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Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Committee for Refugees sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 4-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Committee for Refugees sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
4-1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1939-1940
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
In 1938, representatives from numerous national Jewish organizations formed the Canadian Coordinating Committee for Refugees. The Committee's purpose was to co-ordinate reception and aid for the many European Jews emigrating from Nazi-occupied regions, acting in the name of all Canadian Jewry in matters pertaining to "the refugee problem." The Committee's efforts were significantly curtailed by the limitations of Canadian immigration policy. However, its Farm Program succeeded in bringing many refugees to southern Quebec and the Ontario-Quebec border region as well as other areas across Canada. In 1939 the Committee merged with other Jewish aid organizations to form the United Jewish Refugee and War Relief Agencies (UJR&WRA), which became the UJRA following World War II.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of Settlers' Progress Reports outlining immigrants' property assets, crops produced, livestock owned, and the condition of their finances and assets.
Notes
This sub-series was formerly RG 286. It has been reduced to one file because it was determined that most of the records were created after the Canadian Coordinating Committee for Refugees merged and became UJRA. The rest of the RG 286 files have been integrated into the appropriate sub-series.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Executive Committee sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 4-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Executive Committee sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
4-2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1941-1966
Physical Description
48 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Executive Committee of the UJRA was alternately referred to as the "Overall UJRA Committee," the "UJR Committee," and simply the "UJRA." This body oversaw the work of the subcommittees responsible for housing, financial assistance, budget, etc. It met monthly to receive reports from these sub-committees, provide them with assistance, and discuss overall policy.
Scope and Content
Sub-series contains minutes, agendas, notices of meetings, correspondence, memoranda and reports pertaining to the Executive Committee. An assortment of other general committees are also represented: the Committee for Refugees, Refugee Case Committee, and Refugee Establishment Committee. Some meetings document the cooperation with other bodies such as the Jewish Family Welfare Bureau and JIAS. Also in the sub-series are a small number of minutes from sub-committees such as Financial Assistance, Budget, Inter-agency Policy, Housing and Collections. The files are arranged in chronological order.
Notes
This sub-series is composed of files from former RG 210 and files (the ones with printed labels) that in a former, temporary, arrangement were part of fonds 17, series 1.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Administrative and subject files sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
4-3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1946-1974, predominant 1946-1960
Physical Description
1.39 m of textual records
Scope and Content
Sub-series contains administrative and subject files maintained by the UJRA office. Records include minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, financial tables and statements, and statistical reports. The records pertain to "subjects" addressed by the UJRA such as budget, Ontario communities, farm loans, immigration, indemnification (restititution), Egyptian Jews, orphans, and Shanghai refugees. The records also document relations with other organizations such as the American Jewish Congress, Joint Distribution Committee, Canadian Overseas Garment Commission and Jewish Colonization Society of Canada. As well, there are the correspondence with and regular reports submitted by JF&CS, JIAS and JVS. Also in the series are ships passenger lists from 1950, and weekly work files on furriers and other immigrants settled through the Canadian Overseas Garment Commission.
Notes
This sub-series is composed of files from former RG 294, RG 296, and files (the ones with printed labels) that in a former, temporary, arrangement were part of fonds 17, series 1.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Administrative committees sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
4-4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1947-1950, 1956-1958
Physical Description
19 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Sub-series contains files concerning administrative and/or short-term committees of the UJRA, from the late 1940s and late 1950s. Included are files for the following committees: Budget, Clothing, European Youth, Financial Assistance, Health and Welfare and Hospitality. Half of the sub-series consists of the subcommittee on Hungarian immigrants which convened from 1956-1958. The records include minutes, reports, correspondence, memoranda, notices of meetings and lists. The files are arranged in alphabetical order.
Notes
This sub-series is composed of former RG 294 files.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Housing Committee sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 4-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Housing Committee sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
4-5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1948-1958
Physical Description
15 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Housing Committee of UJRA, formally known as the Canadian Jewish Congress Holding Corporation Limited, oversaw the placement of new immigrants temporarily in Congress shelters and in UJRA-owned houses. UJRA bought about thirty houses between 1948 and 1951 to provide low income housing for immigrants. These houses were gradually sold to immigrants, who were required to maintain them as immigrant residences for at least a year. The last of them was sold in 1955, but the Holding Corporation continued its work beyond that time.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of minutes, invoices, correspondence, reports and lists created by the Housing Committee of UJRA. The records are arranged in chronological-alphabetical order.
Notes
This sub-series is an amalgamation of former RG 210B and RG 295.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Loan Committee sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 4-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Loan Committee sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
4-6
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951-1960
Physical Description
17 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Loan Committee was formed in May 1951 to provide financial assistance to immigrants setting up businesses and farms in Ontario. The committee had the authority to dispense loans up to $500, beyond which approval from the National Office of the Canadian Jewish Congress was required. The committee was composed of representatives from Jewish Family & Child Services, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services and Toronto Hebrew Free Loan. To be approved, it was required that no other avenue of financing be possible for the applicant. Loans were secured with the signatures of two guarantors, mortgages of chattel or property, and a promissory note. Repayment terms were flexible with a regular schedule agreed upon by the Committee and the applicant; all loans were interest-free. The actual administration and collection of loans was the responsibility of Toronto Hebrew Free Loan.
In 1959, after two years of discussion and negotiation, the Jewish Colonization Association and CJC combined financial resources to form the Canadian Jewish Loan Cassa, Toronto. Administration of the Loan Cassa was assigned to the UJRA Loan Committee, which reported to the two sponsoring agencies in Montreal. Eventually the Loan Cassa became an autonomous agency, and in 1985 it merged with Toronto Hebrew Re-Establishment Services and the Educational Loan programme, to form Toronto Jewish Free Loan Cassa, providing personal, business and student loans to community members in need.
Scope and Content
Sub-series contains correspondence, minutes, reports and notices of meetings of the Loan Committee. The records are arranged in chronological order.
Notes
This sub-series is an amalgamation of former RG 210E and files from RG 296.
Related Material
Related records may be found in the minutes of Collections Committee, in sub-series 8 of the UJRA series. Case files of clients of the Loan Committee are in sub-series 11, Refugee case files.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Scholarship Committee sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 4-7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Scholarship Committee sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
4-7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951-1961, 1973
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
UJRA's initial fundraising effort for scholarship aid took place in 1948, when $9000 was raised to assist newly-arrived European orphans. By 1952, the UJRA Scholarship for European Youth Committee was well-established, granting scholarships to refugees and recent immigrants for academic or vocational education. By the mid-1950s there was desire to broaden the mandate for awarding scholarships beyond European youth, and this meant a shared interest among many Toronto organizations, including Jewish Family & Child Services, Jewish Vocational Services, and Jewish Immigrant Aid Services. By September 1957 the Central Committee on Scholarships-in-Aid had been formed under the auspices of the United Jewish Welfare Fund with contributions by the above-named agencies. Thus UJRA's involvement in scholarships to immigrants continued but was less direct in later decades.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of minutes, correspondence, reports and applicant contracts relating to the work of the Scholarship Committee of UJRA between 1951 and 1973. The records are arranged in chronological order.
Notes
This sub-series was formed from former RG 210G and RG 296 files.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Collections Committee sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 4-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Collections Committee sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
4-8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1951-1960
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The UJRA Collection Committee was appointed in November 1951 when the UJRA's Loan Committee, established earlier that year, decided to hand over responsibility for collection of its loans, the oldest of which dated back to 1939. The Collections Committee worked hand in hand with the Loan Committee, and engaged the services of the Guardian Credit Corporation to locate delinquent borrowers and encourage repayment. Loans had been granted by the Canadian Jewish Congress direct and by the Hebrew Free Loan, and guaranteed by CJC, Jewish Child & Family Service, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services and UJRA. The Collection Committee operated with a flexible policy, considering loans on a case-by-case basis. In each case they had to ascertain if the monies given were relief or loans, whether documents of indebtedness, such as chattel mortgages or promissory notes, had been obtained, and whether these were still valued. Mindful that it was connected to a social services agency and not an inflexible financial institution, the committee stopped short of forceful measures, and some loans were deemed unrecoverable and written off.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of minutes, reports, lists and correspondence of the UJRA Collections Committee. The records relate to the creation of collection procedure, policies and rates, lists of loan recipients with the amounts owing and comments, and loan account updates/outlines with decisions reached at committee meetings. The records are arranged in chronological order.
Notes
This sub-series is composed of former RG 210B and files from RG 296.
Access Restriction
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Related Material
Related records may be found in the minutes of the Loan Committee, in sub-series 6 of series 4. Client case files may match with cases discussed by the Collections Committee; these case files are in sub-series 11: Refugee case files.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Committee on Deportations sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
4-9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1953-1956
Physical Description
4 cm of textual material
Admin History/Bio
UJRA's Committee on Deportations assisted refugees who were targeted for deportation by the Canadian government. Its assistance took the form of social assistance to ensure that they were not considered indigent, as well as provision of lawyers, advice and referrals to other agencies if individuals required financial aid.
Scope and Content
Sub-series contains minutes, correspondence and reports of the UJRA Committee on Deportations from 1953 to 1956. The files are arranged in chronological order.
Notes
This sub-series is composed of former RG 210C and files from former RG 296.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Restitution Claims Committee sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
4-10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1953-1955
Physical Description
3 folders of textual material
Admin History/Bio
The Committee on Restitution Claims, established around 1951, was originally called the Committee on Indemnification Claims. The committee assisted refugees who were applying for compensation from Germany for losses suffered under the Nazis. Germany passed the BEG (Federal Indemnification Law) in 1949, after which thousands of claims were made in the succeeding years. The UJRA committee was intended to be a temporary programme continuing until its services were no longer required; it worked with the United Restitution Organization (URO), an international body based in Germany and funded in Canada by Canadian Jewish Congress. URO work on behalf of Canadian survivors continues to this day in Toronto, now independent from Congress.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of minutes of the Committee on Restitution Claims from 1953 to 1955. One set of minutes, from June 1955, is from the Ad hoc Committee considering Problems with Restitutions Office Work in Toronto. The records are arranged in chronological order.
Notes
Related material note: The case files of Toronto's United Restitution Organization office were transferred to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C in 1990. That institution has approximately 100 boxes of closed case files from the Toronto URO office. In 2007, the remaining URO case files at the Toronto office were transferred to the Ontario Jewish Archives (accession 2007-3-5).
This sub-series was formerly RG 210C.
Related Material
Related records may be found in the subject files on Indemnification, in subseries 3 of this series.
Related records may be found in accession 2007-3-5, the United Restitution Organization (URO), Toronto Office.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Refugee case files sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 4-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Refugee case files sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
4-11
Material Format
textual record
Date
1938-1960
Physical Description
2.68 m of textual records
Scope and Content
This sub-series documents the relationship of the UJRA (CJC) with the refugees admitted to Canada. Often the UJRA office was a starting point for newly-arrived refugees, who would be referred to Jewish Employment Service/Jewish Vocational Services for help finding a job, to hospitals, dentists and other health care providers for medical care, to Toronto Hebrew Free Loan, and sometimes to Jewish Immigrant Aid Services for accommodations and loans. The office in Toronto worked in cooperation with local refugee committees in centres like Hamilton, London and Oshawa, which would sometimes assist with or take over cases. In most cases the form of assistance given by the UJRA was financial, with decisions taken by the UJRA Farm & Establishment Committee. They granted loans for the purchase of farms, to either individuals or in many cases, a partnership of two refugees wishing to buy jointly. Refugee farmers settled across southern Ontario, from towns in the Chatham/London area, to ones in eastern Ontario towards Kingston/Cornwall, and the southern Niagara region. The largest numbers were concentrated near Hamilton and Oshawa. The UJRA helped immigrants survey and appraise properties and offered advice and guidance on farming to those with no experience. UJRA loans were granted also for the furnishing of homes, equipping of farms with machinery and livestock, medical services, visas for family members, and short-term "maintenance" costs while new immigrants got on their feet. For "urban" refugees, UJRA arranged lodgings, helped with transportation and baggage, ensured a family had food, tickets to High Holiday services, and school for the children. In some cases UJRA was called upon as arbitrator between disputing farming partners or family members.
Sub-series contains case files from clients of UJRA dating from 1938 to 1960. Until 1950, refugees were categorized as either "farmer" or "urban" settlers, and these designations remain written on the earlier files, while later ones are not categorized other than by name of the immigrant. Files include an identification form, either a "summary of contact" sheet with notes added over time, or a standard Loan Committee application form. Records also include correspondence.
The files are arranged in alphabetical order by refugee surname.
Notes
This sub-series is composed of former RG 292, RG 293 and RG 296, three separated sets of case files. Unspecified, farmer, and urban case files were combined into this series, and case files from RG 296 were pulled from amongst the administrative files.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Related Material
Related files regarding loans may be found in the minutes of the Loan Committee in sub-series 6 of this series (4-6).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
United Jewish Relief Agencies (UJRA) series
Immigration and Location Service case files sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
17
Series
4-12
Material Format
textual record
Date
1941-1951, predominant 1947-1949
Physical Description
96 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Sub-series contains communication case files on immigrants and their sponsors, maintained by the Immigration and Location Service of UJRA. The files date from 1941 to 1951, but most were created in the years right after the war. The records document the interaction between social services agencies and sponsors in the process of locating missing relatives and facilitating the immigration to Canada of known relatives. Records include incoming and outgoing letters, memoranda and telegrams exchanged between the UJRA, sponsoring individuals in Ontario, and Jewish aid organizations such as: the American Joint Distribution Committee in its various European centres; the United Service for New Americans in the United States; the World Jewish Congress; and others. They reflect the administrative process of being a sponsor. Sponsors agreed to keep and support their relatives upon their arrival, but some letters reflect their reluctance, or inability, to provide any aid beyond that. For a short time in 1947, Displaced Persons were admitted regardless of their relationship to their sponsor, but beginning in September 1947, permits were limited to first-degree relatives only. Having employment lined up in Canada was only sufficient where special projects existed: for farmers, miners, lumbermen and D.P.s in camps in Germany and Austria.
Some thicker files document transactions over a period of time; some contain forms such as the letter of authorization granted by the American Joint Distribution Committee; and some letters outline the case history of immigrants, telling their story. The majority of files, however, have just one or two letters dealing with the common administrative activities of the UJRA: dealing with the entrance of relatives, in terms of asking an individual to be a sponsor, passing along messages from the Joint Distribution Committee overseas, or being a go-between to locate sponsors and give them information and instructions. Many letters pertain to the requirement that sponsors pay the travel expenses of their immigrating relatives, or pay for administrative fees for the application process. UJRA in Canada also helped the United Service for New Americans in New York City to locate refugees or those who moved to Canada after their arrival.
The files in this sub-subseries are arranged as they were by UJRA, in alphabetical order by sponsor surname.
Notes
This sub-series is composed of former RG 294, which was separated into case files and administrative files.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
12 records – page 1 of 1.