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Abraham Caplin fonds

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Collection
Abraham Caplin fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
textual material, objects
Fonds No.
I0007
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of: a photocopied letter from Rabbi Fyne, July 18, 1924; a hand coloured certificate of condolence when Abraham Caplin died in July, 1924 signed by S. Spevak (President) and A. Sugarman (Vice-President) (see 1-1007); and four shoichet knives. The shoichet knives (butchers knives) we…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Abraham Caplin fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
textual material, objects
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of: a photocopied letter from Rabbi Fyne, July 18, 1924; a hand coloured certificate of condolence when Abraham Caplin died in July, 1924 signed by S. Spevak (President) and A. Sugarman (Vice-President) (see 1-1007); and four shoichet knives. The shoichet knives (butchers knives) were owned by Abraham Caplin. Two have stamps from New Jersey, a third was made in Germany, and the fourth is unmarked. Three also have what seems to be early Bakelite handles - the earliest type of commercial plastic. This would put the date of their manufacture at any time after 1907. The handle from Germany however is made of ivory and is stamped with the name G. Gruenwald / Konigsberg. Gruenwald specialized in making ritual knives like circumcision blades and other slaughterer's tools. The these knives were likely made between 1850 and 1915. Allan has memories of his grandfather sharpening the knives using a whetstone, again and again, until they were sharper than a razor blade. "He would run his fingernail down the length of the blade looking for any chips, and if there were, back to the stone."
Date
[ca. 1924]
Fonds No.
I0007
History Biographical
Abraham Caplin (b. unknown - d. 1926) arrived in Ottawa in 1889 from Russia. He came with his wife, Doris (Pullan), daughter Bessie Caplin (b. 1888- d. 1951) and sons Louis Caplin and Manny Caplin. Abraham was a cantor but was unable to make a living as a cantor in Ottawa as the Jewish community was simply too small - only around 25 to 30 people. In the late 1890's or early 1900's, he became a shochet, as well as a secondhand goods merchant. The family has a small home and shop located at 479 Wellington (See Ottawa's 1907 City Directory). The family eventually moved to 367 Besserer which was much closer to the slaughterhouse, which at the time was located in a park that located at the corner of Charlotte and Laurier Avenue. Allan Maser, Abraham's grandson, recalled "it was on the very edge of the town at that time. Beyond that was Eastview (now Vanier) and then fields and fields." Abraham was a founder and strong supporter of Agudath Achim, Ottawa's second congregation, and was mourned deeply by the entire community when he passed away in 1926. Abraham's son Louis Caplin married Alice Adler and lived in Toronto. Son Manny moved first to Detroit, then settled in Los Angeles. Daughter Bessie married Rabbi Max Maser (b. 1886- d. 1953) sometime between 1906 and 1911. Bessie met Rabbi Maser when he was invited to perform High Holiday services for Agudath Achim and stayed at the family's home. Rabbi Maser subsequently became the Assistant Cantor of Congregation Agudath Achim and would serve the congregation between 1924 and 1954. The couple had nine sons, seven of whom served overseas in World War II, and a daughter.
Acquisition Source
Allan Maser.
Notes
1. Biographical information provided by Allan Maser and by the Honourable Abraham H. Lieff, 2001. 2. The Caplan surname is usually spelled with “a,” however, Abraham Caplin’s headstone in the Bank Street cemetery is spelled with an “i”. Allan Maser suggested (July, 2014) that the change in spelling likely occurred during the immigration process.
Related Material
Related material in Hy Maser fonds, Biographical files under Maser Family.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Abraham Shmuel Dubitsky Fonds

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Collection
Abraham Shmuel Dubitsky Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
5cm of textual records
Fonds No.
1107
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of two files containing Hebrew and Yiddish writings and correspondence of Rabbi Abraham Shmuel Dubitsky. File 1 is labelled "Writings, 1928-1939" and File 2 is labelled "Varia, 1928-1939." A hand-written English item list is included in the fonds.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Abraham Shmuel Dubitsky Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
5cm of textual records
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of two files containing Hebrew and Yiddish writings and correspondence of Rabbi Abraham Shmuel Dubitsky. File 1 is labelled "Writings, 1928-1939" and File 2 is labelled "Varia, 1928-1939." A hand-written English item list is included in the fonds.
Fonds No.
1107
Storage Location
JPL
Physical Condition
Fragile documents handwritten on low-quality paper
Language
Yiddish
Hebrew
English
German
Name Access
Dubitsky, Abraham Shmuel
Dubitsky, Samuel
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Certificate of condolence upon Abraham Caplin's death.

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Collection
Abraham Caplin fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 photograph : col.
Fonds No.
I0007; OJA 1-1007
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Abraham Caplin fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 photograph : col.
Date
1924
Fonds No.
I0007
Item No.
OJA 1-1007
Notes
Signed by S. Spevak and A. Sugerman of Agudath Achim synagogue.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Four schoichet (butcher's) knives owned by Abraham Caplin.

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Collection
Abraham Caplin fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
4 knives
Fonds No.
I0007; OJA 1-1201
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Abraham Caplin fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Format
object
Physical Description
4 knives
Date
[between 1850 and 1915]
Fonds No.
I0007
Item No.
OJA 1-1201
Storage Location
vault
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
Images
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