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Abraham Caplin fonds

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Collection
Abraham Caplin fonds
Niveau de description
Fonds
Genre de document
multiple media
Collation
textual material, objects
No du fonds
I0007
Portée et contenu
Fonds consists of: a photocopied letter from Rabbi Fyne, July 18, 1924; a hand coloured certificate of condolence when Abraham Caplin died in July, 1924 signed by S. Spevak (President) and A. Sugarman (Vice-President) (see 1-1007); and four shoichet knives. The shoichet knives (butchers knives) we…
Archives / Généalogie
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Abraham Caplin fonds
Niveau de description
Fonds
Genre de document
multiple media
Collation
textual material, objects
Portée et contenu
Fonds consists of: a photocopied letter from Rabbi Fyne, July 18, 1924; a hand coloured certificate of condolence when Abraham Caplin died in July, 1924 signed by S. Spevak (President) and A. Sugarman (Vice-President) (see 1-1007); and four shoichet knives. The shoichet knives (butchers knives) were owned by Abraham Caplin. Two have stamps from New Jersey, a third was made in Germany, and the fourth is unmarked. Three also have what seems to be early Bakelite handles - the earliest type of commercial plastic. This would put the date of their manufacture at any time after 1907. The handle from Germany however is made of ivory and is stamped with the name G. Gruenwald / Konigsberg. Gruenwald specialized in making ritual knives like circumcision blades and other slaughterer's tools. The these knives were likely made between 1850 and 1915. Allan has memories of his grandfather sharpening the knives using a whetstone, again and again, until they were sharper than a razor blade. "He would run his fingernail down the length of the blade looking for any chips, and if there were, back to the stone."
Dates ultimes
[ca. 1924]
No du fonds
I0007
Notice biographique / histoire administrative
Abraham Caplin (b. unknown - d. 1926) arrived in Ottawa in 1889 from Russia. He came with his wife, Doris (Pullan), daughter Bessie Caplin (b. 1888- d. 1951) and sons Louis Caplin and Manny Caplin. Abraham was a cantor but was unable to make a living as a cantor in Ottawa as the Jewish community was simply too small - only around 25 to 30 people. In the late 1890's or early 1900's, he became a shochet, as well as a secondhand goods merchant. The family has a small home and shop located at 479 Wellington (See Ottawa's 1907 City Directory). The family eventually moved to 367 Besserer which was much closer to the slaughterhouse, which at the time was located in a park that located at the corner of Charlotte and Laurier Avenue. Allan Maser, Abraham's grandson, recalled "it was on the very edge of the town at that time. Beyond that was Eastview (now Vanier) and then fields and fields." Abraham was a founder and strong supporter of Agudath Achim, Ottawa's second congregation, and was mourned deeply by the entire community when he passed away in 1926. Abraham's son Louis Caplin married Alice Adler and lived in Toronto. Son Manny moved first to Detroit, then settled in Los Angeles. Daughter Bessie married Rabbi Max Maser (b. 1886- d. 1953) sometime between 1906 and 1911. Bessie met Rabbi Maser when he was invited to perform High Holiday services for Agudath Achim and stayed at the family's home. Rabbi Maser subsequently became the Assistant Cantor of Congregation Agudath Achim and would serve the congregation between 1924 and 1954. The couple had nine sons, seven of whom served overseas in World War II, and a daughter.
Source de l'acquisition
Allan Maser.
Notes
1. Biographical information provided by Allan Maser and by the Honourable Abraham H. Lieff, 2001. 2. The Caplan surname is usually spelled with “a,” however, Abraham Caplin’s headstone in the Bank Street cemetery is spelled with an “i”. Allan Maser suggested (July, 2014) that the change in spelling likely occurred during the immigration process.
Documents connexes
Related material in Hy Maser fonds, Biographical files under Maser Family.
Archives / Généalogie
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Dépôt d'archives
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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Certificate of condolence upon Abraham Caplin's death.

https://www.cjhn.ca/fr/permalink/cjhn85501
Collection
Abraham Caplin fonds
Niveau de description
Item
Genre de document
textual record
Collation
1 photograph : col.
No du fonds
I0007; OJA 1-1007
Archives / Généalogie
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Collection
Abraham Caplin fonds
Niveau de description
Item
Genre de document
textual record
Collation
1 photograph : col.
Dates ultimes
1924
No du fonds
I0007
No du pièce
OJA 1-1007
Notes
Signed by S. Spevak and A. Sugerman of Agudath Achim synagogue.
Archives / Généalogie
Archival Descriptions
Dépôt d'archives
Ottawa Jewish Archives
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ALTER FAMILY = Shanghai Jewish Community.

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Collection
ALTER FAMILY = Shanghai Jewish Community.
Niveau de description
Fonds
Collation
Env. 0.03 metres of textual records. - Env. 438 photographs.
No du fonds
P0203
Portée et contenu
This collection has rare images of the Jewish population of Shanghai during and after World War II, as well as immigration documents of visual and historical interest, and also documents from various Montreal Protestant Schools & Jewish neighborhoods. It consists primarily of photographs of a Russi…
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  1 image  
Collection
ALTER FAMILY = Shanghai Jewish Community.
Niveau de description
Fonds
Collation
Env. 0.03 metres of textual records. - Env. 438 photographs.
Portée et contenu
This collection has rare images of the Jewish population of Shanghai during and after World War II, as well as immigration documents of visual and historical interest, and also documents from various Montreal Protestant Schools & Jewish neighborhoods. It consists primarily of photographs of a Russian Jewish family and their friends, mostly other refugee Jews in China, between 1938-1952. There are also photos taken in France before the war and in Montreal and USA after the family's immigration to Canada. Most of the Shanghai photos are in albums. The identity documents include a passport, and school documents for the father in Lille, France, and the daughter Isabelle in Shanghai & Montreal.
Dates ultimes
1920-1975c.
No du fonds
P0203
Notice biographique / histoire administrative
Isabelle Alter was born in Shanghai in 1940, the only daughter of Isaac and Maria (nee Gloos) Alter. The Alters left Russia for Shanghai c.1938 after Isaac had studied chemistry and tanning in France. He taught science in China. Isabelle came to Montreal in 1952, later studied physiological psychology. She moved to New York to complete her studies and eventually became a Freudian analyst. She died in 1995. Her mother was a dress designer in China. The family came to Canada after the revolution had made life in Shanghai too risky. Maria Alter became Maria Levitan after her second marriage. Isaac Alter died in (circa) 1954 and Maria in (circa) 1994.
Histoire de la conservation
The collection was donated on July 13, 2005 by Ruth Portner, a close friend of Isabelle Alter
Notes
Physical condition :Some documents are in fragile condition. One photo album was disassembled due to water damage.Alpha-numeric designations :P05/10.Language :Mostly English, with some Russian, Yiddish, and Chinese.Related groups of records :Mrs. Portner donated poems and other writings by Isabelle Alter at McGill University to McGill's Rare Book Department. She donated architectual drawings by Bruno Levitan, Isabelle's stepfather's family, to the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.
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Archival Descriptions
Dépôt d'archives
Canadian Jewish Archives
Images
Moins de détails
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