Fonds - Young Men’s Hebrew Association = Y.M.H.A. Ottawa fonds

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Young Men’s Hebrew Association = Y.M.H.A. Ottawa fonds

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  • 1921-1924 (Creation)

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1 folder 1 photograph : b&w

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The Y. M. H. A. flourished as a social vehicle for young men in the early 1920s. It was an amalgamation of Sons of Israel, Hebrew Boys Athletic Club and the Hebrew Literary & Dramatic Society. Athletic activities included basketball played in a gym rented at No. 4 Fire Station, Cumberland Street. The bowling league of eight teams played at the Ideal Alleys. Sam Berger was the president, Jack Horwitz the treasurer, Sam Roodman, corresponding secretary, David Bilsky, vice-president and Sam Coplan, 2nd vice-president. The Booster, a 46 page pamphlet of the Y. M. H. A. outlined association activities, along with short biographies of professional men, including Benjamin Goldfield, Lewis Cohen, Dr. A. Slone, Dr. H. Dover, Louis Lighstone and men attending university. The Bulletin was a weekly newsletter of both the Y.M.H.A. and the Y.W.H.A. (Young Women's Hebrew Association).

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Fonds consists of The Booster , January, 1921 , The Bulletin, November 11, l921 to December 9, 1921 and a basketball score book, 1923 - 1924, of games played at the No. 4 Fire Station, Cumberland Street.

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The Booster donated by Kellben Kalin, October, l979. The Bulletin donated by Betsy Rigal, October 17, l999. Basketball score book donated by Percy Feller, 1996.


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The amalgamation information related by Honourable Abraham Lieff in a telephone conversation with Ottawa Jewish Archives, October 1, 2001.

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