Fonds consists of Mendel Pearlman’s early Zionist interests, business cards, Pearlman family history material, Rose Pearlman’s Presidency of Adath Jeshurun Sisterhood, Mirsky family relations including Reve Mirsky Glass, David Mirsky, Dr. Samuel Mirsky, Abe Mirsky, Myer Mirsky, Dr. Joseph N. Nathan…
Fonds consists of Mendel Pearlman’s early Zionist interests, business cards, Pearlman family history material, Rose Pearlman’s Presidency of Adath Jeshurun Sisterhood, Mirsky family relations including Reve Mirsky Glass, David Mirsky, Dr. Samuel Mirsky, Abe Mirsky, Myer Mirsky, Dr. Joseph N. Nathanson, Allan C. Pearlman; Rose and Mendel Pearlman’s family interests, Yiddish correspondence, post cards, medical and educational certificates, papers, awards, correspondence and recognition of both Dr. Lyon Pearlman and his wife, Naomi; and some material on Dr. and Mrs. Pearlman’s children and his brother, Sholom. Fonds also includes a program for Testimonial dinner on the occassion of Aaron Harris' 50th wedding anniversary held in Montreal.
Mendel (Emmanuel) Pearlman (b.1881 – d.1961) arrived in Canada from Russia at about age 16 with his father in 1898. He travelled on Lake Ontario and settled at Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay) in 1901.
By 1909 he was prosperous enough to ask for the hand of Rose Mirsky (b.1888 – d.1982), daughter of Reverend Jacob Mirsky, first spiritual leader of the Jewish community in Ottawa. A year later, their first son, Lyon, was born in Ottawa (b. November 17, 1910). Mendel and Rose relocated from the Lakehead to Ottawa where children Sholom, (b. 1919), Shirley (b. 1921) and Allan (b. 1923) were born and raised along with Lyon. They lived on Cumberland Street. Mendel Pearlman was a jeweler by profession, having completed his apprenticeship in Russia.
Their oldest son, Lyon Nathanial Pearlman, pursued a medical career, graduating from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1934. After interning in Ottawa hospitals, Dr. Pearlman studied pediatrics in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. In 1938, when Dr. Pearlman opened his Ottawa practice, he became the city’s first Jewish pediatrician. Dr. Pearlamn remained devoted to his practice for fifty years, and to Naomi (Perchanok) (b. 1917 - d. 2007), his wife of 53 years. They had three children, Elaine, Judy and Daniel, and numerous grandchildren. Dr. Lyon Pearlman passed away from pancreatic cancer on January 30, 1997.
1. Artifact is one flag, 36 x 63 1/2 inches, handmade, stitched by Rose Mirsky Pearlman in the first decade of the 20th century when she was living in Port Arthur, Ontario. Blue ribbon border on beige, self-coloured patterned fabric. One end altered by her granddaughter, Elaine Goldstein in order to thread a pole through the end for display in her classroom discussions at the ORT School in Afaula, Israel. Zion in Hebrew embroidered in gold coloured thread in the centre of the flag. Donated by Elaine Goldstein, summer, 2001
2. Regular accruals from Naomi Pearlman starting in 1999.
3. Initial deposit made by Dr. Lyon Pearlman.
4. Some of the Yiddish material of Mendel Pearlman translated by Sharon Cooper, 2000-2001.
5. Birth dates of Rose and Mendel Pearlman adjusted back by one year from Dr. Pearlman’s postcard of birth dates, donated by Naomi Pearlman, fall, 2003.
6. Mendel Pearlman postcards donated by Elaine Goldstein, November, 2007.
7. Ottawa Jewish Archives exhibited Pearlman documents in 2000. Two of these medical degrees are being sent to Kyla Ubbink for conservation, December, 2008.
8. Naomi's obituary published in the Ottawa Citizen - February 2, 1007
PEARLMAN, Naomi (nee Perchanok) 1917 - 2007 Peacefully on
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 surrounded by her children, Elaine
Goldstein (Frank), Judy Berger (Seymour) and Dan (Jane Ellens).
Predeceased by her beloved husband Dr. Lyon Pearlman. Survived by
her brother and sister-in-law Morrie and May Perchanok of Sarnia,
sister-in-law Gwen Perchanok of New York City. Lovingly
remembered by her grandchildren Tiah, Tamar and David Bodek,
Emily, Michael, Hadas, Josh, Jon and Noam and by her great-
grandchildren Ilai and Nitai Bodek. She will be missed by her many
nieces and nephews. Funeral Service was held at the Jewish Memorial
Chapel, 1771 Cuba Avenue on Friday, February 2, 2007 at 12 noon.
Interment was at the new Jewish Community Cemetery, Osgoode.
Shiva 759 Manitou Drive. Donations in her name can be made to the
Dr. Lyon and Naomi Pearlman Endowment Fund at CHEO, Ottawa
Jewish Family Service or the charity of your choice. Published in the
Ottawa Citizen from 2/2/2007 - 2/3/2007
9. An abstract from a conference paper written by Michael Berger in 2007. "A 20th century pediatrician and the emergence of modern day pediatrics". The Proceedings of the 16th Annual History of Medicine Days, March 30th and 31st, 2007 Health Sciences Centre, Calgary, AB. Michael is the grandson of Lyon Pearlman.
In 1922, in the midst of increasing infant mortality and the rampant spread of infectious disease, a small, but dedicated group of physicians founded the Canadian Pediatric Society in Toronto. Surprisingly, there was tremendous reluctance on the part of the Canadian medical establishment, comprised chiefly of academics and internists, in recognizing pediatrics as a distinct medical specialty. However, the early pediatricians were steadfast in their belief that the needs of a child were diverse, that children were susceptible to a different category of diseases and they required a continuum of care from infancy through to adolescence. They believed that only those trained to recognize these issues were qualified to nurture the growth and development of Canadian children.
Dr. Lyon Pearlman, a pioneering Ottawa area pediatrician from 1938-1989, is an excellent example of an early practitioner who initiated changes at both the local and national level and helped to establish pediatrics as a specialty that integrates clinical, psychological and social issues in the management of illness. This paper will highlight some of his major contributions and place them within the context of the emergence of modern pediatrics.
10. Dr. Pearlman was fluent in Yiddish.