1947 – 1956

An appeal for donations to help Israelis with the difficult task of establishing the infrastructure and services that would lay the foundations for a modern state.

 
1947 – 1956

The pioneering spirit of the first generation of Israelis is evident in their determination to make the desert bloom.

 
1947 – 1956

Early Jewish immigrants to Israel lived in tents while awaiting the construction of permanent housing.

 
1947 – 1956

Early Jewish immigrants to Israel lived in tents while awaiting the construction of permanent housing.

 
1947 – 1956

Following the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies joined the United Palestine Appeal in raising funds to help the new Jewish homeland.

 
1947 – 1956

Jewish refugees from Europe often arrived in Israel with nothing more than what they could carry.

 
1947 – 1956

Children at Montreal’s Jewish Peretz School celebrate the first anniversary of Israel’s independence in 1949.

 
1947 – 1956

The first wave of Sephardic immigrants began arriving in Montreal from North Africa in the mid-late 1950s.

 
1947 – 1956

This cover from the 1947 Annual Report demonstrates the broad range of services funded by the community.

 
1947 – 1956

Beginning in the early 1950s, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies initiated the "Pillar of Life," a joint campaign between the Combined Jewish Appeal and United Israel Appeal.

 
1947 – 1956

The 1955 Campaign goes out with a bang at this closing party.

 
1947 – 1956

A 1951 Canvasser Kit.

 
1947 – 1956

The speakers table at a Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign Report Luncheon, on October 28, 1955.

 
1947 – 1956

Lavy Becker speaking at a gathering for the Joint Campaign.

 
1947 – 1956

Samuel Bronfman was Federation CJA’s longest-serving president, heading the organization for almost 20 years.

 
1947 – 1956

Manny Batshaw, Charles Bronfman and Boris Levine at a Federation of Jewish Philanthropies event, 1955.

 
1947 – 1956

Distribution of canvassing cards to the Men’s Clothing Division during the 1955 Campaign

 
1947 – 1956

Federation CJA leadership with a "Meet Greater Needs with Greater Deeds" Poster, 1955.

 
1947 – 1956

March 28, 1949: Survivors from Poland disembark the US Military Ship "S. S. General Sturgis" as they arrive in Canada. (Image courtesy of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre)

 
1947 – 1956

Following the devastation of the Holocaust, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services played an essential role in helping European Jews resettle in Montreal.

 
1947 – 1956

Following the devastation of the Holocaust, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services played an essential role in helping European Jews resettle in Montreal.

 
1947 – 1956

Family meeting A. Rosen, accountant at the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services office.

 
1947 – 1956

Sam Bronfman receives a torah from two of the war orphans who he helped bring to Canada in 1948 as president of the Canadian Jewish Congress. A total of 1,185 orphans were resettled in Canada through such efforts.

 
1947 – 1956

What a gift to the Combined Jewish Appeal could do in 1956.

 
1947 – 1956

Actors advertise their annual musical comedy at the YWHA.

 
1947 – 1956

A couple poses in front of their home off of The Main.

 
1947 – 1956

The dedication ceremony for the new Jewish Public Library on 4099 Esplanade, June 1953.

 
1947 – 1956

The St. Agathe Jewish summer camp for girls in the 1950s.

 
1947 – 1956

A Jewish family celebrates Halloween.

 
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1947 – 1956

Members of the Labour Zionist Alliance Headquarters celebrating Israel's independence in 1948.

 
1947 – 1956

Members stand outside the Neighborhood House, which first opened in 1927 as a community centre for European Jewish immigrant children to combat juvenile delinquency.

 
1947 – 1956

Students stand on Jeanne-Mance, outside Talmud Torah School, the oldest Jewish school in Montreal.

Leadership

1933-1950 - Samuel Bronfman, C.C.
1950-1951 - David Kirsch
1951-1953 - David Kirsch
1953-1956 - Philip Garfinkle
1947 - Joseph Lefcoe
1948 - Samuel Moskovitch, QC
1949 - Walter Friedman
1950 - Irving Riddel
1951 - George J. Strean
1952 - Morris Moscovitch
1953 - J.J. Block
1954 - Ben Beutel, C.M.
1955 - J.B. Becker
1956 - Bernard J. Lande
1944 - 1947 - Ethel Klein
1948 - 1949 - Celia Isaacs
1949 - 1950 - Lillian Jacobs
1951 - 1952 - Mildred Lande, C.M.
1953 - 1954 - Pauline Coshof
1955 - 1956 - Ghita Roll