Student Research at the OJA

This section of the OJA’s website is devoted to new undergraduate student research conducted at the OJA. The essays have been selected from those submitted to York University Professor David Koffman’s Canadian Jewish History Course (HIST3555) taught in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Following an Information Literacy workshop at the OJA, students were assigned an original research essay. Students chose their topics and with the aid of OJA archivists, examined primary sources at the OJA and other relevant archives as part of their research process. They carefully selected archival materials and used them to present new research arguments on subjects that professional scholars have not yet written. The essays are often the outcome of students' first encounters with archival records. Professor Koffman and the OJA hope to expand this to include research from students at other universities across the country.

This is a partnership between the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University, York University's Department of History and the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies.

Canadian Jewish News article on Munich Massacre, 1972.Author: Tabitha Berger

Title: Canadian Jewry: The Response to the 1972 Munich Massacre.

Prepared for: Prof. David Koffman, HIST3555, York University, 2015

Tabitha Berger is married with two children and is currently working towards her Undergraduate degree in French Studies at York University. She is interested in Jewish culture and enjoys doing research to uncover the hidden truths of the past.

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William John Beattie at Allen Gardens, 5 May 1968. Ontario Jewish Archives, fonds 9, series 12, file 35.Author: Jessica Darlington

Title: Tensions Within: How the Toronto Jewish Community Dealt with The Canadian Nazi Party in the 1960s. 

Prepared for: Prof. David Koffman, HIST3555, York University, 2016

Jessica Darlington is a History undergraduate major at York University.  She plans to persue a career in teaching. 

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Incoming President Lillian Soles with Dora Till at the Women's Auxiliary's closing meeting, 1959. Ontario Jewish Archives, fonds 14, series 4-2, file 8, item 1.Author: Robin Grossman

Title: The Jewish Old Folks Home: How the Ladies Auxiliary became Invaluable to the Operations of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

Prepared for: Prof. David Koffman, HIST3555, York University, 2016

Robin Grossman is a student in the Department of Equity Studies at York University. She is pursuing an honours BA with a major in Human Rights and Equity Studies, and a minor in Multicultural and Indigenous Studies.

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Jewish Folks' Shule Graduation Diploma, 1931. Ontario Jewish Archives, item 260.Author: David Iliaguiev

Title: A Tale of Two Languages: Hebrew and Yiddish Language Education in Ontario, 1948-1970.

Prepared for: Prof. David Koffman, HIST3555, York University, 2016

David Iliaguiev is an undergraduate student at York University. He is working towards an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

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"Gentiles only" sign, 28 January 1940. Ontario Jewish Archives, fonds 17, series 5-3, file 64, item 1.Author: Nathan Lev

Title: The Campaign to Implement Fair Employment & Fair
Accommodations Practices in Ontario.

Prepared for: Prof. David Koffman, HIST3555, York University, 2015

Nathan is a recent History graduate from York University, who is now pursuing a legal education at Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Maccabiah games, 1981. Ontario Jewish Archives, accession 2006-3-16. Left to right: Mark Novak, Howard Weinstein, Bill Gryfe, Perry Sheinfeld.Author: Bianca Magliocchetti

Title: Maccabi Canada and the Maccabiah Games: The Integration of Canadian Jewish Youth.

Prepared for: Prof. David Koffman, HIST3555, York University, 2016

Bianca Magliocchetti graduated from York University in June 2016 with a Spec. Hons. B.A. in History. She will be attending teachers college in Fall 2016. 

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YWHA Basketball house team, 1958. Ontario Jewish Archives, fonds 61, series 2-2, file 30.Author: Ariella C. Markus

Title: Gender Prescriptions and the 'Jewish Body': Sports Programming for Girls and Women in the Early Years of the Y.M.H.A.

Prepared for: Prof. David Koffman, HIST3555, York University, 2015

Ariella Markus lives in Thornhill, Ontario. She graduated from York University in 2015, with a B.A. in Children's Studies and a B.Ed. in Jewish Education. Ariella believes that girls should be afforded multi-faceted opportunities.

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Morley S. Wolfe Q.C. , President of B’nai Brith Canada, Allan Goltlieb Canadian Ambassador to U.S.A. 1982, Rev. Rolland De Corneille, M.P., ca. 1982. Ontario Jewish Archvies, accession 2015-11-4.Author: Carlo Pagtalunan

Title: Honour Thy Brother: The Strengthening of Christian-Jewish Relations in Canada 1968-1995.

Prepared for: Prof. David Koffman, HIST3555, York University, 2016

Carlo graduated from York University in 2016 with a Specialized B.A. in History and lives in Toronto, Ontario. He is currently pursuing a career in video game development.

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Y.M.-Y.W.H.A. theatre group, [ca. 1950]. Ontario Jewish Archives, fonds 61, series 6, item 17.Author: Matthew Williams

Title: The Jewish Theatre Committee of Toronto and its Contributions to Jewish Theatre Culture.

Prepared for: Prof. David Koffman, HIST3555, York University, 2016

Matthew Williams is a fourth year History major at York University, with interests in writing, journalism, and law.

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