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Marriage of Yiddish actors attracts 3,000 in 1913

THE following stories attest to a theatrical event within Toronto’s Jewish community that drew a crowd of 3,000 people in June 1913. The occasion was the actual marriage of two actors on stage after the Saturday evening performance of a Yiddish melodrama at the Lyric Theatre at Terauley and Agnes  (now Bay and Dundas). The…

Toronto’s colored population in 1908

THIS appraisal of the lot of the colored population of Toronto in 1908 presents a fairly positive and upbeat portrait, but it is clear nonetheless that the “negro” of a century ago faced genuine discrimination in this city, with many doors closed in his face. The era was one in which the vast British-descended Anglo-Saxon…

Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section C

Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section A (pages 1 to 59) Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section B (pages 60 to 125) Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section C (below) (pages 126 to 191) Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section D (pages 192 to 245) Canadian…

Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section B

Above: View of University Ave, 1950, north to Queen’s Park, with Canada Life on left and Armouries & Goel Tzedec on right (CTA f1231_it0121) Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section A (pages 1 to 59) Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section B (below) (pages 60 to 125) Canadian Jewry: Prominent…

Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933)

Panorama of Toronto harbour, 1910 THE following book is a wonderful resource for genealogists who are researching particular families that were in Canada in the early 1930s, and anyone interested in the history of the Jewish community in Canada up to that era. Titled “Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada,” it describes itself as “A History…

Edmund Scheuer and the Toronto Jewish Free School

The Toronto Star Weekly of February 12, 1916, carried this report on the Jewish Free School sponsored by Jewish philanthropist Edmund Scheuer. Making Good Canadians Out of Girls of Jewish Birth Splendid Work Being Done at the Jewish Free School Tolerance for Creeds of Others Taught Loyalty to King and Country Strongly Emphasized. The Jewish…

Glass family reunion in Toronto, 1985

Samuel Hersh and Leah Devorah Glass of Kovel, Volhynia, Ukraine, were the revered ancestors of more than 150 relatives who gathered in Toronto in 1985 for a family reunion, reported the Canadian Jewish News on August 22, 1985. Samuel and Leah and their nine daughters settled in Toronto in 1905, and some scant details about…

Gryfe family reunion in Toronto, 2010

One century after Sam Gryfe left his home in Botosani, Romania and came to Canada, more than 100 of his descendants gathered for a family reunion in Toronto, reported the Canadian Jewish News on June 3, 2010. Well-known descendants include Mark Gryfe, who is involved in the Baycrest Foundation, and Moishe Gryfe, who runs Gryfe’s…

Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section E

Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section A (pages 1 to 59) Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section B (pages 60 to 125) Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section C (pages 126 to 191) Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section D (pages 192 to 245) Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews…

Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada (1933) — Section D

Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada — Section A (pages 1 to 59) Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada — Section B (pages 60 to 125) Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada — Section C (pages 126 to 191) Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada — Section D (below) (pages 192 to 245) Canadian Jewry: Prominent Jews of Canada…