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19 records – page 1 of 1.
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 11; File 48
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
11
File
48
Material Format
textual record
Date
1984-1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Board of directors and executive committee series
Educational Services Committee sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 1-2; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Board of directors and executive committee series
Educational Services Committee sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
1-2
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1981-1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Board of directors and executive committee series
Educational Services Committee sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 1-2; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Board of directors and executive committee series
Educational Services Committee sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
1-2
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1981-1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Board of directors and executive committee series
Educational Services Committee sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 1-2; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Board of directors and executive committee series
Educational Services Committee sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
1-2
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1981-1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Board of directors and executive committee series
Educational Services Committee sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 1-2; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Board of directors and executive committee series
Educational Services Committee sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
1-2
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1981-1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 11; File 41
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
11
File
41
Material Format
textual record
Date
1973-1975
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 11; File 42
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
11
File
42
Material Format
textual record
Date
1974-1982
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 949
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
949
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1955]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a copy photograph of Mr. Prasov's grade three class at Shaarei Shomayim School.
Subjects
Students
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Accession Number
1975-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 45; Item 32
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
45
Item
32
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1921
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Ellen Dworkin, the daughter of Dorothy and Henry, was called Honey by her parents. She was born on 19 June 1912. She married Lewis Raxlan in 1932. They divorced, and she then married Leon Arthurs. They had two children, Harry and Linda. Harry later became the Dean of Osgoode Law School.
Scope and Content
Postcard of Honey Dworkin at 9 years of age. Her parents would have her portrait taken each year at a studio. This image was used as a postcard.
Subjects
Girls
Portraits
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
1978-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Ivor Simmons
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
9 Feb. 2016
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Ivor Simmons
Number
OH 425
Subject
Canada--Emigration and immigration
Jews--South Africa
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Interview Date
9 Feb. 2016
Interviewer
Naomi Raichyk
Total Running Time
OH 425 part 1: 21 min.
OH 425 part 2: 20 min.
OH 425 part 3: 21 min.
OH 425 part 4: 1 min.
OH 425 part 5: 2 min.
OH 425 part 6: 4 min.
Biography
Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa’s judicial capital, in 1937, Ivor had a pleasant childhood alongside his two brothers. Because his family lived on the “wrong side” of Naval Hill (the other side was considerably more Jewish), he counted both Jews and non-Jews among his friends. This did not mean he lacked for Jewish culture: Ivor participated in a Jewish youth movement and was sent to a nearby cheder ahead of his bar mitzvah, which he celebrated in the communal hall. Unfortunately, the cheder teacher, a European immigrant who spoke halting English, was not the best teacher and Ivor finished his education with only a partial ability to read Hebrew.
As a young man, Ivor studied chemical engineering at the University of Cape Town. He worked in South Africa for a time before leaving to go to London. At the time he left, he did not have plans to live outside South Africa, but he ended up meeting several Canadians in England who encouraged him to give Canada a try. Obtaining work without any great difficulty and finding the locals friendlier than those in England, he decided to make Canada home.
Ivor worked in marketing for a time before coming to the conclusion that he wanted to be his own boss. With a loan from his father-in-law, he purchased a small company, which he ran for twenty-seven years. He looks back on those years fondly on account of having overcome a number of obstacles along the way and treated his employees fairly. In 1997, he sold his business and decided to devote his time to travel and volunteering.
Ivor and his wife have three children, all of whom live in Canada. They also have several grandchildren.
Material Format
moving images
Language
English
Name Access
Simmons, Ivor, 1937-
Geographic Access
Bloemfontein (South Africa)
Cape Town (South Africa)
England
Sasolburg (South Africa)
Toronto (Ont.)
Original Format
Digital file
Copy Format
Digital file
Transcript
Part 1:
00:25 Ivor was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa in 1937. His maternal grandparents' birthplace was Russia. His paternal grandfather was born near the Lithuanian/Latvian border. His paternal grandfather travelled to England and in 1886 moved to South Africa. His paternal grandmother came to South Africa from Cardiff.
02:24 Ivor's maternal grandfather was a jeweller in Cape Town. He remarried after Ivor's maternal grandmother died. The grandfather and second wife died in a vehicular accident in the 1920s.
03:45 Ivor discusses his parents: how they met and married. Ivor's father ran a printing company and his mother was a music teacher with an interest in the arts. Ivor's mother was involved in Jewish communal affairs.
05:55 Ivor discusses his two younger brother, both of whom moved to Sydney, Australia.
09:20 Ivor describes his youth in Bloemfontein.
10:34 Ivor participated in a B'nai Brith youth movement and attended cheder until age thirteen.
12:05 Ivor had a bar mitzvah in the communal hall.
13:24 Ivor discusses his education and extracurricular activities while he attended Grey College, a boys' school in Bloemfontein. Although Afrikaans was taught in school, Ivor did not gain fluency in Afrikaans until he worked in an oil refinery in Sasolburg.
15:40 Ivor describes his Jewish education.
16:20 Ivor discusses his family's religious and cultural observance.
17:47 Ivor shares his perspective on the impact of politics in South Africa on the Jewish community and on him personally.
19:40 Ivor discusses his reasons for leaving South Africa and how he decided to move to Canada. He found a job with Union Carbide in Toronto and decided to stay.
Part 2:
00:20 Ivor shares his first impressions of living in Toronto and addresses the ease of transition for him.
02:57 Ivor arrived in Toronto on 2 June 1963 after having spent one month in Montreal.
03:40 Ivor discusses the small South African community in Toronto at that time.
05:40 Ivor discusses his family's reaction to his decision to move to Toronto. His parents remained in South Africa. Ivor describes his parents' lifestyle.
08:45 Ivor describes his professional education and career. He studied chemical engineering at the University of Cape Town. He discusses his work history in South Africa, England, and Canada.
13:20 Ivor discusses how he met his wife. He discusses his family: his two sons and one daughter. Ivor discusses his daughter's career.
Part 3:
01:15 Ivor discusses the adoption of his two sons. Ivor discusses the children's education.
06:15 Ivor's mother came to visit regularly. His father came for several visits. Ivor and his family visited South Africa.
07:35 Ivor discusses how his family celebrated Jewish holidays.
08:24 Ivor discusses his wife, Renee.
09:08 Ivor discusses the similarities between Renee's family and his family with regards to Jewish practice and values and their Jewish practice in their home.
11:10 Ivor discusses his limited participation with any organizations within the South African Jewish community in Canada.
12:10 Ivor offers reasons why it would have been difficult to raise his children had they been living in South Africa.
13:40 Ivor discusses some of his family visits to South Africa and the impressions of the children.
15:36 Ivor offers his impressions of current day South Africa.
18:16 Ivor comments on the ease with which he integrated into Canada.
19:06 Ivor discusses his volunteer involvement following his retirement and his personal interests.
Part 4:
00:00 Ivor continues to discuss his personal interests.
Part 5:
00:00 Ivor fondly reminisces about his extended family in Cape Town: his mother's sister and her husband, his mother's brothers, their wives and children, and his father's twin cousins.
Part 6:
00:00 Ivor continues to reminisce about extended family.
02:42 Ivor discusses his pleasure in travel since his retirement.
Source
Oral Histories

What was planned as just a short trip...

Watching What you Say in South Africa

Accession Number
2020-9-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2020-9-2
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (jpg)
Date
8 Sept. 2020
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Isaac Vilensky standing on his front porch prior to his first day of grade 1 at Associated Hebrew Schools, Posluns Education Centre. The photograph was taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and Isaac is wearing a mask.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4330
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4330
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1922]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Notes
There is a negative for this photograph.
Name Access
Ogden School
Subjects
Children
Education
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
1986-1-12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 55; Series 2; File 224
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
55
Series
2
File
224
Material Format
textual record
Date
1942
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of an invitation to the opening meeting of the 1942 United Palestine Appeal with guest speaker Dr. Israel Goldstein, a personal invitation to Katz to attend a luncheon in honour of Dr. Israel Goldstein and a letter inviting Katz to attend a U.P.A. Workers' Rally and Smoker.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Elfreda and Alec Levine
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
9 Feb. 2017
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Elfreda and Alec Levine
Number
OH 442
Subject
Canada--Emigration and immigration
Jews--South Africa
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Interview Date
9 Feb. 2017
Interviewer
Miriam Borden
Total Running Time
OH 422 part 1: 37 min.
OH 422 part 2: 9 min.
Biography
Alec and Elfreda met when they were young teenagers. Elfreda was friends with Alec’s sister and the two would play tennis together. Despite meeting at a young age, Alec and Elfreda did not begin dating until they were in their early twenties. They married in 1958 and subsequently had three children. It was largely on account of their two eldest children that they emigrated. Their eldest son had emigrated first, initially settling in Saskatchewan, while their daughter emigrated shortly thereafter, making a home in the United Kingdom. Their youngest son chose to remain in South Africa.
Following the birth of their granddaughter in Saskatoon, Alec and Elfreda began making regular trips to Canada. As time went on and crime continued to rise in South Africa, Alec and Elfreda’s children started to encourage their parents to move to Canada. This they did in 1999, arriving in Toronto in the cold month of October. While the ice and snow initially made for a new and exciting experience, they quickly got over it.
Arriving in their sixties, Alec and Elfreda initially struggled in their new country, but soon found work and made friends. Making this process somewhat easier was the fact that the two enjoyed exploring the different areas of the city via subway, an activity they keep up to this day. Alec and Elfreda also continue to follow developments in South Africa—in part because one of their sons lives there—but now think of themselves as Canadians.
Material Format
moving images
Language
English
Name Access
Levine, Alec
Levine, Elfreda
Geographic Access
Cape Town (South Africa)
Johannesburg (South Africa)
Saskatchewan
Toronto (Ont.)
Original Format
Digital file
Copy Format
Digital file
Transcript
00:40 Elfreda discusses her family's immigration to South Africa. Her maternal grandparents came to Cape Town from Riga, Latvia via London. Her paternal grandfather came to South Africa in his teens and settled in ?Aliwal North.
02:14 Alec discusses his family's immigration to South Africa. His parents were married in Riga, Latvia. His maternal grandfather came to South Africa. During the period of 1930-1936, he brought his five daughters and their husbands to South Africa.
03:30 Elfreda describes Jewish life in Aliwal North. She explains why the Jewish population declined over time.
05:08 Elfreda recalls travelling by train to cities for holidays and how she and Alec met during holiday.
06:41 Alec describes his Jewish life growing up in Johannesburg.
07:48 Elfreda continues to discuss Jewish life while growing up in a small community.
09:13 Alec and Elfreda discuss Jewish youth groups and camps.
10:35 Elfreda discusses her academic path: two years of nursing in Cape Town and commercial bookkeeping in Johannesburg.
12:13 Alec discusses his career path: architecture for two years then joining the family plumbing business.
13:00 Alec and Elfreda married in 1958.
13:24 Alec describes his limited involvement in politics in South Africa. Their daughter became involved with the African National Congress (ANC) while she attended university.
14:55 Elfreda shares her memories from her childhood. She recalls the impact of apartheid following the rise of the nationalists in 1948.
16:13 Alec and Elfreda discuss having household staff in their homes while growing up and after they were married.
19:50 Elfreda describes a party she held for her family's maid when she retired.
21:17 Alec and Elfreda explain when and why their two older children emigrated from South Africa. Their youngest son remained in South Africa.
22:49 Alec and Elfreda discuss the factors that contributed to their decision to immigrate to Canada.
25:13 Alec describes some incidents of violence he personally experienced in Johannesburg.
25:58 Alec and Elfreda describe their feeling about leaving South Africa and the challenges of immigrating at a later stage of life (e.g. upgrading their work skills, finding work, making new friends).
28:33 Alec and Elfreda share some of their earliest memories of moving to Canada.
30:35 Alec discusses his early efforts to find work in Canada.
33:52 Elfreda discusses her involvement with the Jewish community, notably the South African Jewish community since their arrival in Canada.
35:49 Elfreda discusses how their willingness to explore Toronto has helped with their integration.
Part 2:
00:34 Alec and Elfreda describe the response from family and friends in South Africa to their decision to leave.
02:25 Alec and Elfreda came to Canada in October 1999. Their son, Mark, came in 1986.
02:50 Alec and Elfreda discuss the easier experience of integration by their son's family compared to their own.
03:49 Elfreda relates a family story. Mark settled in a small town in Saskatchewan when he arrived in Canada. He discovered that relatives of Elfreda had settled in a small neighbouring community in 1906.
5:00 Elfreda discusses their identity as Canadians.
Elfreda discusses their ongoing connections with South Africa.
07:30 Elfreda notes that they did not experience culture shock as they settled in Canada.
Source
Oral Histories

Not the Way to Live

Afrikaners Dominated Politics

Leaving your Heart in South Africa

Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Harry Levine family series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 25; Series 5; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Levine and Cass family fonds
Harry Levine family series
Level
Item
Fonds
25
Series
5
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
May 1941
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 22 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a school photograph from Prince School in Boston, Massachusetts. The photograph is of the third grade class taken in May 1941. Richard Levine is in the last row, fourth from the left.
Name Access
Levine, Richard
Subjects
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
Boston (Mass.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto series
Yom Haatzmaut celebrations file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 95; Series 2; File 75; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto series
Yom Haatzmaut celebrations file
Level
Item
Fonds
95
Series
2
File
75
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1968-1969
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Notes
Photograph is by Graphic Artists Photographers.
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
Level
Item
ID
Item 736
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
736
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Feb. 1940
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of children from Miss Macrath's Grade V class posing on the front steps of the Grace Street elementary school in Toronto. Identified in the first row, second from the left is David Platnick.
Notes
Acquired June 18, 1976.
Name Access
Grace St. School
Macrath, Miss
Platnick, David
Subjects
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
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Franklin family legal documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 22; Series 2; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Franklin family legal documents series
Level
File
Fonds
22
Series
2
File
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
1856-1929
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
This file contains the original deeds of land, mortgage papers and statutory declarations for the property bought by the Franklin family in 1916. The property was situated on the southeast corner of Gerrard and Terauley (Bay) Streets and was comprised of lots nine and ten of concession one. It included the address 175-177 Terauley Street. The property was later sold by the family to the City of Toronto in 1929. This file has two parts.
Places
Gerrard Street (Toronto. Ont.)
Teraulay Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Jewish communal series
Canadian Zionist Federation sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 9-2; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Jewish communal series
Canadian Zionist Federation sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
9-2
File
5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
9-18 Feb. 1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
19 photographs : b&w ; 18 x 12 and 12 x 18
Scope and Content
File consists of textual records and photographs documenting the Canadian Zionist Federation's 4th National Convention. Included are: various invitations to banquets, workshops, and addresses; flyers; photographs of Phil Givens addressing the audience; and photographs of the venues, participants, and groups offering musical entertainment. Identified in the photographs are Phil Givens, Teddy Kollek, Sydney Harris, Aryeh L. Dulzin, Samuel Shainhouse, and Yitzhak Rabin.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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