Posts Tagged ‘ Women ’

Lea Roback Events!

Lea Roback Events!

Almost twelve years after her death, the work and passion of Lea Roback continues to resonate with people who knew her as well as with new audiences.  There are two large, up-coming events that will feature Roback’s legacy and commitment to helping others.  On May 5th at 7:30 p.m., the Lea Roback Foundation presents a musical evening to raise funds for their scholarship programme.  The Foundation provides financial aid to women who are “socially committed and economically disadvantaged.”  The evening will consist of a concert [...]



Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra – The First Canadian Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra – The First Canadian Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

On October 22nd, 1947, the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor and co-founder Ethel Stark, became the first Canadian orchestra ever to perform at the illustrious Carnegie Hall in New York. The performance, which was comprised of Weber’s Euryanthe Overture; Sir Ernest MarcMilaln’s Sketches on Canadian Airs; Richard Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration; and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, was very well-received by the New York critics and audience, with members of the press saying things like, “Miss Stark and her energetic eighty [...]



Ethel Stark, 1910-2012

Ethel Stark, 1910-2012

Ethel Stark, violinist, conductor, musical pioneer and teacher, passed away on February 16, 2012.  Stark was born in Montreal on August 25, 1910. She was a laureat of the Quebec Academy of Music, recipient of the Curtis diploma, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and the recipient of an honourary degree (LLD) from Concordia University, Montreal.  In 1934 Ethel Stark became the first Canadian woman to perform as soloist in a broadcasted program across the USA.  In 1940 she founded the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra, [...]



The Woman’s Page

The Woman’s Page

November 3rd, 1916 “The day for women was just dawning…many were forging ahead, and wherever they went, they blazoned the path and boosted the Cause of Women.” In October 1916, the Canadian Jewish Chronicle, Montreal’s English Jewish daily newspaper, began running a “Woman’s Page” section.  The section was “conducted” by Jessie Abrams and included editorial pieces written by Miss Abrams and a Miss Rebecca Cohen.  Cohen’s pieces were entitled, “The Autobiography of an Ordinary Girl” and covered what she considered the most significant moments in [...]



The Organizer / L’organisation

The Organizer / L’organisation

What have you on your shoulders? Join the Union and get a-head! The best part of being an archivist or researching in an archive is that there is always something new around the corner to surprise you.  Recently, the JPL-A was visited by Mr. Gary Urian who delivered to us an old periodical that had belonged to his mother, Doris Soltan Urian.  Doris was active in the Jewish Public Library in the 1920s and 1930s but she was also a member of the Joint Council Cloak and [...]