Our Collections

The OJA’s records span all segments of Ontario’s Jewish community. We have records from businesses, families, labour unions, organizations, and synagogues. These records date from the community’s earliest days to its present. What’s more, they come from all over Ontario and in every format you can think of. If you were to lay out all of our boxes, they would stretch from the foot of Yonge Street to Dundas Square!

Below you can find highlights from our newest acquisitions as well as collections that have recently been processed and added to our website search. If you are interested in donating records to the OJA, let us know.

Acquisition of the Month

In August, the OJA received a photo album that belonged to Rivka Schneiderman (1911-1983). Rivka immigrated to Toronto from Israel in the 1950s with her first husband. In 1965, she married Benjamin Lajchter, to whom she was introduced by Rabbi Price. Lajchter died in 1982 and was buried with his first wife, Ida Lajchter. Rivka died in Toronto in 1983 and was buried at the Lozer Centre Holocaust Congregation Section of Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park.

The album contains photos and postcards of and from her extended family. The reach of Rivka's network is indicated by the locations that appear in the album: Argentina, Canada, France, Israel, and Poland.

Other Acquisitions

Hyman Bloom. This accession consists of a Czenstochower Aid Society cream-coloured ribbon with gold trim. The ribbon honours the establishment of the CAS on 18 December 1914.

Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl. This accession consists of material documenting the Toronto Board of Rabbis. Included are minutes, governance documents, membership lists, and correspondence.

Jacob Zigelman. This accession consists ofa program for a Jewish music festival that was sponsored by the Canadian Jewish Congress and held at Beth Tzedec on 12 February 1953. Jacob Zigelman participated in the festival in his capacity as cantor of the Hebrew Men of England Synagogue.