Fonds consists of 1 box of files; B&W and colour photographs and artifacts including:
File - Minutes 1952 - 1969
File - Legal Documents including incorporation papers dated 1925
File - Financial Statements 1961 - 1963
File - Shares (Various Documents)
File - Chevron Construction
File - Addition to 182 Montcalm Street, Hull.
File - Correspondence 1969 - 1996
File - Newspaper Clippings
File - Memorabilia
File - Product Photographs
File - Family History information
Envelope - Notesbooks
Account Journal 1949 - 1953
File - Artist Michael Chartier
File - Sample of Rachel Catalogues
Artifact - Tray # 1 - Pearl Quality Samples
Artifact - Two stamps
1940 - 2008
Nathan Evenchick was born in 1892 in Minsk, Russia. As a child he attended cheder close to the family’s goose farm in Volma. In 1905, when he was 13 years old, he was sent to live with his aunt, Nechama Evenchick Bakstansky, in New York. Travelling steerage class he used his older brother Meyer’s papers to enter the United States at Ellis Island. From that point on, ‘Nathan’ was known as ‘Meyer.’
Evenchick cleaned bottles for his aunt, who prepared meals for garment factory workers. Later, he got a job driving a streetcar. He spoke only Yiddish and Russian when he arrived in New York, however, within a few years he had learned enough English to pass the entrance exams for university.
Unable to afford tuition, Evenchick decided to travel to Japan with his first cousin Samuel Dorsky in 1914. They established a business selling pearls, jade, fine china and other Oriental products. Evenchick lived in Japan for eight years and then moved to Ottawa where he married Lillian Sugarman from Vilna, Lithuania. They had a daughter, Shirley Fay Lacome (b. 1923 - d. unknown), and then a son, Avrom "Abbey" (b. 1924- d. 2008).
Evenchick started a wholesale business importing mostly artificial pearls from Japan, which he sold to various department stores. M. Evenchick Jewelry Ltd. was established in 1922. The company imported cultured pearls and is purported to be the first company in Canada to do so.
When trade supplies were cut off in 1939 with the outbreak of the Second World War, his company was the first to produce simulated pearls using finely ground scales of red herring. Evenchick returned to New York to learn how to coat glass beads with pearl coating made from scales and began manufacturing them in a small, cinder block warehouse in the backyard of 232 Chapel Street.
Evenchick designed special dipping and drying machinery, experimented with a variety of dipping mixtures, developed his own dyes and worked out many technical difficulties in order to develop a consistently good product. For instance, the pearls would ‘blush’ and lose their lustre when the dip became cloudy due to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. At first, his output was small because of the amount of time spent in research and development, but, eventually, the problems were solved and production increased.
In 1941, Evenchick purchased a large house on Albert Street, where he employed 35 women to string the artificial pearls at a quota of 75 strings per day, producing between 700 and 1,000 strings of Evco Pearls per day, plus earrings and bracelets. By 1946, he had tripled his production and supplied 75 per cent of the manufactured pearl export trade to the United States, the United Kingdom, the British West Indies, Peru and Brazil. Evco Pearls were manufactured according to a closely guarded formula developed by Evenchick, which he shared only with his son, Abbey. The Moonglow pearl that first appeared on the market in the fall of 1946 took a full year to develop.
In 1950, Abbey Evenchick’s brother-in-law, Bernard Lacome, entered the business after going to the United States to learn how to cast metal for costume jewelry fabrication. The business expanded again in 1958, when M. Evenchick Ltd. moved to 180 Montcalm Street in Hull, Quebec. In 1969, Abbey Evenchick took over the family firm on the death of his father and under Abbey's direction the company produced a full line of costume jewelry that ranged in price from one dollar to $1,500 with exports to the West Indies, Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
In 1982, Abbey’s sons, Mark and Brian Evenchick, took over the company, bringing further innovation to the marketplace. They worked with ARC Industries to produce a line of maple leaf pins using copper from the roof of the Parliament buildings when the roof was replaced in 1996. They also started using aboriginal artist Mike Chartier’s unique designs carved first in moose antler then reproduced in pewter and sterling silver. Over time, their Rachel line of costume jewelry expanded to include thousands of broaches, pins, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, which were sold to major Canadian chains including Eaton’s, The Bay and Birks. M. Evenchick Jewelry Inc. offered a full range of services, including in-house design, model-making, casting and plating before the business closed in 2008.
Donated by Mark and Brian Evenchick.
Family History information provided by Sharon Edelson 2009.
Consists of scrapbooks, certificates, photographs, correspondence and ephemera detailing the Rosenfelds professional, philanthropic and personal lives.
Hirsch and Dvora (nee Kofsky) Rosenfeld were pillars of the Montreal Jewish community. Dr. Hirsch Rosenfeld was born on 10 December 1907 in Lithuania. He graduated from McGill with a BA and from University of Strasbourg with a medical diploma. In Montreal, Rosenfeld founded and directed the Doctors' Hospital, a miracle for many poorer recent immigrants or residents of Montreal who often could not afford health care in the days before universal health care coverage. In addition to the Doctors' Hospital, Dr. Rosenfeld was also involved with numerous organizations in Montreal including: YMHA; Jewish People's School; United Talmud Torahs; Canadian Medical Association; and L'Association des Medecines de Pratique Generale du Quebec.
Dvora Kofsky Rosenfeld was born in Russia to Rachel and Osher Kofsky. Before marrying Hirsch Rosenfeld, Dvora was at one time the private secretary to Reuben Brainin, founder of the Jewish Public Library and journalist and writer. Dvora was heavily involved in numerous philanthropic and service organizations including: Hadassah; Canadian Young Judea; National Council of Jewish Women; the ORT; the Jewish Public Library; and the Jewish Music Council. Her participation and leadership in the Jewish Public Library is highlighted by the Rosenfeld's founding of the J.I. Segal Cultural Awards, still being handed out today. The Rosenfelds were extremely involved in the cultural life of Jewish Montreal and also hosted salons in their home.
Information Meetings 2000 - 2002;
General Minutes 2000 - 2007;
Board Minutes 2000-2007;
Executive Committee Minutes 2000-2007 (restricted for 5 years from creation);
Finance Committee 2001 -
Membership 2000 - 2008;
Correspondence 2002 - 2003;
Financial Reports 2001 -
Position Paper on relationship with OCSCO;
Position Paper on relationship with SJCC;
Position Paper on relationship with OJF;
Application for Charitable Status;
Housing Project 2001-2004 (some files restricted);
Program Guides 2000 - 2015;
Verse Tribute to founders of AJA 50+;
AJA 50+ Celebrating 10 years DVD (from gala May 2011);
Brochures and Flyers
Newsletter 2000 - 2009;
Box 3: Series: Creative Connections
Creative Connections Steering Committee 2002 -
Creative Connections Programs 2002 -
Creative Connections Financial - 2002 -
(financial records restricted for 25 years from date of creation)
Box 4: Series: Housing Project
Housing Project 2005 (Overview);
Minutes: Ad-Hoc Housing and Steering Committees: 2004 - 2005, 2006 - 2007;
Reports: to AJA 50+ Housing report to AGM, May 31, 2004; City of Ottawa, July 2005; JFSA, September 15, 2005; Kehilla Housing Program, August 16, 2005; B'nai Brith, Montreal, August 24, 2005;
Federation/AJA 50+ Housing Committee, November 8, 2005 - March 2007;
Drafts Preceding 2005 Housing report;
Originals of Housing Report 2005 Final Copy;
Correspondence: Emails July 2005 - March 3, 2007;
AJA 50+ Survey Fall 2001; Projected Membership Levels 2011 and 2021;
Housing Background: Studies and Documents;
Ottawa Seniors: Demographics and Census;
Ottawa Housing Partnership;
Multi-Faith Housing Initiative 2006;
City of Ottawa training Sessions on Affordable Housing, 2005, and Consultations, 2007;
Ottawa Affordable Housing Unit, 2005;
Background: Housing, City of Ottawa;
Senior Services: Province of Ontario;
Canadian Mortgages and Housing Corporation;
News Clippings and Articles, 2005 - 2006;
Notes on various Retirement Homes;
Folders: Baycrest, Toronto; B'nai Brith, Montreal; Circle of Care (Habayit Shelanu), Toronto; Hillel Lodge, Ottawa; Kehilla Housing Initiative, Toronto
Series: Loose Photographs:
AJA 50 + Creative Connections - There are almost twenty photographs of various Creative Connections events. [4-742] - Home of Miriam Leviton (?), June 24, 2003.
AJA 50+ Aboriginal Experience - Fall, 2002 - [4-743]
AJA 50+ Bird watching - June 22, 2003 - [4-744]. People are identified on verso of photographs
AJA 50+ - Registration Day - SJCC - Adrienne Pakandel-Powell - September 3, 2002 - [4-745]
AJA 50+ Current Events - Fall, 2004 - Individuals are named on the back of the photograph - [4-746].
AJA 50+ Airport Tour - June 27, 2004 - Front sitting: Sol Gunner. First Row: Estelle Gunner, Deanna Silverman, Irma Choen, Sylvia Bronsther. Second Row: Sonja Kosten, Flo Morgan, Dod Bronstein, Bunny Cogan, Ann Bernick. Back Row: Ron Kesten, Bev Feinstein, Allan Rackow (?), Ed Cohen, Sherwin Lyman, Phylllis Rackow, Estelle Melzer, Bert Bronsther, Paula Polisuk, Amnon Paher. Far Back: Saul Silverman, Joel Morgan, Ken Mozersky - [7-747].
AJA 50+ VIP Brunch - Fall 2002 - [4-748]
AJA 50+ Herb Garder Tour - Old Almonte Road - August 20, 2002 - [4-749].
AJA 50+ Experimental Farm Tour - [4-750].
AJA 50+ Shavuot Cheesecake Bake-off - Adrienne Paknadel-Powell, Brenda Wolf, R. Leviton - [4-751]
AJA 50+ Purim Party 2004 - A small stack of photos - Left to Right: Bess Rosenberg, Sylvia Bronsther, Lea Kalin, Pearl Greenberg - [4-752].
AJA 50+ - On Display - A large assortment of photos of arts and crafts display - [4-753]
AJA 50+ Passover Seminar - Ruth Levinson, Sandy Bennett, Fran Ross - March 27, 2001 - [4-754]
AJA 50+ Jews in Music - Front Row: Gordon Spergel, Ernie Brodo, Yvonne Mar, Jack Berman. Back Row: Sherwin Lyman, Roslyn Frankl, Shirley Winer, Al Winer, Ed Cohen, Irma Cohen, Sarah Klein, Ruth Karp, Arthur Max - May, 2004.
AJA 50+ Who Want's to be a Billionaire? - Laurence Wall as MC - November 15, 2003 - [4-756]
AJA 50+ Gatineau Preservation Centre tour - Diane Tannenbaum, Ruth Nadler, Sheela Morin, Si Morin (behind), Florence Antecol, Eleanor Bocian, Estelle Gunner, Anne Huss, Rhode Zaitlin, Bernie Zaitlin.
AJA 50+ All That Jazz - Sol Gunner and Friends at the SJCC - August 11, 2005 - [4-758]
AJA 50+ Golf Group - Front Row: Phyllis Rackow, Cecily Bergman, Lana Cviensky-Fodoor. Second Row: Etta Karp, Elaine Wolfish, Henry Bloom, Joan Bloom, Rhoda Blevis, Al Malomet, Lou Levy. Third Row: Audrey Levy, Harry Liner. Back Row: Ruth Karp, John Miller, Ros Raskin, Lee Raskin, unidentified, Diana Malomet, Bert Blevis - September, 2003 - [4-759]
AJA 50+ Strawberry Social - Gloria Goldberg, Albert and Shirley Winer, Ann Bernite (?), June Davis (?) - June 2003 - [4-760]
AJA 50+ Annual General Meetings - Various images - [4-762]
AJA 50+ Registration Day - Japanese Tea Ceremony - [4-763]
AJA 50+ Passover Cooking Demo - At Estelle Gunner's home. Sandy Bennett, Bev Grostein, Miriam Bloom Rabinovitch, Estelle Weiss - [4-764].
AJA 50+ Chanukkah Party - At Central Park Lodge. Sol Gunner on violin, Fuzzy Teitelbaum on mic - [4-765].
AJA 50+ United Jewish Appeal Walk-a-thon - Ken Kavanat, Rhoda Blevis, Bert Blevis, Ruth Levitan, Ron Levitan, Estelle Gunner, Ben Feinstein - [4-766].
A CD of digital images from various events from 2001 to 2009. The images are from events listed above - [4-767].
AJA 50 + began in the year 2000 as an independent organization designed to enhance the quality of life for Ottawa's Jewish adults age fifty years or older. Objectives include creating an atmosphere which encourages a positive attitude towards aging; promoting independence and superior quality of life for Jewish adults; providing social, recreational, educational and health-related programming; advocating for services, and coordinating volunteers in the planning and rendering of programs.
The organization is designed to be non-profit and members pay a small membership fee.
The first chairperson was Ruth Levitan with an Executive Committee that included Bert Blevis, Cecily Bregman, Estelle Gunner and Teena Hendelman.
Estelle Gunner, Ruth Levitan, Ozzie Silverman.
1. Board and Executive minutes, financial records, draft by-laws donated by Estelle Gunner, February 28, 2005.
2. Other material donated by Ruth Levitan, November 2006.
3. Board and Executive minutes, 2003-2006, Program Guides, 2000-2008, Newsletters donated by Estelle Gunner, winter 2007.
4. Estelle re-organized files to integrate donation from immediate past - secretary in July 2009.
5. Ozzie Silverman donated Housing Study material found in Box 4 in September 2010.
6. Restrictions agreed upon by LD and Estelle Gunner February 2011.
7. DVD produced for 10th Anniversary Gala can be played on library computer.
8. In regards to the loose photographs of AJA activites, there are approximately 75 and only one photo from each event has been scanned as a representative.
Executive Minute files resctricted for 5 years from date of creation.
Harold and Eva Levy, long-time residents of Cote St-Luc, were active community members. Mr. Levy began his career as a tailor. He later went on to manufacturing children's outwear. Items in the collection reflect the history of manufacturing in Montreal, such as the W&W pedal sewing machine. Other notable items include the 'pearly outfits' (which were costumes made for a charity event), with buttons hand sewn into elaborate designs by the Levys and their friends. The Levys were also part of the original founders of the Beth Zion congregation in Cote St-Luc. The first cheder for the congregation was held in the Levy home. Mr. Levy was also a member of the Pipe Smokers' Club of Montreal. Mr. Levy served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.
The Fonds consists of correspondence, photographs and ephemera related to the war time relationship and marriage of Nathan and Ruth Benditsky. The material focuses predominently on the years 1945 and 1946, during which the couple organizes their Manchester wedding and arranges Ruth's eventual immig…
The Fonds consists of correspondence, photographs and ephemera related to the war time relationship and marriage of Nathan and Ruth Benditsky. The material focuses predominently on the years 1945 and 1946, during which the couple organizes their Manchester wedding and arranges Ruth's eventual immigration to Canada.
Photographs and negatives found among the textual material were placed into acid-free envelopes. A single film roll was cut for preservation and placed in flat 35mm negative files.
Nathan Benditsky was born in Montreal on June 28th, 1918. He was one of six children born to Israel and Esther Benditsky who had emigrated from Russia in 1908. After beginning to work in family's textile trimmings business, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 along with his two brothers Samuel and Rubin. Soon stationed overseas, he met Ruth Schrager and in October 1945, the two married in Manchester, England. Travelling back to Canada in 1946, Nathan Benditsky returned to the family business, Star Pleating Inc. Nathan ran the company alongisde his brother Samuel and father, Israel. The business continued into the late 1990's moving from Rue Alymer to Mount-Royal Avenue.
Ruth Benditsky (nee Schrager) was born on May 10th, 1927 in Vienna. Her parents Mortiz and Rachel Schrager, and sister Mirjam Zimmerman (nee Schrager) moved to England in 1937. After marrying, Ruth Benditsky waited a number of months before recieving her travel arrangements from the Canadian Wives' Bureau. Alongside thousands of other women, she immigrated to Canada in July 1946.
Numerous relationships were initiated during World War II between Canadian military personnel and citizens living in areas where the military was stationed. Though such relationships were officially discouraged by the military, many nonetheless resulted in marriage. In 1946 the majority of newly-wed women, and some men, travelled to Canada to join their partners following the war. The estimated 48,000 war brides that made the transatlantic trip represented a significant influx of new immigrants from Britian, as well as the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy and Germany.
Once Ruth and Nathan Benditsky were reunited in Montreal, they worked to bring Ruth's family to North America. Moritz and Rachel Schrager, as well as Ruth's grandmother, Rivka Monath, settled in Montreal in the late 1940's. Ruth and Nathan Benditsky raised three children, Howard Benditsky, Suzan Baron and Naomi Benditsky. Ruth Benditsky died in 1980, survived by Nathan Benditsky, who died in 1999.
This material was donated to the Jewish Public Library Archives by the Benditsky Family in 2012. The material of the Fonds was in the possesion of Nathan Benditsky until his death in 1999.
The Bendisky Family Fonds was initially recieved "unsorted". In October 2012 the fonds was physically arranged to reflect the Fonds' series, as no disernable original order could be established.
Material in the Benditsky Fonds is restricted to researchers with academic affiliation. Please contact the Jewish Public Library Archives for further information.
The fonds consists of newspaper clippings and typescripts written or collected by Sam Maltin over the course of his journalism career, with a special focus on the situation of black athletes in professional sports, including Jackie Robinson. It also includes professional correspondence (incoming), …
The fonds consists of newspaper clippings and typescripts written or collected by Sam Maltin over the course of his journalism career, with a special focus on the situation of black athletes in professional sports, including Jackie Robinson. It also includes professional correspondence (incoming), letters received from Jackie Robinson and his wife Rachel (1948-1949), as well as black and white photographs and negatives from both his professional and personal life.
Photographs and negatives, found among the textual material were placed into acid-free envelopes.
Sam Maltin was a Montreal-based sports journalist and bridge columnist. Over the course of his career, which spanned approximately two decades, he worked for several newspapers including the Montreal Herald, the Montreal Gazette, the Montreal Star, the Toronto Tribune, and the Pittsburgh Courier. In addition to writing, Sam worked as a theatre actor as a member of the New Theatre Group of Montreal between 1936 and 1942.
Sam became an insurance salesman in the late-1950's, but continued to write articles into the 1960's. Other positions he held include President of the Northmount Home and School Association (ca. 1959), Chairman of the Traffic Safety Committee of the Quebec Federation of Protestant Home and School Associations (ca. 1961), Zone Two Director of the Canadian Bridge Federation (1970-1974), and editor of the Bridge Digest (1971-1973).
Throughout his life, Sam Maltin was actively involved in issues concerning the Black community of Montreal, as well as the segregation of black athletes in professional sports. Most notably, he and his wife Belle became close friends with Jackie Robinson and his wife Rachel ("Rae") during Jackie's stay in Montreal as a player in the Montreal Royals during the 1946 season.
The material was donated to the JPL by Sam Maltin's wife, Belle, around 1989.
The fonds was received "unsorted" and had been organized by JPL-A staff sometime following its arrival. As there was no discernable original order, and a large portion of related material had been artifically split among several folders, the fonds was rearranged by McGill practicum student Gina Gönczi on March 22, 2010.
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…
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
1901-1998 ; predominant 1930-1998
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.
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.
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.
In addition to textual and photographic material, the Lea Roback Fonds contains sound recordings (10 audio cassettes) and graphic material (2 prints, 7 posters)
Some privacy restrictions apply to material within the Léa Roback Fonds. Please contact the JPL-A directly for further information.
Some Copyright restrictions may apply
Detailed finding aid available; file level control.
10cm of textual records; 1 audiocassette; 2 artifacts
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of 8 files of textual materials, in addition to one audiocassette and two pieces of clothing making up a uniform. The textual materials primarily concern the Jewish Defense League in the United States and Canada, and the role of Yakov Gafni within the organization. The audiocasse…
10cm of textual records; 1 audiocassette; 2 artifacts
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of 8 files of textual materials, in addition to one audiocassette and two pieces of clothing making up a uniform. The textual materials primarily concern the Jewish Defense League in the United States and Canada, and the role of Yakov Gafni within the organization. The audiocassette and uniform are stored with the textual records. The audiocassette contains in interview with Yacov Gafni conducted in March, 2000.
Audiocassette, beret and uniform shirt stored with textual records. Beret and shirt encapsulated in tyvek.
Series 1 includes textual records and photographs, which are arranged following the principle of original order. Files also include scholarly works, handwritten and typed notes and drafts, newspaper clippings, promotional material, and professional correspondence regarding the works written, transl…
Series 1 includes textual records and photographs, which are arranged following the principle of original order. Files also include scholarly works, handwritten and typed notes and drafts, newspaper clippings, promotional material, and professional correspondence regarding the works written, translated, and produced by Aviva Ravel. Series 2 includes textual records of professional correspondence , which detail Avival Ravel's large body of work. The files are arranged following the original order. Files also include newspaper clippings, and promotional material. Series 3 includes textual records of notebooks in Yiddish.
Author of more than 25 plays, numerous short stories, and works of non-fiction, Dr. Aviva Ravel's works concentrates heavily on Jewish life throughout the world and, more specifically, in Montreal. Her works have been featured on the CBC, Kol Isreal, and at the Saidye Bronfman Centre. Two of her plays were also adapted into film.
Born in Montreal, Dr. Ravel holds a Ph.D in Canadian Theatre from McGill University, an M.A from the Université de Montréal, and a B.A from Concordia University. She taught English, drama, and Canadian literature at all three of these universities, including the Royal Military College. Dr. Ravel's work as an educator was not reserved only to college and university; she also taught regularly as an elementary teacher in Montreal as well as on a kibbutz in Israel.
Since 1984 Aviva Ravel has been Artistic Director of Cameo Productions. She is also founder and director of the popular Performance Playreading Ensemble of the Cote St. Luc Library that has presented over 150 plays, both classical and modern, in the theatre auditorium.
Dr. Ravel is the recipient of many awards including the Women Write for Theatre Award, J.I. Segal Award, Women's Press Club Award for Humour, Québec Drama Festival Award, Women's Federation Honoree for Contribution to Montreal Theatre, and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Québec Award. Recently, she was honoured by the Association for Canadian Theatre Research.
Contains copyright material. Consult JPL Archives for more information.
Fonds consists of a large number of photographs;
Moe Cardash's diploma from a fur designing, fitting and grading course in New York City, April 1948;
A fur catalogue book made for the tailoring and furrier store;
Envelope, containg postcards from people writing to thank Moe for his fur creations…
Fonds consists of a large number of photographs;
Moe Cardash's diploma from a fur designing, fitting and grading course in New York City, April 1948;
A fur catalogue book made for the tailoring and furrier store;
Envelope, containg postcards from people writing to thank Moe for his fur creations;
A folder of photos of Moe's various fur creations as well as his vendor stall set-up's that were once contained in the fur catalogue book also in the collection. They were removed and stored seperately to prevent further damage to the photos;
Moses Cardash's Pocket Address Book;
A folder of photographs of Bess Cardash's plays being acted out by Jewish Sunday School children;
A newspaper article showing Bess Cardash and her fellow actors (see 1-1168);
A file of Bess Cardash's plays, scripts and writings;
A file with Moe Cardash's diploma from a Retail Selling course from Algonquin College - 1968, Moe's C.V - undated, an article written on Moe from the Perley Health Care Foundation where Moe spent his last years - 2010;
Miscellaneous: Advertisements for Cardash Creation Furs, Littman Cardash's business card from 358 Rideau, A City of Ottawa pass for Moses Cardash - 1992, A vendor's permit for L. Cardash Furs - 1963, An application for a vendor's permit - 1963, An article from the L'Chayim newspaper on Moses Bilsky, A vendor's permit - 1981, Two pamphlets on Cardash Creation Furs and their wares for sale, A sales Tax License - 1959, A magazine photo showing two R.C.A.F. events, Bess (Bessie) Cardash's Upper School Examination report card along with a letter from the Civil Service Commission complying with Bessie's request for the report card which she sent to them along with an application for the position of Laboratory Assistant in the Department of Pensions and National Health - 1940, a blueprint of the Friel Street row houses (with the Cardash family home at 226 Friel) - 1964, Two sheets of L. Cardash Tailor and Furrier stationary (one has a notation that Bess wrote their motto at the bottom of the page, "A Cardash creation is a capital creation", a letter of reference from the Bank of Nova Scotia to the United States Consul introducing Moses Cardash as a successful merchant and a man of good standing and should be eligible for a Visa to remain in the US for a few months in order to take a fur design class in New York - 1946, A Jewish War Veteran of Canada membership card for Moe Cardash - 2007/2008;
An envelope of colour photos from an early morning Minyan group from Beth Shalom synagogue. Some of the figures can be seen wearing "Irving Rivers" aprons with slogans on them (unscanned);
An envelope of colour photos from an early morning Minyan group from Beth Shalom along with Moe's and Issie Rose's Birthday party with the group. Moe was turning 83 which makes this 2006. Envelope includes a CD and negatives - 2006;
An envelope of various photos (unscanned). Includes two photos of Rabbi Bulka in Israel posing with Moe Cardash;
An envelope of various photos of Moe and the Veterans Association (unscanned).
A book called Personal Policy Making: Canada's role in the adoption of the Palestine partition resolution - 2002;
A book called Secret Societies and Resistant Movements in the Fertile Crescent 1875-1920 - 1994;
Funeral Memorial Gestbooks for both Cayla and Littman Cardash.
3 photo albums;
A folder containing various envelopes of photographs of the Cardash Family - 1960's
-60 colour photographs, Cardash Family, Littman, Cayla (Greenberg), Lillian Cardash , Bess Cardash (Lewis), Phillip Lewis, Bruce Lewis, Marshall Lewis, Zev Lewis, Moe Cardash, Yehuda (Eddie) Cardash – 1960-1966;
- Photographs, 25 Colour and B/W Photos, Cardash Family;
-19 colour photographs, Cardash Family, Cayla (Greenberg), Marshal Lewis, Bruce Lewis, Zev lewis, Bess Cardash (Greenberg), Phillip Lewis, Eddie (Yehuda) Cardash – 1960’s;
-7 Colour Photographs, negatives Demolishion of Cardash Home;
-38 Colour Photographs, Moe Cardash, Bess Lewis, Phillip Lewis, Littman Cardash;
-28 Colour and B/W photographs, Littman and Cayla Wedding, Cayla (Greenberg), Littman Cardash, Bess Lewis (Cardash), Phillip Lewis, Bruce Lewis, Zev Lewis, Marshall Lewis;
Littman Cardash and Cayla Greenberg came to Canada from Russia. They had four children together; Bess (Bessie) Cardash (m. Phillip Lewis), Lillian (Lily) Cardash, Rabbi Yehuda Cardash and Moses (Moe) Cardash, (children not listed in order of birth).
Cayla came from Soviet Russia and eventually sponsored her sister Niome (also appeas as Norma/Naomi) Greenberg to join her here in 1927. Cayla Cardash passed away in 1972.
Moe was born on February 18, 1923 in Ottawa. When WWII broke out he enlisted and became an instrument mechanic for the RCAF. Upon his return obtained his diploma from the American-Mitchell Sol Vogel Designing School in New York. he graduated in April 1948 then returned to Ottawa were he began working as a furrier and tailor. He opened a shop at 390 Dalhousie Street and then later moved to 358 Rideau Street. Moe was very well known for his artistic works in fur, and would create elaborate designs and wall hangings. Moe never married or had children.
Bess was born in Russia prior to the family's immigration. She was well known for her theater work and play writing. She directed several plays with the Ottawa Jewish Sunday School children. Lily eventually moved to Washington, D.C.
1. The following is a transcript from an interview Moses Cardash did with a veteran's website called The Memory Project in 2011 - http://www.thememoryproject.com/stories/2207:moses-cardash/
"My father was in the First World War and he was in the Russian Army. He was a prisoner in Germany and he came all the way back to Russia, to his hometown. And my sister was born in Russia, Bessie. And the Russians came into the town, you know, the Red Bolsheviks, you know. And they came in, they saw my father with his boots and he took up the tailor trade and he wore a nice [indicating suit]. They said, “Are you with us or against us?” And my father was there with the guns, you know, says “I’m with you.” So he says, “Alright, take your jacket off and take off your boots.” And the guy put them on and he [Moses' father] says, “But I’m with you.” But the other guy says, “I’m here longer than you are, I needed a pair of shoes, boots.”
And I liked the [Royal Canadian] Air Force because I knew the air force procedure. I liked the uniform, I liked the outfit they used to come in in the morning, they had a parade there. Everybody was in uniform.
Some of my friends were joining up. And I went down on Queen Street [in Ottawa], they had the recruitment. It was a nice little building that just made on Queen Street and you come in there and the doctor would examine you and give you an eye test and he’d check your eyes. He says, go down to the exhibition on Bank Street and the army was there. And you walk in there and there was, like the cattle used to be there before, you know what I mean, and there was a place where you sat down but when you went to the RCAF recruiting centre, it was all modern.
There was a general from the first contingent and they needed men and he says, “What do you see?” I said, “I see the big E blurred.” He says, “Take your glasses off, what do you see?” I said, “I don’t see anything.” He says, “Put your glasses on and read the article.” And I read the last line, “Made in Canada,” yeah. He says, “Your eyesight is good, report Monday morning” – this was on a Friday – “report Monday morning at the Ottawa station, you’re going to Toronto, you’re going into the army.”
Listen, I ate, it was strictly kosher when I came from this. It was the first time I was ever away from home. When I went to the Jackson building, that was the first time I had toast and coffee and I used to eat in the morning. I used to go downstairs and get the breakfast for the girls."
2. Moe's obituary:
"Peacefully at Perley & Rideau Veteran's Centre, on Thursday, November 8th, 2012 at the age of 89. Beloved brother of Bessie C. Lewis (Phillip), Lillian Cardash and the late Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Cardash (Esther). Loving son of the late Littman and Kayla Cardash. Devoted uncle of Marshall, Bruce and Zev Lewis and Aaron, Berish and Dina Cardash. Loyal and caring friend of Martin (Moishe Avraham) Vaillancourt. A Graveside Service will be held at the Jewish Memorial Gardens, 2692 Bank Street, Ottawa on Friday, November 9th at 1 p.m. Shiva to be observed at 44-450 Daly Ave. from Sunday to Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. Moe was a dedicated and proud member of Beth Shalom Congregation."
3. The Cardash, Kardish and Cardish families are all related, and stems from brothers immigrating at different times and receiving different spellings of their last names upon arrival. Yehuda was also known as Eddie Cardash.