are General Wingate Branch 256 meeting agendas (2013-2015), Royal Canadian Legion correspondence (2014), two General Wingate Branch newsletters (October 2015 and March 2016), an annual branch inspection report form (27 September 2015), a branch regulations and clubhouse rules submission form (2012), financial statements and receipts (2013-2015), certificates of merit and appreciation from the Royal Canadian Legion (2002-2009), and a document in Hebrew commemo
In addition to the above documents, there are three photographs for which identification is missing: one of a funeral, one of a demonstrators carrying signs urging recognition of China, and a portrait of an unknown veteran.
Finally, the accession contains an undated letter to the editor of an unspecified newspaper that outline Jerry's views of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Custodial History
At the time of his death, Jerry Rosenberg was living with his partner Frances Cohen. Frances' daughter Ronda "Rhonnie" Cohen took possession of the records following Jerry's death. Rhonnie subsequently gave the records to author Ellin Bessner who donated them to the Ontario Jewish Archives.
Administrative History
Jerry Rosenberg grew up in Hamilton, Ontario along with his twin sister, two brothers, and older sister. When he was seventeen years old, Rosenberg lied about his age in order to fight in the Second World War. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served for the duration of the war.
After the war, Rosenberg approached the Canadian Zionist Organization about volunteering in Palestine. After a circuitous journey that first took him from Montreal to New York to France, he arrived in Haifa in February or March 1948. Rosenberg was part of Machal, a group of overseas volunteers who fought alongside Israeli forces during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Rosenberg joined the Haganah and fought in the 52nd Givati Regiment. As part of this unit, he participated in battle in the Arab village of Bashshit.
After the war, Rosenberg made preparations to leave Israel. Upon arriving in Canada, he worked with Jewish organizations and started a family. He became president of the Royal Canadian Legion's Wingate Branch 256. He died on 23 August 2017.
Descriptive Notes
Language: English, French
Subjects
Arab-Israeli conflict
Veterans--Canada
Name Access
Bessner, Ellin, 1961-
Rosenberg, Jerry
Royal Canadian Legion
Places
Canada
Israel
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
11 Nov. 1934
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w and sepia toned ; 20 x 56 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Item is a group portrait of World War One veterans standing outside Goel Tzedec Synagogue, also known as the University Avenue Synagogue, for Remembrance Day services of the General Wingate Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Also included is one copy photograph of the original.
Notes
Formerly photo 6129.
Name Access
Goel Tzedec Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
University Avenue Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Remembrance Day (Canada)
Veterans--Canada
Places
University Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1995-2-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2018-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-5-2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
object
Physical Description
ca. 78 cm of graphic material, textual records, and 1 stamp
Date
1919-1992
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting David Croll. Included are: forty photographs (military, political, and sport) of Croll; two scrapbooks (one a congratulatory scrapbook on Croll's appointment to the Ontario provincial cabinet, the other a scrapbook of the 1939 royal visit to Windsor, Ontario); several personal documents including Croll's marriage certificate and address book/phone book; and Croll's stamp.
Custodial History
Records were donated to the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre by Croll's granddaughter.
Descriptive Notes
Related groups of records external to the unit being described: Other records relating to David Croll can be found in the Rebecca Kamarner fonds; the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds; the Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds; the Zionist Organization of Canada fonds; the Philip Givens fonds; the Dora Till fonds; Julius P. Katz fonds; the Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds; the United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds; and the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds.
Subjects
Jewish veterans--Canada
Legislators--Canada
Royal visitors
Name Access
Croll, David, 1900-1991
Places
Windsor (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 92; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Joseph Baruch Salsberg fonds
Level
File
Fonds
92
File
3
Material Format
textual record
object
Date
1935-1973
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 medals : silver, ribbons attached ; 8 cm in length or smaller
1 pin : crown shape ; 1 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of certificates, medals and pins documenting J.B. Salsberg and Dora Wilensky's involvement in celebrations of His Royal Highness King George VI and Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II's coronations. Also included is an invitation and programme book for a royal luncheon in Toronto.
Notes
Artifact numbers 146, 147, 156.
Name Access
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-
George VI, King of Great Britain, 1895-1952
Subjects
Heads of state
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
19
Material Format
object
Date
[193-?]
Physical Description
1 medal
Scope and Content
Item is a medal feauring a silver lion's face surrounded by a blue border. There is bronze writing that reads: "BRITISH LEGION."
Physical Condition
Poor. The blue enamel is coming off and the silver on the lion is scuffed.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Executive sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 38; Series 7-2; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada fonds
Toronto Section series
Executive sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
38
Series
7-2
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1983-1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of branch lists with names and addresses of NCJW members for 1983-84 and 1986-87.
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 34
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
34
Material Format
textual record
Date
28 Oct. 1951
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of one report of the National JPRC Eastern Region regarding its activities and relationship with the French Canadian population and French organizations.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Subjects
French Canadians
Jews--Canada
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 74; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
General Wingate Branch 256, Royal Canadian Legion fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
74
Item
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[193-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 21 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of Jewish war veterans at a World War One memorial service, City Hall, Toronto. The people identified in this photograph include: Judge Samuel Factor, Fred Hamilton, Mr. (?) Mazurkoff, Mr. (?) Mazurkoff, Mrs. Joshua Smith, Joe Moscoe, and John J. Glass. Joe Moscoe is located stading in the second row near the woman in the dark jacket.
Name Access
Factor, Samuel
Hamilton, Fred
Mazurkoff, Mr
Smith, Joshua
Glass, John J.
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
Veterans--Canada
World War, 1914-1918
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
1976-9-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2016-3-29
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-3-29
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
2015
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one document created by the Adath Israel Congregaion honouring the synagogue's past and present members who are veterans of the Second World War. The document lists approximately 180 names, most of whom are deceased.
Subjects
Synagogues
Veterans--Canada
World War, 1939-1945
Name Access
Adath Israel Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Executive director series
Subject files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 61; Series 1-1; File 108
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Executive director series
Subject files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
61
Series
1-1
File
108
Material Format
textual record
Date
1958
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file contains a list of signatures that was to be placed on the northern Y.M.-Y.W.H.A.'s cornerstone, in honour of the contributions made by their parents or grandparents. The intended cornerstone was never laid.
Accession Number
2004-5-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Executive director series
Subject files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 61; Series 1-1; File 109
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Executive director series
Subject files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
61
Series
1-1
File
109
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1961
Physical Description
2 cm of textual records
15 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
This file contains textual records and graphic material documenting the dedication ceremonies of the northern branch of the Y.M.-Y.W.H.A. on Bathurst Street. The textual records include invitations, publicity booklets, correspondence, meeting minutes of the Executive Committee, speeches and ceremony itineraries. The photographs are of several individuals from the executive, the northern building fund campaign, or invited dignitaries speaking at the podium, and a few crowd shots.
Accession Number
2004-5-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Executive director series
Subject files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 61; Series 1-1; File 110
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Executive director series
Subject files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
61
Series
1-1
File
110
Material Format
textual record
Date
1958
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
This file contains textual material documenting the groundbreaking ceremonies of the northern branch Y.M.-Y.W.H.A. on Bathurst Street. The records include invitations, community and executive correspondence, invite lists and ceremony itineraries.
Subjects
Building
Accession Number
2004-5-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
50 records – page 1 of 1.

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