Fonds jhse-45 - Talmud Torah School fonds

Talmud Torah Graduating Class, 1944 Talmud Torah Class 4B. Opening of New Talmud Torah Talmud Torah Board, ca. 1930. Talmud Torah Board of Trustees, 1999 Graduation Class of Edmonton Hebrew School 1938-1939. Talmud Torah Class 4A Kindergarten Class Celebrates Purim. Talmud Torah Board, ca. 1940. Building Committee.
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Talmud Torah School fonds

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JHSE jhse-45

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  • 1912- 2006 (Creation)
    Talmud Torah School

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1.55 m of textual records and other material

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The Talmud Torah School was formally organized in 1912 and began after school religious classes in the basement of the Beth Israel Synagogue. In 1925, due to overcrowding and a desire to have students attend Talmud Torah full time, construction began on a Talmud Torah School Building on 103 Street south of Jasper Ave. The school opened in 1927 and graduated its first class of five students in 1928. A Mother's Auxiliary (later Parent's Auxilliary)was formed in 1927. This group would organize the school lunch and taxi program, collected tuition fees, provided supplies and equipment, and raised funds, aided by Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women. In 1933, Talmud Torah began Hebrew Day School for grades 1 and 2, the first Hebrew Day School in Canada. The half-day English curriculum followed provincial standards while the Hebrew curriculum freed students from after school cheder classes. In 1953, a larger school building was opened at 133 St. and 106 Ave. This building was expanded in 1957 and 1963 giving the building a second wing and a gymnasium. In 1975, Talmud Torah entered into a partnership with Edmonton Public Schools whereby EPS would fund the secular curriculum of the school and Talmud Torah the religious curriculum. In the early 1990s, the school curriculum was expanded to include regular day classes for grades 7-9. In 1999, Talmud Torah moved to a new building on 172 St. in the West End of Edmonton.

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The fonds consists of materials created by Talmud Torah School of Edmonton from 1912-2006. The fonds consists of these series: 1. Alumni (1912-2088)The series consists of a list of Talmud Torah Alumni from 1912-1988. 2. Alberta Multiculturalism Grant (1990). The series consists of correspondence relating to a grant to make "A Time to Remember", the film about the history of Talmud Torah for the 75th Anniversary. 3. Bylaws (1965-2006). 3. Clippings (1965-2006) The series consists of clippings from various newspapers regarding Talmud Torah. 4.Correspondence (1966-1999) The series consists of correspondence between Talmud Torah School and parents and others. A majority of the correspondence concerns Talmud torah's failed attempt in 1976 to expand the curriculum to include grades 7-9. 5. Duplicates, Provincial Archives (1912-1980). The series consists of items which are duplicates of those found in the Talmud Torah Fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta. 6. Floor Plans, Third Building (1994). 7. Graduation Invitations (1964-2001). 8. Graduation Programs (1964-1994). 9. History (1953- 1999) The series consists of dedication programs celebrating school building openings or significant anniversaries, newspaper clippings and invitations to school opening ceremonies. 10. Kinderarts Program (1998-1999). The series consists of information on the Kinderarts program. 11. Minutes (1912, 1965-1966, 1970, 1974-1978, 1979-1984, 1986-2006) The series consists of Talmud Torah minutes. 12. Newsletters (1954-2006.) Series consists of school newsletters. 13. Parent Information Handbooks (1974-1996). 14. Photographs (1957-2006) The series consists of photographs of Talmud Torah activities and students, as well as class photographs. 15. Playschool (1997-2006). This information consists of information relating to the Talmud Torah Playschool. 16. Promotional. 17. Sale of Building. 18. Student work (ca. 1982) The series consists of student essays celebrating a centenary of Jewish life in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. 19. Wills & Bequests. 20. Community Reference Books (1976-2005). Series consists of Edmonton Jewish Community Reference books, published as a fundraising project of the Talmud Torah Parent's Auxilliary. 21. Talmud Torah 75th Anniversary. The series consists of a book written by Ron Pascoe and a film produced by Cory Felber, Donna Weisler and Gillian Horwitz in 1987, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Edmonton Talmud Torah. 22. A Time to Remember (1987). The Series consists of a videocassette produced by Cory Felber, Gillian Horwitz and Donna Weisler for the Talmud Torah 75th Anniversary in 1987. 23. Home & School Association (1954-1965). The series consists of minutes and correspondence relating to the Talmud Torah Home & School Association, now defunct. 24. Mother's Auxilliary (1966-1975). The series consists of minutes and correspondence relating to the Talmud Torah Mother's Auxilliary, which later became the Talmud Torah Parent's Auxilliary. 25. Yearbooks (1984-1987, 1996, 1999, 2000-2001, 2004-2005). The series consists of Grade Six yearbooks.

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Includes ca. 500 photographs, ca. 600 slides, 1 reel microfilm, 3 16mm films; 2 videocassettes, 30 bound volumes.

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Donated by Stephen Kushner, Board President, Talmud Torah School in 1999, and by Bonnie Chetner, Board member of the Society, in 2005, and by Ron Sorokin, President of Talmud Torah Society in 2006. Collected by JAHSENA from 2006 on.


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Additional material on the Talmud Torah School may be found in the First Century of Jewish Life Editorial Committee fonds held by JAHSENA.<br><br>Record No. TTS.99.1;TTS.03.1;TTS.06.1<br><br>

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