This Week in JPL History: Shanah Tovah!

Did you know that…

The Jewish Public Library was the first Jewish public library founded outside of Europe?

In the Library’s earliest years, Board meetings sometimes became so heated they lasted late into the night, with debates and arguments spilling out onto Fletcher’s Field (now Jeanne-Mance Park)?

An oral history interview recorded by the Archives gave one man’s grandchildren the opportunity to connect with him years after his passing?

The Library organized a symposium on Jewish writers with Melech Ravitch, Ruth Roskies Wisse, Adele Wiseman, and a promising young writer named Leonard Cohen to discuss their views on writing, language and contemporary Jewish identity?

In Depression-era 1930s Montreal, a coal dealer gave the struggling Library two weeks’ worth of coal, skeptical that it would stay open much longer than that?

A premature assumption, since The Jewish Public Library has kindled Jewish culture in Montreal for 100 years! The Library’s rich, fascinating history is filled with anecdotes as diverse as the community itself. To celebrate these stories, the JPL-Archives is presenting “This Week in JPL History”, a year-long blog series. Check back every Monday for a new post spotlighting a different facet of our Library and spanning its illustrious past.


A crowd gathers for the Dedication ceremony of a new library building at 4499 Esplanade[/caption]

The This Week in Jewish Public Library History blog series was made possible through the generous support of the Peter and Ellen Jacobs Virtual Archives Fund.

One Comment to “This Week in JPL History: Shanah Tovah!”

  1. Mia Swartzman says:

    Illuminating, fun and touching………looking forward to learning more each week!
    Thank you,
    Mia Swartzman

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