Our Museum in the Canadian Jewish News



By Paul Lungen, Staff Reporter -


June 1, 2016

Allan Fryman is of an age when he starts worrying about future generations and whether they will appreciate the people who came before.

A member of Beth Radom Congregation’s board of governors, Fryman, 68, has a plan to address that. He is hoping to create a small museum in the shul’s lower lobby to recall not only the synagogue’s storied history, but also the history of the Jews of Radom and their contributions to Jewish life.

Fryman, who serves as curator of the New Beth Radom Historical Society, has obtained an artist’s conception of what the museum would look like. He envisions retaining a current glass-walled showcase featuring various artifacts and memorabilia related to the synagogue, but adding a wall-sized mural with a map of Radom, Poland, along with diagrams of immigration patterns and information about the city’s Jewish population.

On the opposite wall, near the staircase, would be a big screen TV with a looping video presentation of Radom, along with more artifacts he is soliciting from Radom families, such as ledgers, photos, paperwork, letters, flyers and even landing papers.

“It would be like a time capsule with educational opportunities for the younger generation,” Fryman said.

The Beth Radom synagogue was founded by emigrants from that Polish city who departed the old country well before the Holocaust, he said.

Prior to the Holocaust, Radom, located near the larger city of Lodz, was home to an estimated 25,000 Jews. Some were fortunate to leave prior to onset of the war, but those who remained were killed either in the ghetto established in the town or in the death camp at Treblinka.

Currently the spiritual home for about 350 families, the synagogue got its start on Beverley Street in the mid-1920s. Fryman’s immigrant grandfather, Isadore Green, was one of the founders.

Holocaust survivors who came to Toronto set up their own group, but later merged with the established Beth Radom Congregation.

Like other immigrants, Green went to work at a young age as a silversmith/metalworker.

At the time, Radomers created various societies to survive their community, among them the Radomer Friendly Society, the Radomer Mutual Benefit Society, the Radomer Aid Society and other Radom organizations, Fryman said.

Besides establishing communities in Toronto and Montreal, Calgary. Radomers immigrated to the United States, Brazil, Australia and Israel.

Fryman has been in touch with Radomers around the world through social media sites and he hopes they will support the project, either financially or through the donation of memorabilia.

He estimates it will cost around $30,000 for the museum once completed, but “$10,000 would get me started.”

Fryman believes only a handful of people know the history of the community and he would like to pass on the stories to new generations of people.

“The idea is for the younger generation to appreciate the older generation, keep their heritage and not stray too far,” he said.

Beth Radom Museum



The Jews of Radom Poland, the Radomer Societies and the Beth Radom Congregation

For half a century, Jews emigrated from Europe and settled around the world.  Cities across the globe became home to waves of Radomers who honoured their roots by naming societies and sanctuaries in honour of their home town of Radom, Poland.   From Australia to North America, congregations boasting the name of Radom have fallen away leaving Toronto’s Beth Radom as the last remaining building to bear its name and host its memory.

in establishing the Beth Radom Museum our goal is to remember Jewish life in Radom, to trace the Radomers journey from Poland, around the globe, and to memorialize it as a physical tribute to their history.  This includes the birth of the Radomer Friendly Society, the Radomer Mutual Benefit Society, the Radomer Aid Society and other Radom organizations.

While various pieces of memorabilia dating back to the early 1900s are already displayed in the lower foyer of the Shul, the search continues for plaques, ledgers, photos, paperwork, hand written letters, booklets, flyers, old landing papers - anything related to life in Radom and their early lives as immigrants.

We are interested in all the Radom groups’ and individuals’ memorabilia. From Australia, New York, Montreal, Brazil, Israel, or other.  In addition to display items we are asking for funding streams, benefactors and patrons.  If you have items for this museum, suggestions or connections, we would love to hear from you..To arrange tributes or memorial naming rights, please contact me at 647-727-4455 or afryman@rogers.com

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing the memories.

Allan Fryman, Curator,

The New Beth Radom Historical Society

Some Artifacts

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