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
It's not every month that one of the OJA's archivists makes an archival donation to the OJA, but that's what happened in October. On 29 September 2022, Temerty Medicine held an event at Innis Town Hall titled Reflecting on Historic Jewish Learner Quotas in Toronto Medical Education. Present for the event were senior physicians and their families, as well as invited guests, including one of the OJA's archivists, Michael Friesen. It was at the event that Michael acquired a copy of Dr. Joanna Krongold's publication "In Their Own Words: Jewish Doctors, Antisemitism, and the Restrictive Quota System at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine." (The publication was made available for free to those attending.) Michael was pleased to donate his copy to the OJA, because researchers often contact the OJA wanting to know more about historic antisemitism in Toronto's health professions and the quota system in particular. The OJA looks forward to working with Dr. Krongold in the future to ensure that the stories of Jewish physicians who faced discrimination are not forgotten.