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

Mark Drutz with his mother, Evelyn QuittIn April, Mark Drutz donated materials documenting the Drutz-Quitt family. Included in the accession are some sixty photographs documenting various festive occassions (birthdays, weddings, Pride parades) and important people and four-legged friends in Mark's life. (As a dog lover and English major, this archivist particularly delighted in learning Mark had named one of his dogs Virginia Woof!) These photographs are complemented by several folders of textual records, which document Mark's professional life and activities outside work. Of note is a Ha Mishpacha newsletter from November 1977. (Ha Mishpacha was the first gay-Jewish group in Toronto, and Mark was a founding member.) And while the accession is full of photographs of happy times, such as Mark's exchange of rings with his husband Jonathan Lau, it also documents sadder moments, including his late brother Paul's battle with AIDS. The OJA is all the more pleased to receive this donation, since it is one of the OJA's first to document a Jewish LGBTQ family.