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Zine Launch | Not Going Anywhere: History and Continuity in Queer Jewish Montreal

Thu August 24, 2023 @ 19:00 - 21:00

The LGBTQ+ relationship to history is a queer thing. Traditionally erased or purposefully redacted, queer histories have been typically kept alive through whisper networks and, since mid-20th century, communal archives. But now, queer memory can aid us to right historical wrongs, document oral histories, give life to dust-covered boxes lying dormant on fonds shelves.

History allows us to reckon with our origins and grapple with what came before us. We can make sense of the present, and be part of the betterment of life in the present day. In Judaism it is organized in religious scripture, recounted in ceremonies, teachings, and cultural events – the very fabric of life. For a people whose existence has been in peril since nearly the beginning of their time, history has been our means to survive.

–From IntroductionNot Going Anywhere: History and Continuity in Queer Jewish Montreal

On August 24, join us for the launch of Not Going AnywhereA compendium of original research regarding the history of Montreal’s queer Jewish communities and organizations, this zine marks the first permanent and physical memorial to this history.

All are welcome! Bring your friends, family – chosen or otherwise – and loved ones together to celebrate the launch of this publication created in an effort to immortalize this sect of our city’s queer history.

Following introductory remarks at 7:45pm, the contributors of Not Going Anywhere will be available to answer questions from the audience. A limited run of physical copies of Not Going Anywhere will be available for $10 (payable by card only). Doors open and and zine sales will begin at 7:00pm.

Complimentary snacks will be available for all guests. Our bar (card only) will also be open with non-alcoholic beverage options available.

Early registration is encouraged. To reserve your free ticket, click here.

The Museum of Jewish Montreal would like to thank the Archives gaies du Québec and the Yiddish Book Center for their promotional partnership. Not Going Anywhere was produced with thanks to the support of the Jewish Community Foundation (JFC).


Thu August 24, 2023
19:00 - 21:00


Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal


Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal
5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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