UJA’s Ontario Jewish Archives Honours Legendary Photographer Al Gilbert

The exhibition features close to 40 portraits of artists, media personalities, politicians and community leaders including, Canadian Prime Ministers John Diefenbaker and John Turner, Former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman writer Robertson Davies, entertainers Frank Sinatra, Wayne and Shuster, Moe Koffman, Oscar Peterson, Liona Boyd, Dizzy Gillespie, Eugene Levy, Howie Mandel, Ed Mirvish, Matthew Teitlebaum CNN host Larry King, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and Toronto community leaders including Joey and Toby Tanenbaum, , Paul Reichmann, and Murray Koffler.

The exhibition will run until November 27th.  Mr. Gilbert, who opened his photography studio in Toronto in 1922, has donated over1400 images to the Ontario Jewish Archives. His work, as well as his father’s, documents the rich history of the Toronto Jewish community from the 1920s until the present.  After 65 years in the field, Mr. Gilbert has produced thousands of portraits and earned the respect of photographers from around the world. He is the recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.

The Ontario Jewish Archives, a department of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto was established in 1973. The Archives is responsible for acquiring, preserving and making available documentary sources related to the Ontario Jewish community.


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