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Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Jewish Education series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Jewish Education series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
28
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950-1960
Physical Description
3.6 m of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Canadian Jewish Congress assisted the communities in all aspects of Jewish education for both youth and adults. It recruited qualified teachers, provided pedagogical training, established a uniform curriculum and evaluated school programmes. It also helped the smaller communities in organizing cultural activities such as Jewish Book Month and Jewish Music month and supplied guest speakers in support of these projects.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of Jewish Education.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG260.
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 693
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
693
Material Format
textual record
Date
1971
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of reports and statistical and demographic data on Jewish communities in Ontario.
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
28
Material Format
textual record
Date
1952-1961
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 84
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
84
Material Format
textual record
Date
1983-1985
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 85
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
85
Material Format
textual record
Date
1984-1985
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 86
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
86
Material Format
textual record
Date
1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 87
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
87
Material Format
textual record
Date
1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 88
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
88
Material Format
textual record
Date
1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 89
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
89
Material Format
textual record
Date
1989-1994
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 110
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
110
Material Format
textual record
Date
1965-1973
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 111
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
111
Material Format
textual record
Date
1965-1973
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 149
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
149
Material Format
textual record
Date
1965-1971
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Executive Committee series
Executive Director sub-series
Executive Director's Correspondence sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
5-5-1
File
141
Material Format
textual record
Date
22 Oct. 1957-20 Nov. 1957
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Executive Committee series
Executive Director sub-series
Executive Director's Correspondence sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
5-5-1
File
174
Material Format
textual record
Date
1968-1970
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Executive Committee series
Executive Director sub-series
Executive Director's Correspondence sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
5-5-1
File
233
Material Format
textual record
Date
1971-1972
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Executive Committee series
Executive Director sub-series
Executive Director's Correspondence sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
5-5-1
File
247
Material Format
textual record
Date
1971-1972
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Executive Committee series
Executive Director sub-series
Executive Director's Correspondence sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
5-5-1
File
287
Material Format
textual record
Other Title Information
Volume 1 of 2
Date
10 Jan. 1973-31 May 1973
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence.
Notes
File forms part of a larger unit consisting of: Fonds 67, Sub-sub-series 5-5-1, Files 287 and 288.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Executive Committee series
Executive Director sub-series
Executive Director's Correspondence sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
5-5-1
File
288
Material Format
textual record
Other Title Information
Volume 2 of 2
Date
12 June 1973-19 Dec. 1973
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence.
Notes
File forms part of a larger unit consisting of: Fonds 67, Sub-sub-series 5-5-1, Files 287 and 288.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Social Planning Committee series
Studies and Surveys sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 9-2; File 36
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Social Planning Committee series
Studies and Surveys sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
9-2
File
36
Material Format
textual record
Date
Nov. 1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of the final bound version of a Study on Jewish Education prepared by the UJWF in cooperation with the BJE.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Client Agency Correspondence series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 18; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Client Agency Correspondence series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
18
File
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
1962-1963
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence with the Bureau of Jewish Education
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Client Agency Correspondence series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 18; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Client Agency Correspondence series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
18
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
2 Aug. 1963-18 Dec. 1963
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence with the Bureau of Jewish Education
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3969
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3969
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1951
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Speaker: J. Irving Oelbaum.
Name Access
Board of Jewish Education (Toronto, Ont.)
Oelbaum, J. Irving, 1899-1966
Accession Number
1986-4-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3970
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3970
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1951
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Fourth from left: Eddie Gelber.
Name Access
Board of Jewish Education (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1986-4-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Research Records sub-series
Religious Education in Public Schools sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-4-4
File
66
Material Format
textual record
Date
1971
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a paper on "Issues in Jewish Education in Canada" prepared for the Plenary Assembly of Canadian Jewish Congress
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Research Records sub-series
Religious Education in Public Schools sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-4-4
File
75
Material Format
textual record
Date
1972
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence related to Jewish religious education.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1985-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1985-2-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 photographs b&w ; 21 x 26 cm and 12 x 20 cm
Date
1918-1967
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the role of Dr. Joseph Diamond as the first Director of the Toronto Bureau of Jewish Education. Included are copies of a 1918 letter from the Intercollegiate Menorah Society of New York, minutes of the founding organizations of the Bureau of Jewish Education (United Jewish Welfare Fund, Canadian Jewish Congress Central Agency for Jewish Education, Provisional Executive, Board of Trustees and Board of Directors of the new Bureau (1948-1950)), and programs for the BJE's Inaugural Meeting (1950) and the Eighteenth Anniversary (1967). There are several reports and surveys and a 1964 newspaper article from the Yiddish Standard about the Bureau and it's director. Finally there are two articles published in Hebrew in Israel about Jewish education in North America and a case study of Toronto, as well as a reprint of a 1951 article (in Yiddish) by Nachman Shemen about Dr. Joseph Diamond and Sam Posluns.The photographs show Dr. Diamond addressing an Eitz Chaim Annual Banquet and a Regional Education Conference in Hamilton, Ontario.
Administrative History
In 1949 Dr. Joseph Diamond was appointed Executive Director of the new Bureau of Jewish Education and Sam Posluns the Provisional President.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-4-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-4-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
38 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Date
1951-1959
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 38 photographs documenting Toronto Board of Jewish education events and affiliated individuals, including the first annual dinner held on 7 June 1951 at Murray House in Toronto.
Name Access
Board of Jewish Education (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Research Records sub-series
Civil and Human Rights Legislation sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-4-1
File
71
Material Format
textual record
Date
1962
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a report on Jewish Education given at the CJC 13th Plenary Session in 1962.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
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 31
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
31
Material Format
textual record
Date
1963-1967
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Joint Committee with the Bureau of Jewish Education series
Meeting Minutes sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 12-1; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Joint Committee with the Bureau of Jewish Education series
Meeting Minutes sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
12-1
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1960
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of surveys of Jewish edcucation.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 55; Series 2; File 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
55
Series
2
File
18
Material Format
textual record
Date
1952
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of a letter from the Chairman of the Board of Jewish Education.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2012-7-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-7-13
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
60 cm of textual records
Date
[198-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the Jewish Educators Assembly. It is possible that there may be a connection between this assembly and the Toronto Jewish Congress' Holocaust Committee.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information for this material. The accession number has been assigned by the archivist.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-2-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-2-9
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
45 cm of textual records
Date
1977-1996
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the Board of Jewish Education. Included are records related to the Audio-Visual and Resource Centre, the National and Regional Bible Contests, the Meyer W. Gasner scholarship and an Association of Jewish Day Schools Administrators meeting in June 1996.
Name Access
Board of Jewish Education (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-12-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-12-3
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 poster ; 8 cm (diam.)
Date
[195-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a large printed poster on heavy paper of the Hebrew alphabet in print and script. The poster bears a Bureau of Jewish Education stamp in the bottom left-hand corner. It was likely given out to affiliated schools to hang in their classrooms.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information for this accession. The accession number has been assigned by the archivist.
Subjects
Education
Name Access
Board of Jewish Education (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Board of Jewish Education series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 95; Series 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Board of Jewish Education series
Level
Series
Fonds
95
Series
1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1954-1983
Physical Description
8 cm of textual records
4 photographs
Admin History/Bio
Established in 1949 as the Bureau of Jewish Education, the Board of Jewish Education (BJE) is the central Jewish agency in Toronto whose mandate is to preserve, enrich, and promote Jewish education in the Greater Toronto area. Its primary tasks are to coordinate and provide leadership in teacher training and professional development, curriculum development, school administration, and inter-school activities, and also to allocate funds to affiliated Jewish schools raised through the annual UJA Federation fundraising campaign.
The BJE was established following the recommendations of a 1948 study of Jewish education in Toronto undertaken by Dr. Uriah Z. Engelman of the American Association for Jewish Education, and sponsored by the United Jewish Welfare Fund and the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), Central Region. In its constitution, the bureau was described as having the dual characteristics of being an autonomous agency of the UJWF and also as acting for the UJWF in the field of Jewish education. The bureau was governed by a board of governors with representatives from affiliated schools, the UJWF, CJC Central Region, and from the community at large. The inaugural meeting of the board took place on 20 March 1950. The BJE served 21 day and supplementary schools at its founding.
During the 1950s and early 1960s, the BJE sponsored adult education programs in Toronto through the Institute for Jewish Studies, in collaboration with the Jewish Community Centre (JCC) and CJC. The BJE also provided assistance and advice to the CJC in support of Jewish education in the smaller Jewish communities in Ontario. The BJE's role in adult education diminished significantly after its reorganization in 1968, but this again became a responsibility for the BJE in the late 1990s.
Although its primary function is to support existing educational institutions, the BJE has also participated in establishing several new institutions in Toronto. In 1953, to meet the need for qualified teachers in affiliated schools, the BJE and CJC Central Region founded a Jewish teachers' seminary (Midrasha L'Morim) in Toronto, which was jointly funded by the BJE and CJC for many years. In 1960, the BJE and UJWF sponsored the establishment of a non-denominational Jewish high school, the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT), with the BJE Executive Director as its director. In 1978, the Orah School for Jewish Children from the Soviet Union was established by the BJE, to meet the special needs of the large numbers of recent immigrants from the Soviet Union.
Dr. Alexander Brown worked for the BJE for over 20 years. His involvement began in 1957 when he became a consultant to the BJE. In the late 1960s, he became the BJE’s Associate Director, a position he held until the early 1980s. He also served as Dean of the Midrasha L’Morim and was a member of its faculty.
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual and graphic material documenting Dr. Alexander Brown's involvement with Toronto's Board of Jewish Education. Included are meeting notices, agendas and minutes, reports, studies, proposals, statistics, financial records, correspondence, programmes, invitations, a news release, flyers, applications, publications, booklets, a directory, lists, and photographs.
Notes
Photographers and photography studios are identified on the photographs.
Related Material
See also Fonds 48.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Board of Jewish Education series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 95; Series 1; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Board of Jewish Education series
Level
File
Fonds
95
Series
1
File
15
Material Format
textual record
Date
June 1973
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of the American Association for Jewish Education's Jewish Education Directory, which includes the contact information for Canadian Jewish schools.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
United Jewish Welfare Fund Study Committee on Jewish Education series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 95; Series 3; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
United Jewish Welfare Fund Study Committee on Jewish Education series
Level
File
Fonds
95
Series
3
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1980]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ida Lewis Siegel fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 15; File 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ida Lewis Siegel fonds
Level
File
Fonds
15
File
19
Material Format
textual record
Date
1955
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of an invitation to the Bureau of Jewish Education Fifth Annual Education Dinner, 1955 in honour of Ida Lewis Siegel and the speech of dedication presented by Dr. Joseph Diamond, Executive Vice President of the Bureau of Jewish Education that honours Ida Lewis Siegel.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 80
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
80
Material Format
textual record
Date
1983-1990
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 48
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
48
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1936-2001
Physical Description
21.5 m of textual records
ca. 180 photographs : col. and b&w (ca. 165 col. negatives) ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Established in 1949 as the Bureau of Jewish Education, the Board of Jewish Education (BJE) is the central Jewish agency in Toronto whose mandate is to preserve, enrich, and promote Jewish education in the Greater Toronto area. Its primary tasks are to coordinate and provide leadership in teacher training and professional development, curriculum development, school administration, and inter-school activities, and also to allocate funds to affiliated Jewish schools raised through the annual UJA Federation fundraising campaign.
The BJE was established following the recommendations of a 1948 study of Jewish education in Toronto undertaken by Dr. Uriah Z. Engelman of the American Association for Jewish Education, and sponsored by the United Jewish Welfare Fund (UJWF; now, the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto) and the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), Central Region. In its constitution, the bureau was described as having the dual characteristics of being an autonomous agency of the UJWF and also as acting for the UJWF in the field of Jewish education. The bureau was governed by a board of governors with representatives from affiliated schools, the UJWF, CJC Central Region, and from the community at large. The inaugural meeting of the board took place on 20 March 1950.
The organizational structure of the Bureau of Jewish Education mirrored that of the UJWF, with a board of directors and executive committee, standing comittees, and a professional staff. Samuel Posluns was the first president of the BJE and Dr. Joseph Diamond was its first executive director, serving in this position for 18 years. In the 1950s, the staff consisted of the executive director, an administrative assistant, and a school consultant. Over time, the staff was expanded to meet the increased demand for BJE services as the number of affiliated schools grew. For example, the position of director of school finances was created in 1976 to oversee school budgets, monitor tuition fees and teacher salary profiles, and perform other duties relating to financial management.
The BJE's offices were located with those of the United Jewish Welfare Fund, first on Spadina Avenue and then on Beverley Street, until the 1960s, when the board moved to offices in the Jewish Public Library on Glen Park Avenue. The board remained there until 1983, when the BJE moved into the newly built Lipa Green Building, on Bathurst Street, along with the other departments of the Toronto Jewish Congress, as the UJWF was renamed in 1976.
During the 1950s and early 1960s, the BJE sponsored adult education programs in Toronto through the Institute for Jewish Studies, in collaboration with the Jewish Community Centre (JCC) and CJC. The BJE also provided assistance and advice to the CJC in support of Jewish education in the smaller Jewish communities in Ontario. The BJE's role in adult education diminished significantly after its reorganization in 1968, but this again became a responsibility for the BJE in the late 1990s.
The BJE has gone through several periods of reorganization since it was founded: in 1968, when the bureau became the Board of Jewish Education and its board was reduced in size significantly; in the late 1970s, with the implementation of recommendations of the 1975 UJWF Study Committee on Jewish Education; in the early 1990s, following the development of a strategic plan for the BJE; and in the late 1990s, following the recommendations of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto Commission on Jewish Education (1996). The 1968 reorganization was the most significant of these, with the BJE Board of Directors reduced from over 80 members to just 20 members approved by the UJWF, and the number of standing committees was reduced to two. Stephen Berger was appointed as first chairman of the Board of Jewish Education in 1968, and in 1969, Rabbi Irwin E. Witty became the second executive director of the BJE. Later reorganizations typically involved alterations to the number and responsibilities of BJE committees.
Although its primary function is to support existing educational institutions, the BJE has also participated in establishing several new instititions in Toronto. In 1953, to meet the need for qualified teachers in affiliated schools, the BJE and CJC Central Region founded a Jewish teachers' seminary (Midrasha L'Morim) in Toronto, which was jointly funded by the BJE and CJC for many years. In 1960, the BJE and UJWF sponsored the establishment of a non-denominational Jewish high school, the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT), with the BJE Executive Director as its director. In 1978, the Orah School for Jewish Children from the Soviet Union was established by the BJE, to meet the special needs of the large numbers of recent immigrants from the Soviet Union.
At its founding, the BJE served a total of 21 day and supplementary schools. When it ceased functioning in 2012, the BJE served more than 70 day and supplementary schools in the Greater Toronto area, with the position of chair held by Baila Lubek and the position of executive director held by Dr. Seymour Epstein. The Board was replaced by the Mercaz and later, the Centre for Jewish Education.
Custodial History
The BJE records in accession 1995-8-2 were in the possession of Harvey Raben, formerly a school consultant with the BJE, for several years prior to his donation in 1995, while Raben worked on his Doctor of Education thesis on the history of the BJE.
Scope and Content
The fonds documents the interactions of the BJE with affiliated schools, the UJWF and its successors -- the Toronto Jewish Congress (TJC), Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto (JFGT) and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto -- and the community in its work of facilitating and financing Jewish education in Toronto. The bulk of the records consist of the files of the executive director, associate director and director of school finances, and minutes of the BJE Board of Directors and its committees. As well as meeting minutes, these records include memoranda, correspondence, committee reports, budget and financial statements, and a small number of photographs of individuals and of BJE events.
The fonds is arranged into eighteen series defined by the BJE's organizational units, projects and programs, institutions established by the BJE or its officers, and by record form. These series are as follows: Board of directors and executive committee, Executive director, Director of school finances, Subject files, School files, Chronological correspondence and memoranda, Newsletters and other publications, Midrasha L'Morim, Bible contests, Canada-Israel Secondary School Program, Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, Orah School for Russian Jewish Children, Dr. Abraham Shore She'arim Hebrew Day School, Toronto Jewish Media Centre, Meyer W. Gasner Memorial Scholarship Fund, Principals councils, Association of Jewish Day School Administrators, and Parents Council of Hebrew Day Schools
Name Access
Board of Jewish Education
Subjects
Education
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Related Material
The records of the Educational and Cultural Committee in the Canadian Jewish Congress Central Region fonds document the CJC's involvement in the establishment of the BJE and the operation and funding of the Midrasha L'Morim. The UJA Federation of Greater Toronto fonds, accessions 2002-10-54, 2004-6-4 and 2004-6-9 contain records on the establishment of the Bureau of Jewish Education, the appointment of UJWF representatives to its board, the reorganization of the bureau as the Board of Jewish Education in 1968, the various studies conducted of the BJE, and the annual review and approval of allotments for Jewish education in Toronto by UJA Federation and its predecessors. Accession 2004-6-4 also contains records on the funding of Jewish education in Toronto by the UJWF in the late 1930s and the 1940s, prior to the establishment of the BJE.
Arrangement
Files at the BJE were typically organized alphabetically by subject with no clear division by function or program. While some files were kept in a central filing system maintained by an administrative assistant and shared by all professional staff, staff members also kept their own series of alphabetical subject files. Since staff responsibilities for programs and support of board committees shifted over time, records relating to these programs and activities became dispersed across several sets of files. The archivist has extracted files relating to programs, committees, and areas of activity from these various sets of subject files and defined series according to these activities, programs and functions. The remaining alphabetical subject files have been integrated into one subject file series. File titles have been edited to bring together records relating to similar topics, events and activities within this series.
The other two common filing methods employed at the BJE were to store correspondence, memoranda and committee minutes chronologically (often in 3-ring binders), and in series of "School files" -- files organized alphabetically by school name, containing correspondence and other records relating to the school. The school files have been brought together into one school file series. The chronological series have been left in their original order.
Creator
Board of Jewish Education (1949-2007)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Board of directors and executive committee series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 1; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Board of directors and executive committee series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
1
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 83
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
83
Material Format
textual record
Date
1992-1994
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 105
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
105
Material Format
textual record
Date
1961-1964
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 106
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
106
Material Format
textual record
Date
1965-1966
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 261
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
261
Material Format
textual record
Date
1999
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 307
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
307
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956-1974
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 363
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
363
Material Format
textual record
Date
1984-1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 364
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
364
Material Format
textual record
Date
1981-1984
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Executive Committee series
Executive Director sub-series
Executive Director's Correspondence sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
5-5-1
File
41
Material Format
textual record
Date
13 Mar. 1953-16 Nov. 1953
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Executive Committee series
Executive Director sub-series
Executive Director's Correspondence sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
5-5-1
File
83
Material Format
textual record
Date
9 Mar. 1954-18 Nov. 1954
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
50 records – page 1 of 1.

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