INSIDE THE YIDDISH SCHOOL

INSIDE THE YIDDISH SCHOOL

Travel back in time to the 1940s and 50s to visit a Yiddish institution that helped shape Jewish identity in Montreal – the Peretz Shule.  Telling the story through the eyes of several students who attended the school, this unique tour takes a closer look at the history of Montreal’s vibrant Yiddish-speaking community, and the importance the school held for those living in the neighbourhood now called the Plateau.  What was taught there? What challenges did the students and teachers face? How did the school impact the broader community? Join us to explore how the Peretz Shule was more than just a school, and how Yiddish was more than just a language. 

The tour is appropriate for children ages 9 and up, and we encourage families to join us and explore what school was like for their grandparents or great-grandparents. This tour is delivered in partnership with the Maison de l’Amitié, a community centre dedicated to promoting social integration of immigrants and reducing cultural and linguistic divisions within the community.

PLATEAU MONT-ROYAL
1.5–2 HOURS
HISTORIC BUILDING TOUR
INDOOR

TOUR PRICES

$21 ADULTS
$10 STUDENTS
$10 AGES 13–17
$6   AGES 8–12
AGES 0–7 ARE FREE

Prices do not incl. tax & are subject to EZ Tix fees
For private groups, please contact tours@imjm.ca

TOUR PRICES

$21 ADULTS
$10 STUDENTS
$10 AGES 13–17
$6 AGES 8–12
AGES 0–7 ARE FREE

Prices do not incl. tax & are subject to EZ Tix fees.
For private groups, please contact tours@imjm.ca

  • Learn about the tensions and challenges present in postwar Montreal, and the vision that drove Montreal’s vibrant Yiddish community as it took root and grew in the 1940s and 50s.
  • Follow your guide through the heart of Montreal’s lively Plateau neighbourhood to the historic hallways and classrooms that once housed the Peretz Schule, Montreal’s first Yiddish day school.
  • See the house of a former student to learn about the immigrant families that established themselves in this neighbourhood, the difficult realities they faced, and the dedication of the community that supported them as they started new lives.
  • Hear the stories of the students and teachers who formed this community through a multimedia tour of their journal entries, photos, school writings, and oral histories.
  • Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides are university-level researchers and will answer your questions and lead discussions throughout the tour experience.
  • A portion of this tour is outdoors. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing.
  • During the winter, visitors inside the former Peretz Shule building will be required to remove their outdoor shoes. Slippers are available.

START POINT
Museum of Jewish Montreal, 4040 boul. St-Laurent (intersection Duluth)

END POINT
Museum of Jewish Montreal, 4040 boul. St-Laurent (intersection Duluth)

  • Light walking (tour is approx. 1 km and lasts 1.5–2 hours)
  • The tour is not entirely wheelchair accessible; parts of the tour inside the Maison de l’amitié are accessible only by stairs. Please inform the Museum of any relevant accessibility needs upon booking your tour. We are happy to discuss options for accommodating all levels of mobility to the best of our ability.
  • Note that Montreal’s sidewalks and roads are often under construction or poorly kept, which can further impact accessing our tours.
  • The Museum of Jewish Montreal’s space is wheelchair accessible.
  • Tour ticket exchanges must be requested 48 hours in advance; only cancellations made 24 hours in advance of tours will be refunded.
  • Our historic building tours, Inside the Yiddish School and Inside the Garment Factory, run year round. Bookable public tour dates are released a minimum of two months prior to the date of the tour.
  • For private groups, please contact tours@imjm.ca.
  • Get 15% off at Fletchers Cafe (located inside the Museum of Jewish Montreal) on the day of your tour with proof of tour ticket purchase.

Image courtesy of the Jewish Public Library Archives.

Tours Temporarily Suspended - COVID-19 & Museum Closure Updates

Please be advised that the Museum of Jewish Montreal is temporarily closed as a preventative measure related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Tours until the end of April have been cancelled. 

During this time, our staff will be contactable by email at tours@imjm.ca. Return of any phone messages may be somewhat delayed.

We hope to be able to begin welcoming you to the Museum again soon. For the time being, we are exercising extraordinary caution in compliance with government recommendations, as well as our concern for the health and safety of our neighbours and community members.

On behalf of all of us at the Museum of Jewish Montreal, we thank you all for your understanding and your support.