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KORNFELD, Rivka Szure (Szuda).

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KORNFELD, Rivka Szure (Szuda).
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
0.03 metres of textual records.
Fonds No.
P0106
Scope and Content
Photocopies of transcript of recorded memoirs as inmate of Auschwitz concentration camp and victim of Josef Mengele. Photocopies of documents regarding her 1984 trip to Poland. Also photocopies of family documents and photographs from pre-war Poland. Her bookDarkei Yam Suf, in Hebrew and containing…
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KORNFELD, Rivka Szure (Szuda).
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
0.03 metres of textual records.
Scope and Content
Photocopies of transcript of recorded memoirs as inmate of Auschwitz concentration camp and victim of Josef Mengele. Photocopies of documents regarding her 1984 trip to Poland. Also photocopies of family documents and photographs from pre-war Poland. Her bookDarkei Yam Suf, in Hebrew and containing Biblical commentaries, was published by the family in 1984. Family documents and epitaphs.
Date
1938-1984.
Fonds No.
P0106
History Biographical
Rivka Kornfeld was born in 1927. A Holocaust survivor, she was in Auschwitz concentration camp in World War II and was a victim of Dr. Joseph Mengele.
Notes
English, Hebrew and Polish.Mostly photocopies.
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Canadian Jewish Archives
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WEISS, David.

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WEISS, David.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Env. 4 metres of textual records.
Fonds No.
J0004
Scope and Content
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…
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WEISS, David.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Env. 4 metres of textual records.
Scope and Content
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).
Date
1929-1986.
Fonds No.
J0004
History Biographical
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).
Custodial History
The collection is on permanent loan from the Jewish Public Library. It was transfered in spring of 2001.
Notes
The finding aid was producted by the JPL.The Biographical sketch in from the finding aid from the JPL.
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Canadian Jewish Archives
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ROME, David.

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ROME, David.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Env. 1 metres of textual records.
Fonds No.
J0005
Scope and Content
Correspondence. Articles. Note. Manuscript.
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ROME, David.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Env. 1 metres of textual records.
Scope and Content
Correspondence. Articles. Note. Manuscript.
Fonds No.
J0005
History Biographical
Born in Vilna in 1910. He and his family came to Canada in 1921 and settled in Vancouver. There he received his elementary education and a B.A. from the University of British Columbia. He did post-graduate work at the University of Washington and obtained his library degree from McGill University. Later recieved his master's degree from Université de Montréal.Mr. Rome served as editor of the Jewish Western Bulletin in Vancouver, English editor of the Hebrew Daily Journal in Toronto and the Congress Bulletin of Canadian Jewish Congress. Mr. Rome was the national director of the Labour Zionist Movement and later press officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress. In 1953, he assumed the position of the director of the Jewish Public Library.Mr. Rome was the author of several books and the compiler of A Selected Bibliography of Jewish Canadiana. He compiled and edited the Canadian Jewish Congress Archives series. In 1987, Mr. Rome received l'Ordre National du Québec.
Custodial History
The collection is on permanent loan from the Jewish Public Library. It was transferred to the Archives in spring of 2001.
Notes
The finding aid was done for the Jewish Public Library.The biographical sketch is an extract from the finding aid of the Jewish Public library of Canada.
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ROME, David.

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Collection
ROME, David.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
9.57 metres of textual records.
Fonds No.
P0126
Scope and Content
1.57 m. Processed papers: Biographical press clippings. Essays, manuscripts, typescripts about Zionism, British Columbia, Canadian and world Jewish history, ecumenism, Yiddish language, Canadian Jewish Congress, Jewish Public Library, journalism. 8 m. Unprocessed papers: Numerous scrapbooks and mic…
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ROME, David.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
9.57 metres of textual records.
Scope and Content
1.57 m. Processed papers: Biographical press clippings. Essays, manuscripts, typescripts about Zionism, British Columbia, Canadian and world Jewish history, ecumenism, Yiddish language, Canadian Jewish Congress, Jewish Public Library, journalism. 8 m. Unprocessed papers: Numerous scrapbooks and microfilmed documents, reflecting all the affiliations above. A preliminary survey of the collection reveals an emphasis on pre-World War II history of Jewish British Columbia, anti-Semitism in Canada, Montreal Yiddish literary and ideological culture, and Labour Zionism.Addition 2000: Documents and publication from David Rome's residence - several duplicate publications were discarded. Original material, includes : Typed stories by Rome. Research papers by others.
Date
1942-1996.
Fonds No.
P0126
History Biographical
David Rome was born in Lithuania in 1910. He was a librarian, archivist, historian, author; edited Vancouver's Jewish Western Bulletin, Canadian Jewish Congress Bulletin; English page of Toronto's Daily Hebrew Journal; was Press Officer of Canadian Jewish Congress; was Executive Director of Jewish Public Library; founder of Cercle juif de Langue française; Secretary of Committee on Catholic-Jewish Relations; lecturer on Jewish Studies at McGill University; member of Arts Council of the Quebec Ministry of Cultural Affairs, author of 60 books and monographs on Canadian Jewish history and Jewish-gentile relations in Canada; recipient of Ordre Nationale de Québec; Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) Concordia University. He died in 1996.
Custodial History
8 metres of records (P96/01), the contents of his home office, were donated by his family soon after his death. Addition 2000: Was donated by Tibie Flanders, Mr. Rome's daughter.
Notes
Code of unprocessed material is P96/01, P00/09, MC 15.English, Yiddish and French.CJC staff files series 10A and DA 11.1. Canadian Jewish Archives, new series Nos.1-46. Clouds in the Thirties: On Anti-Semitism in Canada 1929-1939 Nos. 1-13.
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WEISS, David.

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Collection
WEISS, David.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1.6 metres of textual records. - 4 sound elements.
Fonds No.
P0152
Scope and Content
Published articles by donor on social services; course outline for Laval School of Social Services; Agency manual for Baron de Hirsch Institute and Jewish Child Welfare Bureau (1968)Addition 1985: Correspondence and reports pertaining to social work in New York and Montreal. Published articles on s…
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WEISS, David.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1.6 metres of textual records. - 4 sound elements.
Scope and Content
Published articles by donor on social services; course outline for Laval School of Social Services; Agency manual for Baron de Hirsch Institute and Jewish Child Welfare Bureau (1968)Addition 1985: Correspondence and reports pertaining to social work in New York and Montreal. Published articles on social work. Biographical press clippings. Addtion 1987: Typescript of unpublished history of Baron de Hirsch Institute 1863-1962. Typescript Saidye Rosner Bronfman, O.B.E. - My Story (edited by Weiss based on interviews recorded by Lillian Reinblatt). 2 tapes of 1966 participation in radio program. Souvenir books from various organizations. Articles & publications by D. WeissAddtion 1992: 2 tapes W.Gittes by D.Weiss; transcript,published version of tapes; RP/article Oral history-takingAddtion 2007: The donation consists mostly of typescripts and published articles by David Weiss. Most of the published articles appeared in the Suburban newspaper of Montreal for the column TOWARDS AN ACTIVE RETIREMENT. Includes a binder of stories in typescript, "The Parable of the Shadow and Other Stories" starting in 1952(-1957?)
Date
1937-1980s.
Fonds No.
P0152
History Biographical
Montreal social worker 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). 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.) He died in 1992.
Custodial History
The collection was donated by David Weiss on Sept. 25, 1984. He made addtions to this collection on Aug. 15, 1985, March 18, 1987, and March 18, 1992. Nancy Weiss, his daughter-in-law, made an addition on April 23, 2007.
Notes
P84/22, P85/21, P87/08, P92/05, and P07/14.Baron de Hirsch Institute agency manual.Adds to existing holdings donated directly by David Weiss on 4 occasions, as well as papers transferred by the JPL on permanent loan.
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Canadian Jewish Archives
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David Slover fonds

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Collection
David Slover fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 box
Fonds No.
I0050
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 2 albums of theatre programs and reviews, news clippings, scripts for plays, and separate theatre programs.
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Collection
David Slover fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 box
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 2 albums of theatre programs and reviews, news clippings, scripts for plays, and separate theatre programs.
Date
1926 - 1958
Fonds No.
I0050
Physical Condition
Two albums restored by Wanda McWilliams, 2001.
History Biographical
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.
Notes
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
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
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Ottawa Jewish Archives
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David A. Golden fonds

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Collection
David A. Golden fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records, 1 newspaper clipping
Fonds No.
I0047
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of: A newspaper clipping: Brown, Dave. (2012, September 12). Telesat's success due to its Golden start. The Ottawa Citizen, p. B1, cont. B2.
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David A. Golden fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records, 1 newspaper clipping
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of: A newspaper clipping: Brown, Dave. (2012, September 12). Telesat's success due to its Golden start. The Ottawa Citizen, p. B1, cont. B2.
Date
2012
Fonds No.
I0047
Storage Location
vault
History Biographical
David A. Golden (b.1920 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) lived much of his life in Ottawa and died in Victoria, British Columbia, on July 20 2012, at the age of 92. He was a lawyer and the first president of Telesat - a company which has been a leader in satellite communications since the birth of the industry. In 1972, the first Canadian satellite, Anik A1, was launched and became the first commercially operated domestic satellite in geostationary orbit. David Golden was the first person to make a telephone call from Ottawa to the far North - an area of the nation previously not serviceable by the microwave towers used by telephone companies up to that time. In 1980, Golden became chairman of the board of Telesat. At the beginning of World War II, Golden was planning to move to England as a Rhodes Scholar, but he instead joined the Canadian Army and spent much of the war as a prisoner of the Japanese. Postwar, he returned to Ottawa, joined the public service, and three years later was named the deputy minister of Defense Production. He left this post shortly after the controversial cancellation of the Avro Arrow project. He became chair of the Parliamentary Centre for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and served as chairman of the board for Carleton University and in 1969 began his career in satellite development. Golden was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and received honorary doctorates from Carleton University and the University of Manitoba. He was the guest of honor at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa in 2010, and received the John H. Chapman Award from the Canadian Space Program for his contributions to that field.
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Ottawa Jewish Archives
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STERN, Ethel and David

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STERN, Ethel and David
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
28 photographs. - Env. 0.06 metres of textual records.
Fonds No.
P0253
Scope and Content
The documents in the collection consist of 5 paper files as well as a file of photographs. The document files are 1) documents related to JIAS history, programs and administration, including some newsletter articles written by Ethel Stern and others by Joseph Kage; 2) JIAS administrative and person…
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STERN, Ethel and David
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
28 photographs. - Env. 0.06 metres of textual records.
Scope and Content
The documents in the collection consist of 5 paper files as well as a file of photographs. The document files are 1) documents related to JIAS history, programs and administration, including some newsletter articles written by Ethel Stern and others by Joseph Kage; 2) JIAS administrative and personnel correspondence with Ethel Stern, as well as correspondence from other sources related to her life and career; 3) letters sent to Ethel Stern, mostly expressions of gratitude from JIAS clients; 4) JIAS client case information and attestations written by Ethel Stern (this file carries restrictions on names); 5) Photographs. There are 5 small colour snapshots of Ethel Stern's retirement party at JIAS,1983, and 4 small black and white photos including portraits of Ethel and David Stern plus a small snapshot of Ethel outside the JIAS building early in her career there (circa 1938). There are 18 black and white 8"x10" prints of JIAS events and staff groups. File 6) pertains to Ethel's husband David Stern, a German Jew who was interned during WWII. The file contains biographical information, much of it as used when making a postwar restitution claim against the German government.
Date
ca. 1938-1983.
Fonds No.
P0253
History Biographical
Born in Mogiliov Podol, Russia in 1913, Ethel Polisuk Stern was nine years old when she immigrated to Montreal Canada with her family in 1922. She began working at the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (JIAS) in the 1930s, after living down the street from the organization's Esplanade Street building in her teen years. She was a social worker for JIAS from the 1930s until her retirement in 1983. Ethel's husband David Leo Stern was born in Germany in 1916, living with his family in Cologne before the war. He escaped to England in 1939 and was sent to Canada as an internee in 1940. He was released in 1942 to work in a shoe factory. Ethel and David Stern did not have any children. David Stern died in 1967. Ethel Stern died in July,1995.
Custodial History
The collection was donated by Rosa Finestone, Ethel's niece, on August 5, 2015
Notes
Alpha-numeric designations: P15/18.General note: Adds to major collections at CJCCCNA by providing a personal perspective for the JIAS organizational records.
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David Appotive fonds

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Collection
David Appotive fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
sound recording
graphic material
Physical Description
2 sound recordings, 5 photographs : b&w
Fonds No.
I0048
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of Discharge Certificate, November 14, 1945; a photograph of soldiers in an informal group, oral history audio cassette of David interviewed by Sylvia Kershman, June, 2001 and Appotive Family History presented September 23, 2004.
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David Appotive fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
sound recording
graphic material
Physical Description
2 sound recordings, 5 photographs : b&w
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of Discharge Certificate, November 14, 1945; a photograph of soldiers in an informal group, oral history audio cassette of David interviewed by Sylvia Kershman, June, 2001 and Appotive Family History presented September 23, 2004.
Date
1945 and 2003
Fonds No.
I0048
History Biographical
David Appotive (b. February 17, 1917 - d. December 30, 2009) was born in Zhitomir, Russia. He was the son of Abraham and Sarah (Viner) Appotive. The Appotive family; including sons David, Rudy, Joe and Ben, immigrated to Canada and arrived in Montreal around December 24, 1925 where they initially stayed with Viner relatives. Ottawa was their chosen destination as Sarah’s mother, Gittel Viner, lived here. David and his brothers attended York Street School and continued their education at the High School of Commerce. After high school, David apprenticed as a bookkeeper with Martin Levinson, Chartered Accountant. After working for S&S Auto Parts (Saslove & Stone) he enlisted in the Canadian armed forces and in the summer of 1942 was sent overseas along with brothers Rudy and Joe. David was assigned to the Royal Canadian Engineers. “They built bridges for the Canadian, British and American armies. They were bombed, shelled and lived through terrible times, especially in Holland”. He returned safely to civilian life in Ottawa and engaged in several business ventures. Before deployment in 1942, David married Edith Feldblum. They had four surviving children, Gloria, Sharon, Jeffrey and Donna and another that passed away. The Appotive Family attended Machzikei Hadas Synagogue.
Notes
1. Quotation taken from audio cassette transcript.
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David Epstein fonds

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Collection
David Epstein fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
textual records, 29 B&W photographs, 1 oil painting
Fonds No.
I0049
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of programs from the David and Rachel Epstein Foundation Scholarships (February 13, 1996, February 16, 1998 and March 7, 2000); Certificates (including the Justice of the Peace, August 1931 and November 1935, and The Board of Trade of the City of Ottawa, March 23, 1933 - see 1-1008-0…
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David Epstein fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
textual records, 29 B&W photographs, 1 oil painting
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of programs from the David and Rachel Epstein Foundation Scholarships (February 13, 1996, February 16, 1998 and March 7, 2000); Certificates (including the Justice of the Peace, August 1931 and November 1935, and The Board of Trade of the City of Ottawa, March 23, 1933 - see 1-1008-01/02/03); Certificates from the JNF Tree Fund; Miscellaneous business records; A letter from Mayor Charlotte Whitten (November 29, 1954); A condolence book; A Jewish New Years card; Book of Ethics (in Yiddish); Last will and testament; Various newspaper clippings; Folder of textual records of his brother Soloman Epstein (including death certificate (d. 20 September 1953); Passports and application for non-immigrant visa - October 15, 1945; 2000/2001 graduate calendar from Carleton University; A scrapbook with newspaper clippings (1919-1957), 28 B&W photographs, a framed oil painting of David Epstein done in 1935 on masonite by artist Miriam [last name unknown]; A pin.
Date
1919 - 1998
Fonds No.
I0049
Conservation
Newspaper clipping entitled Loyal welcome voiced by member Jewish Community, May 16, 1939, was removed from a frame.
History Biographical
David Epstein was born in Keltz, Poland in 1884; one of seven children. He was married at the age of 20 to Rachel with whom he immigrated to Canada for both a better life and as a way to help his family financially. In Ottawa, David worked as a tailor’s apprentice. He soon opened his own tailor shop where Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Laurier was a regular customer. His business grew and became successful as the Prime Minister encouraged the Privy Counselors to have Mr. Epstein look after their repairs and to order their suits from him. His success allowed him to invest in Ottawa real estate. He would purchase small houses and sell them at a reasonable profit. Those small profits increased and his many dealings made him an affluent person. David traveled extensively. By 1931, he had visited every American State, Cuba, and Mexico, and every Canadian Province. He spent winters in Florida each year. David was elected by the Ottawa City Council as a member of the Court of Revision relating to assessment appeals and was appointed Justice of the Peace for the County of Carleton by the Provincial Government. He was at one point considered for a seat in the Senate of Canada. David Epstein did not recieve formal schooling which motivated him to ensure that others were provided with the opportunity for continued study. Upon David’s death, on July 16, 1968, his will provided for the establishment of the David and Rachel Epstein Foundation, devoted to the Jewish charitable, religious and educational organizations, and also for Carleton University. The Epstein’s generosity is commemorated by a plaque in the Soloway Jewish Community Centre and by the annual award of the Epstein Scholarships at Carleton University.
Acquisition Source
Earl Maser
Notes
1. Biographical information was obtained from a speech given by Hy Maser and from a program for the David and Rachel Epstein Foundation Scholarships.
Related Material
Jewish Community Council of Ottawa fonds, Standing Committees, David and Rachel Epstein Foundation.
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