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Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
Benevolent societies sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
Benevolent societies sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
18
Series
3-6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1958-1971
Physical Description
88 negatives : b&w ; 20 x 26 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Benevolent societies, or landsmenshaften, were formed in the early part of the twentieth-centurey along shtetl lines by Eastern European Jewish immigrants to Toronto. The societies served to unite members of the community who originated from the same town or region, and also helped to secure passage to Toronto for those who were still in Europe. The societies also provided services to its dues-paying membership such as: aid in finding employment or accomodation, hospital and special medical care, doctor's visitation, sick benefit payments, funeral benefits and arrangements, and in many cases a burial plot. Some societies also provided a loans to its membership through a credit society. In later years, many benevlent societies also began to act as fraternal organizations that engaged in cultural and philanthropic programming.
The benevolent societies included in this sub-series were founded on the following dates: Chenstochover, 1914; Chmelnicker, ?; Drildzer, 1934; Hebrew Sick Benefit, 1910; Ivansker, 1931; Keltzer, 1913; Lagover, 1932; Lubliner, ?; Ostrovtzer Independent, 1925; Pride of Israel, 1905; Radomer, 1935; Stashiver, 1918; Warshaver Lodzer, 1929.
[Dates taken from: Rosenberg, Louis. "Jewish Mutual Benefit & Friendly Societies in Toronto: The First Fifty Ayears. 1896-1945"]
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of images documenting several sick benefit and mutual benefit societies in Toronto, such as: the Chenstochover Hilfs Farein, the Chmelnicker Society, the Drildzer Young Society, the Hebrew Sick Benefit Society, the Ivansker Mutual Benefit Society, the Keltzer Sick Benefit Society, the Lagover Mutual Benefit Society, the Lubliner Society, the Ostrovtzer Independent Mutual Benefit Society, the Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society, the Radomer Mutual Benefit Society, the Stashiver Young Men's Mutual Benefit Society, and the Warshaver Lodzer and Mutual Benefit Society. The images include members at banquets, dinners and meetings, members partaking in fundraising campaigns, and group photographs of the officers and ladies' auxiliaries.
The images have been arranged alphabetically by society and chronologically by event. They have been described at the file or item level.
Subjects
Societies
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 22; Item 31
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
Fonds
22
Item
31
Material Format
textual record
Date
[194-?]
Physical Description
1 item
Subjects
Societies
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 22; Item 96
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
Fonds
22
Item
96
Material Format
textual record
Date
1930
Physical Description
1 item
Notes
Language note: Several Yiddish language advertiements.
Subjects
Societies
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 22; Item 130
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
Fonds
22
Item
130
Material Format
object
Date
[ca. 1945]
Physical Description
1 item
Subjects
Societies
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 45; Item 36
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Betty Goldstick Lindgren fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
45
Item
36
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1906
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 12 x 18 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Herzl Girls' Zionist Society on what is probably Toronto Island. Ida Siegel is second from the left in the back row. Betty Goldstick was an active member of this organization and was likely included in this photograph.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Societies
Zionists
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.
Related Material
The textual records for the Herzl Girls' Zionist Society that Betty donated can be found in MG2J1K.
Places
Toronto Islands (Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 488
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
488
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1919]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a copy photograph of the Odd Fellows Lodge, Toronto. Second from left in front row is Harry Shaberman who had a tailor shop at 518 Queen Street West and lived above the store.
Notes
A 4 x 5 negative is also available.
Name Access
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Shaberman, Harry
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Societies
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
Acquired July 8, 1975.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 6124
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
6124
Material Format
graphic material
Date
26 July 1931
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a panoramic photograph and copy negative of the Toronto Independent Benevolent Association picnic in Port Dalhousie, Ontario.
Name Access
Toronto Independent Benevolent Association
Lakeside Park
Port Dalhousie
Subjects
Societies
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
1993-3-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3638
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3638
Material Format
graphic material
Date
26 Jul. 1931
Physical Description
1 negative
Notes
Mounted panoramic.
Name Access
Toronto Independent Benevolent Society
Subjects
Picnics
Societies
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
Port Dalhousie (Ont.)
Accession Number
1984-1-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1994-11-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1994-11-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
23 photographs : b&w (10 negatives) ; 21 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
1938-1976
Scope and Content
Accession consists of original and copy photographs of members and activities of the Toronto Lagover Mutual Benefit Society. Included are group and composite photographs, including a group photograph of the Lagover Society with J. B. Salsberg pictured, ca. 1940.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Lagover Mutual Benefit Society
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-45
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-45
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph
Date
1924-1925
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
University of Toronto Menorah Society
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1975-007
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1975-007
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 74 cm
Date
1919-1980
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a panoramic photograph of the opening game of the Jewish Fraternal Softball League. Pictured are the Judean Benevolent and B'nai Brith teams. In addition, accession includes a Sons of Jacob Benevolent Society Directory, and material pertaining to the Judean Benevolent and Friendly Society including several versions of its Constitution and By-Laws, an anniversary banquet programme, and two copies of the Golden Jubilee Book.
MG_RG
MG2 B1E
Subjects
Sports
Societies
Name Access
Sons of Jacob Benevolent Society (Toronto, Ont.)
Judean Benevolent and Friendly Society (Toronto, Ont.)
Jewish Fraternal Softball League (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1975-008
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1975-008
Material Format
object
Physical Description
2 badges
Date
[192-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two Kieltzer Sick Benefit Society members' badges.
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Kieltzer Sick Benefit Society (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-22
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-22
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1973-1983
Scope and Content
Accession consists of Toronto Secular Jewish Association newsletters from 1980 to 1983 and a photocopy of the SJA constitution and by-laws (1973).
Administrative History
Toronto's Secular Jewish Association (SJA) was founded in the late 1960s by 15 families who felt a strong identification with the humanistic, ethical and cultural roots of Judaism rather than with theistic or political affiliations.
MG_RG
MG2 B1Y
Subjects
Religion
Societies
Name Access
Toronto Secular Jewish Association
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-27
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-27
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1925
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one Toronto Labor Lyceum Association stock certificate for Mr. F. Wallerstein.
MG_RG
MG2 E1c
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Toronto Labour Lyceum Association
Wallerstein, F
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-32
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-32
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
2 folders of textual records
1 photograph : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm
Date
1917-1948
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a certificate of membership to the Independent Order of Foresters, membership dues slips from the Adoniram Council of the Masonic Lodge, and a photographic reproduction of a certificate of membership in the Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society. Accession also includes business correspondence and newsclippings.
MG_RG
MG 6 E 3
Subjects
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Freemasonry--Lodges
Societies
Name Access
Independent Order of Foresters
Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society
Eisen, Solomon
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1980-1-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1980-1-5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1975–1980
Scope and Content
Accession consists consists of material documenting the Canadian Jewish Historical Society. Included are papers and a letter from Professor Sydney Eisen to Professor Michael Sefton.
MG_RG
MG2 H
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Historical Society
Places
Canada
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-12-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-12-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1928-1938
Scope and Content
This accession consists of two copies of a silver anniversary book (1933) and one 30th Jubilee book (1938) for the Young Men's Hebrew Benevolent Association, founded in 1908. There is also a member's pin presented to L. Golanskey for 20 years service.
Administrative History
The YMHBA was a mutual benefit society and is not related to the athletic YMHA.
MG_RG
MG 20 B 1O
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
YMHBA.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-7-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-7-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1946
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a bound book of the Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society constitution and by-laws from 1946.
Administrative History
The Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society was founded in 1905 on Chestnut St. for the purpose of providing aid to its members requiring medical support. Each member was required to pay dues to the society and in return was entitled to the following services: doctor's attendance, special medical aid, hostpital care, incurable benefits, a burial plot, funeral arrangements and funeral benefits and sick benefit payments.
As the society grew, the benefit society formed an "Actzia" or credit society for granting loans and in the 1940s established a synagogue on Spadina Ave. so that its members could pray together. It later moved to Wilson Ave. and in 1969 a building was erected at its current location on Bathurst St., south of Steeles.
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Pride of Israel Sick Benefit Society
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-9-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-9-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
6 Feb. 1944
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one booklet from the Apter Hilfs Farein 5th Annual Banquet held at Beth Jacob Synagogue in Toronto on Sunday, February 6, 1944.
Administrative History
The Apter Hilfs Farein was a landmanshaft organization formed by Polish immigrants to Toronto in the early twentieth century and the precursor to the Apter Friendly Society.
Upon immigrating to Canada, the immigrants purchased a small synagogue on Centre Avenue near Dundas Street in 1905. In 1918, in anticipation of more Apter immigrants coming to Toronto after the First World War, the synagogue was sold and a larger one purchased on Beverley Street. That same year a relief committee was founded as a means of helping the Apter landsleit in Poland. And while many of its members did not belong to the synagogue, the committee was permitted to hold their meetings there.
After the Second World War, the younger members of the relief committee decided to form an organization that would have a different mandate other than relief. Thus, in 1946 the Apter Friendly Society was founded with a membership of forty. The society instituted a series of cultural events and programming and maintained it's original social and welfare functions as well
Subjects
Dinners and dining
Societies
Synagogues
Name Access
Apter Friendly Society (Toronto, Ont.)
Apter Hilfs Farein (Toronto, Ont.)
Beth Jacob Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-3-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-3-2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
6 photographs : b&w ; 52 x 20 cm or smaller
1 textual record
Date
[193-]-1961
Scope and Content
Accession consists of six photographs related to the Glass and Fine families. Included are graduation portraits of Al and Benjamin "Benny" Waxman, a photo of Moishe Glass and an unidentified man in front of Max Federman's election office, a photo of the Fine family inside the McCaul St. Synagogue, a photo of the Borochov choir, and a photo of the Tzosmerer Friendly Society (also known as the Sandomirez Friendly Society). The accession also consists of a blotter for a gala concert at the Standard Theatre featuring comedian L. Malach.
Use Conditions
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Subjects
Families
Societies
Synagogues
Name Access
Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue
Federman, Max
Fine family
Glass family
Standard Theatre
Tzosmerer Friendly Society
Waxman, Al
Waxman, Benjamin
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1597
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1597
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1916
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 26 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of the charter for the Shalom Aleichem Zion Society of Brantford, Ontario, stating their affiliation with the Federation of Zionist Societies of Canada.
Name Access
Federation of Zionist Societies of Canada
Shalom Aleichem Zion Society
Subjects
Charters
Societies
Zionism
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
Brantford (Ont.)
Accession Number
1978-11-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Name
Jack Abel
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
1986
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Jack Abel
Number
OH 34
OH 35
Subject
Antisemitism
Cemeteries
Labor unions
Occupations
Recreation
Societies
Interview Date
1986
Quantity
2
Interviewer
Morris Silbert
Total Running Time
034A: 31:10 minutes 034B: 31:10 minutes 035A: 31:10 minuets 035B: 13:52 minuets
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Notes
The end of the reference copy of AC 35 is not very audible. The original cassette may be clearer.
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Jack Abel's career in the garment industry began in the 1920s taking him through the dressmaker's strike of 1932. Abel's experiences with antisemitism were numerous. He participated in the Christie Pits riot, he was active in politics, and he became an early member of the Mozirer Society. Abel became financial secretary of the Mozirer Society and was involved in the purchase and administration of the Roselawn and Bathurst Lawn cemeteries.
Material Format
sound recording
Name Access
Abel, Jack
Mozirer Sick Benefit Society
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 34, OH 35 - Abel\OH34_001_Log.docx
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 34, OH 35 - Abel\OH34_002_Log.docx
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 34, OH 35 - Abel\OH35_001_Log.docx
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 34, OH 35 - Abel\OH35_002_Log.docx
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Dr. Coleman Solursh
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
3 Jan. 1985
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Dr. Coleman Solursh
Number
OH 40
OH 41
Subject
Physicians
Societies
Occupations
Medical care
Interview Date
3 Jan. 1985
Quantity
2
Interviewer
Morris Silbert
Total Running Time
040A: 34 minutes 040B: 31 minutes 041A: 11 minutes
Conservation
Copied August 2003
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Coleman Solursh was born in Toronto in 1906. He graduated as a physician in 1932. He worked as a lodge doctor. He was involved in the Toronto Jewish Lodge Doctors Association. He worked in the field of family medicine and was appointed chief of the Department of Family Practice at Mount Sinai Hospital. He was appointed associate chief of medicine at Baycrest, Jewish Home for the Aged. He married Zelda Singer, a third-generation Canadian. Zelda's maternal grandfather was appointed colonization chairman in 1897 for Baron de Hirsch settlement for Jewish immigrants. Zelda's father, Manny Singer, was the first Jewish pharmacist in Toronto. Zelda's uncle, Fred Singer, was the first Jewish member of parliament for Ontario.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Name Access
Solursh, Coleman
Silbert, Morris
Mount Sinai Hospital
Singer, Zelda
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
Geographic Access
Toronto (Ont.)
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Audio cassette
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 40, OH 41 - Solursh\OH40_001_Log.pdf
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 40, OH 41 - Solursh\OH40_002_Log.pdf
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 40, OH 41 - Solursh\OH41_001_Log.pdf
Source
Oral Histories

In this clip, Dr. Coleman Solursh describes a meeting between executives from the Toronto Jewish Lodge Doctors' Association and representatives from various Jewish Lodges. The meeting resulted in significant changes to the way medical services and payment were provided to the physicians.

In this clip, Dr. Coleman Solursh describes his role as Chief of the Department of Family PrOHtice in the new Mount Sinai Hospital in 1953. He explains how this department pioneered the model for Family PrOHtice within a hospital setting OHross Canada.

Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 22; Item 158
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
Fonds
22
Item
158
Material Format
textual record
Date
1933
Physical Description
1 item
Subjects
Societies
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Toronto Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 33; Series 4; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Toronto Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
33
Series
4
Item
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1935]
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w (2 negatives); 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Bill's father Moishe Stern and his uncle Joseph Glass were active members of the Hebrew Sick Benefit Society, and both sat on the executive during the 1930s.
Scope and Content
This item is a studio portrait of the executive members of the Hebrew Sick Benefit Society in Toronto. Pictured are:
Back row, left to right: [unidentified], [unidentified], Joseph Frydman, Shime Dillick, [unidentified], [?] Zarnitsky.
Front row, left to right: Hymie Pozner, Joseph Glass, Hartzke Kornblum (president), Iszhe Kornblum, and Joseph Frankel.
Notes
There is an original photograph, a 35mm negative and a 10 x 12 cm negative for this item.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Societies
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
1991-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Toronto Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 33; Series 4; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Toronto Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
33
Series
4
Item
6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1934]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative); 21 x 26 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of the executive members of the Hebrew Sick Benefit Society. Pictured are:
Back row, left to right: [unidentified], [unidentified], [unidentified], [unidentified], [unidentified], [unidentified], [unidentified].
Front row, left to right: Joe Glass, [unidentified], [unidentified], Hartzig Kornblum, [?] Dillick, [unidentified].
Subjects
Societies
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
1991-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Toronto Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 33; Series 4; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
William Stern fonds
Toronto Jewish community photographs series
Level
Item
Fonds
33
Series
4
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1930
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 28 x 35 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of the Hebrew Sick Benefit Ladies' Auxiliary. It is a composite containing the faces and names of the members of the auxiliary, including Fanny Stern, who served on the Hospital Committee. Other names include B. Rubinstain, H. Madonik, A. Starr, S. Levy, S. Fox, S. Zirnetzsky, Mrs. Lightman, L. Hudalan, B. Krafchek, B. Shnall, Z. Pasternak, E. Kershanblatt, S. Isenberg, R. Harman, A. Skrobaky, M. Wislader, M. Banack, Z. Pichkosky, F. Baker, H. Frenkel, B. Title, A. Elexson, H. Silverstein, D. Rosenberg, S. Hillman, A. Lefkowitz, G. Better, S. Darbus, B. Deizenhotz, R. Urovich, T. Urovich, S. Fridman, R. Urovich, G. Finklestein, R. Mermonstein, A. Dillick, B. Tananbaum, H. Groswasser, S. Bergman, A. Jacobs, G. Fridman, R. Levi, I. Martin, A. Martin, G. Diamond, L. Goldofsky, M. Zedenberg, L. Durbin, H. Makler, G. Taub, E. Spigel, A. Flashman, F. Diamond, and Ch. Kozubsky.
Subjects
Societies
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
1985-6-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1924
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 35 x 35 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is an original print and copy negative depicting a group of women from the Hebrew Ladies' Aid Society in Kitchener, Ontario. They are assembled around a long banquet table.
Name Access
Hebrew Ladies' Aid Society
Subjects
Societies
Women
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
Kitchener (Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-8-16A
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3798
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3798
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1933
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Admin History/Bio
Prague hosted the first ever European Maccabi Games in 1929, followed by Antwerp a year later. After a 30 year hiatus, the Jewish games finally returned to European soil as Copenhagen hosted the 1959 competition. The choice of the Austrian capital as the host city of 2011 was highly symbolic as it is the first time since World War II that Jewish athletes from all over Europe competed on the territory of the former German Reich.
Scope and Content
This item is a copy photograph and corresponding negative of Bill Engel, a sprinter from Oshawa, Ontario, at the Maccabi Games in Prague. Engel is pictured in the back row on the far left with four other men. The group are all wearing track and field clothing.
Subjects
Sports
Societies
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
1984-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 644
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
644
Material Format
graphic material
Date
3 Dec. 1919
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm
Scope and Content
Item is two copies of a photograph of the Ottawa Hebrew Benefit Society assembled at a banquet in honour of the returned Jewish soldiers from the First World War. The photo shows the attendees seated at several banquet tables, dressed in formal wear.
Name Access
Ontario Hebrew Benefit Society
Subjects
Societies
Soldiers--Canada
World War, 1914-1918
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
Ottawa (Ont.)
Accession Number
Acquired in 1975.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2011-6-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-6-1
Material Format
textual record
object
graphic material
Physical Description
1 cup : metal ; 25 cm high mounted on stand 11 cm high
1 name tag : 2 x 6 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 25 x 19 cm mounted on board 43 x 36 cm
3 cm of textual records
Date
1938-1963
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting Joseph Webber's membership in the Linitzer Sick Benefit Society. Included are four Linitzer Society jubilee books, one portrait of Joseph that was presented to him on the society's thirtieth anniversary, one "20 Year Member" name tag, and one cup that was awarded to Joseph in 1943 for not drawing benefits for 20 years.
Administrative History
Joseph Webber was born around 1890 in Pogrebishche, Ukraine to Hershel and (?) Webber. He had three siblings: Chisey, Arrona (?), and Esther. Joseph married Risa and together they had three children: Al, Sam, and Ann. Sometime prior to the First World War, Joseph immigrated to Canada with his family. Joseph's first wife likely passed away sometime after coming to Canada and he was re-married to Bella Citron in 1926. He and Bella had one daughter in 1926 named Florence.
Joseph worked as a furrier and was a founding member of the Linitzer Sick Benefit Society, which was formed in 1913. He passed away in Toronto in 1977.
Subjects
Societies
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-1-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-1-4
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
7 photographs
Date
1931-[ca. 1997]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs and textual records documenting the Lagover Mutual Benefit Society. The bulk of the photographs are photocopies of composite and group images of members; however, there is one original composite photograph of members (1931) and a copy photograph of the Lagov market. Also included is a constitution for the society (1938), copies of articles written by members which outline their memories of Lagov, and a brief meeting report (1997). Records are in English and Yiddish.
Custodial History
Records were in the possession of Sid' Orfus's brother-in-law. They came into Sid's possession after his brother-in-law passed away.
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Lagover Mutual Benefit Society (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-7-11
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
2002, 2009
Scope and Content
Accession consists of english translations conducted by Miriam Beckerman on behalf of Norton Taichman, a memeber of the Ivansker Mutual Benefit Society in Toronto. Included are translations of an Ivansker Mutual Benefit Society Jubilee book from 1961, along with a print-out of the Society's e-newsletter announcing the Ivansk Project and presenting the reproduction of the jubliee book to its membership. There is also one letter sent to Miriam from Edith Kalev (Meslin) of Jerusalem. Kalev was originally from Toronto.
Custodial History
The records somehow made their way into the possession of Mordechai Ben-Dat, former editor of the Canadian Jewish News. They were returned to Miriam Beckerman in 2013, who subsequently donated them to the Archives.
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Ivansker Mutual Benefit Society (Toronto, Ont.)
Kalev, Edith
Beckerman, Miriam
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-9-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-9-1
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record
Physical Description
3 photographs (tiffs) : col.
1 folder of textual records
Date
2005-2012
Scope and Content
Accession consists of graphic material and a textual record documenting the Transnistria Survivor Association. Included are three photos: 1) Member Arnold Buxbaum standing in front of Memorial for Transnistria at Earl Bales Park; 2) Arnold Buxbaum and Joe Leinburd at UJA Foundation Event, 2011-12; 3) Hazkarah, 2005 at Sharei Shomayim Synagogue. There is also a speech by Arnold Buxbaum presented in 2011 at Sharei Shomayim Synagogue.
Custodial History
Originals were loaned for reproducing.
Administrative History
Founded in 1994, the Transnistria Survivors’ Association works to provide a voice for and raise awareness of a lesser known group of Holocaust survivors. Transnistria was the Romanian authorities’ name for the former Ukrainian region located between the Rivers Dniester and Bug. It was placed under Romanian administration following the German and Romanian conquest of Ukraine in the summer of 1941. Prior to the Second World War, Romania was home to the third largest Jewish population in Europe; but beginning with the Citizenship Revision Laws of 1938, the Jews of Romania were deprived their citizenship rights and became the targets of repressive antisemitic policies and laws. Neighbours turned on neighbours. Thousands of Jews were murdered in pogroms, either by Romanian or German troops, Nazi Einsatzgruppen, or the local population. In 1941, the Jews who remained alive in the Provinces of Bucovina and Bessarabia were deported to camps and ghettos in Transnistria. Thousands were jammed into freight trains while others were marched by foot. Many died along the way. Between 1941 and 1944, it is estimated that German and Romanian authorities, along with Ukrainian collaborators, murdered or caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Romanian and Ukrainian Jews in Transnistria. Some of those who survived these tragic circumstances, especially from Bucovina and Bessarabia, and made a new home in Toronto gathered together to lend each other support and to tell their largely unknown story of oppression and survival. The Transnistria Survivor’s Association organized yearly Hazkarah (memorial) services and its dedicated members continue to share their extraordinary stories of survival through speaking engagements at schools, colleges and synagogues. Past presidents include:
1. Felicia (Steigman) Carmelly
2.Osias Nadel
3.Etti Ziegler
4.Lou (Leizer) Hoffer
As of 2017, the current President is Joe Leinburd.
Subjects
Societies
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Name Access
Transnistria Survivors Association
Buxbaum, Arnold
Leinburd, Joe
Hoffer, Lou
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-10-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-10-4
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
9 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 x 25 cm and 12 x 20 cm
Date
1937-1977, predominant 1963-1970
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual and graphic material documenting Harry Share's involvement in the B. Borochov Branch 124 of the Farband Labour Zionist Order. Included are speeches, photographs and anniversary books documenting the B. Borochov Branch 124's 20th, 50th, 55th, and 60th anniversaries. Also included are invitations to Labour Zionist events in Toronto and two issues of the Jewish Standard which contain articles on the Farband Labour Zionist Movement, one of which was written by Harry.
Custodial History
Records were donated to the OJA by Harry's daughter Razy Share Stolberg.
Administrative History
Harry Share was born in 1895 in Poland. By the age of 21 he was living in Toronto and married Sonia (or Sofie) Dworkin (1897-1956) on February 11, 1916. They had four children together: Belle Lewis, Francis, Stanley, and Razy. Harry briefly ran a restaurant on College and Brunswick called Segals and later operated a cafeteria in the Silknit factory. He was very active in the labour Farband movement out of the B. Borochov Branch 124. He was also involved on committees concerning Camp Kvutza and served as the camp's chef at one point. Sonia was also active in Farband movement through Pioneer Women. Harry passed away in 1983 at the age of 89.
Subjects
Labor Zionism
Societies
Name Access
Share, Harry, 1895-1983
Share, Sonia
Farband Labour Zionist Order
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-11-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-11-6
Material Format
textual record
object
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records and other material
Date
[ca. 1950]-2005
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records and objects documenting the Judean Benevolent and Friendly Society. Included are anniversary books and ritual books, a voting box and livery collars that were worn by the executive and general membership. Collars with the gavel symbols were worn by Masters, collars with keys were worn by Guards, and collars with quills (not included in this accession) were worn by treasurers. The plain blue collars were worn by the general membership.
Custodial History
Records were donated by Darryn Mandel, the son of Master Sam Mandel.
Descriptive Notes
Physical description note: includes 5 livery collars, 1 voting box, and 1 pin.
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Judean Benevolent and Friendly Society (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-3-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-3-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Date
[ca. 1970]-[ca. 1999]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of various meeting minutes of the Masada Chapter, Farband of Lithuanian Jews. The minutues are written in Yiddish and document different meetings, such as, Chanukah meetings, closing meetings, luncheons, and teas. Also included is one Borochov School Nurseries brochure. Jennie Kernkraut is the teacher in the classroom pictured on the cover of the brochure.
Custodial History
Records were in the possession of Jennie Kernkraut's daughter, Judy Kasman, unitl their donation to the OJA.
Administrative History
Jennie Kernkraut (nee Golomb) was born in 1916 in Vilno. She came to Canada in 1948 and worked as a nursery school and Yiddish teacher at the Borochov school in Toronto. She was an active member of the Masada Chapter, Farband of Lithuanian Jews and served on its executive for many years as Secretary.
Subjects
Societies
Education
Name Access
Kernkraut, Jennie
Farband of Lithuanian Jews (Toronto, Ont.)
Borochov School (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-2-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-2-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
ca. 200 photographs : b&w and col. , 79 x 56 cm and smaller
Date
[192-]-[198-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs of the officers and events of the Canadian Hebrew Benevolent Society. Included are composite portraits of officers (1938, 1939, 1953, 1963); a group photograph of members at a picnic (1927); photos of sixtieth and sixty-first jubilee banquets (1973, 1974); and anniversary banquet snapshots from the 1970s and 1980s.
Identified individuals include: Bill Sachs, Joe Macks, E. Bagelman, P. Moscoe, Bill Gryfe, P. Pancer, H. Nissenbaum, H. Mendelson, J. Shapiro, S. Mintz, S. Rubinstein, H. Moscoe, J. Miller, J. Poster, M. Goldblat, S. Rubinoff, C. Brodie, A. Martin, H. Weinrib, A. Steinberg, J. Moscoe, I. Haber, A. Frank; H. Goodman; J. Feldman, M. Tishman, H. Goldberg, H. Guzick, D. Kasman, B. Turkle, M. Rother, A. Title, H. Silverberg, E. Burman, S. Zidenberg, I. Yollack, F. Goodman, B. Goodman, I. Klein, D. Karp, C. Abrams, S. Shaffman, D. Weinraub, L. Garfinkel, H. Salem, H. Bloomfeld, D. Denberg, S. Snider, A. Goldberg, M. Solomon, L. Futterman, H. Futterman, A. Futterman, L. Bloorm, Hye Bochnek, S. Bochnek, N. Tanner, I. Field, H. Field, M. Greenberg, E. Rossman, S. Waxman, H. Dvoretsky, F. Silver, J. Cohen, M. Seiger, B. Weisberg, N. Adel, S. Rossman, A. Levy, H. Hunter, N. Levy, F. Shankman, S. Segal, S. Klein, M. Lockwood, A. Poster, H. Sone, S. Sniderman, M. Schwartz, H. Wine, M. Rotin, S. Marks, H. Marks, A. Faith, Dr. C. B. Solursh, L. Waintrob, S. King, S. Shapero, E. Shapero, M. Duke, M. Rose, A. Goodman, B. Logan, Dr. D. Shukyn, W. Freedman, I. Rodderman, L. Cohon, A. M. P. Goldberg, J. Rosenberg, J. Lipchitz, A. Lister, D. Goodman, M. Magner, M. Jacobs, L. Rotenberg, H. Bochnek, D. Kochberg, J. Schein, M. Mendelson, M. Genesove, N. Cohen, S. Kochberg, I. Bochnek, N. Gollom, J. Shapiro, Michael Goldberg, J. Mylner, M. Donn, B. Rubinoff, C. Shumer, P. Haberman, M. Freedman, W. Sacks, H. Cohen, M. Fuller, L. Salem, M. Scheinert, J. K. Wahl, C. M. Herlick, M. Spiegal, H. Landis, G. Dickson, A. Sone, S. Sone, A. Wolstat, S. Schacht, S. Powell, H. Heller, Dr. S. Brown, M. Caplan, H. Bain, M. Browne, N. Cash, W. Collins, I. Denov, L. Dryall, Z. Enchin, Feldbloom, I. Geller, H. Goldfarb, M. Guziker, G. Jacobson, S. Katz, Frankfort, W. Grober, A. Donn, A. Bennett, H. Cooper, N. Gilburd, P. Green, W. Jacobs, J. Gang, Dr. I. Esser, J. Eisler, M. Dalkin, P. Gotleib, A. Gold, G. Frank, L. Cohen, and H. Brooks.
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Canadian Hebrew Benevolent Society (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-6-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-6-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1970-2008
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records documenting the activities of the Masada Chapter of Lithuanian Jews. Included are invitations, newspaper clippings, program books, membership lists, certificates and song lyrics.
Custodial History
Records were in the possession of Anna Kremer, Masada Chapter President. Brought to the archives by Mara Finkelstein, her granddaughter.
Subjects
Societies
Women
Name Access
Masada Chapter of Lithuanian Jews (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-5-9
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
moving images
Physical Description
90 cm of textual records and graphic material
3 film ; 16 mm
7 VHS
Date
[194-]-1989
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the Labour Zionist Alliance and its precurssor organizations including the Borochov Branches and the Independent Friendly Worker's Circle.Records include photographs of past members, governance documents, correspondence, publicity materials and anniversary and program books for the Cloakmakers Branch of the Independent Worker's Circle, the Zerubavel Branch and the B. Borochov Branch 124 of the Farband. Also included are meeting minutes and membership ledgers for the Independent Worker's Circle (1944-1950; 1962-1971) and the Farband Labour Zionist Order (1959-1961). The films document the intiatives in Israel supported by the Labour Zionist Order.
Custodial History
Records were in the possession of the Labour Zionist Order until they ceased functioning in May 2014.
Subjects
Labor Zionism
Societies
Name Access
Labour Zionist Order (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-8-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-8-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1994-1998
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a book of documents related to the Transnistria Surivors' Association, including correspondence, memos, contracts, financial statements and meeting minutes.
Subjects
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Societies
Name Access
Transnistria Survivors' Association (Toronto, Ont.)
Hoffer, Lou
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-11-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-11-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder textual records
Date
1944-1971
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a newsletter from Frontier Branch 513 of the Jewish National Workers' Alliance, and several documents from Shaarei Shomayim Congregation: a Sunday religious school report card and monthly bulletins.
Subjects
Newsletters
Societies
Synagogues
Name Access
Jewish National Workers' Alliance (Toronto, Ont.)
Shaarei Shomayim Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-2
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
ca. 8 cm of textual records and other material
Date
[ca. 1938]-[ca. 2009]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Silberg family's immigration to Ontario, family life in South Africa and Ontario, education, communal involvement in Hamilton, and pharmacy businesses. Included are photographs, correspondence, ephemera from the pharmacy businesses (such as bags and a name tag), newspaper clippings, certificates, invitations, flyers, school transcripts, architectural drawings for Night-Day Pharmacy on Ryman Road East, cookbooks, and photo albums. Also included is a JNF book for a Negev dinner honouring Hilton and Shirley Silberg as well a copy of Beth Jacob Synagogue's 125th anniversary book (the Beth Jacob Family Album).
Administrative History
Hilton Silberg was born in Durban, South Africa in 1951 to Sam and Brina Silberg. Sam worked in the retail furniture business and Hilton has three siblings: Sheryl, Lynn and Brett. Hilton was very active in sports and played soccer, cricket and swimming. At age 11, he started competing in ballroom dancing with his sister Lynn. At age 16, he and Lynn were the South African Juvenile Ballroom Champions and runners up in the Latin American Championship. In highschool, Hilton started his own DJ business which he continued through his first years of pharmacy school.
Shirley (nee Gitlin) Silberg was born in Durban in 1951 to Max and Isabel Gitlin. Max was a physical medicine specialist and Isabel ran his practice. Shirley has two siblings: Brian and Barbara. Shirley was very active in her school's netball, field hockey and swimming teams.
Hilton and Shirley met at the Natal Pharmacy School in Durban and married in 1974. After marriage, Hilton completed his one-year mandatory service in the South African army as an officer. After his service, he and Shirley went on a ten month long backpacking trip which ended at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. This trip was an eye-opener for them and they realized that they no longer wanted to live in a country with apartaid politics. They didn't want to raise children in South Africa. They chose Canada as their destination and applied three times for entry. Thier application was rejected all three times, but Hilton staged a "sit-in" at the Canadian embassy in Pretoria and an immigration officer eventually met with him and overturned thier rejection. They arrived in Canada in August 1977.
They went to the University of Toronto School of Pharmacy for two years to re-license in Canada. In the evenings they worked in a pharmacy owned by their Canadian sponsor. In 1981, Hilton and Shirley partnered with their Canadian sponsors and opened the Amhurst Pharmacy in Dundas. In 1982 the pharmacy's name was changed to Hilton's Pharmacy. In 1987 Shopper's Drug Mart purchased Hilton's Pharmacy. The Silberg's stayed on to operate two of the franchises in Dundas. In 1992, Hilton and Shirley left Shppers Drug Mart to open the DayNight Pharmacy on the east Hamilton Mountain. This was the first pharmacy in Hamilton to remain open until midnight. Their pharmacy eventually expanded to include five stores. In 2007, they sold their business to Rexall Pharma Plus.
Hilton and Shirley have three children: Mark, Maxine and Brad. Hilton and Shirley were very active in Hamilton's community. Hilton was involved in a variety of organizations including, Beth Jacob synagogue, Shalom Village, and Jewish National Fund Hamilton. Shirley has volunteered with various Hamilton JCC programs, the Hamilton North End Breakfast Program, the 'Out of the Cold' Program, Goldie's Place day program for adults at Shalom Village, and the Jewish National Fund Hamilton.
Descriptive Notes
Physical description note: includes ca. 80 photographs, 4 cookbooks, 1 architectural drawing, 3 bags, and 1 name tag.
Related material note: oral history #419.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Families
Occupations
Societies
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Name Access
Silberg, Hilton
Silberg, Shirley
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-12-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-12-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1.2 m of textual records
ca. 250 photographs : b&w and col.
Date
1776, [191-]-2012
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records related to the life and career of Dr. Fred Wienberg. Included are textual and photographic records documenting his personal and family life, his medial career, scholarly activities, involvement with the Jewish community, his collecting of Judaica, medical antiques and art, and his synagogue involvement. Other items include the Ostrovtzer Mutual Benefit Society minute book and a 1776 letter from Jonas Phillips, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War and an American merchant in New York City and Philadelphia.
Administrative History
Fred Weinberg (1919-2003) was born in Ostrawiec, Poland on July 6, 1919 to Rose and Israel Weinberg. Israel immigrated to Canada in 1920 and his wife and children joined him several years later in March of 1924. The family settled in Toronto where Israel worked in the fur manufacturing business. Israel was a supporter and aficionado of cantorial music as well as a founder of the Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto and the Ostrovtzer Synagogue on Cecil Street.
Fred completed his primary and secondary education at Clinton Street Public School and Harbord Collegiate. He also attended the Brunswick Talmud Torah, celebrating his bar mitzvah in 1932. Fred decided to pursue a medical career, graduating from the University of Toronto’s medical school in 1944. During his studies he enlisted in the army and completed officers’ training in April 1945, attaining the rank of Captain. During his military career he served in the RCAMC at Camp Borden, Christie St. Hospital and at the Stanley Barracks in Toronto. Towards the end of the war he served as Officer in charge of repatriation of the POWs.
After the war Fred pursued his post-graduate work at Seaview and Bellevue hospitals in New York City from 1946 to 1947 and then moved on to the Children’s and Washington University hospitals in St. Louis, Missouri the following year. He was subsequently accepted as a resident at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and was ultimately appointed Chief Resident under the supervision of the internationally renowned paediatrician, Dr. Alan Brown. In 1950, Dr. Weinberg was hired as a physician in paediatrics at Sick Kids Hospital, making him the first Jewish doctor on staff. In addition to his staff responsibilities, he also lectured and was a faculty member at the University of Toronto’s Medical School for many years.
By the mid-point of his career, Dr. Weinberg went on to specialise in Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), delivering lectures and publishing articles in medical journals. He also ran his own practice, which operated from 1950 to 1976, and later become Associate Medical Director of the Child Development Clinic, Neurology Division of Sick Kids until his retirement in 1984. He later continued his service at Sick Kids as a senior staff consultant and ran a specialized practice in Developmental Pediatrics for close to twenty years, which was later situated at 208 Bloor Street West.
Fred married Joy Cherry on December 16, 1952 at Goel Tzedec Synagogue. The couple had four children: Joel (b. 1953), Barry (b. 1955), Sari (b. 1956) and Deena (b. 1961). Throughout his life, Fred was actively engaged in Jewish communal work in a variety of capacities: assisting with the establishment of the United Synagogue Day School during the 1950s; as a fundraiser for the United Jewish Appeal (UJA); and as a participant in two of UJA’s early study missions to Israel in 1960 and 1961. He was also an influential figure within his synagogue, joining the Board of Directors of Beth Tzedec Synagogue during the late 1960s and serving as President from 1972 to 1975.
Fred and his wife Joy also collected Judaica, antiques and artwork. As a physician, Fred developed a passion and expertise in the area of medical antiques. He published articles in both the mainstream and Jewish press on subjects related to Jewish rituals, Judaica and art. He also had a regular column in the Canadian Journal of Diagnosis from 1998 to 2002 entitled “Antique instruments”. Over time, the Weinberg’s assembled a world-class collection of Judaica and became increasingly active in the museum world. Fred assisted in the establishment of Beth Tzedec’s Helene and Rubin Dennis Jewish Museum, contributing items from the couple’s Judaica collection and securing the acquisition of the renowned Cecil Roth collection for the Museum during the early to mid-1960s. As a result of his significant contributions, he was bestowed the title of honourary curator to the Museum. Dr. Weinberg later branched out and assisted with the Koffler Gallery’s Lifecycle exhibition in 1984 as guest curator. The following year, he served as a special presenter and instructor to the docents at the “Precious Legacy” Czech Judaica exhibition at the ROM. The Weinberg’s most significant contribution to the museum world, however, was marked in September of 2000, when they were honoured at the opening of the Dr. Fred and Joy Cherry Weinberg Gallery of Judaica at the ROM, featuring some of their most valuable and treasured pieces.
Dr. Fred Weinberg passed away on October 30, 2003 at 84 years of age. The Weinberg Endowment Fund was established by the family at the University of Toronto’s Jewish Studies Program to honour Fred’s passion for Jewish history, rituals and artefacts. That year the Weinberg family also set up a fund in Fred’s name in support of the Therapeutic Clown Program, a highly visible and successful program within Sick Kids’ Pediatric Division.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Descriptive Notes
Use Conditions Note: Records contain patient names and medical information.
Subjects
Families
Physicians
Societies
Name Access
Weinberg, Fred, 1919-2003
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-10-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-10-2
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
4 DVD's (ca. 4 hours)
Date
2005-2010
Scope and Content
Accession consists of video recordings of Transnistria Survivors' Association's annual commemmoration ceremonies. Included are six DVD recordings of the annual Transnistria Survivors Association Shoa commemoration ceremonies from 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Administrative History
Founded in 1994, the Transnistria Survivors’ Association works to provide a voice for and raise awareness of a lesser known group of Holocaust survivors. Transnistria was the Romanian authorities’ name for the former Ukrainian region located between the Rivers Dniester and Bug. It was placed under Romanian administration following the German and Romanian conquest of Ukraine in the summer of 1941. Prior to the Second World War, Romania was home to the third largest Jewish population in Europe; but beginning with the Citizenship Revision Laws of 1938, the Jews of Romania were deprived their citizenship rights and became the targets of repressive antisemitic policies and laws. Neighbours turned on neighbours. Thousands of Jews were murdered in pogroms, either by Romanian or German troops, Nazi Einsatzgruppen, or the local population. In 1941, the Jews who remained alive in the Provinces of Bucovina and Bessarabia were deported to camps and ghettos in Transnistria. Thousands were jammed into freight trains while others were marched by foot. Many died along the way. Between 1941 and 1944, it is estimated that German and Romanian authorities, along with Ukrainian collaborators, murdered or caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Romanian and Ukrainian Jews in Transnistria. Some of those who survived these tragic circumstances, especially from Bucovina and Bessarabia, and made a new home in Toronto gathered together to lend each other support and to tell their largely unknown story of oppression and survival. The Transnistria Survivor’s Association organized yearly Hazkarah (memorial) services and its dedicated members continue to share their extraordinary stories of survival through speaking engagements at schools, colleges and synagogues. Past presidents include:
1. Felicia (Steigman) Carmelly
2.Osias Nadel
3.Etti Ziegler
4.Lou (Leizer) Hoffer
As of 2017, the current President is Joe Leinburd.
Subjects
Anniversaries
Societies
Name Access
Transnistria Survivors' Association (Toronto, Ont.)
Hoffer, Lou
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-12-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-12-5
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
4 folders of textual records
ca. 94 photographs : b&w and col. (44 tiff.) ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
1 plaque
Date
1936-1990, predominant 1951-1990
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the activities of Ronnie Roth. Included are textual and graphic materials relating to Ronnie's personal life and career such as, photographs of family milestones and events; Ronnie's youth and early adulthood in South Africa, his involvement with Betar; and time as a paratrooper with the Israeli Army; Ronnie and Sandra's wedding; travel; Ronnie's insurance broker license graduation; and condolence letters sent to the Roth family after his passing. Also included are records documenting Ronnie's communal involvement, particularly his involvement with B'nai Brith Raoul Wallenberg - Yorkdale Circle Lodge, Antibes-Torresdale Ratepayers Association, and Forest Hill Ratepayers Association . B'nai Brith material includes photographs of Ronnie's participation in B'nai Brith Canada's 1986 Mission to Israel; photographs of events honouring Ronnie and his work; and an issue of The Orbit that eulogizes Ronnie. Finally, the accession consists of a business card for Ronnie's film and video entertainment company in South Africa and a Prime Minister's Certificate of Appreciation from the Conservative Party of Canada.
Identified in the photographs are: Ronnie Roth, Sandra Roth, Chantal [Roth], Gavin Roth, Elana [Roth], Morris Flicht, Frank Dimant, Ralph Snow, Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir, Harry Bick, Sam Pacht, Merv Rosenstein, Ralph Cohen, [?] Steinmetz, Colin Baskind, Dr. Meister, Esther Shiner, Peter Roth, Paul Roth, and Annie Guttman.
Custodial History
Material was in possession of Sandra Roth, Ronnie's wife. Sandra donated it to the OJA.
Administrative History
Ronnie Roth was born on December 24, 1938 to Mr. Dezso (Desmond) and Mrs. Erzsi (Elizabeth) Abraham of Johannesburg, South Africa. Throughout his youth, Ronnie was active in a variety of Zionist groups including: the Zionist Youth Movement of South Africa, Betar, the Zionist Revisionist Organization and the South African Zionist Federation. In his late teens, Ronnie went on Na[c]hal Tzonei-ach and joined the Tzanchanim, the elite paratrooper corps of the Israeli Army. Ronnie served in the military for three years. His time in Israel also included work on a kibbutz.
By the age of 25, Ronnie had returned to South Africa and was a director of the Tollman Group of hotels and manager of the famous Johannesburg restaurant, The Colony. Ronnie married Sandra Benn from Port Elizabeth, SA, in August 1964. Sandra was a singer, dancer and entertainer. After their marriage, they settled in Johannesburg where Ronnie continued to work as an hotelier. Their first daughter, Chantal, was born in 1966 followed by Gavin in 1969 and Elana in 1973. During this period, Ronnie’s community involvement grew as he became Executive Director of Tel Hai in 1968 and served in this role until 1970. He then joined the Jewish United Communal Fund and ran their fundraising campaign.
The Roth’s were unhappy with South Africa’s apartheid politics and were eager to emigrate. Ronnie sought employment opportunity abroad and was offered employment as a fundraiser for UJA Federation in Toronto in 1975. Ronnie accepted the position and immigrated to Toronto in 1976. Sandra followed him with their children a few months later. When he completed his UJA assignment, he became an insurance broker. After a year, he founded KRG Insurance Brokers with two partners in 1980.
Upon arriving in Canada, Ronnie became interested in immigration issues and co-founded the South African Jewish Association in Canada (SAJAC) to help other South Africans with immigration and adjustment to Canadian life. He was the organization’s first president from 1976 to 1981 and again from 1986 to 1987. Ronnie’s involvement in assisting newcomers extended to his roles as Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Integration Committee of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society as well as Chairman of the Sherut Shalom Employment & Integration Assistance to African Jews.
Ronnie was also active in B’nai Brith Canada. He joined the Yorkdale Lodge in 1983 and went on to serve as both Vice-President and President. During his tenure as President, he played a critical role in the integration of the Yorkdale and Circle Lodges into the unified Raoul Wallenberg Lodge. He also served in various positions at the National level with B’nai Brith Canada, including as National Chairman of the Israel Cabinet, Co-Chairman of the Fundraising Committee and a member of the National Executive and Board of Governors. In 1986, the National Leadership awarded him with the B’nai Brith Canada Achievement Award. In the same year, he and his wife and fellow lodge member Sandra (the lodge’s first female full member) were honoured recipients of the Israel Bonds Negev Award.
Ronnie also held important roles in the community at-large as President of the Antibes-Torresdale Ratepayers Association and Forest Hill Ratepayers Association; President and Founder of the Rockford Community Summer Day Camp; Member of the City of North York Condominium Committee; Member of the Board of Directors of Baycrest’s Men’s Service Group; and Member of the Board of Directors of Bank Leumi (Canada).
Ronnie passed away on October 14, 1989 at the age of 50 years.
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Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Societies
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-3-26
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-3-26
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
4 folders of textual records
ca. 10 photographs : col. ; 22 x 28 cm or smaller
Date
1980-2016, predominant 1982-1994
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Herman family's immigration to Ontario, family life in Thornhill, education, communal involvement in Hamilton, and their business endeavours with the Firwin Corporation and Simply Extraordinary. Included are photographs; a family history that was written in commemoration of Paul and Miriam's fiftieth wedding anniversary; a selection of annual family newsletters that detail their life in Canada; correspondence documenting Paul's involvement with Temple Anshe Sholom in Hamilton, Ontario; their childrens' school certificates, secondary school diplomas, and post-secondary convocation programs. Also included is business ephemera, such as, business cards and images documenting Simply Extraordinary corporate gift products.
Identified in the photographs are: Paul Herman, Miriam Herman, Brett Herman, and Adina Ward (nee Herman).
Administrative History
Paul Henry Herman was born on July 3, 1940 to Mr. Leslie Elkan and Mrs. Clare Herman (nee Emdon) of Dunkeld West, Johannesburg, South Africa. Paul is the eldest of five siblings. During his youth, Paul was involved in his synagogue and youth groups as well as the Boy Scouts. He attended Stellenbosch Afrikaans University where he earned a business degree and became fluent in Afrikaans. After university, he joined the family uniform business, H. J. Henochsberg, and was sent to England in 1962 for further clothing industry training.
Paul married Miriam Riva Herman from Wynberg, Cape Town, SA on February 6th, 1965. Miriam worked as a social worker at the Johannesburg General Hospital. Their first son, Stanley, was born in 1966 followed by Rael in 1968, Brett in 1970 and Adina in 1974.
The Herman’s were motivated to emigrate out of a desire to prevent their son from having to enlist in the South Africa army [and thereby become involved in military efforts that they did not support]. After the family business was sold, Paul worked as a quality manager at Edgars Stores while periodically travelling abroad with Miriam to seek out emigration opportunities.
The Herman family came to Canada in 1982 and settled in Thornhill, Ontario. Upon arriving in Ontario, Paul found work at a uniform manufacturer (Saint Hill Levine Uniforms) then at Lady Manhattan and Sunshine T-Shirts. In 1989, Paul and Miriam purchased Firwin Corporation, a high temperature insulation manufacturing company. During the family’s early years in Canada, Miriam started a corporate gift business called Simply Extraordinary.
Use Conditions
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Families
Occupations
Societies
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-5-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-5-8
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph : col. ; 20 x 25 cm
Date
1982-1990, 2015
Scope and Content
Accession consists of graphic and textual records documenting the Judelman family and Alan Judelman's involvement with the Men’s Service Group at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. Documents include a family photograph (Jan. 2015); two issues of the Baycrest News (December 1982 and May 1990); and an invitation to the 1990 Men’s Service Group at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care Annual Dinner and Installation of Officers.
Custodial History
Material was in possession of Alan and Lin Judelman. The Judelmans donated it to the OJA.
Administrative History
Alan (b. 1939) and Linda (b. 1945, nee Galland) Judelman were born in Johannesburg, South Africa. They were married on January 5th, 1965. Alan was trained as a chartered account and Lin completed a B.A. degree at Witwatersrand University and teacher training. The Judelmans have three children who were all born in SA: Andrew, Vanessa and Greg.
In 1978, political unrest in SA prompted the Judelmans to emigrate. Upon immigration to Canada, the family settled in North York. Alan graduated as a chartered accountant in Canada and eventually went on to start an environmental services company (Diproinduca Canada). Lin re-trained as a teacher and pursued a B.Ed. at York University. She specialized in ESL, history and guidance over the course of her 21 year career at the TDSB.
Alan was actively involved with the Men’s Service Group at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in his capacity as the organization’s president. He volunteered with HAIT (organization that promotes head injury awareness and knowledge) and served on the Bernard Betel Centre for Creative Living Board of Directors. The Judelmans are members of the Beth Tikvah synagogue and Alan has also volunteered with the congregation.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Societies
South Africa--Emigration and immigration
Synagogues
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-8-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-8-3
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Physical Description
ca. 15 cm of textual records
3 photographs : b&w ; 40 x 61 cm or smaller + identification key
1 bag
Date
1936, 1945-2013
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual and graphic material documenting the Shedlover Young Men's Society. Included are photographs, jubilee books (10th, 15th, and 20th), minute books, newsletters, letters to membership, and financial statements. Also included is one bag with the Shedlover Society logo.
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Shedlover Young Men's Society (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-10-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-10-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1921-1973
Scope and Content
Accession consists of several constitutions for the Canadian Hebrew Benevolent Society for the years 1921, 1948, 1959, 1965 and 1973.
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Canadian Hebrew Benevolent Society (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
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