Fonds jhse-1 - Shoctor family fonds

Joe and Kayla Shoctor. Supervising the building of the New Citadel. Joe, Marshall and Ian. Smokin' Joe. Larry Wine and Jeremy Shoctor. Edmonton Eskimos Team 1952. Marshall Shoctor age 10. Edmonton Eskimos 1954 Team Portrait. Myrna Wine Silverberg at the Hadassah Bazaar. Joe Shoctor 1972.
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Shoctor family fonds

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  • 1920-2006 (Creation)
    Shoctor (family)

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1 m of textual records and other materials.

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Morris Shoctor emigrated to Edmonton from Vartajan, Romania in 1911. His wife, Nechama Tulman, daughter Eva and son Eddie followed in 1920. Joseph Hyman Shoctor, his last son, was born in Edmonton on August 18, 1922. Morris ran Western Iron and Metal, a scrapyard on 97th St. behind the present-day Winspear Centre. He was one of the founders of the original Beth Israel Synagogue on 95th St. His elder son Eddie inherited the business in 1956, and ran it until his death in 197?. Daughter Eva married Alex Gorasht. Son Joe married Kayla Wine of Saskatoon. He became a lawyer and businessman and founded the Citadel Theatre in 1965. Joe won numerous awards during his lifetime for his fundraising and volunteer work in the Jewish and general communities including: the Order of Canada in 1978; appointed Queen's Counsel in 1960, the youngest ever in Alberta; State of Israel Prime Minister's Medal in 1978, Honourary Lld. from the University of Alberta in 1981; appointed to the Alberta Order of Excellence in 1990; and was awarded the Governor General's Medal for Voluntarism in the performing arts in 1999. Joe died in April, 2001. Joe and Kayla had three children: Ian, Naomi and Marshall. Joe's son Marshall married Deborah Glaser of Toronto in 1989. He is also a lawyer and served as president of the Citadel Theatre and the Jewish Federation of Edmonton. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2002.

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Eva Sarah Shoctor was born in Rashkov, Ukraine on January 13, 1912. She came to Edmonton in 1920, accompanied by her mother, Nechama (Naomi), brother Eddie, and grandparents, Hodel and Isser Shochetman. They came to Edmonton to join her father, Morris Shoctor, who had come over in 1916. They settled on 98th and later 95th Street. Eva attended Alex Taylor and McCauley Schools, and later the Talmud Torah, located in the basement of the original Beth Israel Synagogue on 95th St. She later attended Victoria Composite High School, and later completed a two-year business course at McDougal High School. Her first job was at the Army and Navy Department Store. She also worked for her father and brother Eddie at Western Metal and Junk, the family scrap business on 97th Street. Eva spent her whole life in business, owning and operating several small business of her own, and with her husband, Alex Gorasht. Alex and Eva married in 1937. Alex had come to Canada from Romania in 1924 to settle on a Montefiore colony in Southern Saskatchewan. The Gorashts lived in both Edmonton and Calgary, operating small businesses and apartment buildings. They were lifelong members of the Beth Israel Synagogue, and Eva was a founding member of the Beth Israel Sisterhood, of which she served as President twice. She was as well the first female member of the Synagogue Board, later becoming a Life Honourary Member. Alex served as a Board member, treasurer and trustee. Eva was also a member of Na'amat/Pioneer Women, National Council of Jewish Women and Edmonton Hadassah-WIZO. She and Alex were generous supporters of Jewish charities, and of the Citadel Theatre, founded by her brother Joseph. Alex and Eva had no children. Alex died in 1992, Eva died on November 16, 2002.

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The fonds consists of family history written by Joe Shoctor, an oral history interview with Joe Shoctor, a videotaped tribute to Joe prepared for the Citadel Theatre, text of speeches given by and about Joe. It also contains programs from dinners in Joe's honour, newspaper articles about Joe, two eulogies, photos of the family and other items pertaining to the family and the Edmonton Jewish community, the Beth Israel Synagogue, and the Citadel Theatre. Also includes four volumes of the Evergreen and Gold, 1942, 43, 44 & 46. The Fonds includes of the following series: 1. Shoctor Family History(1920-2005). The series consists of items relating to the history of the Shoctor and Wine families, including photographs, obituaries, diplomas and family trees. The series consists of the following sub-series: Biography, Family History; Joe & Kayla Wine Shoctor; Marshall Shoctor; Marshall and Deborah Glaser Shoctor; Morris & Nechama (Naomi) Tulman Shoctor; Photographs; Wills & Estates. 2. Community (1941-2000). This series consists of the following sub-series: Clippings; Duncan & Craig; Edmonton Downtown Development Corporation; Edmonton Eskimos; Hebrew University Dinner for Tevie & Arliss Miller (1992); Interview Transcripts; Mayor's Task Force on the Heart of the City (1984); Steve Paproski Tribute Dinner; Eric & Elexis Schloss Negev Dinner (1994); Speeches, Jewish; Speeches, Non-Jewish; Victoria High School. 3. Jewish Organizations (ca. 1959-2000). This series consists of the following sub-series: Correspondence (1974, 1978, 1980s); JAHSENA; Jewish Speeches; Jewish Community Relations Committee; Talmud Torah; Zionist Organization of Canada. 4. Theatre (1942-2000). The series consists of documents, correspondance, programs and newspaper articles relating to Joe Shoctor's founding of the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, and his involvement in other theatrical projects.This series consists of the following sub-series: Circle 8; Citadel Theatre; Civic Opera; Duddy; General Publicity; Hamp (1967); Henry Sweet Henry (1967); The Music Man (1963); Peter Pat (1965); Plays, Programs. 5. Beth Israel Synagogue (1995-2000). The series consists of correspondence and other materials relating to the building of the new synagogue building on Wolf Willow Road, opened in 2000, and the the history of the congregation. The series consists of the following sub-series: Builder-Rescom; Building Committee; Construction photos; Correspondence; New Building, Speeches, Wolf Willow Building. 6. Awards (1974-2000). This series consists of materials relating to awards and honours given to Joe Shocotr. The series includes the following sub-series: Alberta Order of Excellence (1990); Certificates and Awards; Edmonton Sportsman's Fund; Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (1998); Grant McEwan Honourary Diploma (1985); Honours & Awards (General); Law Society of Alberta Distinguished Service Award (1999); Nomination for Chancellor of the University of Alberta (2000), Order of Canada (1975); Order of Canada (1986); Shoctor Alley (1998); State of Israel President's medal (1977); University of Alberta Honourary Degree (1981); Women of Valour Luncheon for Eva Gorasht. 7. Audiovisual (ca. 1940-1999). The series consists of audiocassettes and videocassettes featuring Joe Shoctor, including an oral history, documentary and silent film.

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Includes 100 photographs, 2 videocassettes, 2 audio cassettes, 4 bound volumes.

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Joe and Kayla Shoctor, Eva Shoctor Gorasht, Marshall and Debby Shoctor


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Audiocassette and videocassette.

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Eva Shoctor Gorasht fonds (JAHSENA); Citadel Theatre fonds (Provincial Archives of Alberta); Shoctor Family fonds (University of Alberta).

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Additional material may be found in the First Century of Jewish Life Editorial Committee fonds held by JAHSENA.<br><br>Record No. JSH.99.1;SHO.99.1;MSH.02.1;SHO.05.1;JHS.06.1<br><br>

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