Summer 2019

Now that we are settled in our new location, we have been able to resume collecting archival materials without the rigid spatial constraints that hampered us in the years immediately preceding our move. Thus far in 2019 we have acquired approximately 9 metres of paper records (equivalent to 18 banker's boxes). Notable among these acquired records is a significant contribution of family papers and photographs from Brian Bronfman, pertaining to his grandparents Allan and Lucy Bronfman and his father Edward. We took possession of 17 boxes of Jewish community involvement records from the late Keith Landy, a Toronto lawyer whose commitments included serving as national president of Canadian Jewish Congress. InternmentpaintingWe added to our biographical records of writer/ community activist Gertrude Katz and her connections with Dr. Henry Morgentaler and we acquired some fascinating compilations of Jewish recipes of the past decades from Raymonde Grant. Of great exhibit potential, we obtained from the Pfeiffer family a rare book of water colour sketches of the internment camp for German-born Jews at Ile aux Noix / Fort Lennox, Quebec (seen opposite).


We also acquired additional art works from the estate of Moe Reinblatt, and an evocative Jewish-themed painting from Montreal artist Joyce Jason. Our audiovisual acquisitions include significant recordings about Montreal rabbis and Iraqi Jews in Canada respectively from Dr. Sharon Gubbay Helfer and Dr. Norma Joseph.

 We continue to review and process archival collections with the help of senior and student volunteers as well as student interns. In 2019 so far we have had the occasional help of 2 senior assistants, 2 student or recent-graduate volunteers, and 3 interns; one from McGill School of Information Studies, one from John Abbott College and one from CEGEP Maisonneuve. This summer and fall we are hosting an internship with a Canadian Jewish Studies student from Concordia University.

Although our annual counts for this year are not yet available, numbers of onsite and remote researchers appear to be stable this year or perhaps slightly increased. We hosted one group of 12 people so far this year, consisting of Montreal Jewish museum research fellows. Janice Rosen spoke to a history class at McGill University and presented about the Archives as part of the Association of Canadian Jewish Studies annual conference.

CJHNhomepageIn wider outreach, we recently launched a major upgrade to our shared website at and are continuing to draw attention to its holdings through a regular photo feature begun June 2019 in the Canadian Jewish News.