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Accession Number
2021-10-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-10-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
5 photographs : b&w & col. ; 30 x 20 cm or smaller
2 metal award certificates : 28 x 21 cm
1 key : framed in a wooden box
Date
1913-2013
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the Kiever Synagogue or had been stored at the synagogue. Included are certificates (1930-[1961?]); a print of the 1913 Officers and Members of the Grand Order of Israel of Canada; a poster of Yitzhak Ben-Zvi (president of Israel) presented by National Committee for Labour Israel for Israel Histadrut campaign; National Synagogue Directory issued by Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee (2011-2012); The Jewish Magazine (2006); Baycrest Honour Roll books (1993-1997, 1999); shabbat, wedding, and bar mitzvah/bat mitzvah benchers (1965-2013); newspaper clippings; blessing guides; and administrative material such as receipt books (1933-1934), Synagogue Laws and Customs (1976), and a memorandum of agreement (1920). Also included are photographs featuring David Pinkus, Nate Leipciger, students of Talmud Torah Eitz Chaim (1936), and the top view of bimah and chuppah of the Kiever Synagogue, which was taken at Samara Kaplan’s wedding (2004); and miscellaneous material such as raffle tickets (1928), invitation tickets from Chevra Kadisha (1928), and record books of Toronto Free Loan Association. This accession also includes the following artifacts: two metal certificates of Recognition of Service Award granted by State of Israel Bond and Canada-Israel Securities Limited (1964 and 1965) and a skeleton key framed in a wooden shadow box, which is possibly the original key to the building. People identified in the photograph of students of Talmud Torah Eitz Chaim (1936) are: Solly Speisman (second row, fourth from left), Myer Orzench (second row, far right), Hymie Reingewietz (second row, sixth from left), Mr. Hoffman (teacher, left-hand side), and Mr. Nobleman (teacher, right-hand side). Myer Orzench was the second vice-president of the Kiever Synagogue; Mr. Nobleman was father of Ben Nobleman, the municipal politician of York Region.
Custodial History
Records deposited by David Moyal of the Kiever Synagogue.
Administrative History
The Kiever synagogue, also known as the Kiever Shul, is a Modern Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Toronto. It was founded in 1912 by a small congregation of Jewish immigrants from the Kiev Gubernia of the Russian Empire (now Ukraine) and formally incorporated in 1914 by the granting of the Letters Patent by the Provincial Secretary. The congregation’s formal name is "The First Russian Congregation of Rodfei Sholem Anshei Kiev." According to the earliest congregational records, Max Bossin was president in 1912. At first, services were held in members’ homes and later in a rented house on Centre Avenue in the Ward. Not being able to afford a rabbi, services were led by members, including Cantor Herschel Litvak. In 1917, sufficient funds were raised to mortgage a house at 25 Bellevue Avenue on the outskirts of Kensington Market. The congregation relocated there and the facilities were enlarged in 1921 with the acquisition of a second house. In 1927, a new synagogue, which was built on the site of the two houses and designed by a Jewish architect named Benjamin Swartz in the Byzantine Revival style, was completed to accommodate increasing number of congregants. During the construction from 1924 to 1927, religious services were conducted at the home of Mr. Silverman at 29 Wales Avenue. Equipped with a rabbi and a proper synagogue, the Kiever was able to play a larger role in the Toronto Jewish community. The shul offered Yiddish and bar-mitzvah lessons, a youth minyan led by Fischel Cooper, a credit society, as well as a women’s auxiliary. Several decades later, the Kiever’s membership declined in the 1950s and 1960s due to demographic changes—Jews began leaving the downtown core for the north end of town. The synagogue building deteriorated. In 1973, the Archives Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress Central Region decided to help preserve it, and by 1982, sufficient funds had been raised to restore the building. In 1979, the Kiever Synagogue became the first building of Jewish significance to be designated a historical site by the province of Ontario and has been protected under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act since then. Some of the founders included: B. B. Smith, Yehudah Leib "Louis" Bossin, Isaac Mosten, Jake Dubin, Harry Cohen, and Wolf Ganz. The congregation's first and longest-tenured rabbi was Solomon Langner, who served from around 1929 until his death in 1973. Sheldon Steinberg served as rabbi from the time of Langner's death until the mid-1990s. David Pinkus served as president of the Kiever Shul from the late 1970s to 2011. His parents, Molly and Isadore Pinkus, were co-founders of the shul. As of 2022, the synagogue president is Adam S. Cohen.
Descriptive Notes
LANGUAGE NOTE: material is in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English.
Availability of other formats: digital preservation copies for some documents have been created and are available in PDF, JPG, and TIF formats.
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Kiever Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-10-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-10-11
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records and graphic material
1 oversized photograph
Date
1908-1985
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the family of Helen Marks. Included are two wedding three school photographs, school photographs, personal identity documents, a certificate of naturalization, a letter, a program for a gala evening, and a un untranslated document.
The first wedding photograph was taken at the wedding of Rose Miltz and Nathan Weisblatt on 29 December 1935. Rose and Nathan were part of Helen's father's family.
The second wedding photograph was taken at the wedding of Rose Nimon and Isadore Weisblatt. Rose and Nimon were Helen's parents.
Two school photographs were taken at John Fisher School in the 1930s. Helen attended the school from kindergarten until grade eight.
A third school photograph was taken at North Toronto Collegiate sometime around Christmas 1939. Helen attended the school for one year from 1939 to 1940.
There are several identity documents for Helen's father-in-law, Morris Marks. The first such document is a Romanian passport dated 24 May 1908. The second such document is a deed poll testifying to Morris' change of name dated 23 January 1933. The third document is a document certifying that the latter is a true copy.
The certificate of naturalization is for Harry Schnall. Helen believes Harry was her mother-in-law's father but is not positive.
The letter is from Max Niman and Moishe Fishbaum and is dated 15 August 1985. The letter regards the amalgamation of the Ostrovtzer Congregation and the Shaarei Tefillah Congregation. Helen's mother's family were founders of the congregation.
The program is for a gala evening presented by the Chinese community for the Mount Sinai Hospital Research Centre expansion, which was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on 22 June 1985.
Finally, there is a document in what appears to be Romanian but which has not been translated.
Descriptive Notes
Language: English, Romanian, French
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Ketubah
Public schools
Places
Romania
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-11-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-11-5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
19 photographs : b&w and col. ; 44 cm x 32 cm or smaller
Date
1917-1977, 1992, 2013
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting members of the Shekter and Taylor families of Hamilton, Ontario. Included are three Negev Dinner books honouring Jack Taylor, Samuel Taylor, and Franklin Shapiro; news clippings documenting the viewing of the Hamilton Jewish Community Centre featuring Ben Shekter as well as Ben Shekter's obituary; and photographs depicting Ben Shekter, Harry Taylor, Dorothy (Taylor) Shekter, Jeanette Miller, Rebecca Taylor, Sam Taylor, James L. Shekter, and members of the Temple Players at Anshe Sholom Temple in Hamilton. Other locales featured in the photographs are Palm Springs, Hollywood Beach, and Hamilton. Also included are two oversized childhood portraits of Dorothy Taylor (aged approx. 6 years) and Ben Shekter (aged approx. 1 year).
Administrative History
Dorothy Shekter (née Taylor) (1915-2010) was born in 1915 in Hamilton, Ontario, to Max and Rebecca Taylor. Max and Rebecca moved from Russia to Canada in around 1906 and established a grocery business in Hamilton. Rebecca was a community worker; Max served as president of the Hess Street Shule for many years and was president and also one of the founders of the Ohav Zedek Congregation. Dorothy had four brothers: Jack, Lloyd, Harry and Sam, and a cousin Jeanette Miller, who has raised as a sister after being orphaned at age two. Dorothy married her husband Ben Shekter on 30 Aug. 1942. Dorothy was a social worker, having graduated from McMaster University in 1939 and then with her MSW from the University of Toronto in 1941. Dorothy passed away on 9 Feb. 2010.
Ben Shekter (1915-2013) was born on 6 Aug. 1915 in Hamilton, Ontario, to James and Lillian Shekter. He was an activist, a lawyer, a musician, and an advocate. His father owned the Shekter hotel on James St. North in Hamilton. As president of Hamilton Jewish Federation, Ben was committed to the Hamilton Jewish community and contributed to building and developing the Jewish Community Centre in Hamilton. Ben was one of the founding members of the Beverly Golf and Country Club (est. 1957) and was president of the club several times. Later, Ben initiated the plan for establishing Shalom Village, a Jewish seniors' residence and nursing home in Hamilton, and was its first president. In addition, Ben was also a board member of Hamilton Place, chairman of the Council of Jewish Organizations, and was active in the downtown Businessmen's Association. Ben passed away on 4 July 2013.
Jack Taylor, Dorothy's brother, was born on 5 Sept. 1905 in Russia and immigrated to Canada at the age of six months with his parents. He attended Hamilton public schools and Central Collegiate in his early years. From 1926 to 1928, he moved to New York and attended Columbia University studying playwriting and dramatics. Jack married Florence Cohan in 1929 and had a daughter, Shirley. Jack joined the Grand Order of Israel in 1934 and became the Grand Noble Master of the Grand Lodge in 1949 and 1961. He also served as chairman of the Territorial Division of the United Jewish Appeal, Men's Division in the 1950s. In 1956 and 1957, Jack served as president of the Council of Jewish Organizations. In 1963, Jack was president of Viceroy Reading Lodge of B'nai B'rith and also president of the United Hebrew Memorial Chapel. In the same year, after working at Hamilton Auto Parts for nineteen years, Jack established his own business, Taylor Automotive Supplies. In the 1970s, Jack served as vice-president of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) of Hamilton and was the honouree of the 1971 Hamilton Negev Dinner.
Samuel Taylor, Dorothy's brother, was born in 1916. He became a professional musician at age fifteen and continued in music from age eighteen to twenty-six. During the Second World War, Sam served in the Air Force Central Band and began his studies in the accounting field at the same time. In 1948, he graduated as a chartered accountant and opened the firm of Taylor, Leibow Chartered Accountants in 1950. In the same year, Sam married Anne Klein and had two children, Michael and Robin. From 1974 to 1976, Sam served as president of Hamilton JNF. In 1974 and 1975, he served as president of United Jewish Welfare Fund. Besides, Sam was a member of the Board of the Ontario Association of Licensed Trustees in Bankruptcy and a member of Executive Board of United Israel Appeal of Canada. In 1977 he became president of Hamilton Jewish Federation and was the honouree of the 1977 Hamilton Negev Dinner.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Hamilton (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-11-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-11-13
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
1 book
Date
[19--]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Ira Noble. Included are one oversized photograph of Ira Noble as a baby and a prayer book for Jewish members of His Majesty's Forces.
Custodial History
The items were discovered by a colleague of Ira's, Merven Patey. Merven passed the items on to Marcia Yudin, who in turn donated them to the OJA.
Administrative History
Ira Noble fought in the Second World War as part of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
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.
Descriptive Notes
Language: English, Hebrew
Subjects
Great Britain--Armed Forces
Name Access
Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-11-20
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-11-20
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
3 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
1915-1969
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the activities of members of the Forman, Findlay, and Olin families. Documents include a 1922 Goel Tzedec Synagogue religious school diploma (Minnie Forman); a McCaul Street School class photo, Senior IV (Henry Findlay, back row, second left); Palestine Lodge Masons sheet music and lyrics for the composition "We Have Travelled Fiftee," music by Isha Goodman, lyrics by Jack S. Olin; and “Dimensions of 69 Senior Wardens District No. 7,” music and lyrics by Jim Johnson. In addition, there are two group photographs of Palestine Lodge Masons officers (ca. 1969).
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Music by Jewish composers
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-10-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-10-12
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
ca. 10 cm of textual records
12 photographs : b&w and col, 25 x 20 cm or smaller
1 painting : oil on board
Date
1910-2020
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material from the Agudas Hamishpocha (AH) Rubinoff/Naftolin cousins club, books and an oil painting. Included are photos of the Rubinoff/Naftolin family taken in Russia; copies of postcards from family in Russia written in Yiddish and Russian; notes compiled by Bill Gladstone translating cards sent by Dan & Rose Newman; copies of email correspondence with Dan Newman; copies of photos of Rubinoff/Naftolin family taken in Russia and Toronto; two souvenir booklets marking the 80th and 85th anniversary of AH; Shana Tova postcard from AH; newspaper clippings of obituaries of family members; AH membership fee statements, a copy of the speech written by Bill Gladstone for a book launch, copy of an invitation to 85th anniversary of AH; a copy of AH family tree; AH meeting minutes; lists of AH Philanthropic Fund donations; AH schedule of breakfasts and AH membership lists. Also included is a book commemorating the 75th anniversary of Congregation B'nai Israel in London, ON; a signed copy of "From Rags to Riches" by Dr. Max M Glassman; a signed copy of "My Ninety Years: Confessions of a 14-Year-Old High School Dropout" a biography by Max Beder; a copy of "Borrowed Time : The Life of Russell Norman Gladstone 1918-1988" by Bill Gladstone; a photo of the Gladstone family; an original oil painting of the Kiever synagogue by an unknown artist.
Descriptive Notes
2 books have been moved to the OJA library: "From Rags to Riches", the autobiography of Dr. Max M. Glassman and "Borrowed Time" by Gill Gladstone.
Related Material Note: See also 1988-2-9; 2011-6-3; 2016-2-1; 2016-2-15; 2018-7-3; 2019-4-5; 2020-1-6; 2020-2-5.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-12-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-12-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
ca. 25 cm of textual records
15 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 x 26 cm and smaller
Date
1832-2017
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the research files of Bill Gladstone. The materials document Bill’s research on various aspects of the Jewish history of Toronto and Canada and are sourced from a variety of newspapers, books, and archival repositories. Most of the newspaper clippings and copies of clippings are from the Canadian Jewish News, Toronto Star, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail; and the copies of archival documents are mainly from the Archives of Ontario, the City of Toronto Archives, and the Ontario Jewish Archives.
Included are Bill’s newspaper articles; documents relating to Bill’s books and a publishing house that Bill established in 2008 named Now and Then Books; genealogy research materials and notes; copies of early Toronto maps; copies of articles written by Ben Kayfetz; research materials documenting Toronto local synagogues such as the Holy Blossom Temple, Goel Tzedec Synagogue, First Narayever Congregation, and McCaul St. Synagogue (Beth Hamidrash Hagadol); copies of Canadian Moving Picture Digest and Canadian Film Weekly that document the accomplishments of Jews in the Canadian film industry; and research materials pertaining to Russian Jews, Yiddish theatres and opera houses, religious education in public schools, and the history of the Jews in Toronto and Canada in general. Also included are research documents relating to Toronto Jewish neighbourhoods such as Kensington Market, The Junction, The Ward, and Bathurst Manor; and materials documenting Toronto local Jewish businesses, organizations, families, and individuals.
Accession also contains a small number of photographs that Bill took or collected during his research, most of which feature the Holy Blossom Temple, Temple Beth Israel (Macon, Georgia), and Congregation Mickve Israel (Savannah, Georgia).
Administrative History
Bill Gladstone is a researcher, journalist, author, publisher, and genealogist living in Toronto. He has written and edited numerous books on Canadian Jewish history and is a frequent contributor to the Canadian Jewish News, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and other publications. He is often asked to give community presentations on a variety of topics related to the history of Jewish Toronto. In 2008, Bill established a publishing company named Now and Then Books. Bill is the former president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto and book review editor for Avotaynu, the international journal of Jewish genealogy.
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.
Descriptive Notes
Titles of files were transcribed from their original formal titles; for files that do not bear formal titles, supplied titles were given based on file contents.
Subjects
Genealogists
Authors
Journalists
Name Access
Gladstone, Bill
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2022-3-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2022-3-11
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
ca. 200 photographs (15 negatives): b&w ; 25 x 20 cm or smaller
1 small metal pendant
Date
[ca. 1900]-[ca. 1943]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs, textual records, and an artifact relating to or collected by Mooney Stitt. Textual records include receipts, correspondence, immigration documents, a trademark certificate issued by the United States Patent Office, material related to Mooney’s municipal election in Sioux Lookout, and Mooney’s British Columbia free miner’s certificate. Photographs make up the majority of this accession, featuring Mooney’s family and personal life. Also included is a small metal pendant with Russian inscriptions.
Custodial History
Records were in the possession of Peter Marcovitz’s mother, Lillian Averson, until her death in 1965. Since then, the records have been stored possibly in the family house until being found and gifted to the Ontario Jewish Archives in 2021 by Peter and his wife, Joyce Borenstein.
Administrative History
Mooney Stitt (1904-1943), also known as Munya Studnitz, was born in 1904 in Poland to Simcha Studnitz and Miriam Woyler. He might also be referred to as Chaim Studnic or Hiame Studnitz. Mooney had four siblings: David, Dina (Dinah/Diana), Dora, and Miron. In 1923, Mooney and Dina Studnitz immigrated to Canada from Poland under the sponsorship of their uncle, Nathan Stitt, who resided in the City of Fort William (now Thunder Bay) and had a clothing store named Stitt & Sons. Mooney and Dina lived in the City of Lemberg (now Lviv) before moving to Canada. By taking the ship Laconia, Mooney landed in Halifax in 1923; then he made his way to Thunder Bay and started working on a farm of David J. Piper in the Township of Paipoonge. Later, he moved to Sioux Lookout, where he presented himself in a municipal election. Mooney relocated to Montreal in the mid-1930s and founded a company called Canadian Art Studios, which manufactured silk scarves. In 1939, he married Lillian Averson (1916-1965). It is possible that Lillian also helped him operate the business. On March 13, 1943, Mooney passed away of heart ailments in Montreal. Upon his death, one of Lillian’s brothers-in-law joined the company, and a children’s wear division was launched shortly afterwards. The company ceased manufacturing scarves in the early 1950s and grew into a successful children’s wear manufacturer under the name Tam O’Shanter (spelling uncertain). Lillian was bought out by her brother-in-law in the late 1950s. The company finally ceased operating in the late 1980s. Mooney and Lillian did not have children together. In 1945, Lillian married her second husband, Joel Marcovitz. Peter Marcovitz was born in 1947 to Lillian and Joel.
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
Availability of other formats: photographs and documents have been scanned and are available in PDF, TIF, and JPG formats.
LANGUAGE NOTE: A small number of records are in Russian and Polish.
RELATED MATERIAL NOTE: See accession 2008-7-13 and OH 308 for additional information on the Stitt family and the Stitt & Sons clothing store.
Subjects
Families
Name Access
Stitt, Mooney, 1904-1943
Places
Fort William (Ont.)
Sioux Lookout (Ont.)
Thunder Bay (Ont.)
Montréal (Québec)
Poland
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2022-6-20
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2022-6-20
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 certificate
Date
18 Jul. 1919
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one army discharge certificate for Roy Frankel dated 18 July 1919. The full text of the certificate reads as follows:
"George by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King Defender of the Fatih, Emperor of India, &c.
"To Our Trusty and well-beloved Roy Hecker Frankel. Greeting. We reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Loyalty, Courage, and good Conduct do by these Presents Constitute and Appoint you to be an Officer in Our Land Forces from the Seventeenth day of March 1919. You are therefore carefully and diligently to discharge your Duty as such in the Rank of 2nd Lieutenant or in such higher Rank as We may from time to time hereafter be pleased to promote or appoint you to of which a notification will be made in the London Gazette, and you are at all times to exercise and well discipline in Arms both the inferior Officers and Men serving under you and use your best endeavours to keep them in good Order and Discipline. And We do hereby Command them to Obey you as their superior Officer, and you to observer and follow such Orders and Directions as from time to time you shall receive from Us or any of your superior Officer according to the Rules and Discipline of War in pursuance of the Trust hereby reposed in you.
"Given at OUr Court at Saint James's, the Eighteenth day of July 1919 in the Tenth Year of Our Reign.
"By His Majesty's Command."
Custodial History
The donor, Kim McLeod, acquired the certificate at an auction sale near Peterborough sometime before March of 2020. She donated it to the Ontario Jewish Archives in June 2022 after discovering the Ontario Jewish Archives through a Google search.
Descriptive Notes
Availability of other formats: Also available in PDF.
Name Access
Frankel, Roy, 1896-1983
George V, King of Great Britain, 1865-1936
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-12-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-12-9
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
14 photographs
Date
1908-1990
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records created and collected by the Danson family. The records include a family history written by Bertram Danson, newspaper clippings, family portraits, a marriage certificate, an obiturary, correspondence and a brochure for Camp Winnebagoe, which was run by the Danson family.
The photographs are housed in scrapbook sheets with some notations. They depict members of the Danson family
Administrative History
Barnett Danson emigrated to Canada from Russia in 1874. He returned to Russia in 1878 or 1879, divorced his wife and remarried to a Bertha Brase. Together they returned to Canada and had their first child, Rose, in 1885. The Dansons also had two sons, Joseph and Leo, who helped with their clothing and men's wear store in the west end of Toronto. There was another daughter named Flo.
The Danson family belonged to the Toronto Hebrew Congregation--later to be know as Holy Blosson Synagogue. Barnett Danson was a charter member of the Bond Street Congregation.
Bertha Danson died in 1914 and Barnett Danson died in 1919.
Joseph B. Danson, along with his wife Sadie, was the founding director of Camp Winnebagoe in Muskoska, Ontario. The camp catered to the Jewish community and provided a variety of different athletic and social programmes.
Joseph and Sadie had a son named Bertram Wolfe Danson in 1916 and two younger children named Marilyn and Barney.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-3-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-3-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual materials
2 photographs
Date
[ca. 1915]-1992
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records created and collected by Lawrence Cherniak. They include photographs, an American passport, naturalization papers for David Korinfelt, a marriage return form for Isaac Raefsky and Mollie Cornfield, and death certificates for both Isaac and Mollie Ray.
The photographs are of a group of boys standing outside on Baldwin Street in 1915 and of the Jewish Boys' Club, Central Branch Senior Council for the years 1935-1936
Administrative History
Accession includes the records of the Raefsky family. Isaac Raefsky was born in Poland in 1896 and immigrated to Canada where he met Mollie Cornfeld, who was also from Poland. They were married in Toronto, Ontario in 1916 and had a son.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-2-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-2-1
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
38 cm of textual records
15 photographs: b&w
Date
1887-1946
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the following records: photographs, newspaper clippings, greeting cards, invitations, postcards, marriage records, immigration documents, receipts, correspondence and a 1841 edition of The Jewish Chronicle.
The photographs depict members of the Fine family, and in particular Albert Fine's dry goods store; Alpha Sigma - Phi Delta Epsilon fraternity, University of Toronto in 1934; members of the Gardstein family, including a class picture with Pearl and David Gardstein, and several photographs taken at the Gardstein farm.
Also here are several Jewish New Year greeting cards that are three dimensional pop-up cards and some birthday cards. This style of three dimensional card was painted by the Hebrew Publishing Company of New York between 1903 and 1912 and then sent to Germany to be printed.
Accession also Includes marriage certificates for Albert Fine and Jennie Brinn and for Rosie Black and Max Gardstein. There are naturalization papers, death records and early correspondence dating from 1887
Administrative History
The Gardsteins and Fines were related with the marriage of Pearl Gardstein and Irving Fine.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
ca. 100 photographs
Date
[ca. 1898]-1965
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records that document the Greisman, Brenzel and Mehr families. As well, the photographs record significant members and associations within the Toronto Jewish community. The following types of records are included: photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, a Bishop Strachan exercise book, and a Holy Blossom certificate of confirmation for Ethel H. Mehr in 1916.
Custodial History
Sally Greisman Brenzel collected and stored these records until the time of donation to the Ontario Jewish Archives in 1988
Administrative History
Sally Greisman married Larry Brenzel on June 25, 1950 at Goel Tzedec Synagogue. She and her husband are active members of the Jewish and arts communities in Toronto.
Sally Brenzel was appointed to the Ontario Arts Council in 1998. She is an active volunteer and fundraiser for a variety of arts organizations including the Royal Ontario Museum, where she has held several senior volunteer positions and where she is an Honorary Trustee. Ms. Brenzel’s volunteer service also includes working on fund raising campaigns of the Canadian Cancer Society, United Jewish Appeal, and the Ontario Heart Fund
Descriptive Notes
Related material note: Ethel Mehr fonds 68.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1984-1-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1984-1-7
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
2 cm of textual records
19 photographs
Date
1919-1959
Scope and Content
Acession consists of school records, certificates, correspondence, photographs, and a postcard for the Canadian Jewish Congress Service Men's Club.
The school records include report cards, diplomas, commencement programmes, and public school certificates of honour. There are also certificates of service for the Ladies Auxiliary Canadian Legion, Cadets, Sigma XI, and first aid and home nursing certificates.
In addition, there are appointment papers for the Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps in 1945 addressed to Michael Sandler.
The photographs are of the school classes at Grace Street School, Clinton Street School, Mr. Robinson's Hebrew School, Huron Street School, Brunswick Talmud Torah, Harbord Collegiate and a panoramic photograph of the graduating class in 1931 from Osgoode Hall Law School.
There are photographs of the Canadian military organizations of which Michael Sandler was a member, including the Jarvis Collegiate cadets, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Canadian Army.
Administrative History
Phyllis Esther Platnick was born in Toronto on February 21, 1932 to Michael and Clara Toby Sandler. She was educated at Harbord Collegiate; University of Toronto, Bachelor of Arts; and Syracuse University, Master of Library Sciences. She married David Platnick on June 22, 1952 and had three children: Deborah, Howard and Brian.
Name Access
Platnick, Phyllis
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1993-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1993-5-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 ledger; 40 x 26 x 4 cm
Date
1914-1919
Scope and Content
The accession consists of one large bound ledger that documents S. Simonsky's business as a pawnbroker from 1914 to 1919. The ledger contains entries for each item that was pawned and includes information for each transaction such as the date, the name of the client, a description of the item as well as the amount of money the client received for the pawned object. In addition, the ledger also includes entries for items that were seized by police detectives during this period
Administrative History
S. Simonsky owned a pawn store located at 107 Queen Street West.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1999-10-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1999-10-6
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
5 photographs : b&w ; 11 x 15 cm on matte 21 x 25 cm or smaller
8 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 15 cm or smaller
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs and records relating to the Fox, Goldberg, and Dennis families, with the bulk of the materials relating to Joseph H. Fox, a storekeeper in Orillia and Toronto. Accession includes a photograph of the Canadian Hebrew Benevolent Society picnic at Port Dalhousie Park on July 23, 1939. Documents include translations in English of birth registrations for Chaim Fuchs and Rose Bleich, an affadavit by a police magistrate in Orillia, Ontario for Joseph Fox, deed of sale for a seat in the University Avenue Synagogue (Goel Tzedec) by Z. Shore to Joseph Fox, and a biography of Joseph Fox by his grandson Melville Goldberg. In addition there is a military passport in German for Chaim Frichs.
Name Access
Fox, Joseph H.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1980-11-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1980-11-2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
69 photographs
3 cm of textual records
Date
1910-1959
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs, a marriage certificate, a notebook and several pocket books. The photographs are of Rose Freidman's family and friends, including the Solomon family. Some of the photographs are pasted into a scrapbook that has been annotated to include the names of the photograph subjects and some additional commentary. The notebook contains goodwill messages from Rose's friends prior to her wedding. There is a marriage ceritificate for Harry Solomon and Dora Rogowitch dated August 23, 1907.
In addition, there several small pocket size books including a Jewish calendar from the Jewish National Fund of Canada, six annual hebrew calendars from the Toronto Jewish Old Folks Home, and an abridged five year calendar from the Hebrew National Kosher Sausage Company. Finally, there is a booklet entitled "Afikim: The Story of a Kibbutz" by Lionel Feitelberg.
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.
Name Access
Freidman, Rose
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-3-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-3-2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
6 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
1 folder of textual records
Date
1900-1967
Scope and Content
This accession consists of 6 photographs that document the Bossin Family. They include photographs of Hye Bossin, Sally, Bessie, Zossman and a friend, Mike Morrison. Other documents in this accession include publications such as: "If You Will It, It is No Fairy Tale: Theodore Herzl Fifty Years after his death," "A Saint in Street Clothes: Willie Frankel his Life and Loyalties," written by Hye Bossin, as well as three newsletters published by United Jewish People's Order (UJPO), Canadian Film Weekly and The Barker, and two editions of The Jewish Standard. There is also a Judean Glee Club programme for their third annual Kibitz under the direction of Hye Bossin. Finally, there is a copy of a certificate from the Jewish Colonial Trust made out to Sussi Bossin in 1900, and a Jewish Community Senior Softball League, Toronto programme and scorecard from 1932.
Administrative History
The Bossin family lived in Toronto. Hye Bossin (1906-1964) was editor, publisher, and columnist with the Canadian Film Weekly. He received many commendations and awards for his contribution to the motion picture industry and the promotion of the Canadian Film Archive.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-1-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-1-4
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Physical Description
3 boxes of textual records
photographs
1 apron
Date
1912–1979
Scope and Content
Accession includes periodicals, a book, pamphlets, a certificate, clippings on Hadassah-WIZO and records relating to Youth Aliyah, Ajalon, Beth Tzedec and Palestine Lodge. As well, there is a 1925 University of Toronto yearbook. There are also several photographs taken in 1943 of the interior of the Canadian Jewish Congress Service Mens Club, at 44 St. George Street, Toronto (Community House). The artifact is a blue and white striped apron, ca. 1940s. -- 1 apron : textile, blue, red and white ; 91 cm in length. -- A blue and white striped apron with red initials embroidered in the center, white lining around the sleeves, and a blue and white striped belt for tying the apron around the waist. In fair condition. The apron is ripped at the side and slightly stained in some spots. Current location: PacArt, Box 27.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1984-12-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1984-12-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
2.1 m of textual records
1 photograph
Artifacts
Date
1918, 1940-1971
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records of the B'nai Zion Association. Included are the pinkus, financial records, photographs, correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, membership records, inviations and programs. Also included is a 1918 photograph of a manual training class at either the King Edward School or the Manning Ave. School.
Administrative History
In the years following the 1st Zionist Congress held in Basle, Switzerland in 1897, Zionist organizations were established around the world.
In Toronto one of the first Zionist societies to be founded was the B'nai Zion Association. This organization was established as a mutual benefit society in 1903. It provided sick, funeral and unemployment benefits to its members.
However, its main purpose was the promotion of Zionism. It was involved in the dissemination of Zionist material, and sponsored lectures and meetings, in addition to raising funds to suppo~t the establishment of Jewish settlements in Palestine. It continued to perform these same activities following the establishment of the state of Israel.
B'nai Zion has also been involved in local activities. It was active in anti-missionary efforts and also provided educational and cultural programming for children.
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Subjects
Zionism
Name Access
B'nai Zion Association (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1978-7-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1978-7-1
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 box of textual records
16 photographs
Date
[ca. 1906-1960]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of photographs, Beth Israel Congregation annual almanacs, an account book, scrapbooks, and other material relating to the Florence and Collis families and the history of the Oshawa and Peterborough Jewish communities
Administrative History
Beatrice Collis (nee Florence) was married to Allan B. Collis, who owned a department store in Peterborough, Ontario called Allan B. Collis Limited. It was located on the west side of George Street, just north of Simcoe Street, and sold ladies' wear, mens' wear, and children's wear. Beatrice was active in the Peterborough Chapter of Hadassah. They had three children and later moved to Toronto.
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Places
Peterborough (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1985-10-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1985-10-7
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records and graphic material
Date
1907-[ca. 1957]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of a wedding invitation for Esther Litmanovitch to Joseph Becker, Toronto, 1907 and copies of photographs of Joseph and Esther Becker's wedding portrait; Samuel Weber and family; Nathan Phillips and Joseph Becker; and The Toronto Section, National Council of Jewish Women.
Name Access
Becker, Larry, 1939-1998
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-9-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-9-2
Material Format
object
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
7 photographs
artifacts
Date
1908-1970
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records, graphic materials, and artifacts documenting the Shaarey Shomayim Synagogue in Fort William (Thunder Bay) and the Jewish community of Thunder Bay. The records include a brass menorah and shivisi from the Synagogue, along with a wooden tablet of the ten commandments (1920s); a marriage register (1908-1951); a minute book of the chevra kadisha (1913-1986); B'nai Brith Lodge membership registration books, minute books, a dues book, and a framed citation (1911-1970); and several photographs including the Jewish community's float for the coronation of King George VI, the turning of the sod for the new synagogue, the B'nai Brith Lodge annual picnic in Port Arthur and a meeting honouring Jewish servicemen of the Second World War, and three portraits of the Synagogue's honourary presidents.
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Subjects
Communities
Synagogues
Name Access
Shaarey Shomayim Congregation (Thunder Bay, Ont.)
Places
Thunder Bay, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1974-001
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1974-001
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
6 photographs : b&w
Date
1907-1971
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the activities of the Ostrovtzer Congregation and Society. Records include a 40th Anniversary Jubilee Book produced for its fortieth anniversary event held at the Beth Haknesseth Hagodol (Anshei Ostrovtze) on 19 February 1950. In addtion, there is a booklet for a testimonial dinner held in honour of Joshua J. Barsht (arranged by the Ostrowcer Synagogue and Society), notes from the meetings of the subcommittee on 58 Cecil Street to discuss the future of the building, and a ticket for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.
Also included are documents for the Leranbaum-Nisker family including a marriage certificate (1907), correspondence regarding verification of ages of the bride and groom for old age security (1953), a Canadian certificate of naturalization, a death certificate, and several obituaries.
This accession also includes phtographs of Mr. and Mrs. Zelig Nisker, Yukel Nesker, Isidore and Sylvia Rayman, and the Ostrovtzer Mutual Benefit Society Ladies Auxiliary.
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Subjects
Families
Name Access
Nisker (family)
Places
Cecil Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-11-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-11-1
Material Format
text
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 book
8 microfiche sheets
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Date
1889-1917
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records created by Goel Tzedec Congregation. Included are microfiche of minutes and ledgers, a copy of a Seder T'filas Yisroel donated to Goel Tzedec by Chaim Smith in 1917, and a class photograph for the Farband Shule taken in the late 1930s.
Included in the photograph are Hershel Fogle, Rivkah G, Fayge Weingarten, Sarah Gingold, Aaron Hermaub, Shangle Atkin, Lil Newman, Etle Brody, Rochel Blumenshtein, Chava Smith, Sora Zweig, Yaacov Drexler, Malka, Yaacov Rosenzweig, Aaron Shnipper, Klumann, Shore, Aaron Folk and the teachers Fogle, Leah Lander, Shopsai Rappaport, Moishe Rigelhaupt, and Dr. Isaiah Rabinowich
Custodial History
Records were kept by Goel Tzedec and later Beth Tzedec and were donated by the museum on behalf of Dr. Fred Weinberg
Administrative History
Goel Tzedec was established in 1883. It was originally an orthodox congregation founded by a group of recent immigrants from Lithuania. The first synagogue was situated in a room on Richmond and York Streets. Three years later they purchased and remodelled a building on University Avenue at Elm Street that was owned by the Methodist Church. Finally, in 1904 they hired an architect to construct a large building that was perfectly suited to their needs. In February of 1907, the building on University Avenue was dedicated and became the largest synagogue in Toronto, accommodating 1200 congregants.
During the early decades of the twentieth century, Goel Tzedec became more ethnically mixed and established a religious school and women's auxiliary to help raise money and run special events. In 1925, the Congregation joined the Conservative Synagogue Movement and introduced changes to its services.
After the Second World War, Goel Tzedec and its sister synagogue, Beth Hamidrash Hagadol amalgamated in September 1952 to form Beth Tzedec. The two congregations worked together to build a synagogue which was built in the North end of the city on Bathurst and was dedicated 9 December 1955. Rabbi Stuart E. Rosenberg served as Beth Tzedec's first Rabbi and J. Benjamin Friedberg as its Assistant Rabbi. The Chazzan at the time was Cantor Joseph Cooper. The synagogue adhered to the principles of the Conservative Movement and represents the largest synagogue in Toronto
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Goel Tzedec Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1985-5-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1985-5-6
Material Format
textual record
object
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 badge
Date
1900-1950
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records created and collected by the Canadian Hebrew Benevolent Society. Included are an immigrant's letter book in Yiddish and English and a member badge for the Canadian Hebrew Benevolent Society
Administrative History
The Canadian Hebrew Benevolent Society was a fraternal organization, founded in 1913, whose primary objective was the provision of aid to the Jewish community
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Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1994-3-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1994-3-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual material
Date
1919-1968
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting A. Goodman. Included are a book of Yiddish poetry, a certificate of honour from the Sons of Jacob Society to A. Goodman, a founding member, and a membership certificate to the Sunnyside Lodge Number 449 of the Grand Lodge of Ontario in the name of A. Goodman.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1981-11-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1981-11-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
6 photographs : b&w (3 negatives) ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Date
[ca.1915]-[ca. 1950]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the life of Rabbi Tuvia Gutman Rapoport, including three photographs, a 25 year anniversary booklet from Lublin, and a pamphlet titled "Religious Voice of Labor" from 1943. There are also photocopies of two ledger books. All of the textual records are in Yiddish, except for an English portion of the Voice of Labor booklet.
Custodial History
The material was donated by Rapoport's grandson, Dr. Abraham Rapoport. The photographs were duplicated and the the originals were returned to the donor.
Administrative History
Tuvia Gutman Rapoport came to Toronto from Poland between 1925 and 1928. He became a part time, unpaid Rabbi at the Apter Synagogue. He also worked as a shochet, a skill he learned in Poland on the advice of his son (the donor's father) before coming to Toronto. He died in 1955 at approximately 80 years of age.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-8-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-8-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1913-[ca. 1915]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one postcard from Palestine (now Israel) to Mr. Ed Goldstick; one postcard from Palestine (now Israel) to Mrs. E. Goldstick; and an invitation from B'Noth Zion Kadimah to a social gathering (1913).
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1997-4-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1997-4-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
27 photographs : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1900]-[ca. 1938]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of family photos including wedding and other formal portraits, and group photos. There is an immigration passport for Mindles Plecuto (born 1883) to Canada from Romania in 1928. There are 2 additional passports (probably Romanian) for other individuals who immigrated in 1910. Both are stamped on the back page with Canada Old Age Security numbers (one in 1957). In addition there are 4 immigration documents including an Inspection Card for Immigration Officer at Port of Arrival in Canada issued to Hodess Morkewicz on August 30, 1913.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records
Subjects
Families
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1998-3-24
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1998-3-24
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1902-1984
Scope and Content
Accession consists of personal documents and correspondence pertaining to the lives of Claire and Paul Wertheimer.The documents are in German, Latin and French as well as English. Included are Austrian birth and marriage certificates for both, Paul's school transcript (Wein, Austria 1920-23), letters confirming his attendance at the University of Wein (1931-33), as well as employment references (France 1938, 1945). In addition there are United States Naturalization certificates for Paul and Claire (1957) and correspondence from relatives concerning the Hebrew and English inscriptions on the Wertheimers' headstones in Pardes Shalom Cemetery in Maple, Ontario.
Administrative History
Claire was born in 1903 in Czernovicz, Austria. Paul was born in 1903 in Wein, Austria. They were married in 1926 in Wein. Documents indicate that they lived in France in the late 1930s and were in the United States by the early 1950s.They died within a day of each other in 1983 and are buried north of Toronto, Ontario.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Name Access
Wertheimer, Claire, 1903-1983
Wertheimer, Paul, 1903-1983
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1998-3-33
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1998-3-33
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
6 photographs : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm or smaller
Date
1905-[ca.1940]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the ketuba for the marriage in Hungary in 1905 or 1906 of the great-aunt and great-uncle of Marta Lorincz. Their family name was Tevan. The photographs are of family members in Hungary taken before the Second World War.
Administrative History
One branch of Marta Lorincz's family survived imprisonment in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. They remained in Hungary after the war and gave these materials to Marta when she emigrated to Canada. She was entrusted to donate them to a Jewish community archive for safekeeping.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-11-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-11-9
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph
Date
[ca.1915]-[ca.1942]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of poetry and speeches written by Isaac Goldfield in Yiddish. Some have been translated into English.
Administrative History
Isaac Goldfield was born in Poland in 1888. He came to Canada in 1912 and worked here as a grocer. He was a member of the Rachiver Friendly Help Society and Warshaver-Lodzer Society. He passed away in Toronto in 1942.
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Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1983-1-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1983-1-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1914-1929
Scope and Content
Accession consists of constitutions for Congregation Agudath Israel Anshei Sfard (Palmerston Avenue, Toronto, 1914) and Beth Haknesseth Hagodol (Ostrovtzer Synagogue, Toronto). Material is in Yiddish and English.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1989-6-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1989-6-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1891-1948
Scope and Content
Accession consists of documents concerning the application of Menachem Kernerman of Berdichev to live in Warsaw (1891-1892), and a 1912 London England birth certificate for Aaron Kernerman, son of Philip and Rebecca Kernerman. There are also immigration documents for the Kemerman family from Liverpool to Quebec City in 1914, a Certificate of Naturalization for Philip (1931) and a Certificate of Eligibility for Naturalization of Women of Foreign Birth for Rebecca (1934). Also included are University of Toronto Junior Matriculation reports for Morris Kernerman (1918-1920), a 1943 deed of land for cemetery plots for Philip and his wife in the McCaul Street Cemetery (Congregation Beth Medresh Hagodol Chevra Thilim), and two telegrams congratulating Philip and Rebecca on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1948.
Descriptive Notes
Language note: Russian, Yiddish and English.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1994-12-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1994-12-5
Material Format
object
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
Artifacts
Photographs
1 folder of textual records
Date
1884-1986
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs, textual records, and artifacts documenting the Sadowski family from Massey, Ontario. Records include family photographs, family correspondence, geneological information, and business records. Of note are photographs of the Sadowski General Store in Massey, a meal token from the store, a notebook documenting animal fur transactions (1920-1922), and a land survey of the Sadowski family property (1893).
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1983-12-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1983-12-6
Material Format
textual record
Date
1916-1945
Scope and Content
Includes first issue of the Young Zionist (March 1916) and an issue of the Branch Herald published by Jewish Branch 256 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Toronto (October 1945). Also included is a pamphlet dated 1939 titled "Should Canada Admit Refugees?"
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1985-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1985-5-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1901-1931
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the marriage certificate of Philip Loeb (Taube) and Annie Dratha (December 2, 1901), a seat indenture document between Jacob Sherman and Congregation Shaarei Tzedek (1922), and two Hebrew engagement certificates for Dr. John Sherman and Etta Taube (1931).
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-8-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-8-5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
6 photographs : b&w (3 negatives) ; 11 x 16 cm on matte 18 x 23 cm or smaller
1 plaque : metal, mounted in frame, gold and black ; frame measures 47 x 62 cm.
Date
1912-[ca. 1940]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of the Socol Hebrew-Yiddish School (a class picture and a school picnic in High park), and a photo of a dentist Dr. Robert Seidenberg whose mother brought Mr. Socol to Toronto. As well there is Mr. Socol's diary (1912) with a translation from Yiddish to English by Alex Korn, and a letter concerning the proposed Beyt Sefer T'Khiya. Finally, accession includes a Socol Hebrew and Yiddish School plaque. It has a gold background embossed with a pattern of leaves. There is black Yiddish lettering mounted on, and set in a glass frame with a black metal border. It reads: "Z. Socol Hebrew-Yiddishe Shule" .
Descriptive Notes
Identification is provided for the photographs
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1999-11-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1999-11-5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
14 photographs : b&w (7 negatives) ; 19 x 36 cm or smaller
Date
1918-1956
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a letter from the Canadian Federation to Aid Polish Jews in Israel and the following photographs:
1 copy photograph and negative of the executive board, manager, chairman, business agents and standing committee of Local 117, International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), 1942.
1 copy photograph and negative of the graduating class of the Jewish Folk School (later Bialik), 18 June 1961. This photograph is on the centre page of the program for the graduation exercises.
1 original photograph (oversized), 1 copy photograph and 1 negative of a group at a Farband event held at 24 Cecil Street, [193-]. Identified individuals include: A. B. and Sophie Bennett, Ida and Charles Krakower, Avrom Green, Shifra Brik Wassor, Sarah and Abraham Freeman, Dora Israelson, Florence Manson, Leah Langer, Leibel Bograd, Mr. Abella, Mr. Levinson, Mrs. Drutz, Shirley Kreitzer, Manny Kreitzer, Harry Shore, Zlate Straff, Nachman Levinsky, Irving Weinrot, Chaike Levinsky, Hymie Langer, Abie and Bailke White, Elsie Freeman and Ruth Freeman.
1 original photograph (oversized), 1 copy photograph and 1 negative of a Farband group at Queen's Park, ca. 1918. Identified individuals include: Harry Hyde, Kramer, Sigmund Socol, Mrs. Socol, Nellie Hyde, Rubinoff, Florence Manson, Leah Gold, Harry Freeman, Abe Freeman, Sarah Freeman, Yisroel Freeman, Joe Brody, Abe White, Leibel Bogrod and Fishel Wolestein.
1 original photograph of the 10th anniversary of the Farband Folk Shul, 1935. Identified individuals include: Louis Straf, Ralph Goldman, Willie Solkin, Bernie Berger, Mike Kirshenbaum, Ethel Raicus, Anne Sokoloff, Isaiah Rabinovitch, Elsie Freeman, Meltzer, Rita Steinhouse, Ruth Freeman, Bernice Najer, Bobby Zweig, Dorothy Zelitsky, Yitte Starkman, Ethel Fleishman, Lami Frankel, Pearl Freeman, Margaret Gottlib, Anne Sorotsky, Shirley Frimer, Shirley Goldhar, Chavi Abella, Gert Greene, Myrtle Kachuk, Mottle Sachs, Laible Manson, Helen Jacobs, Molly Fruitman, Raizle Cohen, Helen Wynne, Ann Goldman, Pearl Goodman, Hy Kirshenbaum, Helen Brodsky, Pearl Klebanoff, Esther Frankel, Lil Weinberg, Frances Rubinoff, Goldie Green and Sara Steinman.
1 original photograph, 1 copy photograph and 1 negative of the Ontario District Convention of Y.N.A.F. (Yiddish National Arbeiter Farband), July 13-14, 1918. Identified individuals include: Shloime Heller, Abie White, Zalman Cohen, Diamond, Hy Kirshenbaum, Abe Freeman, Shatz, Manson and Rose Diamond.
1 original photograph and 1 negative of a Farband convention, [193-]. Identified individuals include: Samuel Hurwich, I. Weinrot, Kalman Wagner, Yisroel Meriminsky, Abraham Freeman, Abraham Rhinewine and Hersh Meyer (Hy) Kirshenbaum.
1 original photograph and 1 negative of the (executive?) of the Farband, [193-]. Identified individuals include: Israel Freeman, Abraham Rhinewine, Yisroel Mariminsky, Sonia Marin, Joseph Marin, Shloime Heller, Nachman Lovinsky, Sam Hurwich, Hersh Meyer Kirshenbaum, Abraham Freeman, Max Manson, Irving Weinrot and Louis Coldofsky.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-5-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1992-5-1
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
5 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 25 cm
Date
[ca. 1917]-1975
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the Recollections of Tzine Orzech (Sidney Orch) in Yiddish , three of his notebooks (in Yiddish), two business cards for Araham Zak, Buenos Aires, correspondence from the Jewish Public Library of Toronto thanking S. Orch for monetary and book donations (1974), and an information notice about the unveiling for S. Orch's wife in Toronto (1971). There are publications " 20 Songs of the Ghettos (1963), "The Warsaw Ghetto in Pictures- Illustrated Catalogue" published by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (1970), and an issue of the Yiddish periodical "Kultur un Lebn" (1975). Photographs include a ca. 1932 reprint of a group photo of members of a Bakers Union in Czestochowa, Poland taken fifteen years previously to honour their president C. Orzech, a photo of the 40th Labour Day celebration of the Bakery and Confectionery Workers international Union of America (1952), and a composite of the same organization's members (1952) including S. Orch and S. Ladowsky. Also included are The Toronto Alliance Review (1975) and a program for the Farband Labor Zionist Order 25th Anniversary Banquet and Dance (1969).
Administrative History
The uncle of Tzine Orzech (Sidney Orch) was Maurycy Orzech, a Warsaw journalist and Bund leader.
Descriptive Notes
Associated material note: The 'Orzech" file in the bund archives at YIVO contains material pertaining to Maurycy with several items relating to Tzine (Sidney).
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Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-5-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-5-7
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
32 photographs : b&w (16 negatives) ; 25 x 20 cm and 18 x 13 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Date
[ca. 1903-ca. 1938]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of 16 copy photographs with negatives of the Haberman family, Toronto. Pictured are Nessie, Mina, Mordechai, Jack, Abraham (?), Molly, Anne, and Harold. Also included are two photocopies of a clipping advertising a "Haberman Kiddies" special attraction on March 28, 1923.
Administrative History
The Haberman children, Molly, Anne, and Jack, were dancers/musicians who performed together in Toronto. Harold Haberman was adopted by the Haberman family as a Russian war orphan when he was 11 years old in 1921 after their son Jack Haberman, a well known Toronto saxophone player, drowned in the lagoon at Centre Island in Toronto on July 15, 1920, at age 18.
Name Access
Haberman, Jack
Haberman, Harold
Haberman, Nessie
Haberman, Mina
Haberman, Mordechai
Haberman, Molly
Haberman, Anne
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-7-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-7-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1918
Scope and Content
This accession consists of a Statutory Declaration on paper printed by Dye & Durham, Law Stationers, Toronto, for Morris Cohen of Toronto regarding his Russian nationality and status concerning military service in Canada.
Administrative History
Morris Cohen was born in the Province of Magalov, Russia on November 27, 1891. In the declaration he states that he has been in Canada for about three years, but has not been naturalized. His parents were still living in Russia, and had not visited Canada.
Name Access
Cohen, Morris, 1891-
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-6-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-6-5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
40 photographs : b&w (20 negatives) ; 21 x 25 cm or smaller
1 folder of textual records
Date
[ca. 1905]-[ca. 1945]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of copy photographs and negatives and a family history of the Farber family. Photographs include members of the extended Farber, Spencer, Harris, Gallander, Rosen, and Nisker families.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-5-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-5-6
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
20 photographs : b&w (7 negatives) ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
1 folder of textual records
Date
1913-[194-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting the Rubin and Karmarner families. There is also a small amount of textual material such as a wedding arrangments brochure from the T. Eaton Co., a ketubah for Harry and Elizabeth Rubin, a Ukranian passport and a Dominion Staple Company blotter.
MG_RG
MG 6 K
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1994-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1994-5-2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
12 photographs : b&w ; 30 x 35 cm or smaller
1 folder of textual records
Date
1919-[ca.1932]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of five photographs of the Arbeiter Ring (Workmen's Circle), two photographs of unidentified men, two photographs of the Jewish brigade in Palestine after the First World War, and three photographs of Jewish soldiers in the Polish army during the interwar years. The accession also contains a small amount of textual material, related to the career of Sarah Rhinewine, Abraham's sister.
Most of the Arbeiter Ring photographs feature Abraham Rhinewine, who was a member of the Circle and also the editor of the Toronto Daily Hebrew Journal (Yiddisher Zhurnal), and Isaac Matenko, who was a teacher and principal of the Workmen's Circle Peretz School in the Junction. The photos include group portraits of members of the Circle, teachers, staff and students of the Peretz School, and a meeting of Jewish journalists at the Arbeiter Ring convention in Toronto.
Some identified individuals include: Abraham Rhinewine; I. Weinrot; Dr. S.B. Hurwich; Yisroel Meriminski; Kalman Wagner; Mr. Freeman; Mr. Coldofsky, Mr. Bromberg; Paul Frumhartz; Mr. Rigelhaupt; Mr. Kleiman; Dave Gordon; Yisroel Libman (Paul Mann); "Daddy" Brick; Isadore Tepperman; Morris Nisnevitch (Nesbitt); Shulamith Rhinewine; Helen Nelson; Eva Langbord; and Toby Rosenberg.
Custodial History
The photographs were in the possession of Aviva Bakerspigel, the daughter of Abraham Rhinewine, before they were donated to the Archives.
Administrative History
Abraham Rhinewine (1887-1932) was born in Poland and immigrated to London, England in 1902, at the age of 15. There he met his wife, Annie and together they immigrated to Toronto in 1907. They had two (possibley three) children, Shulamith and Avivah (Bakerspigel). Abraham had a sister named Sarah, who was involved with UNRAA after the Second World War and was the Assistant Director of Jewish Family and Child Services for many years. Abraham was a prominent scholar and the editor of the Toronto Daily Hebrew Journal.
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.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1995-8-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1995-8-3
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
12 photographs : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1900]-1979
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a number of items in Yiddish including a notebook, a newspaper clipping from New York, and several programs, small brochures, and a scrapbook of clippings. Among these are an issue of the periodical "Der Poiker" (March 1937) and an event program for the yahrzeit of renowned Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem.
There is material pertaining to Sholem Katz consisting of his Canadian Naturalization Certificate, correspondence, and share certificates from organizations including the Toronto Labour Lyceum, Poale Zion, and the Jewish National Workers Alliance Home in Montreal.
As well there are documents for Rubin Rocklin (Rochlin, Rachlin, Roklin) and his wife Rebecca Binsky and family including a marriage certificate, naturalization certificate and immigration papers and photos of Rochlin family members.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-11-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-11-10
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
84 photographs : b&w ; 19 x 25 cm or smaller
1 collage (9 photos)
Date
[ca.1890]-[ca.1935]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs which include portraits and group photos taken in Vilna, Poland, Montreal, Quebec, and New York. Many are photo postcards. Identified individuals include Miriam and Isadore Zelker, Benjamin and Dora Zelker and Dr. Serge Koussevitzky. In addition there is a United States Certificate of Citizenship issued to Isadore Zelker by the Supreme Court in Bronx, New York (1930), a Polish passport belonging to Mary Dreazen of Vilno (1921), and her United States States Certificate of Naturalization issued in New York in 1927. Lastly there is an undated Western Union Telegram congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Dreazen of New York on their marriage.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-11-17
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-11-17
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 19 x 25 cm and 21 x 25 cm
2 postcards
Date
1910-1911
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two copy photographs of the same image of the Siegel, Forman, and Willensky families on Vanauley Street, Toronto in 1911, along with two postcards sent to members of the Siegel family with Yiddish writing on the verso.
Descriptive Notes
Identification of individuals in the photo is attatched to the Instrument of Donation form.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-4-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-4-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1908-[192-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the Constitution of Chevre Kadisha Agudas Achim Congregation, Toronto (1925) and a Dues Book for the same synagogue. As well there are photocopied pages from a book printed in 1908 in Hebrew, Yiddish and Polish with the name Bernerd Weingerten stamped on one page.
Administrative History
Charles B. (Chone Ber) Weingarten served as president and secretary of the Chevre Kadisha Agudas Achim Congregation in the 1920s. The congregation was located on Markham Street, south of Ulster and was incorporated in April 1925.
Source
Archival Accessions
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