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Level
Item
ID
Item 1009
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1009
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1924
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of Morris Berg, Anne Collis and Ben Collis standing in front of the Collis Store in Oshawa, Ontario. Anne is also holding a bicycle.
Name Access
Berg, Morris
Collis, Anne
Collis, Ben
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
Oshawa (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1976-6-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-6-3
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
6 photographs : b&w
Date
[ca. 1912]-1930
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting the Collis family of Oshawa, Ont.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Berg, Helen
Berg, Morris
Collis, Anne
Collis, Ben
Collis, Eva
Collis family
Collis, Mac
Collis, Sam
Places
Oshawa (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1010
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1010
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1926
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of Anne Collis seated on delivery motorcycle with a sidecar. The photo was taken on King Street in Oshawa, Ontario.
Name Access
Collis, Anne
Subjects
Motorcycles
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
Oshawa (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1012
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1012
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1925
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of Helen Berg (m. Sacks) and Anne Collis (m. PInsky) standing on the street in Oshawa, Ontario.
Notes
.
Name Access
Pinsky, Anne
Sacks, Helen
Subjects
Women
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
Oshawa (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Ben Collis
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
1 Jun. 1976
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Ben Collis
Number
OH 93
Subject
Musicians
Cemeteries
Synagogues
Antisemitism
Farmers
Yiddish language
Interview Date
1 Jun. 1976
Quantity
2 audio cassettes (1 copy)
2 WAV files
Interviewer
Larry Troster and Elaine Kahn
Total Running Time
OH93_001:43.50 minutes OH93_002:18.45 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Digitized 2014
Notes
poor sound quality in some sections
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Ben Collis, the son of Russian immigrants, was born in 1911. He grew up in Oshawa, Ontario. In 1944, he moved to Peterborough, Ontario. Ben's interest in music led him to form his own dance band and play gigs throughout Ontario.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Geographic Access
Oshawa (Ont.)
Peterborough (Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 93 - Collis\OH93_001_Log.pdf
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 93 - Collis\OH93_002_Log.pdf
Source
Oral Histories
Passenger Names
Collis, A.
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Collis, A.
Page Number
429
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Level
Item
ID
Item 1013
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1013
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1912]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Seated left to right: Sam Collis; Anne Collis (m. Pinsky).
Standing left to right: Eva Collis (m. Einhorn); Mac Collis.
Name Access
Collis, Anne
Collis, Sam
Collis, Eva
Einhorn, Eva
Collis, Mac
Pinsky, Anne
Subjects
Children
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Community correspondence series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 6; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Community correspondence series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
6
File
17
Material Format
textual record
Date
1965-1967
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of lists of campaign contributors and correspondence concerning community events and fundraising.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1145
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1145
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Feb. 1947
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of a hosiery sale at Allan B. Collis' ladies' and children's wear store in Oshawa, Ontario. The pictures depicts a line-up of women waiting to be let into the store.
Subjects
Shopping
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
Oshawa (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-6-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Research Records sub-series
Small Ontario Jewish Communities sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-4-8
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1965
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence and newspaper clippings from Oshawa concerning Jewish related issues
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
Small Ontario Jewish Communities sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-4-8
File
51
Material Format
textual record
Date
1969
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence regarding Jewish related issues in Oshawa.
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
Small Ontario Jewish Communities sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-4-8
File
96
Material Format
textual record
Date
1975-1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence about Jewish related issues in Oshawa, Ontario.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 2; File 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
2
File
21
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1979
Physical Description
14 photographs : col. slides, (1) b&w print ; 35 mm and 12 x 9 cm
Subjects
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
Oshawa (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4102
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4102
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1925]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w and sepia (1 negative) ; 10 x 15 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is an original print and copy negative of a Cheder class in Oshawa, Ontario. The photograph depicts twelve children standing in front of a bricked building with the rabbi. The building was probably a rented hall where the early services of the synagogue were held, before the move to 45 Albert Street. Pictured are:
Back row, left to right: Simma [Engel?], Rabbi Primack's son, Rabbi Primack's daughter, Anne Dime, Anne Hennick, Sara Rainish.
Front row left to right: Clara Engel (m. Rubin), Maxie Rainish, Irving Oilgissor, Becky Rainish, Sam Dime, [Primack child?], Rabbi Primack.
Notes
This photo is the original of photo #4103.
Subjects
Heder
Portraits, Group
Students
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
Oshawa (Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-7-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4103
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4103
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1925]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print of a Cheder class in Oshawa, Ontario. The photograph depicts twelve children standing in front of a bricked building with the rabbi. The building was probably a rented hall where the early services of the synagogue were held, before the move to 45 Albert Street. Pictured are:
Back row, left to right: Simma [Engel?], Rabbi Primack's son, Rabbi Primack's daughter, Anne Dime, Anne Hennick, Sara Rainish.
Front row left to right: Clara Engel (m. Rubin), Maxie Rainish, Irving Oilgissor, Becky Rainish, Sam Dime, [Primack child?], Rabbi Primack.
Notes
This photograph is an exact copy of photo #4102.
Subjects
Heder
Portraits, Group
Students
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
Oshawa (Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-7-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Elmdale Investments series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 3; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Elmdale Investments series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
3
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a lease agreement between Oshawa Wholesale Limited and Elmdale Developments, the company which operates Elmhurst Plaza.
Name Access
Elmhurst Plaza
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1008
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1008
Material Format
graphic material
Date
10 July 1927
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of Anne Collis (m. Pinsky) standing on the back of a truck in Rouge Hill, Ontario near Oshawa. She is wearing a summer dress and is holding an umbrella.
Name Access
Pinsky, Anne
Subjects
Women
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
Oshawa (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1141
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1141
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1945
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 25 x 20 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is an original print and copy negative of a B'nai Brith dinner in Oshawa, Ontario. The photograph depicts several men and women seated at banquet tables in a hall. Pictured are:
Seated at the back table, back row, left to right: Mrs. Marks, Mr. Marks, Eva Einhorn (nee Collis), Max Einhorn, Mac Collis.
Seated at the back table, front row, left to right: Isaac Collis, Ruth Climans, Bea Collis, Ben Collis.
Standing at back, left to right: Essie Collis, Rose Marks (nee Marder).
Front table is a group from Peterborough, Ontario.
Name Access
B'nai B'rith
Climans, Ruth
Collis, Bea
Collis, Ben
Collins, Essie
Collis, Eva
Collis, Isaac
Collis, Mac
Einhorn, Eva
Einhorn, Max
Marder, Rose
Marks, Rose
Subjects
Dinners and dining
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
Oshawa (Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-7-9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1976-6-14
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-6-14
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records.
Date
1960-1976
Scope and Content
Accession consists of several bulletins (1975-1976), a letter from the Beth Zion Congregation in Oshawa, and material from the Piyah Chapter of Hadassah in Oshawa (1960-1970). Included are flyers of organizational news, events, and announcements of meetings.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1978-7-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1978-7-1
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 box of textual records
16 photographs
Date
[ca. 1906-1960]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of photographs, Beth Israel Congregation annual almanacs, an account book, scrapbooks, and other material relating to the Florence and Collis families and the history of the Oshawa and Peterborough Jewish communities
Administrative History
Beatrice Collis (nee Florence) was married to Allan B. Collis, who owned a department store in Peterborough, Ontario called Allan B. Collis Limited. It was located on the west side of George Street, just north of Simcoe Street, and sold ladies' wear, mens' wear, and children's wear. Beatrice was active in the Peterborough Chapter of Hadassah. They had three children and later moved to Toronto.
MG_RG
MG 3 B 9
Places
Peterborough (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 594
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
594
Material Format
textual record
Date
1962
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
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 661
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
661
Material Format
textual record
Date
1958
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
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 867
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
867
Material Format
textual record
Date
1991 - 1992
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
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5-3; File 190
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
190
Material Format
textual record
Date
1939
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence regarding "Gentiles Only" signs and ads.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Subjects
Signs and signboards
Places
Oshawa (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Toronto Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 33; Series 4; Item 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Toronto Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
33
Series
4
Item
20
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1970]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 18 x 13 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Admin History/Bio
Benjamin Gershon Kayfetz was born on December 24, 1916 in Toronto, graduating from the University of Toronto in 1939, with a B.A. in modern languages. Between the years 1941 and 1943, he worked as a high school teacher in Huntsville and Niagara Falls. In 1943, he joined the war effort, working for the Department of National Defense in Postal Censorship and was responsible for reviewing prisoner of war mail. After the war, Kayfetz traveled to British Occupied Germany where he worked as a censor of telecommunications with the Control Commission until 1947.
Upon returning to Toronto, he was hired as the National Director of Community Relations by the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), and as the Executive (National) Director of the Joint Community Relations Committee (JCRC), a CJC - B'nai B'rith cooperative organization. He also served as the Central Region Executive Director of the CJC between 1973 and 1978. During his tenure, he worked with various churches, unions and minority groups to develop anti-discrimination laws and for the protection of minority and religious rights. Kayfetz was also actively involved in promoting the welfare of Jewish Communities worldwide, and made visits to Cuba in 1962 and 1965, and Russia in 1985, to study and report on the state of these Jewish Communities. After his retirement in 1985, he was awarded the Samuel Bronfman Medal by the Canadian Jewish Congress. In recognition of his efforts to promote Human Rights, he was also awarded the Order of Canada in 1986.
In addition to his professional activities, Kayfetz wrote articles for various Jewish publications under both his own name and the pseudonym, Gershon B. Newman, and gave a weekly radio address on CHIN radio addressing various contemporary Jewish issues. He was also actively involved in the Toronto Jewish Historical Society (serving as its president), Canadian Jewish Historical Society and Yiddish Luncheon Circle. Ben Kayfetz died in 2002 and is survived by his wife Eva.
Scope and Content
This item is a portrait of Ben Kayfetz.
Name Access
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Subjects
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Accession Number
2004-5-96
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 61; Series 2-2; Item 49
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Jewish Community Centre Archives Committee series
Photograph collection sub-series
Level
Item
Fonds
61
Series
2-2
Item
49
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1946
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 11 cm
Scope and Content
This file consists of one studio photograph of Ben Swartz. He is wearing leopard-print shorts and is standing in a wrestling pose.
Subjects
Wrestlers
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
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Research Records sub-series
Advocacy, General sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-4-9
File
127
Material Format
textual record
Date
1973
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence from and to Ben Kayfetz related to various issues.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Name Access
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2010-11-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-6
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
sound recording
Physical Description
ca. 60 cm of textual records and other material
Date
[ca. 1930] - 2002
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the personal and professional activities of Ben Kayfetz. Personal records include correspondence with family and friends, including letters home while serving overseas, Kayfetz's marriage and high school certificates, Kayfetz's memoirs, tributes and obituaries written about Kayfetz, as well as a portrait of him. Personal records also include audio cassettes of Yiddish music by Toronto musicians Honey Novick and Faye Kellerstein.
Professional records include articles, book reviews and newspaper clippings written by Kayfetz, event invitations, correspondence, lecture notes, and speeches. Professional records also include an Order of Canada membership book and event programme, meeting minutes for various organizations Kayfetz was involved in, such as, the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies, photographs of Kayfetz receiving various awards, and photographs of various Canadian Jewish Congress and B'Nai Zion Club events. Finally, professional records include sound recordings of interviews, lectures given at various events, and the meeting minutes of various organizations, such as, CJC, JCRC and the Yiddish Dialects in Toronto.
Administrative History
Benjamin Gershon Kayfetz was born on December 24, 1916 in Toronto, graduating from the University of Toronto in 1939, with a B.A. in modern languages. Between the years 1941 and 1943, he worked as a high school teacher in Huntsville and Niagara Falls. In 1943, he joined the war effort, working for the Department of National Defense in Postal Censorship and was responsible for reviewing prisoner of war mail. After the war, Kayfetz traveled to British Occupied Germany where he worked as a censor of telecommunications with the Control Commission until 1947. Upon returning to Toronto, he was hired as the National Director of Community Relations by the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), and as the Executive (National) Director of the Joint Community Relations Committee (JCRC), a CJC - B'nai B'rith cooperative organization. He also served as the Central Region Executive Director of the CJC between 1973 and 1978. During his tenure, he worked with various churches, unions and minority groups to develop anti-discrimination laws and for the protection of minority and religious rights. Kayfetz was also actively involved in promoting the welfare of Jewish Communities worldwide, and made visits to Cuba in 1962 and 1965, and Russia in 1985, to study and report on the state of these Jewish Communities. After his retirement in 1985, he was awarded the Samuel Bronfman Medal by the Canadian Jewish Congress. In recognition of his efforts to promote Human Rights, he was also awarded the Order of Canada in 1986.
In addition to his professional activities, Kayfetz wrote articles for various Jewish publications under both his own name and the pseudonym, Gershon B. Newman, and gave a weekly radio address on CHIN radio addressing various contemporary Jewish issues. He was also actively involved in the Toronto Jewish Historical Society (serving as its president), Canadian Jewish Historical Society and Yiddish Luncheon Circle. Ben Kayfetz died in 2002 and is survived by his wife Eva.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Descriptive Notes
Physical description note: includes ca. 20 audio cassettes, 1 audio reel, and ca. 25 photographs (4 negatives)
Name Access
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-12-11
Material Format
textual record
textual record (electronic)
sound recording
Physical Description
1 box of textual records
1 audio cassette
1 CD
Date
1932-2001
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the personal and professional activities of Ben Kayfetz. Personal records include correspondence with family and friends, Kayfetz's high school examination reports, and speeches, invitations and other material relating to a tribute dinner for Kayfetz. Personal records also include correspondence about the Ben Kayfetz Scholarship Fund at the University of Toronto.
Professional records include articles, book reviews and newspaper clippings written by Kayfetz, correspondence, lecture notes, speeches and transcripts for Kayfetz's CHIN Radio broadcasts. Professional records also include notes from Kayfetz's interview of Arthur Gelber, obituaries written by Kayfetz for Frank Shuster and Ben Lappin, and early teaching contracts with the Huntsville Board of Education. Finally, professional records include a CD that contains records transferred over from Kayfetz's old computer floppy disks and one audio recording of a CBC Radio broadcast featuring the Yiddish Luncheon Club.
Administrative History
Benjamin Gershon Kayfetz was born on December 24, 1916 in Toronto, graduating from the University of Toronto in 1939, with a B.A. in modern languages. Between the years 1941 and 1943, he worked as a high school teacher in Huntsville and Niagara Falls. In 1943, he joined the war effort, working for the Department of National Defense in Postal Censorship and was responsible for reviewing prisoner of war mail. After the war, Kayfetz traveled to British Occupied Germany where he worked as a censor of telecommunications with the Control Commission until 1947. Upon returning to Toronto, he was hired as the National Director of Community Relations by the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), and as the Executive (National) Director of the Joint Community Relations Committee (JCRC), a CJC - B'nai B'rith cooperative organization. He also served as the Central Region Executive Director of the CJC between 1973 and 1978. During his tenure, he worked with various churches, unions and minority groups to develop anti-discrimination laws and for the protection of minority and religious rights. Kayfetz was also actively involved in promoting the welfare of Jewish Communities worldwide, and made visits to Cuba in 1962 and 1965, and Russia in 1985, to study and report on the state of these Jewish Communities. After his retirement in 1985, he was awarded the Samuel Bronfman Medal by the Canadian Jewish Congress. In recognition of his efforts to promote Human Rights, he was also awarded the Order of Canada in 1986.
In addition to his professional activities, Kayfetz wrote articles for various Jewish publications under both his own name and the pseudonym, Gershon B. Newman, and gave a weekly radio address on CHIN radio addressing various contemporary Jewish issues. He was also actively involved in the Toronto Jewish Historical Society (serving as its president), Canadian Jewish Historical Society and Yiddish Luncheon Circle. Ben Kayfetz died in 2002 and is survived by his wife Eva.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Descriptive Notes
Language note: some records are in Yiddish.
Name Access
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-4-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-4-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
15 cm of textual records
Date
1989-1991
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting Ben Libman's involvement with the Kielcer Synagogue and the Amalgamated Dawes Road Trustees during the early 1990s. The records primarily consist of financial documents and correspondence.
Custodial History
Records were in the possession of Dena Libman, the granddaughter of Ben Lipman.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-9-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-9-5
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
3 photographs : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm
Date
1943-2001
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of Ben Grossman's graduation from the University of Toronto in 1943 and a photograph of his parents Etta and Jacob Grossman. Also included is Ben Grossman's 2001 memoir entitled "Toronto to Jerusalem".
Administrative History
Ben Grossman (d. 2011) was the son of Etta dn Jacob Grossman. Ben's father was the founder of Billy Bee Honey which started in the Kensington Market neighbourhood in the late 1920s. Ben had his Bar Mitzvah at Beth Jacob Synagogue on Henry Street. He helped in the family business, especially during the war when his brother Jack was overseas. He went on to law school at the University of Toronto and eventually practiced immigration law. He helped many survivors navigate the Canadian immigration laws.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-3-69
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-3-69
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1950-1991
Scope and Content
Accession consists of interviews with various persons concerning their link with Goel Tzedec and its successor synagogue, Beth Tzedec. The interviews were primarily conducted by Ben Keyfetz and Jack Orenstien, the latter serving as the Executive Director of Beth Tzedec, at that time. Persons interviewed included Carl Keyfetz, N.N. Levine, Meyer Axler, and Bert Godfrey. There is also other information in the file concerning Cantors and Rabbis who served at Goel Tzedec, including Julius Price, Bernard Wladowsky, Jacob Gordon, and Samuel Sachs. There is a document from Bert Godfrey, undated but with a reference to 1950, titled 'Report of Construction Sub-Committee'. This presumably preceded the construction of the building housing the Beth Tzedec Synagogue on Bathurst Street. Also included is a 1955 publication of the Ne'ilah Service of Beth Tzedec to take place on February 6, 1955, concluding a half century of worship at the synagogue on University Avenue. Lastly, there are several pages of notes concerning the synagogue and its history.
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of this material.
Subjects
Committees
Synagogues
Rabbis
Name Access
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Places
Toronto, Ontario
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-19
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-11-19
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1950-1964
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the personal records of Ben Kayfetz. Included is an article written under the pseudonym Gershon B. Newman, and one legal document belonging to Eva Silver. Also included are writings on the Jewish community in the year 1913-1914, a fictional account of a trip from Chile to Argentina and a poem written about Eva Kayfetz by her daughter.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-4-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-4-13
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1984-1992
Scope and Content
Accession consists of letters to Ben Kayfetz from Florence Hutner and Bernard Wind, a memoriam for Florence Hutner and general writings.
Name Access
Kayfetz, Ben, 1916-2002
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3685
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3685
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1955
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w. ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print of a portrait of Ben Sadowski, president of Mount Sinai Hospital (1943-1966) and chairman of the board (1966-1971). The painting is currently hanging in the lobby of the hospital. It was painted by Augustus May.
Name Access
Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto, Ont.)
Sadowski, Ben, 1894-1974
Subjects
Portraits
Accession Number
1983-5-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 1; Item 32
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
1
Item
32
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Aug. 1942
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 12 x 8 cm and 13 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Ben Sadowski (1894-1974) was born 5 April 1894 in Massey, Ontario. He was the son of Rose (d. 3 February 1946) and Henry Sadowski (d. 15 July 1950) who immigrated to Canada and settled in Massey, Ontario in the 1880s. Henry and Rose opened the Sadowski General Store in Massey. Ben eventually moved to Toronto and married Pearl (nee Vise). Ben and Pearl had one child, Yvonne, who received her MA in Sociology from the University of Toronto and married Dr. L. S. Davis, MD. Ben died on Nov 20, 1974. Pearl died August 30, 1982.
Ben received a BA in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Toronto in 1918 and spent three years as a Fellow in the Department of Mathematics at the university. He was President of both National Motors Limited and the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association of Canada during his career. During the Second World War, Ben served with the Vehicle Production Committee.
Ben was one of the founders and the first President of the United Jewish Welfare Fund of Toronto and a President of Jewish Family and Child Service Agency. An active communal leader, Ben received an MBE in 1946 for distinguished service to the Family Rehabilitation programme of Toronto and became the recipient of two Coronation Medals from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth for outstanding communal endeavours. The UJA Federation's Ben Sadowski Award of Merit is named in his honour.
Scope and Content
The item is a portrait of Ben Sadowski.
Name Access
Sadowski, Ben, 1894-1974 (subject)
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
Portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 18; Series 1; Item 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
18
Series
1
Item
20
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1960]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Benjamin Gershon Kayfetz was born in Toronto on 24 December 1916, the son of Max and Leah Kayfetz. He graduated with a B.A. in modern languages from the University of Toronto in 1939, and a B.E.D. from the Ontario College of Education in 1940. In 1955, he married Eva (née Silver) and had three daughters: Zena (Tanenbaum), Tamara (Kingston) and Rebecca (Hamill).
Between the years 1941 and 1943, he worked as a high school teacher in Huntsville and Niagara Falls. In 1943, he joined the war effort, working for the Department of National Defense in Postal Censorship and was responsible for reviewing prisoner of war mail. After the war, Kayfetz traveled to British-occupied Germany, where he worked as a censor of telecommunications with the Control Commission until 1947.
Upon returning to Toronto, he was hired as the national director of Community Relations by the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), and the national executive director of the Joint Community Relations Committee (JCRC), a CJC - B'nai B'rith cooperative organization. He also served as the central region executive director of the CJC between 1973 and 1978. During his tenure, he worked with various churches, unions and minority groups to develop anti-discrimination laws and for the protection of minority and religious rights.
Kayfetz was also actively involved in promoting the welfare of Jewish communities worldwide, and made visits to Cuba in 1962 and 1965, and Russia in 1985. After his retirement in 1985, he was awarded the Samuel Bronfman Medal by the Canadian Jewish Congress. In recognition of his efforts to promote human rights, he was also awarded the Order of Canada in 1986.
In addition to his professional activities, Kayfetz was a prolific writer, and wrote articles for various Jewish publications under both his own name and the pseudonym, Gershon B. Newman, and gave a weekly radio address on various contemporary Jewish issues on CHIN radio. He was also actively involved in the Toronto Jewish Historical Society, serving as its president, the Canadian Jewish Historical Society and the Yiddish Luncheon Circle. Ben Kayfetz died on 15 February 2002, at the age of 85.
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Ben Kayfetz.
Name Access
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 18; Series 1; Item 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
18
Series
1
Item
25
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1960]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 13 x 10 cm
Admin History/Bio
Ben Lappin was born in Kielce, Poland, on 1 May 1916. He was the son of Leibish and Sarah Lapidus. Lappin moved with his family to Canada in 1924. He married Adah Auerbach and had four children: Shalom, David, Naomi and Daniel.
Lappin received his undergraduate degree from McMaster University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in social work from the University of Toronto. He spent several years at the Training Bureau for Jewish Communal Service in New York and returned to the University of Toronto in 1958, where he was a professor in the School of Social Work until 1970. He then accepted an appointment at the School of Social Work at Bar Ilan University in Israel, later becoming its director. In 1963, he published The Redeemed Children: The story of the rescue of the war orphans by the Jewish community of Canada. He later wrote a number of other books, several humorous pieces for the CBC and Macleans Magazine, and served as editor of the Toronto Yiddisher Zhurnal’s English-language page.
From 1948 to 1958, he was the executive director of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region and was involved with the national executive committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress; the Canadian Association of Social Workers; and the Farband Labour Zionist Organization of Canada. Ben Lappin died in January 2001, at the age of 84.
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Ben Lappin.
Subjects
Authors
Immigrants--Canada
Social workers
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 339
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
339
Material Format
textual record
Date
1963-1964
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of a questionnaire and correspondence concerning Camp Manitou-wabing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 5; File 45
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
5
File
45
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1971
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of portait photographs of Ben Dunkelman.
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 92
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
92
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 5 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a portrait photograph of Ben Herman.
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 235
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Publicity photographs of people and events series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
6
File
235
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1949
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
The file consists of a photograph of Ben Sadowski.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1990-10-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-10-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w
Date
1943-1947
Scope and Content
This accession consists of four photographs that document YMHA basketball teams. Ben Atkin was the coach of both the bantam and senior teams. The 1947 team became the Ontario champions
Administrative History
Ben Atkin as a young man was very involved in the YMHA. During the late 1930s, he was involved in handball. Then during the 1940s, he acted as coach of the batam and senior boys basketball teams
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Sports teams
Name Access
YMHA.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1980-9-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1980-9-1
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
Textual material
26 photographs : b&w (13 negatives)
Date
[193-?] - 1979
Scope and Content
This accession consists of textual and graphic material donated by Ben Himel. The textual material documents family events as well as information pertaining to the Borochov School, Poalei Zion, B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge, the Independent Workers' Circle and B'nai Zion Association of Toronto. Identified in one copy photograph of the officers of the Canadian Headgear Workers Central are J.B. Salsberg, Motel Bergstein, Henry Sigel, and Sam Chaikofsky.
Descriptive Notes
Borochov School.
Poal Zion.
B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge.
Independent Workers' Circle.
B'nai Zion Association.
Mrs. Menachovsky.
Zerabouaun.
Kreitzer.
Arbeiter Ring.
King Edward School.
Picnic.
Subjects
Clubs
Labor unions
Zionism
Name Access
Himel, Ben
Chaikofsky, Sam
Bergstein, Motel
Sigel, Henry
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 4; Item 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
4
Item
22
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1965]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Ben Winbaum was born on October 12, 1912 in Poland to Sarah and Samuel Winbaum. He was married to Faye Goldman and they had one daughter named Rosemary.
An industrialist, he was President for Vaunclair Purveyors Ltd. and President of Winco Ltd.
Ben Winbaum's community affiliations included: co-founder for the Beth Sholom Synagogue and a member of the Jewish Home for the Aged & Baycrest Hospital, Canadian Friends Hebrew University, Herzl Zion Club, YMHA, Palestine Lodge AF & AM, B'nai B'rith, Fairbanks Rotary Club, Primrose Club, Maple Downs Golf & Country Club and the United Jewish Appeal. He also played baseball for the Toronto Jewish Community League.
Scope and Content
Photograph of Ben Winbaum.
Name Access
Winbaum, Ben
Subjects
Industrialists
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
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 22
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
22
Material Format
textual record
Date
19 July 1968
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of one news clipping regarding comments made by George Ben, Liberal MPP for Humber.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Subjects
Politicians
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 71
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
71
Material Format
textual record
Date
1961
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of various documents related to antisemitic remarks by Mr. Gergely, an employee of Colonial Coach Lines, to Mr. Paul Sheffield, a jeweller.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Second World War series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 2; Series 4; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Second World War series
Level
File
Fonds
2
Series
4
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
1978-1979
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence and a newsletter related to the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC). The correspondence is a letter to Ben Dunkelman from Ben Kayfetz at the Canadian Jewish Congress, congratulating him on assuming full-time responsibility of the Joint Community Relations Committee at the CJC. The newsletter consists of announcements, along with a report providing information about an Anti-Nazi Committee.
Name Access
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Physical Condition
Some records are fragile.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Passenger Names
Goldhar, Ben
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Goldhar, Ben
Page Number
339
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Hoffman, Ben
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Hoffman, Ben
Page Number
518
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
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