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Accession Number
1984-12-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1984-12-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
2.1 m of textual records
1 photograph
Artifacts
Date
1918, 1940-1971
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records of the B'nai Zion Association. Included are the pinkus, financial records, photographs, correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, membership records, inviations and programs. Also included is a 1918 photograph of a manual training class at either the King Edward School or the Manning Ave. School.
Administrative History
In the years following the 1st Zionist Congress held in Basle, Switzerland in 1897, Zionist organizations were established around the world.
In Toronto one of the first Zionist societies to be founded was the B'nai Zion Association. This organization was established as a mutual benefit society in 1903. It provided sick, funeral and unemployment benefits to its members.
However, its main purpose was the promotion of Zionism. It was involved in the dissemination of Zionist material, and sponsored lectures and meetings, in addition to raising funds to suppo~t the establishment of Jewish settlements in Palestine. It continued to perform these same activities following the establishment of the state of Israel.
B'nai Zion has also been involved in local activities. It was active in anti-missionary efforts and also provided educational and cultural programming for children.
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MG20 J1F
Subjects
Zionism
Name Access
B'nai Zion Association (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-1-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-1-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1.2 m of textual records
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records of the Jewish National Fund. Included are Negev dinner books.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Name Access
Jewish National Fund
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1993-4-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1993-4-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1963-1964
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the Bergen-Belsen Association of Toronto.
Included are the letters patent for the organization, the lawyer's accompanying letter and a letter from Lester B. Pearson addressed to the President of the Association concerning the publication and distribution of hate literature.
Administrative History
The Bergen-Belsen Association of Toronto was established in 1963 in order to preserve the memories of the victims of persecution at the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen. Moreover, they helped provide aide to the survivors and their families, offering financial, medical, and social assistance.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1983-1-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1983-1-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
Date
1973-1977
Scope and Content
Accession consists of documents including constitution, correspondence, meeting minutes, membership lists and reports of the Principals' Association of Jewish Schools in Toronto.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1984-4-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1984-4-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1943-1945
Scope and Content
Accession consists of materials from the C.J.C. National Archives in Montreal. Included is an invitation to the Annual Dinner of the Men's Service Council of the United Jewish Welfare Fund of Toronto. Identified individuals in photos on the card are Joe Lubotta, J. Irving Oelbaum, Charles Foster, Henry S. Rosenberg, Eddie Gelber, Sam Godfrey, and Ben Sadowski. There is also a pamphlet entitled "Accent on Action" prepared by the National Initiative Committee, and a booklet "A Brief on Religious Education in the Schools" prepared by the Research Committee of the Association for Religious Liberty.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1998-3-15
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1998-3-15
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 25 x 30 cm and 12 x 10 cm
Date
1941
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one original composite photograph, one copy print, and one negative of the Jewish National Workers Alliance, Branch 124 Borochov, Toronto, 1941.
Administrative History
The Jewish National Workers Alliance (Farband, later Poalei Zion) was a secular pro-Zionist organization, founded about 1914.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1995-12-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1995-12-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 20 x 25 cm and 10 x 13 cm
Date
1954
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a copy photograph and negative of a grade three class at Associated Hebrew Schools in Toronto. Ivan Reitman is pictured in the front row at the far right.
Name Access
Reitman, Ivan
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-2-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-2-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1961-1965
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a typed constitution of the New Fraternal Jewish Association MBS (Mutual Benefit Society) with additional hand written page inserts.
Administrative History
The head office of this association was in Toronto.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1989-8-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1989-8-1
Material Format
object
Physical Description
Artifact
Date
1900
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a lodge pin from the Toronto Independent Benevolent Association dated September 20, 1900.
Name Access
Toronto Independent Benevolent Association
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-10-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-10-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
26 cm of textual records
Date
1925-1960
Scope and Content
Accession consists of: Toronto Jewish Medical Association minute book (1925-1936); minutes, clinical records, research papers and other records of the Mount Sinai Clinical Association (1932-1953); Mount Sinai Hospital medical staff minute book (1943-1953); a copy of Dr David Eisen's publication "Toronto's Jewish doctors" (1960); and a photograph of the installation of officers of the Mt. Sinai Hospital Clinical Society (1939).
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Descriptive Notes
Use Condition Note: Access partially restricted. There is sensitive material in the file, “Correspondence and Miscellaneous 1934-1940.” The majority of the file relates to the clinical society, but patient names are mentioned in a few instances. Additionally, the file "Scientific Papers" contains one paper by Dr. Ira Pollock that includes patient photographs.
Subjects
Hospitals
Physicians
Name Access
Eisen, David
Pollock, Ira
Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto Jewish Medical Association
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-72
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-72
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1980-1987
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material pertaining to the Toronto Association of Professionals in Jewish Communal Service. The records include lists of members, correspondence, minutes of the Association, and minutes of other committees including the Ad Hoc Steering Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Program Committee.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-84
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-84
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1930
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a Jewish National Fund memorial card inscribed in the name of Hartley Steinberg by Mrs. Charles Foster.
Name Access
Jewish National Fund
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-1-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-1-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1912-1914
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a minute book of the Associated Hebrew Charities.
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MG 2 O 1M
Subjects
Charities
Name Access
Associated Hebrew Charities
Places
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.
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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.
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MG2 E1c
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Toronto Labour Lyceum Association
Wallerstein, F
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-12-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-12-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1928-1931
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a Warsawer- Lodzer Mutual Benefit Association dues book and constitution printed in Yiddish.
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MG 2 B 1UU
Subjects
Fraternal organizations
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1985-1-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1985-1-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1920-1926
Scope and Content
Accession consists of three certificates for one share each for the Toronto Labor Lyceum Association Limited. Two are issued in the name of Abe Layefsky and one to M. Zimmerman. Also included is a third share issued in the name of Abe Layefsky.
MG_RG
MG 2 E 1C
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.
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MG 20 B 1O
Subjects
Societies
Name Access
YMHBA.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-5-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-5-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1947
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a bar mitzvah greeting card (contains Yiddish) and a confirmation day greeting card from Mr. and Mrs. F. Mortfield of Toronto. Both cards were given to Frank Applebaum (1934-2006) on the occasion of his bar mitzvah in 1947.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-8-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-8-10
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1933-1992
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documentng Frank and Eva (Rabid) Silverberg. items include their wedding invitation and various certificates and citations.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-9-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-9-2
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Date
1941
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a photograph of members of Agudah LeMa'an Hakeren, a women's organization that raised money for the Jewish National Fund. Fanny Hyman, mother of Gurion Hyman, is seated in the second row from the bottom, third from the left
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-9-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-9-6
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 25 x 30 cm
Date
1941
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one composite photograph of the Jewish National Workers Alliance from 1941. The writing in Yiddish on the top of the photograph reads: 25th anniversary of the Borochov Branch 124, Jewish National Workers Alliance.
Name Access
Jewish National Workers Alliance
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-6-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-6-9
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 poster : col. ; 44 x 28 cm
6 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Date
2008
Scope and Content
This accession consists of records related to the national historical designation of Kensington Market in Toronto, including materials from the unveiling ceremony, held on May 25, 2008. This includes the event package, media releases, formal invitations to politicians and guest speakers, the official invitation and programme, an historical backgrounder on the Market, Chair of UJA Federation David Koschitzky's speech, a poster, as well as six photographs taken at the event.
Custodial History
The records were in the possession of Cyrel Troster, who was a member of the Kensington Market National Historic Site Designation Working Group.
Subjects
Markets
Name Access
Koschitzky, David
Places
Kensington Market (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-7-14
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-7-14
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
3 photographs (jpg)
Date
1942-1944
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one military portrait of Frank Gishman and two wedding portraits of Frank and Ruth Gishman of Peterborough, Ontario.
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
Portraits
Places
Peterborough (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-5
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 51 x 41 cm
Date
June 1942
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one oversized photograph of the executive members of the Jewish National Workers Alliance, taken by Famous Studio at their annual conference. The conference was held on June 12 to June 15, 1942. The photograph features some touch-ups and markings, as well as the name of the studio etched in white ink, presumably by the photographer. Prints of the photo were likely made from this proof. Pictured are:
Back row, left to right: B. Harold (Sec. Org.), A. Levinson (Rec. Sec.), G. Steinhouse (Yugnt), W. Eisenberg (Org. Chair), I. Weinert (Sec. Trade Union), M. Kachuk (Sec. Geverkshaften), Z. Cohen (Sec. Library), M. Witenberg (Sec. J.N.F.).
Middle row, left to right: S. Rapaport (Cultural Chair), B. Shatz (Library Chair), J. J. Zweig (Treas.), J. Cash (Trade Union Chair), D. Cooper (House Comm.), N. Levinsky (Fin. Sec.), H. Share (Cemetery).
Front row, left to right: S. Yollick (Cor. Sec.), H. M. Kirshenbaum (Vice Chair), I. J. Weinrot (Chair), Louis Segal (Gen. Sec. J.N.W.A.), Dr. S. B. Hurwich (Chair Actions Comm.), I Freeman (Shule Chair), P. Walerstein (Ex. Chair City Comm.).
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-7
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1961
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one oversized charter for the Theodor Herzl branch no. 26A in Toronto of the Jewish National Workers Alliance. The charter is affixed with an official gold seal of the Alliance and features the names of the chapter's executive. They include: al Cohen, Sam Goldman, Harry Cohen, Ben Jakobs, S. Acks, W. Apolinsky, H. Baskin, H. Brenner, J. Bobbe, G. Fisher, S. Fryberg, L. Ford, T. Gold, Ch. Goldman, F. Hill, S. Kamin, M. Kates, L. Klug, L. Lahman, B. Lams, G. Laufer, A. H. Morrison, S. Sand, S. Schlifer, W. Schoenberger, M. Shuster, C. Snitman, L. Spellman, L. Stemeroff, S. Wagman, J. Walman, A. Wynberg, A. Swaigenbaum.
Name Access
Farband Labor Zionist Order
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-15
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-15
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[199-]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of a Jewish National Fund certificate given in honour of Allan Reitzes appointment to the position of executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto. The certificate states that 18 trees were planted in the Toronto community forest in Israel in his honour.
Source
Archival Accessions
Name
Frank Schleifer
Material Format
sound recording
Interview Date
29 Jun. 1976
Source
Oral Histories
Name
Frank Schleifer
Number
OH 84
Subject
Canada--Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Recreation
Families
Interview Date
29 Jun. 1976
Quantity
1
Interviewer
Larry Troster
Total Running Time
OH84_001: 45.20 minutes OH84_002: 11.00 minutes
Use Restrictions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Biography
Frank was born on 4 January 1916 in Toronto. His parents were Charles Schleifer and Mary Schleifer (née Noble). At the age of three, his family moved to Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. In 1922, the family moved to Brantford, Ontario, where his mother's family lived. Frank left school at age sixteen to work at the family Cigar and Soda Fountain store when his father became ill. He opened Frank’s Billiard Parlour from 1941 to 1946. He was drafted into the army in 1943, where he served in the artillery and infantry. He started to work in Unemployment Insurance with the federal government. Frank married Bertha (née Maltifer ?) in 1937. They had one son, Charles, born in 1947. As a youth, Frank was involved with AZA (B'nai Brith youth organization). He was a member of B'nai Brith and served on the executive of the synagogue in Brantford.
Material Format
sound recording
Language
English
Name Access
Schleifer, Frank
Troster, Larry
Geographic Access
Brantford
Sturgeon Falls
Original Format
Audio cassette
Copy Format
Digital file
Transcript
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 84 - Schleifer\OH84_001_Log.pdf
G:\Description\Oral Histories\OH 84 - Schleifer\OH84_002_Log.pdf
Source
Oral Histories

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

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

Accession Number
2010-6-21
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-6-21
Material Format
object
Physical Description
1 glass jar : glass ; 8 cm in diam. x 15 cm in height
Date
[ca. 1930]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a clear glass jar with a star of David, the company name "Toronto Hebrew Association of Butter Dealers," and the price of the jar (5 cents) embossed on it.
Custodial History
This item was found in the reading room.
Administrative History
Jewish dairymen banded together to form the Toronto Hebrew Association of Butter Dealers for commercial protection and co-operative action; a counterpart by independent merchants to the trade union movement. These bottles contained a variety of dairy products (usually butter and sour cream) and were returnable for 5 cents.
Descriptive Notes
Related material note: for additional Toronto Hebrew Association of Butter Dealers glass jars see accession 1985-8-2 and Fonds 22. These are all 10 cm in height.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-7-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-7-9
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1.2 m of textual records
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the Amalgamated Dawes Rd. Trustees as well as the Lamptom Mills Cemetery Association.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information for this material. The accession number was assigned by the archivist.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Subjects
Cemeteries
Name Access
Amalgamated Dawes Road Trustees
Lambton Mills Cemetery Association
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-7-20
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-7-20
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records documenting the activities of the Associated Hebrew Schools.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information for these records. The accession number has been assigned by the archivist.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-10-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-10-1
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
3 photographs : col. (tiffs)
Date
2006
Scope and Content
Accession consists of graphic material documenting the Transnistria Survivors' Association. Included are group photos taken in fornt of the Memorial Wall in Earl Bales Park by Yad Vashem. The group photos include the Survivors and one of the Survivors with their children as well.
Custodial History
Originals were loaned for reproducing and returned
Administrative History
The Transnistria Survivors' Association was formed in 1994 so that the survivors from Romania and Transnistria could tell their stories of survival and to offer each other support. They planned events including Hannukah parties, speaking engagements and annual memorial services (Hazkarah). According to this group, their voices were left out of the survivors stories and have tried to rectify that by writing memoirs and speaking to various groups to tell their stories of survival. Past presidents include: Felicia (Steigman) Carmelly, Osias Nadel, Etti Ziegler, and Lou (Leizer) Hoffer. As of 2017, the current President is Joe Lienberg.
Name Access
Hoffer, Lou
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-10-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-10-2
Material Format
object
Physical Description
1 jacket
1 cream and sugar service set
Date
[195-]-1958
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one varsity jacket with a YMHA crest, as well as a copper cream and sugar service set in celebration of the society's 50th anniversary in 1958. The items belonged to former member, Marvin Allen.
Custodial History
The items were donated by Marlee Petroff, the daughter of Marvin Allen
Administrative History
Marvin Allen (1931-1995) was born 15 Jan. 1931 to Percy and Anne Appelbaum. As a child he attended the Palmerston Ave. school and Harbord Collegiate. He then took his chartered accountancy exam though Queen's Univeristy. In 1952, he married Bertha Allen and had four children: Marlee (Petroff), Laruel (Sandler), Kelvin and Jordan. Marvin was introduced to the YMHA society through his friends. He was also a member of Beth Tikvah Synagogue. Marvin died on 5 Feb. 1995 at the age of 64.
The YMHA Mutual Benefit Society was founded in 1908 and was not affiliated with the YMHA athletic assocation.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-11-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-11-1
Material Format
graphic material
object
textual record
Physical Description
5 cm of textual records
5 objects
25 photographs
Date
1945-2012
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to The Lizzies and the Lizzies Old Timer Association, including newspaper articles, membership lists, a proclamation, booklets, articles, photos, one hat, two shirts, and one luggage tag.
Custodial History
This material was gathered together by Bronstine and Cornack and donated to the archives. Further accruals from other former Lizzies are expected.
Administrative History
The Lizzies were a collection of sports teams that played amateur baseball and basketball in Toronto starting in 1912 in the school yard of the Elizabeth Street School. This “Playground” was situated in Toronto’s first Jewish quarter, St. John’s Ward, or simply “The Ward”. Supervised by the Parks Department’s Playground and Recreation branch, these playgrounds were popular places for inner-city children. They hosted athletic teams that competed in intramural competitions. The Lizzies won more than 150 titles at the city, provincial, and national levels in baseball, basketball, football, and hockey.Bob Abate (1893-1981), coached the Lizzies’ teams for 26 years and in 1990, the Elizabethan Recreation Centre (at Grace Street and Bloor Street West) was renamed the Bob Abate Recreation Centre in his honour. The Lizzies Old Timers Association is run by Harvey Bronstine and Norm Cornack and they bring together the remaining members of the Lizzies annually at a dinner.
Subjects
Sports teams
Name Access
Lizzies Old Timers Association
Places
Elizabeth Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-9-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-9-4
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 15 cm
Date
[ca. 1950]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a photograph of Ella Fleischmann standing in her kitchen in Toronto next to her Jewish National Fund (JNF) Charity box (tzedakah box).
Custodial History
The photograph was in the possession of Ella's niece, Lilian Rosenthal. She gave it to the OJA on behalf the Ella's daughter who lives in Israel.
Use Conditions
None
Name Access
Fleischmann, Ella
Jewish National Fund
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
2014-10-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-10-1
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
10 cm textual records
ca. 70 photographs: b&w and col. ; 10 cm x 15 cm or smaller
1 scrapbook
Date
1963-2013
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the activities of "Council '63", a branch of the Toronto Section of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada (NCJWC). Types of records include a photograph album, a scrapbook, correspondence, souvenirs, meeting minutes, membership lists, program materials and budgets.
Administrative History
The "Council '63" Branch of the Toronto Section of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada (NCJWC) was formed in 1963. Currently consisting of 20 members, the group was initially spearheaded by Barbara Norwich (d. 2011), and they met regularly in homes in the Cedarvale area. The group primarily did volunteer work, although it later evolved into a study group and book club.
Subjects
Women
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
National Council of Jewish Women (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-11-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-11-3
Material Format
textual record
object
Physical Description
1 tribute book
1 keychain
Date
1998, 2011
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one Lizzies Old Timers Association tribute book issued on the occassion of its 2011 annual fundraising dinner and an eighty-fifth anniversary keychain issued in 1998.
Subjects
Associations, institutions, etc
Name Access
Lizzies Old Timers Association
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Address
15 Brunswick Avenue
Source
Landmarks

At the turn of the twentieth-century, the Jewish population of Toronto grew with large numbers of Eastern European families fleeing hardship back home. Soon, a variety of clubs began forming, providing a place for Jewish boys and girls to participate in athletic and social programming. In 1919, several of the athletic and social groups decided to amalgamate and formed an umbrella organization known as the Hebrew Association of Young Men’s and Young Women’s Clubs. By 1930, they were known as the YM-YWHA (Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association. Through the 1920s and 30s, they occupied a number of facilities in the Brunswick Avenue and College Street area.
Address
15 Brunswick Avenue
Time Period
1937
Scope Note
At the turn of the twentieth-century, the Jewish population of Toronto grew with large numbers of Eastern European families fleeing hardship back home. Soon, a variety of clubs began forming, providing a place for Jewish boys and girls to participate in athletic and social programming. In 1919, several of the athletic and social groups decided to amalgamate and formed an umbrella organization known as the Hebrew Association of Young Men’s and Young Women’s Clubs. By 1930, they were known as the YM-YWHA (Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association. Through the 1920s and 30s, they occupied a number of facilities in the Brunswick Avenue and College Street area.
History
As a result of the overcrowding and de-centralized facilities, in 1937, the YM-YWHA constructed its own athletic building at 15 Brunswick Avenue, next door to the Talmud Torah, to ease the overcrowding. Similar to the JCCs of today, the early YM-YWHA provided a sense of Jewish identity and camaraderie through physical, educational, cultural and community based programming.
Category
Arts
Education
Private Clubs
Source
Landmarks
Address
12 Major Street
Source
Landmarks

The YM-YWHA used a building on Major Street for their after-school children's programs when they out-grew their space on Brunswick Ave.
Address
12 Major Street
Time Period
[ca. 1940]-1953
Scope Note
The YM-YWHA used a building on Major Street for their after-school children's programs when they out-grew their space on Brunswick Ave.
Category
Education
Private Clubs
Source
Landmarks
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
2016-1-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-1-8
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w : 18 x 13 cm
Date
1925
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one black and white photograph of the officers and executives of the Young Men's Hebrew Association for the year 1925-1926. Standing in the back row, 3rd from the right is Sam Pearson.
Administrative History
Sam Pearson (Parzynski) was born in [Lodz], Poland. He immigrated to Canada from Germany. He met his wife Sadie Kleinstein in Toronto and worked as a tailor.
Name Access
Young Men's Hebrew Association (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-4-16
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-4-16
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
3 DVDs
Date
2006-2007
Scope and Content
Video recordings of Transnistria Survivors' Association's annual commemomoration ceremonies (Haskara) that took place at Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue in Toronto in 2006 and 2007.
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
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Name Access
Transnistria Survivors Association
Hoffer, Lou
Places
Transnistria (Ukraine : Territory under German and Romanian occupation, 1941-1944)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-4-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2016-4-13
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
6 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 50 cm or smaller
Date
1934-1977
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 5 photographs, a letter from Joan Sutton to Frank Laurie speaking about Nat Laurie's positive influence on her life and newsclippings. The photographs include a panoramic of a Dress Manufacturers Guild banquet (194-) featuring Nat Laurie at the head table in front of the microphone. Also identified are Sam, Abe and Joseph Posluns. Other photographs include images of Emma Laurie with daughter Marilyn and Emma's much younger half-sister Annie Pion Steinberg, a portrait of Emma Steinberg (ca. 1934) and one of Nat and Emma around the time of their wedding (ca. 1937) as well as a group photo of Marilyn Laurie at Camp Arowhon (ca. 1949-1950). Also identified in this photograph is Ruthie Silver.
Administrative History
Nathan (Nat) Laurie (ca. 1904-1958) was born around 1904 in Montreal, Quebec. He married Emma (nee Steinberg) (1914-1997) around 1937 after a brief courtship. Together they had one son, Frank and one daughter, Marilyn (m. Baker). Nat owned Nat Laurie Dresses at Spadina Avenue and Richmond Street in Toronto and was president of the Dress Manufacturers Guild. Notably, he was in charge of fabric allocations during the Second World War and provided a dress to the winner of the Miss Toronto pageant. In 1951, he opened the Zanzibar night club on Yonge Street as a live blues and jazz club. Nat died in 1958.
Subjects
Clothing trade
Name Access
Laurie, Nat, 1904-1958
Laurie, Emma, 1914-1997
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-1-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-1-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[1966 or 1967]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of an Associated Hebrew School notebook owned by Lynda Kraar (nee Szedlecki). It was a reading/exercise book for learning the Hebrew language.
Custodial History
The notebook was donated by Lynda's daughter, Miriam Borden.
Descriptive Notes
Language note: Hebrew
Name Access
Kraar, Lynda, 1959-
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-2-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-2-7
Material Format
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
1 file of textual records (pdf)
Date
23 Oct. 2017
Scope and Content
Accession consists of speech written and presented by Gloria Roden. She presented the early history of National Council of Jewish Women, (1897-1957) at a government of Canada ceremony in which NCJW’s Council House, formerly located at 44 St. George Street, Toronto, was designated an institution of national historic significance by Parks Canada Historic Sites and Monuments Board. The event took place at Council House, 4700 Bathurst Street on October 23, 2017.
Administrative History
Gloria Roden is a a second generation volunteer National Council of Jewish Women member.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Speeches, addresses, etc
Name Access
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-2-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-2-8
Material Format
moving images (electronic)
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
1 video recording : (mov)
6 photographs : col. (jpg) ;
Date
23 Oct. 2017
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a video recording of a speech written and presented by Gloria Roden. She presented the early history of National Council of Jewish Women, (1897-1957) at a Government of Canada ceremony in which NCJW’s Council House, formerly located at 44 St. George Street, Toronto, was designated an institution of national historic significance by Parks Canada Historic Sites and Monuments Board. The event took place at Council House, 4700 Bathurst Street on October 23, 2017. In addition, there are several photos of Gloria Roden, along with NCJW representatives and government officials with a commemorative plaque to be installed at 44 St. George Street.
Administrative History
Gloria Roden is a a second generation volunteer council member.
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Name Access
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
50 records – page 1 of 1.

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