Conserving Canadian Jewish Heritage

As part of its mission “to promote and disseminate historical research concerning the engagement of Jews to Canadian society,” the ACJS encourages the identification and preservation of properties, sites, and districts related to Canadian Jewish heritage. Within Canada, the highest recognition a heritage property or site can obtain is listing on the Canadian Register of Historic Places. Many provincial, territorial, and municipal governments also have their own respective registries, and contact information for the Provincial level departments are list below in the ACJS Resource Guide. The following table is an extracted listing of Jewish properties and sites on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

Synagogues

Emanu-el Synagogue, Victoria, British Columbia
Beth Israel Synagogue, Willow Creek, Saskatchewan
Tiferes Israel Synagogue, Moncton, New Brunswick
Shaarei Zedek Synagogue/Calvin Church, Saint John, New Brunswick
Beth Israel Cemetery, Quebec City, Quebec
Tullymet Jewish Cemetery, Tullymet, Saskatchewan
Lipton Jewish Cemetery, Lipton, Saskatchewan
Tiferes Israel Cemetery, Dieppe, New Brunswick

Historic Districts

Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario
The Main, Montreal, Quebec

List last updated October 2010

ACJS acknowledges that there are many heritage properties, sites, and districts related to Canadian Jewish heritage that are in need of assistance related to recognition, conservation, maintenance, funding, etc. The following is a resource guide compiled for owners of Jewish heritage properties in Canada in order to provide them with assistance. These resources are not provided by ACJS, but by government agencies and non-profit organizations that specialize in heritage conservation.

Resources

Jewish Heritage and Non-Sectarian Resources

  • International Survey of Jewish Monuments
  • International Jewish Cemetery Project
  • World Monuments Fund, Jewish Heritage Program
  • Partners for Sacred Places, Information Center

National Level Resources

  • Canadian Register of Historic Places
  • Canadian Conservation Institute
  • Heritage Canada The National Trust
  • Canadian Heritage
  • Canadian National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites
  • Association for Preservation Technology

Provincial and Territorial Resources

  • Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
  • British Columbia Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
  • Manitoba Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection– Historic Resources Branch
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage
  • New Brunswick Heritage
  • Government of Northwest Territories Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
  • Nova Scotia Heritage Division
  • Nunavut Culture and Heritage
  • Ontario Ministry of  Tourism, Culture and Sport
  • Prince Edward Island Department of Tourism and Culture
  • Ministère de la culture et des communications
  • Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation
  • Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture

Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Historical Societies

  • Library and Archives Canada
  • Canadian Jewish Heritage Network
  • Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee National Archives
  • Canadian Foundation of Polish-Jewish Heritage
  • Jewish Public Library, Montreal
  • Centre commémoratif de l’Holocauste à Montreal
  • Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia
  • Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta
  • Jewish Archives & Historical Society of Edmonton & Northern Alberta
  • Ontario Jewish Archives
  • Ottawa Jewish Archives
  • Saint John Jewish Historical Museum

List last updated August 2014