7 photographs : b&w and col. ; 24 x 30 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Accession consists of copies of photographs depicting members of Club Aquilla (1940s), a Jewish high school social club for boys located in the Bloor and Dufferin/Ossington area, and a reunion photo of the same club (1962). Identified are Norman Burns, Dr. Wilf and Faige Meisner and Martin Strom. Also included is a photo of the 10th anniversary jubille dinner for the Ozerover Mutual Benefit Society (1946); a photograph of men attending Norman Burns' stag at the Ambassador Schvitz formerly located at Bathurst and Sheppard; and a photograph of a Rochwerg family reunion (1980s). Textual records include a certificate for Sandra Goldman (Burns) declaring her a member in good standing in Sha'aron Chapter of B'nai Brith Women, and a Rochwerg family history written by Jerry Ross.
Norman Burns (26 July 1926-14 May 2012) was born in Toronto, the son of Benjamin and Lottie Burnstein. He had one sister; Sadie Rash (b. 21 Aug. 1913-d. 2 Nov. 1979). Benjmain and Lottie were born in Russia, moved to England and then to Toronto in 1902. Norman Burns married Sandy Rochwerg in 1973.
Hyman (b. ca. 1903) and Faige (b. ca. 1903) Rochwerg (nee Kestenbaum) were married in Poland around 1923. Together they had four children: Pearl Wetstein (b. 1925, Poland-d. 1990, Toronto); Bess Felman (b. 15 Aug. 1926, Poland-d. 2002); Norman Ross (b. 1928, Poland-d. 1955); Jerry Ross (b. 16 Aug. 1941, Toronto); and Sandy Burns (b. 16 Oct. 1942, Toronto). In 1929, Hyman immigrated to Hamilton. In 1935, Faige followed with her children; Pearl, Bess and Norman. Shortly after Faige arriving, the family moved to Toronto where they opened up a grocery store on Baldwin Street. Five years later, they had saved enough money to buy their own building across the street at 27 Baldwin, where they reopened their grocery store next door to Mandel's Creamery and Silverstein's Bakery. Sandy recalls the Silversteins allowing members of the community the use of their ovens to bake bread and prepare Shabbat dinners. Their father's brother, Shlomo Meir Rochwerg was the Shamas at Beth Jacob Synagogue.