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

Poster for event A Conversation From the Trenches: How Three Toronto Rabbis are Dealing with the PandemicWhen the OJA launched its COVID-19 Documentation Project in 2020, the majority of submissions that came in were from individuals and families. And while we were excited to be able to document the personal impact of COVID-19 (something that is often missing from organizational records), we knew that we wanted to collect organizational records down the road. Fortunately, the OJA has been able to make progress on this front, acquiring electronic records from Shaarei Shomayim in the latter part of May. We are excited to have these records not only because synagogues have always been an important part of Ontario's Jewish communities but also because they've had to adjust in some pretty significant ways in order to address people's immediate concernsconcerns of both a spiritual and a material naturein the wake of the pandemic. Thanks to organizations like Shaarei Shomayim, our researchers will have insight into the range of responses within the Jewish community–individual through organizationalto the coronavirus and the lockdowns it brought in its wake.