Montreal office general local correspondence; correspondence with branches and supporters in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, St.John. Fundraising circulars and reports; correspondence with New York Labour Zionist Head office re: fundraising campaigns, lecture tours, represen…
Montreal office general local correspondence; correspondence with branches and supporters in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, St.John. Fundraising circulars and reports; correspondence with New York Labour Zionist Head office re: fundraising campaigns, lecture tours, representation Labour Zionist Congresses, ideological issues, literary, political and other publications. Some correspondence with CCF Party, British Labour Party, circulars, reports issued locally; circulars and reports issued in New York, Chicago; minutes of meetings and financial summaries, Montreal office; letters from individuals re: emigration to Palestine, membership in Poale Zion - Tsirei Zion. Press clippings; notices of local rallies, meetings.
Poale Zion was started in 1905, with the name being Yiddish for "Labour Zion". Within the many groups that made up the Labour Zionist movement, the Poale Zion was considered to be the more political and radical organization, with the mission of addressing the working class, looking towards eventual settlement in the Land of Israel, and initiating education to prepare for life on a kibbutz. The Poale Zion records in Series B date mainly from 1933-1944 and were created by the Montreal office of this organization in the course of its operations at that time.
The records in this series were donated to CJC by David Rome, probably in the 1940s. David Rome worked for the Montreal branch of the Poale Zion in the late 1930s. He joined Canadian Jewish Congress as its Press officer in 1942.
Alpha-numeric designations: MB 11 PZ. Approximately 90% of this material is in Yiddish.
Fonds consists of 1971 minutes and transcription into English.
The Yiddish Club was composed of a small group of people who met regularly in the Jewish Community Centre, 151 Chapel Street, Ottawa between January and June of 1971. The purpose was to maintain an interest and facility in Yiddish.
Bertha (Byrtha) Leckie both chaired the meetings and recorded the minutes in Yiddish.
1. Translated by Mrs. Miriam Paghis, August, 2007.