Join the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies, a national organization that promotes the study of the Canadian Jewish experience!

We offer:

  • A yearly national conference that brings together scholars, students, archivists, museum professionals, and members of diverse communities across the country and internationally
  • Our scholarly journalCanadian Jewish Studies/Etudes juives canadiennes
  • Exciting programming such as lectures and reading groups
  • Heritage conservation activities
  • A newsletter to keep up with events, public programs, and opportunities from sea to sea to sea
  • Unique opportunities for networking for both individuals and organizations
  • Mentorship activities for students and new professionals in related fields

Become a member

If you have questions or comments or would like to become more involved, please e-mail the ACJS president, Rebecca Margolis at rmargoli@uOttawa.ca, and she will either respond or direct your e-mail to the appropriate person in our organization.

Joignez-vous à l’Association d’études juives canadiennes, une organisation qui promeut l’étude de l’expérience juive à l’échelle du pays!

Nous offrons :

  • Une conférence nationale annuelle qui réunit des chercheurs, des étudiants, des archivistes, des professionnels en muséologie et des membres de diverses communautés à travers le pays et à l’étranger
  • Notre revue scientifique, Canadian Jewish Studies / Études juives canadiennes
  • Une programmation excitante incluant des conférences et des groupes de lecture
  • Des activités de conservation du patrimoine
  • Un bulletin d’information pour demeurer à jour sur les événements, les programmes publics et les opportunités d’un océan à l’autre
  • Des occasions uniques de réseautage pour les individus et les organisations
  • Des activités de mentorat pour les étudiants et les jeunes professionnels dans des domaines connexes

Devenir Membre

Si vous avez des questions ou des commentaires ou si vous souhaitez vous impliquer davantage, veuillez envoyer un courriel à Rebecca Margolis, présidente de l’ACJS, à rmargoli@uOttawa.ca, et elle répondra ou dirigera votre courriel à la bonne personne de notre organisation.



ACJS Bulletin Submissions

The time has come for the biannual call for submissions for the ACJS Bulletin! Please send Adara Goldberg (adaragoldberg@gmail.com) your updates for publication in the Fall Bulletin: current research, publications, conferences, seminars, and lectures on Canadian Jewish studies.  As with the past two issues, we are also soliciting short features on significant, but lesser known, figures …

“The Keneder Adler and Yiddish community life in Montreal, 1944”

Have you read “The Keneder Adler and Yiddish community life in Montreal, 1944” by Professor Rebecca Margolis? Make sure to read this page turner now available on the online Canadian Jewish Studies Journal! Margolis’s work has focused on Yiddish as it has moved from an immigrant to an ethnic language among Canadian Jews. She is …


ACJS Conference 2019 in Vancouver

The ACJS is pleased to announce our 2019 conference in Vancouver. Our annual Community Day will take place at Vancouver’s Peretz Institute for Secular Jewish Culture, and we welcome all members of the Vancouver community to join our ACJS presenters and members free of charge. Because space is extremely limited, we ask that any non-ACJS or CSJS members please register on our eventbrite page.

The final two days of the conference will take place at the University of British Columbia, in association with the Peretz Institute, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, and the Vered Canadian Jewish Studies Program. The conference will provide a platform for exciting and original research on Canadian Jewish life, past, present and future. These presentations are open to anyone who has registered for the ACJS conference.

This year, a generous donation in memory of Robert L. Kemeny will provide scholarships to all of our full-time student presenters. A Hungarian-born survivor of the Holocaust with a passion for books, art, and Judaism, Robert Kemeny would be delighted to know how a small contribution will help some students learn more about the Jewish experience in his Canadian home, in particular in his adopted city of Vancouver.

To view the complete conference program, click here.

We will once again be partnering with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences to put on a great event at the University of British Columbia! You can register for the entire conference here.

If you’d like to view the call for papers, click here.

ACJS Conference 2018 in Montreal

The 2018 ACJS conference took place in Montreal, at the McCord Museum as well as Concordia and McGill Universities. It was a great success, and we thank all who participated!

2018 ACJS Conference Program
2018 ACJS Conference Call for Papers

Past Conference Programs


About Us / À Propos de Nous

The ACJS / Aéjc is a national member-run organization that brings together academics, students, professionals and others interested in the study of the Jewish experience in Canada across multiple disciplines history, literature, sociology, religion, gender studies, architecture, music, translation, and others.

Our regular activities include:

  • An annual Springtime conference that brings together scholars, archivists, and associated societies and organizations of Canadian Jewish studies together to share their ideas and help shape the future of the discipline;
  • Community-based activities that promote Canadian Jewish Studies in the form of lectures, walking tours, literary readings and other events;
  • Publication of Canadian Jewish Studies, the only journal devoted to the study of Canadian Jewry. Canadian Jewish Studies is an open-access scholarly journal that includes full-length peer-reviewed articles from a variety of scholarly disciplines, book reviews, special sections devoted to translations of important primary sources, and short essays by representatives of archival collections from coast-to-coast-to-coast called “Archives Matter.”;
  • Publication of a bi-annual Bulletin highlighting news and events pertaining to Canadian Jewish studies.

The ACJS is affiliated with numerous local Jewish historical societies and organizations throughout Canada. Via these partnerships, the ACJS maintains a vibrant relationship with Canada’s Jewish communities and encourages the identification and preservation of properties, sites, and districts related to Canadian Jewish heritage.

Each year, the ACJS / Aéjc dispenses a number of awards that recognize the achievements of those who have made the most meaningful contributions to our discipline. Awarded since 2001, the Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award recognizes a significant contribution made by an individual, institution or group to Canadian Jewish Studies. In 2009, the ACJS created the Marcia Koven Award for Best Student Paper and has awarded a promising young scholar with this distinction every year since. In 2018, the ACJS established a new award to honour the memory of our esteemed colleague, Professor Gerald Tulchinsky, to be offered annually to a young or emerging scholar who has demonstrated both exceptional scholarship in the field as well as significant contribution to the ACJS or the broader field of Canadian Jewish Studies.

The ACJS gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies at Concordia University, the Israel & Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York, the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program at the University of Ottawa, and the Jewish Studies Program of the University of Toronto.

Our history

The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies/ l’Association d’études juives canadiennes was founded in 1976 as the Canadian Jewish Historical Society / Société d’histoire juive canadienne.  The original aim of the society was to promote and disseminate historical research concerning the engagement of Jews to Canadian society. It did so via the publication of the Canadian Jewish Historical Society Journal (1977-1988), the organization of occasional papers and lectures, and an annual conference held in conjunction with the Canadian Historical Association at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) Congress.

The 1990s proved a momentous time for the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies. In 1993 the Canadian Jewish Historical Society began publication of a new annual scholarly journal, Canadian Jewish Studies / Études juives Canadiennes to promote a new multidisciplinary approach to Canadian Jewish Studies. In 1996, the society changed its name to the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies / l’Association d’études juives canadiennes (ACJS / Aéjc) to highlight our broader research scope. In addition to history, the new association encouraged new research on the Canadian Jewish experience through the disciplines of political science, sociology, economics, geography, demography, education, religion, linguistics, literature, architecture, performing and fine arts, among others.

The ACJS invites anyone with an interest in the Canadian Jewish experience to join our association and participate in our programming.

À propos de l’association

L’Association d’études juives canadiennes (Aéjc) a été fondée en 1976 sous le nom de Société d’histoire juive canadienne.

L’objectif initial de la Société était de promouvoir la recherche historique relative à l’engagement des Juifs envers la société canadienne et d’en diffuser les résultats, ce qui fut effectué par le biais de la publication du Journal-Société de l’histoire juive canadienne (1977-1988), d’un congrès annuel tenu conjointement avec la Société historique du Canada au Congrès des sciences sociales et humaines (les “savantes”), ainsi par la publication de documents hors-série et par des conférences. En 1993, la Société a lancé la publication d’une nouvelle revue scientifique annuelle, Études juives canadiennes. En 1996, pour souligner l’élargissement de son champ de recherche, la Société a remplacé son nom par Association d’études juives canadiennes (Aéjc).

En plus de l’histoire, la nouvelle association a encouragé la recherche sur l’expérience juive canadienne dans les domaines tels que la science politique, la sociologie, l’économie, la géographie, la démographie, l’éducation, la religion, la linguistique, la littérature et l’architecture, les arts du spectacle et les beaux-arts. L’Aéjc a continué de publier le journal et en sert comme outil de rayonnement pour sa nouvelle approche multidisciplinaire des études juives canadiennes. L’Aéjc est une organisation nationale dont le siège social se trouve à Montréal. Depuis les années 1970, l’organisation s’est associée avec plusieurs sociétés d’histoire juive locales et des organisations à travers le Canada.

L’Aéjc est reconnaissante de l’appui soutenu de l’Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies de l’Université Concordia et est heureuse d’avoir comme associés le Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies de l’Université York, le Jewish Studies Program de l’Université de Toronto et le Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program de l’Université d’Ottawa.