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. If you are interested in donating records to the OJA, let us know.

Acquisition of the Month

B'nai Brith Women executive board November 1981In July, Act to End Violence Against Women announced that it was folding operations. While the organization itself will be sorely missed in the community, its story will live on through its records, which were acquired by the OJA that same month.

This is not the first donation of records the OJA has received from the organization: Previously, the OJA had acquired records from the organization in 2011, when it was known as Jewish Women International of Canada. Once the new records have been processed, they will become part of the Act to End Violence Against Women fonds.

Other Recent Acquisitions

Cantor Harold Klein. This accession contains sound recordings, sheet music, and other textual records for the late cantor.

Teme Kernerman. This accession consists of material documenting Teme's long-standing involvement in the Israeli Dance Festival and other dance-related activities.

Lilian Rosenthal. This accession consists of forty-seven photographs documenting Lilian's family, including her parents, Miriam and William Rosenthal, the original owners of Miriam's Judaica.