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Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Executive director series
Subject files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 61; Series 1-1; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Executive director series
Subject files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
61
Series
1-1
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1952-1953
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file contains correspondence between David Andrews and various representatives of Beth Tzedec Congregation and it's predecessor Goel Tzedec, as well as a Beth Tzedec bulletin.
Accession Number
2004-5-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Jewish communal activities series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 95; Series 4; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Jewish communal activities series
Level
File
Fonds
95
Series
4
File
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1970]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of an event flyer.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2017-1-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-1-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
2011-2012
Scope and Content
Accession consists of three editions of the Beth Tzedec Bulletin dated January 2011, September 2011 and January 2012. The contents of each contain a commentary by the Rabbi and President, news, milestones, celebrations, tributes and activities going on at the synagogue. Paid advertising also appears in each bulletin. A monthly calendar of events is printed on the back cover of each edition.
Subjects
Synagogue bulletins
Name Access
Beth Tzedec Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-2-22
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-2-22
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1986
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a single page article from Beth Tzedec on their 100 Anniversary year. It announces the Endowment of a Wall Case by David and Martha Sud. It goes on to talk about David's early life experience in Bialystok, Poland and his liberation from Dachau. He arrived in Toronto in 1948 where he first worked in the needle trade and then the fur trade. Eventually he embarked in the building trade. He married Martha Grossman, a native Torontonian. They had four sons, Avrom, Howard, Elliott and Warren.
Source
Archival Accessions
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
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 24
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
24
Material Format
textual record
Date
1965-1968
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of correspondence concerning programmes and events held at Beth Tzedec Congregation.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
20
Material Format
textual record
Date
1975-1997
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1978-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1978-5-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
15 cm of textual records
Date
[ca. 1971]-[ca. 1976]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to the dismissal of Rabbi Stuart Rosenberg by the Beth Tzedec Board and relating to the Rabbi Hollander case; copies of "The Committee of 10 Report" and "Setting the Records Straight: Analysis and refutation of The Committee of 10 report"; Beth Tzedec Board letters and Bulletins; Beth Tzedec Congregational School Education and Youth Committee minutes and newsletters; Beth Tzedec Congregation Constitution and By-Laws; a report on membership dues policy; and records relating to the Board elections.
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Beth Tzedec Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Rosenberg, Stuart E., 1922-1990
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Board of Jewish Education series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 95; Series 1; File 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Board of Jewish Education series
Level
File
Fonds
95
Series
1
File
22
Material Format
textual record
Date
1957
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of an invitation to a confirmation service.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 59
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
59
Material Format
textual record
Date
1958-1961
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 60
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
60
Material Format
textual record
Date
1960-1974
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 61
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
61
Material Format
textual record
Date
1972-1974
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 62
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
62
Material Format
textual record
Date
1960-1971
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 63
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
63
Material Format
textual record
Date
1961-1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 64
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
64
Material Format
textual record
Date
1984-1998
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
General community activities series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 11; File 60
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
General community activities series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
11
File
60
Material Format
textual record
Date
4 July 1999
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a bulletin.
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 490
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
490
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
Ida Lewis Siegel fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 15; File 24
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ida Lewis Siegel fonds
Level
File
Fonds
15
File
24
Material Format
textual record
Date
1947-1974
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of High Holiday Services tickets from Goel Tzedec and Beth Tzedec ranging from 1947 to 1971, pledge cards for Israel Bonds ranging from 1957 to 1973, 4 Beth Tzedec bulletins from 1960, 1965 and 1974, a copy of a sermon delivered December 23, 1967 and some correspondence between Ida Lewis Siegel and synagogue staff (e.g. a letter to Rabbi Rosenberg in September, 1966 opposing a sermon, a request to the board to register husband and wife as rightful members written in May 1967).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2004-7-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-7-3
Material Format
sound recording
Physical Description
1 sound disc : flexible plastic, analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 18 cm
Date
1971
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a sound disc labeled "side 1 - learning the Kiddush" and "side 2 - Ben Gurion at Beth Tzedec" from Beth Tzedec Congregation, Toronto.
Responsibility
Park Lane Recordings
Name Access
Beth Tzedec Congregation (Toornto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Affiliated organizations sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 3-4; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Affiliated organizations sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
3-4
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains correspondence concerning lectures and activities at Beth Tzedec and the coordination of assistance from Sam Resnick on behalf of the Committee for Soviet Jewry. Also included with materials is a notice of a lecture series by Professor Irwin Cotler at Beth Tzedec Synagogue.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Speeches series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 2; Series 7; File 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Speeches series
Level
File
Fonds
2
Series
7
File
14
Material Format
textual record
Date
1977-1978
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of notes, correspondence and two copies of one speech Ben Dunkelman gave for Beth Tzedec in connection with the Canadian Machal, one copy of one speech Dunkelman gave for Beth Tzedec on Remembrance Day the following year.
Physical Condition
Some records are a little stained.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2008-6-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-6-4
Material Format
object
Physical Description
1 sign : metal ; 711 x 38 cm
Date
[between 1902 and 1936]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one metal sign with a brown border, green and black hebrew writing and a green and black Star of David. The sign is from the original Shaarei Tzedec Congregation on Centre Avenue in Toronto and reads: “Congregation Shaarei Tzedek, prayer services are held daily, morning and evening, everyone is welcome!”
Descriptive Notes
Shaarei Tzedek Congregation
Subjects
Signs and signboards
Synagogues
Name Access
Congregation Shaarei Tzedec (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Centre Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Dora Till fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 52; Series 8; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dora Till fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
52
Series
8
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1952, 1975-1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 2; File 58
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Ontario synagogues series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
2
File
58
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1979
Physical Description
64 photographs : col. slides, b&w negatives and prints ; 25 x 19 cm or 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
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Research Records sub-series
Civil and Human Rights Legislation sub-sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-4-1
File
114
Material Format
textual record
Date
1967
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of copies of the Beth Tzedec Bulletin and correspondence regarding the scheduling of Louis Lomax as a speaker.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 76
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
76
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1955-[ca. 1965]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph : col. ; 17 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
File contains an information brochure, a colour photograph in a cardboard folio, and copied pages from the 1955 dedication programme.
Name Access
Beth Tzedec Congregation (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
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 22; Item 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
Fonds
22
Item
20
Material Format
textual record
Date
1958
Physical Description
1 item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Western Canada synagogues series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 3; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Western Canada synagogues series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
3
File
6
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
14 photographs : (13 col. slides) ; 12 x 9 cm and 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
Calgary (Alta.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 64; Series 5; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
The Shuls Project fonds
Reference series
Level
File
Fonds
64
Series
5
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains one photograph (page from a book).
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
Calgary (Alta.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 4; File 291
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
4
File
291
Material Format
textual record
Date
14 Aug. 1970
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1923
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1923
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1920]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
For identification notes, please see accession record.
Name Access
Goel Tzedec Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Beth Midrash Hagadol Synagogue
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.)
Accession Number
1980-2-12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Address
397 Markham Street
Source
Landmarks

The Shaarei Tzedek Congregation was founded by new Russian immigrants around 1901. The congregation’s first shul was situated originally on 29 Centre Avenue, south of Dundas on the east side of the street, in the vicinity of present-day Nathan Philips Square. Louis Gurofsky (1871-1934), a prominent member of the Jewish community and a business man, lived in a house at 397 Markham Street with his family. In 1937, following Gurofsky’s death in 1934, Shaarei Tzedek occupied the Markham Street house of the Gurofsky family and renovations were soon undertaken to convert the residence into a synagogue, designed by Benjamin Swartz.
Address
397 Markham Street
Time Period
1937-present
Scope Note
The Shaarei Tzedek Congregation was founded by new Russian immigrants around 1901. The congregation’s first shul was situated originally on 29 Centre Avenue, south of Dundas on the east side of the street, in the vicinity of present-day Nathan Philips Square. Louis Gurofsky (1871-1934), a prominent member of the Jewish community and a business man, lived in a house at 397 Markham Street with his family. In 1937, following Gurofsky’s death in 1934, Shaarei Tzedek occupied the Markham Street house of the Gurofsky family and renovations were soon undertaken to convert the residence into a synagogue, designed by Benjamin Swartz.
History
Following the Second World War, a second wave of Russian immigrants, many of whom were Holocaust survivors, found spiritual refuge at the Markham Street shul, and membership again began to rise. In the 1950s the shul employed the services of Rabbi Israel Frankel, a prominent Jewish scholar and one of the founders of the Toronto Jewish Public Library. As the Jewish community increasingly moved to the northern and outlying suburbs of Toronto, this general trend began to take its toll on the membership of the Shaarei Tzedek into the 1960s. The congregation was obliged to declare bankruptcy in 1968. However, a concerted fund-raising effort by Jewish community leaders in the area re-established the congregation in 1970, under the spiritual and administrative leadership of the shul’s president, Dr. Joseph Greenberg.
Category
Architecture
Religious
Source
Landmarks
Accession Number
1976-9-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-9-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 text
Date
1910, 1928
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two copies of the constitution of Congregation Shaarei Tzedec, printed in 1910 and 1928 and a copy of the book, Fun folks moil = 1000 Yiddish Proverbs.
MG_RG
MG 3 A 36
Subjects
Religion
Name Access
Congregation Shaarei Tzedec (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Women's Auxiliary series
Board of Directors and Executive Committee sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 4-1; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Women's Auxiliary series
Board of Directors and Executive Committee sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
4-1
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1965]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of prayers that were said prior to the meetings of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
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 211
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
211
Material Format
textual record
Date
1958
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence regarding incidents in public schools regarding Jewish students.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Subjects
Religion in the public schools
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 434
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
434
Material Format
textual record
Date
1967
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
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 99; Item 49
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
99
Item
49
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1978]
Physical Description
1 slide : col. ; 35 mm
Name Access
Beth Midrash Hagadol Synagogue
Beth Tzedec Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Goel Tzedec Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Architecture
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
Bathurst Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 99; Item 50
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
99
Item
50
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1978]
Physical Description
1 slide : col. ; 35 mm
Name Access
Beth Midrash Hagadol Synagogue
Beth Tzedec Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Goel Tzedec Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Architecture
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
Bathurst Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-6-3
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 86
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
86
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 35 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one photograph of Mayor Phil Givens addressing an unknown group at a breakfast meeting at Beth Tzedec Synagogue.
Notes
Photograph is by Pete Ward
Repro Restriction
.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Jewish communal series
Other Jewish organizations sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 9-8; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Jewish communal series
Other Jewish organizations sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
9-8
File
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1966
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 25 cm and 18 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of two photographs of Phil Givens attending a Russian Israeli Exhibition at the Beth Tzedec Synagogue. Included is a photograph of Phil and Min Givens meeting noted Canadian historian Pierre Berton.
Notes
One of the photographs is by Graphic Artists Photographers (Toronto)
Physical Condition
One of the photographs has been creased in numerous places
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 99; Item 51
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
George Morrison fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
99
Item
51
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1978]
Physical Description
1 slide : col. ; 35 mm
Name Access
Beth Midrash Hagadol Synagogue
Beth Tzedec Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Goel Tzedec Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Architecture
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
Bathurst Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Beth Isaiah Congregation fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 59
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Beth Isaiah Congregation fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
59
Material Format
textual record
Date
1929-1976
Physical Description
65 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Guelph Hebrew Congregation, precursor of Beth Isaiah Congregation, was established in the early 1900s by the Jewish families which settled in Guelph shortly after 1900. Rev. Pearl was the congregation's first spiritual leader and teacher. Services were held in private homes until 1925, when the congregation purchased a building at the intersection of Surrey and Dublin Streets and remodeled it as a synagogue. An extension was added to this building in 1935 to meet the needs of the increasing membership. Planning for a new synagogue began in the early 1940s, and construction was completed in 1949 of the new synagogue on the same site. The name of the congregation was changed to Beth Isaiah, in honour of congregation member Isaiah (Sidney) Acker, who was killed on active service on 3 November 1942, while with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Over the years, congregation members formed other organizations whose activities were tightly intertwined with the congregation, given the relatively small size of Guelph's Jewish community. These organizations included the Beth Isaiah Congregation Hebrew School, the Guelph Jewish Welfare Fund, the Ir Shalom Chapter of Hadassah, and the B'nai Brith Guelph Lodge. The B'nai Brith Guelph Lodge was chartered in Apr. 1942. It held the first Brotherhood dinner in Canada in 1947, which gave impetus to the formation of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. Beth Isaiah celebrated the 100th anniversary of the congregation in 2004.
Scope and Content
The fonds documents the activities, membership, and finances of Beth Isaiah Congregation and affiliated organizations, including the Beth Isaiah Ladies' Auxiliary, Beth Isaiah Congregation Hebrew School, the Guelph Jewish Welfare Fund, the Ir Shalom Chapter of Hadassah, and the B'nai Brith Guelph Lodge. The records in the fonds include financial records, membership ledgers, meeting minutes, correspondence and newsletters, and fundraising materials. The fonds also includes blueprints and other records relating to the construction of Beth Isaiah Synagogue in 1949.
Name Access
Beth Isaiah Congregation (Guelph, Ont.)
Subjects
Synagogues
Creator
Beth Isaiah Congregation (Guelph, Ont.)
Places
Guelph (Ont.)
Accession Number
1985-3-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 40
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
40
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956-1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 50
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
50
Material Format
textual record
Date
1972-1979
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 53
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
53
Material Format
textual record
Date
1968-1973
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 54
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
54
Material Format
textual record
Date
1974-1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 5; File 55
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
School files series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
5
File
55
Material Format
textual record
Date
1984-1997
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2017-1-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-1-9
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
2011-2012
Scope and Content
Accession consists of three "The Shofar" bulletins, dated September-October 2011, November-December 2011 and January-February 2012. Contents of the bulletins contain a list of the Board of Directors, message from the Rabbi, Youth Group news, Adult Education programs, calendar of events, updates from the Social Action Committee, yahrzeits, birthdays, anniversaries, birth announcements as well as paid advertisements.
Subjects
Synagogue bulletins
Name Access
Shaarei-Beth El Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Beth Isaiah Congregation fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 59; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Beth Isaiah Congregation fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
59
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1948
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph is of the sod-turning for Beth Isaiah Synagogue in Guelph, Ontario.
Individuals in the photograph include: Nimoy Wolfond, Lou Brown, Joe Brown, Sam Acker, Jacob Adler, Joe Wolfond, Henry Rozen, Moshe Enushevsky, Mothie Brown, and Rubin Brown.
Notes
Identifying information is with accession record.
Name Access
Acker, Sam
Adler, Jacob
Beth Isaiah Congregation (Guelph, Ont.)
Brown, Joe
Brown, Lou
Brown, Mothie
Brown, Rubin
Enushevsky, Moshe
Rosen, Henry
Wolfond, Joe
Wolfond, Nimoy
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
Guelph (Ont.)
Accession Number
1993-1-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Congregation Beth David fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 88
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Congregation Beth David fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
88
Material Format
multiple media
Date
[ca. 1916]-1996, predominant 1940-1996
Physical Description
38 cm of textual records (9v.) and other material
Admin History/Bio
The Brantford Hebrew Association, Congregation Beth David’s precursor, was founded in 1907 when Rabbi Backer officiated Brantford’s first public Jewish religious service in an upper hall on George Street. Services had previously taken place in the homes of Jewish families, who had begun settling in the area around the turn of the century. By 1911, services had moved to the old Conservative Hall at Dalhousie and King Street. In 1915, the congregation purchased a building at 33 Palace Street and remodeled it into a synagogue. This building was also used as a community centre and for the Congregation’s Hebrew school.
On October 13th, 1911 the congregation was incorporated, and the following year it purchased land for a cemetery in the northeast corner of Mount Hope Cemetery. Due to increasing membership, a new synagogue was built at 50 Waterloo Street in 1948. In January 1950, the congregation changed its name to Beth David in honour of member David Axler, who died during the Second World War while training as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The congregation was at its peak in the 1960s with 150 member families. However, membership drastically fell after the children of this generation moved to larger cities and their parents followed after retirement. By 1999, only 28 families remained as members and services were reduced to being held on the High Holidays and special occasions, such as, b'nai mitzvah. Dwindling resources and membership forced the congregation to close around 2001. Throughout its existence, over 30 rabbis served the congregation, including Rabbi Saul Wolfe Gringorten (ca. 1910-1923). Its cemetery continues to be looked after by Allan Norris, a past president of the congregation.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records documenting the acitivities, religious programs and services, membership, and finances of Congregation Beth David, as well as the recognition and honours awarded by and to Brantford's Jewish community. Included are meeting minutes, photographs, plaques, a key, a marriage register, general ledgers, ledgers and lists of membership dues and receipts, audited financial statements, budgets, correspondece, bulletins, office stationary, newsclippings, certificates, library book cards, bookplates, rabbi contracts, and surveys.
Fonds has been arranged into the following six series: 1. Meetings ; 2. Religious programs and services; 3. Finances & accounting ; 4. Administrative functions ; 5. Bulletins ; and, 6. Events.
Notes
Includes 10 microfiches of textual records, 5 architectural drawings, 11 photographs (4 negatives), 3 plaques, 1 mounted letter and 1 key.
Fonds was reduced from ca. 1 metre to ca. 45 cm. See accession 2001-10-3 for further information about the culled material.
Name Access
Congregation Beth David (Brantford, Ont.)
Subjects
Architecture
Communities
Synagogues
Physical Condition
The binding on some of the general ledgers is fragile and coming apart. They have been stored flat to reduce any strain.
The architectural drawings have some tears and should be flattened.
Related Material
Please see the Sadie Stren fonds 78 for other records documenting Brantford's Jewish community and the Beth David Congregation, including the synagogue's original letters of incorporation.
For other photographs documenting Congregation Beth David, see: accesssion 1976-6-5 (photo # 1133); accession 1976-6-6 (photos # 1138, 1137, 1136); accession 1976-6-13; accession 1986-2-2 (photos #3593-3595, 3856, 3889-3894), photo #918; and, photo #578.
For records related to Beth David's namesake, David Axler, and photographs of its cemetery, please see accession #2004-5-71.
For records of Rabbi Gringorten, see accession #2009-2-5 and 2008-11-3
For additional records related to Brantford families and other Jewish organizations, such as the Hadassah chapter and B'nai Brith lodge, please see accession #2001-10-3; MG 2J29a, #2009-7-1, 1978-11-4, 1977-8-16, 1992-8-3, 1980-1-14, 1978-1-2, 2008-7-1, photo# 109, photo# 755, and photo #758.
Arrangement
Fonds is arranged to the file-level, but only described to the series-level. Three file-level descriptions exist for files attached directly to the fonds. Photographs with existing item-level descriptions were also attached to the fonds.
Creator
Congregation Beth David (Brantford, Ont.)
Places
Brantford (Ont.)
Accession Number
2001-10-3
1978-11-4
1981-12-2 / MG3 B16
1976-6-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
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