Exhibit celebrates national contributions of Jewish Canadians

By Costa Maragos Posted: January 21, 2018 8:00 a.m.

The Canadian Jewish Experience exhibit is on display at the U of R until February 2, 2018.
The Canadian Jewish Experience exhibit is on display at the U of R until February 2, 2018. Photo courtesy of External Relations

A new exhibit celebrating the national contributions of Jewish Canadians has now opened at the Dr. John Archer Library.

The Canadian Jewish Experience: A Tribute to Canada 150 - features select photographs and panels that illustrate nine main themes. Each panel focusses on the extraordinary contributions by Jewish Canadians to the growth and development of Canada.

The topics are explored through themes ranging from public service and human rights to sports and the arts.

Within those topics are stories of Jewish-Canadians who have made immense contributions to the country, either through their work or their philanthropic activities. There is Saskatchewan content.

For example, Faibish Bay in Northwest Saskatchewan is named after Lance Sergeant Jack Faibish, Royal Canadian Artillery, who died while in service, July 28, 1944.
 
“The exhibit was created to accomplish three objectives: first, to honour Canada on its 150th Birthday; second, to inform Canadians from all religious traditions about the challenges faced by Canadian Jews in integrating into Canada and the significant contributions Jews have made to the growth of Canada in a wide variety of areas; and, third by telling the story of one religious group to contribute to the strengthening of religious tolerance in Canada,” says Tova Lynch, Chair of the Canadian Jewish Exhibit."

Canadian Jewish Exhibit
To complement the exhibit the Archer Library has created a display of some
of the materials purchased through the Herman Endowment Fund.

This exhibit has been touring Canada since it opened on Parliament Hill in April 2017.

“We hope visitors to the exhibit will come away with a new appreciation for how Canada has grown as a nation - built on the contributions from many religious and ethnic groups,” says Lynch.

The exhibit will remain on display at the Dr. John Archer Library (next to the archives room) until January 29. The exhibit then will be moved to the Research and Innovation Centre Atrium until February 2, 2018.

More detailed information about the exhibit can be found at cje2017.com.

To complement the exhibit the Archer Library has created a display of some of the materials purchased through the Herman Endowment Fund. You can find this in the large glass display cases on the library’s main floor.