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David Jay Bercuson Fonds

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Collection
David Jay Bercuson Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
sound recording
Physical Description
3.3 m of textual records + 85 audio-cassettes + 5 magnetic audio reels
Fonds No.
1004
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
David Jay Bercuson Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
sound recording
Physical Description
3.3 m of textual records + 85 audio-cassettes + 5 magnetic audio reels
Date
1960-1995
Fonds No.
1004
Storage Location
JPL
History Biographical
David Jay Bercuson was born in Montreal on 31 August 1945, the son of Joseph Myer and Sylvia (Green) Bercuson. As a teenager he attended Monklands High School in Montreal. He attended Sir George Williams University, graduating in June 1966 with Honours in History and winning the Lieutenant-Governor's Silver Medal for the highest standing in history. After graduation he pursued graduate studies at the University of Toronto, earning an MA in history in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1971. Dr. Bercuson has published in academic and popular publications on a wide range of topics specializing in modern Canadian politics, Canadian defence and foreign policy, and Canadian military history. Dr. Bercuson has written or co-authored more than thirty books and numerous journal articles on the subjects of Canadian Labour, political, diplomatic and military history; the Middle East; Canadian regionalism and constitutional crises; anti-semitism; and higher education in Canada. In 1983, he published The Secret Army, an account of the volunteers from abroad who joined the Israeli military effort during the War of Independence. In 1985, with co-author Douglas Wertheimer, he published A Trust Betrayed: The Keegstra Affair which documented the trial of James Keegstra, an Alberta teacher found guilty of promoting Holocaust denial and anti-semitic views to his students. He has also written for the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Calgary Herald, the National Post and other newspapers. In 1988, Bercuson was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and in May 1989, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at The University of Calgary. In 1997 he was appointed Special Advisor to the Minister of National Defence on the Future of the Canadian Forces. In 1998, Concordia University conferred on him the honourary degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. He was a member of the Minister of National Defence’s Monitoring Committee from 1997 to 2003. He served on the Advisory Council on National Security from 2005 to 2008. Since January 1997 he has been the Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. Currently he is also the Director of Programs of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, which is based in Calgary. Dr. Bercuson served as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 41 Combat Engineer Regiment, a Land Force Reserve military engineer unit of the Canadian Forces until November 2010. He is a member of Board of Governors of the Royal Military College of Canada. In 2002 Dr. Bercuson was awarded the J. B. Tyrrell Historical Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. In 2003, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Dr. Bercuson’s newest book The Fighting Canadians was published in 2008.
Language
English
Custodial History
Donated directly by Dr. Bercuson.
Arrangement
Arranged by series according to material in fonds.
Access Restriction
Access Restrictions May Apply On Certain Records. Contact the JPL Archives directly for more information.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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David Kirshenbaum Fonds

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Collection
David Kirshenbaum Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual material
Fonds No.
1129
Scope and Content
Consists of correspondence to Kirshenbaum from various sources such as Zionist organizations, the National Labour Council, different rabbis, and the United Palestine Appeal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
David Kirshenbaum Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual material
Scope and Content
Consists of correspondence to Kirshenbaum from various sources such as Zionist organizations, the National Labour Council, different rabbis, and the United Palestine Appeal.
Parallel Title
Kirshenbaum Correspondence
Fonds No.
1129
Storage Location
7-5C
Language
English; Yiddish
Name Access
Bronfman, Samuel
Schwartz, Jesse
Cody, John C.
Frieman, A.J.
Subjects
Zionism
Zionism - Canada
Kirshenbaum, David
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Rabbi Lippa Medjuck Collection

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Collection
Rabbi Lippa Medjuck Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
0.1m of textual material
Fonds No.
1142
Scope and Content
The collection contains copies and originals of hebrew prayers, notebooks, newspaper clippings and correspondence.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Rabbi Lippa Medjuck Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
0.1m of textual material
Scope and Content
The collection contains copies and originals of hebrew prayers, notebooks, newspaper clippings and correspondence.
Date
1889-1985
Fonds No.
1142
Storage Location
2-1A
History Biographical
Rabbi Lippa Medjuck lived in Moncton, New Brunswick and was the rabbi at the Tiferes Israel Synagague for over 30 years.
Language
Hebrew
English
Yiddish
Custodial History
Some of the content included in the collection was transferred to the JPL by the University of Toronto.
Subjects
Religious leaders
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Rabbi Abraham Shtern Fonds

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Collection
Rabbi Abraham Shtern Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
0.2 linear metres textual records
Fonds No.
1175
Scope and Content
Consists of newspaper clippings and mainly correspondence directed to Rabbi Shtern.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Rabbi Abraham Shtern Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
0.2 linear metres textual records
Scope and Content
Consists of newspaper clippings and mainly correspondence directed to Rabbi Shtern.
Date
[c. 1938-1978]
Fonds No.
1175
Storage Location
1-3F
Ctn.001
History Biographical
Rabbi Abraham Shtern was born in Poland in 1878 and passed away in Montreal in 1955. Rabbi Shtern arrived in Canada in 1938 with members of his family and was appointed rabbi of the Zeirei Dat Vadaat Congregation of Montreal. Several of his children had arrived in Canada prior to his arrival and were counted amongst the Yiddish cultural elite: Jacob Zipper, author and principal of the Jewish Peretz School; Sholem Shtern, poet and literary writer; Israel Shtern, Yiddish and English poet; Yehiel Shtern, educator and author; and Shifra Krishtalka, educator and writer of pedagogical literature. Rabbi Shtern was the author of three volumes of essays on biblical and hasidic themes, in both Hebrew and Yiddish: "Edut be-Yisrael" (1943), "Kevuzat Kitvei Aggadah" (1947), and "Hutim ha-Meshulashim" (1953).
Language
Yiddish
Hebrew
English
Subjects
Shtern, Abraham
Shtern, Israel.
Shtern, Sholom, 1906-
Shtern, Yechiel
Zipper, Jacob, 1900-1983
Rabbis
Rabbis -- Canada.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Membership list, Beth David Congregation

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Collection
Beth David Congregation Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual material
Fonds No.
1191
Scope and Content
Consists of copy of the ca1920 membership list of Beth David Congregation, located on St. Joseph Boulevard, Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Beth David Congregation Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual material
Scope and Content
Consists of copy of the ca1920 membership list of Beth David Congregation, located on St. Joseph Boulevard, Montreal.
Fonds No.
1191
Storage Location
JPL
7-6C
SC-2
Language
English; Yiddish
Subjects
Beth David Congregation (Montreal, Quebec)
Synagogues - Montreal
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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David and Bessie Komiensky: Jewish Lithuanian Immigrants

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Collection
Genealogy and Memoir Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
100 p.
Fonds No.
1348; 1348_00002
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Genealogy and Memoir Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
100 p.
Other Title Information
A Brief Family History
Date
April 1994
Fonds No.
1348
Item No.
1348_00002
Storage Location
JPL
7-1E
Creator
Brigham Young University
Language
English
Subjects
Genealogy
Cummings, David
Cummings, Elizabeth (nee Howe)
Cummings, Maxwell.
Cummings, Nathan, 1896-1985.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Cantor David Aptowitzer Family fonds

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Collection
Cantor David Aptowitzer Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
textual
Fonds No.
I0039
Scope and Content
Mohel Cantor D. Aptowitzer Circumcision Register, Book 1, bris 1 to 190 - September 1965 - September 1972; Mohel Cantor D. Aptowitzer Circumcision Register, Book 2, bris 191 to 858 - April 1973 - January 1986; Mohel Cantor D. Aptowitzer Circumcision Register, Book 3, bris 859 to 1444 - January 1986…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Cantor David Aptowitzer Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
textual
Scope and Content
Mohel Cantor D. Aptowitzer Circumcision Register, Book 1, bris 1 to 190 - September 1965 - September 1972; Mohel Cantor D. Aptowitzer Circumcision Register, Book 2, bris 191 to 858 - April 1973 - January 1986; Mohel Cantor D. Aptowitzer Circumcision Register, Book 3, bris 859 to 1444 - January 1986 - March 2000; Mohel Cantor D. Aptowitzer Circumcision Register, Book 4, bris 1445 to 1464 - July 2000 - July 2006; Mohel Cantor D. Aptowitzer Circumcision Index Book (alphabetical); File 1 - Biographical Information- Wall, Lawrence. “Aptowitzer memoirs document lines of turmoil, survival.” The Bulletin of Agudath Israel Congregation, September- October 2007. File 2 - General Correspondence - 1960, 1968, 1982, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2013; File 3 - Agudath Israel Bulletins - 1953, 1965, 1976-1977, 1982, 1988-1989, 1994; File 4 - News clippings, Ottawa Jewish Bulletin - 1952, 1977, 1982-1984, 1994, 2013; File 5 - Ephemera, includes programmes of events in which Cantor Aptowitzer participated - 1958, 1960-1961, 1975; File 5 - Ephemera, includes programmes, invitations to events celebrating Cantor Aptowitzer - 1977, 1982, 1989, 1994; File 6 - Jewish National Fund Negev Dinner - 1997; File 7 - Ottawa Talmud Torah - Booklet, "A teenagers introduction to Judaism" by Rabbi Samuel Burstein - 1957; Yearbook, Ottawa Talmud Torah - 1968-1969; File 8 - Certificates of Circumcision, 5 examples - 1990s-2000s; File 9 - News clippings, articles on the topic of circumcision - various dates;
Responsibility
Emanuel Aptowitzer
Date
1953-2013
Fonds No.
I0039
Storage Location
vault
History Biographical
David Aptowitzer was born in 1923 in Tarnopol, Poland. He was the youngest of the 7 children of Chaya Jampoler and Yitzhak Aptowitzer, a boot maker. In September 1939, while visiting his sister Bronia and her husband Shmuel, the then 16 year old David got an offer that saved his life. Shmuel’s employer, a Russian railway company, had offered to move its workers and their families to the relative safety of the Soviet Union. Bronia proposed that David come along and he accepted. Germany then invaded Poland and what was meant to be a trip of a few days became a five-year journey filled with turmoil, heartache, and close brushes with death and imprisonment. During these five years David worked as a laborer then was drafted into the Russian Army and later the Polish Army. As the Soviets began to push back the German forces, David began to discover the horrors of the Holocaust. In 1944, outside the Polish city of Lublin, he stumbled upon the concentration camp at Maidenek, a place which he recalled as being “beyond human comprehension,” and once the war ended he learned that virtually his entire family – his parents, four siblings and their families – had been killed. The only survivors were a sister, a brother, and himself. He spent two years in a displaced persons camp in Germany and in 1947, he and 1500 other war orphans sailed for Halifax, Nova Scotia, aboard a Canadian navy ship converted to carry refugees. During the voyage he met Gitta Adler, a survivor of Auschwitz, and nearly 5 years later in 1951, after a long distance courtship (Gitta in Ottawa and David in Montreal), the couple was married. Gitta Adler was born in Satmar Nemeti, Hungary in 1931, one of 7 children of Josephine and Joseph Adler, a wholesale raw wool merchant. In June 1944, Gitta and her family were sent to Auschwitz. Four months later she was sent to work as a slave laborer in an airplane factory. She survived a death march before finally being liberated by four American soldiers riding in a Jeep, which she recalled as being “a beautiful sight.” Soon after, Gitta learned that her parents and 5 of her siblings have been killed at Auschwitz. She and one of her sisters were their family’s sole survivors. Once in Canada David began contemplating his career. At the time, the Canadian Jewish Congress was looking after war orphans who had arrived in Montreal and David express to the Congress his interest in becoming a cantor. He was enrolled in the United Hebrew Teachers Seminary and in Montreal’s Merkaz HaTorah Yeshiva. He also studied music at McGill University, and had the opportunity to study liturgy with two cantors and also studied voice with an opera singer. Following his marriage to Gitta Adler, David was approached by Agudath Israel Congregation to audition to be its first chazzan and teacher. David tried out for the job and was offered the position – one he would hold for 42 years. He was actively involved in the development of the congregation and the services of the Ottawa Jewish community. He taught afternoon school and at Hillel Academy, and also taught choir and helped many youth prepare for their B'nai Mitzvah. David later became a mohel and preformed over 2000 brisses. Cantor Aptowitzer retired in 1994, was honored by the Jewish National Fund 1997 Negev Dinner, and he and wife Gitta made aliyah in 2013. They now live in Motza, a community 10 miles from Jerusalem. David and Gitta have two sons, Edwin Henry Aptowitzer (b. September 18, 1955), Yitzhak (Emanuel Howard) Aptowitzer (b. November 21, 1960) and a daughter Pnina(Pearl) ah (b. March 18, 1953) who passed away suddenly in 2001. They have a large extended family in Israel including 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren (as of 2013).
Notes
1. Material donated by Emanuel (Manny) Aptowitzer on behalf of his father Cantor David Aptowitzer in August 2015. 2 Circumcision Register Books are organised chronologically by date of bris. Entries in the registers are numbered and include: child's English name and Hebrew name, date of birth, place of birth, date of bris, place of bris, and names of parents. 3. Circumcision Index Book, names listed alphabetically with corresponding bris number; 4. Agudath Israel Bulletins and Ottawa Jewish Bulletin's contain references to various events including Cantor David Aptowitzer's appointment as chazzan of Agudath Israel, his twenty-fifth, thirtieth and thirty-sixth anniversaries of service, his installation as honorary fellow of Cantors Institute, his retirement tribute, and he and Gitta's move to Israel.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
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.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
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.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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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.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
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.
Archival / Genealogical
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Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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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…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
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.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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