The Labour Zionist Movement is an umbrella organization for a variety of groups across Canada. These include the Labour Zionist Alliance, the Actions Committee of the Labour Zionist Movement and Habonim. The materials in this collection pertain to many aspects of the Labour Zionist movement, and particular the Poale Zion. Poale Zion was started in 1905, with the name being Yiddish for "Labour Zion". Within the many groups that made up the Labour Zionist movement, the Poale Zion was considered to be the more political and radical organization, with the mission of addressing the working class, looking towards eventual settlement in the Land of Israel, and initiating education to prepare for life on a kibbutz. The general Labour Zionist movement records in Series A of this collection span a wide range of years and were collected from diverse sources, while the Poale Zion record series in Series B date mainly from 1933-1944 and were created by this organization in the course of its operations at that time.
Consists of early minutes and correspondence from the JCF, annual reports, allocation reports and photographs related to JCF supported programs, tax seminars, the Book of Life initiative and honorees.
The Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) of Greater Montreal was incorporated on June 11, 1971 under the leadership of Arthur Pascal, C.M. along with a group of concerned community members. The initial purpose of the JCF was to establish a contingency fund in the case of emergencies. The interest from the resulting endowment fund was to cover new programs necessary to the promotion and preservation of Jewish Montreal.
Initially fundraising for the fund focused on receipt of endowments, bequests and planned giving programs. Today the JCF is a leader in designed donor directed planned giving, a successful marriage for both the donor and the community. Through its funds the JCF supports a large number of diverse programs and institutions including the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee National Archives and the Jewish Public Library Archives, Klez Kanada, the David Suzuki Foundation, FEDERATION CJA, Communaute Sepharade Unifee du Quebec, Dans La Rue, Jewish Montreal schools, religious programs and synagogues, and so on.
At its September 13, 2012 Annual General Meeting, the JCF produced a special exhibit celebrating its 40th anniversary. A complete history of the JCF can be found on its organizational website.
Transferred from the offices of the Jewish Community Foundation.
The Canadian Histadrut campaign started its activities in 1924 as an affiliate of the National Committee for Labor Israel (American Histadrut Campaign). In February 1942, the National Canadian Histadrut Convention took place in Montreal, at which time application was made for a charter from the Canadian government. In February 1943, the charter was granted. In recent years, the main objective of the Canadian Association for Labor Israel has been the raising of funds to assist Histadrut in Israel in its rehabilitation programs and the settling and integration of the newly arrived immigrants in Israel. The funds collected meet the needs of the many newcomers to Israel, from Africa, Asia and the former Soviet Union. As the majority of the immigrants to Israel since 1945 have arrived with little or no material assets, it devolves upon the people of Israel to see that they are properly received; that their medical needs are looked after; that suitable occupations and trades are found for all able-bodied males and females; that they receive the necessary training and schooling to become absorbed into the economy of the country; and that education and training be provided for growing adolescents and skilled adults. A vital component of Histadrut is the Canadian Friends of AMAL. Its sole aim is to encourage and develop vocational education in the numerous school devoted to that purpose in Israel. This is done by the raising of funds to provide scholarships for poor children. The AMAL schools, dotted throughout Israel, provide an opportunity for needy children to obtain a comprehensive vocational and high school education, whereby on graduation they are skilled in one of over one hundred different trades. The Histadrut (Israel's trade union) movement has assumed a large responsibility for housing, health, vocational training, old-age security, as well as cultural activities and the financing of industrial and agricultural developments
The collection is on permanent loan from the Jewish Public Library of Montreal. It was transferred to the archives in 2001
English and Yiddish.The finding aid was compiled by Beverly & Eiran Harris for the Jewish Public Library of Montreal.The administrative history is taken from the finding aid from the JPL.
This fond consists mainly of working documents such as correspondence and financial papers, predominantly from the late 1940s to the 1970s. The documents deals with the advocacy activities of the JLC such as bringing refugees over to Montreal and later raising money to aid Pakistani refugees. Hig…
This fond consists mainly of working documents such as correspondence and financial papers, predominantly from the late 1940s to the 1970s. The documents deals with the advocacy activities of the JLC such as bringing refugees over to Montreal and later raising money to aid Pakistani refugees. Highlights of the fonds include correspondence between David Lewis, then secretary of the CCF, his father Moishe Lewis, and Kalman Kaplansky, both labour leaders in Montreal’s Workmen’s Circle and JLC.
In 1934, leaders in the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, the Workmen’s Circle, the Jewish Daily Forward Association, the Jewish Socialist Verband and others gathered in New York’s lower east side to form the Jewish Labor Committee. The formation of the JLC was in response to the ever-growing threat of fascism in Europe. The group publicly campaigned to raise awareness of the plight of European Jewry, raised funds for partisan fighters, brought over thousands of political and cultural leaders – both Jews and non-Jews, and immediately after the war assisted in relief efforts and provided support in bringing over refugees. Jewish Labour Committees both in the United States and Canada extended their wartime work in the 1950s by campaigning against discrimination among workers as well as human rights activism on a global scale. In Montreal, the Jewish Labour Committee actively participated in pressuring the government to adopt human rights legislation at the provincial level.
In 1947, the Canadian government selected two members of the JLC, Bernard Shane and Maurice Silcoff, to travel to Europe to select skilled immigrants as refugees. Both men were temporarily named colonels of the Canadian army so that they could travel more easily across war ravaged Europe. The task of bringing over skilled garment workers to Canada was no mean feat but the efforts had far reaching implications since workers were then able to bring over family members. The Jewish Labor Committee of Canada Bulletin for 1975, on reporting the death of Bernard Shane, placed the number of families brought to Canada through the work of the JLC at over 2,000.
Fonds consists of correspondence and biographical materials related to both Morris and Judith Oberman as well as documents, correspondence, clippings and scrapbooks related to their Zionist activities.
Fonds consists of correspondence and biographical materials related to both Morris and Judith Oberman as well as documents, correspondence, clippings and scrapbooks related to their Zionist activities.
Morris Oberman (1900-1987) was born in Russia but moved to Palestine at a young age. In 1918 he was an early volunteer with the Jewish Legion under Vladimir Jabotinsky. After the war ended, Oberman moved to Canada where he met his future wife. Judith (nee Barslavsky, 1902-2000), born in Russia, was active in the Pioneer Women as well as the Labour Zionist movement with her husband. In 1987 they were honoured by the Labour Zionist Alliance for their commitment and work for the Jewish National Fund and other Zionist activities.
LZA minutes. Reports. Bulletins. Also records about the League of Friends of Labour Israel.
The first Canadian Zionist society was founded in Montreal in 1898. The Federation of Zionist Societies of Canada, an umbrella organization for it and other Canadian groups, was created in 1899, later to become the Zionist Organization of Canada (1925) and then the Canadian Zionist Federation (1967). The Zionist Organization of Canada/CZF coordinates the Zionist societies across Canada, and sponsors the Jewish National Fund and Keren Hayesod. Their affiliate groups have included Habonim, Young Judea and Hadassah. The Zionist Organization of Canada/CZF runs conventions, sends delegates to the World Zionist Convention, promotes aliyah, trips to Israel, lectures, pro-Israel rallies and other such events, releases informational publications, and has many educational programs and materials.
The collection is on permanent loan from the Jewish Public Library of Montreal. It was transferred to the CJC Archives in 2001. sa. the descriptions of the other Labour Zionist records at CJCNA.
BOX 1 - Administrative
Annual Reports 1984-1985, 2002-2010
Minutes, Early Beginnings 1980-1983
Minutes, Executive Committee 1984-1985
Board Minutes 1984-1985
Board Minutes 1986-1987, 1989-1990, 1994, 1998
Annual General Meetings 1983-1998
Annual General Meetings 1999-2003
Annual General Meetings 2004-2010
Board Members 1983-2000
Board of Directors Hand book 2009-2010
Organizational Flow Chart 2003, 2004, 2009
Miscellaneous Correspondence 1982-1984
BOX 2 - Administrative
Letters patent/Incorporation 1981 & 1999
Revenue Canada, Charitable Status 1982-1984
Legal Registration of a Group Home1985-1987
Growth Proposal 1991-92
Policy Manual - undated
Correspondence re: Accreditation 1982
Advocacy Committee 1995
Citizen Advocacy 1997
Strategic Plan 1995
Restructuring Project 1997
Human Resources 1982-1985 - RESTRICTED
Staff Survey (undated)
Consultative Services, Dr. Nathan 1987
Surveys (Community) 1995, 2000
Family Handbook 2005, 2008
Correspondence - Ministry of Community & Social Services 1980-1997
Correspondence - Ottawa & District Association for the Mentally Retarded 1981-1984
Correspondence - Ottawa-Carleton Advisory Committee 1982-1985
Correspondence - REENA Foundation, Toronto 1980-1994
Correspondence - JSSA (now JFS) 1981-1982
Vaad Ha’Ir – Request for Beneficiary Status 1981-1984
Correspondence - Mulitple Appeals Committee Ottawa Va'ad Ha'ir 1989
Correspondence - Talmud Torah Afternoon School 1984
Financial/Fundraising 1982 -1985
Financial Statements 1982-1989
Fundraising Committee Minutes 1982
Fundraising, Strategic Review Report 2004
Donor Wall circa 2008
JFO Endowment Funds 1981-1985
Correspondence, Requests for Contributions, Acknowledgements 1981-1989
L’Chaim Cocktail Party, Campaign 1985
Bingo, Teas and Golf Tournaments 1987-1999
BOX 3 - Programs
Residential and Outreach Programs 1981-c1986
Correspondence - Residences 1985-1988
Supported Independent Living Program Guidelines 1983
Timeshare Program Evaluation 1996
Special Programs, Keshet for Kids, etc. 2001-2010
Judaic Content/Programming c1981
Special Events, Projects, Holidays, Celebrations:
B’not Mitzvah Program 2002
Past Presidents Reception 2008
Holidays and Special Occasions 2001-2004
Sh’ma Koleinu (Judaic Program Newsletter) 2003-2004
Get the Spiel (Staff Newsletter) 1997 - 2005 with gaps
Q into QE Newsletter March 2010
Newsletter Task Plan 2002
Certificates and Awards
Tamir History: 2009 - 2010 (includes Agency Milestones and Timeline)
BOX 4 - Albums, Publications, Audio-Visual material
3 Photograph Albums 1980-1995, 1995-2001, 2001-2008
Tamir 25 History Booklet, 2010 (2 copies)
Kosher Delectable Cookbook 2000
Tamir Foundation Planning Workbook 2000
Family Handbook c2009
Joseph Program Booklet May 2010
Passover Haggadah 2003
Shabbat Guide 2006
Photo documents for History Booklet and CD - 2010
CD- Past Presidents, Through the Years 2008
Tamir - OUR HOME CD and VHS
Broadview Residence 1998
Golf Tournament 2000 & Judaic Programming - undated
1980 - 2013
The story of Tamir begins in 1980 with Lily and Jerry Penso. The Pensos were convinced that their developmentally delayed son, Michael, who was then 19, needed his own place to live. At the time, the waiting list for ODAMR group homes in Ottawa was 100 other people. Moreover, while these homes might have provided the support that Michael needed, they did not offer the Jewish cultural environment the Pensos were seeking.
The Pensos placed ads in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin and Canadian Jewish News seeking out families of developmentally delayed adults interested in the establishment of a Jewish group home in Ottawa. There was no response. Undaunted, the Pensos made a number of personal phone calls. In October 1980, several local families, including the Pensos, met with Elaine Rabin, Executive Director, Jewish Social Services Agency, Jacquelin Holzman, with The Social Planning Council, and Noreen Bosloy, Special Needs Coordinator of the Ottawa and District Association for the Mentally Retarded (ODAMR), to discuss the need and possibility of establishing a supervised group home setting for developmentally handicapped young adults in a Jewish environment.
Out-of-town institutions were also contacted for information and assistance, including Reena in Toronto and the Shalom Residence in Winnipeg. In addition to Sandy Keshen, Rabbi Kelman of Reena was very helpful and made a special trip to Ottawa to offer encouragement.
This led to future meetings with the Coordinator of Services for the Developmentally Handicapped in the Ministry of Community and Social Services, then known as COMSOC. While the institutions and the Ministry were supportive, much hard work, perseverance and faith would be required before concrete results would be seen as the bureaucratic process would prove to be very slow. Two major factors would ultimately prove to be the key to Tamir’s success – the support of Jacquelin Holzman with the Social Planning Council and the backing of the Ottawa Jewish community.
The first open community meeting was held in October 1981. This was well attended. Community support was strong from the beginning and continues to this day. The Foundation was incorporated in December 1981 with 18 members on the first interim Board of Directors. Mark Max prepared the original logo and information flyer. The first By-Laws were prepared with the assistance of Martin Black of Goldberg Shinder. Charitable status was granted shortly after incorporation which allowed Tamir to issue receipts for income tax purposes. An initial membership drive, held in the fall of 1981, brought in 215 members. Donor cards were introduced.
Following a study of draft proposals of other similar organizations, Tamir submitted a two phase proposal to the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Rabbi Bulka helped to draft the Jewish guidelines for the proposal. The first phase called for a cooperative house for four moderately retarded trainable Jewish young adults who would share household duties and develop their individual potentials to cope with everyday life skills in a planned social atmosphere, as well as a relief bed for use in family crisis situations or to allow parents to enjoy an occasional holiday. A second larger home would accommodate six people, selected from private homes and institutions, with a greater degree of retardation, who would require more supervision.
The Ministry agreed, in principle, to grant 80% of the required capital cost and operating expenses with the remainder to come from clients' pensions and community fundraising, provided that 50% of the clients came from institutions approved unanimously by the Ontario government's local Mental Retardation Advisory Committee of COMSOC. In those years, the province was planning to close several institutions in Ontario and anxious to transfer patients into community sponsored homes. Accordingly, Tamir contacted the Rideau Regional Home in Smiths Falls and determined that there were 18 Jewish residents. Tamir maintained close contact with Rideau Regional in the following years.
In March 1982, Tamir's proposal was approved for future funding from the Ministry by the local Advisory Committee of COMSOC with still no indication of when the money would actually be granted. Due to cutbacks there was little likelihood of receiving funding in 1982. Through the efforts of Jacquelin Holzman, Tamir was placed on a waiting list.
Tamir’s efforts continued. The homes were to be modelled after the Reena Foundation's group homes in Toronto. In addition to establishing residences, a second goal of the Foundation was to develop a self-help group to support families and to assist them to cope with the realization that they had a developmentally delayed handicapped child, to accept the limitations while recognizing the potential of the individual and to prepare for the transition from family to group home. Work continued on this initiative as well.
In May 1982 Tamir was recognized as a Jewish Agency under the Vaad and received various bequests from Endowment Funds and through Jewish service organizations. While awaiting government funding, a number of Board Committees were established to work on capital and operating budgets, admission criteria, the preparation of a policy manual, homes, furnishings and future fundraising.
By 1985 there was still no indication as to when government money would actually be granted and received; however, given the critical need, the Board made the decision to proceed. The support and generosity of the Ottawa Jewish community and the receipts from a successful fundraising initiative in June - $60,000 for start-up costs was raised at a L’Chaim Cocktail Party- allowed for the opening of the first group home.
In 1987, a presentation was made to the Ottawa Jewish Community Council and Tamir was recognized as a beneficiary agency under the then Vaad Ha'Ir. The Vaad continued to assist Tamir until government funding was obtained in 1992. Tamir continued to receive funds through various bequests from Endowment Funds.
Acquired from Lisa Giffen & Lily Penso via Estelle Gunner, Spring, 2010
Fonds consists of records of the umbrella organization, the Labour Zionist Council of Ottawa, as well as the Histadrut Centre and Histadrut Campaigns. Fonds consists of financial records including campaigns, (1941-1985); souvenir booklets, (1943-1974); minutes,(1947-1987); membership lists, (1949-…
Fonds consists of records of the umbrella organization, the Labour Zionist Council of Ottawa, as well as the Histadrut Centre and Histadrut Campaigns. Fonds consists of financial records including campaigns, (1941-1985); souvenir booklets, (1943-1974); minutes,(1947-1987); membership lists, (1949-1974); correspondence,(1949-1985); invitations, notices, (1943-1988); diary of Moses Slack (1952-1957) who was Executive Secretary of the Council between 1951 and 1957, a photograph of a Labour Zionist Council of Ottawa Certificate issued in recognition of the burning of the mortgage or the Histadrut Centre in Ottawa in 1959 (see Photographic Database - 4-719).
1941 - 1993
The Labour Zionist Council of Ottawa was founded in 1949 to coordinate the activities of all Labour Zionist groups in Ottawa, including the Ottawa Histadrut Campaigns, Israeli Forum of Ottawa, the Histadrut League of Ottawa and the pioneer Women’s Organizations of Ottawa. Responsibility for the Ottawa Jewish Telephone Directory and Dror-Habonim were added later.
Organized Labour Zionism in Ottawa began in 1924 with a Poale-Zion group. It was a Yiddish speaking group concerned with education and social activities. Poale-Zion evolved into the League of Labour Palestine and around 1935 became the Histadrut League of Ottawa. Histadrut, the Hebrew word for the General Federation of Labour in Israel, is dedicated to organizing political support in Israel and contributing to health, education, and social welfare programs in Israel. Fund raising for these programs started in 1925 as the annual Ottawa Chalutzim Campaign, and in 1944 became the Histadrut Campaign of Ottawa. In Ottawa, members also organized Holocaust Remembrance day meetings, adult education programs, the study of Yiddish and performance of Yiddish theatre groups.
Labour Zionist members first met in members’ homes then rented facilities. The first Histadrut Centre was established at 78 Rideau Street which is now part of the Rideau Centre. In 1949, the council purchased a building at 292 Laurier Avenue East in Sandy Hill. The gradual shift of the membership to the west end of Ottawa influenced the sale of the Histadrut Centre in 1978 and temporary move to rented quarters at 1547 Chatelain Street.
Finding aid available.
1. Other material includes photographs, a book and banner.
Acquired in 1978, 1989.
2. Textual material primarily in English, with some Hebrew and Yiddish.
Access to some financial records restricted for 35 years.
1. Related photographs in photograph collection; banner in artifact collections; some records relating to the Ottawa Histadrut Campaigns may be found in the Ottawa Hebrew Benefit Society fonds.
Reports. Leadership handbook. Publications (by Habonim and other organizations). Book on Zionism. Newsletters. Correspondence. Agendas. Programs. Neshef script. Play on Shabbtai Zvi. Songbook. Flyers. Tickets. Clippings. Logo. There is also some information on the Geulah-Menorah Lodge, including it…
Reports. Leadership handbook. Publications (by Habonim and other organizations). Book on Zionism. Newsletters. Correspondence. Agendas. Programs. Neshef script. Play on Shabbtai Zvi. Songbook. Flyers. Tickets. Clippings. Logo. There is also some information on the Geulah-Menorah Lodge, including its minutes from 1937-1939.
Ichud Habonim was founded in 1958 as an amalgamation of several different youth groups around the world that had been in existence long before. It is the largest pioneering youth movement of the Labour Zionist Movement, with its headquarters in Israel. Habonim in Canada was founded in 1935 as the youth section of Poale Zion, the Farband, and Na'amat. It promotes Hebrew language and culture, Jewish history and values, Zionism, and collective living. This is achieved through educational programming, its summer camps, and a youth workshop, where students spend a year studying and working on a kibbutz. Habonim established over twenty kibbutzim in Israel, and its members have participated in such diverse activities as smuggling arms to the Hagannah to being involved in community events such as the "March to Jerusalem."
1 file of photographs, both colour and black and white, most with identifications of persons and events, including Histadrut and Labour Zionist conventions, meetings
David Kofsky and his wife, Tamar, were involved with the Labour Zionist movement in Canada for many years, including a period during which David Kofsky served as president of the Labour Zionist Alliance. David Kofsky died in 1996.