Sol Edell had always been an active Zionist and in 1979 his son, Simcha, immigrated to Isreal. Following his son's aliyah, he became the founding chairman of the Aliyah Support Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto and an active member of the local chapter of the Parents of North American Israelis. These two organizations respectively provide support for Torontonians and North Americans who have immigrated to Israel. This support includes facilitating the immigration process, providing financial assistance and maintaining contacts between the immigrants and the Toronto Jewish community. He was also involved with a group of Mizrachi members who wanted to build a housing project in Israel. Simcha Edell was an active member of the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel which is an Israeli based organization that assists immigrants from North America. Sol Edell served as a liaison between this organization and the Toronto Jewish community. In addition, Simcha Edell, with his father’s assistance, published a directory of former Torontonians living in Israel, the Directory of Toronto Olim.
Scope and Content
The series consists of material relating to the assistance provided by the Toronto Jewish community to Torontonians who had immigrated to Israel. Included are records documenting the Aliyah Support Committee of the Toronto Jewish Congress, the Parents of North American Israelis, and the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel. Records include correspondence, meeting notices, agendas and minutes, reports, publications, newspaper clippings, and Olim directories. Also included are architectural drawings of a housing project in Israel.
Aliyah Support Committee, Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto
File consists of correspondence, a speech, and two issues of the Directory of Toronto Olim. Also included is a phone directory created by Simcha Edell and Avraham Weiss of the Jewish people living in Mitzpeh Nevo.
File consists of event notices, correspondence, and a brochure documenting the Israel Aliyah Centre and the North American Aliyah Movement. Also included is an itinerary, correspondence, and a brochure related to a tour of Israel.
File consists of photocopies of a newspaper clipping and architectural drawings for a housing project in Israel. The architectural drawings were photocopied in sections and some of the photocopies have been taped together to re-create the form of the original.
File consists of records documenting the activities and projects of the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel. Included are meeting minutes, correspondence, proposals and reports, brochures, newspaper clippings, and an annual conference programme book (1988).
File consists of various newsletters published by the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel. Included are issues of AACI Annual, The Israel Connection, AACI Central Region Newsletter, AACI Netanya News, AACI North, The Negev Newsletter of the Southern Region AACI, and the AACI Seniors Spectator.
File consists of correspondence from Torontonians living in Israel to the Toronto Jewish Congress Aliyah Support Committee. Also included are completed information forms for the Olim Directory as well as annotated master lists for the directory.
File consists of correspondence, a newspaper clipping, and a photocopy of a brochure documenting the Toronto Chapter of Canadian Friends of Ethiopian Jews and the AMICHAI Canada educational fund for Ethiopian Jewry.