Posts Tagged ‘ Reuben Brainin ’

This Week in JPL History: Opening Day!

This Week in JPL History: Opening Day!

As this post goes live it has been 36521 days since the JPL opened its doors… according to one source. On May 1st, 1919 the Jewish People’s Library and People’s University was officially constituted as a corporation. This official constitution came five years to the day after the Library was officially launched at a May Day rally on May 1st, 1914. The document contains 23 signatures, and next to each signature, the person’s address. While the Library had been officially opened during that May Day [...]



This Week in JPL History: Our Founders

This Week in JPL History: Our Founders

While many people and organizations played a pivotal role in the creation and success of Montreal’s Jewish Public Library, two people in particular are considered the founders, Reuben Brainin and Yehuda Kaufman. During this week in 1914 a conference of organizations and individuals was convened for the purposes of creating the JPL. One of these organizations was the Poale Zion, which Yehuda Kaufman was heavily involved in. Two years earlier it and a number of other Jewish labour associations had established a library “for the [...]