Fun and meaningful ways to celebrate Jewish Heritage Month – BC Alliance for Arts + Culture:

Jewish Heritage Month is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate Jewish traditions, art, culture and history and to honor the contributions of Canada’s Jewish community.

Jewish Canadians have made significant and valuable contributions to our communities across all sectors, and have shown a tremendous amount of resilience and bravery throughout history.

Around 400,000 people of Jewish heritage call Canada their home. Despite Canada being the country with the 4th biggest Jewish community in the world, Jewish Canadians today continue to experience: a rise in the acts of antisemitism and xenophobia:.

Jewish Heritage month is a time for us to reflect on how we can take a stand against antisemitism, violence and xenophobia. It is also a moment for us to commemorate and honor the memory of those lost to the Holocaust.

We encourage everyone to: self-educate:, reflect on: and: learn: about the profound contributions of Jewish Canadians to Canada, and to find ways of supporting and celebrating Jewish-led organizations, events and communities.

With that in mind, here are a few ways that you can celebrate National Jewish Heritage Month:

VISIT A JEWISH MUSEUM OR A SITE OF HISTORICAL JEWISH INTEREST:

Learn more about Jewish history by visiting a Jewish museum, a Holocaust memorial museum, a Jewish library or a historical synagogue.

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC:

The Vancouver Holocaust Education Center:

Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library:

Other resources include:

The Canadian Jewish Experience:

The Jewish Virtual Library:

Canadian Jewish History Virtual Tour:

LEARN MORE ABOUT CANADIAN JEWISH HISTORY:

Did you know that Vancouver’s Jewish community emerged through the immigration of people from Victoria? And that Victoria is home to Canada’s oldest continuously operating synagogue that still holds services?

Read this Daily Hive story of the evolution of British Columbia’s Jewish community:.

For more information about Jewish history in BC, visit: https://jewishmuseum.ca/

For more information on Victoria’s Congregation Emanu-El, visit: https://congregationemanuel.ca/

For information on Lower Mainland Jewish community organizations, including schools, synagogues, cultural and social service organizations, visit: https://www.jewishvancouver.com/

JOIN A JEWISH BOOK CLUB:

Join the lively discussions centered around a Jewish novel with chair Helen Pinsky:.
Thursdays 1:00 pm:
April 28 – “The plot against America” ​​by Philip Roth:
May 26 – “The Hidden Palace” by Helene Wecker:
June 30 – “Morningside Heights” by Joshua Henkin:

TAKE A JEWISH HERITAGE WALKING TOUR:

Explore the early roots of Vancouver’s Jewish community in: this entertaining family-friendly tour of scenic Strathcona:.

ATTEND OR EVENT:

Celebrate Jewish music by singing along and learning more about traditional Jewish songs.

On Saturday May 15: JunkOy! Klezmer band will sing Jewish songs from Odessa and play Klezmer tunes from Eastern Europe:. All proceeds will go to supporting refugees from Ukraine in BC.

SUPPORT A JEWISH ORGANIZATION:

Do your part to strengthen the impact of the Jewish people by supporting Jewish arts organizations and museums in BC, such as: the Chutzpah! Festival:the: Norman Rothstein Theater:the: Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival: and the: Vancouver Holocaust Education Center:.

The list above is by no means comprehensive. We hope you find these resources useful in your celebration of Jewish Heritage Month!

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