Montreal’s Jewish Heritage Organizations

Community Support of the Luciano & Edith Della Pergola Fonds

Community Support of the Luciano & Edith Della Pergola Fonds

Luciano and Edith Della Pergola were instrumental in bringing opera to McGill University. In 1956, they immigrated from Europe to Montreal, and opened the McGill Opera Studio, which put on over one hundred productions in their thirty years at McGill, and trained a number of students who went on to become famous in their fields. Born in the early 1900s, the Della Pergolas met when Luciano was Edith’s singing teacher. They were married five years after they met, and then had a daughter, Felicity, who [...]



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 to this great humanitarian will be numerous and lasting and [...]



From Women’s Organizations to Montreal Show Biz

From Women’s Organizations to Montreal Show Biz

By Ben For my final semester in McGill’s Master of Information Studies program I’ve worked as a practicum student in the Jewish Public Library Archives under supervision of Director of Archives, Shannon Hodge. I’ve had an invaluable experience working through the archival process – from physical storage, to file description and digitization – and have learned a great deal about Montreal’s Jewish community in doing so! My primary project has been processing 1.05 linear meters of textual and audiovisual records from the Young Men’s-Young Women’s [...]



2016 Sonia and David Oberman Archive Internship

2016 Sonia and David Oberman Archive Internship

Sonia and David Oberman Archive Internship of the JPL The Jewish Public Library Archives (JPL-A) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2016 Sonia and David Oberman Archive Internship.  This internship supports the mandate of the JPL-A to collect, preserve, and make available to the public the social, economic, and cultural accomplishments of Montreal’s Jewish community. The goal of the internship is to increase public awareness of the JPL-A’s unique collections through a variety of projects including, but not limited to: [...]



Memphis in May 2016

Memphis in May 2016

The JPL Archives is very excited to announce the inclusion of  the “Stories Told: 100 Years of the Jewish Public Library” exhibition in the Memphis in May international festival line-up.  The exhibition will be on display at the Memphis Jewish Community Center from May 1 – May 31, 2016. http://www.memphisinmay.org/international-info#performances The Memphis in May International Festival brings cultural events to community centers, museums, galleries, performing arts centers and schools throughout the month of May.  Cornerstone events include the Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship [...]



In Montreal (Not in Montreal)

In Montreal (Not in Montreal)

A hugely entertaining group of amateur storytellers gathered last night at articule as part of the launch of the Museum of Jewish Montreal’s oral history app.  The event, titled In Montreal (Not in Montreal), was in part an initiative of the Rosalind Goodman Cultural Institute of the Jewish Public Library with additional thanks to the Jewish Community Foundation’s support of MJM. The sold out crowd was treated to stories of a Russian expat’s return to the motherland, intense sightings of Leonard Cohen on the streets [...]



Sylvia Ary, 1923-2015

Sylvia Ary, 1923-2015

The Jewish Public Library Archives was saddened to hear of the passing of artist Sylvia Ary on November 8th, 2015.  Ms. Ary was an accomplished and prolific artist; her paintings are featured in galleries, museums, and other organizations across Canada and abroad. Ms. Ary was born in 1923 in Russia to artist Alexander Bercovitch and journalist and activist Bryna Avrutick.  The family, which now included Sylvia’s sister Ninel, moved to Montreal in 1926 where Alexander continued as an artist and Bryna worked in Jewish education [...]



Yiddish + Food

Yiddish + Food

The fine volks at The Wandering Chew are hosting “Makhn A Picnic: A Yiddish Poet’s Feast” in Jeanne Mance Park on September 3rd, 6:30 p.m.  They have a fantastic menu of Eastern European delicacies (multiple courses!) plus a bevy of interesting stories, beautiful poetry, and historic tidbits from Jewish Montreal’s Yiddish culture. For more information, check out The Wandering Chew on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1WOEFqP



Election time!

Election time!

As Canada enters its longest-ever federal campaign period, the JPL-A has decided to highlight some of our best archival election material.  Running the gamut from federal, provincial, and municipal elections, the material reveals Jewish Montreal’s contributions, connections, and deep interest in Canada’s democratic process.  We’ll also be highlighting material that reveals some of the major campaign issues of the past, such as immigration, war efforts, a bill of rights, and so much more! Today’s archival material comes from the Jewish Public Library’s ephemeral collection and [...]



Sonia and David Oberman Archival Internship

Sonia and David Oberman Archival Internship

  My name is Laura Markiewicz; I am a doctoral student in Information Studies at McGill University and recently I completed an internship  at the JPL-A. The Sonia and David Oberman Archival Internship was “right up my alley”, so to speak: using archival holdings to help students learn about their local community history. The specific project for this internship was assisting the Director, Shannon, in expanding the JPL-A’s educational workshops. I knew going in that it would be a challenge, because even though I am [...]