Elie Wiesel, 1928-2016

On November 6, 1973, Montrealers were fortunate to hear Elie Wiesel speak at Congregation Beth El, an event organized by the synagogue with the Jewish Public Library as part of the annual Jewish Book Month. The event was recently digitized and made available publicly as part of a project between the Jewish Public Library and the Yiddish Book Center.  You can listen to Mr. Wiesel’s lecture on the Internet Archives: Part 1 Part 2 Tributes [...]



YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre

by Kate I recently had the chance to research the YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre for our boys in WWII. Run by young hostesses, this Centre provided entertainment like dances and splash parties for servicemen in need of a little distraction. I came across some newspaper clippings in the YM-YWHA archival collection that profiled a particularly unique outing offered by the ladies. In the summer of 1944, over 90 Canadian veterans returned home after fighting in Italy [...]

This Week in JPL History: Way Back Play Back – the Norman Berman Children’s Library. This Week in JPL History: Way Back Play Back – the Norman Berman Children’s Library.

One of the true treasures of the Library has always been its Children’s library. Through there wasn’t a formal space dedicated to children in the Library until 1951, children’s books were always present. In 1919 made up 10% of the Library’s overall collection. Today, the Norman Berman Children’s Library boasts over 30,000 titles. A long cherished program of the Children’s library has been Storytime. Running consistently through many of the years that the JPL has been open, the program [...]

Elie Wiesel, 1928-2016 Elie Wiesel, 1928-2016

On November 6, 1973, Montrealers were fortunate to hear Elie Wiesel speak at Congregation Beth El, an event organized by the synagogue with the Jewish Public Library as part of the annual Jewish Book Month. The event was recently digitized and made available publicly as part of a project between the Jewish Public Library and the Yiddish Book Center.  You can listen to Mr. Wiesel’s lecture on the Internet Archives: Part 1 Part 2 Tributes [...]