“Montreal has never stopped being founded,” wrote Iraqi Jewish author Naim Kattan. Looking at one such moment where Montreal has been refounded yet again, This tour explores Montreal’s Jewish community in the transformative 1960s and 1970s, focusing in particular on the newly arrived Sephardic immigrants and their impact on the religious, cultural, and institutional landscape of the city. Using the backdrop of the historically Jewish neighbourhood of Côte-des-Neiges, participants are guided through public and private spaces, going from schools, synagogues, and community organizations to discussing the bustle of multicultural city streets, the fragrant smells of the kitchen, and the unique places where Jewish identity in Quebec is formed.
$10 AGES 13–17
$6 AGES 8–12
AGES 0–7 ARE FREE
- Explore and learn about the history of Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal’s most densely populated and diverse borough.
- Learn about the history of Montreal’s Sephardic Jewish community through a community-sourced and oral history-based tour.
- Get a glimpse of one of Montreal’s burgeoning suburbs in the transformative decades of the 1960s and 1970s.
- Visit the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Canada’s oldest synagogue.
- Listen to the stories of community members as you stroll through the Mackenzie-King Park.
- Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides are university-level researchers and will answer your questions and lead discussions throughout the tour experience.
Plamondon Metro Station (Victoria and Van Horne exit)
Segal Centre, 5170 Côte Sainte-Catherine (intersection Westbury)
- Moderate walking (tour is approx. 2 km and lasts 1.5–2 hours)
- Please inform the Museum of any relevant accessibility needs upon booking your tour.
- Tours can generally be made to accommodate different mobility and accessibility needs.
- Note that Montreal’s sidewalks and roads are often under construction or poorly kept, which can further impact accessing our tours.
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- Our outdoor tours run from mid-March to mid-November (weather permitting). Bookable public tour dates are released a minimum of two months prior to the date of the tour.
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Image courtesy of the Samy Elmaghribi Foundation