86 minutes – Documentary
Language: English, Hebrew (with subtitles)
Festival release date: June 3, 2021 – Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Release date: TBA
Production company: Chapman Productions
Canadian distributor: Chapman Productions

Toronto has been voted one of the top 5 most liveable cities in the world and is renowned for its vibrant cultural diversity. It was forever changed for the better when a group of resilient Jewish immigrants came to Canada in the first half of the 20th century. Shelter is the inspirational story of how these brave Jewish immigrants survived religious persecution in their homelands to build wildly successful real estate and land development businesses and help shape a growing metropolis by making it a refuge for all newcomers to Toronto.

Shelter features exclusive interviews with celebrated visionary businessmen and their families. It was selected to open the 2021 Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

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Ron Chapman
Phyllis Ellis
Colette Johnson-Vosberg

Executive Producer:

Mark Kenney


Ron Chapman


Phyllis Ellis


Henry Less


Eugene Weis


Jack Lenz

Cast: Roles:

Jay Brown
Mel Brown
Sam Brown
Annette Buchman-Mincer
Lawrence Cogan
John H. (Jack) Daniels
Mark Diamond
Mike Diamond
Shirley Diamond
Carey Diamond
Stephen Diamond
David Green
Cary Green
George Hofstedter
Jonathan Krehm
Derek Lobo
Edwin Merkur
Paul Minz
Jeff Ross
Robert Rubinstein
Graeme Stewart
Mendel Tenenbaum
Mila Tenenbaum
Sally Tenenbaum
Allan Weinbaum
Anne Weinbaum