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Accession Number
1986-7-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1986-7-9
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
13 m of textual records and graphic material
Date
1936-1983
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting the operations of the Hamilton Jewish Federation, the United Jewish Welfare Fund of Hamilton, the Hamilton Talmud Torah, the Jewish Board of Education of Hamilton and the Hamilton Jewish Community Centre. Included are meeting minutes, subject files, correspondence files, newsletters, student files and photographs related to all areas of Jewish life in the city.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
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Name Access
Hamilton Jewish Federation
Hamilton Jewish Community Centre
Council of Jewish Organizations (Hamilton, Ont.)
United Jewish Welfare Fund (Hamilton, Ont.)
Jewish Board of Education (Hamilton, Ont.)
Places
Hamilton, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2000-7-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2000-7-1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
sound recording
Physical Description
31 audio cassettes
18 cm of textual records
3 photographs
Date
[192-?]-1976
Scope and Content
This accession consists primarily of materials created during an oral history project with seniors from the Hamilton Jewish community. This project was coordinated by Sylvia Klein initially through funding from a government Local Initiative Programme and then on a volunteer basis. Klein conducted this work under the guidance of Dr. Stephen Speisman, then Director of the Canadian Jewish Congress Central Region Archives. The records include oral histories on audio cassettes, transcripts, notes, reports, programmes, handbooks, and photographs.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-4-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1982-4-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
13 cm of textual records and other material
Date
1961-1983
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records documenting correspondence for the Moess Chittin Fund to Big 9 synagogues and small community synagogues for the period 1980-1981. In addition, there is one file containing lists related to the Ontario Jewish Archives entitled "opening lists"; however, one of the lists included in this file is from 1983. Photographs are primarily from the Moess Chittin Campaign Banquet for Torontonians vacationing in Miami Beach, Florida, 1961. In addition, there are photos of the Youth Council, Regional Conference in London, and a photo with Mildred Devor. Additional individuals identified in Moess Chittin fund related photos include Frank Rubinstein (Hamilton), Jack Goldberg (Belleville), Henry Weisman (North Bay), and Ben Swartz (Peterborough), each of whom is pictured shaking hands with Phil Givens. Photographs by: Graphic Artists Toronto; Barney Gloster Studios Windsor; and Arthur Kay Studio Toronto.
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress. Ontario Region
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1978-8-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1978-8-6
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 25 cm and 14 x 10 cm
1 cm of textual records
Date
[194-]-1976
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records created by the London Jewish Community Centre including a report to the special committee for the study of the London Jewish community, programmes for the centre and the constitution and by-laws for the London Jewish Youth Association. There is also a photograph of two unidentified men at the dedication of the Shimon Siegel Rabbi Study, as well as three photographs of an unknown motorcycle club.
Administrative History
The Jewish Community Centre of London was originally affiliated with the United Way; however, today they form a part of the United Jewish Appeal London Federation. Previously, the Centre offered programmes for the Jewish community of London including day camps, Hebrew schools, seniors groups, and other recreational events. Today, these programmes are still being offered, but have grown substantially to accommodate the increasing demand.
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Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1994-1-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1994-1-7
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1930-1973
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records from the Bureau of Jewish Education, including a pamphlet and memorandum. There are also bulletins from the Canadian Jewish Congress Youth Division Bulletins (1938, 1939) and several Yiddish journals including Bascheiden (1930), Heftn (1929), and two copies of In Gevirbl a monthly journal for literature and art (1930). Some of the topics and authors included in the 1938 Youth Division bulletin include: Editorial by Percy Kaplan, A Report on the Hamilton Conference of the Central Division of the Jewish Congress by Harry Steiner; The Youth Rally by Bertha Freed; The Youth Division of the United Jewish Welfare Fund by Boris Adelberg; Jewish Youth and Palestine by M. Kraicer; The Refugee Problem by Dr. James Parkes, (CBC broadcast 12. Nov. 1938).
Custodial History
The records were in the possession of Eiran Harris who was a member of the CJC National Archives committee and is an archivist at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal.
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
1989-1-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1989-1-8
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
15 photographs : b&w and col.; 26 x 21 or smaller
Date
1954-1985
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material pertaining to the Labour League's 10th anniversary [ca.1944] and the League's successor organization - United Jewish People's Order, including material from it's Fourth National Convention in 1954. There is memorabilia documenting asociated camps Kinderland and Naivelt. Included are newsletters, flyers, and newspaper clippings, and sketches. The photographs feature UJPO schools with children in classrooms.
Administrative History
In 1936 the Labour League (later the United Jewish People's Order) bought Eldorado Park near Brampton, Ontario from the Canadian National Railway to establish Camp Naivelt. It functioned as a camp for children and families and ran a teacher training facility.
Name Access
Camp Naivelt
United Jewish People's Order
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1999-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1999-2-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
2 folders of textual records
4 photographs : col. (2 negatives) ; 13 x 18 cm
Date
1976-1978
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material pertaining to the Jewish community of Sarnia and Ahavas Isaac Synagogue. Included is a 25th anniversary commemorative book, newsletters, bulletins, flyers, programs for religious events, information for synagogue visitors, correspondence, and press clippings documenting shule and community events. There are 2 photos of children at an Israel dance festival (Rikudiyah) in a gymnasium.
Administrative History
The Sarnia Jewish community worshiped at the old Davis Street Synagogue which was established in 1922. In 1950 ground was broken and the cornerstone laid for the Ahavas Isaac Synagogue and Community Centre. The new building opened in 1951.
Alvin Fox was president of the congregation in the early 1980s and his wife Valerie was active in the Sisterhood.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-10-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1991-10-5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
4 cm textual records
29 photographs : b&w ; 19 x 24 cm and 11 x 9 cm
Date
[196-?]-[1989]
Scope and Content
Accession includes twenty-nine photographs, most from the 1984 and 1985 Toronto Region Annual Meetings. Many are images of awards being given to outgoing and incoming presidents, and of speakers, with some group table shots.
Textual records include Toronto JIAS information and brochures, a history of the organization, meeting programs and invitations, a list of the 1969 board of directors, and a 1974 report "JIAS Background Information" by Joseph Kage. In addition there is a publicity brochure for Montreal and minutes of a JIAS-UJRA meeting in Montreal in 1975.
Custodial History
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (JIAS)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1996-9-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1996-9-3
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
66 photographs : b&w and col. ; 19 x 24 cm or smaller
Date
1908-1972
Scope and Content
Accession consists of group photos of organizatons including delegates to the 1910 Zionist convention in Toronto on the steps of the Goel Tzedec Synagogue, volunteer collectors for the War Relief Conference in Toronto during the First World War, founders of the Toronto Hebrew Students Association, the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine holders of "T" for athletics, the University of Toronto Medical Alumni Association, the University of Toronto Zionist Circle, the University of Toronto Menorah Society, the Nordau Zion Club picnic at Long Branch, and the Associated Hebrew Charities Childrens Home (orphanage). Many of the photos have identification of individuals including David Eisen, Henry Dworkin, Morris Goldstick, A.G. Volpe, Jacob Singer and Fred Catzman.
In addition there are a series of photographs of the University of Toronto St. George Campus, and buildings along Queen Street West, Nathan Phillips Square, New City Hall, Kensington Avenue and other downtown locations taken in 1965 and 1966. Some of the buildings have since been demolished.
Finally, a clipping from the Canadian Jewish Congress Supplement written by Stephen Speisman outlines the history of the Central Region Archives Committee, later the Ontario Jewish Archives. Photo Captions: 002 Associated Hebrew Charities Children's Home, Simcoe St., (Toronto, ON), 1916. Adults indtified in the back row (L to R): [Unknown], Sam Miller (Dr. Miller of Chicago), [unkown woman], [Unkown woman], [unknown man], Reuben Lieberman (Toronto Lawyer), A.G. Volpe. 003 "T" holders in the Faculty of Medicine, 1920. See reverse for identification of the members of the boxing and wrestling teams. 005 Founders of Toronto Hebrew Students Association, September 1918. Front Row (L to R): P. Phillips, Henry Lipsett, A. Glassberg-Volpe, and Harry Fine. Back Row (L to R): Sam Moss, Henry Papernick, A. Kaminsky, Reuben Lieberman. 006 Members of the Hebrew Club, 1921. Front Row: K.I. Freeman, Fred Catzman, and Goodman; Middle Row: Reuben Hurwich, Shirley Freeman (Kraicer), I. Wallerstein, Miss Madorsky, S.W. Leslie, Riva Bronstein and Sam Hurwich. Back Row: Himel, Unidentified, Miss Wallerstein, Unidentified, Miss Goodman, Tomashinsky (Tomson), Unidentified, Lachovsky, Yitzhak (Itche) Goldberg and Abe Katz. 007 Toronto Hebrew Student Association cast of actors in sketch presented at Orange Hall, (College at Euclid), Toronto, ON JAN 7, 1918.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2002-10-70
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2002-10-70
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
2 posters
1 folder of textual records
Date
1976-1984
Scope and Content
Accession includes yellow and blue promotional posters for Jewish Book Month in November 1976 and December 1985 produced by the Toronto Jewish Book Committee of Toronto Jewish Congress. and one file outlining activities of the Standing Committee of the TJC Cultural Council.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-6-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-6-10
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
ca. 60 cm of textual records
Date
1962-1986
Scope and Content
Accession consists of meeting minutes for National JCRC (1986) and for CJC central region's Executive committee. Also included are Toronto Jewish Congress officers and Executive Committee minutes and minutes of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee. Also included are programs, correspondence, and meeting minutes documenting CJC central region's Warsaw Ghetto memorial events (1962-1972).
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-6-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-6-12
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
3.3 m of textual records
Date
[ca. 1970]-[ca. 1990]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records created or accumulated by the Committee for Yiddish, which operated under the auspices of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region and later, the Toronto Jewish Congress (UJA Federation of Greater Toronto).
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Name Access
Committee for Yiddish (Toronto, Ont.)
Toronto Jewish Congress
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-4
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
43 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Date
1973-1992
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting persons and events connected with the United Jewish Appeal of Toronto including the Campaign Cabinet, Advanced Gifts division, Womens' Campaign, Walk For Israel, and United Jewish Wefare Fund and a mission to Israel.Identified individuals include Shimon Peres, Menachem Begin, Pierre Trudeau, Murray and Marvelle Koffler, Isadore Sharp, Charles Bronfman, lawrence Bloomberg, Phil Granovsky, Gerald Halbert, Alvin Rosenberg, Sheila Engel, Carol Kassel, Al Green, Harold Green, J. B. Salsberg, and George Cohon.
Photo Captions:
2004-5-4_003: Foreign Minister Shimon Peres meets with representatives from UJA Toronto. From left to right: Gerald Sheff, Paul Morton, Shimon Peres, Lisa Morrison and Neil Nisker, 1986
2004-5-4_004: Rabbi Plaut and Barbara Frum, [197-]
Use Conditions
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Presidents--Israel
Prime ministers--Israel
Name Access
Peres, Shimon, 1923-2016
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-19
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-19
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
17 photographs : b&w (8 negatives) ; 20 x 13 cm or smaller
Date
1965-1972
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs documenting personalities and activities of the Hamilton, Ontario United Jewish Appeal including the 1971 Annual General Meeting and installation of officers and the Warsaw Ghetto Commemoration (1971).
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-62
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-62
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
180 photographs : b&w and col. ( 24 negatives) ; 21 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
1928-2004
Scope and Content
Accession consists of original and copy photographs and 35 mm slides documenting activities of the Jewish communities in Toronto and other cities, including organizations, synagogues, and schools. There are photographs of rabbis, cantors, and community leaders, as well as publicity photos of prominent politicians, artists, journalists, actors, and academics. Included are photos of Israeli politicians and events, as well as a few historic images from Toronto and archives in other cities. In addition there are several photos from newspapers and magazines and some 1990 textual material from Beit Halochem (Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel).
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-119
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-119
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[ca. 1975]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a handwritten speech in Yiddish for a lecture at the Good Age Club at the JCC on Bathurst Street, Toronto.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-123
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-123
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1979
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the activities of the Community Action for Israel Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region and the role of Rabbi Harvey Fields as Chairman. Included are memos, correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, list of committee members, press releases, newspaper clippings, and a seminar program. As well there are a few letters to Stephen Speisman, Director of the Ontario Jewish Archives from individuals in small Jewish communities in Ontario.
Administrative History
The Community Action Committee for Israel was constituted on March 1978. Rabbi Harvey Fields served congregations in Boston, New Jersey, and Holy blossom Temple in Toronto before becoming the senior rabbi of the Wiltshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles from 1985-2003. He passed away on January 23, 2014 at the age of 78.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-161
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-161
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
2 photographs : col.
1 folder of textual records
Date
1970-1971
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 2 photographs of the exterior of the Kiever Synagogue (taken by Rolf Lederer in 1991) and correspondence from the Orthodox Community Council of Toronto.
Name Access
Kiever Synagogue (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-59
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-5-59
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
186 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Date
1974-1977
Scope and Content
Accession consists of correspondence and photographs pertaining to the First Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Jewish Congress in 1977 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.Identified individuals in the photos include Charles Bronfman, Bora Laskin, Judge Syd Harris, Rene levesque, Premier of Quebec, Monroe Abbey, Saul Hayes, and Donald Carr.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1974-003
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1974-003
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1970-1973
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records of the Orthodox Jewish Community Council, Toronto. Included are a description of the organization's mandate, correspondence, materials from a conference, and a memo.
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Subjects
Orthodox Judaism
Name Access
Orthodox Jewish Community Council (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1978-6-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1978-6-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1978-1979
Scope and Content
This accession consists of 7 copies of meeting minutes of the National Executive and the Board of Directors of the Jewish War Veterans of Canada of which Ben Dunkelman was National Commander.
Custodial History
Records were donated by Ben Dunkelman
Administrative History
The Jewish War Veterans of Canada is an organization for Jewish veterans of all wars. It sponsors community events, annual dinners, and assists veterans.
Descriptive Notes
Veterans.
Jewish War Veterans of Canada.
Dunkelman, Ben.
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Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1978-8-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1978-8-7
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1957–1973
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Jewish community of London, Ontario. Included are a copy of the Constitution of the London Jewish community, a speech form the dedication of the new B'nai Israel Synagogue, a community council report from January 1957, a copy of the Report to the Special Committee for the Study of the London Jewish Community by R. P. Kannee dated 24 April 1973, a 1975–1976 program guide to the Jewish Community Centre of London, and other documents.
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Subjects
Communities
Places
London (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
2 May 1976
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one booklet for the annual meeting of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada, Central Region held at Temple Sinai with guest speaker Mr. Gaynor Jacobson, Executive Vice-President of H.I.A.S.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Name Access
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (Toronto, Ont.)
Jacobson, Gaynor
Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-9
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1975
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one 25th Anniversary book for the Hamilton Jewish Community Centre.
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Subjects
Anniversaries
Name Access
Hamilton Jewish Community Centre
Places
Hamilton, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-16
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-9-16
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1975
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records relating to a "Teach-In on Israel" held at the university on 22 January 1975. There is also an announcement of a meeting of the Revolutionary Marxist Group at York.
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Subjects
Education
Children
Politics and government
Name Access
Jewish Student Federation (York University)
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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Subjects
Religion
Societies
Name Access
Toronto Secular Jewish Association
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.
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Subjects
Societies
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Historical Society
Places
Canada
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-5-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-5-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
12 m of textual records
Date
[197-]-[199-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records documenting various activities of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region, including the small communities, regional committees, eduction and culture. The records appear to have originated with E. Y. Lipsitz.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Subjects
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-2-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-2-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
2.4 m of textual records
Date
1968-1990
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records of the CJC Orthodox Division and the Kashruth Council.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-5-8
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-5-8
Material Format
sound recording
moving images
Physical Description
18 sound tape reels (ca. 12.5 hrs.)
1 sound cassette
1 film reel (18 min.; 198 m)
Date
1972
Scope and Content
Accessions consists of interview tapes and films for a project commemorating the Jewish Labour Committee's (JLC) work in rescuing Jewish refugees after the Second World War.
Interviewees include refugees who were assisted by the JLC and former JLC officials who were involved in the project
Custodial History
Materials were donated by Stan Adleman (one of the interviewers for the commemorative project) in 1978 to the Multicultural History Society of Ontario. The MHSO passed on the collection to the Archives of Ontario.
The materials were never accessioned by the Archives of Ontario, but they did create a brief finding aid for the materials in 1985 and identified the collection as Archives of Ontario Audio-Visual Collection #190.
In 1991, the Archives of Ontario offered the collection to the Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives, which in turn notified the Ontario Jewish Archives that the collection was available for acquisition.
The OJA apparently acquired the collection in late 1991 or early 1992, but it was not accessioned at that time.
Administrative History
The Jewish Labour Committee (JLC) was founded in 1936, an offshoot of the American Jewish Labor Committee (AJLC), a trade union umbrella group with roots in the Workmen’s Circle, a radical left Jewish fraternal organization that had its origins in Eastern Europe. At its peak it claimed about 50,000 members, coming largely from such Jewish-dominated trade unions as the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union (ACWU), and the United Cap, Hat and Millinery Workers Union (UCHMWU).
The JLC was social democratic and anti-communist. In the early part of the century, most socialist Jews in Canada were members of the Workmen’s Circle, but in the wake of the Russian Revolution the "left" communists began to move away from the "right" social democrats. By 1926 the two factions had split completely, with the communists leaving to create an organization called the Labour League and the social democrats remaining in the Workman’s Circle. The latter continued to be the social and intellectual home of the JLC labour activists, while the former performed the same function for Jewish communists, even after it changed its name in 1945 to the United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO). Over the years these two factions remained bitter rivals.
Not surprisingly, the JLC had close ties with the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), a party that was social democratic on economic matters and liberal on human-rights.11 For example, David Lewis, the CCF’s first National Secretary, was the son of Morris Lewis, a Workman’s Circle socialist, and for many years the Secretary of the JLC. Similarly, Maurice Silcoff, a vice-president of the JLC, was a CCF activist.
During World War II, one of the most pressing issues for the Canadian Jewish community was refugee relief, especially assistance for those few Jews who had managed to escape the Nazi Holocaust. As the war began to draw to a close, however, Jewish activists began to shift from their short-term project of helping victims of foreign antisemitism to the longer-term goal of attacking domestic antisemitism. At the same time, they broadened their scope, viewing antisemitism as simply one part of a larger problem — racial and religious prejudice.13 In the words of an early JLC report, "Anti-Semitism, anti-Negroism, anti-Catholicism, anti-French or anti-English [sentiments] ... and union-smashing are all part of a single reactionary crusade of hatred and destruction.".
Consequently, by 1946 the JLC executive had appointed a national director to combat racial and religious prejudice within the trade union movement in Canada. Their choice, Kalmen Kaplansky, was Polish-born, fluent in Yiddish and English, a war veteran (with the rank of sergeant), a member of the International Typographical Union, Montréal vice-chair of the JLC, and a social democrat with strong ties to the Workmen’s Circle and the CCF.
[Taken from: Ross Lambertson. (2001). "The Dresden Story": Racism, Human Rights, and the Jewish Labour Committee of Canada. Labour/Le Travail Issue 47. http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/llt/47/03lamber.html Viewed May 27, 2005 9:38 EDT
Use Conditions
The archives does not have the release forms signed by interviewees.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-7-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-7-3
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
ca. 300 slides : col. ; 35 mm
Date
1977-1978
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs taken during visits by CJC Central Region officers to Ontario Jewish communities, and at Canadian Jewish Congress events and meetings in various communities. Accession also includes photos of Jewish interest in Italy.
Subjects
Communities
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Friedman, Morris
Markish, Esther
Eisenberg, Joe
Wexler, Boris
Acker, Abe
Brownstone, Sam
Klafter, Gershon
Rosen, Marty
Fackenheim, Emil
Rosensweig, Philip
Saiger, Norman
Sadowski, David
Gryfe, Mark
Hillel (Kingston, Ont.)
Frey, Marcus
Horowitz, Shlomo
Katz, Stan
Pliscow, Morris
Places
Cambridge (Ont.)
Chatham (Ont.)
Sudbury (Ont.)
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Thunder Bay (Ont.)
Sault Ste. Marie (Ont.)
North Bay (Ont.)
Oshawa (Ont.)
Belleville (Ont.)
Windsor (Ont.)
Pembroke (Ont.)
Peterborough (Ont.)
Guelph (Ont.)
Hamilton (Ont.)
London (Ont.)
Kitchener (Ont.)
Owen Sound (Ont.)
Toronto (Ont.)
Barrie (Ont.)
Orillia (Ont.)
Kingston (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-11-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-11-13
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
Date
1976-1982
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records relating to the regional, national, and internationall Bible contests sponsored or co-sponsored by the Toronto Board of Jewish Education.
Name Access
Board of Jewish Education (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-8-18
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-8-18
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
2.7 m of textual records and graphic material
Date
1978-2001
Scope and Content
This accession consists of textual and graphic records relating to the Downtown Jewish Community School. The records include family education grants, applications and reports, class lists, board meeting minutes and correspondence, financial records and audited statements, photographs, children's artwork, news clippings, program material, and a scrapbook.
Custodial History
The records were kept in the offices of Joan Schoenfeld, principal of the Downtown Jewish Community School until their transfer to the OJA on 2006-08-24.
Administrative History
The Downtown Jewish Community School is an independent afternoon and Sunday school of approximately 200 students affiliated with the Board of Jewish Education UJA Federation of Toronto. It caters to children in the public school system. Although the objectives of the DJCS are primarily educational, encouragement of a sense of community among Jews in downtown Toronto has always been, and continues to be, a prime concern.
The DJCS opened in the Bloor "Y" on Sunday, September 7, 1979 with a full student enrollment of forty-seven children in three grade levels. The full school-community consisted of seventy-seven families -- members, whose children attended the school, and associate members, most of whose children were on the waiting list. Programs included classes in Jewish heritage, culture, values and Hebrew language, community holiday celebrations as well as adult and family education.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-9-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2006-9-6
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records (1 v.)
1 photograph : col. ; 13 x 18 cm
Date
[ca. 1940]-1991
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two files containing material related to the Jewish Public Library and the Canadian Foundation for Jewish Culture. The library material consists of newsclippings, program booklets, flyers, newsletters, an invitation to the dedication ceremony of the new library at Glen Park and Glenmount Avenues and a photograph of a book display arranged by the Jewish Public Library. There are also three guide books for the library when it was located at the corner of Harbord and Markham Streets, Glen Park and Glenmount Avenues and in the Lipa Green building.
The Canadian Foundation for Jewish Culture material consists of a binder containing copies of the organization's letters-patent, by-laws and meeting minutes from 1965 to 1967. Founding members of the Foundation included Rabbi Stuart E. Rosenberg, Arthur Ellis Gelber, Florence Hutner, David Newman, Ralph Halbert, Wolfe David Goodman, Saul Hayes and Michael Garber.
Custodial History
The materials were donated to the archives by the Jewish Public Library. They were found in the library during renovations.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-1
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
ca. 135 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 21 x 25 cm or smaller
Date
1948-1970
Scope and Content
Accession consists of approximately 135 photographs and one negative of youth programs and events at the Hamilton Jewish Community Centre. Included are photographs of Camp Kadimah, the JCC nursery, the group work program and the swimming pool. Photographs of the JCC building are also included. A guide describing the photographs is contained within.
Places
Hamilton (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
Date
1971-1972
Scope and Content
Accession consists of correspondence, minutes and academic papers from the Jewish Historical Society archival committees of Toronto and Western Canada.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-38
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2007-6-38
Material Format
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
6 documents (13 jpgs)
Date
1948-1991
Scope and Content
This accession consists of electronic copies of original textual records, documenting the Jewish community of Owen Sound, Ontario. The records include a community draw ticket (1959); the Canadian Jewish Congress Educational Department code of practice, for discussion at the sixth regional conference on Jewish education (1957); a page from a donation ledger for the United Palestine Appeal (1948); the Beth Ezekiel Synagogue historic plaquing program book (1991); and an employment contract between the Synagogue and Rabbi H. Lasher (1962).
Custodial History
The original records are in the possession of the donor. The OJA was granted permission to scan the documents in June 2007, as part of the Ontario Small Jewish Communities initiative. These copies were then donated to the Archives on 2007-06-11.
Administrative History
Jeff Elie is the current president of Beth Ezekiel Synagogue in Owen Sound. For a history of the Synagogue and the Owen Sound Jewish community, see the OJA's Small Communities Exhbit: http://ontariojewisharchives.org/exhibits/osjc/communities/owensound/index.html
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
Synagogues
Communities
Name Access
Beth Ezekiel Synagogue
Places
Owen Sound, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-6-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-6-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1979-1982
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one folder of textual records relating to the Jewish Public Library in Toronto. The records are primarily financial and include a report to the Toronto Jewish Congress Budget Committee, library budget requests as well as financial campaign promotional leaflets.
Custodial History
The records were in the possession of Lil Nobel, Administrative Assistant with the Centre for Jewish Knowledge and Heritage before being transferred to the Archives on June 11, 2008.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-4
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
4 photographs : b&w (jpg)
4 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Date
[194-]-2005
Scope and Content
This accession consists of textual records and photographs documenting the Belleville Jewish community and the Sons of Jacob Synagogue. The textual records include a dedication book from the Synagogue as well as documents related to the synagogue's reunion weekend in 2005. The photographs depict the Judaeans basketball team, a Young Judaea conference, the synagogue's dedication ceremonies, and a children's Purim play.
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
Communities
Purim
Synagogues
Places
Belleville (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-13
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-13
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
1 poster : 33 x 52 cm
Date
15 June 1971
Scope and Content
This accession consists of one poster created by the Women's Division of the United Jewish Appeal of Toronto. The poster was created in tribute to the founding members of Ramah gifts and includes a list of their names. The bottom is signed by Ralph Halbert, chairman of the UJA of Toronto and Shoshana R. Cole, chairman of the Women's Division.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-1-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-1-2
Material Format
textual record
moving images
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 videocassettes (each 44 min, 39 sec.)
Date
1969, 1997
Scope and Content
This accession consists of a 1969 letter from Senator A[rthur] W. Roebuck, responding to a thank-you letter sent by Mrs. Sydney Cooper and Mrs. Minden, co-chairs of Crown Gifts division, and Mrs. Allen A. Small, chair of the Women's Division of UJA. The letter refers to the recent visit of a group of women who visited the Parliament buildings in Ottawa and were received by Senator Roebuck. The other items in the accession are a video and guidebook set entitled 'Untying the Bonds... Jewish Divorce: a GET Education Video & Guidebook, Fall 1997."
Custodial History
The records were in the office of Frances Goldstein, Associate Director for Top Gifts at UJA's Centre for Philanthropy, before being transferred to the OJA. Goldstein was formerly the head of Women's Campaign.
Administrative History
The Canadian Coalition of Jewish Women for the GET was composed of all the major Jewish women's organizations, which joined forces in the late 1980s to have the federal Divorce Act amended. The Jewish Women's Federation was one of these organizations; the others were Jewish Women International of Canada, Emunah Women of Canada, Hadassah-WIZO Organization of Canada, Na’amat Canada, Canadian ORT, Women’s Federation CJA, National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Status of Women Committee of Canadian Jewish Congress and Women’s League of Conservative Judaism. In 1990, as part of a lobbying group that included B'nai Brith, Canadian Jewish Congress, and religious groups of all faiths, the Coalition succeeded in having a protective clause added to the Divorce Act, ensuring that no spouse should retain barriers to the religious remarriage of their ex-spouse in a divorce in Canada. The Coalition went on after its successful legislative reform campaign to produce an educational video on Jewish divorce and continue with its activism and public awareness building.
Subjects
Women
Get (Jewish law)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-12-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-12-2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
17 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Date
1924-1996
Scope and Content
This accession consists of records documenting the Jewish community of Cornwall. The records include newsclippings; B'nai Birth meeting minutes, dues ledger book, and membership pins; Hadassah meeting minutes; photographs; Beth-El Synagogue correspondence, memorial book, president speeches, congregational meeting minutes, annual general meeting minutes, and financial statements; and a cemetery plan and ledger book.
Custodial History
The records were in the custody of Mark Goldhamer, former president of the Beth El Synagogue and were originally lent to the Archives for research purposes for the Small Jewish Communities project. Upon discussion with the director of the Archives, Mark decided to donate the records to the OJA and thus they were transferred via Sharon Gubbay Helfer, oral historian and researcher/writer on the small Jewish Communities project.
Subjects
Communities
Places
Cornwall (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-3-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-3-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1.28 m of textual records
Date
1935, 1960-1998, predominant 1980-1998
Scope and Content
The records consist of materials documenting the programs and social services administered by JIAS Toronto, predominantly from the 1960s through the 1990s. The records include reports and essays, case files, statistics reports, staff manuals and other resources, budget documents, minutes of meetings, resources JIAS produced for immigrants and resources from JIAS's education programs. Much of the material from the 1980s and 1990s deals with integration, particularly of Soviet Jews. There are records relating to the Integration Committee, the provision of "direct relief aid" and other services to clients, and research and analytical reports.
The earlier case files from 1935 and 1948-1981 concern reimbursement for immigrants' transportation costs. Later case files contain only one sheet, a case report, which includes personal and immigration information, occupation, remarks, sponsor’s information and an employment history. Some files also have: identification cards from United HIAS Service with sailing information; summary of assistance forms kept by JIAS case workers; and other administrative paperwork.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Name Access
JIAS Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-2-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2011-2-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1972-2002, predominant 2001-2002
Scope and Content
Accession consists of textual records documenting the formation and activities of the Ontario Jewish Archives. Included is correspondence from the Canadian Jewish Congress regarding the formation of a communtiy archives, memos, a pamphlet outlining volunteer opportunities in the Jewish community, newsclippings, an event invitation, a survey of other Jewish historical societies and archives in Canada, a report of a tour of the Presbyterian Church Archives, and agendas, meeting minutes and correspondence of the Archives Restructuring and Vision Committee.
Name Access
Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-2-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-2-2
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
37 photographs (jpg) : b&w and col. ; 33 MB
Date
1958-2005
Scope and Content
Accession consists of born-digital images and digital scans of original photographs depicting the 2005 closing ceremonies of the Beth El Synagogue in Cornwall as well as exterior and interior images of the synagogue, the congregants, community events and B'nai Brith members.
Custodial History
The photographs were acquired by the OJA for the Ontario's Small Jewish Communities exhibit, but they were never accessioned until February 2012.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-5-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1979-[ca. 1980]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the 50th anniversary issue of the Congress Bulletin (1979), and of a report entitled "Simjath Torah in Havana" regarding Cuba's Jewish community.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-7-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-7-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
5.7 m of textual records
Date
1959-1971
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the activities of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, of which the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto was a member.
Custodial History
It is unclear when these records were donated to the OJA. They appear to all have originated from Florence Hutner, former Executive Director of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. The accession number was assigned by the archivist.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-7-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-7-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
12 m of textual records
Date
[197-]-[199-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the North American Jewish Students Network and in particular, its Canadian division.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information for this material. The accession number has been assigned by the archivist.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Subjects
Children
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
North American Jewish Students Network (Canada)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-7-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-7-10
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
37.8 m of textual records
Date
1958-[199-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of general office files of the CJC as well as records related to the Education and Culture Committee, the Toronto Jewish Cultural Committee, Planning and Priorities/Assimilation, the Youth Committee, CJC plenaries, small communities, Chaplaincy, Orthodox Division, Political Liaison Committee, community services, the Audit Committee, Joint Community Relations Committee, Camp Massad and Moess Chitton.
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information for this material. The accession number has been assigned by the archivist.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Subjects
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
Canadian Jewish Congress, Central Region (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
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