Biography and personal papers. Correspondence. Professional articles (social welfare manuscripts and typescripts, published materials with supporting material and documentation, Baron de Hirsch Institute, government, organizations, notes for lectures, TV scripts and related material). Educational a…
Biography and personal papers. Correspondence. Professional articles (social welfare manuscripts and typescripts, published materials with supporting material and documentation, Baron de Hirsch Institute, government, organizations, notes for lectures, TV scripts and related material). Educational activities (courses, lectures, announcements, notes, documentation, memos). Literary activities (manuscripts, drafts, notes, typescripts, clippings).
David Weiss was born in New York City (1914). He was educated at the College of the City of New York (B.S.S., 1937) and at Columbia University's New York School of Social Work (Dip. S.W., 1940). From 1947 to 1970, he served as Executive Director of the Baron de Hirsch Institute and Jewish Child Welfare Bureau, a multiple-service family and child welfare agency in Montreal. Between 1950 and 1968, he served as visiting lecturer at the McGill University School of Social Work. Between 1961 and 1970, he appeared regularly on television, as moderator of the public service program Forum on CFCF-TV (Montreal). From 1974 to 1967, he was a member of the Quebec government's first Superior Council of the Family, and from 1970 to 1975 was a Commissioner on the Quebec Social Aid and Allocations Appeal Board. Between 1970 and 1980 David Weiss served as coordinator of the Recreation Leadership Training Program at Dawson College (Montreal). He was also a guest lecturer at the Buffalo, Ottawa and Laval Schools of Social Work, at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University, Montreal) and at the Saidye Bronfman Centre (Montreal). He acted as a consultant for a number of organizations and served as treasurer of the Canadian Centre P.E.N. International (1980-1982). He died in 1992.David Weiss's publications include the textbook Principles of Administration in Social Agencies (1956), Existential Human Relations (1975), and numerous articles and poems in professional and popular journals. Topics include leisure, human relations, and social work. A naturalized Canadian citizen, David Weiss was the recipient of the Queen's Coronation Medal (1953) and the Centennial Canada Medal (1967).
The collection is on permanent loan from the Jewish Public Library. It was transfered in spring of 2001.
The finding aid was producted by the JPL.The Biographical sketch in from the finding aid from the JPL.
Fonds consists of 2 albums of theatre programs and reviews, news clippings, scripts for plays, and separate theatre programs.
1926 - 1958
Two albums restored by Wanda McWilliams, 2001.
David Slover arrived in Ottawa from Montreal in 1922 as a young man. He was born on January 22, l897, Suchawa, Austria. At the age of 12 in 1908 he immigrated to Montreal. He had received his early dramatic training in Montreal under the guidance of B. Z. Goldberg. He moved to Ottawa because of an uncle living in Ottawa.
He organized the Ottawa Jewish Literary and Dramatic Society which presented regular dramatic performances. He also acted as the dramatic director of Ottawa Young Judaea between 1924 and 1934. In 1935 he assisted with the first Jewish Drama Festival in Canada and directed the Ottawa production entitled “His children” which won second place. Also in 1935 he became the director of the Jewish Theatre Guild (Ottawa Jewish Theatre Guild). He consistently endeavoured to raise the cultural level of those interested in drama. By 1937, he had directed forty-nine plays.
For many years David Slover was the motivating force behind Jewish dramatic productions in this city and was well known to the theatre going public at large. He was a member of the Ottawa Drama League. He starred in numerous plays and also directed and produced a great number.
The last play of the Jewish Theatre Guild was “The world of Sholom Aleichem”, produced and directed by David Slover in the Jewish Community Centre in 1956 and his son Norman assisted with the lighting. He also played the role of Mendele, the bookseller.
David Slover was in business in Ottawa, operating the Mannequin Dress Shop on Bank Street. At one time he had two shops on Bank Street. Later he expanded with Morley’s on Elgin, one on Wellington and eventually one in Hull. He was helped by his wife and eventually his son Morley joined the family business. He married Belle Flesher of Ottawa in 1936 and they and had three children, Norman (married Sandra Levine), Morley and Beverley.
1. Early history taken from December 7, 8, 1937 program of The Jewish Theatre Guild in “Kibitzer” and December 5, 6, 1938 program of the Jewish Theatre Guild in “Room Service”.
2. Personal information obtained from Norman Slover, April, 2006. He mentioned that Mrs. Dora Green, Lorne Green’s mother was part of a theatrical group and also that Lorne Green was a regular performer of small theatricals produced on Sundays.
3. John Holzman recalls that down town businessmen met at the old bus terminal, Albert Street for lunch each day, April, 2006.
4. The uncle was Frank Slover’s father.
Related material in Young Judaea Ottawa fonds, Jewish Stage Players fonds, Jewish People’s School Ottawa fonds = Jeoash Folk Shule Ottawa fonds, Jewish Theatre Guild +Ottawa Jewish Theatre Guild