Welcome to Jewish Montreal of Yesterday

This site acts as a portal into the world of Jewish Montreal’s past.  Discover the diversity that has defined the Jewish community in Quebec for over 250 years.  Waiting to greet you amongst these digitized archival materials are poets and journalists, fancy skaters and baseball stars, politicians and activists as well as students and teachers!  Take a tour of years gone by and let us know what you think!

The Jewish Public Library Archives gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canadian Council of Archives, Library and Archives Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage – Broadcasting and Digital Communications.


7 Comments to “Welcome to Jewish Montreal of Yesterday”

  1. Penny Fransblow says:

    Congratulations on a wonderful, interesting and educational site. I shall keep checking for new “old news”


  2. Ivy Westernoff says:

    I think everything is so interesting and informative, I learn something new from you guys all the time.


  3. Karen Biskin says:

    Wow! There’s so much to discover here! I love it!

  4. Jessie says:

    This site is fantastic! I’m super interested in learning about the Jewish community and culture of Montreal, but I’m rarely in the city and so it’s hard for me to physically visit the archives and get to see what they have. I love the fact that with this site I can now get tons of information on the community I grew up in and actually get to see digitized photos, letters and such first hand! Plus, I love the fact that I’ll probably discover a bunch of interesting information about the community’s heritage that I might otherwise have never even of known to look for!
    What I’m trying to say is thank you!

  5. Roberta Sheps says:

    You do not appear to have entries for either A M Klein, one of Canada’s greatest Jewish poets, or Leonard Cohen, the other one. I hope you can remedy this soon.

    Roberta Sheps
    Colchester, England
    Author of MA in Canadian Literature dissertation ” Jewish Poets from Montreal, Concepts of History in the Poetry of A M Klein, Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen”, Carleton University 1966, a copy of which I understand is in the library’s collection.

  6. admin says:

    Thank you for your comment Mr. Sheps. As of now, we are concentrating on posting material that has been digitized from our own archival collections. You do not find Leonard Cohen and A.M. Klein on the site in great amounts as we do not have specific collections on them. However in the future, we hope to digitize materials from other collections, such as political campaign posters featuring A.M. Klein, that reference a great deal more of the wonderful and varied literati from Jewish Montreal. We hope you continue to check back!

  7. dana says:

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