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39th Henry Hank Torontow Scouts fonds.

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Collection
39th Henry Hank Torontow Scouts fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
21cm of textual records, several artifacts
Fonds No.
O0001
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of short overviews of the 39th, detailed early history written by Dr. Slone, 1935-1936, record Book of the 39th Hebrew Boy Scouts, 1937 application forms of the 39th Hebrew, news clippings, Howie Osterer programming, including Kinus 1993; textiles including Irving Rivers Scout hat, …
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
39th Henry Hank Torontow Scouts fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
21cm of textual records, several artifacts
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of short overviews of the 39th, detailed early history written by Dr. Slone, 1935-1936, record Book of the 39th Hebrew Boy Scouts, 1937 application forms of the 39th Hebrew, news clippings, Howie Osterer programming, including Kinus 1993; textiles including Irving Rivers Scout hat, David Kardish’s boy scout sweater with a “39th Ottawa” patch, fanny pack, neckerchiefs and souvenir items, two laminated and mounted photographs: Larger one is a scouts group of young boys, smaller one is the Honourable Herb Gray signing autographs on Parliament Hill with scouts (see 4-726-01/02).
Date
1931-1939, 1984, 1990's
Fonds No.
O0001
History Biographical
During the 1910's, "the Boy Scouts had a Christian religious base and thereby precluded the involvement of Jewish youth. The 39th Scout Pack formed under the leadership of one of Ottawa’s outstanding sportsmen, Jess Abelson in around 1918, who felt that Jewish boys would benefit from the Scouts, so he formed the 39th - one of the first Jewish scout troops in Canada.” "The boys who were the first members of the 39th were all from 'frist generation' Jews. Most, if not all, were from low income families who did not have the means to buy a scout uniform." - Moe Slone. According to Dr. Abe Slone, it was "of considerable size," but it "disbanded for some unknown reason around 1920." At one point the 39th grew to 93 Scouts, making it the largest troop in Ottawa. In 1921-1922, the District Boy Scout's Organization approached a newly formed B'nai B'rith Lodge and asked them to sponsor a new Jewish troop. Dr. Slone said it was "probably at the instigation of the older boys who were in the former troop." B'nai B'rith agreed to sponsor the new troop and the Troop Committee from the Lodge consisted of Dr. Harry Dover, Mr. W. Shenkman and Dr. Slone. Because there was no one else available at the time who could fill the role, Dr. Slone agreed to become the Scoutmaster. It was "a very well-organized troop consisting of four Scout Patrols and one Rover Patrol." During the period between 1930 and 1960, the 39th had many different leaders including Dr. Abe Slone, Jacob Greenberg, Harold Shaffer, Harold Rubin, Hy Maser, Arnold Borts, Sam Ages and Jack Goldfield. They ran annual summer camps, at first with the District and then on their own. They left the District because of the problem of keeping kashrut (kosher). The tents, marquis, cool-tents, bedding and tables were all on loan from the militia. They had very impressive Sabbath services, but otherwise strictly followed the Scouting mandate of badges, hiking, survival and emergency training and nature study. They also took part in all Boy Scout activities such as parades, Dominion Day celebrations, etc, all with the other troops in the District. Between 1974 and 1989, the scouting movement in the Ottawa Jewish community was inactive. In 1989 though it was revitalized by a very dedicated Scout, Howie Osterer. The 39th was renamed the 39th Henry “Hank” Torontow Scouting Movement to honour Hank Torontow’s “distinguished meritous service as a Director of Scouting between 1957 and 1971". Beavers and Cubs had previously been the important areas of continuity and continued to be in the 1990's. In 1991, all levels of the 39th became co-ed, and was the first troop in Ontario to do so. Many former Scout members ended up becoming leaders of the Jewish community, such as Dr. Lyon Pearlman, Jack Greenberg, Laz Mirsky, Harold Shenkman, Irving Cohen and more.
Notes
1. All textiles in a textile box marked with 39th Henry Hank Torontow Scouts fonds. 2. Howie Osterer donated many records and textiles, 2008 before his departure to Israel. 3. Boy scout sweater donated by David Kardish’s mother, Shirley Kardish. 4. 1935-1936 Record Book and 1937 Application forms donated by Howie Osterer, summer, 2005 5. Detailed early history in a photocopied letter from Dr. A. Slone to Rabbi Lifschutz, July 16, 1954 (original letter in Rabbi Lifschutz fonds). 6. Brief Overview of the 39th Scout Movement, renamed the 39th Henry “Hank” Torontow Scout Movement in 1989 - as dictated to past Archivist Dawn Logan. The 39th was organized in 1918 with Jess Abelson as the first Scoutmaster. He was followed by Dr. Abe Slone, the first Jewish dentist in Ottawa. He remained in that position for many years. Hy Harris followed Dr. Slone. Hy Wolfson was a Scoutmaster in the 1920's, then Jacob Greenberg in 1931-1932, Harold Shaffer in 1932-1933, Harold Rubin, 1933-1935, Hy Maser,1936-1941, assisted by Henry Kelson. During World War II, Arnold Borts became a Scoutmaster with troop leaders, Alan Abelson, Jack Barrett and Ab Hochberg. The 39th were very active during this time, including the commencement of Cubs, early participation in Boy Scout Apple Day as well as assisting as summer errand boys and waiting on tables when the Women’s Canadian Club served lunches at the Capital Theatre. They met in the gym of York Street School, Ottawa. On Apple Days, they slept overnight at Boy Scout headquarters on Metcalfe Street for an early start. Ab Hochberg is quoted as saying “I have more proficiency badges than any other Scout”. As these Scouts grew older, they joined the army and air cadets. In the 1950's Cubs were organized by Sam Ages. Scoutmasters in the 1950's were Jack Goldfield and Assistant Scoutmaster was Jack Barrett. Cubs met at the Talmud Torah Building on Sunday afternoons and Boy Scouts at the new Jewish Community Centre on Thursday evenings. In the mid-1960s Eric Haltretcht was Scoutmaster. Henry Torontow began his scouting days in 1957. In the early 1970's Barnie Farber and John Deiner were Cub Masters. Between 1974 and 1989, the scouting movement in the Ottawa Jewish community was inactive. In 1989, the 39th Boy Scouts was revitalized under the leadership of Howie Osterer. The 39th was renamed the 39th Henry “Hank” Torontow Scouting Movement to honour Hank Torontow’s “distinguished meritous service as a Director of Scouting between 1957 and 1971". Beavers and Cubs were the important areas of continuity. In 1992, all levels of the 39th became co-ed. In 1993 or 1994, the 39th participated in a Food Bank Drive, CPR training for 8 to 11 year olds, and acted as flag bearers, coat checkers, lost and found coordinators and first aid attendants. When Howie Osterer assumed a full time position at Scout Headquarters, he had to relinquish his position as Scoutmaster. Finding suitable scout leaders is always a problem. Information supplied by telephone conversation with Ab Hochberg, March, 2002; Ottawa Jewish Bulletin search under “scouting” and short telephone conversation with Mrs Henry Torontow. Telephone Conversation with Alan Abelson. He phoned from Los Angeles, Calif. on Feb. 8th, 2006 to talk about his Boy Scout Days. - They met once a week in the York Street School. They were organized by patrols. Arnie Borts was a Troop Leader, assisted by Abe Hochberg. Alan Abelson was a Patrol Leader. - Scouting was very popular at this time. - During the World War II years it was quite exciting for young boys. The War Service Badge was particularly memorable. It was measured by hours of service to the Ottawa community. “It was quite exciting learning survival type instructions.” One element was taking a flashlight at night and biking around to locate the police and fire stations in case of an emergency. - Another aspect of the War Service Badge was assisting the Women’s Canadian Club who ran teas at the Capital Theatre. The Scouts assisted with the coat check, moving trays. - Most of the Scouting Badges were proficiency badges - in hiking, swimming, knot tying. Hikes took place in Rockcliffe Park in the direction of the Rockcliffe Air Base. - There was the Path Finder Badge where every shop, store, fire and police stations within a mile radius had to be marked on a map. - Boy Scout Apple Day was a definite highlight as they slept overnight on a wooden floor at the Scout Headquarters in order to make early morning preparations for the next day.
Related Material
Related Boy Scout shirts in Alan Abelson, Arnold Borts and Abe Hochberg fonds and Girl Guide Dress, tie, belt and bloomers in Martin Levinson fonds. Related material in Harold Rubin fonds, Arnold Borts fonds.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Abe and Bertha Palmer family fonds

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Collection
Abe and Bertha Palmer family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 file, 2 photographs : b&w
Fonds No.
I0002
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of news clippings; an advertisement for Rideau Plumbing and Heating; and 2 photographs : b&w
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Abe and Bertha Palmer family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 file, 2 photographs : b&w
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of news clippings; an advertisement for Rideau Plumbing and Heating; and 2 photographs : b&w
Date
ca. 1971
Fonds No.
I0002
History Biographical
Abe Palmer, son of Moshe and Rose Palmer, was born at Billings Bridge, Ottawa. When he was ten or eleven, the family moved to Ottawa and he attended Rideau Street Public School. Bertha Palmer was born in Navazibkoff, White Russia and came to Ottawa in 1927 as a young woman of 16 or 17 years of age with her senior matriculations and a fine singing voice. Her Uncle Louis Leiken, who had come to Ottawa in 1910 with her father, Joseph Leiken, sponsored her. Bertha Palmer was first UJA Women's Division chair, in 1972. Abe Palmer was a successful businessman. Early in his business life he had a partnership with his cousin Abraham Held, in a business called Rideau Plumbing and Heating Limited. Then he established a wholesale plumbing and heating business called Palmer’s Plumbing and Heating Supply Limited. He sold this business in the 1960s to a Calgary firm called Westburn Industries Ltd. He was a “mover and shaker” in that industry and was Plumbing Division Chairman of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating. The Palmers were always active and highly respected in the Ottawa Jewish community. They were founders of the Ottawa Modern Jewish School. Abe served two terms as chairman of Israel Bonds in the late 1960s and President of the Jewish Community Council of Ottawa from 1970-1972.
Notes
1. Quotation and family information from the Palmer’s daughter, Sunny Tavel, July, 2006. Her Uncle Louis and her grandfather Joseph Leiken came to Canada in 1910. Joseph died in 1914 and is buried in Ottawa. Bertha came with her sister-in-law Zena Leiken, and two nieces, Libby Katz of Ottawa and Ethel Kesler of Montreal. Zena, Libby and Ethel were sponsored by Harry Leiken. When Bertha arrived in Ottawa, she lived with her Uncle Louis.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Abe Carlofsky fonds

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Collection
Abe Carlofsky fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
3 boxes multiple media
Fonds No.
I0003
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of David and Hannah Kalovsky birth certificates (Russian) and immigration papers; David Carlofsky Power of Attorney; Abe Carlofsky birth certificate, educational certifications, reference letter, World War II documentation including correspondence of 257 letters written to his mother…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Abe Carlofsky fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
3 boxes multiple media
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of David and Hannah Kalovsky birth certificates (Russian) and immigration papers; David Carlofsky Power of Attorney; Abe Carlofsky birth certificate, educational certifications, reference letter, World War II documentation including correspondence of 257 letters written to his mother Hannah and siblings; Abe's Canadian passports; general correspondence; a variety of family photographs; certificates and plaques in appreciation of the Carlofsky Family philanthropy. Ephemera includes: Kiddish invitation; JCC Membership card; Rideau Golf and Country Club membership and bill; blank post cards; photo books and pen. Personal prayer books include: "Readings from the Holy Scriptures for Jewish sailors, soldiers and airmen" and "Prayer Book for Jewish Members of H.M. Forces." Abe Carlofsky Certificates: Congregation Beth Shalom Service Award, undated; Congregation Beth Shalom in recognition of 50 years or more of membership of Congregation Beth Shalom, July, 1994; Congregation beth Shalom T.P. “Ted” Metrick, Q.C. distinguished Service Award, 1994; Jerusalem Branch Ottawa Hebrew Free Loan Association to certifying Abe Carlofsky as a Founding Member, November, 1964; 100 Mile Club at the JCC of Ottawa, undated; B’nai Brith, Ottawa Lodge #885, Certificate of Membership, December 2, 1973; B’nai Brith, Ottawa Lodge # 885, Certificate of Membership, May, 1974; In recognition for outstanding support for the Invest In Excellence Campaign for the Ottawa Civic Hospital, 1988-1993; In appreciation to the Carlofsky Family for dedicated support, Official Opening Ceremony of the Royal Canadian Legion Haemodialysis Unit, Ottawa Civic Hospital. March 23, 1991. Plaques: Appreciation of support of the Eye Institute of the National Capital Ottawa General Hospital. undated Appreciation of generosity and goodwill for donation of Carlofsky Medical Conference Room the Ottawa Civic Hospital Foundation, January, 1987; A Gift Forever, The Board of Directors of the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation gratefully acknowledges the establishment of the Carlofsky Family Educational Fund, May, 1983. Artifacts: Military Service Paybook Abe Carlofsky dog tags Air Force ID and pin
Date
1940 - 2003
Fonds No.
I0003
History Biographical
Abe Carlofsky was born on December 8, 1912, in Ottawa, the son of Hannah and David Carlofsky. “David and Hannah immigrated from Odessa to Ottawa. With the births in Ottawa of Rose, Freda, Anne, Abe and Sol, the Carlofskys became a close-knit family of five children.” Abe, Freda and Sol never married. In September 1927, Abe Carlofsky enrolled in the Commercial Department of the Technical School, later known as the High School of Commerce. Previously he had been in First Form of Kent Street High School. He was promoted to Third Form in June, 1928. By July of 1929, he entered the Civil Service of Canada and in 1934 was assigned to a permanent position as a clerk. He served on Active Service with the Royal Canadian Air Force from September 1942 until May 1946. He served overseas for two years, on flight control work and saw service in England and with the occupational force in Germany. After the war Abe returned to the Civil Service and took early retirement in the 1960's. For the next forty years he identified and supported worthy causes in the Carlofsky Family name. These charities included Beth Shalom Synagogue, Carlofsky Family Day Care at Hillel Lodge as well as Civic Hospital and Ottawa General Campuses of the Ottawa Hospital. Abe became an avid golfer at the Rideau View Golf Club, and also served on the Rideau View Golf Club's board.
Acquisition Source
Abe Carlofsky in 2002 and through his estate in 2004.
Notes
Quotation from Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, Carlofsky brothers donate $250,000 for new family day care by Cynthia Nyman Engel, August 23, 1999.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Abe Hochberg fonds

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Collection
Abe Hochberg fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
object
Physical Description
1 newspaper clipping, 2 artifacts
Fonds No.
I0004
Scope and Content
Fonds includes a 39th Boy Scout Troop shirt worn by Abe Hochberg in the early 1940's; a garment bag printed with “A. M. Hochberg Gentlemen’s Fine Apparel”; and a newspaper clipping.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Abe Hochberg fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
object
Physical Description
1 newspaper clipping, 2 artifacts
Scope and Content
Fonds includes a 39th Boy Scout Troop shirt worn by Abe Hochberg in the early 1940's; a garment bag printed with “A. M. Hochberg Gentlemen’s Fine Apparel”; and a newspaper clipping.
Date
[ca. 1940]
Fonds No.
I0004
History Biographical
Abe Hochberg (b. 1928- d. 2005) was the son of Yetta (b. 1896- d. 1977) and Nathan Hochberg (b. 1896-d. 1933). The Hochebergs immigrated to Canada from Poland in 1928, and first stopped in Montreal before settling permanently in Ottawa. Five years after their arrival, Nathan Hochberg passed away suddenly, leaving Abe along with his mother, and siblings Hy Hochberg (b. 1923- d. 1985) and Rose (m. Harry Goldberg) to fend for themselves and to tend the family's small lunch counter on Nicholas Street. As a teenager in the 1940's Abe became involved with the 39th Jewish Scout Troop (later renamed the 39th Henry Hank Torontow Scout Troop). Too young to enlist in World War II, he amassed 300 War Hours and more Proficiency Badges than any other of his fellow scouts. From the scouts he joined the Macabee Air Cadet Squadron. and later in the 1940's became a Scout Leader. In 1954, Abe took on the role of Director of the Sunday morning services for the Hanoar Breakfast Club. Abe was first employed by Joe Feller where he first got his start in the tailoring business. Abe went on to open his own men's tailoring shop named Gentleman's Fine Apparel, which was located at 204 Rideau Street.
Acquisition Source
1. Boy Scout Shirt donated by Linda Kerzner, 2006. 2. Garment bag and newspaper clipping donated by Sharon Edelson, 2009.
Related Material
See Hy Hochberg fonds
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Abelson family fonds

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Collection
Abelson family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Physical Description
multiple media
Fonds No.
I0005
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records of Wolf and Julia Abelson obituaries; Jess Abelson business life, photographs of his sporting life, Duke (Lawrence) Abelson’s early education and World War II career as a flyer with the Royal Canadian Air Force including his Canadian log book, commission, Certificate of Pr…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Abelson family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Physical Description
multiple media
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records of Wolf and Julia Abelson obituaries; Jess Abelson business life, photographs of his sporting life, Duke (Lawrence) Abelson’s early education and World War II career as a flyer with the Royal Canadian Air Force including his Canadian log book, commission, Certificate of Promotion to rank of Pilot Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force - November, 1941 (see 1-992), correspondence of 160 letters as well as telegrams to his family, 1941-1943; Alan Abelson educational, sporting, and married life; 2002; Brief to the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame for induction of Jess Abelson. Artifacts include one Boy Scout uniform (worn by Alan Abelson), 2 of Alan Abelson tennis racquets, 1 velvet jacket (worn by Julia Rosenblum on her marriage to Wolf Abelson), 3 infant dresses and 1 bonnet (worn by Jess and Mollie Abelson's children), 1 sweater with an “O” for Ottawa Football Team, Duke Abelson Officer hat; 4 World War II medals; 4 photograph albums and 1 scrapbook. Later accrual of textiles include 2 baby capes, hand made by Molly Abelson in the 1920's for daughter Sylvia and a pink crochet sweater or coat.
Date
1913-2002
Fonds No.
I0005
Conservation
1. Duke Abelson’s commission to Pilot Officer, February 11, 1942 conserved by Kyla Ubink in 2006. 2. Duke Abelson’s officer’s hat dry cleaned and repaired at Brown’s Cleaners, Champagne Street, Ottawa, Fall, 2006 and exhibited in Duke Abelson exhibit, Remembrance Day, 2006.
History Biographical
Wolf Abelson married Julia Rosenblum of Toronto and settled in Ottawa in the early 1900's. Both were born in Lithuania. Prior to settling in Ottawa, Wolf lived in Syracuse, New York, and in Cleveland, Ohio. Wolf grew up in Neinstadt, a toen near Kovno, Lithuania. According to the Abelson family, Moses Bilsky, the first known Jewish settler in Ottawa, came from the same area in Lituania and encouraged Wolf to also settle in Ottawa. Wolf established the Rideau House Furnishing Company at 180 Rideau Street. He and wife Julia had seven children; sons Jess, Nathan and Sidney and four daughters, Birdie, Helen, Sarah and Sally. The Abelsons were members of the Adath Jeshurun Congregation and Wolf Abelson served as congregation vice-president during A. J. Freiman’s tenure as president between 1904 to 1930. Jess Abelson (1892-1975), born in Cleveland, Ohio, was an outstanding sportsman. He played football in 1913 - 1914 for the Ottawa Rough Riders and played basketball with the Y.M.C.A. He was also a member of the 1913 Canadian Champion War Canoe Team. In 1920, he became the first scoutmaster of the 39th Jewish Boy Scout Troop, one of the first Jewish scout troops in Canada. In 1920 Jess married Mollie Gray from New York. Their children included Sylvia, Lawrence, Stan, Alan (b. August 27, 1928) and Bobby. Jess was a top salesman with the Northern Life Assurance Company and in later years he was active in curling and was the founder of the Tel Aviv Tennis Club. In 1986, Jess Abelson was the first person inducted into the Ottawa Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. His influence on Ottawa and on the Ottawa Jewish community extended well beyond sports, but as a sports personality he was a paragon of excellence for young Jewish athletes. All of Jess Abelsons sons excelled in sports. Tragically, Flying Officer Lawrence "Duke" Abelson died in a training flight in England November 15, 1943 while serving in World War II. Duke went overseas in the fall of 1942 and with R.C.A.F. Mosquito Squadron. Alan became a lawyer, and lives and works in Ottawa.
Acquisition Source
Sylvia Abelson Gellman, Alan Abelson
Notes
1. Lawrence's nickname Duke came from living on Marlborough Street, Ottawa 2. Recoreded interview with Alan Abelson located in the Local Social History Project series, Jewish Community Council of Ottawa fonds. 3. Alan Abelson provided the details of Wolf Abelson's heritage in September 2006. 4. Duke Abelson’s war service is recorded in 'Canadian Jews in World War II: Part II: casualities' and in 'There I was ... a collection of reminiscences by members of the Ottawa Jewish Community who served in World War II.' 5. Duke Abelson’s commission to Pilot Officer was exhibited in Duke Abelson exhibit, Remembrance Day, 2006. 6. A note from Shirley Berman is attached to the textile items providing additional information.
Related Material
Material related to Jess Abelson in Tel Aviv Tennis Club fonds and Samuel Caplan fonds. Jess Abelson article in Ottawa Jewish Bulletin & Review, December 12, 1986.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Abraham and Dora Lithwick fonds.

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Collection
Abraham and Dora Lithwick fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
muliple media
Fonds No.
I0006
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of newsclipping about Dora and Abraham Lithwick as well as various Lithwick family members; a family tree of the descendants of Naphtulah Hertz Lithwick and Ester Bayla Lerner; a book of Daily Prayers presented to Harold Lithwick on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah, September 11, 194…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Abraham and Dora Lithwick fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
muliple media
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of newsclipping about Dora and Abraham Lithwick as well as various Lithwick family members; a family tree of the descendants of Naphtulah Hertz Lithwick and Ester Bayla Lerner; a book of Daily Prayers presented to Harold Lithwick on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah, September 11, 1948, Audio interview with Dora Lithwick, 1974; Audio interview with Sidney Lithwick, 2007; photographs.
Fonds No.
I0006
History Biographical
Abraham Lithwick (b. 1897 Ritziv, Russia - d. 1953 Ottawa) and Dora (Rosenberg) Lithwick (b. 1897 Rovno, Ukraine - d. January 30, 1980 Ottawa) arrived in Ottawa on July 8, 1921. They were among the large group of immigrants that fled Russia and its pograms in the early 1920's. They operated, Lithwick's, a wholesale and retail store in the Byward Market for 12 years. In 1937, the entire family left Ottawa for Melbourne, Australia where Dora’s father, brothers and uncles had immigrated. Because of an epidemic of infantile paralysis, they returned to Ottawa 15 weeks after their initial departure. Another reason was the unexpected aspect that the Lithwicks would be starting again as immigrants in Australia and learning a new set of rules and regulations for business. Upon their return, Abraham Lithwick turned to real estate and became more involved in the Jewish community. He died in 1953 after a short illness. Shortly after, Dora Lithwick began working toward establishing a home for elderly Jewish people. In 1963, the sod was turned for Hillel Lodge on Wurtemburg Street. Dora Lithwick was a founder and first President of the Ottawa Jewish Home for the Aged. In 1975, she was instrumental in having a religious chapel added to the home and it carried the name Abraham and Dora Lithwick Beth Midrash.
Notes
1. Dora’s father in Australia was working in real estate. 2. Interview with Dora Lithwick gives an excellent overview of shop life during the depression in Ottawa.
Related Material
Related material in Ottawa Jewish Historical Society fonds, Barry Lithwick speech, and a frequently reproduced photograph of Dora and Abraham Lithwick standing in front of their By Ward Market store in the Hugo Levendel fonds.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Abraham and Ginda Rosenblatt Fonds

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Collection
Abraham and Ginda Rosenblatt Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
0.04m of textual record
Fonds No.
1166
Scope and Content
Abraham and Ginda Rosenblatt Fonds contains material regarding the personal and professional lives of Ginda and Abraham Rosenblatt. The fonds consists of four series: correspondence, writing of Abraham Rosenblatt, official docuements and ephemera.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Abraham and Ginda Rosenblatt Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
0.04m of textual record
Scope and Content
Abraham and Ginda Rosenblatt Fonds contains material regarding the personal and professional lives of Ginda and Abraham Rosenblatt. The fonds consists of four series: correspondence, writing of Abraham Rosenblatt, official docuements and ephemera.
Date
1923 and 1965
Fonds No.
1166
Storage Location
JPL-A
History Biographical
Ginda (born. 1891) and Abraham Rosenblatt immigrated from Lipcani, Bessaabia to Toronto in the late 1920's, then moving to Montreal in approximately 1940. Both were social workers affliated with Baron de Hirsch Institute, though Ginda was also a doctor and Abraham is presented as an adminstrator of the People's Library in Briceni, Moldova (also know as Brichon). Inlcuded within the fonds are some of Abraham Rosenblatt's published articles which appear to largely be published anonymously or under the pen name A. Besarbier.
Language
Yiddish
English
Custodial History
The material of the Abraham and Ginda Rosenblatt Fonds was donated to the Jewish Public Library Archives in April 1985 by Dr. Ginda Rosenblatt.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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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 Kert Family fonds

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Collection
Abraham Kert Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 file, 1 photograph
Fonds No.
I0008
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photocopied biographical information, 1 B&W photograph labeled "Three Children 1918" (see 1-108).
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Abraham Kert Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 file, 1 photograph
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photocopied biographical information, 1 B&W photograph labeled "Three Children 1918" (see 1-108).
Date
1977 - 1978
Fonds No.
I0008
History Biographical
Abraham Kert arrived in Canada in 1885 from Lithuania. He landed in Montreal and worked as a farmer and fur trader in various Ontario and Quebec locations, including Lachute, Harrington Lake (near Thurso), Lancaster (Ontario) and Buckingham where there were five other Jewish families. Around 1900, he moved his family to Ottawa “for the social possibilities for his daughters." Abraham Kert married twice and had two families. Mr. Kert was involved in peddling and in selling jewelry in Ottawa. He was an active member of the Adath Jeshurun Congregation. For many years he maintained the Ottawa Jewish Cemetery on Bank Street.
Notes
1. Original Betsy (Elizabeth) Kert wedding invitation, 1901 in Samuel Caplan fonds. 2. Betsy (Elizabeth) Benwick was interviewed by Shirley Berman, 1972, now a CD format. 3. Abraham Kert’s birth date is problematic. The 1901 census lists him as 45 years of age, giving him a birth date of 1856. His headstone in the Ottawa Jewish Cemetery gives his age as 97, with a death date of 1997, and a birth date of 1844. 4. "Three Children" photograph is stored in the Workroom. On its associated card is says "Courtesy of Benwick Family" (see Subject Files). There is a 4x5 negative on file for it.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Abraham Rother Fonds

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Collection
Abraham Rother Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
0.33 m. of textual records and graphic material.
Fonds No.
1397
Scope and Content
Three files of textual records including newspaper clippings, certificates of achievement, synagogue programs, and biographia, as well as scrapbook pages, two dozen family photographs, and two dozen photographs taken by Gerry Sternberg during Operation Magic Carpet.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Abraham Rother Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
0.33 m. of textual records and graphic material.
Scope and Content
Three files of textual records including newspaper clippings, certificates of achievement, synagogue programs, and biographia, as well as scrapbook pages, two dozen family photographs, and two dozen photographs taken by Gerry Sternberg during Operation Magic Carpet.
Date
1940-1960
Fonds No.
1397
Storage Location
JPL Stacks
History Biographical
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rother lived in Westmount, later moving to Peel st. Their children included, Abraham (Abe), Mortimer S. (d. Jan. 7, 1993), Helen, and Sam. Harry, Abe, and Sam were all involved in the garment industry, and all held positions at the Wartime Prices and Trades Board during WWII: Harry was appointed Administrator of the Women’s Coats and Suits Division in 1942. At the same time, Sam was also appointed Director of the Women’s, Misses’, and Children’s Wear Administration. It is noted in the Shaar Hashomayim synagogue bulletin of the same year that in 1944 Harry was honored at a testimonial dinner held by representatives of the women’s clothing trade for his work as Administrator. A year later, in 1945 Abe was appointed to the Wartime Prices and Trade Board as Deputy Administrator of Women’s, Misses, and Children’s wear. Lieut. Mortimer S. Rother married Martha Pesner (d. Jan 24, 1993) on Dec. 16th 1945 at the Mount Royal Hotel. Their marriage took place shortly after his return from war. Mortimer was gravely injured (photos show him with a sling) and newspapers referred to his return as triumphant. Their children were Frances and Philip Levin and Jeffrey Rother. Helen Rother, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rother, married Arthur Mortimer Marion on Jan. 19th 1937, at the Shaar Hashomayim. Abe Rother worked at Falomar Manufacturers Limited, 4530 Clark St. Montreal. He travelled extensively, his trips include: -A 1945 hunting trip to Lac Des Mauves, QC -A 1947 a hunting trip and western tour of B.C -A 1953 15 day cruise to Norwegian Fjords and Northern Cape -A 1956 tour of the world (San Fransico, Honolulu, Tokyo, Odawara, Kyoto, Tokyo, Nikki, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Calcutta, Banaras, New Delhi, Agra, Karachi, Rome, etc.)
Language
English
Accession No.
18-016
Name Access
Rother, Abe.
Subjects
Montreal (Quebec) - Jews
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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