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Baron de Hirsch Institute/Jewish Family Services Collection

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Collection
Baron de Hirsch Institute/Jewish Family Services Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1.0 m of textual material : 173 items of graphic material : 2 audiocassettes
Fonds No.
1074
Scope and Content
Series 1 consists of textual reports that were produced by organizations under the Baron de Hirsch Institute, and are arranged chronologically by organization. Series 2 consists of textual records of meetings of organizations under the Baron de Hirsch Institute. Series 3 consists of textual publica…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Baron de Hirsch Institute/Jewish Family Services Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
1.0 m of textual material : 173 items of graphic material : 2 audiocassettes
Scope and Content
Series 1 consists of textual reports that were produced by organizations under the Baron de Hirsch Institute, and are arranged chronologically by organization. Series 2 consists of textual records of meetings of organizations under the Baron de Hirsch Institute. Series 3 consists of textual publications produced by organizations under the Baron de Hirsch Institute. Series 4 consists of photographic and textual materials regarding the history of Jewish Family Services of the Baron de Hirsch Institute. Series 5 consists of textual, graphic, audiovisual, and commemorative materials relating to anniversary and celebratory events. Series 6 consists of textual records for the sale and maintenance of land and plots in relation to cemeteries in the Montreal area.
Date
1842-2007
Fonds No.
1074
Storage Location
JPL
Bay 2
History Biographical
The Baron de Hirsch Institute is the oldest, continuous Jewish social services agency in Quebec and in Canada. With the re-organization of the Hebrew Philanthropic Society, the agency began in July 1863 as the Young Men’s Hebrew Benevolent Society by a group of young unmarried men of Montreal. The organization was an expression of their belief in the ethical tradition of Mitzvah and Tzedakah, and pioneered pathways of service in social welfare. Jewish immigration rose in Montreal in the early 1880s and imposed acute financial burdens on the members of the YMHBS. As such, they appealed for financial assistance to the Austrian Baron Maurice de Hirsch, who had established himself as world Jewry’s greatest philanthropist. Baron and Baroness de Hirsch responded immediately and contributed a substantial donation at the end of the nineteenth century. Soon after, the decision was made to rename the agency the ‘Baron de Hirsch Institute and Young Men’s Hebrew Benevolent Society,’ marking the first of a number of name changes during the agency’s continued existence. A discrepancy exists within the Annual Reports and official history of the Institute as to the exact date of the name change, with some citing 1890 as the date of the decision, while others date it in 1900. Nevertheless, the Institute was revamped for the purpose of Jewish education of the poor and the establishment of a sheltering home for immigrants and orphans. The institution’s other original objectives were, among others, to assist the community of immigrants, provide medical care and burial grounds, establish schools and provide a Jewish public library for the community. In 1901, construction on the Bleury Street community building began, financed by the bequests of the Baron and Baroness de Hirsch who had passed away in 1896 and 1899, respectively. Immigration continued to rise in the early years of the twentieth century, with the weight of assistance falling on the shoulders of the Baron de Hirsch Institute. The first Jewish orphanage, the Montreal Hebrew Orphans’ Home, opened in 1909, followed by the establishment of a summer camp. In 1913, the Institute founded the “Friendly League of Jewish Women,” and the “Welcome Club for Jewish Working Girls.” Many immigrants did estabish themselves independently and formed new organizations that began to share in the burdens of caring for the social welfare of the community. Moreover, a 1916 provincial charter created the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of Montreal, launched through the initiative of the Institute, to serve as a coordinating body for the division of labour between the organizations of the Jewish community. The Baron de Hirsch Institute is structured in three major divisions: Family and Child Welfare (including the Visiting Homemaker Service), Legal Aid, and Cemetery (incorporated in 1971) Departments. It is a constituent member agency of Federation CJA, a member of the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies, and a member of the Conference of Jewish Communal Service. The Baron de Hirsch Institute has evolved throughout the years in the promotion of community partnerships and to adapt to changes in Quebec legislation. In June 1973, the Baron de Hirsch Institute moved to Cummings House; the move provided the agency with expanded and dignified quarters within which to pursue its work. A further aesthetic shift occurred with the change of the Baron de Hirsch Institute logo as its 125th anniversary approached in July 1988. The Institute has gone through a number of official name changes, collaborations and mergers as well, including those with the Hebrew Benevolent Society of Montreal, Jewish Child Welfare Bureau, the CLSC-JFS Cote St. Luc/Hampstead, and Jewish Family Services Social Service Centre. The Jewish Family Services Social Service Centre, a public social service centre, was created in 1973 with funding from Allied Jewish Community Services in response to Chapter 48 of Quebec legislation. Its aim was to bridge the gap between private agency sectarianism and government sponsored social services. For twenty years, the public Jewish Family Services Social Service Centre was linked with the private Jewish Family Services of the Baron de Hirsch Institute, with the Institute providing supplemental funding and services to areas within the Social Service Centre. In 1993, however, the Quebec provincial government enacted Reform Bill 120, whereby Jewish Family Services Social Service Centre ceased to exist with the termination of public funding. The two agencies became separate with the closing of the Social Service Centre, but the Baron de Hirsch Institute continued to provide direct or referral services to Jewish individuals in Montreal. During its existence, the Baron de Hirsch Institute has expanded to include involvement in a library, schools, immigrant aid, shelters, reception centres, farming communities, medical care, burial, orphanages, adoption, civil rights advocacy, fund-raising, social services, housing, vocational services, legal aid, chaplaincy, rehabilitative services, and many other activities. Family welfare increasingly became the Institute’s focus as it continued to meet the changing social needs of the Montreal community that were not met elsewhere. While maintaining ties with other community agencies throughout its history, the Institute has maintained its identity in order to service the Jewish community in the best possible way to provide the tools for self-help and group solidarity. Amid times of economic and political difficulties, the Baron de Hirsch Institute continued to stress the critical role of voluntarism as its greatest strength. Despite changes in location and official institutional names, Jewish Family Services of the Baron de Hirsch Institute continued to progress and advance with the times, backed by its historic mandate to provide services to people in need, within the Jewish tradition.
Language
English
French
Custodial History
This material was transferred directly to the Jewish Public Library Archives (JPL-A) directly from Jewish Family Services of the Baron de Hirsch Institute (JFS). The material in the Fonds was collected or produced by JFS over the course of its history.
Arrangement
Additional material on the Baron de Hirsch Institute and Jewish Family Services also exists in the Library’s Jewish Canadiana clipping and ephemera collection. This material was collected by the Library and as such is kept separate from the material donated directly by the JFS. An appendix is attached at the end of this Finding Aid containing a file listing for the Jewish Canadiana collection of JFS material.
Access Restriction
Some privacy restriction may apply.
Related Material
See related collections at the Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee National Archives.
See "Photograph Collection"
See "Jewish Canadiana Collection" of the Jewish Public Library.
Subjects
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal -- Cemetary Department.
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal -- Group foster homes.
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal.
Jewish Family Services, Montreal.
Philanthropy
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Less detail

Exterior shot, group portrait of a boy and girl standing on snowy sidewalk, Baron de Hirsch Institute group foster home, Jewish Child Welfare Bureau, Montreal.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn24535
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 25 x 20 cm
Fonds No.
1255; 006873
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 25 x 20 cm
Responsibility
Bert Mason & Son, Montreal.
Date
1943
Fonds No.
1255
Item No.
006873
Notes
"Bert Mason" stamp on verso.
Group and date identified on verso.
Subjects
Foster home care -- Montreal.
Montreal (Quebec) - Street scenes
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal -- Group foster homes.
Jewish Child Welfare Bureau.
Sidewalks.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Images
Less detail

Exterior shot of a Baron de Hirsch Institute group foster home, Jewish Child Welfare Bureau, Montreal.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn24539
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 25 x 20 cm
Fonds No.
1255; 006877
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
  1 image  
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 25 x 20 cm
Date
[196-]
Fonds No.
1255
Item No.
006877
Notes
Location identified on verso.
Subjects
Jewish Child Welfare Bureau.
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal -- Group foster homes.
Foster home care -- Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Images
Less detail

Group portrait of a boy and man playing chess, Baron de Hirsch Institute group foster home, Jewish Child Welfare Bureau, Montreal.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn24549
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 25 x 20 cm
Fonds No.
1255; 006887
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 25 x 20 cm
Date
[196-]
Fonds No.
1255
Item No.
006887
Subjects
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal -- Group foster homes.
Jewish Child Welfare Bureau.
Foster home care -- Montreal.
Chess.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Less detail

Group portrait of a boy and man playing chess, Baron de Hirsch Institute group foster home, Jewish Child Welfare Bureau, Montreal.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn24550
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 25 x 20 cm
Fonds No.
1255; 006888
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 25 x 20 cm
Date
[196-]
Fonds No.
1255
Item No.
006888
Subjects
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal -- Group foster homes.
Jewish Child Welfare Bureau.
Foster home care -- Montreal.
Chess.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Less detail

Group portrait of a boy passing oranges from fridge to three other boys, Baron de Hirsch Institute group foster home, Montreal.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn24515
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 20 x 25 cm
Fonds No.
1255; 006853
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 20 x 25 cm
Responsibility
Canada Wide Photo Feature Service, Montreal.
Date
n.d.
Fonds No.
1255
Item No.
006853
Subjects
Foster home care -- Montreal.
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal -- Group foster homes.
Oranges.
Kitchens.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Less detail

Group portrait of a family seated around dining table, Baron de Hirsch Institute group foster home, Montreal.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn24507
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 25 x 20 cm
Fonds No.
1255; 006845
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 25 x 20 cm
Date
n.d.
Fonds No.
1255
Item No.
006845
Notes
Copy 1 of 2
Subjects
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal -- Group foster homes.
Foster home care -- Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Less detail

Group portrait of a family with a boy lighting the menorah, Baron de Hirsch Institute group foster home, Jewish Child Welfare Bureau, Montreal.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn24536
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 25 x 20 cm
Fonds No.
1255; 006874
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 25 x 20 cm
Responsibility
Drummond Photos, Montreal.
Date
[196-]
Fonds No.
1255
Item No.
006874
Notes
"Drummond Photos" stamp on verso.
Subjects
Menorah.
Foster home care -- Montreal.
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal -- Group foster homes.
Jewish Child Welfare Bureau.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Less detail

Group portrait of a man and woman holding a young child, Baron de Hirsch Institute group foster home, Montreal.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn24508
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 20 x 25 cm
Fonds No.
1255; 006846
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 20 x 25 cm
Date
n.d.
Fonds No.
1255
Item No.
006846
Subjects
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal -- Group foster homes.
Foster home care -- Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Less detail

Group portrait of a man sitting in chair, a boy seated on floor next to him, Baron de Hirsch Institute group foster home, Montreal.

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn24512
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 17.5 x 12.75 cm
Fonds No.
1255; 006850
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w; 17.5 x 12.75 cm
Date
n.d.
Fonds No.
1255
Item No.
006850
Notes
Copy 1 of 2
Subjects
Baron de Hirsh Institute, Montreal -- Group foster homes.
Foster home care -- Montreal.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Less detail

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