Agudath Achim Congregation = United Brethren Congregation fonds
textual records; framed certificate
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 1928 - 1954 minutes, early mortgages, contents of 1912 cornerstone and programs for corner stone ceremony and 1913 opening ceremonies, 1930 contract for tennis court at 417 Rideau Street, 1939 - 1956 Sisterhood records, Chevra Misnayes Agudath Achim minutes and financial records,…
Fonds consists of 1928 - 1954 minutes, early mortgages, contents of 1912 cornerstone and programs for corner stone ceremony and 1913 opening ceremonies, 1930 contract for tennis court at 417 Rideau Street, 1939 - 1956 Sisterhood records, Chevra Misnayes Agudath Achim minutes and financial records, membership lists and lists of seat holders, cemetery ledger, bulletins, notices and invitations, 1928 - 1956 financial material and ledgers, 1943 - 1956 correspondence including merger correspondence between Agudath Achim and Adath Jeshurun congregations with the Jewish Community Council. Also included in this fonds is a framed certificate to commemorate the donation of 25 dollars by the "Rideau Street Ladies Synagogue"for the Erez Israel Palestine Foundation fund "Karen Hayesod" (See Photographic Database - 5-331-01).
BOX 1 - Series: Legal, Administrative, Correspondence - 1902-1956 (with gaps)
Ephemera - Newspaper clipping - "First Synagogue in Ottawa," The Jewish Times - August 15, 1902;
Ephemera - Contents of Cornerstone Box placed June 25, 1912. Removed at demolition;
Ephemera - Opening invitation - January 19, 1913;
Ephemera - Stationary;
Legal - Surveys and Plans - Plan of Rideau and Chapel Streets - undated; Cemetery Plan, two copies - April 2, 1940; Floor plans for proposed alterations, undated;
Legal - Building Committee, Yiddish;
Legal - Mortgage - October 22, 1902;
Legal - Mortgages and Indentures - 1984, 1903, 1912, 1919, 1923, 1927;
Legal - Deed of Land, two copies - February 3, 1902;
Legal - Constitution Booklet - 1933-1934, 1944-1945;
Legal - Tennis Court Contract, donated by Hon. Abraham Lieff - 1930;
Administrative - Minutes - re: successors to the trustees of the Agudath Achim property - April 20, 1916;
Administrative - Bulletins and Notices - 1924-1955;
Administrative - Synagogue Executive - 1941-1953;
Administrative - Minutes of Executive and General Meetings - 1953-1956;
Correspondence - Ottawa Vaad Ha'ir - 1947-1956;
Correspondence - Letters from H.H. Sugarman, Yiddish;
Correspondence - General - 1946-1949;
Correspondence - General - 1950-1952;
Correspondence - General - 1953-1954;
Correspondence - General - 1955-1956;
Correspondence - Funeral Arrangements - 1948-1956;
Correspondence - Letters of Thanks and Condolences - 1947-1956;
Correspondence - Letters of Resignation - 1944-1955
Correspondence - Letters of Appreciation - 1951-1954;
Correspondence - Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America - 1947-1956;
Correspondence - Synagogue Suppliers - Books and Prayer Books - 1948-1953;
The Jewish Chronicle, London England - 1959;
Books - Daily Prayer Books, two copies;
Booklet - Dedication of Beth Shalom Synagogue - 1957;Newspaper clipping - "Elect Officers of Synagogue" - September 29, 1926;
BOX 2 - Series: Minute Books - 1928-1954
Minute Book - Minutes of Meeting - August 5, 1928 to March 5, 1933;
Minute Book - Minutes of Meeting and Constitution and Bylaws - April 2, 1933 to August 3, 1939;
Minute Book - Minutes of Meeting - August 10, 1939 to April 12, 1945;
Minute Book - Minutes of Meeting - April 30, 1945 to February 6, 1949;
Minute Book - Minutes of Meeting - February 9, 1949 to July 30, 1952;
Minute Book - Minutes of Meeting - September 4, 1952 to August 8, 1954;
Box 3 - Series: Financial, Sisterhood, Chevra Mishnayos
Financial: Congregation Receipt Book
Financial: Congregation Financial Ledger - 1943-1955;
Financial: - Cantor Jacob Dorskind Contract
Financial: - Income Tax - 1942-1952;
Financial: Statements - 1943-1955;
Ladies Auxiliary: activities 1939- 1952;
Ladies Auxiliary: Minute Book - 1939-1952;
Agudath Achim Sisterhood: Correspondence - 1951-1955;
Agudath Achim Sisterhood: Financial Items - 1951-1954;
Agudath Achim Sisterhood: Testimonial dinners - 1952-1956;
Agudath Achim Sisterhood: Bills - 1953-1956;
Agudath Achim Sisterhood: Membership and Financial Record - 1948-1953;
Agudath Achim Sisterhood: Financial Record - 1953-1956;
Chevra Mishnayos: Minutes - 1946, 1950, 1953-1954;
Chevra Mislays: Financial Records - 1945-1956;
Box 4 - Series: Membership, etc.
Administrative: Agreements and Seating Arrangements - 1913-1920;
Applications for Membership 1947-1956;
Seat Sales and Seat Holders list - 1913-1956
Membership Lists - various dates;
Honour Roll List - circa 1945;
Cemetery Deeds - 1907, 1948-1950;
Meeting Minutes, concerning Jewish Community Cemetery - 1951-1955;
Ephemera; various textual items;
Items wrapped separately: two financial ledgers, cemetery ledger.
The formal beginning of the Agudath Achim, or the United Hebrew Brethren Congregation, was in 1902 on at 417 Rideau Street. The founding trustees of the synagogue were Abraham Kert - trader and traveler, Moses Rudman (or Moses Roodman) - peddler, Myer Held - peddler, Elias Pullan - merchant, Isaac Noe - carpenter, Michael Addleman - peddler, and Moses Merson – upholsterer. These men committed the congregation to a $3000 mortgage for the purchase and conversion of the Rideau Street building.
The cornerstone for the new synagogue was laid on July 1st, 1912 with the building being opened on January 19, 1913. It was designed by Burgess & Coyle with a seating capacity for 400.
The Building Committee consisted of Israel Sugarman (Chairman), Henry Finkelstein (President) - 1912, Abraham L. Florence (President) - 1913, and Kastrel Cohen (Secretary).
The synagogue was extended in 1928.
In April 1940 the Rideau St. Shul brought its new Cantor, Reverend Aaron Weiss, from Breslau, Germany.
In 1955-1956, Congregation Agudath Achim amalgamated with Congregation Adath Jeshurun to form Congregation Beth Shalom and their new synagogue was dedicated in 1957.
Rabbi Joseph D. Berger served the Congregation from 1902 to 1927. When the Congregation joined the Associated Synagogues of Ottawa the shared Rabbis were Abraham H. Freedman, William Margolis, Oscar Z. Fasman, Emanuel Lifschutz and Simon L. Eckstein. Religious functionaries included the Reverend Louis Doctor, Cantor Jacob Dorskind, Rabbi Max Maser, Rabbi Aaron Weiss, Reverend Hyman Gertler and Reverend Jacob Y. Cement.
In 1973, these records were transferred to the National Archives of Canada and returned to the Ottawa Jewish Archives in 1996.
1. 1913 invitation, donated by Inez Zelikovitz in 1999, restored by Wanda McWilliams for display in, "A Capital Experience" exhibition, By Town Museum, Ottawa, summer, 2000.
2. After amalgamation, records were given to the Jewish Community Council of Ottawa.
3. Tennis Court contract donated by the Honourable Abraham H. Lieff, September, 2002
4. The Chevra Mishnayes Agudath Achim (Rideau Street Synagogue) and the Chevra Mishnayes Adath Jeshurun amalgamated in October 1956 under one society called Chevra Mishanyes Beth Shalom.
L-R front row: Joe Zelikovitz, Jay Greenberg, Hyman Cohen, Issie Tudover, Joseph Lieff (alto soloist), David Monson, and Morris Lieff (soprano). Second row: Ed Sadinsky, Alex Wolfe, Gilbert Shore (alto soloist), Cantor Jacob Dorskind, Izzie Greenberg, and Sam Shabinsky. Third row: Abe Zelikovitz, Irving Wolfe, Reuben Witen, and Mitchell Hyman. Fourth row: Abraham Lieff (tenor), Moses Doctor, Nathan Greenberg and Samuel Taylor. Back row; William Goldblum, Max Lieff (baritone), Frank Florence and Lazarus Cohen. Missing from the photograph is Hy Wasserman (soprano soloist). The Leiff brothers also performed as a quartet.
Cantor Dorskind married an Ottawa girl, a Finkelstein, and settled in Alberta. His was paralyzed on his left side.