Fonds consists of 3 B&W photographs; A Wolf - Doctor - Minnie - Myers family Tree compiled by Miriam Russ; A photocopy of Reverend Louis Doctor's obituary from the Ottawa Citizen - September 20, 1934; A photocopy of a short, two page type-written memoir by Ben Doctor (Louis' brother) written for Ra…
Fonds consists of 3 B&W photographs; A Wolf - Doctor - Minnie - Myers family Tree compiled by Miriam Russ; A photocopy of Reverend Louis Doctor's obituary from the Ottawa Citizen - September 20, 1934; A photocopy of a short, two page type-written memoir by Ben Doctor (Louis' brother) written for Rabbi Lifschutz - Date unknown; A Certificate of Registration from the Province of Ontario stating the Rev. L. Doctor of the City of Ottawa is registered as a person to solemnize marriage in Ontario - October 1, 1921; A small newspaper article titled, "To the Editor of The Journal Newspapers - Thanks," thanking the Journal for publicity granted to the Ottawa Hebrew School Board and written by their Secretary, Moses Doctor - December 22, 1925; A newspaper article (likely from the Ottawa Citizen) written after the death of Moses Doctor and entitled, "Thousands Pay Tribute to Moses Doctor - All classes and creeds mourn at funeral of popular young Ottawa Lawyer" - March 22, 1934; a photocopy from the Ottawa Talmud Torah 1st Annual Banquet Booklet - 1964 - giving a short biography of the life of Moses Doctor; A 1989 type-written blurb by past Ottawa Jewish Archivist Shirley Berman on Agudath Achim Congregation and its formation and subsequent building of a new shul; Three letters of correspondence between Miriam Russ of NY and Dawn Logan, past Ottawa Jewish Archives Archivist - 2004; A partial photocopied map of the Ukraine, possibly showing the location of Vilna?; Louis Doctor's naturalization certificate - December 31, 1904;
1904 - 1934 (with gaps)
Louis Doctor was born in Europe and emigrated with his wife and family from Vilna, Russia in 1900. His children included Mrs. Louis (Mindel) Lieff of Ottawa, Mrs. T. Meson of Boston, Moses and David of Ottawa, Benjamin and Abraham of Toronto, Samuel of New York and Philip and Hyman of Boston. They lived in a building next door to the Agudath Achim synagogue located at 417 Rideau Street. Moses Doctor (1900-1934), was a prominent Ottawa lawyer and passed away on March 21, 1934, suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 33. Rev. Louis Doctor passed away on September 19, 1934, (Yom Kippur 5695), after prolonged illness.
Reverend Louis Doctor held the positions of Cantor, Shochet and Cantor Emeritus for the Agudath Achim Congregation, Ottawa between 1902 and 1934. In 1902, Louis conducted the service for the cornerstone laying of Agudath Achim Synagogue.
Reverend Doctor was “one of the pillars of Ottawa Jewry. He was a scholar of note... and was considered an authority locally on Jewish books”.
In 1933, he founded the Ottawa Hebrew Free Loan Association which helped Jewish immigrants by providing loans at zero or little interest and helped people find jobs within the community.
1. Photographs donated by Rev. Louis Doctor’s granddaughter, Mrs. Miriam D. Russ, Rego Park, New York, 2004.
2. Original Ben Doctor memoir in Rabbi Lifschutz fonds.
3. The Wolf Doctor and Minnie Myers Family tree donated by Mrs. Miriam D. Russ, Rego Park, New York, 2007.
4. In 2011, Rabbi Louis Doctor's Naturalization Certificate dated December 1904, was found in his Marriage Register of 1902 - 1933.