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

Moses Bilsky: The Legendary Life of Ottawa’s First Jewish Settler

This post is brought to you by Jan Kurman, a University of Ottawa student volunteer at the Ottawa Jewish Archives. Moses Bilsky as a young man in 1860. OJA 1-167 The Jewish community of Ottawa today is large, thriving, and a source of pride for its members. However, this was not always the case. 150 … Continue reading Moses Bilsky: The Legendary Life of Ottawa’s First Jewish Settler

Enriching Jewish Education: The Legacy of Akiva High School

This post is brought to you by Leslie Rodriguez, a grade 11 Co-op student placed at the Ottawa Jewish Archives As a grade 11 student at Bell High School, I never really thought that I would be able to work at an archives in the near future. Working at an archives requires an immense amount … Continue reading Enriching Jewish Education: The Legacy of Akiva High School

The Duke Abelson Display: Remembering a Local Hero

This post is brought to you by Leslie Rodriguez, a grade 11 Co-op student placed at the Ottawa Jewish Archives Since I began my Cooperative Education Placement at the Ottawa Jewish Archives, I’ve had the opportunity to see a letter from Einstein, touch a Hebrew Remington typewriter, look at various textile items, and work with … Continue reading The Duke Abelson Display: Remembering a Local Hero