ACJS Conference 2019!

The ACJS conference has taken place annually in cities across the country for over forty years.  At the conference, junior and senior scholars from Canada and abroad gather to share their work relating to aspects of the Canadian Jewish experience and get to know each other in a welcoming and professional setting. Emerging scholars are encouraged to submit their work and come to the conference as an opportunity to get to know their peers, get a glimpse of scholarship in the field, and learn about Canadian Jewish culture and history.

Please find all pertinent information on our conference page.

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250th Anniversary of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal

Come out to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Canada’s first synagogue, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal! This synagogue dates all the way back to 1768. They serve a diverse community and they welcome families from various backgrounds. The event will be an exhibition opening at Library and Archives Canada on Sunday November 18th from 2 to 4 pm. This event will include an exhibition, lecture, and reception featuring photos, documents and artifacts that have been put together by historians. Various other events are already scheduled for this special year. Make sure to visit the event website for more!

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J.I. Segal Awards

The J.I. Segal Awards celebrate its 50th anniversary this year! Come out to the awards gala which will take place on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm! It will take place at The Jewish Public Library in Montreal!

The categories this year included Yiddish Literature, Hebrew Literature, Poetry, and much more!

The 2018 J.I. Segal winners are:

Dr. Hirsh and Dvora Rosenfeld Award for Yiddish Literature – co-winners

Velvl Chernin, Michael Felsenbaum, Valery Dymshits, Dov-Ber Kerler (editors)
A ring: Antologye: Yidishe poezye – der nokhn-ḥurbn-dor (A Link: Anthology: Yiddish Poetry – The Post-Holocaust-Generation)

(Natsyonaler insṭants far Yidisher ḳulṭur – Israeli National Authority for Yiddish Culture, 2017)

Dr. Hirsh and Dvora Rosenfeld Award for Yiddish Literature – co-winner

Ber Kotlerman
Der sod fun vayse bern (The Secret of Polar Bears)

(Natsyonaler insṭants far Yidisher ḳulṭur – Israeli National Authority for Yiddish Culture, 2017)

Dr. Hirsh and Dvora Rosenfeld Award for Hebrew Literature

Ehud Diskin
בירושלים בודד זאב

 (Lone Wolf in Jerusalem)
(Miskal – Yedioth Ahronoth Books, 2016)

Mona Elaine Adilman English Fiction and Poetry Award on a Jewish Theme

Ariela Freedman
Arabic For Beginners

(Linda Leith Publishing, 2017)

English Non-Fiction Award on a Jewish Theme

Daniel Kupfert Heller
Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism

(Princeton University Press, 2017)

Shulamis Yelin Award for French Literature on a Jewish Theme

Olga Hazan
Stratégies figuratives dans l’art juif

(Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2017)

Rosa and the late David Finestone Canadian Jewish Studies Award for Best Book in English or French

Pierre Anctil
Histoire des Juifs du Québec

(Les Éditions du Boréal, 2017)

Concordia University Azrieli Institute Award for Best Book in Israel Studies in English or French

Noam Zadoff
Gershom Scholem: From Berlin to Jerusalem and Back

(Brandeis University Press, 2017)

Translation Award for a Book on a Jewish Theme

Vivian Felsen
The Vale of Tears by Rabbi Pinchas Hirschsprung, translated from the Yiddish

(The Azrieli Foundation, 2016)

Michael Moskovitz Award for a Film on a Jewish Theme

Edith Jorisch
L’Héritier (The Heir)

(Sylvie Tremblay, DATSIT Studio Inc., 2016)

Yaacov Zipper Award in Education

(not awarded this year)

Visit the Awards site for more!

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CJLA Awards

The Association of Canadian Jewish Studies was pleased to sponsor the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards last month! The CJLA rewards the finest Canadian Jewish writing in various categories such as poetry, holocaust literature, Yiddish, and much more. The winners come from across the country! They have been declared last month, honoring eight outstanding books for 2018.

The 2018 award winners are:

Fiction: Natalie Morrill for The Ghost Keeper (HarperCollins Patrick Crean Editions)

Memoir/Biography: Kathy Kacer with Jordana Lebowitz for To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A Teen’s Account of a War Criminal Trial (Second Story Press).

Poetry: Rebecca Păpacaru for The Panic Room (Nightwood Editions)

Yiddish: Seymour Mayne for In Your Words: Translations from the Yiddish and the Hebrew (Ronald P. Frye & Co).

Scholarship: Daniel Kupfert Heller for Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism (Princeton University Press).

History: Pierre Anctil for Histoire des Juifs du Québec (Les éditions du Boréal)

Holocaust Literature: Max Wallace for In the Name of Humanity: The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust (Allen Lane/PenguinRandom House Canada)

Children and Youth Fiction: Anne Renaud (author) and Richard Rudnicki (illustrator) for Fania’s Heart (Second Story Press)

  

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ACJS Member is a Finalist for Governor General Award

We are pleased to announce that Vivian Felsen, an ACJS member, is a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award in the category of Translation of a book from French into English for her translation of Jacob Isaac Segal: A Montreal Yiddish Poet and His Milieu by Pierre Anctil. The University of Ottawa Press publisher, stated that in translating this book “Vivian Felsen brought a rare combination of expertise, creativity and personal rediscovery of her own family’s history to bear. The result is an outstanding and complex work of translation that takes the reader into a vital and too little-known Yiddish-speaking immigrant community in Montreal.” To read the full University of Ottawa Press Release, click here.

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Upcoming Conference on Canadian Holocaust Literature

The first ever conference on Canadian Holocaust Literature will be held in Ottawa on October 27 and 28, 2018.  You are cordially invited to the opening panel on Saturday evening at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre, when author Nate Leipciger will reflect on the process of writing and producing his survivor memoir.  The conference will continue on Sunday at Library and Archives Canada with panels devoted to Chava Rosenfarb and Bernice Eisenstein, and papers on poetry and prose, memoir and writing for children.  The event is open to the public.  For more information and to register for the conference, please visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canadian-holocaust-literature-charting-the-field-tickets-48185452987.

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ACJS Scholar Publication: Jewish Family: Identity and Self-Formation at Home

Following and studying 16 different families for ten years, authors Randal Schnoor and Alex Pomson uncover deep significant of family networks in Jewish identity formation. The newly published book, Jewish Family: Identity and Self-Formation at Home, entails how the authors build theories, based on the families’ experiences, to explain why, over time, some individuals lead more intense Jewish lives and others become increasingly disengaged from other Jews and from Jewish culture.  There will also be a dinner and talk, for parents and children aged 5-13, held by Randal Schnoor on his new book! Registration is required by November 14that www.bethdavid.com for only 10$! Free for children. For more insights on this book click here. To order the book on Amazon click here.

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What our Scholars are up to: Ruth Panofsky

Our very own Professor Ruth Panofsky will be one of three Ryerson professors who have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of the Arts and Humanities. Established in 1883, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) recognizes the country’s leading scholars, artists and scientists through a competitive, peer-juried process. The Royal Society of Canada’s formal ceremony will take place in Halifax on November 16, 2018, during which the national collegium of 89 new fellows will be inducted. View the complete announcement of the leading scholars here.

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Welcome to the new ACJS blog!

The ACJS is excited to announce our new Social Media Officer, Rotem Fellus, who comes to us through the Developing Future Leaders internship program, Carleton University’s Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies.

Rotem is in her third year of an undergraduate degree in Communications and Political Science at the University of Ottawa and is looking forward to working with the ACJS to make our organization more visible and better connected online.

Rotem will be putting together a new initiative in stories related to the Canadian Jewish experience to be posted on our website blog and to social media, which will then also be linked to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The goal is to increase awareness about Canadian Jewish life as well as bring more views, traffic, and interest to our ACJS website.

Please send Rotem ideas and content related to Canadian Jewish Studies. This can include upcoming events, projects, publications or even lists of favourite places to visit such as museums.

Her email is: acjs.socialmedia@gmail.com

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