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September 2020

Red Light Walking Tour

Join us in welcoming back 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 to…

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Digital Diasporas with FestivALT

Thu September 24, 2020 @ 17:00 - 18:15

Digital Diasporas with FestivALT Thursday September 24 at 5:00PM EDT We are excited to be hosting the artists, thinkers, and creators behind a new art-activism project from Kraków-based Jewish arts collective FestivALT for the September edition of our Digital Diasporas series! Join FestivALT co-director Magda Rubenfeld-Koralewska, cultural anthropologist and curator Erica Lehrer and artist Jaqueline Nicholls to discover their approach to a new critical intervention around Jewish subject matter in the Krakow Ethnographic Museum, and the ways it has changed…

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October 2020

Virtual Klezmer Brunch with Ariane Morin & Yoni Kaston

Sun October 18, 2020 @ 11:00 - 12:00

The wait is over - on October 18th, the Museum of Jewish Montreal and KlezKanada invite you to our second digital Klezmer Brunch! The event will consist of 1 hour of live Klezmer music by Ariane Morin and Yoni Kaston. They will perform their repertoire of classic klezmer tunes. A brunch recipe from the Museum's Director of Food Programming, Kat Romanow, will be supplied in advance of the event, should you be inspired to make brunch at home before the…

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Virtual Brazilian-Jewish Cooking Workshop with The Wandering Chew and Mauricio Schuartz

Sun October 25, 2020 @ 12:00 - 13:00

Join the Wandering Chew for a virtual Brazilian-Jewish cooking workshop on October 25th at 12pm EST. Mauricio Schuartz, who grew up and lives in São Paulo, will be joining us to share a family recipe that will be a mix of both Jewish and Brazilian food cultures. More details to follow!

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Games I Don’t Want to Play: Horah Alone

Tue October 27, 2020 @ 18:30 - 19:30

Michelle Soicher and Joseph Glaser invite you to join them for an evening of Jewish existential dread and fun to launch the start of their project Games I Don’t Want to Play: Horah Alone. Michelle and Joseph have combined their theatre and music backgrounds to create Games I Don’t Want to Play, a celebration of millennial Jewish identity in all its contradictions. Horah Alone is one of the games we don’t want to play. This work asks people to dance…

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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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Digital Diasporas with Joey Ramona and New Ways of Worship Zine Launch

Thu November 12, 2020 @ 17:30 - 18:30

As part of our collaboration with Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist Joey Ramona, the first featured artist of our contemporary arts cycle Permanence, we are thrilled to announce the November edition of our Digital Diasporas series. This session will feature not only an artist presentation, but the launch of a new zine publication! Join Joey and the curatorial team at the Museum of Jewish Montreal on Zoom to learn about Joey’s work as a Queer Jewish tattoo artist, their experiences with their practice through the pandemic, and…

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Zine-Making Workshop with Joey Ramona & Jess Goldman

Tue November 17, 2020 @ 17:30 - 18:30

Join tattoo artist Joey Ramona and writer Jess Goldman for a zine-making workshop hosted by the Museum of Jewish Montreal! This will be an interactive workshop over Zoom that, though online, will encourage us to be in our bodies and be present in our creative processes in the context of a virtual community. Joey and Jess will be teaching basic, accessible methods of zine-making - all are welcome from zine-making veterans to first-time chapbookers! Together we will learn how to…

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Virtual Iranian Jewish Cooking Workshop

Sun November 22, 2020
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 4040 St. Laurent blvd. R01
Montréal, Québec H2W 1Y8 Canada
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Join us and the Wandering Chew for a virtual Iranian Jewish cooking workshop on November 22nd. We'll be joined by Tannaz Sassooni, a Los Angeles-based food writer who is working on a regional Iranian Jewish cookbook. Tannaz will teach us how to make chelo abgooshte gondi, a chicken soup with chickpeas and gondi dumplings made from ground chicken, chickpea flour, onions, cardamom and turmeric. More details to follow!

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December 2020

Virtual Hanukkah Cooking Class – Sweet Ricotta Latkes

Sun December 6, 2020 @ 13:00 - 14:30

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Hanukkah? Typically, we think of golden potato latkes frying in oil, right? Well, did you know that the first latkes were made with ricotta cheese? These delicious ricotta latkes were made by Jews living in Italy, and were accompanied by sweet honey or delicious fruit preserves. The typical potato latkes we’ve come to know and love only became a staple in the Jewish kitchen in the 18th Century.…

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breaking protocols Virtual In-Process Presentation with theatre dybbuk

Tue December 15, 2020 @ 19:00 - 20:30
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Hosted in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Montreal, theatre dybbuk will present a virtual in-process presentation of its latest work-in-progress, breaking protocols. The approximately 60-minute event will be presented through Zoom and will include readings from the in-process script performed by the show’s ensemble, as well as a chat with theatre dybbuk’s artistic director. Immediately following the discussion, the audience is also invited to participate in an optional 30-minute writing workshop that explores the themes of the show. About…

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January 2021

Digital Diasporas with Alessio Mazzaro

Thu January 14 @ 18:00 - 19:00

We are so excited to share the first instalment of Digital Diasporas for 2021 with multidisciplinary artist and performer Alessio Mazzaro. Mazzaro’s most recent project, La parole transmise (2015-20) is a trilogy of works which focus on the migration of Jews from Morocco to Paris and Montreal. In the lens of documentary filmmaking and storytelling, Mazzaro creates a space of encounter and coexistence through conversation. By doing so, he aims to expand not only the ownership of a narrative, but…

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Transcestors: Gender in the Jewish Tradition

Tue January 26 @ 19:00 - 20:30
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 4040 St. Laurent blvd. R01
Montréal, Québec H2W 1Y8 Canada
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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

Digital Diasporas with Lauren Prousky

Thu February 11 @ 18:00 - 19:00

Join us for a live discussion and Q&A with multidisciplinary artist Lauren Prousky in our February edition of Digital Diasporas! As part of our collaboration with Kitchener-Waterloo-based multidisciplinary artist Lauren Prousky, the second featured artist of our contemporary art cycle Permanence, we are delighted to announce the February edition of Digital Diasporas. This session will feature an artist talk, Q&A, and preview of the museum’s partnership with the artist, including a digital exhibition and experiential art workshop. Join Lauren and…

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Remaking Edgware: Presentation and Video Screening

Wed February 17 @ 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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Hide & Seek: A Purim Kreplach Story with The Gefilteria

Tue February 23 @ 19:45 - 20:45
Hide and Seek: A Purim Kreplach Story with The Gefilteria

Join chefs and cultural activists Liz and Jeffrey from The Gefilteria in Brooklyn, NY for an interactive cooking experience. We'll explore the oft-overlooked tradition of eating hidden foods on Purim and learn how to make an unexpected Purim delicacy from eastern Europe: kreplach (aka Jewish wontons). We’ll prepare vegetarian versions of kreplach and enjoy it with a rich broth. Be prepared to cook along and be empowered to add your own flair. Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz are co-founders of…

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

Sun February 28 @ 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

Tiramatzu: A New Spin on Passover Sweets with Jake Cohen

Tue March 16 @ 19:45 - 21:00
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Are you looking for something new to serve at this year’s Seder? Jake Cohen has got you covered with ‘tiramatzu’ from his recently published debut cookbook, JEW-ISH: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch! This decadent combination of the classic Italian dessert tiramisu, made with Passover-friendly matzo, is sure to be a hit at this year’s table, no matter the size. Join the Museum of Jewish Montreal with acclaimed chef and recipe developer Jake Cohen as we put a new spin on…

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

Tue March 23 @ 19:00 - 20:30
Musée du Montréal juif | Museum of Jewish Montreal, 4040 St. Laurent blvd. R01
Montréal, Québec H2W 1Y8 Canada

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

Clutter / Collaborator: A Poster-Making Workshop with Lauren Prousky

Tue April 6 @ 18:00 - 19:00
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In this interactive workshop, we will discuss how our things – our collections, our prized possessions, our family heirlooms and our clutter – inform our senses of self. This discussion will be framed around a celebration for our things and the ways in which they remind and commemorate the moments and people we hold dear. To accompany the discussion, Lauren will guide participants in creating their own temporary, found object sculptures from the “stuff” that make our spaces worth inhabiting.…

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