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Montefiore Club

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Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Fonds No.
1264
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of membership files of members, past and current at the time of the closing of the Club, copies of minutes of the Board of the Club, photographs of the interior of the Club and ephemeral memorabilia of the Club's activities.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of membership files of members, past and current at the time of the closing of the Club, copies of minutes of the Board of the Club, photographs of the interior of the Club and ephemeral memorabilia of the Club's activities.
Fonds No.
1264
History Biographical
On October 10, 1880 eleven young men, ages 15 to 23, from established Jewish Montreal families met and organized the Montefiore Social and Dramatic Club. The founding members were: John Michaels, Nathan Michaels, Moses Cochenthaler, Myer Myers, Robert Hirsch, Maxwell Goldstein, Jacob Goldstein, Andrew E. Myers, David S. Friedman, Alex Eichmann and Louis Lewis. The idea to form the Club actually came from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jacobs, mother of John Michaels. The initial purpose of the Club was to provide a social setting for amateur dramatic performances. Meetings were held in the homes of the members’ parents and upon conclusion of Club business those parents were invited to join the group for refreshments. Within the first seven months of the Club’s existence, membership rose from eleven to twenty-eight. Member dues were also increased from $1.00 to $5.00 by this point. Women were also invited to attend the Club as courtesy members so that they could participate in dramatic performances and social gatherings. In addition to evenings featuring debates on social issues of the time, the Club also hosted musical nights and dances such as the “Calico Hop” as well as activities such as snowshoeing. Card games were also a constant feature of Club activity from the early days. The Club received its first charter in 1889 from the Montreal City Council. By this time the Club had grown to be more comprehensive, to broaden its scope to numerous areas of interest. It became a reflection of the growth of the Jewish community in Montreal and the name was officially changed from the “Montefiore Social and Dramatic Club” to simply, “The Montefiore Club.” With the name change of the Club in 1889 came an understanding that the institution was taking its place as an important social centre and leader for Montreal Jewry. By 1906, the population of Jewish Montreal had reached over 20,000, mainly due to immigration. The majority of the newly-arrived immigrants were in varying states of poverty, many needing a great deal of help to settle into their strange, new surroundings. During the early 20th century, Montefiore Club members became leaders in the numerous organizations established to build a stronger community. Organizations such as the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, the Baron de Hirsch Institute, Mount Sinai Sanatorium, and the Young Men’s Hebrew Association were all touched by the Montefiore Club and its members. By 2005, due to a changing community and demographics, the Montefiore Club changed its admission and Club policies in an attempt to bolster the institution. Women were admitted as full members, the dress policy was relaxed and new entertainment programmes were attempted. For some time as well, the Club was hired as a venue for weddings, events for Concordia University and other organizations. Despite these changes, Club membership continued to decline and by 2010 the number of members stood at only 72. For the members, past and present, the decision to close the Club was a heartbreaking but necessary move. In one final act of dedication to the community, the Club made the decision to donate the proceeds of the sale of the Guy Street building, the substantial art collection and any furniture to the Jewish Community Foundation and to Concordia University to support Jewish studies.
Language
English
French
Custodial History
Transferred to the Jewish Public Library Archives by the Montefiore Club, September 2010.
Subjects
Montefiore Club [Montreal, Quebec].
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Historical Records

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn70148
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
Series
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1264; 1
Scope and Content
Consists of minutes and ephemera related to the history of the Montefiore Club.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
Series
Material Format
textual record
Scope and Content
Consists of minutes and ephemera related to the history of the Montefiore Club.
Date
1914-2010
Fonds No.
1264
Series No.
1
Storage Location
Bay 7
Language
English
French
Subjects
Montefiore Club [Montreal, Quebec].
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Minutes, Montefiore Club Annual General Meeting

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn70151
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1264; 1; 00002
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1904-1916
Fonds No.
1264
Series No.
1
File No.
00002
Storage Location
Ctn.002
7-1E
Language
English
Subjects
Montefiore Club [Montreal, Quebec].
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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General Minutes, Montefiore Club

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn70152
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1264; 1; 00003
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1904-1916
Fonds No.
1264
Series No.
1
File No.
00003
Storage Location
Ctn.002
7-1E
Language
English
Subjects
Montefiore Club [Montreal, Quebec].
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Minutes of the Members Meetings of the Montefiore Club

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn70153
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1264; 1; 00004
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1917-1926
Fonds No.
1264
Series No.
1
File No.
00004
Storage Location
Ctn.002
7-1E
Language
English
Subjects
Montefiore Club [Montreal, Quebec].
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Minutes, Montefiore Club Annual General Meetings

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn70154
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1264; 1; 00005
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1927-1934
Fonds No.
1264
Series No.
1
File No.
00005
Storage Location
Ctn.002
7-1E
Language
English
Subjects
Montefiore Club [Montreal, Quebec].
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Minutes, Montefiore Club Annual General Meetings

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn70155
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1264; 1; 00006
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1935-1945
Fonds No.
1264
Series No.
1
File No.
00006
Storage Location
Ctn.003
7-1E
Language
English
Subjects
Montefiore Club [Montreal, Quebec].
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Minutes, Montefiore Club Annual General Meetings

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn70156
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1264; 1; 00007
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1946-1953
Fonds No.
1264
Series No.
1
File No.
00007
Storage Location
Ctn.003
7-1E
Language
English
Subjects
Montefiore Club [Montreal, Quebec].
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Minutes, Montefiore Club Annual General Meetings

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn70157
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1264; 1; 00008
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1955-1957
Fonds No.
1264
Series No.
1
File No.
00008
Storage Location
Ctn.003
7-1E
Language
English
Subjects
Montefiore Club [Montreal, Quebec].
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Minutes, Montefiore Club Annual General Meetings

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn70158
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1264; 1; 00009
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Montefiore Club Fonds
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1958-1959
Fonds No.
1264
Series No.
1
File No.
00009
Storage Location
Ctn.003
7-1E
Language
English
Subjects
Montefiore Club [Montreal, Quebec].
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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