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Detective Benny Cooperman turns 30 (2010)

Some thirty years ago, writer Howard Engel gave the world Benny Cooperman, a new made-in-Canada literary detective whom the Globe and Mail and others would acknowledge as “the country’s first truly Canadian detective hero.” According to Cynthia Good, former senior editor at Penguin, Engel’s pioneering Canadian-Jewish detective opened the floodgates for scores of other Canadian…

Bill Gladstone, Professional Genealogist  Bill Gladstone, noted Toronto-based genealogist and author, often solves difficult genealogical puzzles and mysteries for clients. He has collected many testimonials from satisfied customers. Whether you’re just getting started or have already done some research, Bill can help you find significant family records that may help to reconstruct your  family history…

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B o o k s t o r e Books on  Jewish Toronto (and related)   Only Yesterday: Collected Pieces on the Jews of Toronto 100 Years in Canada: the Rubinoff-Naftolin Family Tree The Jew in Canada The Rise of the Toronto Jewish Community Story of Beth Lida Congregation The Jewish Hour History of Beth…

History of Jews of London Ontario

A History of the Jewish Community of London Ontario, by Bill Gladstone, begins with the first documented Jews in the 1850s, highlighting the waves of immigrants in each era, the communal challenges, and the many success stories in business, medicine, law and the arts. The book also presents dozens of family histories and traces the…

The Jew in Canada

A treasure trove of history and genealogy, edited by Arthur D. Hart and originally published 1926; it remains the most thorough book ever assembled about the Jews of Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver and other Canadian cities. Hundreds of capsule biographies of prominent personalities and community leaders, businessmen, doctors, lawyers, charity workers, etc., each…

Rise of the Toronto Jewish Community

Based on a 60-year-old manuscript that surfaced in 2009, The Rise of the Toronto Jewish Community by Shmuel M. Shapiro paints an authentic and colourful portrait of the community from its earliest days to about 1950, highlighting its strong immigrant and Yiddish flavour. Vivid descriptions of the soup kitchens, soda parlours, steamship agents, coffee houses…