Jewish People’s School of Ottawa fonds = Jewish Folk Shule Ottawa fonds
1 folder ; 6 photographs : b&w
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of one folder containing two Pesach Children’s Concert programmes of the Jeoash Folk Shuledating to 1929 and 1930, Jewish People’s School Montreal publication, ca. 1929, one newspaper clipping, and two photocopied letters of Hugo Levendel describing the role of the Folk Shule in the …
Fonds consists of one folder containing two Pesach Children’s Concert programmes of the Jeoash Folk Shuledating to 1929 and 1930, Jewish People’s School Montreal publication, ca. 1929, one newspaper clipping, and two photocopied letters of Hugo Levendel describing the role of the Folk Shule in the Ottawa Jewish community.
The foundation for the Ottawa school was laid out in 1925 with the help of the Montreal Folk Shule and its Director, Mr. S. Weisman. Classes were first held with 25 pupils in a hall on Rideau Street. They moved later to a store on Rideau, then to larger quarters on York Street.
The first teacher was Dr. M. H. Arnoni, followed by Mr. and Mrs. A. Endelman of Montreal. Additional teachers included Z. Lev and Frank Malamuth. The officers were Mr. Max Baylin, President, Daniel Green, Vice-President and Treasurer, S. Polisky (1-166), Secretary, A. Endelman, recording Secretary, Max Baylin, and Daniel Green was also a founder for the Ottawa shule.
Eventually there were five grades with approximately 100 pupils, both boys and girls. The school had a difficult time as it lacked financial support by the Jewish community. It was maintained by membership fees and the yearly campaign which was generously supported by the late Archibald Freiman, who personally admired the spirit of the school and those involved in its administration.
Folk Shule supporters were supporters of the radical left of socialism who desired Yiddish instruction along with Hebrew. It was a secular school where classics were read, poems recited, choirs organized and plays presented. Financial difficulties ultimately weakened the Folk Shule. In 1935 or 1936 the Ottawa Talmud Torah Board assumed the institution’s assets and liabilities together with the services of Frank Malamuth.
Concert programmes donated by Sam Petegorsky, fall 2002.
Jewish Folk Shule history taken from Hugo Levendel photocopied letters to Rabbi Lifschutz, July 15, 1954 and August 3, 1954. The school has also been referenced to as "Yehoash Folk's Shule" or "Yehoash Folk Shule."
Related material in the Ottawa Modern Jewish School fonds, Hugo Levendel fonds, and David Slover fonds (The Hazomir Program).
The series consists of: minutes of meetings; records related to history, campaigns and building development; financial records; school programs; files relating to different stakeholders (teachers, students, and parents); files relating to the Concert Society; publications; correspondence; files rel…
The series consists of: minutes of meetings; records related to history, campaigns and building development; financial records; school programs; files relating to different stakeholders (teachers, students, and parents); files relating to the Concert Society; publications; correspondence; files relating to Bialik High School; JPPS publicity; records from the Office of the Principal; and audio visual collection. The form of the records consists primary of textual records with some photographs, items, and audio visual material. The series consists of fourteen subseries, organized by subject.
The Jewish People’s Schools & Peretz Schools (JPPS) was formed through the merger of the two schools in 1971. At the time of the merger, the Jewish People’s Schools student population was 865, while the Jewish Peretz Schools was 260. The merger amalgamated all aspects of the schools including budget, finance, pensions, administration, education goals and philosophy. The union of the schools was a difficult process. One of the more pressing needs for the merger was the financial difficulties of the Jewish Peretz Schools, including the inability to honour teachers’ wages and a debt totalling $250,000.
The education goals and philosophy of JPPS includes the need to instil in students the importance of a Jewish studies program (the study of Yiddish and Hebrew, and Jewish history); an attachment and a sense of responsibility to the State of Israel and its people; and a sense of general social justice.
Once the schools were united, JPPS was able to pursue the goal of creating a day high school. Bialik High School was founded in 1972. In 1984, Bialik High School was moved to 6500 Kildare Road, where it is currently located. This school system as a whole is commonly known as JPPS-Bialik.
By 1984, JPPS elementary consisted of two campuses: Van Horne and Cote St-Luc. In 2004, JPPS/Bialik made the controversial move to merge these two elementary campuses. The pressure to merge was partially due to an influx of immigrants from the former Soviet Union (who generally could not speak English or French), adding considerable strain to the Cote St-Luc campus. As a result, the Cote St-Luc location was closed. JPPS elementary is now located at 5170 Van Horne Avenue. That same year, the JPPS celebrated its 90th anniversary.
The JPPS is funded by enrolment tuition and fees, provincial government grants, the Federation CJA, fundraising campaigns, and private contributions.
Important student events organized by the JPPS consist of the JPPS Music Festival, the Concert Society’s Annual Concert, and the Bialik Festival of the Arts and the organization of student trips to Israel.
JPPS also runs a Children's Centre, located at 7950 Wavell Road.
This fonds was arranged intellectually and physically following the principle of original order. The fonds is based on the records created at the merging of the two schools to create the Jewish Peoples' Schools and Peretz Schools in 1971. For records of the individual schools, please see their individual archival collections.
Some student records may be restricted for privacy reasons.