The Canadian Jewish Studies Journal

Since 1993, The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies has published an annual journal, the Canadian Jewish Studies journal. It is a peer-reviewed journal that is keen to publish scholarship that puts a focus on the Canadian Jewish experience. 

Some great features in this journal are that it is available both online and in print. The online version is available for free at https://cjs.journals.yorku.ca/ index.php/cjs.
 
Print copies are available to members of the Association, or by special order.

There are various must-read sections in the journal such as  ‘Archives Matter’. This section is comprised of various short articles about researching the Canadian Jewish experience in Canada using archival resources and collections throughout the country. 

The Translation section contains translations into English or French of texts originally written in other languages, and which are pertinent to Canadian Jewish studies and research. 

There are more sections, and various great articles that we encourage and invite you to read at the online version of the journal https://cjs.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/cjs.

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Past to Present: Generations of Jewish Life in Saint John

You are invited to go back in time and learn about a small piece of history with a rich story. The Past to Present: Generations of Jewish Life in Saint John exhibit launch was announced by the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum! It encompasses “The development and preservation of a small Jewish community”. It tells a fascinating narrative of the Saint John Jewish community dating back all the way from 1783 to the present day. 

The exhibit can be found on the Virtual Museum of Canada website using the following link: www.virtualmuseum.ca/community-stories_histoiresde-chez-nous/150-years-jewish-history-stjohn_150-ans-vie-juive-stjohn

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ACJS Louis Rosenberg Distinguished Service Award 2019 / Prix d’excellence Aéjc Louis Rosenberg en études juives canadiennes 2019

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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 2019 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 1, 2019. If an appropriate recipient is identified, the award will be presented at our next annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 2-4, 2019.
 
Please send your nominations to the chair of the award committee, Barry Stiefel, bstiefel@yahoo.com.

Lecomité 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 2019. 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 décrivant la personne ou la vocation de l’institution et qui justifie la candidature. Depuis 2001, le prix a été décerné chaque année par l’Aéjcà un individu, un groupe ou une institution qui a apporté une importante contribution aux études juives canadiennes dans une ou plusieurs domaines. La date limite est le 1 Mars 2019. Si un(e) candidat(e) approprié est identifié, le prix sera remis lors de notre prochaine assemblée annuelle à Vancouver, en British Columbia, le 2-4 juin 2019.
 
S’il vous plaît envoyer vos candidatures au président du comité de sélection, Barry Stiefel, bstiefel@yahoo.com.

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 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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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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