An annual Jewish Book Week had been considered for several years before the completion of the new Jewish Community Centre (formerly the Y.M.-Y.W.H.A) in 1977 made it feasible. After considerable research, and communication with other communities which had sponsored similar programs (such as Detroit), it was agreed that the success of of the projected Fair would be dependent upon the ability to achieve total community sponsorship. An approach to the Federation of Jewish Women's Organization led to their agreement to serve as co-sponsors; they in turn were followed by the Jewish Cultural Council of the Toronto Jewish Congress and the Jewish Public Library. These four organizations were the initial sponsors, and provided the first representatives to the newly formed Board of Directors.
The first Jewish Book Fair was held in 1977 and featured a large book mart with books of Jewish relevance as well as programming for children and adults.
The Canadian Jewish Book Awards was founded in 1988 by Adam Fuerstenberg whose ambition was to celebrate excellence in Canadian Jewish writing. The Koffler Centre of the Arts was approached to manage the Awards in 1994 and has been administering the Awards program ever since. The name was eventually changed to the Canadian Jewish Book Awards and then again in 2004 to the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards following a 10-year donation from Lillian and Norman Glowinsky. In 2015, the Koffler Centre of the Arts put the Awards on hiatus for one year in order to reframe the program. It was relaunched in 2016 as The Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature.
In 2012, the annual event evolved into Toronto Jewish Book Festival, combining the Book Fair and the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards into one week-long event. In 2013 its name was changed to the Toronto Jewish Literary Festival.
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Series consists of records documenting the Jewish Book Fair. Included in the files are meeting minutes, correspondence, press releases, award ceremony program guides, book award submissions and award winner lists, jury citations, financial statements, committee member lists, sales reports, book evaluation and submission criteria, mission statement, the 25th anniversary tribute book, an architectural drawing of the Lipa Green building, a letter from the Canadian Holocaust Remembrance Association addressing the participation of Edward Greenspan, lawyer for Ernst Zundel, at the Jewish Book Fair and a contract letter outlining the details of the donation made by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Glowinsky to the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto and the subsequent renaming of the Canadian Jewish Book Awards to the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book awards for a period of ten years commencing May 2005-June 2014.
File contains a draft of part of a speech Ben Dunkelman gave at the 26th Annual Jewish Book Fair in Detroit on Israeli public relations. The file also contains an empty envelope indicating correspondence between Dunkelman and Adele Silver, who represented the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit. Appended to the draft speech are photocopied pages of the book The plot to destroy Israel : the road to Armageddon by Alvin Rosenfeld.
File consists of correspondence from the Canadian Holocaust Remembrance Association to Marlene Ruderman, chairman of the Jewish Book Fair and a letter from the Canadian Holocaust Remembrance Association expressing disapproval at the participation of Edward Greenspan, lawyer for Ernst Zundel, at the Jewish Book Fair.
File consists of records of the Canadian Jewish Book Awards Committe presentation of the Annual Jewish book awards for 1990-2006, event guides and a handout describing book award sponsorship opportunities.
File consists of records documenting the Jewish Book Fair. Included in the file are event guides, a description of the Jewish Book Awards Committee and a list of the Board of Directors for the Jewish Book Awards.
File consists of material documenting an interfaith fair. Included are a blurb for the event, a volunteer list, an invitation to a consultation session on WorldPride 2014 - Toronto, a list of LGBT-friendly Jewish congregations, a performers list, a postcard for Kulanu Toronto's June events, a press release dated June 2014, and an outline for World Pride Havdalah (Jewish ceremony marking the close of a Sabbath or other holy day).
File consists of legal documents. Included in the file are multiple offers to purchase the property of Toronto Jewish Old Folks Home at 29, 31, 33 and 35 Cecil St. The final offer came from the Folks Farein but was not accepted. Also included is a letter regarding the merger of the Folks Farein and the Chaplaincy division of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
File consists of minutes of a meeting of the Boutique Warehouse Committee on August 11, 1983, and a "How To" booklet for leaders on how to arrange a Boutique Warehouse Sale. Included are two negatives related to the event.
File consists of 5 books belonging to Ida Lewis Siegel: "True Friendship Like the Ivy Clings", "Lays of Ancient Rome", "The Vision of Sir Launfal" by Lowell, "Gems from Longfellow" and "Mumu and Kassyan of Fair Springs" by Ivan Turgenev".
Accession consists of signed pages for the 2017 inductees into the Jewish Foundation's Book of Life. Names include: Earl (Mann) Zimmerman; Rosenbaum/Posmantier Family; Loretta and Harold Grammer; Alice Herman; W. Bernard Herman; Fernande and Marco Zevy; Susan Laufer and Barry Greenberg; Elliott and Lisa Michaelson; Naomi Matlow, Orli Matlow and Yael Matlow; Terry Shane and Marci Tracheter Shane; Daniel and Karen Sacke; Ashkenaz Foundation; Rabbi Arthur Bielfeld; Rafi Yablonsky; Elaine and Alfie Lightstone; Simon and Brenda Benattar; Elli and Tova Schochet; Frank and Sarah Fleisher; Irwin and Miriam Goldstein; Jean and Harold Bernholtz; Harold and Shelley Wolkin; Tommy and Susan Jutcovich; Judy Winberg; Randy Spiegel; Marcia and Arthur Zaler; Frank and Nancy Laurie; and the Diamond Family;
The Jewish Camp Council was formed in 1945 by five different groups running summer camps for Jewish youth: B’nai Brith, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Mothers’ and Babes’ Summer Rest Home Association, the United Jewish Welfare Fund of Toronto and the Y.M.-Y.W.H.A.
The United Jewish Welfare Fund eventually assumed responsibility for all camp property, including Camp Northland in Haliburton, and programming for all camps was organized as a unified service. The Jewish Camp Council Board of Directors included representatives from all five organizations, while the executive director of the Y.M.-Y.W.H.A. acted as executive director of the Jewish Camp Council. Initially, the head office was located at Camp B'nai Brith, near Orillia, and then moved into the new Y.M.-Y.W.H.A. building at Spadina and Bloor in 1953.
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This file contains textual records relating the the sale of the former B’nai Brith summer camp site on Lake Couchiching in Orillia. The records include general correspondence and financial records, a copy of the original indenture for the land and the offer to purchase the land from the Y.M.-Y.W.H.A.
File consists of records documenting the enactment of Fair Employment Practices legislation in Ontario. Included is a Trades and Labour Congress of Canada resolution, a brief to Premiere Leslie M. Frost, and a declaration of equal employment opportunity.
File consists of records documenting the enactment of Fair Employment Practices legislation in Ontario. Included is correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, draft resolutions, Fair Employment Practices Committee meeting minutes, contact lists, briefs, proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and brochures.
File consists of records regarding the passage of Fair Employment Practices legislation in Ontario. Included are speeches, reports, excerpts from the House of Commons debates, a CJC submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee, draft resolutions, and newspaper clippings.
File consists of records documenting cases of discrimination falling under the Fair Accommodation Practices Act. Included is correspondence, case reports regarding housing discrimination, and the judgement in the legal case against Anne Emerson, a restaurant owner from Dresden.
File consists of newspaper clippings and correspondence regarding Ontario's Fair Accommodation Practices legislation and legal cases against restaurant owners in Dresden who were in violation of the act.