Max Shecter was born on July 7, 1923 to Joseph and Helen Shecter. He was married to Florence Fox and they had three children named: Trudy, Debbie and Barry. Max Shecter was the Secretary -Treasurer for Toronto Bedding Company Limited. He was an active member of the Toronto Jewish Community and was affiliated with the following organizations: Beth Sholom Congregation, United Synagogues of America, B'nai Brith, Israel Bond Organization, Joint Community Relations Committee, Canadian Jewish Congress, Zionist Organization of Canada and United Jewish Appeal's Furniture division.. Max Shecter was honoured with a Beth Sholom Israel Bond Dinner for dedicated leadership and by Upper Canada Lodge, B'nai Brith in 1959.
Erwin Schild was born March 9th 1920 in Germany, the Son of Herman and Hetti. He arrived in Canada from Great Britain on July 15, 1940 aboard the S.S. Sobiesky and was interned with nearly 3,000 other wartime refugees. He was eventually ordained by Yeshivah Torath Chaim, Toronto, and served as Rabbi of the Adath Israel Congregation from 1947 to 1989. He married Laura Saxe and together they have three children: Herman, Hedy, and Naomi. He has written about his experiences in "World Through My Window" and "The very narrow bridge: a memoir of an uncertain passage." In 2001 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
Scope and Content
File consists of textual records and photographs documenting Phil Givens’ retirement dinner. Included are a community tribute booklet, communal certificate, tribute dinner programme, and 31 photographs of the ceremony. Identified in the photographs are Min and Phil Givens, Art Eggleton, Max Shecter, Roy McMurty, Pat and Herb Alpert, Mirial Small, Cecily and David Peters, Irving Matlow, Alex Grossman, Florence Cooper, Joe Garfinkel, Sam Seetner, Syd Cooper, Cantor J. Cooper (Beth Tzedec), and Rabbi Erwin Schild (Adath Israel).