Joshua H. Gortler photograph collection, approximately 1940-2005

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Gortler, Joshua H., 1936-
Title
Joshua H. Gortler photograph collection
Dates
approximately 1940-2005 (inclusive)
Quantity
127 photographic prints (1 box) ; sizes vary
Collection Number
PH1069
Summary
Events and people related to the Caroline Kline Galland Home, the 75th anniversary celebration of the Caroline Kline Galland Home in Seattle, a Japanese delegation visit to the Home, groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting events for Litvin Pavilion, the Summit at First Hill groundbreaking and dedication, and other activities.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator is required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Additional Reference Guides

Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Joshua Gortler was born in Poland in 1936. The Gortler family survived the Holocaust by living in Siberia and then Uzbekistan. At the end of World War II, his family lived in a displaced persons camp in Germany. In 1951, the Gortler family was sponsored to emigrate to the U.S., where they settled in Arizona. He was educated in the Yeshiva High School in New York and also took classes at the public high school. Gortler continued his education at Yeshiva College and then the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University where he earned a Master's degree in Social Work. He and his wife Sarah later established the Joshua H. Gortler and Sarah B. Gortler Scholarship in Geriatric Social Work at Wurzweiler. He served for 38 years as the Executive Director of the Caroline Kline Galland Home in Seattle from 1969 until his retirement in 2006.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes events and people related to the Caroline Kline Galland Home, the 75th anniversary celebration of the Caroline Kline Galland Home in Seattle, a Japanese delegation visit to the Home, groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting events for Litvin Pavilion, the Summit at First Hill groundbreaking and dedication, and other activities.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

View the digital version of the collection

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

Arranged in 7 series:

  • Series 1, People
  • Series 2, Caroline Kline Galland Home
  • Series 3, Japanese delegation visit to Caroline Kline-Galland Home
  • Series 4, Groundbreaking and Ribbon-cutting for Litvin Pavilion at Caroline Kline-Galland Home
  • Series 5, The Summit at First Hill groundbreaking and dedication
  • Series 6, Cruise on Lake Washington on Morris Polack's yacht
  • Series 7, Various events and people

Custodial History

Collected by the Washington State Jewish Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donor: Joshua Gortler, 1981, 1989, 1990, 2018.

Processing Note

Processed by Jack Falk, Don Romero; processing completed in 2013; revised 2018.

Separated Materials

Joshua H. Gortler papers (Collection No. 3665)

Related Materials

Joshua H. Gortler papers and oral history interview, 1923-2017

Oral history interview with Joshua H. Gortler and Michael Cohen, 2018

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Series 1:  PeopleReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1 between 1930 and 1940
1/1 2 December 1962
1/1 3 between 1950 and 1960
1/1 4 circa 1983
1/1 5
  Sol Esfeld (right) accepting award from Ehud Gol at Israel Bonds event
John E. Walker, Seattle (photographer)
Written on verso: Sol Esfeld accepting 1983 award from Ehud Gol on behalf of all past honorees.
1983

Series 2:  Caroline Kline Galland HomeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 6
  Choir assembled in Caroline Kline Galland Home for Chanukah program.
Choir members include: Sally Pall, Edith Maizels, Leah Saltman, Harriet Meyers, Sadie Jacobs, Rose Helen Wiener, Annie Forman, Joan Wiener, Eva Brown.
circa 1950s
1/1 7
  Group of residents at Caroline Kline-Galland Home
Seattle Times (photographer)
circa 1969
Esfeld addition to the Caroline Kline Galland Home
Box/Folder item
1/1 8
  Group with shovels at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Esfeld addition to the Caroline Kline Galland Home
Left to right: Executive Director Joshua Gortler, Building Committee Chairman Robert Levitt, Seattle Mayor Wes Ullman, Campaign Chairman Sol Esfeld, Board of Directors President Robert Block.
1975
1/1 9
  Group seated at the dedication ceremony for the Esfeld addition to the Caroline Kline Galland Home
Left to right: Seattle Mayor Wes Ullman, Executive Director Joshua Gortler, Chairman of dedication ceremonies Carolyn Danz, Campaign Chairman Sol Esfeld, King County Executive John Spellman.
1976
1/1 10 1976
1/1 11 1976
"75 Years of Caring," the 75th anniversary celebration of Caroline Kline-Galland Home
Speakers at the "75 Years of Caring" celebration for 75th anniversary of Caroline Kline-Galland Home, include Joyce Benezra, Rabbi Earl Starr, Harold Seligman, Joshua Gortler, Arva Gray, Adelaide Freiberg, Michael Cohen, Robert Block, and Carolyn Danz.
Box/Folder item
1/2 12 1989
1/2 13 1989
1/2 14 1989
1/2 15 1989
1/2 16 1989
1/2 17 1989
1/2 18 1989
1/2 19 1989
1/2 20 1989
1/2 21 1989
1/2 22 1989
1/2 23 1989
1/2 24 1989
1/2 25a-b
  Harold Seligman receiving and holding document
Note on verso of 25a: Harold Seligman, Chairman of CKGH is congratulated by trustee of Seattle Trust as the bank relinquished ownership of the CKGH property to the new corporation (The Kline Galland Center). Joshua Gortler, CEO, & Rabbi Earle Starr, Sr. Rabbi of Temple De Hirsch in background.
1989
1/2 26a-c
  Joshua Gortler with man at podium and holding document
Note on verso of 26a: 75th Annual meeting of the CKGH. A trustee of Seattle Trust presents the deed to the CKGH to executive Director Joshus Gortler and Board Chairman Harold Seligman.
1989
1/2 27 1989
1/2 28-29 1989
1/2 30 1989
1/2 31 1989
Various events related to Caroline Kline-Galland Home
Box/Folder item
1/3 32
  Chief Rabbi of Israel Blau and Joshua Gortler
Note on verso: Chief Rabbi of Israel Blau visits the CKGH to vist with residents and to pay special tribute to an RN residing at the Home who saved the life of Rabbi Low's brother after the liberation.
2012?
1/3 33
  People attending the dedication of the Polack Adult Day Center
Jack Polack, Edith and Morris Polack, Valerie Polack, and James Polack.
1980
1/3 34 1980?
1/3 35
  Robert Block speaking at an annual meeting
Robert Block was Chairman of the Board of Caroline Kline-Galland Home.
between 1980 and 1985?
1/3 36
  Dov Sugerman, Lucille Spring, and Joshua Gortler
Dov Sugerman, Administrator of the Summit at First Hill; Lucille Spring, Director of Volunteer Services at Caroline Kline-Galland Home; Joshua Gortler, CEO of Caroline Kline-Galland Home.
betwen 1980 and 1985?

Series 3:  Japanese delegation visit to Caroline Kline-Galland HomeReturn to Top

In 1982, a delagation from the Japan Institute for Gerontological Research and Development visited the Caroline Kline-Galland Home in order to learn about senior care in the U.S. This was hosted by Joshua Gortler, Barry Schneiderman, and the Caroline Kline-Galland Home management staff.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/4 37-52 1982

Series 4:  Groundbreaking and Ribbon-cutting for Litvin Pavilion at Caroline Kline-Galland Home Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/5 53
  People seated at groundbreaking ceremony
Jimmy Polack and co-chairs of the Capital Campaign Committee: Morris Polack, Raymond Galante.
1992
1/5 54
Jim and Morris Polack at podium
1992
1/5 55 1992
1/5 56
Morris Polack, Eileen Gilman, and Raymond Galante
1992
1/5 57
Tom Leavitt at podium with people seated behind him
1992
1/5 58 1992
1/5 59
Seattle Mayor Norm Rice at podium
1992
1/5 60 1992
1/5 61
Tom Leavitt and sons holding shovels
1992
1/5 62 1992
1/5 63
Jack Benaroya at podium
1992
1/5 64 1992
1/5 65
Man at podium at ribbon-cutting ceremony
1993
1/5 66
  Ribbon-cutting for the Litvin Pavilion at the Caroline Kline-Galland Home
Note on verso: Jennie Litvin, $5m benefactor, Raymond Galante, Arva Gray.
1993

Series 5:  The Summit at First Hill groundbreaking and dedicationReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/6 67
  Ground-breaking for the Summit at First Hill
Joshua Gortler, Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, David Bemoliel, Thomas Leavitt.
1999
1/6 68-69
Man speaking at outdoor festivities for groundbreaking for the Summit at First Hill
1999
1/6 70
  People at dedication for the Summit at First Hill
Joshua Gortler, Dale Chihuly, David Bemoliel, Rabbi Maimon.
between 2000 and 2001
1/6 71
David Benoliel, Dale Chihuly, and Rabbi Daniel Wiener
between 2000 and 2001
1/6 72
David Benoliel and Dale Chihuly at podium
between 2000 and 2001
1/6 73 between 2000 and 2001
1/6 74
Congressman Jim McDermot at podium
between 2000 and 2001
1/6 75 between 2000 and 2001
1/6 76
Laurie Cohen, Joshua Gortler, Arva Gray, Edith Warshal
between 2000 and 2001
1/6 77 between 2000 and 2001
1/6 78-79
Rabbi Maimon and Joshua Gortler attach the mezuzh at the entrance to the Summit at First Hill
between 2000 and 2001
1/6 80
Dale Chihuly and Vicki Benoliel at annual meeting at Summit at First Hill
Note on verso: Chihuly art work was dedicated. Sarah Gortler far left in background.
2001
1/6 81 2001
1/6 82
Raymond Galante and Irvin Karl at podium
2001
1/6 83 2001
1/6 84
David Benoliel at podium
2001
1/6 85 2001

Series 6:  Cruise on Lake Washington on Morris Polack's yachtReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/7 87-89
Guests on boat
between 1980 and 1990?
1/7 90-91 between 1980 and 1990?

Series 7:  Various events and peopleReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Torah Dedication at Caroline Kline Galland Home
Box/Folder item
1/7 92
Rabbi Kletenik and others
2005
1/7 93
Rabbi Simon Benzaquen, Martin Selig and his sister Bertelle Selig-Buschke
2005
1/7 94 2005
1/7 95
Rabbi Simon Benzaquen, scribe
2005
1/7 96
  Rabbi Simon Benzaquen with Rabbi David Twersky and his mother
Note on verso: A Torah presented as a gift to CKGH by Martin Selig.
2005
1/7 97
Rabbi Simon Benzaquen with Barry Aaronson and daughter
2005
1/7 98 2005
1/7 99
Rabbi Simon Benzaquen and Rabbi Greenberg
2005
1/7 100
Rabbi Simon Benzaquen and Rabbi Kletenik
2005
1/7 101-102 2005
Box/Folder item
1/8 103 between 1970 and 1985?
1/8 104
Sol Esfeld at podium Paul Jassny and Barry Schneiderman behind him
From accompanying material: Sol Esfeld was chairman of the Capital Campaign for the 1967 building and the 1973 addition of the Caroline Kline Galland Home. Paul Jassny was president of CKGH board; Barry Schneiderman was vice-president of the board.
between 1970 and 1985?
1/8 105
Sol Esfeld presented with a portrait by Paul Jassny
between 1970 and 1985?
1/8 106 between 1970 and 1985?
1/8 107
Lilly DeJaen presents a gift to Joshua Gortler
between 1970 and 1985?
1/8 108 1987
1/8 109
People at dedication of Caroline Kline-Galland Home Activity Center
Note on verso: In memory of the Almeleh family, Joshua Gortler, benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Michael Alhadeff, Victoria Alhadeff, Lucille Spring.
between 1975 and 1990?
1/8 110 1999?
1/8 111
Richard Galante, co-chair of Caroline Kline-Galland Home capital campaign
between 1980 and 1995?
1/8 112
Michael Cohen and Sam Stroum at dinner for Caroline Kline-Galland Home capital campaign
between 1980 and 1995?
1/8 113 between 1980 and 1995?
1/8 114
Morris and James Polack with another man and children
Note on verso: Morris Polack (m) and James Polack (r) express appreciation to the youngest member of the capital campaign, who contributed $72 from her synagogue to help build the Litvin Pavilion
between 1990 and 1995?
1/8 115
  Group of people at picnic
Note on verso: Special picnic celebrating children born while parents were emplyed at the CKGH. Far right: Joshua Gortler, Executive Director.
between 1990 and 1995?
1/9 116
Morris Polack
between 1980 and 1993?
1/9 117
Michael Cohen
between 1980 and 1995?
1/9 118
Johua Gortler, Carolyn and William Danz
between 1980 and 1995?
1/9 119 between 2005 and 2013
1/9 120
  Mary Gourman smoking a cigar
Note with photo: You've come a long way baby, Mary at 91.
1979
1/9 121
  Mary Chelgren and others with Governor Booth Gardner at Caroline Kline-Galland Home
Mary Chelgren was Director of Nursing Services at Caroline Kline-Galland Home.
between 1985 and 1993
1/9 122 between 1980 and 1995?
1/9 123
Memorial plaque on outside of Caroline Kline-Galland Home
between 1914 and 1990
1/9 124 between 1960 and 1990?

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Jewish old age homes--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Long-term care facilities--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Nursing homes--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Older Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Older people--Institutional care--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)

Corporate Names

  • Caroline Kline Galland Home (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Caroline Kline Galland Home (Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs
  • Caroline Kline Galland Home for the Aged (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Summit at First Hill (Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (curator)