Our Collections

The OJA’s records span all segments of Ontario’s Jewish community. We have records from businesses, families, labour unions, organizations, and synagogues. These records date from the community’s earliest days to its present. What’s more, they come from all over Ontario and in every format you can think of. If you were to lay out all of our boxes, they would stretch from the foot of Yonge Street to Dundas Square!

Below you can find highlights from our newest acquisitions as well as collections that have recently been processed and added to our website search.

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Acquisition of the Month

Edgar Levy shortly after arrival in Canada, [ca. 1921].In December 2019, Nancy Levy donated her family's papers to the OJA. Nancy's sister, Lois, was considered the family archivist, preserving these paper for posterity. When her sister died, Nancy was determined to complete her sister's work, trusting the OJA to preserve the Levy family's story for generations to come.  The accession consists of material documenting the maternal (Cohn) and paternal (Levy) branches of the donor's family. Included are cards, certificates, degrees, diplomas, family trees, letters, an oral history transcript, passports, photographs, reference materials, telegrams, and other records. Explaining her decision to donate, Nancy said, "I would like to see my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents remembered."

Other Acquisitions

Max and Rose Eisenberg. This accession consists of material documenting the immigration and restitution claims of Max and Rose Eisenberg. Also included are vital documents such as Max's birth certificate.