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Ometz Collection

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Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
2.9 linear metres textual records
Fonds No.
1074
Scope and Content
Currently, the Ometz Collection is made up of records from the Baron de Hirsch Institute/Jewish Family Services, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services, and Jewish Vocation Services. Records include correspondence, minutes and memoranda, annual reports, publications, and documentation of history. Three ma…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
2.9 linear metres textual records
Scope and Content
Currently, the Ometz Collection is made up of records from the Baron de Hirsch Institute/Jewish Family Services, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services, and Jewish Vocation Services. Records include correspondence, minutes and memoranda, annual reports, publications, and documentation of history. Three major series exist under each of the historical branches of Ometz: JVS/JEM, JIAS, and JFS. Under each series, further subseries organize specific records to each former agency.
Date
1842-1998
Fonds No.
1074
History Biographical
Ometz, the Hebrew word for courage, was chosen in 2008 as the new name for the merged services of the former Jewish Family Services (JFS), Jewish Employment Montreal (JEM), and Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (JIAS). Ometz reflects the wish for those who seek the support of Ometz's services, that they find the courage to move forward with life's challenges. Ometz offers a continuum of services for the entire family. Employees include clinical social workers, employment, school and immigration consellors, mental health professionals, occupations and speech therapists, and psychologists. Hundreds of volunters also make up the work of the agency. The history of Ometz stretches over 150 years when including the foundation of the Young Men's Hebrew Benevolent Society. JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES OF THE BARON DE HIRSCH INSTITUTE In 1863, the Young Men's Hebrew Benevolent Society (YMHBS) was formed by young unmarried men with the desire to help Jews in need. The Society also allowed the young Jewish men of Montreal to get to know each other better and care for their social welfare needs. By 1882, the Society could not cope financially with the influx of immigrants arriving from Russia, most who were destitute and had no other means of support. The YMHBS appealed to Baron Maurice de Hirsch and in 1891, the new Baron de Hirsch Institute opened and was dedicated to the purpose of a "Free School for the poor children of the Jewish faith and a home for sheltering distressed immigrants and orphans. In 1900, the Baron de Hirsch enlarged its sphere and, in recognition of their namesake's generous support, obtained a new charter of incorporation under the name Baron de Hirsch Institute and Hebrew Benevolent Society of Montreal. In 1917, because of the overlapping of charitable and philanthropic work in the community, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies (today's Federation CJA) was founded and began operation out of the Baron de Hirsch Institute building. The Baron de Hirsch Insitute in turn became one of the agencies of the new organization; continuing its activities with the religious school, a library, cemetery management, family welfare, legal aid and the Hebrew Court of Arbitration. In 1974, Jewish Family Services Social Service Centre (JFSSSC) was created and incorporated almost all of the programes and human resources of the Baron de Hirsch Institute. Jewish Family Services encompassed these two organizations by providing joint structure for their complementing mandates. The JFSSSC was a publicly funded agency working alongside JFS, mainly responsible for youth protection, young offenders, adoption and foster care. JFSSSC closed in 1993 due to the cessation of public funding. As a result, JFS of the Baron de Hirsch Institute became a full-service, community-based organization. JEWISH IMMIGRANT AID SERVICES In 1919, the Canadian Jewish Congress was organized and in anticipation of renewed Jewish immigration after the war, established Jewish Immigrant Aid Society (JIAS). JIAS' mandate was to lobby the government on behalf of potential Jewish immigration. It acted on a national scale to facilitate the legal entry of Jews to Canada and then to help them adapt and integrate into their new home. After the war, immigration greatly increased and JIAS had to respond to new needs. Thousands of Jews were received, settled and rehabilitated, many from Displaced Persons camps. A social service committee was formed in 1947 and professional social workers were hired for the first time. Joseph Kage joined JIAS as a social worker in 1947 and remained at JIAS until his retirement in 1983. Under his leadership, JIAS' name changed from "Society" to "Services. Under his role of National Executive Director and national Executive Vice-President, Kage became an authority on issues of Canadian immigration policy and was chair of the Canadian Governmental Advisory Board on Immigrant Adjustment. JEWISH VOCATIONAL SERVICES (JVS) / JEWISH EMPLOYMENT MONTREAL (JEM) JVS was created in 1945, immediately after the Second World War. Initially the mandate of JVS was to offer Holocaust survivors housing and jobs. JVS also offered employment support for returning war veterans, orphans, and displaced European Jews entering Canada. The 1950s saw a focus on young people looking for first-time employment or changing careers. JVS also began to offer career counselling during this period. In 1950, a sheltered workshop for people with physical or mental health issues was created and helped many Jewish emigres who were unable to find meaningful jobs. This became was is currently the JEM Workshop. JVS continued to adapt their services based on changing immigration demographics, economic realities, and social climates. After a structural change in 2003, JVS became Jewish Employment Montreal (JEM) and continues to offer programming with this name under Ometz. In 2008, Jewish Employment Montreal, Jewish Family Services of the Baron de Hirsch Institute, and Jewish Immigrant Aid Services merged to become Ometz.
Language
English
French
Acquisition Source
Collection was created from multiple sources, including materials pulled from the Jewish Canadiana Collection of the Jewish Public Library and the offices of the former agencies themselves.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Baron de Hirsch Institute/Jewish Family Services

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn77771
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
Series
Material Format
multiple media
Fonds No.
1074; 1
Scope and Content
This series contains records pertaining to or originating from Baron de Hirsch Institute/Jewish Family Services.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
Series
Material Format
multiple media
Scope and Content
This series contains records pertaining to or originating from Baron de Hirsch Institute/Jewish Family Services.
Date
c.1842-2008
Fonds No.
1074
Series No.
1
History Biographical
In 1863 the Young Men’s Hebrew Benevolent Society (YMHBS) was formed by young unmarried men with the desire to help Jews in need. The Society also allowed the young Jewish men of Montreal to get to know each other better and to look after their social welfare needs. By 1882, the Society could not cope financially with the influx of immigrants arriving from Russia, most of who were destitute and had no means of support. The YMHBS appealed to philanthropist Baron Maurice de Hirsh. In 1890, Baron de Hirsch sent his first donation and in 1891, the Baron de Hirsch Institute opened and was dedicated to the purpose of “A Free School for the poor children of the Jewish faith and a home for sheltering distressed immigrants and orphans.” In 1900 Baron de Hirsch enlarged its sphere, and in recognition of the financial support received, obtained a new charter of incorporation to change its name to Baron de Hirsch Institute and Hebrew Benevolent Society of Montreal. The Institute was the pioneer charitable and philanthropic organization in Montreal. In 1917, because of the overlapping of much charitable and philanthropic work, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies was formed with headquarters in the Baron de Hirsch Institute building. Baron de Hirsch became one of the constituent societies and continued its activities with the religious school, library, cemetery, family welfare, legal aid and Hebrew Court of Arbitration. The Federation of Jewish Philanthropies changed names three times. It became Federation of Jewish Community Services in 1951, Allied Jewish Community Services (AJCS) in 1965 and today’s Federation CJA in 1997. AJCS was under the direction of Manny Batshaw from 1967-1980). In 1974 the Jewish Family Services Social Service Centre (JFSSSC) was created and incorporated almost all the programs and human resources of the Baron de Hirsch Institute. Jewish Family Services encompassed these two organizations by providing joint structure for their complementing mandates. The JFSSSC was a publicly funded agency, working alongside the private JFS of the Baron de Hirsch Institute and primarily served the Jewish population. The JFSSSC became responsible for youth protection, young offenders, adoption and foster care (including group homes and placements for children, disabled adults and the elderly). Over the years, JFS adapted to transformations in Quebec society and developments in the field of social work. As mental health, sex education, addiction, care of the elderly and other concerns were recognized as part of the mandate of a social service provider, JFS developed programs to respond to these needs. JFS’s professional work also included the supervision of many volunteer units (for example, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and hospital volunteers). The public JFSSSC closed in 1993 in response to the Quebec government’s Bill 120 and the cessation of public funding. As a result, Jewish Family Services of the Baron de Hirsch Institute became a full-service, community-based organization.
Language
English
French
Hebrew
Yiddish
Subjects
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal.
Jewish Family Services, Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Annual Reports

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn77772
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
Series
Material Format
textual record
Fonds No.
1074; 1.1
Scope and Content
This sub-series consists of Annual Reports that were produced by organizations under the Baron de Hirsch Institute/Jewish Family Services and distributed to the community-at-large.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
Series
Material Format
textual record
Scope and Content
This sub-series consists of Annual Reports that were produced by organizations under the Baron de Hirsch Institute/Jewish Family Services and distributed to the community-at-large.
Date
ca.1910-2007
Fonds No.
1074
Series No.
1.1
Storage Location
Bay 2
Subjects
Jewish Family Services, Montreal.
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Annual Report - Legal Aid Department of the Baron de Hirsch Institute

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn77778
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1074; 1.1; 00001
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1962
Fonds No.
1074
Series No.
1.1
File No.
00001
Storage Location
Ctn. 001
2-6D
Language
English
Subjects
Jewish Family Services, Montreal.
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Annual Reports - Jewish Family Services Social Service Centre

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn77779
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1074; 1.1; 00002
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1978-1981
Fonds No.
1074
Series No.
1.1
File No.
00002
Storage Location
Ctn.001
2-6D
Language
English
French
Yiddish
Subjects
Jewish Family Services, Montreal.
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Annual Reports - Baron de Hirsch Institute and Jewish Child Welfare Bureau

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn77780
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1074; 1.1; 00003
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1953-1966
Fonds No.
1074
Series No.
1.1
File No.
00003
Storage Location
Ctn.001
2-6D
Language
English
Subjects
Jewish Family Services, Montreal.
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Annual Reports - Baron de Hirsch Institute and Jewish Child Welfare Bureau

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn77781
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1074; 1.1; 00004
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1967-1971
Fonds No.
1074
Series No.
1.1
File No.
00004
Storage Location
Ctn.001
2-6D
Language
English
Subjects
Jewish Family Services, Montreal.
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Annual Reports - Jewish Family Services of the Baron de Hirsch Institute

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn77782
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1074; 1.1; 00005
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1973-1976
Fonds No.
1074
Series No.
1.1
File No.
00005
Storage Location
Ctn.001
2-6D
Language
English
Subjects
Jewish Family Services, Montreal.
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Annual Reports - 'Jewish Family Services' - Baron de Hirsch Institute and Hebrew Benevolent Society of Montreal.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn77783
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1074; 1.1; 00006
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1978-1984
Fonds No.
1074
Series No.
1.1
File No.
00006
Storage Location
Ctn.001
2-6D
Language
English
French
Yiddish
Subjects
Jewish Family Services, Montreal.
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Baron de Hirsch Institute and Hebrew Benevolent Society of Montreal - Jewish Family Services Social Service Centre

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn77784
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Fonds No.
1074; 1.1; 00007
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Ometz Collection
Description Level
File
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 file textual records
Date
1985-1987
Fonds No.
1074
Series No.
1.1
File No.
00007
Storage Location
Ctn.001
2-6D
Language
English
French
Yiddish
Subjects
Jewish Family Services, Montreal.
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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