Accession consists of a group photograph of the Young Maccabees reunion in March 1962 at the Primrose Club. Some members present in the photograph were identified by Sydney Wise, and include (from left to right):
Third Row: Allan Coatsworth (5th), Rabbi Abraham Feinberg (6th)
Fourth Row: Lou Perlman (7th), Phil Martin (12th)
Others in the photograph: Sam Richardson, Carlyle Krieger, Max Goody, Norman Bornstein, and Martin Roth.
The photograph was donated by Luba Richardson. Her late husband, Sam Richardson, was a member of the Young Maccabees and is included in the photograph.
The Young Maccabees was a club for Jewish boys created by Alan Coatsworth in 1923. Coatsworth himself was Christian, but keenly interested in helping the poor Jewish boys in his neighbourhood. The organization served as popular discussion group for the youth.
Irving Himel and other former Young Maccabees later created the Alan Coatsworth Lecture Series in his honour as a way of furthering racial harmony.
Related Material Note: accession 1991-1/7 contains sound recordings of CBC interviews with Alan Coatsworth and a former Young Maccabees member.