2021 Acquisitions

February 2021

A COVID brit milah, 22 Jan. 2021. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2021-2-2.In February, Adira Winegust donated photographs of her second son's brit milah, which took place on 22 January 2021. Adira provided the following background to the donation: "We knew we were expecting our second son. The original plan was to do the Brit in Toronto with our immediate family, as we did with our first son. However we had to change plans with every new restriction and lockdowns. As a result of the second lockdown, and the infection rates in the Greater Toronto Area, we decide it was best to go to Ottawa for the bris and find an orthodox mohel. We ended up at Dr. Engel after the recommendation of Rabbi A. Kravetz of Beth Tikvoh in Ottawa. As this was the height of the second wave only myself, my husband and mohel were at the bris. Due to the stay home order, it was best to do it in the doctor's office. We did not even zoom in our family."

January 2021

ICU delivery, 27 Apr. 2020. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2020-1-2.At the start the of pandemic, former Holocaust Education Centre co-chair Lily Kim began hosting weekly online meetings for a dozen Holocaust survivors. The social time allowed survivors to get to know each another and helped to alleviate anxieties related to the pandemic. Along with her deliveries of personal protective equipment and daily phone calls or emails, Lily's virtual meetings helped survivors to cope through a community of like-minded individuals. With community support, Lily was able to raise $5,000 in funds that went to frontline workers. In this photograph, she is seen delivering hot lunches to the staff of an intensive care unit.