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MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE

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Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE
Description Level
Fonds
Fonds No.
MHMC-01
Scope and Content
The MHMC acquires and preserves artefacts, documents and testimonies of Holocaust witnesses for study, reference, and presentation to the public, together with information about them. The Museum collection holds more than 9,700 items consisting of over 4,800 textual records (including 2,000 items o…
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Collection
MONTREAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTRE
Description Level
Fonds
Scope and Content
The MHMC acquires and preserves artefacts, documents and testimonies of Holocaust witnesses for study, reference, and presentation to the public, together with information about them. The Museum collection holds more than 9,700 items consisting of over 4,800 textual records (including 2,000 items of correspondence), 3,400 graphic material items (including 3,000 photographs) and 1,500 objects related to the history of the Holocaust. Among the objects collected are personal objects, household items, ceremonial artefacts, currency and artworks created before and during the Second World War. The majority of these objects is directly linked to personal stories and therefore has a unique value. The items in collection originate from over 60 different countries and are written in 30 different languages. The collection also comprises over 3,000 hours of video interviews representing the life stories of 500 Holocaust survivors interviewed by the MHMC. Materials in the MHMC Collection illustrate and document the prewar life of communities that were persecuted by the Nazi party (National Socialist German Workers' Party or NSDAP) regime; the crimes of the NSDAP regime and its collaborators; the world's response to the NSDAP regime and its occupation of Europe and the experience of Holocaust victims including resistance, rescue, and life in hiding. The Collection also holds items recording the experience of Holocaust survivors after Liberation, such as the postwar resettlement experience (Displaced Persons' camp), the re-emergence of Jewish life after the war and immigration of Holocaust survivors to Canada directly after the war and the pursuit of justice through war crimes trials.
Date
[1700-2008].
Fonds No.
MHMC-01
History Biographical
The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre was founded in 1979 by a group of Holocaust survivors and other members of the Montreal Jewish community. The first objects, documents and photographs which were to form the basis of the collection were donated by Holocaust survivors living in Montreal. The MHMC museum was opened in 1979 to the public in the Federation CJA building on Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road and soon reached schools and other groups with temporary exhibitions and survivor testimony. In 1991, the Centre was incorporated under federal jurisdiction. In 2001, the Quebec Minister of Culture and Communications recognized the Centre as a museum institution. In June 2003, following a period of renovations and extension, the new permanent exhibition of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Museum was inaugurated by Canada's Prime Minister and the Premier of Quebec. The MHMC Museum is open to the public year-round and presents over 380 artefacts in its permanent exhibition. The Museum now reaches over 15,500 visitors each year, as well as many thousands other participants through educational events and pedagogical tools. The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre educates people of all ages and backgrounds about the Holocaust, while sensitizing the public to the universal perils of antisemitism, racism, hate and indifference. Through its Museum, its commemorative programs and educational initiatives, the Centre promotes respect for diversity and the sanctity of human life.
Notes
General note :The Collection is documented according to the Info-Muse Network documentation system based on standards proposed by the Canadian Heritage Information Network.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre
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SIVAK, Max : Labour Zionist Alliance leader, Montreal.

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Collection
SIVAK, Max : Labour Zionist Alliance leader, Montreal.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Env. 0.03 metres of textual records. - 12 photographs.
Fonds No.
P0239
Scope and Content
Binder of newsclippings, correspondence and photographs pertaining to the experiences of donor?s father Max Sivak in the Labour Zionist movement in Montreal, 1964-1995. Most of the material is in Yiddish. Also a family portrait photograph , circa 1945. English letters to the editor, biographical in…
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SIVAK, Max : Labour Zionist Alliance leader, Montreal.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Env. 0.03 metres of textual records. - 12 photographs.
Scope and Content
Binder of newsclippings, correspondence and photographs pertaining to the experiences of donor?s father Max Sivak in the Labour Zionist movement in Montreal, 1964-1995. Most of the material is in Yiddish. Also a family portrait photograph , circa 1945. English letters to the editor, biographical information, and 2 photos of Labour Zionist events.
Date
[1950]-1995.
Fonds No.
P0239
History Biographical
Max (Motel) Sivak was born in June 1909. Max Sivak and his family arrived in Montreal in 1923 as Jewish WWI refugees from the Ukraine. Having already joined the Hashomer Hatzair Movement at the age of eleven, at eighteen he became part of a hachshara settlement in Western Canada, and at 22 joined a Kibbutz in mandate Eretz Yisrael. While in Israel, he married Chienka Levine, who he had met as a teenager in Montreal. Chienka, who was an ardent Labour Zionist as well, had come to Canada with her family in the 1920s and made aliyah to Israel a year after Max. They returned to Montreal shortly before WWII with their daughter Miriam, and their family was completed a few years later by the birth of their son Jacob. In 1944, Sivak joined the Zhitlovsky branch of the Farband Labour Zionist Alliance. As LZA chairman he was delegate to several plenary assemblies of Canadian Jewish Congress and was elected several times to the executive of CJC, Quebec Region. After Chienka Sivak died in 1997, Max Sivak moved to Toronto, where he died in 2002 at the age of 93
Custodial History
The collection was donated by Jake Sivak on Dec. 15 and 24, 2010
Notes
P10/21.Yiddish and English.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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Bialystoker Centre of Montreal

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Collection
Bialystoker Centre of Montreal Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
0.5m textual material
Fonds No.
1238
Scope and Content
Consists of financial and administrative records as well as correspondence sent and received by the organization.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Bialystoker Centre of Montreal Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
0.5m textual material
Scope and Content
Consists of financial and administrative records as well as correspondence sent and received by the organization.
Fonds No.
1238
Storage Location
JPL
History Biographical
The Centre was officially established in January 1944, the Women's Committee was established in the spring of the same year. Membership consisted of 300 people. The aim of the Centre was to provide help to Bialystok survivors of the War. Contacted through newspapers in Europe the survivors wrote to the Centre, identifying themselves as Bialystokers. Every letter was answered and packages of food, clothes, and money were sent back to them. Money was raised either through membership dues or by private donations. Teas, raffles, souvenir albums were also organized as fundraisers. The Centre cooperated with other relief agencies in Montreal, especially the Federation of Polish Jews. It also maintained contact with Bialystoker Centers around the world. The Centre's most active years were from 1945 to 1955. It was never officially disbanded. As of 1986, members were still receiving letters.
Language
Yiddish; English; Polish
Subjects
Displaced persons
Bialystok (Poland)
Bialystoker Center of Montreal
Archival / Genealogical
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Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Emunah Women of Ottawa fonds

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Collection
Emunah Women of Ottawa fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 box of textual records, B&W photographs
Fonds No.
O0010
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of: Administrative and Financial Documents. It also contains documents pertaining to events organized by the Mizrachi Chapter. The Life Story of Rabbinat Sarah Herzog; News of Ottawa Chapter meeting - 1964; Minutes - 1972; National: Proposed resolutions presented at the 25th Nation…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Emunah Women of Ottawa fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 box of textual records, B&W photographs
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of: Administrative and Financial Documents. It also contains documents pertaining to events organized by the Mizrachi Chapter. The Life Story of Rabbinat Sarah Herzog; News of Ottawa Chapter meeting - 1964; Minutes - 1972; National: Proposed resolutions presented at the 25th National Convention - Nov 24-26 1974; Constitution - May 1984; Fourth World Convention documents - 1990; National: 30th National Convention - March 1992; National: 32nd National Convention - Apr 25-26 41999; National: 32nd National Convention - 1999; Finance: Receipts - 1972, 1977; Finance: Statement of receipts and disbursements of Mizrachi - Aug 1991; Correspondence - 1940-1941, 1999; Correspondence - 1982-1997; Annual Souvenir Journal - 1949, 1950; Annual Calendars - 1985-1988; Annual Souvenir Journal and Calendar - 1989, 1991; Programs - 1946-1949; Invitations: 1952-1957, 1978, 1999; Mothers in Israel: Tea invitations, programs - 1977-1979; Programs: 50th Anniversary Gala - 1999; Mothers in Israel: programs - 1999-2013; Mizrachi Brochures, Workshop Materials - 1978-1982; The Emunah Woman, Emunah Kol - 1986, 1989, 1991-1992; Newsletters - 1989, 1991; Goals and Accomplishments of the Emunah women of Ottawa; Photographs: Groups photo of Ottawa Chapter;
Date
1907 - 2013 with gaps
Fonds No.
O0010
History Biographical
The first chapter in Ottawa was organized in 1940 by Mrs I. I. Lieff under the name Mizrachi Women’s Organization of Ottawa. Mrs F. Rochlan became president of the first Ottawa chapter. Mrs. Hy Bessin was a later president. The chapter supported religious Zionism by contributing to a network of religious, social service and educational institutions in Israel.
Notes
1. Formerly called Mizrachi Women’s Council of Ottawa. 2. Organizational history taken from Canadian Jewish reference book and directory, 1963. 3. There are many gaps in the records for the time period 1960s and 1980-1998. 4. Donated by various individuals, including Elaine Brodsky.
Related Material
Related material of Mizrachi Women’s Council of Ottawa annual reports in Ottawa Vaad Ha’Ir fonds. Minutes series. Annual reports, l950's.
Archival / Genealogical
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Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Na'amat Pioneer Women, Ottawa Council fonds

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Collection
Na'amat Pioneer Women, Ottawa Council fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
7 boxes of textual records, telephone directories and photographs
Fonds No.
O0032
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of minutes, correspondence (1948-1950, 1971-1988, 1991-2000), souvenir booklets (1949-2000), newsletters (1957 - 2000), news clippings (1958 - 2000), financial records (1952, 1957, 1990), membership lists (1968-1988), Na’amat programs, a mock-up of the Silver Anniversary Edition of t…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Na'amat Pioneer Women, Ottawa Council fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
7 boxes of textual records, telephone directories and photographs
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of minutes, correspondence (1948-1950, 1971-1988, 1991-2000), souvenir booklets (1949-2000), newsletters (1957 - 2000), news clippings (1958 - 2000), financial records (1952, 1957, 1990), membership lists (1968-1988), Na’amat programs, a mock-up of the Silver Anniversary Edition of the Ottawa Jewish Telephone Directory (1951), 10 B&W photographs, old telephone directories. BOX LIST: BOX 1 - Aministration, Correspondence, Financial, Cards and Certificates [Partially Restricted] Correspondence: Kinnereth - 1948-1950; Correspondence: General - 1980-1987; [Restricted] Correspondence: General - 1970-1978; Correspondence: General - 1980-1984; Correspondence: General - 1985-1986; Correspondence: General - 1987-1988; Correspondence: General - 1991-2003; Certificates: Contains a Canada Friendship Forest commemorating 21 trees planted in Israel in honour of the Golda Meir Group of Pioneer Women in Bebe Idelson Forest - 1971, and an Award Certificate for Ann Pepper of the Golda Meir Chapter for dedication - 1974; Cards: Contains various blank cards produced by Na'amat, "Spiritual Adoption" cards and pamphlets, Na'amat "Friend for Life" forms, a plastic folder with images of two small children along with a certificate stating their "spiritual adoption" and placement in a Child Care Home in Israel for one year; Fundraising Materials; Receipts and Cheque Stubs; Financial Records: Chana Szenes - 1967-1990; Bank Statements - 1983-1984. Files contain financial records for the Ottawa Council, Chana Senesh and Golda Meir. Ottawa Council records include temporary receipt books, bills, bank books, cancelled cheques for 1983; cheque register - 1980-1986; quota sheets - 1980-1982, 1985-1986; financial reports - 1982-1988; receipt records - 1980-1987; two sample cheques - 1982, 1986 (Sample cheques maintained to indicate signing officers). Chana Senesh records include disbursement and receipt records - 1967-1990 and financial reports - 1975-1976, 1987-1989. Golda Meir records are temporary receipt books - 1980-1981. Financial Records Council: Miscellaneous; Donors List: Spiritual Adopt a Child; [Restricted] BOX 2 - History, Minutes, Administration Artifacts: Envelope of Anna Pepper's Na'amat pins; History: Founding of Pioneer Women in Ottawa. Brief history of activities and names of officers of different groups between 1938 and 1973. Handwritten; History: Pioneer Women Ottawa's Kinnereth Branch - 1946-1966; History: Souvenir Booklets. File contains: Annual souvenir program, Annual donor dinner - 1949, Silver Jubilee book: Pioneer Women 25th anniversary [published by Ottawa Pioneer Women, 1950], Annual souvenir program, Pioneer Women's Organization of Ottawa - 1952, Fourth triennial convention, Pioneer Women, Ottawa - 1975 (includes passport, luncheon ticket, closing banquet program and menu), This is your life on flashback - 1963 (by Miriam Paghis, Mrs Kauffman, Miriam Goldstein, Sally Schneider, Zelaine Shinder and Dvora Browns). Administration: Minutes, Golda Meir (Yiddish) - 1965-1968; Administration: Minutes, Golda Meir (Translations from Yiddish) - 1965-1968; Administration: Minutes, Kinnereth - 1946-1953; Administration: Minutes, Kinnereth - 1953-1954; Administration: Minutes, Kinnereth - 1954-1955; Administration: Minutes, Kinnereth - 1955-1956; Administration: Minutes, Kinnereth - 1956-1957; Administration: Minutes, Kinnereth - 1958-1962 (1970 minutes of Kinnereth destroyed, some sent to National Office Archives in Montreal); Administration: Minutes, Chana Szenesh - 1973-1974, 1984-1987; Administration: Minutes, Otzma - 2004; Administration: Minutes, Pioneer Women's Council of Ottawa - 1965-1970; Administration: Minutes, Pioneer Women's Council of Ottawa - 1971-1976; Administration: Minutes, Pioneer Women's Council of Ottawa - 1977-1988; Administration: Minutes, Pioneer Women's Council of Ottawa - 1990-1993; Administration: Minutes, Pioneer Women's Council of Ottawa - 1994-1999; Administration: Minutes, Pioneer Women's Council of Ottawa - 2000-2005; Administration: Membership Lists - 1977-2004 (with gaps); Reports - 1957-1976; Reports - 1981-2003; Ottawa City Report for Na'amat Canada National Board Meetings - 1997-2002; BOX 3 - Programs, Newsletters, Resource Materials, Invitations, Clippings, Periodicals Administration: Minutes, Pioneer Women's Organization of Canada - 1974; Zelaine Shinder's Speeches (handwritten); Presentations by Sonia Viner (handwritten) - 1958-1971 (with gaps); Programs: Invitations, Notices, Fliers - 1960's-1980's; Programs: Invitations, Programs - 1990-2005; Programs: Invitations, Notices, Otzma Chapter - 2005; Programs: 14th Triennial Convention - 2005; Programs: Donok Dinner - 1975, 1976; Programs: Plays. "The successors of Hannah", arranged by Dina Shalom, Ottawa Council. "The plight of the cultural chairman", written by Jean Harrison, Dagania Group, Pioneer Women's Organization of Montreal. "The twentieth anniversary of Pioneer Women in Ottawa", arranged by Sophie Katz - 1958. "Life in ancient Persia", an original skit written by Sonia Viner, Dvora Browns, Miriam Paghis and Freda Shwatrzman for Ottawa Pioneer Women. "I want to join", a playlet by Layah Borod - 1974; Programs: Skits from the Sonia Viner collection; Programs: Forum on Medical Intervention, Dilemma for the 90's. Correspondence of Lillian Laks for the forum. Moderated by Bernard Starkman - 1992; Programs: Women's Seder, Na’amat Otzma’s 4th annual women's seder prepared by Kayla Estrin, Jenny Shinder and Ilana Albert-Novic using the Women’s Hagaddah by E. M. Broner an the Ma’yan Passover Hagaddah - 2000-2004; Programs: What's Cooking with Israeli Wine? - 1971; Programs: 75th Anniversary Candlelighting Ceremony, Written and directed by Layah Surchin Borod - 2000; Programs: Building Project of Pioneer Women Na'Amat, Givatayim - 1987; Clippings: Articles about the 20th anniversary party of Pioneer Women in Ottawa - 1958; Honouring Anna Pepper, a Pioneer founder - 1968; Silver anniversary of Ottawa Jewish Reference Telephone Directory - 1976; Photocopies of Pioneer Women (in the US) - 1980, and other events; Newsletters: Achshav - 1990-2008 (with gaps); Newsletters: Pioneer Women's Bulletin - 1957-1972; Newsletters: 1974-2010; Resource Materials: Israel Publications; Resource Materials: Pioneer Women, New York; Resource Materials: Pioneer Women, Canada; Resource Materials: Pioneer Women, Canada - 1990's; Resource Materials: Periodicals, Pioneer Women; Resource Materials: Periodicals, Pioneer Women of Canada; Resource Materials: Periodicals, Convention Issues; Resource Materials: Periodicals, Na'amat Notes; Resource Materials: Periodicals; Resource Materials: Pamphlet, Get to know Na'amat Canada; BOX 4 - Series: Telephone Directores Artifact: Sonia Viner's "Cash Book". Contains a write-up by Sonia exaplining the purpose of the book; Artifact: Six handwritten ledgers containing information on people, their advertisements purchased and number of telephone directories purchased; Telephone: Financial Records (two files). Includes advertising account books, individual subscriptions for the telephone directories 1951-1958, printing bills 1973-1977, financial statements 1953, 1972,1980; Telephone: Correspondence. Includes a letter typed by Sonia Viner introducing the first copy of the telephone directory and other letters concerning the publication and distribution of the directories - 1951-1982 (with gaps); Telephone: Silver Anniversary Mock-up (3 files). Files contain the mock-up for the publication of the 1975 telephone directory along with notes and correspondence for changes in business and personal entries - 1975; Telephone: History of the Directory. Handwritten by Sonia Viner - 1982; Telephone: 50th Anniversary of the Directory Pamphlet. Contains a "Milestones" list - 2001; Telephone Directory Listing Cards. Three cards post marked 1969, five cards postmarked 1974; BOX 5 - Series: Telephone Directories Directories are reference books of members of the Ottawa Jewish community with addresses and telephone numbers, community services and primarily Ottawa businesses. It is published annually. The Labour Zionist Council of Ottawa, the first publisher, was joined by Pioneer Women in 1955. The Histadrut League and Pioneer Women Na'amat were publishers between 1970 and 1987. Na'amat published the directory from 1988 onwards. Harry Shinder and Sonia Viner were the founders of the 1st edition. Ottawa was the first Jewish community in Canada to publish a telephone directory and the idea was introduced by Mrs. Max Baylin. The title changed from the Jewish Reference Book and Telephone Directory in 1951 to the Ottawa Jewish Reference Book and Telephone Directory in 1952, and other variations over the years. Ottawa Jewish Telephone Directory - 1951-1982 (1953 missing); BOX 6 - Series: Telephone Directories Ottawa Jewish Telephone Directory - 1983-2000; BOX 7 - Series: Telephone Directories Ottawa Jewish Telephone Directories - 2001- ;
Date
1938-
Fonds No.
O0032
History Biographical
Ottawa Council of Pioneer Women Na'amat is a branch of Na'amat Pioneer Women of Canada. Na'amat is Nashim Avdot Umitnavot, a Hebrew Acronym for the Movement of Working Women and Volunteers. In Canada, branches provide a broad spectrum of social services to raise the quality of life for women, youth and children in Israel. It is also engaged in disseminating the Labour Zionist viewpoint among North American women. Pioneer Women was founded in 1921 in Palestine as Moetzet Hapoalot, or, Working Women's Council. Initially, Canadian groups were affiliated directly with American ones. In 1965 however, Canadian women formed a separate organization and gathered for its founding convention in 1966. Afterwards, the name changed in Israel in 1975 to Na'amat, it was subsequently adopted in Canada in 1976. In Ottawa, the first group of Pioneer Women was founded in late 1938 under the guidance of Mrs. Dora Green. That group was named Golda Myerson, and later renamed Golda Meir. Program material was both cultural and political, and meetings were conducted in Yiddish. The second group, Dagania, was formed in December, 1943. It was the first English speaking group under the guidance of Sylvia Shinder and Ida Krakover. In 1970 it was renamed Degania. The third group, also English speaking, was organized in October, 1959 with the name Kinnereth, along with Mrs. Dina Shalom as chairman. It was noted for its cultural programs. A fourth group which functioned in the 1940's was Zionia. A fifth group, Chana Senesh, was founded by Sonia Viner in 1959. It stopped functioning about 1985 but resumed activities in 1993. Other groups include Tikvad, Medina active in the 1950's, Aviva formed in 1975, Nitzah formed in 1986 by young women and new mothers, and Ahava which formed in 1989. Otzma was founded in 1996. Among a variety of fund raising activities, the publication of the Ottawa Jewish Telephone Directory predominates. It was started by Arthur and Sonia Viner.
Custodial History
Acquired from Sonia Viner (Mrs. Arthur Viner); Gladys Greenberg (Mrs John Greenberg) in 1982; Miriam Paghis, 1997, Accrual of Chana Senesh minutes, (1971 - 1988) in 1998. Council minutes, 1990 to 1994, donated by Rosalie Schwartz and Sarah Morgan, January, 2001. 1990's, 2000 - 2005 accruals of material donated by Sarah Beutel.
Notes
1. As of 2001, Chana Senesh, Aviva and Otzma were active chapters. 2. Photographs 4-026, 4-027, 4-032, 4-152, 4-165, 4-166, 4-252, 4-254, 4-256, 4-257 are described in the photograph database. 3. Copies of telephone directory added annually. 4. 1953 and 1969 telephone directory are missing and assumed unpublished. 5. Pins donated by Esther Ages (as of March, 2008, placed with Esther and Matt Ages fonds). 6. 14 pins donated by Anna Pepper 7. Telephone directories transferred to the archives annually. 8. Two copies of 1952, 1963, 1974, 1984 and 1991 retained to support policy of collecting two copies of one year in each decade. 9. Mrs. Anna Pepper was a strong supporter of Pioneer Women and served in several capacities including Advisory to Ottawa Pioneer Women, National Board Member, Honourary Histadrut Chairman of Women’s Division. Mrs. Miriam Paghis, at the time a young Pioneer Women’s member, recalls Anna Pepper as a “great fund raiser - no one could raise money as she could.” Mrs. Pepper was a member of the Golda Meir group, extremely active and loved the organization according to Ethel Malek.
Access Restriction
Correspondence about individual donations restricted for 35 years. Donor dinner lists for Anna Pepper, 1980, Sylvia Shinder scholarship fund, 1980, donor dinner, 1985, and Spiritual adoption lists restricted for 35 years.
Related Material
Related information in Sonia and Arthur Viner fonds
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Ottawa Women’s ORT fonds

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Collection
Ottawa Women’s ORT fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
textual records ; 35 photographs ; 2 objects
Fonds No.
O0049
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created by the organization in Ottawa, as well as National and International ORT offices. Records are organized into the following series: Series 1 : Minutes and Reports; Series 2 : Constitution; Series 3 : Correspondence; Series 4 : Publicity; Series 5 : Membership; Serie…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ottawa Women’s ORT fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
textual records ; 35 photographs ; 2 objects
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created by the organization in Ottawa, as well as National and International ORT offices. Records are organized into the following series: Series 1 : Minutes and Reports; Series 2 : Constitution; Series 3 : Correspondence; Series 4 : Publicity; Series 5 : Membership; Series 6 : Programs; Series 7 : financial; Series 8 : Photographs and Artifacts.
Date
1948 - 2001
Fonds No.
O0049
Storage Location
C.1.1
C.1.2
C.1.3
C.1.4
History Biographical
ORT (initials of Russian Obshchestvo Rasprostraneniya Truda Sredi Yevreyev), the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training, was founded in Russia in 1880 to promote vocational training of trades and agriculture among impoverished Jews. Now it is dedicated to filling the skills-training needs of Jewish people throughout the world. Canadian ORT’s primary objective is to promote vocational training, both technical and agricultural, for children and adults in the Canadian ORT schools in Israel. Ottawa Women’s ORT was founded in 1948. First executive consisted of Mrs. A.M. Goldman, Chairman, Mrs. Myer Dunsiger, Recording Secretary, Mrs. A.R. Millar, Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Sam Greenberg, Treasurer. The Ottawa region consists of chapters, each geared to satisfy a range of interests and more or less different age groups. Numbers for each chapters were replaced by names, such as Shalom, the most senior chapter, Eilat, Eretz, Kadimah and Chaverot for young participants. Regional board meetings are held monthly, September to June, and chapters meet bi-monthly. National conferences are held biennially. Each year the Ottawa region organizes a closing and awards evening. Ottawa chapters raise funds in a variety of ways. Bingo, children’s fashion show, bazaars, bake sales and rummage sales gave way to teas, Mother’s Day Brunch and publication of calendar year book, book sale, Christmas gift wrapping at a major shopping centre, sale of entertainment books etc.
Language
English
Acquisition Source
Acquired from Goldie Rivers, (Mrs. Albert Rivers) 1978, Mrs Lily Penso, 1988, 1997, 2002, Paula Agulnik. Greta Cohen’s daughter, Erica Cherney of Peterborough , donated the Shalom minutes.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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National Council of Jewish Women of Canada - Ottawa Section fonds

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Collection
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada - Ottawa Section fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
textual material, 23 photographs : b&w.
Fonds No.
O0033
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the Board meeting agendas (1985-1986), minutes of meetings (National and Ottawa Section), conventions (1985-1991), certificates, bulletins (1944-1996), correspondence (1954, 1963-1964, 1984-1993), financial material (1977-1986), membership lists (1978-1990), directories (1985-1988…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada - Ottawa Section fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
textual material, 23 photographs : b&w.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of the Board meeting agendas (1985-1986), minutes of meetings (National and Ottawa Section), conventions (1985-1991), certificates, bulletins (1944-1996), correspondence (1954, 1963-1964, 1984-1993), financial material (1977-1986), membership lists (1978-1990), directories (1985-1988, 1991-1992), publications (1985-1993), reports, newsletters, yearbooks (1945-1958), and material covering various National Council of Jewish Women - Ottawa Section projects and events such as the Art Show (1964-1986 with gaps) and the Plays for Living. 1st Annual (1957) Benefit Ball program and Vol 24, No. 1 of the Bulletin (September, 1967) Item Level Inventory available in Binder in vault (unsure what this means as of 2014) A document labeled "Charter" and certifying that Ottawa is a section in good standing with the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada - May, 1982 (see 4-741). Certificate is stored in the Oversized Certificates Box within the special collections area of the vault.
Date
1944 -1996
Fonds No.
O0033
Storage Location
Vault and off-site storage
History Biographical
Founded in Toronto in 1897, the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada (NCJWC) is a volunteer organization which has provided women with a Judaic milieu through which to express themselves as Canadians. As opposed to other Jewish organizations, NCJWC focuses on facilitating Jewish life in Canada rather than solely Israel. The group engages in philanthropic works which have assisted both the Jewish and general communities of Canada. The Ottawa section of the NCJWC was formed in March 1944 after a small local women’s group, the Ottawa Jewish Juniors, resolved to collapse its existing organization and became instead an official section of the Council. Prior to World War II, it became apparent to the national executive that a Council section was needed in the Nation’s capital city, not only to serve the needs of the growing Ottawa Jewish community, but also to act as part of an expanding Council project to encourage an interest in the legislative process and promote active participation in Canadian social legislation. By October 1944, NCJWC-Ottawa Section had become an affiliate of the Ottawa Local Council of Women and later that month was declared on the official list of Women’s organizations in Ottawa. Amelia Loeb and Rochelle Caplan were the first President and Vice President of the Ottawa Section. During the 1950s, the NCJWC took firm and often controversial stances on many issues by adopting resolutions on legislation which would foster improved living conditions and enhance the quality of life of many Canadians. They worked in conjunction with the Canadian Government and the United Nations. In 1953 the Golden Age club for Jewish Senior citizens was established. In addition, the very popular Exhibition and Sale of Paintings was established in 1958 with all proceeds going to NCJWC activities. By the 1960s, the Ottawa Section of the NCJWC had 500 members. With the organization’s current activities and programs flourishing, the Ottawa Section devoted more work among the aged. For example, in 1966 Kosher meals on wheels was established, proposed by Jacquelin Holzman, Ottawa Section President from 1959-1961. The 1970s saw increased women’s activism, the revival of immigrant aid programs and projects aimed in the area of human rights. In 1973, in conjunction with the Ottawa Jewish Community Council, the television program Shalom Ottawa was established which portrayed a comprehensive picture of Ottawa’s Jewish community. It is still produced today. By the 1980's the Ottawa Section had begun to struggle with a dwindling membership and a decline in volunteer support for many of its existing projects and activities. Although it was becoming increasingly difficult for the executive to maintaining certain activities, the section continued to play an active role in the Ottawa community and maintain its status as a respected voice on women’s issues and human rights concerns. However by 1995, the activities of the Ottawa Section of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada were discontinued.
Custodial History
Ellen Fathi transferred the NCJWC records to the Ottawa Jewish Archives in 1993. Further accruals of Art Show Catalogues donated by Myra Aronson, November 2000 Further accruals of Art Show Catalogues 1970s and newspaper clipping donated by Phyllis Rackow, Jan.29, 1969. Further accruals of bulletins donated by Roz Dreskin, January 2001. Most Textual Material Transferred to off-site Storage in August 2009. 1st Annual (1957) Benefit Ball program and Vol 24, No. 1 of the Bulletin (September 1967) donated by Sylvia Kershman, 2010.
Notes
1. Historical sketch taken from Natasha T. Lecours’ Masters Thesis "In the Spirit of Judaism, the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada in Historical Perspective 1897-1990. 2. "In the Spirit of Judaism, the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada in Historical Perspective 1897-1990, and Ottawa Section of the National Council of Jewish Women" by Natasha (Lenzo) Lecours are located in the Thesis box. 3. Most material has been sent off site. Remainder of material is located in the Individual Organizations section of the Workroom.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Ottawa Jewish Men's and Women's Softball League fonds

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Collection
Ottawa Jewish Men's & Women's Softball Leagues fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
21cm of textual records, 16 b&w, 42 colour photographs
Fonds No.
O0046
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of team photographs, crests, news clippings and organization records for playing seasons 1955, 1974 - 1977, 1984, 1988 - 1989, along with minutes of a 1984 meeting of the Ottawa Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ottawa Jewish Men's & Women's Softball Leagues fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
21cm of textual records, 16 b&w, 42 colour photographs
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of team photographs, crests, news clippings and organization records for playing seasons 1955, 1974 - 1977, 1984, 1988 - 1989, along with minutes of a 1984 meeting of the Ottawa Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Date
1923 - 1989
Fonds No.
O0046
History Biographical
Softball, and occasionally baseball, has been a pick-up or organized league sport within the Ottawa Jewish community since the early 1900's. The strength of the sport depended on the suitable age categories for players and the available sponsors. The mid 1930's was an active period. Joe Feller (menswear) was approached to be a sponsor for the Jewish Boys Softball League. From 1936 through to 1940-1941 the Joe Feller team stayed together, changing sponsors from Joe Feller to Barney Weiss (Capital Hotel) to Sammy Greenberg (United Coal). Other active periods include the 1950's with Minute Car Wash, I.G.A. (Independent Grocers Association), Budget Motor Sales and Koffman’s as sponsors; the mid 1970's with sponsors Cohen & Cohen, Nepean Motors, Yankel’s, Jewish Community Centre, B’nai B’rith and M. Levinson Salvage as sponsors; late 1980s with sponsors Minto Construction, Shores, Rivers, Cohen & Cohen, Regional Realty, Bakermet, Golden Palace & Fine's Flowers, Mastercraft, Melting Pot, Ottawa Athletic Club, Pollack Personnel, Ron Engineering and Levinson-Viner.
Notes
1. 1930's information from Ottawa Jewish Bulletin & Review, September 3, 1977. A young man died and I must write: a tribute to Joe Bodnoff by a friend of his youth. 2. Records donated by Howie Osterer. 3. See August 16 2010 Ottawa Jewish Bulletin article about Osterer family. 4. Osterer brothers Irving and Howie have been consistent leaders and organizers of men's softball for the past thirty years.
Related Material
Related material in Jewish Community Centre of Ottawa fonds, Box 10.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Montreal Jewish Film Festival Collection

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Collection
Montreal Jewish Film Festival Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
0.25m of multiple media
Fonds No.
1067
Scope and Content
Consists of promotional material, videos, DVDs, posters and additional ephemera related to the Festival.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Montreal Jewish Film Festival Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
0.25m of multiple media
Scope and Content
Consists of promotional material, videos, DVDs, posters and additional ephemera related to the Festival.
Fonds No.
1067
Storage Location
O/S Drawer 20
JPL
History Biographical
Founded by Susan Alper, the Montreal Jewish Film Festival existed from 1995-2005. Showcasing a wide variety of cinematic creations, the Festival was an instrumental tool in community engagement and outreach.
Language
English
French
Acquisition Source
Susan Alper
Custodial History
Collection deposited by Susan Alper.
Accession No.
07-001
Subjects
Film
Filmmakers.
Montreal Jewish Film Festival
Alper, Susan
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Bergen-Belsen Survivors Association of Montreal

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Collection
Bergen-Belsen Survivors Association of Montreal
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
0.3m. multiple media
Fonds No.
1006
Scope and Content
Consists of mainly textual records of association activities such as membership lists, anniversary gatherings, etc. Includes correspondence and scrapbooks.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Bergen-Belsen Survivors Association of Montreal
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
0.3m. multiple media
Scope and Content
Consists of mainly textual records of association activities such as membership lists, anniversary gatherings, etc. Includes correspondence and scrapbooks.
Fonds No.
1006
Storage Location
1-2B
History Biographical
At the initiative of Joseph Rosensaft a meeting was held in New York in December 1961 of Bergen-Belsen survivors. It was decided at that time that a World Federation of Bergen-Belsen survivors would be formed with associations in all cities where there were numbers of survivors present. As a result in early 1962 an association was formed in Montreal with Paul Trepman as president. The aims were the following: A. Making sure that neither the world nor the Jews ever forgot the Holocaust; B. Wage a continuous fight against Neo-Nazi groups and organizations; C. Offer brotherly aid to former Bergen-Belsen inmates who are in need; D. Keep alive the heroic and rich Bergen-Belsen tradition. The association met a number of times a year, although the main focus was the Liberation Rally, which took place on or around April 15th, the date of the Bergen-Belsen camp was liberated by the armed forces. Some of the other activities of the association were the erection of a monument in a local Jewish cemetery and a trip back to Belsen on the 25th anniversary of the liberation.
Language
English
Yiddish
French
Custodial History
Transferred by Paul Trepman, former director of the Jewish Public Library and a leader in the Bergen-Belsen Survivors Association.
Reproduction Restrictions
May contain materials restricted due to Copyright.
Subjects
Bergen Belsen (Germany: Concentration camp)
Bergen-Belsen Survivors Association
Displaced persons
Trepman, Paul.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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