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October 2023

A Pickling Workshop

Thu October 12, 2023 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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'Tis the season for fermentation! Join us to take part in the Jewish tradition of pickling with an interactive workshop co-hosted by The Wandering Chew and MAZON. Following a brief introduction on the history of pickling by Kat Romanow of The Wandering Chew, she'll lead guests into making their own pickles. Tables will be set up workshop-style and all materials will be provided. Each guest will prepare and go home with one jar of Dill Pickles and one jar of Preserved Lemons. Guests will also be able…

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Red Light Walking Tour

Wed October 18, 2023 @ 17:30 - 19:00
1111 Boulevard Saint-Laurent Montreal, 1111 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec H2Z 1J6 Canada
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Join us for our last Red Light Tour of the year! Come learn about Montreal's historic Red Light District under the guidance of Professor Karen Herland. 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…

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November 2023

Artist Talk with Sonia Bazar

Thu November 9, 2023 @ 18:00 - 19:00
McClure Gallery, 350 Victoria Avenue
Westmount, Quebec H3Z 2N4 Canada
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In collaboration with the McClure Gallery, artist Sonia Bazar will present a talk about their multimedia installation BACK RIVER at the Museum of Jewish Montreal. Sonia will be presenting with Dr. Anna Sheftel, Principal of the School of Community and Public Affairs at Concordia University, with whom she is collaborating on a research project on the Back River cemetery. Their research explores erasure, time and death within the framework of the Back River Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Montreal’s oldest Jewish cemetery,…

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Je Vais, Tu Vas, Shiva: A Conversation About Death

Thu November 16, 2023 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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In a moment when so many of us are experiencing grief, we are also feeling a closer personal connection to death and mourning. This is a topic that we often don't get to speak openly about and it feels like a pertinent time to start. On November 16, join us in partnership with the Mile End Chavurah for a roundtable conversation about death. We'll have a real talk about this big subject alongside some folks who are steeped in worlds where death…

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Vernissage | BACK RIVER

Thu November 23, 2023 @ 19:00 - 22:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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On November 23, join us for the public vernissage of BACK RIVER by Montreal-based artist Sonia Bazar. The latest exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Montreal, BACK RIVER weaves together themes of loss, memory, community, and urban landscapes, contemplating what is forgotten, and how it can be remembered. Centred upon the Back River Cemetery – one of Montreal’s oldest Jewish cemeteries, located in Ahuntsic – this multidisciplinary body of work explores the burial ground’s peculiar and enigmatic place in our city’s…

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December 2023

Hanukkah Trivia

Thu December 14, 2023 @ 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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Since there are eight crazy nights during the festival of lights, why not celebrate one of them playing some trivia?! On December 14, join us for some exciting rounds of Hanukkah-themed trivia. Whether you're a pop culture enthusiast, history buff, foodie, or all of the above, you can expect categories for every taste. Don't worry – we play fair! Emceeing our trivia will be none other than Sarah Deshaies, who will make sure that you leave no questions unanswered (unless…

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January 2024

BEHIND BACK RIVER: Gallery Tour with Sonia Bazar and Dr. Anna Sheftel

Thu January 11 @ 18:30 - 20:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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Join us for a special tour of our current exhibition BACK RIVER, that reveals the ongoing research behind the exhibition and the many hidden stories of the Back River Cemetery. Led by researchers from Concordia University's Department of History, Dr. Anna Sheftel and Naomi Frost, alongside artist Sonia Bazar, participants will have the chance to learn about the process of and fascinating reciprocal relationship between research and art-making. The 45 minute walking conversation will conclude with a question and answer period.…

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Queer Moms Nite Out!

Wed January 24 @ 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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Is your New Year's Resolution to get out more? Meet new people? Shake up your usual date night? Calling all queer moms for a night of snacking, drinking, wisdom from a queer jewish parent, and semi-structured socializing. Organized by MJM microgrant recipient Talia Ralph, the Museum of Jewish Montreal is hosting a night for queer moms of all stripes to let their hair down, skip the small talk, and make a new friend (or four). On the eve of Tu-Bishvat, come…

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February 2024

Soul Candles: Ancestral Practice and Candle Crafting

Sun February 18 @ 14:00 - 16:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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On February 18, join us for a candle-making workshop that explores participatory ritual, tradition, and ancestral connection. Facilitated by artist Sof Kreidstein, this creative workshop is focused on the old Ashkenazi custom of making soul candles out of beeswax. This centuries-old practice, called feldmestn (Yiddish) was carried out by women in Eastern Europe who would measure the graves of their ancestors with wick thread, making candles as a connective channel between the dead and the living. During the workshop, guests will learn all…

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Doikayt, On Being Here and Loving It: A Writing Workshop

Wed February 28 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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Not tired yet of the back-and-forth thinking about what it means to be Jewish? Looking for connections with other “not Jewish enough,” “Jew-ish,” or “WIP” Jews? Well, this writing workshop might be just what you need. Facilitated by Karl Ponthieux Stern, one of the Museum of Jewish Montreal's (MJM) microgrant recipients, Doikayt, on being here and loving it is an interactive writing workshop dedicated to the complexities of navigating diasporic Jewishness. Meaning "hereness" or "diasporism," the Yiddish term doikayt refers to how Jewish communities are…

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March 2024

Nuit Blanche au Musée du Montréal juif

Sat March 2 @ 19:00 - Sun March 3 @ 01:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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For the 21st edition of Nuit Blanche à Montreal, join us for an evening to celebrate art, culture, and music in our city. Stop by to visit our ongoing exhibition BACK RIVER by Montreal-based artist Sonia Bazar, who will be in attendance throughout the evening. A bar stocked with alcoholic and non-alcoholic options (paid by card only) will be open. Local DJs and musicians will be setting the mood all through the night. Admission is free and all are welcome!…

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Behind BACK RIVER: Gallery Tour

Thu March 7 @ 18:30 - 20:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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Please join us for a special tour of our current exhibition BACK RIVER that reveals the ongoing research behind the exhibition and the many hidden stories of the Back River Cemetery. Led by researchers from Concordia University's School of Community and Public Affairs, Dr. Anna Sheftel and Department of History, Naomi Frost, alongside artist Sonia Bazar, participants will have the chance to learn about the process of and fascinating reciprocal relationship between research and art-making. The 45-minute discussion will conclude with…

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Purim Party

Thu March 21 @ 20:00 - 23:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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Calling all queens, kings, and bon-vivants! We’re having a Purim party again and you’re invited! On March 21, come dressed in your most dazzling disguise and join us for a celebration that you won’t want to miss. Featuring a costume contest with chances to win prizes from our favourite local vendors, sweets, music, and a drag performance, there’s no reason you wouldn’t want to celebrate one of our most spectacular holidays. Tickets start at $10 for students and $15 for…

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Jewish Herbalism: Our Roots and Rituals

Wed March 27 @ 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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Have you ever wondered about the connections between plants and Jewish rituals? To kick off spring, join us with Celia Robinovitch for an interactive workshop about Jewish herbalism. A part of our Microgrant Program for Creative or Cultural Exploration, this workshop will look at the plants central to Jewish traditions, culture, and healing methods. This interactive workshop will give participants a chance to play with (and take home!) a colorful variety of dried herbs and spices while learning about their…

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April 2024

Passover Printmaking: A Linocut Workshop

Sun April 7 @ 13:00 - 16:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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Ring in the Passover season by learning a new skill! Join us for a workshop on linocut printmaking. On April 7, Damián Birbrier will facilitate a 3-hour workshop, which will instruct guests on how to design, prepare, and produce their own prints using the linocut technique, otherwise known as block printing. With Passover just around the corner, this workshop will be geared towards creating a cover for your Haggadah – though guests are more than welcome to create prints for…

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Chapbook Launch: Minder by Madelaine Caritas Longman

Thu April 18 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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Poetry presents a unique opportunity to tap into our inner experiences and better understand ourselves and each other. In acknowledging differences yet bringing people together, poems can offer a window into nuanced experiences of spirituality, cultural identity, neurodiversity, mental health, and the intricate relationships between these. Poetry can foster empathy, embrace variation, and let us know we’re not alone. On April 18, you are invited to join us for the launch of Madelaine Caritas Longman’s chapbook, Minder, featuring a poetry reading by Madelaine Caritas Longman, David B.…

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May 2024

Opening Reception | Maxwell M. Kalman: Lessons from the Ordinary

Thu May 2 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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What can we learn from “the ordinary”? The varied work of architect Maxwell M. Kalman (1906–2009) poses this question in the context of Montreal’s urban landscape. On Thursday, May 2, please join us for an opening reception to celebrate the Museum of Jewish Montreal's first heritage exhibition at our Mile End home, Maxwell Kalman: Lessons from the Ordinary. This display is a photographic retrospective of the career of Maxwell M. Kalman, who designed buildings for Montreal's working class, affluent families, as…

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How Does An Archive Breathe? A Look Inside the Jewish Museum Berlin

Sun May 5 @ 13:00 - 15:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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Join us on Sunday, May 5 for a special look inside the holdings of the Jewish Museum Berlin, presented by head archivist Aubrey Pomerance. The Jewish Museum Berlin is one of the outstanding institutions on the European museum landscape. The family collections that have been donated to the museum by German Jewish families and their descendants from around the world offer a fascinating insight into almost all aspects of Jewish life in Germany: religious practice, family life and celebrations, education, military service,…

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Psychology Unplugged: A Musical Conversation About Judaism and the Mind

Tue May 7 @ 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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On May 7th, join Rabbi Adina Lewittes and musician Ryan Stotland for an exploration of psychology through song and scripture. This 75-minute program will weave together original music and deep Jewish teachings to explore how to harness the complexities of our brains and the stressors of contemporary life in the search for more mindful, grounded living. Over the course of the night, we’ll take a new look at ideas such as the gift of stress, the success of failure and…

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The Book of Izzy: Book Launch and Discussion with Author Ben Gonshor

Tue May 14 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 5220 St. Laurent blvd.
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S1 Canada
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On May 14, we invite you to join us at the Museum of Jewish Montreal to celebrate the launch of Ben Gonshor's debut novel, The Book of Izzy. Accompanying the author for a discussion will be literary translator Sebastian Schulman. Complimentary wine and refreshments will be provided. Copies of The Book of Izzy will be available for purchase, with thanks to Bibliophile Bookstore. Please note that pre-registration is required for all who wish to attend. Click here to reserve your spot.  About The Book of…

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