"BESA: Muslim Albanians Who Rescued Jews during the Holocaust."

Sponsored by the Holocaust Education Committee

A Traveling Exhibit from Yad Vashem. Exhibit displayed at the Mennonite Heritage Gallery, Grant and Shaftesbury. Details TBA.

"Studying the AMIA Bombing"

October 29, 6:30pm,
Multi-Purpose Room, Asper Campus. Jointly sponsored with B'nai Brith

Opening Program of the "90th Anniversary - National Council of Jewish Women, Winnipeg Branch"

October 15, 7:00pm,
Adult Lounge, Asper Campus
Jointly sponsored the NCJW.

Exhibit continues in the Corridor Display cases

The Political cartoons of Avrom Yanovsky

September 17, 7:00pm,
Berney Theatre, Asper Campus
Jointly sponsored with the United Jewish People's Order (UJPO).
Admission: $5

Guest Speakers: Anna Yanovsky and Prof. Ester Reiter, York University performance by the North End Jewish Folk Choir. Exhibit Continues in the Corridor Display Cases.

Manitoba History #77- Meet the Authors

Multipurpose Room, Asper Campus
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Authors in attendance will include:
Stan Carbone - Winnipeg Jews and the Garment Industry
John Burchill - Crime Comics in Manitoba
Gerald Friesen - The Norquay Papers

A free Manitoba History Journal "Meet the Authors" event, hosted by
the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada and the Manitoba Historical Society.
A reception will follow.

Behind the Scenes at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

A Presentation by Jodi Giesbrecht, Manager, Research & Curation
and Jeremy Maron, Researcher/Curator
Multipurpose Room, Asper Jewish Community Campus
Tuesday, March 17, 7:00pm

B'nai Brith Midwest Region and the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada

Panel presentation and discussion
Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00pm
Multi-Purpose Room

A Viewing of "Under the Same Roof - Voices of Four Holocaust Survivors"

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00pm
Berney Theatre, Asper Jewish Community Campus

The Jewish Heritage Centre and Tooz A Crowd Productions are hosting a viewing of this film. Co-produced by Tooz A Crowd Productions and MTS Allstream Inc. Executive Producer: Kyle Bornais. Producer/Director Randy Guest. Featuring Rachel Fink, Carmela Shragge Finkel, Regine Frankel, Betty Kirshner and Belle Jarniewski.

General Information Meeting on The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program 2015

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
Place: Multi-Purpose Room
Asper Jewish Community Campus
123 Doncaster Street

Priel Lisak, a student in the 2013 program writes: "Being a participant in The Asper Foundation Human Rights & Holocaust Program, administered through the Jewish Heritage Centre, has changed my perspective on the world and on the importance of human rights, forever." Read Priel's complete article.

The 2014 Switzer Cooperstock Lecture Series - Immigrant Jews and "Indian Curios"

by Professor David S. Koffman
Department of History, York University
Thursday, Sept 18, 2014, 7:00pm Berney Theatre, Asper Jewish Community Campus

The 2014 Mina Rosner Human Rights Award

Monday, Sept 15, 2014, noon.
Holocaust Education Centre, Asper Jewish Community Campus

The 2014 recipient of the Mina Rosner Human Rights Award is Missy Minuk a grade 12 student at the Gray Academy of Jewish Education. Missy's essay, The Barrier of Life, was chosen from submissions from students who were in grade 11 last year. The Mina Rosner Rosner Human Rights Essay Competition is open to all high school students in Manitoba. The late Winnipeg survivor, Mina Rosner, wrote a book, I am a Witness about her experiences during the Shoah, and devoted many hours speaking to students on the importance of combating racisim and discrimination and defending human rights. In 1990, she returned to Buchach for the first time since the war, and the visit was captured in an award-winning CBC documentary called Return to Buchach. Mina Rosner's son, Cecil Rosner presented the award to Missy.

The JHCWC Annual General Meeting

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 8:00pm
Kanee Foyer, Asper Jewish Community Campus

Please RSVP Ilana Abrams at if you will be in attendance.

Caroline B. Glick with "The Israeli Solution"

2014 Sol and Florence Kanee Distinguished Lecture
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, 561 Wellington Cres, Winnipeg
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8:00 P.M.

Caroline Glick

A Talk and Tour of the Stitch In Time exhibit with Stan Carbone and Susan Turner

A Walking Tour
March 2, 2014, 1:30pm
Asper Campus, 123 Doncaster Street

This Talk and Tour was on the Making of the Garment Exhibit.

IRMA PENN (1945 - 2013)

Irma Penn

Irma Penn was archivist for the Jewish Heritage Centre and its predecessor, the Jewish Historical Society, from 1999 to 2006 when health problems forced her to retire. Stan Carbone, Director of Programs and Exhibits underlined her contribution at her funeral, "The services that she provided demonstrated the range of her expertise and commitment to all facets of the Heritage Centre. She handled administrative tasks, assisted students in assignments on the historical and cultural formation of the western Canadian Jewish experience and directed family history projects. The self-motivation, determination and focus she brought to each and every endeavour was evidence of an indomitable spirit and boundless energy." The JHC archives are named in her honour: The Irma and Marvin Penn Archives.

Born Irmgard Annie Epp in Steinbach, Irma graduated from Mount Royal College and worked for the Privy Council in Ottawa and for the United Nations in New York. Returning to Winnipeg, she taught business courses, joined Marvin Penn's real estate firm, converted to Judaism, and married him.

Irma was a devoted member of the Jewish community who served, among many other activities, as publicity chair for Hadassah, President of the Nadir Chapter of Jewish Women's International, and member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish National Fund. She donated her papers and photographs to the Jewish Heritage Centre.

An accomplished artist, Irma trained in Israel to become one of the world's first female Torah scribes. She used her skills to scribe an entire Torah for Winnipeg's Temple Shalom and the Book of Esther, as well as the Holocaust scroll for Shaarey Zedek. Irma also designed the stained glass windows for the Talmud Torah Beth Jacob Synagogue.

Zichronah Livracha

A Stitch In Time Exhibit Opening

Monday, December 2, 2013, 7pm
Berney Theatre

Reflections of 115 Years of Jewish Generations in Manitoba - A Guided Tour of the Hebrew Sick Benefit Association Cemetery

2605 McPhillips Street. Meet at the cenotaph.
Sunday, Oct 27, 2013, 10:30am to Noon.

Come for this free tour through the fascinating history of this Jeiwsh community landmark, and learn how to read headstones. Everyone is welcome. Lynn Roseman (Chair, Cemetery Photography Project) is your guide.

General Information Meeting - The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program 2014

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7:00pm
Multi-Purpose Room, Asper Campus, 123 Doncaster

For all Grade 9 Jewish students not enrolled in the Gray Academy of Jewish Education and their parents.

"Indifference and the Fragility of Civilization"

May 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Shaarey Zedeck Synagogue

With Father Patrick Desbois, Lt. General Romeo Dallaire and Naomi Azrieli

The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program 2013
for Grade 9 Jewish students not enrolled in Gray Academy.

The program comprises the following four components:

  1. Education Sessions - weekly from mid-February to end of April 2013
  2. 16 hours of Community Volunteer Service
  3. Trip to Washington DC from May 11-14, 2013
  4. Memorandum for Personal Responsibility Graduation Ceremony upon return

To participate in and graduate from the program, participants must complete all of these requirements.

For more information, please contact Renee Kaplan, Program Coordinator at 204.477-7458 or email

8th Annual Sol and Florence Kanee Distinguished Lecture

Thursday, April 11, 2013 8:00pm
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue
561 Wellington Crescent

Justice Albie Sachs - World Renowned Human Rights Activist

Albie Sachs

"Moving South: Jews in Winnipeg's South End Before 1945"

A presentation by Daniel Stone, Professor of History, University of Winnipeg
Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7:30pm
Kanee Foyer, Asper Campus

Annual General Meeting of the Jewish Heritage Centre

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm
Adult Lounge, Asper Campus

Prof. Jody Perrun will present "Reflections on Teaching Holocaust at a University Level". Prof Perrun teaches "Antisemetism and the Holocaust" at the University of Winnipeg and is preparing an educational trip for sometime in the summer of 2013 to Holocaust sites in Europe.

"They Were Our Children - The Winnipeg Jewish Orphanage"

By Sharon Graham, Ph.D Candidate
Department of History, University of Manitoba
Monday, February 11, 2013 at 7:00pm
Multi-Purpose Room, Asper Campus

Winnipeg's Jewish Orphanage was a remarkable institution that constituted a defining moment in the social history, character and spirit of the Jewish community. Sharon Graham offered an historical overview of a complex, fascinating and inspiring subject.

Flickers of Light - An Event to Commemorate International Holocast Rememberance Day and the 68th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.

Sunday January 27, 2013 at 7pm
Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 561 Wellington Crescent

Presented by the Freeman Family Holocaust Education Centre of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada and B'nai Brith Canada together with the sponsorship of the ShaareyZedek Synagogue and the Ridd Institute for Religion and Global Policy of the Global College, University of Winnipeg. Featuring Dr. James Christie, David Matas, Belle Jarniewski Millo, Cantor Anibal Mass, Bill Weissmann, and March of the Living Participants.

Imagining Winnipeg:
History through the Photographs of L.B. Foote

Presented by Prof. Esyllt Jones
Professor of History, University of Manitoba
Thursday January 17, 2013 at 7pm
Berney Theatre, 123 Doncaster Street

For nearly fifty years, L.B. Foote was Winnipeg's leading photographer. He documented every part of the city's life, from royal visits to deep poverty, from the construction of landmarks like the Fort Garry to the turmoil of the 1919 General Strike. His camera also recorded everyday life over four decades. In Imagining Winnipeg, Professor Jones reveals the conflicting ways in which Foote's images have been used to create diverse views of Winnipeg's past.

Major Exhibit Planned for 2013

Jews In Winnipeg's Garment Industry - Oral History Project

The Jewish Heritage Centre is embarking on the development of an exhibit on the history of the contributions of Jews to Winnipeg's garment industry. The first phase consists essentially of an oral history component which encompasses interviews with individuals representative of the industry's various sectors. Sharon Chisvin and Mona Rich have been recruited to carry out the interviews and to date have acquired an impressive amount of information which will be used for the exhibit and future research purposes. The Heritage Centre gratefully acknowledges the Province of Manitoba's Heritage Grants Program, the Winnipeg Foundation and Jewish Foundation for providing the financial assistance needed to carry out this initiative.

Silver Screens on the Prairie:
An Illustrated History of Motion Picture Theatres in Manitoba

Presented by Russ Gourluck
Monday November 26, 2012 at 7 PM
Multi-Purpose Room, 123 Doncaster Street

Following on the success of his previous books:
-"The Mosaic Village: An Illustrated History of Winnipeg's North End"
-"Going Downtown: A History of Winnipeg's Portage Avenue"

An Evening with Adele

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:00pm
Berney Theatre, 123 Doncaster Street

The life and letters of Adele Wiseman.

General Information Session on the Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program 2013

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7:00pm
Multi Purpose Room, Asper Campus, 123 Doncaster Street

All Grade 9 Jewish students, NOT enrolled in the Gray Academy of Jewish Education, together with their parents, are invited to attend this session. To confirm your attendance and for more information, please contact: Renee Kaplan, Program Coordinator, Jewish Heritage Centre @ 477-7458.

The Asper Foundation Human Rights & Holocaust Studies Program

Hannah Lank is a Grade 9 student at Kelvin High School. She was a participant in The Asper Foundation Human Rights & Holocaust Studies Program 2012 administered through the JHC. Please read Hannah's article about her experience in the program, titled: An Unforgettable Journey.

Switzer Lecture 2012

"Growing Up Jewish on the Prairies - Rural MB and SK"

The 2012 Switzer-Cooperstock Lecture Prize Winner
Author: Chana Thau

Tabernacle by Susan Turner

An Exhibition of Digital Prints based on Jewish Ceremonial Fabrics

Opened Thursday, April 12, 2012
Extended to Friday, August 10, 2012
Asper Jewish Community Campus

Susan Turner's exhibition of large-scale inkjet prints opens Thursday evening, April 12 at the Jewish Heritage Centre corridor gallery. First mentioned in EXODUS in the commandments regarding the fabrics to be used in the construction of the holy tabernacle, ceremonial fabrics now are found in many rituals of Jewish life. "The items I've worked with have personal resonance for me. They may remind me of some experience from the past, or they may elicit visual or even auditory memory. Ceremonial fabrics act as boundaries between what is known and what is mysterious; I'm exploring the edges of those boundaries." Turner's multi-layered, intense images are built by blending photography, scanning, and image manipulation in Photoshop.

Susan Turner has shown her prints, photo-based work, and videos in solo and group shows in Canada and internationally. She has been active in Winnipeg's art community, taught and served as a thesis advisor at the School of Art University of Manitoba, and was a MAWA mentor (Mentoring Artists for Women's Art). She has curated exhibitions in the art and heritage communities, including two major exhibitions for the JHCWC: MAZEL TOV, A CHASENE: THE JEWISH WEDDING (2005); and SAMUEL FREEDMAN: CIVIC MAN, MAN OF LAW (2006). She has received support for her work through Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, and has had residencies at Banff Centre for the Arts. Her work can be found in public and private collections. TABERNACLE was funded by a Special Project grant from the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.

See the CBC snapshot of Susan's work.

Winnipeg's Jewish Community and Winnipeg Beach: Drawing Lines in the Sand

A lecture by Dale Barbour
Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 7:00pm
Berney Theatre, Asper Jewish Community Campus

Dale Barbour is the author of Winnipeg Beach: Leisure and Courtship in a Resort Town, 1900 - 1967.

7th Annual Sol and Florence Kanee Distinguished Lecture - Impossible Missions

Efraim Halevy

David Frum

Thursday, May 3, 2011 8:00pm
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, 561 Wellington Crescent

The New Wave: Post-Soviet Russian Jews in Winnipeg

A Panel Presentation
Wed, March 28, 2012, 7:00pm, Multipurpose Room, Asper Campus
Panelists: Tatyana Shilshtut, Vladimir Shterenberg, Larissa Tsirulnitski
Moderator: Professor Lionel Steiman

The evening will include a historical overview of Russian Jews in WInnipeg by Professor Daniel Stone and a performance by the Jewish Child and Family Services Senior's Choir conducted by Lina Streltsov and accompanied by pianist Tatyana Smolyaninov. Admission $4.00 members, $5.00 non-members.

Contemporary Patterns of Antisemetism in Winnipeg

Monday, February 27, 2012, Berney Theatre, Asper Campus
Panel Discussion, Cosponsored by B'nai Brith Canada, Midwest Region

Sean Byrne, Director, Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice
Sgt. Ron Johansson, Creator of the Diversity Unit within the Winnipeg Police Service
David Matas, C.M., Senior Legal Counsel, B'nai Brith Canada
Belle Millo, Chair, The Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre
Yude Henteleff, C.M., Q.C., LL.D (Hon.)

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, Multipurpose Room, Asper Campus
Prior to the meeting, Stan Carbone, Director of Programs and Exhibits presented: "A Stitch in Time: The Jewish Community and the Garment Trade in Winnipeg".

Exploring the Sephardic Experience

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, Multipurpose Room, Asper Campus
Panel Discussion

Panelists included Daniel Ashrafi (Iran), Mary Benarroch (Morocco) and Dr. Michael Salman (Iraq). Moderator: Kinsey Posen.

The Rescuers: Film Screening & Appearance by filmmaker Michael King

Sunday November 13, 7:30pm, Asper Campus

The Holocaust Education Committee of the Jewish Heritage Centre sponsored one of the exciting events in the Tarbut Festival, the showing of the film The Rescuers. Emmy award-winning director Michael King of the film The Rescuers was in attendance at Tarbut. Those in attendance heard first hand about Michael King's ambitious journey to tell the stories of 12 diplomats who risked their careers and lives to save Jews during WWII. There is already Oscar buzz for The Rescuers.

Speaker: Vera Fast: The Kinder Transport and Beyond - Community-Wide Kristallnacht Commemoration

Wednesday November 9, 2011, 7:00pm, Berney Theatre

Author Vera Fast recently published "Children's Exodus: A History of the Kindertransport". She was born in Winnipeg and has lived and studied in the US and abroad, including Toronto, Oxford, London UK, and Indonesia. She received her PhD in History from the University of Manitoba, taught then served as an archivist at the Provincial Archives of Manitoba until her retirement.

The Asper Foundation Human Rights & Holocaust Studies Program 2012

The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program was founded in 1997 in Winnipeg. Conceived as a program to promote tolerance and sensitize Canadian high school students to the consequences of racism, it became a national initiative in 2000 inclusive of students from diverse backgrounds. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, scheduled to open in 2013, was inspired and motivated by the extraordinary impact of The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program.

The program objectives are to promote respect for others and sensitize students to the consequences of racism through a specially designed education program. The program consists of 9 education sessions on human rights and the Holocaust. After the educational component is completed, students participate in a trip to Washington, D.C., where they spend time at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and other important monuments relating to freedom. The students are also required to volunteer in their communities on public projects of their choosing. The last component of the program is an evening graduation ceremony held to present a Memorandum for Personal Responsibility to each student.

Speaker: Thanassis Cambanis, Mid-East Expert
Speaking about Israel, Hezbollah and the Arab Spring

Wednesday November 2, 2011, 7:00pm, Etz Chayim Synagogue

Mr. Cambanis is the author of the most in-depth analysis of Hezbollah and its concept of an endless war against Israel, and has been living in Egypt in order to observe the Arab Spring first hand. You can read some of his observations at his website:

Panel Discussion: Growing Up Jewish in Small Towns

Lil Zentner, Ettie Robinson, Ed Lazar with moderator Chana Thau
Thursday October 27, 2011., Asper Campus

Last year, Chana Thau interviewed 30 Jewish Winnipeggers who grew up or lived in small towns for a period of time. For this panel discussion, Thau introduced three of her interviewees who spoke about their experiences in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan and Rossburn, Manitoba.

Asper Foundation Human Rights & Holocaust Studies Program

On Monday, June 6, 2011, 52 Jewish students from 17 Winnipeg schools assembled at Technical Vocational High School for a graduation ceremony marking an experience they had all shared. As part of the ceremony, each student received a Memorandum For Personal Responsibility that will serve as a contract between them and their conscience and a reminder that they have a personal responsibility toward the world community. The students recently returned from a life-changing experience: A trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., which was made possible through The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program.

6th Annual Sol and Florence Kanee Distinguished Lecture - Is Time Running Out for Israel?

Featuring David Frum
Thursday, April 28, 2011 8:00 pm
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, 561 Wellington Crescent

David Frum

Memories and Stories - Recollections from Jewish World War II War Veterans

Thursday April 28, 2011, 9:30 am
Sol and Florence Kaynee Foyer, Asper Jewish Community Campus

This was an interesting morning of storytelling, music and learning about an important time in Winnipeg history. Included was a guided tour of the On the Front Line and Home Front exhibit and Holocaust Education Centre. Entertainment was provided by the JCFS Seniors' Choir. Russian & Spanish translation provided. This was a joint program of Jewish Child and Family Service and the Jewish Heritage Centre.

The Paper Nazis - A Documentary on the Nazi Movement in Winnipeg in the 1930's

Thursday March 17, 2011, 7:00pm
Berney Theatre, Asper Jewish Community Campus

This was a joint project with B'nai Brith Canada, in conjunction with M21, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - March 21. Following was a discussion and Q&A with Andrew Wall about his film. Here is the trailer on YouTube.

Stopping Hitler! A Tribute to Manitoba's Jewish War Veterans

Sunday February 27, 2011, 3:00pm
Sol and Florence Kanee Foyer, Asper Jewish Community Campus

The program included a panel presentation featuring war veterans followed by a viewing of the exhibit: The Front Line... and Home Front

New Exhibit Panel in the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre

See the article in the Winnipeg Jewish Review about the installation of the panel on Nov 25, 2010 and some of the history of the FFFHEC.

The 2nd Biennial Lecture of the Switzer-Cooperstock Lecture Series - "Religion, Irreligion and Jewish Identity in the Late 19th and Early Century British Columbia"

By Professor Lynne Marks, Dept of History, University of Victoria
Sunday, October 3, 2010, 2:00pm
Multipurpose Room, Asper Campus. Jewish People of Manitoba

This was the 2010 Switzer-Cooperstock Lecture Prize Winner. Professor Marks' lecture is available here.

Jewish Men of 1942 and 1943

Monday June 7, 2010, 7:00pm
Berney Theatre

Emcee: Jack London. For those of you who lived throught he 1940's, 50's and 60's, this program is for you. The video and discussion will take you back to what life was like growing up in Winnipeg during those decades. Admission $10. Reception to follow.

9th Annual Holocaust Symposium

Thursday May 13, 2010
University of Winnipeg, Duckworth Centre

The Symposium was to educate students on the events of the Holocaust, on anti-racism and ultimately, to identify what society has learned from the Holocaust. This year, our keynote speaker was Mr. David Shentow, who in 1943, was transferred, along with a group of two thousand prisoners from Auschwitz Concentration Camp to the remains of what had been the Warsaw Ghetto. More info is available at

Sol and Florence Kanee 5th Annual Distinguished Lecture - The Iranian Threat: Myths and Realities

Monday, April 26, 2010 8:00pm
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, 561 Wellington Crescent

Ambassador Dore Gold, Ph.D.,
President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Ambassador Dore Gold

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations 1997-1999
Foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu
Diplomatic envoy to Egypt, Jordan, the Persian Gulf states and the Palestinian Authority
Ph.D in International Relations and Middle East Studies, Columbia University

Book launch: "Voices of Winnipeg Holocaust Survivors"

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 7:00pm
Berney Theatre, Asper Campus

The Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre of the JHCWC along with the Jewish Federation of Winipeg launched a new book documenting the experiences of over 70 local survivors and their families during the Shoah. Eli Herscovich will premiered an original composition in honour of the survivors. A reception will followed and the book was available for purchase that evening for $36 including GST. All proceeds from the sale of the book go towards Holocaust education and the digitization of survivor audio and video testimony. More info is available at

"Organized Racism and anti-Semitism in Winnipeg: A History"

Lecture by Prof. Helmut - Harry Loewen
Thursday, March 11, 2010, 7:00pm
Berney Theatre, Asper Campus

This lecture was being done in conjunction with the B'nai Brith. The speaker is from the Department of Sociology, University of Winnipeg.

Jewish Heritage Centre Annual General Meeting
Featured Talk: Why the Canadian Museum of Human Rights Needs a Holocaust Gallery

Thursday, March 4, 2010, 7:00pm
Multipurpose Room, Asper Campus

The AGM reviewed the past year of activities of the JHCWC. In addition, Dr. Catherine Chatterley (University of Manitoba) presented the brief that she submitted to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights on January 26, 2010 on behalf of the Holocaust Education Centre.

"Things Your Mother Never Told You - A look at Manitoba's Jewish Burials"

Lecture by Lynn Roseman
Monday, February 8, 2010, 7:00pm
Adult Lounge, Asper Campus

Lynn is the coordinator of the Jewish Heritage Centre Cemetery Project.

Applications for The 2010 Switzer-Cooperstock Lecture Prize in Western Canadian Jewish History were accepted until December 15, 2009.

The JHC invited applications for the 2010 Switzer-Cooperstock Prize. This will be awarded for a publishable essay on the subjects: (1) Secular Jewish schools in Western Canada, (2) Jewish settlers and traders in rural areas of Western Canada, (3) The immigration experience of Jews to Western Canada. The winner will be announced at the end of January, will receive $5,500, will present his/her findings at a public lecture, and the lecture will be published. For more info, contact Stan Carbone.

Double Book Launch: Jewish Life and Times, vol. 9,
and The Lipton Jewish Farm Colony, 1901-1951

Monday October 26, 2009, 7:00pm
Florence Kanee Foyer, Asper Campus

Jewish Life and Times, vol. 9
edited by Annalee Greenberg and Daniel Stone. A collection of essays of Jews in Manitoba and Europe ranging from the 18th century fur trade to the Argentinean immigration of the 1990s.

The Lipton Farm Colony, 1901 – 1950
by Theodore Friedgut, Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Presented in September 2008 as the inaugural lecture in the Switzer – Cooperstock endowed series on Western Canadian Jewish history.

Re-Dedication - The Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre

Sunday, August 30, 2009, 11am
Berney Theatre, Asper Jewish Community Campus

This was a rededication of our Holocaust Education Centre. The Rabbi Weizman Holocaust Museum Showcase was unveiled, and we honoured the Holocaust Education Centre pioneers.

Coming of Age - A History of the Jewish People of Manitoba

Author: Allan Levine Publisher: Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada
Official Launch: Thursday, May 14, 2009, 7:30pm
Asper Jewish Community Campus

The JHC is pleased to have worked with noted author Allan Levine on a book chronicling the history of the Jewish people of Manitoba. This is now THE definitive book defining our local heritage.


The 8th Annual Holocaust Symposium

The Duckworth Centre, University of Winnipeg
Thursday, May 7, 2009, all day.

Our annual symposium is for grade 9-12 students. We were honoured to have Mr. Leon Leyson, the youngest surviror of the Schindler's list , as our keynote speaker.
Leon Leyson

Sol & Florence Kanee 4th Annual Distinguished Lecture

Rabbi Dr. Chaim Z. Rozwaski
Sunday April 26, 2009, 8pm
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue

Rabbi Rozwaski
A Holocaust survivor, scholar, professor, author and the Rabbi of Berlin, Rozwaski is considered an outstanding educator on topics of Jewish life and thought. His topic is: Winnipeg to Berlin and Back: The Odyssey of a 20th Century Jew.

Grand Reopening - The Marion and Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 7:00pm

Come see our newly designed hallway displays that everyone can see at all hours while the Asper Campus is open. These displays will be updated regularly to show off pieces of the JHC's immense Artifact and Archival collection of the Western Jewish History.

The opening was preceeded by our Annual General Meeting in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Musical Ghosts: Manitoba's Jazz and Dance Bands 1914-1966
Owen Clark Collection - The Contributions of Jewish Musicians

Thursday, November 27, 2008, 7:00pm
Kanee Foyer, Asper Campus

For 15 years, Winnipeg jazz musician Owen Clark has researched Manitoba's musicians, singers, nightclubs, thetres, and music stores from the early to mid-twentieth centruy. The result: His comprehensive book, Musical Ghosts - Manitoba's Jazz and Dance Bands 1914-1966. Join Mr. Clark on a retrospective tour of this important musical legacy.
Maurie Libman's Band 1946

Jewish Cemetery Photography Project - Winter 2008/09

We have completed digitally photographing all the Jewish cemetery stones in Manitoba. This will update the 15,000 headstone photographs that we took and catalogued 10 years ago. We hope to make the photos available for purchase on this website once they have all been organized and indexed.

Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program 2009

Monday, November 10, 2008, 7:00pm
Multi Purpose Room, Asper Campus

This was the information session for students and parents for this year's program.

Kristallnacht - Dr. Anna Shternshis: "Dark Family Secrets in the Land of Eternal Happiness: On how Soviet Jews did not Forget the Holocaust"

Sunday, November 9, 2008, 2:00pm
Multi Purpose Room, Asper Campus
Presented in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and the Jewish Studies Research Circle.

The History of Jewish Farm Settlements in Western Canada

By Prof. Theodore Friedgut of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Monday, September 8, 2008, 7:00pm
Kanee Foyer, Asper Campus.

This was the first in the Switzer-Cooperstock lecture series. This prize was established by the Switzer family in honour of their parents and grandparents, Rose (Cooperstock) and Louis Switzer. Prfessor Friedgut is a distinguished professor of Russian and Slavic studies. The subject of his award-winning research was "The Lipton Jewish Agricultural Colony, 1901 - 1951".

Panel Presentation: Argentine Jews in Winnipeg

Evelyn Hecht, Iael Besendorf, Dr. Jorge Nallim, Hernan Popper
Thursday, May 15, 2008 7:00pm
Temple Shalom, 1077 Grant.

Evelyn Hecht focused on the role of the Jewish Federation in the recruitment of Argentinean Jews. Iael Besendorf addressed issues pertaining to adaptation and integration, Hernan Popper, who immigrated to Winnipeg in 2003 offered a first person account of the transition from Argentina to Winnipeg, while Dr. Jorge Nallim provided an overview of the history of Jews in Argentina and factors contributing to their emigration.

Holocaust Symposium 2008

May 6, 2008
University of Winnipeg

Eleven hundred high-school students from 22 schools attended the seventh annual Holocaust Symposium of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada. The keynote speaker was Dr. Peter Gary, a Holocaust survivor.

Gray Academy Roots Project - JHC Helps Students Discover their Roots

Spring, 2008

The Gray Academy grade 7 students annually do a roots project and come to the JHC archives to research the background of their family names. This year the students were able to search our database with their parents. Some families found interesting connections with relatives they did not even know existed. Thank you to Rochelle Gamliel for allowing the JHCWC to be part of this project.

Professor Shlomo Avineri - our 2008 Kanee Distiguished Lecturer
"Contemporary Currents in Israeli Society: Continuity and Change"

April 15, 2008, 8:00pm
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue

Shlomo Avineri, world renowned scholar and orator, delivered the third annual Sol and Florence Kanee Distinguished Lecture. He is a Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1996, Mr. Avineri was awarded the Israel Prize, the country's highest civilian decoration, and in 2006 he received the Israel Political Science Association Award for his contribution to the discipline in Israel and abroad.

Shlomo Avineri

2008 Lecture brochure
(Also see our pdf brochure)

The Manitoba Historical Society's Annual Multicultural Dinner

Co-sponsored this year by the Jewish Heritage Centre
With Guest Speaker Allan Levine on the History of the Jews in Manitoba
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 starting at 4:45pm
Multi-Purpose Room, Asper Campus. Cost Per Person $23.00

Doors opened at 4:45pm with walking tours of the Campus, Jewish Heritage Centre and Archives departing at 5:15 sharp from the Multi-Purpose Room. Dinner started at 6:00pm Meal was kosher non-meat Jewish dishes including matzo ball soup, cheese kugel, potato latkes, Israeli salad, cheesecake and chocolate commish. After dinner there was klezmer music performed by Ariel Posen and David Landreth.

A Glowing Dream: A Memoir

Roland Penner, reading from his book
Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 7:30pm
Kanee Foyer, Asper Campus. Admission $5.00

Filled with fascinating personal anecdotes and peopled with colourful characters from Winnipeg's past, Roland Penner's Q Glowing Dream: A Memoir takes the reader on a historic, and often tumultuous journey.

Jews in Postwar Germany, 1945-1949

A lecture by Professor Atina Grossmann
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 7:30pm
Kanee Foyer, Asper Campus. Admission $5.00

"A presentation of Jews, Germans, and Allies. Close Encounters in Occupied Germany." Professor Grossmann is professor of history at Cooper Union (New York). She has authored or coauthered several books about 20th century Germany. This lecture is being done in collaboration with the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, and the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg.

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy

Sunday 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, Nov 18 - Dec 9, 2007 (4 weeks)

This course offered a combination of lectures and hands-on advice and in-class assistance to participants who are encouraged to work on their family histories. Topics included an overview of family interviewing, Jewish Heritage Centre library resources as well as internet resources such as Jewishgen, genealogy software, and the process of documentation and standards of accuracy. Co-presented by the Jewish Heritage Centre's Genealogy Institute.

General Information Session

Monday November 12, 2007, 7:00pm,
on the Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program 2008
Multi Purpose Room, Asper Jewish Community Campus, 123 Doncaster Street

All grade 9 Jewish students not enrolled in the Gray Academy of Jewish Education were invited with their parents to attend this General Information Session.

Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 8, 2007, 7:00pm
Community Kristallnacht Commemoration: After the Holocaust
Berney Theatre - Asper Jewish Community Campus

The first Holocaust orphans arrived in Winnipeg in 1947, sixty years ago, and were soon followed by other survivors. A panel discussion by survivor-immigrants and their hosts examined what life was like in Winnipeg for them in the wake of the Holocaust. Jointly organized by the Jewish Heritage Centre and the Holocaust Awareness Committee of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg.

Presentation - Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 7:30pm
Growing Up In Poland - by Dr. Stefan Carter
Herzlia - Adas Yeshurun Synagogue (620 Brock St.)

Presentation of Dr. Carter's research on his family of professionals, artists, and business people in pre-war Warsaw. Dr. Carter lived in Warsaw and, during World War II, stayed in the Ghetto until he was smuggled out to live "on the Aryan side". Dr. Carter is a retired physician and the author of Mozart: a Meditation on his Life and Mysterious Death.

Bus Tour

Sunday, September 30, 2007, 2:00pm
Recreating the North End

Make the vitality and diversity of Winnipeg's North End come alive again with a guided bus tour by Professor Len Kaminski, past-president and program director of the Seven Oaks Historical Society. The included both Jewish and non-Jewish sites of the 1920s and 1930s covering some of the religious, labour, and communal institutions that defined North End life.

Video and Personal Stories - Our Klezmer Heritage Cruise in the Ukraine

Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 7:00pm
Berney Theatre, Asper Campus

Experience the tour a group of 170 people took on a cruise through the Ukraine in April and May 2007 in what was called the Klezmer Heritage Tour. See a one-hour professionally produced video, and hear from the 18 Winnipeggers who were on the trip.

The Marion and Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada (1997 to 2007)

Our Permanent Exhibit was "Diversity and Vitality: The Jewish Experience in Western Canada". It opened in May 1998. It was an awe-inspiring history of the Jewish struggle and achievements that have taken place here in Western Canada.

An Historical Overview of the Life and Contributions of Rabbi Israel Kahanovitch, Chief Rabbi of Western Canada (1907 - 1945)
and Nineteenth Century Cemeteries in Winnipeg and Transcona: Their Significance as Heritage Sites

By Jodi Giesbrecht and Scott de Groot
Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 8:00pm
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue

The Jewish Heritage Centre is working with Parks Canada toward the designation of Rabbi Kahanovitch and the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery as an individual and site of historical significance. University of Winnipeg history students Jodi Giesbrecht and Scott de Groot were contracted to conduct the research, with Jodi focusing on Rabbi Kahanovitch and Scott on the Shaarey Zedek cemetery.

Our 6th Annual Holocaust Symposium

Thursday, May 10, 2007
University of Winnipeg

The Topic this year was: "The Holocaust, Lessons Learned".
Dr. Deborah Lipstadt

2007 Sol & Florence Kanee Distinguished Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Deborah Lipstadt
Monday, April 30, 2007, 8:00pm
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue

Dr. Lipstadt's book HISTORY ON TRIAL: MY DAY IN COURT WITH DAVID IRVING [Ecco/HarperCollins, 2005] is the story of her libel trial in London against David Irving who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right wing extremist. She will present her story of the trial.

Tickets: Adults $36, Seniors and Students $18.
Donations of $125 get a tax receipt plus 2 tickets. $500 includes 6 tickets.
See our Poster for this Event

Carol Matas launches new novel "The Whirlwind"

Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 10:30am
Asper Jewish Community Campus

The Whirlwind
See this Review. Presented by Jewish Heritage Centre/Holocaust Education Centre as part of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg's Holocaust Awareness Week 2007. More information is about Carol is available on her web site:

Booklet: Sir. Martin Gilbert

The text from Sir. Martin Gilbert's Kanee distinguished lecture from April 30, 2006 was printed and distributed to all members along with the January 2007 Newsletter.

Presentation by Russ Gourluck - "A Road to Opportunity for Winnipeg Jewish Families"

Thursday, February 1, 2007
Temple Shalom (1077 Grant Avenue)

Mr. Gourluck is former teacher and principal. His books include "Going Downtown: A History of Winnipeg's Portage Avenue" and "A Store Like No Other: Eaton's of Winnipeg". His talk was about the new Canadians from Eastern Europe that arrived in Winnipeg in the early 1900s.

Exhibit - Samuel Freedman - Man of Law

Nov 7, 2006 through Jan 7, 2007
Marion and Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada.

A rich multi-media exhibit you shouldn't have missed! It comprised of material that Brownie Freedman (Sam's widow) collected for almost 70 years.

Book Launch and Lecture - Prof. Benjamin M. Baader

Thursday, November 23, 2006, 7:30pm
Adult Lounge, Asper Jewish Community Campus

The Rady Jewish Community Centre and the JHC, as part of the Jewish Book Fair, hosted Prof. Baader's launch of his book: "Gender, Judaism, and Bourgeois Culture in Germany". Prof. Baader is a History Professor from the University of Manitoba.

The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program - Information Session on the 2007 trip

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 7:00pm
Multi Purpose Room, Asper Jewish Community Campus

All grade 9 Jewish students not enrolled in the Gray Academy of Jewish Education were invited with their parents to attend this general information session about the program. Programming commences February 2007.

Kristallnacht - Community-Wide Program

Thursday, November 9, 2006, 7:00pm
Berney Theatre, Asper Jewish Community Campus

This was an illustrated talk by Shelley Faintuch on "Broken Glass: Modern Antisemitism Comes Full Circle." This was presented by the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg with the cooperation of the Holocaust Education Centre of the JHCWC and March of the Living.

Exhibit - Mr. Justice Samuel Freedman

Opening Tuesday, November 7, 2006

For the opening, there was a Panel Discussion program, chaired by Jack London on Aspects of the Life of Samuel Freedman.

Lecture: "More Than Just Business" by Prof. Hans Werner - An Historical Overview of the Jewish-Mennonite Relations in Winkler

Tuesday, October 10, 2007, 7:00pm
Berney Theatre, Asper Jewish Community Campus

Prof. Werner's lecture explored how Jewish merchants played a role in mediating the market for Mennonites in Winkler. It was followed by a discussion: "The Jews and Mennonites of Winkler", led by Harold Buchwald.

Lecture: Professor Serena Keshavjee - Modernism and Manitoba Architecture 1945-1975

Monday, September 18, 2006, 7:00pm
Adult Lounge, Asper Campus

Dr. Keshavjee is an Assistant Professor of Art History and Coordinator of the Art History Programme at the University of Winnipeg. Her lecture was followed by a Panel Discussion: The Contributions of Jewish Architects, with the panel made up of Terry Cristall (Number Ten Architecture Group), Alex Katz (Stechesen Katz Architects) and Professor Oliver Botar (School of Art, University of Manitoba).

Bus and Walking Tour of the 1919 General Strike and the Jewish North End

Sunday, September 17, 2006, Departure at 1:00pm
Departure from Congregation Etz Chayim, 123 Matheson Ave East

Guides were Professor Nolan Reilly (Department of History, University of Winnipeg) and Roz Usiskin (local historian).

Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program - Education Sessions: Winter/Spring 2006

Trip To Washington D.C.
May 21 - May 24, 2006

Download the 2006 Program Brochure (pdf file 569 KB).

Our 5th Annual Holocaust Symposium - "Righteous Among the Nations, Courage To Care, Courage To Act"

700 students from Winnipeg and rural Manitoba were in attendance.
- 9:00am Official welcome
- 9:15am Candle lighting ceremony by students of the Asper Foundation Human RIghts and Holocaust Studies Program.
- 9:25am Opening remarks by Morris Henoch, Symposium chair.
- 9:30am Recognition of Holocaust Survivors in our Community: Dr. Stephan Carter, Albert Gazan, Barbara Goszer, Joe Riesen(bach), Walter Salzberg.
- 10:00am

Keynote speaker: Berendina R.H. (Diet) Eman
- 11:15 a.m Closing Remarks by Dr. Byron Sheldrik, University of Winnipeg.
- 12:45 - 2:30pm: Break-out Sessions

Inaugural Guest Lecturer - Sir Martin Gilbert

Topic: The Jews of Arab Lands
Sunday April 30, 2006, 8:00pm
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue

Sir Martin Gilbert

We were pleased to announce that the Annual Sol and Florence Kanee Distinguished Lecture Series was established to honour the Kanees, and to help sustain the JHC. Sol Kanee is the longtime former Honourary President of the Jewish Historical Society and laterally the Jewish Heritage Centre, and is a national and international Jewish leader. With his beloved Florence z'l, Sol Kanee has been a dedicated supporter of our organization.

This inaugural lecture took take place Sunday evening, April 30th, at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue. Our distinguished guest lecturer was the internationally renowned historian, Sir Martin Gilbert of London, England. Sir Martin is Winston Churchill's official biographer and a leading historian of the modern world. The author of seventy-five books, he is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, his alma mater, and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College, Michigan.

The topic of his Kanee Distinguished Lecture was The Jews of Arab Lands, the fascinating history of the course of the Jewish communities in Arab countries from Biblical times to the present, and the dynamic roles they played in the development of those societies until expelled. It was a gripping story of the sordidly familiar pattern of Jewish dispersion: of flourishing and creative Jewish communities greatly contributing to the development of their countries yet faced with the continual threat of persecution, discrimination and violence.

Lecture: Holocaust Memoir Digest, Studying the Holocaust Through the Words of Survivors

By Esther Goldberg (wife of Sir Martin Gilbert)
Sunday, April 30, 2006,am
Herzlia Synagogue

Lecture: Winnipeg Jews and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic

Professor Esyllt Jones (of the University of Winnipeg)
Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 7:00pm
Holocaust Education Centre

Special Tour of: Salvador Dali - Aliyah Suite

With: Helen Delacretaz, Curator of the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Tuesday, March 7, 2006, 2:00pm
The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Boulevard

The JHC was honored to have Helen Delacretaz, Curator, Decorative and Fine Arts of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, give us a special tour of the Salvador Dali exhibit. The exhibit was a set of prints, commissioned in 1966, to commemorate the independence of the state of Israel in 1948.

Lecture: To Whom Did They Belong? (The Vatican and Child Survivors of the Holocaust)

Given by Professor Michael R. Marrus
Monday, December 12, 2005, 7:00pm
Berney Theatre, Asper Campus, 123 Doncaster Street

Michael Marrus, Professor of Holocaust Studies from the University of Toronto, a renowned author on children survivors’ life after the Holocaust, spoke during the Jewish Book Fair. The Holocaust Eduction Centre of the JHC co-sponsored this program with the Rady Centre.

The Transfer Agreement

Lecture by Harold Buchwald CM QC LLD
Monday, November 14, 2005 at 7:30pm
Berney Theatre, Asper Campus

The compelling story of a little known transaction between the Jews of Palestine and the Third Reich in 1933. This was a little known pact to halt the economic boycott of Nazi Germany by Zionist Organizations that threatened to topple Hitler's government, then only in its first year of power.

Thunder Bay Nostalgia with Paul Shaffer

Monday September 26, 2005, 8:00pm
Berney Theatre, Asper Campus

This event, co-hosted by the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba featured Paul Shaffer as Guest of Honour. Deputy Mayor Mike Pagtakhan brought greetings from the City of Winnipeg. Entertainment was by Finjan (Shayla Fink, Kinzey Posen, Myron Schultz). Several hundred were in attendance. Thanks go to the Jews of Thunder Bay Planning Committee for their work to plan the evening.

Mazel Tov! A Chasene! The Jewish Wedding - Jewish Wedding Exhibit

July 27 through November 27, 2005
Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum

A Jewish marriage is seen as an encounter between a man and a woman that is enshrined in holiness and initiated by a sacred ceremony. The wedding intertwines laws, liturgies, and customs that have developed over several millennia, and simultaneously honours and confronts an ancient heritage in a fruitfully open-ended conversation. The wedding incorporates beliefs and traditions that reflect the diversity of Jewish identities throughout history that continues to the present day.

The exhibition uses texts and photographs to explain the rituals of the ceremony, the celebrations and plans associated with the wedding, and contemporary issues that couple face. Among the artifacts to be seen are bridal gowns and clothing from as early as the end of the 19th century; telegrams, invitations, dinner menus, and newspaper items from the early Israelite Press; wedding contracts (ketubot); and a wedding diary from a 1970s bride.

Marsha Usiskin, Michael Usiskin, Roseline Wolodarsky Usiskin and Larry Usiskin, Esther Usiskin, David Usiskin. 24 December 1949

Panel Discussion: Aspects of Contemporary Jewish Marriage

Sunday September 25, 2005, 2:00pm
Adult Lounge, Asper Campus
Panelists: Dr Mark Etkin, Dr. John Hofley, Rabbi Dr. Neal Rose, Judy Plotkin.
Moderator: Roz Usiskin

The panelists explored a wide range of topics including intercultural marriages, same-sex relations, Jewish marriages and living arrangements in the context of broader social trends, and religious definitions of marriages (Liberal, Orthodox, Conservative, etc.)

The Wedding Garden Party

Wednesday August 24, 2005, 7:30pm
Jewish Foundation Garden, Asper Campus

Entertainment with Eli Herscovitch and friends. A demonstration of traditional folk dance. Door prizes and silent auction. Come attired in a wedding-related costume. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts.

Volunteer Reception

Tuesday June 21, 2005, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Jewish Foundation of Manitoba Garden, Asper Campus

This event honoured our volunteers. Entertainment included live music and refreshments.

Museums: Guardians of Canada's Ethnic Diversity - A Panel Discussion

Sunday June 5, 2005, 2:00pm
Berney Theatre

This was a panel of representatives: Stan Carbone from the Jewish Heritage Centre, Dr. Roland Sawatzsky from the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum, Dr. Phillipe Mailhot from the Musee de St. Boniface, Ken Romaniuk from the Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre and Tammy Axelsson from the New Iceland Heritage Museum discuss the challenges Museums are facing. Jimm Simon, President of the Association of Manitoba Museums moderated.

See the 8 page brochure (pdf 1.3 MB)

Gray Academy Roots Project

May 4 to end of May 2005.
Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum

Family history projects from Grade 7 students were on display. This amazing research and artistry by the students was not to be missed!

Holocaust Symposium

Thursday May 12, 2005, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Duckworth Auditorium, University of Winnipeg

This year's theme was: "The Holocaust - Horrors of the Camps". This one-day symposium for Manitoba high school students featured Leon Bass, an American liberator of concentration camps. Mr. Bass will spoke in the morning. In the afternoon there were breakout sessions.

Walking On - Remembering Mauthausen

Photo Exhibit by Cathrine Stukhard
Tuesday January 18 to Friday April 15, 2005
Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum

This exhibit consisting of about 40 photographs of the Austrian concentration camp began with an official opening ceremony on January 17th with guest dignitaries, including His Excellency Otto Ditz, Austrian Ambassador to Canada. This exhibit was graciously provided by the Austrian Embassy and the Austrian Ministry of the Interior with the support of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg/CJA. See Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba John Harvard's Remarks

Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies program - Winter and Spring, 2005

Asper Jewish Community Campus

About 100 Jewish and non-Jewish students enrolled in grade 9 in Winnipeg outside of the Jewish school system learned about Human Rights issues and the Holocaust. Students also performed community service. The program culminated with a trip to Washington in April 2005.

Treasures To Share

Exhibition opened Sunday Sept 12, 2004 to the end of December 2004
Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum

This was an in-house curated exhibit featuring archival material that is part of JHC's archive and artifact collection that has been accumulated over the past 36 years. Most of this material has never been displayed before. See our brochure about the display (.doc file 2.3 MB).

JHC Annual General Meeting

Wednesday December 15, 2004 at 7:00pm
Multipurpose Room, Asper Jewish Community Campus
Followed at 8:00 p.m by:
Biographical Overview of Miriam Waddington

Immediately following the business portion of the AGM, Abe Arnold, Prof. Neil Besner, Mildred Gutkin and Irma Penn described the life and poetry of the late Miriam Waddington.

A History of the Montefiore Club - A Lecture by Saul Henteleff

Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 7:00pm
Holocaust Education Centre, Asper Jewish Community Campus

The lecture was followed by a viewing of Mr. Henteleff's documentary video on the Montefiore Club of Winnipeg. This program was part of the series of initiative celebrating the Double Chai anniversary of the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada.

Stephen Lewis Guest Speaker - Banquet Honouring Founders of the Jewish Historical Society

36th Anniversary Special Event 2004
Sunday October 31, 2004
Etz Chayim Synagogue, 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Stephen Lewis CCStephen Lewis spoke on the topic: "Canada's Role in Addressing Human Rights Violations on the Global Stage". This banquet honored founders and builders of the Jewish Historical Society, including Past Presidents, original members of the Archives Committee and staff members.

The banquet also was the culmination of a campaign dedicated to the goal of Members, Memoirs and Mezumen. We were seeking to enroll new Members in the Heritage Centre, gather new Memoirs, documents, photos and memorabilia, and raise Mezumen - funds - to ensure the future of the Jewish Heritage Centre which now incorporates, the Jewish Historical Society and Archives, the Marion and Ed Vickar Jewish Museum, the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre and the Genealogical Institute.

For more information on this dinner, see our Anniversary Dinner Brochure (pdf 433 kB).

The Art and Soul of Peace Through Humour

Sunday May 30, 2004 to Monday August 23, 2004
Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum

This exhibit consisted of some 40 paintings that deal with the prospect of peace in the Middle East. They are painted by Jewish, Arab, Bedouin and Druze children living in Israel. This exhibit has travelled throughout Israel, the United States and Canada. It was previously displayed at the Koffler Centre for the Arts in Toronto. This exhibit was co-sponsored by the Mennonite Heritage Museum of Winnipeg.

Annual Kavod Evening: Shem Tov Awards

Wednesday June 2, 2004, 7:30 p.m
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue

The Jewish Heritage Centre was pleased to present its Shem Tov award this year to Marshall Wilder.

Association of Canadian Jewish Studies Conference

Sunday May 30 to Monday May 31, 2004
Asper Jewish Community Campus and University of Manitoba

The Annual Conference of the ACJS was in Winnipeg this year. The Jewish Heritage Centre sponsored the Sunday sessions at the Asper Campus.
- Sunday May 30, 3:00 to 5:00pm in the Adult Lounge: We honoured Abe Arnold on his appointment to the Order of Canada.

Jewish Heritage Centre's 3rd Annual Holocaust Symposium

University of Winnipeg, Duckworth Centre
Wednesday May 12, 2004

The theme this year was "Women of Resistance". There were over 750 grade 9 to 12 students attending this all-day program.

The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program

January to May 2004
Holocaust Trip to Washington

For the 5th year, the Jewish Heritage Centre administered this program. Grade 9 students learned about the Holocaust, did community service, and finished with a trip to the Washington Holocaust Memorial Museum. The trip to Washington, D.C. took place this year from Sunday May 2 to Wednesday May 5.

Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Bodyguard: Morris “Two – Gun” Cohen

By Ruth Wright Millar,
Journalist and History sleuth from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Wednesday, April 28, 7:30pm
Holocaust Education Centre

This was a reading and a presentation of a video on: Morris “Two – Gun Cohen” (1887 – 1970) was one of the most flamboyant characters to emerge from the Canadian West. His was truly the life of an adventurer and soldier of fortune. He was to become an active figure in Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Chinese nationalist movement, the Guomindang.

The Reconstruction of the Jewish Past Through Yiddish Sources - A Lecture by Victoria Khiterer, PhD.

Thursday March 11, 2004 at 7:30pm
Holocaust Education Centre.

Professor Khiterer's primary interest is the History of Jews in Eastern Europe, the Russian Empire and the countries of the former Soviet Union. Among her publications is a study on the documents of Jewish History in Kyiv's archives. She has also lectured at Harvard, Princeton and other Universities.

The Jewish Diaspora in China - A Lecture by Xu Xin

Berney Theatre, Asper Jewish Community Campus
Thursday, January 8th, 2004

Xu Xin is professor of History of Jewish Culture and Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies at Nanjing University, People's Republic of China. Professor Xin also spoke on the following topics: Relations between China and Israel since 1949 and Chinese Policies towards Judaism. This lecture was cosponsored with the Jewish Heritage Centre by The Yunnan Project Hope of Canada, Inc. See the Jewish Post and News review of this event.

Mame-Loshn: Yiddish in Winnipeg Exhibit

Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum
August 3 to December 15, 2003

This exhibit Yiddish was our major in-house exhibit of the year. It opening to coincide with the Peretz School Reunion that took place from August 1st to 4th. It offered a fascinating overview of the history of the Yiddish language and culture, as well as its role in Winnipeg.

Yiddish Exhibit Programs

We had several very exciting programs throughout the Fall months expanding on the role of Yiddish in Winnipeg's Jewish past. They were:

  • Lecture/Symposium: "Yiddish Profile of a People"
    Thursday Sept 11, 2003 7:30pm in the Berney Theatre
    Lecturer was Mildred Gutkin. This was immediately followed by a Symposium on Yiddish in Winnipeg. Symposium panelists were Oscar Antel, Rabbi Peretz Weizman and Esther Leven.
  • Film - "Almonds and Raisins: the History of Yiddish Cinema"
    Thursday Sept 18, 2003 at 7:30pm in the Holocaust Education Centre
    Moderator: Rabbi Neal Rose.
  • Film - "Tevye Now and Then: the Americanization of Tevye"
    Sunday Sept 21, 2003 at 2:00pm in the Berney Theatre
    Moderator: Rabbi Neal Rose.
  • Film - "Translated and Improved Upon: Yiddish King Lear"
    Sunday Sept 21, 2003 at 7:30pm in the Holocaust Education Centre
    Moderator: Rabbi Neal Rose.
  • Panel Presentation: "The Future of Yiddish"
    Thursday Oct 16, 2003 7:30pm in the Holocaust Education Centre
    The moderator was Edith Kimelman. The panelists were Chana Thau, Martin Green, Archie Kraut and Rachela Secter.
  • Concert: "Remembering Our Noah (Noah Witman)"
    Sunday Nov 23, 2003 2:00pm in the Etz Chayim Synagogue
    This was a program of tapes, videos, and music from the life of Noah Witman.
  • Concert: "Sounds of Yiddish"
    Sunday Dec 7, 2003 2:00pm in the Etz Chayim Synagogue
    This was an amazing program of music, readings, and Yiddish humour.

Thunder Bay: Dedication of Addition to Permanent Gallery

Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum
Fall 2003

Materials and artifacts have been collected documenting the Jewish History of Thunder Bay, Ontario. These were be put together as a new entry made up of two display cases in our Permanent Gallery.

Radicalism Book Launch

Sunday, June 15, 2003, 2pm

Following up on our very successful Radicalism Conference in Sept 2001, we have produced a book of papers from the Conference. This first-of-its-kind documentation of local Manitoba Jewish Radicalism will be part of the JHC's Jewish Life and Times series.

Young at Art Display

Until early July 2003
Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada

We were proud to display this local collection of creative writing, photography, art (painting, sculpture, sketching), crafts (needlework, woodwork, knitting) and other handy work from our more senior citizens of our community. Sponsored by the Coalition for Older Adults.

Annual Kaved Evening

Wednesday, May 28, 2003, evening
Etz Chayim Synagogue

The local community awards were handed out. This year, the Jewish Heritage Centre's recipient of the Shem Tov award was Gerry Posner, President of the JHC during 2001 and 2002.

The Asper Foundation - Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program

January thru May 2003

Grade 9 students learned about the Holocaust, did community service, and finished with a trip to the Washington Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Hersch Zentner Holocaust Symposium

May 1, 2003
University of Winnipeg

Well-known speakers highlighted a full day with 1000 students. The theme of this year's symposium was: "Children of Holocaust, Children of War Today".

Lecture: Wilderness Gentry - Jewish Fur Traders in the Eighteenth Century

Holocaust Education Centre
Tuesday Apr 1, 2003.

Scott Stephen, a Ph.D. student at the University of Manitoba was the speaker.

Art Exhibit

Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum
Jan 2003 to Mar 28, 2003.

This was a joint venture with JSA/Hillel to celebrate the artwork of Winnipeg's university students. An amazing display of unique and original material.

Exhibit: If only I could change the past

Until January 2003
Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum, 123 Doncaster Street

The students of Holy Cross School under the guidance of their teacher Gerry Bohemier examine the horrors of the Holocaust through their amazing projects. A must see! Also see the Holy Cross School website for more info on the students' work.

If only I could change the past - Now On! Students from Holy Cross School explain their projects at the Opening on Nov 14

Max Freed: Profile of a Jewish Entrepreneur - A lecture by Dr. Isadore Wolch

Thursday, November 21, 2002. 7:30pm
Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum, 123 Doncaster Street

Lecture: "Land settlement policies and ethnic groups in Western Canada 1870-1914"

Tuesday, October 22, 2002. 7:00pm
Marion and Ed Vickar Jewish Museum

Lecture by Professor John Lehr, Geography Department, University of Winnipeg and with the theme: A Jewish Farmer just cannot be.

Lecture: "Mike Usiskin: Profile of a Jewish Pioneer Farmer"

Thursday, October 8, 2002. 7:30pm
Marion and Ed Vickar Jewish Museum

This was a joint lecture by Marcia and Roz Usiskin, about the story of the life of an Edenbridge farmer.

Lecture and Panel: Saskatchewan Farm Colonies

Thursday, September 26, 2002. 7:30pm
Adult Lounge, Asper Jewish Community Campus

The Myth of Jewish Farmers as Failures: Jewish Homesteaders on Saskatchewan Township 2-15-W2, a lecture by historian Anna Feldman. This was followed by a panel of speakers (Freeda Baron, Yude Henteleff, Joe Elfenbaum and Israel Zalik) who offered recollections and reflections of life on a farm settlement. Norman Vickar hosted the proceedings.

Lecture: History and Politics of early Jewish Farm Settlements on the Prairies

Abe Arnold
Wednesday, June 5, 2002. 7:30pm

Lecture covered the period from 1882 to 1901.

Major Exhibition: Unturned Earth - The Jewish Farm Communities in Western Canada

Thursday May 23, 2002 to October 24, 2002

Our major in-house Museum Exhibit for the year, at the Marion and Ed Vickar Jewish Museum. There were also related programs and events.

Annual Kavod Evening

Thursday, May 30, 2002
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue

The Shem Tov award from the Jewish Heritage Centre for 2001/02 was awarded to Roz Silver.

Winkler Plaque Dedication Ceremony

Sunday, May 26, 2002
Heritage Park, Winkler, Manitoba

A ceremony and celebration was held with the dedication of a plaque to commemorate and memorialize the pioneer Jewish settlers of Winkler, Manitoba who arrived from eastern Europe to that community between the 1890's and the beginning of the First World War, 1914.

Choices: How Can I Make a Difference?

Wednesday May 1, 2002
The University of Winnipeg.

This one-day event was a Holocaust Anti-Racism Education Symposium. We involved 1000 students from across Manitoba. Key speakers included Ken McVey and Dr. Leon Bass.

Asper Holocaust Studies Program

Spring 2002.
Washington Trip may be the end of April 2002

The Jewish Heritage Centre administered the student Education and Washington trip for the 3rd year.

Teaching the Holocaust - A Guide to Inspiring Students

Thursday April 11, 2002
Berney Theatre / Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum

This was the JHC program for the Holocaust Education Week. Educators Panel: Cara Zurzolo, Renee Kaplan, Gina Chodirker, Gerry Bohemier. There was a special Holocaust exhibit prepared by Holy Cross school students who discussed their project in the Holocaust Education Centre on April 11.

Some of the dozens of displays about the Holocaust prepared by the Holy Cross students.
Some of the dozens of displays about the Holocaust prepared by the Holy Cross students.

Footsteps mark a boxcar floor. The Holy Cross students' tapestry is at the back.
Footsteps mark a boxcar floor. The Holy Cross students' tapestry is at the back.

The Holocaust Educators Panel
The Holocaust Educators Panel.

Children of the Holocaust

March/April 2002
Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum

This was one exhibit you shouldn't have missed.

Pioneer Jewish Settlers of Winkler, Manitoba

Thursday February 19, 2002, 7:30pm
Florence Kanee Foyer, Asper Campus

A lecture by Mr. Harold Buchwald. A snapshot of early Jewish immigration from the Shtetl to an emerging Manitoba settlement. Adjustment, adaptation, and achievement.

Before, During, and After Durban

Wednesday February 6, 2002, 7:30pm
Florence Kanee Foyer, Asper Campus

A lecture by Mr. Yude Henteleff. The world is the same. Near silence in the face of vicious anti-semitism.

The Wiseman Doll Collection

Nov 2001 through January 2002
Marion and Ed Vickar Jewish Museum

Titled "Old Woman at Play", this exhibition of Clara Wiseman's uniquely imaginative artwork was put on display in the Museum. This exhibit explored innocence, loss, love, and the creative spirit.

Spring 2001

We involved three Cultural Communities in Winnipeg. The Chinese, Japanese and Jewish Communities to work together to produce the "Shanghai Connection" Exhibit. For more info on the Shanghai Connection, see the Wonderful set of Web Pages that were created for it.
Shanghai Connection - Creating a Refuge During the Holocaust

Fall 2000

We created out own unique exhibit highlighting a century of Jewish Musicians and Music in Winnipeg. Known as "Our Musical Heritage", the Exhibition was supplemented by four very well attended Concerts and the publication of the definitive book by Sharon Chisvin titled: "Our Musical Heritage".

August 2000

For Folklorama Shalom Square week, we featured "Holidays at Home": Seven dinner tables set up to present traditional holiday setting, as well as "Horizons - Israel at 50 - Aerial Photography": A set of 34 fantastic and unique photos of Israel each an awesome 30 by 36 inches in size.

Spring 2000

We exhibited: Joseph Bau - A Schindler Jew and His Art. This exhibit provided an overview of the work of Israeli artist and Schindler List survivor, Joseph Bau. Over 40 of his works were on display. The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has put up a very descriptive web page of Mr. Bau and it displays many of his works.
Joseph Bau Exhibit Poster

Summer and Fall of 1999

We exhibited our first major in-house curated project: The Players - Our Community's Contribution to Sport. This exhibition coincided with the 1999 Pan-Am Games that were held in Winnipeg.

April 1999

Students built and exhibited a complete Red River Settlement from the early 1800s under the direction of Winnipeg artist Riva Stone.

October 1998

We exhibited Remembering Luboml: Images of a Jewish Community – a project initiated in 1994 by Aaron Ziegelman, a Libivner who emigrated to the U.S. in 1938.

June 1998

Jewish Roots was on display from the Simkin Middle School’s genealogical research projects.

May and June 1998

We featuring the poetry of Rafi Aaron against the backdrop of collected photographs as a celebration of Israel’s 50th. The poet read his work as A Seed in the Pocket of Their Blood opened and again on the occasion of the Canadian Jewish Congress Plenary.

January 1998

We displayed an exhibition of the work of Moise Sadoun, a photographer from France living temporarily in our Community of Winnipeg who brought us Orthodox Images, a fascinating interplay of Orthodox Jews and modern settings.

December 1997

The Museum gallery had featured chanukiot.

September 1997

The Marion and Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada opened its doors to the public, with a preview of our permanent collection, followed immediately by a major international exhibition - Anne Frank in the World. The Portnoy Gallery, our main exhibition space at the Museum, proudly thereafter hosted the National Council of Jewish Women’s Centennial Exhibit.