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Level
Item
ID
Item 1904
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1904
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1923]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Notes
For identification notes, please see accession record.
Name Access
Dorskind, Cantor Jacob
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Choirs (Music)
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
1979-12-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 6128
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
6128
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1954
Physical Description
2 photographs : (1 negative)
Custodial History
The congregation was formed in 1909, and its first building was opened on Spadina Avenue in 1921. Around 1960, the congregation moved to the Bathurst and Sheppard area after the synagogue was damaged by fire. In 1975, the congregation merged with Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda.
Scope and Content
Item is a group photograph. Identified from left: Mr. Itzkowitz, David Newman, Leon Zelicki, Conductor A. Lutsky, Mr. Weiner, Cantor Jacob Zigelman, Mr. Shilit, [unknown], and Mr. Ber.
Notes
For identification, see accession record.
No restrictions on access.
Name Access
Hebrew Men of England Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Zigelman, Cantor
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Choirs (Music)
Synagogues
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.
Places
Kensington Market (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1993-10-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1997-5-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1997-5-3
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Date
[193-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a photograph of Cantor Bornstein's choir of boys and young men at Hebrew Men of England Synagogue on Spadina Avenue, Toronto.
Subjects
Choirs (Music)
Name Access
Bornstein, Cantor
Hebrew Men of England Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Spadina Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 981
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
981
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1936]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Pictured in centre: Boris Charloff. Immediately behind his right shoulder, Joseph Jacobovitch.
Name Access
Charloff, Cantor Boris
Jacobovitch, Joseph
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Choirs (Music)
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
1976-10-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3662
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3662
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1945 and 1955]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Notes
Photo by Alex Gray.
Name Access
Wladowsky, Bernard, 1870-1963
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Choirs (Music)
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-7-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 989
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
989
Material Format
graphic material
Date
10 Sept. 1933
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
The congregation was formed in 1909 and it's first building was opened on Spadina Ave. in 1921. In c.1960 the congregation moved to the Bathurst and Sheppard area after the Synagogue was damaged by fire. In 1975 the congregation merged with Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda.
Scope and Content
Item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of members of the Hebrew Men of England in formal wear standing on the front steps of the Synagogue.
Name Access
Anshei England
Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue
Hebrew Men of England Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Londoner Shul
Subjects
Synagogues
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
Kensington Market (Toronto, Ont.)
Spadina Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-8-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 607-611, 695-701
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
607-611, 695-701
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Nov. 1975
Physical Description
24 photographs : (12 negatives)
Admin History/Bio
The congregation was formed in 1909 and its first building was opened on Spadina Avenue in 1921. Around 1960, the congregation moved to the Bathurst and Sheppard area after the synagogue was damaged by fire. In 1975 the congregation merged with Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda.
Notes
Negatives: 8:6:17; 8:6:18; 8:7:19; 8:7:20; 8:7:20A; 9:2:0A; 9:2:1A; 9:3:2A; 9:3:3A; 9:3:4A; 9:3:5A; 9:4:6A.
Name Access
Anshei England
Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue
Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue
Hebrew Men of England Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Londoner Shul
Subjects
Architecture
Synagogues
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.
Places
Bathurst Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Kensington Market (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4180
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4180
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Mar. 1935
Physical Description
1 photograph
Subjects
Choirs (Music)
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1987-7-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Hamilton Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 33; Series 3; Item 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Hamilton Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
33
Series
3
Item
14
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Ben Steinberg was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and was educated at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. He is well known across Canada and the U.S. for his lecture-recitals on Jewish music history and style, and has conducted and lectured overseas in such places as Israel, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan.
A professional composer of both sacred and secular music, he is perhaps the most widely commissioned composer of Jewish music worldwide. His works have been published in the U.S., Canada and Israel.
Ben has served as director of music at Temple Sinai since 1970, and was appointed composer-in-residence in 1996. The University of Calgary (Alberta) Special Collections currently houses his original manuscripts, scores and papers.
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Ben Steinberg and the Hamilton Jewish choir, during a performance on stage. Ben Steinberg is bowing to the audience. Standing second from the left in the back row is Marion Bennett.
Notes
There is a stamp on the front of the photograph that reads "proof only, unretouched".
Name Access
Bennett, Marion
Steinberg, Ben
Subjects
Choirs (Music)
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
Level
Item
ID
Item 988
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
988
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1921
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
The congregation was formed in 1909 and it's first building was opened on Spadina Ave. in 1921. In c.1960 the congregation moved to the Bathurst and Sheppard area after the Synagogue was damaged by fire. In 1975 the congregation merged with Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda.
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of opening of the Hebrew Men of England Synagogue on Spadina Avenue. The photograph depicts members in formal dress standing on the front steps. Cantor Jacob Dorskind and Rabbi Jacob Gordon are pictured.
Standing third row from the top is David Cohen (2nd from the left), and Chaim (Israel) Biback (4th from the left), the President of the Synagogue. Standing second row from the top is Jacob Fine (3rd from left).
Name Access
Anshei England
Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue
Hebrew Men of England Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Londoner Shul
Subjects
Synagogues
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
Kensington Market (Toronto, Ont.)
Spadina Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-8-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2006-12-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-12-5
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Date
1921
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one copy photograph and negative taken at the official opening of the Hebrew Men of England Synagogue on Spadina Avenue. The photograph is shows the group dressed in top hats and tails in front of the entrance to the shul. The photograph was taken before the official portrait and thus there is movement and an air of relaxation amongst the subject. The accession record states that this photograph was taken by the donor as he was passing by the shul and saw everyone assembled for the official portrait.
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Hebrew Men of England Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Spadina Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-164
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-164
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 17 cm + identification key
Date
1921
Scope and Content
This accession consists of a photograph of the official opening of the Hebrew Men of England Synagogue. The photograph was taken while the group was preparing for the official portrait and thus there is movement and a relaxed air about the subjects of the photo. A document identifying some of the individuals is included.
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Hebrew Men of England Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Name
Hebrew Men of England Synagogue
Material Format
sound recording
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Hebrew Men of England Synagogue
Number
OH 183
OH 184
OH 185
Quantity
3
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Hebrew Men of England Congregation was formed in 1909, and their first building was opened on Spadina Avenue in 1921. Around 1960, the congregation moved to the Bathurst and Sheppard area after the synagogue was damaged by fire. In 1975, the congregation merged with Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Hebrew Men of England Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Source
Oral Histories
Address
327 Spadina Avenue
Source
Landmarks

The congregation was formed in 1909 and its first building opened on Spadina Ave in 1921. Around 1960, the congregation moved to the Bathurst and Sheppard area after the synagogue wsa damaged by a fire. In 1975, they merged with Beth Emeth Beit Yehuda
Address
327 Spadina Avenue
Time Period
1909-1975
Scope Note
The congregation was formed in 1909 and its first building opened on Spadina Ave in 1921. Around 1960, the congregation moved to the Bathurst and Sheppard area after the synagogue wsa damaged by a fire. In 1975, they merged with Beth Emeth Beit Yehuda
Category
Architecture
Religious
Source
Landmarks
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Hamilton Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 33; Series 3; Item 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Hamilton Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
33
Series
3
Item
13
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 19 cm
Admin History/Bio
Ben Steinberg was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and was educated at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. He is well known across Canada and the U.S. for his lecture-recitals on Jewish music history and style, and has conducted and lectured overseas in such places as Israel, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan.
A professional composer of both sacred and secular music, he is perhaps the most widely commissioned composer of Jewish music worldwide. His works have been published in the U.S., Canada and Israel.
Ben has served as director of music at Temple Sinai since 1970, and was appointed composer-in-residence in 1996. The University of Calgary (Alberta) Special Collections currently houses his original manuscripts, scores and papers.
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Ben Steinberg conducting the Hamilton Jewish choir. The photograph depicts several men and women singing on a stage.
Notes
There is a stamp on the front of the photograph that reads "proof only, unretouched".
Name Access
Steinberg, Ben
Subjects
Choirs (Music)
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
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 107
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
107
Material Format
textual record
Date
1966-1974
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1903
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1903
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1921
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
The congregation was formed in 1909 and its first building was opened on Spadina Ave. in 1921. Around 1960, the congregation moved to the Bathurst and Sheppard area after the Synagogue was damaged by fire. In 1975 the congregation merged with Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda.
Scope and Content
This item is a group photograph taken at the opening of the Hebrew Men of England Synagogue on Spadina Avenue. It features members of the synagogue seated in the backyard wearing top hats and tails. Rabbi Jacob Gordon is pictured in the first row, third from the left.
Name Access
Gordon, Rabbi Jacob
Subjects
Synagogues
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
Kensington Market (Toronto, Ont.)
Spadina Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1979-11-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2018-1-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-1-11
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records (2 vol. and 1 folder)
Date
1919-[195-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a bound volume of cantorial music used by Cantor Akiva Bernstein of Beth Tzedec Congregation (Toronto) from the 1930s to the 1950s; and a published book of synagogue music Synagogen-Gesange: fur kantor und gemischten chor by Cantor Joshua S. Weisser (Pilderwasser) and Cantor Samuel Kavetzky (Bedrokowetzky) from 1919. The accession also includes handwritten drafts of music scores by an unknown author, possibly Elie Spivak.
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Synagogue music
Name Access
Beth Tzedec Congregation (Toornto, Ont.)
Goel Tzedec Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Rabbi Nachman Shemen fonds
Canadian Federation to Aid Polish Jews in Israel series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 103; Series 1; File 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rabbi Nachman Shemen fonds
Canadian Federation to Aid Polish Jews in Israel series
Level
File
Fonds
103
Series
1
File
18
Material Format
textual record
Date
1954
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of posters and tickets for the Cantor Jacob Goldstein leading services.
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4-6; File 51
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
4-6
File
51
Material Format
graphic material
Date
15 Oct. 1965
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of two photographs of Mayor Phil Givens welcoming the Korean Orphan's Choir and leading the singing of "Oh Canada" at City Hall.
Notes
Photographs are by the Toronto Fire Department.
Subjects
Choirs (Music)
Orphans
Politicians
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1726
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1726
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1922]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Admin History/Bio
The Young Women's Hebrew Choral Society was directed by Rigel Haupt.
Name Access
Haupt, Rigel
Young Women's Hebrew Choral Society
Subjects
Choirs (Music)
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
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1979-5-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2018-7-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-7-12
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
450 cm of textual records and other material
ca. 350 audio cassettes
164 audio discs : vinyl
Date
[19--]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Cantor Harold Klein. Included are audio recordings that belonged to Klein, sheet music, and other textual records.
Administrative History
Cantor Harold Klein was born in Borough Park, Brooklyn in 1929. The child of eastern European immigrants, Klein was the second of three sons. When he was four, the family moved to Williamsburg. It was there that he attended yeshiva.
As a child, Klein was inspired by Rabbi Levi Greenwald, Rabbi Dovid Rabinowitz, and Earl Spero to pursue his vocation as a cantor. He studied with Cantor Noah Schall and [Frederick?] Pugel. In a 1984 interview with author Mark Slobin, Klein credited both with his later success.
In the course of his career, Klein sung for several congregations. The first was Sutton Place Synagogue, aka the U.N. Synagogue, where he introduced congregational singing. In 1968, he moved to Toronto and became cantor at Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue. After several years at Beth Emeth, he went to Shaarei Shomayim, where he sung for many years.
In addition to regular singing, Klein occupied a number of important posts within the cantorial community. In the 1970s, he was elected to the executive council of the Cantors Assembly of America. At the time he was elected, Klein was serving as the president of the Toronto Council of Hazzanim.
Klein was also a published author. After a friend encouraged him to write a songbook, he formed Mydas Music Company, which published his Let's Sing and Daven songbook in 1985. The songbook, which was accompanied by a ninety-minute cassette of Klein singing to piano accompaniment, won praise from a number of cantors. A sequel, Let's Sing and Celebrate,was released in 1987.
In 1988, the Cantors Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary inducted Klein as one of its honourary fellows.
Use Conditions
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Music by Jewish composers
Synagogue music
Name Access
Klein, Harold
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1613
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1613
Material Format
graphic material
Date
May 1926
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Name Access
Bensman Gezangs Farein
Subjects
Choirs (Music)
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
1978-12-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2361
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2361
Material Format
graphic material
Date
May 1926
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Admin History/Bio
The Bensman Gezangs Farein was the precurssor to the Jewish Folk Choir.
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of members of the Bensman Gezangs Farein seated on a stage.
Name Access
Bensman Gezangs Farein
Subjects
Choirs (Music)
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-7-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 46
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
46
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1959
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item consists of one black-and-white photograph of a sketch by Aba Bayefsky of the Beth Jacob Synagogue on Henry Street.
Name Access
Bayefsky, Aba, 1923-2001
Beth Jacob Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
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
Henry Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Military photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 33; Series 2; Item 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Military photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
33
Series
2
Item
16
Material Format
graphic material
Date
April 1944
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 9 x 6 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Bill Stern and his friends during Passover at Piccadilly Circus in London, England. All four men are in their airforce uniforms, standing on the street in front of several storefronts and billboards. Pictured from left to right are: Nicky Gluskin (Jack Gluskin's cousin), Bill Stern, Charlie "Chuck" Appel, and David Burman.
Subjects
Bands (Music)
Passover
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
England
Accession Number
2004-5-96
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2018-5-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-5-7
Material Format
object
textual record
Physical Description
1 object
1 folder of textual records
Date
[197-?]-2017
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Beth Torah Congregation in Toronto. Included are a stole (sash) from the synagogue choir and the summer 2017 issue of the Jewish Review, which features a profile of Yossi Sapirman, the senior rabbi of Beth Torah.
Subjects
Choirs (Music)
Rabbis
Synagogues
Name Access
Beth Torah Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Sapirman, Yossi
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-11-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-11-8
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
ca. 83 photographs : b&w and col. (56 negatives) ; 18 x 13 cm or smaller
7 cm of textual records
Date
1997
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the planning and production of a centenary journal and dinner in honour of the 100th anniversary of The Beth Jacob V’anshe Drildz Congregation. Included are submissions for the journal including a detailed history of the Beth Jacob Synagogue, print proofs of the journal, congratulatory letters from politicians and Jewish organizations and congratulatory ads. In addition there are copies of speeches from the dinner held on June 26, 1997, a sample of the invitation and general planning correspondence.
Photographs taken for the journal feature exterior shots of the Beth Jacob Synagogue on Henry St and Wilmington and interior shots of the Bimah, Aron ha-kodesh, stained glass windows, sanctuary from the Wilmington Street location along with clergy, members of the sisterhood and brotherhood, presidents and others involved in the synagogue.
Administrative History
Beth Jacob congregation was founded in 1897 and was located in three different locations in St. John’s Ward before the land at 23 Henry Street was purchased in 1919. Known as the Henry Street Shul or the Polishe Shul, the new purpose-built synagogue was dedicated in 1922. The dedication ceremonies attracted so many onlookers that the police had to be called in to manage the crowds.
The synagogue could accommodate up to 800 worshippers – 500 in the men’s section and 300 in the women’s balcony. According to Orthodox tradition, men and women sit separately during synagogue services. Its neo-Romanesque design was typical of other North American synagogues of the period that borrowed heavily from church architecture, often featured arched entranceways, rose windows and twin towers. Its vaulted ceiling was capped by a massive central dome and four smaller ones. It boasted a mikvah (ritual bath) in its basement as well as an assembly hall, a smaller chapel, a brick sukkah and a caretaker’s apartment. The synagogue’s intricately carved Aron ha-kodesh and Bimah were also designed by Brown and were removed in the mid 1960s when the congregation relocated to its current location in North York. The building was sold and converted into the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church.
Benjamin Brown considered Beth Jacob Synagogue to be his crowning achievement. It was the first synagogue in Toronto (perhaps Canada) to be designed by a Jewish architect and signified the Jewish community’s increased confidence in its new generation of emerging professionals.
Subjects
Anniversaries
Synagogues
Name Access
Beth Jacob Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 995
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
995
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1918
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a studio portrait of the members of the Hebrew Men of England Ladies' Society. Pictured are Ms. Levy, Ms. Abrams; Ms. Katz; Ms. Neiman; Mrs. Rosen; Mrs. Brass.
Name Access
Abrams, Ms.
Brass, Mrs.
Hebrew Men of England Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Katz, Ms.
Levy, Ms.
Neiman, Ms.
Rosen, Mrs.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Societies
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
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-8-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2007-6-26
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-26
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph ; b&w ; 26 x 21 cm
Date
[194-?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a photo of the Cecil Street Shul Choir. People in the photo that can be identified are Sam Katzman, Hyman Maker, "Butch" Landsberg, Sam Steinberg, Morris Adams, Lawrence Steinberg, Ben Steinberg, Norman Bellick and Cantor Alexander Steinberg.
Subjects
Religion
Name Access
Gollon, Marvin
Katzman, Sam
Maker, Hyman
Landsberg, "Butch"
Steinberg, Sam
Steinberg, Alexander
Steinberg, Ben
Adams, Morris
Steinberg, Lawrence
Bellick, Norman
Ostrovtzer Synagogue
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 6619
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
6619
Material Format
graphic material
Date
12 May 1935
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of a workmen's choir during the ten year jubilee celebration for the AACT organizations.
There are several Yiddish inscriptions on the photograph that are only partially translated. Translation includes, "Proletarian culture front, worthy member in Yiddishe Arbeiter Culture Centre, ten-year jubilee celebration with Ch' Shaffer, 12 May 1935, the two brothers".
Subjects
Anniversaries
Choirs (Music)
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
Level
Item
ID
Item 1335
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1335
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[194-]
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 Cantor Linder, standing in front of the Congregation B'nai Israel in Timmins, Ontario.
Name Access
Congregation B'nai Israel (Timmins, Ont.)
Linder, Cantor
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
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
Timmins (Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-6-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Larry Becker collection
Level
File
ID
Fonds 34; File 76
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Larry Becker collection
Level
File
Fonds
34
File
76
Material Format
textual record
Date
June 1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a flyer for the Hazzanim in Recital event held at Temple Sinai Synagogue on Wednesday, June 11, 1986.
Name Access
Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
Toronto Council of Hazzanim
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 18; Series 1; Item 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
18
Series
1
Item
18
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1960]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Cantor Harry Harris.
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
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 42
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
18
Series
1
Item
42
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1955]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Cantor Rubien (Reuben) Schwebel was a well-known cantor in Toronto. Most notably, he became the cantor of the Anshei Minsk Synagogue in Kensington Market in 1949, and led the congregation in Shabbat and holiday services for over fifty years.
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of Cantor Rubien Schwebel.
Name Access
Anshei Minsk Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Schwebel, Rubien
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Kensington Market (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rabbi Nachman Shemen fonds
Canadian Federation to Aid Polish Jews in Israel series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 103; Series 1; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rabbi Nachman Shemen fonds
Canadian Federation to Aid Polish Jews in Israel series
Level
File
Fonds
103
Series
1
File
15
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-[1951?]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence with Nioma Waldman and Cantor Moshe Kusevitsky regarding Kusevitsky's performances in 1950 and 1951.
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rabbi Nachman Shemen fonds
Canadian Federation to Aid Polish Jews in Israel series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 103; Series 1; File 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rabbi Nachman Shemen fonds
Canadian Federation to Aid Polish Jews in Israel series
Level
File
Fonds
103
Series
1
File
16
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950-1952
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of tickets, invoices, newspaper clippings, programs, pamphlets, and correspondence related to Cantor Moshe Kusevitsky's performances in 1950, 1951, and 1952.
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rabbi Nachman Shemen fonds
Canadian Federation to Aid Polish Jews in Israel series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 103; Series 1; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Rabbi Nachman Shemen fonds
Canadian Federation to Aid Polish Jews in Israel series
Level
File
Fonds
103
Series
1
File
17
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950-1952
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a ledger for the Cantor Moshe Kusevitsky concerts.
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2018-11-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-11-2
Material Format
sound recording
Physical Description
71 audio cassettes
Date
[19--]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 71 cassette tapes that belonged to Cantor Harold Klein.
Administrative History
Cantor Harold Klein was born in Borough Park, Brooklyn in 1929. The child of eastern European immigrants, Klein was the second of three sons. When he was four, the family moved to Williamsburg. It was there that he attended yeshiva.
As a child, Klein was inspired by Rabbi Levi Greenwald, Rabbi Dovid Rabinowitz, and Earl Spero to pursue his vocation as a cantor. He studied with Cantor Noah Schall and [Frederick?] Pugel. In a 1984 interview with author Mark Slobin, Klein credited both with his later success.
In the course of his career, Klein sung for several congregations. The first was Sutton Place Synagogue, aka the U.N. Synagogue, where he introduced congregational singing. In 1968, he moved to Toronto and became cantor at Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue. After several years at Beth Emeth, he went to Shaarei Shomayim, where he sung for many years.
In addition to regular singing, Klein occupied a number of important posts within the cantorial community. In the 1970s, he was elected to the executive council of the Cantors Assembly of America. At the time he was elected, Klein was serving as the president of the Toronto Council of Hazzanim.
Klein was also a published author. After a friend encouraged him to write a songbook, he formed Mydas Music Company, which published his Let's Sing and Daven songbook in 1985. The songbook, which was accompanied by a ninety-minute cassette of Klein singing to piano accompaniment, won praise from a number of cantors. A sequel, Let's Sing and Celebrate,was released in 1987.
In 1988, the Cantors Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary inducted Klein as one of its honourary fellows.
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Name Access
Klein, Harold
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-5-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-5-9
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 17 cm
Date
[between 1912 and 1916]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one original photograph of Cantor Bernhard Wladowsky wearing a top hat. The writing on the photograph reads: Bernhard Wladowsky, Obercantor, Der -- Goal -- Zedek -- Gemeinde, 42 Boldwin (sic) Street, Toronto Canada.
Custodial History
This item was left on top of one of the exhibit display cases on the fourth floor of the Lipa Green building. There is no information on the original owner of the item.
Descriptive Notes
This item is the same image as photo 985.
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Name Access
Wladowsky, Bernard, 1870-1963
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 2524
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
2524
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1928]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Admin History/Bio
Crystal Beach is approximately ten kilometres from Kirkland Lake. It was a popular summer destination for Jewish residents in the area.
Scope and Content
This item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of a group of children from Kirkland Lake with their cantor, Mr. Rabin, at Crystal Beach, Ontario. The photograph depicts the assembled group in front of a log house on the beach. Standing on the far right is David Duke.
Name Access
Duke, David
Rabin, Mr.
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
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
Crystal Beach (Fort Erie, Ont.)
Accession Number
1981-2-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1976-12-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-12-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
13 cm of textual records
Date
1930--1969
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Cantor Nathan Stolnitz, his interests, and the organizations he was involved in. Included are clippings, bulletins, letters, minutes, and promotional materials for a variety of events and organizations.
Administrative History
Cantor Nathan Stolnitz was born in Vilna. He settled in Toronto in 1926. He founded the Ontario Cantors Association and was involved with Yivo, the Canada Jewish Congress, and Toronto's Jewish Public Library. He was also an author. Cantor Stolnitz died on 11 March 1969 while vacationing in Miami Beach. He was seventy-seven.
MG_RG
MG 6 C
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Name Access
Stolnitz, Nathan
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1989-2-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1989-2-7
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1927-1974
Scope and Content
Accession consists of programs for music concerts in Toronto including a childrens' Yiddish concert at Farband Folk Shule (1928), the Toronto Centennial Public and High School Concert (1934), the Jewish National Choir "Hazamir" (1939-1941), Hashomer Hatzair Ninth Annual Concert (1940), The Toronto Star Good Music Concert (1955) and a concert at Beth Tikvah Synagogue (1974). There is a newspaper clipping about a choir concert at Beth Sholom Synagogue (1950). Also included are pages from a book which display cameo photos of teachers at Peretz School, and the Toronto Arbeiter Ring Workmen's Circle School and Camp Committees (1927-1928). This material was collected by Cantor Louis Danto of Toronto.
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
Name Access
Danto, Louis
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 2; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
2
File
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1979
Physical Description
20 photographs : col. slides, (1) b&w print, b&w negatives ; 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
Belleville (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 2; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
2
File
5
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1979
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
27 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm
Name Access
Children of Jacob Synagogue (Chatham, Ont.)
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
Chatham (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Western Canada synagogues series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 3; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Western Canada synagogues series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
3
File
10
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
4 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm
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
Estevan (Sask.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Western Canada synagogues series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 3; File 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Western Canada synagogues series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
3
File
21
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
11 photographs : col. slides, b&w prints ; 14 x 12 cm and smaller
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
Regina (Sask.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains a photocopied article, "Brief History of the Belleville Jewish Community."
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
Belleville (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 59
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
59
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951-[after 1978]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains an overview of the shul from the Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Jan. 1951). File also includes a promotional brochure for the Shuls project itself.
Name Access
Beth Jacob Synagogue (Regina, Sask.)
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
Regina (Sask.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1636
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1636
Material Format
graphic material
Date
24 May 1930
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 10 x 7 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is an original print and corresponding negative of the exterior of Beth Jacob Synagogue on Madison Avenue in Kitchener, Ontario. There are two women posed in front of the building; on the left is Ida Florence.
Name Access
Beth Jacob Congregation (Kitchener, Ont.)
Florence, Ida
Subjects
Synagogues
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
Kitchener (Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-7-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
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