Fonds - Doris Margolis fonds

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Doris Margolis fonds

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  • 1940-1947, 1964-1992 (predominately 1970-1977) (Creation)
    Doris Margolis

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30 cm of textual records
5 photographs : col. prints

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Doris Margolis was a conductor, writer and Yiddish activist in Winnipeg. She was active with Hadassah WIZO, Jewish Women’s Musical Club and the Israelite Press.

Margolis was born Dvorey Torchinsky in 1919 to Pesach and Zippora Torchinsky in Winnipeg. She had three children, Penny, Reesa and Judy with her husband Harold.

Head of the Jewish Women’s Musical Club for 25 years, Doris Margolis also served as conductor of the Golden Age Choir and wrote an operatta, The Rabbi’s Nigun and a number of musical skits. She was served a lengthy tenure as President of the Hadassah WIZO Aliyah Chapter and worked in the office of the Israelite Press.

Doris Margolis was also an active genealogist and published her autobiography, A Little Bit of This, and a Little Bit of That in 1991.

Doris Margolis died in Winnipeg in 1997.

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Fonds consists of records created or acquired by Doris Margolis related to her work with Jewish musical groups and other Jewish organizations. Records include sheet music for works written by Margolis and programs for musical performances and other events in the Winnipeg Jewish Community.

Sheet music and scripts include those for Yiddish and English songs and musical skits written by Doris Margolis for the Jewish Women’s Musical Club and for Hadassah-WIZO. Also included is other published sheet music for Yiddish and English for works performed by the Jewish Women’s Musical Club or the Golden Age Choir.

Also included are volumes compiled by Doris Margolis about the history of the Jewish Women’s Club and the Golden Age Choir. These volumes include newspaper clippings, programs, photographs and musical scores.

Other records include programs for events at Shaarey Zedek Syngagogue and Hadassah-WIZO and portions of her autobiography.

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Some records in this fonds are in Yiddish.

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A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That by Doris Margolis is also available in the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada library holdings.

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