This accession consists of five photographs of the Arbeiter Ring (Workmen's Circle), two photographs of unidentified men, two photographs of the Jewish brigade in Palestine after the First World War, and three photographs of Jewish soldiers in the Polish army during the interwar years. The accession also contains a small amount of textual material, related to the career of Sarah Rhinewine, Abraham's sister.
Most of the Arbeiter Ring photographs feature Abraham Rhinewine, who was a member of the Circle and also the editor of the Toronto Daily Hebrew Journal (Yiddisher Zhurnal), and Isaac Matenko, who was a teacher and principal of the Workmen's Circle Peretz School in the Junction. The photos include group portraits of members of the Circle, teachers, staff and students of the Peretz School, and a meeting of Jewish journalists at the Arbeiter Ring convention in Toronto.
Some identified individuals include: Abraham Rhinewine; I. Weinrot; Dr. S.B. Hurwich; Yisroel Meriminski; Kalman Wagner; Mr. Freeman; Mr. Coldofsky, Mr. Bromberg; Paul Frumhartz; Mr. Rigelhaupt; Mr. Kleiman; Dave Gordon; Yisroel Libman (Paul Mann); "Daddy" Brick; Isadore Tepperman; Morris Nisnevitch (Nesbitt); Shulamith Rhinewine; Helen Nelson; Eva Langbord; and Toby Rosenberg.
The photographs were in the possession of Aviva Bakerspigel, the daughter of Abraham Rhinewine, before they were donated to the Archives.
Abraham Rhinewine (1887-1932) was born in Poland and immigrated to London, England in 1902, at the age of 15. There he met his wife, Annie and together they immigrated to Toronto in 1907. They had two (possibley three) children, Shulamith and Avivah (Bakerspigel). Abraham had a sister named Sarah, who was involved with UNRAA after the Second World War and was the Assistant Director of Jewish Family and Child Services for many years. Abraham was a prominent scholar and the editor of the Toronto Daily Hebrew Journal.
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