ACJS Bulletin Call for Submissions

Dear friends,

I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy, and indoors during these challenging times.  
The time has come for the biannual call for submissions for the ACJS Bulletin. Please  send me your updates for publication in the Spring Bulletin: current research, publications, conferences, seminars, and lectures on Canadian Jewish studies. I would also appreciate news from your community, museum, or historical society. This includes any news as well as changes in organizational leadership. We also invite short features on significant, but lesser known, figures in Canadian Jewish history. 

Please send your submissions to with the subject line “Submission – ACJS Bulletin.”

We welcome photos, logos, or other images as accompaniments to your submission – please include these in your email, as well as captions where applicable. Submissions many be in English or French. Bonus points for those whose submissions are bilingual!
Please note: – All submissions must be in .doc or .rtf format.- All photos, logos, and images must be in .jpg, .jpeg, or .png format.

All materials must be submitted by April 16 to ensure timely publication and distribution. Submissions received after that date will be held for the Fall edition.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Wishing you and yours a peaceful Shabbas and Chag Pesach Sameach,

Mahler’s Forgotten Conductor: Heinz Unger and his Search for Jewish Meaning, 1895–1965

Our very own President, Hernan Tesler-Mabe has just released his new book Mahler’s Forgotten Conductor: Heinz Unger and his Search for Jewish Meaning, 1895–1965.
This is a must-read book that looks at how the strands of German Jewish identity converge and were negotiated by a musician who spent the majority of his life trying to grasp who he was.

This book sets this exploration of Unger’s “performative ritual” within a biographical tale of a life lived travelling the world in search of a home, from the musician’s native Germany, to the Soviet Union, England, Spain, and finally, Canada.

Click here to get your own copy:

Cancellation of ACJS 2020

Dear Association for Canadian Jewish Studies members:

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization reclassified COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to the status of pandemic. Taking into consideration the level of risk confronting us all and the measures being put in place to limit the transmission of the disease, the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies has taken the extraordinary step to cancel its 2020 conference, to be held May 24-26 at Library and Archives Canada and the Soloway Jewish Community Centre in Ottawa. We still hope to hold our Annual General Meeting via alternate means and will update you on this as our plans evolve. We regret any inconvenience this may bring and look forward to seeing you all at our 2021 conference.

Most sincerely, 
Hernan Tesler-Mabé
ACJS PresidentJesse Toufexis 
ACJS Conference Chair 

Magdalene Klassen

Magdalene Klassen is a PhD student at Johns Hopkins University. She studies the history of Jewish life in the British empire during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Her article in the Canadian Jewish Studies Journal is about elite Jewish women who participated in the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire during the early twentieth century. Focused on the activities of two sisters, Irene Wolff and Rosetta Joseph, it explores their strategic approach to advocating for Jewish causes through a conservative women’s patriotic organization. Though their successes were minimal, their efforts demonstrate the concerns and methods of Canada’s Anglo-Jewish community after the demographic and cultural changes resulting from Eastern European Jewish immigration.

“The ‘Malestrom’ at Christie Pits: Jewish Masculinity and the Toronto Riot of 1933”

Monda Halpern is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at The University of Western Ontario where she teaches Canadian Social, Gender, and Jewish History. Her most recent book is Alice in Shandehland: Scandal and Scorn in the Edelson/Horwitz Murder Case, an examination of a 1931 homicide in the Ottawa Jewish Community.

The article, “The ‘Malestrom’ at Christie Pits: Jewish Masculinity and the Toronto Riot of 1933,” is the first detailed examination of the gendered aspects of the Riot at Christie Pits, including analysis of violent and virtuous masculinity by the Jewish combatants, the rhetoric of masculinity in personal and collective memory, and the historically neglected  involvement of women.

Read her article on the CJS Journal!

‘A Jewish Maestra and a Lady too’: Reflections on Femininity in the Career of Ethel Stark

Maria N. Rachwal is a musicologist and music teacher from Toronto, ON. Her work on women in classical music has been featured on the CBC Radio, as well as media throughout North America. Her book, “From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall: Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra,” was shortlisted for a Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature.

Ethel Stark changed the face of classical music forever by forming the first full all-women’s symphony orchestra and including the first Black female musician. The article in the Canadian Jewish Studies Journal titled “‘A Jewish Maestra and a Lady too’: Reflections on Femininity in the Career of Ethel Stark” highlights how this Austro-Canadian Jewish woman who lived outside the constraints of conventional domesticity, both navigated through and defied the ideals of the “Cult of True Womanhood”, to spearhead a movement of feminism in music. Read this article and more on the CJS Journal by clicking here: (

ACJS Louis Rosenberg Distinguished Service Award 2020 / Prix d’excellence Aéjc Louis Rosenberg en études canadiennes juives 2020

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The Rosenberg Award Committee of the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies is now inviting members of our Association to submit nominations for the 2020 Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award.

Submissions should be accompanied by a statement outlining the individual’s or the institution’s background and justifying the suggestion. Since 2001, the award has been presented annually by the ACJS to an individual, group or institution that has made significant contributions to Canadian Jewish Studies in one or more fields. The deadline is March 15, 2020. If an appropriate recipient is identified, the award will be presented at our next annual meeting in Ottawa, Ontario on May 24-26, 2020.
 Please send your nominations to the chair of the award committee, Barry Stiefel,

Le comité du Prix Rosenberg de l’Association d’études juives canadiennes invite maintenant les membres de notre association à soumettre des candidatures pour le prix Louis Rosenberg 2020. Il s’agit d’un prix remis pour souligner l’excellence dans le domaine des études juives canadiennes.

Les propositions doivent être accompagnées d’une déclaration décrivantla personne ou la vocation de l’institution et qui justifie la candidature. Depuis 2001, leprix a été décerné chaque année par l’Aéjc à un individu, un groupe ou une institution qui a apporté une importante contribution aux études juives canadiennes dans un ou plusieurs champs. La date limite est le 15 Mars 2020. Si un candidat approprié est identifié, le prix sera remis lors de notre prochaineassemblée annuelle à Ottawa, en Ontario, le 24-26 Mai 2020.
 S’il vous plaît envoyer voscandidatures au président du comité de sélection, Barry Stiefel,

Canadian Jewish Studies

Canadian Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal devoted to original scholarship that illuminates any and all aspects of the Canadian Jewish experience. The Jounral publishes research in English and French in the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, economics, geography, demography, education, religion, linguistics, literature architecture, performing arts, and fine arts, among others. Published since 1993, the electronic version of the journal is free and accessible at .

Print copies are available to members of the Association or by special order.

To learn more about membership in the organization, please visit our website:

To learn more about contributing to the journal, or to read issues of the journal, please visit the journal’s website:

YIVO Institude eliminates entire library staff

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research has just eliminated its entire library staff, citing financial constraints. This article in the Forward by Aiden Pink provides more information: 

Concerned parties are asked to read and sign a letter to the YIVO Board calling for “the immediate reinstatement of the library staff, and for more financial transparency, and accountability, to the scholarly community that carries on this work”.

Here is a link to the letter:

Note that at the top is a link to a brief form to fill out to add your signature. 

Irish Questions and Jewish Questions

Have you read Irish Questions and Jewish Questions by Aidan Beatty and Dan O’Brien? An absorbing read of a collection of essays exploring the parallels of the histories of Jewish and Irish identities. The Irish and the Jews are both peoples whose history is filled with strife and hardship. The book explores how similar struggles were faced by the people of the Emerald Isle and the people of the Torah, and how their cultural identity was shaped by these travails and their answers to them.