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Jewish Community Foundation

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn47024
Collection
Jewish Community Foundation
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Fonds No.
1289
Scope and Content
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.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Web site
www.jcfmontreal.org
Collection
Jewish Community Foundation
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Scope and Content
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.
Fonds No.
1289
Storage Location
JPL
Bay 12
History Biographical
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.
Language
English
French
Custodial History
Transferred from the offices of the Jewish Community Foundation.
Accession No.
12-013
Subjects
B'nai Tzedek (Montreal, Quebec)
Jewish Community Foundation (Montreal, Quebec)
Philanthropy
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Lea Roback Fonds

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn31359
Collection
Lea Roback Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
4.8m of textual records. -- 1013 photographs.
Fonds No.
1243
Scope and Content
The Fonds contains material reflecting Lea Roback's activity in politics, union organization and activism in addition to personal records that document her relationship with family. Records from her political and activist work include radio addresses, correspondence, fliers, reports, and periodical…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
Lea Roback Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
4.8m of textual records. -- 1013 photographs.
Scope and Content
The Fonds contains material reflecting Lea Roback's activity in politics, union organization and activism in addition to personal records that document her relationship with family. Records from her political and activist work include radio addresses, correspondence, fliers, reports, and periodicals. Personal records include correspondence wit her family members, the narrative of the Roback family written in prose, and various pieces of memorabilia belonging to Roback. The majority of the photographs in the collection are of Lea and her family from their time in Montreal, Beauport (QC) as well as Lea's travels in Europe. The series included within the Lea Roback Fonds are the following:
Series 1 -- Professional activity
Series 2 -- Biographical and personal material
Series 3 -- Correspondence
Series 4 -- Bibliographic reference publications
Series 5 -- Videos
Series 6 -- Photographs
Series 7 -- Graphic material
Date
1901-1998 ; predominant 1930-1998
Fonds No.
1243
Storage Location
JPL
History Biographical
Activist and organizer, Lea Roback was born on November 3rd, 1903 in Montreal. She was the second of nine children of Fanny (1885-1973) and Moses (1870-1935) Roback, both of whom immigrated from Poland. She spent her childhood in Beauport, Quebec where her parents ran a general store. The Robacks spoke Yiddish at home; outside it was French or English. Léa was able to switch freely between languages, a skill that became useful in work with labour organizations. When Léa was fourteen the family returned to Montreal where, two years later, she began working in the city's factories. It was at this point that she became accutely aware of the inequality between Montreal's affluent English-speaking families and the mostly French and Jewish working class. In the mid-1920s, Léa spent a two years at the University of Grenoble in France, supporting herself by privately teaching English to students. In 1928, Léa joined her older brother Harry in Berlin where he was studying medicine. She enrolled at the University of Berlin studying Sociology and German. Léa became involved with leftwing student groups and eventually joined the Communist Party. In 1932 Lea returned to Montreal, finding work as a youth group director at the Young Women’s Hebrew Association, where her mentor was Saidye Bronfman, wife of Sam Bronfman. In 1935 she managed the Modern Bookshop on Bleury Street, the first Marxist bookstore in Quebec, which became a gathering place for local radicals. That same year Lea coordinated Fred Rose's bid for election. Eight years following this campaign, Rose became the first communist elected to the House of Commons. In 1936 she was recruited by Thérèse Casgrain, legendary women’s suffrage leader, to assist in her work to obtain the vote for women in Quebec. Léa also became involved with the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) during their attempts to improve conditions in the garment industry. In 1937, Léa was a leader – along with organizers such as Rose Pesotta and Bernard Shane – in organizing over 5,000 women who walked off the job from the garment industry factories of Montreal. During the war years, Lea began working for the Radio Corporation of America (R.C.A.) and became an organizer for the United Electrical Workers, where she was a business agent for the 3,000 R.C.A. workers in Montreal. Lea was an active advocate for social justice and human rights for the majority of her life. She was affliated with numerous organizations in Montreal including the Québec Aid to the Partially Sighted, the Voice of Women, as well as anti-nuclear and anti-war groups. Lea was a continual presence within the ranks passing out leaflets, demonstrationing, providing support and lending her respected voice to so many causes.
Language
English
French
Yiddish
Spanish
Acquisition Source
Lea Roback
Custodial History
This material was donated to the Jewish Public Library Archives by Lea Roback in 1998. The material of the Fonds was in the possession of Ms. Roback until the date of the transfer.
Arrangement
The arrangement of the Lea Roback fonds maintained the order in which it was donated to the archives with the exception of Series 3. In the correspondence series, letters were grouped by sender and when without date or an identifiable author, were grouped together. In 2015, as a result of entering unprocessed material into the database, the intellectual arrangement of this fonds was also updated. To consult the original finding aid please contact the JPL-A directly.
Notes
In addition to textual and photographic material, the Lea Roback Fonds contains sound recordings (10 audio cassettes) and graphic material (2 prints, 7 posters)
Access Restriction
Some privacy restrictions apply to material within the Léa Roback Fonds. Please contact the JPL-A directly for further information.
Reproduction Restrictions
Some Copyright restrictions may apply
Finding Aid
Detailed finding aid available; file level control.
Accession No.
09-002
Name Access
Roback, Lea, 1903-2000
Subjects
Roback, Lea, 1903-2000
Labour movement
Labour unions
Women Workers
Women in the labour movement - Canada
Working Class
Feminism
Social justice
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Images
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Plaque, Jewish Junior Welfare League from Kidney Foundation of Canada

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn30491
Collection
Jewish Junior Welfare League Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 object
Fonds No.
1022; 4; 00251
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Jewish Junior Welfare League Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 object
Fonds No.
1022
Series No.
4
File No.
00251
Creator
Jewish Junior Welfare League
Language
English; French
Accession No.
00-126
Subjects
Jewish Junior Welfare League (Montreal)
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Workmen's Circle of Montreal Fonds

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn18200
Collection
Workmen's Circle of Montreal Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
4 m of textual records and other material
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 10 series containing the operating records of the Workmen's Circle, its committees, branches, choir and school program. Series I – Committees Series II – Branches Series III – His tory and Organizational Papers Series IV – Publications Series V – Abra…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Workmen's Circle of Montreal Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
4 m of textual records and other material
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 10 series containing the operating records of the Workmen's Circle, its committees, branches, choir and school program. Series I – Committees Series II – Branches Series III – His tory and Organizational Papers Series IV – Publications Series V – Abraham Reisen Schools Series VI – Workmen’s Circle Loan Syndicate Series VII – Workmen’s Circle Choir Series VIII – Workmen’s Circle, New York Series IX – Correspondence Series X – Scrapbooks and Artefacts
Date
1908-current
Storage Location
Bay 6
Creator
Workmen's Circle
Physical Condition
Excellent.
History Biographical
The Workmen’s Circle (Arbeter Ring) of Montreal (now Worker’s Circle) celebrated its 100th Anniversary in the city in 2007. The organization, which was originally founded in New York in 1892 by mainly Russian Jewish immigrants fleeing Czarist pogroms, conducted itself as an “irretrievable part of the radical labour movement.” An advocate for change, the Workmen’s Circle also provided education, enlightenment, health benefits, open forums, a library, clubs and cemetery plots for its members. The work of the group extended to emergencies such as operating a soup kitchen during the Depression or organizing the Action Committee for Soviet Jewry in the late-1980s and early 1990s to aid immigration. Their involvement in politics saw support for the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and candidates such as A.M. Klein, David Lewis and Kalman Kaplansky. In 1940, two Workmen’s Circle members from Branch 151 were elected to the Montreal municipal council, Michael Rubenstein and Albert Eaton. The first Workmen’s Circle building was completed in 1936 after several years of planning and a hold due to the Depression. The building was located at 4848 St. Laurent and served the Workmen’s Circle’s business and social activities as well as one of the schools. Like most other Jewish organizations, the Workmen’s Circle moved from the once-traditionally Jewish Main area and re-located to Isabella closer to the Jewish community campus. The Worker’s Circle is still housed there although the organization is shrinking and serves an aging population.
Language
Yiddish, English, Russian
Acquisition Source
Workmen's Circle of Montreal
Custodial History
Transferred directly from the Workmen's Circle, first date of transfer unknown, accural of new materials in November 2007.
Arrangement
Current arrangement based on an older system of description used by the JPL-A during the 1970s and 1980s. The finding aid was up-dated to RAD standards in March 2008.
Related Material
Jewish Labour Committee Fonds
Name Access
Workmen's Circle, Montreal
Subjects
Workmen's Circle Schools (Montreal, Quebec)
Labour and labouring classes
Workmen's Circle - Eugene Debs Branch no. 204
Workmen's Circle - Meyer London Branch no. 151
Workmen's Circle - Moishe Lewis Branch
Workmen's Circle, New York
Workmen's Circle - Vladeck Branch
Workmen's Loan Syndicate (Montreal)
Labour movement
Labour unions
Women in the labour movement - Canada
Workmen's Circle - Ladies' Vladeck Branch
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Program – “Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame 4rth Annual Gala” – 01/28/07

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn34220
Collection
Sam Gesser Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 colour program book.
Fonds No.
1055; 2; 00865
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Sam Gesser Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 colour program book.
Fonds No.
1055
Series No.
2
File No.
00865
Storage Location
3-
CTN 028
Language
English
Name Access
Gesser, Sam, 1930-2008
Subjects
Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Sholem Krishtalka Collection

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Collection
Sholem Krishtalka Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
3.76 linear metres of multiple media
Fonds No.
1099
Scope and Content
Consists of personal documents from the Krishtalka family, correspondence and ephemeral and organizational material from international and Jewish Montreal organizations such as UJPO, YKUF and the Jewish Public Library. Also contains numerous posters and flyers for theatre, arts and musical present…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Sholem Krishtalka Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
3.76 linear metres of multiple media
Scope and Content
Consists of personal documents from the Krishtalka family, correspondence and ephemeral and organizational material from international and Jewish Montreal organizations such as UJPO, YKUF and the Jewish Public Library. Also contains numerous posters and flyers for theatre, arts and musical presentations in Jewish Montreal.
Date
1929-1978
Fonds No.
1099
Storage Location
JPL
History Biographical
Cultural activitist, Sholem Krishtalka was born in Ludmir, Poland on February 4, 1905. He received his education at Hebrew Tarbut School where he studied Talmud, Kabalah and mysticism. Krishtalka's academic interests though also ran towards Yiddish literature, music, folklore, social sciences and history. Krishtalka arrived in Montreal in 1933 and immediately became active in IKUF (Yidisher Kultur Farband) as well as the United Jewish People's Order, the Jewish Public Library, and various book committees that supported the publications of Yiddish authors and poets. For the JPL he was a major part of the building campaign that saw the construction of the Library's "new" building on the corner of Mont-Royal and Esplanade. His passion for the culture and politics of the Jewish community extended to collecting the ephemera, posters, and articles produced by its citizens and organizations. Sholem Krishtalka's son, Aaron Krishtalka, remembers his father removing posters and flyers from walls specifically to preserve the event and information for future generations. His interests influenced his collecting habits and as a result his archival collection consists of a wide variety of social ephemeral from political movements, labour rights efforts, philanthropic endeavours, theatre, music, literature and so on. He collected various ephemeral materials also with the help of his wife, Shifra, who was a writer, teacher, and sister to fellow Yiddish writers and teachers, Jacob Zipper, and Sholem, Yehiel, and Israel Shtern. After World War II ended Mr. Krishtalka became involved in actively helping victims of the Holocaust. Sholem Krishtalka passed away on August 16, 1977.
Language
English
Yiddish
Subjects
Krishtalka, Sholem
Krishtalka, Shifra
Theatrical Productions.
Theatre
Yiddish theatre
Labour movement
Labour and labouring classes
Refugees - Canada
World War, 1939-1945
United Jewish People's Order (UJPO)
Yidisher Kultur Farband (YKUF)
Monument-National Theatre [Montreal].
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Sylvia Gerson Fonds

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Collection
Sylvia Gerson Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 file multiple media
Fonds No.
1114
Scope and Content
Consists of newspaper clippings regarding Canadian Air Force (1942), Montreal Joint Board as well as Montreal Dress Cutters Union membership book (1934), New Year's cards (ca1928) and various snapshots (undated, unidentified).
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Sylvia Gerson Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 file multiple media
Scope and Content
Consists of newspaper clippings regarding Canadian Air Force (1942), Montreal Joint Board as well as Montreal Dress Cutters Union membership book (1934), New Year's cards (ca1928) and various snapshots (undated, unidentified).
Date
1928-1951
Fonds No.
1114
Storage Location
7-5C, SC1
Language
English; Yiddish
Subjects
Royal Canadian Air Force
Gerson, Louis
Gerson, Sylvia
Montreal Dress Cutters Union
Trade unions
Labour and labouring classes
New Year's cards
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. – 2007.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn33980
Collection
Sam Gesser Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Fonds No.
1055; 2; 00774
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Sam Gesser Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Fonds No.
1055
Series No.
2
File No.
00774
Storage Location
3-2G
CTN 024
Language
English
Notes
This file contains correspondence, press releases, advertisements, and programs for the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Name Access
Gesser, Sam, 1930-2008
Subjects
Folk music
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Production File - An Evening of Canadian Folklore

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Collection
Sam Gesser Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Fonds No.
1055; 1; 00005
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image     1 document  
Collection
Sam Gesser Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Parallel Title
Une Soirée de Folklore Canadien
Date
[ca. 1956-1957]
Fonds No.
1055
Series No.
1
File No.
00005
Storage Location
3-3B
CTN 001
Creator
Gesser, Sam, 1930-2008
Language
English
French
Notes
This file contains production information for “An Evening of Canadian Folklore” and its performers but also contains general brochures for Sam Gesser’s 1956-1957 Season.
Name Access
Gesser, Sam, 1930-2008
Subjects
Folklore - Canada
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Images
Documents
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Press Kit, Program, and Invitations. – 2007 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. – February-March 2007.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn33978
Collection
Sam Gesser Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Fonds No.
1055; 2; 00772
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Sam Gesser Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Fonds No.
1055
Series No.
2
File No.
00772
Storage Location
3-2G
CTN 024
Language
English
Name Access
Gesser, Sam, 1930-2008
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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