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Caring for Community

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May 12, 2020

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Caption (left): Capt. Lillian Smith, Girl Guides of Canada, Toronto, [192-]. Ontario Jewish Archives, item 4305. Caption (right): 69th Girl Guides Troop, on the steps of Goel Tzedec Synagogue, Toronto, [ca. 1924]. Ontario Jewish Archives, item 4340.

Caring for Community is a series of social media posts curated by the Ontario Jewish Archives in celebration of Jewish Heritage Month. Inspirational stories abound as individuals and organizations pivot to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a long history of giving, the OJA’s collections are filled with examples of individuals and organizations devoted to aiding those in need.

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In the image above… Girl Guides of Canada, serving up more than cookies. When Lillian Smith was a girl she dreamed of participating in Girl Guides of Canada – Guides du Canada, Québec. At the time she was unable to join due to the movement’s church affiliation requirement. Eventually Lillian served as Captain in the Girl Guides 69th division and passionately encouraged young Jewish girls to join. “Guiding” she believed, “placed women on better standing as citizens”.

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