Fonds consists of correspondence with the Ottawa Vaad Ha’ Ir, biographical newspaper clipping, February 24, 1990 and notes from a July ll, l995 interview at Mr. Goldman’s home in Fredericton.
l979 - l988
Louis Harry Goldman (1909 - 1995) was born in Ottawa, son of Jacob and Rachel Wolfe Goldman. He was educated at the Kent School for Higher English and Applied Arts, graduating in 1926 and receiving the Stewart McLeneghan gold watch for attaining the highest marks in school.
He joined the Government of Canada in 1927 and became secretary to the director of the Board of Transport Commissioners.
His involvement with the Ottawa Jewish community commenced in 1932 as secretary to the Vaad Hakashruth. Harry said, “the following year ... the members from all four synagogues started talking about the prospects of using their body as a nucleus for the establishment of a larger organization - a Vaad Ha’Ir ... All the planning and helping to put it into operation entailed an additional workload but I relished it”. He added the Ottawa Vaad Ha’Ir to his secretarial duties in 1934 and one of the first jobs was compiling a mailing list of the members (families) of the Jewish community in Ottawa. This position carried an honorarium.
He was also General Secretary for the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin when it commenced publication on October 22, l937. He continued all of these duties, along with his government employment until leaving Ottawa in 1944.
Harry Goldman married Amelia Levine of Fredericton, New Brunswick at the Admiral Beatty Hotel, Saint John, N.B. On December 27, l942. In 1944 he moved to a new career in retail at the family business, Gaiety’s Men’s Store, Fredericton. He remained in Fredericton and died there on October 13, l995 after a long illness.
1. Acquired from L. Harry Goldman, July, l995.
2. RG 1.G. 029