NC-YMHA Constitution. Minutes (1944-1949, 1960). Reports (1945-1951). Financial reports (1946-1949). Conference & meeting reports. Agendas and correspondence (1944-1949, 1964). Board members (1947-1949). Jewish communities in Ontario. Jewish population of Canada (1941). Memos (1946-1948, 1963, 1965). Correspondence (1946-1948). Jewish Group Work Council statement, plan of work (1947). Documents on Jewish Welfare Board (U.S.A.) (1949). Program aids (1946-1947). Newsletter (1946, 1950). YM-YWHA program (1949). Leadership training course: members, information, workbook (1950). National Jewish Youth Institute materials and documentation (1947). Clippings (1940s, 1951). YM-YWHA material: Programs and courses (1944-1945, 1963-1966, 1972-1973, 1988-1989). Y Beacon (1962-1963). Y News (1951). Saidye Bronfman Centre courses (1968). Press releases, brochures, clippings (1940s).
History / Biographical
The National Council of YMHAs was formed in 1943. It was an umbrella organization for the Ys across Canada and as such had members throughout the country (though the national office was in Montreal). Its aims were to organize Jewish groups in Canada, hold conferences and provide leadership training. Aside from encouraging the establishment of Ys and Jewish centres, it would aid those already in existence and promote their cultural, social and recreational activities. The council was to provide program assistance to the centres, run courses and put out press releases and bulletins to educate those within and outside the Jewish community. Its other functions were the fostering of youth groups and councils, promoting health and physical education, and public relations. The name was later changed to the Canadian Council of YMHAs and JCCs