From 1921 to 1978, the Zionist Organization of Canada acted as the official voice of Zionism in Canada. The largest of the ZOC regions was the Central Region consisting of Ontario. Virtually all organizations, congregations, societies and ideological groupings having a Jewish heritage in Ontario participated in the activities of the Central Region of ZOC.
The Central Region administration mirrored the administration at the national level. It functioned through an Executive, a Regional Council, and various volunteer committees. The Ontario Camps Association provided governance for the summer camps in Ontario co-sponsored by the Zionist Organization of Canada, Hadassah-Wizo and Canadian Young Judaea. Programmes such as the Zionist Book Club, art exhibitions, lunch clubs and other activities have served to promote the ideals of Zionism and foster a stronger sense of Jewish identity among Jews throughout Ontario.
Regional Plenary conferences were held between the National Plenary conventions. This sous-fonds includes records of the 16th to 28th Central Region Conferences held between 1946 and 1968. Representatives from Central Region also participated as delegates to National Conventions and internationally in the World Zionist Congress.
Scope and Content
The Central Region sous-fonds documents the activities of the Zionist Organization of Canada at the regional level. While the records cover the period between 1934 to 1978, the bulk of the records date from after 1960. As well as textual records and photographs, the sous-fonds includes films (and a video transfer of the films) of camp activities at Camp Solelim in 1974.
The sous-fonds is organized into 7 series: records of the Ontario Camps Association (1961-1978); auditor's reports prepared for the Central Region Treasury Board (1944-1970); records relating to the Zionist Book Club (1962-1978); Young Judaea (1955-1968); correspondence with community representatives (1965-1967); Central Region conferences (1946-1968); and, the Central Region administration's subject files (1952-1978).
Physical description note: Includes 353 photographs, 3 film reels (Super 8 mm), and 1 videocassette (VHS).
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA director prior to accessing some of the records.