Jack Bernstein was born in Toronto in 1918. He was the son of Akiva Bernstain, the famous cantor at Beth Tzedec. They lived for some time on Major Street and then moved to 516 Palmerston Street during the 1930s.
Jack began his career at RKO as a contract clerk and moved up the ranks to become Toronto Branch Manager and Sales Manager during the late 1940s. He later became president of Famous Players Theatres Canada.
He married Mary and they had two children: Harriet and Mark. Bernstein passed away in 1988.
Scope and Content
The item is an original portrait along with a copy of Jack Bernstein wearing a tallis during his bar mitzvah.
Tallitot (Jewish liturgical objects)
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.