4600 Bathurst St.
Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre
Founded in 1973, the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre is a department of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
The Ontario Jewish Archives is a department of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
The OJA's mandate is to acquire, preserve and makes accessible the records that chronicle our province’s Jewish history. The collection documents organizations, businesses and individuals.
The OJA is housed in the Lipa Green Centre on the Sherman Campus of UJA Federation. Our facilities consist of a dedicated research room, processing area and climate-controlled vault.
The records of the OJA illustrate the vibrancy of the community from its earliest days to the present. This includes over 5,000 cubic feet of textual records; 60,000 historic photographs documenting Jewish life across Ontario; over 300 oral histories; over 300 films dating from the 1920s until the present; over 1,500 blueprints and architectural drawings created by Ontario's most notable Jewish architects; hundreds of artifacts; unpublished histories; and Jewish newspapers in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English.
The OJA's collections are searchable on its website at: www.ontariojewisharchives.org
The OJA is open five days a week by appointment only.
Monday to Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(research room closes at 4:30 p.m.)
Friday hours vary by season
Closed Jewish and statutory holidays.
Please call ahead to discuss your research needs and to make an appointment.
The OJA adheres to all relevant legislation regarding access to and use of our records, including privacy and copyright legislation.
The OJA is a fully-accessible institution.
The OJA is staffed with professionally educated and trained archivists who are able to help you with your research needs. The OJA will provide up to one hour of personal research for free, after which a fee will be charged. Please visit our website for more details.
The OJA provides in-house reproduction services. Please consult our website for applicable fees.