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Manny Batshaw Fonds

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Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1.7m of textual documents ; 347 photographs
Fonds No.
1059
Scope and Content
The Fonds consists of correspondence regarding both personal and business matters, newspaper clippings (both loose and in scrapbooks), publications by AJCS and other Jewish organizations, a published biography of Manuel Batshaw, documents regarding his time as a social worker, photographs, audio an…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1.7m of textual documents ; 347 photographs
Scope and Content
The Fonds consists of correspondence regarding both personal and business matters, newspaper clippings (both loose and in scrapbooks), publications by AJCS and other Jewish organizations, a published biography of Manuel Batshaw, documents regarding his time as a social worker, photographs, audio and visual materials and awards. There are three series present within the Fonds. Series I covers Mr. Batshaw’s personal affairs, and consists mainly of photographs, degrees, certificates, scrapbooks and correspondence. Series II covers Mr. Batshaw’s career as a social worker, and currently consists of a summary of the 1975 Batshaw Report, although further accruals are expected. Series III covers Mr. Batshaw’s professional work within the Jewish community, and consists of annual reports, publications, awards and photographs.
Date
1918-2006
Fonds No.
1059
Storage Location
Bay 6
Creator
Manny Batshaw
History Biographical
Manuel Gilman Batshaw (Manny) was born in Montreal on April 17, 1915. His parents, Tuvieh Batshaw and Golda Batshaw (née Gelman) immigrated to Montreal from Russia in 1903, following the birth of Manny’s older brother Harry in 1902 [?]. Harry was followed by Arthur in 1908, Frances in 1910 and finally, Manny. The family had a very limited income. While his father worked outside of the home, Manny’s mother Goldie ran a small grocery store from their home’s living room. From childhood, Manny was quite active within the Montreal Jewish community. In 1928, as a bar mitzvah gift from his brother Harry, Manny received a membership to the YMHA. Over the years, he moved from member, to club leader, to being in charge of all clubs, and finally, to educational director. It was through this organization that Manny had his first experiences in the field of social work. At 15 years old, he joined Young Judea. At 16, he became a counselor at Camp B’nai Brith. In 1938, Manny met Rachel Levitt (Rachie). She was also a social worker, nine years his senior. Two years later in 1940, the two were married. In 1942, Manny volunteered for the Canadian Armed Forces. He was placed in the Infantry and was made District Social Service Officer in charge of Social Services to the Canadian Armed Forces in the province of Quebec. He began his military career as a Private and by the time the War was over had attained the rank of Captain. After the War he was invited to become the Executive Director of the Red Cross in Montreal. As tempting as the offer was, he wanted to play a larger role within the Jewish community, so he declined. From 1947-1968, the Batshaw family moved quite a bit living in Philadelphia, Hamilton, Atlanta, Newark, New Jersey and New York. In 1968, the Allied Jewish Community Services (AJCS) contacted Manny, and asked him to return to Montreal as Executive Director of the organization. He agreed, and remained in that position until 1980. During the “Batshaw Era,” fundraising increased five-fold and the organization expanded, made obvious by the many buildings which were constructed, including Cummings House in 1973. He personally helped to reassure the community following the implementation of Bill 65, and made it his own personal mission to look after his people. He insisted on making it the right of all Jewish children to have a Jewish education, he helped to integrate the Francophone Sephardic population into the AJCS, he organized trips for students to visit Israel, and in the face of possible Quebec separation (when many Anglophone Jews were leaving the province), he fought for French Immersion education in Jewish schools. His compassion was felt beyond the walls of AJCS. In 1974, following a news story in The Montreal Gazette regarding the maltreatment of children in a welfare institution in La Prairie, Manny convinced Claude Forget, Minister of Health and Welfare for the province of Quebec, to allow him to form a small committee of professionals to go into the institution and make recommendations. The approval arrived the next day on a Thursday, the committee was formed the following day, and by Sunday night, the visit had been completed and the finished report had been delivered to the Minister. The recommendations were published in the local newspapers and soon after almost all of them had been implemented. Obviously impressed, Mr. Forget asked Manny to spearhead a thorough examination of the province’s 60 other institutions. What followed 11 months later was an 11-volume report, informally titled The Batshaw Committee Report. This led to the enactment of Bill 24, Quebec’s Youth Protection Act. In 1993, when the five Anglophone child welfare institutions of Quebec amalgamated, the new name was an easy choice: Batshaw Youth and Family Centres. After his retirement from AJCS in 1980, Manny joined Claridge Inc. at the request of his friend Charles Bronfman as his Consultant on Philanthropy and Jewish Affairs. He retired from this position in 1998.
Custodial History
Donated in 2006 by Manny Batshaw.
Name Access
Batshaw, Manuel G., 1915-
Subjects
Camp B'nai Brith
Young Men's-Young Women's Hebrew Association
Batshaw Youth and Family Centres = Les Centres de la jeunesse et de la famille Batshaw
Federation CJA - Montreal (Quebec)
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Happy Birthday Grandpa, Michael and Andrew

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Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
multiple media
Fonds No.
1059; 055
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1995
Fonds No.
1059
Series No.
055
Storage Location
6-4C, Ctn.006
Name Access
Batshaw, Manuel G., 1915-
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
Series
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
30cm textual material ; 329 photographs
Fonds No.
1059; 1
Scope and Content
This series consists of personal documents relating to Mr. Batshaw’s childhood, education, military career, family, and friends.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
Series
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
30cm textual material ; 329 photographs
Scope and Content
This series consists of personal documents relating to Mr. Batshaw’s childhood, education, military career, family, and friends.
Date
1918-2006
Fonds No.
1059
Series No.
1
Storage Location
Bay 6
Creator
Manny Batshaw
History Biographical
See fonds description.
Custodial History
Donated by Manny Batshaw
Name Access
Batshaw, Manuel G., 1915-
Subjects
McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) - Alumni and alumnae
Montreal School of Social Work
Camp B'nai Brith
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Correspondence with sister, Frances Batshaw

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Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1059; 1; 001
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Date
ca1928-1929
Fonds No.
1059
Series No.
1
File No.
001
Storage Location
6-4A, Ctn.001
Name Access
Batshaw, Manuel G., 1915-
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Correspondence with sister, Frances Batshaw

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Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1059; 1; 002
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1059
Series No.
1
File No.
002
Storage Location
6-4A, Ctn.001
Name Access
Batshaw, Manuel G., 1915-
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Correspondence with sister, Frances Batshaw

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Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1059; 1; 003
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1059
Series No.
1
File No.
003
Storage Location
6-4A, Ctn.001
Name Access
Batshaw, Manuel G., 1915-
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Correspondence with mother and sister

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Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1059; 1; 004
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1059
Series No.
1
File No.
004
Storage Location
6-4A, Ctn.001
Name Access
Batshaw, Manuel G., 1915-
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Correspondence with friend, Simon

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Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1059; 1; 005
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1059
Series No.
1
File No.
005
Storage Location
6-4A, Ctn.001
Name Access
Batshaw, Manuel G., 1915-
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Correspondence with girlfriend, Judith Seidel

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Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1059; 1; 006
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1059
Series No.
1
File No.
006
Storage Location
6-4A, Ctn.001
Name Access
Batshaw, Manuel G., 1915-
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Correspondence

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn17370
Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1059; 1; 007
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Manny Batshaw Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1059
Series No.
1
File No.
007
Storage Location
6-4A, Ctn.001
Name Access
Batshaw, Manuel G., 1915-
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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