People

Dr. John E. Ackerman

Dr. John E. Ackerman was a Toronto-born dentist with a life-long passion for photography. For over 60 years he captured every day life in Toronto, summer excursions, his military experiences during the Second World War, Jewish community events, world travels and more.

Benjamin Brown

Benjamin Brown was one of the first practicing Jewish architects in Toronto. He designed and built many structures including the Beth Jacob Synagogue on Henry St., the Balfour and Tower buildings on Spadina Ave. and the Primrose Club on Wilcocks St.

Dworkin Family

Dorothy and Henry Dworkin were known as community leaders committed to the health and well-being of the burgeoning community. They worked tirelessly to assist thousands of European Jews with their Canadian immigration process.

Sol Edell

Sol Edell was a prominent member of the Toronto Jewish community who initially pursued a career as a pharmacist and later founded and ran the property development company, Elmdale Investments. 

Al Gilbert

Al Gilbert is one of Canada's premier portrait photographers. His studio has been photographing people and events for over 90 years, including simchas and other functions held by members of Toronto's Jewish community.

Ben Kayfetz

Benjamin Gershon Kayfetz, was the youngest of four children, born in 1916 in Toronto. He would grow up to become a leading figure in the Jewish community through his work as a Canadian Jewish public servant, journalist, broadcaster, and human rights activist.

Latchman Triplets

Donald, Marvin and Victor Latchman were Toronto’s first Jewish male identical triplets born on November 5, 1933.

Sammy Luftspring

In the 1930s, Luftspring was a famous boxer and referee, known for his fighting prowess as well as his Jewish pride, always sporting a Star of David on his boxing shorts.

Gordon Mendly

Immigrating from Poland at the age of 20, Gordon Mendly became one of the Toronto Jewish community’s most prolific photographers, documenting Jewish events and family occasions for over five decades.

Joseph B. Salsberg

Joseph Baruch Salsberg was a labour union leader, political activist, politician, insurance salesman, and journalist. He was also active in various Jewish organizations and was committed to social justice, the plight of the working-class, and the preservation of Jewish culture.

Sylvia Schwartz

Sylvia Schwartz was a prominent portrait photographer in Toronto, capturing images of families, servicemen during the war, as well as brides. She eventually carved out a niche specializing in child portraiture.

Ida Siegel

Ida Lewis Siegel was instrumental in the founding and development of several prominent Jewish organizations. Active in the educational sector, she was internationally known for her devotion to Jewish learning and her contributions to the Toronto Jewish community.

Dora Till

Dora Tobias was born in New York City on March 20th, 1896 to Max and Yeta Tobias. Till was an important figure in the Jewish community, through her lifelong work of improving Jewish life, health and welfare.

Dr. Fred Weinberg

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Dr. Fred Weinberg

Dr. Fred Weinberg led a prestigious and pioneering career in pediatric medicine that spanned over fifty years, specializing in Attention Deficit Disorder, and was also a noted collector of Judaica and antique medical instruments, an accomplished Yiddishist, lecturer, and published writer.

Dr. A. I. Willinsky

Dr. Abraham Isaac Willinsky was one of Toronto’s earliest Jewish doctors, a founding member of the Toronto Jewish Medical Association, and an amateur filmmaker.