Unforgettable Photographs: The Life and Legacy of Hugo Levendel

This post is brought to you by Emily Paul, a historian and heritage professional volunteering for the Ottawa Jewish Archives.  Levendel in front of his home on Murray street, 1929 - Courtesy of the Ottawa Jewish Archives OJA 1-597 As any Archivist can attest, photographs are an integral part of any collection. Some might even … Continue reading Unforgettable Photographs: The Life and Legacy of Hugo Levendel

Shavuot and Ottawa’s Memorial Scroll: Connecting the Community

This post is brought to you by Emily Paul, a historian and heritage professional volunteering for the Ottawa Jewish Archives.  Earlier this May, the Jewish community celebrated Shavuot, an important holiday that may leave some outside the religion saying “Sha-what?” Despite the fact that it is one of three major pilgrimage festivals in the Jewish … Continue reading Shavuot and Ottawa’s Memorial Scroll: Connecting the Community

An Entrepreneur’s Spirit: The Life and Legacy of Nathan Meyer Evenchick

This post is brought to you by Emily Paul, a historian and heritage professional volunteering for the Ottawa Jewish Archives. Ottawa has been home to many intrepid entrepreneurs over the years, drawn to our capital city’s unique blend of opportunities and traditions. Nathan M. Evenchick was one such man. Evenchick’s life story is an enthralling … Continue reading An Entrepreneur’s Spirit: The Life and Legacy of Nathan Meyer Evenchick

The History of Temple Israel

This post is brought to you by Rosemarie Skoll, a volunteer at the Ottawa Jewish Archives. The first Reform congregation representing Liberal Judaism in Ottawa, was founded in the spring of 1966 by Bill and Billy Danson, Myrna and Ernie Potechin, Irwin and Elaine Singer, Sam and Jean Bond, and Madelyn Alexandor. According to Bill … Continue reading The History of Temple Israel

An Affair to Remember: The Edelson/Horwitz Murder

This post is brought to you by Briana I., a volunteer at the Ottawa Jewish Archives. Secret lovers, a rendezvous, and a gunshot. That is how the night of Jacob Horwitz’s murder began. Jack Horwitz, owner of Horwitz Jewelry shop in Downtown Ottawa was rivaled by many shops, including that of Edelson's Jewellers, owned by … Continue reading An Affair to Remember: The Edelson/Horwitz Murder

Ottawa’s Greatest Philanthropist: Lillian Bilsky Freiman

This post is brought to you by Jan Kurman, a volunteer at the Ottawa Jewish Archives. Portrait of Lillian Freiman, 1923. OJA 1-005 Women’s contributions to history often go unrecognized. This is despite the fact that a lot of the key players in Canada’s history were women. From Laura Secord to Viola Desmond, women have … Continue reading Ottawa’s Greatest Philanthropist: Lillian Bilsky Freiman

A Loan For Tough Times: The Ottawa Hebrew Free Loan Association

This post is brought to you by Jan Kurman, a volunteer at the Ottawa Jewish Archives. Immigrating to Canada in the early 1900s was a daunting task for many newcomers. As most of the immigrants were arriving from Europe, people travelled thousands of kilometres in an extensive journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Once they came, … Continue reading A Loan For Tough Times: The Ottawa Hebrew Free Loan Association

Lending A Hand: The Ottawa Hebrew Benefit Society

This post is brought to you by Jan Kurman, a University of Ottawa student volunteer at the Ottawa Jewish Archives. The city of Ottawa today hosts a variety of people from a long list of different ethnicities and backgrounds. Associations, businesses, clubs, and other organizations have been formed to welcome and provide inclusiveness to newcomers. … Continue reading Lending A Hand: The Ottawa Hebrew Benefit Society

Aaron and Bertha Rosenthal: An Extraordinary Tale of Silversmithing and Philanthropy

This post is brought to you by Jan Kurman, a University of Ottawa student volunteer at the Ottawa Jewish Archives. Silversmithing is an ancient art form which involves the crafting of fine objects from silver or silver alloys. The art that is created by silversmiths has been used throughout history as money, jewelry, silverware, and … Continue reading Aaron and Bertha Rosenthal: An Extraordinary Tale of Silversmithing and Philanthropy

From Ginger Ale to Cream Soda: The Story of Ottawa’s Very Own Soft Drink Company

This post is brought to you by Jan Kurman, a University of Ottawa student volunteer at the Ottawa Jewish Archives. The summers in Ottawa are known to be notoriously hot and humid. Ottawans usually take the time to cool down by taking a dip in the Ottawa river, staying indoors, or by opening a cool … Continue reading From Ginger Ale to Cream Soda: The Story of Ottawa’s Very Own Soft Drink Company