Friday, September 16, 2011

Junction Shul Centennial Community Celebration: Open House, Street Fair, Walking Tour September 18

Toronto Junction Shul - Congregation Knesseth Israel - Centennial Celebration, September 2011, posterPoster: The Junction Shul @ 100
Congregation Knesseth Israel
Celebration a Century of Tradition
Upcoming Events (Save the date!)
September 2011

The Junction Shul's 100th Anniversary Street Fair

The Junction Shul is marking its 100th anniversary, and as part of its celebrations, the Junction Shul is hosting a community celebration and street party at The Shul (Congregation Knesseth Israel). The festival will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on September 18th on neighbouring streets adjacent to the synagogue (located at 56 Maria Street in the Runnymede and Dundas area) and will be the final event in a series of Centennial festivities running from September 7th to the 18th. Neighbourhood residents and the public are invited to significant event with music, entertainment, activities for both adults and children and food and beverages. There will also be tours of the synagogue and historical tours of the adjacent neighbourhood, led by local historians, and talks by past residents of the community.

Sunday, September 18, 2011
11 am - 3 pm
Community Celebration and Street Party
The Junction Shul @ 100

56 Maria Street & Shipman Street, around St. John's Place, Toronto ON
(north of Dundas, east of Runnymede)

Sunday, September 18, 2011
11:30 am and 1:00 pm
Junction Shul Centennial: A Hundred Years on Maria Street, a Walking Tour
Start Point: Maria Street and Runnymede Road, North East corner
Led by Neil Ross with Special Guests

More info at

links: Junction Shul marks 100th year with street party
As part of its centennial celebrations, the Junction Shul is hosting a street party from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18. The Maria Street synagogue's celebration will feature music, entertainment, children's activities, guided tours, food and more. The Shul is located at 56 Maria St. in the Junction. Connecting Jewish Communities Across Canada: $28,000 OTF Grant Helps Junction Shul Mark its 100th Anniversary
By theshtetl The Canadian Jewish News: Junction Shul celebrates 100th anniversary
By JARED LINDZON, Special to The CJN

Maria spelling/pronunciation: Back in the 1800s, the English pronounced Maria the way we would pronounce Mariah: "ma-RYE-ah".

Ontario Heritage Foundation: Knesseth Israel Synagogue

"Jews began to settle in West Toronto in the late 19th Century, attracted, as were others, by the industrial and commercial opportunities generated by the nearby railway junction. Although some undoubtedly found employment at the Heintzman piano factory, most were artisans or proprietors of small shops. Some engaged in peddling and junk collecting, while others worked at construction. The majority were immigrants from Poland and Russia. ...
Maria Street seems to have had the densest concentration of Jewish residences and family names appear which still have a connection to the Knesseth Israel Congregation, “The Junction Shul”: Alexandroff, Goldstein, Greenblatt, Kronis, Tanenbaum, Usprich, to name just a few. "

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