Poale Zion (Workers of Zion) was a Marxist Zionist Jewish workers movement that originated in the Russian Empire around 1900. This movement spread around the world and in late 1905 the Socialist Jewish Labour Party (Poale Zion) was formed in Canada.
In 1919, the Poale Zion Zionist labour movement split into two factions – Left Poale Zion (later Achdut Avodah Poale Zion) and Achdut Avodah (later Mapai). J.B. Salsberg affiliated with the Left Poale Zion, which was founded on the principals established by Ber Borochov and became known as the Borochov Movement. In Canada the Borochov Movement consisted of various organizations – political, cultural and educational. The political branch was the Achdut Avodah Poale Zion. It promoted Zionism and Socialism both in Canada and Israel.
Scope and Content
File consists of records documenting J.B. Salsberg's involvement in the Achdut Avodah Poale Zion movement. Included is correspondence with the Jewish Socialist Labor Party Poale-Zion of America, Undzer Veg bulletins, Hashomer Hatzair newsletters, and a Yiddish booklet by Chaim Zhitlovsky entitled "From Assimilation to Labour Zionism" (published in New York, 1919). Also included are two photographs of J.B. Salsberg that were taken in Boston likely at the second annual convention of the Poale-Zion of America (1923).
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.
This file consists of correspondence and notices issued by the Canadian Federation of Polish Jews. Katz served as a member of the National Executive and acted as a delegate to the conventions. Included are notices of meetings, reports concerning relief efforts and appeals for contributions.
This file consists of communication from the Canadian Jewish Congress. Included are: summary of proceedings from the Fourth National Assembly of Canadian Jewish Congress (1939), summary of correspondence received by Canadian Jewish Congress (1939), letters requesting representatives to attend the conference (1939), letter announcing Katz was elected to the National Executive (1939), a report of the activities of the war efforts committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress (1940), opening address from the Fifth Annual Regional Conference, a Hanukkah booklet in Yiddish, a notice to the Jewish community to avoid buying German coal (1939), a notice from the American Jewish Congress (1938), and a 1938 publication, The Anti-Nazi Bulletin.
This file consists of communication from the Canadian Jewish Congress. Included are: receipt for an ad in the Daily Hebrew Journal (1942), announcements of an upcoming lecture and list of lectures from the Institute of Jewish Studies (1940, 1942), periodical devoted to Jewish affairs (1942, in Polish), a poster published by the Union of Orthodox Rabbis, packet of ribbons with the insignia "I support United Jewish Welfare" (1942-1943), newspaper clipping (1942, in Yiddish), solicitation letter from High Rabbinical Jeshivah Sfath Emeth (1942), two wedding invitations (1942), invitation to honour Samuel Bronfman on the occasion of his fiftieth birthday (1941), printed speech presented by Samuel Bronfman, President of CJC (1941), communication with the Canadian Jewish Congress (e.g. announcements of meetings, meeting minutes, call to support the victory loan, a letter in support of the Greek War Relief Fund, a letter reporting vandalism of "Moncatta Library" at University College, London) and a list of delegates to the 5th Plenary Session.
This file contains Betty Lindgren's personal correspondence from between 1911 and 1938. A large portion of the letters are from Betty's mother (Sarah Goldstick), and her niece Ellen (Honey) Dworkin, but among them are letters from Betty's sisters Ellen Lurie (and daughter Mae), Jean Slone, Dora (Dorothy) Dworkin and Annie Constam. The file includes notes of condolence from when Betty's father Wolf Goldstick passed away in 1923, and dental x-rays made in 1925. The correspondence has been arranged in chronological order. The first folder covers 1911 to 1924, and the second covers 1925 to 1938, and includes undated correspondence.
File consists of records documenting Heinz Kassel's university education in Germany. The bulk of the records are textual and include study books and academic certificates. Also included is one photograph of Heinz with friends at the Berlin University in 1932. Identified in the photograph are (left to right): Heinz Kassel, Horst Wolf, Tamara (?), Fritz (?), and Franz Oppenheimer.
A similar photograph of Heinz with his university friends can be found in the Kassel family photo album (fonds 93, file 2).
File consists of correspondence and legal records documenting Henry Cassel's emigration from Germany and attempt to immigrate to the United States of America. Included is Henry's passport, nationality identification card, birth certificates, driving certificates, USA immigration sponsorship application, correspondence regarding his application to enter the USA, criminal background checks, a citizenship visa for Italy, and a registration card indicating Henry's place of employment. Also included are newspaper clippings that were collected by Henry regarding the Jewish community of Ferrara, Italy (a region that Henry had travelled through).
Photocopies of some Italian and German records with translated titles are attached to the accession record.
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
8 photographs : b&w and sepia ; 13 x 18 cm or smaller
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of eight family photographs including: two photos are of Sydelle Katz (wife of J.P. Katz's son, Morris) with her young daughter Ruth (Nickerson); an unidentified girl holding a baby; Sandy (nee Katz) Wolfish (granddaughter of J. P. Katz); a portrait of J. P. Katz; Shirley Greenbaum, the daughter of Nachum Greenbaum and is personally inscribed "To Family Katz, with best wishes, Shirley"; a seated, unidentified young man; and an unidentified man and two women in the front doorway of a store. Also included are two letters (June 1950, July, 1951) in Yiddish written by Morris Katz and a letter written by granddaughters, Susan and Dolly.
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This file consists of correspondence on behalf of the Mizrachi Organization of Canada with Canadian members and American affiliates. Included is a copy of a cable sent by Menachem Mendel Ussishkin, World President of the Jewish National Fund in May 1939 reporting on land purchase in Eretz Israel.
This file consists of correspondence between the Mizrachi organization of Germany with the Mizrachi Organization of Toronto. Some of the correspondence requests assistance with immigration to Canada in 1938.
This file consists of correspondence with members of the Graubart family including Rabbi Leon Graubart, Rabbi David Graubart and Rabbi Philip Graubart. Much of the correspondence is in Yiddish. Included is a newsclipping paying tribute to Rabbi Yehuda Leib Graubart who served as Chief Rabbi of Toronto. Also iscluded is a Mizrachi educational material, notice from the Vaad and a poster featuring newspaper clippings that highlight the Jewish war effort.
File consists of textual records documenting the relationship between the JFWB and the Hebrew National Association (Folks Farein). Included are newspaper clippings, correspondence, minutes from joint meetings between the JFWB and the Hebrew National Association.
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director and the head of the Jewish Family and Child prior to accessing the records.
File consists of records documenting J.B. Salsberg's involvement with the I.L. Peretz school in Toronto. Included is a minute book of the National Radical School Pupil's Council (the Peretz School's predecessor) from 1914-1916, a test, an anniversary book that is either for the school's 25th or 50th anniversary, a program for the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Jewish People's Schools and Peretz Schools, and two copies of a photograph of Salsberg delivering a speech at the school's 60th anniversary celebration.
Minute book is in fragile condition, with a weak spine and loose pages.
Anniversary souvenir book is also in fragile condition with loose pages.
This file includes 3 textual records: a certificate marking the occasion of a Bazaar held in aid of The Toronto Hebrew Free School (20 Nov. 1934); the programme for the Festival of Confirmation of the Holy Blossom Congregation (16 May 1937); and, the programme for the 17th Anniversary of The Hebrew Women’s Convalescent Home celebration dinner in honour of Mrs. Kamarner (4 Jan. 1953).
File consists of records documenting Henry Cassel's internment in Canada. Included is a small hand-made booklet in which Cassel recorded notes about his internment experience, the transcript of a speech delivered to internees upon their arrival at "Camp N," Cassel's prisoner of war card and national registration certificate, a mug shot photograph of Cassel that was taken soon after his arrival in Canada by Canadian officials, Cassel's certificate of exemption for enemy aliens, correspondence between Cassel and Jewish agencies, correspondence from various departments of the Canadian government, and magazine articles collected by Cassel regarding the internment of refugees in Canada. Some of the records are copies obtained by Cassel from his case file in the United Jewish Relief Agencies records at the Canadian Jewish Archives in Montreal.
This file consists of communication from the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada. Included are reports and updates, meeting minutes, notice of meetings and a letter with New Year greeting from JIAS president (September 1941).
This file consists of correspondence concerning The Kehilla of Toronto. Included is meeting agenda, a liting of Receipts and Disbursements and lists of synagogues and organizations and their delegates to the Kehilla of Toronto.
This file consists of general correspondence. Included is correspondence pertaining to Mizrachi business; Katz's involvement with the start of the" Hebrew Journal"; correspondence pertaining to arrangements for summers spent in Bronte, ON. (e.g. notifying Toronto police of his absence, rerouting The Jewish Morning Journal, gardening services); a letter from Toronto G'millath Chasidim Association contacting Katz as guarantor or a loan; correspondence concerning properties owned by Katz (e.g. rent owning, property assessment, utilities, purchase of property in Bronte, ON in 1931, notice from the Department of Buildings requesting a repair of a chimney, insurance); a postcard in Yiddish; a personal letter of thanks from Samuel Factor, M.P.; a bill of sale for plumbing supplies; birthday greetings; correspondence with Horowitz Bros. & Margareten concerting information regarding the Customs Division of Canada and correspondence sent form Poland (e.g. a copy of a marriage certificate written in Hebrew and Yiddish, a wedding invitation) and miscellaneous correspondence in Yiddish. Also included are two letters sent by Katz to business associates requesting they not do business with his son, Ben, following Ben's decision to leave Reliable Tobacco once he got engaged in 1936. Also included is a medical report by Dr. A. I. Willinsky.
File consists of meeting minutes and newspaper clippings. Included with the minutes are monthly case work reports, financial reports, campaign reports, meeting agendas, a list of organizations and trades assisted by the Folks Farein, names of doctors rendering free service to patients, a letter to Mr. Sunshine, Chairman of Pride of Israel Jubilee Committee, a letter regarding the installation of new officers, and a draft newspaper announcement for the membership campaign. Mentioned are the Ladies Auxiliary New Year's Masquerade Ball at the Coliseum and the Philadon Club. Minutes are signed by A. Scher, honorary president; S. Lent, president; M. Bronstein, first vice-president; and A. Weisfeld, second vice-president.
File consists of meeting minutes of the board and officers, general meetings, and nominations for officers. Mentioned in the file are the activities surrounding the election of officers, membership campaigns, banquets, the New Year's Eve Ball and beauty contest, Passover report of activities, and the discussion of the Folks Farein Constitution. Interspersed between the minutes are financial records, hospital case work, and auditors reports. Societies and organizations mentioned are the Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society, the Junction Knesseth Israel Ladies Auxiliary, the Berkeley Street Congregation, and the United Jewish Welfare Fund. Of note is the first mention of the slander suit of Kirshenbaum vs David Green and a pending action between J. Samuels and the Folks Farein regarding the final order of foreclosure of lands and premises at 23 Cecil St. Beginning in February 1936 minutes are recorded in English.
This file consists of 1938 and 1943 publications from the Mizrachi Organization of America, an educational brochure about Hechalutz Hamizrachi, notices about purchasing trees for the Rabbi Meyer Berlin Forest, a notice denouncing the activities of "Zambrowsky", a notice about the "Shekel Manifest", a poster for a Mizrachi Ontario Region Conference in 1947 held at Mizrachi Camp in Bronte, ON, a poster for the fourth annual dinner at Bronte, ON, several announcement for guest speakers sponsored by the Mizrachi Organization of Canada.
The file consists of general correspondence from 1937. Included is correspondence and literature pertaining to several organizations including Mizrachi, United Jewish Welfare Fund, Joint Distribution Committee and Ontario Zionist Region. Also included is a letter from the Editor of "Who's Who in American Jewry" offering Katz the possibility of inclusion in the 1937 edition.
The file consists of general correspondence from 1938. Included are personal letters, a wedding invitation, and correspondence and literature pertaining to Katz's activity with Mizrachi Organization, United Jewish Welfare Fund of Toronto and Toronto Zionist Council.
The file consists of general correspondence from 1939. Included are personal letters, a wedding invitation and correspondence and literature pertaining to Katz's involvement with philanthropic, Zionistic and religious activities. Of note are letters and bulletins released by the Joint Distribution Committee in 1939, including updates concerning the status of the refugees on board the SS St. Louis and bulletins describing the overseas activities of J.D.C. in September and October 1939.
The file consists of general correspondence from 1936. Included is correspondence/literature pertaining to Katz's involvement with various Zionistic, religious and philanthropic organizations (e.g. Mizrachi organizations, United Palestine Appeal, The Hebrew Theological College).
The file consists of miscellaneous correspondence. Included is personal correspondence and correspondence/literature pertaining to Katz's involvement with various Zionistic, religious and philanthropic organizations. Included are: a letter from Rabbi Samuel Levanon (Weiss), a letter from Rabbi S. Silverstein; a letter from Rabbi N Perlow; a letter from Rabbi Aaron Kagan (son of the Chofetz Chaim);a letter from Rabbi Arye Leibush Lifshitz; a letter from Rabbi S. Warshavchik; a letter from Rabbi David Graubart; a letter from Katz pertaining to M'ril Graubart Yeshivah; wedding invitation from Rabbi & Mrs. Wohlgelernter; several New Year's greeting cards (from organizations and personal); a letter from Issachar Dov Katz to his father; notices from Canadian Federation for Polish Jews; invitations to a Melave Malke sent out by Katz in honour of Issachar Dov Katz; a receipt book for donations to Rabbi Meyer Berlin Forest; booklet of resolutions created by the Canadian Jewish Congress during a Plenary Session; 3 copies of a notice to promote Mizrachi guest speaker, Rabbi Aryeh Gelman and a poster to announce Mizrachi guest speaker, Rabbi Ze'ev Gold.
This file consists of meeting minutes from the Mizrachi Organization of America, a program for a Mizrachi Organization of America conference, Shekel membership to the Zionist World Organization, a program from the Jewish National Choir Concert, correspondence pertaining to the Youth Conference at the Zionist Congress, a letter from Keren Kayemeth Leisrael and letters requesting banquet money/ticket return from the Mizrachi Organization of Toronto.
This file consists of letters to members and notices of events/speakers. Some examples include letters to notify members an emergency meeting to raise funds for the Rabbi Meyer Berlin Forest, notices of guest speakers (e.g. Rabbi Shmuel Zvi Weiss, Rabbi Shmuel Ben Zion), announcements of special meetings. Also included is a letter to a handyman requesting unfinished work be completed.