Fonds consists of microfilms and one issue of the periodical.
Dec. 10, 1897 - April 10, l914
The first Canadian newspaper, the Canadian Jewish Times, began publication on Dec. 10, 1897 in Montreal during the period of modern Zionism under Theodor Herzl and the Dreyfus trial in France and a subsequent wave of anti-Semitism. It was an English language fortnightly. The initial editorial stated that the Jewish community “ should possess an organ of their own for the dissemination of Jewish news, interchange of ideas and the advocacy as well as the defence of Jewish rights as free citizens of a free country”. It was published by two young men, Lyon Cohen, 28 and Sam Jacobs, 26.
The periodical covered both national and local events, social news, London and New York columnists, reprints from American and British Jewish journals, rabbinical sermons, letters and literary contributions.
The Canadian Jewish Chronicle was the successor to the Canadian Jewish Times in 1914.
1. Administrative history taken from the book A century of the Canadian Jewish Press, 1880's - 1980's / Lewis Levendel.
2. Two sets of microfilm copied from National Archives of Canada originals by Micromedia Ltd. One set forwarded to Canadian Jewish Congress archives, Toronto.
3. Dec. 3, 1909 issue located in Document Box under C, donated by Mrs Libby Glube.