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November 2020

Songs of Salomon: Piano Concert with Alexandra Gorlin Crenshaw

Thu November 5, 2020 @ 18:30 - 19:30

Please join us for Songs of Salomon, a multimedia performance by pianist/soprano Alexandra Gorlin-Crenshaw, based on the work of the German-Jewish painter, Charlotte Salomon Charlotte Salomon was born in Berlin in 1917 and perished in Auschwitz in 1943. She became known only many years posthumously for her multidisciplinary work Leben? Oder Theater?--a narrative series of paintings, text, and music that she created between 1941-42 while she lived in hiding in the south of France. The work miraculously survived the war…

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January 2021

Transcestors: Gender in the Jewish Tradition

Tue January 26, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Even though we’ve been told that they don’t, trans and genderqueer people have always existed in Judaism – in the origin stories of its sacred texts, in the extensive Rabbinic tradition of text commentary, in its poetry, and in its people. Come learn about the bigenderedness of the first human in the Torah, created in the image of a multigendered God; the six genders discussed in the Talmud; some 18th century Ladino poetry about our trans biblical ancestors; and prayer…

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February 2021

Remaking Edgware: Presentation and Video Screening

Wed February 17, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:15

February 17 from 7:00pm – 8:15pm EST Free Zoom Event - *Registration Required -- Click Here* Centered around a family’s pre-war life in Leipzig and the experience of their flight path to the Caribbean, Remaking Edgware is a video artwork that aims to rediscover and reimagine a history made quiet by time, diaspora and trauma. Remaking Edgware is grounded in the exploration of cultural and historical documents from personal and public archives. Through revisiting family stories, retrieving details from the…

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Ida’s Salon Online presents “Third Solitudes” with Gili Loftus

Sun February 28, 2021 @ 15:00 - 16:15

Free Zoom Event – *Registration Required – Click Here* Ida’s Salon is going live! Together with the Museum of Jewish Montreal, Ida’s Salon Online is thrilled to welcome you to the second of our virtual salon series. Join us for an afternoon of poetry and song hosted by a stellar line-up of invited guests, as we dive head first into the stories and histories of the golden age of Yiddish in Montreal and share some excerpts from “Third Solitudes”, our…

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March 2021

Finding Treasure, Getting the Dirt: Comic Launch and DIY Research Workshop

Tue March 23, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:30

On a cold March evening in Montreal, Cesario Lavery was walking home from a shift in an unfamiliar part of town when he stumbled across an old, discarded first-edition book of early literary criticism on the great Franz Kafka. When he cracked it open, he was amazed to discover that this was not only an extraordinary book, but a portal to the life of an extraordinary man - the book's previous owner, one Dr Chaim Fischel Shatan. דער עדות (Der…

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April 2021

Blut und Blintzes: A Yiddish Vampire Radio Play

Tue April 20, 2021 @ 19:30 - 20:30

Do you like Yiddish? How about vampires? Have you re-watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer upwards of four times but wondered what it would be like if it took place in Montreal and the vampires were quirky Jewish girls who had a mediocre knowledge of Halachic law? Since you definitely answered yes to all of these questions, come on down to the table read of Blut und Blintzes (Blood and Blintzes), a new in-development Yiddish radio play, for a casual night…

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Musictopia Cornucopia: An Album Launch and Concert with Dvir Cahana

Thu April 29, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:00

After releasing a song each week for the past year, it is about time that Dvir Cahana releases his album to the public. Dvir bases each song on a weekly reflection of what is going on in the world around us, and pulls from the weekly Torah portion as a jumping-off point for these opinion pieces. This won’t be your run-of-the-mill concert experience! We want to make this as much of a two-way conversation as possible, so each song will be…

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May 2021

Triple F Kitchen: A Cooking Workshop with J-Rob and Hoai Nam

Wed May 19, 2021 @ 19:00 - 20:30

The Triple F Kitchen is a collaborative online cooking workshop presented by good friends and collaborators, J-Rob and Hoai-Nam Bui through the Museum of Jewish Montreal. The Triple F Kitchen stands for Friendship, Fusion, Food. Hoai-Nam and J-Rob were two roommates in Montreal from different backgrounds, J-Rob being Black and Jewish, Hoai-Nam being Vietnamese-American. They both have a differing relationship with their identity, this also resonates with the way they connect with food. For her, cooking Vietnamese food is a…

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August 2021

Moving Together: A Contemporary Dance Workshop with Naomi Gwynn

Tue August 31, 2021 @ 18:30 - 20:30
Espace 215, 215 Rue Jean-Talon O
Montreal, Quebec H2R 2X6 Canada
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On August 31 from 6:30 – 8:30pm, Naomi Gwynn will be joined by Horizons Collectif (Lou Salem and Adele Ross) to host a 2-hour contemporary movement and creation workshop open to all levels! This workshop, hosted at Espace 215, will focus heavily on sensory-based movement research and utilize choreographic and improvisation tools to search for new pathways, opportunities, and avenues to bring movement into and through the body. Participants are not expected to have any background in dance or movement.…

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September 2021

Hidden Twins: A New Play Reading

Mon September 13, 2021 @ 19:30 - 21:00
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts, 5170 Chem. de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal, Quebec H3W 1M7 Canada

Join us on September 13th at 7:30pm for Hidden Twins: A New Play Reading, inspired by the true story of Vera and Nadia Debnar, and the final instalment of our 2021 Independent Microgrants for Creative and Cultural Exploration, presented at the Segal Centre Identical twins, Vera and Nadia's love of play-acting helped to save their lives when they were forced to masquerade as Protestants to avoid detection by the Nazis. Performing new identities once offered salvation; but as the war…

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January 2022

Chrismukkah Party: A Podcast Launch with Sarah Deshaies

Wed January 26, 2022 @ 19:30 - 20:30

Season’s Greetings! This is a tale about two holidays, celebrated by people of different faiths. But while Christmas and Chanukkah honour distinct events that happened thousands of years ago, their close arrival in the early, dark days of winter mean that many families end up twinning the two. With an increase in intermarriage in an ever-secular society, some Jews are adding trees to their menorahs and are finding themselves singing carols. Chrismukkah Party is a new, festive podcast that delves into…

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February 2022

Needlework, From Factory to Living Room: An Embroidery Workshop with Claire Sigal

Sun February 13, 2022 @ 12:00 - 13:00

Needlework is woven into the fabric of Jewish art and culture. It is the fertile land of mysticism and creativity – just looking and reading doesn’t let you know why. On Sunday, February 13, join us with Claire Sigal as we practice and ponder the histories of Jewish needlework. Coming from the ethos of Tikkun Olam (“mending the world”) and through a meditative approach to making, Claire will share the histories of Jewish garment work and how so much creativity came from it…

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Ladino Through Its Proverbs: A Workshop with Nesi Altaras

Wed February 23, 2022 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Ladino is a language that brings together Spanish grammar with vocabulary and ideas from Hebrew, Turkish, French and various other languages of the Eastern Mediterranean. The joy and wisdom of this language is stored within its numerous, colourful, funny, and often musical sayings and proverbs. There has recently been a wave of interest in this language and ways to engage in Sephardic culture in secular ways. On February 23, this interactive workshop will do just that! Join us with Montreal-based writer…

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March 2022

Pathways: A Book Launch + Shiva with Sonia Bazar

Wed March 23, 2022 @ 17:00 - 19:00
Violet Bakehouse, 2009 Boulevard Decarie
Montreal, Quebec H4A 1Z5 Canada
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Dearly Beloved: Important religious texts are often buried among people, and sometimes given headstones. This book is having a shiva. On March 23, we invite you with Sonia Bazar to come pay your respects to Pathways. Pathways is a short self-published book of art and poetry. Pathways explores the physical and emotional space of Montreal’s oldest Jewish cemetery, Back River. Over time, a neighbourhood has encompassed it. The Back River Cemetery exists in distinct contrast to the Metro station, gas…

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What does representation mean? A Script Reading for “Mazel” with Hannah Grover

Mon March 28, 2022 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Join the cast and crew members of an in-development web series, tentatively titled Mazel for a script reading of an episode, during which the community will be given the opportunity to provide feedback and insight into what they would like to see from sapphic media. Mazel follows two young women, Miriam and Lindsay, through graduate school as they navigate the development of their respective sexualities. It is an important exploration of various privileges and lived experiences as they pertain to sexuality, religious…

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April 2022

Playing Jewish Histories: Sounds of the Oud

Tue April 26, 2022 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Like the Jewish people, the oud found a home in a diverse range of countries. From North Africa, through the Middle East, and up into the Caucasus and Balkans. For this reason, it is a wonderful vessel by which to explore the life of many Jewish populations from around the world: investigating how they expressed themselves, and connected with their homes in diaspora. Join us with emerging scholar and musician Zack Youcha as we explore the histories and stories surrounding…

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May 2022

Eruv: Queer Installations in Jewish Space: A Book Launch and Walking Conversation

Tue May 17, 2022 @ 18:00 - 19:30
Parc Saint-Viateur, 530 avenue querbes
outremont, Quebec H2V 3W5 Canada
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Join us on May 17 for the launch of Eruv: Notes on Queer Installations of Jewish Space, by micrograntee and artist Iso E. Setel. The book examines the ways in which eruvin function as queer objects, dissolving distinctions between the public and the private, and reconditioning spatial relations. Eruv collages together text, photography, and paper-cut maps of ritual terrains to articulate how eruvin might be utilized as ritual technology in projects of queer liberation and community formation. Iso will be leading a walking conversation…

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July 2022

Imagining a Queer Eruv: A Walking Conversation

Tue July 12, 2022 @ 18:00 - 19:30
Parc Saint-Viateur, 530 avenue querbes
outremont, Quebec H2V 3W5 Canada
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On July 12, join us for imagining a queer eruv: a walking conversation with artist and researcher Iso E. Setel. Starting at Parc St-Viateur in Outremont, this guided conversation will take us through the Mile End by way of the neighbourhood's back alleys and looping paths, ending in Champs des Possibles with complimentary snacks and beverages. Along the walk, Iso will be sharing their research and the work that went into creating their book, Eruv: Queer Installations of Jewish Space, while inviting attendees…

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August 2022

The Brine Project

Thu August 18, 2022 @ 18:00 - 19:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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Join interdisciplinary artist Simone Lucas and the Museum of Jewish Montreal for a fish tasting session and presentation of work-in-progress. The Brine Project asks how odorous, pickled fish brine could be remediated as a multimedia video installation. While Simone was traveling in Lodz, Poland on a family heritage trip, a tour guide shared a story: in a pre-war fishmongers' market, herring brine soaked so deeply into the ground that the smell of fish persisted for a decade after the war. In this tale, brine…

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October 2022

Imagining a Queer Eruv: A Walking Conversation

Wed October 19, 2022 @ 18:00 - 19:30
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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On October 19, join us for an autumn edition of imagining a queer eruv: a walking conversation with artist and researcher Iso E. Setel. Starting at Parc St-Viateur in Outremont, this guided conversation will take us through the Mile End by way of the neighbourhood's back alleys and looping paths. Along the walk, Iso will be sharing their research and the work that went into creating their book, Eruv: Queer Installations of Jewish Space, while inviting attendees to reflect upon and share their experiences…

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