May is National Jewish Heritage Month in Canada.
Below is a webpage from the Jewish Federations of Canada that includes many exciting suggestions to celebrate Jewish heritage.
National Jewish Heritage Month is a great opportunity to learn about the impact of Jewish heritage in communities across the country, and to appreciate the significant contributions made by Jewish Canadians.
May is the 2nd annual National Jewish Heritage Month in Canada.
National Jewish Heritage Month is a great opportunity to learn about the impact of Jewish heritage in communities across the country, and to appreciate the significant contributions made by Jewish Canadians in the fields of medicine, law, politics, arts, business and philanthropy.
For instance, starting in 1912, four women in Toronto, Mrs. Cohn, Miller, Spiegel and Adler, successfully raised $12,000 over nine years to purchase a building in 1923 to house The Hebrew Maternity and Convalescent Hospital. It would eventually become Mount Sinai Hospital.
In federal government, there have been 37 Jewish Canadians who have served as Members of Parliament. The first Jewish Canadian politician elected was Henry Nathan Jr., elected as a Liberal MP to the House of Commons in a by-election in 1871.
Learn about the Jews who have shaped Canadian politics throughout the years.
Here are some ways you can celebrate National Jewish Heritage Month.
VISIT A JEWISH MUSEUM OR A SITE OF HISTORICAL JEWISH INTEREST
Visit Jewish institutions on your community – a museum, a Holocaust memorial museum, a Jewish library or historical synagogue.
Read a McLeans article from 1959 celebrating the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the first Jews to Canada.
However you commemorate it, National Jewish Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the inspirational role that Jewish Canadians have played and continue to play in communities across the country.
Leslie Gales, Chair
Nikki Holland, President & CEO
Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA
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