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Accession Number
1988-5-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1988-5-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[ca. 1948]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a report from JIAS Housing Committee written by Jack Shindman and a letter from M. Kraisner of HIAS Hanover, Germany to Jack Shindman concerning an immigrant family.
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
2004-2-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2004-2-7
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records (1 v.)
Date
1937-1949
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a ledger book for the Junior Social Service league.
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
1975-011
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1975-011
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1936-1949
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records of the Junior Social Service League, Toronto, including a dues book, meeting minutes, and a membership list.
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Name Access
Junior Social Service League (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (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
2005-2-6
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2005-2-6
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
2.4 m of textual records
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the records of the Toronto Jewish Congress' Chaplaincy Services.
Use Conditions
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
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
2008-11-10
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-11-10
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
3 posters
Date
[ca. 1991]
Scope and Content
This accession consists of three posters for the Allied Jewish Community Services' Combined Jewish Appeal and Yom Kippur campaigns.
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
Posters
Yom Kippur
Name Access
Allied Jewish Community Services
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-3-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2009-3-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1980
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a report prepared by JIAS Canada detailing the situation of recent immigrant arrivals to various small communities in Ontario. The communities discussed are Cambridge, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Ottawa, St. Catharines and Windsor.
Custodial History
The custodial history for this item is unknown. The accession number has been assigned by the assistant archivist.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Communities
Name Access
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Cambridge (Ont.)
Hamilton (Ont.)
Kitchener (Ont.)
London (Ont.)
Ottawa (Ont.)
St. Catharines (Ont.)
Windsor (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
2010-11-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-11-1
Material Format
moving images
Physical Description
1 videocassette (ca. 30 min.) : col., sd.
Date
1987
Scope and Content
Accession consists of one VHS copy of the film "No Greater Honour: A Record of Canadian Jewish Military Service"
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-9-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2012-9-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
22 Nov. 1944
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a souvenir programme for the Hebrew Women's Social Service Convalescent Home's theatre night at the Eaton Audiorium, held on Wed. Nov. 22, 1944. The theatre night featured Fred MacMurray, Rosalind Russel and Robert Bencheley in "Take a Letter Darling".
Custodial History
There is no acquisition information for this accession. The item was found amongst a number of "orphaned" items. The accession number has been assigned by the archivist.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-1-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-1-2
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1998-2007
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material relating to Barbara Barak's position dealing with Jewish Information Service of Greater Toronto, including two planning resources from the Latner Centre for Jewish Knowledge and Heritage, a UJA project proposal application for software and website development, and a Jewish community resource guide and flyers for Jewish education, childcare programs and community services.
Custodial History
These records were in the possession of Barbara Barak, senior coordinator for JIS.
Use Conditions
UJA Federation meeting minutes and general correspondence are closed for 10 years from date of creation. Contracts and donor agreements are permanently closed.
Name Access
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-1-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2014-1-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1998-2001
Scope and Content
Accession consists of the Jewish community services directory, created by Jewish Information Service.
Use Conditions
UJA Federation meeting minutes and general correspondence are closed for 10 years from date of creation. Contracts and donor agreements are permanently closed.
Name Access
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1949-1955
Scope and Content
Accession consists of documents such as letters and minutes of meetings of the Jewish Social Service Agencies of the United Jewish Welfare Fund, of which JVS was a member agency.
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of this material. We believe that it likely originated from Milton Friedman, Executive Director of JVS.
Subjects
Charities
Nonprofit organizations
Name Access
Jewish Vocational Service (Toronto, Ont.)
Friedman, Milton
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2015-9-11
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1979
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a document titled 'Educational Counseling Centre (Day School) Guidance and Counseling Program of the Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto (JVS).
Custodial History
There is no information on the acquisition of this material.
Administrative History
The Educational Counseling Centre of JVS provided a guidance and counseling program to the seven Hebrew Day Schools in Toronto.
Subjects
Children
Education
Name Access
Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto
Places
Toronto, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-2-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-2-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
[1946?]-1951
Scope and Content
Accession includes an undated document describing immigration prospects following the Second World War and the anti-immigration sentiment. The document was published by an unknown group "interested in combating race-hatred and anti-Semitism and on strengthening the unity between the groups which make up the people of Canada". In addition, there is a copy of a confidential letter dated February 14, 1951 listing immigrants identified as skilled workers and selected by overseas Canadian immigration officials under the auspices of the Settlement Branch to settle in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. These immigrants were to arrive in Halifax on the above noted date of on board the SS Staveangerfgord.
Custodial History
File discovered while processing CJC fonds 17.
Use Conditions
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Places
Canada
Source
Archival Accessions
Level
Item
ID
Item 680
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
680
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[193-]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of applicants and staff at the Jewish Immigrant Aid Service office in Montreal.
Name Access
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada
Subjects
Offices
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
Montréal (Québec)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 867
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
867
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[193-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print of the Service Supply store in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The store was operated by Dave and Saidie Lavut from 1937 to 1954.
Notes
Acquired in 1976.
Photo by Duke Studio.
Name Access
Lavut, Dave
Lavut, Saidie
Subjects
Small business
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
Kirkland Lake (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1126
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1126
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1901]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 10 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a copy print and corresponding negative of a religious service in Galt, Ontario (now Cambridge). The service is being held either at the city hall or at the Masonic lodge. The photo depicts a group of men and boys seated around a table. The men are wearing tallisot and two are holding torahs.
Subjects
Rites and ceremonies
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
Galt (Cambridge, Ont.)
Accession Number
1976-6-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3574
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3574
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1980
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is an interior photograph of the offices of Jewish Community Services buildings located at 150 Beverley Street, Toronto.
Notes
Graphic Artists.
Acquired 1983.
Subjects
Architecture
Charities
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3575
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3575
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1980
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is an interior photograph of the offices of Jewish Community Services buildings located at 150 Beverley Street, Toronto.
Notes
Graphic Artists.
Acquired 1983.
Subjects
Architecture
Charities
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3576
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3576
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1980
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is an interior photograph of the offices of Jewish Community Services buildings located at 150 Beverley Street, Toronto.
Notes
Graphic Artists.
Acquired 1983.
Subjects
Architecture
Charities
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3577
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3577
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1980
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is an interior photograph of the boardroom at 150 Beverley St.
Notes
Graphic Artists
Acquired 1983
Subjects
Architecture
Charities
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3578
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3578
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1980
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of the boardroom at 150 Beverley St.
Notes
Graphic Artists
Acquired 1983
Subjects
Architecture
Charities
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4039
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4039
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1925 and 1935]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Name Access
Wladowsky, Bernard, 1870-1963
Subjects
Cantors (Judaism)
High Holidays
Posters
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
1986-3-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4124
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4124
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1978
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 9 x 9 cm and 35 mm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of the exterior of Albert's Food Market in Belle Ewart, Ontario. The store was formerly known as Lindy's Ice Cream Parlour and was operated by the Lindenbaum family.
Notes
Location of negative: 31:3.
Name Access
Albert's Food Market (Belle Ewart, Ont.)
Lindenbaum family
Lindy's Ice Cream Parlour
Subjects
Markets
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Belle Ewart (Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-8-20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 6693
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
6693
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1930 and 1939]
Physical Description
1 photograph : 26 x 20 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of a firemen's service held in a Kirkland Lake synagogue. The firemen held annual services in Kirkland Lake at various religious institutions. The man on the left is Rabbi Rabinovitch.
Name Access
Kirkland Lake
Atkins, Joe
Rabbinovitch, Rabbi
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.
Creator
Atkins, Joe
Accession Number
2004-6-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
David Vanek fonds
Military service records series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 1; Series 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
David Vanek fonds
Military service records series
Level
Series
Fonds
1
Series
2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1945-1974
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Admin History/Bio
David Vanek served in the Canadian Intelligence Corps and Field Security in England during the Second World War.
Scope and Content
Series includes a confirmation record of David Vanek's active war service, a certificate of attendance at Oxford University Leave course, and a request for financial assistance for study in England pending repatriation to Canada.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
David Vanek fonds
Military service records series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 1; Series 2; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
David Vanek fonds
Military service records series
Level
File
Fonds
1
Series
2
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1945-1974
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File includes documents such as a confirmation record of David Vanek's active war service from Public Archives of Canada as well as a certificate of attendance at Oxford University Leave Course in 1945.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
David Vanek fonds
Community organizations series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 1; Series 4; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
David Vanek fonds
Community organizations series
Level
Item
Fonds
1
Series
4
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1969
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 18 cm
Admin History/Bio
David Vanek founded Credit Counselling Service of Metropolitan Toronto on September 28, 1965, and served as it's first president.
Scope and Content
Item consists of a photo of P.J. Maher, a subsequent president of Credit Counselling Service, presenting David Vanek with a painting on January 22, 1969.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
David Vanek fonds
Community organizations series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 1; Series 4; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
David Vanek fonds
Community organizations series
Level
Item
Fonds
1
Series
4
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1998
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 14 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph taken at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new headquarters of the Credit Counselling Service at 45 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto. Ed Helder, President of the Ontario Association of Credit Counselling Services is to the right of David Vanek.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
David Vanek fonds
Community organizations series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 1; Series 4; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
David Vanek fonds
Community organizations series
Level
File
Fonds
1
Series
4
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1966-1996
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of newspaper articles, correspondence, and newsletters documenting David Vanek's role as the "Father of Credit Counselling."
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Community activities sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 1-3; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
Personal series
Community activities sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
1-3
File
3
Material Format
object
Date
26 Mar. 1995
Physical Description
1 plaque : metal ; 28 x 22 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a plaque honouring Sol Edell for his service to the community.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
General community activities series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 11; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
General community activities series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
11
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1985]-2000
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of records documenting various programs and events of the JF&CS. Included is correspondence, a foster care brochure, newsletters, a booklet outlining information on one-parent families in Canada (1999) and Chaplaincy Services reports and guides.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
General community activities series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 11; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
General community activities series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
11
File
12
Material Format
textual record
Date
12 Dec. 1960
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of an invitation to an annual luncheon meeting.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
General community activities series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 4; Series 11; File 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Solomon Edell fonds
General community activities series
Level
File
Fonds
4
Series
11
File
20
Material Format
textual record
Date
1979-1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of records documenting Sol Edell's involvement with the Coordinated Services to Jewish Elderly. Included are meeting notices, agendas and minutes for the Board of Directors and Annual Meetings, annual reports, statistics, flyers, a brochure, reports, a list of members of the Board of Directors, issues of "The Volunteer" newsletter, and correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
9
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1925-1989
Physical Description
31.8 m of textual records
319 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
The Jewish Immigrant Aid Society of Canada was established in 1920 by the newly-formed Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC). A Toronto branch was established in a storefront office on Spadina Avenue, but the organization was rudimentary. As the enthusiasm that spurred the founding of CJC died out, JIAS soon faltered. Then in 1922 it was taken over and reactivated under the cooperative support of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of Toronto, B'nai B'rith, and the Council of Jewish Women. JIAS was legally incorporated on 30 August 1922. It also operated under the moniker of the Emergency Jewish Immigrant Aid Committee, and it changed its name to Jewish Immigrant Aid Services in 1954.
Charged with organizing emergency relief for European Jews in distress, JIAS became the central agency of the Jewish community to facilitate the lawful entry of Jewish immigrants into Canada, and provided them with welfare services, transportation, and assistance with accommodation and employment after their arrival. In addition, JIAS offered consultation services for sponsors of potential immigrants, ran a competitive foreign remittance service, and campaigned to counter the activities of unscrupulous steamboat agents, lawyers, and influence peddlers, or “shtadlanim,” who often victimized immigrants and sponsors alike.
In conjunction with similar efforts by the CJC, JIAS was also actively engaged in negotiating for the increased admission of Jewish immigrants to Canada. In 1923, the federal government instituted a permit-based immigration program and JIAS competed with travel agents and solicitors in the private sector for these limited quota permits. After combating the anti-immigration policies of the Depression era, the outbreak of war in 1939 virtually closed the already limited avenues for immigration.
JIAS Canada was organized into a national office in Montreal and regional offices in Winnipeg (Western Region), Toronto (Central Region), and Halifax (Eastern Region). The Central Region covered Ontario, and established a full-time head office in 1935 at 399 Spadina Avenue in Toronto (hence the Central Region was sometimes called simply the Toronto Office). The office later moved to 265 Spadina Avenue. JIAS Toronto’s board of directors met on a regular basis at different locations in Toronto, including 206 Beverley Street and in the Talmud Torah building at 9 Brunswick Avenue. The first JIAS Toronto board included notable Toronto residents such as Henry Dworkin, Mrs. Draiman, Mr. Kronick, Dr. Brodey and Mrs. Willinsky. The role of the board was to oversee the operations of the Central Region. It rendered decisions on issues relating to finances, procedures and policies, negotiations with the federal Immigration Branch, as well as individual cases that required their attention.
General meetings of the Central Region membership were held annually. The 1943 JIAS constitution states that regional annual meetings were to be held for “receiving and considering reports,” holding nominations and elections for the executive, and discussing JIAS’s program and policies.
In the post-war era, JIAS shifted its focus to renewed efforts on behalf of individual claimants and community support, while the focus for lobbying for a reversal of Canada's immigration policy fell increasingly under the jurisdiction of the CJC. A boom in immigration between 1947 and 1952 saw the arrival of large numbers of Jewish immigrants to all parts of Canada and the Toronto Office of JIAS renewed its efforts to meet the needs of this new influx. Major world events also sparked other waves of immigration from Hungary, Czechoslovakia, North Africa, and Russia, to which JIAS responded in turn. JIAS worked in conjunction with other immigrant aid societies such as HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, in the United States, to facilitate immigration to the United States, and later to Israel, where many of the immigrants and refugees coming to Canada had family and ultimately settled.
Custodial History
Custody of these records was transferred to the Ontario Jewish Archives by JIAS in 1983, as preparations were under way for the move to a new facility in North York. Much of the material was in four-cubic-foot boxes and in file cabinets.
The accession was divided into three sections: files which were at the JIAS office and had been retained in their original order; files which had been retrieved from a flood in the basement of 152 Beverley St. and consequently had been thrown into dry boxes without regard to order; files discovered in the furnace rooms at 150 and 152 Beverley St., intact but covered in coal dust. The bulk of the records were stored off-site, with dirty files being isolated from the rest.
The dust-covered materials were cleaned at an off-site location, placed in temporary boxes and transferred to the Archives and restored, as far as was possible, to their original order.
Clips were removed and replaced as appropriate with archivally acceptable ones. All materials were transferred to acid-free folders and boxes.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains the records of the Toronto Office (Central region) of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada. The fonds consists primarily of textual records: minutes, correspondence, financial records, reports, immigration files, naturalization case files, social service case files and the records of attempts to trace missing individuals. There are also photographs of special events, speakers and arriving immigrants.
The fonds represents an important resource for the study of Canadian Jewry, especially when taken in conjunction with the JIAS National Office records at the Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives in Montreal, and those of the Western Office at the Library and Archives of Canada. It documents the means by which a particular Canadian ethnic community has dealt with the problems of rescue, settlement and government relations. These records also offer insight into the relationship between the Toronto Office and the other branches of JIAS, and invite comparison with similar agencies in the United States, as well as those of other ethnic groups in Canada.
The material collected includes information about the countries of origin, transportation routes, settlement and employment patterns of Jewish immigrants to Canada in the twentieth century. The documents also touch upon important related issues such as advocacy, sponsorship, admission processes, health and social problems.
These records cover several waves of immigration following the Second World War: Holocaust survivors in the late 1940s, Sephardic (North African) and Hungarian Jews in the 1950s, Russian and Czechoslovakian Jews in the 1960s, and additional Russians in the 1970s.
The records also contain significant information for those researchers looking to conduct genealogical research into Jewish immigrants and their descendents.
The fonds has been arranged with one sous-fonds, which contains the records of the National JIAS office in Montreal. In total there are 17 series. The Toronto office (main fonds) series are: 1. Board of Directors and Executive Committee Minutes; 2. Annual meeting proceedings; 3. Reports; 4. Legal ; 5. Administration; 6. JIAS Committees; 7. External committees; 8. Financial ; 9. Arrivals; 10. Immigration case files; 11. Social service assistance case files; 12. Photographs; 13. Miscellaneous. The National Office sous-fonds is divided into the following series: 1. National executive meeting minutes; 2. National annual meeting proceedings; 3. National annual reports; 4. Publications; and Photographs.
Notes
Physical description note: Physical extent is based on fully processed records. Additional accessions are not included (see Related Material note below).
Associated material note: The CJC National Archive, in Montreal, has additional JIAS records from 1920-1989 including 275 m of textual records and graphic materials (3250 photos): collection number I0037; alpha-numeric designation MA 4. The National Archives of Canada, Manitoba branch, in Winnipeg, has Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada JIAS textual records from 1923-1950 on 18 microfilm reels: Former archival reference number MG28-V114 (no replacement listed). The originals of these records are maintained by the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada.
Name Access
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto
Subjects
Immigrants--Canada
Nonprofit organizations
Access Restriction
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.
Related Material
Other OJA records relating to JIAS may be found in the following accessions: 1979-9-5; 1988-5-2; 1991-10-5; 2006-3-11.
Creator
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto
Accession Number
1983-8-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 3; File 31
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
3
File
31
Material Format
textual record
Date
1952-1953
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains monthly summaries, memoranda, correspondence and client lists. Some client names are mentioned.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 3; File 32
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
3
File
32
Material Format
textual record
Date
1952-1953
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of summaries of immigrant case work and approvals of immigrants received for the years 1952 and 1953.
Notes
Title based on contents of the file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 3; File 33
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
3
File
33
Material Format
textual record
Date
1953
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of summaries of immigrant case work services for the year 1953. Some client names are mentioned.
Notes
Title based on contents of file.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 3; File 36
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
3
File
36
Material Format
textual record
Date
1954
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of social service summaries for the Central Region for the year 1954. Some client names are mentioned.
Notes
Title based on contents of file.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 3; File 37
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
3
File
37
Material Format
textual record
Date
1955
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of social service summaries for the Central Region for the year 1955. Some client names are mentioned.
Notes
Title based on contents of file.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 3; File 39
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Reports series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
3
File
39
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of social service summary reports for the Central Region for the year 1956. Some client names are mentioned.
Notes
Title based on contents of file.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Administration series
Programs and services sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 9; Series 5-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Administration series
Programs and services sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
9
Series
5-1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1932-1988
Physical Description
1.77 m of textual records
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of records pertaining to the administration of JIAS's core functions and operational activities. The records consist of correspondence, immigrant lists, memoranda, logs, tables, and articles for JIAS publications. Social Services records include correspondence, monthly aggregate case sheets, statistical reports of the Case Committee, and reports on integration programs for Moroccan and Russian immigrants in the 1970s.
The sub-series is arranged in chronological-alphabetical order, with blocks of related records kept together. These record blocks include: Social Services case sheets, which list immigrants' names, family structure, occupation, date of arrival, services rendered, request, decision, and remarks; Grant Reports (1979-1984), which are monthly statistics logs submitted to the Immigrant Settlement & Adaptation Program for reimbursement from Employment and Immigration Canada. These reports break down case workers’ activities into the number of hours spent on orientation, information, referral, interpretation, translation, escort, advocacy, and supportive counselling. Naturalization files (1935-1978) contain brief letters concerning the taking of the Oath of Allegiance and the names of naturalized immigrants. Translations files (1959-1988) consist of copies of documents translated by JIAS staff, of personal letters, birth certificates, marriage certificates, professional registrations and police conduct reports. United Jewish Relief Agencies' “Short term Social Services Statements of Administrative & Operational Expenditures” (1960-1981) are monthly tables submitted to JIAS’s overseeing agency, the United Jewish Relief Agencies. These tables record clients’ names, family structure, ages, occupation, date of arrival, services rendered, decision, and staff comments.
Access Restriction
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.
Arrangement
This sub-series was created by the archivist from records originally part of series MG2 I1a K2 "Immigration Files - Administration, Projects." In the JIAS office, files were maintained in a central registry system of random numerical classification (these original numbers remain on the files).
Creator
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Administration series
Programs and services sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 5-1; File 73
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Administration series
Programs and services sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
5-1
File
73
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951-1952
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Administration series
Programs and services sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 9; Series 5-1; File 75
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto fonds
Administration series
Programs and services sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
9
Series
5-1
File
75
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951-1952
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Records in off-site storage; advance notice required to view.
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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