Fonds consists of Adolphe Sherman's personal scrapbook started in July 1931; News clippings detailing Adolphe Sherman’s Jewish community life; A history of B'nai Jacob congregation; Certificates belonging to Adolph and Sadie Sherman; A large selection of family photographs; Sherman and Maser family…
Fonds consists of Adolphe Sherman's personal scrapbook started in July 1931; News clippings detailing Adolphe Sherman’s Jewish community life; A history of B'nai Jacob congregation; Certificates belonging to Adolph and Sadie Sherman; A large selection of family photographs; Sherman and Maser family clippings; Family history chart (descendents of Adolphe Eidel Sherman and Shuvah Paskefsky); Three photographic albums; A large number of loose photographs of family members and family trips; Photocopied records from B'nai Jacob (some documents in Hebrew, others typed 1930's lists of congregation members); A newspaper obituary for "Mrs. Max Friedman," Jerry Friedman's mother; A large number of family vacation photographs (Austria, Venice, England, Croatia, Ireland, Israel, Prince Edward Island, a Mediterranean cruise, Paris, Athens, Majorica, Zurich, Mexico); A 1931 trophy from B’nai Jacob Congregation Auxilliary; Two photocopies of an old photograph of Sadie Pascovsky and her brother (see note 1); Various photographs of Jerry Friedman's parents, Max and Ethyl, photocopies of old family photographs; Two photographs from Paul Smolkin's bar mitzvah,1964; An envelope for photographs stamped with Friedman's Pharmacy on it; A photograph of Alex Sherman, Adolphe's brother; A photograph from Jack Young and Rose Young's wedding in Ottawa,1952; Photograph of Paul Smolkin at two months old, 1954; Photographs from Rideau View Golf Club and a family ski trip to an unidentified hill; A file on Alex Sherman (Mr. Records) containing two photographs and an article on him and his record buying business from Star Weekly Magazine, December 12, 1959; Various photographs of Perley-Ann Friedman; A file of photographs and some magazine articles featuring Sylvia and her Red Cross work; A group of photographs and a signed wedding resgistration sheet from Sylvia and Jerry's white wedding album; A letter from Peter Abramoff from Fort Myers, Florida, asking Perley-Ann for information regarding the Sherman side of the family; A large file of photographs and documents pertaining to Jerry Friedman's life and work with Public Relations including articles, ID cards, documents from La Chaine Des Rotisseurs, invitation to a dinner with Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau and American President, Ronald Regan,March 10, 1981.
Adolphe Sherman (b.1888- d.1943) was born near Minsk, Russia. He spent his early years in Kiev travelling from village to village as a tailor, before arriving in Ottawa in 1903 at age 15.
Adolphe Sherman was sponsored by his uncle R. H. Miller, a ladies tailor and furrier. Naturally he went to work for his uncle, working as a cutter and designer before opening his own small shop at 390 Somerset Street. The small shop was a success so he opened a larger store, A. Sherman Ladies Tailor and Furrier, at 216 Bank Street in 1912.
Adolphe Sherman’s wife, Sadie Pascovsky (also seen as Pakefsky, Paskevsky, and later changed to Pascal) (b. April 7, 1886 – d. March 24, 1960) also worked in the business. Sadie was born in Odessa, Russia, and arrived in Ottawa in 1905 at age 19. She and Adolphe were married in 1905. In 1926 the Sherman’s were living at 406 Bay Street.
Adolphe Sherman was President of the B’nai Jacob Congregation (1930-1935) and was responsible for rebuilding the James Street synagogue. He laid the cornerstone for the synagogue in 1931. He was also active in other Ottawa Jewish organizations; serving as Vice-President of the Ottawa Talmud Torah Board, vice-chairman of the Keren Hayesod Campaign for 1933, and was an active member of the Hebrew Benevolent Society. He was also one of the original members of the Ottawa Vaad Ha'ir which was formed in 1934.
Adolphe Sherman enjoyed taking his family on motor trips to New York and Philadelphia to visit relatives. He also undertook an extended business and pleasure trip in the winter of 1932 to New York, the Caribbean, Panama and parts of South America. These trips were extensively photographed and documented within the collection. Adolphe and Sadie had three daughters: Sylvia (Friedman), Anne (Aaron) and Dorothy (Maser).
Sylvia married Jerry Friedman (Jeremiah Abraham Friedman) in January of 1953 at B'nai Jacob Synagogue. They had one daughter, Perley-Ann Friedman. Anne married Louis Aaron and Dorothy married Dave Maser.
Adolphe Sherman’s brother, Alex Sherman, (b. unknown d. May 24, 1975).was a prolific music man who set up record stores across Canada. He acquired the name of Mr. Records, becoming the head of the "Excellent record studio and label." He was among the promoters and organizers that arranged for Elvis Presley‘s concert at The Auditorium music hall in April, 1957. He was the father of Allan Sherman and grandfather of Felicia Sherman and Jennifer Sherman.
Sylvia Friedman (1991, 2012).
Sharon Edelson, Family history chart, (August 2010).
1. Inscription on a photocopied photograph of Sadie and her brother reads: "This is Maw and her brother who lived in New York. He was married to Mrs. Epstine [sic]'s sister. Maw was 18 when the picture was taken in Russia. They never had any children"
2. Numerous unscanned photographs in this fonds.
3. Oversize items include Adolphe's scrapbooks and Sylvia's photo albums. They are located with oversize materials for Individuals and Family fonds.
4.A hand written note within Adolphe's file implies that Sadie's sister (name not given) married a man named Max Shulman.
5.According to some sales records listed in the Ottawa Citizen, September 8, 1933, the Sherman family home was once at Charlotte and Besserer Streets and was sold to a Selena Maxwell for $31,000.
6. Apparently, when many students were forbidden to Elvis Presley but went regardless, they were expelled from school. Alex Sherman spoke to school administrators on the students' behalfs, and faciliated re-enrollment for many.
B'nai Jacob Congregation fonds and David Epstein fonds.