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Steinberg/Rafman Families Fonds

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Collection
Steinberg/Rafman Family Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
5.0cm textual records ; 28 photographs
Fonds No.
1066
Scope and Content
The Fonds consists of correspondence with Lily Rafman (nee Steinberg), her wedding notes, her journal pages, a number of legal documents, some newspaper clippings and stock certificates about Steinberg’s, and family photographs. There are three series present within the Fonds. Series I cover…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Steinberg/Rafman Family Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
5.0cm textual records ; 28 photographs
Scope and Content
The Fonds consists of correspondence with Lily Rafman (nee Steinberg), her wedding notes, her journal pages, a number of legal documents, some newspaper clippings and stock certificates about Steinberg’s, and family photographs. There are three series present within the Fonds. Series I covers Lily Rafman’s personal papers. It includes correspondence. Series II is in regards to Steinberg’s store. Series III contains photographs of both the Rafman and the Steinberg families.
Date
1906-1990
Fonds No.
1066
Storage Location
Bay 6
6-4C
History Biographical
Hyman Rafman The son of Max Rafman and Sarah Rabinovich, Hyman Rafman was born on November 20, 1906. On June 4, 1939, he married Lily Steinberg. He passed away on January 31, 1974. Lily Rafman (nee Steinberg) The daughter of Vilmos Sternberg (later known as William Steinberg) and Ida Roth, Lily Steinberg was born in 1909. As a child, she helped her mother run the family business (Steinberg’s Stores). In 1931, after her brother Sam had taken over the family business, she and her mother started up a small shop on Monkland Street in Montreal, where she worked and lived until her marriage in 1939. She and Hyman Rafman had four children, Sandra, Nancy, Marlene and Mark. Steinberg’s Ida Roth was born in 1884. In 1902, she married William Steinberg (an arranged marriage). They had six children: Jack (1903), Sam (1905), Nathan (1908), Lily (1909), Max (1912), and Morris (1914). On her own, Ida herself started a small grocery store in 1917 in order to provide for her family. It was on St. Lawrence Boulevard in Montreal, and was quite successful. All family members helped out around the store, but young Sam Steinberg quickly emerged as a retail prodigy. He began opening new stores around Montreal. In 1930, he incorporated the company, calling it “Steinberg’s Service Stores Ltd.” The first self-service outlet was opened in 1933, and a “Wholesale Grocereria” (offering limited service but drastically-discounted prices) opened its doors in 1934. There was a great expansion in the 1950s, where Steinberg’s opened up many outlets all over the province, not just in Montreal.
Custodial History
Donated by Sharon Steinberg (daughter of Jack Steinberg and Gertrude Dover) and Nancy Rafman (daughter of Hyman Rafman and Lily Steinberg).
Notes
All photographs entered in the JPL Photograph Database.
Subjects
Steinberg family
Steinberg Foods, Ltd.
Steinberg, Sam, 1905-1978
Washmor Frocks Co. (Montreal, Quebec)
Steinberg, Ida, 1884-1946
Steinberg, Jack, 1903-
Steinberg, Max, 1912-
Steinberg, Nathan, 1908
Rafman family
Rafman, Lily (nee Steinberg)
Textile industry
Trout Lake (Laurentians, Quebec)
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Balensman/Belson Families Collection

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Collection
Balensman/Belson Families Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
7 files of texutal records + 12 photographs
Fonds No.
1252
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 8 files of original and photocopied material including: family photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings and a loan certificate. Material touches on the families' time in La Macaza, Quebec.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Balensman/Belson Families Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
7 files of texutal records + 12 photographs
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 8 files of original and photocopied material including: family photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings and a loan certificate. Material touches on the families' time in La Macaza, Quebec.
Fonds No.
1252
Storage Location
2-3C
JPL
Subjects
Colonization -- Jews
Agriculture
Balensman family
Belson family
La Macaza (Quebec)
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Solomon Family Fonds

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Collection
Solomon Family Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file of textual material
Fonds No.
1269
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Solomon Family Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file of textual material
Fonds No.
1269
Storage Location
JPL
Language
English
Yiddish
Custodial History
Donated to the Jewish Public Library Archives by the Diamond family.
Notes
Contains three constitution books of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bassarabier Hebrew Sick Benefit Association of Montreal.
Subjects
Bassarabier Hebrew Sick Benefit Association of Montreal
Ladies Auxiliary of the Bassarabier Hebrew Sick Benefit Association of Montreal
Sick Benefit Associations
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Yavna B'nai Parnass/Parnass Family Collection

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Collection
Yavna B'nai Parnass/Parnass Family Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1.2 linear metres of multiple media + 58 photographs
Fonds No.
1293
Scope and Content
Consists of ephemeral and some documentary material related to both the Yavna B'nai Synagogue (such as correspondence related to the sale of the building) as well as artefacts originating from the Synagogue (parochet/curtains, electric menorah, kesser/sefer torah crowns). Also includes photographs…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Yavna B'nai Parnass/Parnass Family Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1.2 linear metres of multiple media + 58 photographs
Scope and Content
Consists of ephemeral and some documentary material related to both the Yavna B'nai Synagogue (such as correspondence related to the sale of the building) as well as artefacts originating from the Synagogue (parochet/curtains, electric menorah, kesser/sefer torah crowns). Also includes photographs of the synagogue and the Parnass family.
Date
1898-2010
Fonds No.
1293
Storage Location
JPL
Bay 9
History Biographical
Raizel and Pinchas Parnass lived in Russian town of Kagul in Bessarabia with their six children, Sara, Abraham, Boris, Harry, Mottel and Joseph. In 1903, the entire family emigrated to Montreal where Pinchas opened a successful clothing store on St. James Street. Beyond settling in their new home and raising their family, Raizel and Pinchas dedicated themselves to community building, most especially in religious observance and education. In 1910, Pinchas founded the Kerem Israel shull at 4335 St. Dominique, corner Marie-Anne. The second floor of the Kerem Israel was used as a free school for children. In 1926, on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary, Pinchas bought Raizel a two-storey brick building belonging to the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 4690 Hutchinson Street. The sale of the church was dependent on the new owners observing Saturday as Sabbath. For Raizel the building was fulfillment of a childhood desire to build a synagogue in the "New World". As a child, Raizel witnessed the destruction during a pogrom of a synagogue built by her father. Raizel also designated the second-floor space of the building for a Hebrew free school. The new Orthodox synagogue was given the name 'Yavna B'nai' by Rabbi Herschorn but quickly became known as the Parnass Shul throughout the community. The Parnass family indeed provided the necessary elements to the tiny synagogue: Harry, who was skilled in carpentry, built the bimah (a table used for unrolling the Torah); Raizel and daughter Sara (Berman) made and embroidered the parochet (curtain that covers the Torah Ark) and Sara also donated the Megillah Scroll for the shul. The Torah scrolls were donated by the Lubavitch Yeshiva. Joseph Parnass, Raizel and Pinchas' youngest son, assumed management of the Synagogue and it was he that established the rule that no donations would ever be accepted by Yavna. Instead, the Synagogue was sustained by the Parnass family. In this way, the family ensured that the Synagogue remained free for anyone who wished to worship there. Joseph Parnass was also one of the founding members of the Canadian Jewish Congress in 1919 and he later sat on the board of the Rabbinical College of Canada. Boris Parnass, the second-eldest son, assumed caretaker responsibilities for the building and after his death, his sons Victor and Myer, continued in their father's dedication. The Yavna B'nai Parnass Synagogue was the first synagogue in Outremont and during its height was filled to capacity and provided three minyins each day. The Synagogue was also used for appeals for other organizations, specifically the Lubavitch Yeshiva and the Jewish Old People's Home, now Maimonides Hospital. A plaque hangs in Maimonides Hospital, donated by Joseph Parnass, dedicated to the founding of Yavna B'nai Synagogue by Raizel and Pinchas Parnass. In 1991, the Yavna B'nai Synagogue was closed and sold. Proceeds from the sale went to the Jewish Hospital of Hope for that institution's Synagogue, now known as the Yavna B'nai Parnass.
Language
English
Hebrew
Custodial History
Donated by Helen Parnass Constantine on behalf of the Parnass family.
Accession No.
12-018
Subjects
Synagogues - Canada.
Synagogues - Montreal (Quebec)
Parnass, Pinchas
Parnass, Raizel
Parnass, Joseph
Yavna B'nai Synagogue
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Oberman Family Fonds

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Collection
Oberman Family Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
0.3 metres textual records
Fonds No.
1309
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of correspondence and biographical materials related to both Morris and Judith Oberman as well as documents, correspondence, clippings and scrapbooks related to their Zionist activities.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Oberman Family Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
0.3 metres textual records
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of correspondence and biographical materials related to both Morris and Judith Oberman as well as documents, correspondence, clippings and scrapbooks related to their Zionist activities.
Date
1922-2000
Fonds No.
1309
Storage Location
1-3B
History Biographical
Morris Oberman (1900-1987) was born in Russia but moved to Palestine at a young age. In 1918 he was an early volunteer with the Jewish Legion under Vladimir Jabotinsky. After the war ended, Oberman moved to Canada where he met his future wife. Judith (nee Barslavsky, 1902-2000), born in Russia, was active in the Pioneer Women as well as the Labour Zionist movement with her husband. In 1987 they were honoured by the Labour Zionist Alliance for their commitment and work for the Jewish National Fund and other Zionist activities.
Language
English
Hebrew
Subjects
Oberman, Judith, 1902-2000
Oberman, Morris, 1900-1987
Labour Zionist Alliance (Montreal, Quebec)
Labour Zionist Movement.
Pioneer Women (The Women's Labour Zionist Organization of America).
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Chaim Kruger Family Collection

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Collection
Chaim Kruger Family Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
0.8 linear metres
Fonds No.
1435
Scope and Content
Consists of educational certificates and numerous portraits of Kruger family members from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Chaim Kruger Family Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
0.8 linear metres
Scope and Content
Consists of educational certificates and numerous portraits of Kruger family members from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century.
Date
ca. 1890-1945
Fonds No.
1435
Storage Location
8-2E
History Biographical
Chaim Kruger (1875-1933), was a Talmudic scholar and contributor to the Keneder Adler newspaper. Various members of the Kruger family were involved in music in Montreal in the first half of the century as well as being high school and university educated.
Language
English
Custodial History
Transferred to the JPL Archives by members of the Kruger family.
Accession No.
14-037
Subjects
Kruger, Chaim, 1875-1933
Kruger, Irving
Kruger, Joseph
Keneder Adler
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library 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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Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds

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Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
9 boxes of records, books, scrapbooks, various photographs, certificates and documents.
Fonds No.
I0021
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of news clippings, commemorative booklets and programs for Lillian, Archibald and their son, Lawrence Freiman; Lillian and Archibald Freiman: biographies/ Bernard Figler, 1962, Don’t Fall off the rocking horse: an autobiography/Lawrence Freiman, 1978; several books from the Alexandor…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Archibald and Lillian Freiman family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
9 boxes of records, books, scrapbooks, various photographs, certificates and documents.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of news clippings, commemorative booklets and programs for Lillian, Archibald and their son, Lawrence Freiman; Lillian and Archibald Freiman: biographies/ Bernard Figler, 1962, Don’t Fall off the rocking horse: an autobiography/Lawrence Freiman, 1978; several books from the Alexandor (Bernard Alexandor married to Dorothy Freiman) library and presentation books to Lillian and Archibald Freiman; 7 Lillian Freiman scrapbooks, 1 B&W photograph of Lillian Freiman at her desk, 1 Jewish National Fund certificate (See 1-942), 1923 Canadian Zionist National Executive Certificate to Jewish National Fund (see 1-963). Another Jewish National Fund Certificate issued in commemoration of Archibald's and Lillian's silver wedding anniversary in 1928 (see 4-715). BOX 1 - Records 18th Zionist Convention: Contains newspaper advertisements for the convention held in Ottawa- 1922; 18th Zionist Convention: News clippings regarding the convention held in Ottawa July 1-4, 1922; Newspaper Clippings from a Scrapbook: Violence in Palestine, etc - 1922, 1930-1931; Correspondence from Scrapbooks: A handwritten letter to a Marcus Sperber from A.J Freiman (he signs as "Archie"), a letter from the South African Zionsit Federation to A.J Freiman, a letter from Marcus Sperber to A.J Freiman - 1940; A File of Obituaries for Lillian Freiman: Newspaper clippings - 1940; Original Memorial Tributes: A two page memorial speech by Paulina Freiman outlining some of Lillian Freiman's works, Two speeches by Rabbi Oscar Fasman - one discussing Lillian's life and work and unveiling a stained glass window in her memory - March 4, 1942, and one discussing Adath Jeshurun and the strength of its congregation over the years - March 22, 1942, a copy of the Lillian Freiman memorial edition of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin - November 13, 1940, a tribute booklet to Lillian from Hadassah; News clippings: A file of different memorial material for A. J. Freiman; News clippings: A file of different memorial material for A. J. Freiman; News clippings: Various clippings, A "Helping Hand Fund Campaign" certificate - 1919; Descendants of Lillian and A.J. Freiman: A small Bilsky family tree, Newspaper articles on Margo Roston's (nee Margo Freiman) marriage to Gordon Roston - 1961, correspondence from the Canadian Jewish Congress to the Archives Committee in Ottawa regarding material on the Freiman's - 1974, A computer printout of a photo of Jennifer Rigal (Jennifer Marcus) and Ruth Alexandor at Nahalal, Israel (un-scanned), A newspaper article on the wedding of Betsy Alexandor to Wynne Rigal - 1961, Various other correspondence; News clippings: Margo Roston. She wrote a column for the Ottawa Citizen. One article is about her marriage to Gordon Roston - 1961, and the other is an article she wrote on growing up in Freiman's Department store run by her father, Lawrence Freiman - 1995; Lawrence Freiman Articles - assorted newspaper clippings, articles, and advertisements; Freiman Silver Wedding Anniversary Programs and Painting Reproduction, Two Small Mounted Photos of Lillian and A. J. - 1928; Lillian Freiman 50th Birthday: Two programs - 1935, A hand-written letter from Lillian Freiman to Mr. Goldman of the Jewish Community Council of Ottawa conveying thanks for the well-wishes on her 50th birthday. Witten from her Meach Lake stationary; A File of Photocopied Articles on Lillian Freiman: Includes her induction into the Legion - 1934, Memorial articles and her work with the Ukrainian Orphans; Various: A poppy from the poppy campaign - 1989, An A. J. Freiman Ltd. price sticker, An A. J. Freiman receipt noting the purchase of candy boxes for Moses Loeb - 1921, A Freiman Department Store receipt - 1943; The Freiman Family Home: A small file of information on the Patee / Freiman House at 149 Somerset Street, compiled by Hagit Hadaya; News clippings: Obituaries for Audrey Freiman (wife of Lawrence Freiman), An article on Eleanor Freiman (daughter of Lawrence and Audrey) - 2005, An article on the dedication of Lawrence Freiman Lane, Memorial articles for Lawrence Freiman, A media release for the opening of the Freiman Mall - 1983, An article about Lawrence Freiman discussing the Stock Market Crash of 1929 - 1979, An article on the marriage of Paula Freiman (Paula Freiman Luxenberg) and Leon Root - 1961, and more; Memorial Articles: Articles on Lillian Freiman and her work - 1941, 1965, 1977; Two Yiddish Essays with Translations - One on Lillian - 1929, One on A. J. Freiman and Lillian giving history and discussing their works - 1984; A.J. and Ruth Freiman (this is a descendent of the original A.J.) Visit: A very nice booklet produced by Ruppin Academic Centre in Israel on the Freiman Family - 2008; Correspondence from Lillian to Lawrence Bilsky: Photocopies - 1937; Book: A wood paneled book of the Torah (1923) inscribed to Betsy Alexandor from "Aunti Julie" - 1933; A Book: A biography of Lillian and A. J. Freiman - 1959; Book: Lawrence Freiman's autobiography "Don't Fall off the Rocking Horse" - 1978; Two Editions of the Canadian Jewish Chronicle: Each edition is a memorial paper following the deaths of Lillian and A. J. - 1940, 1944; Handwritten Letter and Photograph: A letter written by William Shapiro (one of the Ukrainian orphans Lillian helped to bring over to Canada) to Lillian Freiman on August 23, 1940. The letter expresses sadness to hear of Lillian's illness and sends thoughts and prayers to her. William then thanks Lillian for her kindness and help to "us" (possibly him and a brother?) for her help when they first arrived (they landed in Quebec City in 1921). William mentions sending along his "greatest treasure" as a remembrance of that day, a photograph of Lillian with Nellie Pierce and possibly their new adoptive mother - 1940; Miscellaneous Folder: Program for Negev Dinner in honor of Lawrence Freiman - 1964; BOX 2 - Candian Legion Beret This box contains a single beret given to Lillian Freiman by Frank Potts, the Executive Secretary for the Royal Canadian Legion. There is an accompanying letter which states that the style of beret was made specifically for Ottawa servicemen in honour of a visit from the King of England. Frank wanted to send one to Lillian because he didn't "know of a better and more deserving soldier" than Lillian - 1939; Other material includes 7 scrapbooks, 1 B&W photograph, several books (books are now in long term storage). In 2009, Anna Bilsky (great niece of L. Freiman) donated two photocopied letters written to her father Lawrence Bilsky by Lillian Freiman in 1937 while he was away at University in Kingston. The originals remain with donor. Also present is a large bound book presented to Lillian Freiman in 1935, in commemoration of her 50th birthday and stored in a custom-made, carved wooden box with the Hebrew letters "lamed" and "fey" (for Lillian Freiman) set within a Magen David (Star of David) in the centre. The book's every page is hand painted with water colour and contains the handwritten names of almost every member of Hadassah groups within Canada. Some names are the person's own signature while others are written out for them. There even includes pages with the signatures of children. The book is organized into provinces (moving from East to West) with the towns and cities in alphabetical order. See detail photos within the Photographic Database at 1-944-01 to 08. One framed set of five B&W photographs/post cards. From left to right: Dr. Max Nordau, Eliezer Ben Yehudah, Sir Herbert Samuel, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, Theodore Herzl (see 1-957). A large framed document given to Mrs. Freiman on the occasion of the King bestowing the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) upon her, a thank you from the ex-servicemen staying within the Legion Shelter on Wellington St., Ottawa, and signed by those men - 1934 (see 1-971). A certificate on parchment declaring Archibald a Grand Masters Mason - 1904 (see 1-975). Mason's certificate is stored in Oversized Documents Box 1 in the vault. A Jewish National Fund certificate given on the occasion of the marriage between Dorothy Freiman and Bernard Alexandor (see 1-976). Stored in Oversized Documents Box 3 in the vault. Panoramic of the 6th Annual Hadassah Convention - Ottawa, Sept 7, 1930 - Held at Meech Lake, Quebec (see 1-911a to d). An exquisitely decorated parchment document presented to Mr. and Mrs. Freiman on their silver wedding anniversary by the Ukrainian War Orphans - 1928 (see 1-977-01). The document is stored in Oversized Documents Box 3. A decorated document presented to Mr. and Mrs. Freiman upon their founding of the Ottawa Talmud Torah school and signed by its president - 1924 (see 1-977-02). Document is stored in Oversized Documents Box 3. A zinc (?) token from A. J. Freiman's Department Store, given out on the occasion of their 22nd birthday sale - 1922; *De-accessioned Items from Library and Archives: MG 28, V.16* 1. Montreal Yiddish newspaper - "The Eagle" - June, 1912 (see 1-980-01/02). 2. Hand-written letters, one in Hebrew and three in English, possibly pertaining to the building of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue - July 4, 1895. Letters are very faded and difficult to read, could use transcription as of September, 2011 (see 1-980-03 to 06) 3. Sheet from The Daily Eagle, Yiddish newspaper printed in Montreal -June 30, 1912 (see 1-980-07/08). 4. A sheet from "The Jewish Standard" - January 5, 1934. Contains an article on Lillian Freiman titled, "Lillian Freiman, O.B.E. - An Intimate Account of the Work of One of the Greatest Women Canada has Known," as well as an article on the back titled, "The Congress Ideal - An Analysis of the Purpose and Significance of the Canadian Jewish Congress." (see 1-980-09/10). 5. A birth certificate for an unknown individual written in possibly a mix of German and Polish - Ca. 1898 - translation needed as of September, 2011 (see 1-980-11). 6. A marriage certificate written possibly in a mix of German and Polish - Ca. 1898 - translation needed as of September, 2011 (see 1-980-12). A full newspaper advert for Freiman's Department Store - July, 1925; (Ad is stored in Oversized Documents Box 3)
Date
1903 - 1996
Fonds No.
I0021
History Biographical
Lillian Bilsky was born in Mattawa, Ontario on June 6th, 1885, the daughter of Moses and Pauline Bilsky. At the age of eighteen, she began her charitable and philanthropic career as a Canadian leader by attending her first Zionist Convention in Montreal in 1903. On August 18, 1903 she was married to Archibald Freiman in Ottawa. In 1919, Mrs. Freiman, as President of Canadian Hadassah, toured Canada on behalf of Hadassah and organized chapters in every province. One of Mrs. Freiman’s outstanding accomplishments was the organization of the Jewish War Veterans’ Committee in 1920. Subsequently she went to Europe and brought over 150 of these children to Canada for adoption. In Ottawa she was for many years President of the Ottawa Ladies’ Hebrew Benevolent Association and active in the Perley Home, the Girl Guides Association and in many other societies, both Jewish and non-sectarian. For her welfare work for war veterans she received the rare distinction of a life membership in the Canadian Legion. In 1934 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for “leadership in Jewish charitable organizations”. She died in 1940. Archibald Freiman, was born at Wirballen, Lithuania on June 6th, l880 and came to Canada with his parents in 1893. He attended public school and business college in Hamilton, Ontario. At the age of 19, he joined his father’s business, the Canadian House Furnishing Company of Kingston, Ontario and in 1902 they moved the business to Ottawa. In 1910, A. J. Freiman & Co. was still a modest business but under his guidance it grew into one of the largest department stores in Canada. Like Mrs Freiman, he began his remarkable career as a Zionist leader during his teenage years. Commencing in the Ottawa Zionist organization, he rose to occupy a position on the World Zionist Organization’s Actions Committee. In 1920, he was elected President of the Zionist Organization of Canada. Between 1905 and 1930, Mr Freiman was president of the Adath Jeshurun Congregation. In 1934 he became the first President of the Ottawa Vaad Ha’Ir and continued in that capacity until his death in 1944. Lawrence Freiman, son of Lillian and Archibald, assumed the presidency of A. J. Freiman Ltd. in 1931.
Notes
1. Finding aid available. 2. Scrapbooks donated by Betsy Rigal, October 1999. 3. Photograph donated by Betsy Rigal, February 2000. 4. Freiman family fonds at Library and Archives Canada MG30, A82
Access Restriction
Scrapbooks must be handled with extreme care and no photocopying is permitted.
Related Material
Related material in Ottawa Hadassah-Wizo fonds, Carole Anders fonds.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Aronson Family fonds

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Collection
Aronson Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
textual records; photographs : b&w
Fonds No.
I0025
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of Aronson family photographs as well as Naturalization papers for Max Aronson, 1911; Declaration of Birth for Fanny Aronson 1929; Naturalization Certificate for Fanny Aronson, 1940; Proof of Age certificates (two copies) for Fanny Aronson, issued 1961 (1-958-01 to 06).
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Aronson Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
textual records; photographs : b&w
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of Aronson family photographs as well as Naturalization papers for Max Aronson, 1911; Declaration of Birth for Fanny Aronson 1929; Naturalization Certificate for Fanny Aronson, 1940; Proof of Age certificates (two copies) for Fanny Aronson, issued 1961 (1-958-01 to 06).
Date
1911-1961
Fonds No.
I0025
History Biographical
Aron Aronson arrived in Ottawa with his son Max Aronson, daughter-in-law Chana Aronson, and grandchildren; Jack, Bernard, Isadore, and Fanny. They came from an area in Poland (now Belarus) and arrived in the late 1800's or early 1900's. Aron Aronson worked as a peddler, and for an unknown reason, returned to his home in Europe. Max and his family remained in Ottawa. Max was in the fish business and acted as shamash for the Adath Jeshurun Congregation on King Edward Street. One of his five children, Harry, was born in Ottawa on May 2, 1911. Harry married Esther Raport (b. 1910- d. 1984) of Ottawa. They had one son Lester Aronson, born in 1941. Harry attended Lisgar Collegiate and then went into the delivery business, delivering department store parcels on a motorcycle. Eventually he purchased a truck and named his business "Reliable Delivery". In the 1930's he owned a BA (British American) service station at the corner of King Edward Avenue and St. Patrick Street. In partnership with Louis Aron, he began to sell automobile parts in a business called "Double A Supply". Harry was also involved in city real estate, especially apartment buildings. Harry’s brothers, Bernard and Isadore, and sister Fanny, remained single. Bernard was in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was the commanding officer at Camp Borden during World War II. Jack married and had two daughters. Harry’s son Lester graduated from Carleton University in 1964 and the University of Ottawa Law School in 1957. He was called to the bar in 1969 and maintained a general practice until 2000. Lester married Myra Slack (daughter of Lou and Stella Slack) in 1971. Two of their children also became lawyers.
Acquisition Source
Photographs donated by Myra Aronson in 2000, and Lester Aronson in 2008.
Notes
1. Family history supplied by Lester Aronson, May 2008. 2. Textual Material stored in Oversized Documents Box 4.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Ben Dworkin Family fonds

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Collection
Ben Dworkin Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
textual material ; 36 photographs : b&w
Fonds No.
I0028
Scope and Content
Various photographs; a partial family tree; various newspaper clippings including editorials ("Cop Shop Talk") written by Ben Dworkin in the Ottawa Citizen; articles by Ben Dworkin published in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin; obituary of Ben Dworkin; Letter from Shirley Morris about her father; untrans…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ben Dworkin Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
textual material ; 36 photographs : b&w
Scope and Content
Various photographs; a partial family tree; various newspaper clippings including editorials ("Cop Shop Talk") written by Ben Dworkin in the Ottawa Citizen; articles by Ben Dworkin published in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin; obituary of Ben Dworkin; Letter from Shirley Morris about her father; untranslated letters written in Hebrew (dating back to 1913) which includes a brief summary of contents.
Date
1913-2014 (1930-1945 predominant)
Fonds No.
I0028
Storage Location
vault
History Biographical
Abraham Dworkin was born in Russia (date unknown) and died in Ottawa on April 13, 1951. He married Deborah Azmier who died June, 1922. Abraham's second wife was Fanny Saipe. Abraham and Deborah had eight children: Sarah, Ben (b. March 25, 1900 d. 1994, aged 94), Rose, Fay, Nel (also seen as Nell), Alex, Helen and Clara. Ben Dworkin was a public servant and reporter who wrote for multiple publications including the Ottawa Citizen and the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin and Review. He was the crime reporter for the Citizen in the late 1940's and early 1950's. The Dworkin family is best known in Ottawa for their store, Dworkin Furs, which began in 1901. Its original location was at 256 Rideau St. The store closed in 2012 due to falling sales as fur went out of fashion, and it, along with Ottawa's Burkholder Furs, was purchased by Global Fur Inc. out of Montreal. The home itself likely should have been designated a heritage building with protected status but by May, 2014 the home was the last remaining house on that stretch of Rideau Street downtown and it was demolished to make way for a modern condominium building (the City specifically stated that it no longer fit the context of the rest of the street).
Related Material
Mark Abramson fonds
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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