Canadian Jewish Population Studies No. 7: Geographic index of Jewish community in Canada ('A Gazetteer of Jewish communities in Canada : showing the Jewish population in each of the cities, towns & villages in Canada in the census years, 1851-1951')
From a Yiddish fundraising pamphlet, circa 1934. In 1863, the Young Men's Hebrew Benevolent Society (YMHBS), later the Baron de Hirsch Institute (BHI), was formed. It helped new immigrants, ran a school, and provided relief services to the Jewish community. Other such organizations and institutions, often in need of money, were also in existence, so in 1916 a single agency was formed to oversee all fundraising for these groups: the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies. It later was renamed the Federation of Jewish Community Services (1951), then Allied Jewish Community Services (AJCS, 1965). In 1992 the name was changed to Federation CJA. Included within this social and community services agency are the Jewish Public Library, the YM-YWHA, Golden Age Association, Jewish Immigrant Aid Society (JIAS), and the Jewish General Hospital
MB 1.See Photo collection described on database in PCAT. One oversize box of scrapbooks stored with materials. Minutes and annual reports from National Archives of Canada collection and fragile materials from Series A are available on microfilm; reels ZE 22, ZE 23, and ZE 24.Various constituent agency records. See entries for Hebrew Old Peoples' and Sheltering Home, Maimonides Hospital, Hospital of Hope, Jewish General Hospital, Mount Sinai Sanatorium, YM-YWHA, Herzl (Dispensary/Health Services Centre/Family Practice), Montreal Hebrew Orphans' Home. See Also: Women's Federation of Allied Jewish Community Services, Industrial Removal Office.Approximately 15 m. of this collection is unprocessed. There is a finding aid and computer listings for the processed materials.
NORMAN, Morris : Documents and photos of Montreal Jewish subjects.
Env. 0.03 metres of textual records. - 6 photographs.
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Photograph of 3rd Plenary Session of CJC in Montreal, May 30- June 1, 1936. Photograph of I. Roter Fruit Store, Montreal (x2), 1920s? Photograph of (McGill?) Medicine class of 1920. Crestohl, Leon D. The Jewish School Problem in the Province of Quebec. Montreal: Eagle Publishing Co. Ltd., 1926. Sel…
Env. 0.03 metres of textual records. - 6 photographs.
Scope and Content
Photograph of 3rd Plenary Session of CJC in Montreal, May 30- June 1, 1936. Photograph of I. Roter Fruit Store, Montreal (x2), 1920s? Photograph of (McGill?) Medicine class of 1920. Crestohl, Leon D. The Jewish School Problem in the Province of Quebec. Montreal: Eagle Publishing Co. Ltd., 1926. Selick, Abel, ed. History of B'nai B'rith in Eastern Canada. 1964. "The Jews in Europe," a broadcast by Watson Thomson, Director of Adult Education, University of Manitoba. Over the CBC, 1943. Memoranda submitted by the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Zionist Organizations of Canada to the Canadian delegates to the United Nations Conference on International Organizations at San Francisco, 1945. Summary of Activities of the National Joint Public Relations Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the B'nai Brith, 1946? YMHA of Montreal department of music program for Miss Henrietta Schumann, 1936. Advice booklet in Yiddish written by Rabbi Yudel Rosenberg, Montreal. Advice given on bakers who work on Shabbos and on baby carriages. Tribute to Israel Rabinovitch on his 60th birthday, Jewish Public Library, Montreal, 1954. Levine Bros. Sporting Goods catalogue, Montreal, 1921-1922. Reprint page of "An Act to amend the Act of Lower Canada therein mentioned, extending certain privileges to persons of the Jewish persuasion, 9th June, 1846." The Jewish Post, April 3, 1947; Sept. 22, 1949. Framed certificate presented to Mr. Harold Cummings from the Mizrachi-Hapoel Hamizrachi Women's Organization of Canada, May 1976. "A Call to Action! To the Jewish People of the World" Materials of the second Soviet Jewish anti-fascist conference held in Moscow on May 24, 1942, published by the Jewish Council for Allied Victory, Winnipeg. "The Upsilon McGillah" Feb. 1921. Pioneer Loan Syndicate booklet belonging to H.M. Caiserman, ca. 1908. 1 folder of correspondence in Hebrew and English regarding Montreal camps Kindervelt and Unzer, 1934-1935. "Otherstand," Oct. 8, 1969; Jan. 21, 1970. "The Voice of the Vaad," Nov. 1972. Published on the golden jubilee of the Vaad Ha'ir of Montreal. Montreal Bakers' Union minute book in Hebrew, 1966-1971. 50th anniversary book of the Russian Polish Hebrew Sick Benefit Association of Montreal, 1957. Congregation Chevra Tehilim (Beth Midrash) book of weddings and births (handwritten with names of brides, grooms, dates, witnesses etc?), 1925-1927. "The Emanue-El Story: Over three quarters of a century of dedicated service," 1960.
The Morris Norman collection documents and photos was de-accessioned from the Ontario Jewish Archives and donated to us on April 25, 2008.
This series contains records pertaining to or originating from Baron de Hirsch Institute/Jewish Family Services.
In 1863 the Young Men’s Hebrew Benevolent Society (YMHBS) was formed by young unmarried men with the desire to help Jews in need. The Society also allowed the young Jewish men of Montreal to get to know each other better and to look after their social welfare needs. By 1882, the Society could not cope financially with the influx of immigrants arriving from Russia, most of who were destitute and had no means of support. The YMHBS appealed to philanthropist Baron Maurice de Hirsh. In 1890, Baron de Hirsch sent his first donation and in 1891, the Baron de Hirsch Institute opened and was dedicated to the purpose of “A Free School for the poor children of the Jewish faith and a home for sheltering distressed immigrants and orphans.” In 1900 Baron de Hirsch enlarged its sphere, and in recognition of the financial support received, obtained a new charter of incorporation to change its name to Baron de Hirsch Institute and Hebrew Benevolent Society of Montreal. The Institute was the pioneer charitable and philanthropic organization in Montreal. In 1917, because of the overlapping of much charitable and philanthropic work, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies was formed with headquarters in the Baron de Hirsch Institute building. Baron de Hirsch became one of the constituent societies and continued its activities with the religious school, library, cemetery, family welfare, legal aid and Hebrew Court of Arbitration. The Federation of Jewish Philanthropies changed names three times. It became Federation of Jewish Community Services in 1951, Allied Jewish Community Services (AJCS) in 1965 and today’s Federation CJA in 1997. AJCS was under the direction of Manny Batshaw from 1967-1980).
In 1974 the Jewish Family Services Social Service Centre (JFSSSC) was created and incorporated almost all the programs and human resources of the Baron de Hirsch Institute. Jewish Family Services encompassed these two organizations by providing joint structure for their complementing mandates.
The JFSSSC was a publicly funded agency, working alongside the private JFS of the Baron de Hirsch Institute and primarily served the Jewish population. The JFSSSC became responsible for youth protection, young offenders, adoption and foster care (including group homes and placements for children, disabled adults and the elderly).
Over the years, JFS adapted to transformations in Quebec society and developments in the field of social work. As mental health, sex education, addiction, care of the elderly and other concerns were recognized as part of the mandate of a social service provider, JFS developed programs to respond to these needs. JFS’s professional work also included the supervision of many volunteer units (for example, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and hospital volunteers).
The public JFSSSC closed in 1993 in response to the Quebec government’s Bill 120 and the cessation of public funding. As a result, Jewish Family Services of the Baron de Hirsch Institute became a full-service, community-based organization.