Shomrai Shabbos is an orthodox congregation which was founded in 1896. Sol Edell’s grandfather, Rabbi Yosef Weinreb, served as rabbi of the congregation from 1900 until 1942. The synagogue was in several downtown locations until it moved to its present location on Glengrove Avenue in North York in 1966. The congregation has grown steadily over the years and now has a membership of over 350 families. Sol Edell’s family were members of the congregation when he was a child. Although he retained his membership in the congregation after his marriage, he rarely attended the services at the synagogue. However, he did continue to participate in fundraising on behalf of the synagogue.
The earlier records were collected by Sol's grandfather, Rabbi Yosef Weinreb, or his father, Paul Edell. After their deaths, Sol maintained his membership in the congregation and continued to receive material from the synagogue.
Scope and Content
Series consists of records documenting the establishment, construction, membership and activities of the Shomrai Shabbos Synagogue. Included is correspondence, speeches, technical drawings, financial records, ledgers, a tribute book, legal records, flyers, bulletins, marriage certificate receipts, certificates, invitations, a photograph, and stationary.
Shomrai Shabbos synagogue was built on Glengrove Avenue.
Scope and Content
File consists of an offer to purchase the property on Glengrove Avenue as well as the statement of adjustments and lawyer's correspondence relating to the purchase of the property. In addition, there is another offer to purchase a property on Lawrence Avenue.
File consists of correspondece from the architects, Kaplan and Sprachman, relating to the design of the new Shomrai Shabbos synagogue on Glengrove Avenue. Also included are floor plans, elevation drawings, and detail drawings by Kaplan and Sprachman.
File consists of publicity leaflets and correspondence relating to the publication of books written by Rabbi Felder. In addition, there is correspondence relating to a memorial book published by Shomrai Shabbos following the death of Rabbi Felder in 1992.
File consists of marriage certificate receipts for marriages performed by Rabbi Weinreb at 26 Henry Street as well as a photograph of Rabbi Weinreb leading a march in commemoration of the proclamation of the Balfour Declaration. Also included is a certificate that Rabbi Weinreb received for collecting money to help people make aliyah in their old age (4 Oct. 1923).
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.
The certificate is in fragile condition and is starting to tear across the centre. Tape is adhered to sections on the back of the document.
File consists of correspondence from the Associated Hebrew Day Schools relating to the Rabbi Yoseph Weinreb Memorial Scholarship which was sponsored by Shomrai Shabbos synagogue. Also included are donation receipts.
Dr. I. M. Rabinowitch was a Montreal physician who had originally lived in Toronto and was a member of Shomrai Shabbos. In addition to his medical practice, he also lectured on topics related to Orthodox Judaism.
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence from Dr. Rabinowitch relating to Zionist programs sponsored by Shomrai Shabbos synagogue as well as his dues and donations. The file also contains copies of speeches delivered by Dr. Rabinowitch at the synagogue. Of note are letters from Dr. Rabinowitch regarding the possible relocation of the Synagogue.
File consists of correspondence from lawyers and the Public Trustee informing Shomrai Shabbos that the synagogue had received bequests as well as letters of thanks from the congregation to the families of the deceased individuals. The file also contains correspondence relating to any outstanding dues and estimates for preparation of the monuments.
File consists of appeals for donations to Shomrai Shabbos synagogue funds including the Book Fund, the Yizkor Fund, the Building Fund and the Charity Fund as well as receipts for donations given to these funds.
Shomrai Shabbos was an orthodox congregation that was founded by Galician Jews in 1896. They originally met in a room on Richmond Street in Toronto. They purchased a building in 1899 on Chestnut Street which was once a mission church. The first rabbi was Rabbi Yosef Weinreb, who was hired in 1899 when the synagogue opened. He was the grandfather of Sol Edell. The synagogue was in several downtown locations until it moved to Glengrove Avenue in North York in 1966. The congregation has its own cemetery located on Jones Avenue in the east end of Toronto.
Scope and Content
File consists of a Shomrai Shabbos ledger listing membership dues and donations for the years 1923 to 1935. The ledger begins with a list of members whose names are written in Englsh and Yiddish. Each member is assigned a number. The ledger includes entries for close to 400 individuals. Each page is assigned a number which corresponds to the names listed in the front of the ledger. Each entry includes the name of the individual, address, as well as the dates of each payment made by the individual to the synagogue.
Ledger is in very poor condition and requires conservation attention. The spine cover is missing and thread binding is disintegrating, there is some mould damage to the cover and likely some of the pages, the leather corners on the cover are rotting, and there is considerable water damage to the cover and interior pages.