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ABEL, Solomon = immigration and family documents.

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Collection
ABEL, Solomon = immigration and family documents.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
7 textual records.
Fonds No.
P0176
Scope and Content
6 documents and cards. U.S. Circuit Court certificate, 1904. Circuit Court Montreal, 1914. Naturalization, 1918, affidavit with photo and bio. Annie Abel Protestant school documents, 1909, 1914, vote card 1940. 1 delegate card for the Prime Minister's delegation to Jerusalem, 2000.
Archival / Genealogical
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Collection
ABEL, Solomon = immigration and family documents.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
7 textual records.
Scope and Content
6 documents and cards. U.S. Circuit Court certificate, 1904. Circuit Court Montreal, 1914. Naturalization, 1918, affidavit with photo and bio. Annie Abel Protestant school documents, 1909, 1914, vote card 1940. 1 delegate card for the Prime Minister's delegation to Jerusalem, 2000.
Date
1904-1940, 2000.
Fonds No.
P0176
History Biographical
Solomon Abel came to Canada from Russia via the United States, entering Canada in 1907. His six children (as of 1914) included daughter Annie, whose school documents are in this collection. Another daughter was the mother of Jack Silverstone, the donor. Mr Silverstone was the Executive Vice-President of Canadian Jewish Congress. These early immigration and school documents, all originals, are important for their display potential - one includes a photo and describes the subject's profession and Hebrew marriage.
Custodial History
The collection was donated by Mr. Jack Silverstone.
Notes
P00/07.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish 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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ALTER FAMILY = Shanghai Jewish Community.

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Collection
ALTER FAMILY = Shanghai Jewish Community.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Env. 0.03 metres of textual records. - Env. 438 photographs.
Fonds No.
P0203
Scope and Content
This collection has rare images of the Jewish population of Shanghai during and after World War II, as well as immigration documents of visual and historical interest, and also documents from various Montreal Protestant Schools & Jewish neighborhoods. It consists primarily of photographs of a Russi…
Archival / Genealogical
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Collection
ALTER FAMILY = Shanghai Jewish Community.
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Env. 0.03 metres of textual records. - Env. 438 photographs.
Scope and Content
This collection has rare images of the Jewish population of Shanghai during and after World War II, as well as immigration documents of visual and historical interest, and also documents from various Montreal Protestant Schools & Jewish neighborhoods. It consists primarily of photographs of a Russian Jewish family and their friends, mostly other refugee Jews in China, between 1938-1952. There are also photos taken in France before the war and in Montreal and USA after the family's immigration to Canada. Most of the Shanghai photos are in albums. The identity documents include a passport, and school documents for the father in Lille, France, and the daughter Isabelle in Shanghai & Montreal.
Date
1920-1975c.
Fonds No.
P0203
History Biographical
Isabelle Alter was born in Shanghai in 1940, the only daughter of Isaac and Maria (nee Gloos) Alter. The Alters left Russia for Shanghai c.1938 after Isaac had studied chemistry and tanning in France. He taught science in China. Isabelle came to Montreal in 1952, later studied physiological psychology. She moved to New York to complete her studies and eventually became a Freudian analyst. She died in 1995. Her mother was a dress designer in China. The family came to Canada after the revolution had made life in Shanghai too risky. Maria Alter became Maria Levitan after her second marriage. Isaac Alter died in (circa) 1954 and Maria in (circa) 1994.
Custodial History
The collection was donated on July 13, 2005 by Ruth Portner, a close friend of Isabelle Alter
Notes
Physical condition :Some documents are in fragile condition. One photo album was disassembled due to water damage.Alpha-numeric designations :P05/10.Language :Mostly English, with some Russian, Yiddish, and Chinese.Related groups of records :Mrs. Portner donated poems and other writings by Isabelle Alter at McGill University to McGill's Rare Book Department. She donated architectual drawings by Bruno Levitan, Isabelle's stepfather's family, to the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian 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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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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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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Bernard Lieff Family fonds

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Collection
Bernard Lieff family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
9 files
Fonds No.
I0032
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of letters of condolence sent to Bernard Lieff and his children Bessie, Sadie & Abe, Max, Hymie and Morris on the death of Esther Malcah Lieff; obituary of Bernard Lieff published in an Ottawa newspaper, December 31, 1941 and Dr. Morris Lieff news clippings.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Bernard Lieff family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
9 files
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of letters of condolence sent to Bernard Lieff and his children Bessie, Sadie & Abe, Max, Hymie and Morris on the death of Esther Malcah Lieff; obituary of Bernard Lieff published in an Ottawa newspaper, December 31, 1941 and Dr. Morris Lieff news clippings.
Date
1936 - 1937, 1941
Fonds No.
I0032
Storage Location
vault
History Biographical
Bernard Lieff (b. unknown - d. 1941) migrated from the shtetl of Antopol, District of Grodno, Russia in 1903. “Like thousands of others, (Bernard) stole across the border into Germany... and then travelled by steerage to America.” He made his way to Kingston, Ontario, and then settled in Ottawa by 1904. After a few years peddling, Bernard Lieff became a teacher at the Ottawa Talmud Torah and also provided private tutelage. He studied at several Yeshivas in Russia and met his wife, Esther Malcah Pomerantz (b. 1881 - d. 1936), when tutoring Esther and her two younger sisters. He and Esther married in Russia in 1902. They had seven children; Abe, Louis, Bessie, Hy, Max, Morris and Joseph. All were born in Ottawa except Abe. Bernard Lieff had at least one brother, Moshe Hersh Lifshitz, who also lived in Ottawa. Bernard and his wife and children changed their surname from Lifshitz when a Lisgar Collegiate teacher shortened Abe's surname to Lieff in 1916. Rabbi Fasman delivered the eulogy for Bernard Lieff in the same classroom of the Ottawa Talmud Torah classroom, on George Street in Ottawa, in which Bernard had taught for 35 years. Meyer Lieff, a cousin, and Moses Palmer were partners in a scrap yard at corner of Sherwood and Ottawa Streets. Meyer Lieff officiated as parnass at Adath Jeshurun.
Acquisition Source
Obituary donated by Joseph Lieff, summer 2000.
Letters of condolence donated by Joseph and Max Lieff, March 2002.
Dr. Morris Lieff articles donated by Joseph Lieff, August 26, 2002.
Notes
Biographical details and quote taken from son Abraham (Abe) Lieff's book "Gathering Rosebuds."
Related Material
Related material in Honourable Mr. Abraham Lieff fonds and Moishe Palmer fonds.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Bilsky family fonds

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Collection
Bilsky family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
textual records, B&W photographs.
Fonds No.
I0037
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of one receipt - M. Bilsky & Son written to John Dover, Jan. 24, 1906; correspondence exploring the life of Moses Bilsky; Bilsky family genealogy; two papers on Moses Bilsky by Anna Bilsky and Millie Mirsky (both great-granddaughters of Moses Bilsky); a photocopied typescript intervi…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Bilsky family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
textual records, B&W photographs.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of one receipt - M. Bilsky & Son written to John Dover, Jan. 24, 1906; correspondence exploring the life of Moses Bilsky; Bilsky family genealogy; two papers on Moses Bilsky by Anna Bilsky and Millie Mirsky (both great-granddaughters of Moses Bilsky); a photocopied typescript interview with Jacob Freedman - March, 1950; a folder of Press clippings of the death and funeral of the late Moses Bilsky - January 4, l923; memorabilia of Nathan and David Bilsky; a book by Eva Bilsky entitled, "What Happened After?"; various B&W photographs of members of the Bilsky family.
Date
1906, 1987 - 1999
Fonds No.
I0037
Storage Location
vault
History Biographical
Moses Bilsky was born in Kovno, Lithuania in 1829. He married Pauline Reich in Brooklyn, New York in 1874 and resided in Ottawa for most of his married life, with the exception of a few years in both Mattawa, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. He died in Ottawa on January 4, 1923. Pauline died December 3, 1928. He had an adventurous early life with participation in the Caribou gold fields of British Columbia in 1862, traveling to San Francisco on horseback and flirting with gun-running to Mexico. By 1878, Moses Bilsky was operating as a pawnbroker in Ottawa. Within two years, he has relocated to Mattawa, and between 1885 and 1891, he worked as a merchant and pawnbroker in Montreal. Sometime in 1891, he moved back to Ottawa and began a successful watch, clock and jewellery business. He participated fully in Jewish community life and is credited with acquiring the city’s first Torah scroll from New York. He was also a founder of Ottawa’s first synagogue, Adath Jeshurun in 1892. “Mr Bilsky’s funeral was one of the largest ever held in Ottawa and during his long residence there, he shared the universal respect of the entire community, both Jewish and Christian”. He had a large family - three of Bilsky’s sons-in-law became prominent; A. J. (Archie) Freiman married his daughter Lillian, and established a large department store, as well as served as president of the Zionist Organizations of Canada. Abraham Jacobs of Montreal married his daughter Rebecca, and became a member of Parliament. Allan Bronfman of Winnipeg married his third daughter Lucy, and was a lawyer, industrialist and community activist.
Notes
1. Biographical information and quotation from The Jew in Canada: a complete record of Canadian Jewry from the days of the French regime to the present time, Jewish Publications Limited, Toronto, 1926. 2. Moses Bilsky biography will be published in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, v. XV. 3. Further accruals of five period photographs of the Bilsky family donated by Millie Mirsky, July 28, 1999.
Related Material
Related material in Ottawa Jewish Historical Society fonds consists of both a video cassette and an audio cassette of the Ben Carp Memorial lecture, May 12, l999 on "Moses Bilsky: A Life Well Lived" and in the Lillian Freiman fonds.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Bloomfield family (Neri and Bernard Bloomfield, Evelyn Schachter) - Zionist activities

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Collection
Bloomfield family (Neri and Bernard Bloomfield, Evelyn Schachter) - Zionist activities
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
moving images
graphic material
Physical Description
1.6 metres of textual records. - 6 films. - Env. 30 photographs.
Fonds No.
P0247
Scope and Content
Textual records dating from 1918-2007, collected by Evelyn Bloomfield Schachter and her parents Bernard and Neri Bloomfield over the course of their long involvement in Montreal and international Jewish community activities, especially related to Israel and to Zionist organizations in Canada. Organ…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Bloomfield family (Neri and Bernard Bloomfield, Evelyn Schachter) - Zionist activities
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
moving images
graphic material
Physical Description
1.6 metres of textual records. - 6 films. - Env. 30 photographs.
Scope and Content
Textual records dating from 1918-2007, collected by Evelyn Bloomfield Schachter and her parents Bernard and Neri Bloomfield over the course of their long involvement in Montreal and international Jewish community activities, especially related to Israel and to Zionist organizations in Canada. Organizations represented in the collection include: Hadassah-Wizo (early involvement by Neri Bloomfield, and later by her daughter Evelyn), Canadian Zionist Federation, Israel Bonds, JNF, Histadrut-AMAL, Technion University. Canadian Friends of Hebrew University and other university support organizations, as well as Jerusalem 3000 and other projects related to hospitals and schools in Israel. Some family documents and images are also included in the collection, including the earliest dated material found here. There are a few oversize items, including 2 large rolled photographs of Histadrut conventions in New York (early 1950s), a smaller rolled photo of a Histadrut campaign dinner in Montreal in 1948, a large group photograph from Hadassah Wizo in Toronto (1957), a Jewish National Fund blueprint for the Bloomfiield forest in Israel, and a 1970 Conservative Party election poster for Evelyn Bloomfield's brother Harry Bloomfield, during the campaign when he ran against Pierre Elliot Trudeau for the Mount Royal riding. There are 6 reels of 16 mm. film stock of film related to the Bloomfield family's Israel activities or film financing ventures, copied from the Bloomfield collection at the Public Archives of Canada (now LAC).
Date
1918-2007.
Fonds No.
P0247
History Biographical
Neri Bloomfield served as national president of the Canadian Zionist Federation. She was born in Bucharest, Romania, was educated in London, and immigrated to Canada in 1941. She was an active volunteer and effective leader and fundraiser in both the Jewish and non Jewish communities for many years. She was a member of the International Board of the Hebrew University, presided respectively over many Canadian organizations and campaigns. Mrs. Bloomfield was the youngest National President of Canadian Hadassah-Wizo (1972-76), the first woman to hold the position of National President of the Canadian Zionist Federation (1984-87), as well as the first female President of the Jewish National Fund of Canada (1988-91). She was also a member of the Board of Directors of Bank of Hapoalim (Canada); the only woman director in the Bank's history. She was actively involved with St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where she was awarded an Honourary LL.D. (Doctor of Laws). She was a member of its International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University since 1971, and received an Honorary Ph.D. from there. She was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Technion. Her Canadian involvements included serving as President of the Lady Davis Research Institute of the Jewish General Hospital and serving as the Chair of the Canadian celebrations for Jerusalem 3000. (Source: jafi.org - The Jewish Agency for Israel.) Bernard Manfred Bloomfield, business executive, community leader and philanthropist, was born in Montreal and educated at McGill University. He was president of Canadian Manufacturers Sales Company, Israel Continental Oil Co. Ltd., which drilled for oil in Israel from 1954 to 1967, and New Continental Oil Co. of Canada. He was Honorary Consul General, Republic of Korea from 1969 until his death. Bloomfield served on the boards of numerous Jewish organizations and institutions including the Canadian Association for Labour Israel and its Canadian Histadrut Campaign, Jewish National Fund of Canada, 1969-1974, Canadian Technion Society and the Lady Davis Medical Research Institute of the Jewish General Hospital. He was also active in Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University, Canada-Israel Maritime League, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada, and the Canada-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Israel. As president of the Eldee Foundation, established by Henrietta Davis, the first wife of Sir Mortimer B. Davis who founded Imperial Tobacco, Bernard and his brother Louis used the proceeds to build 16 of the 65 Amal vocational high schools in Israel. Bloomfield was a Governor of the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital, the Hebrew University, the Technion, St. Francis Xavier University and the Tel Aviv Museum. He was author of Israel Diary, 1950, an account of his first trip to Israel. He received numerous awards and honours for his community service. Source: National Library and Archives Canada bio, taken from Canadian Who's Who, 1984, p. 121. Evelyn Bloomfield Schachter, daughter of Bernard and Neri Bloomfield, is vice president of the Eldee Foundation. She is deeply involved in numerous Montreal Jewish organizations. Harry Bloomfield, born 1944, is Managing partner of the law firm of Bloomfield & Avocats, and is a philanthropist and businessman.
Notes
Alpha-numeric designations :P13/08, MC 32.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Canadian Jewish Archives
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