Day 88: Honouring a True Leader in Our Community – Dora Till

For this week’s Throwback Thursday post, the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre honours the Toronto Jewish community leader Dora Till (1896-1987).


Dora Till, ca. 1960. Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, fonds 52, series 8, file 10, item 5.

In an interview below, Till tells us about the work of the Hebrew Maternity Aid Society, which she joined in 1918 and served at as vice-president for 15 years. In the second clip, she tells us about how she established the Mothers’ and Babes’ Summer Rest Home in 1920 during Toronto’s Spanish Flu epidemic which claimed the lives of many mothers and children.

She helped found and served on the executives and boards of many organizations, including the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of Toronto, the United Jewish Welfare Fund, the Canadian Jewish Congress Central Region, and was founding president of the Baycrest Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.

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