Preserving Our Past
Ensuring Our Future


The Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada is an incorporated non-profit multi-faceted organization, which brings together the Jewish Historical
Society of Western Canada, the Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada, the Genealogical Institute, the Jewish Historical Society
Archives, and the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre.

Please note that  our offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19. Appointments for in person archival research must be made with our archivist and are limited to one person at a time. Please note that our Holocaust Education Centre is now open again, to maxium capacity of 25% (15 people). Masking and social distancing are required in all areas of the Asper Jewish Community Campus.  We also invite you to visit The Jewish Museum of Western Canada. 

We have pivoted to online events until it is safe to return to in-person presentations.

statement of purpose

To develop, interpret and disseminate information on the history and culture of western Canadian Jewry and to develop awareness of the history, moral and ethical implications of the Holocaust and other human rights violations.

our mission

To document, preserve and share information on the culture and historical formation of Jewish communities in Western Canada. The Centre also serves as an advocate for anti-racism and education on the Holocaust and Antisemitism.

our vision

To forge a pathway for the future by preserving and sharing compelling stories and educating the present and future generations.

Our Mandate

To collect and preserve the records, artefacts and traditions of our community. These treasures include more than 70,000 photographs and Jewish community newspapers from 1910 to the present, oral histories and other materials;

To present programs and exhibits about the history, experiences, achievements and culture of the Jewish community;

To maintain and expand a searchable and detailed database of Jewish gravestones in Manitoba and further afield;

To promote the awareness and understanding of the history of the Holocaust through education—reaching thousands of students and educators each year. We address the fact that society continues to witness genocide due to continuing racism and hatred and that we must all be vigilant in opposing racism, antisemitism and other forms of bigotry.


Photographs from 1870s to today including daguerrotypes, carte-de-visite, panoramas, negatives, polaroids, prints and digital photos.


Artefacts including religious paraphernalia, medical and pharmaceutical items, military jackets, pins and awards, clothing, dolls, trophies and sports memorabilia.


Sound and moving image recordings – 8mm, 16mm, reel-to-reel tapes, audio cassettes, LPs, CDs, VHS tapes, DVDs.

The Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada endorses the following definitions of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

The Working Definition of Antisemitism

The Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and Distortion

The Working Definition of Anti-Roma Discrimination

Working Definition of Holocaust-related Materials

The drafting process behind the IHRA’s working definitions and charters allows for the expertise of 34 Member Countries to be made accessible to policymakers. The process begins with IHRA experts drafting the working definition or charter in consultation with members of civil society. This process takes years and is usually spearheaded by one of the IHRA’s Working Groups or Committees. All IHRA decisions are non-legally binding and taken by consensus.

JHCWC at 50 Years

Bringing together the  Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada, the Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada, the Genealogical Institute, the Irma and Marvin Penn Archives, and the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre, the Jewish Heritage Centre is The JHC has been indispensable in creating a historical consciousness, not only for our local Jewish community, but also for the broader Canadian community. We have done so by interpreting the majestic sweep of our history, with all of its elements and contradictions. We make it available to the public through various means: lectures, publications, exhibits, workshops, genealogy projects, and more. By trying to create a greater and keener awareness of the past, the JHC has contributed to creating a greater Jewish Canadian identity. This video presents an overview of what the Jewish Heritage Centre is all about.

A Stitch In Time!

Winnipeg Jews & the Garment Industry

A STITCH IN TIME! explores the exciting history of the industry and its relation to Winnipeg and its Jewish community. The exhibit also looks at the industry today, and how it has changed since its beginnings at the end of the 19th century.

Endowment Fund

the Archives