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Name
Paul Szasz
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
29 Jul. 1976
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Paul Szasz
Number
OH 80
OH 81
Subject
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Concentration camps
Communism
Farmers
Communities
Synagogues
Interview Date
29 Jul. 1976
Quantity
4 cassettes (2 copies)
2 WAV files
Interviewer
Larry Troster
Total Running Time
OH80_001: 45.29 minutes OH80_002: 44.23 minutes OH81: 44.20 minutes
Conservation
OH 080 and 081 were both damaged (tape snapped). They were sent out and were repaired and digitized in 2014.
Copied to cassette in August 2003
Digitzed in June 2014
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Paul Szasz was born in 1926 in Tiszakeszi, Hungary, and was a Holocaust survivor. He came from a family of traditonal farmers. During the Second World War, he was drafted into the Hungarian Labor Service System (Munkaszolgalat) and was liberated from Auschwitz in 1945. Paul escaped Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and immigrated to Canada. With the aid of a loan from the Jewish Colonization Association, Paul purchased a farm in Beamsville, Ontario. Paul went on to become an active member of Beamsville's Jewish community and particpated in the establishment of the community's first congregation in 1966.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Geographic Access
Beamsville (Ont.)
Hungary
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 80, OH 81 - Szasz\OH80_001_Log.pdf
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 80, OH 81 - Szasz\OH80_002_Log.pdf
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 80, OH 81 - Szasz\OH81_Log.pdf
Source
Oral Histories
Name
John Furedi
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
29 Jul. 1976
Source
Oral Histories
Name
John Furedi
Number
OH 78
OH 79
Subject
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Immigrants--Canada
Farmers
Communities
Synagogues
Interview Date
29 Jul. 1976
Quantity
4 cassettes (2 copies)
3 WAV files
Interviewer
Larry Troster
Total Running Time
OH78_001: 45.20 minutes OH78_002: 45.30 minutes
Conservation
Copied to cassette in August 2003
Copied to digital file in December 2013
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
John Furedi was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1925. During the Second World War, John was drafted into the Hungarian Labour Service System (Munkaszolgalat). After the Nazi occupation of Hungary in March 1944, John was deported to the Kistarcsa transit camp. Between 1945 and 1948, John travelled throughout Europe and returned to Budapest during the takeover of Hungary by the Communists. The revolution and anti-Jewish sentiment forced many Jews, including John and his wife Stephanie, to flee Hungary. In 1956, they immigrated to Canada and lived in Montreal for one year. In 1958, with the aid of a six-thousand-dollar loan provided by the Jewish Colonization Association, John became the first Jewish chicken farmer to settle in Beamsville, Ontario. John went on to become an active member of Beamsville's Jewish community and participated in the establishment of the community’s first congregation in 1966.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Name Access
Furedi, John
Jewish Colonization Association
Geographic Access
Beamsville (Ont.)
Hungary
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 78 - Furedi\OH78_001_Log.pdf
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 78 - Furedi\OH78_002_Log.pdf
Source
Oral Histories
Accession Number
2012-8-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-8-1
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
ca. 18 cm of textual records and other material
Date
1884-1985
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the Coppel and Cooper families of Galt (now Cambridge) and Toronto respectively. Coppel family records include family correspondence, photocopies of Moses Kappel's discharge papers from the Austro-Hungarian military (1884), B'nai Israel Synagogue sisterhood meeting minutes, financial records, photographs, Hadassah booklets and programmes, and a photo album documenting the closing of B'nai Israel Synagogue in 1985. Also included are records relating to Elizabeth Cooper (née Coppel)'s involvement in Canadian Young Judaea and her work as a camp counselor at a Jewish day camp near Kitchener-Waterloo (Judaean Day Camp/Camp Ruach). These records include correspondence, publications, activity schedules, lists of camp counselors, and a Young Judaean scarf. Coppel family records also include marriage and burial records of Aaron Coppel, audio cassettes of an oral history interview conducted with Cy Coppel in 1976, and military records documenting Max David Simonoff's service in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Finally, included is a Farband Shule (Folks School) program book (1927) and class photo (ca. 1931). Identified in the photograph is Ethel Raicus (first row, third from the right).
Cooper family records include digital photographs of Sam Cooper and the weightlifting club at the YMHA in Toronto (1930s), portraits of Jacob Cooper (Cooperberg), a school photo of Sam and Max Cooper, and a photo of Hilda Cooper.
Finally accession consists of program books for various events, including a Canadian Jewish Congress song book, an Israel Dance Theatre at the Royal Alexandra, and a Queen Esther Purim play.
Administrative History
Aaron Selig (Archie Aaron) Coppel (Kappel / Koppel / Cappell / Kappele) was born to Moses Kappel and Perl (nee Pistenfeld) in Galicia in 1882. He came to Canada in 1903 and lived with a landsmen family, the Siegels. Mr. Siegel was a horse dealer who took Aaron under his wing and taught him the horse trade. Aaron married Mr. Siegel's daughter, Chaya Geitel (Gertrude) Seigel, in 1905. Aaron and Geitel had seven children: Helen, Rose, Newt, Cyrus ("Cy," born in 1911), Les, George, and Harry. After marrying, Aaron and Geitel remained in Galt, and Aaron continued dealing in livestock. Although he was eager to assimilate into Canadian society (he gave his children British names and spoke with no accent), the family kept kosher and Aaron hired itinerant Hebrew teachers for the children.
Cyrus Coppel married Channa "Anna" Simonoff on 25 August1946. Anna was born in Russia to Avraham Dov and Chashe Bryna Tzaitzeck. Anna had three siblings: Sarah Merle, Faigle (died en route to Canada), and Mordecai Doved. She immigrated to Ottawa in 1914 with her family. An uncle already living in Ottawa had changed his last name to Simonoff and the family decided to change their name to Simonoff as well. Avraham worked as a tailor in Russia and likely continued in this profession in Canada. The family moved to Toronto sometime after 1919 and was actively involved in the Labour Zionist movement. Anna was in the milliner's union and two of her aunts, Slaava Raicus and Esther Cohen, were members of Club One (Pioneer Women). Anna and Cyrus had two children together: Bryna (24 February 1949-12 January 2006) and Elizabeth (b. 16 Dec. 1950). Cyrus initially worked as a mechanic, but later worked in the office of an auto shop and traded in auto parts. He also traded in livestock as a hobby. Cyrus was one of the founders of the B'nai Israel Synagogue in Galt. Initially, synagogue services were held in the homes of local residents, such as the Spring family; however, a building was finally purchased in 1946. After the synagogue closed, the Torahs and plaques went to the synagogue in Kitchener. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Jacob Cooperberg (Kupferberg, Cooper) came to Canada around 1910 from Kielce, Poland. His wife and children (Max, Sam, and Aidel or Ida) remained in Poland, waiting for Jacob to earn enough money for them to come to Canada as well. His family was unable to join him until after the First World War had ended, arriving in 1920. Jacob and Sarah had three more children in Canada: Irving, Joey, and Hilda. Jacob worked as a peddler in Toronto and later opened a scrap yard, Cooper Iron and Medal. The family lived on Oxford Street in the Kensington Market area.
Sam Cooper married Kay Gernstein in 1948. They had two children together: Neil and Donna (married name is Speigel). Sam initially worked as a tailor, but later worked as a scrap dealer. Neil married Donna Coppel and also works in the scrap trade. Donna is a librarian.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Descriptive Notes
Includes 1 photo album, 7 photographs (tiff), 3 photographs, 2 audio cassettes, and 1 scarf.
Subjects
Families
Places
Galt (Cambridge, Ont.)
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Name
Sadie Stren
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
14 Jun. 1976
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Sadie Stren
Number
OH 91
Subject
Communities
Education
Interview Date
14 Jun. 1976
Quantity
2 cassettes (1 copy) 2 WAV files
Interviewer
Larry Troster
Total Running Time
OH91_001:44.37 minutes OH91_002:37.34 minutes
Conservation
Copied November 2006
Digitized 2010
Sound distorted on side 1 and side 2
Notes
Significant sound distortion.
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Conditional access. Researchers must receive permission from the interviewee or his/her heir prior to accessing the interview. Please contact the OJA for more information.
Biography
Sadie Stren was born 1915 in Detroit, Michigan. Stren graduated from Wayne State University and worked as a social studies teacher. Following her marriage to Maurice Strenkovsky in 1947, she moved to Brantford, Ontario. In Brantford, Sadie was actively involved in both Jewish and non-Jewish community organizations including Haddassah, the Family Service Bureau, and the University Women’s Club. She was also a board member of the YM-YWCA. In Toronto, Sadie was a member of the Baycrest Women's Auxillary and also authored the History of the Brantford community.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Name Access
Hadassah-WIZO Organization of Canada
B’nai Brith Youth Organization. Lake Ontario Region
Hadassah
Geographic Access
Brantford (Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 91 - Stren\OH91_001_Log.pdf
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 91 - Stren\OH91_002_Log.pdf
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Morris Fishman
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
12 Jul. 1977
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Morris Fishman
Number
OH 36
Subject
Antisemitism
Communities
Synagogues
Interview Date
12 Jul. 1977
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Richard Menkis
Total Running Time
Side 1 46 minutes Side 2 17 minutes
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
Morris Fishman was born on 29 September 1916 in New Jersey. His family moved to Welland, Ontario when he was an infant. He attended elementary and high school in Welland and completed two years at the University of Toronto. He worked in a family menswear business in Welland. Morris was actively involved in the Jewish community including participation in the Anshe Yosher Congregation, the Jewish Cultural Society, and the Jacob Goldblatt B'nai Brith Lodge. He was married and had two daughters.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Name Access
Fishman, Morris
Geographic Access
Welland (Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 36 - Fishman\OH36_001_Log.pdf
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 36 - Fishman\OH36_002_Log.pdf
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Morris Fishman praises the efforts of the non-Jewish community in Welland, Ontario to support the building of a new synagogue following a fire that destroyed the old synagogue in 1954.

In this clip, Morris Fishman discusses the JOHob Goldblatt B’nai Brith Lodge in Welland, Ontario.

Name
Belle James
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
21 Apr. 1975
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Belle James
Number
OH 16
Subject
Families
Rabbis
Interview Date
21 Apr. 1975
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
Side One: 46 minutes
Side Two: 5 minutes
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
Belle James (née Levy) was born in Toronto in 1908. Her father, Rabbi Meyer Levy, became chief rabbi of Toronto in 1905/6.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
James, Belle
Levy, Meyer
Weiss, Lottie
Geographic Access
Toronto, Ont.
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 16 - James\OH16_001_Log.docx
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 16 - James\OH16_002_Log.docx
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Ivan Zarenda
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
21 Jul. 2011
15 Jun. 2012
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Ivan Zarenda
Number
OH 434
Subject
Canada--Emigration and immigration
Jews--South Africa
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Interview Date
21 Jul. 2011
15 Jun. 2012
Interviewer
Jessica Parker
Total Running Time
Part I: 46 min.
Part II: 1 hr. 4 min.
Biography
Ivan’s parents arrived in South Africa from Lithuania around 1930. Prior to immigrating, they knew each other from Klykoliai, a shtetl in northwestern Lithuania. Ivan’s father was the first to arrive, taking up work at a concession store in the mining town of Brakpan. As for Ivan’s mother, she came over with her mother after her siblings had prepared a home for them in Brakpan. After being sent to a convent in Rhodesia in order to learn English, she returned to Brakpan where she married Ivan’s father. Together, the couple raised two children, who grew up with their maternal grandmother, who only spoke Yiddish. Consequently, Ivan grew up speaking Yiddish as well as English. He even gave his bar mitzvah speech in Yiddish, causing his Lithuanian grandmother to beam with pride.
Although they were not well off, Ivan’s parents managed to send their two sons to university. As an undergraduate, Ivan studied pharmacy at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. He met his wife while visiting his parents in Kimberley, where they had moved and were managing a hotel. The two were introduced on a blind date and corresponded for well over a year when Ivan went to do a post-graduate degree in industrial pharmacy at the University of Michigan. When Ivan returned to South Africa to take up a job in Cape Town, the two dated, became engaged, and married. In 1990, they immigrated to Canada with their two children as part of a job transfer. After a short stay in Brockville, the family relocated to Kingston, where they were active in Jewish life. Ivan’s wife, Daphne, passed away in 2006. He moved from Kingston to Toronto in 2018, joining his children Marc and Shelley and families who live there.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Name Access
Zarenda, Ivan
Geographic Access
Kingston (Ont.)
South Africa
Original Format
Digital file
Copy Format
Digital file
Source
Oral Histories

Friendship with Afrikaners

Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Executive director series
Financial reports sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 61; Series 1-2; File 40
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Executive director series
Financial reports sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
61
Series
1-2
File
40
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file contains one report created for the Jewish Community Centre of Toronto, one for the Y.M.-Y.W.H.A. and a summary of expenses for the Y.M.-Y.W.H.A.
Accession Number
2004-5-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Publication Committee series
Y-Time newspaper sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 61; Series 3-1; File 30
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds
Publication Committee series
Y-Time newspaper sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
61
Series
3-1
File
30
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of two issues of the Y-Time newspaper.
Accession Number
1984-7-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Fred Schaeffer
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
11 Jul. 1980
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Fred Schaeffer
Number
OH 24
Subject
Communities
Immigrants--Canada
Rabbis
Synagogues
Interview Date
11 Jul. 1980
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
Side 1: 31 minutes
Side 2: 9 minutes
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
Fred Schaeffer's wife, Beverley, grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Beverley's grandfather, Hyman Kaplan, emigrated from Vilna, Lithuania in 1907, and after a few years in New York, moved to Toronto. Shortly afterwards he became the first Jew to settle in Kirkland Lake in 1914.
In the 1920s the Jewish community in Kirkland Lake built a permanent synagogue, and acquired the aron kodesh of eastern European design, its lamps, railings, pews and reader’s desk, from the disbanded Ukrainishe Shul in Montreal. In the 1970s the Kirkland Lake Synagogue disbanded and Fred and Beverly Schaeffer acquired the aron kodesh, all of its furnishings, the ner tamid and the parochet. They generously donated these Jewish artifacts to Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Toronto, in 1988, in memory of Isadore Kaplan, father of Beverly Schaeffer and Erich Schaeffer, father of Fred Schaeffer.
Fred, married Beverley in Toronto. Like many children from Kirkland Lake, Beverley had moved to the city to attend university. Fred and Beverley are keen collectors of Canadian art. He is a retired civil engineer and a former chairman of the Canadian art historical committee at the AGO.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Atkins (family)
Bucavetsky (family)
Cochrane (Ont.)
Etkins (family)
Mallins (family)
Purkiss (family)
Schaeffer, Fred
Geographic Access
Ansonville (Ont.)
Engelhart (Ont.)
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Krugerdorf (Ont.)
Ontario, Northern
Timmins (Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 24 - Schaeffer\OH24_001_Log.docx
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 24 - Schaeffer\OH24_002_Log.docx
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Fred Schaeffer and Stephen Speisman discuss some of the earliest synagogues established in Northern Ontario.

In this clip, Fred Schaeffer relates colourful anecdotes about the first Jewish settler in the Swastika-Kirkland area, Roza Brown.

Name
Max Federman
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
19 Mar. 1976
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Max Federman
Number
OH 149
OH 150
Subject
Communism
Immigrants--Canada
Labor unions
Interview Date
19 Mar. 1976
Quantity
2
Interviewer
Ben Schneider
Total Running Time
OH149A: 30. minutes OH149B: 30. minutes OH150A: 1. minute
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
Max Federman was born in Poland. In 1919, he moved to Germany where he attended school. He joined his father in Toronto in 1920. A union leader, labour Zionist, and ardent anti-Communist, Max became actively involved in the union movement and served as representative of the Local Fur Workers Union. He was involved in a twenty-year battle with the Communist leadership of the International Furrier Union until they disbanded and merged with the International Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union. Max was involved in Jewish community organizations including the Histadrut, Borochov School, and the United Jewish Welfare Fund.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Federman, Max
Goldman, Emma
Schneider, Ben
Geographic Access
Germany
Poland
Toronto (Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 149, 150, Max Federman\OH 149, 150 notes.pdf
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Max Federman describes the conflict between the Federation of Labour (F of L) and Communist International Union (CIU) from 1938–1956. He discusses the steps in which the International Fur and Leather Union disaffiliated with the International Union to join the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union in 1956.

In this clip, Max Federman discusses his early involvement with a trade union while living in Germany in 1919.

Name
Dr. Hana Gelber
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
29 Jul. 1973
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Dr. Hana Gelber
Number
OH 13
OH 14
Subject
Antisemitism
Families
Occupations
Interview Date
29 Jul. 1973
Quantity
2
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
013 Side One 30 minutes
014 Side One 30 minutes
014 Side Two 30 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Conditional access. Researchers must receive permission from the interviewee or his/her heir prior to accessing the interview. Please contact the OJA for more information.
Biography
Hana Gelber (née David) was born in Safed (Tzfat), Palestine in 1907. She studied sciences at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and prepared her thesis at Hebrew University. She graduated from University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1929. Hana moved to Toronto in December 1929 and married Eddie Gelber in March 1930. Hana and Eddie moved to New York where Eddie was completing his final year at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hana conducted research at the Rockefeller Institute. They returned to Toronto in July 1930. Hana graduated from Medical School at the University of Toronto in 1934. She completed her medical internship in Palestine. Hana and Eddie lived in Palestine from 1934 to 1939. They returned to Toronto in 1939 where they remained until 1954 at which time they made aliyah. Hana worked at Women's College Hospital until 1954. Hana had three children: Edna, Lynn, and David.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Gelber, Hana
Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Women's College Hospital (Toronto, Ont.)
Geographic Access
New York (N.Y.).
Palestine
Toronto (Ont.)
Tsefat (Israel)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 13, OH 14 - Gelber\OH13_001_Log.docx
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 13, OH 14 - Gelber\OH14_001_Log.docx
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 13, OH 14 - Gelber\OH14_002_Log.docx
Source
Oral Histories
Accession Number
2007-5-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-5-7
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
19 photographs : b&w (jpg)
Date
[ca. 1908-1961]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of digitized photographs depicting four generations of the Rabovsky family of Owen Sound, from the early 1900s to 1961.
The photographs are as follows:
01. Goldie & Nathan Rabovsky, [ca. 1908].
02. Goldie Rabovsky (9) and Gail (9) in summer of 1961 in front of cottage at Sauble Beach, July 1961.
03. Bar Mitzvah of Stan Rabovsky, at Beth Ezekiel Synagogue, Owen Sound, [ca. 1953].
04. Rose Rabovsky, Stan Rabovsky & Irving Rabovsky at Bar Mitzvah of Stan Rabovsky, Owen Sound, [ca. 1953].
05.Rabovskys at Sauble Beach, 1957.
06. Marsha Rabovsky at Harrison Park, Owen Sound, 1957.
07. Group in suits in front of building, [before 1944]. Back row L to R: Lillian Rabovsky, Goldie [Cadesky] Rabovsky, Rose [Schecter] Rabovsky, Nathan Rabovsky, Max Rabovsky, Celia [Gordon] Rabovsky, Sadie Rabovsky, Irving Rabovsky. Front row L to R: Mike [Meyer] Rabovsky, Stan Rabovsky (on shoulders), Moe [Moses] Rabovsky, Bertha Rabovsky
08. Sauble Beach, Ontario, [1954]. Celia Rabovsky, Marsha Rabovsky, Max Rabovsky.
09. Sadie Rabovsky, Miriam Levison Rabovsky, Celia Rabovsky, Marsha Rabovsky, Molly Cadesky, Max Rabovsky, [1954].
10. Joel Cadesky, Debbie Cadesky, Marsha Rabovsky, Goldie Rabovsky (toddler) Sauble Beach, 1954.
11. Nathan Rabovsky & Goldie Rabovsky in front of their furniture store, Owen Sound, [193-?].
12. L to R: Moses (Moe) Rabovsky, Bertha Rabovsky, Max Rabovsky, Nathan Rabovsky, Owen Sound, [ca. 1940].
13. Max Rabovsky & Celia (Gordon) Rabovsky, Owen Sound, [193-?].
14. Ezekiel Cadesky, Owen Sound, [194-?].
15. Max & Celia Rabovsky, Owen Sound, [193-?].
16. Four young men in suits; second from left is Max Rabovsky, [ca. 1930].
17. Max Rabovsky & Nettye Podnick, Owen Sound, [ca. 1930]
18. Rabovsky family downtown Owen Sound, [before 1944]. Back row L to R: Lillian Rabovsky, Rose Rabovsky, Nathan Rabovsky, Irving Rabovsky, Goldie Rabovsky, Max Rabovsky, Celia Rabovsky, Sadie Rabovsky. Front row L to R: Meyer (Mike) Rabovsky, Stanley Rabovsky (on shoulders), Pvt. Moses (Moe) Rabovsky, Bertha Rabovsky (hugging).
19. Isaac Ezekiel Cadesky, [195-?].
Administrative History
The Rabovsky family is one of the oldest in the Owen Sound Jewish community. Nathan Rabovsky arrived with his brother in 1907; his marriage to Goldie Cadesky in 1909 was the first Jewish wedding in Owen Sound, for which a rabbi was brought in from Toronto. Goldie was the eldest daughter of Ethel Lewisky and Isaac Ezekiel Cadesky, for whom the Beth Ezekiel Synagogue is named. Nathan and Goldie had seven children: Sadie, Meyer (Mike), Irving, Lillian, Moses (Moe), Bertha and Max. Moses, a pilot in the Second World War, was killed in 1944. Max married Celia Gordon, and their granddaughter is donor Julie Gonik.
Use Conditions
None
Descriptive Notes
Related records: 2007-5-5, 2007-6-37
Subjects
Communities
Families
Name Access
Rabovsky family
Places
Owen Sound (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-37
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-37
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (jpg)
Date
1942
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one scanned photograph of three generations of the Rabovsky family of Owen Sound, headed by Nathan and Goldie Rabovsky (née Cadesky). In the back row are Celia, Max, Meyer (Mike), Moe, Irving, and Rose Rabovsky. In the front row are Lillian, Nathan, Sadie, Stanley (son of Irving and Rose), Goldie, and Bertha Rabovsky.
Administrative History
The Rabovsky family is one of the oldest in the Owen Sound Jewish community. Nathan Rabovsky arrived with his brother in 1907; his marriage to Goldie Cadesky in 1909 was the first Jewish wedding in Owen Sound, for which a rabbi was brought in from Toronto. Goldie was the eldest daughter of Ethel Lewisky and Isaac Ezekiel Cadesky, for whom the Beth Ezekiel Synagogue is named. Nathan and Goldie had seven children: Sadie, Meyer (Mike -- the donor of this photo), Irving, Lillian, Moses (Moe), Bertha and Max. Moses, a pilot in the Second World War, was killed in 1944.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Descriptive Notes
Related records note: See also accession 2007-5-5 and 2007-5-7
Subjects
Communities
Families
Name Access
Rabovsky family
Places
Owen Sound (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-7-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-7-3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. (jpg)
1 painting : col. (jpg)
Date
[194-?]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one digital photograph of a painting depicting the Dodick family while in Poland, and one scanned copy of an original photograph. Identified in the painting are, left to right: Harry, Dora (mother), Sam (baby), Cecil, Fay, Abraham, Murray.
Custodial History
The original records are in the possession of the donor. The OJA was granted permission to scan the records in July 2007, as part of the Ontario Small Jewish Communities initiative. These copies were then donated to the Archives on 2007-07-19.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Name Access
Dodick, Vicki
Dodick, Cecil
Places
Thunder Bay, Ont.
Poland
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-9-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-9-3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
11 photographs : b&w and col. (jpg)
Date
1941-[197-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of scanned copies of eleven family photographs of the Freedman family of North Bay. Included are photos of Eunice and William Freedman when dating, on their wedding day, as well as of their three sons in Hebrew school and on their bar mitzvah days. In addition, there are three Hanukkah photographs.
Photographs are as follows:
001: Abe Freedman, 1970s
002: Left to right: Gordon Rosenberg, Bill Brown, Dolly Brown, Eunice Freedman, Bill Freedman, Goldie Garshowitz at Club Norman, 1941.
003: Hanukkah performance at Hebrew school, (North Bay, ON), ca. 1963. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, # 2007-9/3
Front Row (L to R): Elliot Rosenberg, Steven Freedman, Michael Back, Annette Metz, Mary Ellen Rosenberg, unidentified, unidentified, Jeff Freeman. Middle Row (L to R): Joy Price, unidentified, Paul Freeman, Helen Metz, unidentified, Steve Gurevitch, unidentified, Brian Back. Back Row (L to R): Billy Metz, Kenny Herman, Howard Kizell, Shelly Freedman, Martin Brown and Steve Kizell.
004: Left to right: Elliot Rosenberg, unidentified girl, unidentified girl, Paul Freedman, Annette Metz.
005: Left to right: unidentified, Billy Metz, Kenny Herman, Larry Freedman.
006: Eunice and William Freedman wedding, 1948.
007: Eunice and William Freedman when dating in Toronto, ca. 1947.
008: Larry, Paul and Sheldon, Hebrew School photos 1959 to 1960.
009: Paul Freedman bar mitzvah, ca. 1955.
010: Shelly Freedman bar mitzvah, ca. 1952.
011: Steven Freedman bar mitzvah, ca. 1957.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Name Access
Freedman, Eunice
Places
North Bay (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-30
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-30
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
17 photographs : b&w and col. (jpg)
1 document : col. (jpg)
Date
[ca. 1955]-[2003?]
Scope and Content
Accession is comprised of family and community photographs of two generations of the Albert family of Belleville. Images include rabbis Moses Lewin and Walter Seligman, friends, events such as bar mitzvahs, Ethnic Day and a Purim Party, and the Trenton Airbase Jewish Servicemen memorial. People pictured are identified in the finding aid. There is also one electronic copy of a newsclipping about Rabbi Moses Lewin.
The photographs are as follows:
01. Joe Burke far right Norman Albert in middle Ruth Goldberg far right, 1950s.
02. Belleville Community Picnic at the Albert's Summer House.
03. David Albert, 1960.
04. David Albert Bar Mitzvah with Rabbi Seligmann and wife.
05. Ethnic Day at the Shul, mid-1970s.
06. Florence Yannover.
07. Jacob Albert with grandsons, 1958.
08. Left to right: Ruth Lear and Becky Shulmann and Sarah Lightstone in back.
09. Left to right: Selma Bochnek, Shirley Osborne, Ethel Burke, Walter and Mrs Seligmann at synagogue dinner dance.
10. Mark and Michelle and David Albert, March 20 1971, Bar Mitzvah.
11. Norm and Lil and Jacob Albert and Rose.
12. Purim Party, 1957.
13. Purim Party. Joe Burke and Mynra Crystal of Peterborough, April 1957.
14. Rabbi Moses Lewin.
15. Shulman Departure, May 1985.
16. Trenton Airbase Jewish Servicemen Memorial, ca. 2003.
17. Ted and Eleanor Schwab.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Name Access
Albert, Carole
Albert, Norm
Places
Belleville (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-9-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-9-8
Material Format
textual record
graphic material (electronic)
graphic material
Physical Description
8 photographs : b&w and col. (7 jpg)
1 naturalization paper
Date
1910-1960
Scope and Content
Records include the 1911 naturalization certificate of Solomon Waiser; a 1948-1949 class composite photograph of the North Bay Hebrew School; and 7 scanned copies of original photographs. The photographs include images of Sol Waiser, his wife Essie, and children; the wedding of Mary Waiser and Milton Cossaver; Sol Waiser's house in North Bay; and two North Bay streetscapes outside Sol Waiser's clothing store.
Photographs are as follows:
01. Esther and Jake Kizell (Cynthia Flesher's grandparents) dancing at Sol and Essie Waiser’s 50th wedding anniversary.
02. Right to left: Sol Waiser and Essie, Zelda and William and Ceritta and Arthur, bound for Europe, 1927.
03. Sol Waiser and Silverstein shops in North Bay, 1940s.
04. Sol Waiser and wife standing outside store on parade route, 1910.
05. Sol Waiser’s house at 133 Main Street West.
06. Sol Waiser walking new torah to shul after son returned from war, ca. 1945.
07. Wedding of Mary Waiser and Milton Cossever, March 26 1950. Front row, left to right: Frances Waiser, Michael Waiser, Cynthia Waiser, Rifka Wiseman, Lillian Wiseman, Bona Wiseman, Milton Cossaver, Mary Waiser Cossaver, Sylvia Black, Mrs. Cossaver, Bessie Waiser, Rae Black, Peter Schacter, Geety Waiser, Mrs. Cosaver, unknown. Second row, left to right: Gary ?, Art Waiser, Bill Waiser, Henry Wiseman, unknown, Louis Ritter, unknown, Sol Waiser, unknown, unknown.
08. North Bay Hebrew School 1948-49. Identified are, top left: Henry Wiseman (father of Ricky Pasternak), Nathan Rivilis, Jack Stoller. Middle left: Rifkay (Ricky) Pasternak, Faegi Hoffman, Michael Cohen, Cynthia Waiser, Gloria Hockman. Bottom left: Irwin (Butch) Rivilis, Peter Brown, Bernice (Brooky) Himmel, Herbie Herman, Sandra Hockman.
09. Soloman Waiser naturalization papes.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Name Access
Waiser, Solomon
Places
North Bay (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-9-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-9-7
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
9 photographs : b&w and col. (jpg)
Date
[ca. 1925]-[ca. 1975]
Administrative History
Accession consists of scanned photographs of Goldie Barth's (nee Greenspoon) family in Sudbury, Ontario, including pictures of her parents Mary and Samuel, their backyard with scrap metal, and their general store. Other images include Mary Singer, Ghital Halman, a children's event in the basement of the synagogue, a group of Young Judea youth, and a group of young children.
Photographs include:
01. Children outside shul, early 1940s.
02. Event in basement of synagogue, late 1930s or early 1940s.
03. Greenspoons inside shul, nd.
04. Left to right: Mary Greenspoon and Mary Singer at Jewish community camp.
05. Left to right: Ghital Halman, Mary Greenspoon, unidentified. Unidentified man behind.
06. Mary Greenspoon in backyard with chickens, late 1930s.
07. Mary Greenspoon with children in front of her grocery store, 1930s.
08. Samuel Greenspoon in backyard with chickens and scrap metal.
09. Young Judea event, February 1964. Far left Goldie Barth. Other children are Jewish and Catholic.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Name Access
Barth, Goldie
Places
Sudbury (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-9-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-9-9
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w and col. (jpg)
Date
[193-]-1962
Scope and Content
Accession consists of three scanned family photographs as follows:
01. Bat mitzvah of Richelle Gordon, 1962. Left to right: Moishe Laeb, Shaina Hanna, Jack Gordon, Richelle Gordon, Eve Gordon, Raizel Rosen, Yisroel Rosen, Brian Gordon. In front: Sheri Gordon.
02. Family portrait, 1930s. Left to right: Mathew Gordon, Shaina Hana Gordon, Joe Gordon, Moishe Laeb Gordon, Sarah Polen. In front: Jack Gordon.
03. Raizel and Yisroel Rosen (parents of Eve Gordon).
Administrative History
Eve Rosen Gordon was born in Russia in 1923. When she was three years old, her parents and paternal grandparents came to Canada with Eve's sister and brother. Her uncle Aaron Rosen had been in Kitchener, Ontario, since 1903. His business was scrap metal, and Eve's father joined him in the work to pay off their tickets from Russia. Following that, he peddled with a horse and buggy. In 1933, he launched his own business, clearing and filling the swampy land by hand to build a multi-generation business, Rosen and Sons, which eventually moved into industrial waste.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Name Access
Gordon, Eve
Places
Kitchener (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-19
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-19
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
10 photographs : b&w and col. (jpg)
Date
[193-]-1995
Scope and Content
This accession consists of ten electronic copies of photographs documenting the Laskin family and the Jewish community of Thunder Bay. The photographs depict a 1937 royal coronation parade float created by the Jewish community, as well as a portrait of Saul Laskin and members of the Laskin family and some photos of Saul during his political election campaign and during a store giveaway. Also included is the sod turning ceremony of the new synagogue and the street naming of Saul Laskin Drive in Thunder Bay. Also identified in the photographs are: Murray Stitt, Rabbi Sternberg, and Mayor Norman Wilson.
Custodial History
The original records are in the possession of the donor. They were loaned to the OJA for the small Jewish communities project for copying.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Places
Thunder Bay (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-8-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-8-8
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
6 photographs : b&w : 12 x 17 cm on matte 18 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
1912-1983
Scope and Content
The accession consists of six photographs of the Rosen family of Kitchener. The pictures are all portraits involving multiple generations of the family taken between 1912 and 1944. The people pictured include Aaron J. Rosen, his parents, his children, and one with his brother Israel Rosen. There is also a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship issued to Aaron Rosen. It is dated 1951, however it makes reference to his naturalization in 1911. Later documents include a copy of the Rosen-Shpizel family tree, and a letter written by the donor recounting her mother's reminiscences of life in Kitchener. The letter was written to accompany photographs that the donor loaned to Mr. Donald Bierstock in Kitchener, who was compiling a history of Beth Jacob congregation for its 75th anniversary.
Custodial History
The photographs belonged to Aaron Rosen's daughter Mary until she passed them on to her son in the early 1990s. He gave them to his sister Phyllis, the donor, in July 2009.
Administrative History
Aaron J. Rosen (1879-1973) was born in Checholia, Russia, the son of Avraham Zvi Rosen and Pesa Cohn. He was the first of his family to come to Canada, in 1903. He came ahead of his wife Sima Leah (1873-1948), and their son Irving (d. 1962). In Kitchener, Aaron established himself in the peddling business, founding Rosen Rag & Metal. After his wife and son joined him, they had two more children, Mary (1908-1996) and Joseph (1906-1916). Joseph died of diphtheria at the age of ten. He was one of the first to be buried in the Beth Jacob Cemetery.
Aaron Rosen was one of the founders of Beth Jacob Congregation in 1908, and was among those who signed the mortgage for the synagogue in 1924. The family rented a house at 156 Church Street, and later lived next to the Rosen Rag & Metal warehouse at 123 Strange Street. In 1927, Aaron brought over his brother Israel with his family and their parents.
In 1938, Aaron's daughter, Mary Rosen, married Ben Coles. They settled in Toronto. They had two children, Alan and Phyllis (the donor). Irving Rosen married Tillie Minsky and his children (in the photos) are Estelle and Gerry.
Sima Leah Rosen predeceased Aaron, and when he was 70 he remarried, wedding Rebecca (usually called Bayla) Kaplan (grandmother of Robert Kaplan, MP and Attorney General). The marriage was religious but not civil. Aaron Rosen died at the age of 93 in 1973. He is buried next to his first wife at Roselawn Cemetery in Toronto.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Name Access
Rosen, Aaron, 1879-1973
Rosen, Sima Leah, 1873-1948
Places
Kitchener (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-8-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-8-9
Material Format
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
48 photographs : b&w and col. (1 jpg) ; 21x 25 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1910]-[ca. 1980]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of family snapshots and portraits of members of the Zet family of St. Catharines. They include images of the donor's grandmother, Sadie (Hyatt) Zet, and grandfather Morris Zet, their friends, children and grandchildren. Among the events documented are the wedding of Bernice Zet to Albert Shecter in 1946 at the Congregation B'nai Israel, officiated by Rabbi Herschel Shapiro (who officiated weddings from 1931-1956), and summer scenes at Crystal Beach including Bernice Zet, Freda Caplan, Claire Zet and Deborah Caplan. There are several photographs of a group of high school girls, including Anne Granek, Minnie Lefstein, Ann Caplan, Ethel Friedman, Sylvia and Frieda Greenberg, Rae Rosenberg, and Eve Luntz. There is also an image of twenty little girls dressed in white holding British flags on the occasion of the opening of the shul in 1925, and one of Celia Taube with her children. As well, there are pictures of "the gang" of couples at social occasions in the 1950s. Persons pictured include Bayla Katzman, Joel Zeldon, Anne Granek, Abe Herzog, Margaret Zeldon, Jenny Katzman, Joe Katzmean, Gert Granek, Bea Magder, Dave Kates, Sybil Cowitz, Elsie Kates, Chippie (Helen) Feldman, [unknown man], Syd Magder, Dolly Cooperman, Eleanor Lambert, Sarah (Sookie) Slepkov, and Sheila Newman.
Finally, there is a ca. 1908 portrait of Berel and Nachama Kaplan, great-aunt and uncle of the donor.
Administrative History
Morris Zet (Zatulove) immigrated to Toronto in 1913 at age 18. In Romania his family enjoyed prosperity as dairy farmers, but after being conscripted into the Russian army, he left, walking from Russia to Austria. After a year in Toronto, Morris moved to St. Catharines, where he boarded with the Adelsteins. There, he made a living peddling to the many workers building the Welland Canal. In 1917, Morris married Sadie Hyatt (her brother changed the family name to Goldberg in Canada), who had come to Toronto in 1914. Morris opened a men’s wear store on St. Paul’s Street in St Catharines called Zet’s Clothing. Ten years later in 1929, he closed this store and opened Zet’s Men’s Wear in nearby Thorald, though the family continued to live in St Catharines. In 1935, Sadie opened Zet’s Ladies Wear across the street in Thorald. Morris and Sadie Zet had 3 daughters whom they raised in St Catharines: Anne, Clare and Bernice. Anne is the donor's mother. She married Kelley Granek in St. Catharines in 1939. Clare married Sam Kranitz in 1940; Bernice married Albert Schecter of Toronto, also at the St. Catharines shul, in 1946.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Descriptive Notes
Physical Desription note: two of the photographs are colour copies.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Name Access
Zet, Morris
Zet, Sadie
Places
St. Catharines (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walkathon 1976 sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
ID
Fonds 67; Series 17-1-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Annual Campaign series
Walk with Israel sub-series
Walkathon 1976 sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
67
Series
17-1-2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1976
Physical Description
9 photographs (negatives) : 6 x 6 cm
1 poster : 34 x 51 cm
Admin History/Bio
The 1976 Walkathon was held on May 30. Funds raised went towards UJA's Israel Special Fund. This year's walk was the first in which community groups took charge of each of the checkpoints, beginning a long tradition of B'nai Brith's involvement in the Walk.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Frank Schleifer
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
29 Jun. 1976
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Frank Schleifer
Number
OH 84
Subject
Canada--Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Recreation
Families
Interview Date
29 Jun. 1976
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Larry Troster
Total Running Time
OH84_001: 45.20 minutes OH84_002: 11.00 minutes
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Frank was born on 4 January 1916 in Toronto. His parents were Charles Schleifer and Mary Schleifer (née Noble). At the age of three, his family moved to Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. In 1922, the family moved to Brantford, Ontario, where his mother's family lived. Frank left school at age sixteen to work at the family Cigar and Soda Fountain store when his father became ill. He opened Frank’s Billiard Parlour from 1941 to 1946. He was drafted into the army in 1943, where he served in the artillery and infantry. He started to work in Unemployment Insurance with the federal government. Frank married Bertha (née Maltifer ?) in 1937. They had one son, Charles, born in 1947. As a youth, Frank was involved with AZA (B'nai Brith youth organization). He was a member of B'nai Brith and served on the executive of the synagogue in Brantford.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Name Access
Schleifer, Frank
Troster, Larry
Geographic Access
Brantford
Sturgeon Falls
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 84 - Schleifer\OH84_001_Log.pdf
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 84 - Schleifer\OH84_002_Log.pdf
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Frank Schleifer shares some early memories of growing up in Brantford, Ontario. He mentions some of the original Jewish families who settled in Brantford.

In this clip, Frank Schleifer describes his involvement in a variety of Jewish activities and groups during his youth, including AZA, summer camp and baseball.

Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
General office subject and correspondence files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 2; File 283
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
283
Material Format
textual record
Date
1976
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
Accession Number
2007-11-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-11-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
9 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Date
1943-1977
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material related to the Belleville Jewish community, in particular, the Schwab family and the Sons of Jacob Synagogue. It includes one copy of the Sons of Jacob Synagogue dedication book, a programme from brotherhood week and several photographs of the Schwab family and other members of the community.
The photographs are as follows:
1. Ben Safe and Julius Abramsky holding a large fish (1943).
2. Sid Rose, Ted Schwab and Art Black (1947).
3. Mike Levine, Paul Yanover, Ben Yanover, Eve Yanover, Vera Levine, Nellie Schwab, Sylvia Schwab and Stephen Schwab on the beach (1948).
4. Stephen Schwab's bar mitzvah portrait (1952).
5. Belleville Sisterhood group portrait (ca. 1960). Pictured, top row, left to right: Mrs. Pollak, unidentified, unidentified, Niomi Spiegel, Carol Albert, Cathy Mazer, Hilda Tuchmayer, unidentified, Mrs. Sylvia Freeman. Middle row, left to right: unidentified, unidentified, unidentified, Blooma Tobe, unidentified, Becky Shulman, Mrs. Gittleman, Mrs. Goldberg, Mrs. Esther Yanover, unidentified. Front row, left to right: Nellie Schwab, Sue Black, Jennie Nemtin, Bernice Mandel, Flo Yanover, Lil Albert.
6. Sue and Art Black (ca. 1965).
7. Copy family portrait of Theodore, Stephen, Nellie, and Sylvia Schwab (24 October 1952).
8. Michael Basch with the Torah scrolls at his bar mitzvah (1977).
9. Michael Basch at the bimah during his bar mitzvah (1977).
Administrative History
The Schwab family were one of the earliest Jewish families in Belleville. Theodore Schwab owned a stationary store.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Synagogues
Name Access
Basch, Sylvia
Places
Belleville (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-1-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-1-4
Material Format
moving images
graphic material (electronic)
graphic material
Physical Description
4 film reels (57 min., 32 sec.) : 16 mm
1 DVD
8 photographs (jpgs) : b&w
1 photograph : b&w
Date
[195-]-[196-]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of four 16 mm films and one copy DVD, documenting the Moldaver family in Peterborough. The films were taken during the 1950s and 1960s and include images of a Camp Wahanowin family visit featuring people by the lake, boating, playing badminton and softball and waterskiing, as well as other cottage scenes of kids swimming and jumping off the dock, canoeing, and several families sitting by the lake.
The films also document several family and community events, such as a family vacation to Chicago, fancy parties, Chanukah and Purim celebrations, family dinners, and Bar Mitzvahs, including the bar mitzvah of the donor Joel Moldaver. There are also several scenes of family life in Peterborough including people skating outdoors, and group shots of people standing outside of their homes and getting into cars.
In addition, the accession contains electronic scans of eight family photographs, including the donor's grandparents and great-parents, his parents' wedding which was the first Jewish wedding in Peterborough, and three images of his own bar mitzvah. There is also one oversize photograph of the 1942 Plenary session of the Canadian Jewish Congress, where the formation of Israel was addressed (photo credit: Federal Photos, Montreal).
Photographs are as follows:
1. Annie and Philip Black in Peterborough, ca. 1939.
2. Bar mitzvah at Reid Street.
3. Bar mitzvah at Reid Street.
4. Bar mitzvah at Reid Street with father Irving Moldaver, Aaron Black, and Rabbi Babb.
5. David and Faigh Florence possibly on Aylmer Street, ca 1939.
6. Irving Moldaver wedding portrait, 1938.
7. Peterborough wedding, Ernie Fine, Annie Black, Ruth and Irving Moldaver, Clara and Oskar Moldaver, 1938.
8. Ruth Moldaver (nee Black) wedding portrait, 1938.
9. CJC fifth plenary session, Jan. 10-12, 1942, Montreal.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Religion
Name Access
Moldaver, Joel
Moldaver, Ruth
Moldaver, Irving
Places
Peterborough (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-7-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-7-3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
17 photographs : b&w (jpg)
Date
31 Oct. 1948
Scope and Content
This accession consists of seventeen electronic copies of photographs taken at the wedding of William Freedman and Eunice Garshowitz. The ceremony took place at the Shaw Street Synagogue in Toronto. The photographs depict the bride and groom; the bridal party, including sister Goldie Greenspan-Glayt (nee Garshowitz), cousin Judy Miller (nee Halpern); and the best man, Gord Rosenberg; as well as the groom's father Abe Freedman; the bride's great uncle Sam Garshowitz; and her parents, Max and Freda Garshowitz. Many of the photographs were taken inside the synagogue.
Administrative History
William Freedman was born in North Bay on 27 August 1926. He moved to Toronto to attend the University of Toronto. In 1948, he married Eunice Garshowitz of Hamilton who was living in Toronto with her family at the time. Shortly thereafter, the couple moved back to North Bay, where Bill ran a furniture store and, later, a government surplus store. They had four boys, Shelly, Larry, Paul, and Steven.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Weddings
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-26
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-26
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
8 photographs : b&w and col. ; 10 x 15 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1920]-1994
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs pertaining to the Salit family and the Jewish community of Niagara Falls, Ontario. There is a newspaper clipping, an advertisement for Myer Salit Limited and a fiftieth-anniversary commemorative book for Congregation B'Nai Israel, St Catharines, Ontario (1975).
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Synagogues
Places
Niagara Falls (Ont.)
St. Catharines (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-9-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-9-10
Material Format
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
51 photographs : b&w and col. (45 negatives) ; 10 x 12 or smaller
Date
1918-1977
Scope and Content
This accession consists of fifty-one photographs and negatives depicting various members of the Rosenberg family and the North Bay Jewish community. The images include Hanukkah and Father's Day celebrations at the Sons of Jacob Synagogue, a Lag B'Omer picnic, Joe Rosenberg inside his menswear store, and a community parade in North Bay.
Identified individuals in the photographs include: Leah Brown, Abe Brown, Philip Cait, Fae Cait, Morley Daiter, Chaim Edery, Amalia Edery, Harry Freeman, Adele Freeman, Sam Heisler, Rae Heisler, Ben Herman, Sonny Herman, Marv Himmel, Shirley Hockman, Marvin Hockman, Rose Hoffman, Joe Hoffman, Bill Klieman, Arnie Maizen, Evelyn Maizen, Alex Metz, Jean Metz, Jean Noek, Peggy Pachner, John Pachner, Harry Reiss, Nathan Rivelis, Ida Rivelis, Brooky Robins, Mr. and Mrs. Allen and Beverley Rosenberg, Gordon Rosenberg, Joe Rosenberg, Pearl Rosenberg, Marcia Rosenberg, Eleanor Sherman, Sam Sherman, Eckie Weisman, and Millie Weisman.
Administrative History
Allen Rosenberg was born in North Bay in 1930. His grandfather Moishe Rosenberg was from Russia and was the first to arrive in 1910. He opened a convenience store and pool hall in town. His grandmother Esther (nee Brown) followed soon after. HIs father Joe was married to Pearl Brown, who grew up in North Bay. Joe owned a successful men's and boys' wear store. Allen and his wife Beverly eventually moved to Toronto.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Synagogues
Name Access
Rosenberg, Allen, 1930-
Places
North Bay (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Name
Rabbi Shemen
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
Jul. 1991
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Rabbi Shemen
Number
OH 284
Subject
Salsberg, J. B. (Joseph B.), ca. 1903-1998
Interview Date
Jul. 1991
Quantity
1
AccessionNumber
2004-1-4
Total Running Time
60 min or less
Biography
Rabbi Nachman Shemen was a talmudic scholar, journalist, scholar, teacher, “mediator par excellence,” and the author of more than twenty books. His contribution to Jewish scholarship included interpretations on biblical, talmudic, rabbinic, and literary studies. The two volumes, published in Tel Aviv in Yiddish, discuss issues that date back to the creation and the Book of Genesis up to more recent current day controversial issues as conversion and assimilation.
The rabbinic scholar was born in Chodel, Poland, a small town near Lublin, just before the outbreak of the First World War. Shemen's great-grandfather was a disciple of the founder of Hasidism in Poland, the “Seer of Lublin.” Both his parents were descendants of chassidism and scholars. When he was just over seventeen years old, he received rabbinic ordination, and In 1930, moved to Canada with his family.
A founder of COR the Kashruth supervisory body, Shemen made COR one of the largest and most respected kosher organizations in North America. For over 40 years, Shemen served as director of the Kashruth Council and Rabbinical Vaad Hakashruth of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Toronto Jewish Congress. He was one of the founders of Congregation Torah V’Avoda and was associated with the Eitz Chaim Schools where he taught for over 25 years. He was a longtime contributor to Yiddish newspapers and wrote many articles, sometimes using the pseudonym “A Reporter,” on Jewish issues and about the early Jewish community of Toronto. He died in 1993.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
Yiddish
Name Access
Shemen, Nachman
Original Format
Audio cassette
Source
Oral Histories
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 2; File 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
2
File
25
Material Format
textual record
Date
1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of proceedings of meeting held 2 May 1976.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 2; File 26
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Annual meeting proceedings series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
2
File
26
Material Format
textual record
Date
1977
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of speeches, programme, invitation and correspondence relating to meeting held 17 April 1976.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Address
1 Major Street
Source
Landmarks

The Borochov School, a branch of the Poale Zion Zionist Labour movement (PZL), opened in 1932, offering an after-school program for families who wanted their children to receive an education that was in harmony with their beliefs. The school promoted Zionism and Socialism both in Canada and in Israel. Differing from other PZL movement schools, the Borochov School placed a greater importance on Yiddish than Hebrew.
Address
1 Major Street
Time Period
1932-1976
Scope Note
The Borochov School, a branch of the Poale Zion Zionist Labour movement (PZL), opened in 1932, offering an after-school program for families who wanted their children to receive an education that was in harmony with their beliefs. The school promoted Zionism and Socialism both in Canada and in Israel. Differing from other PZL movement schools, the Borochov School placed a greater importance on Yiddish than Hebrew.
History
In 1976, the branch of the PLZ that the Borochov School affiliated itself with, amalgamated with the other PZL organizations and the school's day-to-day functioning closed. Bialik Hebrew School became the sole educational facility for the PZL movement.
Category
Education
Source
Landmarks
Accession Number
2007-6-34
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-34
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (jpg)
Date
[1933?]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a scanned copy of a photograph taken at the Lambert family's Port Dalhousie cottage. The donor, Eleanor Lambert (née Friedman), and her mother Channa Friedman are at the bottom right. Back row: Minna Anderson, Patty Walman, Sarah Meyers. Front row: Jean Matlow, Goldie Matlow, Esther Rivka Pomerantz, Channa Friedman, Eleanor Friedman.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Outdoor recreation
Name Access
Lambert family
Places
Port Dalhousie, Ont.
St. Catharines, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-11-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-11-8
Material Format
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
5 photographs : b&w ; 34 x 15 cm or smaller + identification key
55 photographs : b&w (jpgs) ; 300 dpi
Date
1934-1975
Scope and Content
This accession consists of photographs documenting the Moscoe family, Camp B'nai Brith near Ottawa, and the Kirkland Lake Jewish community. Also included are a few photographs taken at the amalgamation of Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue in 1975. The amalgamation photographs include: Syd Moscoe, Stuart Moscoe, Harry R. Moscoe, Irving Horowitz, Cantor David Bercovici, Cantor Louis Danto, and Rabbi Joseph Kelman.
Custodial History
The photographs were loaned to the Archives for copying. The donor has the original records.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Communities
Families
Jewish camps
Places
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Name
Edith Shields
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
21 Jan. 1988
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Edith Shields
Number
OH 192
OH 193
Subject
Printing plants
Rabbis
Synagogues
Interview Date
21 Jan. 1988
Quantity
4 cassettes (2 copies)
4 WAV files
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
OH192_001: 31.00 minutes OH192_002: 31.01 minutes OH193_001: 31.05 minutes OH193_002: 31.02 minutes
Conservation
Copied to cassestte tape in August 2003
Digitized July 2014
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Edtih Shields was born in Poland in 1906. She immigrated to Toronto in 1925. During the 1920s, her father Rabbi Tzvi Silverstein served as rabbi for both the Keltzer and Slipia Synagogues. Edith married Labish Shields who was the owner of the Shield’s Printing Company and a construction company and also the financier of properties north of St. Clair Street.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Geographic Access
Palestine
Toronto (Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 192, OH 193 - Shields\OH192_001_Log.pdf
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 192, OH 193 - Shields\OH192_002_Log.pdf
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 192, OH 193 - Shields\OH193_001_Log.pdf
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 192, OH 193 - Shields\OH193_002_Log.pdf
Source
Oral Histories
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 49; Series 3; File 97
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
Fonds
49
Series
3
File
97
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
[between 1929 and 1930]
Physical Description
ca.100 architectural and technical drawings : blueprints, pencil on linen weave, some hand col. pencil crayon ; 95 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
The Hermant Building, located at 21 Dundas Square, is a designated heritage building that is actually composed of two connected office buildings and an annex. The nine storey western building was designed by architects Bond and Smith in 1913. The six storey Hermant Annex and fourteen storey eastern tower were designed by Benjamin Brown in 1920 and 1930 respectively. The building is named after Percy Hermant and served as the headquarters of his company, Imperial Optical, which for a time was the largest prescription lens business in the British Commonwealth. The buildings were designated as heritage buildings in 1990. The Hermant Building was initially built on Wilton Square - which was later renamed Dundas Square. Benjamin Brown's office was also located in the Hermant building during the 1940s.
Scope and Content
File consists of architectural and technical drawings of the eastern tower of the Hermant Building. Floor plans, cable plans, sections, elevations, detailing, sketches and technical drawings of structural elements of the building are included.
Physical Condition
Some drawings are fragile and torn.
Related Material
See File 49-3-63 for the architectural plans of alterations to the ground floor of the Hermant Building.
See File 49-3-106 for the architectural drawings of the Hermant Annex.
See File 49-3-37 for the architectural plans of a proposed storage building for Mr. Percy Hermant at 179 Ontario Street and for a biography of Mr. Hermant.
See File 49-3-58 for the architectural plans of a factory for Imperial Optical Co. at 270 Ontario Street and for an administrative history of Imperial Optical.
See File 49-3-100 for architectural drawings of Montgomery's Tavern, located on the ground floor of the Hermant Building.
See File 49-3-93 for the architectural drawings of a factory for Imperial Optical at the S.W. corner of Dundas and Ontario Streets.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1; File 31
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Level
File
Fonds
27
Series
1
File
31
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1950]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Exterior shot of the rear of the house.
Notes
Title based on inscription on the photograph.
Creation date is estimated from the time period in which Kaplan & Sprachman commissioned other work from Panda Photography.
Photographers: Panda Photography.
Name Access
Panda Photography
Subjects
Dwellings
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
Strathearn Road (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Frankel and Draper family fonds
Carl and Dorothy Frankel photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 104; File 2; Item 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Frankel and Draper family fonds
Carl and Dorothy Frankel photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
104
File
2
Item
25
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1924
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 28 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a studio portrait of Dorothy Jacobs taken at Kamen Hyde Park Studio, Chicago.
Subjects
Portraits
Places
Chicago (Ill.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 2; Series 6; File 34
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
Dual Allegiance series
Level
File
Fonds
2
Series
6
File
34
Material Format
textual record
Date
1959
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of one manuscript entitled, Israel Assignment. It includes title pages, a contents page and chapters 8-21.
Notes
Israel Assignment was an early version of Dual Allegiance focusing on the Arab-Israeli War.
Physical Condition
Record is in good condition, but the first title page is loose.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Ida Weisteld
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
10 Jul. 1977
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Ida Weisteld
Number
OH 23
Interview Date
10 Jul. 1977
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Doris Newman
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Digitized 2014
Use Restrictions
Conditional access. Researchers must receive permission from the interviewee or his/her heir prior to accessing the interview. Please contact the OJA for more information.
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Ida Weisteld (née Gazer) was born in 1907 in Brantford, Ontario. Her father, Velvel Gazer, settled in Brantford in 1900. Ida attended King Edward Public School and Brantford Collegiate Institute. As a child, she attended Cheder and participated in a boys and girls social group. She took a business course and worked as a bookkeeper after high school. She was married in Toronto in 1933.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Weisteld, Ida
Gazer, Velvel
Geographic Access
Brantford, Ont.
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 23 - Weisteld\OH23_Log.docx
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Montague Raisman
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
11 Jul. 1982
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Montague Raisman
Number
OH 64
Subject
Nonprofit organizations
Human rights
Antisemitism
World War, 1939-1945
Zionism
Interview Date
11 Jul. 1982
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Jack Lipinsky
Total Running Time
39:42 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Notes
Low sound volume
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Montague Raisman came to Canada from England in 1926. He was actively involved in B'nai Brith Toronto Lodge and held positions of office. He served as the commanding officer for the B'nai Brith Air Cadet Squadron in Toronto during the Second World War. He was instrumental in the formation of the Joint Public Relations Committee, a united Jewish voice in response to pro-Nazi activity.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Name Access
Raisman, Montague
B'nai Brith
Lipinsky, Jack
Canadian Jewish Congress
Geographic Access
Toronto
Calgary (Alta.)
Montréal (Québec)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 64 - Raisman\OH64_Log.pdf
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Montague describes the formation of the B'nai Brith Air Cadet Squadron during the Second World War. He discusses the recruitment and training of the officers and cadets. He explains how this squadron was instrumental in changing recruitment qualifications to allow entry of new immigrants and black cadets.

In this clip, Montague Raisman discusses the events leading up to an association between B

Name
Myer Pinsky
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
31 Jul. 1978
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Myer Pinsky
Number
OH 119
OH 120
Interview Date
31 Jul. 1978
Quantity
4 cassettes (2 copies)
4 WAV file
Interviewer
Larry Troster
Total Running Time
OH119_001: 46.25 minutes OH119_002: 44.23 minutes OH120_001: 44.13 minutes OH120_002: 46.20 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Conditional access. Researchers must receive permission from the interviewee or his/her heir prior to accessing the interview. Please contact the OJA for more information.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Ida Siegel
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
22 Jul. 1971
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Ida Siegel
Number
OH 166
OH 167
Subject
Charities
Women
Interview Date
22 Jul. 1971
Quantity
2
Interviewer
Eva Kayfetz
Total Running Time
OH166A: 47.minutes OH166B: 5. minutes OH167A: 29. minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contOHt the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Ida Siegel (née Lewis) (1885-1982) was born 14 February 1885 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1894, Ida and her family moved to Toronto. On 14 February 1905, Ida married Isidore Hirsch Siegel. They had six children. An extremely active communal leader, Ida helped found Daughters of Zion in 1899, the Herzl Girls Club in 1904 and Hadassah in 1916. In the mid-1920s, Ida established The Mothers' and Babes' Rest Home,a camp for poor women with young children. She helped organize the first free Jewish dispensary in Toronto which eventually developed into Mount Sinai Hospital. Ida was also very active in womens peace movements, the Toronto Board of Education and the Toronto Bureau (elected to Board, 1930-36) of Jewish Education. In 1917, Ida helped to organize Federation of Jewish Philanthropies which later became the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Hadassah-WIZO of Toronto
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Ida Siegel discusses the formation of Hadassah in Canada and how it evolved into Hadassah-WIZO. She describes the creation of separate Hadassah branches.

In this clip, Ida Siegel explains the events that led up to the formation of a committee that she headed to write a Constitution for Hadassah. She describes some of the struggles she encountered in the process.

Name
Irving Milchberg
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
26 Jul. 2007
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Irving Milchberg
Number
OH 333
Subject
Immigrants--Canada
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Holocaust survivors
Refugees--Canada
Interview Date
26 Jul. 2007
Quantity
1 mini DV ; 1 archival DVD ; 1 reference DVD
Interviewer
Sharon Gubbay Helfer
Total Running Time
1 hr
Notes
Part of Ontario Small Jewish Communities Project.
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Irving Milchberg, the Holocaust survivor known from Joseph Ziemian's book The Cigarette Sellers of Three Crosses Square, used to sell cigarettes to Nazis in Warsaw as an oprhan during the Second World War.
Milchberg, leader of a group of orphaned Jewish children hiding their identities, used to gather at Three Crosses Square, the centre of the German occupation of Warsaw, to sell cigarettes. They went wandering around under the very noses of policemen, gendarmes, Gestapo men, and ordinary spies.
Before joining the cigarette sellers, Milchberg twice escaped from the Nazis. The first time he scaled a fence and fled the Umschlagplatz, where Jews were put aboard trains to the Treblinka death camp. The second time, he managed to break the bars of the train taking him to Treblinka and scramble out. His father, mother, and three sisters were all murdered by the Nazis.
In 1945, Milchberg made his way to Czechoslovakia, then Austria, then to a camp for displaced people in occupied Germany, where he learned watchmaking, his lifelong occupation. In 1947 he moved to Canada, ending up in Niagara Falls, where he opened his own jewellery and watch business. In 1953 he met his wife, Renee, who had survived the war. They had two children and three grandchildren. Milchberg died in January 2014 at the age of eighty-six.
Material Format
moving images
Geographic Access
Niagara Falls, Ont.
Original Format
Mini DV
Copy Format
DVD
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Laurie Manoim
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
16 Jul. 2015
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Laurie Manoim
Number
OH 424
Subject
Canada--Emigration and immigration
Jews--South Africa
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Interview Date
16 Jul. 2015
Interviewer
Gail Freeman
Total Running Time
OH 424 part 1: 40 min.
OH 424 part 2: 9 min.
Biography
Lorraine “Laurie” Manoim (née Stern) was born on 21 June 1945 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She spent a happy childhood growing up with her two brothers and many cousins. Her parents were founding members of Temple Emanuel, a Reform synagogue.
Laurie’s family is a rich tapestry of nationalities. Her paternal grandparents were from Austria and Germany; her maternal grandfather was from Morocco; her maternal grandmother was from Poland; and her mother was born in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia). In addition, Laurie is a descendant of Solica Hachuel, a Moroccan-Jewish martyr who was killed in the early nineteenth century. This background made Laurie’s family stand out from other Jewish families in South Africa, many of whom originally emigrated from Lithuania.
After earning her bachelor of arts, Laurie married and had a son, Gary. She and her husband opened a restaurant, which Laurie ran by herself for the first two years, but ended up divorcing. Not wanting her son to internalize the values of apartheid South Africa, Laurie made the decision to immigrate to Canada with her son.
Laurie and Gary arrived in Canada in 1978. Laurie managed to raise Gary without family support and while holding down multiple jobs. She worked in the restaurant industry for a number of years, even owning a deli at one point, but ultimately decided to go back to school, earning a master’s degree in industrial relations (MIR). After graduating, she worked at the Government of Canada for twenty-eight years. During this time her parents immigrated to Canada and she supported them by having the additional income from students residing in her home for fifteen years. Laurie graduated from Guelph as a master gardener. (Gardening is her major hobby.)
Laurie has a large and diverse social circle and a broad range of interests. She has been back to South Africa many times as her son returned to work there for twenty years before returning to Canada. She has no desire to move back, commenting that she couldn’t go back to an empty life, to being a prisoner of luxury and discrimination.
Material Format
moving images
Language
English
Name Access
Manoim, Laurie, 1945-
Geographic Access
Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)
Johannesburg (South Africa)
Original Format
Digital file
Copy Format
Digital file
Transcript
Part 1:
00:00 Laurie's maiden name was Stern. She was born on 21 June 1945 in Johannesburg. She immigrated to Canada in 1978.
00:55 Laurie's paternal grandparents came from Germany and Austria. Her father was born in South Africa. Her maternal grandfather came from Morocco. Her maternal grandmother came from Poland. Her mother was born in Rhodesia.
01:19 Laurie discusses how her maternal grandfather from Morocco came to Bulawayo in Rhodesia.
02:20 Laurie discusses her childhood. She had two brothers. One brother died at age twenty-two. Her younger brother is married and lives in South Africa.
03:18 Laurie discusses her family's religious observance. Her father came from a small farming town, Schweizer-Reneke. Her parents were founding members of Temple Emanuel, a Reform synagogue.
04:50 Laurie outlines her education: elementary grades at Rosebank (a public school), secondary grades at King David (a Jewish day school).
06:22 Laurie earned a bachelor of arts in sociology and economics at university. She studied computers and market research.
07:53 Laurie got engaged and married. In 1970, she and her husband decided to immigrate. Laurie discusses some of their reasons and their plan. They ran a restaurant to get a cash business.
09:07 Laurie discusses the breakdown of her marriage that ended in divorce. She needed to get court's permission to bring her son with her to Canada.
10:06 Laurie explains her decision to immigrate to Canada.
11:00 Laurie describes her disappointment when her son, Gary, returned to South Africa.
12:38 Laurie considered and abandoned the options of living in Israel and San Francisco.
13:35 Laurie describes her struggles with finding suitable housing, finding stable employment, and raising her young son during her early years in Canada.
17:57 Laurie mentions preparation for her son's bar mitzvah.
18:50 Laurie returned to university to earn a master's degree in industrial relations. She found a government post, where she remained for twenty-six years.
20:30 Laurie shares some of her initial impressions of living in Canada. She compares and contrasts the Jewish communities in South Africa and Toronto, and specifically highlights how the needs of the South African Jewish immigrants differed from other Jewish immigrant groups.
24:43 Laurie identifies some of the challenges she faced when she came to Toronto.
25:34 Laurie describes the circumstances that triggered her parents' immigration to Canada in 1996.
27:04 Laurie describes her mother's artistic training and endeavours.
28:53 Laurie discusses some of the South African traditions she has maintained while living in Canada.
31:06 Laurie rediscovered seven South African childhood friends in Canada, but most of her friends are Canadian.
32:13 Laurie describes her passion for gardening.
34:05 Laurie identifies an incident when she first felt Canadian. She describes how her family in South Africa became dispersed.
35:17 Laurie shares an anecdote about one of her Moroccan ancestors.
37:33 Laurie shares memories of her move to Canada.
Part 2:
00:20 Laurie explains how she was able to secure housing at Bayview Mews after some initial challenges.
03:00 Laurie offers tribute to her work colleagues and gives some examples to justify her admiration.
06:05 Laurie speaks of her relationship with a friend during her life and during her terminal illness.
08:24 Laurie discusses her travel plans for retirement.
Source
Oral Histories

Immigrating Solo to Canada

Name
Karrie Weinstock
Material Format
moving images
Interview Date
11 Jul. 2016
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Karrie Weinstock
Number
OH 435
Subject
Immigrants--Canada
Interview Date
11 Jul. 2016
Interviewer
Lisa Newman
Total Running Time
OH 435 part 1: 22 min.
OH 435 part 2: 11 min.
OH 435 part 3: 22 min.
OH 435 part 4: 5 min.
Biography
Karrie’s life has long been characterized by both privilege and an acute sensitivity to the challenges facing those less fortunate than herself. Although she grew up in a happy professional family, her childhood was marked by uncertainty. Her father, Jack Unterhalter, was a civil rights lawyer in the Apartheid era, active in left-wing politics, and Karrie recalls him keeping a packed briefcase by the door during the state of emergency in case the authorities should come for him.
As a young woman, Karrie studied to be an English teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge. She then returned to South Africa, where she taught for two years, before moving to Boston to pursue a master’s degree in educational administration, planning and social policy at Harvard. Upon graduating, she took a position at Milton OHademy, an independent school in Boston. She enjoyed her time there but chose to relocate to Toronto, where she had an aunt. For over three decades, she has worked at Branksome Hall, first as an English teacher, then as an administrator, and now in her current role as deputy principal.
In 1985, Karrie married Michael Weinstock, a native Torontonian, whose family embraced her as one of their own. Both Karrie and Michael had been married previously and through her marriage to Michael, she inherited three beautiful stepdaughters. Karrie and Michael had a child of their own, a son who shares his mother’s love of South Africa, visiting the country each year.
Recognizing her great fortune in life, Karrie gives back through her volunteer work with the Stephen Leacock Foundation, which, among other initiatives, supports low-fee independent schools in South Africa that are connected to independent and public schools in Canada so as to form a unique Triangle of Hope.
Material Format
moving images
Language
English
Name Access
Weinstock, Karen
Geographic Access
Boston (Mass.)
Cambridge (England)
Jamestown (South Africa)
Johannesburg (South Africa)
Toronto (Ont.)
Original Format
Digital file
Transcript
Part 1:
00:00 Karrie outlines her immediate family. She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
01:28 Karrie discusses her family history. Her maternal grandfather was born in 1891 in Lithuania. He came to South Africa in 1914 to escape the military. Her maternal grandmother was born in 1903 in Lithuania. Her paternal grandfather was born in 1888 in Poland. Her paternal grandmother, whose parents came from Lithuania, was born in London in 1893.
03:54 Karrie discusses her father's career as a civil rights lawyer. She discusses her father's role as a founding member of the Liberal Party in South Africa.
06:35 Karrie discusses the impOHt her father's political OHtivism had on her family. She offers examples to illustrate the unique situation in her home while growing up (e.g. political meetings, fear of her father's imminent arrest, visits from political prisoners).
08:26 Karrie offers her impressions of the position taken by the greater Jewish community in South Africa.
09:27 Karrie explains why she and her siblings attended independent schools.
11:00 Karrie discusses her family's involvement in the Jewish community and Jewish prOHtice.
13:15 Karrie discusses how her parents stressed the importance of education and viewed education as a means of leaving South Africa. She discusses the education paths of her siblings as well as her own. Karrie received her teaching qualifications at Cambridge and earned a master's degree in administration planning and social policy at Harvard.
15:34 Karrie lives in Canada. Her sister lives in London. Her brother opted to return to South Africa.
16:38 Karrie relates an anecdote that compares her current situation of seeing her mother once a year with Black workers in South Africa who saw their children once a year.
17:48 Karrie explains that both her sister and brother were unable to return to South Africa for a period of time. In her sister's case it was due to her political activity; in her brother's case, it was due to his refusal to serve in the military.
18:55 Karrie discusses her "charmed" life growing up.
20:54 Karrie discusses her teaching qualifications and first teaching position at an independent school for mixed-race students.
Part 2:
00:56 Karrie discusses her experience at Harvard. Specifically, she mentions a friendship.
06:09 Karrie explains why her parents preferred that she not return to South Africa.
07:09 Karrie relates the story of finding a job at Milton Academy in Boston following graduation.
Part 3:
00:00 Karrie explains how she decided to move to Toronto.
03:45 Karrie explains how she became engaged and married to Clive Lovett in 1979. She explains the factors that contributed to the end of their four-year marriage.
05:16 Karrie discusses her teaching and administrative responsibilities at Branksome Hall.
12:59 Karrie describes meeting and marrying Michael Weinstock. Michael has three children from a previous marriage. Karrie and Michael have one son together.
15:20 Karrie explains how Peter Oliver, a prominent South African-born Toronto philanthropist and businessman, arranged to fund and build an independent school, the Get-Ahead Project School in rural South Africa. She explains her involvement with the project and the connection with Branksome Hall, Rose Avenue Public School, a high-needs school in Toronto, and the Get-Ahead Project School in South Africa.
Part 4:
00:00 Karrie continues to describe the inter-school program that has been set up for students at Branksome Hall, a school in Jamestown; Toronto, and the Get-Ahead school.
02:26 Karrie discusses her role on the board of the Leacock Foundation and her opportunity to further the inter-school program. She cites an example of how they contributed to the Get-Ahead school.
04:17 Karrie reminisces about times when she felt Canadian.
Source
Oral Histories

A Triangle of Hope

A Packed Suitcase by the Door

A Charmed Existence

Name
Paul Abeles
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
14 Jun. 1976
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Paul Abeles
Number
OH 87
Subject
Farmers
Immigrants--Canada
Interview Date
14 Jun. 1976
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Larry Troster
Total Running Time
45.05 minutes
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Paul Abeles was born on 15 November 1906 in Czechoslovakia. He was a successful businessman and part of a group of four local businesspeople with Leon Rotberg, Jack Rotberg and Jack Brown who bought and rented business properties in the city. The group were also referred to as the “Brantford Companies,” set up to own and manage warehouse properties in the City of Brantford.
Paul was active in the Brantford Jewish community and represented Brantford at the Second Regional Leadership Conference in London, Ontario on 27 March 1960, where over seventy-five representatives of regional Jewish communities gathered. At this conference, Paul was presented with an award of recognition for his volunteer endeavours.
Paul was one of thirty-nine families who immigrated to Canada in 1939 from Czechoslovakia and placed on farms. He was married to Rita Abeles (née (Glaser). He passed away in March 1989.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Geographic Access
Brantford (Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 87 - Abeles\OH87_Transcript.pdf
Source
Oral Histories
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