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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

Red Light Walking Tour

Thu May 5, 2022 @ 18:30 - 20:30
1111 Boulevard Saint-Laurent Montreal, 1111 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec H2Z 1J6 Canada
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Join us in welcoming back Professor Karen Herland for a special walking tour of Montreal’s historic Red Light District! Sex work, especially in its most visible forms, tends to be recognized as a problem, requiring intervention and eradication. As a major transportation hub and port city, many sectors of Montreal’s economy were intertwined with the sex trade, even as police and politicians manipulated social responses (positive and negative) to the presence of a thriving Red Light District. From Maimie Pinzer…

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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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HOUSE PARTY

Thu July 14, 2022 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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As the great Diana Ross once said: “It’s my house, and I live here!” We're having a house party! As we come off fresh from the announcement of our future home, we want to open our doors as soon as we can. On July 14, join us for an evening that will celebrate our community, and be among the first people to get a sneak peek of our new home! The last two years have been quite the transformational period for us.…

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August 2022

A Tale of Two Bagels: Tasting Montreal and New York’s Best

Thu August 4, 2022 @ 18:00 - 20:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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Montreal and New York are known for their countless contributions to Jewish food and culture. Their bagels – though sometimes a point of competition between the two cities – stand out as delicious symbols for generations of Jewish migration, settlement, and imagination. A Tale of Two Bagels: Tasting Montreal and New York's Best will be a unique opportunity to learn about, explore, and – most importantly – to sink our teeth into the legacy of the bagel as it relates to each…

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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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September 2022

Heavenly Bodies, Terrestrial Time: Exploring Astronomy in the Hebrew Calendar

Tue September 20, 2022 @ 19:00 - 20:30
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of a new year, a new month, and the High Holidays- but have you ever wondered what determines these ever-changing dates? Join the Museum of Jewish Montreal to find out, with a night of festive stargazing and astronomical exploration.  Led by Plateau Astro’s Trevor Kjorlien and former micrograntee daph ben david, visitors will be taken on a guided walk through the Plateau to learn about the relationship between the planetary movements, the Jewish new year…

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October 2022

Public Intimacy Opening Party

Thu October 13, 2022 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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We are thrilled to announce our first exhibition in our new space, and what better way to celebrate it than with a party!  On October 13, join us for the opening party and vernissage of Public Intimacy featuring the work of Berlin-based artists Sophia Hirsch and Johannes Mundinger. The first presentation of their work in Canada, Public Intimacy takes its title from its opposing themes of public and private spaces. Playing on the idea of “pulling back the curtain,” Public…

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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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November 2022

ART CHORAL Romantique with Ensemble vocal Arts-Québec

Thu November 3, 2022 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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Join the Museum of Jewish Montreal in welcoming the renowned choral group Ensemble vocal Arts-Québec for an intimate concert in our new space featuring 19th century choral music by Jewish composer Salomone Rossi. Exquisite European choral music from the 19th century is framed by two psaum settings by Rossi, who composed and printed a large set of motets for use in synagogues in Hebrew during the 17th century. While his music is modern in his day, through the lens of…

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Der Eydes Volume II Launch with Cesario Lavery

Thu November 10, 2022 @ 19:00 - 20:30
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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Please join the Museum of Jewish Montreal and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly with artist and author Cesario Lavery for a launch of the second volume of Der Eydes (The Witness). Picking up after Volume I's breathless discovery of an old Kafka volume belonging to Dr Chaim Shatan, Der Eydes Volume II dives into the mystery of parentage and origin - Dr Shatan's, and the author's father's. Both a meditation on the unknowable and a determined investigation into the past, this next instalment of Der Eydes is about family…

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December 2022

Save the Date: Stories of Celebration

Thu December 8, 2022 @ 18:00 - 20:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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What makes a celebration memorable? This is the question we’re delving into for SAVE THE DATE: Stories of Celebration, a gathering of individuals from various backgrounds who have found ways to maintain and reimagine traditions. On December 8, join us to hear from several inspiring speakers who navigate questions and personal stories, from how to acknowledge Passover and Hanukkah as an interfaith person, to simply exploring one’s Jewish identity within a much smaller community. Guests will also be encouraged to share…

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BLACK OX ORKESTAR – EVERYTHING RETURNS – ALBUM LAUNCH

Wed December 14, 2022 @ 19:00 - 22:30
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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Everything Returns reconvenes the original Black Ox Orkestar lineup after a 15-year hiatus. Arising from the fertile Montréal post-punk scene of the early 2000s, the band comprises Scott Gilmore, Jessica Moss and Thierry Amar of Thee Silver Mt. Zion (Amar also continues to compose and play bass for Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Gabriel Levine of Sackville. Black Ox made two acclaimed albums of roiling acoustic avant-folk in the mid-2000s, exploring Eastern European and North African folkways through the lens…

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Holiday Closure

Mon December 19, 2022 - Thu January 5, 2023
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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The Museum will be closed from Monday, December 19, 2022 to Thursday, January 5, 2023. Our Exhibition visitation hours will resume on Friday, December 6, 2023. Happy Holidays and see you in the new year!

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January 2023

Intricate Intimacies: A Papercutting Workshop

Thu January 19 @ 18:30 - 20:30
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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How might certain materials be created and used to orient ourselves in domestic and ritual space? How can something as commonplace as paper perform as a designation of place in nurturing a sense of 'home'? In response to our ongoing exhibition Public Intimacy, we invite you to an interactive workshop that will delve into the Jewish folk art tradition of papercutting. With artist and researcher Iso E. Setel, participants will learn about the significance of this delicate art form, from its religious…

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