Accession consists of thirteen photographs documenting the Wagman family as well as wedding photographs of Charlotte Wagman and Martin Levene at the Goel Tzedec Synagogue. There is also a programme for the Goel Tzedec Religious School graduation exercises of 1944, with Charlotte Wagman as a graduate.
The photographs are as follows:
1. Goel Tzedec Religious School graduation exercise program, 1944.
2. Tel Aviv Hadassah Chapter in Garden, ca. 1957.
3. State of Israel Bond Information Service reception in honour of the Toronto Israel Bond Oheh Regel Tour, at the home of the Canadian Ambassador, Margaret Meagher, in Ramat Gan, ca. 1960
4. Goel Tzedec Sunday School class, 1941.
5. El Al flight in Israel, ca.1961. The image features Mayor Nathan Phillips and his wife.
6. Portrait of the Wagman family, 1903. Includes from bottom row, left to right: Charles, Joseph, Zelic, Etta, Ceril (seated). Top row includes: Myer (nephew), Peter, Isadore and William.
7. Paskowitz family, ca. 1940. Includes Mary, Sadie, Hilda and Fanny.
8. Wedding photograph of Charlotte Wagman and Martin Levene taken in Goel Tzedec, 14 June 1947.
9. Martin and Charlotte under the chuppah at their wedding at Goel Tzedec, 14 June 1947.
10. Goel Tzedec graduation class in robes with Rabbi Sachs (centre), 1944. Front row (left to right): [unidentified], [unidentified], Selma Green, Selma Stone, [unidentified], Hoodis Sidonsky, Charlotte Wagman, Estelle Yolles, Rhea Tishler. Back row (left to right): [unidentified], Murray Mendelson, David Buckstein, Richard Greisman, Sheldon Kert, [unidentified], [unidentified], Austin Cooper, [unidentified].
11. Israel trip with David Ben-Gurion (centre), ca. 1952.
12. Trip to Israel with Nathan Philips at far right and Ambassador Meagher, taken in desert, ca. 1960.
13. Ladies Auxiliary from the Henry Street Synagogue, ca. 1908.
The photographs were donated by Charlotte Levine (née Wagman). She is the daughter of Charles Wagman.
The family patriarch, Zelick (also known as Zelig) Wagman, emigrated from Lodz, Poland to Canada around 1903. The following year, his wife Ceril and six children joined him. They included: Charles, Joseph, Etta, Peter, Isadore, and WIlliam. He arrived penniless and earned a living as a peddler. The family lived in the east end of Toronto at 34 Gerard Street.
Zelick founded Z. Wagman & Sons and Toronto Cadmium Plating. Joseph took over his father's business. Charles became a supplier of electrical products, establishing Revere Electric. William and Isadore in turn ran Industrial Wire & Cable and owned the Fashion Building on Spadina Avenue. Finally, Peter owned his own business called P. Wagman & Sons and later Junior Maid Garment Company.
The family became extremely successful over the years. They also were very active in the Jewish community. Zelick was one of the founders of the Henry Street Synagogue, Beth Jacob. William was the co-founder of the YMHA and the Talmud Torah. His brother Joseph was also involved in many Jewish organizations such as Mount Sinai Hospital, Baycrest and the Primrose Club. Joseph and his wife Minnie were also major philanthropists, funding the Joseph E. and Minnie Wagman Centre at Baycrest.
ASSOCIATED MATERIALS: Other records relating to the Wagman family can be found
in Accessions 2017-7-6 and 2017-8-13.