Fonds - Canadian Jewish Congress, Western Division fonds

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Canadian Jewish Congress, Western Division fonds

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  • 1919-1988 (Creation)
    Canadian Jewish Congress, Western Division

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21.8 m of textual records
17 microfilm reels of textual records
41 photographs : b&w prints
2 letter presses
1 ribbon

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The Canadian Jewish Congress, Western Division was a regional branch of the Canadian Jewish Congress. The Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) was formed in March 1919 when delegates elected from across Canada met for the First Plenary Session in Montreal. As a democratically elected body, it was the national organization of the Jewish community in Canada. It sought to preserve Jewish life and the dignity of the Jewish community by uniting in a centralized organization that could provide services within the community. The CJC actively supported and aided immigrants coming to Canada, provided war relief services, provided support for the Jewish community in Canada and around the world, supported the state of Israel and supported and promoted Jewish education. In addition, the CJC fought against antisemitism, racism and discrimination and worked to remember the Holocaust and support survivors and their families. Immigration aid was provided by the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society, founded by the CJC in 1922, and war relief service such as locating individuals and post-war employment aid was provided by the United Jewish Refugee and War Relief Agencies, founded by the CJC in 1939 to coordinate the aid efforts of a number of organizations. The CJC included a national office that was moved to Ottawa in 1999 as well as three regional offices in the Pacific, Quebec and Ontario. In July 2011, the CJC was combined with National Jewish Campus Life, The University Outreach Committee, the Quebec-Israel Committee and the Canada-Israel Committee to form the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).
The Canadian Jewish Congress, Western Division was responsible for the Western Region which consisted of the area between Port Arthur, Ontario and Victoria, British Columbia and had its regional office in Winnipeg beginning in 1938. The region it was responsible for changed over time and in 1979 the Alberta Region was created and Manitoba and Saskatchewan remained a separate region. The Canadian Jewish Congress, Western Division was responsible for implementing the national policies and mandates of the CJC in western Canadian communities, creating and implementing regional policies and aiding immigrants in western Canada. The Canadian Jewish Congress, Western Division, through its subsidiaries, sought to preserve Yiddish culture, led fundraising campaigns, provided Jewish educational materials to communities and sought to train and encourage Hebrew and Jewish teachers.

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Fonds reflects the work done by the Canadian Jewish Congress, Western Division to support and aid members of the Jewish community. Textual records consist of correspondence (concerning congress activities, programs and fundraising as well as relief and aid services between the Western Division and the divisions and organizations of the Canadian Jewish Congress, other aid organizations and individuals seeking assitance); minutes; reports (describing activities and operations of the divisions and aid organizations of the Canadian Jewish Congress as well as other aid organizations); memoranda; publications (including conference proceedings, organizational bulletins and publications supporting the Jewish Community and fighting against anti-Semitism, discrimination and prejudice); financial records; and lists of Holocaust survivors. There are a limited number of photographs (including identification pictures and rural and urban scenes) as well as two artefacts (letter presses).
The records reflect the Western Division’s programs, projects and World War II aid efforts as well as its relationship with the National, Eastern and Central Divisions of the Canadian Jewish Congress, the aid organizations under the direction of the Canadian Jewish Congress, including the Winnipeg Congress Council, the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society and the United Jewish Refugee and War Relief Agencies as well as other aid organizations, including the World Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
These records are predominately arranged by subject matter and the organization, branch or committee which the documents are related to.

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Some of the records are water-damaged or moldy and may be closed for preservation.

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  • English
  • German
  • Yiddish

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Some records in this fonds are in German or Yiddish. See file list for details.

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Records of the Canadian Jewish Congress head office can be found in the Canadian Jewish Archives in Montreal, Quebec.

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