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Ontario Jewish Archives

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Jewish community parade to commemorate the Balfour Declaration (St. Catharines, ON), 1917. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, item 417. Photograph by Franklin Caplan.

The Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre (OJA) is the largest repository of Jewish life in Canada. 

Founded in 1973, the OJA, a department of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, acquires, preserves and makes accessible the records that chronicle our province’s Jewish history. The collection documents organizations, individuals, synagogues, schools, summer camps, leisure, athletes, and businesses. There are many different ways to explore the OJA’s collection and learn about the province’s Jewish past. You can make an appointment to look at photographs, films, Yiddish newspapers, hand-written correspondence, and even an original Superman drawing! Through exhibitions, programs, research assistance, and walking tours, the OJA tells the stories of Ontario’s Jewish community.

Address: 4600 Bathurst St, North York, ON M2R 3V2
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Related Events

Archived

Call for Volunteers: Bathurst Manor Recording Sessions

August 5, 2020

A for a unique opportunity with the OJA to interview the earliest residents of Bathurst Manor—one of Toronto’s first Jewish suburbs.

Archived

Panel Discussion: Honest Eds and Beyond

August 27, 2020

A panel discussion as part of The Honest Ed’s Experience with Lulu Wei, Itah Sadu, Franca Longobardi, and Ken Greenberg, Gene Mascardelli.

Archived

The Honest Ed’s Experience: An Online Screening Series

August 25, 2020

-September 2, 2020

TJFF and OJA present a special screening series celebrating the life and legacy of Jewish impresario Ed Mirvish and his beloved discount store, Honest Ed’s, a landmark for generations of immigrants upon their arrival in Toronto.

Related Exhibitions

Virtual

Tzedakah at Home and Abroad

May 14, 2007

-May 10, 2021

A selection of historic tzedakah boxes from the holdings of the Ontario Jewish Archives and Beth Tzedec Reuben and Helene Dennis Museum. 

Virtual

Taking Care of Business: Labour and Business in Jewish Toronto

May 14, 2007

-May 10, 2021

An online exhibition by the OJA examining the various ways the Jewish community made a living during the first quarter of the twentieth century.

Virtual

For King and Country: The Jewish Canadian Military Experience

May 14, 2007

-May 10, 2021

This OJA exhibition explores the heroic participation of the Canadian military’s Jewish servicemen (and later women), who fought side-by-side with other Canadians in the wars of the past century.

Virtual

The History of Toronto's Y.M.H.A.

May 14, 2007

-May 10, 2021

This online project by the OJA that looks at the history of the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association.

Virtual

Toronto's First Synagogues

May 17, 2004

-May 10, 2021

This online project by the OJA investigates the rich history and cultural significance of some  of Toronto’s first synagogues that are still located in their original buildings.

Virtual

Ontario's Small Jewish Communities

May 11, 2009

-May 10, 2021

An online project by the OJA including original historic text, photographs, audio and video clips, archival documents, maps and architectural plans.

Virtual

Southern African Legacy Project

May 13, 2019

-May 10, 2021

The Southern African Legacy Project documents the fascinating stories of Ontario’s Jewish immigrants from South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Virtual

Storefront Stories

May 6, 2019

-May 3, 2021

Storefront Stories tells the history of the Jewish businesses in Kensington Market.
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