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Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 999
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
999
Material Format
textual record
Date
2 Jan. - 22 Dec. 1952
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a list of sponsored Jewish immigrants arriving in Canada, listing their name, the ship they arrived on and the address of their sponsor.
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Accession Number
2005-2-2
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 1000
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
1000
Material Format
textual record
Date
3 Jan. - 29 Dec. 1953
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a list of sponsored Jewish immigrants arriving in Canada, listing their name, the ship they arrived on and the address of their sponsor.
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Accession Number
2005-2-2
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 1001
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
1001
Material Format
textual record
Date
1 Jan. - 24 Dec. 1954
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a list of sponsored Jewish immigrants arriving in Canada, listing their name, the ship they arrived on and the address of their sponsor.
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Passenger lists sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-2; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Passenger lists sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-2
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1947
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains a list of sponsored tailors screened by the Overseas Commission while in Europe. The list includes family name, age, gender, marital status, number of children, sponsor name and address.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Photographs series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 12; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Photographs series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
12
File
6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one photograph of a husband and wife and child with several pieces of luggage.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Photographs series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 12; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Photographs series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
12
File
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 19 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one photograph of three women walking, one of whom is carrying a duffle bag.
Notes
Photograph by College Studeio, 499 College St. KI. 2507
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Passenger lists sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 47-2; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Canadian Overseas Garment Commission series
Passenger lists sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
47-2
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
16 Jan. 1948-10 May 1949
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains passenger lists that are organized by boat name, arrival date, family name and number of family members. Some lists indicate addresses. Boat arrivals were General Sturgis, General Heintzelman, Nea Hellas, Marine Falcon, Marine Marlin.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
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 997
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
997
Material Format
textual record
Date
16 Jan. 1948 - 27 Aug. 1948
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a list of Jewish refugee passengers arriving in Canada, listing their name, country of citizenship, religion, marital status, sex, age, country of birth and occupation.
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Accession Number
2005-2-2
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 998
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
998
Material Format
textual record
Date
13 Sept. 1948 - 18 Nov. 1948
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a list of Jewish refugee passengers arriving in Canada, listing their name, country of citizenship, religion, marital status, sex, age, country of birth and occupation.
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Accession Number
2005-2-2
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 996
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
996
Material Format
textual record
Date
2 Aug. 1949 - 5 Dec. 1951
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Accession Number
2005-2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
Series
Fonds
9
Series
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1949-1986
Physical Description
76 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series contains records of immigrant arrivals in Canada from 1949 through 1986. The "sailings" files are basically passenger lists from Atlantic voyages between 1949 and 1953 that brought immigrants to Canada. These lists are marked, showing which immigrants were sponsored by JIAS. Not all of the immigrants were Jews. Information included indicates the ship name; date and place of departure; date and place of arrival; names of passengers; their children and ages; sponsors and their address. Some lists include age, sex, occupation and destination information for sponsor or immigrant. The later "record of arrivals" files (1959 to 1986) contain lists, letters, telegrams and memoranda, as well as "agency notification cards" that list the immigrant arriving, citizenship and destination (sponsor) in Canada, and number of dependents. The series is arranged in chronological order.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Physical Condition
Records are foxed, some have rust or water stains.
Arrangement
Series has been arranged by the archivist in a combination of two previous series. The original "Sailings" series (MG2 I1a I) was arranged in two separate groups, the first of sailings for which JIAS had an official number (these numbers are still on the folders), and the second of those without a number. These two groups have been integrated into a single chronological series. The Record of Arrivals files were formerly part of the MG2 I1a K2 series, "Immigrant Files - Administration, Projects."
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1992 sub-sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-18; File 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1992 sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-18
File
20
Material Format
textual record
Date
1992
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains thank you letters, from Walk co-chairs Judy Engel and Judy Shulman to various companies, that indicate the numerous sponsors for the Walk and what they donated.
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
43
Material Format
textual record
Date
1964
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a report
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2010-3-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-3-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1.28 m of textual records
Date
1935, 1960-1998, predominant 1980-1998
Scope and Content
The records consist of materials documenting the programs and social services administered by JIAS Toronto, predominantly from the 1960s through the 1990s. The records include reports and essays, case files, statistics reports, staff manuals and other resources, budget documents, minutes of meetings, resources JIAS produced for immigrants and resources from JIAS's education programs. Much of the material from the 1980s and 1990s deals with integration, particularly of Soviet Jews. There are records relating to the Integration Committee, the provision of "direct relief aid" and other services to clients, and research and analytical reports.
The earlier case files from 1935 and 1948-1981 concern reimbursement for immigrants' transportation costs. Later case files contain only one sheet, a case report, which includes personal and immigration information, occupation, remarks, sponsor’s information and an employment history. Some files also have: identification cards from United HIAS Service with sailing information; summary of assistance forms kept by JIAS case workers; and other administrative paperwork.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Name Access
JIAS Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-5-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[ca. 1948]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a report from JIAS Housing Committee written by Jack Shindman and a letter from M. Kraisner of HIAS Hanover, Germany to Jack Shindman concerning an immigrant family.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 197
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
197
Material Format
textual record
Date
1959-1963
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 198
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
198
Material Format
textual record
Date
Apr. 1963-Dec. 1963
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 199
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
199
Material Format
textual record
Date
1964
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 200
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
200
Material Format
textual record
Date
Jan. 1965-Aug. 1965
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 201
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
201
Material Format
textual record
Date
Sept. 1965-Dec. 1965
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 202
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
202
Material Format
textual record
Date
1966
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 203
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
203
Material Format
textual record
Date
Jan. 1967-Oct. 1969
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 204
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
204
Material Format
textual record
Date
Oct. 1969-May 1970
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 205
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
205
Material Format
textual record
Date
May 1970-Jan. 1974
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 206
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
206
Material Format
textual record
Date
Aug. 1973-June 1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 207
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
207
Material Format
textual record
Date
1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 208
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
208
Material Format
textual record
Date
Dec. 1975-Mar. 1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 209
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
209
Material Format
textual record
Date
Mar. 1976-Jan. 1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 210
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
210
Material Format
textual record
Date
Feb. 1977-Jan. 1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 211
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
211
Material Format
textual record
Date
Jan. 1980-May 1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 212
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
212
Material Format
textual record
Date
June 1980-Nov. 1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 213
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
213
Material Format
textual record
Date
Dec. 1980-Oct. 1981
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 214
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
214
Material Format
textual record
Date
Nov. 1981-May 1982
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 9; File 215
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Arrivals series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
9
File
215
Material Format
textual record
Date
May 1981-May 1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1987 sub-sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-13; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1987 sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-13
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains a blank 1987 sponsor book, which includes instructions for participants collecting donations, a map of the Walk route with checkpoints listed, sponsor "stubs", and the receipts for sponsors, which have advertisements for sponsoring businesses and "Festival '87" as well as a list of sponsors. The back page has a list of tips for walkers.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Related Material
Series 17-1-18 (1992), file 18, includes a passport and a full-page newspaper advertisement for the 1987 Walk.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Community March for Israel 1996 sub-sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-22; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Community March for Israel 1996 sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-22
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1996
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains a printed sponsor sheet and collection envelope that come with an information flyer.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1997 sub-sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-23; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walk for Israel 1997 sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-23
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1997
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains a printed sponsor sheet and collection envelope that come with an information flyer.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
9
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1925-1989
Physical Description
31.8 m of textual records
319 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
The Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada was established in 1920 by the newly-formed Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC). A Toronto branch was established in a storefront office on Spadina Avenue, but the organization was rudimentary. As the enthusiasm that spurred the founding of CJC died out, JIAS soon faltered. Then in 1922 it was taken over and reactivated under the cooperative support of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of Toronto, B'nai B'rith, and the Council of Jewish Women. JIAS was legally incorporated on 30 August 1922. It also operated under the moniker of the Emergency Jewish Immigrant Aid Committee, and it changed its name to Jewish Immigrant Aid Services in 1954.
Charged with organizing emergency relief for European Jews in distress, JIAS became the central agency of the Jewish community to facilitate the lawful entry of Jewish immigrants into Canada, and provided them with welfare services, transportation, and assistance with accommodation and employment after their arrival. In addition, JIAS offered consultation services for sponsors of potential immigrants, ran a competitive foreign remittance service, and campaigned to counter the activities of unscrupulous steamboat agents, lawyers, and influence peddlers, or “shtadlanim,” who often victimized immigrants and sponsors alike.
In conjunction with similar efforts by the CJC, JIAS was also actively engaged in negotiating for the increased admission of Jewish immigrants to Canada. In 1923, the federal government instituted a permit-based immigration program and JIAS competed with travel agents and solicitors in the private sector for these limited quota permits. After combating the anti-immigration policies of the Depression era, the outbreak of war in 1939 virtually closed the already limited avenues for immigration.
JIAS Canada was organized into a national office in Montreal and regional offices in Winnipeg (Western Region), Toronto (Central Region), and Halifax (Eastern Region). The Central Region covered Ontario, and established a full-time head office in 1935 at 399 Spadina Avenue in Toronto (hence the Central Region was sometimes called simply the Toronto Office). The office later moved to 265 Spadina Avenue. JIAS Toronto’s board of directors met on a regular basis at different locations in Toronto, including 206 Beverley Street and in the Talmud Torah building at 9 Brunswick Avenue. The first JIAS Toronto board included notable Toronto residents such as Henry Dworkin, Mrs. Draiman, Mr. Kronick, Dr. Brodey and Mrs. Willinsky. The role of the board was to oversee the operations of the Central Region. It rendered decisions on issues relating to finances, procedures and policies, negotiations with the federal Immigration Branch, as well as individual cases that required their attention.
General meetings of the Central Region membership were held annually. The 1943 JIAS constitution states that regional annual meetings were to be held for “receiving and considering reports,” holding nominations and elections for the executive, and discussing JIAS’s program and policies.
In the post-war era, JIAS shifted its focus to renewed efforts on behalf of individual claimants and community support, while the focus for lobbying for a reversal of Canada's immigration policy fell increasingly under the jurisdiction of the CJC. A boom in immigration between 1947 and 1952 saw the arrival of large numbers of Jewish immigrants to all parts of Canada and the Toronto Office of JIAS renewed its efforts to meet the needs of this new influx. Major world events also sparked other waves of immigration from Hungary, Czechoslovakia, North Africa, and Russia, to which JIAS responded in turn. JIAS worked in conjunction with other immigrant aid societies such as HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, in the United States, to facilitate immigration to the United States, and later to Israel, where many of the immigrants and refugees coming to Canada had family and ultimately settled.
Custodial History
Custody of these records was transferred to the Ontario Jewish Archives by JIAS in 1983, as preparations were under way for the move to a new facility in North York. Much of the material was in four-cubic-foot boxes and in file cabinets.
The accession was divided into three sections: files which were at the JIAS office and had been retained in their original order; files which had been retrieved from a flood in the basement of 152 Beverley St. and consequently had been thrown into dry boxes without regard to order; files discovered in the furnace rooms at 150 and 152 Beverley St., intact but covered in coal dust. The bulk of the records were stored off-site, with dirty files being isolated from the rest.
The dust-covered materials were cleaned at an off-site location, placed in temporary boxes and transferred to the Archives and restored, as far as was possible, to their original order.
Clips were removed and replaced as appropriate with archivally acceptable ones. All materials were transferred to acid-free folders and boxes.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains the records of the Toronto Office (Central region) of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada. The fonds consists primarily of textual records: minutes, correspondence, financial records, reports, immigration files, naturalization case files, social service case files and the records of attempts to trace missing individuals. There are also photographs of special events, speakers and arriving immigrants.
The fonds represents an important resource for the study of Canadian Jewry, especially when taken in conjunction with the JIAS National Office records at the Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives in Montreal, and those of the Western Office at the Library and Archives of Canada. It documents the means by which a particular Canadian ethnic community has dealt with the problems of rescue, settlement and government relations. These records also offer insight into the relationship between the Toronto Office and the other branches of JIAS, and invite comparison with similar agencies in the United States, as well as those of other ethnic groups in Canada.
The material collected includes information about the countries of origin, transportation routes, settlement and employment patterns of Jewish immigrants to Canada in the twentieth century. The documents also touch upon important related issues such as advocacy, sponsorship, admission processes, health and social problems.
These records cover several waves of immigration following the Second World War: Holocaust survivors in the late 1940s, Sephardic (North African) and Hungarian Jews in the 1950s, Russian and Czechoslovakian Jews in the 1960s, and additional Russians in the 1970s.
The records also contain significant information for those researchers looking to conduct genealogical research into Jewish immigrants and their descendents.
The fonds has been arranged with one sous-fonds, which contains the records of the National JIAS office in Montreal. In total there are 17 series. The Toronto office (main fonds) series are: 1. Board of Directors and Executive Committee Minutes; 2. Annual meeting proceedings; 3. Reports; 4. Legal ; 5. Administration; 6. JIAS Committees; 7. External committees; 8. Financial ; 9. Arrivals; 10. Immigration case files; 11. Social service assistance case files; 12. Photographs; 13. Miscellaneous. The National Office sous-fonds is divided into the following series: 1. National executive meeting minutes; 2. National annual meeting proceedings; 3. National annual reports; 4. Publications; and Photographs.
Notes
Physical description note: Physical extent is based on fully processed records. Additional accessions are not included (see Related Material note below).
Associated material note: The CJC National Archive, in Montreal, has additional JIAS records from 1920-1989 including 275 m of textual records and graphic materials (3250 photos): collection number I0037; alpha-numeric designation MA 4. The National Archives of Canada, Manitoba branch, in Winnipeg, has Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada JIAS textual records from 1923-1950 on 18 microfilm reels: Former archival reference number MG28-V114 (no replacement listed). The originals of these records are maintained by the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada.
Name Access
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Nonprofit organizations
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Related Material
Other OJA records relating to JIAS may be found in the following accessions: 1979-9-5; 1988-5-2; 1991-10-5; 2006-3-11.
Creator
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto
Accession Number
1983-8-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Immigration series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Immigration series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
27
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Canadian Jewish Congress was involved in all aspects of immigration services. It facilitated the entry of immigrants into Canada, providing social assistance and finding employment for the new arrivals. It also assisted those immigrants who were filing restitution claims against Germany.
Scope and Content
Series consists of general files of Immigration.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG259.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dora Till fonds
Mothers' and Babes' Summer Rest Home Association series
General photographs sub-series
The grounds, campers and staff at Tollandale file
Level
Item
Fonds
52
Series
1-7
File
3
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1941]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of a group of women and children disembarking from a chartered bus after arriving at the Mothers' and Babes' Summer Rest Home in Tollandale, Ontario.
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
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3; File 43
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
Level
File
Fonds
18
Series
3
File
43
Material Format
graphic material
Date
28 June 1970
Physical Description
6 negatives : b&w ; 6 x 6 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of images taken at the Toronto airport upon the arrival of Rabbi Yehuda Horowitz (Reb 'Yidele' Stitshiner) of Stitshin and later the Stitshiner Rav in Brooklyn.
The images depict Rabbi Horowitz being greeted at the airport and Rabbi Horowitz and his family leaving the airport in a car. One photograph depicts Rabbi Horowitz and Rabbi Shlomo Langner of Toronto seated in a car.
Notes
Title note: This photograph was originally identified as Rabbi Dovid Flam of Montreal, the brother-in-law of Rabbi Shlomo Langner. This was contested by a family member who stated that Rabbi Flam died in Israel in 1971 after living there for several years and did not make a trip to Toronto in 1970. Further verification determined that the Rabbi pictured is actually Rabbi Yehuda Horowitz of Brooklyn (later London, England).
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
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 6; File 51
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Clanton Park Synagogue series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
6
File
51
Material Format
textual record
Date
1960-1989
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of publicity flyers advertising religious and educational programmes sponsored by a number of different organizations including B'Nai Torah Congregation, Darche Noam and National Council for Synagogue Youth. Many of these programmes were co-sponsored by Clanton Park or took place at the Synagogue.
Name Access
B'Nai Torah
Darche Noam
National Council for Synagogue Youth
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 55; Series 2; File 149
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
55
Series
2
File
149
Material Format
textual record
Date
1938-1941
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of a variety of lists. Included are collection lists from the Mizrachi Organization of Toronto, executive members of Mizrachi Organization for 1940, membership lists from the Mizrachi Organization of Toronto,Canadian Executive list, list of members of Congregation Beth Jacob, lists of members of the Vaad Hapoel, list of Women's Mizrachi Organization of Toronto, list of rabbis, lists of congregations from 1940 and a list of representatives to the Peoples and Central Relief.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 55; Series 2; File 110
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
55
Series
2
File
110
Material Format
textual record
Date
1957-1958
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of a document outlining the structure and programme of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada, a report on the Annual Meeting and Workshop of United HIAS services held in New York and a report of the Case Committee. Included in the Case Committee report are examples of specific cases and a statistical report of immigrant assistance with a focus on Hungarian, North African and Polish/other immigrants.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 55; Series 2; File 114
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
55
Series
2
File
114
Material Format
textual record
Date
1939-1943
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of communication from the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada. Included are reports and updates, meeting minutes, notice of meetings and a letter with New Year greeting from JIAS president (September 1941).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 55; Series 2; File 115
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
55
Series
2
File
115
Material Format
textual record
Date
1946-1954
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of communication from the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada. Included are: a programme from 1948 National Convention, JIAS newsletter (January 1948), a statistical report on central region (1953), a copy of the publication JIAS Record from Montreal (1949), 2 letters in Yiddish from JIAS of Canada regarding Polish Jews.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 55; Series 2; File 116
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
55
Series
2
File
116
Material Format
textual record
Date
1944-1954
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of receipt books for donations to the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2018-2-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-2-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[1946?]-1951
Scope and Content
Accession includes an undated document describing immigration prospects following the Second World War and the anti-immigration sentiment. The document was published by an unknown group "interested in combating race-hatred and anti-Semitism and on strengthening the unity between the groups which make up the people of Canada". In addition, there is a copy of a confidential letter dated February 14, 1951 listing immigrants identified as skilled workers and selected by overseas Canadian immigration officials under the auspices of the Settlement Branch to settle in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. These immigrants were to arrive in Halifax on the above noted date of on board the SS Staveangerfgord.
Custodial History
File discovered while processing CJC fonds 17.
Use Conditions
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Places
Canada
Source
Archival Accessions
Genealogy Toronto Jewish City Directories Student Research at the OJA Dr. Stephen Speisman Bursary
Accession Number
2006-3-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-3-12
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1943-1954
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material related to the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society (JIAS) of Canada. Records include campaign promotional material, national convention programmes and invitations, national activity reports and Central Region meeting invitations.
Descriptive Notes
Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada.
JIAS.
Source
Archival Accessions
50 records – page 1 of 1.

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