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Jewish communities of British Columbia historical collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1858-2000]

The collection consists of documents and photographs intentionally assembled collection of discrete items documenting the following areas: the occupational pursuits of B.C. and Yukon Jewry; the organized religious life of Jews in B.C.; leisure activities; and the membership and good works of organizations formed to aid and represent the Jewish community, such as the National Council of Jewish Women. There is also a wide range of individual and family portraits, and photographs of headstones.

John Keenlysides Congregation Emanu-El collection

  • CA JMABC A.2012.017, A.2013.018
  • Collection
  • 1862-1864

Fonds consists of material documenting early BC Jewish history. Fonds is arranged into two series: Congregation Emanu-El manuscripts; and Letters from Abraham Blackman to his brother Morris, Jewish merchants in colonial British Columbia.

Keenlyside, John

Leonard Frank Photos studio fonds

  • CA JMABC A.1985.001
  • collection
  • [ca. 1890-1944]

The fonds consists of records from three distinct sources: the Leonard Frank Photos studio, the Frank family , and the Landauer family. The records of Leonard Frank Photos studio constitute those that remained after the closure of the business in 1983. They consist of photographs and textual records. The photographs cover many significant events and developments in British Columbia's history. Their major subject areas include logging, lumbering, mining, shipping, fishing and transportation; the construction of bridges and buildings in the Vancouver area; famous people; aboriginal peoples; and scenic views of mountainous, coastal, and urban areas. The photographs were taken by Leonard Frank and Otto Landauer. The textual records consist of photographic FindingAids, business correspondence, financial records, and historical and reference material. The records of the Frank family consist of the personal papers of Leonard and Bernard Frank. The records of the Landauer family consist of the personal papers of Otto Landauer and members of his family.

Frank, Leonard

Marjorie Groberman fonds

  • CA JMABC A.2010.033, A.2012.013
  • collection
  • 1940-2010

The fonds contains records from Marjorie Groberman's work with Hadassah Wizo in Vancouver. The fonds consists of textual materials including newspaper clippings and a manual on Hadassah Wizo's annual bazaars in Vancouver and elsewhere in Canada and Israel. Several files are dedicated to material prepared before, during and after the Hadassah Wizo general convention, which took place in Vancouver in 1997. Two files detail three awards given to Marjorie, two from the Jewish community of Vancouver and one from the government of BC, the BC Community Achievement Award in 2010. There are multiple copies of Hadassah Wizo's journal, Highlights Magazine, and Orah Magazine. Other records include letters and cables written to Marjorie by colleagues and friends from the organization and family members, as well as 7 photographs and approximately 250 slides

The fonds is arranged into three series: Marjorie Groberman's public life; Marjorie Groberman's private life; and Photographs.

Groberman, Marjorie

Morris Soskin and Rose Hyams collection

  • CA JMABC A.2014.007
  • Collection
  • 1911, 1920-1967, predominantly 1921

The fonds consists of two series of love-letters written between Morris Soskin and Rose Hyams. These letters were written in 1921 between Vancouver (where Morris lived) and Montreal (where Rose lived). The fonds also includes a series of records created by the Soskin and Coleman families between 1921 and 1967. The fonds is predominantly correspondence but also includes newspaper and magazine clippings, postcards, photographs, and dried flowers.

Soskin (family)

Nemetz family fonds

  • CA JMABC A.2008.016, A.2011.018
  • collection
  • [ca. 1900-2012]

The fonds consists of photographs and textual records from various members of the Nemetz family, including the Dayson family, the Barnett family, and the Fader family.

The fonds is arranged into four series: Nathan Nemetz scrapbooks and photograph albums (photocopies); Textual records; Photographs; Audio/Visual.

Nemetz (family)

Seidelman family fonds

  • CA JMABC A.2009.003
  • collection
  • 1889-1975

The fonds contains records from various Seidelman family members, including Private Edward Joseph Seidelman, Harry Seidelman, and William Seidelman Sr. The records reflect the family’s daily life. The fonds includes photographs of the Seidelman family members and friends. The textual material includes letters written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman while in the Army from 1916 to 1917. Also included are correspondence of Harry Seidelman and records relating to his employment as a sailor and as a partner at United Grain and Milling Co. Ltd. Other records include receipts, financial records, school certificates, newspaper clippings, and records relating to the family’s involvement in the Vancouver Jewish community.

Seidelman (family)

Tracy Ames collection

  • CA JMABC A.2001.001
  • Collection
  • 1916-1987

The fonds consist of correspondence, minutes, applications for funding, distribution lists, and draft material relating to the video. The fonds is arranged into 2 series: Photographs and sound recordings; and Research files.

Ames, Tracy

Vancouver Jewish Community Fund and Council fonds

  • CA JMABC A.1999.003
  • collection
  • 1930-1982

The fonds consists of administrative files generated by Morris Saltzman and predecessors of the Jewish Community Fund and Council such as: minutes, reports, correspondence, financial records, fundraising campaign files, and files of organizations who received funding; as well as census cards (potential donor information) and individual donations cards. Fonds also includes 4 photographs and 1 over-sized scrapbook.

The fonds is arranged into 7 series: Organizations; Administrative matters; Financial matters; Fundraising campaigns; Census cards: potential donors card catalogue; Individual donations card catalogue; and Photographs and scrapbooks.

Vancouver Jewish Community Fund and Council

Ralph Barer’s Congregation Emanu-El collection

  • CA JMABC A.2006.001
  • Collection
  • 1862 - 2003; primarily 1960s - 2003

Fonds is arranged into 7 series: Congregation Emanu-El board minutes; Congregation Emanu-El financial matters and synagogue constitution; Congregation Emanu-El correspondence; Congregation Emanu-El publications; Fundraising; Victoria BC Jewish Federation; Synagogue matters.

Barer, Ralph David

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