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Level
Item
ID
Item 773
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
773
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1960 and 1965]
Physical Description
1 photograph
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Sydney M. Harris.
Notes
Acquired June 1976.
Name Access
Harris, Sydney M.
Subjects
Judges
Lawyers
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 4; Item 36
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
4
Item
36
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1987]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Edwin "Eddy" Alan Goodman was born to David Bertram and Dorothy Soble on October 11, 1918. He married Suzanne Dorothy Gross and they had two children named Joanne Ruth and Diane Selena.
He was a barrister and solicitor with Goodman and Goodman along with his father, who was also a prominent barrister. Eddy Goodman was an active leader within the Jewish community. His accomplishments include: Past President of the National Ballet Company; Vice-President of the Progressive Conservative Association of Canada; Past President of University College at the University of Toronto; honorary counsel for United Jewish Welfare Fund; Past President of Toronto Chapter, Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University; Director YM-YWHA; and Director, New Mount Sinai Hospital. In 1987, Edwin Goodman was the honourary guest at the Negev Dinner held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
Scope and Content
Photograph of Edwin Alan Goodman posing in a photography studio. This photograph may have been taken for Edwin Goodman's Negev Dinner Tribute book in 1987.
Name Access
Goodman, Eddie
Subjects
Lawyers
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 4; Item 34
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
4
Item
34
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1974]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Robert Hall was born on September 4, 1927 to Maurice and Rose. He married Edith Heisler and they had four children: Lon Jason, Daniel David, Barbara Ann and Andrew Philip. He was a partner in the legal firm Gordon, Keyfetz, Hall and Baker.
Scope and Content
Photograph of Robert Hall.
Name Access
Hall, Robert
Subjects
Lawyers
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 4; Item 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Al Gilbert portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
4
Item
18
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1972]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
William Bernard Herman was born 31 March 1911 to Rose and Joseph Herman. He married Alice Blanche Suroff and they had two children: Carole Helen and Wendy Ruth.
Mr. Herman was a lawyer at his own firm, Herman & Herman. He was chairman for City Parking Limited of Toronto, President of Globe Parking Ltd. of Montreal and Secretary for Wilson Century Theatres Limited. His affiliations with the Jewish community include: Oakdale Golf and Country Club, Island Yacht Club, Toronto Board of Trade, Empire Lodge B'nai B'rith, Variety Club International, Toronto Israel Bonds, and United Jewish Appeal.
Scope and Content
Photograph of Mr. William Bernard Herman.
Name Access
Herman, William Bernard
Subjects
Lawyers
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3712
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3712
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1966
Physical Description
1 photograph
Scope and Content
Left to right: Max Shecter, Sydney M. Harris Q.C., Dr. Albert Rose, Saul Hayes Q. C., Louis Herman Q.C., Ben Kayfetz.
Notes
Photo by Graphic Artists.
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress. Central Region
Kayfetz, Benjamin, 1916-2002
Subjects
Congresses and conventions
Lawyers
Speeches, addresses, etc
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3675
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3675
Material Format
graphic material
Date
26 Jun. 1973
Physical Description
1 photograph
Name Access
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-
Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto, Ont.)
Philip, Prince, consort of Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1921-
Subjects
Heads of state
Hospitals
Lawyers
Places
University Avenue (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1983-5-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3684
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3684
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1983]
Physical Description
1 photograph
Scope and Content
Left to right: Alvin Rosenberg, Q.C.; Bert Gerstein; Gerald P. Turner (Executive Director); Irving Gerstein; Monty Simmonds, Q.C.
Name Access
Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Lawyers
Portraits, Group
Accession Number
1983-5-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 45; Item 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
45
Item
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[192-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm on mat 28 x 17.5 cm
Admin History/Bio
David Golstick was the son of William Goldstick and Sarah Goldstick. He graduated from the University of Toronto in law during the 1920s. He married Sarah Kaplan on 28 May 1929. The couple had two children, Thomas and Daniel. During much of his life, David was actively involved in the labour movement as well as politics.
Scope and Content
Portrait of David Goldstick when he graduated in law.
Subjects
Lawyers
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Accession Number
1978-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 6033
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
6033
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1925 and 1935]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Admin History/Bio
J. L. Cohen was a lawyer.
Notes
Photo by Ashley & Crippen, Toronto.
Name Access
Cohen, J. L
Subjects
Lawyers
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1992-2-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1216
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1216
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1928
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Item is a graduation portrait of Bernard Weinberg.
Name Access
Osgoode Hall Law School
Weinberg, Bernard
Subjects
Lawyers
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-1-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5-3; File 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-3
File
14
Material Format
textual record
Date
1965
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of news clippings about John Weisdorf, the Jewish lawyer of John Beattie (leader of the Canadian Nazi Party).
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Subjects
Lawyers
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5-3; File 101
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-3
File
101
Material Format
textual record
Date
1954
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence regarding an antisemitic comment made by Edson L. Haines, Q.C. during a lecture at the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Name Access
Haines, Edson L
Law Society of Upper Canada
Subjects
Lawyers
Lectures and lecturing
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Photographic and audiovisual collection series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 27; File 332
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Photographic and audiovisual collection series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
27
File
332
Material Format
graphic material
Date
15 Feb. 1978
Physical Description
3 photographs (2 negatives) : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm and 28 x 28 mm
Scope and Content
File consists of one photograph and two negatives of a Young Lawyers Division telethon at 150 Beverley Street. Identified on the back of the photo are Kertenberg, Solomon, Fienberg, Hartman, Rosenfarb, and Siegal.
Notes
Photos by Graphic Artists Photographers, Toronto.
Availability of other formats: Also available as digital images.
Subjects
Lawyers
Places
150 Beverley Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Photographic and audiovisual collection series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 27; File 497
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Photographic and audiovisual collection series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
27
File
497
Material Format
graphic material
Date
12 Mar. 1980
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w (2 negatives) ; 21 x 26 cm and 28 x 28 mm
Scope and Content
File consists of one photograph and two negatives of members of the Lawyers Division. Identified on the back of the photo are Norm Schipper, Jerry Goldenberg, Irwin Cotler, and Leonard Fine.
Notes
Photos by Graphic Artists Photographers, Toronto.
Availability of other formats: Also available as digital images.
Subjects
Lawyers
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Photographic and audiovisual collection series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 67; Series 27; File 581
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds
Photographic and audiovisual collection series
Level
File
Fonds
67
Series
27
File
581
Material Format
graphic material
Date
14 Jan. 1982
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w (3 negatives) ; 21 x 26 cm and 28 x 28 mm
Scope and Content
File consists of one photograph and three negatives of Chuck Schwartz and Sam Schwartz, Lawyers Division co-chairs, examining a document.
Notes
Photo by Graphic Artists Photographers, Toronto.
Subjects
Lawyers
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Jewish communal activities series
Jewish communal portraits file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 95; Series 4; File 1; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Dr. Alexander Brown fonds
Jewish communal activities series
Jewish communal portraits file
Level
Item
Fonds
95
Series
4
File
1
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1965]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Wilferd Gordon, QC, was the son of Rabbi Jacob Gordon and was a president of the Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto.
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait.
Name Access
Gordon, Wilferd
Subjects
Lawyers
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 1; Item 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
1
Item
10
Material Format
graphic material
Date
May 1951
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 11 x 8 cm and 13 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Lloyd S.D. Fogler is a prominent lawyer in Toronto, and one of the founding Senior partners of Fogler Rubinoff LLP law firm, established in 1982 by a merger of the Fogler, Siegler, and Rubinoff & Rubinoff law firms. He recieved his B.Comm (Hons.) from the University of Toronto in 1954, and his LL.B. (Hons.) from Osgoode in 1958. He was also admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1958. Fogler was appointed to the Queen's Councel in 1970 in the Province of Ontario.
Folger is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Upper Canada Law Society, and has held several directorial positions with organizations like the Canada land Company, Brampton Brick Limited, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Society for the Weizmann Institute of Science and Mount Sinai Hospital.
Fogler is also Anne Farber's Son-in-law.
Scope and Content
The item is a portrait of Lloyd Fogler.
Subjects
Lawyers
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Related Material
See accession #2010-12-13.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 765
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
765
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1962
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Custodial History
This item is a portrait of Michael Garber of Montreal.
Notes
Acquired in June 1976.
Name Access
Garber, Michael
Subjects
Lawyers
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 5094
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
5094
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1974
Physical Description
1 photograph ; col. ; 11 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Lazarus Philips was a Canadian lawyer and senator.
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of Senator Lazarus Phillips of Montreal. He was called to the senate in 1968, representing the senatorial division of Rigaud. He retired in 1970.
Subjects
Lawyers
Legislators--Canada
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Montréal (Québec)
Accession Number
1989-6-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 1; Item 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
1
Item
13
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Jan. 1953
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 11 x 8 cm and 13 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Edward Elisha Gelber (1903-1970) was born on November 16th, 1903 in Toronto. His parents were Moses and Sophie Gelber. Eddie married Anna (née David), who later became a prominent obstetrician. Eddie and Anna had three children, Edna, Lynn and David. Eddie died in Jerusalem in 1970.
Eddie received his BA from the University of Toronto in 1925 and his MA from Columbia University in 1929. He was also a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he earned his Masters of Hebrew Literature. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar, Osgoode Hall in 1934 and the Palestine Bar in 1937. A prominent communal worker, Eddie acted as President of the Zionist Council of Canada, President of the Hebrew Schools of Toronto, President of the Toronto Jewish Welfare Fund and honourary vice-president of the Canadian Jewish Congress during his lifetime.
Name Access
Gelber, Edward E., 1903-1970
Subjects
Lawyers
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Related Material
See Fonds 80, Series 1-1, Item 14 for portrait of Eddie's wife, Dr. Anna Gelber
See Fonds 36 (Edward E. Gelber fonds)
See MG6 E3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 1; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
1
Item
17
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Jan. 1943
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 11 x 8 cm, 13 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Sam Gotfrid (1907-2007) was born 20 October 1907 in Toronto. His parents were Louis and Fannie. Sam had 3 siblings: Nathan, Sadie (Berg) and Harold. Sam studied at the University of Toronto, receiving a BA in Political Science and Economics in 1928. He also graduated from Osgood Hall in 1931 and received his QC in 1955. Sam practiced law for nearly 60 years, including many years as part of Gotfrid, Noble & Dennis. He specialized in commercial law, real estate and general corporation law. Sam was also heavily involved in communal work. He acted as a board member of the United Jewish Welfare Fund of Toronto and as a member executive of the Canadian Jewish Congress (Central Region).
He married Freda (née Birnhaum). They had two children: Peter H. and Mona Ellen. Sam died in his home on December 3, 2007.
Scope and Content
The item is a portrait of Sam Gotfrid.
Name Access
Gotfrid, Sam, 1907-2007 (subject)
Subjects
Lawyers
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 1; Item 30
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
1
Item
30
Material Format
graphic material
Date
May 1944
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 12 x 8 cm 13 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Alvin Benjamin Rosenberg was born on February 26th, 1925. His parents were Esther and Henry. He married Ileen Perlman. Alvin and Ileen had seven children: Ellen, Paul, David, Anne, Joan, Lily and Beth.
Alvin attended the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall. He began his career as a barrister and solicitor, during which time he practised with the firm Rosenberg, Smith for more than 30 years. He later became a judge and from 1983-1990 served on the High Court of Justice. From 1990-1999 he served on the Ontario Court of Justice. In addition, Alvin was a member of the editorial board for Advocate's Quarterly, a publication for which he wrote a number of articles. He also co-authored Appellate Advocacy with Marvin J. Huberman in 1996. Rosenberg was also appointed for a short-term position with the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Law.
Active in his community, Alvin was involved with the United Jewish Appeal Campaign, the Baycrest Hospital and the Jewish Home for the Aged. Alvin also served as the Vice-President of the United Jewish Welfare Fund.
Scope and Content
The item is a portrait of Alvin Rosenberg.
Name Access
Rosenberg, Alvin, 1925- (subject)
Subjects
Judges
Lawyers
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Larry Becker collection
Level
File
ID
Fonds 34; File 67
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Larry Becker collection
Level
File
Fonds
34
File
67
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1961
Physical Description
1 photograph
Scope and Content
File consists of a signed self-portrait of Mayor Nathan Phillips wearing his chain of office, given to his friend, Fred Shockinger. Photograph is signed Dec.1,1961 and taken by Studio Cavouk.
Name Access
Phillips, Nathan, 1892-1976
Subjects
Lawyers
Politicians
Portraits
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 18; Series 1; Item 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Portraits series
Level
Item
Fonds
18
Series
1
Item
12
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1960]
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
John Judah Glass was born 31 October 1895, in England, the son of Morris and Pearl Glass. In 1907, Glass immigrated to Toronto, two years after his father. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1917 and received his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1921. He married Anne Ethel (née Horowitz) and had two children: George and Jesse.
Glass was a practicing barrister and solicitor and a member of the Canadian Bar Association. He served with the Canadian army during the First and Second World Wars. He was a member of the Toronto Board of Education (1928-1930), was Alderman with the Toronto City Council (1931-1934), and was a Liberal MPP for St. Andrew's Riding (1934-1943).
He was on the Board of Governors of Beth Tzedec Congregation; was the past president of the Toronto Zionist Council; was on the national and regional executive of the Zionist Organization of Canada; was a founder of the Canadian Jewish Congress; was the past president of Toronto B'nai B'rith; was a founder and first president of the General Wingate Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion; and was affiliated with the Toronto Council of Christians and Jews, the Palestine Lodge, the Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest Hospital, the Jewish Historical Society, United Jewish Appeal, Jewish National Fund, and the State of Israel Bonds.
Scope and Content
Item is a portrait of John J.Glass.
Name Access
Glass, John Judah, 1895-1973
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Lawyers
Politicians
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2021-11-26
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-11-26
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
36 photographs : col. and b&w ; 21 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1934]-2015
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to John Arthur (Jack) Geller's life and career. Of note are 36 colour and b&w photographs dated from ca. 1934 to 1984 documenting Geller's life and career; Spring Issue 1955 of Obiter Dicta magazine; a small poster with photos of the 1955 graduating class of Osgoode Hall Law School, when Geller was awarded the Gold Key Award; a Certificate of Honor awarded to Geller by the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation for the year of 1949-1950; the May 1999 issue of Fasken Link containing an interview with Geller; a draft of a speech delivered by Geller during a debate at Hart House with the presence of Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent as well as an invitation to and newspaper clippings about the debate; newspaper clippings about Geller's participation in several debates; correspondence relating to Geller's licensing examination and call to the Bar; the March 2015 issue of Holy Blossom Temple Bulletin containing a tribute to Geller; the section of the 18 May 1963 issue of Maclean's dealing with the Hal Banks case and the Norris commission, of which Geller was part representing Upper Lakes Shipping; awards given to Geller; and correspondence addressed to him.
Custodial History
Records were donated by Jack's daughter, Dana.
Administrative History
John Arthur Geller was born in 1930 in Toronto, Ontario, to Polish immigrants Kalman and Katy Geller (née Ladowsky). He attended Forest Hill Collegiate and University College at the University of Toronto, where he graduated with a BA degree in 1951. He met his wife, Sybil Gangbar (daughter of Phil and Sarah Gangbar), in 1948, during his second week at U of T, where she was also studying, and they were married two weeks after graduating. They had four children: Lawrence (b. 1955), Dana (b. 1957), Jan (b. 1960), and Harold (b. 1964). After enrolling at Osgoode Hall Law School later that year, and articling at the firm Campbell, Godfrey & Lewtas, he was called to the Bar in 1955. Geller began his legal practice with Campbell, Godfrey & Lewtas, where he remained for the entirety of his career. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1966. In 1993, Geller retired from legal practice and was appointed Vice-Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission. He served in different capacities with the Commission until his 2001 retirement. In addition to his work as a lawyer and for the Ontario Securities Commission, Geller served as a director on the board of Leitch Transport Limited and Ford Glass Limited. He was also a member of the Canadian Jewish Congress, served as president of B'nai Brith, Central Region, and was the National President of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada (JIAS), and a member and Honorary President for Life of Holy Blossom Temple. After suffering a stroke in 2002, Geller developed aphasia and spent five years working tirelessly to regain his reading abilities. He passed away on 7 January 2015. His funeral was held at Holy Blossom Temple, which he never stopped attending.
Subjects
Lawyers
Name Access
Geller, John Arthur (Jack), 1930-2015
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-12-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2021-12-3
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
4 photo albums (83 photographs) : b&w and col. ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
[197-]-1983, 2000
Scope and Content
Accession consists of four photo albums documenting the staff and cooperative partners of Goodman and Carr LLP. Included are snapshots of corporate events and parties—a picnic at Seneca King Campus in 1981, a lawyers and staff baseball event in 1983, and a picnic in 2000. Also included are photographs depicting Goodman and Carr LLP’s partners at a social event dating from the 1970s.
Custodial History
The records were in the possession of Gary Luftspring before being gifted to the Ontario Jewish Archives on Dec. 9, 2021. Gary Luftspring was previously Goodman and Carr LLP's chairman.
Administrative History
Goodman and Carr LLP was a Canadian law firm, established in 1965 when Wolfe Goodman and Donald Carr combined their practices. The firm once reigned as one of Canada's top tax and real estate law firms, employing over 140 lawyers. The company dissolved in 2007, following partner defections and failed merge talks with its competitors, including the major international law firm, Baker McKenzie.
Descriptive Notes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Further identification of the individuals pictured in the photographs is required.
Subjects
Lawyers
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2022-5-22
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2022-5-22
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
10 cm of textual records
38 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 x 30 cm or smaller
Date
[1939?]-2021
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting Abraham Feinstein's law career and early life. Included are biographical documents such as Abe's CV, personal history, eulogy and obituary; letters of condolence; speech notes written by Abe while serving as Hillel Ottawa President; telegrams sent on the occasion of Abe's bar mitzvah; a copy of a speech presented by Abe honouring his parents' diamond anniversary; information concerning CCOC (Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation); correspondence pertaining to his appointment as Queen's Counsel; information concerning the official opening of the Ottawa Courthouse and Registry Offices; a copy of a speech presented by Abe to YMCA-YWCA; article in "Ontario Lawyer's Gazette" featuring Abe; an article in "National" journal featuring Abe; a candidate letter written by Abe in "Law Society of Upper Canada Guide for Voters"; newsclippings announcing Abe as President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada; a copy of a speech presented by Abe to LibraryCo; a copy of "Focus", the LibraryCo newsletter; a copy of "County of Carleton Law Association Bulletin" and a newsclipping from the "Ottawa Jewish Bulletin" honouring Abe as the recipient of the Carleton Medal; letters of nomination of Abe for County of Carleton Law Association's Legal Innovator Award; copies of three speeches presented to the County of Carleton Law Association by Abe as recipient of the Carleton Medal in 1999, recipient of The Solicitor Award in 2011 and recipient of The Legal Innovator Award in 2020; copy of a letter to the editor of "Law Times" written by Abe; two letters of congratulations on election as a Bencher of the Law Society; a copy of "Communiqu-ate"; copies of three speeches presented by Abe to the County and District Law President's Association in 1993, to Prescott and Russell Law Association in 1994 and to County and District Law Presidents Association in 1995; content pertaining to the receipt of the Order of Ottawa including a copy of the program, an invitation to the ceremonies, letters of congratulations, three nomination letters and an announcement by Soloway Wright; a certificate of recognition for distinguished achievements; a copy of a speech presented by Abe at the Shirley Berman Memorial Lecture Series, 2019 and a copy of the program; content pertaining to The Law Society Medal including a brochure , newsclipping announcing Abe as the recipient of the Law Society Medal in 2008, letters of congratulations, a hand-out describing the walk-through for the ceremony, a copy of Abe's speech, a copy of the program, letters of nomination, an announcement in the CJN and a mention in the "Law Society Gazette". Also included are photographs documenting early family life and honours.
Administrative History
Abraham "Abe" Feinstein was born 19 December 1936 in Ottawa, Ontario to Benjamin and Freda (neé Dickson) Feinstein. Benjamin (1898-2001) was born in Teplik, Russia. Following pogroms and a term of imprisonment, Benjamin fled to Romania for four years and then made his way to Canada in 1924. While living in Winkler, Manitoba he married Freda (1900?-1986), and they had two daughters Miriam (m. Levitin) and Ruth (m. Aaron). Around 1930, the family moved to Ottawa, Ontario where two more children were born, Pearl (m. Moskovic) and Abraham.
Abe attended Kent Street public school and graduated from Lisgar Collegiate. He attended and worked at Camp B'nai Brith and worked at Camp Wooden Acres and Camp White Pine. While completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at Carleton University, he was president of the Ottawa Hillel. Abe received his LLB from the University of Ottawa in 1963 and was called to the Bar in 1965 at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. Abe practiced law with Soloway Wright LLP in Ottawa for 55 years.
Abe married Beverley Kavanat on 23 August 1964 and had three daughters Susan, Harriet and Shawna.
Abe was recognized for his community and professional service to a number of organizations over his lifetime. He was a founding director of Centretown Citizens of Ottawa Corporation in 1975 and was named an honorary life member. In 1982, he was the founding director of the County and District Law Presidents Association of Ontario and the chair of the Committee of Adjustment of the City of Ottawa. Abe was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1983. He served as chair of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee East Region. He served as president of the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA). The CCLA awarded Abe with the Carleton medal in 1998, the Solicitors' Award in 2011 and the Legal Innovator Award in 2020. Abe became a bencher at the Law Society of Upper Canada (now called the Law Society of Ontario) in 1991, and was awarded the Law Society Medal in 1998. He also served as director and president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. He also acted as a consultant during the building of Ottawa's new courthouse, ensuring that the needs of attorneys were included in the design. Abe was a director on the board of the Ottawa Food Bank and was made honorary president of the Ottawa YMCA-YWCA. He served as chair of the Investment Committee of the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation. From 2018-2020, Abe was the chair of the Governance Committee of Kehilat Beth Israel Congregation in Ottawa. The Order of Ottawa was bestowed upon Abe in 2016.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Descriptive Notes
Associated Material Note: Abraham Feinstein's Order of Ottawa and Law Society medals are held at his former law firm, Soloway Wright LLP. A video of Abe as part of the Shirley Berman Lecture Series in held at the Ottawa Jewish Archives.
Subjects
Law
Lawyers
Name Access
Feinstein, Abraham, 1936-2021
Places
Ottawa (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2022-6-17
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2022-6-17
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
10 photographs : b&w and col. ; 25 x 31 cm or smaller
Date
1939-2012
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the life and career of Justice Sydney Robins. The records include photographs, diplomas, correspondence, and material written by or about Justice Sydney Robins.
Custodial History
Records were donated by Robins' son-i-law, Steven Sharpe.
Administrative History
Sydney Lewis Robins (1923-2014) was born in 1923 in Toronto, Ontario, to Samuel Robins and Bessie Kamarner. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1944 and was admitted to Osgoode Hall Law School that same year. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in September 1947. Robins received an LL.M. degree from Harvard University in 1948. Robins served as a special lecturer on torts at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1948 to 1960, and participated in many continuing legal education sessions for the Law Society of Upper Canada. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1962. Robins was first elected a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1961, and served as its Treasurer from 1971 to 1974. Robins was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1976, and to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 1981. Robins served on several Ontario provincial commissions, and arbitrated a TTC labour dispute. Following his retirement from the bench in 1998, Robins joined the law firm of Goodmans LLP. He served as Chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario, and was active in the Canadian Bar Association. Robins died in Toronto on 10 January 2014.
Subjects
Lawyers
Justice
Name Access
Robins, Sydney Lewis, 1923-2014
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Edward E. Gelber fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 36
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Edward E. Gelber fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
36
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1914]-1974
Physical Description
1.5 m of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Edward Elisha Gelber (1903-1970), known as Eddie, was a lawyer who practiced in both Toronto and Jerusalem. He was born in Toronto in 1903 to Moses and Sophie Gelber. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto in 1925, his Master of Arts at Columbia University in 1929, his Master of Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and was admitted to the Ontario Bar at Osgoode Hall in 1934, and the Palestine Bar in 1937. He married Anna David, a doctor, and they had three children named Edna, Lynn and David.
Edward was very active within the Jewish community, both here and in Israel. He held positions in several Jewish organizations, including president of the Zionist Council of Canada, president of Toronto's United Jewish Welfare Fund, honourary vice-president of the Canadian Jewish Congress, and many others. His wife, Anna, was a member of the National Executive Board of Canadian Hadassah.
Edward and his family alternated between residences in Canada and Israel for many years. He died in Jerusalem in 1970.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Edward Gelber. The records pertain to his personal life, his professional work as a lawyer, and finally, his involvement with several Jewish organizations, including the Zionist Organization of Canada, Hebrew Schools of Toronto, Canadian Jewish Congress, and Hadassah. These records include correspondence, professional notes, newsletters, memoranda, meeting minutes, bulletins, invitations and financial records.
Name Access
Gelber, Edward E., 1903-1970
Subjects
Lawyers
Creator
Gelber, Edward E., 1903-1970
Accession Number
See MG6 E3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Lawrence Kert
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
6 Oct. 1975
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Lawrence Kert
Number
OH 5, OH 6
Subject
Gold miners
Lawyers
Politicians
Prisoners of war
World War, 1914-1918
Interview Date
6 Oct. 1975
Quantity
3 WAV files
4 cassettes (2 copies)
Interviewer
Stephen Speisman
Total Running Time
1:30 min.
Conservation
Copied to cassette in August 2003
Digitized between December 2014 and February 2015
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Lawrence Kert was born in 1896 and graduated as a lawyer in 1920 from the University of Toronto's Osgoode Hall. Kert served as a lieutenant in the Canadian Army during the First World War and became a prisoner of war when his plane was shot down in Germany. After his return to Toronto, Kert became a member of the J. Singer & Company law firm. Kert was instrumental in organizing the Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto and the Oakdale Golf and Country Club; he also sat on the board of the Goel Tzedec Synagogue. Kert passed away in 1976.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto
Goel Tzedec Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Geographic Access
Englehart (Ont.)
Mattawa (Ont.)
Toronto (Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
OH 005 Side 1: 00:24: Lawrence discusses his family’s arrival to Canada. His parents were born in Vilna and came to Montreal in the early 1880s. His parents met in Canada and were married in Sherbrook. 1:45: Lawrence explains how his father settled in Mattawa, Ontario, near North Bay. 3:15: Lawrence discusses the large Kert family, which settled in Canada and the United States. All the Kerts were related. He mentions one branch in Ottawa, Abram Kert, and shares an anecdote about a cousin, Big Isaac, who lived in Montreal. 6:23: Lawrence’s parents were Henry Isaac and Rachel Isaac (née Vineberg). 6:43: Lawrence chronicles his father’s start in Canada. Initially, his father peddled around Cornwall, Ontario. Then wet to the Klondike. By 1890, he had generals stores set up in Mattawa and Peterborough. He later returned to the Klondike for a short time. He remained in Mattawa for fifteen years. The family moved to Montreal in 1903. 8:34: Lawrence recalls one other Jewish family in Mattawa, the Stern family. 10:31: Lawrence explains why his father returned to Montreal. His father was invited to supply produce to the contractors who were constructing the Timiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway in northern Ontario from 1903 to 1905. 13:10:Lawrence explains how his father was able to earn the contract with the railway. 13:49: Lawrence’s father opened a store in Leskeard. 14:29: Lawrence shares an anecdote about the initial discovery of silver in Cobalt by Fred LaRose, a blacksmith. 15:40: Lawrence explains how his father agreed to build a hotel in the new town site of Englehart in 1904. 17:07: Lawrence’s father sold the produce business to a cousin, Charlie ?Bernstein, who maintained the business in Cochrane for about fifty years. 17:54: The hotel burned down in 1918. Lawrence’s family lived in Englehart from 1905 to 1921/22. 18:22: Lawrence discusses his father’s participation in communal activities in Mattawa and Englehart. He was elected to serve on the school board. He was a supporter of the Conservative Party. Lawrence describes both his parents as socially involved and well-liked. 21:18: Lawrence’s mother was active in the Daughters of the Empire. 21:36: Lawrence discusses the Jewish communities of Englehart and neighbouring Krugersdorf. The synagogue was burned down by a bush fire in 1906. Lawrence had his bar mitzvah in Englehart. After the synagogue burned down, services were held in private homes, including the hotel. 25:38: Lawrence discusses other Jews who lived in Englehart. He lists names and describes their businesses. 27:51: Lawrence discusses Jewish life, practice and education in Englehart in the time period of 1905/06 to 1911. OH 005 Side 2: 00:33: Lawrence recounts a story involving a cousin who was staying with his family at the hotel. 3:24: Lawrence explains that his father built a hotel in Englehart in 1904 and stayed until 1920. The hotel was destroyed by a fire. Lawrence explains why his father did not rebuild the hotel. 4:18: Lawrence’s father started to work in the fur business. He sold the raw furs to St. Louis or to Montreal. 5:16: In 1922, Lawrence’s family moved to Montreal. 5:41: Lawrence was born in 1896. He moved to Englehart at age nine. 6:00: Lawrence discusses his Jewish education. His family belonged to Shaarei Shomayim in Montreal. When they moved to Englehart, they had a teacher. 7:10: Lawrence mentions a warm relationship between his father and Rabbi Jacobs, the head of Holy Blossom on Bond Street in Toronto. 9:13: Lawrence attended the Bond Street synagogue. 9:50: Lawrence became a member of Goel Tzedek. 10:00: Lawrence and his sibling attended high school in Hillbury. He reports not experiencing of antisemitism. 11:39: Lawrence explains how he moved from Englehart to study law at the University of Toronto in the summer of 1914. 12:55: At the outbreak of the war, Lawrence participated in the officers’ training corps at the University. He explains his training and describes how, in 1915, at age eighteen, he qualified as an officer with the Algonquin Rifles. While overseas, he trained as a pilot. 15:42: Before going overseas, Lawrence was the officer in charge of a scout troop in his battalion. 16:20: Lawrence describes the accommodations made for veterans who returned to University of Toronto in 1919. He explains how he was able to complete three years of law school and graduate in the summer of 1920. 18:28: Lawrence lists some of the prominent graduates from his year. 19:01: Lawrence explains that was shot down over Germany in 1917, where he spent the remainder of the war. 20:15: Lawrence explains where he resided while going to university. 21:43: Lawrence describes his involvement with the Jewish community in Toronto. He attended Goel Tzedek and had Jewish friends. 22:42: Lawrence discusses how he got involved at Goel Tzedek and lists some of the families who were members. He explains how he got know Toronto relatives of his oldest brother’s wife. 26:29: Lawrence suggests that university students were welcomed by both clergy (he cites Rabbi Price) and the lay community (he cites the Coopers). 27:22: Lawrence became a charter member of the first B’nai Brith Lodge in 1920. 28:32: Lawrence articled with a non-Jewish firm: Faskin-Robinson. After graduation, Lawrence started a small law firm with Joe Singer. They stayed together for forty-five years.
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Lillian Gordon
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
1 Jan. 1985
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Lillian Gordon
Number
OH 209
Subject
Lawyers
Antisemitism
Discrimination
Interview Date
1 Jan. 1985
Quantity
2 cassettes (1 copy)
2 WAV files
Interviewer
Phyllis Platnick
Total Running Time
60 min.
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Digitzed September 2014
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Lillian Gordon was born in Toronto in 1908. She was one of three women to graduate from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1928. Gordon opened her own real estate law practice in Toronto and continued her practice until she retired in 1981.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
University of Toronto
Geographic Access
Toronto (Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
0:00-6.56: Lillian Gordon was born in Toronto in 1908 to Annie and Aaron Sandler. In this portion of the interview, Gordon discusses her parents, the family catering business, and her father’s work as a union organizer in the needle trade. 7:15-8:59: Gordon discusses the requirements for entry into the Osgoode Law School in 1926. 9:00-10:19: Gordon discusses her fellow students at Osgoode Hall from 1926–1929. 10:20-11:48: Gordon discusses looking for a job within the legal profession after graduating from Osgoode Hall in 1929. 11:49-13:10: Gordon discusses looking for a location to open her own law office. 13:11-14:20: Gordon discusses being hired as an investigator for Eaton’s and being dismissed when it was learned she was Jewish. 14:21-15:34: Gordon discusses looking for a real estate office in which to open her own practice. 15:35-16:56: Gordon discusses antisemitism within the legal profession. 16:57-19:24: Gordon discusses her move to California in 1936. 19:25-20:34: Gordon discusses how the scarcity of male lawyers during the Second World War resulted in increased business within her own legal practice. 20:35-22:05: Gordon discusses the problems of being a woman within the legal profession (discussion strays). 22:06-24:45: Gordon discusses the challenges she faced as a female lawyer during the 1930s. 24:46-28:40: Gordon discusses her professional and personal dealings with financial institutions. 28:41-28:54: Gordon discusses how she came to be accepted as a woman and a Jew by her colleagues and clients. 28:55-29:42: Gordon discusses the reaction by colleagues to the hiring of the first Black person to work in the office. 29:43-31:13: Gordon discusses her choice of wardrobe for the office and the courtroom. Side 2: 0-9:20: Gordon discusses early childhood memories. 9:21-11:32: Gordon discusses the diversity of her fellow students at Jarvis Collegiate. 11:33-13:32: Gordon discusses learning to skate and to ride a bicycle. 13:33-16:10: Gordon discusses learning to drive a car. 16:12-22:30: Gordon talks about the early years of her marriage to Sandy Gordon. 22:31-24:30: Gordon reminisces about her law career from her student days until her retirement from law. 24:31-29:00: Gordon discusses working for J. L. Cohen at the beginning of her law career. Photo: Item 1216 Osgoode Hall graduation 1928
Source
Oral Histories
Level
Item
ID
Item 753
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
753
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is an original print of a portrait of A. B. Siskind, K. C., a lawyer from London, Ontario.
Notes
Acquired in June 1976.
Name Access
Siskind, A. B.
Subjects
Lawyers
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
London (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
David Vanek fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
David Vanek fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1906-1999
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
10 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
David Vanek (1915-2008) was born on a farm in Whitchurch Township, York County, Ontario in 1915. He was the sixth of seven children born to Jacob and Jesse Vanek, Jewish-Russian immigrants from the Ukraine who immigrated to Canada in 1913. The family lived in the Newmarket-Oak Ridges area, where they owned a farm and the Vanek Grocery and Confectionary Store in Oak Ridges. The family also owned Cedarholm Park in Lake Wilcox, which had a bandstand and cottages and sold refreshments. They opened the park specifically for Jews who were being excluded from other nearby social venues. The family also lived in Toronto.
Vanek completed his elementary school education at Annette Street Public School and attended Richmond Hill High School and Harbord Collegiate. He was admitted to the honour law course at the University of Toronto. In 1936, he graduated with a bachelor of arts in honour law and went on to law school at Osgoode Hall. While in law school he worked for Carswell’s Canadian Law Abridgement and was editor of the Obiter Dicta student publication at Osgoode Hall. He received his bachelor of laws in 1939.
During the Second World War Vanek served in the Canadian Intelligence Corps and Field Security in England from 1943 to 1945. Following his military service he returned to Toronto where he tried private practice briefly before beginning a new career as a lecturer in the newly created Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He taught a variety of subjects, including legal bibliography, real property, and public international law.
A community activist, Vanek was the founder of the Lawrence Manor Ratepayers Association. In 1963, he ran for the Ontario Provincial Legislature as a Conservative candidate, but failed to win the seat. He was the founder of the Credit Counselling Service of Metropolitan Toronto, which was established in 1965. Vanek was also actively involved in the new Reform congregation Temple Sinai and served as its third president.
In September 1968, Vanek was appointed to the magistrates' court. A few months later, the Provincial Courts Act came into being and he became a judge of the provincial court, criminal division. Vanek presided over and wrote judgements in many significant cases including Weightman and Cunningham, involving the residual power of a trial judge to stop unfair prosecution, and Squires, involving the lawful exclusion of cameras from the courtroom. His best known case was that of Susan Nelles, a nurse who was charged with the death of four babies at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children in the early 1980s. He also served as president of the Ontario Provincial Judges' Association. In 1989, after twenty-one years on the bench, David Vanek retired. A decade later he published his autobiography, Fulfilment : Memoirs of a Criminal Court Judge, which documents his life and career.
David Vanek married Joyce Lester in 1942 and the couple had three children. Vanek died in 2008.
Custodial History
The records were donated to the Ontario Jewish Archives by David Vanek in July 2000. The records were used to help with the researching of his autobiography.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of textual records and graphic material that document Vanek's family history and career as a prominent lawyer and provincial court judge in Ontario. The fonds includes family records from Russia, newspaper articles, correspondence and documentation relating to his military service during the Second World War, and press clippings and photographs of his family and community activities. The fonds has been arranged into the following series: Personal records, Military service records, Occupational records, and Community organizations.
Name Access
Vanek, David, 1915-2008
Subjects
Judges
Lawyers
Creator
Vanek, David, 1915-2008
Accession Number
2000-7-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2018-1-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-1-6
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
20 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
1 plaque
Date
1978, 2016-2017
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two thank-you notes addressed to Morley Wolfe from Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella, as well as a plaque in appreciation presented to Wolfe for inspiring the genesis of CASTS (Canadians Against Slavery and Torture in Sudan), which led to a larger coalition in Canada against the genocide in Darfur. There is also an accompanying photo on printer paper of Wolfe receiving the plaque from Dr. Norman Epstein alongside C. Arthur Dowes. Finally, there is photo scrapbook compiled by Arnold Lipshitz documenting the Advocates Society's trip to Israel. The Advocates Society was made up of judges and lawyers in Ontario. Identified in the photographs are Franz Bowman; Barbara Bowman; Kathy Parkinson; Sandra Newman; Douglas Caruthers; Cecile Goldenberg and Morley Wolfe.
Administrative History
Morley S. Wolfe was born in Winnipeg in 1928 to Cecil (b. 1895) and Betty (nee Davidow) Wolfe. He spent his early childhood in various cities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba until moving to Toronto in 1940. Soon after graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1955 he started his own practice as a senior member of the law firm Burt, Burt, Wolfe and Bowman. In 1971 he was appointed Queen’s Council, and from 1973 to 1977 he served as counsel for B’nai Brith Canada. After his retirement from practice in 1993, the Province of Ontario appointed him presiding Justice of the Peace for Ontario and Deputy Judge in Small Claims Court. His first marriage was to Sandra Newman in 1958 and they had three children together: Leslie, Lee, and Melanie. He later married Joan and became the step-father to her daughter, Erin. Throughout his life Morley was passionate about fighting prejudice and discrimination and became involved with organizations, such as the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. He was also a member of the Toronto Police Services Board Committee on Race Relations, served as Chair of the North York Committee on Community, Race and Ethnic Relations, and was appointed to the Canadian Multiculturalism Council. In addition, he was the founding president of Toronto Residents in Partnership (TRIP) from 2003 to 2006. His involvement extended to Jewish organizations. He served as National President of B’nai Brith Canada (BBC) from 1982 to 1983 and was a founding member of its League for Human Rights. He was also President of BBC’s Toronto Regional Council and Wilson Heights Lodge No. 1998, and of the Jewish Camp Council of Toronto as well as many other organizations. Morley’s hard work and involvement in the community earned him many awards, including, City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award, the YMCA Canada Peace Medal, B’nai Brith Canada Service Award, and the Province of Ontario’s Senior Achievement Award. Around 2002, Wilson Heights Lodge No. 1998 began filing a series of appeals with B’nai Brith International (BBI) over concerns that BBC’s national executive was governing undemocratically. Morley played a key role in filing these appeals and was the centre of one appeal filed after BBC censured him without advance notice or the opportunity for a hearing. These appeals were not all successful. Around 2006, Morley became involved in another appeal against BBC that was filed by a group of members who called themselves the Concerned Members of B’nai Brith Canada (CMOBBC). They alleged that BBC’s national executive had too much centralized power, was not governing transparently, failed to provide members with audited financial statements at multiple annual general meetings (AGMs), passed a constitution that members had defeated at the 2005 AGM, and was threatening and harassing some members. BBI’s appeal court rendered its verdict in 2007 in favour of BBC. Soon after this judgment was made BBC took steps to expel all the members of CMOBBC. In response, Morley resigned from the organization. Morley currently resides in Brampton.
Descriptive Notes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: See accession record for page numbers of identified individuals.
Subjects
Lawyers
Name Access
Wolfe, Morley S., 1928-
Places
Israel
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-4-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-4-2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w and col. ; 19 x 24 cm or smaller
2 folders of textual records
Date
1946-[197-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Dorothy and Paul Eker, the grandparents of Glen Eker. Included are: four photographs (one of Dorothy, two of Paul, and one of Osgoode Hall Law School Graduating Class of 1952); a document acknowledging the appointment of Paul to the position of notary public in the province of Ontario; a document calling Paul to the degree of barrister-at-law; and a document certifying Paul's swearing in as a solictor general of the Supreme Court of Ontario.
Custodial History
Associated materials: Other accessions donated by Glen Eker include 2018-3-1, 2018-4-1, 2018-4-16, and 2018-5-1.
Administrative History
Glen Eker was born in Toronto, Ontario to Paul Eker and Dorothy Horwitz. He grew up in the Forest Hill neighbourhood of Toronto before moving with his family to Hamilton. He received two master’s degrees (one in sociology, the other in political science) from McMaster University and a third master’s degree (in library science) from the University of Toronto.
Glen's wife, Deborah Pekilis, was born in Montreal and lived there until her parents moved to Toronto. She was the librarian for the Jewish Genealogical Society and sat on the Hamilton Historical Board. She is currently a writer.
Glen has worked as a research assistant and a teaching assistant at McMaster and has taught at Ryerson University and Mohawk College. At present, he works as an estate and genealogy researcher.
Glen has published a book on Karl Marx, five indexes of Jews in Canada, and one index of Amish and Mennonites in Canada. His genealogy articles have appeared in various magazines and his short stories and poems have appeared in print as well.
Glen has worked on his family genealogy for a number of years. His paternal family line derives from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland while his maternal line derives from Byelorussia and Romania. He is descended from the Horwitz and Strachman families on the latter.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Lawyers
Name Access
Eker (family)
Eker, Glen
Places
Ontario
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-1-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-1-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
2 folders
Date
1911-1987
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting two generations of the Singer family. Included are: a College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario certificate for Bessie Thelma Pullan (1911), a Law Society of Upper Canada certificate for Burrell Milton Singer (1937), a Department of National Defense (Army) certificate for Burrell Milton Singer (1946), a Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons (RAM) of Canada constitution (1952), a Mount Sinai Chapter RAM by-law booklet (1952), a Mount Sinai Chapter RAM invitation to its sixty-first convocation (1954), and a Law Society of Upper Canada certificate for Burrell Milton Singer (1987).
Custodial History
Records were donated by Burrel and Carolyn Singer's son Tom.
Administrative History
Louis Michael Singer, K.C. was born in Austria in 1885. When he was three, Louis and his family immigrated to Canada. In Toronto, he attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute. He went on to study law at Osgoode Hall Law School, graduating in 1908. Afterwards, he set up the Singer and Singer law office. In 1914, Louis ran for Toronto City Council, representing Ward 4, and became Toronto's second Jewish alderman. He was re-elected in 1915, 1916, and 1917 only to be defeated in the 1918 election. Thereafter, he returned to his law practice full-time. Louis died on September 23, 1959.
Dr. Bessie Thelma Singer (née Pullan) was born in Russia on June 5, 1888. On July 6, 1911, she married Louis Singer. Two days later, on July 8, 1911, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario admitted her as a member, entitling her to practice physic, surgery, and midwifery in the province. Bessie never practiced medicine; instead, she became a homemaker. She died on January 4, 1947, surived by her husband, Louis, and two sons, Burrell and Ralph.
Burrell Milton Singer, Q.C. was born in Toronto on November 1, 1912. On September 7, 1937, the Law Society of Upper Canada called him to the bar. Burell and his wife Carolyn had two sons: Jeff and Tom. Burrell died on September 26, 1989.
Descriptive Notes
Conservation: Certificates deframed.
General: An annotated copy of Burrell M. Singer's Handbook of Canadian Military Law, which the former co-authored with Lieutenant-Colonel R. J. S. Langford, is available in the OJA's library.
History/Bio note: Bessie Singer's tombstone lists her birth date as July 28, 1890, however, JewishGen has her birth registration as June 5, 1888 and the 1901 Census lists it as July 14, 1888. Bessie's youngest brother Sydney, Harry Pullan was born on Aug. 11, 1890 and therefore the July 28, 1890 date is likely erroneous.
Subjects
Lawyers
Physicians
Politicians
Name Access
Singer (family)
Singer, Bessie Thelma, 1890-1947
Singer, Burrell M., 1912-1989
Singer, Louis, 1885-1959
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-5-17
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-5-17
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
2.4 m of textual records
Date
[ca. 1998]-[ca. 2001]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records or Keith Landy, created during his tenure as Chair of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region. Records include officers and executive meetings, general correspondence, clippings and reference material specifically related to antisemitism and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and records documenting interactions with other organizations such as Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services and Canadian Council of Christians and Jews.
Custodial History
These records were being housed at Keith Landy's former law office. OJA archivists visited the space and retrieved the records of interest.
Administrative History
Keith M. Landy (ca. 1950-2017) was born in Coventry, England and moved with his family to South Africa, then immigrated to Canada. He was the senior and founding partner of the Toronto law firm Landy Marr Kats LLP and was certified as a specialist in civil litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Keith was a respected leader of the Jewish community in Toronto. He devoted much of his life to fighting antisemitism and racism and to advocating for the Jewish community and other minority groups both in Canada and abroad.
From 1998-2001, Landy was the Chair of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region (CJC). As Chair of CJC Ontario, Landy successfully lobbied for passage of the Holocaust Memorial Day – Yom Hashoah- Act by the Ontario Legislature. He served as the CJC's National Honorary Legal Counsel from 1995-1998 and was counsel for CJC at the Somalia Inquiry, and at the Supreme Court of Canada in Human Rights Commission v. Malcolm Ross and New Brunswick Teachers Federation. From 2001 to 2004, Landy acted as National President of CJC. In 2008, he served as chair of the CJC's War Crimes Committee.
In addition to the CJC, Landy was a Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, was a member of the Executive Committee of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims, and a Governor of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews (CCCJ), a national, non-sectarian organization dedicated to promoting cultural, racial, and religious equality among the people of Canada, through education and research. Landy was also an active member of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Landy has also served as a delegate to the United Nations' World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia in Durban, South Africa. In April 2004, he was a member of the official Canadian governmental delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) conference on antisemitism.
In 2002, Landy was awarded The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his significant contribution to Canada, to the community and to his fellow Canadians. In June, 2005, Keith was the recipient of The Lincoln Alexander Award by the Law Society of Upper Canada, recognizing his commitment to public and community service and to the people of Ontario. Keith was honoured for being a champion for human rights and religious tolerance throughout his longstanding career as a lawyer and community leader.
Landy died in February 2017.
Subjects
Lawyers
Name Access
Landy, Keith, ca. 1950-2017
Canadian Jewish Congress. Ontario Region
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
37 records – page 1 of 1.

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